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DevOps should be about good decisions, not faster cycle times

Amazon Web Services enterprise strategist urges more autonomy for IT teams to keep up with what’s happening on the ground. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Trump Admin Takes First Steps To Overhaul H-1B Visa That Tech Companies Use To Hire Internationally

President Donald Trump’s immigration authorities are moving to enact broad changes to a visa that allows American companies to bring international workers to the country. From a report: On Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security released a proposed rule that takes the first steps toward overhauling the H-1B visa. The new rule would prioritize applications for workers with advanced degrees from American universities. The policy would also change the application process companies go through when they want to secure H-1B visas for foreign talent. Instead of completing a petition for the new employee, companies would register for free online to enter what’s been described as the “H-1B lottery.” Immigration law caps the number of regular H-1B visas that can be awarded each year at 65,000. An additional 20,000 may be awarded to workers with master’s degrees and PhDs. Under the new system, USCIS would review all applications, including those for workers with advanced degrees, during a registration period before the actual petitions are filed.

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Disorganized crime and state-backed hackers: How the cybercrime and cyberwar landscape is constantly changing

Steve Ranger discusses how criminal groups and state-backed hackers work together to make money and cause significant trouble. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Google Hangouts gets hung out to dry in 2020, report says – CNET

The chat app has been overshadowed by Google’s newer communication platforms. …read more

Source:: CNet

Podcast: Breaking Down the Magecart Threat (Part Two)

In part two of our podcast series on Magecart, we talk to expert Yonathan Klijnsma, who has been tracking the threat for years. …read more

Source:: Threatpost

Air Bubble Characters Float Along This Unique Scrolling Display

We’ve seen a lot of unique large-format scrolling message boards on these pages, but most of them use some sort of established technology – LEDs, electromechanical flip-dots, and the like – in new and unusual ways. We’re pretty sure this air-bubble dot matrix display is a first, though.

While it may not be destined for the front of a bus or a train station arrivals and departures board, [jellmeister]’s bubble display shows some pretty creative thinking. It started with a scrap of multiwall polycarbonate roofing – Corotherm is the brand name – of the type to glaze greenhouses and other structures. The parallel tubes are perfect for the display, although individual tubes could certainly be substituted. A plastic end cap was fabricated; air nozzles in each channel were plumbed to an air supply through solenoid valves. An Arduino with a couple of motor driver hats allows pulses of air into each channel to create reasonably legible characters that float up the tube. The video below shows it in use at a Maker Faire, where visitors could bubble up their own messages.

It took some tweaking to get it looking as good as it does, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. We wonder whether colored liquid might help, or perhaps adding a Neopixel or even a laser to each channel to add some contrast. Maybe something to cloud the water slightly would help; increasing the surface tension with a salt solution might make the bubbles more distinct. We doubt it’ll ever have the contrast ratio of a flip-dot display, but it certainly has a charm all its own.

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Source:: Hackaday

Gmail Smart Replies and the Ever-Growing Pressure to Email Like a Machine

An anonymous reader shares an article: I don’t use the phrase “Will do!” much in daily conversation, but lately it has been creeping into more and more of my e-mails. An editor asks me to get a draft back to her tomorrow? Will do! A friend heading back to Los Angeles from New York sends me a quick note telling me to enjoy living in the “best city in the world.” Will do! The hosts of a panel I’m moderating need me to send over a three-line bio? Will do! “Will do!” is just one of many Smart Replies that Google now provides as a default feature in Gmail, there to assist you in your message composition unless you choose to manually turn them off. In October, the e-mail service, which one analytics firm suggests hosts about a quarter of all the e-mails sent worldwide, made this feature standard on its 1.4 billion active accounts, along with a menu of other innovations.

These include Smart Compose, a feature that finishes your sentences for you with the help of robot intelligence, and Nudges, a feature that bumps unanswered e-mails to the top of your in-box, making you feel increasingly guilty with every sign-in. As with many technological updates that are suddenly imposed on unsuspecting users, the new Gmail interface has been met with much annoyance. When my in-box started offering me Smart Replies, I felt a little offended. How dare it guess what I want to say, I thought. I — a professional writer! — have more to offer than just “Got it!” or “Love it!” or “Thanks for letting me know!” (Smart Replies are big on exclamation points.) I started to resent the A.I., which seemed to be learning my speech patterns faster than I could outsmart it. Just as I decided that I’d thwart the machine mind by answering my messages with “Cool!”, the service started offering me several “Cool” varietals. Suddenly, I could answer with “Sounds cool” or “Cool, thanks” or the dreaded “Cool, I’ll check it out!”

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Google internal revolt grows as search-engine Spartacuses prepare strike over China

Strike fund hits $200K as engineers prepare for action

Internal employee revolt at Google over its secretive plans to rollout a censored search engine in China continues to grow, with one employee publicly building a strike fund to support those opposed to the plan.…

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Source:: TheRegister

Faraday Future’s fight against investor Evergrande not going well, report says – Roadshow

The struggling EV company lost an appeal to its arbitrator to loosen Evergrande’s hold on its intellectual property. …read more

Source:: CNet

Facebook to stream Buffy, Firefly and Angel so you’ll watch with friends – CNET

Facebook is cashing in on your Joss Whedon ’90s nostalgia so you’ll try its Watch Party social video tools. …read more

Source:: CNet

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