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Facebook’s Yann LeCun says ‘internal activity’ proceeds on AI chips

Yann LeCun, the leader of Facebook’s AI Research unit, said the company is proceeding with internal activity on machine learning chips, though he is confident industry will come up with many new solutions to push forward processing of deep learning in specialized silicon. …read more

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Netflix Cancels The Punisher and Jessica Jones, Ending its Marvel Shows

An anonymous reader shares a report: Netflix is officially no longer producing Marvel’s live-action shows. The streaming service has canceled both The Punisher and Jessica Jones, according to Deadline, with the latter’s third season set to debut as the last batch of Marvel live-action episodes on Netflix. “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning,” a Netflix representative told Deadline. Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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From the Oscars to Sundance, we’re obsessed with true stories – CNET

Documentaries and fictionalised drama expose hard truths from the Oscars to Sundance. …read more

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Asteroid set to eat a bullet from a JAXA spacecraft this week – CNET

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is finally ready to collect a sample of the asteroid Ryugu. …read more

Source:: CNet

The Rotary Joystick Can Take A Beating

It’s a well-known fact amongst the older set that games used to be harder. Back in the 1980s, most home computers had awful keyboards, barely adequate joysticks, and the games had to be difficult to have any longevity, because there’s only so much you can fit into a single sided disk. Some of these games became known as joystick killers, due to the repetitive thrashing movements required to win. [Jan] was tired of letting Decathlon and its ilk get the better of him and his controllers, so built a joystick that was up to the task.

The basic concept of [Jan]’s rotary joystick is that many games required a fast and repetitive left-right motion to be executed by the player, but weren’t too concerned if a few up or down movements were in the mix. Thus, instead of a traditional shaft-based joystick, instead a rotary mechanism was employed. The player rotates the joystick’s wheel, which has a magnet fitted. This triggers a series of four reed switches, for up, down, left and right. By rotating the wheel quickly, it simulates the rapid left-right motion well enough to beat most of the vintage C64 games that were giving [Jan] trouble, and it makes an ideal controller for the 2018 release, Crank Crank Revolution.

We like the spirit behind any build that uses hardware to overcome intractable gaming problems. We’ve seen similar approaches used to beat Guitar Hero. Remember Guitar Hero? That was a thing. Video after the break.

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Source:: Hackaday

See a ‘super snow moon,’ the year’s biggest supermoon, light up Tuesday – CNET

Where and when to look for the best view as the moon comes a little closer on Feb. 19 and is at its brightest for all of 2019. …read more

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Netflix cancels The Punisher and Jessica Jones, ending its Marvel shows – CNET

Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television, writes a letter thanking fans for enjoying the Netflix shows. …read more

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How Badly is Google Books Search Broken, and Why?

An anonymous reader shares a blog post: It appears that when you use a year constraint on book search, the search index has dramatically constricted to the point of being, essentially, broken. Here’s an example. While writing something, I became interested in the etymology of the phrase ‘set in stone.’ Online essays seem to generally give the phrase an absurd antiquity — they talk about Hammurabi and Moses, as if it had been translated from language to language for decades. I thought that it must be more recent — possibly dating from printers working with lithography in the 19th century.

So I put it into Google Ngrams. As it often is, the results were quite surprising; about 8,700 total uses in about 8,000 different books before 2002, the majority of which are after 1985. Hammurabi is out, but lithography doesn’t look like a likely origin for widespread popularity either. That’s much more modern that I would have thought — this was not a pat phrase until the 1990s. That’s interesting, so I turned to Google Books to find the results. Of those 8,000 books published before 2002, how many show up in the Google Books search result with a date filter before 2002? Just five. Two books that have “set in stone” in their titles (and thus wouldn’t need a working full-text index), one book from 2001, and two volumes of the Congressional record. 99.95% of the books that should be returned in this search — many of which, in my experience, were generally returned four years ago or so — have vanished. Further reading: How Google Book Search Got Lost; Whatever Happened To Google Books?; and Google’s New Book Search Deals in Ideas, Not Keywords.

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Amazon shares interactive Middle-Earth map for Lord of the Rings series – CNET

Explore the landscape that will be featured in the upcoming take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world. …read more

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Yes, this is a real view of the ISS transiting the moon – CNET

The International Space Station looks like it could touch the lunar surface. …read more

Source:: CNet

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