Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go"


The ceremonial game - the second time AlphaGo has gone head-to-head with a master Go player in a public showdown - represents a major bridge-building exercise for Google in China, following a charm offensive in recent years.

It has announced plans to bring some services back to the country, including its app store Google Play.

In March it also said Chinese users would be able to access the Translate mobile app, marking its most recent success launching a previously banned service.

"America’s largest chain of psychiatric hospitals is the target of a multi-agency federal investigation into whether it systematically holds patients longer than necessary to maximize revenues"

"The probe has been ongoing since at least 2013"

"Felon Turned Fake Journalist Outed a Beloved Gay Teacher"

"After being convicted of making bomb threats, Gerald Jackson reinvented himself as an online preacher and amateur reporter. Then he went after an innocent man."

"The Indian army has commended an officer accused of tying a man to a jeep and using him as a human shield in Kashmir, sparking outrage"


Major Leetul Gogoi, who is still under investigation for strapping 26-year-old Farooq Ahmad Dar to the front of an army vehicle as it led a convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir , was last week awarded the Chief of Army Staff's Commendation Card "for his for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations".


The incident came amid days of violent clashes between security forces and stone-throwing young men protesting against a by-election, which left at least eight people killed and more than 200 wounded.

DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai Joker designed by Tetsuya Nomura

Monday, May 22, 2017

"Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore"


Nine months later, Pittsburgh residents and officials say Uber has not lived up to its end of the bargain. Among Uber’s perceived transgressions: The company began charging for driverless rides that were initially pitched as free. It also withdrew support from Pittsburgh’s application for a $50 million federal grant to revamp transportation. And it has not created the jobs it proposed in a struggling neighborhood that houses its autonomous car testing track.

Blame is being pointed in many directions. While Mr. Peduto had trumpeted his relationship with Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick, he didn’t get any commitments in writing

Link roundup

1. "As crime dries up, Japan’s police hunt for things to do"

2. "Here are ALL of the Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams/Wonder Man posters cut from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in one place."

3. "'I'm ruined': Workers realize too late that they signed away the right to other jobs"

4. "The Supreme Court ruled Monday that racial considerations pervaded the way North Carolina lawmakers drew congressional maps after the 2010 Census in order to maximize Republicans' advantage."

5. "Microsoft says this Chinese ‘gaming service’ company is hacking Xbox accounts"

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Reminder: I have a Pinterest board for RPG avatars

If you're ever looking for inspiration or an avatar.

"medals awarded at the Rio Olympics are falling to pieces and will be replaced"

"Made with recycled materials, the medals concerned have either suffered unsightly staining or had the covering fall away."