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Mystery company buys Meta's augmented reality tech

Engadget - 2 hours 51 min ago
After a promising start, AR startup Meta's assets have been sold to an unknown buyer, reports TechCrunch and other sites. Meta fell on hard times in September after a promised $20 million investment from a Chinese company fell through over trade tens...

The Morning After: Google's smartwatch and Netflix vs. 'Fortnite'

Engadget - 3 hours 8 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good Friday morning. No self-lacing sneakers today, but we do have a giant tractor. Less randomly, Google is buying Fossil's smartwatch tech arm, we take a closer look at the AIs that gamble and a robot dog pick...

[Hep] Is Hexadecimal Required for IOS Exploitation & Reverse Engineering?

iOS Programming - 3 hours 11 min ago

Would i require to learn the purpose and foundation of hexadecimal in order to successfully exploit IOS and reverse engineer the kernel? Thanks.

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Help me with this stupid math problem i dreamed of figuring out for months

Learn Programming - 3 hours 13 min ago

My brain just cant do math. i am finally reaching for help

basically in C++ i made a hack of a GTA game that reads car position X.Y and rotation. and when i press a button. i can store a waypoint coordinate x.y in the memory.

What i'm trying to understand is how do i use math to detect if the way point is for example Forward left. Forward right . backward left . backwards right, relative to the car . Accurately

Please see this image

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For teens, digital technology is good. Or bad. Or maybe neutral?

Ars Technica - 3 hours 17 min ago

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In South Korea, people under the age of 16 can’t play online games between midnight and 6am. The UK Parliament has launched an official inquiry into “the impact of social media and screen use on young people’s health.” Meanwhile in the United States, the Wait Until 8th campaign asks parents to delay giving their children a smartphone until they’re in eighth grade. Worry about kids and technology is rampant—so have smartphones, in fact, destroyed a generation?

A paper published in Nature Human Behaviour this week answers that question, often differently, thousands and thousands of times. Researchers Amy Orben and Andrew Przybylski took three huge datasets and threw every possible meaningful question at them. In part, their analysis is an illustration of how different researchers can get wildly different answers from the same data. But cumulatively, the answers they came up with indicate that tech use correlates with a teeny-tiny dent in adolescent well-being—and that there’s a big problem with big data.

High numbers don’t necessarily mean high quality

Studying small numbers of people, or rats, or trees can be a problem for scientists. Comparisons between small groups of subjects might miss a real finding or luck out and find something that looks like a pattern but is actually just noise. And it’s always tricky to generalize from a small group to a whole population. Sometimes small is the only sort of data that’s available, but some research disciplines have had the recent(-ish) boon of gigantic, rich datasets to work with.

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How to make a minesweeper solving algorithm, which is able to scan the screen and determine where the board is [Java]

Learn Programming - 3 hours 20 min ago

I'm currently in a course in Uni where I'm required to make a program using a complicated algorithm and self-made data-structures. Suggested topics include pathfinding, cave generators, compilers and AIs. I'm particularly interested in problem-solving for games, especially minesweeper.

I looked into the subject and found a couple of good posts like this and this thesis from Harvard. I'm not the best programmer and some aspects seem quite difficult to implement. However, I think that a program of this sort is achievable. What I'm most concerned about is how to make the program "read" the board; how can I make the algorithm see what's happening on the screen and how is it able to know what and where is the minesweeper board? I'm hoping to code this program in Linux and use an online minesweeper to test the functionality.

Creating my own minesweeper seems far to difficult to fulfill, taking into account the duration of the course. Is this topic too difficult for me to handle? Should I just admit my defeat and switch to a different subject before I fall behind? As I mentioned earlier, the logical side I believe I'll be able to manage, it's just the "screen reading" that's causing me to doubt myself.

Sorry about any grammar, English isn't my native tongue.

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Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take two weeks to restore

The Register - 3 hours 24 min ago
And could wipe users' inboxes during that fortnight of faffery

Barristers and court prosecutors have been left scratching their heads this morning after Egress Technologies' CJSM email system went down – with the firm saying it could take up to a fortnight to fully restore it.…

Laptop for work/streaming mostly at home, 600€, Germany

  • Total budget and country of purchase: Around 500-600€, Germany

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Best specs first

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Not very important but preferably light if possible

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 15'6 or bigger

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Mostly office stuff, streaming YT/twitch/netflix, light gaming

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Nothing specific in mind

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Reliable quality, good keyboard

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Budget could maybe be a but higher but i'd prefer it not too expensive

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Why has error?

Learn Programming - 3 hours 53 min ago

The code:


im trying to make file encryptor & decryptor but having no success.

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Help porting python 2 script to python 3

Learn Programming - 3 hours 58 min ago

I am struggling with this now for a few days and I simply cant solve it.

I need to transfer users from a python 2 system to a python 3 system and KEEP the hashed and salted PW's.

For this I need to convert the python 2 check hash function to python 3, but even after I fixed all errors, the function does not work (It tells a wrong PW has been entered, eventhough its correct)

I have the whole question and explanation on SO, hope this is ok:

Thanks a lot to the people who take the time.

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Tesla is laying off 7 percent of its full-time employees

Engadget - 4 hours 56 sec ago
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is laying off 7 percent of its full-time employees in an effort to cut costs and increase profits. He revealed that while Tesla will run a second consecutive quarterly profit, it will be less than wh...

Reading through the CIS RHEL7 benchmark - they switched from recommending firewalld to recommending iptables, why?

Hi all,

I'm going through the CIS Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 benchmark documentation, implementing anything relevant. I noticed in the latest version, v2.2, they recommend using iptables. This piqued my interest as we've been using firewalld since the RHEL7 release.

Going back, they recommended firewalld in the v1.x documentation but switched to iptables in v2.x.

Anyone have any idea why this might be?

Thanks in advance.

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I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

The Register - 4 hours 23 min ago
We'll know for sure when Huawei reveals a shoe-shaped smartphone

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The name's McLeod. Alessandro McLeod. I am a spy for the secret services.…


Hello everyone,I am about to start my semester and planning to to specialisation in cloud computing.Any particular language that i should learn which could give me an edge or any particular certification that i i should give for my own advantage(career wise)?

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Am I too stupid to code?

Learn Programming - 4 hours 38 min ago

Cut a long story short I work in DevOps but I don't really bring the Dev part to that position I'm more of an infrastructure guy and POC. There is lots I want to do to automate my job so I thought now would be a good time to learn to code as it is something that has always interested me.

I picked up Automate the boring Stuff with Python on Udemy and I'm about 43% through the course and honestly I can remember a few bits like if I re watch the but sit me in front of a blank Idle and my mind is blank... Do I just not have the ability to retain information or will it start sticking the more I persevere and start writing code?

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