Big Tech &
Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook (3 minute read)
Users are complaining about Samsung's deal with Facebook to have an undeletable Facebook app pre-installed on new Galaxy phones. Facebook claims the disabled version of the app doesn't collect or send data to Facebook. While other apps like Amazon and Youtube also come pre-installed, users are particularly concerned about Facebook, with one user saying "If I can't delete it, this will be the last Samsung product I ever own."
DARPA wants to build an AI to find the patterns hidden in global chaos (3 minute read)
A butterfly flaps its wings and causes a hurricane halfway around the world. This is a famous characterization of how small events can have huge unpredictable effects in complex systems. Until now. DARPA's new AI the Knowledge-directed Artificial Intelligence Reasoning Over Schemas or KAIROS is meant to sift through all of the news and media in the world to identify threads and narratives within them. Schemas are sequences of loosely related events (for example, walking into a store, selecting an item, bringing it to a cashier, and paying for it would be a schema for buying something). KAIROS wants to create schemas to recognize major global events like cold wars or major recessions.
Swarm of mysterious radio bursts seen coming from deep space (3 minute read)
Astronomers have detected 13 high-speed bursts of radio waves coming from deep space. These types of radio bursts were first detected in 2007, and all have come from outside the Milky Way. One of the new bursts is repeating, the second repeating burst ever to be detected. These were discovered by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, which was only running at partial capacity at the time. Researchers hope they will detect more now that CHIME is fully operational.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Git Explorer (Web Tool)
This is a nifty tool that lets you select a few options like "compare two commits" and "output results to a file" and it will show you the correct git command to do so.
AWS has released a new hosted database called DocumentDB, it's an auto-scaling MongoDB compatible database. Basically, MongoDB is licensed so that Amazon is not allowed to offer its own hosted MongoDB, so Amazon has written its own MongoDB clone.