Year: 2020

The self-driving whizzkid who stole trade secrets from Google just got 18 months in prison — now wants to sue Uber for $4B

It seems we hadn’t heard the last from the case in which Google‘s former head of self-driving stole trade secrets, joined Uber, and declared bankruptcy after getting sued left, right, and center.

The autonomous vehicle whizkid, Anthony Levandowski, has now been handed an 18-month prison sentence for theft of those trade secrets, TechCrunch reports.

The judge hearing the case said it was the “biggest trade secret crime [they] had ever seen.”

[Read: Rallycross is going electric in 2021 with a chaotic new race series across Europe]

US district attorneys working the case originally proposed a 27-month-long prison sentence, claiming that

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OPA: A general-purpose policy engine for cloud-native

As your organization embraces the cloud, you may find that the dynamism and scale of the cloud-native stack requires a far more complicated security and compliance landscape. For instance, with container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes gaining traction, developers and devops teams have new responsibility over policy areas like admission control as well as more traditional areas like compute, storage and networking. Meanwhile, each application, microservice or service mesh requires its own set of authorization policies, for which developers are on the hook.

It’s for these reasons that the hunt is on for a simpler, more time-efficient way to create, enforce

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How to create drill-down graphs with highcharter in R

Drill-down visualizations can be a good way to present a lot of data in a digestible format. In this example, we’ll create a graph of median home values by U.S. state using R and the highcharter package.

Median home values by state Sharon Machlis, IDG

Initial graph of median home values by state (highest and lowest 10 states). Data from Zillow.

Each state’s bar will be clickable — the drilldown — to see data by county.

Graph of median home values in Massachusetts counties Sharon Machlis, IDG

After clicking the bar for Massachusetts, a user sees median home values by Massachusetts county. Data from Zillow.

There are three main steps

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Why we need more image masking tools to avoid facial recognition systems from identifying us online

For the past couple of weeks, a new tool to save your photos from facial recognition algorithms has been doing rounds. The tool, called Fawkes, is developed by researchers at the University of Chicago. 

The idea of the algorithm is simple: it uses image cloaking to modify a few pixels in your existing photo to ‘fool’ facial recognition systems. To the naked eye, these changes are generally hard to catch. That’s why if you see some of the photos below, you might not see any difference between normal and cloaked photos.

Credit: Fawkes
Clocked and unlocked images of Fawkes team
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Presenting the Azure Well-Architected Framework

Building and managing cloud services at scale is new to most of us; we’re either building our first tranche of cloud-native applications or have started to migrate existing applications from on-premises to the cloud. In many cases we haven’t had time to prototype and pilot. We’re being driven to rapidly take businesses digital by a global pandemic and a sudden shift to remote working.

The question then is: What are the best practices for working with hyperscale clouds such as Azure? What worked well in on-premises data centers may not be a good fit for virtual infrastructures or container-based microservice

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Say hello to SHIFT, our new publication about the future of mobility tech

We are facing a global climate crisis. Our world is changing and so must we, whether we like it or not. We must transition to cleaner fuels and rethink how we move around our towns, cities, and countries to have less of an impact on the environment, whilst still providing accessibility for all.

New mobility tech could help us reduce our environmental impact, improve road and city safety, and make how we get around in our daily lives more sustainable. 

We can fire up an app and hail a ride to take us into town, where we can use another

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