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For early adopters of AI in manufacturing, neural nets are the new intelligence embedded behind the eyes of computer-vision cameras. Ultimately, the networks will snake their way into robotic arms, sensor gateways, and controllers, transforming industrial automation. Original Link
Mobileye is aggressively shedding its reputation as a one-trick vision chip supplier. Its roadmap ranges from an open EyeQ5 chip (allowing third-party codes to run) to a complete subsystem, a turnkey robo-taxi system and applications for ride-hailing businesses. Original Link
Non-volatile memory (NVM) plays a crucial role in the reliability of complex systems by retaining code and data when power is not supplied. This article discusses how NVM reliability relates to data retention time and cycling endurance and describes how advanced measures such as internal wear leveling enhance reliability. (772) 794-2488
Amun AG, a startup in Zug, Switzerland, has received a license from Swiss authorities to offer a new cryptocurrency exchange-traded product (ETP).
An ETP is a blanket term to denote a security that derives its price from an underlying asset (e.g. a currency, commodity, stock) and is traded on a regulated stock exchange. It could refer to a number of exchange-traded investment options, including exchange-traded funds (ETF), exchange-traded commodities (ETC) and exchange-traded notes (ETN).
Anum has referred to the instrument only as an ETP, and itâs unclear at this time whether or not it is characteristically an ETF, ETC or an ETN.
Amun AG has stated that its ETP will be based on a collection of the top five most liquid crypto assets, which it refers to as âHODL5.â The currencies contained within the ETP will be bitcoin, ether, Rippleâs XRP, litecoin and bitcoin cash. The company will purchase cryptocurrency using cash from its customers. The assets will then be transferred into custodial hands, for which the company will charge management fees of roughly 2.5 percent.
The fund also sources its pricing from the MVIS, an index for institutional-grade price tracking that was developed by VanEck.
Amunâs CEO Hany Rashwan explains, âThe Amun ETP will give institutional investors that are restricted to investing only in securities or do not want to set up custody for digital assets exposure to cryptocurrencies. It will also provide access for retail investors that currently have no access to crypto exchanges due to local regulatory impediments.â
The ETP will be traded on SIX Swiss Exchange, the countryâs official stock exchange. Based in Zurich, the platform earned well over $100 billion during the first half of 2018 and is estimated to be worth over $1 trillion.
Big league financial players in the U.S. have struggled to get a (204) 351-5935 on track for years without success. Some of the industryâs biggest players, like the apparition in New York, have submitted applications for bitcoin ETFs only to be slapped down by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Currently, nine applications that were formerly rejected by the SECâs staff are 8156671801 by the agencyâs Commission, and a bitcoin ETF (561) 697-3821 is awaiting a decision.
In August 2018, American investors were given their 712-642-4673 (ETN) called the âBitcoin Tracker Oneâ on the Nasdaq Stockholm Exchange in Sweden, first established in 2015. Unlike an ETF, which issues shares of an underlying asset, an ETN is akin to a bond. It is an unsecured debt note that can be bought and traded until it reaches its maturity date, at which time the debt on the note must be repaid.
Prior to August of 2018, investors had only been able to buy into the ETN using either euros or the kora, Swedenâs national currency, and the trackerâs USD listing paved the way for more western interest.
Less than a month later, however, the SEC (435) 710-7327 to the Bitcoin Tracker One and Ether Tracker One, another ETN issued by the Swedish company XBT Provider AB. The SEC cited investor confusion as the primary reason for blocking investors from taking part in either venture.
This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.
Bitcoin has tumbled again today as the market continues to see further downward movement shortly after breaking two areas of market support. So far, bitcoin is down 15% on the day â 25% in 1 week:
Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Downward Continuation
This drop below support is starting to display hallmarks of market capitulation. After most of the sellers got out of the market earlier this year, bitcoin managed to consolidate sideways for about 9 months in the form of a descending triangle.
Last week, after several tests of support, the bottom finally gave out and sent bitcoin jolting downward through multiple support levels. With little to no relief in sight for the bulls, many early buyers are now finding their investments underwater as the market continues to head down toward its macro 78% Fibonacci retracement values:
Figure 2: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Macro Fibonacci Retracement Levels
Historically, bitcoinâs previous parabolic run-ups and declines have typically found support around their 78% retracement values. In our case, this coincides at approximately the $4,400 range. However, something thatâs a bit concerning regarding the macro trend of this market is the weekly Bollinger bands (bbands):
Figure 3: BTC-USD, Weekly Candles, Bollinger Bands
After such a prolonged consolidation, the weekly bbands found themselves very tightly wound. And now, one week after a 25% drop, bitcoinâs weekly bbands are expanding for the first time in over a year.
If you are unfamiliar with Bollinger bands, just think of them as a visualization of market volatility. The tighter the bands, the more consolidated the market is. When the bands begin to expand, their movement is a predicter of increased volatility in the direction of the breakout. While there are some nuanced set-ups involving Bollinger band fakeouts, it is generally considered to be a sign of trend continuation.
A possible scenario that could play out is called a âhead fake.â A head fake is basically a breakout in a given direction that quickly âfakes outâ the market and reverses (a fakeout for bitcoin would yield a strong reversal to the upside).
Since this move is on such a macro scale, I wouldnât entirely rule it out â although, itâs not looking likely at the moment. The most likely situation in our case right now is a downward continuation. Just how far the trend will continue remains to be seen, as the breakout is still fresh in the market.
Looking at Figure 1 and and Figure 2 above, we can see a few areas of support and resistance outlined in blue. So far, we have broken straight through the support with very little pause. As stated previously, the next line of support for bitcoin lies in the $4,400 zone. Given the capitulative nature of this move, it seems likely that the $4,400 zone will hold up nicely as it welcomes a fresh round of buyers. From there, we will have to re-evaluate the market and see how it reacts to the support level.
Trading and investing in digital assets like bitcoin and ether is highly speculative and comes with many risks. This analysis is for informational purposes and should not be considered investment advice. Statements and financial information on Bitcoin Magazine and BTC Media related sites do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BTC Media and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation to buy, sell or hold. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
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Chemical mimicry proves the key to overpowering trap-jaw ants, Nick Carne reports. Original Link
The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) has given tacit permission for mining pools to donate to political campaigns.
The FEC released a memo on their website on November 13, 2018, to provide background information to a formal meeting that would take place on November 15. In it, they addressed a recent request filed by OsiaNetwork LLC for the FECâs advisory opinion.
OsiaNetwork filed this 520-918-6221 on September 10, 2018, asking for confirmation on the âpermissibility of OsiaNetworkâs business plan.â With little other information publicly available about this startup, it seems as if this decision may have been the dealbreaker for the whole companyâs existence.
This business model is stated quite simply in OsiaNetworkâs request to âenable individuals to support federal political committees by volunteering the processing power of their internet enabled devices to mine cryptocurrencies.â And now, the FEC has responded.
In a move that may spell trouble for OsiaNetwork, but ultimately might add more dynamism to the space as a whole, the FEC decided that âalthough the proposed cryptocurrency mining pool as described in the request is itself permissible under the Act and Commission regulations, the activities of the individuals do not fall within the volunteer internet activities exception, and would therefore result in contributions from them and from OsiaNetwork to the participating political committees.â
In other words, it seems permissible for mining pools themselves to undertake the effort to donate to political campaigns, and it is still possible for OsiaNetwork to set up these mining pools, but they are not able to enter any kind of extended relationship wherein they act as a sort of middleman.
OsiaNetwork is not able to contribute to the campaigns itself, and this may preclude a more long-term relationship with the pool it sets up. The request specifically mentioned stipulations to their ideal donations, such as âas long as each of those political committees is a client of OsiaNetwork.â
The FECâs decision to ban this kind of relationship and uphold private donations themselves may ultimately provide more flexibility for those interested in donating cryptocurrency via mining pools. OsiaNetworkâs plan to make a profit from this scheme was apparently centered around establishing themselves as an institutionalized actor for mining pools of this nature, but itâs possible that the transactions would work just as fine in a decentralized fashion.
This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.
As part of its desire to forge deeper ties with the Chinese government, Huobi Group, the parent company of digital asset platform Huobi, has formed a Communist Party committee in China, according to an 260-492-9692 by the company. The new branch was established by a Huobi subsidiary, Beijing Lianhuo Information Service, and will reside in the Haidian District of the municipality of Beijing.
Per reports on the South China Morning Post, the Beijing Lianhuo was established earlier this year, wholly owned by Huobi founder and chief executive Li Lin. Lin, who was full of praises for the government at the opening, calling the event a “milestone” for the company, adding:
“Under the cordial care of the Party Working Committee of Haidian, the party branch of the Beijing Lianhuo Information Service Ltd. was gloriously established.”
For state-owned companies in China, the Communist Party charter mandates that enterprises with at least three Communist party members must set up a Communist party branch for promoting the party’s ideals.
Private firms, on the other hand, are not obliged to set up these committees, but it’s becoming evident that many want to, as they seek closer ties with the central government. Huobi becomes the first cryptocurrency company to take such step, joining the likes of Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba Group to set up party committees.
Huobi’s cryptocurrency exchange, which is the worldâs third largest crypto exchange by trade volume, was initially founded in China. The exchange was forced to move shop to Singapore, where it now operates, after Chinese regulators came down hard on cryptocurrency exchanges in the country last year.
This crackdown also extended to the suspension of cryptocurrency transactions on Tencent’s WeChat Pay. Shortly afterward, Alipay issued a statement saying it would refuse services to virtual currency merchants.
The Chinese government has been anti-crypto but pro-blockchain, which explains why Huobi is paying homage to the tradition, as it still has blockchain operations in mainland China. Earlier this year, Huobi launched an investment fund focused on developing blockchain startups in China and South Korea.
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Charles Hoskinson is best known today as a co-founder of both Ethereum and IOHK, where he leads the research, design and development of Cardano. But before these projects, there was Bitcoin. Back in 2013, he was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundationâs education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group.
In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine during the recent StartEngine Summit, Hoskinson began by saying that he views Bitcoin as a series of experiments to try and realize two key concepts:
âCan we achieve a decentralized form of value transfer or some sort of proto-money, and, instead of having a central entity issuing a token and securing it, can we release something decentralized with a secure ledger? And, if that happens, will it achieve real value in the marketplace?â
In the early days, said Hoskinson, it wasnât clear if this thing was going to survive or not. âIt actually took several years for that to turn into the bitcoin we know and love,â he said. âIt had huge volatility in price. The volume would be $1,000 a day, the hashrate would go way up and way down. Some people would say, âEh, I donât wanna mine anymore.â Theyâd turn their computer off, and the network would lose 30 percent of its hashrate.â
But the sea of change for Bitcoin took place in 2013. âAs the market cap hit one billion, people started taking it really seriously. Many people entered the space, and, at that point, it became clear bitcoin was here to stay.â
The experiment was succeeding.
âAt that point, there were open questions that should have been rigorously analyzed,â he said. âWe should have said, âGreat, this concept is good, but now letâs re-iterate upon it and do it properly. What was really disappointing to me over the last five years I’ve professionally been in the space is that nobody took the time to rigorously solve these problems.â
Hoskinson evoked UTXO wallets, which Satoshi wrote about nine years ago, as an example of something which hasnât been studied enough. âThere were other things like network stacks, and what do you trade off when you move from one protocol to another, such as between proof-of-work to proof-of-stake to BFT protocols. How do you avoid things like Sybil attacks and so on.â
No one has written down all the lessons learned, he said. âThey are just endemic inside the code.â
Taking this particular lesson to heart, with Cardano, Hoskinson has been formally analyzing network stacks and incentives, trying to get rid of the environmental problems present in bitcoin and its blockchain, writing a proper UTXO model and more.
And then there is the issue of mining.
âEveryone who is pro-Bitcoin says it’s a feature to use more energy than Chile,â said Hoskinson. âAnd there is no incentive to be greener. The more efficient you become, the more miners you build, so the hashrate â and, therefore, energy consumption â goes up.â
Hoskinson says Bitcoin tends toward centralization, too. âIf you look at hashrate and who has control, less than 10 percent of the actors are in charge of the hashrate power of the bitcoin network. How can you say that is decentralized? Satoshi did something completely magical and wonderful. It’s worth a Turing prize. It’s an amazing thing.
âNobody really followed up on it. Instead people doubled down on it. In the case of Ethereum, we kept the same sins and flaws in terms of economic policy and proof-of-work, etc.â
Hoskinson says there is a lack of seriousness about the economics of the space. âBitcoin maximalists believe that bitcoin is the end-all, be-all of money.â Theyâre ignorant, he says, and told the following story of when he realized bitcoin could not be âmoney.â
âI went to Toronto to Anthony Di Iorioâs conference in April 2014,â recalled Hoskinson. âMike Perklin (now the chief information security officer of Shapeshift) and I were going for BBQ. Mike wanted to go across town to a BBQ restaurant that accepts bitcoin.â
The two drove âinto the middle of nowhereâ for BBQ. And then the bill was presented. âMike goes, âI think bitcoin is going to go up, so I am not going to buy it with bitcoin. I am going to use my credit card.â It became clear to me â this is not money. Itâs a commodity or a store of value.â
âEvery time you have technology,â said Hoskinson, âpeople look at it and go, âWow, this is amazing.â In recent memory, all we have to compare this to is the âdotcomâ boom and bust. The notion that information can travel at speed of light, that I can send something to someone in China and he can send it back instantaneously. People thought, âThis should disrupt markets, stocks, business structures, etc.â We knew the Amazons, Facebooks, eBays and Ubers would come. We just didn’t know how and when.â
During the dotcom bubble, the market got ahead of the infrastructure and of the business ventures, Hoskinson suggests. âIt became irrational, and people got mixed up, and the market collapsed. It took approximately 10 years for Amazon to regain its original market value. It didn’t mean the internet was broken or the concepts were wrong. It just meant that markets get ahead of progress.â He says the same thing happened during the recent ICO mania but on a shorter time horizon.
âPeople said, âWow, there are trillions of dollars of locked-up value all over the world â that’s so cool. This tokenomics thing is going to allow us to unlock it. So that, effectively, means we are going to get rid of Ubers, Amazons, eBays and Facebooks, or they will have to reform themselves to remain competitive. That could be worth trillions.â But, people assumed they should be worth trillions now. Thatâs not the case.â
Hoskinson concluded: âConsumers threw money at everything, and many projects that didn’t deserve it. Copycats were wildly overvalued. It was clear ICO mania was counterproductive and the markets would collapse. Once they did, people [can now] begin to return to rationality, and the bad stuff will be cleaned out. The good stuff with potential will stay and recover its all-time high values and be useful to humanity.â
This article originally appeared on 904-804-1193.
The 808-953-2230 hosts several podcasts for regular discussion topics in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency, including the popular weekly show What Bitcoin Did. As a special event, however, What Bitcoin Did has partnered with the campaign to free Ross Ulbricht to host a detailed analysis of Ulbrichtâs arrest and imprisonment, Railroaded, on the LTB Network.
Peter McCormack, the host of What Bitcoin Did, has worked closely with the #FreeRoss campaign in the past, having interviewed Lyn Ulbricht multiple times. For this series, however, McCormack took a completely different approach: All of the information featured on the podcast is part of the public record, with no subjective narratives personally delivered by any member of the Ulbricht family or the #FreeRoss campaign.
This distinction becomes more and more necessary as the program goes on, as the level of corruption and incompetence displayed by members of various law enforcement agencies beggars belief.
Part One of the series focuses on the large extent to which Ross Ulbricht divested himself from the Silk Roadâs operation only months before the investigation took its first steps. This nuance, however, is quickly dwarfed by the extent to which bad faith and departmental squabbling inside Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and other agencies made a frame-up job necessary if the government was to make a case at all â even if it had to be a fraudulent one.
Just as HSI agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan submitted his initial report targeting Mark Karpeles as the suspected bankroller of the Silk Road, one Agent McFarland from the Baltimore department of HSI began to use Der-Yeghiayanâs information to take control of the case himself.
Part Two examines the missteps of the investigation, from the innocuous blunders to the actions of outright fraud. McFarlandâs âinvestigationâ directly alerted Karpeles that the federal government was looking into him, allowing him to cover his tracks and escape prosecution entirely. Several of McFarlandâs agents directly stole more than 20,000 bitcoins from Silk Road accounts, framing one of the Silk Roadâs associate cocaine traffickers for the theft. By allowing Karpeles to escape prosecution, it appears that the agents ensured that the court would not discover Karpelesâ ledgers or their own names on them.
Part Three goes on to detail the attempts to pin Ross Ulbricht to the entire administration of the Silk Road, as investigators used information that did not come up as a result of their investigative methods, but rather as part of a pay-for-play scheme with parties on the Silk Road. This information was then doctored after the fact to place Ulbricht under suspicion, making it appear as if the officers had simply discovered it through routine observation. Although investigators discovered several âvital pieces of evidenceâ by improper methods, many such items appear to have been passed off in court as the products of organic discovery.
Without a warrant, they monitored internet communications from Ulbrichtâs house to further build this so-called evidence before arresting him. Ulbricht was the most credible remaining patsy for the investigation: Karpeles had already taken steps to protect himself, and whatever anonymous individual was behind the account running the Silk Road on a day-by-day basis had also managed to buy information about the case for astronomical sums of bitcoins. With this knowledge, these people were able to stay several steps ahead of the prosecution and evade further scrutiny. Ulbricht was the only one left unawares, largely due to his lack of actual involvement.
In Part Four, we learn the details of some of the steps that prosecutors took to make the evidence more presentable to a court, including taking data from Ulbrichtâs computers through methods that would make it laughably easy to tamper with said data. The political impetus behind the Silk Road case is also put on full display, as federal prosecutors became determined to make an example of whomever could be blamed for the Silk Roadâs existence and operation.
Part Five details the final steps of the conviction and sentencing in the Ulbricht case, fatefully including the detail that the prosecution referenced âmurdersâ conducted over the actions of Silk Road, despite the fact that no such actions ever occurred, nor was Ulbricht involved in the hypothetical discussion of such acts.
The series concludes with Part Six, covering the events after Ulbrichtâs sentencing, including the efforts to expose some of the corruption undertaken by law enforcement officers on the case, as well as the beginnings of the #FreeRoss campaign.
Ultimately, the members of the campaign and associates of the LTB podcast network recognize that efforts to spread awareness of Ulbrichtâs plight are the best strategy for advocating for his release. The #FreeRoss campaignâs 3054500635 for clemency already has more than 100,000 signatures and that number is still growing.
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AT&T gets ready to test Android TV-powered box with DirecTV Now subs. (262) 875-8740
This is a primer on time-series data, and why you may not want to use a ânormalâ database to store it.
Hereâs a riddle: what do self-driving Teslas, autonomous Wall Street trading algorithms, smart homes, transportation networks that fulfill lightning-fast same-day deliveries, and an open-data-publishing NYPD have in common?
In November 2018, I was back in Madrid to speak at Big Data Spain. A great event all about big data, analytics, and machine learning. One of the largest tech companies in Spain. A perfect event to talk about KSQL, the Streaming SQL Engine for Apache Kafka.
Big Data Spain is held in Kinepolis, a big cinema. One of my favorite locations for a tech conference â for speakers and audience.
The volume of the IT outsourcing market is constantly growing. More and more companies the world over opt for outsourcing some of their functions, including software testing.
And this is understandable: when using outsourcing, there are no taxes related to salary, there are no sick leaves and vacations, there is no need to waste time searching and onboarding an employee in the work process, organizing a workplace. And all disputes are easily resolved by introducing amendments to the agreement.
A few months ago, we attended Data Summit 2018 here in Boston. There were a number of topics discussed at this 3-day conference surrounding big data technologies, including AI, ML, graph technology and moving to the cloud (for a good overview of the topics discussed, read Joyce Wells and Stephanie Simone of DBTA’s 518-577-1887). One of the more popular presentations at the Data Summit was one given by our CTO, Sean Martin, titled "The Rise of Graph Databases". Here is the video of his presentation.
News briefs for November 19, 2018.
Feral Interactive announces that Total War: WARHAMMER II will be released for Linux and
macOS tomorrow, November 20, 2018. This follow-up of Total War: WARHAMMER “puts players in command of
one of four fantastical Races, challenging them to wage a war of conquest in order to stabilise or
disrupt the apocalyptically powerful Great Vortex.” You can pre-order it from 408-671-2644 for $59.99 US,
view the trailer from Feral’s YouTube channel.
Uber has joined The Linux Foundation. The (774) 345-8075
quotes Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin: “Uber has been active in open source for
years, creating popular projects like Jaeger and Horovod that help businesses build technology at
scale. We are very excited to welcome Uber to the Linux Foundation community. Their expertise will
be instrumental for our projects as we continue to advance open solutions for cloud native
technologies, deep learning, data visualization and other technologies that are critical to
A new security vulnerability has been discovered in Instagram (owned by Facebook). The
Information reports that the recently introduced “Download Your Data” security feature caused
some users’ passwords to be revealed. Instagram quickly fixed the bug and users were notified and
asked to change their passwords and clear their browsing history.
Submissions now open for Fedora 30 Supplemental Wallpapers until January 19, 2019. The Fedora
design team works with the community each release to select 16 additional wallpapers that users
can install. This is your chance to start contributing to Fedora. See the Fedora
Magazine post for more information.
Linux kernel 4.20-rc3 is
out. Linus says the only unusual thing was his travel and that the changes “are pretty tiny”.
Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: Eutelsat does deal with Airbus; Hagberg joins top team at Tele2; CityFibre does Stirling work; UK’s cybersecurity strategy slammed. (908) 439-3979
It seems as though the more recently developed Jobs to be Done (JTBD) framework is giving the traditional practice of creating personas a run for its money. However, a careful analysis of both the persona and JTBD theory indicates that the methods are not entirely interchangeable and that each framework can and should be used to meet certain product management needs.
As more businesses leverage the unique capabilities of hybrid cloud technology, widespread challenges have emerged around managing hybrid cloud operations. In fact, 2505513372 on how public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures and emerging application container environments are being managed found that 70 percent of businesses have little visibility into the purpose or ownership of the virtual machines in their hybrid cloud environments. Sixty-eight percent of businesses lack a single user interface to view their entire cloud environment and 62 percent struggle to optimize IT capacity based on unknown utilization, visibility, and predictability. Whatâs more, 57 percent are increasing their business risks by violating policies about where digital assets can reside.
In short, itâs become increasingly difficult to reap any of the benefits hybrid cloud technology can provide without sacrificing visibility, control and costs. To overcome this dilemma, businesses need a new operational approach: one that marries traditional IT (i.e. the team or operations that prioritize governance and control) with the more modern concept of DevOps (i.e. an Agile team or approach that prioritizes speed when it comes to cloud provisioning). By successfully merging these two methodologies, hybrid cloud management can be simplified, the general ability to deliver IT projects on schedule and on budget can be improved, and overall IT service quality can be maintained.
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The Italian incumbent’s fifth boss in the past six years will have one of the hardest jobs in the global telecom industry. phonology