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Facial Recognition May Be Banned From Public Housing Thanks To Proposed Law

Slashdot.org - 3 hours 22 min ago
Lawmakers in Congress are expected to introduce landmark legislation this week that will ban facial recognition technology from public housing. Called the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act, the proposed bill would prohibit housing units that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development from using technology like facial recognition. It would also require HUD to submit a report on facial recognition, detailing its impact on public housing units and their tenants. CNET reports: This would be the first federal bill that looks at what technology landlords can impose on tenants. While the law would only affect HUD housing, it could raise awareness for a broader set of landlords and tenants, and it comes as people are increasingly questioning the threats to privacy that stem from facial recognition. The only other federal bill on facial recognition is the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, introduced in March by Sens. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, and Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii. There also aren't any laws on technology that landlords can impose on tenants. More than 20,000 homes in the last two years have been converted into smart homes by landlords, even as tenants complain about privacy concerns and issues with faulty locks.

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Install mail server imap and smtp on linux

Freelancer.com - 3 hours 27 min ago
I need a mail server for sending and receiving mail with simple method to add and delete users I like what i see in modoboa but I am open to others the server has other websites , hence you must be familiar... (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: Email Handling, Linux, MySQL, System Admin, Ubuntu)
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resign file ipa without any Apple

Freelancer.com - 3 hours 49 min ago
resign file ipa without any Apple And the possibility of using it on a Linux server or hosting used by php (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: C++ Programming, Java, Linux, Mobile App Development, PHP)
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Dropbox Irks Mac Users With Annoying Dock Icon, Offers Clueless Support

Slashdot.org - 3 hours 57 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Dropbox now opens a new file browser and an associated Dock icon every time it starts, even if you don't want it to. If you're not familiar with Macs, the Dock is the line of applications on the bottom of the screen (or the side, if you've moved it in the settings) and serves the same function as the Windows Taskbar. If my computer restarts or if Dropbox restarts, the new Dropbox window that I don't want pops up in the Dock. This isn't a huge deal, as I can quit Dropbox's new file browser and get rid of that Dock icon each time my computer starts up. I'm not going to stop using Dropbox -- I've been paying the company $138 a year for 2TB of storage and for 12 months' worth of file history, which saves all deleted files and revisions to files. (It's going up to $158 next time I get billed, in February.) It's worth it to me because Dropbox still works great, while the alternatives have always been unreliable or disappointing in other ways when I've tried them. I'll get into that more later in this article. But the Dock icon and window is a major change in how Dropbox presents itself to users. Dropbox has always been the kind of application that is there when you need it and gets out of the way when you don't. Dropbox's syncing and file-sharing features are integrated with the Finder (the Mac file manager), and there's a little icon in the Mac's Menu Bar at the top of the screen for when you need to change a setting. But now, Dropbox wants to be front and center at all times. The company built its own file browser to replace what's already available in the Mac Finder, and it opens that new file manager every time Dropbox starts. We wrote about it last week when Dropbox started rolling it out to more users. I've had it for more than a month since I somehow ended up in Dropbox's Early Access program. Ars' Jon Brodkin, the author of the article, also discovered that "there are numerous Dropbox support employees who apparently have never used their company's Mac application and do not understand how it works." Specifically, the employees Brodkin talked to didn't know "that it's possible for Mac applications to run without a Dock icon even though that's exactly how Dropbox worked for a decade... And they've been giving bad advice to users who want to change back to the old way of doing things."

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Create rdp from my router to servers and vmware images

Freelancer.com - 4 hours 17 sec ago
I have eve for my cisco lab and want to remote into it remotely and remotely into my vmware images with rdp or some option (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: Cisco, Linux, Network Administration, System Admin, VMware)
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Amazon Alexa assistance. Custom skill/lambda

Freelancer.com - 4 hours 20 min ago
Hi, ive got some AWS lambda code deployed and a skill. It works well however I want to begin to use this for other installations. I need some assistance in setting this up. I have no desire to publish the skill, so im not sure if I can use this for others without publishing it... (Budget: $10 - $30 AUD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Linux, MySQL, PHP, Ubuntu)
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BMW To Treat Apple CarPlay as a Subscription Service and Charge Customers an Annual Fee

Slashdot.org - 4 hours 35 min ago
BMW will turn Apple CarPlay into a subscription service beginning with its 2019-model-year vehicles. From a report: The German automaker currently charges a one-time $300 to add Apple CarPlay capability to navigation-equipped BMW models. Going forward, though, navigation-equipped BMWs will come with CarPlay at no charge for one year. Following that first year, customers will need to pay an annual fee of $80 to maintain the relationship between their Apple device and their BMW's infotainment system. BMWs currently are not compatible with Android Auto, although the company did announce its plans to integrate Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa services into its vehicles. [...] Regardless, BMW's decision to charge a yearly fee for CarPlay is contrary to industry norms, as all other automakers include the service as a standard or optional feature that spans the life of the vehicle, similar to a sunroof or AM/FM radio. We'll see if other manufacturers follow BMW's lead in the future or whether the market will force the automaker to fall back into line and provide it at no extra cost.

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Enable messaging between Vbulletin 4 with Amazon SES

Freelancer.com - 4 hours 49 min ago
We currently use Sparkpost for our VB4 messaging platform and are determining the feasibility of using Amazon SES instead of Sparkpost. All messaging is currently sent through Sparkpost. We require VB4... (Budget: $25 - $50 USD, Jobs: Linux, MySQL, PHP, Software Architecture, System Admin)
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I need to fix a GSuite Issue

Freelancer.com - 5 hours 3 min ago
I'm capable of sending emails but I'm not capable of recieve any email on mydomain¡ (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: Email Handling, Google Cloud Platform, HTML, Linux, Web Hosting)
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Justice Department To Open Broad, New Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies

Slashdot.org - 5 hours 16 min ago
schwit1 shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review into whether dominant technology firms are unlawfully stifling competition (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), according to department officials, adding a new Washington threat for companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. The review is geared toward examining the practices of online platforms that dominate internet search, social media and retail services, the officials said. The new antitrust inquiry is the strongest signal yet of Attorney General William Barr's deep interest in the tech sector, and it could ratchet up the already considerable regulatory pressures facing the top U.S. tech firms. The review is designed to go above and beyond recent plans for scrutinizing the tech sector that were crafted by the department and the Federal Trade Commission. Justice Department officials said they would use the new antitrust review to seek extensive input and information from industry participants, and eventually from the dominant tech firms themselves. It isn't yet known whether much of the information-gathering will be done on a voluntary basis or if companies eventually could be compelled by the government to turn over materials. "There is no defined end-goal yet for the Big Tech review other than to understand whether there are antitrust problems that need addressing, but a broad range of options are on the table," the report adds. "The department's inquiry could eventually lead to more focused investigations of specific company conduct."

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$10 - Logging me into Sequel PRO + DBeaver (credentials) (RDS DB) (MySQL) Experts Only

Freelancer.com - 5 hours 43 min ago
$10 - Logging me into Sequel PRO + DBeaver (credentials) (RDS DB) (MySQL) Experts Only Looking for a long term partnership. Thanks (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Database Administration, Linux, MySQL, System Admin)
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Airlines Are Finally Fixing the Middle Seat

Slashdot.org - 5 hours 56 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: "There's no justice in air travel," an airline industry insider once told me. A third of passengers on planes get stuck with a middle seat, getting smushed for hours at a time in a chair that costs exactly the same ticket price as a window or aisle. That just stinks. But what if we could rethink the middle seat to be more comfortable? In 2017, we wrote about a landmark airplane seat called the S1. Its design is unique in that it staggers the typical three-seat arrangement, so that middle-seat passengers sit slightly behind others in their row. Last month, the S1 received FAA approval to be installed on planes; an undisclosed U.S .airline will be putting them on 50 planes by the end of 2020. The S1 has been in development for five years, and the team behind it at Molon Labe Seating is a mere six people, including sales and operations staff. Designed for commuter flights of only a few hours max, the S1 moves the middle seat a few inches lower than, and back from, the aisle and window seat. It also widens the seat by about three inches. This allows your arms, shoulders, thighs, and elbows to spread just a bit more than they otherwise could, without giving the seat more legroom or reducing a plane's seating capacity (which translates to profit margins for airlines). "We have discovered that what looks like a small stagger actually makes a huge difference. The trick is to actually sit in the seat. In fact our main sales tool is to ship seats to airlines so they can sit in them," says Molon Labe founder Hank Scott. "I have watched this several times -- airline executives see the seat, nod their head and then say they get it. Then we ask them to actually sit down, next to a big fella like our head sales guy Thomas [6-foot-6, 250 pounds]. Within a few seconds they [really] get it -- they stop being an airline executive and switch into passenger modes."

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Cloud architect / devops for consulting.

Freelancer.com - 6 hours 17 min ago
I am looking for a solution architect for consulting on what tool to use to setup an appropriate backend stack for my project. The project is a SAAS product. A few tasks required to run: - Thousands of page to scrape each day using headless browser... (Budget: $25 - $50 USD, Jobs: Cloud Computing, Linux, Software Architecture, Software Development)
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Setup Amazon Infrastructure

Freelancer.com - 6 hours 24 min ago
We have a codebase that is containerized using docker. We would like the following done in US-West: - Kubernetes clusters to host API and Client applications. - VPC tunnel to the RDS database (so it is auto-discovered and accessible)... (Budget: $30 - $250 CAD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Infrastructure Architecture, Kubernetes, Linux, System Admin)
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I am looking for spark streaming and kafka real time project explaination

Freelancer.com - 6 hours 34 min ago
I am looking for a someone who can show us real time project In hadoop and spark projects (Budget: ₹600 - ₹1500 INR, Jobs: Big Data Sales, Hadoop, Java, Linux, Map Reduce)
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Fix PBX system

Freelancer.com - 6 hours 35 min ago
We have a Free PBX system we are setting up with Twilio SIP. We need assistance completing the setup and answer questions about configuration. Current Status: -Freepbx installed on server in local network... (Budget: $8 - $15 USD, Jobs: Asterisk PBX, Cisco, Linux, System Admin, VoIP)
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Facebook Deceived Users About the Way It Used Phone Numbers, Facial Recognition, FTC To Allege in Complaint

Slashdot.org - 6 hours 44 min ago
The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users' about its handling of their phone numbers as part of a wide-ranging complaint that accompanies a settlement ending the government's privacy probe, Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing two people familiar with the matter. From the report: In the complaint, which has not yet been released, federal regulators take issue with Facebook's earlier implementation of a security feature called two-factor authentication. It allows users to request one-time password, sent by text message, each time they log onto the social-networking site. But some advertisers managed to target Facebook users who uploaded those contact details, perhaps without the full knowledge of those who provided them, the two sources said. The misuse of the phone numbers was first identified in media reports and by academics last year [PDF]. The FTC also plans to allege that Facebook had provided insufficient information to users -- roughly 30 million -- about their ability to turn off a tool that would identify and offer tag suggestions for photos, the sources added. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity. The facial recognition issue appears to have first been publicized earlier this year by Consumer Reports.

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Widespread Blackouts in Venezuela Could Be New Normal, Experts Warn

Slashdot.org - 7 hours 15 min ago
Widespread electricity outages could become the new normal in Venezuela, experts have warned, as the country struggled to restore power after a massive blackout that left millions without power or access to the internet. From a report: The energy minister, Freddy Brito, said on Tuesday morning that power had been restored in Caracas and at least five states after the outage which the government blamed on an "electromagnetic attack" at hydroelectric dams in the south of the country. About 80% of Venezuela's grid is served by hydropower. But energy analysts were deeply suspicious of government claims, arguing instead that years of corruption and mismanagement have eroded Venezuela's energy capacity. "This blackout is the result of negligent mis-operation of the power grid," said Jose Aguilar, a Venezuelan energy and risk consultant based in the US. "These will keep happening and it will get worse before it gets better." Other analysts express similar incredulity. "It's hard to believe that it was an electromagnetic attack, when you've seen years of theft and corruption in the energy sector," said Geoff Ramsey, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America. "This blackout shows government doesn't have the tools to return to normalcy." Some supporters of Nicolas Maduro have claimed that US sanctions aimed at Venezuela's oil industry have hampered his government's ability to keep the lights on, but many of those sanctions target individuals accused corruption.

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DevOps Content

Freelancer.com - 7 hours 23 min ago
BLOG WRITING REQUIREMENT, NO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT JUST CONTENT AND BLOGS I am looking for a technical writer who could write blogs, website content and has good knowledge about what is new in the technological sector in terms of DevOps... (Budget: $2 - $8 USD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Chef Configuration Management, Linux, Test Automation)
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Apple Dominates App Store Search Results, Thwarting Competitors

Slashdot.org - 7 hours 54 min ago
Apple's mobile apps routinely appear first in search results ahead of competitors in its App Store, a powerful advantage that skirts some of the company's rules on such rankings, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. From the report: The company's apps ranked first in more than 60% of basic searches, such as for "maps," [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] the analysis showed. Apple apps that generate revenue through subscriptions or sales, like Music or Books, showed up first in 95% of searches related to those apps. This dominance gives the company an upper hand in a marketplace that generates $50 billion in annual spending. Services revenue linked to the performance of apps is at the center of Apple's strategy to diversify its profits as iPhone sales wane. While many of Apple's products are undoubtedly popular, they are held to a different standard by the App Store. Apple tells developers that downloads, user reviews and ratings are factors that influence search results. Yet more than two dozen of Apple's apps come pre-installed on iPhones and are shielded from reviews and ratings. [...] Audiobooks.com, an RBmedia company, largely held the No. 1 ranking in "audiobooks" searches in the App Store for nearly two years. Then last September it was unseated by Apple Books. The Apple app had only recently begun marketing audiobooks directly for the first time. "It was literally overnight," said Ian Small, Audiobooks.com's general manager. He said the change triggered a 25% decline in Audiobooks.com's daily app downloads. [...] Apple's role as both the creator of the App Store's search engine and the beneficiary of its results has rankled developers. They contend Apple is essentially pinning its apps No. 1, compelling anyone seeking alternatives to consider Apple apps first. [...] Phillip Shoemaker, who led the App Store review process until 2016, said Apple executives were aware of Podcasts' poor ratings. Around 2015, his team proposed to senior executives that it purge all apps rated lower than two stars to ensure overall quality. "That would kill our Podcasts app," an Apple executive said, according to Mr. Shoemaker, who has advised some independent apps on the App Store review process since leaving Apple. The proposal was eventually rejected, Mr. Shoemaker said.

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