Wall Street Performance Coach Sues ‘Billions’ Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin, Showtime For Copyright Infringement

Wall Street Performance Coach Sues ‘Billions’ Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin, Showtime For Copyright Infringement

A Wall Street performance coach who specializes in trading psychology is suing the creators of Billions, saying she was the uncredited and uncompensated inspiration for the character Dr. Wendy Rhoades. Denise Shull filed a copyright infringement suit today in federal district court in New York, claiming that New York Times financial columnist and CNBC Squawk Box co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin “ripped off” her character without paying her or obtaining her permission. The suit…Read full story

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Another IATSE Official Arrested For Embezzling From His Local Union

Another IATSE Official Arrested For Embezzling From His Local Union

Yet another IATSE official has been arrested for embezzling funds from his local – the 15th local leader from across the country to be so charged or convicted since 2008. The latest to be charged is Ivar Carlson, the former business agent and treasurer of the now-defunct IATSE Local B-935 in Worchester, Ma. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts, Carlson embezzled more than $37,000 from the local from March 2007 through September 2016 by writing checks…Read full story

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This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl! This occurrence reveals a problem with computers that has existed since they were invented: they do exactly what you tell them to do. The intention of the researchers was, as you might guess, to accelerate and improve the…

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This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl! This occurrence reveals a problem with computers that has existed since they were invented: they do exactly what you tell them to do. The intention of the researchers was, as you might guess, to accelerate and improve the…

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Epic Games surprises players on New Years Eve

Epic Games surprises players on New Years Eve

Happy New Year! The folks over at Epic Games have a special treat in store for players hopping on Fortnite today. In celebration of New Years Eve all around the world, Fortnite is having an in-game live event where a massive, dropping disco ball descends on the map each hour, on the hour. The virtual ball drop has the same affect on players as a boogie bomb, meaning that everyone playing Fortnite is collectively dancing each time the minutes on your clock read :00. Obviously, the clock has already struck…

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Epic Games surprises players on New Years Eve

Epic Games surprises players on New Years Eve

Happy New Year! The folks over at Epic Games have a special treat in store for players hopping on Fortnite today. In celebration of New Years Eve all around the world, Fortnite is having an in-game live event where a massive, dropping disco ball descends on the map each hour, on the hour. The virtual ball drop has the same affect on players as a boogie bomb, meaning that everyone playing Fortnite is collectively dancing each time the minutes on your clock read :00. Obviously, the clock has already struck…

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Echo Wall Clock review

Echo Wall Clock review

This was the year Amazon went all-in on the Alexa. September saw the announcement of a new Echo Dot, Show and Plus, a subwoofer, an audio input device, an auto dongle and an amplifier. That would have been plenty, but the company also started dipping its toes into the other side of things. 2018 also found Amazon experimenting in the connected device category — namely a microwave and wall clock (oh, and a singing fish, too). It’s a strange move on the face of it. After all, there are countless…

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