August 24, 2016
STANFORD (CBS SF) – For many, using speech recognition on a smartphone has been at times a frustrating experience. Now, researchers at Stanford say the technology has advanced to a point where it is faster and more accurate than typing. Researchers devised an experiment where participants took turns inputting about 100 different phrases, either through…
via Stanford Study Finds Voice Recognition Sofware Types Faster, Better Than Humans — CBS San Francisco
August 10, 2016
Kerala, God’s Own Country
Source: EXPERIENCING DIVINITY
August 8, 2016
NY Times, Researchers, Think Tanks
Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’ agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.
Source: Researchers or Corporate Allies? Think Tanks Blur the Line – The New York Times
“WASHINGTON — As Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest home builders, pushed ahead with an $8 billion plan to revitalize a barren swath of San Francisco, it found a trusted voice to vouch for its work: the Brookings Institution, the most prestigious think tank in the world.
“This can become a productive, mutually beneficial relationship,” Bruce Katz, a Brookings vice president, wrote to Lennar in July 2010. The ultimate benefit for Brookings: $400,000 in donations from Lennar’s different divisions…”
August 8, 2016
It has been a busy aviation week in Seattle! I attended the Friday (sunny) and Sunday (from grey skies and low cloud to sunny!) Seafair Boeing Air Show which included the new “Amazon One” Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767-300, a new Boeing 737 MAX, US Army and US Coast Guard helicopters, warbirds from the Flying Heritage Collection and […]
via Seafair 2016: Boeing Air Show — Aces Flying High
August 8, 2016
Africa, Human Trafficking, Illegal Migrants, IOM, Nigeria, Peace & Security, Report, UN
UN says 80% of the Nigerian women who came to Italy by boat in the first half of 2016 will be trafficked into prostitution
Source: Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe ‘at crisis level’ | Global development | The Guardian
“The trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat is reaching “crisis” levels, with traffickers using migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are then collected and forced into prostitution across Europe, the UN’sInternational Office for Migration (IOM) warns.
About 3,600 Nigerian women arrived by boat into Italy in the first six months of this year, almost double the number who were registered in the same time period last year, according to the IOM.
More than 80% of these women will be trafficked into prostitution in Italy and across Europe, it says…”
June 19, 2016
There are some experiences that no pilot should miss out on. Here are a few things to check off on your pilot bucket list. 1) Aerobatic Flying. Straight-and-level flight is nice, but seeing the world upside-down is unforgettable. 2) Complex Aircraft. While you may never need a complex aircraft rating, it’s a worthwhile experience nonetheless. […]
via 9 Flying Experiences Every Pilot Should Have | Boldmethod — Madox Air Sports The Gambia
June 13, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is shaking up its software. On Monday, the company is expected to announce a number of new upgrades to its various operating systems. But CEO Tim Cook started the event in San Francisco with a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Cook called it…
via iPhone 4s now officially ‘obsolete’ after Apple announces iOS 10 — fox13now.com