‘Why You Should Not Use Google Cloud’

A user on Medium named “Punch a Server” says you should not use Google Cloud due to the “‘no-warnings-given, abrupt way’ they pull the plug on your entire system if they (or the machines) believe something is wrong.” The user has a project running in production on Google Cloud (GCP) that is used to monitor hundreds of wind turbines and scores of solar plants scattered across 8 countries. When their…

July 1, 2018
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Sources: Xiaomi scuttled plans to sell Shanghai CDRs alongside Hong Kong IPO and halved the amount raised due to more stringent demands from regulators in China (Bloomberg)

July 1, 2018

Bloomberg: Sources: Xiaomi scuttled plans to sell Shanghai CDRs alongside Hong Kong IPO and halved the amount raised due to more stringent demands from regulators in China  —  – Regulators in China said to insist on meeting local rules  — Authorities want tech giants to list on domestic exchanges Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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BYD Claims New Battery Factory Will Be ‘Largest In the World’

China’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, BYD, is opening a new battery factory that it claims will be the “largest in the world.” Electrek reports: The factory is located in the western province of Qinghai and while it was “opened” this week, it is still under construction and BYD aims to complete it by the end of next year. BYD President and Chairman Wang Chuanfu said at the opening ceremony (via…

July 1, 2018
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AT&T Has To Pay Up Millions After Two Major 911 Outages Last Year

AT&T has been fined $5.25 million for an outage last year that resulted in 12,000 callers not being able to reach 911. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau made the announcement on Thursday, stating that “such preventable outages are unacceptable.” Gizmodo reports: Aside from the fine — which is really a drop in the bucket for the billion-dollar behemoth — AT&T must also make changes and enhancements to its systems to mitigate…

July 1, 2018
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A look at Option Impact, a salary database accessible to VCs and their startups, based on anonymized salary info from about 2,600 companies (Rachel Nuwer/Wired)

July 1, 2018

Rachel Nuwer / Wired: A look at Option Impact, a salary database accessible to VCs and their startups, based on anonymized salary info from about 2,600 companies  —  WHEN STEVE, A thirtysomething engineer, launched a software company in San Francisco a few years ago, he and his cofounder faced the daunting task of hiring a team … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Microsoft Releases 125 Million Building Footprints In the US To the OpenStreetMap Community

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSPoweruser: Today, Microsoft announced that it is releasing 124 Million building footprints in the United States to the OpenStreetMap community. Bing Maps team used Microsoft’s CNTK Unified Toolkit to apply its Deep Neural Networks and the ResNet34 with RefineNet up-sampling layers to detect building footprints from the Bing imagery. OpenStreetMap currently has 30,567,953 building footprints in the U.S., thanks to editor contributions and…

July 1, 2018
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Patreon Is Suspending Adult Content Creators Because of Its Payment Partners

Some adult content creators on crowdfunding site Patreon are being suspended due to the suggestive material they produce. The platform said that they are increasing efforts to review content, due to payment processor pressure. Motherboard reports: In late 2017, Patreon expanded its adult content guidelines, to include stricter guidelines for “bestiality, incest, sexual depiction of minors, and suggestive sexual violence.” At the time, it resulted in suspensions and bans of…

July 1, 2018
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