Have Terabytes of Enron Data Quietly Gone Missing?

Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz quotes MuckRock: Government investigations into California’s electricity shortage, ultimately determined to be caused by intentional market manipulations and capped retail electricity prices by the now infamous Enron Corporation, resulted in terabytes of information being collected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This included several extremely large databases, some of which had nearly 200 million rows of data, including Enron’s bidding and price processes, their trading and…

February 2, 2019
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Elon Musk Explains Why He’s Building ‘Starship’ Out of Stainless Steel

Long-time Slashdot reader darkwing_bmf writes: In an exclusive interview with Popular Mechanics, SpaceX founder Elon Musk explains why stainless steel is the best material to build rocket ships, beating carbon fiber in cost, durability and even weight. “As far as we know, this marks the first time the material has been used in spacecraft construction since some early, ill-fated attempts during the Atlas program in the late 1950s,” reports Popular…

February 2, 2019
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Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Kids Tend To Be Affluent, Better Educated

schwit1 quotes ABC News: Vaccines are universally backed by respected scientists and federal agencies, but that isn’t enough to convince every parent to vaccinate their children. The decision to fly in the face of near universal scientific opinion doesn’t come as a result of a lack of intellect, however, as experts who have studied vaccines and immunology acknowledge that many parents who don’t vaccinate their children are well-educated. They also…

February 2, 2019
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Physicists Made a Flying Army of Laser ‘Schrodinger’s Cats’

PolygamousRanchKid quotes LiveScience: A laser pulse bounced off a rubidium atom and entered the quantum world — taking on the weird physics of “Schrodinger’s cat.” The laser pulses didn’t grow whiskers or paws. But they became like the famous quantum-physics thought experiment Schrodinger’s cat in an important way: They were large objects that acted like the simultaneously dead-and-alive creatures of subatomic physics — existing in a limbo between two simultaneous,…

February 2, 2019
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Rekognition’s only known law enforcement client does not use “confidence threshold”, undermining Amazon’s defense against research showing the software’s bias (Bryan Menegus/Gizmodo)

February 2, 2019

Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo: Rekognition’s only known law enforcement client does not use “confidence threshold”, undermining Amazon’s defense against research showing the software’s bias  —  Faced with two independent studies that found its facial recognition software returns inaccurate or biased results … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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AI-Driven Python Code-Completion Tool ‘Kite’ Attracts $17M In Investments

An AI-enhanced tool that suggests code snippets for Python developers in real time just raised $17 million in VC funding to expand its R&D team “with a focus on accelerating developer productivity.” An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat: “Our mission is to bring the latest advancements in AI and machine learning (ML) to make writing code fluid, effortless, and more enjoyable,” explained [founder Adam] Smith. “Developers using Kite can focus their…

February 2, 2019
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The Kremlin’s Remote-Access Credentials Left Thousands Of Businesses Exposed For Years

A Dutch security researcher says he found credentials for the Russian government’s backdoor account for accessing servers of businesses operating in Russia, ZDNet reports: The researcher says that after his initial finding, he later found the same “admin@kremlin.ru” account on over 2,000 other MongoDB databases that had been left exposed online, all belonging to local and foreign businesses operating in Russia. Examples include databases belonging to local banks, financial institutions,…

February 2, 2019
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