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Rachel Pollack’s Influence on DC Comics is Still Being Felt Today

It’s Women’s History Month, and we here at Geek want to celebrate that by highlighting some of the most important Women in geek history. Today I’d like to highlight a world-renowned Tarot expert, […]

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Ether plunges after SEC says “dozens” of ICO investigations underway


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The price of ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, has fallen below $500 for the first time this year. The decline comes days after a senior official from the Securities and Exchange Commission acknowledged that the agency had “dozens” of open investigations into initial coin offerings. The price of ether has fallen 19 percent in the last 24 hours, from $580 to $470.

“We’re doing obviously a lot in the crypto space, and we’re seeing a lot in the crypto space,” said Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, at a conference on Thursday. “We are very active, and I would just expect to see more and more.”

The SEC’s decision to aggressively police cryptocurrency offerings is particularly significant for the Ethereum community because many new cryptocurrency offerings are built on top of the Ethereum platform. People creating a new token on the Ethereum blockchain need to buy ether, the currency used to pay for Ethereum transactions. So if aggressive SEC enforcement ends the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) boom—which seems to be cooling anyway—it would remove a major factor that pushed ether’s value upward during 2017.

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Raleigh cops are investigating crime by getting Google to reveal the identity of every mobile user within acres of the scene

Public records requests have revealed that on at least four occasions, the Raleigh-Durham police obtained warrants forcing Google to reveal the identities of every mobile user within acres of a crime scene, sweeping up the personal information of thousands of people in a quest to locate a single perp.

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/18/take-down-your-fishin-pole.html

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The tech talent gap is real. Increased diversity is the solution.


This column is part of a series called “Voices of Women in Tech,” created in collaboration with AnitaB.org, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.

As a chief human resources officer in the tech industry, I know firsthand that the talent gap is real. In the cybersecurity segment alone, experts predict some 2 million roles will go unfilled by 2019. And in an ultracompetitive, fast-moving industry — where finding and securing top talent can feel akin to spotting a snow leopard in New York City — addressing diversity in the recruiting mix can be a real challenge for many hiring managers. Read more…

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Secure voting, digital ID’s, and more: How blockchain could reform digital democracy

The immutability and decentralized nature of public blockchain networks, such as bitcoin and Ethereum, could allow governments to process large amounts of sensitive information on an unchangeable and transparent platform. In an exclusive interview with Binary District, Daniel Gasteiger, the co-founder of Procivis, an electronic ID solutions company built on integrated e-government platform eID+; and Patrick McCorry, a Research Associate at University College London (UCL), discussed the potential of blockchain technology in e-governance and the limitations that may restrict its applicability. Potential applications of blockchain technology in e-governance Over the last two years, several governments, including those of Brazil and…

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Roughly one in four Americans is online ‘constantly’

We’re still obsessed with the internet.

Americans’ obsession with the internet is still growing.

New data from Pew Research Center found that 26 percent of American adults admit to being online “almost constantly,” and 43 percent go online “several times a day.” In 2015, roughly 21 percent of American adult admitted to being online “almost constantly.”

Unsurprisingly, young people are more likely to be internet-obsessed than the general population. About 39 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds reported going online “almost constantly,” compared to 36 percent back in 2015.

A graph from Pew Research showing how many Americans are using the internet constantly.

Pew pointed out the obvious: That this increase in internet usage is likely tied to the rise of internet-connected mobile devices. But it’s also worth noting that many of the world’s most valuable companies have built empires by encouraging people to get online; Google and Facebook, for example, have anchored their entire business to people spending time online where they’ll see more advertisements. Even modern business tools like Slack seem designed for an always-online worker.

Don’t expect this number to decline, either. Facebook and Google are also spending millions on ways to get more people onto the internet. Facebook is testing solar-powered drones that would provide constant wireless access to remote areas, and Google wants to do the same with giant balloons.

Source: https://www.recode.net/2018/3/17/17130688/online-data-america-pew-research-obsession-facebook-google

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Computers can’t keep shrinking, but they’ll keep getting better. Here’s how

Moore’s Law is one of the reasons computers have seen so much improvement over the past few decades. But when it comes to an end does that mean the end of better machines? Not quite.

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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/end-moores-law-end-of-computers/