The Benefits of Putting the Security of Blockchain Ledger Technology to Use Within the Voting Process

In a fascinating video for Big Think, technology entrepreneur Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of HyperLedger, an open source blockchain project that’s thinking beyond cryptocurrency, talks about the benefits of putting the security of blockchain ledger technology to use within the voting system. At the same time, Behlendorf also acknowledges that it wouldn’t be prudent to digitize the entire process, such as using mobile devices to vote mostly because these devices are not immune to hacking, malware and malfunction.

Going digital isn’t just a matter of convenience, but one of accountability—citizens the world over are increasingly losing trust in the democratic system, from miscounted votes, to denying eligible people the right to vote at all. …Brian Behlendorf considers two aspects where blockchain can help, and one where it absolutely can’t. Better tech can end voter discrimination at polling stations, and falsely reported totals at the state and national levels, but will we ever be able to vote on our mobile devices from the comfort of a blanket fort? Behlendorf delivers the bad news.

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Visual Effects Expert Explains the History Behind Shrinking People in Movies

Downsizing visual effects supervisor James E. Price sat down with WIRED to explain the history behind shrinking people down in movies.

In this timeline, Price explains the special effects techniques like forced perspective, compositing, the Schüfftan process, rotoscoping, motion control, motion capture and more. Movies include Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Cylops, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Hook, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Lord of the Rings franchise, Ant-Man, and, of course, Downsizing.

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Andre Drummond shushes Philly crowd despite 30-point deficit

Dec 30, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) reacts after making a dunk during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

While shooting 62.6 percent from the foul line would not be seen as a major achievement for most basketball players, that does not apply to Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. In the first five years of his NBA career, Drummond shot no better than 41.8 percent from the charity stripe in any particular season.

Maybe the fans at Wells Fargo Center were getting on Drummond about his foul shooting abilities, because after going 2-for-2 on one trip he decided to shush the crowd… despite the Pistons trailing by 30 points.

Drummond and 76ers center Joel Embiid have had a bit of a rivalry this season, with Embiid coming out on top Friday night by virtue of the blowout result.

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LSU parts ways with OC Matt Canada

Sep 9, 2017; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada before a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU Tigers and offensive coordinator Matt Canada have agreed to mutually move on from one another, the program announced on Friday night. Ross Dellenger of The Advocate reports that Canada will be paid $1.7 million of the remaining $3.3 million available on his contract.

Canada spent just a single season as the offensive coordinator of the Tigers while also serving as the quarterbacks coach. He’s lived a nomadic life as a college coach, having been the offensive coordinator for seven programs over the course of his career.

He broke into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Indiana — his alma mater — for the 1994 season. His first offensive coordinator role came in 1997 with the Butler Bulldogs, before getting his next chance as the OC for Northern Illinois in 2003. He would hold that post again with the Huskies in 2011.

He also returned to his roots as the OC for the Hoosiers from 2007-2010, the longest he has been for any stop in his coaching carousel. Since 2012, he has served as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Wisconsin Badgers, NC State Wolfpack, and Pitt Panthers before joining LSU.

The Tigers finished the 2017 year with a 9-4 record, scoring 354 points over the course of the year, the second-fewest in the SEC West. They finished the year with a 17-point performance against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl, a game in which they did not score during the first half.

It was head coach Ed Oregeron’s first full season at the helm for the Tigers. He will move into his second year with a new offensive coordinator.

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Brewers and Padres making bullpen moves

The Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres are making separate signings in order to hopefully boost their bullpens, according to reports.

The Brewers made the first move, agreeing to a deal with southpaw Boone Logan, as first reported by Jon Heyman. He’ll earn $2.5 million guaranteed with $3.2 million in incentives and a club option in 2019 worth $4.125 million.

The Padres followed with a two-year deal for right-hander Craig Stammen, per Heyman. They’re also considered the “favorite” for Japanese reliever Kazuhisa Makita. Makita, a submariner, is reportedly on his way to the United States to take his physical.

Logan can provide some depth for a Brewers bullpen that could use some. It seemed like every other day there was a transaction relating to the bullpen, whether it was a call up, send down or designating for assignment. The Brewers bullpen was anchored by closer Corey Knebel, but the team was forced to throw the 5th-most innings out of the bullpen.

Left-handers had a .711 OPS off Logan last year but that number was just .477 in 2016 as a member of the Rockies. Injuries limited Logan to 21 innings with the Indians last year. As it stands, Josh Hader is the main lefty in the Brewers pen.

Stammen will return to the Padres after pitching 80.1 innings of relief for the team last season. He struck out 8.3 batters per nine, his best mark since 2013. While his 4.38 FIP didn’t match up with his 3.14 ERA, a slight regression is still probably worth it for San Diego as long as he provides innings.

Makita only struck out 35 batters in 62.2 innings but walked just five. He’s been a full-time reliever the last two years, finishing with a 1.60 and 2.30 ERA, respectively.

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Heyman | Mets and Jenrry Mejia avoid arbitration

Sep 15, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) reacts walking to the dugout against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets and right-handed pitcher Jenrry Mejia have settled on a deal for $1.729 million to avoid arbitration, sources tell FanRag Sports. This deal is not expected to be paid, as Mejia has been suspended from baseball for life following three positive PED tests.

Mejia is eligible to petition commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement after having sat out the past two seasons entirely. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2015, making seven scoreless appearances out of the bullpen for the Mets.

This past winter, Mejia returned to the mound as a member of Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. He appeared in six games and allowed four earned runs while walking 12 batters in 9.1 innings. The past two years saw him appear in the Dominican Winter League with Tigres del Licey.

New York first signed Mejia as an amateur free agent out of Tabara Arriba, Dominican Republic, in April 2007. He debuted three years later as a 20-year-old, getting a brief cup of coffee with the Mets while being ranked as highly as the No. 44 overall prospect in the game prior to 2011 by Baseball America.

It was as recently as 2014 that Mejia served as the team’s closer, notching the only 28 saves of his career. He made seven starts that year before transitioning to the bullpen, working 93.2 innings in what appears to be his final major league season.

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“F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” Podcasts, December 2017

Hosted by landscape photographer Matt Payne, the podcast series “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” presents informal conversations with nature photographers. They discuss the photographer’s motivations, explore his or her personal journey and perspectives on important issues facing landscape photographers today.

Listen to last month’s podcasts below.

December 2nd – Episode 31 – David Swindler

  • David’s journey into landscape photography as an chemical engineer
  • The Art Storefronts website platform
  • Using failure as a teacher
  • Finding a good composition
  • Impactful moments in landscape photography

December 7th – Episode 32 – Dan Ballard

  • Dan’s journey into landscape photography
  • What it is like living on the road as a full-time professional photographer
  • The importance of creating images and seeking out new locations
  • The importance of a lightweight kit
  • Creating panoramas
  • How to work with human subjects on travel photography trips
  • The current state of landscape photography

December 13th – Episode 33 – Nick Page

  • Nick’s journey into landscape photography
  • What life is like as a full-time professional photographer
  • Why he started his podcast
  • The upcoming “Out of Moab” landscape photography conference
  • The recent news about Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante
  • Social media and landscape photography
  • The importance of the journey to become better

December 17th – Episode 34 – Alexandre Deschaumes

  • Alexandre’s journey into landscape photography
  • The documentary about his work
  • His book
  • His style of photography
  • The challenges of conservation and landscape photography in Europe

December 23rd – Episode 35 – Jack Brauer

  • How Jack got into Landscape Photography
  • Mountain Photography
  • How Jack got into the web design business and his website building services
  • The critical relationship between conservation and landscape photography, including the recent news about Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante

December 30th – Episode 36 – Alexander Otto

  • How Alex got into Landscape Photography
  • Death Metal Music!
  • Landscape photography as a cultural practice
  • Instagram and the rise in popularity of certain Europe locations


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That’s not how any of this works: Optimistic tech reporting isn’t going to ruin AI

Winter is coming, but fear not. According to the experts, we won’t need Jon Snow to save us — it’s only coming for our machines. Gary Marcus, an AI expert and Professor of Psychology at NYU, Tuesday published a fascinating white-paper. It basically serves as a list of reasons why he thinks deep learning is shit and the community should abandon it and start over. Which is something he and others seem to firmly believe: Deep Learning is not enough, and we need to start over — Hinton confirms what I have been saying for two decades. — Gary…

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