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Chinese President Xi Jinping starts a parallel tech war with Chinese companies in China

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As per Reuters, China's State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR), has announced that it would impose a fine of 500,000 yuan ($76,464) each on Tencent-backed China Literature and Shenzhen Hive Box. This is the maximum fine that can be imposed under a 2008 anti-monopoly law in force in China, for not reporting past deals properly to enable anti-trust reviews. Watch the video for more.

 

TL:DW - This is the CCP seeing the power that has accrued to the US tech giants, and wanting to stop the same from happening in China.

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The computers rejecting your job application [BBC]

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Frankly, it was a little stressful to know that my application was being judged by a computer and not by a human being.

Replace "a little stressful" with "outrageous" & you'll get my feelings about this subject. >.<

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While recruiters have been using AI for around the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years. And demand for it has risen strongly since the pandemic, thanks to its convenience and fast results at a time when staff may be off due to Covid-19.

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Its AI software is now used in the initial recruitment processes of a number of multinational companies, such as McDonald's, bank JP Morgan, accountancy firm PWC, and food group Kraft Heinz. An interview with a human recruiter then follows if you pass.

 

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On 3/9/2021 at 5:37 PM, MoKat said:

Tech Gumbo updated their "5 Free Software That Are Actually Great" video last month.

 

You remember the buzz about holographic tv’s before Covid? Any updates on that?

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No current updates. These are the most recent articles I dug up:

Next-gen TVs: the OLED, micro-LED and holographic TVs of the future [Tech Radar 04 April 2020]

Holographic TVs on the horizon [Advanced TV October 22, 2019]

According to the Daily Dot, Samsung filed a patent "for a TV that uses holograms" early in 2020

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According to the patent, the TV maker would use a holographic display apparatus that may include a light source, a spatial light modulator that creates the hologram along with a controller, and an eye-tracking unit that would track the pupil of the viewer. Holographic display eliminates the need for glasses to enhance the illusion of depth perception, which was one of the primary customer complaints about 3D TVs, as well any issues viewers have with wearing the accessory to view content.

 

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Quantum computing may be able to solve the age-old problem of reasoning [Tech Republic]

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In a new paper, scientists at Cambridge Quantum Computing exhibited how quantum computing, still a nascent field, can be useful in making practical decisions. The aim, according to the head of the Quantum Machine Learning division of CQC, Mattia Fiorentini, was to show that quantum computers can handle intuitive reasoning--using inference on a probability model--which hadn't been approached this way before.

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The results show that the quantum machine could use inference models to draw conclusions. Probabilistic inference, which means the incorporation of uncertainty into computer programming, is particularly suited to quantum computers, Fiorentini said, because "quantum models have been proven to be more expressive, easier to train under certain circumstances."

In practical terms, this means that quantum computing can be useful to solve both scientific and engineering problems. The results are "quite flexible, surprisingly robust, and can be applied in many fields," said Fiorentini. 

 

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Dunno how many of you have been following the "right to repair" movement, but Linus describes it rather well here.

BTW, Apple is notorious for being against right to repair :/

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