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Commentary: Much for us to learn from Taiwan, South Korea successes – Delaware State News

commentary: much for us to learn from taiwan, south korea successes – delaware state news

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By Joe Pamintuan
Recently, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan procured 500,000 COVID-19 test kits from South Korea, supplies that have been stored in an undisclosed location secured by state police and the National Guard. Presumably, this is a preemptive measure against reported seizures by the federal government to address severe shortages around the country.
Meanwhile, little has been made about the country that maintains a surplus of supplies. Indeed, the fact that South Korea was able to spare the test kits speaks to the success of its containment program and to the decision made early on to ramp up production of these critical tools. This allowed authorities to carry out universal screening to isolate confirmed and suspected cases, trace their contacts and focus on hot spots using information technology to track the progression of the outbreak.
The result is that South Koreans have been able to keep their economy running and carry on as usual, while the world has been in lockdown. This targeted approach could hold clues as to how to keep the virus at bay as we ease restrictions and reopen.
Therefore, importing test kits from South Korea is not enough; we need to import their know-how. South Korea’s …

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LSU Eunice Awards Spring 2020 Graduates – News15 | Lafayette, LA

lsu eunice awards spring 2020 graduates – news15 | lafayette, la

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EUNICE – LSU Eunice awarded 222 degrees following the completion of the Spring 2020 semester.  The graduates will be celebrated on August 15 in a special commencement ceremony inside the HPRE Center.
 
Students issued degrees are listed below.
Abbeville: Gloria Michel, Associate of Applied Science in Management; Katlyn Sellers, Associate of General Studies; Holli Mire, Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology; Katlyn Sellers, Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Coding and Billing
 
Alexandria: Stephanie Morris, Associate of Science in Nursing
Alvin, Texas: Charles Gordon, Associate of General Studies
 
Arnaudville: McKenzie Wyble, Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology; Gabrielle Rider, Associate of General Studies; Chelsea Ray, Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
Baker: Janell Heximer, Associate of Science in Nursing
Basile: Ian Fontenot, Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer Concentration: Biological; Sarah Guidry, Malerie Leonards, Associate of Science in Nursing; Dorothy Toups, Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
Baton Rouge: Josiah Town, Associate of General Studies
Branch: Eldridge Laughlin, Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology; Kaitlan Bundick, Associate of Applied Science in Management; Hayden Speyrer, Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer Concentration: Business; Timothy Nelams, Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
 
Breaux Bridge: Brithney Charles, Molly Dauterive, Associate of Science in Nursing; Kimberly Quebedeaux, …

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Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Williams-Sonoma, Dell, VMware and more

stocks making the biggest moves after hours: williams-sonoma, dell, vmware and more

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Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesCheck out the companies making headlines after the bell.Salesforce.com — The enterprise software provider’s stock dropped 3% in extended trading after the company provided its first-quarter financial results. Salesforce.com said it had earnings of 70 cents per share excluding some items on revenue of $4.87 billion, while analysts polled by Refinitiv expected earnings of 69 cents per share on revenue of $4.85 billion. Nordstrom — The clothing retailer’s stock whipsawed in extended trading after the company released its first-quarter earnings. Nordstrom reported a loss of $3.33 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion, while analysts anticipated a loss of $1.07 per share with revenue of $2.42 billion, according to Refinitiv. Though the company reported that net sales tumbled 40% during its fiscal first quarter, CEO Erik Nordstrom said in his prepared remarks that the retailer has “sufficient liquidity to successfully execute our strategy in 2020 and over the longer term.”Costco — The retailer’s stock fell 2% in extended trading after Costco reported its earnings for the third quarter. Costco said it had earnings of $1.89 per share on revenue of $37.27 billion, while analysts polled by Refinitiv estimated earnings of $1.95 per share with revenue of $37.13 billion. Though customers descended on Costco stores to bulk-buy essentials in the early stages of …

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SCC will have drive-thru graduations – The Stanly News & Press

scc will have drive-thru graduations – the stanly news & press

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Stanly Community College (SCC) will commemorate graduation a little differently this yearby holding drive-thru graduations June 8 through June 11 on the Albemarle campus.
In an effort to maintain social distancing standards, SCC will be holding the event in an outdoor space, offering graduates a drive-thru style ceremony. The graduates will receive their ceremonial cords of distinction while still within their vehicle, and then offered the opportunity to walk across the graduation stage and receive their earned credential.
“Graduation is an important milestone for our students and we want to offer them a memorable experience as we work through the global pandemic,” SCC President Dr. John Enamait said. “The health, safety, and well-being of our students remains our top priority. I want to express my pride and happiness for all our graduating students and wish them all the best as they begin their next passage.”
The drive-thru graduations will be located between the Eddins Building and Whitley Building in parking lot G.
Campus signs will be posted directing graduates where to go. Graduates and their family may arrive on campus anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with each day designated for a specific academic program. Students are asked to adhere to …

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What’s the point: Google AI, JetBrains’ big data tools, Subversion, Docker

what’s the point: google ai, jetbrains’ big data tools, subversion, docker

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Google’s AI teams used the last days of May to share their advances in natural language generation evaluation and demonstrate how the large-scale pre-training approach currently hot in the language domain could be used in the field of computer vision. 

The idea behind the latter boils down to pre-training general features with a variety of datasets and fine-tuning the resulting model with less data for a task of interest in a second step. The exact methodology is explained in “Big Transfer (BiT): General Visual Representation Learning” with models and notebooks available via a project repository.

Meanwhile the language team has been busy using pre-training to find a way of measuring the quality of systems generating natural language. The result is called BLEURT, a “learned evaluation metric based on BERT that can model human judgments with a few thousand possibly biased training examples”. The examples mentioned stem from public rating collections and additional user input.

BLEURT is meant to combine advantages of human evaluation and automatic metrics, while being more performant than competing approaches. The first results seem to compare well enough to yield further investigation, with the team staging to look into multilingualism and multimodality next.

JetBrains opens Big …

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Report: Hacker threatens to publish MSU files, student information if bounty not met

report: hacker threatens to publish msu files, student information if bounty not met

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Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Report: Hacker threatens to publish MSU files, student information if bounty not metAn internet hacker is threatening to publish MSU financial documents and student information if a bounty is not paid. Post to FacebookSent!A link has been sent to your friend’s email address.Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. CLOSE EAST LANSING — A hacker is threatening to publish financial documents and personal student information stolen from Michigan State University, according to a report from the technology and education website EdScoop.MSU spokesperson Dan Olsen confirmed an intrusion that officials suspect involved one unit on campus. The affected servers and systems have since been taken offline to prevent any further exposure, he said.MSU Information Technology called police within hours of the reported breach, Olsen said. The Michigan State Police and MSU Police Department will investigate.Olsen did not have further information.A report from EdScoop Wednesday reported the ransomware attack and provided screenshots from a blog on the dark web to a reporter, showing what appear to be a student’s passport, MSU financial documents and files from the MSU network.  …

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Bentonville tech firm awarded $256,000 grant – Talk Business & Politics

bentonville tech firm awarded $256,000 grant – talk business & politics

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The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has awarded Phase I funding to Bentonville startup Stonehenge Technology Labs.The research & commercialization grant is worth $256,000. It backs Stonehenge’s Requisite Junction, a mobile web application that informs consumers in real-time which shopping locations — both brick-and-mortar and digital retail sites — are stocked with products for which they’re looking. Meagan Kinmonth-Bowman, Stonehenge’s founder and CEO, explains that the location-based search algorithm taps a centralized information hub containing real-time stock and inventory levels enabling consumers to plan and route their supply pickup efficiently.Once running, Requisite Junction will be programmed to aid in social distancing by proactively recommending routes and locations to users of the app. Current inventory units, coupled with the inventory units others have planned to purchase from a single location over a specific time frame, will allow Requisite Junction to recommend alternative locations and times to consumers who would otherwise be walking into a distribution bottleneck.Suppliers and retail distributors receive real-time data from the consumers through Requisite Junction Insights.“It’s a huge project, and we are thrilled to be chosen to participate,” said Kinmonth-Bowman said. “We’re a tiny startup, but like everyone …

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Looking Inside A Big Data Toolbox

looking inside a big data toolbox

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Getting the meat of any data pool into burger-shaped perfection ready for consumption requires a few … [+] tools.

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Much like term super, the big in big data comes with a certain amount of hype. Just as we now have supercars, supermodels, superspreaders and super-sized meals, we now have big business, big data and of course Big Macs.
Regardless of the hype cycle, big data has firmly entered our tech-business vocabulary. We now use it as a kind of blanket term when we talk about the massive web-scale information streams being passed over the cloud, inside the Internet of Things (IoT) and throughout the new realms of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Broadly meant to refer to an amount of data that is too large to fit comfortably or productively into anything that resembles a ‘traditional’ relational database management system, big data is still just data… but it includes core operational enterprise data plus all the pieces of information that an organization knows it has, but is perhaps yet to act upon.

No-code wrench and spanner in the big data toolbox
To wrangle our way through the mire of big data, an increasing number of software companies are getting into the big …

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Splunk Adds To Big Data Platform’s Cloud, Machine Learning Capabilities

splunk adds to big data platform’s cloud, machine learning capabilities

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Splunk is extending the cloud and machine learning functionality of its big data platform and leveraging a new strategic partnership with Google Cloud to continue the company’s push for cloud delivery of its software.
Splunk’s goal is to have its cloud-based products, including Splunk Cloud, Splunk SignalFx and VictorOps, account for 60 percent of the company’s sales in two years, up from the current 30 percent, said Sendur Sellakumar, Splunk chief product officer and senior vice president and general manager of cloud.
“We have shifted our business to be a cloud-first delivery,” Sellakumar said in an interview CRN.

[Related: Splunk Switch To Subscription Model Almost Complete, Reports 27 Percent Q4 Growth]

While many of Splunk’s products now run on cloud platforms and are sold on a subscription basis, some, including the Splunk Phantom security orchestration and automation software and Splunk User Behavior Analytics, are still sold using traditional licenses and for on-premises use.
Under the partnership with Google announced earlier this month, the Splunk Cloud machine data platform service will run on the Google Cloud Platform. Currently in beta, that is expected to be generally available later this summer. Splunk Cloud already runs on Amazon Web Services and the …

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Business lessons from the Pentagon

business lessons from the pentagon

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A SMALL REVOLUTION has just occurred in America’s armed forces. They have, for the first time, deployed artificial intelligence (AI) to determine when a thorough check-up of a Black Hawk helicopter is in order. The algorithm, trained on maintenance records and sensor data, calculates how long the aircraft can fly safely in, say, a desert, before its engines should be cleaned to prevent sand melting into glass that could cause them to fail.Such predictive maintenance is the most tangible product so far of the Joint AI Centre (JAIC). With 176 employees and an expected budget of $240m next fiscal year, up from $90m in this one, it lies at the heart of an ambitious effort to use machine learning and other AI to help the Pentagon run more efficiently and keep its technological edge, especially over China.Yet when its first director, Lieutenant-General Jack Shanahan, steps down on June 1st, JAIC’s main output will not be whizz-bang software or even weapons, but infrastructure to develop them. “I did not want to create a classic insurgency organisation, but one that survives me,” says Lieut-General Shanahan. The way he has gone about it offers a case study in how large …

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