city:las vegas

  • 9-year-old Jordanian singer to perform at Las Vegas gala | Jordan Times
    http://jordantimes.com/news/local/9-year-old-jordanian-singer-perform-las-vegas-gala

    Jordanian winner of MBC 4’s Arabs Got Talent 2017 Emanne Beasha on March 2 will perform at a philanthropic gala in Las Vegas, along with Grammy nominated singer songwriter Jewel, a joint MBC-One Night statement said.

    Nine-year-old Beasha will take part in the sixth annual “One Night for One Drop” event, imagined by Cirque du Soleil and aimed at collecting funds to benefit safe water access programmes around the world, the statement said.

    Le résultat est assez étonnant !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=221&v=ao8sC4kt6CI

    • In the desert near Las Vegas, Nevada, Bertha Parker completed her daily tasks of cooking, cleaning, and organizing the day’s finds from the Gypsum Cave excavation and stole away from her role as expedition secretary. She put on a dust-mask and head-lamp, and went exploring. Being small, Parker was able to sneak through a small opening others on the archaeological team couldn’t. There, under a slab of rock, she uncovered the most important discovery of the Gypsum Cave Expedition: An intact skull of a long-extinct giant ground sloth, sitting near man-made artifacts. Her find of these two artifacts, so close together, was compelling evidence that about 10,000 years ago, the sloth and tool-wielding humans had lived in the cave at the same time. It was the earliest record of human inhabitance in North America at the time.

      It was lauded as “the most outstanding anthropological find ever made in the United States.
      After this groundbreaking discovery in 1930, Parker gained wide acclaim as the first Native American archaeologist. Not only was she one of the first women to achieve such success in the field, she followed a non-traditional path to get there.

      Parker was literally born into archaeology—her father, Arthur C. Parker, was an archaeologist and anthropologist from the Seneca tribe, and Parker was reportedly born in a tent at one of his dig sites. But she was never formally trained in the field. She accompanied her father to excavations as a child, but this apprenticeship ended when her parents divorced, and Parker moved with her mother to Los Angeles when she was only seven years old. There, Parker and her mother worked in show business, performing in films and as a part of the “Pocahontas” show with the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey circus.

      Parker met her first husband, Joseph Pallan, on a Hollywood set and the two had a daughter they called Billie. But Pallan became abusive, and when Parker tried to get a divorce, Pallan kidnapped her and Billie, taking them across the border to Mexico. Parker was rescued by her uncle and famed archaeologist, Mark Raymond Harrington, who rode after them and brought them back to a dig site in Nevada.

      A picture of Bertha Parker, anthropologist of Abenaki and Seneca descent.
      Matteo Farinella

      There, Harrington and his wife offered Parker and Billie a place to stay, hiring Parker as the secretary and cook for the expedition. While she had no formal education or training, she enjoyed being in the field, and had a keen eye for discerning man-made objects from surrounding natural features—a skill that made her a valuable member of the team. While working with Harrington, she learned excavation techniques, and frequently spent her free time helping at the dig.

      Parker eventually found several archaeological sites, including the Scorpion Hill pueblo site—which she discovered, named, excavated, and documented completely on her own. One such find, the Corn Creek Campsite, she discovered after noticing fossilized camel bones in a lake bed. But by far her most notable discovery was that of the ground sloth skull in Gypsum Cave. It was lauded as “the most outstanding anthropological find ever made in the United States. Harrington recognized it as the most important discovery of his expedition, and it secured funding for further field work.

      While older sites have since been found, Gypsum Cave remains an important archaeological site and expeditions in the area are ongoing.
      When Parker found the skull, the idea of human migration into North America via the Bering Strait land bridge was still highly debated. Her Gypsum Cave excavation placed early humans in North America at the same time as the ancient ground sloth (Nothrotherium shastense)—in the Pleistocene, nearly 10,000 years before present. This supported the contentious idea of an earlier migration into the Americas. In fact, at that time, the Gypsum Cave artifacts were the oldest human artifacts found in North America. While older sites have since been found, Gypsum Cave remains an important archaeological site and expeditions in the area are ongoing.

      The Gypsum Cave excavation is also where Parker met her second husband, a fellow archaeologist named James Thurston. The marriage was short lived, however, after Thurston died tragically only a year later from a heart attack at the site in 1932. Parker herself fell ill shortly after his death and left Nevada to return to Los Angeles.

      Parker’s reports gave a voice to often overlooked people.
      In California, Parker was appointed a position at the Southwest Museum, first as a secretary, where she documented the findings collected during the Gypsum Cave expedition, and later as an assistant archaeologist and ethnologist. In this role, she was able to make a series of trips to visit the indigenous peoples of California, including individuals from the Maidu, Paiute, Pomo, and the Yurok tribes. She was able to document important records of the culture, traditions, history, and folklore of these tribes, which she preserved in detailed notes and published in numerous reports for the Southwest Museum’s journal, Masterkey. Due to her heritage, she was more sensitive than many other academics to tribal concerns, redacting people’s names from reports when desired, but giving editorial or co-authorship credits to many of her interviewees. Parker’s reports gave a voice to often overlooked people.

      In 1936, Parker married her third and final husband, the acclaimed actor Iron Eyes Cody. With Cody, she returned to the film industry, where she advocated for and helped to support Native American actors. Alongside her husband, she worked as a consultant to ensure respectful representation of Native Americans in TV and film. The couple also hosted a television series in California on the history and folklore of the Native American peoples.

      Her gravestone is engraved only with the words “Mrs. Iron Eyes Cody.
      Parker died in 1978, and the fame and recognition she had gained in the archaeological community during her lifetime quickly faded. Years after her death, Iron Eyes Cody published an autobiography, in which he falsely described his relationship with Parker and marked her as a partier and a drunk. But this isn’t the only thing that’s kept Parker out of history books. Even though Parker published often in Masterkey, the legacy of her work is almost completely tied to the men in her life. Even in her obituary, she was named as “Arthur Parker’s daughter,” “M.R. Harrington’s niece,” and “Iron Eyes Cody’s wife.” Her gravestone is engraved only with the words “Mrs. Iron Eyes Cody.”

      Perhaps her achievements were hard to track due to the numerous name changes over the course of her three marriages , or because her more notable accomplishments are encompassed in the writings of the men she worked and lived with—who refer to her as a “daughter” or “wife,” rather than by her own name. Whatever the reason, it is time that Bertha Parker—the self-taught archaeologist and ethnologist, who gave a voice to the overlooked and under-represented indigenous peoples in America—receives recognition for her role as a trailblazer.

  • Denise Scott-Brown: An African Perspective. Interviewed by Jochen Becker (metroZones) on Vimeo

    https://vimeo.com/312749292

    The video discusses Denise Scott-Brown’s »African Perspective«: Born in Northern Rhodesia (now Sambia) and grown up in Johannesburg, she entered the London and US-American scene of urban research, architecture and social engagement with a different view. Parts of her family have been Baltic jews, other parts have been strong followers of British colonial rules and the South African Apartheid-state.

    The interview, taken at her Philadelphia home which she shares with her professional partner and husband Robert Venturi (who died 2018), was part of a research on their methods of artistic driven urban cultural research on Las Vegas, by us applied on the »Religious Strip« of Prayer Camps along a highway north of Lagos/Nigeria.
    More on that you will find in the contributions by Jochen Becker as well as the artists Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber in the publication »Global Prayers - Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City«, edited by Jochen Becker, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz and Kathrin Wildner.
    The original conversation took almost a day until dawn and the video storage was finally exhausted. We want to thank Denise Scott Brown as well as Robert Venturi for that wonderful day.

    #architecture #urban_matter

  • #bitcoin & the #fbar
    https://hackernoon.com/bitcoin-the-fbar-d2ea678a5e4d?source=rss----3a8144eabfe3---4

    I had the opportunity to participate on a Legal Panel with David Silver at the Unconfiscatable, Bitcoin not Blockchain Conference put on by Tone Vays in Las Vegas. It was quite an honor to be part of it; the conference was hands down the best Bitcoin event I’ve attended since Jason King hosted Coins in the Kingdom.At the end of the panel, we opened up for a Q&A and one of the questions was something I had never considered before. The gentleman asked if after moving his Bitcoin off Coinbase and onto his cold storage, would he be required to file an FBAR because the Bitcoin is located on all the nodes across the world.David had the right idea telling the guy we can’t give legal or tax advice on stage. I tried to flub my way through the question using an analogy of the foreign private (...)

    #irs #taxes #foreign-ownership

  • My Unconfiscatable Conference ReCap
    https://hackernoon.com/my-unconfiscatable-conference-recap-77de8296a1c2?source=rss----3a8144eab

    I’m sitting at the airport in Las Vegas waiting on a 1:30am flight that will eventually land me somewhere on the east coast in 8 hours. I didn’t plan on it or anything, but as one of my 2019 resolutions was to write more, I figured I’d recap a bit of what went down in Vegas. I know I’m breaking the rules. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Carson County, Nevada. But, I just came from a conference about sticking it to the man and I’m feeling unruly.Thursday, The #bitcoin Carnivory Club DinnerBCC MenuI didn’t know what to expect heading into this dinner. Many of the main VIP attendees and the host himself- Tone Vays, have exulted about dieting exclusively on the finest cattle the world can offer. Now, I love a good steak, but it was under my own impression, that I thought we were going (...)

    #venture-capital #bitcoin-news #cryptocurrency #blockchain

  • Exploring the Future of Smart Car Technology With Jeremy Kaplan At #ces 2019
    https://hackernoon.com/exploring-the-future-of-smart-car-technology-with-jeremy-kaplan-at-ces-2

    (L) Attorney Andrew Rossow and (R) Digital Trends Editor-In-Chief, Jeremy KaplanDo you remember watching The Jetson’s on television growing up? I know when I first saw it, the concept of flying cars and even self-automated technology was so far-fetched and beyond the capabilities of the technology then available, that it was the futuristic animated show of its time.But, here we are today in the 21st century where we have conferences like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where companies from all over the world fly to Las Vegas and debut their new technological innovations to the world.Over the past few years, the questions surrounding Google and Tesla’s self-driving cars have presented a number of questions to the general public. But, the most prevalent question is whether or not with (...)

    #self-driving-cars #jeremy-kaplan #smart-cars #ces2019

  • A Promobot robot was killed by a self-driving Tesla car
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=0s4nxcleVd0

    Jan, 6 2019. A self-driving Tesla Model S hit and destroyed an autonomous Promobot the robot model v4 in Las Vegas in a car accident. The incident took place at 3000 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas.

    #tesla #piege_à_cons
    #voiture_autopilotée #voiture_autonome #transport #voitures_autonomes #voiture #mobilité #automobile #robotisation #innovation #accidents#elon_musk #baudruche #police #MDR

  • CES Las Vegas 2019 : comment la French Tech tente de monter en gamme
    https://www.latribune.fr/technos-medias/ces-las-vegas-2019-la-french-tech-tente-de-monter-en-gamme-802601.html

    […]
    "What country is Occitanie" ? La France face au défi d’une présence plus cohérente
    Cocorico ? Pas vraiment. Ce nouveau record a plutôt tendance à embarrasser la Mission French Tech et Business France, qui fédèrent la présence française au CES et qui prévoyaient - pour ne pas dire espéraient - une petite décrue. Car la France a changé son fusil d’épaule.

    « Désormais, la stratégie est moins d’exhiber le plus de startups possible pour que le monde remarque que la France sait innover, mais de mettre en avant des futurs champions mondiaux, des belles boîtes dans des domaines d’excellence, pour attirer des talents du monde entier en France et montrer que notre écosystème tech est mature », explique Éric Morand, le directeur du département Tech et Services de Business France.

    Autrement dit, battre encore des records de présence est inutile quand on souhaite mettre l’accent sur la qualité plutôt que sur la quantité. « La course aux records au CES, c’est terminé », avait déclaré le secrétaire d’État au Numérique, Mounir Mahjoubi, au printemps dernier.

    Car, autant du côté de Bercy que de Business France ou de la Mission French Tech, l’édition 2018 avait laissé un arrière-goût amer. Certes, la France était immanquable l’an dernier à Las Vegas. Mais quel désordre ! Au lieu de présenter une délégation unique, thématiquement organisée autour des forces de la scène tech française - ce que font d’autres pays comme l’Italie ou l’Allemagne -, la France était arrivée avec des troupes en ordre dispersé. Chaque région avait envoyé sa propre délégation et menait sa propre politique d’attractivité. Mais, dans un immense salon international, cette logique s’est avérée improductive, voire absurde. « What country is Occitanie ? », a-t-on pu entendre près du stand toulousain.

    « C’était le bal des ego : chacun voulait tirer la couverture à soi. Du coup le message global de la marque France était complètement inaudible, admet Éric Morand. Il y a aussi eu une course à l’échalote pour amener la plus grande délégation possible, quitte à prendre des startups trop jeunes ou trop axées sur le marché professionnel, qui n’avaient rien à faire dans un salon grand public comme le CES », poursuit-il.

    D’après Olivier Ezratty, ces « erreurs de casting » représentent tous les ans jusqu’à 15 % de la présence française... avec une mention spéciale l’an dernier aux régions Nouvelle-Aquitaine (39 % de l’effectif total) et Occitanie (33 %).

  • Thank you, Mother Russia, for imposing boundaries on Israel - For the first time in years another state is saying to Israel: Stop right there. At least in Syria, that’s the end of it. Thank you, Mother Russia.

    Gideon Levy SendSend me email alerts
    Sep 28, 2018
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-to-russia-with-love-1.6511224

    A ray of hope is breaking through: Someone is setting limits on Israel. For the first time in years another state is making it clear to Israel that there are restrictions to its power, that it’s not okay for it to do whatever it wants, that it’s not alone in the game, that America can’t always cover for it and that there’s a limit to the harm it can do.
    Israel needed someone to set these limits like it needed oxygen. The recent years’ hubris and geopolitical reality enabled it to run rampant. It could patrol Lebanon’s skies as if they were its own; bombard in Syria’s air space as if it were Gaza’s air space; destroy Gaza periodically, put it under endless siege and continue, of course, to occupy the West Bank. Suddenly someone stood up and said: Stop right there. At least in Syria: That’s the end of it. Thank you, Mother Russia, for setting limits on a child whom no one has restrained for a long time.
    >>What Russia and Turkey really want in Syria | Explained ■ Russia’s claims on downed plane over Syria are dubious, but will usher in new reality for Israel | Analysis ■ Russia vs. Israel: The contradicting accounts of the downing of a plane over Syria

    The Israeli stupefaction at the Russian response and the paralysis that gripped it only showed how much Israel needed a responsible adult to rein it in. Does anyone dare prevent Israel’s freedom of movement in another country? Is anyone hindering it from flying in skies not its own? Is anyone keeping it from bombing as much as it pleases? For decades Israel hasn’t encountered such a strange phenomenon. Israel Hayom reported, of course, that anti-Semitism is growing in Russia. Israel is getting ready to play the next victim card, but its arrogance has suddenly gone missing.
    In April the Bloomberg News agency cited threats from retired Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and other officers that if Russia gives Syria S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, Israel’s air force would bombard them. Now the voice of bluster from Zion has been muted, at least for the moment.
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    Every state is entitled to have weapons for defense against jet bombers, including Syria, and no state is permitted to prevent that forcibly. This basic truth already sounds bizarre to Israeli ears. The idea that other countries’ sovereignty is meaningless, that it can always be disrupted by force, and that Israeli sovereignty alone is sacred, and supreme; that Israel can mix in the affairs of the region to its heart’s content – including by military intervention, whose true extent is yet to be clarified in the war in Syria – without paying a price, in the name of its real or imagined security, which sanctifies anything and everything – all this has suddenly run into a Russian “nyet.” Oh, how we needed that nyet, to restore Israel to its real dimensions.
    It arrived with excellent timing. Just when there’s a president in the White House who runs his Middle East policy at the instructions of his sponsor in Las Vegas and mentor on Balfour Street; when Israel feels itself in seventh heaven, with an American embassy in Jerusalem and no UNRWA, soon without the Palestinians – came the flashing red light from Moscow. Perhaps it will balance out, just a bit, the intoxication with power that has overtaken Israel in recent years, maybe it will start to wise up and recover.
    Russia, without meaning to, may yet turn out to be better for Israel than all the insane, corrupting support it receives from the current American administration, and from its predecessors, too.
    Russia has outlined for the world the way to treat Israel, using the only language Israel understands. Let those who truly care for Israel’s welfare, and for justice, learn how it’s done: Only by force. Only when Israel gets punished or is forced to pay a price does it do the right thing. The air force will think twice now and perhaps many times more before its next bombardment in Syria, whose importance, if indeed it has any, is unknown.
    Had such a Russian “nyet” hovered above Gaza’s skies, too, so much futile death and destruction would have been spared. Had an international force faced the Israeli occupation, it would have ended long ago. Instead, we have Donald Trump in Washington and the European Union’s pathetic denunciations of the evictions at Khan al-Ahmar.

  • Les badges de la blackhat épinglés pour une fuite de données
    https://www.zdnet.fr/actualites/les-badges-de-la-blackhat-epingles-pour-une-fuite-de-donnees-39872667.htm

    Sécurité : Un chercheur en sécurité s’est penché sur les badges distribués à l’occasion de la conférence Blackhat, qui avait lieu récemment à Las Vegas. Celui-ci a découvert une faille dans l’API utilisée pour identifier les participants qui permet de récupérer les données personnelles des participants à la convention. Parfois, les cordonniers sont vraiment les plus mal chaussés. À la fin du mois de juillet à Las Vegas avait lieu la conférence Blackhat, l’une des principales conférences de sécurité (...)

    #BigData #hacking

  • Kids at hacking conference show how easily US elections could be sabotaged | Technology | The Guardian

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/22/us-elections-hacking-voting-machines-def-con

    Si je comprends bien, y aurait même pas besoin de s’emmerder à aller chercher les Russes.

    Alex Hern in Las Vegas
    @alexhern

    Wed 22 Aug 2018 10.00 BST
    Last modified on Wed 22 Aug 2018 16.38 BST

    Changing recorded votes would be difficult for bad actors. But at Def Con in Las Vegas, children had no trouble finding another point of entry

    At the world’s largest hacking conference, there was good news and bad news for fans of free and fair elections.

    The good news is that hacking the US midterms – actually changing the recorded votes to steal the election for a particular candidate – may be harder than it seems, and most of the political actors who could pose a threat to the validity of an election are hesitant to escalate their attacks that far.

  • Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse ? | The New Yorker
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/27/can-the-manufacturer-of-tasers-provide-the-answer-to-police-abuse

    Tasers are carried by some six hundred thousand law-enforcement officers around the world—a kind of market saturation that also presents a problem. “One of the challenges with Taser is: where do you go next, what’s Act II?” Smith said. “For us, luckily, Act II is cameras.” He began adding cameras to his company’s weapons in 2006, to defend against allegations of abuse, and in the process inadvertently opened a business line that may soon overshadow the Taser. In recent years, body cameras—the officer’s answer to bystander cell-phone video—have become ubiquitous, and Smith’s company, now worth four billion dollars, is their largest manufacturer, holding contracts with more than half the major police departments in the country.

    The cameras have little intrinsic value, but the information they collect is worth a fortune to whoever can organize and safeguard it. Smith has what he calls an iPod/iTunes opportunity—a chance to pair a hardware business with an endlessly recurring and expanding data-storage subscription plan. In service of an intensifying surveillance state and the objectives of police as they battle the public for control of the story, Smith is building a network of electrical weapons, cameras, drones, and someday, possibly, robots, connected by a software platform called Evidence.com. In the process, he is trying to reposition his company in the public imagination, not as a dubious purveyor of stun guns but as a heroic seeker of truth.

    A year ago, Smith changed Taser’s name to Axon Enterprise, referring to the conductive fibre of a nerve cell. Taser was founded in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Smith lives; to transform into Axon, he opened an office in Seattle, hiring designers and engineers from Uber, Google, and Apple. When I met him at the Seattle office this spring, he wore a company T-shirt that read “Expect Candor” and a pair of leather sneakers in caution yellow, the same color as Axon’s logo: a delta symbol—for change—which also resembles the lens of a surveillance camera.

    Already, Axon’s servers, at Microsoft, store nearly thirty petabytes of video—a quarter-million DVDs’ worth—and add approximately two petabytes each month. When body-camera footage is released—say, in the case of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man killed by police in Sacramento, or of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, this past fall—Axon’s logo is often visible in the upper-right corner of the screen. The company’s stock is up a hundred and thirty per cent since January.

    The original Taser was the invention of an aerospace engineer named Jack Cover, inspired by the sci-fi story “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle,” about a boy inventor whose long gun fires a five-thousand-volt charge. Early experiments were comical: Cover wired the family couch to shock his sister and her boyfriend as they were on the brink of making out. Later, he discovered that he could fell buffalo when he hit them with electrified darts. In 1974, Cover got a patent and began to manufacture an electric gun. That weapon was similar to today’s Taser: a Glock-shaped object that sends out two live wires, loaded with fifty thousand volts of electricity and ending in barbed darts that attach to a target. When the hooks connect, they create a charged circuit, which causes muscles to contract painfully, rendering the subject temporarily incapacitated. More inventor than entrepreneur, Cover designed the Taser to propel its darts with an explosive, leading the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to classify it a Title II weapon (a category that also includes sawed-off shotguns), which required an arduous registration process and narrowed its appeal.

    A few years after Tasers went on the market, Rick Smith added a data port to track each trigger pull. The idea, he told me, came from the Baltimore Police Department, which was resisting Tasers out of a concern that officers would abuse people with them. In theory, with a data port, cops would use their Tasers more conscientiously, knowing that each deployment would be recorded and subject to review. But in Baltimore it didn’t work out that way. Recent reports in the Sun revealed that nearly sixty per cent of people Tased by police in Maryland between 2012 and 2014—primarily black and living in low-income neighborhoods—were “non-compliant and non-threatening.”

    Act II begins in the nauseous summer of 2014, when Eric Garner died after being put in a choke hold by police in Staten Island and Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson Police. After a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson—witness statements differed wildly, and no footage of the shooting came to light—Brown’s family released a statement calling on the public to “join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.”

    In the fall of 2014, Taser débuted the Officer Safety Plan, which now costs a hundred and nine dollars a month and includes Tasers, cameras, and a sensor that wirelessly activates all the cameras in its range whenever a cop draws his sidearm. This feature is described on the Web site as a prudent hedge in chaotic times: “In today’s online culture where videos go viral in an instant, officers must capture the truth of a critical event. But the intensity of the moment can mean that hitting ‘record’ is an afterthought. Both officers and communities facing confusion and unrest have asked for a solution that turns cameras on reliably, leaving no room for dispute.” According to White’s review of current literature, half of the randomized controlled studies show a substantial or statistically significant reduction in use of force following the introduction of body cameras. The research into citizen complaints is more definitive: cameras clearly reduce the number of complaints from the public.

    The practice of “testi-lying”—officers lying under oath—is made much more difficult by the presence of video.

    Even without flagrant dissimulation, body-camera footage is often highly contentious. Michael White said, “The technology is the easy part. The human use of the technology really is making things very complex.” Policies on how and when cameras should be used, and how and when and by whom footage can be accessed, vary widely from region to region. Jay Stanley, who researches technology for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that the value of a body camera to support democracy depends on those details. “When is it activated? When is it turned off? How vigorously are those rules enforced? What happens to the video footage, how long is it retained, is it released to the public?” he said. “These are the questions that shape the nature of the technology and decide whether it just furthers the police state.”

    Increasingly, civil-liberties groups fear that body cameras will do more to amplify police officers’ power than to restrain their behavior. Black Lives Matter activists view body-camera programs with suspicion, arguing that communities of color need better educational and employment opportunities, environmental justice, and adequate housing, rather than souped-up robo-cops. They also argue that video has been ineffectual: many times, the public has watched the police abuse and kill black men without facing conviction. Melina Abdullah, a professor of Pan-African studies at Cal State Los Angeles, who is active in Black Lives Matter, told me, “Video surveillance, including body cameras, are being used to bolster police claims, to hide what police are doing, and engage in what we call the double murder of our people. They kill the body and use the footage to increase accusations around the character of the person they just killed.” In her view, police use video as a weapon: a black man shown in a liquor store in a rough neighborhood becomes a suspect in the public mind. Video generated by civilians, on the other hand, she sees as a potential check on abuses. She stops to record with her cell phone almost every time she witnesses a law-enforcement interaction with a civilian.

    Bringing in talented engineers is crucial to Smith’s vision. The public-safety nervous system that he is building runs on artificial intelligence, software that can process and analyze an ever-expanding trove of video evidence. The L.A.P.D. alone has already made some five million videos, and adds more than eleven thousand every day. At the moment, A.I. is used for redaction, and Axon technicians at a special facility in Scottsdale are using data from police departments to train the software to detect and blur license plates and faces.

    Facial recognition, which techno-pessimists see as the advent of the Orwellian state, is not far behind. Recently, Smith assembled an A.I. Ethics Board, to help steer Axon’s decisions. (His lead A.I. researcher, recruited from Uber, told him that he wouldn’t be able to hire the best engineers without an ethics board.) Smith told me, “I don’t want to wake up like the guy Nobel, who spent his life making things that kill people, and then, at the end of his life, it’s, like, ‘O.K., I have to buy my way out of this.’ ”

    #Taser #Intelligence_artificielle #Caméras #Police #Stockage_données

  • La Defcon montre, à nouveau, la facilité de pirater une machine à voter en moins de 2 minutes V.G. - 13 Aout 2018 - RTBF
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/medias/detail_la-defcon-montre-a-nouveau-la-facilite-de-pirater-une-machine-a-voter-en

    Ce weekend se tenait la célèbre Defcon à Las Vegas, une conférence dédiée aux hackers. Chaque année, les plus connus viennent y montrer leurs talents et compétences dans le domaine.

    Petite particularité, depuis l’année dernière, la Defcon organise un « voting village », qui donne la possibilité aux visiteurs d’utiliser des machines à voter américaines ne servant plus. Ils leur ont ainsi demander de déceler des bugs ou des failles, mais aussi de les pirater. Par exemple, après quelques heures, un hacker a transformé une machine en Jukebox. 

    Autre résultat, mais cette fois plus préoccupant, le piratage d’une machine en moins de deux minutes pour s’autoriser un accès administrateur.

    Rachel Tobiac, CEO de Social Proof Security écrit : « Lors de la conférence @defcon sur le piratage informatique, je viens d’apprendre à quel point il est facile d’obtenir un accès administrateur sur une machine de vote utilisée dans 18 États. Ne nécessite aucun outil et prend moins de 2 minutes. Je suis inquiète pour nos prochaines élections. »

    Les tant attendues élections de mi-mandat auront effectivement lieu en novembre prochain. Un enjeu crucial pour le programme du président Donald Trump, qui espère maintenir une majorité de républicains au Congrès.

    L’année dernière déjà, un spécialiste de la sécurité danois avait manipulé une machine à voter à écran tactile à 300 mètres de distance.

    La NASS, l’Association Nationale des Secrétaires d’Etat, a répondu, dans un communiqué, que ces mises en scène ne reflètent pas la réalité.

    « Fournir aux visiteurs de la conférence la possibilité d’un accès physique illimité aux machines à voter, dont la plupart ne sont plus utilisées, ne reflète pas la façon dont l’état ou les autorités locales sécurisent les élections et ce, tant physiquement que numériquement. »
    Autre démonstration qui a fait parler d’elle : une jeune de 11 ans a réussi à pirater une réplique du site web annonçant les résultats des élections en Floride et à les modifier en seulement 10 minutes.

  • C’est une monnaie toute récente créée en 2008 après la crise bancaire. Une monnaie mondiale, virtuelle et qui n’appartient à aucune banque centrale : le Bitcoin n’en finit plus de battre des records. En 2012, un Bitcoin valait 1 dollar, l’an passé, c’était 1 000 dollars et cette semaine, plus de 15 000. Une telle flambée fait craindre une bulle spéculative et inquiète financiers et politiques qui souhaitent le réguler.
    (Rediffusion du 22 décembre 2017).

    http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20180730-bitcoin-monnaie-mondiale-virtuelle-crise-bancaire
    #Bitcoin #cryptomonnaie #bourse

  • Après Las Vegas, une nouvelle affaire pour Muriel Pénicaud ? - Capital.fr | Samuel CHALOM Publié le 24/07/2018
    https://www.capital.fr/economie-politique/apres-business-france-une-nouvelle-affaire-pour-muriel-penicaud-1299726

    La justice soupçonne l’ex-patronne de Business France, Muriel Pénicaud, d’avoir encore favorisé l’agence de communication Havas pour une campagne promotionnelle lancée par Business France, révèle le Canard Enchaîné, dans son édition de mercredi.

    #Mafiacron

  • De toute évidence, une tentative désespérée de torpiller le sommet d’Helsinki.

    Aucune preuve dans l’acte d’accusation de Mueller de 12 Russes.
    Assessment:

    It is not by chance that this indictment was published now, a few days before the first summit between Donald Trump and the Russian President Vladimir Putin and shortly before the successful soccer world championship in Russia ends. The release intends to sabotage the talks.
    The indictment describes a wide ranging operation but includes zero proof of anything it alleges.
    Mueller likely hopes that the indictment will never come in front of a court. The alleged stuff would be extremely difficult to prove. Any decent lawyer would ask how the claimed information was gained and how much of it was based on illegal snooping by the NSA. Something the U.S. would hate to reveal.
    It is unlikely that there will ever be a trial of these cases. The indicted persons are all Russians in Russia and none of them is likely to be stupid enough to follow an invitation to Las Vegas or to Disney World.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/07/no-evidence-in-muellers-indictment-of-12-russians-release-now-may-sab

  • J’archive cette bouse de l’e-monde

    Depuis que le hashtag ­#metoo est apparu sur le devant de la scène, suivi par #balancetonporc, les lourdingues font profil bas au bureau. Pourtant, ne doit-on pas reconnaître à la grosse blague quelques vertus ?

    En savoir plus sur https://www.lemonde.fr/m-perso/article/2018/05/28/mon-collegue-ce-relou_5305565_4497916.html#aEU1RfFjQWpj7SEt.99

    Je voie pas le rapport entre #metoo et les grosses blagues lourdes des collègues.
    #harcèlement_sexuel #déni

    • L’auteur se spécialise dans le point de vue « décalé » sur l’actualité… Parmi ses articles à Slate

      Mélenchon est emblématique d’un nouveau socio-type émergent : le « franchouillard augmenté »
      24/01/2017
      De Jean-Luc Mélenchon au Consumer Electronic Show de Las Vegas, la France rattrape son retard dans le secteur des nouvelles technologies. Mais à quoi ressemble le Français qui innove ?
      […]
      Faut-il vraiment remettre sa tournée pour sauver la liberté ?
      9/12/2015
      Se mettre la tête à l’envers n’a jamais été aussi bien vu. Depuis les attentats du 13 novembre et l’apparition des hashtags #jesuisenterrasse ou #tousaubistrot, le fêtard anonyme a soudain accédé au rang d’alcoolo-résistant, une sorte de Jean Moulin armé de son verre de rouge et de son bol de cacahuètes. Reportage imbibé sur la ligne de front.

      http://www.slate.fr/source/105149/nicolas-santolaria

  • En Chine, la cybersurveillance par la reconnaissance faciale
    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-choix-de-la-redaction/le-choix-de-la-redaction-mardi-9-janvier-2018

    Payer une salade par reconnaissance faciale, traverser au feu rouge, et être tout de suite identifié et verbalisé etc. En Chine, la reconnaissance faciale envahit le quotidien, dans tous les domaines. Quand la reconnaissance faciale sert à la cybersurveillance. Reportage d’Angélique Forget. A l’occasion du Salon de l’électronique grand public, le « CES » qui s’ouvre aujourd’hui à Las Vegas, aux Etats-Unis, le Choix de la rédaction s’arrête ce matin sur la cybersurveillance en Chine. Une start-up chinoise (...)

    #algorithme #biométrie #facial #consommation #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance (...)

    ##CCTV

  • En Chine, l’intelligence artificielle au service de l’Etat policier
    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-choix-de-la-redaction/le-choix-de-la-redaction-du-lundi-30-avril-2018

    En Chine, 176 millions de caméras surveillent la population. Selon l’institut de recherches IHS Market, leur nombre passera à 626 millions d’ici 2020. Nouveauté dans le pays : une partie des caméras est équipée d’un logiciel de « reconnaissance faciale » qui permet d’identifier les individus. L’oeil de Pékin est décidément partout. Les Chinois avait déjà fait la démonstration de leur puissance en matière de vidéo-surveillance lors du Salon de l’électronique grand public à Las Vegas, en janvier dernier. 176 (...)

    #algorithme #CCTV #biométrie #géolocalisation #sécuritaire #facial #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance (...)

    ##Amnesty

  • Gonzo by James Booker (1960)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJFmkieTLfc

    C’est la chanson qui a servi d’inspiration pour la dénomination du gonzo journalism de Hunter S. Thompson.

    File:Gonzo by James Booker, 1960, gonzo.ogg - Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gonzo_by_James_Booker,_1960,_gonzo.ogg

    Gonzo journalism - Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzo_journalism

    Another speculation is that the word may have been inspired by the 1960 hit song ’"Gonzo" by New Orleans rhythm and blues pianist James Booker. This possibility is supported by a 2007 oral biography of Thompson, which states that the term is taken from a song by Booker but does not explain why Thompson or Cardoso would have chosen the term to describe Thompson’s journalism. The 2013 documentary Bayou Maharaja: The Tragic Genius of James Booker quotes Thompson’s literary executor as saying that the song was the origin of the term. According to a Greg Johnson biographical note on Booker, the song title “Gonzo” comes from a character in a movie called The Pusher, which in turn may have been inspired by a 1956 Evan Hunter novel of the same title.

    Thompson himself first used the term referring to his own work on page 12 of the counterculture classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He wrote, “But what was the story? Nobody had bothered to say. So we would have to drum it up on our own. Free Enterprise. The American Dream. Horatio Alger gone mad on drugs in Las Vegas. Do it now: pure Gonzo journalism.”

    The Muppet Show Compilations - Episode 14 : The Great Gonzo’s Acts
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGuR_PowQqU

    #USA #journalisme

  • Crowdfunding : le PDG d’une start-up mis en examen pour le détournement de 4 millions d’euros Le Figaro - Pauline Verge - 15 Mars 2018
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2018/03/15/32001-20180315ARTFIG00382-crowdfunding-le-pdg-d-une-start-up-mis-en-examen-

    Pour financer le lancement de ses produits, la start-up Rifft a eu recours à une campagne de #crowdfunding. Son PDG Lucas Goreta promettait à ses investisseurs de leur reverser 15% des recettes issues des ventes, cependant les produits annoncés n’ont jamais été mis sur le marché.

    D’entrepreneur audacieux à #escroc présumé, il n’y a parfois qu’un pas. Selon les informations de Nice-Matin, le patron d’une #start-up spécialisée dans les objets connectés est soupçonné d’avoir détourné quatre millions d’euros via une campagne de crowdfunding. Il a été mis mercredi en examen pour escroquerie par le tribunal d’Annecy.

    Il y a encore quelques mois, Lucas Goreta était décrit par Nice-Matin comme un entrepreneur tourné vers l’avenir, prêt à « conquérir le monde ». Sa #start-up #Rifft (Research & #Innovation For Future Technologies) a même été sélectionnée pour représenter la #French_Tech au Consumer Electronics Show qui a eu lieu à Las Vegas début janvier, et où elle avait même remporté deux prix.

    Créé en 2015 et basé à #Sophia-Antipolis (Côte d’Azur), Rifft est à l’origine de plusieurs projets innovants. Sur son site, la start-up affirme vouloir « remettre en question les certitudes, bouleverser les habitudes tout en enrichissant nos expériences ». Parmi les produits proposés, un #bracelet_connecté qui se fixe au cadran d’une montre classique, un robot éducatif destiné aux enfants ou encore une station de rechargement par induction. Pour les financer, Lucas Goreti lance une campagne de crowdfunding sous la forme de précommandes. Il promet à ses investisseurs de leur reverser 15% des recettes issues des ventes, sous la forme de « royalties ». Problème : la mise sur le marché des produits en question a sans cesse été repoussée.

    Chaîne de Ponzi
    Lucas Goreta n’en était pas à son coup d’essai, toujours selon Nice-Matin, qui rappelle qu’en 2007 il avait déjà été condamné à 18 mois de prison avec sursis et à cinq ans d’interdiction de diriger une entreprise. Le « business » de Goreta consistait à l’époque en un fonds de pension spécialisé dans les diamants. Le stratagème auquel il avait eu recours s’apparentait à celui de la « chaîne de Ponzi », déjà utilisé par Bernard Madoff, condamné en 2009 à 150 ans de prison. Pour attirer les investisseurs, le piège consiste à faire espérer à ces derniers des rendements très importants en contrepartie d’une faible prise de risque. Dans un second temps, l’argent des nouveaux investisseurs sert à rembourser les investisseurs précédents, et ainsi de suite. Cette dimension pyramidale n’avait cependant été que partiellement mise en place dans l’escroquerie de Lucas Goreta, puisque personne n’avait été remboursé...

  • #États-Unis : depuis le début de l’année, pas plus de deux jours sans victime dans des #fusillades_de_masse
    http://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2018/02/15/etats-unis-depuis-le-debut-de-l-annee-pas-plus-de-deux-jours-sans-victime-da

    En six semaines et demie, il ne s’est pas passé plus de deux jours aux Etats-Unis sans qu’une fusillade de masse n’ait lieu (on parle de « fusillade de masse » à partir de 4 victimes, morts ou blessés). Pour l’année en cours, le bilan est « déjà » de 82 morts et 139 blessés.

    • http://www.architectural-review.com/my-account/magazine-archive/ar-march-2018-on-women-in-architecture/10028202.article

      In the midst of the most recent smattering of high profile sexual harassment charges, the perseverance of the gender pay gap and the emergence of the #MeToo movement, this year’s Women in Architecture issue examines the relationship between architecture and sex and gender.

      Jane Rendell sketches out five principles of a feminist approach to critical spatial practice in the 21st century and Aaron Betsky argues that in a man-made world, architects must now reimagine their design methods, while artist Rosa Johan Uddoh conjures Serena and Venus Williams’ feminist space of possibility. The unbuilt house Adolf Loos designed for Josephine Baker on the other hand, was a ‘fastidiously confected Modernist peep show’ of erotic gazes and performance. From Queen Elizabeth’s podium to hidden door lock buttons, bias in design can disadvantage women and other demographics to devastating effect.

      In the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK, portraits of female students of the Architectural Association trace the relationship between architecture and activism through the ages. One alumnus, Rosemary Stjernsted, is featured alongside Kate Macintosh and Magda Borowiecka as we revisit the work of women in London’s local councils in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

      Beatriz Colomina argues that collaboration is the secret life of architecture, with both female and male designers consistently overshadowed by our love affair with the single master architect, perhaps none more famously than Charlotte Perriand who features in this month’s Folio.

      Winner of the Women in Architecture Jane Drew prize in 2012 and on the two-year anniversary of her death, Owen Hatherley reflects on Zaha Hadid’s ‘explosion of an absurdly fearless, impolite aggressive talent’, while the recent edition of Learning from Las Vegas, by last year’s Jane Drew prize winner Denise Scott Brown with Robert Venturi, is a long overdue reprint of one the most important books of the 20th century.

      This year’s Jane Drew prize winner, Amanda Levete is profiled alongside Dutch artist and designer Madelon Vriesendorp awarded the Ada Louise Huxtable prize. Four projects shortlisted for the Architect of the Year award include the Garden Museum nestled in the grounds of Lambeth Palace, two historic houses stitched together in Oropesa, Spain, a timber addition to the Brutalist Churchill College in Cambridge and a dusty red museum in the Peruvian desert. In addition, four exciting emerging architects have been shortlisted for the Moira Gemmil Prize for Emerging Architecture, from Spain, South Africa, Paraguay and South Korea.

  • How Automation Could Worsen Racial Inequality
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/black-workers-and-the-driverless-bus/550535

    Self-driving buses would knock out crucial jobs in black communities across the country. All across the world, small projects demonstrating driverless buses and shuttles are cropping up : Las Vegas, Minnesota, Austin, Bavaria, Henan Province in China, Victoria in Australia. City governments are studying their implementation, too, from Toronto to Orlando to Ohio. And last week, the Federal Transit Administration of the Department of Transportation issued a “request for comments” on the topic (...)

    #Lyft #Uber #voiture #discrimination #travail

  • Un père horrible - le fils de Hunter S. Thompson raconte
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKxgSqS8ep8

    Who Was Hunter S. Thompson? His Private Life - Biography (2016)

    Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement.

    Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/030... The film Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) depicts heavily fictionalized attempts by Thompson to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 U.S. presidential election. It stars Bill Murray as Thompson and Peter Boyle as Thompson’s attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta, referred to in the movie as Carl Lazlo, Esq. The 1998 film adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was directed by Monty Python veteran Terry Gilliam, and starred Johnny Depp (who moved into Thompson’s basement to “study” Thompson’s persona before assuming his role in the film) as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. The film has achieved something of a cult following. The film adaptation of Thompson’s novel The Rum Diary was released in October 2011, also starring Johnny Depp as the main character, Paul Kemp. The novel’s premise was inspired by Thompson’s own experiences in Puerto Rico. The film was written and directed by Bruce Robinson.[77] At a press junket for The Rum Diary shortly before the film’s release, Depp said that he would like to adapt The Curse of Lono, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved”, and Hell’s Angels for the big screen: “I’d just keep playing Hunter. There’s a great comfort in it for me, because I get a great visit with my old friend who I miss dearly.”[78] Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision (1978) is an extended television profile by the BBC. It can be found on disc 2 of The Criterion Collection edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Mitchell brothers, owners of the O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, made a documentary about Thompson in 1988 called Hunter S. Thompson: The Crazy Never Die. Wayne Ewing created three documentaries about Thompson. The film Breakfast with Hunter (2003) was directed and edited by Ewing. It documents Thompson’s work on the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his arrest for drunk driving, and his subsequent fight with the court system. When I Die (2005) is a video chronicle of making Thompson’s final farewell wishes a reality, and documents the send-off itself. Free Lisl: Fear and Loathing in Denver (2006) chronicles Thompson’s efforts in helping to free Lisl Auman, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting of a police officer, a crime she didn’t commit. All three films are only available online.[79] In Come on Down: Searching for the American Dream[80] (2004) Thompson gives director Adamm Liley insight into the nature of the American Dream over drinks at the Woody Creek Tavern. Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006) was directed by Tom Thurman, written by Tom Marksbury, and produced by the Starz Entertainment Group. The original documentary features interviews with Thompson’s inner circle of family and friends, but the thrust of the film focuses on the manner in which his life often overlapped with numerous Hollywood celebrities who became his close friends, such as Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro, Bill Murray, Sean Penn, John Cusack, Thompson’s wife Anita, son Juan, former Senators George McGovern and Gary Hart, writers Tom Wolfe and William F. Buckley, actors Gary Busey and Harry Dean Stanton, and the illustrator Ralph Steadman among others. Blasted!!! The Gonzo Patriots of Hunter S. Thompson (2006), produced, directed, photographed and edited by Blue Kraning, is a documentary about the scores of fans who volunteered their privately owned artillery to fire the ashes of the late author, Hunter S. Thompson. Blasted!!! premiered at the 2006 Starz Denver International Film Festival, part of a tribute series to Hunter S. Thompson held at the Denver Press Club. In 2008, Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) wrote and directed a documentary on Thompson, titled Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The film premiered on January 20, 2008, at the Sundance Film Festival. Gibney uses intimate, never-before-seen home videos, interviews with friends, enemies and lovers, and clips from films adapted from Thompson’s material to document his turbulent life.

    #USA #littérature #journalisme #famille #violence