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  • Democrats and Republicans Passing Soft Regulations - The Atlantic

    Your face is no longer just your face—it’s been augmented. At a football game, your face is currency, used to buy food at the stadium. At the mall, it is a ledger, used to alert salespeople to your past purchases, both online and offline, and shopping preferences. At a protest, it is your arrest history. At the morgue, it is how authorities will identify your body.

    Facial-recognition technology stands to transform social life, tracking our every move for companies, law enforcement, and anyone else with the right tools. Lawmakers are weighing the risks versus rewards, with a recent wave of proposed regulation in Washington State, Massachusetts, Oakland, and the U.S. legislature. In May, Republicans and Democrats in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform heard hours of testimony about how unregulated facial recognition already tracks protesters, impacts the criminal-justice system, and exacerbates racial biases. Surprisingly, they agreed to work together to regulate it.

    The Microsoft president Brad Smith called for governments “to start adopting laws to regulate this technology” last year, while the Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy echoed those comments in June, likening the technology to a knife. It’s a less dramatic image than the plutonium and nuclear-waste metaphors critics employ, but his message—coming from an executive at one of the world’s most powerful facial-recognition technology outfits—is clear: This stuff is dangerous.

    But crucially, Jassy and Smith seem to argue, it’s also inevitable. In calling for regulation, Microsoft and Amazon have pulled a neat trick: Instead of making the debate about whether facial recognition should be widely adopted, they’ve made it about how such adoption would work.

    Without regulation, the potential for misuse of facial-recognition technology is high, particularly for people of color. In 2016 the MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini published research showing that tech performs better on lighter-skinned men than on darker-skinned men, and performs worst on darker-skinned women. When the ACLU matched Congress members against a criminal database, Amazon’s Rekognition software misidentified black Congress members more often than white ones, despite there being far fewer black members.

    This includes House Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore native whose face was also scanned when he attended a 2015 rally in memory of Freddie Gray, the unarmed black teenager who died of a spinal-cord injury while in police custody. The Baltimore Police Department used facial recognition to identify protesters and target any with outstanding warrants. Most of the protesters were black, meaning the software used on them might have been less accurate, increasing the likelihood of misidentification. Expert witnesses at the committee hearing in May warned of a chilling effect: Protesters, wary of being identified via facial recognition and matched against criminal databases, could choose to stay home rather than exercise their freedom of assembly.

    Microsoft and Amazon both claim to have lessened the racial disparity in accuracy since the original MIT study and the ACLU’s report. But fine-tuning the technology to better recognize black faces is only part of the process: Perfectly accurate technology could still be used to support harmful policing, which affects people of color. The racial-accuracy problem is a distraction; how the technology is used matters, and that’s where policy could prevent abuse. And the solution Microsoft and Amazon propose would require auditing face recognition for racial and gender biases after they’re already in use—which might be too late.

    In early May, The Washington Post reported that police were feeding forensic sketches to their facial-recognition software. A witness described a suspect to a sketch artist, then police uploaded the sketch to Amazon’s Rekognition, looking for hits, and eventually arrested someone. Experts at the congressional hearing in May were shocked that a sketch submitted to a database could credibly qualify as enough reasonable suspicion to arrest someone.

    Read: Half of American adults are in police facial-recognition databases

    But Jassy, the Amazon Web Services CEO, claimed that Amazon has never received a report of police misuse. In May, Amazon shareholders voted down a proposal that would ban the sale of Rekognition to police, and halt sales to law enforcement and ICE. Jassy said that police should only rely on Rekognition results when the system is 99 percent confident in the accuracy of a match. This is a potentially critical safeguard against misidentification, but it’s just a suggestion: Amazon doesn’t require police to adhere to this threshold, or even ask. In January, Gizmodo quoted an Oregon sheriff’s official saying his department ignores thresholds completely. (“There has never been a single reported complaint from the public and no issues with the local constituency around their use of Rekognition,” a representative from Amazon said, in part, in a statement to Gizmodo.)

    #Reconnaissance_faciale #Libertés #Espace_public #Etat_policier

  • CERN wechselt von Microsoft- zu Open-Source-Software | heise online

    Das europäische Kernforschungszentrum CERN möchte Lizenzkosten für proprietäre Programme sparen. Dazu dient das „Microsoft Alternatives project“, kurz MAlt.

    Migrating to open-source technologies | CERN

    The Microsoft Alternatives project (MAlt) started a year ago to mitigate anticipated software license fee increases. MAlt’s objective is to put us back in control using open software. It is now time to present more widely this project and to explain how it will shape our computing environment.


    Over the years, CERN’s activities and services have increasingly relied on commercial software and solutions to deliver core functionalities, often leveraged by advantageous financial conditions based on the recognition of CERN’s status as an academic, non-profit or research institute. Once installed, well-spread and heavily used, the leverage used to attract CERN service managers to the commercial solutions tends to disappear and be replaced by licensing schemes and business models tuned for the private sector.

    Given the collaborative nature of CERN and its wide community, a high number of licenses are required to deliver services to everyone, and when traditional business models on a per-user basis are applied, the costs per product can be huge and become unaffordable in the long term.

    A prime example is that CERN has enjoyed special conditions for the use of Microsoft products for the last 20 years, by virtue of its status as an “academic institution”. However, recently, the company has decided to revoke CERN’s academic status, a measure that took effect at the end of the previous contract in March 2019, replaced by a new contract based on user numbers, increasing the license costs by more than a factor of ten. Although CERN has negotiated a ramp-up profile over ten years to give the necessary time to adapt, such costs are not sustainable.

    Anticipating this situation, the IT department created the Microsoft Alternatives project, MAlt, a year ago.

    MAlt’s objective

    The initial objective was to investigate the migration from commercial software products (Microsoft and others) to open-source solutions, so as to minimise CERN’s exposure to the risks of unsustainable commercial conditions. By doing so, the laboratory is playing a pioneering role among public research institutions, most of whom have recently been faced with the same dilemma.

    MAlt is a multi-year effort and it will now enter a new phase with the first migrations.

    The project’s principles of engagement are to:

    Deliver the same service to every category of CERN personnel
    Avoid vendor lock-in to decrease risk and dependency
    Keep hands on the data
    Address the common use-cases

    Coming in 2019

    The first major change coming is a pilot mail Service for the IT department and volunteers this summer, followed by the start of CERN-wide migration. In parallel, some Skype for Business clients and analogue phones will migrate to a softphone telephony pilot.

    Many other products and services are being worked on: evaluations of alternative solutions for various software packages used for IT core services, prototypes and pilots will emerge along the course of the next few years.

    How will MAlt impact you and how to contribute?

    You will find all the details and progress on the project site and more particularly the list of products addressed in the project.

    The new computing newsletter blog will communicate on general items, and in addition, a general presentation will be provided in the Main Auditorium on 10 September at 2.30 p.m.

    Needless to say, isolated initiatives will waste effort and resources. Instead, if you or your team are willing to participate, if you have ideas, the best way is to join the coordinated Microsoft Alternatives effort by checking the project site and contributing to the discussion channel.

    Interesting times ahead! While the Microsoft Alternatives project is ambitious, it’s also a unique opportunity for CERN to demonstrate that building core services can be done without vendor and data lock-in, that the next generation of services can be tailored to the community’s needs and finally that CERN can inspire its partners by collaborating around a new range of products.

    #FLOSS #Microsoft

  • Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20 | ZDNet

    Microsoft is dropping its HealthVault patient records-management service, the company notified customers via email today, April 5. The service will be shut down on November 20 and any data residing in the service will be deleted after that date.

    HealthVault was one of the last pieces left of Microsoft’s original foray into first-part health services products. Recently, Microsoft officials said they were ending support for the Microsoft Health Dashboard applications and services as of May 31. Early last year, Microsoft dropped its HealthVault Insights application.

    HealthVault is a service for storing individuals’ health and medical records and information so they can be shared with health professionals. Microsoft launched a beta of HealthVault in 2007 and went live with the service in 2009. Microsoft was still updating its HealthVault documentation on the site as of December 2018.

    Microsoft is not giving up on the healthcare market. In February this year, Microsoft Healthcare announced it was making generally available its Healthcare Bot Service; adding more healthcare-specific features to Teams; and adding new health-record integration capabilities to Azure and Teams. But like it has been doing on many fronts lately, it seems to be getting out of the consumer-facing part of the business.

    Microsoft made its initial foray into healthcare over a decade ago, but ended up retrenching and selling off most of the health assets it originally acquired. A couple of years ago, Microsoft announced it was creating a new healthcare-focused research unit, Healthcare NExT. Healthcare is one of Microsoft’s highest priority verticals, as it’s a growing and pervasive market.

    #Microsoft #HealthVault #Santé #Données_médicales

  • Commit, push, deploy — #git in the Microsoft #azure #cloud

    Commit, push, deploy — Git in the Microsoft Azure CloudFollow me on Twitter, happy to take your suggestions on topics or improvements /ChrisWe have come to rely on Git as our default version control tool ever since it was released, it has become de facto standard even if other options exist. Git helps us manage our source code, divide it in branches and it even helps us working with other developers on places like for example GitHub or GitLab by allowing us to create Pull/Merge requests. Wouldn’t it be great if Git can be there for us when we move our Apps to the Cloud?This article will cover the following:Download a sample app, we want to focus on understanding #deployment with Git so we will take some ready-made codeRun the app locally just to ensure it works, this is a must, if it works (...)


  • Microsoft rät indirekt vom Office-2019-Kauf ab | heise online

    Microsoft essaye de vous décourager d’acheter Office 2019 - afin de vous vendre Office 365 . La raison est évidente : Pour Office 2019 vous ne payez qu’une seule fois alors que pour Office 365 vous payez tous les ans. Les arguments ressemblent ceux des vendeurs d’automobiles et n’ont d’intérêt que pour les utilisateurs les plus dépendants et les moins flexibles.

    On se demande pourquoi quelqu’un voudrit encores utiliser un MS-Office payant en dehors des grandes entreprises qui obligent leurs employés à apprendre l’utilisation du monstre. Après tout il y a

    Free Microsoft Office Online, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

    Which browsers work with Office Online - Office Support

    Desktop and laptop computers

    Use the most recent versions of the following browsers for the best experience with Office Online.

    Windows 10 : Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome

    Windows 8, 8.1, or 7 (SP1): Internet Explorer 11, Firefox or Chrome

    Windows Vista (SP2) : Firefox or Chrome, but some features may not be available. We recommend updating to at least Windows 7 (SP1).

    Mac OS X (10.10 and later) : Apple Safari 10+ or Chrome

    Linux : Office Online works in both Firefox or Chrome on Linux, but some features may not be available.

    If your organization is dependent upon Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9 to access older web apps and services, you may want to consider upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 and evaluating Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. This update helps provide better backward compatibility for legacy web apps.

    iOS Devices

    iPad : If you’re using at least iOS 10.0 we recommend using the Office for iPad apps instead. You’ll find them in the Apple app store.

    If you’re using an older version of iOS then Safari is the best browser for Office Online on iPads, but some features may not be available.

    iPhone : If you’re using at least iOS 10.0 we recommend using the Office for iPhone apps instead of the browser. You’ll find them in the Apple app store.

    If you’re using an older version of iOS then Safari is the best browser for Office Online on iPhones but some features may not be available.

    Note: Not sure which version of iOS you have? See Find the software version on your iPhone, iPad or iPod (Apple Support)


    There are currently no browsers on Android that are officially supported with Office Online. We recommend using the Office for Android apps instead. You’ll find them in the Google Play store.

    Other devices

    Most Office Online features will work in the Microsoft Edge browser on Hololens or XBox One.

    #software #Microsoft #lock-in #marketing #publicité

  • Microsoft Cognitive Services C++ SDK—Sebastiano Galazzo

    Are you wondering how to use the Microsoft Cognitive Services with C++?

    Microsoft Cognitive Services C++ SDK by Sebastiano Galazzo


    The project is a wrapper to use Microsoft Cognitive Services in standard C++ as is currently not supported. The project provides full support to Computer Vision API. A wrapper to gphoto2 will provide the full control digital cameras (DSLR), getting the raw shot and making manipulations with Computer Vision API. Available camera-ai, a working commandline example to take a picture from the camera conneced by USB and analyze by Cognitive Services. A lot of people have a better C++ than mine, who wants to contribute is (...)


  • The #microsoft Edge Browser Edges Into the Bug Territory

    The Microsoft Edge Browser Edges Into the Bug TerritoryA security researcher working at Google recently discovered a high-severity vulnerability on the Microsoft Edge web browser. The flaw could allow hackers to access the victim’s sensitive information without their knowledge.Although the security loophole has been patched, it points to the need of always keeping your programs up-to-date and avoid visiting malicious websites.How the bug was discoveredJake Archibald, a developer who works at Google, exposed this bug accidently and named it “Wavethrough.” It is so-named because the browser security bug involves playing a wave audio, which an attacker could compromise to steal sensitive users’ data.Archibald discovered the bug a few months ago and has since published the details on his blog (...)

    #microsoft-edge-browser #web-development #browsers #edge-browser

  • Installing Ubuntu 18.04 along with Windows 10 (Dual Boot Installation) for Deep Learning

    SourceA short Guide to installing Ubuntu 18.04 alongside windows 10 on your PC.Pre-SetupIt is highly recommended that you backup your important files before proceeding, even though this method has been tested multiple times.Create a Windows Bootable pendrive (Failsafe) using the Microsoft Tool Here.Disable Fast Startup(Using Search, Open Power Options) Power Options > System Settings > Choose what the power buttons do and uncheck the Turn on fast startup box.SourceDisable Secure Boot- Search Advanced Startup Options- Click on Restart Now- Select TroubleShoot>Advanced Options>UEFI Firmware Option Settings>Restart- Next BIOS Settings will open, this will vary depending on your setup- Navigate to Boot Tab- Disable Secure Boot- You may need to Turn Legacy Support (...)

    #deep-learning #ubuntu-18 #installing-ubuntu #data-science #machine-learning

  • The Linux Foundation Says We Should ‘Celebrate’ Microsoft Buying GitHub

    Not everyone is thrilled by news that Microsoft is buying Github — and you might think the Linux Foundation is among them. Well, it isn’t. The head of the Linux Foundation says the Microsoft snapping up GitHub is “good news” for the open source community. He also reckons that, rather than sneer about it, we ought to “celebrate […] This post, The Linux Foundation Says We Should ‘Celebrate’ Microsoft Buying GitHub, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

  • Vcpkg with Robert Schumacher

    Rob and Jason are joined by Robert Schumacher from Microsoft to discuss the vcpkg package manager and more. Robert Schumacher is a developer on the Microsoft Visual C++ Libraries team and the lead developer for vcpkg. He has previously worked on the MSVC implementation of the Modules TS and is the current maintainer of Cpprestsdk. Besides work, he occasionally indulges in functional programming and arguments about whether inheritance is fundamentally flawed. News Teach yourself C++ Where to start Macro Expansions in Quick Info Tooltips Call for a more diverse program at Meeting C++ 2018 Conan 1.4 released Robert Schumacher Robert Schumacher’s GitHub Links vcpkg vcpkg Quick Start Sponsors Backtrace Patreon CppCast Patreon Hosts @robwirving @lefticus

  • Microsoft has reportedly acquired GitHub - The Verge

    Microsoft has reportedly acquired GitHub, and could announce the deal as early as Monday. Bloomberg reports that the software giant has agreed to acquire GitHub, and that the company chose Microsoft partly because of CEO Satya Nadella. Business Insider first reported that Microsoft had been in talks with GitHub recently.

    GitHub is a vast code repository that has become popular with developers and companies hosting their projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. Microsoft is the top contributor to the site, and has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub. Microsoft even hosts its own original Windows File Manager source code on GitHub. The service was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, but it’s not clear exactly how much Microsoft has paid to acquire GitHub.


    Microsoft has been rapidly investing in open source technology since Satya Nadella took over the CEO role. Microsoft has open sourced PowerShell, Visual Studio Code, and the Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine. Microsoft also partnered with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, and acquired Xamarin to assist with mobile app development.

    #Microsoft #GitHub #open_source #Internet

  • GoingNative 66: C++ Standard Conformance in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7

    Welcome to GoingNative #66! This is an exciting episode, as we’re happy to share our massive C++ Standard conformance progress for the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler that ships with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7. Be sure to also check out our announcements at //BUILD!In this episode, Steve Carroll catches up with Ulzii Luvsanbat, engineering lead on the MSVC Compiler Front-end Team, on our conformance investments.


  • Commonwealth leaders could choose next head after Queen this week | World news | The Guardian

    Commonwealth leaders could decide this week on who takes over from the Queen as head of the organisation, Downing Street has said.

    The news came as Theresa May prepared to address her fellow national leaders on Tuesday. The prime minister is expected to urge the Commonwealth to engage and inspire the next generation, and to pledge £212m to help a million girls get a better education.

    She also made clear the UK backed Prince Charles to be the new head of the Commonwealth. The position was passed from his grandfather to his mother but is not hereditary.

    May’s spokesman said Charles had proven a “proud supporter of the Commonwealth for four decades and has spoken passionately about the organisation’s unique diversity”.

    No 10 said: “Succession is a matter for the Commonwealth as a whole to determine. If any discussion did take place it would happen at the leaders’ retreat at Windsor on Friday. Decisions in the Commonwealth are made by consensus.

    Commonwealth leaders are gathering in London for an executive session on Thursday, before a retreat at the castle.

    The organisation’s secretary general, Patricia Scotland, said the retreat was a chance for the leaders to talk one to one without outside interference.

    On the retreat, the 53 leaders get to go away together with no agenda and just talk about all the things that they desire to talk about. That enables them to deal with some quite tricky, sensitive issues, but collectively, collegiately and as part of the family,” she said.

    Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, had suggested on BBC television on Sunday that the figurehead role could go to a rotating president. “The Queen clearly is personally very committed to the Commonwealth but after her I think maybe it’s a time to say, well, actually the Commonwealth should decide who its own president is on a rotational basis.

    Queen Elizabeth, who is 91, has been the symbolic head of the Commonwealth since 1952. Charles is heir to the throne in 16 of the 53 Commonwealth member states, which are chiefly territories that used to be part of the former British empire.

    In her speech on Tuesday, May is expected to warn that a failure to engage and inspire the next generation will see the Commonwealth dismissed as “an irrelevance”. She will say she is “confident about our chances of success” in building a “bright future” for the organisation.

    In front of an audience expected to include the Microsoft founder, philanthropist and anti-malaria campaigner Bill Gates, May is expected to pledge the money towards making sure children living in developing Commonwealth countries receive 12 years of quality education. She will also call on leaders to commit to halving levels of malaria by 2023.

    • Le prince Charles prendra la succession d’Élisabeth II à la tête du Commonwealth |

      La reine Élisabeth II et le prince Charles ont assisté à l’ouverture officielle du sommet des dirigeants du Commonwealth, jeudi, au palais de Buckingham.
      Getty Images/WPA Pool

      Aujourd’hui âgée de 92 ans, la reine Élisabeth II avait déjà exprimé le vœu de voir un jour le prince Charles lui succéder dans ce rôle, symbolique et non héréditaire. Elle avait pris la tête de l’organisation regroupant les anciennes colonies britanniques à la mort de son père, le roi George VI, en 1952.

      Les dirigeants du Commonwealth ont discuté de la question lors d’une rencontre qui s’est tenue derrière des portes closes, vendredi, au Château de Windsor.

      Cette fonction ne serait pas revenue automatiquement au prince de Galles ; certains proposaient qu’elle soit attribuée en alternance parmi les 53 leaders du Commonwealth.

      Toutefois, ces derniers se sont entendus sur la nomination du prince Charles, selon le correspondant diplomatique de la BBC, James Landale. L’annonce officielle devrait survenir à la fin de la rencontre, selon la BBC.

  • GoingNative 63 : C++ #build_tools

    We are back after a long break with GoingNative #63, where Steve Carroll chats with Andrew Pardoe about the Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools and daily compiler builds on!The Build Tools is an alternative wau to get the compiler, libraries, and Windows SDKs for C++ development without having to install the IDE. Great for build servers, CI servers, and other environments where an IDE is not necessary. You can download the Build Tools at: also now offer a way to get the very latest "hot off the press" version of the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler at: If you want to test out the very latest features without having to wait, and give feedback on how the compiler is doing, this is the (...)


  • USS Lexington: aircraft carrier scuttled in 1942 is finally found | World news | The Guardian

    Wreckage from the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier that sank during the second world war, has been found in the Coral Sea by a search team led by the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

    The wreckage was found on Sunday by the team’s research vessel, the R/V Petrel, about 3,000m (two miles) below the surface and more than 500 miles (800km) off the eastern coast of Australia.

    The team released pictures and video of the wreckage of the Lexington – one of the first ever US aircraft carriers – and some of the planes that went down with it.

    Remarkably preserved aircraft could be seen on the seabed bearing the five-pointed star insignia of the US navy on their wings and fuselage.

    On one aircraft an emblem of the cartoon character Felix the Cat can be seen along with four miniature Japanese flags presumably depicting “kills”.

    The search team also released pictures and video of parts of the ship, including a nameplate and anti-aircraft guns covered in decades of slime.

  • Microsoft Makes it Official : Becomes Sponsor of Open Source Initiative | Open Source Initiative

    Ya-t-il quelqu’un ici qui se rappelle des « Halloween documents ». Même si c’est de la "récupération", le déplacement de Microsoft vers le libre (enfin, vers l’open source, ce qui est quand même bien plus limité) est la sanction d’une victoire : le libre est un moteur du développement de l’informatique, fut-il partagé (communs) ou commercial. A moins que ce ne soit le baiser du serpent...

    The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI) the global non-profit dedicated to promoting and protecting open source software through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, announced today that Microsoft has joined the organization as a Premium Sponsor.

    Microsoft’s history with the OSI dates back to 2005 with the submission of the Microsoft Community License, then again in August of 2007 with the submission of the Microsoft Permissive License. For many in the open source software community, it was Microsoft’s release of .NET in 2014 under an open source license that may fave first caught their attention. Microsoft has increasingly participated in open source projects and communities as users, contributors, and creators, and has released even more open source products like Visual Studio Code and Typescript.

    The company is a leading contributor to open source software projects on GitHub (also an OSI Corporate Sponsor); brought Bash/Linux to Windows 10; expanded its support for Linux and open source workloads on Azure; worked with OSI Affiliate Member FreeBSD Foundation to support the operating system on Azure; joined OSI Affiliate Member Linux Foundation and many of its foundations and projects. In addition, Microsoft works with companies like Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE, and open source can now be found throughout Microsoft products.

    #Microsoft #Logiciel_libre #Open_source