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For Sale – Samsung CFG73 24″ 144hz Freesync, Hynix 32gb ECC, H110m, Quadro 4000, Bluray ODD

– Samsung CFG73 24 inch 144hz in new condition.

Specs is in the picture. VA panel is much better than Tn panel, pretty much the same as IPS panel with much cheaper price.

The monitor has Freesync function, and can be adjust height very flexible.

Monitor is in new condition as pic.

RRP is £260, my price is £200, my lost is your gain

– Hynix Original 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2133 PC4-17000 ECC REG 288PIN 2Rx4 CL15 1.2v: £110

– GA-H110M-S2HP motherboard 1150: £20

– Nvidia Quadro 4000: £50

– Custom loop setup: 50mm x 240mm Reservoir, Alphacool VPP655 – OT12 Pump, Phobya G-Changer 360 V.2 Radiator, Swiftech Apogee XT Rev.2 CPU Water Block

All Fitting and Tube as pic, you have 5m soft tube if needed: £60

ODD: £60 for the lots

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For Sale – Samsung CFG73 24″ 144hz Freesync, Dell Ultrasharp U2414H

Samsung CFG73 24 inch 144hz in new condition.

Specs is in the picture. VA panel is much better than Tn panel, pretty much the same as IPS panel with much cheaper price.

The monitor has Freesync function, and can be adjust height very flexible.

Monitor is in new condition as pic.

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Dell Ultrasharp U2414H in mint condition. £100 SOLD

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For Sale – Samsung CFG73 24″ 144hz Freesync, Dell Ultrasharp U2414H

Samsung CFG73 24 inch 144hz in new condition.

Specs is in the picture. VA panel is much better than Tn panel, pretty much the same as IPS panel with much cheaper price.

The monitor has Freesync function, and can be adjust height very flexible.

Monitor is in new condition as pic.

RRP is £260, my price is £200, my lost is your gain

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Dell Ultrasharp U2414H in mint condition. £100 SOLD

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How bias in AI happens — and what IT pros can do about it

Artificial intelligence systems are getting better and smarter, but are they ready to make impartial predictions, recommendations or decisions for us? Not quite, Gartner research vice president Darin Stewart said at the 2018 Gartner Catalyst event in San Diego.

Just like in our society, bias in AI is ubiquitous, Stewart said. These AI biases tend to arise from the priorities that the developer and the designer set when developing the algorithm and training the model.

Direct bias in AI arises when the model makes predictions, recommendations and decisions based on sensitive or prohibited attributes — aspects like race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Fortunately, with the right tools and processes in place, direct bias can be “pretty easy to detect and prevent,” Stewart said.

According to Stewart, preventing bias requires situational testing on the inputs, turning off each of the sensitive attributes as you’re training the model and then measuring the impact on the output. The problem is that one of machine learning’s fundamental characteristics is to compensate for missing data. Therefore, nonsensitive attributes that are strongly correlated with the sensitive attributes are going to be weighted more strongly to compensate. This introduces — or at least reinforces — indirect bias in AI systems.

AI bias in criminal sentencing

A distressing real-life example of this indirect bias reinforcement is in criminal justice, as an AI sentencing solution called Compas is currently being used in several U.S. states, Stewart said. The system takes a profile of a defendant and generates a risk score based on how likely a defendant is to reoffend and be considered a risk to the community. Judges then take these risk scores into account when sentencing.

A study looked at several thousand different verdicts associated with the AI system and found that African-Americans were 77% more likely than white defendants to be incorrectly classified as high risk. Conversely, white defendants were 40% more likely to be misclassified as low risk, then go on to reoffend.

Even though it is not part of the underlying data set, Compas’ predictions are highly correlated with race because more weight is given to related nonsensitive attributes like geography and education level.

If you omit all of the sensitive attributes, yes, you’re eliminating direct bias, but you’re reintroducing and reinforcing indirect bias.
Darin Stewartresearch vice president, Gartner

“You’re kind of in a Catch 22,” Stewart said. “If you omit all of the sensitive attributes, yes, you’re eliminating direct bias, but you’re reintroducing and reinforcing indirect bias. And if you have separate classifiers for each of the sensitive attributes, then you’re reintroducing direct bias.”

One of the best ways IT pros can combat this, Stewart said, is to determine at the outset what the threshold of acceptable differentiation should be and then measure each value against it. If it exceeds your threshold, it’s excluded from the model. If it’s under the limit, it’s included in the model.

“You should use those thresholds, those measures of fairness, as constraints on the training process itself,” Stewart said.

If you are creating an AI system that is going to “materially impact someone’s life,” you also need to have a human in the loop who understands why decisions are being made, he added.

Context is key

Stewart also warned IT practitioners to be wary when training an AI system on historical records. AI systems are optimized to match previous decisions — and previous biases. He points to the racist practice of “redlining” in Portland, Ore., — which was legal in the city from 1856 until 1990 — that prevented people of color from purchasing homes in certain neighborhoods for decades. AI systems used in real estate could potentially reinstate this practice, Stewart said.

“Even though the laws change and those bias practices are no longer allowed, there’s 144 years of precedent data and a lot of financial activity-based management solutions are trained on those historical records,” Stewart said.

To avoid perpetuating that type of bias in AI, Stewart said it’s critical that IT pros pay close attention to the context surrounding their training data.

“This goes beyond basic data hygiene,” Stewart said. “You’re not just looking for corrupted and duplicate values, you’re looking for patterns. You’re looking for context.”

If IT pros are using unstructured data, text analytics is their best friend, Stewart said. It can help them uncover patterns they wouldn’t find otherwise. Ideally, IT pros will also have a master list of “don’t-go-there” items they check against when searching for bias.

“Develop a list of suspect results so that if something unusual started popping out of the model, it would be a red flag that needs further investigation,” Stewart said.

Intentionally inserting bias in AI

Is there ever a case where IT pros would want to inject bias into an AI system? With all the talk about the dangers of perpetuating AI bias, it may seem odd to even consider the possibility. But if one is injecting that bias to correct a past inequity, Stewart’s advice was to go for it.

“That is perfectly acceptable if it is a legitimate and ethical target,” he said. “There are legitimate cases where a big disparity between two groups is the correct outcome, but if you see something that isn’t right or that isn’t reflected in the natural process, you can inject bias into the algorithm and optimize it to maximize [a certain] outcome. “

Inserting bias in AI systems could, for instance, be used to correct gender disparities in certain industries, he said. The only proviso he would put on the practice of purposefully inserting bias into an AI algorithm is to document it and be transparent about what you’re doing.

“That way, people know what’s going on inside the algorithm and if suddenly things shift to the other extreme, you know how to dial it back,” Stewart said.

For Sale – Samsung CFG73 24″ 144hz Freesync, Dell Ultrasharp U2414H

Samsung CFG73 24 inch 144hz in new condition.

Specs is in the picture. VA panel is much better than Tn panel, pretty much the same as IPS panel with much cheaper price.

The monitor has Freesync function, and can be adjust height very flexible.

Monitor is in new condition as pic.

RRP is £260, my price is £200, my lost is your gain

Collect in Plaistow, London or might post by expense

Dell Ultrasharp U2414H in mint condition. £100

I dont have box for it so I cant post this monitor.

Thank you

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InsightSquared unveils marketing analytics tools

BOSTON — InsightSquared unveiled new marketing analytics tools aimed at providing better insights to how marketing is getting leads into play and how they translate to sales.

“There’s natural tension between sales and marketing,” said Matisha Ladiwala, general manager of marketing analytics at InsightSquared, based in Boston. Ladiwala spoke to an audience of about 500 — mostly customers — at the data visualization and reporting vendor’s second annual Ramp 2018 conference at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel.

InsightSquared executives at the conference on Aug. 7 said bringing together marketing, sales and service departments — collectively known as revenue ops — is its main business goal, and the new marketing analytics tools would help unlock those hidden insights.

Measuring marketing revenue

The marketing analytics tools are intended to relieve some of the tension often found between those departments by providing interactive, current dashboards that display how marketing campaigns are doing and when and how many leads entered the sales funnel. The new tools also include more planning and reporting capabilities.

InsightSquared executive Matisha Ladiwals speaking at Ramp, the vendor's annual user conference
Matisha Ladiwala, GM for marketing analytics at InsightSquared, demos new marketing analytics tools.

“It’s a great way to build trust and credibility with other departments and optimize which marketing campaigns are giving you results,” Ladiwala said. “The dashboards are there to give you the confidence that you’re investing in the right things.”

Most InsightSquared customers at the conference hadn’t yet seen the marketing analytics software in action to gauge how it could affect revenue operations or how well it brings different departments together. But a few customers used the marketing analytics tools in beta, and while speaking onstage at the conference, they said the software helped find key insights that were often somewhat hard to unearth.

The marketing analytics tools are commercially available now, according to InsightSquared.

Automation key to efficiency

There’s natural tension between sales and marketing.
Matisha Ladiwalageneral manager of marketing analytics at InsightSquared

“Aggregating that information from those areas was very manual and time-consuming,” said Guido Bartolacci, manager of acquisition and strategy for New Breed, a marketing and sales agency based in Winooski, Vt. “We were taking all this time pulling together information, rather than analyzing it.”

Bartolacci said New Breed was having difficulty bringing together its own information from its disparate sources, including Google Analytics and Salesforce.

By using the marketing analytics tools, New Breed was able to measure the value of marketing processes and help its sales department focus on the right leads, he said.

“What we’ve been able to do with a marketing-generated revenue [report], we can tell how much revenue marketing is creating for the bottom line,” Bartolacci said. “It’s been great for sales and marketing and helps unify our teams to work more efficiently. Marketing exists to drive revenue, but these reports help us understand how and why that happens.”

Dashboards help sales enablement

Another customer, ThriveHive, a digital marketing company based in Quincy, Mass., is using InsightSquared’s marketing analytics software to help connect its disparate marketing and sales tools.

“We have a complicated marketing and sales stack,” said Adam Blake, ThriveHive’s chief marketing officer. “Every week, I’d make my team go through a day of hell by compiling data from all these different platforms and put them in Excel.”

By doing those reports manually, Blake said ThriveHive employees often wouldn’t know if something went wrong with a prospect until it was too late. By switching to live reporting and dashboards with the InsightSquared marketing analytics tools, ThriveHive was able to find more insights in its prospect funnel.

 “We now have dashboards showing how quickly sales reps follow up with leads,” Blake said.

Introducing Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

Today, we are happy to introduce support for the Web Authentication specification in Microsoft Edge, enabling better, more secure user experiences and a passwordless experience on the web.

With Web Authentication, Microsoft Edge users can sign in with their face, fingerprint, PIN, or portable FIDO2 devices, leveraging strong public-key credentials instead of passwords.

Staying secure on the web is more important than ever. We trust web sites to process credit card numbers, save addresses and personal information, and even to handle sensitive records like medical information. All this data is protected by an ancient security model—the password. But passwords are difficult to remember, and are fundamentally insecure—often re-used, and vulnerable to phishing and cracking.

For these reasons, Microsoft has been leading the charge towards a world without passwords, with innovations like Windows Hello biometrics and pioneering work with the FIDO Alliance to create an open standard for passwordless authentication – Web Authentication.

We started this journey in 2016, when we shipped the industry’s first preview implementation of the Web Authentication API in Microsoft Edge. Since then, we have been updating our implementation to as we worked with other vendors and the FIDO alliance to develop the standard. In March, the FIDO Alliance announced that the Web Authentication APIs have reached Candidate Recommendation (CR) status in the W3C, a major milestone for the maturity and interoperability of the specification.

Beginning with build 17723, Microsoft Edge supports the CR version of Web Authentication. Our implementation provides the most complete support for Web Authentication to date, with support for a wider variety of authenticators than other browsers.

Windows Hello allows users to authenticate without a password on any Windows 10 device, using biometrics—face and fingerprint recognition—or a PIN number to sign in to web sites. With Windows Hello face recognition, users can log in to sites that support Web Authentication in seconds, with just a glance.

Animation showing a purchase using Web Authentication via Windows Hello

Users can also use external FIDO2 security keys to authenticate with a removable device and your biometrics or PIN. For websites that are not ready to move to a completely passwordless model, backwards compatibility with FIDO U2F devices can provide a strong second factor in addition to a password.

We’re working with industry partners on lighting up the first passwordless experiences around the web. At RSA 2018, we shared a sneak peak of how these APIs could be used to approve a payment on the web with your face. Passwordless authentication experiences like this are the foundation of a world without passwords.

We’re excited to get implementation into the hands of more developers to see what you build. To get started with Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge, check out more information on our implementation in the Web Authentication dev guide, or install Windows Insider Preview build 17723 or higher to try it out for yourself!

– Angelo Liao, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge
– Ibrahim Damlaj, Program Manager, Windows Security

Updated July 30, 2018 10:12 am

Senator wants government to stop Adobe Flash use

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is once again advocating in favor of better cybersecurity for the U.S. government in a new letter asking that all government domains stop Adobe Flash use.

Adobe Flash has long been under fire from the infosec community for security risks, and major web browsers have been moving away from the platform in favor of HTML5, leading Adobe to announce that the end-of-life date for Flash will come in 2020.

Sen. Wyden addressed the letter to Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Walter Copan, undersecretary of Commerce and director of the NIST; and Paul Nakasone, director of the NSA and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, advocating that the government stop Adobe Flash use.

Wyden asked that these three agencies collaborate to stop Adobe Flash use in government “in light of its inherent security vulnerabilities and impending end-of-life.”

“The federal government has too often failed to promptly transition away from software that has been decommissioned. In just one example, agencies were forced to pay millions of dollars for premium Microsoft support after they missed the deadline to transition away from Windows XP at its end-of-life in 2014, even though the technology’s last major update had been six years prior,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The U.S. government should begin transitioning away from Flash immediately, before it is abandoned in 2020.”

Chris Olson, CEO and founder of The Media Trust, a digital media risk management company based in Maclean, Va., noted that the reason government agencies tend to fail at these transitions is due to budgets.

“Government budgets are strapped. As a result, they tend to retain legacy systems, software, and machines that take time to patch and update. The budget issue is worse for state, municipal, and other local government entities,” Olson wrote in an email. “The situation won’t change anytime soon, so agencies should continuously scan their websites and mobile apps in real-time for any unauthorized actors and activities.”

Wyden noted that DHS, NIST and the NSA “provide the majority of cybersecurity guidance to government agencies,” but none have issued public guidance calling for agencies to stop Adobe Flash use.

Wyden suggested a three-step plan to stop the deployment of new Flash-based content within 60 days, remove Flash from some agency computers by March 2019, and then require the removal of all Flash content from websites by August 2019.

Olson applauded the multistaged approach to having government agencies stop Adobe Flash use.

“Flash is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a growing number of other attack vectors, including HTML5, a variety of content management systems, browsers, etc. Any organization will need to keep up with the various developments that are being nurtured in the underground economy of cybercrime,” Olson wrote. “Agencies and any organization with digital assets will need to work closely with their third parties to enforce security policies, police what code is being executed in their digital ecosystems with the help of continuous, real-time scanning, and root out unauthorized actors and code.”

Salesforce Datorama acquisition to bolster Marketing Cloud

The Salesforce Datorama acquisition is expected to enhance the Salesforce Marketing Cloud system and better compete with Adobe — the CRM software vendor’s main competitor in the marketing space.

The Salesforce Datorama acquisition marks the fourth purchase for the vendor this year, following its acquisitions of Attic Labs, CloudCraze and MuleSoft. The cost of buying Datorama, according to reports, was about $800 million.

Datorama uses AI and machine learning to provide marketing intelligence and analytics to help organizations identify which campaigns work best and what the next best marketing tactic should be. Salesforce appears to be looking to the Israel-based company’s technology to bolster its Einstein AI-backed business intelligence software.

The move will strengthen Salesforce’s portfolio in marketing and analytics, said Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research.

“Datorama looks at every piece of analytics around the campaign to figure out why one was more successful than another. Salesforce has been building out its Marketing Cloud and [has] been doing specific acquisitions to bolster its marketing and ad-tech capabilities,” Wang said.

Not all observers think the Salesforce Datorama acquisition was the best move to help with marketing analytics.

Datorama customers have used the product more for reporting, rather than analytics, according to Tina Moffett, senior analyst at Forrester Research.

“Datorama’s strong suit is in its ability to connect disparate data sources — from Facebook and ad servers and email providers — into one central system, and it uses AI to do that,” Moffett said. “A lot of the organizations that we’ve talked to use Datorama as a central reporting and dashboard tool.”

Building capabilities through acquisition

When you see this acquisition, you have to think the next thing for Salesforce is ad tech.
Ray Wangprincipal analyst and founder of Constellation Research

Salesforce has been visibly working to improve Marketing Cloud and has done so mainly through acquisitions.

That campaign started with acquiring ExactTarget in 2013 and turning it into the core Marketing Cloud system. Salesforce then bought Krux in 2016 to improve Marketing Cloud’s data management capabilities and soon renamed Krux to Salesforce DMP.

Salesforce’s acquisition of Datorama AI marketing software fits the same theme, but the purchase may have surprised some.

“Salesforce’s [approach] is to build capabilities through acquisitions,” Moffett said. “For them to focus on marketing performance measurement and then acquire a company wasn’t that big of a shock. I think what was a big of a surprise was that it was Datorama.”

Surprise or not, Salesforce appears to have big plans for Datorama.

“Salesforce’s acquisition of Datorama will enhance Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud with expanded data integration, intelligence and analytics, enabling marketers to unlock insights across Salesforce data and the myriad of technologies used in today’s marketing and consumer engagement ecosystem,” Ran Sarig, Datorama CEO and co-founder, wrote in a blog post.

Meanwhile, Wang said he could see the Salesforce Datorama acquisition laying the groundwork for another Salesforce product: an advertising cloud.

“When you see this acquisition, you have to think the next thing for Salesforce is ad tech,” Wang said.

Salesforce graphic with Marketing Cloud logo
Salesforce acquired Datorama, an AI marketing analytics company, to help bolster its Marketing Cloud (pictured).

Salesforce sets sights on Adobe

Salesforce’s focus on strengthening Marketing Cloud also is apparently aimed at Adobe — another marketing software giant.

The two software goliaths have battled fiercely in recent years, and the Salesforce Datorama acquisition should be viewed in the context of that technological arms race, Wang said.

“From a Marketing Cloud perspective, it’s Salesforce and Google versus Microsoft and Adobe, and that’s what people need to recognize when considering their investments,” he said.

The big tech leaders all are trying to make it easier for organizations to connect the dozens of marketing tools that most large enterprises use.

“The bigger issue is the fact that most organizations run 40 to 50 martech solutions and want to know how to consolidate [their data],” Wang said. “Everyone is looking for one vendor to make this easier, and the integrations that Datorama has are important and allow you to connect those different pieces.”