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Wanted – Good spec and condition Chromebook

Thanks buddy. crazy how time is flying so not long to go now. She’s given me the go ahead to sell her mint laptop as well which I’m about to advertise here which still has 1.5yr on-site warranty.

The Chromebook is a 16GB Internal I believe. It’s a beautiful machine. I can do it for £230 delivered and that is mainly because it’s in brand new condition. I cannot see a single hairline scratch on it or thumbprint. My wife and eye have serious OCD when it comes to keeping our tech in the best condition. Me being in IT, I’m always using Antec spray to clean my devices.

I appreciate the price may be out of your budget but just wanted to see if anyone would want it at this price. I’ll upload some pics for you now and any marks that come up, please ignore as it’s most likely my shadows,lol

Wanted – Good spec and condition Chromebook

Thanks buddy. crazy how time is flying so not long to go now. She’s given me the go ahead to sell her mint laptop as well which I’m about to advertise here which still has 1.5yr on-site warranty.

The Chromebook is a 16GB Internal I believe. It’s a beautiful machine. I can do it for £230 delivered and that is mainly because it’s in brand new condition. I cannot see a single hairline scratch on it or thumbprint. My wife and eye have serious OCD when it comes to keeping our tech in the best condition. Me being in IT, I’m always using Antec spray to clean my devices.

I appreciate the price may be out of your budget but just wanted to see if anyone would want it at this price. I’ll upload some pics for you now and any marks that come up, please ignore as it’s most likely my shadows,lol

5 takeaways from Brad Smith’s speech at the RISE conference – On the Issues

Tapping AI to solve the world’s big problems

Microsoft has long been known for suites of products, Smith said, and the company is now bringing that approach to a new suite of programs, AI for Good. This initiative’s first program, AI for Earth, was started in 2017 and brings advances in computer science to four environmental areas of focus: biodiversity, water, agriculture and climate change.

Under this program, Microsoft is committing $50 million over five years to provide seed grants to nongovernmental organizations, startups and researchers in more than 20 countries, Smith said. The most promising projects will receive additional funding, and Microsoft will use insights gleaned to build new products and tools. The program is already showing success, Smith said — the use of AI helped farmers in Tasmania improve their yields by 15 percent while reducing environmental runoffs. And in Singapore, AI helped reduce electrical consumption in buildings by almost 15 percent.

“We’re finding that AI, indeed, has the potential to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems,” he said.

Improving accessibility for people with disabilities

Computers can see and hear. They can tell people what’s going on around them. Those abilities position AI to help the more than one billion people worldwide who have disabilities, Smith said.

“One of the things we’ve learned over the last year is that it’s quite possible that AI can do more for people with disabilities than for any other group on the planet,” he said.

Recognizing that potential, Microsoft in May announced AI for Accessibility, a $25 million, five-year initiative focused on using AI to help people with disabilities. The program provides grants of technology, AI expertise and platform-level services to developers, NGOs, inventors and others working on AI-first solutions to improve accessibility. Microsoft is also investing in its own AI-powered solutions, such as real-time, speech-to-text transcription and predictive text functionality.

Smith pointed to Seeing AI, a free Microsoft app designed for people who are blind or have low vision, as an example of the company’s efforts. This app, which provides narration to describe a person’s surroundings, identify currency and even gauge emotions on people’s faces, has been used over four million times since being launched a year ago.

“AI is absolutely a game-changer for people with disabilities,” Smith said.

Governing AI: a Hippocratic Oath for coders?

For AI to fulfill its potential to serve humanity, it must adhere to “timeless values,” Smith said. But defining those values in a diverse world is challenging, he acknowledged. AI is “posing for computers every ethical question that has existed for people,” he said, and requires an approach that takes into account a broad range of philosophies and ethical traditions.

University students and professors have been seeking to create a Hippocratic Oath for AI, Smith said, similar to the pledge doctors take to uphold specific ethical standards. Smith said a broader global conversation about the ethics of AI is needed, and ultimately, a new legal framework.

“We’re going to have to develop these ethical principles, and we’re going to have to work through the details that sometimes will be difficult,” he said. “Because the ultimate question is whether we want to live in a future of artificial intelligence where only ethical people create ethical AI, or whether we want to live in a world where, at least to some degree, ethical AI is required and assured for all of us.

“There’s only one way to do that, and that is with a new generation of laws.”

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For Sale – Corsair HX1200

Selling a Corsair HX1200 that’s been sitting on the shelf for too long now. Bought in Nov 2017 from Scan so still has warranty remaining.

As new condition and only used for a month or so, with full box and papers etc.

Looking for £150 inc special delivery

Price and currency: 150
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer or Cash
Location: Ingatestone, Essex.
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Recruiting platforms see large VC investments

Recruiting platforms have long been a leader in the HR venture capital market and this year seem to be attracting some big funding rounds.

Recruiting platform Greenhouse recently received $50 million in new funding, and Hired recently received $30 million. Earlier this year, Scout Exchange gained $100 million in funding. Applicant-tracking systems and recruiting platforms typically lead the HR market in venture capital funding, industry analysts have reported.

These platforms each approach the problem of recruiting in different ways, and their methods illustrate the complexity of filling jobs with high-quality candidates.

With its latest funding round, Greenhouse, a recruiting platform and applicant-tracking system provider, has now raised $110 million. Raising $100 million or more is not unusual for recruiting platforms.

Greenhouse believes recruiting is a companywide responsibility, and its platform is built with this approach in mind, said Daniel Chait, CEO of Greenhouse, based in New York. Recruiting “involves everyone in the company, every single day,” doing all kinds of things, such as interviewing and finding candidates, he said. The Greenhouse platform uses data to help consider candidates “in a fair and objective way,” and to ensure a good candidate experience, he said.

Employees don’t like interviewing job candidates

Recruiting platform Greenhouse recently received $50 million in new funding, and Hired recently received $30 million. Earlier this year, Scout Exchange gained $100 million in funding.

Preparing employees to take part in candidate interviews is an important aspect of Greenhouse’s platform, Chait said. It provides all the people conducting the interview with all the available information on the candidate, but also helps users develop questions to ask the candidates.

“Employees generally don’t like doing interviews. They are stressful, and they don’t know what questions to ask,” he said.

Scout Exchange runs a marketplace recruiting platform that matches recruiters with job searches based on their expertise and “their actual track record of filling positions,” said Ken Lazarus, CEO of Scout, based in Boston.

Scout enables employers to tap into one or more recruiters with the best record for filling a particular type of job, Lazarus said.

Meanwhile, Hired has a created a talent pool and the technology to help match candidates with employers. If an employer believes a candidate has the right skills, they will send an interview request to the candidate. The firm said it has raised more than $130 million to date.

Setting the right salary level

Knowing what to pay candidates helped to drive Salary.com’s just-announced acquisition of Compdata Surveys & Consulting.

Salary.com gets its compensation data from surveys purchased from other providers, as well as what it gathers in its own surveys. The acquisition of Compdata, which is predominantly a survey firm, gives Salary.com the platform, analytics and the data it needs, said Alys Scott, chief marketing officer at Salary.com, based in Waltham, Mass., although the firm will still buy some third-party surveys.

The low unemployment rate and retirements of baby boomers is putting pressure on firms to have good compensation models, Scott said. The “No. 1 motivator” around retaining, attracting and engaging talent is compensation, she said.

For Sale – Corsair HX1200

Selling a Corsair HX1200 that’s been sitting on the shelf for too long now. Bought in Nov 2017 from Scan so still has warranty remaining.

As new condition and only used for a month or so, with full box and papers etc.

Looking for £150 inc special delivery

Price and currency: 150
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer or Cash
Location: Ingatestone, Essex.
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Corsair HX1200

Selling a Corsair HX1200 that’s been sitting on the shelf for too long now. Bought in Nov 2017 from Scan so still has warranty remaining.

As new condition and only used for a month or so, with full box and papers etc.

Looking for £160 inc special delivery

Price and currency: 160
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer or Cash
Location: Ingatestone, Essex.
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
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For Trade – EVGA 1060 6GB for RX 580 8gb

Hi All,

Bit of a long shot, but does anyone fancy a trade? Im looking at doing a bit of work on a mac and seen that AMD will be supported more in their next OSX. Based on this would anyone like a direct trade for a RX580 8Gb for a EVGA 1060 6G. The 1060 still has a few years warranty on it and it is this one:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, 06G-P4-6163-KR, 6GB GDDR5, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan)

Would ideally prefer a Sapphire 580

Price and currency: 10
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal
Location: BELFAST
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New WPA3 security protocol simplifies logins, secures IoT

Securing Wi-Fi access has long been an Achilles’ heel for users of wireless networks — especially for users of public networks, as well as for internet of things devices — but help is on the way.

Wi-Fi Alliance, the nonprofit industry group that promotes use of Wi-Fi, has begun certifying products supporting the latest version of its security protocol, the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) specification, WPA3.

The new WPA3 security protocol is intended to simplify wireless authentication, especially for IoT devices, while at the same time improving security through the inclusion of new features and removal of legacy cryptographic and security protocols.

The WPA3 security protocol, announced in January, gives enterprises and individuals a better option for securing access to Wi-Fi networks. Support for WPA2 continues to be mandatory for all products in the Wi-Fi Alliance’s “Wi-Fi Certified” program, but the new WPA3 security protocol adds new capabilities for improved security, including stronger encryption and a more secure handshake.

In its press release, Wi-Fi Alliance wrote that the WPA3 security protocol “adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security, enable more robust authentication, and deliver increased cryptographic strength for highly sensitive data markets.”

The new specification defines both an enterprise option, WPA3-Enterprise, which offers enterprises the “equivalent of 192-bit cryptographic strength,” to protect networks that transmit sensitive data; and an individual option, WPA3-Personal, which offers password-based authentication that can be more resilient against attacks even when “users choose passwords that fall short of typical complexity recommendations,” by using a secure key setup protocol, Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE), to protect against attempts by malicious actors trying to guess passwords.

Wi-Fi Alliance also rolled out Wi-Fi Certified Easy Connect, an initiative for simplifying the secure initialization and configuration of wireless internet of things devices that have little or no display interfaces. The new program permits users to add devices to Wi-Fi networks with a different device — like a smartphone — that can scan a product quick response (QR) code.

Support for the new protocol will be made available as vendors begin incorporating it into their products. Wi-Fi Alliance members that plan to support the WPA3 security protocol include Cisco, Broadcom, Huawei Wireless, Intel and Qualcomm. A Wi-Fi Alliance spokesperson said by email that “Wi-Fi Alliance expects broad industry adoption of WPA3 by late 2019 in conjunction with the next generation of Wi-Fi based on 802.11ax standard.”

Wanted – 8th gen Intel laptop with 1080P screen

I appreciate that it’s probably a long shot, but I’m looking to upgrade from my old Dell XPS 15, and thought I’d try here first.

Preferably after an i5 8250u or i7 8550u, minimum 1080P screen, SSD would be nice, but I’m happy to buy one with an M2 slot and fit my own.

Location: Hexham, UK

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