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For Sale – Cheap, quick Samsung NP3530EC

Very decent condition with some slight cosmetic damage here and there, and 2 keys scratched as pictured. Screen is excellent as is the Pad. Comes with i3 (2.20ghz) 6gb RAM, 120 SSD. Legit free upgrade from Windows 8 copy of Windows 10 installed.

Screen 15.6 I think and battery life is great.

Had very light use.

Comes with charger.

Lightning quick for Office. Boots in just a few seconds. Perfect for a back up, Uni, school etc.

Looking for £150.

Price and currency: 150
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal Gift / BT
Location: Manchester
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How Technology Led Me to the Best Job in the World

There are many days when I’m convinced I have the best job in the world. That feeling is compounded in moments when I’m meeting with our team of engineers and creatives, reviewing game storyboards, character designs, and what’s next for the Master Chief, knowing millions of dedicated fans are eagerly awaiting the release of our next Halo game. Or I’ll be sitting with a team of creatives, reviewing scripts for our upcoming Showtime television series, and I’ll take a step back and think to myself, “this is the most phenomenal job! How did I get here?”

I’m Bonnie Ross and I’m incredibly honored to lead of one of the most iconic and beloved video game franchises in the world, in Halo.  Our team at 343 Industries tells epic sci-fi stories, we build incredible worlds and I’ve enjoyed a more of a creative career than I ever thought possible: one where technology empowers art. I lead the most amazingly talented team of engineers, computer programmers, artists, and storytellers – all working together to bring the world of Halo to millions of passionate fans globally. Halo is a universe worthy of devotion, a universe in which you can tell thousands of stories – and technology brings all this magic vividly to life.

Throughout middle school, high school and college, my dad encouraged me to think about pursuing engineering and science as a career.  In high school, he pushed me to take the advanced math and science classes, even though I didn’t understand the “why.”  I couldn’t see the opportunities that lie ahead.  I needed that push.  I needed those words of encouragement.  I couldn’t be more thankful that my dad gave me that support.

When I graduated from college, I managed to land a job with Microsoft working on operating systems. While it was an amazing job – especially for someone fresh out of college – I don’t think I would have stayed at Microsoft or in tech, if I didn’t eventually find my passion.  At that time, I wasn’t able to connect the dots and see why technology mattered to me.  Luckily, four years after I started at Microsoft, I found video games.  For me, video games made that connection to what I could do with technology…be creative. Gaming is this amazing merging of art and technology.  Gaming is technology empowering art, creativity, and storytelling.  Gaming opened my eyes to the extraordinary things I could achieve with technology. 

For me, pursuing and remaining in technology, as a career, wasn’t something I would have done without a little help. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to inspire and encourage girls and nurture other women to pursue careers in computer science and technology. There is such a need for talent – girls and boys – in technical fields, particularly in the United States.

Girls start losing interest in STEM in middle school:

  •  Studies show that girls lose interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and computer science as time goes on. In middle school, 31% of girls believe that jobs requiring coding and programming are “not for them.” In high school, that percentage jumps up to 40%. By the time they’re in college, 58% of girls count themselves out of these jobs.

And yet the opportunities for girls and women have never been greater:

  •  In the next two years, there will be an estimated 1.4M jobs in the US that require some form of technical experience or degree. Based on the number of students enrolled in technology and engineering degrees today, it’s predicted we will only be able to fill 400,000 of these jobs in the US. Such a profound worker shortage carries global implications for the US and our economy.
  •  Research shows a diverse workforce brings with it diverse perspectives that improve everything from better product development to better teams to better profits. We need women engineers. And it’s not just a nice thing, it can change everything. Anatomically female crash test dummies, with associated differences in physique and physics, weren’t used until 2011 and women were less safe for it. A 2011 University of Virginia study found that women had a 47% higher change of serious injuries compared to men and a 71% higher chance of a moderate injury.
  •  STEM jobs tend to be higher paid. The lack of women going into technology or engineering or science is contributing to the salary gap between men and women. And here’s the not-so-secret secret: If you have a degree in tech, companies around the world aren’t just looking for you. They’re fighting to hire you since we’re all competing for a very small pool of qualified female candidates.

We know how to get more girls into STEM: 
Microsoft recently conducted research
 to learn more about what causes the gender gap and how to close it. We know why girls or young women either don’t go into STEM or leave. The research echoes my own story growing up. And we know what girls need to stay in STEM. It’s also what I personally needed.

  •  Connect the dots for girls. Girls often leave STEM because they don’t understand the potential and opportunities a technology or engineering degree can provide. 91% of girls say that they’re creative and 72% say it’s important that they have a job that helps the world, so I’m sharing my story to show that they can achieve both of those goals with a STEM qualification.  As a parent or educator, you can do the same. Seek and tell the computer science story. When girls learn about real-world STEM jobs, their perception of the creativity and positive impact of STEM double. Coding is the fabric our modern lives, built on and technology, and continues to shape and improve our world. Let her know she can define, drive and be that change. 
  •  Be a mentor. Girls need encouragement to stay in STEM. I was lucky to have my dad and I’m convinced that without his encouragement of my STEM education, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  65% of middle school girls who are encouraged by a parent say they’re likely to study computer science in high school, compared to 36% who haven’t been encouraged by either parent. With mutual support from parents and teachers, girls are twice as likely to consider studying computer science in high school, and three times more likely to consider studying computer science in college. You don’t need to be an engineer to encourage girls to pursue STEM and inspire their confidence in math and science. Just help them imagine their future with a computer science education.

This summer, I had the privilege of spending the day with 11 amazing young girls to work on a project for the Ad Council’s latest communication campaign, to encourage more girls to pursue careers in STEM. These girls are our future.  They were surprised and enthused to discover how math and science can be creative and can lead to a career making video games.  We talked about what games they play, what experiences and stories they want to create, and I made sure to tell them that they could achieve that and that would change the world.

Technology is the most powerful and the most creative tool we have today to create impact; to change and improve the world. Join me in raising the next generation of world-builders and world-changers. Connect the dots and be a mentor for the girls and young women in your life. Please share your story, my story, share the #SheCanStem videos and inspire the next generation. #MakeWhatsNext.

Wanted – Chrome Book

There isn’t any warranty left. I’ll have to double check the age if that’s of importance.

It hasn’t been used often due to other devices in the household.

I’d be looking for £235 delivered with insured courier option.

If you have any other questions then please do let me know. It’s currently boxed away so will need to unarchive to check further information.

Thanks.

Wanted – Chrome Book

There isn’t any warranty left. I’ll have to double check the age if that’s of importance.

It hasn’t been used often due to other devices in the household.

I’d be looking for £235 delivered with insured courier option.

If you have any other questions then please do let me know. It’s currently boxed away so will need to unarchive to check further information.

Thanks.

Wanted – Chrome Book

There isn’t any warranty left. I’ll have to double check the age if that’s of importance.

It hasn’t been used often due to other devices in the household.

I’d be looking for £235 delivered with insured courier option.

If you have any other questions then please do let me know. It’s currently boxed away so will need to unarchive to check further information.

Thanks.

Wanted – Chrome Book

There isn’t any warranty left. I’ll have to double check the age if that’s of importance.

It hasn’t been used often due to other devices in the household.

I’d be looking for £235 delivered with insured courier option.

If you have any other questions then please do let me know. It’s currently boxed away so will need to unarchive to check further information.

Thanks.

Wanted – Chrome Book

There isn’t any warranty left. I’ll have to double check the age if that’s of importance.

It hasn’t been used often due to other devices in the household.

I’d be looking for £235 delivered with insured courier option.

If you have any other questions then please do let me know. It’s currently boxed away so will need to unarchive to check further information.

Thanks.

For Sale – Open to offers – Lots of parts – i7 860, 8gb ddr3, Gigabyte 7970, XFX 5850, OCZ 600W, + more

EDIT: I’m open to offers

Hi there, I have quite a few items for sale. All the parts are in good working condition, I look after my stuff. Most items will have the original box and all / most additional stuff inside. There is no warranty for left for the items. Photos for all items are included. Please bear in mind that the parts are all used (apart from a few items), and although I have cleaned them as well as I could, there could be still some dust left.

I would like to sell as many parts together as possible, so at the moment I want to see if there any bulk offers.

Delivery is not included in prices. I need to see how big and heavy parcel will be to try to price it. Delivery costs are to be confirmed.

During working hours I might be slow to reply, please bear that in mind. Also dispatching can take a day or two as I need to organise boxes to ship items in.

I’m after a quick and painless sale, please no new members. I would rather deal with regulars here.

Reasonable offers welcome.

Let’s start with the bulk picture.

Items still for sale (photos on page 1):
3. OCZ DDR3 PC3 10666 1333Mhz Platinum Series RAM (4 x 2GB) – £80 £40
10. LG DVD-RW 22x SATA – £15 £10
11. Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Sound Card – £30 £20
13. Sumvision Modem – £10
16. Logitech Mouse M115 – £10
17. Logitech Ultra-flat Keyboard – £10
18. Cold Cathode PC Interior Light – £10

ITEMS SOLD:
4. Gigabyte HD7970 3GB OC Graphics CardSOLD
6. Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler HeatsinkSOLD
7. Akasa Apache Black 120mm FAN (2 items) x 2SOLD
8. OCZ 600W MOD Xstream PRO PSUSOLD
14. HAMA WLAN PCI CardSOLD
5. XFX Radeon HD5850 XXX Edition 1GB Graphics CardSOLD
15. Tech Air Laptop BackpackSOLD

1. Intel i7 860 2.8Ghz Quad Core CPUSOLD
12. ASUS Sica Gaming Mouse White – SOLD

9. Cooler Master HAF 922 PC CaseSOLD
2 Asus P7P55D Motherboard – SOLD

Pictures to follow

1. Intel i7 860 2.8Ghz Quad Core CPU – SOLD
In retail box, original Intel cooler included. Fully working. Great little chip.

2. Asus P7P55D Motherboard – SOLD
Fully working. In retail box with all the accessories.

more to follow in the next posts

Price and currency: 650
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: West Lothian
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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AI bias and data stewardship are the next ethical concerns for infosec

When it comes to artificial intelligence and machine learning, there is a growing understanding that rather than constantly striving for more data, data scientists should be striving for better data when creating AI models.

Laura Norén, director of research at Obsidian Security, spoke about data science ethics at Black Hat USA 2018, and discussed the potential pitfalls of not having quality data, including AI bias learned from the people training the model.

Norén also looked forward to the data science ethics questions that have yet to be asked around what should happen to a person’s data after they die.

Editor’s note: This is part two of our talk with Norén and it has been edited for length and clarity.

What do you think about how companies go about AI and machine learning right now?
 
Laura Norén: I think some of them are getting smarter. At a very large scale, it’s not noise, but you get a lot of data that you don’t really need to store forever. And frankly it costs money to store data. It costs money to have lots and lots and lots of variable features in your model. If you get a more robust model and you’re aware of where your signal is coming from, you may also decide not to store particular kinds of data because it’s actually inefficient at some point.
 
For instance, astronomers have this problem. They’ve been building telescopes that are generating so much data, it cripples the system. They’ve had seven years of planning just to figure out which data to keep, because they can’t keep it all.

There’s a myth out there that in order to develop really great machine learning systems you need to have everything, especially at the outset, when you don’t really know what the predictive features are going to be. It’s nontrivial to do the math and to use the existing data and tests and simulations to figure out what you really need to store and what you don’t need to capture in the first place. It’s part of the hoarding mythology that somehow we need all of the data all of the time for all time for every person.

How does data science ethics relate to issues of AI bias caused by the data that’s fed in?
 
Norén: That is such a great, great question. I absolutely know that it’s going to be important. We’re aware of that, we’re watching for it, we’re monitoring for it so we can test for bias in this case against Russians. Because it’s cybersecurity, that’s a bias we might have. You can test for that kind of thing. And so we’re building tests for those kinds of predictable biases we might have.

I wish I had a great story of how we discovered that we’re biased against Russians or North Koreans or something like that. But I don’t have that yet because it would just be wrong to kind of run into some of the great stories that I’m sure we’re going to run into soon enough.
 
How do you identify what could be an AI bias that you need to worry about when first building the system?

 
Norén: When you have low data or your models are kind of all over the place because it’s the very beginning, you might be able to use social science to help you look for early biases. All of the data that we’re feeding into these systems are generated by humans and humans are inherently biased, that’s how we’ve evolved. That turns out to be really strong, evolutionarily speaking, and then not so great in advanced evolution.
 
You can test for things that you think might have a known bias, which then it helps to know your history. Like I said, in cybersecurity you might worry about being biased specifically against particular regions. So you may have a higher false-positive rate for Russians or for Russian language content or Chinese language content, or something like that. You could specifically test for those because you went in knowing that you might have a bias. It’s a little bit more technical and difficult to unearth biases that you were not expecting. We’re using technical solutions and data social science to try to help surface those.

I think social science has been kind of the sleeper hit in data science. It turns out it really helps if you know your domain really well. In our case, that’s social science because we’re dealing with humans. In other cases, it might help to be a really good biologist if you’re starting to do genomics at a predictive level. In general, the strongest data scientists we see are people who have both very high technical skills in the data science vertical but also deep knowledge of their domain.
 
It sounds like a lot of the potential mitigations for AI bias and data science issues boil down to being more proactive rather than reactive. In that spirit, what is an issue that you think will become a bigger topic of discussion in the next five years?
 
Norén: I do actually think it’s going to be very interesting just how people feel about what happens to their data as more and more companies have more and more data about people forever and their data are going to outlive them. There have been some people who are already working on that kind of thing.
 
Say you have a best friend and your best friend dies, but you have all these emails and chats, texts, back-and-forth with your best friend. Someone is developing a chatbot that mimics your best friend by being trained on all those actual conversations you had and will then live on past your best friend. So you can continue to talk with your best friend even though your best friend is dead. That’s an interesting, kind of provocative, almost artistic take on that point.
 
But I think it’s going to be a much bigger topic of conversation to try to understand what it means to have yourself, profiles and data live out beyond the end of your own life and be able to extend to places that you’re not actually in. It will drive decisions about you that you will have no agency over. The dead best friend has no agency over that chatbot.

Indefinite data storage will become much, much more topical in conversation and we’ll also start to see then why the right to be forgotten is an insufficient response to that kind of thing because it assumes that you know where to go as your agency, or that you even have agency at all. You’re dead; you obviously don’t have any agency. Maybe you should, maybe you shouldn’t. That’s an interesting ethical question.

Users are already finding they don’t always have agency over their data even when alive, aren’t they?
 
Norén: Even if you’re alive, if you don’t really know who holds your data, you may have no agency to get rid of it. I can’t call up Equifax and tell them to delete my data. I’m an American, but I don’t have that. I know they’re stewards of it but there’s nothing I could do about that.

We’ll probably favor conversation a lot more in terms of being good guardians of data rather than talking about it in terms of something that we own or don’t own; it will be about stewardship and guardianship.

We’ll probably favor conversation a lot more in terms of being good guardians of data rather than talking about it in terms of something that we own or don’t own; it will be about stewardship and guardianship. That’s a language that I’m borrowing from medical ethics because they’re using that type of language to deal with DNA.
 
Can someone else own your DNA? They’ve decided no. DNA is such an intrinsic part of a person’s identity and a person’s physicality that it can’t be owned in whole by someone else. But that someone else, like a hospital or a research lab, could take guardianship of it.

The language is out there, but we haven’t really seen it move all the way through the field of data science. It’s kind of stuck over in genomics and the Henrietta Lacks story. She was a woman who had ovarian cancer, and she died. But her cells, her cancer cells, were really robust. They worked really well in research settings and they lived on well past Henrietta’s life. Her family was unaware of this. There’s this beautiful book written about what it means to find out that part of your family — this diseased family member that you cared about a lot — is still alive and is still fueling all this research when you didn’t even know anything about it. That’s kind of where that conversation got started, but I see a lot of parallels there between data science and what people think of when they think of DNA.
 
One of the things that’s so different about data science is that we now can actually have a much more complete record of an individual than we have ever been able to have. It’s not just a different iteration on the same kind of thing. You used to be able to have some sort of dossier on you that has your birthdate and your Social Security number, your name and whether you were married. That’s such a small amount of information compared to every single interaction that you’ve had with a piece of software, with another person, with a communication, every medical record, everything that we might know about your DNA. And our knowledge will continue to get deeper and deeper and deeper as science progresses. And we don’t really know what that’s going to do to the concept of individuality and finiteness.
 
I think about these things very deeply. We’re going to see that in terms of, ‘Wow, what does it mean that your data is so complete and it exists in places and times that you could never exist and will never exist?’ That’s why I think that decay by design thing is so important.

For Sale – 3 x 2U X-Case Server cases

Hi.

Having a clear out of my server gear and have 3 x 2u cases. There are no make/model numbers on the case but I’m sure they are “x-case”.

They are 2u, standard 19” wide and 21.5” deep. They take normal atx power supplies which makes these cases ideal for building budget servers.

They are in decent condition, some scratches etc due to use and being stored in my garage.

Collection preferred due to size of these but if no one local bites, I may post these if I can find packaging.

£20 each or all 3 for £50

COLLECTION FROM NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Price and currency: 20 each.
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT, cash, ppg, magic beans.
Location: Newcastle upon tyne
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