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EU unveils plans to regulate drones by 2019

The EU aims to have the regulatory framework for drone monitoring functioning by 2019, with basic services like registration and e-identification The EU unveiled a blueprint to safely regulate drone traffic in Europe by 2019 in order to tap the growing commercial potential for unmanned aircraft technology. The blueprint from the European Commission, the EU executive, covers allowing drones to operate in high density under the supervision of fleet operators. “Drones mean innovation, new services for citizens, new business…

Unlocking Test Performance — Migrating from Mocha to Jest

We’d been using Mocha at Airbnb since September 2013, but due to increasing growing pains, we’ve recently migrated from Mocha to Jest. The migration actually turned out to require minimal changes to our tests and infrastructure, and provided a myriad of benefits. Minimal Changes to Tests We’ve put significant effort into ensuring that our tests follow best practices and a fairly strict coding style. This has helped us to mitigate flakiness and enable cross team collaboration, because tests look the same…

Data @Scale 2017 Recap | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

On Thursday June 8th, we welcomed 350 engineers to Seattle for the 3rd consecutive year of Data @Scale. In addition to focusing on the challenges of building services and solutions for large-scale storage systems and analytics, this year’s speakers from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pinterest, Uber, and Yandex examined the ways in which Big Data is transforming machine learning, even as new machine learning techniques are leading to an evolution in infrastructure, hardware engineering, and data center design. In advance…

Introducing Highlights – Several People Are Coding

Since launching in 2013, Slack has helped millions of users across hundreds of thousands of teams communicate more efficiently, effectively, and transparently. But as Slack lowers the barriers to communicating internally, the volume of communication that results can be overwhelming. McKinsey estimates that knowledge workers spend 28% of their time managing digital information; accordingly, proactively helping users combat information overload is one of the top priorities of Slack’s Search, Learning, and Intelligence (SLI) group in New York City. As a…

Building the Activity Graph, Part I

Co-authors: Val Markovic and Vivek Nelamangala   Serving a feed of relevant, personalized content to 500 million members is a massive undertaking. Accordingly, our feed infrastructure is constantly evolving to take advantage of new relevance models, new features, and more efficient ways of scaling our infrastructure. In this post, we describe the Activity Graph, a new system that allows us to understand deep relationships between members’ content. The origin of the Activity Graph The story of the almost year-long project…

Moving Automated Driving To the Next Level

If there had been a competition for world-class back-seat drivers, my grandmother would have won it hands down.  Back in the 1980s when we were living in Massachusetts, we drove to Boston’s Logan Airport and picked her up for a visit.  Despite never having been closer to New England than Ohio in her entire life, she immediately started telling me which turns to take in downtown Boston as soon as I got lost, which I always did anyway, but without…

Honda to roll out all-new Accord with no V6 option

This photo provided by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. shows the next generation Honda Accord. Honda says its Accord midsize car will be offered only with four-cylinder or gas-electric hybrid engines when an all-new version comes out later in 2017. The company says the smaller engines are sufficient for what its customers want. (Courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. via AP) Honda said Friday that its Accord midsize car will be offered only with four-cylinder or gas-electric hybrid engines…

Wit and Wisdom of an Engineer: Car Code

  “Twenty years ago, cars had, on average, one million lines of code. The General Motors 2010 Chevrolet Volt had about 10 million lines of code — more than an F-35 fighter jet.   Today, an average car has more than 100 million lines of code. Automakers predict it won’t be long before they have 200 million.” Source link…

Accelerating machine learning for computer vision | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Scale matters. This is the lens through which engineers from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pinterest, Uber, and Yandex shared presentations about their approach to tackling technical challenges in large-scale storage systems and analytics at today’s Data @Scale conference in Seattle. Kicking off the conference, Facebook engineer Pieter Noordhuis shared insights from a newly released paper, “Accurate, Large Minibatch SGD: Training ImageNet in 1 Hour.” The paper demonstrates how creative infrastructure design can also contribute to more efficient deep learning at…

New driving-simulator lab accelerates research into driver behavior and vehicle technology

Credit: University of Kansas You’ve driven a car a million times, so nothing here should be too different. Just climb into the Acura, buckle up, throw it in “drive” and stomp on the gas. It’s just like any vehicle, except—whoa! At once familiar and yet fully surreal, taking a spin in the state-of-the-art Driving Simulator Lab in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering in the University of Kansas’ School of Engineering sets participants into highly realistic driving…