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Category: Computer Engineering

New technique sheds light on body language in job interviews, sales calls, team projects

A joint research team from the University of Cambridge and Dartmouth College has developed a system for using infrared light tags to monitor face-to-face interactions. The technique could lead to a more precise understanding of how individuals interact in social settings and can increase the effectiveness of communications coaching. The system, named Protractor by the Cambridge-Dartmouth team, uses invisible light to record how people employ body language by measuring body angles and distances between individuals. Prior studies have revealed…

The Makeup of Successful Geographically-Distributed SRE Teams: Part 2

In part one of this series, we discussed some of the key principles to consider when developing geographically distributed (GD) SRE teams. Similar to the first article, we’re leveraging the journey of LinkedIn’s SRE team as the point of reference for the topics discussed here in part two. Within this post, we’ll discuss growth planning, the challenges associated with being part of a remote team, and some of the unexpected advantages geographically distributed SRE teams can offer. Tenets to focus…

Use Netflix and YouTube without Using Up Your Mobile Data

Streaming media consumes bandwidth regardless of how you consume it. The challenge for mobile users is how to enjoy streaming media without too much data usage over their cell phone connection and an insane phone bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips on how to use Netflix and YouTube without using up your mobile data. Adjust Your Settings in Netflix If you want to reduce your Netflix data usage, you can alter the settings from…

A Solution to Compression Oracles on the Web

CC 3.0 by Jean-Jacques MILAN This is a guest post by Blake Loring, a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Blake worked at Cloudflare as an intern in the summer of 2017. Compression is often considered an essential tool when reducing the bandwidth usage of internet services. The impact that the use of such compression schemes can have on security, however, has often been overlooked. The recently detailed CRIME, BREACH, TIME and HEIST attacks on TLS have shown…

Smart conveyor rollers to optimize parcel logistics operations

The drive systems specialist Matthias Nienhaus (photo) from Saarland University is collaborating with partners to develop smart conveyor rollers that communicate with one another. They have found a way of turning the motor inside every drive roller into a sensor. The team will be exhibiting a conveyor demonstrator made from these smart rollers at Hannover Messe. Credit: Oliver Dietze Engineers from Saarbrücken have developed a system of self-monitoring conveyor rollers to solve crucial logistics problems for sorting offices and parcel…

Data Science and the Art of Producing Entertainment at Netflix

by Ritwik Kumar, Vinith Misra, Jen Walraven, Lavanya Sharan, Bahareh Azarnoush, Boris Chen, Nirmal Govind Netflix has released hundreds of Originals and plans to spend $8 billion over the next year on content. Creators of these stories pour their hearts and souls into turning ideas into joy for our viewers. The sublime art of doing this well is hard to describe, but it necessitates a careful orchestration of creative, business and technical decisions. Here we will focus on the latter…

Students create 3-D printed robot prosthetic limb for amputees

Credit: University of Manchester Students at The University of Manchester have designed and built a 3-D printed, low-cost robotic prosthetic hand that could provide a much cheaper alternative for amputees. The hand‘s joints are all fully posable with each individual finger and the thumb being able to move as well as make a fist. The functionality of the hand allows its user to do simple everyday tasks such as picking up items, eating using a knife and fork, typing and…

Choosing the Best Bingo App for iOS

If you thought bingo was only for those of a certain age, you’ve clearly missed one of the most dramatic – and some might say bizarre – trends in mobile gaming over the past couple of years. As it has followed other traditional gambling activities, such as cards games, slots and sports betting, online, bingo has gathered momentum as one of the most popular online pastimes among people of all ages. Bingo’s growing popularity online The parallels with other games…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian

Mill Avenue near Curry Road in Tempe, Arizona is a wide four-lane surface road with few streetlights. Around 10:30 PM on the night of Sunday, March 18, it was quite dark where Elaine Hertzberg, 49, chose to walk her bicycle across the road in the middle of a block, instead of crossing at a designated crosswalk.  From a dashcam video of the accident that happened a few seconds later, it does not appear that her bicycle had any lights or…

The terahertz computer chip is now within reach — ScienceDaily

Following three years of extensive research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) physicist Dr. Uriel Levy and his team have created technology that will enable our computers — and all optic communication devices — to run 100 times faster through terahertz microchips. Until now, two major challenges stood in the way of creating the terahertz microchip: overheating and scalability. However, in a paper published this week in Laser and Photonics Review, Dr. Levy, head of HU’s Nano-Opto Group and HU emeritus…