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Uber settles with FTC again, this time over 2014 privacy breach | WIRED
Uber on Tuesday agreed to improve its privacy and security practices and to allow outsiders to monitor its progress for 20 years. A recent paper by University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo is referenced.
Calo.Ryan  School:Law  !UWitM  2017  WIRED 
yesterday by uwnews
James Damore’s Google Memo Gets Science All Wrong | WIRED
The problem is, the science in Damore’s memo is still very much in play, and his analysis of its implications is at best politically naive and at worst dangerous. The memo is a species of discourse peculiar to politically polarized times: cherry-picking scientific evidence to support a pre-existing point of view. It’s an exercise not in rational argument but in rhetorical point scoring. And a careful walk through the science proves it.
science  google  psychology  sexism  wired 
2 days ago by cmananian
Quantum internet is 13 years away — wait, what's quantum internet? | WIRED
A year ago this week, Chinese physicists launched the world’s first quantum satellite. UW physicist and electrical engineer Kai-Mei Fu is quoted.
Fu.Kai-Mei  !UWitM  2017  WIRED  College:Engineering  Department:Electrical.Engineering  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Physics 
2 days ago by uwnews
YPE html> A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens | WIRED
"They say that only the most recent VW Golf 7 model and others that share its locking system have been designed to use unique keys and are thus immune to the attack."

Phew...Mk7 FTW.
mk7GTI  volkswagen  security  automotive  Wired 
4 days ago by PCjabber
Biohackers encoded malware in a strand of DNA | WIRED
A group of researchers from the University of Washington has shown for the first time that it’s possible to encode malicious software into physical strands of DNA.
WIRED  College:Engineering  Allen.School  !UWitM  2017  genetics&dna 
7 days ago by uwnews
How the Web Became Unreadable | WIRED

It’s been getting harder for me to read things on my phone and my laptop. I’ve caught myself squinting and holding the screen closer to my face. I’ve worried that my eyesight is starting to go. These hurdles have made me grumpier over time, but what pushed me over the edge was when Google’s App Engine console — a page that, as a developer, I use daily — changed its text from legible to illegible. Text that was once crisp and dark was suddenly lightened to a pallid gray. Though age has indeed taken its toll on my eyesight, it turns out that I was suffering from a design trend.
There’s a widespread movement in design circles to reduce the contrast between text and background, making type harder to read. Apple is guilty. Google is, too. So is Twitter.
Typography may not seem like a crucial design element, but it is. One of the reasons the web has become the default way that we access information is that it makes that information broadly available to everyone. “The power of the Web is in its universality,” wrote Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web consortium. “Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”"
design  readability  wired  trends  criticism 
8 days ago by earth2marsh

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