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The IT industry has had open source software to help fuel innovation and the time is now right to have open source for hardware too. That’s the message coming out of the Open Compute Summit in New York City today from multiple technology companies including Facebook, Intel, Dell and Red Hat.
Facebook initially announced the Open Compute Project in April of this year. Today, Facebook took the next step with the formal announcement of the creation of the Open Compute Foundation to help lead the effort forward.
“We’re really happy to announce that today, open source is not just something that you can use to describe software, but also to describe the hardware space as well,” Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s director of hardware design said in the keynote session at the Open Compute Summit.
Frankovsky explained that the Foundation has developed a well thought out intellectual property regimen for contributions. As such, it is Frankovsky’s view that most suppliers will be comfortable contributing their intellectual property to the Open Compute Foundation.
“This is about community, not just about the people that can consume the technology, it’s also about the supply base,” Frankovsky said. “We are passionate about delivering tangible goods and we are publishing specs and source files.”
The Open Compute Foundation is being largely modeled after the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The ASF is home to many successful open source projects including the Apache Web Server. The ASF is a multi-stakeholder model, where projects begin in an incubation phase before graduation to full project status.
“Everything we do is focused on a project and every project starts with the incubation committee,” Frankovsky said. “The incubation committee is made up of nine people that come from diverse backgrounds and every project will get voted on based on the merit of the project.”
Frankovsky added that even the projects that Facebook has created to date for Open Compute are currently in incubation mode.
At the top of the overall governance structure of the Open Compute Foundation is a five person board. The initial board will include, Andy Bechtolsheim from Arista Networks, Don Duet from Goldman Sachs, Frank Frankovsky from Facebook, Jason Waxman from Intel, and Mark Roenigk from Rackspace.
Among the initial efforts coming from Open Compute is the Open Rack project which is all about creating a new type of data center rack.
“Open Rack is a new platform to innovate on top off, it’s basically the rack becoming the server chassis,” Frankovsky said. “We envision this as blade servers done right, or blade servers done in open source.”
Frankovsky noted that with Open Rack the goal is about using the full rack as a chassis, to be able to give data centers a common way to deploy physical infrastructure within their environment.
“I think if we look at the pace of innovation that has been made in software and we compare it to hardware, it’s night and day,” Frankovsky said. “Let’s make it day and day, by applying open source principals to the hardware space and let’s build it together.”
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at chúng tôi the news service of chúng tôi the network for technology professionals.
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Troubled cryptocurrency exchange FTX, resumed withdrawals despite Binance’s decision to back out from its initial offer to save the firm. Rumors of users being able to salvage some funds had spread around the crypto community.
This tittle tattle was confirmed by Alex Svanevik, the CEO of Nansen. According to Svanevik, on-chain data from the platform, showed that some users were able to withdraw to external wallets.
Found 10 wallets that received funds from FTX in the last hour. (Not counting FTX US).
Gonna drop them below.
— Alex Svanevik 🐧 (@ASvanevik) November 10, 2023Regrets, “Sunshine,” and a hammer in waiting
SBF, who had gone silent since Binance confirmed that they wouldn’t go ahead with their initial agreement, finally ended his quietude.
According to the embattled crypto executive, he had hoarded important information on the company’s financial status.
His statement also read that there were LOI talks with several industry players. While he noted that he would put users first, he pointed out that a “player” had a hand in the final nailing of the exchange. The FTX CEO said,
“At some point I might have more to say about a particular sparring partner, so to speak. But you know, glass houses. So for now, all I’ll say is:well played; you won”
In other developments, Justin Sun said he was committed to seeing out his proposal to help out. The Tron [TRX] founder had initially tweeted about his willingness to halt further fall of the exchange.
At press time, FTX established that it had reached an agreement with Sun. Based on the details, Tron had extended a credit facility to FTX. Of this credit, $130,000 will be deployed to facilitate swaps that involve TRX, Huobi Token [HT], BitTorrent-New [BTT], and other tokens linked to Sun.
FTX Announcement Regarding the Tron Credit Facility:
We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Tron to establish a special facility to allow holders of TRX, BTT, JST, SUN, and HT to swap assets from FTX 1:1 to external wallets.
— FTX (@FTX_Official) November 10, 2023Regulators lurking and next steps
Following this public revelation, FTX Token [FTT] appreciated 28.73% in the last 24 hours. According to CoinMarketCap, the exchange token was trading at 2.95.
Meanwhile, Gary Gensler, the SEC chairman, dropped his “two cents” on the matter. Speaking via an interview with CNBC, Gensler said that the crypto ecosystem was a toxic one.
Gensler also noted that trading against customers has undoubtedly put the industry in a bad light. However, he pointed out that the SEC was not necessarily concerned about going after the exchange as it would need better evidence to probe it.
At the time of writing, Reuters reported that FTX was still looking to raise $9.4 billion to help rescue its situation. Per the development, Tether’s CTO, Paolo Ardoino, cleared the air that his company was unwilling to lend money to FTX or invest in it after widespread talks about USDT coming to the exchange aid.
In spite of the disclaimer, it was not sure that the FTX withdrawals would continue as its United States wing earlier announced that it was halting trading.
Meanwhile, the firm seemed to be facing more troubles. This was because the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, on 10 November, confirmed that it has seized the assets of the FTX Digital Markets.
In more recent events, it seemed that FTX was beyond redemption. This was because its Future Fund department released an open resignation, accusing the Sam Bankman-Fried-led executive of dishonesty and lacking integrity.
🚨 JUST IN —
The entire team behind the FTX Future Fund, the Sam Bankman-Fried philanthropy, has resigned.
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) November 11, 2023
Swiping up is one of the common gestures on the Apple Watch. By swiping up, you can open Control Center. Control Center lets you quickly access the features you use most on your watch. For example, you can use Control Center to:
Check the battery.
Turn on Airplane Mode.
Turn on a Focus Mode.
Turn on Theater Mode.
Turn on the Flashlight.
Silence your watch.
Use talkie walkie.
However, to be able to access Control Center, you will need to swipe up. If you cannot, you won’t be able to use Control Center. Of course, this does not mean you are unable to use these features. These features are still available via the Settings app.
Some users have said that when they try to swipe up, the watch is not responding, and Control Center is not opening. In this article, I explain what you can do when your Apple Watch’s swipe up gesture is not working.How to swipe up
There are important notes for a proper swiping up:
If you are on the Home screen, swiping up won’t work. When you swipe up on the Home screen, your installed apps will be moved up and down. Press the Digital Crown once to go to your watch face, where swiping up will work.
Your watch will need to be unlocked.
Ensure that your finger and the screen are dry. From my own experience, I know that wet fingers cause swiping gestures to result in unwanted results.
If you are on the watch face, from the bottom of the screen, gently swipe up.
If you are in an app, you will need to first tap and hold the bottom of the screen and then swipe up. If you do not first touch and hold the bottom, swiping up will just scroll the screen up.Clean your watch screen
If your screen is wet or dirty, your finger touch may not be detected. Clean your screen. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe it. Furthermore, if your watch has any protective case or screen cover, it may be the problem. Remove it and test again. If, after removing the screen protector or case, swiping up works again, clean the case or cover.Restart the Watch and iPhone
Try restarting your watch and the paired iPhone. After this, swiping up may work again. First, restart your watch and then the iPhone.
Restart Apple Watch: Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears. Move the slider. Wait for 30 seconds for your watch to turn off. Then press and hold the side button again until you see the Apple logo.
iPhone X and later: Press and hold the side and one of the volume buttons together until the Power Off slider appears. Drag the slider. Wait for your iPhone to completely power off. Then press and hold the side button to turn on your iPhone.
Other iPhone models: Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider. Drag the slider. After 30 seconds, press and hold the side button again to turn on your iPhone.Turn off and on haptics
Some users have said that toggling off and on Haptic Alerts fixes this gesture problem. Here is how you can do this:
Tap Sounds & Haptics. Scroll down and find the Haptics section.
Turn Haptic Alerts off.
Then restart your watch.
After restarting, repeat the same steps and turn on Haptic Alerts.Unpair and repair
Unpairing involves erasing your watch. If this problem occurs due to corrupt files, this may fix it. Please note that this does not cause any loss of data, as we will use the backup to pair again. Here is how:
Place your iPhone and watch close to each other.
On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
Tap My Watch, then All Watches.
Tap the (i) info button next to your watch.
Tap the red Unpair Apple Watch button, then tap Unpair again.
If you are using a cellular model, you will be asked to keep your plan. Select to keep your plan, as we will pair again. Follow the onscreen instructions. Your watch will create an automatic backup during this process, so there will be no data loss.
After the unpairing is done, your watch will say Start Pairing.
Follow the onscreen instructions to pair again.
If none of the steps has helped you, you may have a hardware issue. Your screen may be faulty and unable to detect the swiping actions. Contact Apple to determine the best route for support.
Drama Set in South Boston Opens Huntington Season Good People explores class, fate, and escaping the past
Johanna Day (from left), Karen MacDonald (CFA’72), and Nancy E. Carroll play three friends from Southie in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Photos courtesy of Huntington Theatre Company
A play about class, fate, and whether people can escape the places that formed them opens the Huntington Theatre Company’s 31st season tonight. It’s also a homecoming for South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire, whose critically praised Good People is set in the South Boston of his childhood.
The Southie he depicts is not the violent, corrupt neighborhood lorded over by legendary crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger or the mean streets fictionalized in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. It’s a place populated by everyday people struggling to stay afloat economically, some who stay, and some who eventually flee to greener pastures, embodied in the story by upscale Chestnut Hill.
The play, which won a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and was nominated for a Tony Award during its 2011 Broadway run, is poignant, but by all critical accounts, also extremely funny. It’s a gripping play, marked by “moments of explosive laughter as well as gasps and ahas when plot twists are revealed,” says Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois. The work “pulses with this tremendous humanity.” The production is directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined and How I Learned to Drive) and features Huntington veterans Johanna Day (God of Carnage) as Margie (a role that won Frances McDormand a Tony award during the Broadway run), Nancy E. Carroll (Present Laughter), and Southie native Karen MacDonald (CFA’72) (All My Sons and Before I Leave You).
“I’m excited to come back to Boston with Good People, especially since it’s very much about, and inspired by, my hometown,” says Lindsay-Abaire, who added the Lindsay to his name on his 1994 marriage to actor Chris Lindsay. “It’s about class in America. It’s about choices and luck, and lack of both.” The son of a fruit seller, Lindsay-Abaire recalls sitting on the back of his father’s truck on Huntington Avenue, across from what is now the BU Theatre, selling bags of plums to BU students. His play Rabbit Hole, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was staged by the Huntington in 2006 and later made into a film starring Nicole Kidman.
Praised by the Boston Globe for mapping the fault lines of social class “with a rare acuity of perception while also packing a substantial emotional wallop,” Good People is the story of Margie Walsh, a sharp-tongued single mother who is trying to make ends meet while caring for her developmentally disabled adult daughter. Facing eviction after losing her job, Margie seeks the help of an old boyfriend, now a well-heeled, married fertility doctor living in Chestnut Hill.
Lindsay-Abaire grew up on Southie’s West Fifth Street, the birthplace of his mother, who made circuit boards in an electronics factory. Still largely off the radar to BU students, the South Boston he grew up in is historically rich, in parts quite beautiful, and a microcosm of the strife, and eventual healing, triggered by racial desegregation.
Once a pastoral home to Yankee Brahmins, in the 1800s the peninsula reaching into Boston Harbor became a refuge for Irish Catholic immigrants, marginalized by persecution and constituting a ready workforce for the industries that increasingly dominated the waterfront from Fort Point Channel to Castle Island, explains Donald Gillis, a College of Arts & Sciences lecturer in sociology. Gillis (GRS’78’13) ran a multiservice center in the D Street projects from 1977 to 1983, the years after forced busing, and says working class Irish settlers and their descendants cultivated an insular attitude and a wariness of outsiders that still prevails.
After court-ordered desegregation of Boston’s public housing and schools in 1974, and the ensuing unrest, many residents fled to Quincy or the South Shore, says Gillis. The class conflict reflected in Good People is palpable today, he points out, in divisions between the Irish and Polish working class and the more diverse groups snapping up new housing in gentrified Fort Point Channel or looking to Southie after being priced out of the South End.
“More recently the change is driven by real estate,” says Gillis, who teaches a course on Boston’s neighborhoods. “The three-deckers that used to house extended families are being developed into condos, attracting high-end tenants, many gay and lesbian,” he says, and although the neighborhood has become a much more mixed and generally tolerant place, “there is cultural conflict.”
That conflict is at the core of Good People and is what is so gripping about it, according to DuBois. “The play draws a connection between our personal lives and class,” he says.
With scenic design by Alexander Dodge (Present Laughter), the production also features actors Rachael Holmes, Michael Laurence, and Nick Westrate, and lighting design by Matthew Richards. BU alum Marti McIntosh (CFA’03) is the production stage manager, and the stage manager is Kathryn Most.
Good People runs at the BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, through October 14, 2012. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 617-266-0800, or in person at the BU Theatre box office. Patrons 35 and younger may purchase $25 tickets (ID required) for any production, and there is a $5 discount for seniors. Military personnel can purchase tickets for $15, and student rush tickets are also available for $15. Members of the BU community get $10 off (ID required) and are also eligible for a special subscribers discount rate. Call 617-266-0800 for more information. Follow the Huntington Theatre Company on Twitter at @huntington.
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For $159, the Intel Compute Stick is a pretty good deal. You get a full license for Windows 10 Home and a PC that’s ready to go out of the box—just add a display, a mouse, and a keyboard to get started. And unlike Google’s stick computing product, the Asus Chromebit, you’re not restricted to just a handful of tasks in a limited environment. You can do anything that requires Windows.
In theory, at least. Though Intel has announced forthcoming Skylake Core m versions of the Compute Stick, this particular model is a light refresh of its Atom-based predecessor. So while you can try most anything, the hardware largely limits you to the most basic of tasks.
Still, if simplicity suits you, this product is hard to beat.What’s a Compute Stick, again?
Intel’s original Compute Stick is on the left; the new Cherry Trail version is on the right.
Last April, Intel launched its first Compute Stick with a Bay Trail Atom Z3735F processor, 2GB of RAM, and Windows 8.1 with Bing for $150. At 4-inches long and 1.5-inches wide, it was tiny enough to shove into a pocket. And unlike the company’s Next Unit of Computing line of miniature bare-bones computers, which require the separate purchase and installation of storage drives and RAM, the Compute Stick was a complete system like any desktop PC. It even came with an 8-inch HDMI extension cable in case it didn’t easily fit into the ports on your monitor or TV. But while a solid first effort, its lack of a second USB port and slow performance limited its use.Back and better than before
This year’s Compute Stick continues Intel’s efforts to establish another new PC form factor, and while the tweaks in this second-generation Atom version are minor, they do improve the day-to-day experience.
The hardware upgrades are the less noticeable changes, though they extend beyond just a processor change from last year’s Bay Trail Z3735F chip to a Cherry Trail Atom x5-Z8300 running at 1.44GHz. The combo Wi-Fi/Bluetooth wireless card is now an Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 7265 instead of last year’s Realtek RTL8723BS, which adds support for 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. And the speed of the DDR3 RAM is slightly faster, running at 1,600MHz instead of last year’s 1,333MHz—the amount has been kept at 2GB, though.
The refreshed Intel Compute Stick features the addition of a USB 3.0 port.
Externally, the Cherry Trail Compute Stick has gotten the much needed addition of a USB 3.0 port, which complements the microSD slot and USB 2.0 port that are carried over from last year. This upgrade alone makes this year’s Compute Stick a vast improvement over last year’s; as you’ll see below, the performance differences between the Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors are so small you won’t feel them much.
Initial setup for the first Intel Compute Stick required the use of a USB hub or combo keyboard/mouse. The 2023 version (pictured here) can support two wired peripherals for setup.
But not having to hunt for a combo wireless keyboard/mouse (like a K400 plus) or a USB hub for initial setup? Priceless. Even having two ports open after switching to Bluetooth peripherals makes everyday use dramatically better. One can be available for an external hard drive while the other remains free for quick access to files on a USB thumb drive. A USB hub becomes optional, which means one less thing to bring along if you take the Compute Stick on the road.
On the software side of things, Windows 8.1 with Bing has been tossed in favor of 32-bit Windows 10 Home. There’s no official Linux variant this year, but you can buy a $145 version of this new Compute Stick without an OS.Performance
If you had high hopes for notable gains with the changeover to Cherry Trail, stuff them back down. With the exception of graphics performance, the x5-Z8300 shows only minimal gains over the first-generation Compute Stick’s Z3735F. It even showed a slight dip in our PCMark 8 Work Conventional score.
But even the leap in graphics performance from Bay Trail to Cherry Trail isn’t much. While it’s impressive in terms of percentages—the gains are 57.6 percent and 63.8 percent for 3DMark’s Sky Dive and Cloud Gate benchmarks, respectively—the scores are well below those of more powerful processors. Anything beyond basic flash games is still off the table.
Really, you won’t be doing much more than basic home or office tasks on this computer: document creation and editing, web browsing, email, watching videos, and light photo editing. So the small differences in these benchmarks don’t tell much of the actual story. On the whole, both Compute Sticks are best suited for doing just one thing at a time. When using the Bay Trail stick, you’ll notice a bit of delay when switching between different tasks; when using the Cherry Trail stick, programs and tabs open faster, but the loading time for the content lags before the windows fill out.
As for storage performance, Intel says that the eMMC drive in this new Compute Stick is supposed to be faster, but that didn’t bear out during testing and spending time with the system. In any case, you won’t be moving much on and off this stick, given the low amount of storage available. It’s better to load music, movies, and other files you want to regularly access on a microSD card (or several), or stream the content.Wait for the big boys to arrive
So has the need for palm-sized PCs grown since the first Compute Stick launched last April? It doesn’t seem so. Businesses might appreciate a cheap, simple Windows 10 device that can tuck out of sight when creating displays for stores and trade shows, but outside of a handful of specific use cases, most home users don’t need such a small desktop-style computer. You’re still more likely to bring a laptop or a Chromebook with you on the road, since not every destination will have a spare monitor.
And speaking as someone who does fall into the niche group of users who desire a more powerful but still portable version of a streaming device, it’s still a toss-up for me between the Compute Stick and the Chromebit for traveling. The Chromebit also supports Flash (and thus most of the niche streaming sites I’d access while holed up in a hotel room), has better support for Bluetooth peripherals out of the box, and costs half of what the Intel Compute Stick does. Alaina Yee
Two generations of Intel Compute Stick hanging out with Asus’s Chromebit.
But as a cheap and simple PC, the Intel Compute Stick’s hard to argue with. While on the slower end of computing, it still handles the usual, everyday tasks that a more expensive mobile device can’t muster. You get full-featured browsers, plugin support, and can stream 1080p video from any source. It’s great as a sophisticated streaming device for a TV, since you get the full power of Windows 10 while paying just $40 more than it’d cost for an equivalent standalone Windows license. It’s also a solid option if you don’t want to spend a lot on a machine, don’t have a lot of demanding tasks to do, and can be patient with slower load times.
It’s possible that the coming Skylake Core m3 and Core m5 versions will make this form factor more appealing, even despite the jumps in price. For power users, the Core m3-6Y30 version might hit a sweet spot at $399 with the inclusion of a Windows 10 license, whereas businesses may get more out of the Core m5-6Y57 vPro model, which will go for $499 without any installed OS. We’ll know how it shakes out very soon, as Intel said at last month’s CES that it plans to release these models in February.
Open Assistant is an open-source AI model that dynamically retrieves data from third-party systems to help in human-like conversations.
Open Assistant is the new open-source AI Chatbot that is very easy to use and the new AI model, which could be better than ChatGPT.
Many open-source AI models have been released day by day. However, most of them have trained their model using data retrieved from ChatGPT.
Although many AI Chatbots claim to be open source, the features of this AI model are quite impressive.
Continue reading the article to learn how to use Open Assistant properly and how the model is trained.How Is Open Assitant Trained?
Open Assistant is a Chatbot that uses API and third-party plugins similar to GPT-4 and can be personalized to your needs.
To train their AI model, the team instructed GPT, a paper from Open AI. It uses reinforcement learning with human feedback.
Additionally, the model is not trained from ChatGPT data but from human-generated data.
You can also check the data generation statistics on their website.
Furthermore, it is funded by LAION, a non-profit organization focusing on machine learning research.How To Use Open Assistant?
Open Assistant is a chat-based Assistant that understands tasks and can communicate with third-party systems. Follow the steps below to use Open Assistant properly.
Go to the Open Assistant Website. The next step is to sign up.
You use either your email or your Discord account to sign up.
After logging in, you can see the dashboard. You can create a new chat and ask away your new AI Assistant.
You can also help the AI to improve by completing different tasks and replying as an Assistant.
The answers that you get from this AI model are very human-like because of its human-generated databases.
Here’s an example of the Assistant writing an email for an international IT student scholarship.
You can also personalize your Chatbot by enabling third-party plugins and choosing the chat model. Open Assistant can be your new GPT-4.
One of the biggest concerns with people while being a part of the artificial intelligence community is the use of discriminative words or rude behavior.
However, with the guidelines of Open Assistant, you will not have to worry about offensive behavior and replies.
They strive to improve and block out rude content through user feedback.
Moreover, other discussions have been on how this AI model and ChatGPT are similar. In fact, people claim that this model is much better than ChatGPT.
GPT-4, which has new third-party plugins, is not available to the general public, and the Chrome extensions do not do much justice to the GPT-4 plugin.
Therefore, if you do not want to pay for the premium subscription for ChatGPT, this might be one of the best alternatives.The Bottom Line
Open Assistant is a global community effort with over 13000 volunteers from all around the world.
This new AI Assistant could very well take over all the other chat AIs.
Although the replies of the Assistant are not flawless, and you could encounter problems with spelling or bugs in your code, its features are very impressive.
If you are interested in artificial intelligence and its developments, you should check it out and help them improve.
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