The scheme was exposed by the New York Times — the paper that just over a month earlier published that aforementioned oped, in which Fox and Morgan pontificated about Russian interference online.
New Knowledge created a mini-army of fake Russian bots and fake Facebook groups. The accounts, which had Russian names, were made to follow Moore. An internal company memo boasted that New Knowledge had “orchestrated an elaborate 'false flag' operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.”
Of course, New Knowledge and even the New York Times, which blew the lid of the operation, are trying to spin this as some kind of “small experiment” during which they “imitated Russian tactics” online to see how they worked. Just for research, of course. They have also both claimed that the scheme, dubbed ‘Project Birmingham’ had almost no effect on the outcome of the race.
In late 1966, a 29-year-old computer scientist drew a series of abstract figures on tracing paper and a quadrille pad. Some resembled a game of cat’s cradle; others looked like heavenly constellations; still others like dress patterns.
Those curious drawings were the earliest topological maps of what we now know as the internet. The doodler, Lawrence G. Roberts, died on Dec. 26 at his home in Redwood City, Calif. He was 81.
Gates acknowledged that tighter U.S. export restrictions, put in place by the Trump administration, have virtually ruled out TerraPower’s grand plan to test its traveling-wave nuclear technology in China.
“We had hoped to build a pilot project in China, but recent policy changes here in the U.S. have made that unlikely,” Gates wrote. He said “we may be able to build it in the United States” if regulations are updated and the investment climate for nuclear power improves.
A car from the new Muslim Community Patrol has been spotted around the city, joining the Jewish enclave’s Shomrim and the Brooklyn Asian Safety Patrol among New York’s culture-specific security groups.
The white Ford Taurus bears insignia nearly identical to those of an NYPD patrol car — with blue horizontal stripes down the sides, a shield on the front driver’s side door and the words “Muslim Community Patrol” descending on the rear door, where a department vehicle would say “Courtesy Professionalism Respect.”
Sears narrowly avoided liquidation on Friday after receiving an official buyout bid from former CEO Eddie Lampert.
Before a 4 p.m. ET deadline, Lampert submitted the $4.4 billion through his hedge fund ESL Investments. Transform Holdco LLC, an affiliate of Lampert’s hedge fund, said it hoped to keep 425 stores open and 50,000 people working, according to The Associated Press. The bid includes $1.3 billion in financing from three institutions, ESL said in a statement.
The mayor of the Mexican border city of Tijuana claims that a federal judge ordered him to stop turning detained migrants over to immigration authorities. The judge also told him to stop speaking “freely” about the migrant caravan.
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at the facts with social-justice rhetoric, accusing a recent fact-teller of “mansplaining” her childhood to her. But Ocasio-Cortez did, in fact, grow up in Yorktown Heights in Westchester County.
Ocasio-Cortez’s father reportedly bought the house in Yorktown Heights when the socialist was approximately two years old. She reportedly moved from Parkchester, in the Bronx, to Yorktown Heights when she was five years of age. A glowing New York Times profile of the socialist starlet said the family moved to Westchester County “in search of better schools.”
The quadcopter drone will be controlled remotely by trained police and will help give a bird’s-eye view of the massive crowds... The drone will also help detect any other unmanned vehicles in the air that aren’t authorized to fly, in addition to the cameras and police helicopters that usually keep watch.
In a paper published in Science Magazine... the company described how it created a Generative Query Network (GQN) that can see and imagine almost like a human.
“Our ability to learn about the world by simply looking at it is simply incredible... In this work, we train a neural network to predict what a scene might look like from new viewpoints.”.
Instead of having to command them, they’ll use context to know when to hand us a coffee or cook us a meal.
“As alleged in the complaint, the defendants engaged in a terrifying kidnapping of two children in the middle of the night, taking the children across the border to Mexico,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.
“Thankfully, the kidnappers were no match for the perseverance of the FBI, the New York State Police and Mexican authorities, and the children were recovered this morning after a nearly three-week search,” Berman said.
Bees are amazingly complicated, and researchers have found they can execute tasks by using mathematical skills that include counting and deducing which numbers are larger or smaller.
...bees have impressive cognitive abilities that don’t require much brain power. They can, in fact, count up to four or five items. They can even choose smaller or larger numbers and even choose zero as the lesser of two quantities if trained to do so. Amazingly, they even understand the concept of zero.
Explaining the results of a recent trip of an Iranian Interior Ministry’s delegation to Russia, Heidari said “the border cooperation agreement between Iran and Moscow was signed after four meetings and rounds of negotiations between experts [of the two sides] and will be implemented by the Russian side.”
Heidari added “the exchange of experiences between the two countries on border control, the use of efficient electronic and optical technology, and smart border management were among the major issues discussed on the trip.”