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CH China to Ban Live Webcasts; Three Minutes Minimum Delay Required

The Chinese authorities issued a directive in August last year requiring real name registration for live webcasts. Recently, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced a series of regulations including a ban on live web broadcasts and other restrictions upon online video programs. The Notice said, “live Internet broadcasts should take the form of delayed…

CH Availability and Availability (2018)

Translating math into engineering. It’s well known that the term Availability in the CAP theorem (as formally defined by Gilbert and Lynch) means something different from the term availability that’s commonly used by the designers, builders and operators of distributed systems. Gilbert and Lynch define availability for the CAP theorem as: every request received by…

CH Why You Need a German Sedan to Break the Cannonball Run Record

There are some nails only a German hammer can hit.It always pays to bring the right tool for the job, and if the job is a Cannonball Run record attempt across the United States, that tool better be highly specialized. I know some people don’t want to hear it—national pride and all—but it’s not the…

CH I just let him have his beer

In the summer of 1963, between the appearance of Thomas Pynchon’s first book and the Beatles’ second long-player, John Williams, a professor at the University of Denver, sent his agent in New York a draft of his latest novel, which detailed the unhappy marriage, undistinguished career and early death from cancer of an imagined professor…

CH What a devastating earthquake in California would look like

The high-rise towers that served as landmarks of this city are mostly gone. Blocks where historic brick buildings once stood are now vacant. At the city’s center, Christ Church Cathedral remains in ruins.The workday bustle in one of New Zealand’s leading commercial centers, abandoned by many employers, has slowed. A once-steady stream of tourists dramatically…

CH We Only Hire the Trendiest (2016)

We only hire the trendiest An acquaintance of mine, let’s call him Mike, is looking for work after getting laid off from a contract role at Microsoft, which has happened to a lot of people I know. Like me, Mike has 11 years in industry. Unlike me, he doesn’t know a lot of folks at…

CH SICP JavaScript Going Public

It’s our pleasure to announce the initial public release ofStructure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, JavaScript Adaptation (https://sicp.comp.nus.edu.sg/)A community effort led by Martin Henz and Tobias Wrigstad, this project provides the full content of the textbook classic Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman, using sublanguages…

CH Waymo acquires Latent Logic, Oxford based imitation learning startup

Waymo has acquired Latent Logic, a U.K. company that spun out of Oxford University’s computer science department, as the autonomous vehicle company seeks to beef up its simulation technology. The acquisition also marks the launch of Waymo’s first European engineering hub, which will be in Oxford, U.K. This likely won’t be the end of Waymo’s…

CH The Mortals Behind China’s ‘God Songs’

BEIJING — Song is the name, and song is his game. While some musicians take months to compose, record, release, and promote a track, Song Mengjun and his team can get it all done in a matter of hours.The 29-year-old hit-maker has plenty of tricks to keep the ideas flowing. His team monitors China’s most…

CH Can Crops’ Wild Relatives Save Troubled Agriculture?

In September 2017, when temperatures in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region were mild and the thick snow blankets that block passage around the Himalayas later in the season were a still-distant threat, Sadar U. Siddiqui and his companions trekked up through the mountains on a mission to find a wild variety of chickpea. Back in Islamabad, he’d…

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