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A satellite dish is seen at the Ultra Electronics stand at Satellite2019 in Washington, DC May 6, 2019. — AFP pic
WASHINGTON, May 8 — Anxiety has set in across the space industry ever since the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, revealed Project Kuiper: A plan to put 3,236 satellites in orbit to provide high-speed internet across the globe.Offering broadband internet coverage to digital deserts is also the goal of the company OneWeb, which is set to start building two satellites a day this summer in Florida, for a constellation of over 600 expected to be operational by 2021Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX is equally active: It’s just received a clearance to put 12,000 satellites in orbit at various altitudes in the Starlink constellation. Not to mention other projects in the pipeline that have less funding or are not yet as defined.Is there even enough space for three, four, five or more space-based internet providers?At the Satellite 2019 international conference in Washington this week, professionals from the sector said they feared an expensive bloodbath — especially if Bezos, the founder of Amazon, decides to crush the competition with ultra-low prices. “Jeff Bezos is rich enough to put you out of business,” said Matt Desch, the CEO of Iridium Communications.Iridium knows all about bankruptcy. The company launched a satellite phone in the 1990s — a brick-like set that cost US$3,000 (RM12,444) with call rates of US$3 a minute. Barely anyone subscribed at the dawn of the mobile era.The firm eventually relaunched itself and has just finished renewing its entire constellation: 66 satellites offering connectivity, but not broadband, with 100 per cent global coverage to institutional clients including ships, planes, militaries and businesses. “The problem with satellites, it’s billions of dollars of investments,” said Desch. And if “you spend billions and you get it wrong, you end up creating sort of a nuclear winter for the whole industry for 10 years. We did that,” he added.“These guys coming in, I wish them really well... I hope they don’t take 30 years to become successful like we did.”Streaming on the planeHaving internet beamed in from space is more of a priority for isolated zones than it is for cities, where users have fiber optic or cable connections. With satellite constellations, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world: An antenna is all you need to get broadband.“It’s just like having a very tall cell tower,” said Al Tadros of Maxar, which builds satellites.The other advantage of the newly announced constellations is their relatively low orbit, which is important for reducing latency, key in curbing lag in video calls or games, for example.Isolated areas may be where the technology is required, but there may not be enough customers to make the endeavour profitable. That’s why OneWeb has lowered its sights and will first target providing internet services to planes (imagine getting Netflix on your next long haul) or to ships, where there is a huge demand.“The challenge in monetizing is being able to get through those first few years, where you have to put in all your capital expenses, but not being able to get enough revenues to keep you afloat,” Shagun Sachdeva, a senior analyst at Northern Sky Research, told AFP.Sachdeva expects most of the companies to die off, adding that the market will eventually have room for “maybe two” and that space-delivered internet services won’t be commonplace for at least five to 10 years. Amazon is only just getting off the ground, and faces the hurdle of acquiring rights to the frequency spectrum.By arriving late, they’re already behind the curve, said Michael Schwartz of operator Telesat, which is building its own constellation to be used by companies. “People don’t pay enough attention about the need for spectrum rights.”But Amazon’s many advantages are abundantly clear: The group has a formidable IT infrastructure on the ground that can support the satellite network.And Bezos finances his own rocket company, Blue Origin, which should be able to secure him a competitive price for the dozens of launches needed for the constellation.These are factors that OneWeb’s chief financial officer Thomas Whayne acknowledged during a panel Monday: “If they are serious, they will do it and will do it well.” — AFP [...]
Microsoft brings phone notifications to your PC. — AFP pic
NEW YORK, April 30 — With Windows 10’s latest build, Windows Insider software testers can get notifications for their Android devices sent to their computers via the Your Phone app.On Friday, Microsoft announced that the Your Phone desktop application is gaining a new feature: Notifications.The app was originally launched last year and allowed users to text and access their smartphone’s pictures through a PC. However, the company is experimenting with a new feature for the application called Notifications, which would allow users to receive phone notifications right to their desktops, as well.Notifications is currently available within Windows Insider Build 18885 and lets testers receive notifications from apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Uber in real time. Furthermore, you can customise which notifications are sent to the desktop. If you dismiss a notification your PC, it’s dismissed on your phone and vice versa.As the feature is in testing, some issues are already known: According to Microsoft, some notifications do not appear automatically, requiring users to hit the refresh button to see them. Additionally, notification responses are not yet supported.Notifications will become available to the Your Phone app over the next couple of days. The feature only works with Android phones for now. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
Participants carry placards and shout slogans as they take part in the Ummah rally in Kuala Lumpur May 4, 2019. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Organiser of the rally to defend the “sovereignty of Islam” organised by pro-Islam Gerakan Pembela Ummah (Ummah) today urged the authorities to get to the bottom of circumstances surrounding firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death.As part of the mega rally to oppose the Rome Statute and in support of the Malay Rulers, several Malay rights groups and Islamic NGOs participated in the speeches.Although the press were prohibited from going near the stage, the speech givers could be heard demanding to know exactly what happened to Adib.“Some say he was beaten up, others say he was knocked into by a fire truck. Which one is it?” said one male orator.Another woman told the authorities not to delay in finding out what occurred on the night of the incident.“Give everyone closure once and for all. He died ignobly, and to not find the cowards responsible for the injuries which led to his death will only further the anger of the public.“You have already caused enough distress among the Malays and Muslims over your inability to defend our rights. Do the right thing now,” she said.By 3pm, it began to drizzle, causing dozens of rally-goers to run for shelter.Some hawkers could be seen selling cheap raincoats almost as soon as the raindrops started pouring.On November 2, last year the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station EMRS unit member Adib was injured while on duty during a riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25.The 24-year old was first warded in the Subang Jaya Medical Centre before being transferred to the National Heart Institute in KL, where he passed away on the night of December 17. [...]
The iPad could gain mouse support with the next iOS. — Picture courtesy of Apple
SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 — At Apple’s WWDC 2019, the company is expected to announce a slew of features launching with iOS 13, including one that could position the iPad as a laptop replacement: mouse support.A long-standing argument exists about whether or not Apple iPads can serve as functional replacements for full-fledged laptops. Since their inception, the tablets have been offered with a handful of tools that help them emulate traditional laptops, including angled stands and attachable keyboards.Last week, however, founder and editor-in-chief of MacStories Federico Viticci revealed in a “Connected” podcast (as spotted by CNET) that Apple is working on mouse and trackpad support for the iPad, a claim that Apple developer Steve Troughton-Smith confirmed on Tuesday. If you missed last week's @_connectedfm, @viticci had a pretty interesting scoop that he'd been sitting on re mouse support coming to iPad as an accessibility feature. As far as I'm aware, that *is* indeed in the works. I feel like every pro user will turn that on, day one 😂— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 22, 2019 The compatibility is rumored to come as an accessibility feature. More specifically, Viticci was noted as saying, “What I heard is that, without adapters, you will be able to use any USB mouse on your iPad, but as an accessibility device...Apple doesn’t want to say that the only way to use the iPad as a PC replacement is to actually plug in a mouse.”If iOS 13 does launch with mouse support, it’s likely that in addition to connecting a mouse via USB, users will also be able to connect Apple’s Magic Mouse and Trackpad via Bluetooth.Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 will take place June 3-7, in San José, California.—AFP-Relaxnews [...]
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Jason Day is determined to bring a more positive mindset to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne this year after struggling to produce his best for the Internationals team in four consecutive losses to the United States. [...]
Malaysia intends to bring back the Formula One (F1) race, as there is still much interest in the sport, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir, however, did not mention exactly when the race could make a comeback in the country.
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Saifuddin insisted that Malaysia’s original decision to accede to the ICC of the Rome Statute did not need to be referred to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Council of Rulers because it did not involve constitutional issues. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today accused detractors of the Rome Statute of trying to bring down the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Saifuddin insisted that Malaysia’s original decision to accede to the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the Rome Statute — which probes international crimes like genocide and war crimes — did not need to be referred to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Council of Rulers because it did not involve constitutional issues.“Unfortunately, there are parties that intentionally misinterpret the Rome Statute, including the question of referring to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Council of Rulers by giving advice or opinions that are inaccurate and that ignore rational facts and arguments.“These parties intentionally play up emotions by scaring the public and creating confusion and misunderstanding for political purposes with the intention of bringing down the Pakatan Harapan administration and Tun Dr Mahathir as the democratically chosen prime minister,” Saifuddin said in a statement.He explained that the Cabinet had decided to join the ICC because it strengthened Malaysia’s resolve in upholding justice on the international level.“The immunity of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Council of Rulers would have continued to be protected under the Federal Constitution,” he said.Dr Mahathir announced earlier today that the Cabinet has decided to withdraw Malaysia from the ICC, just weeks after acceding to the Rome Statute, because of public confusion, as he accused detractors of trying to create a row between the royalty and the government.Over 100 countries are party to the ICC that probes genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression that are committed either in the territory of a state party or by a citizen of a state party. [...]
Now, a showdown between a preservationist tango singer and a paving-bent govt has Argentines arguing over the costs and benefits of its Old World heritage
by PATRICK GILLESPIE
The cobblestone streets of Buenos Aires have charm and potholes in equal measure. They’re as much a part of the city’s faded fabric as French balconies and bidets, but a threat to pedestrians, cars and commerce.
Now, a showdown between a preservationist tango singer and a paving-bent government has Argentines arguing over the costs and benefits of its Old World heritage.
“For poetic reasons, we wanted to preserve this part of the city,” said Karina Beorlegui, a 48-year-old lifelong Buenos Aires resident and tango pro who recently won a years-long court battle to tear up asphalt and replace stones. “They were going to take away these beautiful streets from us.”
As president, Macri has pushed pro-business measures, including carving new roadways
Beorlegui’s case raises thorny questions for the Paris of South America and the country as a whole. Some see the restoration as a waste, especially considering Argentina is mired in another economic crisis under President Mauricio Macri, who was mayor when Beorlegui sued. Others say cobblestones are not only part of the city’s soul, but keep streets safe by slowing traffic. Like many Argentine debates, just about everyone agrees that nobody agrees.
The streets are a legacy of bygone prosperity. By the early 1900s, Argentina had vaulted into the world’s 10 largest economies, enriched by vast farmlands, a wave of European migration, an education boom and decades of liberal economic policy. Today, many Argentines have Italian names, speak Spanish and live in buildings of French architecture.
The city’s founders modelled their streets after Europe’s capitals and laid them with granite stones that weigh as much as 24lb (11kg). Buenos Aires has 4,000 cobbled roads, or about 18% of its total. By comparison, New York has cobblestones on less than 1% of its roadways.
As mayor, Macri made a big push to modernise the city — including paving roads to smooth commerce — and the initiative continued after he became president in December 2015. In the past six months, Buenos Aires has paved hundreds of streets, covering the middle of the road in asphalt but leaving the sides as they were.
Beorlegui saw her beloved city being desecrated. She’s made a career of Argentine culture, singing in tango performances for more than 20 years, including shows in France, Portugal and Spain. She’s a stalwart of a community organisation dedicated to her Palermo neighbourhood, famous for its bohemian cafes, tree-lined streets and live music that goes until sunrise. In 2013, she had her fill of asphalt and sued the city.
The city’s founders modelled their streets after europe’s capitals and laid them with granite stones that weigh as much as 24lb
On Feb 26, after years of filings, testimony and appeals, a judge ruled that within a month the city must restore any paved areas. That means they must take up asphalt and replace it with stone. And cobblestones made of granite must be used in place of any made of concrete or other ersatz materials. Officials said restoring the 550 locations will take at least six months.
“We won’t finish it in a short period of time because cobblestones are complicated to place, because the work is so manual,” said Ezequiel Capelli, the city’s undersecretary for public space maintenance. “Cobblestones are very expensive to maintain, and not very economic.”
One sq m of asphalt costs 975 pesos (RM94.30), whereas cobblestone costs 6,827 pesos, according to city filings in the court case. Placing cobblestone is arduous, requiring skilled workers who are hard to find and expensive to hire. Four blocks of asphalt can be paved in a night, whereas a single block of cobblestone takes about six weeks.
The expenditure and accompanying controversy come amid a currency crisis propelled by deficits in yet another lurch in decades of economic and political convolutions. The country has swung from democracy to dictatorship and back, and from open trade in the 1990s to heavy protectionism in the 2000s. And it’s still haunted by a debt default in 2001, at the time the largest ever by a country.
As president, Macri has pushed pro-business measures, including carving new roadways. His government is building an underground highway through downtown Buenos Aires that’s set to open before October’s presidential election, when he is likely to face his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. On March 6, Macri’s government bragged that it’s paved 300km of roads in Argentina, and plans 200km more in the greater Buenos Aires area.
“Argentina needs to improve the quality of its roads,” Macri said on March 14 at a press conference. “We need to continue this type of infrastructure investment and understand that it’s a central part of our budget.”
Argentina’s polarised politics make striking a balance of interests difficult on both the national and local levels, and the cobblestone controversy is no different.
Four blocks of asphalt can be paved in a night, whereas a single block of cobblestone takes about 6 weeks
“I agree with maintaining certain cultural characteristics,” said Cynthia Goytia, a professor of urban planning at the city’s University of Torcuato Di Tella. “But I think that decisions have to be made, thinking about the costs and benefits not just for the neighbourhood’s residents, but for the whole city together.”
In the middle-class Villa Urquiza neighbourhood, the avenue where Yael Gonzalez runs a linen shop just got paved after decades of noisy traffic. She loves the newfound quiet, not to mention the ease of driving. But on her residential block, she cherishes her cobblestones and signed a petition to stop the government from covering them.
She fears a paved street will flood during storms and [...]
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KANGAR (Bernama): Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya said there is no necessity to bring back Malaysian nationals from Christchurch, New Zealand, following the shooting tragedy that occurred in two mosques in the town that killed 49 people on Friday (March 15). [...]
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya said there is no necessity to bring back Malaysian nationals from Christchurch. ― file pic
KANGAR, March 16 ― Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya said there is no necessity to bring back Malaysian nationals from Christchurch, New Zealand following the shooting tragedy that occurred in two mosques in the town that killed 49 people, yesterday.He said the tragedy was not a war but acts of terrorism carried out by an individual at a place considered to be peaceful and calm.According to Marzuki, more than 1,200 Malaysian nationals in the town who were registered with the Malaysian High Commission had been asked to communicate directly with the Commission besides being advised to stay away from public places currently.“We will take necessary measures such as bringing them back if the situation became more serious,”he told a media conference on the restructuring of parti Bersatu and Pakatan Harapan (PH) Perlis which was also attended by DAP, Amanah and PKR leaderships, here today.Marzuki said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah would communicate with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister to find out the latest situation in Christchurch.At 1.40 pm (local time) yesterday, a man opened fire at random at the Al-Noor Mosque near Hagley Park and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch which killed 49 people while more than 20 others were injured.The suspect identified as Australian national, Brenton Tarrant, 28, was charged at a Christchurch court for murder.When arrested with two other suspects, the New Zealand authorities found several explosive materialson them which were to be used as what were described as planned terrorist attacks. ― Bernama [...]
In his new book, Deep Medicine, the cardiologist argues that artificial intelligence can bring humanity back to medicine.
You tweet several times a day about the latest medical studies. Do you really read all of those articles?
Every one of the 18,000 tweets come from me. People think I have an army of people to help me–no. I’m an information junkie. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been an incessant reader. I apportion time every day–a couple of hours in the morning and the evening.
What is the biggest problem you see in medicine today?
What’s happened is an erosion of the relationship, due to the lack of time doctors have with patients. We use keyboards and screens, and it’s led to depersonalization of the doctor-patient relationship.
How do we re-establish that relationship?
The answer came when I started a deep dive into artificial intelligence. It dawned on me that using technology to enhance humanity is the ultimate objective here. It’s counterintuitive. But for doctors, what this means is the ability to have all of the data about a person assimilated and analyzed, to have scans and slides read. That liberates doctors from keyboards so they can look patients in the eye.
People can track their health now with their smartphones. Is that a good thing?
Some of that data will be enlightening, and really helpful. But some of it is going to be terrible noise and even lead to unnecessary testing and anxiety. It’s a mixed bag. But we’ve seen citizen empowerment across all other sectors, and while health care is trailing, it is going to continue to get a lot of momentum.
What are the best examples of how AI can work in medicine?
We’re seeing rapid uptake of algorithms that make radiologists more accurate. The other group already deriving benefit is ophthalmologists. Diabetic retinopathy, which is a terribly underdiagnosed cause of blindness and a complication of diabetes, is now diagnosed by a machine with an algorithm that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. And we’re seeing it hit at the consumer level with a smart-watch app with a deep learning algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation.
Is that really artificial intelligence, in the sense that the machine has learned about medicine like doctors?
Artificial intelligence is different from human intelligence. It’s really about using machines with software and algorithms to ingest data and come up with the answer, whether that data is what someone says in speech, or reading patterns and classifying or triaging things.
What worries you the most about AI in medicine?
I have lots of worries. First, there’s the issue of privacy and security of the data. And I’m worried about whether the AI algorithms are always proved out with real patients. Finally, I’m worried about how AI might worsen some inequities. Algorithms are not biased, but the data we put into those algorithms, because they are chosen by humans, often are. But I don’t think these are insoluble problems.
Will we ever have an AI doctor to take care of all of our medical needs?
The pinnacle of AI is being fully autonomous. But I don’t think that will happen in medicine; AI will always need human backup. A machine could handle certain things autonomously–diagnosing a skin rash, for example. Doctors shouldn’t be dealing with things that machines will do better than them. But serious conditions, like getting a cancer diagnosis, are what doctors should be working on. I think once patients understand that there are things they don’t need doctors to do, they would love it–once they get used to it.
Correction, March 14 The original version of this story misstated the title of Dr. Eric Topol’s book. It is Deep Medicine, not Deep Learning.
This appears in the March 25, 2019 issue of TIME. [...]
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