Florida, in a First, Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates

Florida on Monday became the first state to regulate how companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter moderate speech online, by imposing fines on social media companies that permanently bar political candidates in the state. From a report: The law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is a direct response to Facebook’s and Twitter’s bans of former President Donald J. Trump in January. In addition to the fines for barring candidates, it makes it illegal to prevent some news outlets from posting to their platforms in response to the contents of their stories. Mr. DeSantis said signing the bill meant that Floridians would be “guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites.”

“If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable,” he said in a statement. The bill is part of a broader push among conservative state legislatures to


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2021-05-24 18:16:38

My project for last week and this week was to get Drummer running in Electron so it can be a desktop app in addition to a web app. I just hit a milestone — I can now create and open files, and it remembers what tabs were open and when you restart they open automatically. The idea, as always, is to create a layer below which there are differences between the app that runs over the net, ie your files are stored on a server in the cloud, and the one that runs on the desktop, where the files are on your local system. For my most important writing, I prefer to use the Electron version. So hopefully by the end of the week I will be able to switch from the Electron app I’ve been using for the last four years, to the new Drummer-based system, which is much


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iFixit tells the sad story of how Samsung “ruined” its upcycling program

Enlarge / iFixit appears in Samsung’s original upcycling video. (credit: Samsung)
Lost in the hubbub of Google I/O last week was this blog post from Kevin Purdy of iFixit, which tells the inside story of how Samsung announced a “revolutionary” upcycling program in 2017, delayed it for years, and eventually gutted it before shipping a pale imitation of the original idea. iFixit was actually involved in the initial 2017 announcement, and the repair outfit says that after endorsing the original idea with its brand and stamp of approval, Samsung never delivered on its promises.
Despite the 2017 announcement of an upcycling program, the code didn’t ship until April 2021, when Samsung finally launched a beta version of “Galaxy Upcycling at Home.” This program lets users turn end-of-life Samsung phones into smart home sensors that could be paired with Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem. In our launch coverage of Galaxy Upcycling at Home, we


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ProctorU abandons business based solely on AI

Image: ProctorU, a leading provider of remote proctoring, is ending one of the ways it sells its services. No longer will colleges be able to purchase a system based solely on artificial intelligence, or AI.

Instead, colleges will be required to purchase systems that involve a human being in analyzing what the video has captured. The company believes this switch will cut down on false positives for cheating and will build support among faculty members.

ProctorU officials also hope to spur change within an industry that has grown and become more controversial during the pandemic.

Jarrod Morgan, a founder of ProctorU and chief strategy officer at Meazure Learning (which owns ProctorU), said that, in theory, the lower-cost services that rely on AI were supposed to have a faculty member analyze the results. But research by the company has found that only about 10 percent of faculty members review the video. A University of Iowa audit


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