‘The Silence,’ by Don DeLillo book review

The story takes place in 2022. In the opening pages, Jim and his wife, Tessa, are flying home to New York from a vacation in Paris. Hours of sitting have made them both tedious. “In the air,” DeLillo writes, “much of what the couple said to each other seemed to be a function of some automated process, remarks generated by the nature of airline travel itself.” Jim rambles; his wife humors him. They are “filling time. Being boring” — re-created here with distressing verisimilitude.

Suddenly, the passengers hear “a massive knocking somewhere below them.” Turbulence shakes the plane hard. Panicked voices blare over the intercom. As the chapter ends, Tessa asks, “Are we afraid?”

The novel picks up in a New York apartment where Diane and Max, a long married couple, are waiting for their friends to arrive from Paris for a Super Bowl party. So far, the only guest

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Elon Musk Details Why Tesla Designed Autopilot AI Chip In-House

While some value Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) as an automotive company, many of Tesla’s biggest fans and bulls say it should be looked at as more of a technology stock.

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This is most clearly seen in the company’s push to create software for full autonomy. Tesla is not only developing Full Self-Driving software, but it has also designed the artificial intelligence computer chip that will power it as well.


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CEO Elon Musk, responding to ARK Invest analyst James Wang on Twitter, said a blog Wang wrote in 2019 about Tesla’s self-driving program is an accurate analysis.

In it, Wang said Tesla is four years ahead of the competition on self-driving hardware.

Tesla’s is an automotive grade computer many times more powerful than anything on the market at the time of its release, the ARK Invest analyst said. 

Nvidia Corporation’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) solution, regarded

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Is Applied Materials (AMAT) Stock Outpacing Its Computer and Technology Peers This Year?

Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Applied Materials (AMAT), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? By taking a look at the stock’s year-to-date performance in comparison to its Computer and Technology peers, we might be able to answer that question.


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Applied Materials is a member of the Computer and Technology sector. This group includes 613 individual stocks and currently holds a Zacks Sector Rank of #13. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different sector groups. The average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups is measured, and the sectors are listed from best to worst.

The Zacks Rank is a successful stock-picking model that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions. The system highlights a number of different stocks that could be poised to outperform the broader market over the next one

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Wahoo Elemnt Roam GPS Cycle Computer

A cycle computer that aids navigation and rider performance.

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Set up and configurations are easy thanks to the companion app which guides you through all aspects of the device. There are tons of settings you can choose from to activate making the app very helpful in that regard.

Connectivity is provided via Bluetooth, ANT+ and WiFi to your devices which allows users to upload activities and download new routes. The only cable needed is the one to charge the unit. Dual-band technology permits use of multiple external sensors simultaneously, such as tracking your pedalling cadence, power output and heart rate.

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Wahoo has included turn-by-turn navigation which not only prompts you along the route to stay on track but should you happen to stray, the unit triggers an alert and gives directions to return to the intended route or

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D-Wave commercialises its first 5000+ qubit quantum computer

D-Wave’s new hybrid solver gives application developers the ability to switch from binary variables, like 0 or 1, to a quadratic model, like red, yellow, and blue.

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A Canadian quantum computing firm D-Wave announced on Tuesday it is commercialising its next-generation system Advantage, built for businesses.

The company’s computer is already being used, via its cloud, by some corporations to build and run applications for their operations.

D-Wave is taking another step, and making Advantage generally available to other businesses through its cloud platform Leap. The system is made of more than 5000 qubits, which is more than double the count of processing units in its earlier D-Wave’s 2000Q machine.


(Qubit are processing units in a quantum system, just like bits are in a conventional computer.)

Each of these

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How to automatically record meetings on Zoom using your computer

a man standing in front of a computer: You can change your settings in Zoom to automatically record calls that you host. Zoom

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You can change your settings in Zoom to automatically record calls that you host. Zoom

  • You can set Zoom to automatically record all the meetings that you host.
  • When changing your Zoom settings, you can also choose whether you want the recordings to be saved to your computer or the cloud.
  • For added transparency, you can turn on the “Recording consent” feature to let others in the call know when you’re recording.
  • This story is a part Business Insider’s Guide to Zoom.

You can easily turn on the “Automatic Record” feature in your Zoom settings online, and begin recording your Zoom calls. 


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Like other Zoom actions, such as the ability to mute and unmute participants, automatically recording the meeting only applies if you are the host.

It’s important to note that you are also unable to make any of these changes in the Zoom app for

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Detection technology could help keep e-scooters off sidewalks

Among the technology being tested is a system developed by the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHUB) that powers off a scooter when it is ridden on a sidewalk.

If embraced, such technology could ease growing conflicts over sidewalk use that have overwhelmed cities since e-scooters arrived more than two years ago, transportation and industry leaders say.

“If the companies put some effort behind it and continue to develop it, they could come up with a solution that is safe,” said Joseph Cevetello, chief information officer for Santa Monica, where the influx of scooters on sidewalks led the city to recruit DxHUB to develop a solution. The city is drafting regulations that would require scooter companies to employ sidewalk detection and other technology to help reduce sidewalk riding.

San Jose last year required companies operating in the city to come up with a sidewalk detection solution, prompting companies such as

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Your roadmap to becoming a computer network architect

Anyone who’s ever accessed the internet to send an email, which many of us do daily, has used computer networking. The technology offers quick and efficient information sharing and receiving. 

Furthermore, because virtually every aspect of business communication depends on computer networks, computer network architects are critical to organizations of all types and sizes. 

Corroborating their importance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 5% increase in demand for computer network architects through 2029. By far, the computer systems design industry is the workforce’s largest employer at 32.3% followed by telecommunications and managed service providers.

What’s more, with an average annual pay of $112,690, the network industry has become one of the most fascinating fields to work in. 

Continue reading to learn how to land a career in computer networking, what it entails and the skills you must have.

What is computer networking?

To fully understand computer networking,

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Large technology companies became Big Brother on our watch (Editorial)

Amazon knows where you live. It knows what you buy. And what you consider buying. Facebook knows what you like, who your friends are and what they like, and knows, too, if you use Instagram, about you and your friends photo- and video-sharing proclivities.

Google, of course, knows everything about your life — even those most-embarrassing searches you may have performed many years back. And just imagine all that the search behemoth knows about your daily doings if you use Gmail and Google Maps.

And then there’s Apple. Though the iPhone maker claims to work to protect its users’ privacy, it doesn’t appear to be nearly so scrupulous when it comes to its dealings with the developers that offer their products in the tech giant’s App Store, the only legitimate venue from which users can procure software for their iPhones and iPads and Apple Watches.

Big tech, one might rationally

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5 myths about teaching technology skills to 21st-century students

Myth 2: If You Can Swipe, You Can Type

Through experimentation, students as young as pre-kindergarten can learn how to manipulate applications by swiping and using their thumbs to type. But assuming students who can swipe can just as easily type does our students an injustice. Almost all technology input performed is still done through the keyboard. Students who do not have adequate typing skills are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to producing projects and communicating in the 21st century.

Myth 3: Sticks, Stones, and Words

The expression, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” originated as a stock response to verbal bullying in school playgrounds. Today, due to the pervasive nature of communication devices, the impact of words is much broader and more persistent. Words shared online can be amplified thousands of times over, hurtful messages can be anonymously posted, and

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