PyDev of the Week: Jim Fulton

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This week we welcome Jim Fulton (@j1mfulton) as our PyDev of the Week! He has been doing software development for over a quarter century. Jim is the chief architect of Zope, which is a object-oriented web application server written in Python. Now the the latest version of Zope is called BlueBream. You will actually find various other Python packages using some Zope components, such as Twisted. Anyway, Jim has a nice website that goes over what he’s been up to over the years. You can also check out what projects he’s a part of on GitHub. Let’s take a few minutes to get to know our fellow Pythonista better!

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Ingredient in magic mushrooms is shown to ease anxiety and depression in cancer patients in one dose

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In findings that could pry open a door closed for nearly half a century, researchers have found that psilocybin — a hallucinogen long used in traditional healing rituals — eases the depression and soothes the anxiety of patients contending with serious illness and the prospect of imminent death.

A Quick Guide to Building a Lean, Clean, and Fast Responsive Website

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Responsive design. Although relatively simple to set up, there are still a few pitfalls when it comes to creating a great end user experience and a fast responsive website.

We’ve all heard about responsive design, and if you’re a designer or developer you would have had this faithful companion in your tool belt for many years now. For those not familiar, however, responsive design means using fluid grids, fluid layouts and media queries to adapt your website to an ever-changing landscape of device screen sizes.

Fitbit is reportedly close to buying Pebble

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Fitness wearables manufacturer Fitbit is close to buying smartwatch maker Pebble, according to The Information. The publication’s sources say that a deal would see Fitbit taking Pebble’s intellectual property, such as its operating system, but would see the Pebble brand phased out. It’s not clear yet when the deal will be completed, or when it will be announced.

The Information cites three people reportedly familiar with the deal, who say that Fitbit’s offer is believed to be for a “small amount,” and comes after Pebble has been searching for a buyer for some time. The company laid off 25 percent of its staff earlier this year, and CEO Eric Migicovsky said at the time that money was “pretty tight these days,” despite funding rounds in…

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Sanders and Warren issue joint statement slamming Trump’s new finance industry alligator for his private DC swamp

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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren: “During the campaign, Donald Trump told the American people that he was going to change Washington by taking on Wall Street. Donald Trump’s choice for Treasury scretary, Steve Mnuchin, is just another Wall Street insider. That is not the type of change that Donald Trump promised to bring to Washington – that is hypocrisy at its worst. After his bank pocketed billions in taxpayer dollars from the bailout, Mnuchin moved on to make a fortune running another bank that aggressively foreclosed on families still reeling from the crisis. This pick makes clear that Donald Trump wants to cater to the same Wall Street executives that have hurt working families time and again.” (Images: Bernie Sanders, AFGE/CC-BY; Elizabeth Warren, Tim Pierce/CC-BY)

Exclusive: John Baldessari on designing the newest BMW art car

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BMW introduced art car number 19 at Miami Art Basel on Wednesday night, an M6 GT3 by legendary Los Angeles-based artist John Baldessari. The BMW art cars are priceless works of automotive art. Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Jeff Koons have made cars for the collection.

It’s an apt time for the sly, reflective work of Baldessari, who has long explored the object as an idea. His most iconic works are tinged with dry humor. In one image, he shows the face of a hippopotamus submerged in water and the text, “Tom’s hands grip the steering wheel as he approaches a green light.” His most famous work might be an assignment he gave his art students in 1971 to write “I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art” on the walls. Baldessari, a conceptual…

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Trumpism in Gambia: “marbles” election sparks internet shutdown

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Deji writes, “Gambia is a small country but this story is pretty crazy. The president, who is seeking his 6th term, is using Trump rhetoric surrounding the ‘rigging of elections.’ People are voting by using marbles. Meanwhile, opposition activists and journalists have been arrested — and the government STILL shut off the internet. It seems the president has lost his marbles.”
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Tesla will move to open Richmond store after DMV win

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  People look at a Tesla Motors vehicle on the showroom floor at the Dadeland Mall on February 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  Tesla said today it earned $46 million in the fourth quarter on a non-adjusted basis, or 33 cents a share, causing shares in the company to jump 12 percent.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Tesla has won the right to open and operate its own dealership in Virginia, after the state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner reversed a ruling from September denying it a license. In his decision, the commissioner cited overwhelming public support, as well as unique sales and service requirements as reasons for his finding that “no dealer independent of Tesla” in… Read More

A Volkswagen microbus tent, for camping or just hanging out

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After briefly scrambling every available neuron my brain had to offer, this VW Van shaped tent makes perfect sense.

You wanted to go camping in your VW camper, but it wouldn’t start! Instead you take your VW sized tent, authentic to a 1965 T1, and cram on in!

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I love camping in my VW Vanagon Westy.

VW Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Adult Camping Tent via Amazon

Optimum to deploy fiber capable of 10 Gbps internet to all customers

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The United States’ fourth largest cable provider is making a big expansion into fiber. Altice USA — the owner of Optimum, Suddenlink, and Lightpath — intends to build out fiber connections to “all” Optimum customers and “most” Suddenlink customers within five years, beginning in 2017.

Altice hasn’t said which areas it intends to build out first. Initial markets will be announced “in the coming months.”

The fiber connections are supposed to be capable of delivering internet at up to 10 Gbps. It’s not clear, or necessarily even likely, that Altice intends to offer those super-fast speeds right off the bat, but the intention seems to be offering somewhat faster speeds soon and much faster speeds…

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Bitcoin service ordered to hand over two years of user records to IRS

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Today in Northern California District Court, a federal judge ordered the Bitcoin wallet service Coinbase to hand over records of all transactions that took place during 2014 or 2015, as part of a larger investigation into possible tax fraud by Coinbase users.

“The taxpayers being investigated have not been or may not be complying with U.S. internal revenue laws requiring the reporting of taxable income from virtual-currency transactions,” the IRS wrote in its request. As a result, the agents argued, anyone conducting a virtual-currency transaction during that period could be reasonably suspected of tax fraud, and requested transaction records on that basis.

While money made through Bitcoin trading is taxable as income, reporting of that…

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Amazon’s image recognition AI can identify your dog down to its breed

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We’ve all had a lot of fun playing around with image recognition machine learning AIs from the likes of Google and Microsoft. Today, Amazon’s getting in the game with the launch of its own tool, Amazon Rekognition, which aims to provide deep-learning services to developers.

While the tool isn’t public-facing like Google’s drawing game or Microsoft’s age-guessing bot, Amazon Rekognition does appear to do much of the same: it can look at photos and recognize human faces, identify their emotions, and label objects. In a sample photo of a dog, the AI identified it as “animal,” “pet,” and even specifically labels it as a “Golden Retriever.”

The API will be available to all AWS users, even those on the free tier. Developers can use it to add…

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The new Gilmore Girls’ treatment of people of color is even more stunning in screenshots

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Writer Rahawa Haile’s new Tumblr Gilmore Blacks spotlights every black person who appears in Netflix’s massively hyped Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. One of them is a secretary who gets fired moments after she first appears on-screen, others are deep in the background of a given shot, and very few of them speak (and if they do it’s for one sentence). For each entry, Haile includes the character’s name (if any) and spoken lines (if any), as well as their purpose, which is always “endure.”

It’s a simple, effective way to make a statement, calling to mind a Tumblr that went viral last year, which featured popular films like Her and 500 Days of Summer edited down to just the lines spoken by people of color. The resulting edits were all…

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For Nike, the HyperAdapt self-tying shoes are the first step toward something larger

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img_0368 At $720, Version 1.0 of Nike’s HyperAdapt self-tying shoes are for sneakerheads. They’re flashy and pricey, and while Nike isn’t revealing exact numbers, it’s clear that they’re an extremely limited edition. But one thing they’re not, according to Tiffany Beers, is a gimmick.
The Nike senior innovator has been working on the project for more than a decade now. Read More

Amazon has a shiny new startup accelerator to advance conversational AI

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amazon-echo-money Big tech companies have been creating accelerators left and right to evangelize their brands and get developers engaged with APIs and other open source efforts. Today, Amazon joined the crowd by announcing a new program for startups developing conversational AI. This is Amazon’s first foray into the world of accelerator programs, though its $100 million Alexa Fund has already invested… Read More

MusicNet aims to give machine learning algorithms a taste for Beethoven

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musical notes We’ve got machine learning systems captioning images, synthesizing speech, and translating between languages, but it seems we’ve been neglecting their cultural development. Would you believe the future rulers of this planet are largely ignorant of classical music? A new project looks to change that with a dataset of pieces from great composers, annotated so the computers can… Read More

Apple acknowledges the new iCal spam problem, says its working on it

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spam If you use iCal and have noticed a weird, sudden influx of calendar invites suggesting you buy bootleg purse knockoffs… you’re not alone.
Just before Black Friday, spammers started tapping a relatively new technique: sending spam as event invites to iCloud email addresses, rather than sending standard emails. By default, iCloud processes these and tries to add them to your… Read More

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