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Eric Grunau 2021-06-30
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Internet Explorer 11 and the Adobe Reader plug-in? Is this bork bingo?

Internet Explorer 11 may only have a year left, but Microsoft still found itself releasing a patch to resolve some PDF issues in the elderly browser.…

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Eric Grunau 2020-09-11
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The Swachh Bharat mission, launched in 2014, was an ambitious effort to stop open defecation. It's far from reaching that goal.
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Eric Grunau 2019-10-31
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Today, you’re a horrible goose from Untitled Goose Game, and the internet is laughing with you.

Five months from now, if anyone looks at your photos from tonight, all they’ll see is waterfowl.

now skids down an ever steeper slope.

Online, a meme’s ephemerality is a given, and old jokes more or less evaporate.

When meme-famous geese or chicken sandwiches or preoccupations with tariffs jump from a server to a Halloween soiree, their lives don’t get any longer, but they also never really disappear.

For years now, costume companies like Yandy have been gaining customers and media attention for their ability to turn online moments into sellable, sexified scraps of fabric within days or even hours.

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Eric Grunau 2019-05-31
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Following disquiet over the IEEE's decision to block Huawei-linked researchers from doing various academic tasks, a Chinese computer research body has reportedly severed ties with the IEEE in retaliation.

The China Computer Federation (CCF) declared that it is suspending communications with the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Computer Society (IEEE CS), according to Reuters.

This comes hot on the heel of an academic backlash against the IEEE for what amounts to blacklisting of researchers with links to Huawei.

The IEEE insisted that as a US-based corporation it is subject to US law and thus has no real choice in the matter, though others disagree with their interpretation of the US sanctions on Huawei.

In a post on China's WeChat platform, the CCF said the IEEE CS "was once considered an open international academic organization" before describing the Huawei ban as something which "seriously violates the open, equal and non-politicized nature of being an international academic organization".

A subset of the IEEE, the IEEE CS concentrates, as its name suggests, on computer technology.

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Eric Grunau 2021-04-21
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A new patent from Sony puts forward a way to train AI to play games for their players.
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Eric Grunau 2020-08-20
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Need to delete an unwanted profile from your Netflix account? You're in the right place -- follow these steps.
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Eric Grunau 2019-09-19
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If letting your kids loose with your expensive drone is something you're not quite down with, have you considered the terrible idea of getting them their own?

Because Oaxis has, and now it's become a reality.

Say hello to myFirst Drone, part of a myFirst range aimed at getting kids outside and playing with tech.

Does it sound like an ad taken from RoboCop or some other dystopian future where kids are casually flying drones about?

But it comes in a very non-threatening blue and pink, and doesn't include a remote so the mischief your little buggers could potentially cause is somewhat mitigated.

You can charge up the drone via USB and it'll be ready to fly in 40 minutes, at which point you just lob it skyward to get it flying, which definitely isn't going to go horribly wrong when they get excited and start chucking it about like a volleyball.

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Eric Grunau 2019-05-01
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It’s been over a week since an anomaly triggered the engine failure of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during testing.

Few details have been disclosed, and it’s not yet clear how the incident might delay NASA’s ability to deliver astronauts to the ISS.

Last Thursday, a NASA safety panel remained tight-lipped, saying an investigation is now underway.

We also don’t know if any toxic fumes were released into the environment (seems likely), or if the incident will affect NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (also likely).

BREAKING: SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered an anomaly during test fire today, according to 45th Space Wing.

All we can really be certain of, and as stated in a SpaceX press release issued shortly after the 20 April incident, is that an “anomaly” occurred.

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Eric Grunau 2021-02-18
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Wanda and Vision's house guest from another universe fits right in with the family, suspiciously enough.
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Eric Grunau 2020-07-31
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From the absolutely essential to the quite niche but extremely useful, here's our comprehensive phone accessories guide
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Eric Grunau 2019-08-28
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Disney has gone to great lengths to ensure that a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland is as immersive as possible, and that includes selling drinks in specialised containers shaped like grenades thermal detonators.

And the fact nerds have been taking them home as souvenirs isn't really going down well with the legions of airport security staff in the USA's airports.

And yes, it's because the bottles of liquid look like bloody bombs.

Now you wouldn't be able to take the bottles in the cabin, because they're over 100ml in volume.

That should be obvious, but according to the @AskTSA Twitter account passengers shouldn't be stuffing them in their suitcases either.

Sure glad you provided a pic, Andrew!

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Eric Grunau 2019-04-19
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As I write this, I’m at TED 2019 in Vancouver, which is a weeklong marathon of talks and workshops and coffee meetings and experiences and demos and late-night trivia contests and networking, networking, networking.

Meanwhile, I’m sick as a dog with a virus I caught from my 3-year-old, I’m on deadline for what feels like a bazillion stories, and I’m pregnant, which means I need coffee but can’t have too much, and need sleep but can only lay on my left side, and can’t breathe without sitting propped up with a pillow anyway, since I can’t safely take any cold medication.

“The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children.

It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century,” Walker, an expert in sleep at UC Berkeley and author of the best-selling book “Why We Sleep,” told a rapt TED audience on Thursday.

(A comparison Walker might hate.

He ran down all the ways in which sleep deprivation hurts people: it makes you dumber, more forgetful, unable to learn new things, more vulnerable to dementia, more likely to die of a heart attack, less able to fend off sickness with a strong immune system, more likely to get cancer, and it makes our bodies literally hurt more.

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Eric Grunau 2020-10-04
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In What Works For Me – a series of articles considering how we can find balance in our lives – we talk to celebrities about wellbeing and self-care.

Stacey Solomon’s house is not a quiet one, with her partner Joe Swash, three sons, a step-son and a dog to contend with. But the Loose Women star says she still claws back moments of me-time, for the sake of her mental health

“Self-care has to be a conscious effort, because I often think there’s a whole family tree of people who come before I do,” she tells HuffPost UK. 

“Sometimes, I have to make a point of saying to myself: ’You know what Stace, if you don’t have a bath one day this week, it’s not going to do you any favours. If you don’t turn your phone off for the day today and say ‘no’, you’re going to be impacted negatively.”

The latter has been particularly hard in the pandemic, she says, because “no one is shutting off anymore” – and people seem to be getting in touch 24/7. “Sometimes you have to force yourself not to reply and say: ‘Sorry, I was asleep – I’m not a vampire!’” she jokes. 

These tactics give Stacey “a moment to be still’ – but they don’t fix everything. “I don’t want to sit here and say it makes a dramatic difference to my life,” she says, “because sometimes I think there are ways you feel in life that you just can’t get out of, no matter what you do.”

Stacey has experienced anxiety from early childhood and has tried everything to tackle it, from hypnosis to EMDR therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. 

“I don’t know life without it,” she says. “The only thing that has helped me over the years is just embracing that it’s a part of me. I genuinely don’t think at this point it will ever go away, no matter how much therapy I have. I’ve admitted to myself that it’s part of my personality.”

Stacey Solomon

Stacey’s anxiety is characterised by a fear of death. Hearing about death on the news, or that a distant acquaintance has died, can be a trigger. At times, it’s caused her to experience anxiety attacks.  

“If I feel myself getting an anxiety attack now, I have to sit still and play it out through my mind logically,” she says. “I have to think: ‘This will come and this will be awful, but then it will go.’ The more I focus on the fact it will go and it’s not going to be there forever, the easier it is for me to ride though it.’”

She still isn’t sure what caused her to question her mortality so often in childhood. She had some respite from anxiety in her teens, when she went through a stage of feeling “immortal and invincible”. But giving birth to Zach at 17 brought back her old concerns – and they’ve been with her ever since. 

“When I gave birth it was such a trauma and I realised how fickle life was, because I felt really out of control,” she says. “I thought I was going to die.” 

Part of the problem, says Stacey, is that women weren’t taught about the realities of birth 12 years ago, so everything came as a complete shock.  

“When I had Zach, I didn’t even know I’d give birth to a placenta afterwards,” she says. “No one said: ‘You’ll probably shit yourself, your baby might poo inside you, you’re going to tear from your bum to your vagina and you won’t be able to wee for about three days afterwards.’” 

It’s why she’s so passionate about sharing the realities of pregnancy and birth on her Instagram, such as showing her blood-spattered t-shirt and towel after giving birth to her youngest, Rex. She also regularly posts pictures and captions relating to body image, showing her cellulite or loose skin after pregnancy. 

“Sometimes I sit there and question whether I should put something up because it doesn’t look like everyone else’s pictures,” she says. “But then I think: ‘Surely everyone looks like this, and what is it doing to people when they don’t see it?’” 

Stacey Solomon

While Stacey’s posts come across as self-assured, she admits she’s still prone to a “crisis of confidence” over her intelligence – more than a decade after hitting our screens on the X Factor. 

“I’ve felt like my whole life, I’ve had to prove I’m not an idiot,” she says. “I still worry about if people think I’m dumb because of my accent. I’m not stupid – I’m just not from a privileged background and I’m not serious a lot of the time.”

Self-doubt can also creep in when she’s honest about her mental health struggles online, because she feels like she’s “supposed to be the happy one” who’s known for smiling and joking. “You can’t just be one thing all of the time,” she says. “But you feel like you have to portray that, because that’s how people characterise you.”

Her tactic for boosting her self-esteem is to ignore all feedback about her – whether it’s good or bad. It’s something she regularly speaks to her boys about, teaching them to follow their passions, rather than be influenced by others. 

“For example, if I was going to make a unicorn pumpkin that I thought was the best thing since sliced bread, but 50,000 people thought it was ridiculous, the best thing I can do is just put it out there, make it and not even acknowledge anyone else’s opinion, whether it’s good or bad,” she explains.

“Then, my opinion is protected in my brain and I can just walk around thinking I’ve done the best thing ever.” 

At 30, letting go of others’ judgements has helped Stacey feel free and totally herself, even embracing the parts of her personality she’d rather change. 

“You can’t win,” she says. “You’re either too perfect or not perfect enough, so you can only be you – and unapologetically you.” 

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl, Stacey Solomon has joined forces with the Dove Self-Esteem Project and body image expert Professor Phillippa Diedrichs to host a special IG Live about the importance of building positive self-esteem in young people at 9pm on 8th October. Tune in on Stacey’s and Professor Phillippa’s Instagrams and find out more  at Dove.com/selfesteem.

HuffPost UK
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Eric Grunau 2019-11-01
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Thrilling news: my Libra account is ready!

Yet I received my confirmation this very morning.

That is, it arrived a few days ago but my silly email program diverted it into the Junk folder by mistake, duh!

I'm not sure about being likened to a toad but perhaps it's blockchain slang, like a kind of Gen-Z teknospeek.

Yes I know that a physical address has little to do with unsolicited electronic communications but it does represent one component of what many organisations consider to be acceptable forms of customers' multi-factor authentication.

Providing the first line of your address and the postcode continues to be enough, combined with your full name and account number, to validate your identity when calling customer services by telephone.

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Eric Grunau 2019-05-12
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With such a dedicated, enthusiastic audience, VR doesn’t get many unexpected surprises.

Our most anticipated games enjoy regular spotlights at the top of various subreddits and on our front page.

With an industry this small, it’s hard for content to fall through the cracks in the run-up to launch.

Not just because it’s pretty good, but because it’s pretty good practically everywhere you can play it.

It’s a fine multiplayer shooter on Rift and Vive, for example, but it really holds its ground on Go and Daydream, too.

Housed in the same building as Cortopia and a stone’s throw away from its contemporaries, a small team is still chipping away on this plucky shooter.

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Eric Grunau 2019-04-15
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“Harder to get consent for data use than it is to get consent for medical treatment”

The Open Data Institute (ODI) has published a report on three pilot “data trusts” – legal structures designed to provide independent stewardship of data – it set up under a government-funded trial that may have far-reaching impact.

A key metric: whether they could “increase access to data while retaining trust.”

The report by the non-profit ODI comes as the government looks to find ways to unlock and monetise vast public data sets (e.g.

A key benefit for data users – like the AI and machine learning companies that need huge data sets to train and deploy their algorithms on – would be the ability to tap public data sets that have already been collated in one place, with a single legal agreement governing their use, streamlining current access agreements.

The ODI found that there is “huge demand” from private, public and third sector organisations in countries around the world to explore data trusts; a somewhat inchoate term for a legal vehicle that can facilitate the sharing of data from several sources while respecting varying legal interests.

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Eric Grunau 2021-06-30
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Internet Explorer 11 and the Adobe Reader plug-in? Is this bork bingo?

Internet Explorer 11 may only have a year left, but Microsoft still found itself releasing a patch to resolve some PDF issues in the elderly browser.…

Eric Grunau 2021-02-18
img
Wanda and Vision's house guest from another universe fits right in with the family, suspiciously enough.
Eric Grunau 2020-09-11
img
The Swachh Bharat mission, launched in 2014, was an ambitious effort to stop open defecation. It's far from reaching that goal.
Eric Grunau 2020-07-31
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From the absolutely essential to the quite niche but extremely useful, here's our comprehensive phone accessories guide
Eric Grunau 2019-10-31
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Today, you’re a horrible goose from Untitled Goose Game, and the internet is laughing with you.

Five months from now, if anyone looks at your photos from tonight, all they’ll see is waterfowl.

now skids down an ever steeper slope.

Online, a meme’s ephemerality is a given, and old jokes more or less evaporate.

When meme-famous geese or chicken sandwiches or preoccupations with tariffs jump from a server to a Halloween soiree, their lives don’t get any longer, but they also never really disappear.

For years now, costume companies like Yandy have been gaining customers and media attention for their ability to turn online moments into sellable, sexified scraps of fabric within days or even hours.

Eric Grunau 2019-08-28
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Disney has gone to great lengths to ensure that a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland is as immersive as possible, and that includes selling drinks in specialised containers shaped like grenades thermal detonators.

And the fact nerds have been taking them home as souvenirs isn't really going down well with the legions of airport security staff in the USA's airports.

And yes, it's because the bottles of liquid look like bloody bombs.

Now you wouldn't be able to take the bottles in the cabin, because they're over 100ml in volume.

That should be obvious, but according to the @AskTSA Twitter account passengers shouldn't be stuffing them in their suitcases either.

Sure glad you provided a pic, Andrew!

Eric Grunau 2019-05-31
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Following disquiet over the IEEE's decision to block Huawei-linked researchers from doing various academic tasks, a Chinese computer research body has reportedly severed ties with the IEEE in retaliation.

The China Computer Federation (CCF) declared that it is suspending communications with the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Computer Society (IEEE CS), according to Reuters.

This comes hot on the heel of an academic backlash against the IEEE for what amounts to blacklisting of researchers with links to Huawei.

The IEEE insisted that as a US-based corporation it is subject to US law and thus has no real choice in the matter, though others disagree with their interpretation of the US sanctions on Huawei.

In a post on China's WeChat platform, the CCF said the IEEE CS "was once considered an open international academic organization" before describing the Huawei ban as something which "seriously violates the open, equal and non-politicized nature of being an international academic organization".

A subset of the IEEE, the IEEE CS concentrates, as its name suggests, on computer technology.

Eric Grunau 2019-04-19
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As I write this, I’m at TED 2019 in Vancouver, which is a weeklong marathon of talks and workshops and coffee meetings and experiences and demos and late-night trivia contests and networking, networking, networking.

Meanwhile, I’m sick as a dog with a virus I caught from my 3-year-old, I’m on deadline for what feels like a bazillion stories, and I’m pregnant, which means I need coffee but can’t have too much, and need sleep but can only lay on my left side, and can’t breathe without sitting propped up with a pillow anyway, since I can’t safely take any cold medication.

“The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children.

It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century,” Walker, an expert in sleep at UC Berkeley and author of the best-selling book “Why We Sleep,” told a rapt TED audience on Thursday.

(A comparison Walker might hate.

He ran down all the ways in which sleep deprivation hurts people: it makes you dumber, more forgetful, unable to learn new things, more vulnerable to dementia, more likely to die of a heart attack, less able to fend off sickness with a strong immune system, more likely to get cancer, and it makes our bodies literally hurt more.

Eric Grunau 2021-04-21
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A new patent from Sony puts forward a way to train AI to play games for their players.
Eric Grunau 2020-10-04
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In What Works For Me – a series of articles considering how we can find balance in our lives – we talk to celebrities about wellbeing and self-care.

Stacey Solomon’s house is not a quiet one, with her partner Joe Swash, three sons, a step-son and a dog to contend with. But the Loose Women star says she still claws back moments of me-time, for the sake of her mental health

“Self-care has to be a conscious effort, because I often think there’s a whole family tree of people who come before I do,” she tells HuffPost UK. 

“Sometimes, I have to make a point of saying to myself: ’You know what Stace, if you don’t have a bath one day this week, it’s not going to do you any favours. If you don’t turn your phone off for the day today and say ‘no’, you’re going to be impacted negatively.”

The latter has been particularly hard in the pandemic, she says, because “no one is shutting off anymore” – and people seem to be getting in touch 24/7. “Sometimes you have to force yourself not to reply and say: ‘Sorry, I was asleep – I’m not a vampire!’” she jokes. 

These tactics give Stacey “a moment to be still’ – but they don’t fix everything. “I don’t want to sit here and say it makes a dramatic difference to my life,” she says, “because sometimes I think there are ways you feel in life that you just can’t get out of, no matter what you do.”

Stacey has experienced anxiety from early childhood and has tried everything to tackle it, from hypnosis to EMDR therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. 

“I don’t know life without it,” she says. “The only thing that has helped me over the years is just embracing that it’s a part of me. I genuinely don’t think at this point it will ever go away, no matter how much therapy I have. I’ve admitted to myself that it’s part of my personality.”

Stacey Solomon

Stacey’s anxiety is characterised by a fear of death. Hearing about death on the news, or that a distant acquaintance has died, can be a trigger. At times, it’s caused her to experience anxiety attacks.  

“If I feel myself getting an anxiety attack now, I have to sit still and play it out through my mind logically,” she says. “I have to think: ‘This will come and this will be awful, but then it will go.’ The more I focus on the fact it will go and it’s not going to be there forever, the easier it is for me to ride though it.’”

She still isn’t sure what caused her to question her mortality so often in childhood. She had some respite from anxiety in her teens, when she went through a stage of feeling “immortal and invincible”. But giving birth to Zach at 17 brought back her old concerns – and they’ve been with her ever since. 

“When I gave birth it was such a trauma and I realised how fickle life was, because I felt really out of control,” she says. “I thought I was going to die.” 

Part of the problem, says Stacey, is that women weren’t taught about the realities of birth 12 years ago, so everything came as a complete shock.  

“When I had Zach, I didn’t even know I’d give birth to a placenta afterwards,” she says. “No one said: ‘You’ll probably shit yourself, your baby might poo inside you, you’re going to tear from your bum to your vagina and you won’t be able to wee for about three days afterwards.’” 

It’s why she’s so passionate about sharing the realities of pregnancy and birth on her Instagram, such as showing her blood-spattered t-shirt and towel after giving birth to her youngest, Rex. She also regularly posts pictures and captions relating to body image, showing her cellulite or loose skin after pregnancy. 

“Sometimes I sit there and question whether I should put something up because it doesn’t look like everyone else’s pictures,” she says. “But then I think: ‘Surely everyone looks like this, and what is it doing to people when they don’t see it?’” 

Stacey Solomon

While Stacey’s posts come across as self-assured, she admits she’s still prone to a “crisis of confidence” over her intelligence – more than a decade after hitting our screens on the X Factor. 

“I’ve felt like my whole life, I’ve had to prove I’m not an idiot,” she says. “I still worry about if people think I’m dumb because of my accent. I’m not stupid – I’m just not from a privileged background and I’m not serious a lot of the time.”

Self-doubt can also creep in when she’s honest about her mental health struggles online, because she feels like she’s “supposed to be the happy one” who’s known for smiling and joking. “You can’t just be one thing all of the time,” she says. “But you feel like you have to portray that, because that’s how people characterise you.”

Her tactic for boosting her self-esteem is to ignore all feedback about her – whether it’s good or bad. It’s something she regularly speaks to her boys about, teaching them to follow their passions, rather than be influenced by others. 

“For example, if I was going to make a unicorn pumpkin that I thought was the best thing since sliced bread, but 50,000 people thought it was ridiculous, the best thing I can do is just put it out there, make it and not even acknowledge anyone else’s opinion, whether it’s good or bad,” she explains.

“Then, my opinion is protected in my brain and I can just walk around thinking I’ve done the best thing ever.” 

At 30, letting go of others’ judgements has helped Stacey feel free and totally herself, even embracing the parts of her personality she’d rather change. 

“You can’t win,” she says. “You’re either too perfect or not perfect enough, so you can only be you – and unapologetically you.” 

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl, Stacey Solomon has joined forces with the Dove Self-Esteem Project and body image expert Professor Phillippa Diedrichs to host a special IG Live about the importance of building positive self-esteem in young people at 9pm on 8th October. Tune in on Stacey’s and Professor Phillippa’s Instagrams and find out more  at Dove.com/selfesteem.

HuffPost UK
Eric Grunau 2020-08-20
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Need to delete an unwanted profile from your Netflix account? You're in the right place -- follow these steps.
Eric Grunau 2019-11-01
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Thrilling news: my Libra account is ready!

Yet I received my confirmation this very morning.

That is, it arrived a few days ago but my silly email program diverted it into the Junk folder by mistake, duh!

I'm not sure about being likened to a toad but perhaps it's blockchain slang, like a kind of Gen-Z teknospeek.

Yes I know that a physical address has little to do with unsolicited electronic communications but it does represent one component of what many organisations consider to be acceptable forms of customers' multi-factor authentication.

Providing the first line of your address and the postcode continues to be enough, combined with your full name and account number, to validate your identity when calling customer services by telephone.

Eric Grunau 2019-09-19
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If letting your kids loose with your expensive drone is something you're not quite down with, have you considered the terrible idea of getting them their own?

Because Oaxis has, and now it's become a reality.

Say hello to myFirst Drone, part of a myFirst range aimed at getting kids outside and playing with tech.

Does it sound like an ad taken from RoboCop or some other dystopian future where kids are casually flying drones about?

But it comes in a very non-threatening blue and pink, and doesn't include a remote so the mischief your little buggers could potentially cause is somewhat mitigated.

You can charge up the drone via USB and it'll be ready to fly in 40 minutes, at which point you just lob it skyward to get it flying, which definitely isn't going to go horribly wrong when they get excited and start chucking it about like a volleyball.

Eric Grunau 2019-05-12
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With such a dedicated, enthusiastic audience, VR doesn’t get many unexpected surprises.

Our most anticipated games enjoy regular spotlights at the top of various subreddits and on our front page.

With an industry this small, it’s hard for content to fall through the cracks in the run-up to launch.

Not just because it’s pretty good, but because it’s pretty good practically everywhere you can play it.

It’s a fine multiplayer shooter on Rift and Vive, for example, but it really holds its ground on Go and Daydream, too.

Housed in the same building as Cortopia and a stone’s throw away from its contemporaries, a small team is still chipping away on this plucky shooter.

Eric Grunau 2019-05-01
img

It’s been over a week since an anomaly triggered the engine failure of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during testing.

Few details have been disclosed, and it’s not yet clear how the incident might delay NASA’s ability to deliver astronauts to the ISS.

Last Thursday, a NASA safety panel remained tight-lipped, saying an investigation is now underway.

We also don’t know if any toxic fumes were released into the environment (seems likely), or if the incident will affect NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (also likely).

BREAKING: SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered an anomaly during test fire today, according to 45th Space Wing.

All we can really be certain of, and as stated in a SpaceX press release issued shortly after the 20 April incident, is that an “anomaly” occurred.

Eric Grunau 2019-04-15
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“Harder to get consent for data use than it is to get consent for medical treatment”

The Open Data Institute (ODI) has published a report on three pilot “data trusts” – legal structures designed to provide independent stewardship of data – it set up under a government-funded trial that may have far-reaching impact.

A key metric: whether they could “increase access to data while retaining trust.”

The report by the non-profit ODI comes as the government looks to find ways to unlock and monetise vast public data sets (e.g.

A key benefit for data users – like the AI and machine learning companies that need huge data sets to train and deploy their algorithms on – would be the ability to tap public data sets that have already been collated in one place, with a single legal agreement governing their use, streamlining current access agreements.

The ODI found that there is “huge demand” from private, public and third sector organisations in countries around the world to explore data trusts; a somewhat inchoate term for a legal vehicle that can facilitate the sharing of data from several sources while respecting varying legal interests.