Summary of “Why the Future of Data Storage is Magnetic Tape”

To begin with, tape storage is more energy efficient: Once all the data has been recorded, a tape cartridge simply sits quietly in a slot in a robotic library and doesn’t consume any power at all.
More recently, Microsoft let it be known that its Azure Archive Storage uses IBM tape storage equipment.
Tape storage costs one-sixth the amount you’d have to pay to keep the same amount of data on disks, which is why you find tape systems almost anyplace where massive amounts of data are being stored.
Because tape has now disappeared completely from consumer-level products, most people are unaware of its existence, let alone of the tremendous advances that tape recording technology has made in recent years and will continue to make for the foreseeable future.
To understand why tape still has so much potential relative to hard drives, consider the way tape and hard drives evolved.
More recently, in collaboration with Sony Storage Media Solutions, we demonstrated the possibility of recording data at an areal density that is about 20 times the current figure for state-of-the-art tape drives.
In 2015, the Information Storage Industry Consortium, an organization that includes HP Enterprise, IBM, Oracle, and Quantum, along with a slew of academic research groups, released what it called the “International Magnetic Tape Storage Roadmap.” That forecast predicted that the areal density of tape storage would reach 91 Gb per square inch by 2025.
The authors of that road map each had an interest in the future of tape storage.

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Summary of “Google Drive vs OneDrive vs Dropbox: Which Storage Service Is Best?”

Picking a cloud storage service is a difficult choice, thanks to the abundance of the service available.
The three most prominent names in cloud storage – Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive – have earned their positions by offering professional features for free.
Each of these features makes Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive killer apps in the cloud storage space.
That’s more free storage than its competition, but it’s important to note that Google Drive storage gets shared between your Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos accounts.
For each friend you refer to the service, Dropbox Plus and Professional accounts receive 1GB of storage for each new user, up to 32GB, while Dropbox Basic accounts earn 500MB per referral, topping out at 16 GB. Users who follow Dropbox on Twitter get an additional 125MB, while finishing the Dropbox Basic tutorial.
Google Drive vs OneDrive vs Dropbox: The best overall service.
When you’re looking for the best possible cloud storage service, Dropbox beats them all.
When it comes time to invest in some cloud storage we recommend Dropbox, but go ahead and make yourself free OneDrive and Google Drive accounts while you’re at it.

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Summary of “Saudi Women Can Drive. But Will They Be Allowed to Take the Wheel?”

It’s also the second largest metropolis in one of the most conservative countries in the world, where until the stroke of midnight women were not allowed to drive.
Allowing women to drive paints a more modern image of the Saudi government for the businesses and non-Muslim tourists they hope to attract, but it will not offer Saudi women total freedom of movement.
At the time, Saudi women’s rights activists like Manal al-Sharif, Loujain al-Hathloul and Aziza al-Yousef had been fighting for the right to drive for decades, with little hope of the ban ever lifting.
There’s reason for any woman in Saudi Arabia to think twice before wearing a feminist slogan tee: over the last several months, the Kingdom has arrested more than a dozen activists for campaigning for the very rights Saudi women are now receiving.
Despite the complex political and economic motives behind government-supported women’s rights, there’s no doubt that the outcome will be major improvements in the daily lives of many Saudi women.
The right to drive means more freedom of movement, and job opportunities in fields like accident management, emergency response and car sales, which will help lower Saudi women’s dismal unemployment rate.
It’s not exactly that the Saudi government discriminates against women: instead, it’s that it legally enshrines the discrimination of women by their own families.
“I remember first realizing that men and women in Saudi Arabia couldn’t do the same things when I was in high school and my brother was allowed to go off to the states to study and live alone,” another student, named Joury, said.

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Summary of “Northern Spain road trip: pull over for pintxos”

The road from San Sebastián to A Coruña is one of big cities, pretty fishing towns, high cliffs and raging sea.
Stay a few minutes from the old town and its narrow streets and pintxo bars at arty Hotel Okako.
If your wallet can bear it, try Michelin-starred Nerua, with menus from €80 a head, inside Frank Gehry’s masterpiece.
For something cheaper, swing by La Viña del Ensanche, a 90-year-old bar serving excellent pintxos and wine.
While staying at Le Petit Boutique Hotel take a stroll down El Sardinero beach, and catch a ferry to Playa de Somo across the bay, to enjoy fine views of the city.
For food, Diluvio in the city centre is excellent or try pintxo specialist Casa Lita on seafront Paseo de Pereda.
Saunter around the harbour drinking freshly poured Asturian cider and trying local delicasy percebes – goose barnacles.
For a welcoming atmosphere and classic, unpretentious food, try O Bebedeiro or Taberna de Cunqueiro.

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Summary of “The man who invented the self-driving car – POLITICO”

Tesla and Uber got into the self-driving car business, a team of German engineers led by a scientist named Ernst Dickmanns had developed a car that could navigate French commuter traffic on its own.
Before becoming the man “Who actually invented self-driving cars”, as Berkeley computer scientist Jitendra Malik put it, Dickmanns spent the first decade of his professional life analyzing the trajectories space ships take when they reenter the Earth’s atmosphere.
An engineer remained in the front seat of each car – with his hands on the steering wheel in case something went wrong – but the cars were doing the driving.
A year later, Dickmanns’ team took a re-engineered car on an even longer trip, traveling for more than 1,700 kilometers on the autobahn from Bavaria to Denmark, reaching speeds of more than 175 kilometers per hour.
Dickmanns’ work on autonomous driving began during the first winter and ended after a second one hit the field.
To drive autonomously, a car needs to react to its surroundings, and to do that, Dickmanns calculated that computers would need to analyze at least 10 images per second.
Dickmanns thought, a car should focus only on what’s relevant for driving, such as road markings.
Driving on a highway, it turns out, is one of the easier tasks a self-driving car can perform.

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Summary of “From Africa to tea with the Queen”

You may also be interested in: The true ‘granddaddy’ of the Alps What it means to know when to leave The secret maps used in WWII. Buoyed by the enthusiastic response she received, Albu pledged on air to drive to Buckingham Palace to have tea with the Queen – and before long, the seeds of what had begun as a joke started germinating.
With Tracy’s grey, squat exterior emblazoned with the rainbow-coloured stickers of her sponsors, Albu set off on a frosty morning from her house in Jakkalsfontein, hurtling up a gum tree-lined road pointing north.
Instead, Albu quenched her boundless thirst for Africa through its people.
During the trip, Albu learned to shake off age with a flick of her hair.
Albu’s African odyssey ended in Egypt, the country where her luck in namedropping the Queen finally ran out.
After recuperating in Jakkalsfontein for a few months, Albu boarded a plane to Europe and was reunited with Tracy – who had languished for weeks in a container in Greece after crossing the Mediterranean by ferry.
“Oh, I was dying to have tea with the Queen – particularly after telling the world and his wife that I was going to,” Albu says.
If the inhabitants of Buckingham Palace one day read about Albu’s story and send an embossed invitation down to South Africa, she and Queen will undoubtedly have a lot to say on the subject.

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Summary of “7 customer service lessons from the best Uber driver ever”

A few months ago I hailed an Uber driven by a guy named Vishwas Aggrawal, who goes by Vish for short.
The five-minute drive home blossomed into an interview I did with Vish the following week for my podcast 3 Books with Neil Pasricha, where I discuss the three most formative books of inspiring people like Seth Godin, Judy Blume, and Gretchen Rubin.
Vish was officially the first Uber driver on the show, and he shared with me why he cares so deeply about his service quality-even though Uber has no leaderboard, ranking, or major incentives tied to it-and what he does in order to keep that service so high.1.
After Vish moves his seat up, he says, “It will take 11 minutes to get to your destination. Does this sound good to you?” The purpose of the question is to establish the service being offered and find out if the passenger is in a rush.
Despite the thousands of rides he’s given, Vish knows that “It’s always their first time with me.” He keeps wet wipes under his seat and cleans the floor mats between every ride.
As an Uber driver, Vish says, “I know I’m doing a service,” not just operating a vehicle.
After reading Schwartz’s book, Vish says, “I started working on my ‘yes man.’ That’s what I do at Uber as well.”
Vish says that Uber wants drivers to say “What is your name?” to customers before they get in the Uber.

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Summary of “Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock”

Waymo is already testing cars on limited-but-public roads in Arizona.
That leaves Tesla and other autonomy companies with a scary question: Will self-driving cars keep getting better, like image search, voice recognition, and the other AI success stories? Or will they run into the generalization problem like chat bots? Is autonomy an interpolation problem or a generalization problem? How unpredictable is driving, really?
“Driverless cars are like a scientific experiment where we don’t know the answer,” Marcus says.
Nearly every car accident involves some sort of unforeseen circumstance, and without the power to generalize, self-driving cars will have to confront each of these scenarios as if for the first time.
AI founder Andrew Ng, a former Baidu executive and one of the industry’s most prominent boosters, argues the problem is less about building a perfect driving system than training bystanders to anticipate self-driving behavior.
Ann Miura-Ko, a venture capitalist who sits on the board of Lyft, says she thinks part of the problem is high expectations for autonomous cars themselves, classifying anything less than full autonomy as a failure.
Still, it’s not clear how long self-driving cars can stay in their current limbo.
With deep learning sitting at the heart of how cars perceive objects and decide to respond, improving the accident rate may be harder than it looks.

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Summary of “In Formula 1, you have to be amazing just to be average”

The people working on the also-ran cars in Formula 1 are regularly achieving small miracles of aerodynamic and materials science, things that are masked by the final race results, but which they can be rightly proud of.
As to the parts that necessarily have to be metal, Formula 1 teams use all the same materials as consumer electronics designers: aluminum, titanium, and magnesium alloys, primarily.
No one can become a Formula 1 racer merely of their own volition, as they might with more accessible sports like soccer or basketball.
As to the drivers that do make it through the incremental stages of karting, Formula 4, Formula 3, and Formula 2, by the time they arrive at Formula 1 they’re basically model professionals.
Formula 1’s organizers are clearly aware of how they make their money, and the inclusion of press and fan interactions is basically part of the job expectation, both for drivers and the teams around them.
It takes almost two dozen crew members to execute the harmonized, fanatically optimized dance of a Formula 1 pit stop, and each of them remains helmeted and fully suited for the duration of the race.
If you’re just relying on your eyes to remember a Formula 1 race, you’ll be left with a lot of blurry memories.
The FIA, Formula 1’s governing body, has stepped in with a series of regulations that tighten the gap between the best and worst teams.

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Summary of “My First Drive After Cancer”

Half a mile from home, on my very first drive since my doctor forbade me from getting behind the wheel a month previously, I was cut off while in the middle of a wide right turn.
While dealing with muscle cramps that felt like they might break bones or running out of breath after climbing just three steps, everyone tells you you have the “Easy” cancer.
This cancer, which you statistically shouldn’t have in the first place, is quite curable, they say.
It’s the “Good” cancer and you’re “Lucky.”
Every time I was sick this past year, doctors had to check for more cancer.
Who could blame me? In the last year, I’ve been scanned for lung cancer, bone cancer and uterine cancer on top of thyroid cancer follow ups.
Due to having a rarer form of thyroid cancer, mine was caught later and more likely to spread. While I’m always told the odds are good I don’t have more cancer, that’s what I was told about my thyroid.
My latest scan came up clear for thyroid cancer, so I’m now technically in remission, but I’ll need to be rescanned every year for the next three or four years.

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