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All BART stations back online after computer issue canceled Sunday morning service

SAN JOSE — All BART stations were back online by Sunday afternoon after a computer issue shut the transit agency down all morning.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said the agency restored service to all San Francisco, Peninsula and East Bay stations. Staff were still gathering information about the computer communication problem. In a thread posted on Twitter just before 2 p.m. Sunday, BART officials said one of the dozens of field network devices failed “disrupting the operational communications network.” The system, BART said, “went into fail safe mode and shut down.”

“Engineers and technicians worked to locate the failed device and to restore communications functionality,” BART officials said. “It’s unacceptable not to have service. Engineers have implemented a configuration change to the network which i expected to protect against future device failures that could potentially shut down the system. We apologize for not being able to provide service earlier.


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Finding The Best Online Computer Vision Courses For 2021

Steve is the Head of Data Science and AI at Australian Computer Society, a proactive social media contributor and LinkedIn influencer.

Computers back in the day were good at understanding numbers yet failed miserably at reasoning visual data. Over the years, many researchers and engineers have worked on the path of making computer reason better on the image data that humans perceived so naturally. The generation of image data increases at a rate of petabytes per minute, and humans cannot process it all. Hence, computer vision should be a crucial driver of intelligent technology in the coming years.

Computer vision has become ubiquitous in our society, with applications in search, medicine, image understanding, apps, mapping, drones and self-driving cars. Core to many of these applications are visual recognition tasks, such as image classification, localization and detection. Recent research developments have significantly advanced the performance of these state-of-the-art optical

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Digital investigations: New online course teaches journalists how to follow the digital trail of people and entities

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering the free online course, “Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities,” to help journalists obtain the tools necessary to investigate and monitor people and entities behind social media accounts.

The MOOC (massive open online course) will be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1, 2020, during four weeks, on Journalism Courses, the distance learning platform of the Knight Center.

Register now for this free course online here.

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Regardless of a journalist’s beat, any story will most likely have a digital element involved, according to BuzzFeed News media editor Craig Silverman, who will be leading the free course. For this reason, it is valuable to do digital monitoring, research and investigation to verify that the information aligns with what these entities are saying.

“This course is really essential because it can give any journalist

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How online classes are excluding poor and unconnected schoolchildren

In India, the children of families who do not have smartphones are being left out of online classes as educational institutions across the country continue to remain shut.

In Goa, where I am based, many schools are foregoing Zoom sessions or “live” classes where the student has to be present in front of the screen for a fixed time each day. With erratic power supply and patchy network issues, we work instead with PDFs, videos, Google forms and WhatsApp.

With the initial novelty of online classes waning, other issues are becoming evident. The biggest one? Online schooling is a huge source of stress for parents who cannot afford to be online and connected.

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As early as in April this year, government-run schools around the country were predicting difficulties with conducting online lessons

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Why retailers and FMCG companies are increasing digital and online ad spends and paring broadcast, print expenditure

a hand holding a cellphone: Why retailers and FMCG companies are increasing digital and online ad spends and paring broadcast, print expenditure

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Why retailers and FMCG companies are increasing digital and online ad spends and paring broadcast, print expenditure

While surfing the internet have you ever double-clicked on an image on Instagram or reacted to a video on Facebook? Or have you ever clicked on something in a Google search results page that takes you to a website, only to realise you had clicked on an ad?

This is how Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, brands and apparel retailers are luring customers to shop products or apparel from their websites during the Covid-19 lockdown.

With most people resorting to online shopping due to the fear of getting infected with the deadly virus, FMCG and apparel retailers have increased their digital and online advertising spends and reduced broadcast and print advertising.

“Retailers and FMCG brands do show the tendency to favour online advertising, as well as digital and television

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Technology infuses ancient hajj rites tailored for pandemic – Lifestyle – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The vast, white-marble floors surrounding Islam’s holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, would normally be packed with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world the day before the hajj.

On Tuesday, however, only a few officials and workers putting last-minute preparations in place were seen at the Grand Mosque housing the Kaaba.

In place of the 2.5 million pilgrims who performed the hajj last year, only a very limited number of faithful — anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 — are being allowed to take part in what is largely a symbolic pilgrimage amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The select few approved for this year’s hajj have been tested for the virus and are self-isolating in hotel rooms in Mecca, where they will experience an ancient pilgrimage — albeit tailored this year for a modern-day pandemic.

Amr Al-Maddah, the chief planning officer at

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Back to school? Despite CDC recommendations, most major schools going online as COVID-19 cases spike

As COVID-19 cases rise in most states, the prospect of in-person learning this fall at the country’s major school districts is becoming increasingly remote.

So far, nine of the top 15 school systems by enrollment plan to start the fall semester online, with two more currently planning a hybrid of in-person and online classes, according to Education Week magazine’s reopening tracker. Other top districts shifted school schedules later, hoping for cases to decline or for teachers and administrators to have more time to plan for the school year. 

As back-to-school season approaches, it’s highly likely the majority of big districts will start learning remotely while they work out plans for socially distant reopenings, said Annette Anderson, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools.

The biggest factor: whether the community where the school is located is seeing infection rates decrease, said Kristi Wilson, superintendent of the

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New foreign students can’t enter US if courses online

A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they plan to take their classes entirely online this fall.

In a memo to college officials, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said new students who were not already enrolled as of March 9 will “likely not be able to obtain” visas if they intend to take courses entirely online. The announcement primarily affects new students hoping to enroll at universities that will provide classes entirely online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

International students who are already in the U.S. or are returning from abroad and already have visas will still be allowed to take classes entirely online, according to the update, even if they begin instruction in-person but their schools move online in the face of a worsening outbreak.

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10 Online Courses That Can Help Turn a Hobby Into a Side Hustle

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One of the side effects of COVID-19 is that millions of people across the United States (and world) are spending a lot more time at home. Even as people start responsibly hanging while sticking to the CDC’s latest guidelines, you may have some extra time on your hands that needs to be filled. If you’d like to turn that spare time into a side hustle for some extra income (or dip your toe into a new career path), your best bet is to try some online courses.

The best online learning platforms like Udemy, Masterclass, and LinkedIn Learning offer classes taught by professionals and run through an easy-to-understand syllabus you can review before signing up. Importantly, these are recorded lectures, not live classes. You can watch the entire course — which is broken down into different sections — on your web browser, or

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An award-winning cam girl explains how online porn has changed in 18 years, from shaky webcams to six-figure salaries

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  • HottyTEEN69 has been a host on ImLive, a site where people can pay to watch cam girls, for nearly 18 years. 

  • She joined to help pay for her university fees in Romania back when the company was founded in 2002. 

  • Though camming sites like OnlyFans and IsMyGirl have caught the popular imaginary now, the early aughts were like the ‘wild west’ for adult entertainment sites. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Camming — live-streaming sex shows, typically from a bedroom — has grown into one of the most lucrative parts of the adult entertainment industry, earning models upwards of $100,000 a year.

In fact, the pandemic has fueled the multi-billion dollar camming industry, as lockdowns created an audience (people who couldn’t go out), and new models (people who lost jobs and sought ways to make money from home).

But long before the pandemic, and long before

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