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Body of “computer geek” on way to canonization is found incorrupt

Carlo Acutis loved the Eucharist and used his tech skills to catalogue all the Eucharistic miracles of the world

The vice-postulator of the canonization cause of Venerable Carlo Acutis announced Wednesday that the youth’s body has been found to be incorrupt. Carlo died of leukemia at age 15 in 2006.

The vice postulator, Father Marcelo Tenorio, shared the news on social media. He revealed that he’d seen the pictures but that he couldn’t share them.

The priest said that the news had been communicated to him by Carlo’s mother: “Dear ones, I received today from the mother of Carlo Acutis the wonderful news that the body of the venerable youth, who died giving his life for Pope Benedict XVI, is INTACT.”

He also announced that the body would be taken to the Capuchin monastery in Assisi, and eventually taken to the old church of St. Mary Major in Assisi.

One of Carlo’s most significant computer ventures was cataloguing all the Eucharistic miracles of the world. He started the project when he was 11 years old and wrote at the time, “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of Heaven.”

He then asked his parents to start taking him to all the places of the Eucharistic miracles, and two and half years later the project was completed.

Father Tenorio’s original Facebook post was later taken down and a subsequent post said that the announcement was meant to be personal, and shouldn’t be considered an official declaration of the miracle.

The discovery was made during the exhumation of Carlo’s body that is part of the recognition of his remains by the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, in the development of the canonization cause.

Watch: Private citizen puts Seattle City Council in its place when members won’t even ‘look up’ from their ‘computers and give attention’ – TheBlaze

A man took to the microphone for the public comment period at last week’s Seattle City Council meeting, looked at the members seated high in their chairs in front of him, and hit the elected officials with an observation that should’ve roused them to attention.

“It’s real discouraging to come up here and see all the heads down, it’s like,” he said before presiding Councilmember Debora Juarez interrupted him,
KTTH-AM reported.

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“Sir, you’re on a two-minute timer here, so let’s go,” Juarez — who’s seated third from the right in video screenshots — replied.

Ouch.

The man stared in silence for a few moments, apparently not quite sure if he heard correctly. But he did.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

Councilmember Mike O’Brien looked up from his phone, the station said, noting that councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Lorena Gonzalez swiped and typed on theirs.

The man asked Juarez if his time could be restarted; she said no.

“So it was unreasonable for me to ask that people look up and give me their attention?” he asked, after which Juarez informed him he only had a minute and 30 seconds left.

A deep sigh from somewhere

The man folded his prepared statement, noting he had planned on discussing the “state of our democracy” — and a loud sigh was heard. It isn’t clear who was losing patience.

Undeterred, the man told the council that Democratic U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle got a good bit more time than two minutes to speak to them recently while everyone else only got one minute each, KTTH said.

“It reminded me of George Orwell’s famous scene from ‘Animal Farm’ about how all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” the man said. “And that’s how I feel like I’m being treated now, just because I was kind of asking for your attention, like I noticed you all were very attentive to Ms. Jaypal last week. And I just wanted to ask for your attention before I started, and I immediately got a hostile response back from you. I don’t understand that.”

More silence.

He asked the council members if they ever responded to constituents. Juarez again reminded him of his time limit.

Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Sawant returned to their phones, the station said, adding that Gonzalez rested her head on her hand.

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‘Pretty sad commentary’

“Well, it’s all on tape,” the man concluded, “and I think it’s a pretty sad commentary that you think that asking for you guys to look up off of your computers and give attention during the short period of time was an unreasonable thing. I really feel bad about that.”

What else do we know about the Seattle City Council?

Councilmember Sawant has made quite a few headlines since her 2013 election, given her avowed socialist stance. Sawant also was an Occupy Seattle organizer.

In addition, the author of a Seattle Times op-ed a few years back said he was pleading with Councilmember Juarez to address the city’s homelessness problem — even through involuntary means.

Juarez’s reply was, “What is this? Nazi Germany?” the writer said, adding that he walked out of the meeting after that and made plans to move out of the city.

Moreover, TheBlaze reported last July that nearly four dozen police officers resigned from the Seattle Police Department in what was described as a “mass exodus” over the city’s increasingly liberal and progressive policies.

“It’s just depressing to serve in a place where many city council members who are coming out at times with negative comments about the police,” Rich O’Neill, vice president of the Seattle Police Guild, told KCPQ-TV, explaining that many officers left Seattle for neighboring jurisdictions.

Also last year the city council repealed its “Amazon tax” only a month after the measure passed unanimously. Council members, after pressure from businesses and local citizens, voted to repeal it rather than leave the measure up to voters. The tax would have cost companies $275 annually per full-time employee with the goal of raising $47 million annually to help the homeless. Amazon threatened to leave Seattle over the tax.

IBM Just Unveiled The First Commercial Quantum Computer

For many years, quantum computers have only been within the confines of the research lab.

On Tuesday, though, IBM unveiled the IBM Q System One, billed as the first-ever quantum computer designed for businesses to put to their own use – though the company is clear that this is only the first step towards a broader revolution.

Quantum computing is considered one of the most promising early-stage technologies out there today. That’s because quantum computers can process exponentially more data and have the potential to completely transform entire industries.

For example, they could potentially streamline aerospace and military systems, calculate risk factors to make better investments, or, perhaps, find a cure for cancer and other diseases.

“Data will be the world’s most valuable natural resource,” IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the IBM Q System One was unveiled.

Don’t expect to install one in your office any time soon, though. While the computer is open to paying customers, developers will access its power from the comfort of their own homes or offices via the IBM Cloud.

Computers today store data in binary, as either zeroes or ones – strings of ones and zeroes represent numbers or letters. However, quantum computers are much more powerful.

That’s because they store data using qubits, which have a special property that allows zeroes and ones to exist simultaneously. This seemingly-small thing gives quantum computers the ability to do exponentially more calculations at once, making them powerful enough for incredibly complicated tasks like drug discovery, intensive data analysis, and even creating unbreakable codes.

Enclosed in a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide glass case that forms an air-tight environment, this sleek computer is IBM’s first effort to bring quantum computing to businesses. The casing is important: Qubits lose their quantum computing properties outside of very specific conditions.

A quantum computer has to be kept well below freezing, in a mostly vibration- and electromagnetic radiation-free environment.

IBM’s new system aims to address this challenge with an integrated quantum computer that solves all of that on behalf of customers – hence the casing, which keeps everything in ship-shape. However, this relative fragility is why you won’t be installing an IBM Q System One in your own office – while it’s definitely a major step forward, it’s a far ways away from being something you can order and have delivered.

“The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing,” Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research said in a statement.

“This new system is critical in expanding quantum computing beyond the walls of the research lab as we work to develop practical quantum applications for business and science.”

Later this year, IBM will also open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial customers in Poughkeepsie, New York. At this lab, clients can use IBM’s cloud-based quantum computing systems, as well as other high performance computing systems.

IBM isn’t the only company that’s been working on quantum computing, as the technology is still far from ready for mass deployment.

Google is researching how to make quantum computers more stable and better able to find and fix errors, and it has also created and tested qubit processors as it pursues the technology.

Microsoft is working on creating hybrid quantum computers, which combine the new technology with more conventional processors. Intel, too has been working on making big bets on quantum computing chips.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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Elon Musk provides $423K to buy laptops for all Flint middle schoolers | mlive.com

FLINT, MI – A sizable donation by tech billionaire Elon Musk will provide Flint Community Schools with the funds to purchase laptops for all seventh and eighth-grade students in the district.

The $423,600 donation by the Elon Musk Foundation announced at Wednesday night’s school board meeting allows the district to buy Chromebooks for the middle school students as they move into the former Flint Northern High School as part of a secondary school restructuring plan.

“We will begin this winter with our current seventh graders moving into eighth grade and how they use that technology and our current sixth graders and how they use that technology (moving into seventh grade,” said Derrick Lopez, superintendent of Flint schools. “They will be able to take them home and use them as an instructional tool so that is power in and of itself.”

The restructuring plan approved by the board includes moving seventh and eighth-grade students into the Northern building in the 2019-2020 school year, followed by ninth-grade students in 2020. The C.S. Mott Foundation has also donated $300,000 to revise and modify middle school curriculum instructional practices including The Algebra Project, Young People’s Project, and Project Lead the Way.

“The Mott Foundation and the Musk Foundation have just been so amazing to the district,” commented Lopez. “They’ve seeded the money for a redesign of secondary education in the system which will not only retain students because people don’t like the 7-12 (configuration), but it will reclaim students for students who are coming back from charter schools and other districts.

“The fact that Mott gave us the money to redesign the curriculum and professional development around Project Lead the Way and The Algebra Project and Musk gave us the money for the tool is just one of those things that speaks for the love and care for the kids of Flint,” he added.

Established in 2002 by Elon Musk with brother Kimbal, the Musk Foundation’s website states grants are made in support of the following causes:

– Renewable energy research and advocacy

– Human space exploration research and advocacy

– Pediatric research

-Science and engineering education

The new funding marks the second donation of more than $400,000 by the foundation toward the school district.

A $480,350 donation by the Musk Foundation announced in October is now being used to pay for water filtration systems in all 12 Flint school buildings and the administration building.

School board members approved the purchase Wednesday night of water cooler/bottle filler systems from Industry, Calif.-based Murdock Manufacturing for $221,000. The systems include water fountains and water coolers for students.

A request for proposal for water system installation is set to come in early 2019, with installation expected to be completed by February.

Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming

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Russians Unsuccessfully Tried To Hack Computers Of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill : NPR

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asks a question of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross during a Senate Finance Committee hearing last month. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Russian hackers trying to influence the 2018 elections made an unsuccessful attempt to breach the computer system of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of this fall’s most vulnerable Democrats.

The Daily Beast reported that McCaskill is the first known target of the Kremlin’s plot to interfere in this fall’s midterm elections after targeting the U.S. in the 2016 presidential election.

McCaskill has been a critic of Russia and of President Trump — who has at times doubted that any such interference happened at all and decried attempts by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate as a “witch hunt.” At a press conference last week after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump appeared to believe Putin’s denials over the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies, though he later tried to walk that back.

In a statement, McCaskill said she “will not be intimidated” by the attempts, which occurred around August 2017.

“Russia continues to engage in cyber warfare against our democracy. I will continue to speak out and press to hold them accountable,” McCaskill said in a statement. “While this attack was not successful, it is outrageous that they think they can get away with this. I will not be intimidated. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Putin is a thug and a bully.”

The Daily Beast reported that the attack was similar to one used by Russia’s “Fancy Bear” hackers to access emails by John Podesta, the campaign chairman of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton:

“The hackers sent forged notification emails to Senate targets claiming the target’s Microsoft Exchange password had expired, and instructing them to change it. If the target clicked on the link, he or she was taken to a convincing replica of the U.S. Senate’s Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) login page, a single sign-on point for e-mail and other services.

“As with the Podesta phishing, each Senate phishing email had a different link coded with the recipient’s email address. That allowed the fake password-change webpage to display the user’s email address when they arrived, making the site more convincing.”

Trump tweeted earlier this week that if Russia did try to impact the 2018 elections, it would be to help Democrats — despite evidence that they intervened to hurt Clinton and help Trump two years ago. And now, this report has surfaced that Russian hackers were trying to breach the computers of one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats — and not a Republican incumbent or candidate.

I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2018

The president is set to chair a meeting of the National Security Council on Friday to discuss election security, which Democrats and even many Republicans have said they fear he is taking too lightly in the wake of his comments last week.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has said that the “warning lights are blinking red again” about future Russian cyberattacks and that “the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also said last week at the Aspen Security Forum that it would be “foolish” to think Russia is not trying to influence the 2018 elections.

And FBI Director Christopher Wray also said last week in Aspen that Russia’s attempts to undermine American democracy were ongoing.

“My view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day,” Wray said. “It’s a threat that we need to take extremely seriously and respond to with fierce determination and focus.”

Russians Unsuccessfully Tried To Hack Computers Of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill

Man discovers 30 year old Apple computer still in working order – CNN

“What shall I do next,” reads the prompt on the screen.
“This is tricky, because three decades later I can’t quite remember where I left off this round of Adventureland.”

This game… never got past the first level despite HOURS of (pre-internet cheating) trying.

Now w the web, I have a shot.

The music, tho. That classic Apple IIe music. pic.twitter.com/ebeXNzoCs2

— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff)

Pfaff found floppy disks with several different games of the time including; Millionware, Neuromancer and Olympic Decathlon.

My kids thought things were insanely retro when my wife and I played NES Super Mario on the oldest’s Switch.

Tomorrow morning their definition of retro is going to shift significantly. pic.twitter.com/cwpMyvCoYw

— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff)

Besides finding games on the floppy disks, Pfaff came across saved copies of his high school assignments and a note from his late father.
“Just found this letter my dad typed to me in 1986, when I was 11 and at summer camp,” he tweeted. “My dad passed away almost exactly a year ago. It’s amazing to come across something so ‘ordinary’ from him.”

Just found this letter my dad typed to me in 1986, when I was 11 and at summer camp.

I REALLY WONDER what my theory abt the daily newspaper comics Spider-Man was.

My dad passed away almost exactly a year ago. It’s amazing to come across something so “ordinary” from him. pic.twitter.com/Aog3MiSnXN

— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff)

Pfaff showed off the vintage system to his own children and their reaction is what you’d expect from a generation that has moved on to an iPhone X.
“My oldest, who is 9, exclaimed “that’s a computer?!” in genuine surprise, and then pointed at the floppy drives and asked “what are those?” My younger twins just kept laughing at how silly it seemed to them.”