As an engineer, team manager Laivins also relies on data from the cars to do his job, although he stresses he isn't a "super data geek." First comes the basics of the car. "After every session we look at the sensors and oil pressure that a lot of time will signal things that are going to fail so you can change a part before it fails in the race," he said. But poking into the data lets him find speed on track that would elude a driver who just depended on feel. "You can see something that's improving the car that doesn't actually feel good," Laivins explained. Sometimes drivers just have to be told to deal with it: "I'm sorry you don't like the way it drives but you're 3mph faster through the corner so figure out." … [Read more...] about Digging into the data: How to make a faster race car driver
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Speculation about who might be the alleged serial killer dumping human remains along beaches on Long Island may be unwarranted so early in the investigation, criminologists say. But despite having diverse motives, serial killers do tend to share certain personality traits, and experts are learning more about what makes these killers tick, including a desire to convince others that they're "good people." … [Read more...] about Long Island Serial Killer: What Makes Murderers Tick?
Furthermore, there are ways in which private browsing can be defeated locally. If your computer is infected with malware that tracks network traffic and DNS requests, incognito mode can’t help you. It also can’t beat “fingerprinting” techniques, in which third parties (usually advertising networks) attempt to determine distinguishing features of your computer to track its activity across a network. … [Read more...] about Does Private or Incognito Mode Make Web Browsing Anonymous?
Smith was talking on a panel for Esri's 2020 virtual user conference. Esri is a dominant player in GIS analytics via its ArcGIS software. Many COVID-19 tracking sites are built with Esri software, notably the Johns Hopkins dashboard. Esri was a strong software provider for enterprises and government agencies before COVID-19, but now it's mapping, and geospatial analytics are familiar to all. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 pandemic making GIS data an enterprise analytics staple
Joshua Goldman/CNET The Mavic Mini is DJI's smallest and lightest camera drone, weighing in at 249 grams (8.8 ounces). The weight is significant because it means that -- in the US, at least -- you don't need to register it with the FAA. Despite its compact profile, however, it offers many of the best features you'll find on the company's larger models: It folds up neatly for easy portability, includes a physical remote (which also folds up) and can fly for about 30 minutes on a charge. And the camera specs are rock-solid. You get 12-megapixel photographs and 2.7K video at 30 frames per second (and 1080p at 60fps). The three-axis motorized gimbal ensures you end up with smooth video and clear photos. … [Read more...] about The best drones for 2020