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An alliance of more than 50 civil liberties groups and more than 50 individual AI experts sent dual letters to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today, calling for the end of a plan to screen immigrants with predictive "extreme vetting" software. In a separate petition also launched today, several groups specifically urged IBM not to help build the extreme vetting tool. This winter, representatives of IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton, LexisNexis and other companies attended an information session with DHS officials interested in their capacity for predictive software, The Intercept reports.

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Lance McDonald is an Australian video game developer with a particular passion for coding in BASIC. He made an entire video game, Black Annnex, in almost pure QBASIC.

So it's safe to say he knows his stuff. But the real question here is - does Bob from Stranger Things? In that episode, in that scene - just how legit was it? Lance knows.

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Google isn't the only company creating useful apps for the web. There are plenty of great online resources not made in Mountain view, provided you know where to look. Here are 12 of our favourite online apps and websites that are worth collecting in your browser's bookmarks, ready to go at a moment's notice, to convert files, enhance photos, make GIFs, pick colours, transfer documents and more besides.

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Looking at a future where a robot might take your job, and thinking maybe it's time to re-skill? here's some good news: with the demand for digital skills in Australia continuing to grow, by 2022 we will need an extra 81,000 specialist tech workers. Intensive tech jobs will increase by 236,700.

So how's this for good timing - Apple's "Everyone Can Code" initiative has gone global, with a full year-long "App Development with Swift" course launching in over 20 colleges and universities outside of the US - including at RMIT.

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Mozilla's new Firefox Quantum browser launched on Wednesday, and there's a lot to like about it. One change you might notice right away is that it now defaults to the Google search engine instead of Yahoo. Mozilla is framing this as doing the right thing for its users, but in reality, it may just be taking advantage of a really bad deal that Yahoo signed.

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In the nine years that it's been around, Google Chrome's speed and simplicity convinced most of us to make the switch from whatever browser we were using before (though not everyone is a Chrome fan). With a new overhaul and some streamlining, Firefox is hoping to claw back some of that market share.

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They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they're fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures close to absolute zero. Quantum computers aren't much like the desktop PCs we're all so familiar with - they're a whole new kind of machine, capable of calculations so complex, it's like upgrading from black-and-white to a full colour spectrum.

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have floated under the radar in the past. But in the past few months, these altcurrencies have experienced an explosive amount of growth — and it's only the beginning. With the #1 Cryptocurrency Investment Course, you can take advantage of the current state of the market and make a hefty payout buying and selling crytocurrencies — plus, it's on sale for only $15.

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Cybercrime is no joke. In fact, the global cost of cybercrime is expected to reach more than $2 trillion by 2019, which means it's in everyone's best interest to learn how to defend themselves from malicious hacking attacks. That's where the Zero to Hero Cyber Security Hacker Bundle comes in handy. Whether you're looking to make a career out of hunting hackers or simply better your own online defenses, this collection trains you in the best tactics and strategies to defend yourself in less than 15 hours.

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Do you have the start of your novel in a Google doc? A note on your phone? Or perhaps you spent the first week of NaNoWriMo meticulously organising an empty outline in Scrivener? Here are some of the writing tools that amateur novelists swear by.

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VPNs have become a staple for surfing on the web without compromising your privacy. However, many tend to bog down your browsing speed in exchange for the browsing security — but not Disconnect Premium. This VPN sets itself apart from the crowd by blocking trackers and malware across your entire device, allowing you to browse up to 44% faster, while keeping your online footprint incognito.

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It's the future. Not now, but ten years from now. All of these amazing quantum computing advances spurred on by our beloved Australian scientists have made super-fast super-tiny quantum computing the norm.

Aaaaaand it's left your squillions in Bitcoin vulnerable to attack. Clearly someone needs to do something about this, now.

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Chrome OS is getting there. What started out as a way to make an OS that runs well on inexpensive laptop components is slowly marching to a point where it may actually be a real competitor to Windows, macOS and Linux. And based on a some code found in the developer preview for Android 8.1, Google's next addition to its desktop OS could enable Chromebooks to send and receive texts.