Bitcoin Mining Uses More Electricity per Year Than Ireland

Electrical lines with city backdropThe price doesn't necessarily keep pace.

By Rick Richardson

The process of creating, tracking, verifying and reporting on the cryptocurrency transactions using bitcoin is called “mining.”

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The network of computers mining bitcoins uses more electricity in a year than the whole of Ireland, according to statistics released as the price of a bitcoin hit a new record high.

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Why Laptops Are Terrible for Note-Taking

College students listening to lectureCapturing and retaining aren't the same thing.

By Rick Richardson

Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings?

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If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper. There’s increasing evidence that using laptops during academic presentations decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports The New York Times.
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New AI Can Detect Colorectal Cancer Quickly

Human head outlined with circuit board insideA broader study is in the works.

By Rick Richardson

Japanese researchers recently demonstrated artificial intelligence software capable of identifying and analyzing polyps found during a colonoscopy in less than a second.

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The endoscopic system uses a magnified view of a colorectal polyp to study its features and compare it with 30,000 endocytoscopic images used for machine learning.
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4 Steps for Crafting an Effective Password

Computer security concept shot, with binary code and password textThink in phrases.

By Rick Richardson

Your password can ruin your life. It does sound dramatic, but it’s true.

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If someone figures out the password to your email, you’re in trouble. Social media? Even worse. Once hackers access your online bank account, they can wreck your finances, and you may feel the repercussions of that break-in for years.
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Deloitte Develops Audit Technology for Smaller Firms

Man at laptopThe mindset that led to it? Competition from a couple of guys in a garage.

By Rick Richardson

Deloitte just announced the availability of audit technology for smaller accounting firms through a new venture it recently formed.

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Deloitte created Auvenir as an in-house startup and tasked it with developing its own auditing technology that could be offered to small firms. Deloitte is starting with a North American launch of the technology, known as the Auvenir Audit Smarter platform, which leverages artificial intelligence to help auditors with their work.
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