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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


This Week I Learned - Week #242

This Week I Learned -

* Sovereign clouds (aka "national clouds") are instances of Azure restricted to a particular group of users. This group may consist of one geopolitical boundary (e.g. country) or legal boundary (e.g. public sector).

* When you enroll in a Qwiklabs Quest you do NOT need a Google Cloud Platform account or project to run the self-paced labs. An account, project and associated resources are provided to you as part of this lab. A Quest is a series of related labs that form a learning path.

* Google Translate switched from phrase-based translation to Google Neural Machine Translation, which means that the tool now translates whole sentences at a time, rather than just piece by piece. It uses this broader context to figure out the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to be more like a human speaking with proper grammar. Using this updated version of Google Translate, the English, Spanish and French translations of the song were close to flawless. The translations will also continue to improve, as the system learns from the more people using it - Google Blog

* By default, your professional headline in the security footer message consists of your current position and the company listed on your LinkedIn Profile. You may customize this professional headline at any time. While the presence of this security footer message alone doesn't guarantee that an email is legitimate, it gives you additional assurance that the email originated from LinkedIn.

* Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting each other over patent licensing with the iPhone maker accusing the chip designer of abusing its market dominance with high royalties. "Qualcomm’s wireless solutions remain the gold standard for premium tier smartphones"

* The personal information of about Uber 57 million accounts was compromised in October 2016. The stolen information included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of Uber users around the world, and the names and license numbers of 600,000 U.S. drivers. Two hackers gained access to proprietary information stored on GitHub, a service that allows engineers to collaborate on software code. There, the two people stole Uber's credentials for a separate cloud services provider where they were able to download driver and rider data. A GitHub spokeswoman said the hack was not the result of a failure of GitHub's security. Uber acknowledged in 2014 that its employees had used a software tool called “God View” to track passengers - NY Times

* Don’t use public wifi hotspots without using a VPN (virtual private network) connection

* Juba is the capital of South Sudan

* Australia's cricketers are getting help from sprint legend Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets for the upcoming Ashes Test series against England.

* Holding your pee will not cause rupture of the bladder or bladder infections — just incontinenceHolding off on number two can cause adverse health issues

* Bioavailability refers to the amount of a drug (or food, or other substance) that enters your bloodstream and can cause a bodily reaction. So, if you are eating, drinking, or otherwise consuming more than one substance, they may impact each others bioavailabilities. The small intestine has an enzyme called CYP3A4, which often helps with drug metabolism. However, grapefruit juice (and grapefruits themselves) may stop CYP3A4 from working properly, leading to more of a drug entering the bloodstream instead of being broken down in the small intestine. This, in turn, may cause more of the drug to be in the body and might lead to liver and muscle damage. It also may block transporters, which are cells responsible for helping with absorption of substances into the body, potentially causing a drug to be less effective. However, the level of CYP3A4 (in the intestine) is unique from person to person, so this interaction may affect each person differently. Drugs that interact with grapefruit juice include some (but not all) statins, blood pressure medications, antihistamines, anxiety medications, corticosteroids, drugs for abnormal heart rhythm, and drugs for organ transplant rejection. The metabolizing enzyme for caffeine, CYP1A2, isn’t affected by grapefruit juice. It's unlikely that grapefruit juice will cause an adverse reaction or somehow impact with the bioavailability of caffeine. - Go Ask Alice!

* 92.3% of adults have wealth less than $10,000 while a negligible percentage, about 760 people, have wealth of over $100 million each

* Credit Suisse’s latest annual Global Wealth Report says India is home to 245,000 dollar millionaires. The country has a share of 0.7% of the global top 1% by wealth, who collectively own half the world’s total wealth.

* With a business of $150 billion, the IT sector is the largest industry now. Only 20% of the business comes from the domestic economy and 80% of the $150 billion business comes from outside India - Rediff

* Gherkin cultivation covers 20 out of the 30 districts of Karnataka, accounting for more than 60% of India’s production. The Russian annexation of Crimea has caused huge losses to farmers & exporters. Exports to Russia came down from ₹234 crore in 2014-15 to just ₹90 crore in 2016-17. Unpredictable weather has compounded the issue - The Hindu

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