Windows 10: the blocking for the 2004 version is lifted on the Surface

Technology: Microsoft was preventing certain Surface devices from updating to the 2004 version due to technical issues. The blockade was lifted on June 29.
Microsoft releases the block it placed on certain Surface devices to prevent them from updating to version 2004. This block prevented users of certain Surface models manufactured by Microsoft, including Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, from downloading and manually install the latest Windows 10 feature update.

According to information released as part of the May 2020 update, devices with more than one network adapter capable of operating in "Always On, Always Connected" mode may experience unexpected shutdowns and reboots. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 both fall into this category. (Other surface devices can also be included; I asked Microsoft for a list of affected devices, but got no response).



Several technical problems when launching the updateEven though a patch (KB4557957) was released on June 9 as part of …

Ella, the virtual police of New Zealand

New Zealand police are experimenting with an online artificial intelligence device to record complaints. The Ella program looks like a police officer on a computer screen or a smartphone screen. The constant flows of information that pass through the gigantic data centers of the web are analyzed by computer programs qualified by researchers of "intelligent". These powerful analytical systems are of interest to judicial authorities in all countries of the world. Some to prevent crime, others to try the guilty in automated courts.


The New Zealand police have chosen a different path by turning their police into a receptionist. Its device, based on an artificial intelligence program, is being tested in several police stations. It all started with an observation by the authorities, only 25% of crimes are reported in the country. In question, the endless queues at the police stations and the anxiety of some victims give up filing a complaint for fear of being little listened to or misunderstood by their human interlocutor. But here's Ella, a connected artificial intelligence whose appearance on a computer screen, smartphone or that of a dedicated kiosk that has been installed in the streets, looks like a police officer in full uniform.

Its image made from 26 different people inspires sympathy, according to its creators. The machine is able to respond without a prior to all the questions that are asked, victims of crime or assault then feel more confident and end up filing a complaint more easily. This is not the first time that police authorities around the world have used this technological subterfuge. Some programs already make it possible to determine, in real time, whether the complaint lodged by a person is admissible, in the United Kingdom, in Spain and even to the European Court of Human Rights by using an AI to deal with the accumulation of pending files.


Technologies based on facial recognition are used to prevent crimes in cities, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and especially in China. “Minority Report” prediction systems that “would inevitably generate a police and totalitarian state? Wondered, moreover, Philip K. Dick in 1956 while writing his new range on the screen in 2002 by the director Steven Spielberg. However, the system of New Zealand does not have the ambition to track its citizens by simply registering your complaint. This three-month experiment will, if successful, be extended to the whole country.