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Giants remain 0-for-September, lose sixth straight

first_imgMILWAUKEE–If the season played out as the Giants front office expected, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria would be the leaders of a revitalized offense, Buster Posey would still be catching and Derek Holland would be finishing up a nice year as a long reliever.Expectations called for the Giants to contend in September, but instead the club is 0-6 in its final month and a season-worst six games under .500 after dropping a 4-2 series opener to the Brewers.Little went according to plan for the …last_img read more

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Snakes Alive!  An Evolutionary Tale

first_imgBlind snakes that look like worms: they rule the world.  They’re everywhere.  Where did they come from?  “Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms,” admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University.  “Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting evolutionary story.”  So reported Science Daily.  National Geographic News said, “New Blind Snakes Found; Help Explain World Domination.”  But what kind of explanation is this?  Since they are found on Madagascar and on every continent, “the snakes went rafting.”  There’s a cartoon in there somewhere.    The articles reveal a puzzle and a preposterous theory.  The blind snake family arose after India and Madagascar split.  Then they showed up on Australia – an island continent with no land bridge at time of their alleged arrival.  “How did the snakes cross continents?” NG asked.  Good question.  Like worms (but with backbones and rudimentary scales and poor eyesight), these strange snakes burrow underground, and are found on every continent.  Continental drift can’t be the answer.  We don’t have any fossils of them.  How did they emerge all over the globe, including South America and the Caribbean islands?    Here is Nat Geo’s answer.  Give it your best baloney detecting analysis:In other words, the snakes went rafting, crossing oceans aboard floating vegetation stocked with their insect prey.     “Some scientists have argued that oceanic dispersal is an unlikely way for burrowing organisms to become distributed around the world,” Hedges said in a statement.    “Our data now reinforce the message that such ‘unlikely’ events nonetheless happened in evolutionary history.”Science Daily elaborated on how evolutionists came to this conclusion.  Since fossils are nonexistent for these animals, their history was inferred from genetics.  “Floating across oceans seems an unlikely mechanism for a burrowing animal to spread to new continents,” Science Daily admitted, but then proposed that it happened more than once.  If the snakes could have lived six months on vegetation rafts stocked with their insect prey, maybe, just maybe, it could have happened.  After all, in evolutionary theory, stuff happens.Welcome to modern evolutionary science, where the story’s the thing.  The more preposterous, the better.  These same people will refuse to hear (or even acknowledge) theories by Biblical creationists about how animals became distributed after the Flood.  If “unlikely events nonetheless happened in… history” is an acceptable explanation, we need a level playing field.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South Africans told: ‘Go Open’

first_img17 February 2005The Go Open Source campaign is an R18-million investment by Hewlett-Packard, the Shuttleworth Foundation and the CSIR to promote the use of open source software among South African home users, scholars and small businesses.IT entrepreneur and “afronaut” Mark Shuttleworth has sponsored a number of projects to promote South African awareness, uptake and growth of open source (OS), a model of software development that challenges traditional forms of copyright and intellectual property.The drive behind the campaign is to make OS software easily available to all users that want it, irrespective of where they live or work.Shuttleworth built his company Thawte using OS software. His foundation nows sponsors a range of educational projects, including Go Open Source and Translate.org.za.The most visible aspect of this campaign is the world’s first television series devoted to open source software. “go_open” is a 13-episode series that highlights the benefits of OS techology for home users with features like “On the Web” and “Geek of the Week”.According to Go Open Source, South Africans spend R6-billion a year on software licences, and 80% of that leaves the country.To encourage the use of OS software at home, Go Open Source offers free copies of the OpenCD on its website. This CD contains a number of OS programmes that are useful for the desktop user, including OpenOffice and the graphics programme GIMP. These are full products containing all the features one would expect from expensive, proprietary programmes.‘Free, as in freedom’The term “open source” (OS) refers to software for which the source code is publicly available. Generally, the software is distributed free with the source code.Not all OS software is free, however, and advocates often qualify the term by saying: “Free, as in freedom”. With OS, the user has the freedom to view the source code, the freedom to make changes, and the freedom to distribute the software.OS refers to the ability to view the source code, which allows developers to improve, make changes or translate the programme. These improvements can then be added to the original programme, to the benefit of all users.For popular OS programmes, this means that there may be hundreds of thousands of developers contributing to and improving the programme, in a collaborative manner.This model of software development challenges traditional forms of copyright and intellectual property.One of the primary benefits that OS software development offers is the ability to translate programmes into whichever language is required with relative ease.Since its release in November 2004, the OS browser Firefox has already been translated into Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, seSotho and seSotho sa Leboa – all translations facilitated by non-profit organisation Translate.org.za.Southern SmileGovernments, including South Africa’s, are driving much of the interest in OS software around the world. For developing nations particularly, OS may offer many advantages over traditional proprietary software. The most obvious of these is cost, but OS also offers increased flexibility and reduced dependence on software vendors.This uptake of OS software in the Southern Hemisphere has been dubbed the “Southern Smile”.The SA Government Information Technology Officers’ Council has committed itself to exploring the possibilities of OS use, and to making software procurement choices based on merit, “giving OS software and proprietary software equal opportunities to be selected”.The council also recognised that “OS software offers significant indirect advantages”.Although South Africa is widely recognised as a vocal advocate of OS, the country has yet to match Brazil in terms of adoption of OS technology.In 2003, Brazilian president Lula da Silva committed the largest economy in South America to the adoption of OS software, with the head of that country’s IT Institute saying that paying software licensing fees was economically unsustainable.It is no coincidence that governmental OS use is being pioneered in the same southern nations that have called for compulsory licensing of patented medicines. In both cases, it is felt that the intellectual property rights of multi-national corporations are priviledged over the needs of developing nations.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Social Innovator: Joseph Feigelson

first_imgFounder: Kitchen GardenWhy is Joseph a Social Innovator?Know in horticultural circles as an “eco-trepreneur”, Joseph Feigelson brings the power of Mother Nature straight to the kitchen – literally.Using his indoor micro hydroponic food production system, called “Kitchen Garden”, you can grow low-cost, high-quality fresh food in the comfort of your own kitchen.Joseph is totally dedicated to the research and development of promoting good nutrition and the cost-effective usage of sprouts and herbs in every home.A great plus to this innovative product is that you don’t have to worry about the climate or weather. In a nutshell, it’s the ultimate self-sufficient garden for anyone desiring a reliable supply of pesticide-free, high-fibre, vitamin/mineral/enzyme-rich and energising fresh food.In his own words .“You know that as long as you’ve got sproutable seeds you’re only a few days away from enjoying adequate, pesticide-free nutrition.”Fast FactsPound for pound, a salad made from a variety of sprouts, compared with the traditional lettuce salad, costs less than half as much yet provides five times the amount of protein, six times as much vitamin C and seven times the amount of B-complex vitamins.Captain James Cook had his sailors eat sprouts, limes and lemons for their vitamin C content to aid in curing scurvy.The process of sprouting magnifies the nutritional value of the seed. It boosts the B-vitamin content, triples the amount of vitamin A and increases vitamin C by a factor of five to six times.Dr Paul Talalay, Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology, says that three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemo-protective compounds found in mature broccoli heads, and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk.How can I help?To find out more, visit Kitchen Garden.Story published on SAinfo on 3 July 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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What’s Next For Taming Big Data?

first_imgReadWrite Sponsors 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#enterprise#NoSQL#Taming Big Data#Virtualization Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Imagine you are walking in London and want to book a trip to New York at the last minute: You hop online to search for a hotel. The smartphone you are holding helps you find an establishment that looks appealing. You tap a few buttons to send your credit card information.Unbeknownst to you, however, there is only one available room left at this hotel for the night you need. You and and another traveler, from Brazil perhaps, are vying for the same space. That person is trying to make the reservation from a laptop at his office.Could these two transactions be handled at the exact same time?Can the hotel see a consistent view of this globally distributed data?Could the transactions be handled in a way that the hotel owner can identify where each request originated from?Could the hotel distinguish on which device the purchase was made and any other personal information required?If the two transactions were being handled by a traditional SQL database with a siloed network configuration and little ability to scale on demand or access data in real time, the short answer would be, “No.”As Jerry Chen, VP of VMware’s Cloud and Application Services noted recently: “The monolithic database of the past cannot meet the needs of modern applications.” What is needed, he added, are designs that support high-availability low-latency applications.The Influence Of Big DataYour experience with booking a room is a perfect example of how large amounts of important, fast-moving information – commonly known as Big Data – is creating problems and opportunities for customers and the companies that serve them.While modern technologies provide faster access to higher volumes of both structured and unstructured information at any time of the day, making sense of the bits and pieces of unrelated data has required a radical shift in the way we organize networks and the Internet. It’s a challenge for even seasoned IT developers and database deployers.In addition, real-world events such as the Arab Spring and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have challenged engineers and developers to break through existing constraints and work wonders in hyperconnectivity using non-traditional methods.Historically, companies sorted customer and transactional data in neat rows and columns of databases. These databases were built and managed by Structured Query Language (SQL) and stored in isolated, or siloed, networks.But traditional, hard-disk-drive-based database products forged on SQL can no longer handle the deluge of Big Data in a timely fashion. The era of Big Data calls for new strategies and new approaches to queries.The limitations of traditional SQL-based databases have prompted a slew of innovative developments in this direction starting with NoSQL distributed database models. These types of software platforms have caught the eye of decision-makers in the financial services, e-commerce, government and R&D communities.NoSQL has the capacity to answer to their need to process Big Data sets as they happen. However, many NoSQL deployments still fail to cope with scenarios like the one detailed above because they cannot provide consistent speed or scale. Additionally, many NoSQL offerings lack maturity when dealing with data that needs to span multiple datacenters across vast distances.Other Innovations Add SupportTo keep up with the true volume and velocity of information from multiple sources, innovations in cloud computing are being paired with high-performance “in-memory” storage on database appliances created to address the obstacles of managing Big Data.While cloud-based systems have helped develop online computing and software service delivery systems, IT developers and database deployers have adopted the cloud to take advantage of the ability to scale to globally distributed marketplace. Meanwhile, the addition of solid-state memory drives to storage devices has given companies an extra layer of quickly accessible data. These configurations allow for more rapid database queries and transactions – and thus the ability to deal with much larger data sets in real time.But the raw technology is only part of the equation. No matter how powerful the exterior influences, IT developers and database deployers will always need tool sets that help them to design for their current Big Data database needs (such as our hotel booking example) as well as prepare for a future where Big Data needs to be addressed at multiple levels.The tools must be customizable and easy to use – no matter the developer’s existing training. These offerings must also be easy to manage and easy to connect with new technology trends.VMware’s GemFire and SQLFire software are designed to address just those needs of developers and deployers.GemFire is a database software product that allows for data distribution, data replication, caching and data management at the exact moment the information is needed.SQLFire is a distributed data management platform which functions and performs much like GemFire, but has a user interface and programming framework familiar to developers who are more comfortable programming in SQL interface and tools.Both GemFire and SQLFire help companies move beyond concerns with speed and scale and tackle Big Data applications head on.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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Minimum qualifications for coop. societies’ polls

first_imgRajasthan has become the country’s first State to lay down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies. The State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003, were amended for the purpose and notified on Monday.State Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh Kilak said here on Tuesday that the new rules would benefit about 10,000 cooperative and agricultural credit societies. “The benefit of education will accrue to the societies with their management going to expert hands,” he said.The educational qualifications will range from Class V to Class VIII for election as members of governing boards of dairy societies, farming societies, consumer societies, weavers’ societies, housing construction societies, urban banks, primary land development banks, credit societies, salary earners’ societies and cooperative unions.Mr. Kilak said elections to various posts in the societies after a certain level would be conducted through the State Cooperative Election Authority. A new poll calendar will be issued to facilitate the holding of elections under the new rules.last_img read more

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Queensland Maroons Dinner Award Winners

first_imgCongratulations to the award recipients at the Queensland Touch Football Maroons Dinner on Saturday night. Rick Borg Medal – Luke McKenzieAffiliate Referee of the Year – Pat Williams (Kingaroy)Junior Coach of the Year – Adam Pryde (South Queensland)Coach of the Year – Shane Crotty (Sunshine Coast)Junior Team of the Year – Beenleigh 16’s BoysTeam of the Year – Sunshine Coast Women’s 20’s Junior Female Player of the Year – Tamika Upton (Central Queensland)Junior Male Player of the Year – Ty Titasey (South West Queensland)Senior Player of the Year – Renee Fraser (Brisbane City)Female Player of the Year – Emilee Cherry (South West Queensland)Male Player of the Year – Dan Withers (Central Queensland)Volunteer of the Year – Amanda Dwyer (Noosa)Affiliate Administrator of the Year – Lesleigh Schiffke (Hervey Bay) Affiliate of the Year – Blackwater Touch AssociationRegion of the Year – South QueenslandRelated LinksQLD Maroons Dinnerlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularlyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Mason Mount has urged young players to move aboard amid Bayern Munich’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi.Hudson-Odoi is reportedly weighing up a move to Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga giants submitted four bids for the winger.Mount, currently with Derby, spent last season on loan with Vitesse and believes the experience of playing overseas can help young footballers.”I would say to all young players game time and experience is the most important thing,” Mount told talkSPORT.”For me to go out on loan and play in a top professional league and gain experience, rather than sitting in the Chelsea Under-23s.”I didn’t want to do that, I’d already had a year playing Under-23s and I felt that I needed to move on and test myself away from England.”It was the best decision I made because I went out there, gained so much experience and playing time, and that set me up moving on.” last_img read more

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2 days agoSNAPPED! Man City boss Guardiola loses rag with Stones

first_imgSNAPPED! Man City boss Guardiola loses rag with Stonesby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola slammed a seat and shouted at John Stones during their Champions League thrashing of Atalanta.BT Sport cameras captured the Citizens boss heading to the substitutes bench in the Etihad dugout after summer signing Rodri went down with an injury on Tuesday.It appears that Guardiola was unhappy that Stones hadn’t read the situation that he made be called upon if Rodri had to make way with an injury.And made his frustration known by slapping a chair in rage while shouting at Stones.Lol Pep really did lose it with Stones taking his time today pic.twitter.com/e0NarbJN5e— Kaila Kika (@KailaKika) October 22, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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