COMPANHEIRO CONFESSOU O CRIME: Parentes de mulher que foi morta e enterrada em cova rasa no quintal de residência em Garanhuns são localizados e processo de identificação deve ser agilizado; CONFIRA IMAGEM DA VÍTIMA   

Ainda repercute em todo o Agreste Meridional a descoberta de uma ossada pertencente a uma mulher que foi encontrada enterrada no quintal de uma residência da Rua Batalha do Tuiti, em Garanhuns. Os restos mortais só foram localizados porque o próprio assassino procurou espontaneamente à polícia na noite desta quinta, 29 de junho, e apontou o local onde enterrou o corpo. 

Com a comprovação da veracidade das informações passadas pelo acusado, identificado como sendo José Fábio de Almeida, 27 anos, policiais da 22ª Delegacia de Homicídios  priorizam agora agilizar a identificação da vítima. O que se já se sabe é que, tal como revelou o homicida, o nome da mulher é Maria Simone Amorim da Silva, que teria  idade atual de 32 anos. Familiares da mulher já foram encontrados em Angelim (pai), Magano (prima) e Distrito de São Pedro e devem ajudar no processo de identificação. Com a localização dos parentes, o corpo deve seguir para o Recife para ser oficialmente identificado e reconhecido por alguém da família.  


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A loja virtual da Vitro Joias
Rua Dom José, Centro, Garanhuns

Outra prioridade da Delegacia de Homicídios é localizar e prender o co-autor do feminicídio. Em seu depoimento na Delegacia Regional na noite de ontem, José Fábio apontou um homem de nome Márcio, mais conhecido como Cabeludo ou Negão, como tendo participado da execução e ocultação do cadáver de Maria Simone. Diligências foram feitas durante toda a manhã desta sexta-feira, 30 de junho, mas o suspeito ainda encontra-se foragido;



ENTENDA O CASO
Um homem se dirigiu espontaneamente até 18ª DESEC (Delegacia Regional) na noite desta quinta-feira, 29 de junho, para confessar um crime brutal. José Fábio de Almeida, 27 anos, afirmou à Polícia Civil que matou uma mulher com golpes de joelho e enterrou o corpo no quintal de sua casa, situada na rua  Batalha do Tuiti, no bairro de Heliópolis, em Garanhuns. Ele ainda revelou que contou com a ajuda de um comparsa a quem chamou de irmão para cometer o homicídio. 
José Fábio

Na confissão, José Fábio disse que matou a vítima há cerca de um ano e meio, que o nome da mulher era Maria Simone Amorim da Silva, que ela tinha cerca de 30 anos na época da morte e que possivelmente residiu em São Pedro. Após ouvir o depoente, a Polícia Civil foi ao local junto com ele e comprovou a veracidade das informações. No quintal da residência de José Fábio foi desenterrado os restos mortais, possivelmente de uma mulher, a julgar pelas vestes e pelos cabelos. Em seu depoimento, José Fábio também afirmou que manteve um relacionamento com a vítima durante seis meses, mas resolveu matá-la após ela o ameaçar com um revólver.  

Os restos mortais devem ser encaminhados para o IML onde passará por processo de identificação. José Fábio permanece detido na Regional e deve ser encaminhado na manhã desta sexta-feira, 30 de junho para a audiência de custódia.  A Polícia Civil encontra-se em diligências para prender o amigo do acusado, cúmplice do assassinato.
Casa onde foi encontrada a ossada
As informações prestadas pelo suposto homicida sobre a mulher que ele afirma ter matado estão sendo checadas no banco de dados da Secretaria de Defesa Social de Pernambuco.  O objetivo é comprovar se ele falou a verdade no que se refere a identidade  da vítima.
Restos mortais encontrados em Garanhuns são de mulher




          Start Menu XP 6.1   
Bring the good old Windows XP style to your menu and use virtual groups
          Desktop Engineer   
MA-Boston, Desktop Engineer Desktop Engineer Our client, a hedge fund in Boston, is seeking a Desktop Engineer to join their IT team. This position will focus on supporting the firm's production environment and virtualization. This is a role for someone with a passion for technology and a strong desire to learn and further develop their skills. If you would like to be considered for this position, please sub
          Some simple tests for the STMT virtual table. (tags: trunk)   
Some simple tests for the STMT virtual table. (tags: trunk)
          Rename the "stmts" virtual table to just "stmt" without the final "s". (tags: trunk)   
Rename the "stmts" virtual table to just "stmt" without the final "s". (tags: trunk)
          Revalidate in an evening – join us in Oxford or online!   

Do you hold CILIP Professional Registration (ACLIP, MCLIP or FCLIP)?


Do you need to revalidate but don't know where to start?


Then come along to this session and complete your revalidation in an evening alongside other CILIP members in the Thames Valley.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry, you can join us virtually! We will also be running the session via Twitter at the same time, so follow @CILIPTV and keep an eye out for #CILIPReval

 

The workshop will begin with a very short presentation on Revalidation and a demonstration of the CILIP VLE by South East Candidate Support Officer Nicola Beer.

The rest of the time will be self-paced, so you can log your CPD (20 hours over the last twelve months), ask questions and get writing your statements (it’s only 250 words!).

Free Wi-Fi is available but you’ll need to bring your own laptop or other portable devices.

We’ll be tweeting all the key info and if you’re following along online you can ask us questions and most importantly, let us know how you’re getting on and keep each other motivated using the #CILIPReval hashtag.

 

To ensure the session runs smoothly please do the following prior to the session:

  • Make sure you’re registered for the CILIP website and can access the VLE. Once you’ve accessed the VLE you can register for the Revalidation module. Remember to bring your login with you. Guidance on accessing the VLE is available on the CILIP website.
  • Bring details of the CPD activities that you have completed in the previous 12 months and you would like to log for your Revalidation (the minimum is 20 hours)

 

 

Thu, 13th Jul 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Nicola Beer

OCVA Training Suite, The Old Courthouse

Floyds’ Row
OX1 1SS Oxford

United Kingdom

Cost

  • The session is free - and there is also no charge to submit your revalidation - you just have to be a CILIP member and up to date with your membership fees.
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          Desafiando a la muerte: Vittorio Brumotti rodando sobre el puente de Artuby   
Desafiando a la muerte: Vittorio Brumotti rodando sobre el puente de Artuby

El puente de Artuby, también conocido como puente de Chaulière, es un puente situado sobre el río Artuby en la carretera comarcal RD-71 que une las poblaciones de Aiguines y Trigance, en el departamento francés de Var. Construido en hormigón armado entre 1938 y 1940 por la empresa Thorrand et Cie, el puente se compone de un solo arco de 107 metros que se eleva hasta una altura real de 138 metros sobre las gargantas del río Artuby. Hasta este majestuoso puente francés nos desplazamos virtualmente con Vittorio Brumotti para, literalmente, rodar al borde del abismo con el showman italiano.

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          Price Drop: Tangible Things   
Tangible Things
Kategorie: Dienstprogramme
Preis: 3,49 € -> 2,29 €
Version: 1.0.0
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Beschreibung:
You value your property. That’s why we’ve created the Tangible Things™ Home Inventory application. A useful, simple to use and fast tool that will allow everyone to quickly create an inventory of all your items and easier to protect it. In the unfortunate event that you experience a loss, you’ll usually need to document what’s missing or damaged in order to get the most out of your insurance coverage. Remembering everything can be surprisingly difficult, not to mention the serial numbers, model numbers, defining characteristics, purchase prices, and other details that are all important in processing your claim. Tangible Things™ allows you to create and manage a virtual inventory of your property. If you experience a loss, you can export your virtual inventory to an email to send it to your insurance carrier, or even share it with police to help them locate your property in the event of a theft. If you enable iCloud storage, you can rest assured that even if your phone or tablet is lost or damaged, you inventory is still safe and can be restored to your new device. Inventorying your home is crucial, whether your home is owned or rented - apartment, condo, or house alike. Start your inventory now before you need it. With the Tangible Things™ Home Inventory application, you can: • Quickly take/add multiple photos of your belongings • Add item details (UPC, EAN, Serial, Model, Product numbers, etc.) • Catalog each item by room and/or by category • Assign purchase price, pur...
          Custom Bom Export to excel template   

Hello All! I have been gaining a lot of knowledge from using this forum but I need some help exporting an Inventor BOM.

 

My employer uses a standard excel template that all manufactured parts are entered into. (We use this for standard or custom jobs). I have attached that template here. The goal is to loop through the top level assembly and place the description in the G cells starting at G4, the Rev starting at F4, and the PN starting at E4. The top level assy will be made up of subassemblies (all I-Assemblies) whose node names at the top level are 101,102,103, etc. The program has to loop thru 101, enter the node name in the column header, enter all the qtys for that section in the j column, then 102 and put the parts in K column, etc. If a bracket is used in 101 and 102 then the program has to look thru the spreadsheet and rather than enter it on a new line, it needs to place the qty in the correct column.

 

My first stab was to look in the help files. I found the loop portion that looks through all BomRows one item at a time. I see the ItemQuantity variable but can't seem to access it. For now I was just trying to see if I could get a simple message box to appear. (error: object required. ---didn't I declare the object a few lines before?) See bolded below.

 

Public Sub BOMQuery()
    ' Set a reference to the assembly document.
    ' This assumes an assembly document is active.
    Dim oDoc As AssemblyDocument
    Set oDoc = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument

    Dim FirstLevelOnly As Boolean
    If MsgBox("First level only?", vbYesNo) = vbYes Then
        FirstLevelOnly = True
    Else
        FirstLevelOnly = False
    End If
   
    ' Set a reference to the BOM
    Dim oBOM As BOM
    Set oBOM = oDoc.ComponentDefinition.BOM
   
    ' Set whether first level only or all levels.
    If FirstLevelOnly Then
        oBOM.StructuredViewFirstLevelOnly = True
    Else
        oBOM.StructuredViewFirstLevelOnly = False
    End If
   
    ' Make sure that the structured view is enabled.
    oBOM.StructuredViewEnabled = True
   
    'Set a reference to the "Structured" BOMView
    Dim oBOMView As BOMView
    Set oBOMView = oBOM.BOMViews.Item("Structured")
       
    Debug.Print "Item"; Tab(15); "Quantity"; Tab(30); "Part Number"; Tab(70); "Description"
    Debug.Print "----------------------------------------------------------------------------------"

    'Initialize the tab for ItemNumber
    Dim ItemTab As Long
    ItemTab = -3
    Call QueryBOMRowProperties(oBOMView.BOMRows, ItemTab)
End Sub

Private Sub QueryBOMRowProperties(oBOMRows As BOMRowsEnumerator, ItemTab As Long)
    ItemTab = ItemTab + 3
    ' Iterate through the contents of the BOM Rows.
    Dim i As Long
    For i = 1 To oBOMRows.Count
        ' Get the current row.
        Dim oRow As BOMRow
        Set oRow = oBOMRows.Item(i)

        'Set a reference to the primary ComponentDefinition of the row
        Dim oCompDef As ComponentDefinition
        Set oCompDef = oRow.ComponentDefinitions.Item(1)
        Dim total As Long
        Set total = oRow.ItemQuantity
        MsgBox (total)
        Dim oPartNumProperty As Property
        Dim oDescripProperty As Property

        If TypeOf oCompDef Is VirtualComponentDefinition Then
            'Get the file property that contains the "Part Number"
            'The file property is obtained from the virtual component definition
            Set oPartNumProperty = oCompDef.PropertySets _
                .Item("Design Tracking Properties").Item("Part Number")

            'Get the file property that contains the "Description"
            Set oDescripProperty = oCompDef.PropertySets _
                .Item("Design Tracking Properties").Item("Description")

            Debug.Print Tab(ItemTab); oRow.ItemNumber; Tab(17); oRow.ItemQuantity; Tab(30); _
                oPartNumProperty.Value; Tab(70); oDescripProperty.Value
        Else
            'Get the file property that contains the "Part Number"
            'The file property is obtained from the parent
            'document of the associated ComponentDefinition.
            Set oPartNumProperty = oCompDef.Document.PropertySets _
                .Item("Design Tracking Properties").Item("Part Number")

            'Get the file property that contains the "Description"
            Set oDescripProperty = oCompDef.Document.PropertySets _
                .Item("Design Tracking Properties").Item("Description")

            Debug.Print Tab(ItemTab); oRow.ItemNumber; Tab(17); oRow.ItemQuantity; Tab(30); _
                oPartNumProperty.Value; Tab(70); oDescripProperty.Value
           
            'Recursively iterate child rows if present.
            If Not oRow.ChildRows Is Nothing Then
                Call QueryBOMRowProperties(oRow.ChildRows, ItemTab)
            End If
        End If
    Next
    ItemTab = ItemTab - 3
End Sub

 

 

Any help is appreciated. (I don't expect anyone to write the code for me, I would rather get bits and pieces and stitch it together myself.) The excel portion I have no idea what to do there. I have not written any code to interact with excel from Inventor.

 

ps - can anyone explain what the output of this sample program is from the help files? It doesn't seem to do anything except throw a message box....


          iLogic Subassembly virtual parts in being created in Top assembly   

I am using the attached code, "Calc_Hole_Assembly", "VirtPart_Creation", to count holes and then create virtual parts in my iCopy subassembly for purchased parts and cut lengths of purchased material. I create the iCopy in my Top level assembly and run the code, "Run_Rules", before I save the file to update all of the subassemblies in the top level that have those rules. When I run this code, the virtual parts are being created in the top level assembly and are not updated in the subassembly.

 

I have attached a screencast as well of the operation. Inventor crashed on completion of running "Run_Rules" in the screencast.

 

I am running Inventor 2016

 

Thank you in advance for any help you can give!


          Things are looking up for Ohio Wesleyan University as it seeks to combat declining enrollment   
It's a problem virtually all liberal arts colleges face, but a nonprofit news organization says the school in Delaware is taking some smart, data-driven steps to combat it.
          Mill at Broadway turns to virtual reality for home sales   
For would-be buyers at the Mill at Broadway project in Sacramento, the process involves a headset and a short walk into a potential future.

          Real Estate Photographer/Videographer - Leading Image - Toronto, ON   
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          Comment on 18VR – Hot New Teen Virtual Reality Porn by seventeen38   
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          RIO vs. TRAMA -ou- SÃO PAULO = TRAMA   
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50% do meu tempo na internet é na tramavirtual, descubro bandas na tramavirtual, não seria um "indie" se não existisse um tramavirtual, aconselho sua bandinha de garagem vagabunda a se cadastrar na tramavirtual, mas uma coisa vem me chamando a atenção: 99,9% DAS BANDAS CONTRATADAS PELO SELO TRAMAVIRTUAL SÃO PAULO! (e 73% ja apareceram na TV da musica). Exemplos? pois meu caro amigo seboso: Cansei de Ser Sexy(obvio), Rock Rocket, Pullovers, Telepatas...(posso citar mais, mas seria uma lista gigante) Gosto dessas bandas (principalmente Pullovers) mas vamos combinar que a Trama não da uma certa atenção pros cariocas,porque sera? >porque nós temos tantas bandinhas "riocore"sem a minima originalidade? não, a Tramavirtual não diz que tem que contratar só bandas Indie, Punk Revival, Elêtronica, Garage Rock etc. >porque a tramavirtual não contrata banda de outros estados? obvio que não! eles contrataram o Zefirina Bomba e o Mombojó que são la do NORDESTE Sobre a primeira pergunta, tudo bem ela não tem o direito de escolher como critério estilo de musica! mas vou falar uma coisa: O RIO DE JANEIRO ESTA OCORRENDO O TAL RETROCESSO MUSICAL!. Poucas bandas se salvam aqui do Rio!(temos alguns artistas solos, mas eles só tocam MPB e como recompensa só ganham uma matéria no Segundo Caderno do jornal superpopular O GLOBO) o nivel de originalidade e inteligencia é pessimo! hoje, você vai no sarau de qualquer escola particular e ve aquelas bandas que imitam FORFUN e DIBOB, e com nomes simplesmente idiotas, usando a péssima tatica de usar numeros para fazer um tocadilho (Sun7,4ever...). As primeiras bandas boas do Rio de Janeiro que vem minha cabeça é: MOPTOP, SEX NOISE, HEREGES, NERVOSO E OS CALMANTES, PESSOAS DO SÉCULO PASSADO... musica:hum....acho que vou botar Zefirina Bomba, a bomba que me fez postar essa matéria (todo mundo ja conhece Rock Rocket, Cansei de Ser Sexy, eu tava em duvida em bota Zefirina, Mombojó ou Pullovers, escolhe a primeira porque eu descobri ela foi contratada antes da segunda, então ela que começou toda essa revolta!)
          RIO vs. TRAMA -ou- SÃO PAULO = TRAMA   
50% do meu tempo na internet é na tramavirtual, descubro bandas na tramavirtual, não seria um "indie" se não existisse um tramavirtual, aconselho sua bandinha de garagem vagabunda a se cadastrar na tramavirtual, mas uma coisa vem me chamando a atenção: 99,9% DAS BANDAS CONTRATADAS PELO SELO TRAMAVIRTUAL SÃO PAULO! (e 73% ja apareceram na TV da musica). Exemplos? pois meu caro amigo seboso: Cansei de Ser Sexy(obvio), Rock Rocket, Pullovers, Telepatas...(posso citar mais, mas seria uma lista gigante) Gosto dessas bandas (principalmente Pullovers) mas vamos combinar que a Trama não da uma certa atenção pros cariocas,porque sera? >porque nós temos tantas bandinhas "riocore"sem a minima originalidade? não, a Tramavirtual não diz que tem que contratar só bandas Indie, Punk Revival, Elêtronica, Garage Rock etc. >porque a tramavirtual não contrata banda de outros estados? obvio que não! eles contrataram o Zefirina Bomba e o Mombojó que são la do NORDESTE Sobre a primeira pergunta, tudo bem ela não tem o direito de escolher como critério estilo de musica! mas vou falar uma coisa: O RIO DE JANEIRO ESTA OCORRENDO O TAL RETROCESSO MUSICAL!. Poucas bandas se salvam aqui do Rio!(temos alguns artistas solos, mas eles só tocam MPB e como recompensa só ganham uma matéria no Segundo Caderno do jornal superpopular O GLOBO) o nivel de originalidade e inteligencia é pessimo! hoje, você vai no sarau de qualquer escola particular e ve aquelas bandas que imitam FORFUN e DIBOB, e com nomes simplesmente idiotas, usando a péssima tatica de usar numeros para fazer um tocadilho (Sun7,4ever...). As primeiras bandas boas do Rio de Janeiro que vem minha cabeça é: MOPTOP, SEX NOISE, HEREGES, NERVOSO E OS CALMANTES, PESSOAS DO SÉCULO PASSADO... musica:hum....acho que vou botar Zefirina Bomba, a bomba que me fez postar essa matéria (todo mundo ja conhece Rock Rocket, Cansei de Ser Sexy, eu tava em duvida em bota Zefirina, Mombojó ou Pullovers, escolhe a primeira porque eu descobri ela foi contratada antes da segunda, então ela que começou toda essa revolta!)
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          Los mundos virtuales se expanden más allá de los juegos   

Tan esperada como su último juego ha sido la presencia en GAMELAB; 2017 de Fumito Ueda, creador de ICO, Shadow of the Colossus y The Last Guardian. Ante un abarrotado auditorio, el director creativo de GenDESIGN desgranó el proceso de creación de sus juegos. Desveló que a la hora de crearlos no se centra en […]

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          Un máquina virtual para PHP, implementada en PHP.   
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          Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR   
Se puede visitar hasta el domingo en el centro de Madrid.

Desde esta mañana y hasta el viernes hay en Madrid un espacio para relajarse y disfrutar. Se trata del PlayStation VR Resort, la carpa del Gran Teatro Bankia Principe Pío dentro de las instalaciones de la antigua estación Norte de tren de Madrid, junto a la actual estación de Príncipe Pío. Allí, en un entorno que recuerda a parajes exóticos y destinos tropicales se puede disfrutar de cerca de 15 experiencias de realidad virtual con PlayStation VR.

Vídeo:



Tres de estas experiencias se están desarrollando en España. Mindtaker es el nuevo trabajo del estudio vasco Relevo (Baboon!); se trata de una historia de terror. En la demo hay un gato, una mujer muerta y la necesidad de salir de la casa en la que está el jugador.


Mindtaker tiene una buena ambientación y el estudio ha tomado nota de aquellos puntos donde han tropezado los juegos anteriores de PSVR, de forma que el jugador se mueve con el stick izquierdo pero para cambiar la dirección tiene que ir dando toques al stick derecho y cada golpe gira la cámara 90ª. Esto hace que sea un control inicialmente algo difícil, pero luego demuestra que es muy eficaz para evitar mareos.

Una aventura gráfica con la ciencia como generadora de ideas y de jugabilidad


Flipi´s Tesla! Inventemos el futuro es una aventura gráfica desarrollada por Animatoon, Mediapro, 100 Balas y Sony Interactive. Surgió a iniciativa de Enrique Pérez, conocido por su personaje Flipy, quien gestó la idea del juego hace medio año. Aunque el desarrollo comenzó hace sólo mes y medio, el juego ya apunta maneras interesantes, funciona a 120 imágenes por segundo y propone averiguar lo que ha sucedido en un laboratorio llevando a cabo distintos experimentos científicos.


El juego tiene poco que ver con proyectos anteriores de Flipy relacionados con la ciencia, y aúna la divulgación con el rigor científico. De hecho, cuenta con el asesoramiento científico de Javier Santaolalla, físico del CERN, y se está desarrollando apoyado por Creations, un proyecto de innovación educativa financiado por la Comisión Europea. Está orientado a jugadores de entre 8 y 14 años, pero, dice Pérez, "le gustará a quien le guste jugar aventuras gráficas". La idea de su creador es utilizar la VR para educarse y divertirse a la vez, y tiene la intención de llevarlo a colegios o fundaciones que acerquen la ciencia a los más pequeños.

La protagonista es una científica, Bio, y el personaje de Flipy que puede servir de reclamo en el mercado español, ocupa un lugar secundario mientras el jugador va recorriendo el cuerpo humano o construye distintos aparatos en primera persona.

La tecnología de Drawfighters se adapta a la realidad virtual


El tercer juego español disponible en PSVR Resort es CoolPaintr VR, obra de Wildbits, que permite dibujar en entornos tridimensionales virtuales utilizando la misma tecnología RTSE utilizada en el juego anterior del estudio, Drawfighters, se pueden generar objetos sólidos asignando huesos a partir de simples contornos hasta conformar un esqueleto, lo que da múltiples posibilidades creativas.


También están disponibles PlayStation Worlds con una demo que lleva al jugador al fondo del mar, Dick Wild con oleadas de cocodrilos a las que hay que disparar, Waddle Home, la conocida franquicia Gran Turismo Sport (jugable en realidad virtual por primera vez en España), las naves espaciales de Mortal Blitz, el tower defense Ancient Amulator en el que juegas con un cetro o un arco, la experiencia en la sabana de Virry en la que puedes encontrarte con una hiena cariñosa, los juegos de feria de Carnival Games y dos juegos que ya hemos analizado en Vandal: Farpoint y Arizona Sunshine

Para poder probar los juegos que hay en PlayStation VR Resort hay que apuntarse en www.trypsvr.com/es-es aunque también te puedes acercar a Principe Pío directamente, aunque te tocará esperar. El acceso al teatro se realiza en grupos de 20 personas y la visita dura 30 minutos en los que cada visitante podrá vivir tres experiencias, ampliables a cuatro tras subir una foto a Twitter con el hashtag #resortPSVR. El horario de apertura es de 11 a 14 horas y de 17 a 21 horas.




Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR

Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR

Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR

Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR

Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR

Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR

Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR

Sony abre PlayStation VR Resort, donde se pueden probar 15 juegos de VR
          Marvel tiene en cartera varios proyectos de videojuegos y realidad virtual   
Entre ellos, uno de 'Los Defensores'.

Marvel tiene grandes y ambiciosos proyectos en desarrollo relacionados con los videojuegos. Si bien hace unos días conocíamos más de sus tomas de decisiones, ahora es el vice presidente y productor ejecutivo de Marvel, Mike Jones, el que confirma que la Casa de las Ideas tienen grandes videojuegos para consolas sin anunciar, proyectos de realidad virtual y juegos para móviles de gran presupuesto.

Una ambiciosa hoja de ruta


"Tenemos una hoja de ruta. Tenemos algunos juegos increíbles para consolas, móviles y realidad virtual, y no puedo decir nada de momento. Estamos confeccionando un catálogo completo, y estamos intentando encontrar el mejor trato posible para cada personaje, editora, plataforma o género, y buscamos calidad, no una simple forma rápida de licenciar para hacer un juego", explica Jones.

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"Estamos siendo bastante activos en planificar cuáles serían las mejores y más correctas experiencias para según qué licencias o plataformas"

"Actualmente estamos siendo bastante activos en planificar cuáles serían las mejores y más correctas experiencias para según qué licencias o plataformas, así como en buscar los mejores desarrolladores para ellas", añade. "A veces hemos recibido a editoras y socios que nos cuentan de forma muy apasionadas cómo y de qué manera quieren desarrollar una idea genial para su proyecto basándose en alguno de nuestros personajes", comenta Mike.


"Otras veces, nos asociamos con los estudios a los que amamos y respetamos y les ofrecemos trabajar junto a nosotros. Básicamente hablamos de congeniar música y letras, y siempre andamos ansiosos por encontrar los mejores matrimonios posibles", añade.

"Marvel Studios decide quién tiene que dirigir una película basada en un personaje y el tipo de historia que debe presentar, y nosotros andamos en una línea muy similar en la forma en la que queremos trasladar a Spider-Man o Los Vengadores en un videojuego. Sí, existe un apartado clínico de gestión, con un excel en el que manejamos muchos elementos en este proceso, pero sobre todo, lo más importante, es la pasión", concluye.

Ofreciendo la máxima calidad en sus licencias


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Mike Jones explica qué tipo de decisiones han llevado a ofrecer juegos de tanto calado de sus personajes y grupos más importantes, como lo son Spider-Man y Los Vengadores, y qué futuras licencias acabarán llegando a los videojuegos. ¿Qué proceso siguen? ¿Qué control de calidad existe?


"Estos personajes y licencias son propiedades que ofreceremos de la mejor forma posible a los aficionados. Nos estamos asegurando de ello"

"¿Qué hace más importante una historia de Los Vengadores o qué la convierte en diferente de una de Spidey o de Los Defensores? En ese sentido, hemos aprendido los mecanismos que hacen grandes los argumentos y las narrativas en los videojuegos. Estos personajes, estas licencias, son propiedades que ofreceremos de la mejor forma posible a los aficionados. Nos estamos asegurando de ello", concluía.

Marvel tiene en cartera varios proyectos de videojuegos y realidad virtual
          Rare: 'Sea of Thieves es lo mejor que hemos hecho jamás'   
El estudio habla sobre su trabajo en el juego de piratas.

Rare y Sea of Thieves fueron uno de los grandes protagonistas del pasado E3, contando con gran presencia en el show inaugural de Microsoft, en el que pudimos ver un extenso gameplay. El juego de piratas multijugador llegará en 2018 a Xbox One y PC y uno de sus productores ejecutivos, Joe Neate, ha ofrecido a Metro GameCentral sus pensamientos sobre la producción, las metas del videojuego y el concepto del título.

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Creo que es lo mejor que hemos hecho jamás


"Creo que es lo mejor que hemos hecho jamás. Llevo 18 años en esta industria, y creo que es la mejor oportunidad que hemos tenido nunca. Creo en este videojuego firmemente. Este título, y todo lo que hemos conseguido, el horizonte que nos hemos marcado con él, las cosas diferentes que presenta, los estilos de juego y las historias que vivirán los jugadores, son únicas", explica Neate.

"Las cosas tan diferentes que presenta, los estilos de juego y las historias que vivirán los jugadores, son únicas"


Al mismo tiempo, el productor no duda en marcar de forma clara el género al que pertenece el título, desmarcándose de las habituales etiquetas MMO. "Es un mundo de aventuras en el que se pueden compartir historias. No es un MMO. Cada vez que me preguntan, digo que es un "juego online multijugador memorable", eso es todo", comenta entre risas. "Mirad, no importa cuánta gente comparta el mismo mundo virtual, simplemente están ahí y te encontrarás con ellos. Y es la frecuencia de estos encuentros, lo que marcará el juego y lo que verdaderamente importa", añade.

Ron y piratas en Vandal


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En Vandal tenéis un completo avance en el que recopilamos toda la información de este videojuego para Xbox One y PC, que nos llevará a vivir aventuras con otros jugadores en un mundo lleno de piratas, tesoros, mares e islas.

Rare: 'Sea of Thieves es lo mejor que hemos hecho jamás'
          GTA Online recibe los contenidos por el Día de la Independencia de EE. UU.    
Los añadidos incluyen armas patrióticas.

Hace unos días os comentábamos la posibilidad de que GTA Online recibiera nuevos contenidos con motivo de la celebración de un nuevo evento por el Día de la Independencia de EE. UU. dentro del juego.

4 de Julio en GTA Online


Ahora se ha confirmado que el evento tendrá lugar, pues los contenidos ya están disponibles dentro de la faceta multijugador del videojuego desarrollado por Rockstar Games para consolas y PC.


Los contenidos para celebrar la fiesta de los norteamericanos están vinculados a Tráfico de Armas, el último gran descargable lanzado para GTA Online, e incluyen armas con skins especiales y otros extras.

Previo pago de dinero virtual, los jugadores pueden conseguir tanto armas personalizadas con barras y estrellas como elementos de personalización para nuestra base de operaciones central en el nuevo descargable.

Los precios varían en función de los accesorios y los diseños, pero te adelantamos que vas a necesitar desembolsar entre 100.000 y 200.000 dólares de moneda del juego para ser un verdadero patriota.

Los nuevos contenidos también incorporan el supercoche Dewbauchee Vagner y la variante Asalto al Alba para el Modo Adversario.

GTA Online recibe los contenidos por el Día de la Independencia de EE. UU.

GTA Online recibe los contenidos por el Día de la Independencia de EE. UU.

GTA Online recibe los contenidos por el Día de la Independencia de EE. UU.
          Caputo justificó la tasa y el plazo del bono a cien años, mientras crece la desconfianza externa (Página 12)   


“Ha sido una transacción espectacular”

Una sociedad de inversión británica le adjudicó al bono “una probabilidad de incumplimiento del 97,6 por ciento”.


El ministro de Finanzas, Luis Caputo, rechazó los cuestionamientos a la emisión de un bono a 100 años con un interés del 7,9 por ciento sobre el capital recibido por la Argentina, y hasta negó que exista controversia sobre ese acuerdo entre el gobierno nacional y un grupo de bancos internacionales. “No hay tal controversia, entre todos los especialistas en finanzas hay unanimidad absoluta en que ha sido una transacción espectacular para el país. Hubo no sólo felicitaciones del exterior, sino también aquí en Argentina”, sostuvo el funcionario, que fue imputado por la Justicia por esa operación. Pero la realidad virtual del ministro y su bono no sólo choca con las repercusiones políticas y económicas no sólo reflejadas en medios locales y extranjeros. La propia aseveración de la supuesta “unanimidad absoluta de los especialistas en finanzas” quedó ayer mismo desmentida por un informe de la sociedad de inversión británica M & G, publicado por un periódico alemán, según el cual “la probabilidad de incumplimiento” del pago del bono antes de la mitad de su duración (50 años) es del 97,6 por ciento.



 En referencia a la tasa de interés del 7,92 por ciento, que le garantiza a los inversores cobrar nueve veces el capital inicialmente invertido hasta el vencimiento del título, Caputo afirmó que “cuando miramos el pasado, (pagar) 7,9 por ciento en ese plazo (de 100 años) luce espectacular”. En la entrevista que dio en exclusiva a Radio Mitre (el ministro de Finanzas no da entrevistas periodísticas, según reconoció ante Marcelo Longobardi), intentó explicar el sentido de la operación que autocalificó como “espectacular”. Primero, respecto del plazo, lo justificó apuntando que es “un manejo responsable de la deuda diversificar plazos, tasas y monedas”. En relación a la tasa, indicó que la de los bonos del Tesoro de Estados Unidos, “el nivel mínimo al que nos podemos financiar”, bajó “circunstancialmente para financiar la inversión y el consumo tras la espectacular crisis de 2009, pero ahora (la recuperación económica) ya se dio, y ha empezado el camino inverso, la suba de tasas. Entonces, ¿qué hacemos?”, se preguntó. Y se respondió a sí mismo, “mirar el pasado, y en los 30 años previos a la crisis, de 1977 a 2008, Estados Unidos se financió a una tasa promedio del 8,10 por ciento. Es decir que el 7,90 por ciento está por debajo de la tasa que pagó Estados Unidos en prácticamente toda su historia”. El responsable de Finanzas del gobierno de Mauricio Macri justificó que, teniendo en cuenta que la tasa que paga Argentina se compone de la suma del tipo de interés del bono de largo plazo de Estados Unidos más la tasa de riesgo país (hoy en el orden del 4 por ciento), acordar una tasa a 100 años del 7,9 por ciento resultaba “un negocio espectacular”. Mientras el gobierno aspira a bajar la tasa de riesgo por lo menos a la mitad, Caputo incorpora una hipótesis de multiplicación por 4 de la tasa de Estados Unidos para justificar la cuestionable operación que cerró, en secreto frente a la opinión pública y el Congreso, con el Citigroup y el HSBC.

¿Por qué Argentina tiene que colocar deuda todas las semanas?, preguntó uno de los entrevistadores. Caputo negó que ello signifique un aumento constante del nivel de deuda. “Es otra falsedad, porque 3 de cada 4 veces que tomamos deuda es para cancelar compromisos del anterior gobierno, pero tomando divisas a tasas más bajas. Esto es un ahorro de la carga financiera”, sostuvo. El ministro de Finanzas llega a esa conclusión considerando únicamente la deuda emitida en dólares, pero no la de corto plazo que toma en pesos con instrumentos alternativos, como las Lebacs. Mientras el gobierno admite una emisión de deuda cercano a los 50 mil millones de dólares en 18 meses de gestión, la suma de las distintas variantes aproxima esa cifra a los 100 mil millones. Las Lebacs han resultado, desde el inicio de la gestión de Cambiemos, el mecanismo más atractivo para las inversiones especulativas externas, que ingresan dólares al mercado para aprovechar la elevada tasa de interés en pesos y la resultante en dólares cuando vuelven a la moneda original al vencimiento. Al considerar la tasa resultante en dólares de este jugoso premio pagado por el Banco Central, también se cae el argumento de que se bajó el costo promedio de financiamiento al 4,75 por ciento en dólares.

Fuente: https://www.pagina12.com.ar/47151-ha-sido-una-transaccion-espectacular

           ADMINISTRATEUR SYSTÈMES ET RÉSEAUX H/F - Alten - Toulouse   
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          New Life #854 – Global Trends: Cyber Wars   
New Life #854 – Global Trends: Cyber Wars Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel Summary What has led humanity to cyber wars? How can we cope with an unidentified virtual enemy and where is the world headed from this point? [206932] From KabTV’s “New Life #854 – Global Trends: Cyber […]
          High-tech dashboards signal big changes for auto parts suppliers   

Alexandra Schaefer, head of the SmartCore-Centre of Competence, and her colleague Hector Zarate of US automotive supplier Visteon working on a set-up to demonstrate their new SmartCore dashboard in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photo: Reuters

Peer at the instrument panel on your new car and you may find sleek digital gauges and multicoloured screens. But a glimpse behind the dashboard could reveal what US auto supplier Visteon Corp found: a mess. As automotive cockpits become crammed with ever more digital features such as navigation and entertainment systems, the electronics holding it all together have become a rat’s nest of components made by different parts makers. Now the race is on to clean up the clutter. Visteon is among a slew of suppliers aiming to make dashboard innards simpler, cheaper and lighter as the industry accelerates towards a so-called virtual cockpit – an all-digital dashboard that will help usher in the era of self-driving cars. What’s at stake is a piece of the $37 billion cockpit electronics market, estimated by research firm IHS Market to nearly double to $62 billion by 2022. Accounting firm PwC estimates that electronics could account for up to 20 per cent of a car’s value in the next two years, up from 13 per cent in 2015. Meanwhile, the number of suppliers for those components is likely to dwindle as automakers look to work with fewer companies capable of doing more, according to Mark...
          AT&T to launch software-based 10G XGS-PON trial   
AT&T announced it will conduct a 10 Gbit/s XGS-PON field trial in late 2017 as it progresses with plans to virtualise access functions within the last mile network.

The next-generation PON trial is designed to deliver multi-gigabit Internet speeds to consumer and business customers, and to enable all services, including 5G wireless infrastructure, to be converged onto a single network.

AT&T noted that XGS-PON is a fixed wavelength symmetrical 10 Gbit/s passive optic network technology that can coexist with the current GPON technology. The technology can provide 4x the downstream bandwidth of the existing system, and is as cost-effective to deploy as GPON. As part of its network virtualisation initiative, AT&T plans to place some XGS-PON in the cloud with software leveraging open hardware and software designs to speed development.
AT&T has worked with ON.Lab to develop and test ONOS (Open Network Operating System) and VOLTHA (Virtual Optical Line Terminator Hardware Abstraction) software. This technology allows the lower level details of the silicon to be hidden. AT&T stated that it has also submitted a number of open white box XGS OLT designs to the Open Compute Project (OCP) and is currently working with the project to gain approval for the solutions.

The company noted that interoperability is a key element of its Open Access strategy, and prompted the creation of an OpenOMCI specification, which provides an interoperable interface between the OLT and the home devices. This specification, which forms a key part of software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV), has been distributed to standards and open source communities.



  • AT&T joined OCP in January 2016 to support its network transformation program. Earlier this year at the OCP Summit Edgecore Networks, a provider of open networking solutions and a subsidiary of Accton Technology, announced design contributions to OCP including a 25 Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack switch and high-density 100 Gigabit Ethernet spine switch. The company also showcased new open hardware platforms.
  • At the summit, Edgecore displayed a disaggregated virtual OLT for PON deployment at up to 10 Gbit/ based on the AT&T Open XGS-PON 1 RU OLT specification that was contributed to the OCP Telco working group.
  • Edgecore's ASFvOLT16 disaggregated virtual OLT is based on the AT&T Open XGS-PON 1 RU OLT specification and features Broadcom StrataDNX switch and PON MAC SOC silicon, offering 16 ports of XGS-PON or NG-PON2, with 4 x QSFP28 ports and designed for next generation PON deployments and R-CORD telecom infrastructure.


          Cavium and China Unicom trial 5G user cases on M-CORD   
Cavium, a provider of semiconductor products for enterprise, data centre, wired and wireless networking, and China Unicom announced a targeted program for the testing of 5G use cases on a M-CORD SDN/NFV platform leveraging Cavium's silicon-based white box hardware in M-CORD racks populated with ThunderX ARM-based data centre COTS servers and XPliant programmable SDN Ethernet-based white box switches.

Under the program, China Unicom and Cavium plan to shortly commence trials in a number of locations across mainland China to explore the potential of the new service.

Cavium and China Unicom are specifically demonstrating multi-access edge computing (MEC) use cases developed through a previously announced collaboration based on the ON.Lab M-CORD (Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a data centre) SDN/NFV platform at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai.

The demonstration involves a M-CORD SDN/NFV software platform and hardware rack integrated with virtualised and disaggregated mobile infrastructure elements from the edge of the RAN to distributed mobile core and the ONOS and XOS SDN and orchestration software.

The companies stated that this architecture is designed to enable turnkey operation in any central office or edge data centre for a full NFV C-RAN deployment. The solution is based on a Cavium-powered rack that combines the ThunderX ARM based data centre servers with the programmable XPliant Ethernet leaf and spine SDN switches to provide a full platform for M-CORD.

Regarding the latest project, Raj Singh, VP and GM of the network and communication group at Cavium, said, "Cavium is collaborating with China Unicom to explore 5G target use cases leveraging the M-CORD SDN/NFV platform and working towards field deployment… a homogenous hardware architecture optimised for NFV and 5G is a pre-requisite for field deployments".



  • Earlier this year, Radisys and China Unicom announced they had partnered to build and integrate M-CORD development PODs featuring open source software. For the project Radisys, acting as systems integrator, used the CORD open reference implementation to enable cloud agility and improved economics in China Unicom's network. The companies also planned to develop deployment scenarios for the solution in the China Unicom network.
  • The resulting platform was intended to support future 5G services by enabling mobile edge services, virtualised RAN and virtualised EPC. The companies also planned to develop an open reference implementations of a virtualised RAN and next-generation mobile core architecture.

          Spirent supports testing of New H3C 100 GBE switch   
Spirent Communications, a supplier of network test and measurement solutions, announced that it supported New H3C in conducting what is believed to be the highest density 100 Gbit/s data centre switch test.

Spirent also announced it had partnered with the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to demonstrate automated testing of virtual core networks.

100 Gbit/s switch testing

The test, completed by Spirent and the New H3C Group and moderated by independent test lab Network Test, demonstrated the line-rate forwarding capacity and hyper-scale IP route announcement capacity of the H3C S12500X-AF chassis loaded with 100 Gbit/s ports and achieving a density of 768 x 100G ports per chassis. The S12500X-AF switch can support 48 x 100 Gbit/s QSFP28 pluggable optical modules per slot.

The test involved Spirent TestCenter and the N11U chassis, representing Spirent's flagship network performance test solution, equipped with the high density dX3 12-port 100 Gbit/s test modules designed to verify next-generation data centre architectures and routers.

For the testing, Spirent TestCenter generated 100 Gbit/s line-rate transaction traffic of various frame lengths and provided packet loss, latency, jitter, frame sequence, code errors and FCS error analytics to reflect the quality of transmission in real time.

The Spirent dX3 quint-speed test module can support twelve 100 or 40 Gbit/s ports per slot, 25 x 50 Gbit/s ports, or 48 x 25/10 Gbit/s ports per slot. It also supports key interface features such as FEC, auto-negotiation and Link Training. The module can be used to verify data plane QoS for hyper-dense network devices at line-rate, and for testing complex routing, data centre and access protocols on switches and routers.

Virtual core network testing

Separately Spirent announced a collaboration with the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to demonstrate automated testing of virtual core networks at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai. Spirent noted that the demonstration is part of a joint effort to develop a methodology for automated testing of the functionality and performance of the China Mobile TIC (Telecom Infrastructure Cloud).

The partners plans to incorporate the test methodology into an automated testing system developed by CMRI to speed testing of services in operational virtual core networks and to form part of the complete vEPC environment developed by CMRI.

At MWC, Spirent has provided the test engines for the demonstration, including the virtualised mobile core network emulation and performance testing tool, Landslide Virtual, and the automated testing platform, iTest. The solutions automate performance and functionality tests used to develop, spin-up and monitor the vEPC. In addition, devops models have been developed for the test methodologies, allowing tests to be automated and incorporated into the virtualised network.


          Nokia – IP networks re-imagined   
Recently we have seen Cisco predict that busy hour global IP traffic will grow 4.6-fold (35% CAGR) from 2016 to 2021, reaching 4.3 Pb/s by 2021, compared to average Internet traffic that will grow 3.2-fold (26% CAGR) over the same period to reach 717 Tb/s by 2021. The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, released earlier this week, calculates that the total traffic in mobile networks increased by 70% between the end of Q1 2016 and the end of Q1 2017. And now, Nokia Bell Labs has just announced its own prediction: IP traffic will more than double in the next five years, reaching 330 exabytes per month by 2022 while growing at a 25% CAGR. The company anticipates that peak data rates will grow even faster at nearly 40% annually. Nokia Bell Labs also predicts that 3D/4K/UHD will experience a 4.79x growth from 2017 – 22, that wireless traffic will experience 7.5x growth from 2017 – 22, and that worldwide IoT devices to grow from 12bn in 2017 to 100bn in 2025.

Nokia unveils next gen networking processing engine

Nokia's processing engine sets the stage for perhaps the most significant announcement from the company since the merger of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks in 2015. In a press event entitled 'IP networks reimagined', Nokia unveiled its FP4 silicon, featuring the 'first' 2.4 Tbit/s network processor, up to 6x more powerful than processors currently available. The proprietary chipset is designed for a new class of petabit-class routers.

Core routers traditionally have been the 'big iron' that powers the heart of the Internet. It is a product category dominated by Cisco, Huawei, Juniper and Nokia, including via its existing 7950 XRS routing platform. However, the market has been in flux. Earlier this month, Dell’Oro Group reported a significant break in Q1 17 with Huawei taking the top spot from Cisco in the core router market for the first time. The report also found Huawei taking over second spot from Nokia in the SP edge router and CES market. The primary reason cited for this shift is that the SP core routing business is only growing at a low single-digit rate, while China Mobile is defying the trend with significant investments in their IP core backbone, for which Huawei is the lead supplier. Nevertheless, the overall predictions for rapid growth in IP traffic over the coming five years makes it more likely that service providers will need a significant refresh of their core backbones to handle hundreds of 100 or 400 Gbit/s connections at major nodes.

Nokia's previous generation FP3 chipset, unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent in June 2011 and launched in 2012, packed 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz and leveraged 40 nm process technology; the FP2 chipset offered 112 cores at 840 MHz and was built in 90 nm. This network processor lineage can be traced back to TiMetra Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that launched its first carrier-class routing platforms in 2003.

TiMetra, which was headed by Basil Alwan, was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent later in 2003 for approximately $150 million in stock. The product line went on to become the highly successful 7450, 7750 and eventually 7950 carrier platforms - the basis for the IP division at Alcatel-Lucent. Not bad for an idea from a small start-up to grow into the star platform underpinning all of Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia Siemens Networks.

In a launch day webcast, Basil Alwan, now president of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business group, said we are moving into a new phase of the Internet requiring 'cloud-scale routing'. First, he noted that there is market confusion between Internet-class routers and core data centre switches, which are being used to power the hyperscale infrastructure of the Internet content providers. High-end, data centre spine switches are capable of routing packets at high rates and can handle access control lists (ACLs). Likewise, conventional big iron core routers can switch data flows, and are sometimes deployed in data centres. However, there have been tradeoffs when this role reversal happens. Nokia's new FP4 chipset aims to fix that.

First multi-terabit NPU silicon

Six years have passed since the FP3, or roughly two cycles in the evolution of Moore's Law, so naturally one would expect the new silicon to be smaller, faster and more powerful and efficient. But Alwan said the company took its time to rethink how the packet processing works at the silicon level. To begin with, Nokia redesigned the onboard memory, employing 2.5D and 3D layouts on 16 nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) technology. The single chip contains 22 dies, including memory stacks and control logic. It runs at 2.4 Tbit/s half-duplex, or 6x more capacity than the current generation 400 Gbit/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include enhanced packet intelligence and control, policy controls, telemetry and security.

The FP4 could be used to provide an in-service upgrade to Nokia's current line of core routers and carrier switches. It will also be used to power a new family of 7750 SR-s series routers designed for single-node, cloud scale density. In terms of specs, the SR-s boasts a 144 Tbit/s configuration supporting port densities of up to 144 future terabit links, 288 x 400 Gbit/s ports, or 1,440 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Absolute capacity could be doubled for a maximum of 288 Tbit/s configuration. It runs the same software as the company's widely-deployed systems. The first 7750 SR-s boxes are already running in Nokia labs and the first commercial shipments are expected in Q4.

Nokia is also introducing a chassis extension option to push its router into petabit territory. Without using the switching shelf concept employed in the multi-chassis designs of its competitors, Nokia is offering the means to integrate up to six of its 7750 SRS-s routers into a single system. This results in 576 Tbit/s of capacity, enough for densities of up to 2,880 x 100 GBE ports or 720 x 400 Gbit/s ports. Adding up the numbers, it is not truly petabit-class, but at 576 Tbit/s it is more than halfway there.

Network telemetry leads to security
Another interesting twist concerns security and petabit-class routing. In December 2016, Nokia agreed to acquire Deepfield, a start-up specialising in real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. Deepfield, founded in 2011 and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has developed an analytics platform that identifies over 30,000 popular cloud applications and services. Its Internet Genome tracks how traffic runs to and through networks to reach subscribers, in real time, and without the need for probes, taps and monitors in the network itself. At the time of the deal, Nokia said it would integrate Deepfield big data analytics with the dynamic control capabilities of open SDN platforms, such as the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).

Expanding on this idea, Alwan said Deepfield can really leverage the routers rather than probes to understand what is happening to the traffic. Fewer probes mean lower investment. More importantly, Deepfield could be used to track DDoS attacks passing through the core of the network rather than at the edge destination target. The new FP4 silicon is said to be a very good match for this application.


          How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts   

Broke your screen? Avoid dodgy repair shops – your private sexy selfies will thank you later

A group of researchers has shown how, for instance, a repair shop could siphon data from Android handsets or infect them with malware with nothing more than a screen repair.…


          Cavium unveils FastLinQ 41000 10/25/40/50 GBE NIC   
Cavium announced the introduction of the FastLinQ 41000 Series products, its low power, second generation 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet NIC that is claimed to be the only such adapter to feature Universal RDMA.

Cavium's FastLinQ 41000 Series devices are designed to deliver advanced networking for cloud and telco architectures; the products are available immediately from Cavium and shortly due to be available from Tier-1 OEMs/ODMs in standard, mezzanine, LOM and OCP form factors.

The FastLinQ QL41000 family of standards-compliant 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet NICs offer support for concurrent RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP - Universal RDMA. The FastLinQ adapters, coupled with server and networking platforms, are designed to enable enterprise data centres to optimise infrastructure costs and increase virtual machine density leveraging technologies such as concurrent SR-IOV and NIC Partitioning (NPAR) that provide acceleration and QoS for tenant workloads and infrastructure traffic.

The new FastLinQ adapters also support network function virtualisation with enhanced small packet performance via integration into DPDK and OpenStack, enabling cloud and telcos/NFV customers to deploy, manage and accelerate demanding artificial intelligence, big data, CDN and machine learning workloads.

For telco and NFV applications, the products provide improved small packet performance with line rate packets per second for 10/25 Gigabit Ethernet, MPLSoUDP offload and integration with DPDK and OpenStack using the Mirantis FUEL plug-in. This allows telco's and NFV application vendors to deploy, manage and accelerate demanding NFV workloads.

Additionally, integrated storage acceleration and offloads such as NVMe-oF, NVMe-Direct, iSCSI, iSER and FCoE enable upgrades from existing storage paradigms to next generation NVMe and persistent memory semantics.

The products also offer zero-touch automatic speed and FEC selection via Cavium's FastLinQ SmartAN technology, which is designed to significantly reduce interoperability challenges in physical layer networks.

Further Features of the FastLinQ 41000 Series inlcude:

1.         10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity across standard and OCP form factors.

2.         Stateless offloads for VxLAN, NVGRE and GENEVE.

3.         SmartAN to provide seamless 10/25 Gigabit Ethernet interoperability.

4.         Storage protocol offloads for iSCSI, FCoE, iSER, NVMe-oF and SMB Direct.

5.         Management across heterogeneous platforms with QConvergeConsole GUI and CLI.


Regarding the new products, Martin Hull, senior director product management at Arista Networks, said, "Arista… has partnered with Cavium to ensure availability of tested and interoperable solutions for hyperscale data centres… Cavium's FastLinQ 41000 Series of NICs and Arista’s portfolio of 25 Gbit/s leaf and spine systems deliver backward compatibility and investment protection with standards compliance".



          Management bug can crash Cisco IOS, IOS XE   

Nine SNMP MIBs vulnerable

Cisco's been caught out by the venerable Simple Network Management Protocol, turning up nine bugs in IOS and IOS XE that appear in all SNMP versions.…


          ZTE and China Mobile showcase 5G eMBB   
ZTE announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai the launch of a live 5G field test in Guangdong, deployed with China Mobile and designed to showcase an enhanced 5G Mobile Broadband (eMBB) experience using 100 MHz bandwidth and delivering a single-user rate of up to 2 Gbit/s.

China Mobile and ZTE conducted the 5G field test in Guangzhou University Town, selected to represent a typical high-traffic scenario and also a key 'pilot field' for enhancing the user experience in 5G eMBB scenarios. ZTE noted that its 3.5 GHz NR (new radio) base station product was used for the 5G field test in Guangzhou.

For the next stage of testing, the companies will carry out multi-site networking tests to evaluate wireless coverage, throughput, mobility, delay and other 5G networking indicators.

As one of China Mobile's strategic 5G partners, ZTE is providing the operator with a range of products, including 5G RANs and virtual core networks (VCNs). In addition, ZTE has been providing support for research covering key technologies, the definition of product specifications and testing of pilot networks to help China Mobile meet its strategic goals.

ZTE and China Mobile have previously carried out collaboration in the areas of 2G, 3G and 4G, as well as currently into 5G. As part of this work, in 2016 ZTE signed a 5G strategic cooperation memorandum with China Mobile, and ZTE's Pre5G massive MIMO base stations have been deployed into the existing network of China Mobile.


* In February this year, ZTE, Qualcomm and China Mobile jointly announced that they planned to conduct interoperability tests based on 5G NR specifications and over the air (OTA) field tests designed to facilitate large-scale verification and commercialisation of the 5G NR technology. ZTE noted that in 2017 it initiated the non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) project, a core element of the 5G NR program.

* Recently, ZTE and China Mobile Quanzhou Branch announced the commercial deployment of 3D-MIMO, also termed Pre5G massive MIMO, in the city of Quanzhou, Fujian province. ZTE stated that with 16 commercial terminals connected, it achieved single-carrier downlink peak cell rate of 730 Mbit/s, with a single-carrier 16-stream downlink peak rate using 3D-MIMO of up to 700 Mbit/s. In addition, a three-carrier rate of up to 2.1 Gbit/s was achieved.


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          IT Services Specialist II - Electronic Arts - Redwood City, CA   
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          Senior Software Engineer - Cisco - San Jose, CA   
We Are Cisco. Strong background in Linux internals *. In depth understanding of virtualization technologies including Docker, KVM, VMWare, Why Cisco We connect...
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          IT Lead, Server Support - Toronto Hydro - Ontario   
Knowledge of server and storage systems such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Windows Server 2008 and 2012 Operating Systems, Active Directory, Virtual Desktop...
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          DÉVELOPPEUR JAVA FULL-STACK (H/F) - ON-X - Ontario   
Système d'exploitation/ virtualisation ( Linux, Windows, VMware, Docker ). En qualité de Développeur Full-Stack , vous réaliserez les missions suivantes :....
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          IT Business Analyst (for EMEA region) - MatchWorks - Brussels   
My client is a multinational manufacturer with its European Hq in Brussels. Their IT team is globally organised, with virtual teams spread across different parts of the world. They are currently looking for an IT Business Analyst for the EMEA region, who will be working from the offices in Brussels. Position As an EMEA IT Business Analyst you will be the liaison between various, regional business domains (manufacturing, sales, supply chain, finance, HR, ...) and the global...
          Au Paris Virtual Film Festival, les “nouvelles aventures de l'image”   
La 2e édition du festival de réalité virtuelle se déroule ce week-end à Paris. Les explications de Michael Swierczynski, directeur du développement numérique du Forum des images, et organisateur de la manifestation.
          Que faut-il voir au Paris Virtual Film Festival ce week-end ?   
Le festival parisien de réalité virtuelle est ouvert au public samedi 1er et dimanche 2 juillet au Forum des images. Voici quelques belles expériences immersives que l'on peut découvrir.
          OSS Leftovers   
  • AT&T Passive Optical Network Trial to Test Open Source Software

    AT&T is set trial 10-gigabit symmetric passive optical network technology (XGS-PON), tapping its growing virtualization and software expertise to drive down the cost of next-generation PON deployments.

    The carrier said it plans to later this year conduct the XGS-PON trial as part of its plan to virtualize access functions within the last mile network. Testing is expected to show support for multi-gigabit per second Internet speeds and allow for merging of services onto a single network. Services to be supported include broadband and backhaul of wired and 5G wireless services.

  • Intel Begins Prepping Cannonlake Support For Coreboot

    The initial commit happening this morning that is mostly structuring for the Cannonlake SoC enablement and some boilerplate work while more of the enablement is still happening. Landing past that so far is the UART initialization while more Cannonlake code still has yet to land -- this is the first of any post-Kabylake code in Coreboot.

  • Windstream Formally Embraces Open Source

    Windstream is dipping its toe into the open source waters, joining the Open Network Automation Project (ONAP), its first active engagement in open source. (See Windstream Joins ONAP.)

    The announcement could be the sign of broader engagement by US service providers in the open source effort. At Light Reading's Big Communications Event in May, a CenturyLink speaker said his company is also looking closely at ONAP. (See Beyond MANO: The Long Walk to Network Automation.)

    Windstream has been informally monitoring multiple open source efforts and supporting the concept of open source for some time now, says Jeff Brown, director of product management and product marketing at Windstream. The move to more actively engage in orchestration through ONAP was driven by the growing influence of Windstream's IT department in its transition to software-defined networking, he notes.

  • Why Do Open Source Projects Fork?

    Open source software (OSS) projects start with the intention of creating technology that can be used for the greater good of the technical, or global, community. As a project grows and matures, it can reach a point where the goals of or perspectives on the project diverge. At times like this, project participants start thinking about a fork.

    Forking an OSS project often begins as an altruistic endeavor, where members of a community seek out a different path to improve upon the project. But the irony of it is that forking is kind of like the OSS equivalent of the third rail in the subway: You really don’t want to touch it if you can help it.

  • Mozilla Employee Denied Entry to the United States [iophk: "says a lot about new Sweden"]

    Daniel Stenberg, an employee at Mozilla and the author of the command-line tool curl, was not allowed to board his flight to the meeting from Sweden—despite the fact that he’d previously obtained a visa waiver allowing him to travel to the US.

    Stenberg was unable to check in for his flight, and was notified at the airport ticket counter that his entry to the US had been denied.

  • Print your own aquaponics garden with this open source urban farming system

    Aquapioneers has developed what it calls the world's first open source aquaponics kit in a bid to reconnect urban dwellers with the production of their food.

  • The story behind Kiwix, an offline content provider

    Kiwix powers offline Wikipedia and provides other content to users, like all of the Stack Exchange websites.

  • Systemd flaw leaves many Linux distros open to attack

          TS121: Grammys, Professional Cheerleader Pay, Coke and Sochi, Ladies Against Humanity creator Kate Stayman-London   
Did you watch the Grammy's and cry when Queen Latifah married gay people? Bryan didn't. This week's show is 100 shades of gray gardens, with special costumes of the day for the Raiderette's discriminatory paying practices, Coke's anti-gay "Share a Virtual Coke" campaign, and special guest Kate Stayman-London, creator of Ladies Against Humanity. Laugh like nobody's joking.  Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! shadethrowing@gmail.com Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS FeedProud member of Max Fun Podcasting Network 
          OPEN SAT/SUN 1-4! Beautiful Westmoreland Hills Colonial!   
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          Joe & Roxana Married at the Ronald Reagan Building: Washington D.C. Wedding Photography   
Joe & Roxana’s wedding was by far my most colorful wedding of the year!  The marrying of two cultures together, Mexican and Indian, produced a virtual color feast for the eyes and was a fun start to my spring weddings this past year.  Joe and Roxana are some of the most genuine and kind people […]
             
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          Sailor Moon? More like sail to the Moon: Japan vows to set foot on lunar soil by 2030   

All part of the wider plan to visit the dusty wasteland of Mars

Japan's national space agency JAXA has announced plans to send a lone astronaut to the moon by 2030.…


          DRAM! Micron rakes in dosh from bits and chips   

Product shortage plus high demand equals price rise driven profits rise

Memory and flash chip-maker Micron had a massive third quarter as demand growth-driven revenues led to price rise-driven profits.…


          Office Communication Server 2007 R2 launch and UCMA 2.0 SDK   
I was waiting since long time for the launch event of OCS-2007, finally the launch day is arrived. Tomorrow 9:30 am you can join the virtual launch event.    http://www.microsoft.com/communicationsserver/r2-virtual-launch/event/   I am specifically excited to tell about new richer version of UCMA 2.0 SDKs, which we were working since last one year. Now developers are...
          NASA tells Curiosity: Quit showing off, no 'wheelies' please   

Software update adds traction control to protect rover's wheels

After 18 months of testing, NASA's pushed a patch to the Mars Curiosity Rover – to extend its wheels' life, and eliminate over-exuberant climbs causing “wheelies”.…


          Talk about cutting-edge technology! Boffins fire world's sharpest laser   

Stable for up to 10x the distance from Earth to Moon

A team of physicists claims to have created the world's sharpest laser, with a line width frequency of only 10 millihertz – opening up the possibility of improving the accuracy of optical clocks and radioastronomy experiments.…


          Control-C! umount! Ctrl-Alt-Delete! Tintri forcibly ejects from today's IPO   

Halt and catch fire!

Oops, all-flash storage array startup Tintri intended to go public today – during what has turned out to be the busiest week for IPOs in over a year – but abruptly halted its IPO intention late yesterday.…


          How HCI simplifies the data center   

Getting IT out of everyone's way

Sysadmin blog Organizations look at the cloud as an option because it was impossible to get their data centers to operate at the same efficiency. Now if you flip it over and get the data centers to behave the same way as the cloud, how would that change things?…


          Virtual Web Site Hosting   
Virtual web site hosting is the first step in a company or business expanding its capabilities on the Internet both for its own needs and the needs of the customers the company serves.

          滴滴插件化项目VirtualAPK开源   

滴滴在2016年开始研究这方面的技术,经过半年的开发、测试、适配和线上验证,目前推出了一款比较完善的插件化框架:VirtualAPK。

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          Irony Maiden   

Until recently, I had put off watching The Handmaid’s Tale on HULU because I knew it would make me angry. I read Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name in the mid-1980s, and remember how the story – centered in a world run by pious bullies – made my blood boil. Now, dystopian stories of religion-based mind control hit close to home for those of us at CFI. We probably hear more true-life religious horror stories than the average citizen.

 

When I read the book 30 years ago, I thought some of the plot seemed a bit far-fetched. No way could things get so out of control. But as I work my way through the first few episodes of the TV series, I’m unpleasantly surprised at how plausible some of the series storylines sound in the wake of our recent elections. Three shows in, the series has already depicted: open and widespread intolerance, the objectification of women, religious fundamentalism, and massive protests.

 

Any of that sound familiar?

 

The other surprise was that the series star – Elizabeth Moss— who I think is a talented actor with solid credits to her name, is a practicing Scientologist.  (Moss, by the way, is also listed as a producer on the show and identifies as a feminist on her Wikipedia page. Ok that fits.)

 

What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology (CoS) could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series. The examples below apply to both the Church of Scientology and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Ø  Church makes pregnancy decision for a woman

Ø  Individuals virtually held prisoners

Ø  Leaders use fear and brutality to keep underlings in line

Ø  It’s dangerous to contradict sacred text

Ø  Anyone can be an informer

 

I’m sure that list could be much longer if I really gave it some thought and saw more episodes.

 

Moss has been a working actor since she was a kid, so she may have been feted by the CoS big cheeses from an early age and sheltered from the volumes of bad press the church has been getting for most of her life. And Scientology typically paints their apostates as disgruntled or vengeful to dodge the real issues of whether the complaints are true or not. The point is that she may not be exposed to her cult’s nefarious practices as fully as the rest of us, or if she was, the stories were probably poo pooed as the ravings of cranks.

 

Scientologists are not alone in being blinded to the insanity of their own beliefs, but the sheer volume of criticism and tales of mistreatment should give Moss and other high-profile scientologists pause and spark them to ask some questions of their leadership. Seems like every year it would get harder and harder to dodge the growing mountains of evidence that point to major problems in this “religion.”

 

It’s time to wake up.

 

Someone should nudge Elizabeth Moss and tell her that it becomes especially imperative to inquire about your own highly-criticized, authoritarian religion when you star in a TV series that highly criticizes authoritarian religion.

 

Maybe a chat with Leah Remini would help…

 


          virtualbox-5.1.22-19-x86_64   
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          qt5-virtualkeyboard-5.9.1-1-x86_64   
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          zSpace Expands CTE Offerings with Auto Training Program   
zSpace, a Silicon Valley-based mixed reality education company, unveiled at ISTE new additions to its career and technology education (CTE) applications. The interactive GTA Virtual Automotive Training courses use zSpace’s mixed reality environment to give students hands-on experience with all the essentials of auto mechanics.
          WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP ANNOUNCE THE LEGO ® NINJAGO® MOVIE VIDEO GAME   
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP ANNOUNCE THE LEGO ® NINJAGO® MOVIE VIDEO GAME Players Will Experience the Action-Packed Movie as Their Favourite Characters While Mastering the Art of “Ninjagility”  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie Video Game that will allow players to delve into the world of the new big-screen animated adventure The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game will be available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and STEAM on September 22, 2017. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game brings the non-stop action and thrilling combat of the film into the living room so kids can embark on their own Ninjago adventures,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Enhanced movements will help players traverse Ninjago with the fluidity and grace of a secret ninja warrior and improve their combat skills.” “The LEGO Group is pleased to extend the Ninjago play experience with The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans will love playing as their favourite Ninjago heroes and joining an epic adventure of good versus evil.” In the game, players battle their way through waves of enemies with honour and skill as their favorite ninjas Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu to defend their home island of Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army. To do so, they must master the art of Ninjagility which allows them to traverse Ninjago by wall-running, high-jumping and battling the foes of Ninjago to rank up and upgrade the ninja’s combat skills.  Players can harness the power of Spinjitzu combat to defend Ninjago together. The game features eight large, action-packed locations based on the story of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Each location includes its own unique Challenge Dojo where players can put their combat skills to the test and battle with increasingly tougher enemies. And with Battle Maps, players can go up against their friends and family in four different game modes, with competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. # # # About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles. About TT Games TT Games (www.ttgames.com) is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit LEGO videogame franchises such as LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Indiana Jones™, LEGO® Batman™ and LEGO® Harry Potter™, as well as popular titles LEGO®Marvel™ Super Heroes, LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers and LEGO® Jurassic World™.  Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families. About The LEGO Group The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com. About The LEGO NINJAGO Movie In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.  Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.  Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. Opening September 22, 2017 (USA), “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn, and Jackie Chan.  It is directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan, from a screenplay by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, based on LEGO Construction Toys. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” is produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Maryann Garger and Chris McKay. Executive producers are Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone, with John Powers Middleton as co-producer.  From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures/Lord Miller/Vertigo Entertainment Production, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. © 2017 The LEGO Group. ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (S17) LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME software © 2017 TT Games Ltd.  Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group.  LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO group. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE © The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. “”and “PlayStation” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. “” is a trademark of the same company. © 2017 Nintendo. Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con are trademarks of Nintendo.  All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved.
          How PETA Is Using Emerging Technology to Cultivate Empathy for Animals   

How PETA Is Using Emerging Technology to Cultivate Empathy for Animals

At a virtual reality conference, PETA discusses and demonstrates its high-tech, unique projects to help people become more empathetic.

The post How PETA Is Using Emerging Technology to Cultivate Empathy for Animals appeared first on PETA.


          Free Tiny GUI Tool to Deploy OVA or OVF to All Versions of VMware vSphere: VMDeployer 1.1 Released   
With the release of version 1.0 of our free GUI tool to deploy virtual machines on all platforms, we’ve successfully solved the issue of deploying our search appliance using the vSphere Web Client. We have a few more happy new customers ever since. However, it could not deploy the NSX manager because 1.0 does not […]
          American Pravda: Alexander Cockburn and the British Spies   
About a decade ago I'd gotten a little friendly with the late Alexander Cockburn, one of America's premier radical journalists and the founder of Counterpunch, a leading leftist webzine. With virtually all of America's mainstream media outlets endlessly cheerleading for the total insanity of our Iraq War, Counterpunch was a port in the storm, and...
          Read Oracle Database 12.2 New Features Manual   
I just finished reading the Oracle database 12c new features manual. I have postponed looking at 12.2 until now because for a long time 12.2 was not available for download even though it was available in Oracle’s cloud. Once the download became available I installed 12.2 in a test virtual machine but did not get […]
          Europese eShop weer vernieuwd met enige content   
Nintendo heeft de downloads voor de Nintendo Switch van deze week bekend gemaakt. Het betreft de onderstaande lijst met content:Switch- GoNNER- Magical Drop II- Physical Contact: SPEEDSwitch & Wii U- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion PassWii U- Space Hunted- BLOCWii U Virtual Console- Neutopia II- Alien Crush3DS- Mighty Gunvolt Burst
          From the Just Getting Through Last weeks Stuff Dept: Microsoft / Novell Deal : IT wins due to InterOp!!!!! YAY!   

Originally posted on: http://teamfoundation.net/archive/2006/11/13/96997.aspx

Wow. I get buried for a week and get transported into a parallel universe. Microsoft and Novell make an historic agreement. And while some folks in the open source community aren't happy, it seems most (including me) think this is a pretty good deal for building software in general... I mean, being able to just these three things:
  • "...Microsoft and Novell will jointly develop a compelling virtualization offering for Linux and Windows..."
- Right on!
  • "...make it easier for customers to federate Microsoft Active Directory with Novell eDirectory"
- This has been a pain...
  • "...will take steps to make translators available to improve interoperability between Open XML and OpenDocument formats"
Nice! Guys, in the words of the great philosopher and sage, Rodney King "Can't we all just get along?"... I think that this agreement moves all of us who build software one step closer to doing just that.
          The Source Fource - Have You seen them?   

Originally posted on: http://teamfoundation.net/archive/2006/03/06/71541.aspx

These are funny little segments from MSDN! Check it out here.  Also,  you can play a game and sign up to get the actual figures by attending 2 webcasts or participating in 2 MSDN Virtual Labs each month according to the following schedule:

  • January 2006: Qualification period for the MSDN Webcast superhero
  • February 2006: Qualification period for the Visual Studio superhero
  • March 2006: Qualification period for the SQL Server superhero
  • April 2006: Qualification period for the *SECRET* superhero

Kudos to the MSDN Events and Webcasts team. I get more toys for my desk. ;)


          040141 Suspension Small MZL   
040141 Suspension Small MZL

040141 Suspension Small MZL

Rycote 040141 Suspension Small (MZL) Suspension Medium (MZL) is suitable the Sennheiser MKH 8060 in a Windshield 1 when used with its MZX XLR module removed. Connecting via the MZL connbox offers a more compact and lightweight setup.   Main Benefits: Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear. Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation Our suspensions provide complete isolation against handling and cable-borne noises, by supporting the microphone in a cradle arrangement using Lyre suspension webs. The patented Lyre are extremely robust, and virtually unbreakable, as they do not use elastic or rubber components which are prone to wear and tear. These completely backward compatible Lyre have replaced the original silicone O-rings suspension, and can be bought separately to upgrade older suspensions. Lyre suspension webs come in five varieties, please see Kit Contents Tab for details. Small, Medium and Large Modular Suspensions are available, each with corresponding length bars. All other components are shared, including Rycote Pistol-grip with integral XLR MarkII holder and boom adaptor (with 3/8" adaptor) for handheld or boom operation. A Connbox is fitted as standard to Small, Medium and Large Suspensions (Windshield Kits 1- 11), for maximum reduction in unwanted noise. Using a Connbox breaks the transmission path of the cable-borne noise, and significantly reduces handling noise. For the best performance we only use ultra soft/flexible Mogami cable and gold pin Neutrik 3-pin XLR's Contents: 1 x XLR Holder MK II  Product Code: 048493  The XLR Holder Mk II fits between any 3/8" male threaded boom pole or mic stand and any 3/8" female microphone shock-mount or windshield system 1 x Boom Poles Adaptor  Product Code: 048402 1 x Pistol Grip Handle with Lever  Product Code: 048401  1 x Connbox CB9 (MZL)  Product Code: 016917  Connbox MZL is suitable for single Sennheiser MKH 8020, 8040 or 8050 in a WS 9 Kit 2x Single Lyre 62 (19/25)  1 x Small (1-Module) Bar 1 x Hex Head Key  


          040143 Suspension Medium MZL   
040143 Suspension Medium MZL

040143 Suspension Medium MZL

Rycote 040143 Suspension Medium MZL Suspension Medium (MZL) is suitable the Sennheiser MKH 8060 in a Windshield 2 when used with its MZX XLR module removed. Connecting via the MZL connbox offers a more compact and lightweight setup. Main Benefits: Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear.   Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation Our suspensions provide complete isolation against handling and cable-borne noises, by supporting the microphone in a cradle arrangement using Lyre suspension webs. The patented Lyre are extremely robust, and virtually unbreakable, as they do not use elastic or rubber components which are prone to wear and tear. These completely backward compatible Lyre have replaced the original silicone O-rings suspension, and can be bought separately to upgrade older suspensions. Lyre suspension webs come in five varieties, please see Kit Contents Tab for details. Small, Medium and Large Modular Suspensions are available, each with corresponding length bars. All other components are shared, including Rycote Pistol-grip with integral XLR MarkII holder and boom adaptor (with 3/8" adaptor) for handheld or boom operation.   A Connbox is fitted as standard to Small, Medium and Large Suspensions (Windshield Kits 1- 11), for maximum reduction in unwanted noise. Using a Connbox breaks the transmission path of the cable-borne noise, and significantly reduces handling noise. For the best performance we only use ultra soft/flexible Mogami cable and gold pin Neutrik 3-pin XLR's Contents: 1 x XLR Holder MK II  Product Code: 048493  The XLR Holder Mk II fits between any 3/8" male threaded boom pole or mic stand and any 3/8" female microphone shock-mount or windshield system 1 x Boom Poles Adaptor  Product Code: 048402  1 x Pistol Grip Handle with Lever  Product Code: 048401  1 x Connbox CB9 (MZL)  Product Code: 016917  Connbox MZL is suitable for single Sennheiser MKH 8020, 8040 or 8050 in a WS 9 Kit 2x Single Lyre 62 (19/25)  2x Single Lyre® 72 (19/25) (as spare) 1 x Medium (2-Module) Bar   1 x Hex Head Key


          080210 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit   
080210 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit

080210 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit

Rycote 080210 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit Suitable for Schoeps CCM or Sennheiser MKH8000 series (No Connbox) Main Benefits: More robust: elastic bands have been replaced by the virtually unbreakable Lyre suspensions Lighter and easier to set up Better isolation from shocks and vibrations   More versatile: fewer combinations cover a wider range of possible MS configurations ORTF stereo recording was pioneered by the engineers at the French state broadcaster in the 1960s, and is defined as using a stereo pair of microphones with the capsules spaced 17cm apart, and at an angle of 110 degrees to each other. Rycote's new ORTF Windshield kit is designed for matched pairs of Schoeps CCM or Sennheiser MKH 8000 mics, and consists of a Lyre suspension, a cable clamp, and a 145mm Stereo Windshield & Windjammer large enough to comfortably accommodate the microphones. A specially designed Rycote mounting adapter bar keeps the microphones at the correct spacing and angle for ORTF recording, and the Lyre suspension and shared windshield combine to provide a solution that is extremely resistant to wind noise and unwanted vibrations such as cable-borne and handling noise. If required, additional protection against cable-borne noise can be ensured by purchasing variants of the ORTF kit which additionally include a Rycote Connbox. The first includes a Connbox with Lemo connectors for use with Schoeps CCMs, the other with MZL connectors for use with Sennheiser MKH8000 mics.   There are three variants of the kit, 2 with Connbox supplied (Lemo for Schoeps CCM or MZL for Sennheiser MKH 8020,8040 or 8050). The 5-pin XLR output Connbox uses detachable Binder cables, with 130 mm tail - with either MZL or Lemo connectors.


          080211 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit MZL   
080211 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit MZL

080211 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit MZL

Rycote 080211 Stereo Windshield WS AE ORTF Kit (MZL) Suitable for Sennheiser MKH8000 series pair (MZL Connbox) Main Benefits: More robust: elastic bands have been replaced by the virtually unbreakable Lyre suspensions Lighter and easier to set up Better isolation from shocks and vibrations   More versatile: fewer combinations cover a wider range of possible MS configurations ORTF stereo recording was pioneered by the engineers at the French state broadcaster in the 1960s, and is defined as using a stereo pair of microphones with the capsules spaced 17cm apart, and at an angle of 110 degrees to each other. Rycote's new ORTF Windshield kit is designed for matched pairs of Schoeps CCM or Sennheiser MKH 8000 mics, and consists of a Lyre suspension, a cable clamp, and a 145mm Stereo Windshield & Windjammer large enough to comfortably accommodate the microphones. A specially designed Rycote mounting adapter bar keeps the microphones at the correct spacing and angle for ORTF recording, and the Lyre suspension and shared windshield combine to provide a solution that is extremely resistant to wind noise and unwanted vibrations such as cable-borne and handling noise. If required, additional protection against cable-borne noise can be ensured by purchasing variants of the ORTF kit which additionally include a Rycote Connbox. The first includes a Connbox with Lemo connectors for use with Schoeps CCMs, the other with MZL connectors for use with Sennheiser MKH8000 mics. There are three variants of the kit, 2 with Connbox supplied (Lemo for Schoeps CCM or MZL for Sennheiser MKH 8020, 8040 or 8050). The 5-pin XLR output Connbox uses detachable Binder cables, with 130 mm tail - with either MZL or Lemo connectors.  Includes: 1 x 040152 Suspension Medium ORTF (MZL) 1 x 010904 Windshield WS AE 1 x 021901 Windjammer WJ AE 1 x 048493 XLR Holder MK II 1 x 048402 Boom Poles Adaptor 1 x 016926 Connbox CB11 (2MZL Detachable) 4x Single Lyre 62(19/25) + risers Brush Hex head key   Compatibility: Sennheiser MKH 8020 - pair Sennheiser MKH 8040 - pair Sennheiser MKH 8050 - pair  


          AMD Ryzen PRO Family Announced With On-Chip Memory And Virtualization Encryption Engine   
AMD Ryzen PRO Family Announced With On-Chip Memory And Virtualization Encryption Engine AMD has been on a tear lately. After all of the hype and anticipation, AMD's Zen architecture has proven to be the real deal, and not just on the desktop. Last week saw the launch of AMD's EPYC 7000 series processors for data center servers, and now the chip designer is formally introducing its Ryzen PRO lineup. In case it its not clear at
          Infographics by ssafavi   
We want to visualize the differentiator between AIVA ( HeavyWater Virtual Assistant ) vs other legacy and new tools. (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Graphic Design, Infographics, Motion Graphics, Presentations)
          Upgrading Domino Server from 7.0.2. to 8.5.2. Physical or Virtual Server?   

As mentioned above, it can be done.  Keep these things in mind:

1.  Make sure your disk subsystem is strong and fast.

2.  If you run the VM with less cores than the physical process on the virtual host machine you may not need as many PVUs as you had before.  We actually dropped the number of PVUs we had this year due to this.  Check with IBM or a trusted reseller first on this though.

3.  Make sure you do not try to upgrade and move to a physical server at the same time.  Either move your current 7.02 install to a virtual environment first and then upgrade or upgrade your current 7.0.2 install on the physical box and then move it.


          Upgrading Domino Server from 7.0.2. to 8.5.2. Physical or Virtual Server?   

Not sure on the question but as stated yes it can be done.

Would recommend upgrade to 8.5.3 as there are many advantages for performance.

8.5.3 runs very nicely on a VM. It all comes down to disk IO in most domino environments. If you can get a high sustained rate to storage from the VM then go for it.


          Upgrading Domino Server from 7.0.2. to 8.5.2. Physical or Virtual Server?   

What is your actual issue?

Can it be done yes.

You will have to watch your licensing PUVs to ensure you don't "break out" by visualizing domino on a more powerful server. It has to do more with the cpu power than what you could do. Cost wise, it may be cheaper to install a small physical machine than to upgrade to a multicore virtual machine.


          Upgrading Domino Server from 7.0.2. to 8.5.2. Physical or Virtual Server?   

And your answer is Yes it might.


          Upgrading Domino Server from 7.0.2. to 8.5.2. Physical or Virtual Server?   

Upgrading Domino Server from 7.0.2. to 8.5.2. Physical or Virtual Server?

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          Commercial Truck Parking Distribution - Constructive Architectural Animation in Japan (New York) - $11375.00   
Yantram Architectural Design Studio , Redwood Group – Mitsubishi Truck Parking Distribution Constructive Animation Presentation at port. 3D Virtual Tour. CGI Animated visit : [URL]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzx3Bg6pKGU&t=11s[/URL]
          3D Industrial - Architectural Virtual Food Processing Factory Animation video Tour (New York) - $0.00   
[URL]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXiZNU-Azss[/URL] YantramStudio delivers highly realistic 3D Industrial - Architectural walk through and cut-shot animation for Industrial Food process project in UAE Yantram Architectural Design Studio require in...
          Server Automation Engineer (Remote/Virtual) Job - SAIC - Kentucky   
SAIC provides systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, SAIC has approximately 15,000...
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          Sr. Systems Engineer for Endpoint Management (Remote/Virtual) Job - SAIC - Kentucky   
SAIC provides systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, SAIC has approximately 15,000...
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          Yazoo City, MS Damage Panorama   
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Above is a panorama of the Yazoo City, MS tornado damage taken on April 24th, 2010 approximately 3 hours after the EF-4 tornado tore through the city. We were on 2-3 hours of sleep in 72 hours time, after driving from the Texas Panhandle to SW Iowa, then to Mississippi virtually non stop. We drove well over 2,300 miles in this time frame. The tornado was extremely rain-wrapped and moving at a dangerous 65 mph. We had a very close call, but luckily avoided the tornado. It was very sad to see such devastation once again and a day many of us will never forget.
          Hispania Visigoda (II)   
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Según iba pasando el tiempo la cultura de los hispanos del Sur, los sometidos al gobierno de los musulmanes, se iba haciendo menos viva. Por un lado la conversión al Islam de varios cientos de miles de hispanos apartó a estos conversos de seguir siendo agentes creadores de cultura porque se asimilaron a otra nueva. Por otro lado los hispanos que aún mantenían la cultura visigoda poco a poco vieron reducido su margen de maniobra.
Aunque no fueron perseguidos (al menos no formalmente) sufrieron la expropiación de iglesias y monasterios, con sus tesoros culturales, reliquias y recuerdos de otra época. Fueron gravados con impuestos especiales, restringiendo el mecenazgo que pudiera haber entre ellos. Su cultura tuvo que competir con la nueva cultura musulmana (de raíz más bien Siria que árabe), que gozaba de una mejor situación y además contaba con el apoyo del poder político, del que los cristianos estaban excluidos. En consecuencia, cuando se quiebra el primer elemento de cohesión (la Iglesia), los godos que vivían en tierras islámicas solo tuvieron dos opciones, convertirse y desaparecer entre el resto de la población islámica, o emigrar al Norte cristiano.

Una situación llena de tensiones se agravó a partir de la llegada de los Omeyas a la Península. Los Omeyas, como hijos de los califas, eran también defensores de la fe islámica. Los dos primeros Omeyas no tuvieron especial interés en reprimir a los cristianos mientras éstos no se unieran a sus enemigos, pero Abd-al-Rahman II poco a poco les fue apretando las tuercas a los cristianos.
La situación estalló en el verano de 850, en Córdoba, cuando dos cristianos fueron ejecutados por blasfemia. Muchos otros cristianos protestaron por ello, y hartos ya de someterse, se dedicaron a blasfemar contra el Islam en público. Abd-al-Rahman II estaba lo bastante asentado en el trono como para no temer una revuelta, y reprimió duramente a los cristianos. Además, buscó el apoyo de la Iglesia del Sur. Pero mientras que el metropolitano de Sevilla condenó la búsqueda del martirio voluntario, el obispo de Córdoba apoyó a los mártires sin dudar.
La revuelta y los martirios voluntarios siguieron, Abd-al-Rahman murió en 852, sucediéndole su hijo Muhammad, que heredó el problema incluso agravado, puesto que tras el concilio de Córdoba el problema se había extendido a Sevilla, Mérida, Toledo, y otras ciudades. Parecía que lo que empezó siendo un conflicto religioso podía degenerar en un alzamiento general de los cristianos mozárabes.
El nuevo califa decidió cortar por lo sano. Destruyó varios monasterios (entre ellos el de Tábanos, cerca de Córdoba, que era tenido por el foco de la insurrección), confiscó iglesias, ejecutó a varios cientos de cristianos (entre ellos al obispo de Córdoba) y en definitiva, organizó la primera persecución efectiva de cristianos en Al-Andalus. Ahora a los cristianos solo les quedaba emigrar o morir.

La revuelta de los mártires llegó a su fin en torno al 860. Como resultado Sevilla y Córdoba, las capitales culturales de Hispania (y lo habían sido desde el siglo IV), y en menor medida Toledo, Mérida, y otras ciudades importantes, ya no eran centros de creación cultural de los cristianos, y ni tan siquiera podían transmitir a los reinos del Norte el legado cultural hispanogodo porque ya no quedaba nadie que lo recordase. Así, en la primera mitad del siglo IX, siglo y medio después de la conquista musulmana, llegaba a su fin la historia social y cultural del pueblo de los visigodos.

La llegada de los árabes rompió con todo el desarrollo histórico anterior, no fueron solo una super estructura de poder, como había ocurrido con los visigodos, sino que pusieron en marcha procesos que dieron como resultado una realidad no continuadora de la Hispania visigótica.
Con los conquistadores llegó, entre otras cosas, una lengua de naturaleza bien distinta a las románicas: el árabe, con sus diferentes manifestaciones escritas y orales, que se impuso como lengua oficial y de cultura.
Esta lengua actuó como superestrato del romance andalusí y como adstrato de los otros romances peninsulares. Fueron muchos los que dominaban ambas formas lingüísticas, Al-Andalus fue una sociedad bilingüe al menos hasta el siglo XI o XII.
Al romperse la sociedad hispanogoda, los hablantes románicos se distribuyeron y evolucionaron en situaciones completamente nuevas. Se continuaba con el latín de Emérita, Hispalis, Curduba o Tarraco, pero era una lengua coloquial, carente de normalización y fragmentada.
Lo que se perpetuó fue el habla de los enclaves de resistencia cristiana de la zona Astur y Pirinaica donde junto a los habitantes de la zona, se refugiaron los miembros de la maltrecha aristocracia hispanogoda y cristianos que no deseaban permanecer en Al-Andalus. Fue en esos lugares (Oviedo, León, Burgos, Barcelona…) donde nacieron los nuevos modos lingüísticos que se repartirán por la Península durante la Conquista Cristiana.


          El Kiosco de Earle: Pospaja   
Los medios de la derecha recurren a viejas fotos o pasados videos de marchas masivas para ilustrar convocatorias de la oposición antichavista. Son fiambres gráficos que más que la realidad, reflejan un deseo. Ya se sabe que estos no empreñan, aunque existan embarazos virtuales. En tiempos de posverdad, las pre-imágenes construyen el futuro: así será […]
          Imaginary Islands, Cybernetic Cannibals, and NEO TRIBES   
My latest thoughts on community building, republished from Medium Founding Myths I was born on the island of Taiwan, and I currently reside on the island of Manhattan. Both are terra firma, hard and fast granite bedrock. But I also inhabit imaginary islands: online groups, forums, and other virtual places which bring to mind the … Continue reading Imaginary Islands, Cybernetic Cannibals, and NEO TRIBES
          Corel Painter 2018 Win x64   

Corel Painter 2018 is the ultimate digital art and painting software trusted by professional artists. Expand your artistic capabilities using a phenomenal collection of the world’s most realistic digital Natural-Media. Accomplish natural, professional results. Corel Painter 2018 software is a combination of inventive drawing tools, Natural Media brushes, image cloning capabilities and virtually unlimited customization […]

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          6/30/2017: ENTERTAINMENT: Who you gonna be? Ghostbusters!   

If Cineplex’s new Rec Room is the video-game version of Canada’s Wonderland, then The Void is its Leviathan. This virtual-reality experience is a Ghostbusters- themed thrill ride that makes its Canadian debut at the new Toronto bar. Costing $24 for...
          JAY-Z – 4:44 (Álbum)   
Luego de 4 años el legendario rapero de Brooklyn, Jay-Z, ha vuelto con un nuevo disco bajo el titulo de 4:44 publicado en su plataforma virtual TIDAL. En este decimotercer disco cuenta con colaboraciones de artistas como Frank Ocean o Damian Marley, además de causar una gran polémica con la canción principal del proyecto. Su […]
          (IT) WhatsApp ARCHITECT - SIM, IMS MESSAGING APPLICATIONS   

Location: Berkshire   

We have a unique opportunity for a Core Network Architect to work on SIM applications for a major telecoms company based in Berkshire. Must have experience on Voice & Text over Wifi applications like WhatsApp, as well as a deep understanding of SIM integration & standards - UICC/ETSI, Roaming steering, OTA interface etc. Role A passion for design, innovation and continuous improvement Demonstrable ability in critical thinking and problem analysis skills combined with a creative approach to system design. Great stakeholder management and influencing skills to drive our technology business goals and challenge us to do better. Be a great communicator, able to express complex technical concepts in a way that can be easily understood by the intended audience. Experience in technical vendor management Awareness of financial management techniques: investment appraisal, TCO calculation, cost to serve modelling, and CAPEX/OPEX forecasting & control. Expert level knowledge across a range of domains: Voicemail, MMS, RCS, OTA SIM management, Roaming Steering, Device Management, SMSC, IP-SM GW, and IMS messaging solutions (Voice & Text over WiFi). Experience of successful end-to-end messaging service design, delivery, integration and in-life system design ownership within a hybrid circuit-switched and IMS context. A track record of successful messaging project delivery A good understanding of operational support issues associated with messaging services. Expert level understanding of the relevant areas of the following standards: MAP, SIP, SMPP, UCP, MM1-MM7, IMAP, SMTP, Diameter, LDAP, SOAP, CORBA, OMA-DM, OMA-CP, UICC Nice to have: Experience of design & deployment of virtualised telco applications in a cloud environment Wider knowledge of mobile/IMS core systems, and service layer VAS Experience in.nix Scripting and common web-layer programming languages: Perl, Python, Ruby, Java An appreciation of design, development, and configuration of mobile applications, particularly in the integration of messaging apps with core network functions (eg Whatsapp). Project People Ltd is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.
 
Type: Contract
Location: Berkshire
Country: UK
Contact: Robert Hudson
Advertiser: Project People
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JS-ARCH-SIM/BERK/ROB

          (IT) Full Stack Developer   

Rate: £350 - £450 per Day   Location: Glasgow, Scotland   

Full Stack Developer - 12 month contract - Glasgow City Centre One of Harvey Nash's leading FS clients is looking for an experienced full stack developer with an aptitude for general infrastructure knowledge. This will be an initial 12 month contract however the likelihood of extension is high. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating strategic solutions across a broad technology footprint. Experience within financial services would be advantageous, although not a prerequisite. Skill Set: - Previous Experience full-stack development experience with C#/C++/Java, Visual Studio, .Net, Windows/Linux web development - Understanding of secure code development/analysis - In-depth knowledge of how software works - Development using SQL and Relational Databases (eg SQL, DB2, Sybase, Oracle, MQ) - Windows Automation and Scripting (PowerShell, WMI) - Familiarity with common operating systems and entitlement models (Windows, Redhat Linux/Solaris) - Understanding of network architecture within an enterprise environment (eg Firewalls, Load Balancers) - Experience of developing in a structured Deployment Environment (DEV/QA/UAT/PROD) - Familiarity with the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) - Experience with Source Control and CI systems (eg GIT, Perforce, Jenkins) - Experience with Unit and Load testing tools - Experience with Code Review products (eg Crucible, FishEye) - Excellent communication/presentation skills and experience working with distributed teams - Candidates should demonstrate a strong ability to create technical, architectural and design documentationDesired Skills - Any experience creating (or working with) a "developer desktop" (dedicated desktop environment for developers) - Experience of the Linux development environment - An interest in cyber security - Knowledge of Defense in Depth computing principles - Experience with security products and technologies(eg Cyberark, PKI) - Systems management, user configuration and technology deployments across large, distributed environments (eg Chef, Zookeeper) - Understanding of core Windows Infrastructure technologies (eg Active Directory, GPO, CIFS, DFS, NFS) - Monitoring Tools (eg Scom, Netcool, WatchTower) - Experience with Apache/Tomcat-web server "Virtualisation" - Design patterns and best practices - Agile development: Planning, Retrospectives etc. To apply for this role or to discuss it in more detail then please call me and send a copy of your latest CV.
 
Rate: £350 - £450 per Day
Type: Contract
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Country: UK
Contact: Cameron MacGrain
Advertiser: Harvey Nash Plc
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JS-329601/001

          (IT) Senior Java Engineer - Dublin   

Rate: Euros 500 +   Location: Dublin   

Financial Services Powerhouse client of mine is looking to add 2 Senior Engineers to their team to work on a large scaling platform which has 20,000 users. They are looking to implement and add new tools to their platform to ensure that their business and trading platforms are up to the level that enables their business to grow 3 fold this year. Paying excellent daily rates and chance to joining a team in which is at the forefront of my clients innovation centre. What they are looking for: -At least 5 years of experience in delivery of innovative software solutions (Java) -Experience migrating enterprise grade solutions to cloud offerings -Solid Application development background with a focus on Java, in an enterprise environment -Experience setting up large scale CI/CD pipelines -Familiarity with software development tools such as: JIRA, Confluence, SVN, Artifactory and others -Experience with continuous integration Servers (TeamCity, Jenkins) -Experience with virtualization solutions (vRealize) -Experience working with containers (Docker) -Ability to partner with senior stakeholders both in the team and across teams -Dedicated self-starter, ability to drive a team and its contribution Skills that would be advantageous to have: -Maven/Gradle/MSBuild/cmake -Apache/Tomcat skills -Grails/Groovy -Track record on Linux Java application debugging and tuning -Work experience in large multinational corporations -Familiarity with agile methodologies Contact Brendan (see below)
 
Rate: Euros 500 +
Type: Contract
Location: Dublin
Country: Ireland
Contact: Brendan Hennessy
Advertiser: Stelfox Ltd
Email: Brendan.Hennessy.3712A.B45A6@apps.jobserve.com
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JS

          10 REASONS why exhibitors pay for booths at MOBILE & VIRTUAL EVENTS   

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          Linux Administrator - Alteo Inc. IT Recruiting Services - Montréal, QC   
Alteo is looking fo a Linux Administrator for a permanent job based in Montreal. Installs, builds and manages virtual & physical servers, networks & firewalls,...
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          Flying To Warmer Shores With Family - 3 Top Tips   
In the world we live in, taking time for a family getaway is not always easy. This is why some parents opt for theme parks as destinations. There are great things to be said about that type of trip, but going somewhere you have never been or going somewhere that has something for everyone, (adults and children) is often more fun and the memories created are treasured for life.

Here are 3 top tips for taking the family getaway vacation of your dreams.


Top tips for flying to warmer shores with family



Step out of tradition

Maybe your child is having a birthday, or maybe you want to celebrate an anniversary, graduation, or wedding. While a cake and gifts are traditional, there is a better way. Plan a bon voyage party before leaving on a celebration trip. Instead of traditional cake and gifts, set up a colorful and delicious candy buffet. The decorations are easy to gather and you can order candy from online suppliers like Sweet Services and have it delivered to your door. 
The candy is easily taken in goodie bags, and there is virtually no cleanup. Not only will your guests enjoy the treats, but you will have fantastic sweets to munch on as you fly away. Your guests can avoid the gifts and contribute to your vacation fund. Cash gifts for these types of parties are completely acceptable. 



Carnival rides, ocean fun, and great food

You do not have to go around the world to have a family fun trip. Book your family into a hotel in Ocean City Maryland. This city has something that every member of the family will love. There is the world famous boardwalk, complete with carnival rides. There are fantastic places to eat, whether you want a lunch to enjoy while strolling on the beach or a sit-down meal with a view of the ocean. Ocean City has every water sport you can imagine or you can rent bicycles and have an outing. 

The hotels have a beautiful ocean view, pools, clubhouses, spas, hot tubs and all the amenities you desire. There are two and three bedroom condos available for the larger families and they come with a complete kitchen. 

Whether you want to take the kids to enjoy Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, or the adults want a night at the casino. You can do it all in this great destination. 



Dream trips

This may be a really important vacation for you. Perhaps you want one last family vacation before your child heads off to college, or maybe it is a honeymoon or anniversary trip. You cannot go wrong with an all-inclusive Hawaii Vacation Package.

Enjoy historical tours, including Pearl Harbor. Visit the unique, black sand beaches. Take a trip to the mouth of a volcano or enjoy a sunset luau. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places the world has to offer. Tour the islands and swim in crystal blue waters. Experience the Hawaiian culture first-hand. 

Many people do not even consider Hawaii because they think they cannot afford it. But, with an all-inclusive package, you can afford it and you can afford to take the family with you. This is a dream package that you will never forget.

Don’t spend your life staying close to home because you think it is too expensive to step out. There are great deals to be found and many things to see. This is not beyond your reach. Get creative and have your celebrations your way. 






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          All about averages   
Andrew Stickland
Did you know that you can't average averages? Or that Paris is rainier than London ... but it rains more in London than in Paris? Andrew Stickland explores the dangers that face the unwary when using a single number to summarise complex data.
January 2005


Mean or median?

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          HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance : une solution pour gérer jusqu'à 2 000 points d'accès sans fil    
HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance : une solution pour gérer jusqu'à 2 000 points d'accès sans fil
          Profesional T.I   
Empresa de Productos Quimicos - Santiago, Región Metropolitana - años en administración sistemas, redes, y equipos. Sus principales funciones son: - Gestionar el manejo de usuarios, plataforma virtual, mensajería instantánea...
          Profesional T.I   
Empresa De Productos Quimicos - Santiago, Región Metropolitana - años en administración sistemas, redes, y equipos. Sus principales funciones son: - Gestionar el manejo de usuarios, plataforma virtual, mensajería instantánea...
          Decoy   
Highly Recommended

Decoy a one-season undercover cop show from 1957-58, was unknown to this reviewer until it turned up in our unwanted screener pile. Because it starred cult actress Beverly Garland I was moderately curious to see it, only to discover that it's an unusual, even groundbreaking series of exceptional interest.

For starters, it was the first - and still among the very few - American cop show with a female protagonist. One would imagine that, Decoy coming from the 1950s, that a male co-star would have been required to do all the heavy lifting, to sweep in and save the day, but such is not the case at all.

In 1957, most television production was shifting to Hollywood, but Decoy was filmed entirely in New York City. Possibly owing to the fact that Garland was not quite a star, there are innumerable "stolen" shots of her filmed all over the city, from major landmarks to virtually unrec...Read the entire review


          Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all   
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all:

Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog
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Installing Enzo Unified

To try the steps provided in this lab, you will need the latest version of Enzo Unified (1.7 or higher) provided here:  http://www.enzounified.com/download. The download page also contains installation instructions.

Enzo Unified Configuration

Once Enzo Unified has been installed, start Enzo Manager (located in the Enzo Manager directory where Enzo was installed). Click on File –> Connect and enter the local Enzo connection information. 

NOTE:  Enzo Unified is a Windows Service that looks like SQL Server; you must connect Enzo Manager to Enzo Unified which by default is running on port 9550. The password should be the one you specified during the installation steps. The following screen shows typical connection settings against Enzo Unified:

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Create Connection Strings

Next, you will need to create “Central Connection Strings” so that Enzo will know how to connect to the source system (SharePoint) and the destination database (SQL Server). You manage connection strings from the Configuration –> Manage Connection Strings menu. In the screen below, you can see that a few connection strings have been created. The first one is actually a connection string to Enzo Unified, which we will need later.

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The next step is to configure the SharePoint adapter by specifying the credentials used by Enzo Unified. Configuring the SharePoint adapter is trivial: three parameters are needed: a SharePoint login name, the password for the login, and the URL to your SharePoint site. You should make sure the login has enough rights to access SharePoint lists and access SharePoint Fields.

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Once the configuration to the SharePoint site is complete, you can execute commands against Enzo Unified using SQL Server Management Studio.

Fetch records from SharePoint using SQL Server Management Studio

To try the above configuration, open SQL Server Management Studio, and connect to Enzo Unified (not SQL Server). From the same machine where Enzo is running, a typical connection screen looks like this:

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Once you are connected to Enzo Unified, and assuming your SharePoint site has a list called Enzo Test, you can run simple SQL commands like this:

SELECT * FROM SharePoint.[list@Enzo Test]

Create a Virtual Table

You will also need to create a Virtual Table in Enzo so that the SharePoint list looks like a table in Enzo Unified. A Virtual Table is made of columns that match the SharePoint list you want to replicate. To do this, open Enzo Manager, select the SharePoint adapter, and create a new Virtual Table by clicking on the NEW icon; provide a name for the Virtual Table, and select the columns to create through a picker. In the example below, I am creating a Virtual Table called vEnzoTest, which mirrors a SharePoint List called ‘Enzo Test’.

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The picker allows you to execute the SQL command to validate it is working. Clicking OK will automatically add all the requested columns to the Virtual Table.

Make sure to pick the ID and Modified columns; this will be required later.

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Once completed, I can run commands like this against the SharePoint adapter using SQL Server Management Studio:

SELECT * FROM SharePoint.vEnzoTest

SELECT * FROM SharePoint.vEnzoTest WHERE Title ID > 100

The difference with the previous SQL command is that the virtual table will only return the columns specified by the Virtual Table.

Configure Data Sync Jobs

Once the Virtual Table has been created, you can add new Jobs to copy the SharePoint data into SQL Server, and keep updates synchronized with the SQL Server table. A simple configuration screen allows you to setup the data sync jobs. You can choose which operations to replicate, the destination table, and a schedule for data updates. In the example below I am setting up a 3 data sync jobs of the vPosts Virtual Table: initialization, insert/update, and delete, updated every 5 minutes.

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You can also use Enzo Manager to monitor the data sync jobs, or run them manually.

Once the jobs have been created, you can simply connect to the SQL Server database (not Enzo Unified) and see the replicated data. For example, you can connect to SQL Server, and run the following statement assuming the above destination table (as shown in the screenshot) has been created.

SELECT * FROM DataLake.SharePoint.vPosts

Conclusion

This post shows you how to easily configure Enzo Unified to replicate SharePoint lists to a local SQL Server database to enable reporting and other data integration projects such as a Data Lake.

About Herve Roggero

Herve Roggero, Microsoft Azure MVP, @hroggero, is the founder of Enzo Unified (http://www.enzounified.com/). Herve's experience includes software development, architecture, database administration and senior management with both global corporations and startup companies. Herve holds multiple certifications, including an MCDBA, MCSE, MCSD. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Herve is the co-author of "PRO SQL Azure" and “PRO SQL Server 2012 Practices” from Apress, a PluralSight author, and runs the Azure Florida Association.


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          Comment on Bike sharing schemes – how to solve the final mile problem by Mark Lenahan   
Very interesting and helpful! A quick observation about one scheme in South America, Rio De Janeiro's Bike Rio. (I'd add a link to the website here if I could find one!). It's a fixed station system with a pricing model very similar to European ones - low cost per hour but it starts to go up a lot if you don't return the bike. Rio is a great city to cycle in, far safer than Dublin for example, with seperated bike lanes around all of the beaches and the lagoon. The only problem is the system is virtually unusable by foreign tourists - little or no English or other languages, you need a Brazilian phone number to register, you either need data roaming (for the app) or a Brazilan phone with you to pick up and drop off. I really like these schemes (Bixi in Montreal is great for visitors), but I'd like to use them more often as a traveller. You get a much better feeling of a city on foot or on a bike than you do from being underground in a metro or being driven from point to point.
          SQL server AlwaysOn Availability Group data latency issue on secondary replicas and synchronous state monitoring   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/FrostRed/archive/2017/04/30/244536.aspx

This article explains how data synchronization works on SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group and some details about how to use sys.dm_hadr_database_replica_states table to check replica states.


I borrowed this daligram from this article which explains data synchronization process on SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability group.



The article has full details about the process. Things are worthing noting here are step 5 and 6.
When a transaction log is received by a secondary replica, it will be cached and then

  • 5. Log is hardened to the disk. Once the log is hardened, an acknowledgement is sent back to the primary replica.

  • 6.Redo process will write the change to the actual database


So for a Synchronous-Commit secondary replica, after step 5, the primary replica will be acknowledged to complete the transaction as “no data loss” has been confirmed on the secondary replica. This means after a transaction is completed, SQL server only guarantees the update has been written to the secondary replica’s transaction logs files rather than the actual data file. So there will be some data latency on the secondary replicas even though they are configured as “ Synchronous-Commit”. This means after you made some changes on the primary replica, if you try to read it immediately from a secondary replica, you might find your changes are there yet.




This is why in our project, we need to monitor the data synchronization states on the secondary replicas. To get the replica states, I use this query:


select  

   r.replica_server_name,

   rs.is_primary_replica IsPrimary,

   rs.last_received_lsn,

   rs.last_hardened_lsn,

   rs.last_redone_lsn,

   rs.end_of_log_lsn,

   rs.last_commit_lsn

from sys.availability_replicas r

inner join sys.dm_hadr_database_replica_states rs on r.replica_id = rs.replica_id


The fields end with “_lsn” are the last Log Sequence Number at different stages.


  • last_received_lsn: the last LSN a secondary replica has received

  • end_of_log_lsn: the last LSN a has been cached

  • last_hardened_lsn: the last LSN a has been hardened to disk

  • last_redone_lsn: the last LSN a has been redone

  • last_commit_lsn: not sure what exactly this one this. But from my test, most of the time, it equals to last_redone_lsn with very rare cases, it is little smaller than last_redone_lsn. So I guess it happens a little bit after redone.




If you run the query on the primary replica, it will returns the information for all replicas


If you run the query on a secondary replica, it will returns the data for itself.



Now we need to understand the format of those LSNs. As this article explained, a LSN is in following format:


  • the VLF (Virtual Log Files) sequence number 0x14 (20 decimal)

  • in the log block starting at offset 0x61 in the VLF (measured in units of 512 bytes)

  • the slot number 1



As the LSN values returned by the query are in decimal, we will have to break them into parts like this:


Now we can compare the LSN values to figure out some information about state of the replica. For example, we can tell how much redo process in behind the logs have been hardened on Replica-2:


last_hardened_lsn - last_redone_lsn = 5137616 - 5137608 = 8.


Note, we don’t need to include the slot number(the last 5 digits) into the calculation. In fact, most of the LSNs in dm_hadr_database_replica_states table do not have slot number. As this document says: they are not actual log sequence numbers (LSNs), rather each of these values reflects a log-block ID padded with zeroes. We can tell this by looking at the last 5 digits of a LSN number. If it always ends with 00001, it means it is not actual LSN.


As from this article we know the block offset in measured in units of 512 bytes, in the example above, the difference between last_hardened_lsn and last_redone_lsn that means there is 8 * 512 = 4096 bytes data is waiting to be written to the data file.


UPDATE: I have just observed that last_redone_lsn could be NULL when there are no replicas acting as primary in the group. It is not always and I don't know under what condition it will NULL. However last_commit_lsn seems always have a value and as I mentioned it has similar value as last_redone_lsn(maybe just slightly behind last_redone_lsn). So  last_commit_lsn might be used when last_redone_lsn is not available. 


This article has much better explanation about how the transaction logs work in Availability group.


          So you want to go Causal Neo4j in Azure? Sure we can do that   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/cskardon/archive/2017/04/26/so-you-want-to-go-causal-neo4j-in-azure-sure.aspx

So you might have noticed in the Azure market place you can install an HA instance of Neo4j – Awesomeballs! But what about if you want a Causal cluster?

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Hello Manual Operation!

Let’s start with a clean slate, typically in Azure you’ve probably got a dashboard stuffed full of other things, which can be distracting, so let’s create a new dashboard:

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Give it a natty name:

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Save and you now have an empty dashboard. Onwards!

To create our cluster, we’re gonna need 3 (count ‘em) 3 machines, the bare minimum for a cluster. So let’s fire up one, I’m creating a new Windows Server 2016 Datacenter machine. NB. I could be using Linux, but today I’ve gone Windows, and I’ll probably have a play with docker on them in a subsequent post…I digress.

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At the bottom of the ‘new’ window, you’ll see a ‘deployment model’ option – choose ‘Resource Manager’

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Then press ‘Create’ and start to fill in the basics!

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  • Name: Important to remember what it is, I’ve optimistically gone with 01, allowing me to expand all the way up to 99 before I rue the day I didn’t choose 001.
  • User name: Important to remember how to login!
  • Resource group: I’m creating a new resource group, if you have an existing one you want to use, then go for it, but this gives me a good way to ensure all my Neo4j cluster resources are in one place.

Next, we’ve got to pick our size – I’m going with DS1_V2 (catchy) as it’s pretty much the cheapest, and well – I’m all about being cheap.

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You should choose something appropriate for your needs, obvs. On to settings… which is the bulk of our workload.

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I’m creating a new Virtual Network (VNet) and I’ve set the CIDR to the lowest I’m allowed to on Azure (10.0.0.0/29) which gives me 8 internal IP addresses – I only need 3, so… waste.

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I’m leaving the public IP as it is, no need to change that, but I am changing the Network Security Group (NSG) as I intend on using the same one for each of my machines, and so having ‘01’ on the end (as is default) offends me Smile

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Feel free to rename your diagnostics storage stuff if you want. The choice as they say – is yours.

Once you get the ‘ticks’ you are good to go:

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It even adds it to the dashboard… awesomeballs!

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Whilst we wait, lets add a couple of things to the dashboard, well, one thing, the Resource group, so view the resource groups (menu down the side) and press the ellipsis on the correct Resource group and Pin to the Dashboard:

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So now I have:

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After what seems like a lifetime – you’ll have a machine all setup and ready to go – well done you!

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Now, as it takes a little while for these machines to be provisioned, I would recommend you provision another 2 now, the important bits to remember are:

  • Use the existing resource group:
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  • Use the same disk storage
  • Use the same virtual network
  • Use the same Network Security Group
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BTW, if you don’t you’re only giving yourself more work, as you’ll have to move them all to the right place eventually, may as well do it in one!

Whilst they are doing their thing, let’s setup Neo4j on the first machine, so let’s connect to it, firstly click on the VM and then the ‘connect’ button

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We need two things on the machine

  1. Neo4j Enterprise
  2. Java

The simplest way I’ve found (provided your interwebs is up to it) is to Copy the file on your local machine, and Right-Click Paste onto the VM desktop – and yes – I’ve found it works way better using the mouse – sorry CLI-Guy

Once there, let’s install Java:

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Then extract Neo4j to a comfy location, let’s say, the ‘C’ drive, (whilst we’re here… !Whaaaaat!!??? image 

an ‘A’ drive? I haven’t seen one of those for at least 10 years, if not longer).

Anyways - extracted and ready to roll:

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UH OH

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Did you get ‘failed’ deployments on those two new VMs? I did – so I went into each one and pressed ‘Start’ and that seemed to get them back up and running.

#badtimes

(That’s right – I just hashtagged in a blog post)

Anyways, we’ve now got the 3 machines up and I’m guessing you can rinse and repeat the setting up of Java and Neo4j on the other 2 machines. Now.

To configure the cluster!

We need the internal IPs of the machines, we can run ‘IpConfig’ on each machine, or just look at the V-Net on the portal and get it all in one go:

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So, machine number 1… open up ‘neo4j.conf’ which you’ll find in the ‘conf’ folder of Neo4j. Ugh. Notepad – seriously – it’s 2017, couldn’t there be at least a slight  improvement in notepad by now???

I’m not messing with any of the other settings, purely the clustering stuff – in real life you would probably configure it a little bit more. So I’m setting:

  • dbms.mode
    • CORE
  • causal_clustering.initial_discovery_members
    • 10.0.0.4:5000,10.0.0.5:5000;10.0.0.6:5000

I’m also uncommenting all the defaults in the ‘Causal Clustering Configuration’ section – I rarely trust defaults. I also uncomment

  • dbms.connectors.default_listen_address

So it’s contactable externally. Once the other two are setup as well we’re done right?

HA No chance! Firewalls – that’s right in plural. Each machine has one – which needs to be set to accept the ports:

5000,6000,7000,7473,7474,7687

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Obviously, you can choose not to do the last 3 ports and be uncontactable, or indeed choose any combo of them.

Aaaand, we need to configure the NSG:

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I have 3 new ‘inbound’ rules – 7474 (browser), 7687 (bolt), 7000 – Raft.

Right. Let’s get this cluster up and contactable.

Log on to one of your VMs and fire up PowerShell (in admin mode)

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First we navigate to the place we installed Neo4j (in my case c:\neo4j\neo4j-enterprise-3.1.3\bin) and then we import the Neo4j-Management module. To do this you need to have your ExecutionPolicy set appropriately. Being Lazy, I have it set to ‘Bypass’ (Set-ExecutionPolicy bypass).

Next we fire up the server in ‘console’ mode – this allows us to see what’s happening, for real situations – you’re going to install it as a service.

You’ll see the below initially:

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and it will sit like that until the other servers are booted up. So I’ll leave you to go do that now…

Done?

Good – now, we need to wait a little while for them to negotiate amongst themselves, but after a short while (let’s say 30 secs or less) you should see:

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Congratulations! You have a cluster!

Logon to that machine via the IP it says, and you’ll see the Neo4j Browser, login and then run

:play sysinfo

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You could now run something like:

Create (:User {Name:'Your Name'})

And then browse to the other machines to see it all nicely replicated.


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          Recreating the PCLinuxOS Full Monty with KDE Plasma Activities   

When I recently wrote about the new PCLinuxOS release, I was a bit disappointed to find that the Full Monty version had been laid to rest. I'm sure there were a lot of good reasons for this decision, and I have no quarrel with it. But it still made me a bit sad, because I have always kept the Full Monty on at least one of my systems (it is currently on my Acer All-In-One desktop), and I often showed it to people who were curious about Linux, as an example of its breadth, depth and flexibility.

So I decided that it might be a useful exercise for me to try to create the equivalent of the Full Monty desktop starting from the latest PCLinuxOS KDE5 distribution. There are two major features which distinguish the Full Monty desktop - it had six virtual desktops, each of which was dedicated to a specific use, and it had lots and lots and lots of packages installed. The desktops looked like this:

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Tech-Based PBL for the Young Learner? Yes!
Presented by
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Eventbrite.com: Allows you to invite people to attend events and will allow you to set an event attendee maximum. It will keep track of the attendees, put others on a waiting list, and move them up as seats come available. You can also use it for pay events and it will take $1 for each attendee. It will automatically create certificates, sign-in sheets, nametags, etc. for your attendees.

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You can create a Twitter feed on your website. Twitter.com/Goodies, Choose “Widgits,” “Profile Widgit,” and choose your preferences and username, and then “Finish and Grab Code.” This is a great way to post messages to several websites (e.g., 4th period, cheerleading, Boy Scouts).

Type With Me: Allows multiple people (15) to type at the same time in the same place (like with Google Docs). You can by-pass the 15 person limit through Google.

Zamzar: It allows you to convert files into other file types. So, for instance, you can get a YouTube video as a Quicktime file. It takes about 20 minutes, but allows you to access video even when sites are blocked.

UStream.tv: Creates an immediate videoconference. It can work like a nanny-cam.

Orbicule: This sends out your iSight video and starts taking videos of the person who is using it.

Hulu: Watch television shows for free online.

Boxee: Allows you to watch the Internet on your TV.

Swype: It will type for you as you swipe your figures around the Droid keyboard.
          ISTE 2010: Davidson, "Mash Media: New Web, Old Media, and Your Own Stuff"   
Mash Media: New Web, Old Media, and Your Own Stuff
Presented by Hall Davidson

Wall Wishers: A creative way to share information on a single virtual wall.

Tagul: Like Wordle, but it allows you to make links to individual words in the resulting image.

Jing: Creates websites from screen captures created online. CamStudio is a good free alternative for regional screen captures on the PC.

Gizmoz: Allows you to create avatars.

Email GEEC@google.com to get a full license code for Google Pro for educators.

Web 2.0 owners almost universally allow educators to take and use screenshots from their sites. Just email the site manager to make sure it's okay to post your screen captures.


Permission to use Discovery videos in Google Lit Trips.
          ISTE 2010: Other Good Sites   
EasyBib: An easy-to-use online alternative for EndNote. Useful for young writers learning to cite their sources.

Kerpoof: This is an online drawing and movie-making program.

Kids.gov: This is a one-stop-fits-all website connecting children to a multitude of children's games.

Games about Money
  • Meet Us at the Mall: Helps students learn about business competition and smart consumerism.
  • Stagecoach Island: Compliments of Wells Fargo, this game offers a virtual world where students can learn to manage their money.
  • H.I.P. Pocket Change: This site is maintained from the U.S. Mint.

          VR: Is Touch Simulation A Gimmicky Niche Offering?   

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          NECC 2008 Notes   
ISTE’s NETS•T Refreshed Roll-Out

We need real world, relevant assignments because we’ve already done well moving from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side. At this point we need to re-inspire teachers.

The new teacher standards include:
Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments
Model digital-age work and learning
Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
Engage in professional growth and leadership

There is a new tool available through ISTE’s website that will assist administrators in determining the level of technology integration occurring with their teachers.

Check out fact flippers: www.tammyworcester.com

Dan Edelson, Getting out of the Classroom with Technology

Volunteer Geography: A variant of citizen science. For example, students can make and share field observations and analyze and provide interpretations of that data. The concept is that students collect data by taking measurements, thy submit the data via a web form, they visualize it using interactive maps, they analyze patterns based on the data and visualization, and they may report back to others in their classes. One problem with this is that students will only be able to see small amounts of data if they are involved during the start if the project. An example of this was students testing soil samples following use of salt on icy roads. Students get to experience the full spectrum of the scientific process. In this case, students used probes and collected data in the classroom and submitted information via a website.

NGS FieldScope allows students to collect real world data. NGS chooses a region to study and invites teachers and students to participate. The teachers must purchase the equipment which costs about $1,000.

Chris Dede, Ubiquitous Computing

Goal: Repurpose common items for educational purposes (e.g., using cell phones for augmented learning).

Cheryl Lemke

We need to recognize that adolescent learning includes the home, school, peers, work, distributed resources, and communities – not just school. Our goal at this point is scalability of using technology tools for 21st century teaching, not just focusing on use in our own classrooms.

She suggests we use research-based methods to develop lessons and units that serve as “sheet music.” The teachers base their instruction on the sheet music, but also improvise.

A good teacher blog including student podcasts is “Learning on the Go.” The teacher sets up her class as a fictional consulting agency and the students solve real world algebra problems. Another teacher uses authentic travel agent activities to teach about Greek history.

SimCalc: http://www.simcalc.umassd.edu/software (teaches about perspective)

Media multi-tasking: We can only do one thing at a time, but we can quickly move from one thing to another. Kids are better at multi-tasking than adults. When learning, students are distracted when multi-tasking (except for things like music without lyrics in the background).

Universe: http://universe.daylife.com (identifies what is going on online in real time using a visual perspective)

Venezuela started teaching critical thinking to their elementary and middle school students 10 years ago. Now, they are finding increased average adult IQs across the country.

See http://www.flatworld.com

Alan November, “Designing Rigorous and Globally Connected Assignments”

This presentation is available from the “Archive of Articles” on NovemberLearning.com. This presentation is available at Digital Farm.

Students are connected to everyone in their lives – except their teachers because schools block everything. “Schools are the learning police.” There is more freedom in Chinese schools in terms of the Internet than here. We are so worried about their safety that we block their learning.

Vocabulary of the Web: Students need to learn information resources. This type of information is available on http://novemberlearning.com/blc

By adding site:en to Google searches, you will only get sites with an English country code. To get Turkey-based sites, type site:tr.

Adding view:timeline to a search, you can access the most recent information about a given search term.

Type link:http://Wikipedia.com to find out how many links exist to that particular site.

Hall Davidson, “It’s in Your Pocket: Teaching Spectacularly with Cell Phones”

http://www.myspace.com/sidekicknation (How kids use video on a daily basis)


Every classroom should have a student-designated web researcher. The teacher should never have to answer a factual question, they should only have to respond to higher-order thinking questions.

There is a Google feature that allows you to create your own search engine. November believes teachers and students should jointly build search engines. This will give students less stimuli when they do searches.

It would be nice if students could develop resources that teach content and then future students review these tutorials before class. Students, then, are responsible for learning their own content and class time is replaced with problem solving. When there’s not a lot of Internet access, students could have a DVD with all the information at home (because DVDs are more common in the home than Internet connections).

The http://jingproject.com is a downloadable application that allows you to create screencasts.

Instead of teaching teachers to use technology, November jokes that we should send two of our students to the training and one of the students should be the biggest trouble-maker in the class.

Wikipedia isn’t an encyclopedia, it’s a publishing house. Third grade students were told they would visit the Pitot House and write an article they would submit to the largest encyclopedia in the class. The students wrote and published their Wikipedia article and now they follow the RSS feed for the article and critique what other people write.

http://kiva.com: Organizes donations to small business entrepreneurs. The donors get their money back and they get reports on their projects. You can also talk to the other people who have invested in the same entrepreneurial project.


http://jott.com alters voice to text. You can call this service from your cell phone. Another option is fozme.com

http://polleverywhere.com
: Allows you to do automatic polls from cell phones (like the classroom response systems)

Terry Cavanaugh, GIS, Google Maps, and More for Literacy Projects

http://books.google.com

There are interactive maps that show all he locations mentioned in a book (e.g., The Travels of Marco Polo). [Note to self – check out the Bible.]

Gutenkarte (http://gutenkarte.org) also makes a map of a text, showing what places are most frequently mentioned. Amazon’s Concordance also does this by telling the 100 most used words in a given text.

http://editgrid.com allows you to map a story using latitude and longitude in a spreadsheet.

http://www.goglelittrips.com has 23 stories you can follow on Google Earth. You download the .kmz file and use it with Google Earth. An example is with Make Way for Ducklings. The entire story is mapped as sections are mentioned. Also, people have added pictures of items and informational text from specific locations in the book. Anyone can make a Google Lit Trip.

http://wetellstories.co.uk/stories/week1/: Tells a story using a map – the text is embedded in the map.

Teachers can get the Pro Version of Google Earth by writing to Google and requesting it. It is possible to make a map for each student so they can each map out a story.

A dimensional mouse allows you to move in three dimensions. They are available through Amazon.

Using virtual map pins, students can add quotes from book, write facts about the locations mentioned, and adding multimedia books. This is a means of having students have greater interactivity with books.

In September, cameras will have cameras with embedded geo-tags. Some buildings are going to start putting in geo-tagging points in the buildings.

Tony Vincent, Audio is Great! Video is Cool! IPods Can Do More!

Learning in Hand iPods is his iPod podcast. See http://learninginhand.com/ipods

http://spokentext.com
will speak any text into audio.

You can create cover art and lyrics (or primary source text) through going to Get Info for an individual song.

See http://NotontheTest.org

iPrep Press has comic books you can download to your iPod. BrainQuest also has quizzes for the iPod.

Ipod-notes.com allows you to combine Notes files

IPrepPress allows you to download a dictionary and many primary sources. Get 100 Words every high school students should know.

ManyBooks.com allows you to download books in the public domain.

iWriter allows you to link stories together as story

iQuizMaker allows you to make quizzes for your iPod. You can also share iQuizzes by going to iQuizShare (http://iquizshare.com/)

Use monitor mode to make your iSight camera not cause a mirroring effect.




Check out doc imaging and doc scanning on the PC.

Get book making ideas from web.mac.com/lindaoaks and check out her handouts on the NECC site

Download handouts from NECC site for Sharon Hirschy about making class books using PPT
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          Apple's iPhone turns 10, bumpy start forgotten   

Apple's iPhone turns 10 this week, evoking memories of a rocky start for the device that ended up doing most to start the smartphone revolution and stirring interest in where it will go from here.

Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones since June 29, 2007, but the first iPhone, which launched without an App Store and was restricted to the AT&T network, was limited compared to today's version.

After sluggish initial sales, Apple slashed the price to spur holiday sales that year.

"The business model for year one of the iPhone was a disaster," Tony Fadell, one of the Apple developers of the device, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. "We pivoted and figured it out in year two."

The very concept of the iPhone came as a surprise to some of Apple's suppliers a decade ago, even though Apple, led by CEO Steve Jobs, had already expanded beyond computers with the iPod.

"We still have the voicemail from Steve Jobs when he called the CEO and founder here," said David Bairstow at Skyhook, the company that supplied location technology to early iPhones.

"He thought he was being pranked by someone in the office and it took him two days to call Steve Jobs back."

The iPhone hit its stride in 2008 when Apple introduced the App Store, which allowed developers to make and distribute their mobile applications with Apple taking a cut of any revenue.

Ten years later, services revenue is a crucial area of growth for Apple, bringing in $24.3 billion (S$33.5 billion) in revenue last year.

New model

Fans and investors are now looking forward to the 10th anniversary iPhone 8, expected this fall, asking whether it will deliver enough new features to spark a new generation to turn to Apple.

That new phone may have 3-D mapping sensors, support for "augmented reality" apps that would merge virtual and real worlds, and a new display with organic LEDs, which are light and flexible, according to analysts at Bernstein Research.

A decade after launching into a market largely occupied by BlackBerry and Microsoft devices, the iPhone now competes chiefly with phones running Google's Android software, which is distributed to Samsung Electronics and other manufacturers around the world.

Even though most of the world's smartphones now run on Android, Apple still garners most of the profit in the industry with its generally higher-priced devices.

More than 2 billion people now have smartphones, according to data from eMarketer, and Fadell, who has worked for both Apple and Alphabet, sees that as the hallmark of success.

"Being able to democratize computing and communication across the entire world is absolutely astounding to me," Fadell said.

"It warms my heart because that's something Steve tried to do with the Apple II and the Mac, which was the computer for the rest of us. It's finally here, 30 years later."

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          Cose sparse   
Quello che e' successo sto mese, prima della fatidica Scoobie Week.

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (08.03.10)
Si lo so, non e' da me andare a vedere plays, ma sto cast sembrava amazing, mi sono detta perche' no, tanto mica pago io..*ehm*
Ne valeva la pena.
Mi hanno stesa, tutti quanti. Pure Adrian Lester che saltella su un una gamba sola perche' l'altra ce l'ha ingessata. James Earl Jones e' immenso. E Phylicia Rashad. OMG. La signora Robinson. Roba da matti. Se ci ripenso mi esplodono le celluline grigie..
Tre ore che manco le senti, stavo letteralmente aggrappata all'orlo del sedile, praticamente in apnea.

LEGALLY BLONDE (11.03.10)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! TAMARA AS BROOKE. ODDIO ODDIO ODDIO.
Madonna santa. Da standing ovation.
Si ok, e' arancione (mi dicono dalla regia non e' lampada, e' che e' mezza nera..) e si ok, ha una faccia funny, ma vi giuro su dio. Spaziale.
Nonostante sia una cover e' piena di personalita' (al contratrio di qualcuno che non nominero' *coughAMYcough*), balla divinamente, ha senso comico, un fisico invidiabile e una voce niente male. Tanti cuoricini a Tamara <3 <3 <3.
Vince punti per aver rimediato a un malfunzionamento del guardaroba da oscar: le si sono strappati i pantaloni arancioni della prigione dall'inguine al ginocchio nel mezzo di 'Whip it into shape'. Stra LOOOOOL. Con molta prontezza di riflessi, si e' tolta la giacchina arancione e se l'e' legata in vita, ma dalla prima fila era ancora un bel vedere..*is a perv*
Tanti cuoricini a Tamara, sisi <3 <3 <3


HANNAH'S CABARET @ MENIER (17 & 20.03.10)
Cambia il setting, cambia la scaletta (Heaven on their minds? Mambo Italiano? Thriller?! HELL TO THE YES!), ma la sostanza non cambia: questo donnino potrebbe cantare anche lo scontrino della Coin ed essere credibile.
Anche stavolta, Wad Girls al completo, siamo finite alle 3 del mattino a cazzeggiare sui divanetti della Menier, e Hannah per l'occasione ha sfoggiato la felpa della House of Wad col mio stemmino sopra. *high five virtuale con le altre Wad Girls*




(LOL)
Noi amiamo la Wad, sempre e comunque. <3

Poi ci siamo fatti un sonno a vedere gli OLIVIERS AWARDS a casa della YellowBadIdeaBear
C'e' un motivo per cui questa cosa non va in televisione. Na barba mai vista. Ma dico io, se finalmente vi decidete a mandarlo in streaming via internet, che almeno sia uno spettacolo, qualcosa che la gente voglia guardare..
Invece c'era una sala ricevimenti piena tipo 'matrimonio di mio cuggggino', Anthony Head evidentemente brillo a presentare, un paio di esibizioni tristissime di musical vari, e un'interruzione di un'ora, dalle 8pm alle 9pm, perche' loro dovevano cenare.
Giuro su dio. Head ha salutato tutti, si e' sentito clamore di posate sui piatti e gente che si abboffava, ed e' partito uno slideshow di foto da facebook di dietro le quinte di shows del West End.
Diciamo che sono cose che ai Tonys non succedono.
Per non parlare delle 'vittorie'. Hannah derubata da Sam Spiro come miglior attrice in un musical (per carita', tutto l'amore del mondo alla Spiro, ma se la sua Dolly era meglio della Desiree di Hannah, io mi mangio le scarpette da ballo dei bimbi di Billy Elliot..*fa polemica gratuita*). Spring Awakening Miglior New Musical (ti viene da chiederti come mai quello sia chiuso da mesi e invece gira ancora roba come Dreamboats & Petticoats?), scontatissimo Miglior Costume a Priscilla e Hello Dolly Miglior Revival (che vabbe', ha battuto ALNM, ma questo significa che Josefina piccina piccio' ha vinto un Olivier di traverso, e quindi YAY <3), che ha anche fatto la migliore delle Put On Your Sunday Clothes con tanto di coreografia del treno e tutto l'ambaradan, includendo anche Josefina nel suo adorabile vestito lilla (che in quella canzone non c'e' nemmeno *applauso sentito* Grazie, signor coreografo!)
Hannah ha fatto una delle sue migliori Send In The Clowns, indossando IL vestito, quello che la fa sembrare un Bacio Perugina, taglio Grease senza maniche, con sottoveste fuffosa, blu con le stelline dorate, tipo carta da cielo del presepe. Genio.
Attimo di commozione al premo alla carriera a Maggie Smith, che sembra essersi ripresa bene dalla terapia e ha scudisciato tutti con la sua classe, il suo senso dell'umorismo e una grande umilta'.
Attimo di sbavo spinto per Rachelina Weisz che vince come Miglior Attrice in una play. *lovesicksigh*
Premio peggior speech va a Mark Rylance, che e' gia' e' strano di suo, poi m'e' sembrato anche lui un po' brillo..ha parlato per 20 minuti di fuffa. Non ho idea di che cazzo abbia detto, io (e tutta la sala) ci siamo distratti dopo la seconda o terza frase sconclusionata. Mi ricordo solo che ha detto 'non me lo merito, non e' merito mio, e' tutto merito dello sceneggiatore e del regista..'
Ma allora vaffanculo, posa la statuetta e torna a magna' er dolce, che ce stai solo a fa' perde tempo, perdio!
Gran finalone del cast di Londra di Les Mis mashato up con il cast del Tour di Les Mis, a beltare out One Day More. *mind blown* Cioe', John Owen Jones, Jon e Martin sullo stesso palco..MITICO.
(Martin e' sempre disgustoso, Jon e' l'Enjolras piu' coatto che abbia mai visto, e lo amo.)

AVENUE Q (23.03.10)
Ci invitano di nuovo a Via Q, che ha di nuovo cambiato casa, adesso e' al Wyndham's (cosi', giusto per confondere i turisti..)
Mi rifiuto di ascoltare le critiche mosse dai miei colleghi, che sembrano voler sempre e solo dire 'ma era meglio quello prima'. Mi verrebbe anche da dire 'grazie ar cazzo', visto che il tuo unico termine di paragone sono Julie Atherton e Jon Robins, vorrei anche vedere, sono il cast originale..vabbe', inutile che mi metto qui a discutere da sola.
Il nuovo cast vale il prezzo del biglietto, e mi sento ancora di consigliarlo a tutti per una fun night out. (ammesso che abbiate senso dell'umorismo, comprensione medio/buona della lingua inglese e zero peli sulla lingua..)
          ubuntu apache2配置详解(含虚拟主机配置方法)   

网上查到的是Apache2.2的配置,而Apache2.4使用相同配置后不能访问,出现“apache AH01630: client denied by server configuration” 这时只要把

  1. Order deny,allow  
  2. Allow from all  
替换为
  1. Require all granted  

即可。

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在Windows下,Apache的配置文件通常只有一个,就是httpd.conf。但我在Ubuntu Linux上用apt-get install apache2命令安装了Apache2后,竟然发现它的httpd.conf(位于/etc/apache2目录)是空的!进而发现Ubuntu的 Apache软件包的配置文件并不像Windows的那样简单,它把各个设置项分在了不同的配置文件中,看起来复杂,但仔细想想设计得确实很合理。

严格地说,Ubuntu的Apache(或者应该说Linux下的Apache?我不清楚其他发行版的apache软件包)的配置文件是 /etc/apache2/apache2.conf,Apache在启动时会自动读取这个文件的配置信息。而其他的一些配置文件,如 httpd.conf等,则是通过Include指令包含进来。在apache2.conf中可以找到这些Include行:

# Include module configuration:
Include /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/*.load
Include /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/*.conf

# Include all the user configurations:
Include /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

# Include ports listing
Include /etc/apache2/ports.conf
……
# Include generic snippets of statements
Include /etc/apache2/conf.d/

# Include the virtual host configurations:
Include /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/

结合注释,可以很清楚地看出每个配置文件的大体作用。当然,你完全可以把所有的设置放在apache2.conf或者httpd.conf或者任何一个配置文件中。Apache2的这种划分只是一种比较好的习惯。

安装完Apache后的最重要的一件事就是要知道Web文档根目录在什么地方,对于Ubuntu而言,默认的是/var/www。怎么知道的呢? apache2.conf里并没有DocumentRoot项,httpd.conf又是空的,因此肯定在其他的文件中。经过搜索,发现在 /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default中,里面有这样的内容:

NameVirtualHost *

ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost

DocumentRoot /var/www/
……

这是设置虚拟主机的,对我来说没什么意义。所以我就把apache2.conf里的Include /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/一行注释掉了,并且在httpd.conf里设置DocumentRoot为我的用户目录下的某 个目录,这样方便开发。

再看看/etc/apache2目录下的东西。刚才在apache2.conf里发现了sites-enabled目录,而在 /etc/apache2下还有一个sites-available目录,这里面是放什么的呢?其实,这里面才是真正的配置文件,而sites- enabled目录存放的只是一些指向这里的文件的符号链接,你可以用ls /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/来证实一下。所以,如果apache上配置了多个虚拟主机,每个虚拟主机的配置文件都放在 sites-available下,那么对于虚拟主机的停用、启用就非常方便了:当在sites-enabled下建立一个指向某个虚拟主机配置文件的链 接时,就启用了它;如果要关闭某个虚拟主机的话,只需删除相应的链接即可,根本不用去改配置文件。

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mods-available、mods-enabled和上面说的sites-available、sites-enabled类似,这两个目录 是存放apache功能模块的配置文件和链接的。当我用apt-get install php5安装了PHP模块后,在这两个目录里就有了php5.load、php5.conf和指向这两个文件的链接。这种目录结果对于启用、停用某个 Apache模块是非常方便的。

最后一个要说的是ports.conf,这里面设置了Apache使用的端口。如果需要调整默认的端口设置,建议编辑这个文件。或者你嫌它实在多 余,也可以先把apache2.conf中的Include /etc/apache2/ports.conf一行去掉,在httpd.conf里设置Apache端口。

ubuntu里缺省安装的目录结构很有一点不同。在ubuntu中module和 virtual host的配置都有两个目录,一个是available,一个是enabled,available目录是存放有效的内容,但不起作用,只有用ln 连到enabled过去才可以起作用。对调试使用都很方便,但是如果事先不知道,找起来也有点麻烦。

/etc/apache2/sites-available 里放的是VH的配置,但不起作用,要把文件link到 sites-enabled 目录里才行。

  

        ServerName 域名  

 

        DocumentRoot 把rails项目里的public当根目录  

          

                Options ExecCGI FollowSymLinks  

                AllowOverride all  

                allow from all  

                Order allow,deny  

          

        ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error-域名.log  

 

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什么是 Virtual Hosting(虚拟主机)?
简单说就是同一台服务器可以同时处理超过一个域名(domain)。假设www.example1.net和 www.example2.net两个域名都指向同一服务器,WEB服务器又支持Virtual Hosting,那么www.example1.net和www.example2.net可以访问到同一服务器上不同的WEB空间(网站文件存放目 录)。

 

配置格式

在Apache2中,有效的站点信息都存放在/etc/apache2/sites-available/用户名(文件) 里面。 我们可以添加格式如下的信息来增加一个有效的虚拟空间,将default里的大部分东西拷贝过来就行了,记得改DocumentRoot作为默认目录,在Directory中设置路径,注意端口号不要与其他的虚拟主机重复:

# 在ServerName后加上你的网站名称

ServerName  www.demo.com


# 在ServerAdmin后加上网站管理员的电邮地址,方便别人有问题是可以联络网站管理员。

ServerAdmin fish@demo.com

# 在DocumentRoot后加上存放网站内容的目录路径(用户的个人目录)

DocumentRoot /home/fish/www/html

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews

Require all granted


ErrorLog /home/fish/www/html/error.log

# Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,

# alert, emerg.

LogLevel warn

CustomLog /home/fish/www/html/access.log combined

ServerSignature On


如果你的服务器有多个IP,而不同的IP又有着不一样的虚拟用户的话,可以修改成:


...

启用配置

前面我们配置好的内容只是“有效”虚拟主机,真正发挥效果的话得放到 /etc/apache2/sites-enabled 文件夹下面。我们可以使用ln命令来建立一对关联文件:

sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/www.demo.com.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/www.demo.com.conf 

检查语法,重启web服务

谨慎起见,我们在重启服务前先检查下语法:


sudo apache2ctl configtest

没有错误的话,再重启Apache


sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 -k restart

 



 
             
AULA VIRTUAL SANTILLANA.


          Data Visualization   
There has been a shift in how data is consumed in the last 5 to 8 years. Appropriately so, I believe the consuming data in context and particularly the proper use of process based portals has changed how the typical end-user believes they should be able to find information. Over the next 5 to 8 years I believe the contextual process based mini-portals will become the norm for consumption (some call these mashups). During that time I believe another shift will occur and that is how we view the data that is now gathered in one place. Data Visualization is a term I take a little bit of leeway with. People usually stove pipe data visualization but to me it can mean any image or model that is driven or associated with data. By the way, I like to remind people that this is not a new thing either. The GIS community has been doing this for a decade. The spreadsheet folks have been doing this for longer than that with its charting and mapping capabilities. We were even doing this in Lotus Notes back in the early to mid 90s with hotspot images front-ending a database application.

The reason that I think data visualization is that next wave is for two reasons. The first reason is that for complex processes it is the simplest means for consuming mashed up data. Take a product like OpenView or Tivoli. No one really wants to wade through all of the different log files, patch information, system components, etc… they just want to look at a network topology map and see if the box/line/etc… is green or red. In these types of instances, there is data overload when simply monitoring the exception and quickly understanding what that exception means in context is the most important task. The second reason is that we are getting a huge wave into the workforce of users in the US that are gamers. Gamers are use to data visualization. Go play WoW, EQ2, Half Life, Vanguard, CoH, etc… and you soon get an idea of the vast amount of data that is contained in a world of nothing but visualization. Spend some time in Sims online or Second Life and you see the same model alive and well in a virtual but not game specific community. These users will demand data visualization because they understand the power of it. Being a gamer for so long, I might be biased on this but personally I am deeply excited.

For me I see data visualization as the end to the document/record model we are so trapped in today and instead data could take any form. Think of it like nature in that data is the DNA that makes up the final organism (visualization). The visualization layers will become just as dynamic and will be able to take form based on the smallest component’s sequencing, function and placement. If you want to see someone that gets it, go check out www.bridgeborn.com Their Bridgeworks Engine/Platform shows just a piece of what they are capable of and just a pinhole for where this area is going but man what a sight and hope through that pinhole!!
          ¿Qué es y cómo funciona la “banca cognitiva”? DicZionario   

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          Würtz Ádám : "Falu bolondja II." 1977 - Jelenlegi ára: 28 000 Ft   
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Cégünk Magyarország egyik legnagyobb kínálatú internetes festménykereskedését üzemelteti.
Ezernél is több festményt illetve képet kínál a galériánk folyamatosan.
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Képeink azonnal ajándékba adható illetve falra akasztható állapotban vannak.
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Minden galériánkban vásárolt kép után számlát, igény esetén garancialevelet állítunk ki.
Kérem nézze meg a további hatalmas festménykínálatunkat.
A kép mérete: 19 x 29 cm keret nélkül. Készült: Rézkarc, Papír
A kép Würtz Ádám (Tamási, 1927, Budapest, 1994) alkotása. Jelezve jobbra lent "Würtz (ceruzával)"
A festmény jó állapotban van. Keret: Ép
További alkotásokat tekinthet meg a művésztől ide kattintva!
Termékeim között több életkép található, kérem tekintse meg őket ide kattintva! Termékeim között több polgári életkép található, kérem tekintse meg őket ide kattintva!
ÁRUIM ZÖME ANTIK ÉS RÉGI TÁRGYAKBÓL ÁLL.
SZEMÉLYES ÁTVÉTELI LEHETŐSÉG BUDAPESTEN (IX. ) ILLETVE SZEGEDEN!
 
Szállítás
Termékeinket az MPL futárszolgálattal küldjük! Terjedelmes tárgyaink szállításában külön díjazás mellett tudunk segíteni! Szállítási módok az alábbiak szerint alakulnak
 
Személyes átvétel Budapest IX.
 
 
Személyes átvétel Szeged
 
 
MPL csomag előre utalással
 
 
MPL csomag utánvét
 
 
Fizetés
A vételár és szállítási költség kiegyenlítésére az alábbi lehetőségeket biztosítjuk
 
Személyes átvételkor készpénzben
 
 
Banki átutalás
 
 
Utánvét
 
 
Paypal (MasterCard, Visa)
 
 
Szállítási, átvételi idő
A termék vásárlását követően a szállítási, kézhez vételi idő az alábbiak szerint alakul belföldön
 
Személyes átvétel
1-5 munkanap
 
 
MPL csomag előre utalással
2-3 munkanap
 
 
MPL csomag utánvét
1-3 munkanap
 
Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II.
Grafikus. 1953-ban végzett a budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán, ahol Hincz Gyula, Bortnyik Sándor, Pór Bertalan és Koffán Károly növendéke volt. Tanulmányúton járt számos nyugat- és kelet-európai országban, Kínában. 1945 óta szerepel hazai, európai és dél-amerikai kiállításokon. Egyéni tárlatok: Dürer Terem, Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Helikon Galéria, Miskolc, Zalaegerszeg, Tamási, Debrecen, Kaposvár, Szekszárd, Békéscsaba, Szeged, Lenti, Sarkad, Krakkó, Helsinborg, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Bécs, Tokió, Brüsszel, Varsó, Montreal, New York, San Diegó, stb. Díjak: Munkácsy-díj, 1957, 1966, 1970; VIT-díj, Bécs; A Luganói Biennále díja; a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díja; az Arany Toll Biennále díja, Belgrád; a Miskolci Grafikai Biennále nagydíja; a Tomasso Campanella Művészeti Akadémia ezüstérme; Az év legszebb naptára aranyérem, London; a Tomasso Campanella Műv. Akadémia aranyérme; a IV. Miskolci Orsz. Grafikai Biennále nagydíja; a Pozsonyi Nemzetközi Könyvillusztrációs Biennále díja; Érdemes Művész; a Nemzetközi Andersen Bizottság IBBY díja. Bravúros technikájú grafikus. Dús képzeletének arzenálját jelenítette meg részletgazdag könyvillusztrációin s önálló képein. Műveiben a folklórból merített mesés, balladisztikus elemek vegyülnek a klasszikus grafika hagyományaival, létrehozva egy csak rá jellemző, motívumgazdag, szürrealisztikus világot. Kiemelkednek József Attila és Shakespeare műveihez készített illusztrációi. Linómetszetekből és rézkarcokból álló grafikái mellett jelentős szerepet töltenek be a többnyire vegyes technikával készült festészeti művei. Ezen darabjain Würtz fantáziavilágát és rajzi virtualitását a színek hangsúlyos használatával erősíti. A bizánci ikonokat és a magyar népművészetet egyaránt felidéző vörös és kék árnyalatokat használja fel képzeletalkotta világának megmutatására. Würtz munkássága a magyar grafika egyik kiemelkedő teljesítménye. Műveit őrzi a Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, a Fővárosi Képtár, a Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum, a frankfurti Klingspor Múzeum, a szentpétervári Ermitázs és a moszkvai Puskin Múzeum. (F. Gy.: ÉS 1958/9, MÉ, W. Á.: Katalógus)Magyar festők és grafikusok adattára
Tanulmányait a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán végezte 1948-1953 közötti években, ahol Hincz Gyula, Bortnyik Sándor, Pór Bertalan és Koffán Károly voltak a mesterei. 1945 óta kiállító művész, állandó résztvevője a hazai és külföldi rendezvényeknek. Önálló tárlata 1958-ban a KKI-ban, 1963-ban a Dürer-teremben, 1965-ben Bécsben, 1967-ben Debrecenben, 1973-ban a Helikon Galériában és Orosházán, 1975-ben Balmazújvárosban, 1976-ban József Attila Színházban és NDK-ban, 1977-ben Szekszárdon és a kispesti Nagy Balogh Teremben volt. Számos grafikai rendezvényen (Lugano, Sao Paulo, Tokió stb. ) vett részt. 1957-ben, 1966-ban és 1970-ben Munkácsy-díjat kapott, 1957-ben a bécsi VIT-en és Lipcsében, 1966-ban Luganoban, 1967-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlaton nyert díjat. A Miskolci Grafikai Biennálé (1971) nyúl vissza dunántúli pásztorművészeti motívumokhoz. Jelentősek könyvillusztrációi. Különösen nevezetesek Shakespeare drámáihoz készített rézkarcai. Háromszoros Munkácsy-díjas, érdemes művész. - Irod.: Bozóki Mária: Würtz Ádám. Bp. 1981.; P. Sz. T.: Művész életrajzok. Bp. 1985.; MLMagyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II. Műgyűjtők és kereskedők kézikönyve
Grafikus. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Hincz Gyula, Bortnyik Sándor, Pór Bertalan és Koffán Károly voltak a mesterei. 1945 óta szerepel hazai, európai és dél-amerikai kiállításokon. 1957-ben, 1966-ban és 1970-ben Munkácsy-díjat kapott, 1957-ben a bécsi VIT-en és Lipcsében, 1966-ban Luganoban, 1967-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlaton részesült díjakban. 1971-ben a Miskolci Grafikai Biennálé nagydíjasa. Bravúros technikájú grafikus, aki önálló grafikáin szívesen nyúl vissza dunántúli pásztorművészeti motívumokhoz. Jelentősek könyvillusztrációi. Különösen nevezetesek Shakespeare drámáihoz készített rézkarcai. Érdemes művész címmel tüntették ki. (MÉ)Művészeti lexikon I-IV.
Grafikus, Munkácsy-díjas. 1948-53 között végezte tanulmányait a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán. 1958-ban önálló kiállítása nyílt a Kulturális Kapcsolatok Intézetében, 1963-ban a Dürer Teremben; 1965-ben Bécsben szerepeltek művei, 1966-ban a luganói biennalén nyert díjat. Bravúros technikájú grafikus. Rézkarcain gyakran használja fel a magyar folklór motívumait és vegyít a reális kompozícióba szürreális elemeket. Mint illusztrátornak nagy szerepe van a modern magyar könyvművészet fejlődésében (Tollas kígyó - indián népmesék; Shakespeare: Romeo és Julia; Zrínyi: Szigeti veszedelem stb. ). Művész életrajzok kortárs magyar képzőművészek
1953-ban diplomázott Hincz Gyula, Bortnyik Sándor, Pór Bertalan és Koffán Károly növendékeként. Tanulmányúton járt több európai országban, megfordult Kínában és Amerikában. 1954 óta szerepel a hazai és külföldi rendezvényeken, önálló tárlata 1958-ban a Kulturális Kapcsolatok Intézetében, 1963-ban a Dürer Teremben, 1965-ben Bécsben, 1967-ben Debrecenben, 1973-ban a Helikon Galériában és Orosházán, 1975-ben Balmazújvárosban, 1976-ban a József Attila Színházban és az NDK-ban, 1977-ben Szekszárdon és a Nagy Balogh kiállítóteremben volt. Újabban több tárlata volt Kanadában és az USÁ-ban. 1957-ben, 1966-ban és 1970-ben Munkácsy-díjat kapott; 1957-ben VIT-díjat nyert; 1957-ben Lipcsében, 1966-ban Luganóban nemzetközi díjjal tüntették ki. A Miskolci Grafikai Biennálé (1971) nagydíjasa. - Bravúros rajzkészségű, főként a linómetszés és a rézkarc terén működő grafikus, aki a magyar folklór elemeit szürreális elemekkel elegyíti. Stilizált, változatos kompozíciójú lapjai magasrendű gondolati és esztétikai élményeket közvetítenek. Kiváló illusztrátor.
A termékről további nagy felbontású képek!
( szürrealizmus abszurd )
Würtz Ádám :
Jelenlegi ára: 28 000 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2017-07-05 01:18
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          More on the collision of the USS Fitzgerald   
An opinion from a former Navy Captain:
J.F. Kelly, a retired Navy captain who commanded three ships during his career, wrote in The San Diego Union-Tribune that he was firm in his belief that the majority of the fault of the collision rested with the failure of the destroyer’s crew who was on watch that night:
The damage to the starboard side of the destroyer and the bow of the container ship suggests a crossing situation. The international rules for the prevention of collisions at sea specify that the vessel to starboard (the container ship) is the stand-on vessel and the other ship (the destroyer) is the give-way vessel and is required to stay out of the way of the stand-on vessel.
The give-way ship’s actions are to be timely and deliberate so as to not introduce any doubt as to its intentions. The stand-on vessel is required to maintain course and speed until the risk of collision is deemed no longer to exist or until it becomes apparent that the actions of the give-way vessel alone are not sufficient to avoid a collision, in which case, it is required to take action by turning, slowing or stopping.
But slowing or stopping is difficult and in some cases, virtually impossible for a large merchant ship. By contrast, destroyers are very maneuverable.
Judging from the images of the damage, it’s easy to conclude that the destroyer failed to give way and should be held at fault. But it is premature to jump to any conclusions until the investigation is completed. There may well be fault on both sides.”
That was the assessment of Comrade Misfit, also a former Navy officer.
          Ordenador de sobremesa Lenovo 310S-08Iap J3355 4GB 500GB HD 500 Windows 10 Home   





Procesador Número de procesadores instalados1 Familia de procesadorIntel® Celeron® Modelo del procesadorJ3355 Frecuencia del procesador turbo2,50 GHz Número de núcleos de procesador2 Número de filamentos de procesador2 Frecuencia del procesador2,00 GHz Litografía del procesador14 nm Socket de procesadorBGA 1296 EscalonamientoB1 código de procesadorSR2Z8 System bus data transfer rate5 GT/s Versión de entradas de PCI Express2.0 Modo de procesador operativo64 bits Caché del procesador2 MB Intersección T105 °C Configuraciones PCI Express1x2+2x1,4x1 Potencia de diseño térmico (TDP)10 W Procesador nombre en claveApollo Lake Número máximo de buses PCI Express6 Tipo de cache en procesadorSmart Cache Memoria interna máxima que admite el procesador8 GB Tipos de memoria que admite el procesadorDDR3L,LPDDR3-SDRAM,LPDDR4-SDRAM Velocidad de reloj de memoria que admite el procesador1866,2400 MHz Canales de memoria que admite el procesadorDual ECC que admite el procesadorNo Procesador libre de conflictosSi Memoria Memoria interna máxima8 GB Memoria interna4 GB Velocidad de memoria del reloj1600 MHz Gráficos Modelo de adaptador de gráficos discretosNo Impulsión óptica Tipo de unidad ópticaDVD Medios de almacenaje Capacidad total de almacenaje500 GB Tarjeta de lectura integradaSi Unidad de almacenamientoUnidad de disco duro Número de unidades de almacenamiento instaladas1 Número de discos duros instalados1 Capacidad de disco duro500 GB Gráficos Modelo de gráficos en tarjetaIntel HD Graphics 500 Adaptador gráfico en tableroSi Frecuencia base de gráficos a bordo250 MHz Frecuencia de ráfaga de gráficos700 MHz Número de unidades de ejecución12 Memoria máxima del adaptador de gráficos incorporado8 GB Número de pantallas soportadas por el adaptador gráfico de a bordo3 Red WifiSi Wi-Fi estándaresIEEE 802.11ac BluetoothSi Versión de Bluetooth4.0 Puertos e Interfaces Cantidad de puertos USB 2.04 Cantidad de puertos tipo A USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)0 Número de puertos HDMI1 Salidas para auriculares1 Micrófono, jack de entradaSi Cantidad de puertos VGA (D-Sub)1 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) cantidad de puertos1 Puerto DVINo Conexión Ethernet10/100/1000 Características especiales del procesador Tecnología de protección de identidad de Intel® (Intel® IPT)Si Tecnología anti-robo de Intel® (Intel® AT)No Tecnología Intel® Smart ResponseNo Tecnología Smart Connect de Intel®No La tecnología Intel® vPro™No Intel Hyper-ThreadingNo Tecnología Intel® Turbo BoostNo Tecnología Intel® Quick Sync VideoSi Intel® Tecnología InTru™ 3DNo Wireless Display de Intel® (Intel® WiDi)No Tecnología Clear Video HD de Intel® (Intel® CVT HD)Si Intel® Insider™No Intel® AES Nuevas instrucciones (Intel® AES-NI)Si Tecnología SpeedStep mejorada de IntelSi Execute Disable BitSi Estados de inactividadSi Tecnología Thermal Monitoring de IntelSi Tecnología Trusted Execution de Intel®No Configuración de CPU (máximo)1 Intel® Enhanced Halt StateSi Intel® Clear Video Technology for MID (Intel® CVT for MID)Si VT-x de Intel® con Extended Page Tables (EPT)Si Opciones integradas disponiblesNo Tecnología Intel® Rapid StorageNo Tecnología de sonido en alta definición de Intel® (Intel® HD Audio)Si Intel® Advantage de Pequeños Negocios (Intel® SBA)No Intel® Secure KeySi Intel® 64Si Programa de Plataforma de Imagen Estable de Intel® (SIPP)No Intel® OS GuardNo UARTSi Tecnología de virtualización de Intel® para E / S dirigida (VT-d)Si Intel® Secure BootSi Tecnología Intel® Clear VideoSi Tecnología de virtualización Intel® (VT-x)Si Tamaño del paquete de procesador24 x 31 Procesador ARK ID95597 Diseño Color del productoPlata Desempeño Tipo de productoPC SFF Software Sistema operativo instaladoWindows 10 Control de energía Fuente de alimentación65 W Contenido del embalaje Pantalla incluidaNo

Precio: 345,50 € (Iva incluído)




          Ordenador de sobremesa Lenovo M73 Sff i5-4460 8GB 500GB Windows 8.1 Pro   





Diseño compacto El diseño compacto (SFF), con un peso a partir de 6,6 kg (14,55 lb), está diseñado para encajar en espacios reducidos y con posibilidad de colocación tanto horizontal como vertical. Experiencia inalámbrica ultrarrápida El diseño avanzado de la antena ofrece una recepción de señal mejorada y un rendimiento más rápido para su conexión inalámbrica. PC Cloud Manager 2 Mantenga su flota de PC segura y proteja el medio ambiente mientras controla y gestiona el consumo de energía y el estado de su sistema de sobremesa sin complicaciones. Centro de soluciones de Lenovo El Centro de soluciones de Lenovo ofrece acceso a una consola simplificada que refleja completamente el estado del sistema. Esta herramienta de diagnóstico de hardware permite el acceso rápido a través de la consola a las herramientas de gestión del sistema usadas frecuentemente, incluidas las funciones de copia de seguridad y restauración, la configuración del antivirus y el firewall, las actualizaciones de software y del sistema, las conexiones a Internet, y el servicio y soporte. Aumente drásticamente la velocidad de migración con ThinkVantage System Migration Assistant. Invierta menos tiempo en la búsqueda manual de actualizaciones de controladores y software con ThinkVantage System Update. Transferencia de datos de alta velocidad Transfiera datos rápidamente entre el sistema M73 y otros dispositivos con el puerto USB 3.0. Es hasta 10 veces más rápido que las tecnologías USB anteriores y es compatible con la especificación anterior. Liderazgo ecológico Las certificaciones como ENERGY STAR 5.2, EPEAT Gold y UL Environment Gold garantizan un ahorro económico gracias a los PC de consumo energético más eficiente. Además, puede utilizar Desktop Power Manager para personalizar la configuración de la alimentación y equilibrar el consumo energético con el rendimiento del sistema, lo que contribuirá a proteger el planeta y la rentabilidad de su empresa. Otras características: Acorde RoHS: Si Adaptador de gráficos a bordo de frecuencia dinámica (max): 1100 MHz Adaptador de gráficos a bordo versión DirectX: 11.1 Adaptador de tarjeta grafica a bordo: 0x412 Adaptador gráfico en tablero: Si Altura: 335 mm Ancho: 101 mm Ancho de banda de memoria soportada por el procesador (max): 25,6 GB/s Arquitectura del sistema operativo: 64 bits Cables incluidos: Corriente alterna Caché Intel®igente de Intel®: Si Caché del procesador: 6 MB Canales de memoria que admite el procesador: Dual Cantidad de DisplayPorts: 1 Cantidad de puertos USB 2.0: 4 Cantidad de puertos VGA (D-Sub): 1 Cantidad de puertos tipo A USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1): 2 Cantidad de unidades ópticas: 1 Capacidad de disco duro: 500 GB Capacidad total de almacenaje: 500 GB Caracteristicas técnicas de la solución térmica: PCG 2013D Certificado Energy Star: Si Circuito integrado de tarjeta madre: Intel H81 Color del producto: Negro Configuraciones PCI Express: 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 Configuración de CPU (máximo): 1 Conformidad EPEAT: Oro Disposición de la memoria: 1 x 4 GB ECC que admite el procesador: No Entrada de línea: Si Escalabilidad: 1S Escalonamiento: C0 Estados de inactividad: Si Ethernet: Si Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) cantidad de puertos: 1 Ethernet LAN, velocidad de transferencia de datos: 10,100,1000 Mbit/s Etiquetado de segmentos Intel®: Enterprise, Profesional Execute Disable Bit: Si Familia de adaptador de gráficos incorporado: Intel HD Graphics Familia de procesador: 4ª generación de procesadores Intel® Core™ i5 Frecuencia base de gráficos a bordo: 350 MHz Frecuencia del procesador: 3,2 GHz Frecuencia del procesador turbo: 3,40 GHz Fuente de alimentación: 240 W Fuente de alimentación, frecuencia de entrada: 50/60 Fuente de alimentación, voltaje de entrada: 100 - 240 Intel Hyper-Threading: No Intel® 64: Si Intel® AES Nuevas instrucciones (Intel® AES-NI): Si Intel® Enhanced Halt State: Si Intel® Insider™: Si Intel® OS Guard: Si Intel® Secure Key: Si Intel® TSX-NI: No Intel® Tecnología InTru™ 3D: Si Interfaz del disco duro: Serial ATA III La tecnología Intel® vPro™: No Litografía de IMC y Gráficos: 22 nm Litografía del procesador: 22 nm Manual de usuario: Si Memoria interna: 4 GB Memoria interna máxima: 16 GB Memoria interna máxima que admite el procesador: 32 GB Memoria máxima del adaptador de gráficos incorporado: 1,024 GB Micrófono, jack de entrada: Si Modelo de gráficos en tarjeta: Intel HD Graphics 4600 Modelo del procesador: i5-4460 Modo de procesador operativo: 32-bit, 64 bits Número de discos duros instalados: 1 Número de filamentos de procesador: 4 Número de núcleos de procesador: 4 Número de pantallas soportadas por el adaptador gráfico de a bordo: 3 Número de procesadores instalados: 1 Número de puertos 3.5": 2 Número de puertos 5.25": 1 Número de unidades de almacenamiento instaladas: 1 Número máximo de buses PCI Express: 16 Opciones integradas disponibles: Si Pantalla incluida: No Peso: 6,6 kg Potencia de diseño térmico (TDP): 84 W Procesador ARK ID: 80817 Procesador libre de conflictos: Si Procesador nombre en clave: Haswell Profundidad: 382 mm Programa de Plataforma de Imagen Estable de Intel® (SIPP): No Protección con contraseña: BIOS,Supervisor,User Protección mediante contraseña: Si Puerto DVI: No Puerto de ratón PS/2: 2 Puerto serial: 1 Ranura para cable de seguridad: Si Ranuras de memoria: 2x DIMM Ranuras x1 PCI Express: 2 Ranuras x16 PCI Express: 1 Salidas para auriculares: 1 Serie del procesador: Intel Core i5-4400 Desktop series Set de instrucciones soportadas: AVX 2.0 Sistema de refrigeración por agua: No Sistema operativo instalado: Windows 8.1 Pro Socket de procesador: LGA 1150 (Socket H3) System bus data transfer rate: 5 GT/s Tamaño de disco duro: 3.5" Tamaño del paquete de procesador: 37.5 Tcase: 72,72 °C Tecnología Clear Video HD de Intel® (Intel® CVT HD): Si Tecnología FDI de Intel®: Si Tecnología Intel® Quick Sync Video: Si Tecnología Intel® Turbo Boost: 2.0 Tecnología My WiFi de Intel® (Intel® MWT): Si Tecnología SpeedStep mejorada de Intel: Si Tecnología Thermal Monitoring de Intel: Si Tecnología Trusted Execution de Intel®: No Tecnología anti-robo de Intel® (Intel® AT): Si Tecnología de cableado: 10/100/1000Base-T(X) Tecnología de protección de identidad de Intel® (Intel® IPT): Si Tecnología de virtualización Intel® (VT-x): Si Tecnología de virtualización de Intel® para E / S dirigida (VT-d): Si Tipo de cache en procesador: Smart Cache Tipo de chasis: SFF Tipo de memoria interna: DDR3-SDRAM Tipo de producto: PC Tipo de ranura de bloqueo del cable: Kensington Tipo de unidad óptica: DVD±RW Tipos de bus: DMI Tipos de memoria que admite el procesador: DDR3-SDRAM Unidad de almacenamiento: Unidad de disco duro VT-x de Intel® con Extended Page Tables (EPT): Si Velocidad de memoria del reloj: 1600 MHz Velocidad de reloj de memoria que admite el procesador: 1333,1600 MHz Velocidad de rotación de disco duro: 7200 RPM Versión Intel® TSX-NI: 0.00 Versión de Intel® Identity Protection Technology: 1.00 Versión de Intel® Secure Key Technology: 1.00 Versión de Intel® Small Business Advantage (SBA): 1.00 Versión de entradas de PCI Express: 3.0 Versión del programa Intel® de plataforma de imagen estable: 0.00 Wireless Display de Intel® (Intel® WiDi): Si código de procesador: SR1QK

Precio: 558,50 € (Iva incluído)




          Portátil HP PAVILLON X360 14-BA001NS i3-7100U 4GB 500HD 14" Windows 10   





Siéntete libre de crear, conectarte y compartir de más maneras que antes. Ahora listo para lápiz, el Pavilion x360 es más que un portátil, es el único dispositivo para todo lo que quieras hacer. Número de producto 1RH65EA Nombre del producto HP Pavilion x360 - 14-ba001ns Microprocesador Intel® Core™ i3-7100U (2,4 GHz, 3 MB de caché, 2 núcleos) Memoria, estándar 4 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB) Gráficos de vídeo Intel® HD Graphics 620 Disco duro SATA de 500 GB 5400 rpm Pantalla Pantalla con retroiluminación WLED HD con área virtual compartida de 35,6 cm (14 pulgadas) en diagonal con función multitáctil de lado a lado (1366 x 768) Teclado Teclado tipo isla de tamaño completo Dispositivo marcador táctil HP Imagepad con soporte de gestos multitáctiles Conectividad inalámbrica Combo de Intel® 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® y Bluetooth® 4.2 (compatible con Miracast) Ranuras de expansión Lector de tarjetas SD multiformato HP Puertos externos 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (transferencia de datos de hasta 5 Gb/s); 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (transferencia de datos solamente); 1 HDMI; 1 combo de auriculares/micrófono Dimensiones mínimas (P x A x L) 33,48 x 22,69 x 1,99 cm Peso 1,72 kg Tipo de fuente de alimentación Adaptador de alimentación de CA de 45 W Tipo de batería Batería de ion-litio de 3 celdas 41 Wh Cámara Cámara HD HP Wide Vision con micrófono digital de matriz doble integrado Características de audio B&O PLAY; Mejora de audio de HP; Altavoces dobles Sistema operativo Windows 10 Home 64

Precio: 574,99 € (Iva incluído)




          Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil – Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped   
Doctors call it a "medication administration error." During a routine check-up at her pediatrician's office, 4-month old Aniya was accidentally given the Gardasil 9 vaccine, and she hasn't been the same since. Anita Vasquez of Victoria, Texas, herself a nurse, says that "doctors are in denial" that any of the medical issues that began after her daughter received the shot are related to the vaccine. Aniya was a happy and healthy breastfed baby before her 4-month doctor visit. Her only illness was an ear infection which had been cleared up with antibiotics shortly before that fateful day of December 29, 2016. Since then, she has suffered numerous health issues and several hospitalizations. Rather than acknowledge the possibility that the Gardasil 9 vaccine contributed to the decline in Aniya's health, doctors and Child Protective Services have reportedly blamed the mother. Her desperate search for answers has led instead to her being accused of Munchausen by Proxy, or "medical child abuse," and her baby has been seized by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Anita told Health Impact News that her concerns about the vaccine have been dismissed and ignored by virtually everyone involved in her daughter's care. DFPS refers to her "unfounded concerns" about the Gardasil 9 vaccine. She believes that they are trying to cover up the dangers of the vaccine. This is any mother's worst nightmare, and no one deserves this.

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          Leibish Opens First Jewelry Showroom in New York   
By Olivia Cuccaro Online shopping continues to expand, but not every retail experience is best done virtually. Where images of bags and shoes may show enough detail to find their way into your online shopping cart, it doesn’t always suffice when it comes to fine jewelry. There’s something to be said for carefully selecting a piece in person with time […]
          Installer macOS High Sierra bêta publique (10.13)   

Après notre tutoriel pour installer iOS 11 bêta publique voici en détails la procédure pour télécharger et installer macOS High Sierra bêta publique (10.13). Avant de vous lancer, il y a des mesures indispensables à suivre. Il faudra vérifier la compatibilité de votre Mac avec High Sierra, vous inscrire au programme bêta publique, sauvegarder vos données puis choisir le mode d’installation (mise à jour, dual boot Sierra / High Sierra, installation propre, virtualisation…). Installer macOS High Sierra bêta publique : inscription au programme Rendez-vous sur le site officiel du Programme de logiciels bêta d’Apple. Cliquez sur le bouton bleu « S’inscrire » puis

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          Virtual Janitor in-line kit - Wird Verwendet in Kombination mit dem Virtual Janitor   
16,08 EUR
Virtual Janitor in-line kitMithilfe des in-line kits kann die Kombination aus Duft-und antimikrobiellen Stoffen direkt ?ber das Fallrohr eingeleitet werden und kontinuierlich f?r eine hygienische Umgebung sorgen.- Leichte Installation- Unauff?llig und sauber- Passend f?r verschiedene Gr??en- F?r den Einsatz in Kombination mit ZS021 und ZS020 geeignetDaten:Einsatz: Kombination mit Virtual Janitor weiss oder schwarzAnbringung: Fallrohr WCUrinalhygiene-Datenblatt (Deutsch):??

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by surfdirk

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I still throw $10

:-) Tom
:D

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by TetsMom

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Sorry Zack. I almost offered to buy it for $45 if you didn't, but finally decided just to go for it.
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by dominomanx

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I could do $8.
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by snootiecrunch

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No problem. If you change your mind, you have until Tuesday night to decide.

Thanks!
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by Carnage994

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$7
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by rossmartian

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I'm actually looking for the older edition, so I'll take it for $10 if others pass.
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by MungSu

Wow! Almost 250 games added today. Nothing like waiting till the last minute :D
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by tayl0496

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Dang. You had to post this while I was driving my wife to the airport. Congrats CPBelt, I think you just got one of the best deals of the VFM! I'm most certainly jealous!
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by Bentadams1

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$25?
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by djdragon001

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Thanks.
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by Bentadams1

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$5
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by Bentadams1

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$4?
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by Bentadams1

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$1?
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by Bentadams1

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$8?
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by Bentadams1

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Can I ask, which printing?
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by mebririth

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Lots of images come to mind, but first one is probably the Crow-foot glacier because that's one of the pictures I still use in my background cycle and I've just seen it a few days ago (I just don't have my own picture on this computer)

-edit My pic is quite similar to this:

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by GeoVan

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$27.00
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by Bentadams1

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$75?
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by Bentadams1

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$26 :whistle:
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by TheJarvin

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BIN 18
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by markmist

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I'm confused. So it is not the edition pictured? I think Johnny and I were both looking for the 2010 version.


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by GeoVan

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$25.00
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by jmw23

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The upgraded meeples weren't cheap, and look amazing. Firm at $100.
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by Bentadams1

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$1?
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by goodemailaddress

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djdragon001 wrote:

$11

Congratulations
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by brutus60s2

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Would you do $25?
          DE ... SHOJANDO LA MARGARITA.   
CLINICA DENTAL GALVEZ MOLINA BASKET: 50
CLUB BASKET CARTAGENA: 88


Por fin se deshojó la margarita. La emoción nos acompañó hasta el último día de la competición regular, lo cual no es otra cosa que el indicativo de que todo se ha desarrollado con absoluta normalidad. Así debería ser siempre, pero desgraciadamente es la primera vez que ocurre en muchos años.
Por fin conocemos quién se queda fuera y no es otro que el guerrillero equipo templario de Caravaca. Se dejó la piel en las pistas, venció a los mejores y ha estado ahí hasta el último momento. Es curioso que el sábado a las 10 de la mañana muchos éramos los que pensábamos que tenían muchas posibilidades de ser primeros. Sólo tenían que ganar su partido ante Maristas, al que ya habían ganado con solvencia en el partido de ida (80-61). No era tan difícil, no perder ante quien habías ganado de 19, aunque ya se sabe, esto no es como empieza sino como acaba, y ganar en el feudo de Caravaca nunca es fácil. Allí se dan unos condicionantes especiales que hacen que el equipo se crezca y se sienta "como en casa". De haberlo hecho, Infante habría jugado su partido contra el CB Murcia 96 con la presión de conocer que alguien podría haberle arrebatado la "pole position" y quizás otro gallo habría cantado. En cualquier caso solo nos queda felicitar al equipo caravaqueño por todo lo bueno que ha sido capaz de hacer esta temporada, y seguro que aprenderán de sus errores, que para mí no han sido otros que sus derrotas ante Capuchinos en casa y ante Archena, equipo éste último teóricamente inferior y que ha tenido un extraordinario  final de temporada.
Al margen de estas culpas y cualquier otra cábala, lo cierto y verdad es que el equipo Caravaqueño ha quedado fuera de las semifinales y enviado a tomar... fanta como ellos mismos afirman en su web, pero su rendición ha sido muy cara e indiscutiblemente con la satisfacción del deber cumplido.

Y al hilo de estas primeras reflexiones, dejarme entonar el "mea culpa" por haber pensado mal, tal vez empujado por las habladurías o los chismes de portería. Tenemos todos que hacerlo, todos los que de alguna manera hemos pensado que Infante había puesto su partido el domingo para conocer resultados del resto de los equipos y decidir qué hacer. La verdad es que yo lo he pensado poco, es una culpa pequeñita, como diría el chiste "solo la puntita", pero no han sido pocos los comentarios que me han llegado, algunos de personas muy sabias en este mundo de la competición, en  los que se especulaba con la posibilidad de que Infante podría dejarse perder ante Murcia-96 caso de ganar Caravaca, con el fin de tener un cruce en semifinales más asequible que el cuarto del grupo A. Infante ha ganado su partido con solvencia ante el que pudiera calificarse como el equipo llave de esta competición, ya que todos los que hemos sido capaces de vencerle estamos en semifinales. Por otro lado nos quedamos sin saber qué habría pasado de vencer Caravaca a Maristas.
 Expresar también mi sorpresa ya que yo pensaba que el Murcia-96 tenía posibilidades de estar ahí hasta el final ya que es un equipo fuerte, aunque cuando vino a jugar contra el CBC me dio la impresión de que su staff técnico tiraba el partido con los absurdos cambios que realizaba cuando mejor le iba y los que no hizo cuando peor. El CBC se cuidó muy mucho de vigilar de cerca a Davíd Álvarez encargando su marcaje al que para mí es nuestro jugador más completo, Sergio Muñoz. Indiscutiblemente David es uno de los mejores bases de la región y en el partido de ida lideró la victoria de su equipo haciéndonos cuantos sietes estuvieron en su mano. Y así empezó en el partido de vuelta, pero como digo y tras verse obstaculizado por Sergio en sus primeras aproximaciones, incomprensiblemente ocupó su puesto en el banquillo en la segunda parte y el Basket Cartagena tuvo el terreno expedito hacia la victoria una vez solucionado el problema del cartagenero David.
David Álvarez vs. Sergio Muñoz
En cuanto a las especulaciones que he mencionado y que en este caso afectan a Infante, decir que por un lado la A.D. Infante  no ha hecho otra cosa que poner su partido el día y la hora oficial que tiene fijados desde el principio de la temporada, domingo a las 12, por lo que en ese sentido su honorabilidad está fuera de toda duda.
Si tratamos de buscar un culpable de esta situación un tanto anómala, pues como no podría ser de otra forma habría que dirigir las miradas a la Federación ya que somos muchos los que pensamos que tal y como ocurre en otras categorías, los partidos de la última jornada deberían jugarse obligatoriamente el mismo día y a la misma hora, evitando así que en los corrillos se hable mal de quien realmente no merece esos comentarios. Una vez más y no quisiera hacerme muy pesado en esto aunque a veces pienso que lo soy, dirijo mi mirada censora hacia ...

Hablábamos en la anterior entrada -sin duda una de las más populares de este blog y con mayor participación, ya que se han superado las 1000 visitas y los 40 comentarios, lo cual agradezco enormemente- de las oratorias al cielo que unos y otros haríamos durante la semana que ha terminado, ese mismo cielo donde algunos podrían "tener mano". Pues efectivamente, parece que esto de estar a bien con la iglesia da resultado, ya que la victoria de los Hermanos Maristas ante Caravaca y la propia de los Hermanos Capuchinos ha permitido la clasificación para semifinales de estos últimos, aunque sinceramente yo habría preferido que mi equipo fuera sexto que quinto, al tratarse de una clasificación virtual ya que te obliga a cruzarte con el equipo invitado estelar. Enhorabuena en cualquier caso a mis amigos de Capuchinos, y decir que al margen de  ser el equipo que se come el marrón, si alguno de los equipos que han jugado en este Grupo A de la competición Junior Masculino puede plantarle cara al UCAM Murcia 95, ese no es otro que Capuchinos, que siempre tiene ese plus de motivación cuando se enfrenta a su histórico principal esquilmador.


Ya para terminar, y antes de entrar en el breve comentario del partido que nos ha enfrentado a Molina Basket, dejar constancia de que nadie, ninguno de los equipos con posibilidades de ocupar una plaza en la final a 4 de la categoría, tiene la más mínima ilusión por hacerlo. Es algo así como cuando en otras épocas se jugaba la copa del Generalísimo, en la que todo estaba dispuesto para que en su presencia y en el escenario más propicio el Real Madrid se hiciera con el título año tras año. Ayer comentaba con algunos compañeros de viaje en esto de seguir a nuestros equipos, que para mí será justo vencedor de la categoría el equipo que logre llegar a la final, incluso antes de jugarla, todo ello sin quitarle el mérito y el respeto que merece el CB Murcia 95, ya que creo que está en otro nivel totalmente distinto al jugado en esta categoría junior, por lo que de nada le va a servir esta final a 4.

Precisamente ayer me acerqué al Pabellón de Los Dolores a verlos jugar en categoría autonómica frente a E.B. Salesianos, partido que vencieron sin despeinarse (64-112), liderando la tabla junto a MARME, por lo que podría ser un excelente candidato a llevarse el título  de esta categoría en lugar de la junior, si es que se trata de que se lleven un título, insistiendo en que nadie duda que es el equipo que debe ir a representar  a nuestra región en el campeonato de España de Clubes, jugara o no la final a 4 junior.


En cuanto al partido frente a Molina Basket decir que solo durante el primer cuarto el equipo Molinense pareció plantar cara al ya semifinalista Basket Cartagena, finalizando el cuarto con una ventaja de tan solo 3 puntos para el equipo visitante.


Pero al comienzo del segundo cuarto el CBC comenzó a asegurar y seleccionar mejor el tiro a canasta haciéndose definitivamente fuerte en defensa, por lo que el equipo molinense comenzó a desinflarse paulatinamente hasta el final del encuentro, al que a pesar del resultado no perdieron ni la cara ni el respeto, de agradecer tratándose de un equipo que no se jugaba absolutamente nada en su último partido de la temporada. Al descanso el resultado fue de 28-40.

Ya en la segunda parte las distancias en el marcador se fueron haciendo inalcanzables para los locales, encontrándose el equipo cartagenero muy cómodo en el partido, donde todos los jugadores del CBC tuvieron su protagonismo, incluídos Javi Sánchez e Iván Suárez, jugadores cadetes que debutaban en categoría junior y que tuvieron una actuación más que notable.

Fotografías del partido de Antonio Céspedes

Y la próxima semana comienzan las semifinales. Como cuarto clasificado el Basket Cartagena se enfrentará al campeón de la fase regular, el A.D. Infante. Os deseamos mucha suerte a todos y a seguir con la diversión dos semanas más.

Ya para terminar incluyo un comentario aportado por Ricard en la última entrada del blog, donde desgrana algunas "curiosidades" que se han producido en este final de competición:

Curiosidades de la clasificación FINAL:
-Cartagena hubiera quedado 4º, aunque hubiera perdido su partido.

-2º Maristas y 3º Yecla se enfrentarán a los lideres del Grupo BC : Lorca 96 y Pulso2 ...
...partidos (ojo : sólo a priori) mas fáciles que 1º Infante vs. 4ºCartagena.

-5º Capuchinos recibe el premio inesperado CBMurcia-95, que el sentido común dicta que se debía enfrentar a uno de los líderes BC

-Lo nunca visto : del grupo "Especial" realmente sólo pasan 4 (en otras categorias son 6) equipos, ya que uno de ellos ya está virtualmente eliminado (vs. CBMurcia-95), y no podrá jugar la "Final a 4".


Como continuación a las Curiosidades de la clasificación FINAL:

La injusticia de la competición Junior hace que el CBMurcia "A" ,juegue los cuartos de final de una liga en la que NO participa ,claro esto es MURCIA (Autonomia cuasi-bananera) donde los que mandan...en todos los estamentos tienen claro que las cosas se hacen Si o SI por sus "Mojones".
Me imagino lo que pensarían Estudiantes o Vitoria ...si el Barça o el RMadrid SOLO jugaran la liga de campeones y estuvieran clasificados "de facto" y sin jugar ningún partido para los play-off de la LIGA.

Por otra parte ,que el CBMurcia "A" ,además de no participar en la liga...elimine al 5º del Grupo A (especial)...es de juzgado de guardia .
En Capuchinos tienen que estar contentisimos de no haber jugado en la liga "B" ,donde seguro que hubieran conseguido un cruce mucho mas asequible...Maristas o Yecla (a ambos le ganaron uno de los dos partidos en la liga).

En fin "El sentido común" parece (en el caso de los encargados de hacer el calendario de competiciones) ...El menos común de los sentidos.


¡¡¡Qué razón tiene nuestro amigo Ricard!!!


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Linux is a powerhouse when it comes to networking, and provides a full featured and high performance network stack. When combined with web front-ends such asHAProxylighttpdNginxApache or your favorite application server, Linux is a killer platform for hosting web applications. Keeping these applications up and operational can sometimes be a challenge, especially in this age of horizontally scaled infrastructure and commodity hardware. But don't fret, since there are a number of technologies that can assist with making your applications and network infrastructure fault tolerant.

One of these technologies, keepalived, provides interface failover and the ability to perform application-layer health checks. When these capabilities are combined with the Linux Virtual Server (LVS) project, a fault in an application will be detected by keepalived, and the virtual interfaces that are accessed by clients can be migrated to another available node. This article will provide an introduction to keepalived, and will show how to configure interface failover between two or more nodes. Additionally, the article will show how to debug problems with keepalived and VRRP.

What Is Keepalived?


The keepalived project provides a keepalive facility for Linux servers. This keepalive facility consists of a VRRP implementation to manage virtual routers (aka virtual interfaces), and a health check facility to determine if a service (web server, samba server, etc.) is up and operational. If a service fails a configurable number of health checks, keepalived will fail a virtual router over to a secondary node. While useful in its own right, keepalived really shines when combined with the Linux Virtual Server project. This article will focus on keepalived, and a future article will show how to integrate the two to create a fault tolerant load-balancer.

Installing KeepAlived From Source Code


Before we dive into configuring keepalived, we need to install it. Keepalived is distributed as source code, and is available in several package repositories. To install from source code, you can execute wget or curl to retrieve the source, and then run "configure", "make" and "make install" compile and install the software:

$ wget http://www.keepalived.org/software/keepalived-1.1.17.tar.gz  $ tar xfvz keepalived-1.1.17.tar.gz   $ cd keepalived-1.1.17  $ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local  $ make && make install 

In the example above, the keepalived daemon will be compiled and installed as /usr/local/sbin/keepalived.

Configuring KeepAlived


The keepalived daemon is configured through a text configuration file, typically named keepalived.conf. This file contains one or more configuration stanzas, which control notification settings, the virtual interfaces to manage, and the health checks to use to test the services that rely on the virtual interfaces. Here is a sample annotated configuration that defines two virtual IP addresses to manage, and the individuals to contact when a state transition or fault occurs:

# Define global configuration directives global_defs {     # Send an e-mail to each of the following     # addresses when a failure occurs    notification_email {        matty@prefetch.net        operations@prefetch.net    }    # The address to use in the From: header    notification_email_from root@VRRP-director1.prefetch.net     # The SMTP server to route mail through    smtp_server mail.prefetch.net     # How long to wait for the mail server to respond    smtp_connect_timeout 30     # A descriptive name describing the router    router_id VRRP-director1 }  # Create a VRRP instance  VRRP_instance VRRP_ROUTER1 {      # The initial state to transition to. This option isn't     # really all that valuable, since an election will occur     # and the host with the highest priority will become     # the master. The priority is controlled with the priority     # configuration directive.     state MASTER      # The interface keepalived will manage     interface br0      # The virtual router id number to assign the routers to     virtual_router_id 100      # The priority to assign to this device. This controls     # who will become the MASTER and BACKUP for a given     # VRRP instance.     priority 100      # How many seconds to wait until a gratuitous arp is sent     garp_master_delay 2      # How often to send out VRRP advertisements     advert_int 1      # Execute a notification script when a host transitions to     # MASTER or BACKUP, or when a fault occurs. The arguments     # passed to the script are:     #  $1 - "GROUP"|"INSTANCE"     #  $2 = name of group or instance     #  $3 = target state of transition     # Sample: VRRP-notification.sh VRRP_ROUTER1 BACKUP 100     notify "/usr/local/bin/VRRP-notification.sh"      # Send an SMTP alert during a state transition     smtp_alert      # Authenticate the remote endpoints via a simple      # username/password combination     authentication {         auth_type PASS         auth_pass 192837465     }     # The virtual IP addresses to float between nodes. The     # label statement can be used to bring an interface      # online to represent the virtual IP.     virtual_ipaddress {         192.168.1.100 label br0:100         192.168.1.101 label br0:101     } } 

The configuration file listed above is self explanatory, so I won't go over each directive in detail. I will point out a couple of items:

  • Each host is referred to as a director in the documentation, and each director can be responsible for one or more VRRP instances
  • Each director will need its own copy of the configuration file, and the router_id, priority, etc. should be adjusted to reflect the nodes name and priority relative to other nodes
  • To force a specific node to master a virtual address, make sure the director's priority is higher than the other virtual routers
  • If you have multiple VRRP instances that need to failover together, you will need to add each instance to a VRRP_sync_group
  • The notification script can be used to generate custom syslog messages, or to invoke some custom logic (e.g., restart an app) when a state transition or fault occurs
  • The keepalived package comes with numerous configuration examples, which show how to configure numerous aspects of the server

Starting Keepalived


Keepalived can be executed from an RC script, or started from the command line. The following example will start keepalived using the configuration file /usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf:

$ keepalived -f /usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf 

If you need to debug keepalived issues, you can run the daemon with the "--dont-fork", "--log-console" and "--log-detail" options:

$ keepalived -f /usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf --dont-fork --log-console --log-detail 

These options will stop keepalived from fork'ing, and will provide additional logging data. Using these options is especially useful when you are testing out new configuration directives, or debugging an issue with an existing configuration file.

Locating The Router That is Managing A Virtual IP


To see which director is currently the master for a given virtual interface, you can check the output from the ip utility:

VRRP-director1$ ip addr list br0 5: br0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN      link/ether 00:24:8c:4e:07:f6 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff     inet 192.168.1.6/24 brd 192.168.1.255 scope global br0     inet 192.168.1.100/32 scope global br0:100     inet 192.168.1.101/32 scope global br0:101     inet6 fe80::224:8cff:fe4e:7f6/64 scope link         valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever  VRRP-director2$ ip addr list br0 5: br0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN      link/ether 00:24:8c:4e:07:f6 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff     inet 192.168.1.7/24 brd 192.168.1.255 scope global br0     inet6 fe80::224:8cff:fe4e:7f6/64 scope link         valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever 

In the output above, we can see that the virtual interfaces 192.168.1.100 and 192.168.1.101 are currently active on VRRP-director1.

Troubleshooting Keepalived And VRRP


The keepalived daemon will log to syslog by default. Log entries will range from entries that show when the keepalive daemon started, to entries that show state transitions. Here are a few sample entries that show keepalived starting up, and the node transitioning a VRRP instance to the MASTER state:

Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived: Starting Keepalived v1.1.17 (07/03,2009) Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived: Starting VRRP child process, pid=1889 Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Using MII-BMSR NIC polling thread... Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Registering Kernel netlink reflector Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Registering Kernel netlink command channel Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Registering gratutious ARP shared channel Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Opening file '/usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf'. Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Configuration is using : 62990 Bytes Jul  3 16:29:57 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: VRRP_Instance(VRRP_ROUTER1) Transition to MASTER STATE Jul  3 16:29:58 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: VRRP_Instance(VRRP_ROUTER1) Entering MASTER STATE Jul  3 16:29:58 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Netlink: skipping nl_cmd msg... 

If you are unable to determine the source of a problem with the system logs, you can use tcpdump to display the VRRP advertisements that are sent on the local network. Advertisements are sent to a reserved VRRP multicast address (224.0.0.18), so the following filter can be used to display all VRRP traffic that is visible on the interface passed to the "-i" option:

$ tcpdump -vvv -n -i br0 host 224.0.0.18 tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode listening on br0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes  10:18:23.621512 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 255, id 102, offset 0, flags [none], proto VRRP (112), length 40) \                 192.168.1.6 > 224.0.0.18: VRRPv2, Advertisement, vrid 100, prio 100, authtype simple,                  intvl 1s, length 20, addrs: 192.168.1.100 auth "19283746"  10:18:25.621977 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 255, id 103, offset 0, flags [none], proto VRRP (112), length 40) \                 192.168.1.6 > 224.0.0.18: VRRPv2, Advertisement, vrid 100, prio 100, authtype simple,                  intvl 1s, length 20, addrs: 192.168.1.100 auth "19283746"                          ......... 

The output contains several pieces of data that be useful for debugging problems:

authtype - the type of authentication in use (authentication configuration directive) vrid - the virtual router id (virtual_router_id configuration directive) prio - the priority of the device (priority configuration directive) intvl - how often to send out advertisements (advert_int configuration directive) auth - the authentication token sent (auth_pass configuration directive) 

Conclusion


In this article I described how to set up a host to use the keepalived daemon, and provided a sample configuration file that can be used to failover virtual interfaces between servers. Keepalived has a slew of options not covered here, and I will refer you to the keepalived source code and documentation for additional details



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Átutalásnál a rendelésszámot feltétlenül adja meg a közlemény rovatba, ellenkező esetben előfordulhat, hogy nem tudjuk visszakeresni a rendelését. Ebben az esetben nyilvánvalóan nem tudjuk a terméket postázni ill. Önt sem tudjuk értesíteni, hiszen nincs kiindulópontunk!
Fizetés/szállítás:
-2000Ft felett (postaköltséggel együtt) CSAK es KIZÁRÓLAG ajánlottan postázzuk a terméket az alábbiak szerint:
-Ajánlott posta esetén az első termékre a posta 890Ft , minden további 250 Ft/db.
- Sima Levélként 2000Ft alatt: az első termékre a posta 250Ft, minden további termék posta díja 250Ft/db.
Átvétel: azoknak a vásárlóknak akik nem veszik át a rendelt terméket a postától és visszaküldésre kerül a termék cégünkhöz, a postaköltség újbóli megfizetésével tudjuk csak újraküldeni, illetve amennyiben az összeget kéri vissza, a termékek árát tudjuk csak visszautalni, postaköltség nélkül. A termék átvétele az Ön felelőssége! Amennyiben a Mi hibánkból nem tudja átvenni, pl téves címzés miatt, így a postaköltség minket terhel.
Amennyiben a megrendelést követő 24 órán belül nem kap emailt tőlünk, ez azt jelenti, hogy az email cím (freemail és citromail esetén főleg) visszadobta a küldött email-t. Ilyenkor küldjön üzenetet egy másik e-mail címről.
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          Casual Teaching Assistants - Peel District School Board - Peel, ON   
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          Walla Walla Veterans Home Logo Unveiled and Upcoming Grand Opening    

Great News!  It is with great pleasure that we virtually unveil the newly designed logo for the Walla Walla Veterans Home!

This design was submitted by Michael Page at Esprit Graphic Communications, a Kennewick area Veteran Owned Business. Esprit, owned by retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Skip Novakovich and his wife Shannon, has a long history of giving back to their community. We are grateful for the time that Michael took to help us capture the spirit of Walla Walla in his design that is now the symbol for the Walla Walla Veterans Home.

In all, fourteen logos were submitted as part of the design contest. Members of the WDVA Walla Walla Planning Committee reviewed each design and made a nearly unanimous selection.  Our thanks goes to Michael of Esprit and everyone who submitted a logo design!

YOUR newest home is another Eastern Washington investment that continues our focus on the proportionate distribution of our agency resources.  Governor Inslee is supporting the funding we need so we can continue growing our services and facilities to benefit our Eastern Washington brothers, sisters and their families.   The home brings about 100 new WDVA team members to serve with dignity and respect our veterans who need 24/7 short term and long term care.  We would like to invite the general public and especially those who devoted their time and effort to submitting a Walla Walla Veterans Home logo for the contest, to join us at the Grand Opening of this incredible facility! It will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 1pm.  For more information or to RSVP, email us at communications@dva.wa.gov or call 1-800-562-0132 option ‘1’.

Learn more about admissions, employment opportunities and more at Washington’s newest Veterans Home by visiting http://www.dva.wa.gov/veteran-homes/walla-walla-veterans-home

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Walla Walla Veterans Home Logo

          VIGENCIA DE PABLO DE ROKHA   

Publicado en el periódico "Tiempo 21"

Conversando hace unos días con el académico y poeta Naín Nómez, en la octava versión del encuentro “Molina-Poesía”, el experto en De Rokha decía que éste era un poeta en movimiento, y que sus contradicciones (“donde converge el copihue horriblemente tenaz”… “la batalla por la vida va perdida de antemano, pero lo heroico es ganarla”… “como un fabricante de enfermedades que se hiciese vendedor de rosas”) habían dificultado su fijación en un contexto moderno, donde los metarrelatos aspiraban a ser inequívocos. Es por eso que el Partido Comunista de Chile prefirió como cantor de masas a Neruda y borró del mapa al autor de “Los gemidos”, a pesar de la lealtad de éste, porque necesitaba a un poeta como aquél, que exaltara la alegría así sin más: alguien más cercano al arquetipo platónico de que “lo bueno, lo bello y lo verdadero” son lo mismo.


Pero la realidad está preñada de retornos y fluye como un río. En los actuales tiempos, Pablo Neruda –que en el mundo es muy famoso y que en el burdo Chile es ante todo respetado por sus casas– es muy poco visitado por las actuales generaciones de poetas nacionales, y salvo excepciones su influencia es escasa en la poesía de autores recientes, lo cual dista de ser definitivo (es la idea). En cambio De Rokha, junto a Enrique Lihn, es el poeta más querido y respetado y mítico, quizá por su desborde existencial, y porque su discurrir paradójico y total lo hizo estar más allá del bien y del mal y de la tentación de convertirse en sacerdote (o pontífice) de una causa con verdades inmutables, donde puede que haya risa pero nunca carcajada.


Más adelante, me refería Nómez que anhelaba escribir una novela centrada en De Rokha, a quien virtualmente resucitó, pero que temía no estar a la altura. Difícil. Nómez conoce demasiado de la vida y de la obra del maulino, y su pluma de ensayista y de poeta es a ratos notable. Al parecer, el caso De Rokha –el patriarca mesiánico, el padre violento, el vanguardista utópico, el incansable y desdeñado militante, el barroco maldecidor, el macho anciano, el amigo piedra, el torrencial huaso metafísico de Licantén, y el personaje más cinematográfico del arte nacional– seguirá en el tribunal de la belleza y de la realidad. Y en Temuco se hará pronto un homenaje.

          Technical DBA Team Manager (ITIL, Oracle, Linux, Manager) / HM Revenue and Customs / Newcastle, Staffordshire, United Kingdom   
HM Revenue and Customs/Newcastle, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Technical DBA Team Manager (Oracle, SQL, Manager)

With 60000+ staff and 50m customers HMRC is one of the biggest organisations in the UK, running the largest digital operation in Government and one of the biggest IT estates in Europe. We have six modern, state-of-the-art digital delivery centres where multiple cross functional agile teams thrive in one of the most dynamic and innovative environments in the UK. We are expanding our CBP Delivery Group and are recruiting into a number of posts within the Revenue & Customs Digital Technology Service in Newcastle.

About the Technical DBA Team Manager (ITIL, Oracle, Linux, Manager) role

This is a hands on technical management role responsible for the availability and performance of production databases within the agreed KPI's and ITSLA.

You will be managing a team of DBA's supporting both critical production databases for a high profile HMRC service as well as engaging in the end to end

project delivery life-cycle.

You will help ensure the effective operations of database platforms, and proper integration with dependent services through effective staffing, monitoring, metrics, and operational excellence.

You must possess strong leadership, be detail-oriented, a quick decision maker, and have a passion for getting things right.

You will excel at managing multiple projects and tasks, and cross-functional communication within internal Delivery Groups and external suppliers in addition to managing teams during high pressure problem resolution.

You will possess strong written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable handling internal stakeholders and external vendor communications.

The ideal candidate will have experience supporting large-scale, massively concurrent, highly available database systems.

You will lead and performance manage a new team of talented and dedicated DBA's focusing on the health of the database tier through the complete system lifecycle.

You will support teams through scheduled maintenance and release deployment activities after hours.

You will share domain and technical expertise, providing technical mentorship and support the development of a virtual team community in database administration.

Your experience with Oracle RDBMS will be critical to your success; however, you should be prepared and knowledgeable and willing to innovate to explore new technology offerings that will help HMRC to adopt any future technology platform pertinent to the systems being supported.

Other information for the Technical DBA Team Manager (ITIL, Oracle, Linux, Manager) role

Essential:

• Educated to degree level

• 7+ years of industry experience

• 4+ years of experience leading DBAs

• Relevant hands-on technical management experience of DBA support teams and skills - troubleshoot, debug, evaluate, and resolve database software defects.

• Strong technical background on DBA domain

• Excellent communication skills, written and oral communication skills;

• Well versed with the ITIL framework

• People and performance management

• Ability to take the initiative, set schedules and prioritise independently

Desirable:

• Oracle Certified Practitioner

• Management level certification

• Project management experience (involving database maintenance project planning,

capacity planning, knowledge transfer plans)

• Agile Development framework and DevOps

• Good understanding of the underpinning Oracle technology stack:

• Oracle GoldenGate

• Oracle RAC One Node

• Oracle Database 12c

• Oracle DBFS

• Oracle Data Guard

• Oracle Enterprise Linux

• Oracle Enterprise Manager

Working Pattern:

It should be noted that this role will require the successful candidate to provide support 24/7 outside of normal working hours as part of an on-call rota.

Must pass basic security checks and undertake National Security Clearance - Level 2- if security clearance at this level is not already in place

CV's should clearly demonstrate how the candidate meets the essential criteria and qualifications stated above.

The post is based in Longbenton with occasional travel/ to other HMRC and Government departments/locations and supplier offices.

To apply for the role of Technical DBA Team Manager (ITIL, Oracle, Linux, Manager), please click 'apply now'.

Employment Type: Permanent

Pay: 57,000 to 63,000 GBP (British Pound)
Pay Period: Annual
Other Pay Info: £57,000 - £63,000

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          Linux/Windows Software Support Engineer - Weymouth - SC Cleared / Square One Resources / Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom   
Square One Resources/Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

Linux/Windows Software Support Engineer - Weymouth - SC Cleared

Square One are looking for a Linux/Windows Software Support Engineer to come on board for a 3 month contract based in Weymouth.

The Purpose of the Role:

Support the software development teams for the configuration, customization and administration of the Operating Systems (Linux/Windows) and virtualisation environment of the development, test and target platforms in use for delivering large solutions. As a secondary purpose, to support the teams in designing and programming functionalities for the final software solution during administration activities down time.

Essential

Educated to Degree level or equivalent in software, computer science or software related discipline

Certified Linux (RHEL) administrator with at least 3 years' experience

Certified Windows Administrator with at least 3 years' experience

A minimum of 3 years' experience in the following areas:

o Virtualisation platforms using hypervisors/VMs in a multi-OS configuration (Linux/Windows)

o Fine customisation of VMs in a complex networking environment

o PC-Over-IP in virtualised environment

o Network and switch configuration/administration

Experience with Packer and Vagrant.

An understanding of software design methodologies (UML) and programming languages (C++ or Java)

Self-starter and able to learn on the fly

The successful candidate must be capable of achieving security (SC) clearance as a minimum

Desirable

Exposure to Data Distribution Service (DDS)

Commercial experience of UML and OO design methodologies

Commercial experience of Real Time designs, programming concepts and design patterns.

Proficiency in high level programming language (C++ or Java).

Experience of specification development, verification and validation.

Experience of line management or mentoring

Background in defence

Undertake all administration activities for the development, test and target environments of large projects covering:

o Operation Systems administration (Linux/Windows)

o Virtualisation platform configuration (hypervisor, Virtual Machine )

o Networking aspects (Switches, drivers, TCP or UDP IP )

o PC-Over-IP configuration

Contribute to the definition of the system network and topology configuration in support of the software architect.

When required on projects, design, code and unit test software in accordance with the company's procedure and project specific requirements.

Estimate the hours and duration required for own tasks.

Support planning input to project schedules and deliver own work commensurate with those plans.

Contribute information to project reports.

Share Linux/Virtualisation/Networking expertise with the rest of the development team.

This is a 3 month contract based in Weymouth starting immediately.

Linux/Windows Software Support Engineer - Weymouth - SC Cleared

Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 3 months
Other Pay Info: Market rates

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          Oracle DBA (Support, Oracle, Linux) / HM Revenue and Customs / Newcastle, Staffordshire, United Kingdom   
HM Revenue and Customs/Newcastle, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Oracle Database Administrator (Support, Oracle, Linux)

With 60000+ staff and 50m customers HMRC is one of the biggest organisations in the UK, running the largest digital operation in Government and one of the biggest IT estates in Europe. We have six modern, state-of-the-art digital delivery centres where multiple cross functional agile teams thrive in one of the most dynamic and innovative environments in the UK. We are expanding our CBP Delivery Group and are recruiting into a number of posts within the Revenue & Customs Digital Technology Service in Newcastle.

About the Oracle Database Administrator (Support, Oracle, Linux) role

The database administrator will be responsible for the implementation, configuration, maintenance, and performance of critical Oracle systems to ensure the availability and consistent performance of our corporate applications.

Working as part of a team, the successful candidate will support the development and sustainment of the databases, ensuring operational readiness (security, health and performance), executing data loads, performing monitoring and support of both development and production support teams.

This is a technical role requiring solid technical skills, excellent written and interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment. Sharing knowledge/skills and developing productive working relationships, as well as being able to use own initiative. A flexible team player with a pro-active outlook to delivery and the rapidly changing working environment.

Responsibilities of the Oracle Database Administrator (Support, Oracle, Linux)

Manage databases through multiple product lifecycle environments, from development to mission-critical production systems to decommissioning on both virtual and physical midrange systems

Configure and maintain database servers and processes, including monitoring of system health and performance, to ensure high levels of performance, availability, and security.

Support development teams to ensure development and implementation support efforts meet integration and performance expectations.

Independently analyse, solve, and correct issues in real time, providing problem resolution end-to-end.

Refine and automate regular processes, track issues, and document changes.

Perform scheduled maintenance and support release deployment activities after hours.

Other Information about the Oracle Database Administrator (Support, Oracle, Linux) role

Essential:

2 years+ experience in database management and performance tuning and optimisation, using native monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting tools, backup restores and recovery models on virtual machines and physical midrange systems.

A good working knowledge of Oracle Enterprise Linux operating systems running on Oracle 12c.

Experience in building virtual multi-tenant databases within on a Linux virtual platform to include database upgrade and regular patching and maintenance.

A good knowledge of Oracle GRID Infrastructure plus Oracle Enterprise Manager(OEM).

Has undertaken and can demonstrate appropriate Oracle technical training for the role.

Desirable:

• BSC degree in computer science or equivalent.

• Oracle GoldenGate

• Oracle RAC One Node

• Oracle DBFS

• Oracle Data Guard

• Netbackup

Training for the desirable criteria will be provided for the right candidate who meets the essential criteria.

Working Pattern:

This post is full time however applicants whom would like to work an alternative working pattern - are welcome to apply. All requests will be considered, although the preferred working pattern may not be available.

It should be noted that this role will require the successful candidate to provide support 24/7 outside of normal working hours as part of an on-call rota.

Must pass basic security checks and undertake National Security Clearance - Level 2- if security clearance at this level is not already in place

CV's should clearly demonstrate how the candidate meets the essential criteria and qualifications stated above.

Sift / Interviews

Applicants will be sifted based upon demonstration of the essential criteria.

The post is based in Newcastle with occasional travel/ to other HMRC and Government departments/locations and supplier offices.

To apply for the role of Oracle Database Administrator (Support, Oracle, Linux), please click 'apply now'.

Employment Type: Permanent

Pay: 37,537 to 41,488 GBP (British Pound)
Pay Period: Annual
Other Pay Info: £37,537 - £41,488

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          Systems Engineer (Cloud, ITIL, AWS, Linux) / HM Revenue and Customs / Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom   
HM Revenue and Customs/Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom

Cloud Systems Engineer (Design, Developer, ITIL, AWS, Linux) - Cloud Delivery Group

Salary: Competitive

Location: Telford

With 60000+ staff and 50m customers HMRC is one of the biggest organisations in the UK, running the largest digital operation in Government and one of the biggest IT estates in Europe. We have six modern, state-of-the-art digital delivery centres where multiple cross functional agile teams thrive in one of the most dynamic and innovative environments in the UK. We are expanding our Cloud Delivery Group and are recruiting into a number of posts within the Revenue & Customs Digital Technology Service in Telford.

Background

This is an exciting opportunity to join HMRC's Cloud Delivery Group (CDG) where you will be working across one of the biggest IT estates in Europe and supporting a large scale and radical transformation that will have a profound impact for both the customers and the staff of HMRC. As part of the Development, Test and Operate (DTO) Directorate, the Cloud Development team is responsible for translating overarching IT strategy into the technical architecture for CDG. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced Technical Architect to work within HMRC's Cloud domain during a time of significant change and transformation as HMRC drives the focus of IT delivery away from product centric solutions and fully exploits the opportunities that Digital Services and Data Analytics can provide. This position will play a key role in supporting Delivery Groups with the creation and execution of technology roadmaps that will drive HMRC's hugely complex IT estate towards a smaller set of strategic systems whilst decommissioning a large proportion of the legacy.

Role Requirements for the Cloud Systems Engineer (Design, Developer, ITIL, AWS, Linux)

The Cloud Systems Engineering team are responsible for the development of Cloud tooling and environments for the Cloud Delivery Group that make up service offerings consumed both internally (within the boundaries of CDG) and externally (service offerings made available to the rest of the IT Department). We are therefore looking for a seasoned Systems Engineer with a solid background in Hosting and Cloud technology. Candidates should have experience working on large enterprise estates designing and implementing physical and virtual infrastructure, associated management and deployment tooling.

This is a dynamic and changing environment and so we're looking for someone who's up for working in an ever changing technology landscape that is centred on Cloud.

Accountabilities of the Cloud Systems Engineer (Design, Developer, ITIL, AWS, Linux):

• Design and develop tooling, products and solutions for the Cloud Delivery Group at the direction of the Product Owners.

• Liaise with CTO and Product Owners to deliver engineering roadmaps showing key items such as upgrades, technical refreshes and new versions;

• Review and ensure conformance of tooling test plans to meet expected quality standards;

• Work as part of a technical team in a collaborative and innovative way, developing CDG products and services;

• Be accountable for personal development and training.

Tasks:

• Work with Senior Systems Engineer to develop tooling design.

• Develop knowledge of cloud provider roadmaps and maintain proficiency in industry technologies and trends.

• Implement new capabilities into the CDG offerings and service catalogues.

• Advise on engineering standards, procedures, methods, tools and techniques.

• Contribute to reviews and audits of projects from an engineering perspective.

• Contribute to the assessment and validation of engineering risk.

• Engage in knowledge transfer across CDG

• Engage in continuous improvement to improve CDG performance.

• Conduct personal professional development to keep up to date on new technologies.

Essential Criteria of the Cloud Systems Engineer (Design, Developer, ITIL, AWS, Linux) role

You will need to demonstrate within your application the following essential experience -

• A good understanding and working knowledge of Public Cloud offerings (AWS, Azure etc.).

• The ability to script and automate all activities in Hyperscale Cloud.

• Solid experience of working with Linux and Microsoft Server Operating Systems.

• Domain and Administration technologies (Active Directory) and designs.

• Backup, Anti-Virus, Monitoring (ELK, Splunk, Grafana etc.).

• Demonstrate an ability to communicate across IT disciplines to get the best solution and ensure nothing gets overlooked that could jeopardise performance or the integrity of the existing IT estate.

• Able to work effectively in pressurised situations and can be relied upon to deliver, irrespective of circumstances.

• Able to work in highly ambiguous situations and without supervision

• The successful applicant for this role will need to be eligible for and willing to undergo SC clearance following appointment in to the post.

Desirable Experience for the Cloud Systems Engineer (Design, Developer, ITIL, AWS, Linux)

• A good understanding or working knowledge of Container technologies such as Docker.

• A good understanding or working knowledge of the following tools: Puppet, Ansible, Jenkins, and Terraform.

• Experience of working in an agile environment and experience with agile methodologies such as TDD, Scrum, Kanban.

• Solid experience of developing DNS across Cloud providers.

• Backup, Anti-Virus, Monitoring (ELK, Splunk, Grafana etc.) specific to Hyperscale Cloud.

• Experience or awareness of ITIL ways of working.

Key leadership behaviours of the Cloud Systems Engineer (Design, Developer, ITIL, AWS, Linux)

• Changing and Improving

• Leading and Communicating

• Delivering at Pace

To apply for the role of Cloud Systems Engineer (Design, Developer, ITIL, AWS, Linux), please click apply now button.

Employment Type: Permanent

Pay: 49,875 to 55,125 GBP (British Pound)
Pay Period: Annual
Other Pay Info: £49,875 - £55,125

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          Senior DevOps Consultant - VMware, VxRail, Puppet, Ansiable, Terraform / Mercator IT Solutions / Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom   
Mercator IT Solutions/Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Senior DevOps Consultant - VMware, VxRail, Puppet, Ansiable, Terraform, CI/CD, Agile. WebLogic is required my client who is based in Rickmansworth near Watford.

My client is looking to fill two Senior DevOps Consultant roles for 12 months, to help them improve delivery of their environments, streamline code delivery and orchestrate virtualised environments on existing hardware. They are using OVM(Oracle Virtualisation Manager) as they currently are provisioning DEV/TEST environments on an Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, for their Oracle stack - WebLogic and DB. For non-oracle products they are building a VMWare environment on a converged systems called VxRail from Dell, which is a converged infrastructure appliance.

So, skills required are:

Virtualisation technologies - either or - Oracle PCA, VMWare, VxRail

Automation tooling - Puppet, Ansible, Terraform, Packer

Middleware - not too important, but an understanding of JAVA containers, WeBlogic would be ideal, but JBOSS is good.

CD/CI understanding - Agile delivery of infra and code.

My client needs a seasoned consultant who can lead and be lead. You need to be able to take ownership of tasks, find a solution and guide, and/or take instructions and follow requirements. You need to be a good communicator as you will be reporting to tech leads.

Mercator IT Solutions provides services as an agency and an employment business

Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 12 months
Other Pay Info: £Market

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          50% OFF Nudist Summer Sale: Hit the Beach   

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          ISB to launch a Startup Incubator in Hyderabad   

Indian School Business (ISB) had announced the launch of the facilities for its virtual startup incubation and acceleration arm DLabs, in order to support and foster the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in various sectors in Hyderabad. DLabs will provide a proper environment and ecosystem in place for startups to push forward their entrepreneurial journey. While […]

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          France, Spain, Italy & Portugal to Share Online Poker Pools   

Universally accessed, border-free online poker - at least in Europe - is showing signs of resurgence from its ashes.

At least that's the impression left after an announcement today from French gaming regulator ARJEL.

On July 6 the Regulatory Authorities of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal will sign an agreement for the shared liquidity of online poker.

As communicated by the General Directorate of Game Management:

"This agreement will lay the foundations for cooperation between the signatory authorities in such a framework and will be followed by developments within each jurisdiction that are necessary in order to make liquidity possible for the game of poker. "

After years of being in walled off, segregated markets, this is great news for French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese poker players and means the opening of internet frontiers for players.

It also likely means a surge in new poker offerings from licensed online rooms to bring in new recreational players and expand the player pool even further.

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Regulators make it happen.

In the Works Since Last May

The agreement between Spain, France, Italy and Portugal didn't emerged from nowhere.

Last May regulators from Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom held a meeting in Lisbon where several aspects of administrative cooperation between the parties were discussed.

Issues such as money laundering and terrorist financing, new games, virtual currencies, cross border enforcement and prevention of fraud were discussed.

Shortly after the DGOJ held a meeting with the Danish Regulatory Authority (Spillemyndigheden), whose legislation is very similar to the Spanish one, and where also conversations of future were held.

UK, Germany Not Included for Now

While the inclusion of major poker playing populations like the UK, Germany and Scandinavia would be a dream it will be the countries of "Southern Europe" that take the first step on July 6 in Rome.

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Adding UK would be nice, too.

France, Spain, Italy and Portugal will give their online players the opportunity to do something they have advocated for for years: to play amongst each other.

The expanded player pool will likely inspire poker rooms like PokerStars, PartyPoker and 888poker to consider organizing tournaments that take into account the overall pool of players from all four countries (although some operators are not yet licensed in some countries, like 888poker in Portugal).

It's also well known that the #1 French poker operator, Winamax, is preparing its entry into Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Details of the implementation are still to be sorted but the framework for cooperation should be in place the begin the process starting as early as next week.

w/ files from Alvaro Quiros.



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          How to Add SMS to Your Node.js Apps with Express   

The Nexmo SMS API allows you to send and receive a high volume of SMS anywhere in the world. Once you get your virtual phone number, you can use the API to manage outbound messages ("sending") and inbound messages ("receiving"). In this article, you will learn how to send and receive SMS messages with Node.js and Express.


          Modulating Speckle for Better OCT Imaging   
Technique, which reportedly can produce images with virtually no speckle noise, is adaptable to systems that are already commercially available. - Source: www.osa-opn.org
          Diving into the Python Pickle formatt   

pickle is python’s serialization format, able to freeze data, as long as all leaves in class hierarchies are storeable. pickle falls into the category of formats that I’m not a huge fan of. Like all serialization formats heavily tied to a language, it makes interop harder and pushes platform and language concerns all the way to the storage layer.

You could do worse than look into Protobuf and Avro when looking for a fast serialization format for your network protocol needs. When speed isn’t so much of an issue, EDN and JSON are also good candidates.

I had no choice but to look into pickle since I am writing a compatibility layer for the carbon binary protocol in clojure within the cyanite project.

The work described in this article is available in pickler.

Format definition

One of the first hurdles when investigating pickle is finding its reference. I didn’t find a formal format definition, but it ended up not being that part to piece things together.

I started off looking at how graphite serializes metrics, the structure is rather simple, and ends up looking like this:

metrics = [
  [ "web1.cpu0.user", [ 1332444075, 10.5 ] ],
  [ "web1.cpu1.user", [ 1332444076, 90.3 ] ]
]

We can now add in some code to write the metrics out:

pickle.dump(metrics, open("frozen.p", "wb"))

In addition to this, the best source seems obviously to be the documentation and source code of the pickletools python modules (See https://docs.python.org/3.4/library/pickletools.html and http://hg.python.org/cpython/file/087cdbf49e80/Lib/pickletools.py#l38)

In addition to this, it’s going to be useful to work with the hexdump of the output data from above:

00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
00000060: 652e                                     e.

A stack-based virtual machine.

To get a sense of how pickle works, a good approach is to use the disassembly facility provided by python -m pickletools <file.pickle>, for the above file this generates:

    0: \x80 PROTO      3
    2: ]    EMPTY_LIST
    3: q    BINPUT     0
    5: (    MARK
    6: ]        EMPTY_LIST
    7: q        BINPUT     1
    9: (        MARK
   10: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu0.user'
   29: q            BINPUT     2
   31: ]            EMPTY_LIST
   32: q            BINPUT     3
   34: (            MARK
   35: J                BININT     1332444075
   40: G                BINFLOAT   10.5
   49: e                APPENDS    (MARK at 34)
   50: e            APPENDS    (MARK at 9)
   51: ]        EMPTY_LIST
   52: q        BINPUT     4
   54: (        MARK
   55: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu1.user'
   74: q            BINPUT     5
   76: ]            EMPTY_LIST
   77: q            BINPUT     6
   79: (            MARK
   80: J                BININT     1332444076
   85: G                BINFLOAT   90.3
   94: e                APPENDS    (MARK at 79)
   95: e            APPENDS    (MARK at 54)
   96: e        APPENDS    (MARK at 5)
   97: .    STOP
highest protocol among opcodes = 2

Looking at the code and documentation it becomes evident that we are dealing with a stack based virtual machine which keeps track of objects. The file is just a list of serialized opcodes, the first one being expected to be the protocol version and the last one a stop opcode. When the stop opcode is met, the current object on the stack is popped.

In the case of graphite data the objects built are simple collections, the relevant operations can be trimmed down to:

 2: ]    EMPTY_LIST
 6: ]        EMPTY_LIST
10: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu0.user'
31: ]            EMPTY_LIST
35: J                BININT     1332444075
40: G                BINFLOAT   10.5
49: e                APPENDS
50: e            APPENDS
51: ]        EMPTY_LIST
55: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu1.user'
76: ]            EMPTY_LIST
80: J                BININT     1332444076
85: G                BINFLOAT   90.3
94: e                APPENDS
95: e            APPENDS
96: e        APPENDS

Parsing opcodes

In terms of layout on disk, opcodes are either fixed size or contain a fixed size field indicating the size of the variable part.

Protocol opcode

The protocol opcode has a code of 0x80 and is followed by a single byte for the version.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Stop opcode

The stop opcode (0x2e or . in ASCII) denotes the end of the pickle data.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e           e.

Empty list opcode

The empty list opcode has code 0x5d (the ASCII equivalent of ]), this opcode has no additional data.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Append opcode

The append opcode denotes the end of a list, the currently open collection should be closed and pushed back onto the stack.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365> 7271 025d eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Unicode opcode

The unicode opcode has code 0x58 (or ASCII X) and follows a simple structure:

    struct bin_unicode {
       char       code;    /* 0x58 */
       u_int32_t  length;  /* payload size in network byte order */
       char      *payload; /* variable size */
    };

Here are the three fields highlighted from our example payloads each time they appear:

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077 ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Integer opcode

Integers are stored with the 0x4a opcode at a fixed length of 4 bytes and in network byte order.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077 ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

The infamous double opcode

The way doubles are serialized is a bit startling, it comes down to just writing out the double storage. In C deserializing would come down to:

    double deserialize(const char *input) {
      double output;

      memcpy(&output, input, sizeof(output));
      return (output);
    }
    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

AST Generation

The Abstract Syntax Tree for such a format is nothing more than a list of opcode. Parsing just requires making sure the first opcode is a protocol one and should stop when a stop opcode is met.

Generating an AST for the above syntax in clojure turned out to be very simple, provided we worked with the java ByteBuffer class.

Here’s the bulk of the work:

(defn raw->ast
  "Convert binary data into a list of pickle opcodes and data"
  [bb]
  (lazy-seq
   (when (pos? (.remaining bb))
     (let [b    (bit-and 0xff (.get bb))
           elem (opcode b bb)]
       (cons elem (raw->ast bb))))))

A seq is built by fetching a byte and sending it to an opcode function, along with the rest of the buffer.

The opcode function is best built as a multimethod which dispatches on the opcode: (defmulti opcode (fn [b _] (bit-or b 0x00))), methods can then be implemented simply, for instance here are append and int parsing:

(defmethod opcode 0x4a
  [_ bb]
  {:type :int :val (.getInt bb)})

(defmethod opcode 0x65
  [_ bb]
  {:type :append})

With this, we end up with an AST of the following form. It’s now much easier to write functions that parse this AST and extract

({:type :protocol, :version 3}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 0}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 1}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :unicode, :size 14, :val "web1.cpu0.user"}
 {:type :binput, :index 2}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 3}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :int, :val 1332444075}
 {:type :double, :val 10.5}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 4}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :unicode, :size 14, :val "web1.cpu1.user"}
 {:type :binput, :index 5}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 6}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :int, :val 1332444076}
 {:type :double, :val 90.3}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :stop})

Some final thoughts on pickle

I still think pickle should be avoided in general, but I found myself in one of the rare cases where it’s necessary to interact with it from outside python. If you’re a python developer and following along, please consider other serialization formats.

Hopefully This should give you enough to start playing around with pickle, here are a few resources for doing so in other languages:


          Solving Nginx logging in 60 lines of Haskell   

Nginx is well-known for only logging to files and being unable to log to syslog out of the box.

There are a few ways around this, one that is often proposed is creating named pipes (or FIFOs) before starting up nginx. Pipes have the same properties than regular files in UNIX (to adhere to the important notion that everything is a file in UNIX), but they expect data written to them to be consumed by another process at some point. To compensate for the fact that consumers might sometimes be slower than producers they maintain a buffer of readily available data, with a hard maximum of 64k in Linux systems for instance.

Small digression: understanding linux pipes max buffer size

It can be a bit confusing to figure out what the exact size of FIFO buffer is in linux. Our first reflex will be to look at the output of ulimit

# ulimit -a
core file size          (blocks, -c) 0
data seg size           (kbytes, -d) unlimited
scheduling priority             (-e) 30
file size               (blocks, -f) unlimited
pending signals                 (-i) 63488
max locked memory       (kbytes, -l) unlimited
max memory size         (kbytes, -m) unlimited
open files                      (-n) 1024
pipe size            (512 bytes, -p) 8
POSIX message queues     (bytes, -q) 819200
real-time priority              (-r) 99
stack size              (kbytes, -s) 8192
cpu time               (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes              (-u) 63488
virtual memory          (kbytes, -v) unlimited
file locks                      (-x) unlimited

Which seems to indicate that the available pipe size in bytes is 512 * 8, amounting to 4kb. Turns out, this is the maximum atomic size of a payload on a pipe, but the kernel reserves several buffers for each created pipe, with a hard limit set in https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/include/linux/pipe_fs_i.h?id=refs/tags/v3.13-rc1#n4.

The limit turns out to be 4096 * 16, amounting to 64kb, still not much.

Pipe consumption strategies

Pipes are tricky beasts and will bite you if you try to consume them from syslog-ng or rsyslog without anything in between. First lets see what happens if you write on a pipe which has no consumer:

$ mkfifo foo
$ echo bar > foo

bash

That’s right, having no consumer on a pipe results in blocking writes which will not please nginx, or any other process which expects logging a line to a file to be a fast operation (and in many application will result in total lock-up).

Even though we can expect a syslog daemon to be mostly up all the time, it imposes huge availability constraints on a system daemon that can otherwise safely sustain short availability glitches.

A possible solution

What if instead of letting rsyslog do the work we wrapped the nginx process in with a small wrapper utility, responsible for pushing logs out to syslog. The utility would:

  • Clean up old pipes
  • Provision pipes
  • Set up a connection to syslog
  • Start nginx in the foreground, while watching pipes for incoming data

The only requirement with regard to nginx’s configuration is to start it in the foreground, which can be enabled with this single line in nginx.conf:

daemon off;

Wrapper behavior

We will assume that the wrapper utility receives a list of command line arguments corresponding to the pipes it has to open, if for instance we only log to /var/log/nginx/access.log and /var/log/nginx/error.log we could call our wrapper - let’s call it nginxpipe - this way:

nginxpipe nginx-access:/var/log/nginx/access.log nginx-error:/var/log/nginx/error.log

Since the wrapper would stay in the foreground to watch for its child nginx process, integration in init scripts has to account for it, for ubuntu’s upstart this translates to the following configuration in /etc/init/nginxpipe.conf:

respawn
exec nginxpipe nginx-access:/var/log/nginx/access.log nginx-error:/var/log/nginx/error.log

Building the wrapper

For once, the code I’ll show won’t be in clojure since it does not lend itself well to such tasks, being hindered by slow startup times and inability to easily call OS specific functions. Instead, this will be built in haskell which lends itself very well to system programming, much like go (another more-concise-than-c system programming language).

First, our main function:

main = do
  mainlog <- openlog "nginxpipe" [PID] DAEMON NOTICE
  updateGlobalLogger rootLoggerName (setHandlers [mainlog])
  updateGlobalLogger rootLoggerName (setLevel NOTICE)
  noticeM "nginxpipe" "starting up"
  args <- getArgs
  mk_pipes $ map get_logname args
  noticeM "nginxpipe" "starting nginx"
  ph <- runCommand "nginx"
  exit_code <- waitForProcess ph
  noticeM "nginxpipe" $ "nginx stopped with code: " ++ show exit_code

We start by creating a log handler, then using it as our only log destination throughout the program. We then call mk_pipes which will look on the given arguments and finally start the nginx process and wait for it to return.

The list of argument given to mk_pipes is slightly modified, it transforms the initial list consisting of

[ "nginx-access:/var/log/nginx/access.log", "nginx-error:/var/log/nginx/error.log"]

into a list of string-tuples:

[("nginx-access","/var/log/nginx/access.log"), ("nginx-error","/var/log/nginx/error.log")]

To create this modified list which just map our input list with a simple function:

is_colon x = x == ':'
get_logname path = (ltype, p) where (ltype, (_:p)) = break is_colon path

Next up is the pipe creation, since Haskell has no loop we use tail recursion to iterate on the list of tuples:

mk_pipes :: [(String,String)] -> IO ()
mk_pipes (pipe:pipes) = do
  mk_pipe pipe
  mk_pipes pipes
mk_pipes [] = return ()

The bulk of work happens in the mk_pipe function:

mk_pipe :: (String,String) -> IO ()
mk_pipe (ltype,path) = do
  safe_remove path
  createNamedPipe path 0644
  fd <- openFile path ReadMode
  hSetBuffering fd LineBuffering
  void $ forkIO $ forever $ do
    is_eof <- hIsEOF fd
    if is_eof then threadDelay 1000000 else get_line ltype fd

The intersting bit in that function is the last 3 lines, where we create a new “IO Thread” with forkIO inside which we loop forever waiting for input for at most 1 second, logging to syslog when new input comes in.

The two remaining functions get_line and safe_remove have very simple definitions, I intentionnaly left a small race-condition in safe_remove to make it more readable:

safe_remove path = do
  exists <- doesFileExist path
  when exists $ removeFile path

get_line ltype fd = do
  line <- hGetLine fd
  noticeM ltype line

I’m not diving into each line of the code, there is plenty of great litterature on haskell, I’d recommmend “real world haskell” as a great first book on the language.

I just wanted to show-case the fact that Haskell is a great alternative for building fast and lightweight system programs.

The awesome part: distribution!

The full source for this program is available at https://github.com/pyr/nginxpipe, it can be built in one of two ways:

  • Using the cabal dependency management system (which calls GHC)
  • With the GHC compiler directly

With cabal you would just run:

cabal install --prefix=/somewhere

Let’s look at the ouput:

$ ldd /somewhere/bin/nginxpipe 
linux-vdso.so.1 (0x00007fffe67fe000)
librt.so.1 => /usr/lib/librt.so.1 (0x00007fb8064d8000)
libutil.so.1 => /usr/lib/libutil.so.1 (0x00007fb8062d5000)
libdl.so.2 => /usr/lib/libdl.so.2 (0x00007fb8060d1000)
libpthread.so.0 => /usr/lib/libpthread.so.0 (0x00007fb805eb3000)
libgmp.so.10 => /usr/lib/libgmp.so.10 (0x00007fb805c3c000)
libm.so.6 => /usr/lib/libm.so.6 (0x00007fb805939000)
libgcc_s.so.1 => /usr/lib/libgcc_s.so.1 (0x00007fb805723000)
libc.so.6 => /usr/lib/libc.so.6 (0x00007fb805378000)
/lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007fb8066e0000)
$ du -sh /somewhere/bin/nginxpipe
1.9M /somewhere/bin/nginxpipe

That’s right, no crazy dependencies (for instance, this figures out the correct dependencies across archlinux, ubuntu and debian for me) and a smallish executable.

Obviously this is not a complete solution as-is, but quickly adding support for a real configuration file would not be a huge endeavour, where for instance an alternative command to nginx could be provided.

Hopefully this will help you consider haskell for your system programming needs in the future!


          The death of the configuration file   

Taking on a new platform design recently I thought it was interesting to see how things evolved in the past years and how we design and think about platform architecture.

So what do we do ?

As system developers, system administrators and system engineers, what do we do ?

  • We develop software
  • We design architectures
  • We configure systems

But it isn’t the purpose of our jobs, for most of us, our purpose is to generate business value. From a non technical perspective we generate business value by creating a system which renders one or many functions and provides insight into its operation.

And we do this by developing, logging, configuration and maintaining software across many machines.

When I started doing this - back when knowing how to write a sendmail configuration file could get you a paycheck - it all came down to setting up a few machines, a database server a web server a mail server, each logging locally and providing its own way of reporting metrics.

When designing custom software, you would provide reports over a local AF_UNIX socket, and configure your software by writing elegant parsers with yacc (or its GNU equivalent, bison).

When I joined the OpenBSD team, I did a lot of work on configuration files, ask any members of the team, the configuration files are a big concern, and careful attention is put into clean, human readable and writable syntax, additionally, all configuration files are expected to look and feel the same, for consistency.

It seems as though the current state of large applications now demands another way to interact with operating systems, and some tools are now leading the way.

So what has changed ?

While our mission is still the same from a non technical perspective, the technical landscape has evolved and went through several phases.

  1. The first era of repeatable architecture

    We first realized that as soon as several machines performed the same task the need for repeatable, coherent environments became essential. Typical environments used a combination of cfengine, NFS and mostly perl scripts to achieve these goals.

    Insight and reporting was then providing either by horrible proprietary kludges that I shall not name here, or emergent tools such as netsaint (now nagios), mrtg and the like.

  2. The XML mistake

    Around that time, we started hearing more and more about XML, then touted as the solution to almost every problem. The rationale was that XML was - somewhat - easy to parse, and would allow developers to develop configuration interfaces separately from the core functionality.

    While this was a noble goal, it was mostly a huge failure. Above all, it was a victory of developers over people using their software, since they didn’t bother writing syntax parsers and let users cope with the complicated syntax.

    Another example was the difference between Linux’s iptables and OpenBSD’s pf. While the former was supposed to be the backend for a firewall handling tool that never saw the light of day, the latter provided a clean syntax.

  3. Infrastructure as code

    Fast forward a couple of years, most users of cfengine were fed up with its limitations, architectures while following the same logic as before became bigger and bigger. The need for repeatable and sane environments was as important as it ever was.

    At that point of time, PXE installations were added to the mix of big infrastructures and many people started looking at puppet as a viable alternative to cfengine.

    puppet provided a cleaner environment, and allowed easier formalization of technology, platform and configuration. Philosophically though, puppet stays very close to cfengine by providing a way to configure large amounts of system through a central repository.

    At that point, large architectures also needed command and control interfaces. As noted before, most of these were implemented as perl or shell scripts in SSH loops.

    On the monitoring and graphing front, not much was happening, nagios and cacti were almost ubiquitous, while some tools such as ganglia and collectd were making a bit of progress.

Where are we now ?

At some point recently, our applications started doing more. While for a long time the canonical dynamic web application was a busy forum, more complex sites started appearing everywhere. We were not building and operating sites anymore but applications. And while with the help of haproxy, varnish and the likes, the frontend was mostly a settled affair, complex backends demanded more work.

At the same time the advent of social enabled applications demanded much more insight into the habits of users in applications and thorough analytics.

New tools emerged to help us along the way:

  • In memory key value caches such as memcached and redis
  • Fast elastic key value stores such as cassandra
  • Distributed computing frameworks such as hadoop
  • And of course on demand virtualized instances, aka: The Cloud
  1. Some daemons only provide small functionality

    The main difference in the new stack found in backend systems is that the software stacks that run are not useful on their own anymore.

    Software such as zookeeper, kafka, rabbitmq serve no other purpose that to provide supporting services in applications and their functionality are almost only available as libraries to be used in distributed application code.

  2. Infrastructure as code is not infrastructure in code !

    What we missed along the way it seems is that even though our applications now span multiple machines and daemons provide a subset of functionality, most tools still reason with the machine as the top level abstraction.

    puppet for instance is meant to configure nodes, not cluster and makes dependencies very hard to manage. A perfect example is the complications involved in setting up configurations dependent on other machines.

    Monitoring and graphing, except for ganglia has long suffered from the same problem.

The new tools we need

We need to kill local configurations, plain and simple. With a simple enough library to interact with distant nodes, starting and stopping service, configuration can happen in a single place and instead of relying on a repository based configuration manager, configuration should happen from inside applications and not be an external process.

If this happens in a library, command & control must also be added to the mix, with centralized and tagged logging, reporting and metrics.

This is going to take some time, because it is a huge shift in the way we write software and design applications. Today, configuration management is a very complex stack of workarounds for non standardized interactions with local package management, service control and software configuration.

Today dynamically configuring bind, haproxy and nginx, installing a package on a Debian or OpenBSD, restarting a service, all these very simple tasks which we automate and operate from a central repository force us to build complex abstractions. When using puppet, chef or pallet, we write complex templates because software was meant to be configured by humans.

The same goes for checking the output of running arbitrary scripts on machines.

  1. Where we’ll be tomorrow

    With the ease PaaS solutions bring to developers, and offers such as the ones from VMWare and open initiatives such as OpenStack, it seems as though virtualized environments will very soon be found everywhere, even in private companies which will deploy such environments on their own hardware.

    I would not bet on it happening but a terse input and output format for system tools and daemons would go a long way in ensuring easy and fast interaction with configuration management and command and control software.

    While it was a mistake to try to push XML as a terse format replacing configuration file to interact with single machines, a terse format is needed to interact with many machines providing the same service, or to run many tasks in parallel - even though, admittedly , tools such as capistrano or mcollective do a good job at running things and providing sensible output.

  2. The future is now !

    Some projects are leading the way in this new orientation, 2011 as I’ve seen it called will be the year of the time series boom. For package management and logging, Jordan Sissel released such great tools as logstash and fpm. For easy graphing and deployment etsy released great tools, amongst which statsd.

    As for bridging the gap between provisionning, configuration management, command and control and deploys I think two tools, both based on jclouds1 are going in the right direction:

    • Whirr2: Which let you start a cluster through code, providing

    recipes for standard deploys (zookeeper, hadoop)

    • pallet3: Which lets you describe your infrastructure as code and

    interact with it in your own code. pallet’s phase approach to cluster configuration provides a smooth dependency framework which allows easy description of dependencies between configuration across different clusters of machines.

  3. Who’s getting left out ?

    One area where things seem to move much slower is network device configuration, for people running open source based load-balancers and firewalls, things are looking a bit nicer, but the switch landscape is a mess. As tools mostly geared towards public cloud services will make their way in private corporate environments, hopefully they’ll also get some of the programmable


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Over 250 folks attended the rally.

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          Ciera Foster on becoming Livewire, Ninjak Vs, and the Future (Toylab Exclusive Interview)   

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Toylab bloggers have made no secret that they are excited about the direction of Valiant Entertainment. With the launch of X-O Manowar comic, the upcoming Secret Weapons series and of course the upcoming live action Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe. We are thrilled to bring you an interview with one of the star's from Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe, Ciera Foster. Ciera Foster is playing one of my favorite Valiant characters, Livewire. When casting for Ninjak vs was going on I openly wondered if they would find an actress who could portray the mixture of intelligence and bad assness that is Livewire and with Ciera they just flat out nailed it. She is intelligent, beautiful, and a good person as well. On top of all that she brings a legit athletic and martial arts resume to the table. Toylab's Marvel Matt sought out Ciera on questions about playing Livewire and she kindly answered.

If you love Valiant, if you are curious about Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe then you need to read this interview. Ciera has an infectious enthusiasm for playing Livewire that has pushed my excitement for seeing her in action to 11.
Divinity #0 - Ciera Foster - Livewire Cover

As part of highlighting the Ninjak vs film Valiant is releasing a series of variant covers featuring the actors.  The Ciera Foster - Livewire cover will come out with Divinity #0.  It looks amazing!




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Ciera we are very excited to see you play Livewire in Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.  What was the first thing that excited you as an actress about playing Livewire?

Firstly, thank you and the enthusiasm is certainly mutual!!! Thinking how to respond to that question is a bit tricky because it's a loaded answer. - The first thing that comes to mind is hands down the simple fact that I am a comic book, cartoon, video game fan. Yes, ME!!! I grew up with my older brother Nick and my guy cousins Keion and Cedric and we practically lived (and still do I might add) all things superhero,... seriously! But that's just the tip of the iceberg. I love playing Livewire not only because of what she is "a superhero" but because of WHO she is. Livewire is a natural leader with boundless compassion yet yields uncompromising strength. She's both admired and respected and hates wrongdoing particularly at the cost of the defenseless. Daily I'm blown away at the blessing of playing this character whose values are so aligned with my own. She continues to amaze me. With my background in athletics and my previous and current endeavors in the humanitarian field I couldn't have written a better character for me to play, which is a credit to the founding creators and the current exceptional team of writers working for and with Valiant.


 Speaking of Valiant I legitimately cannot answer this question without acknowledging how thrilled I am (Not to mention damn proud) to be a part of the Valiant Universe. I know I could easily sound biased but the fact is the more anyone delves into Valiant the more apparent it will be that there is no other major super universe with as much diversity in character, craftsmanship, and artistry plus overall badassness. From Harbinger, to Faith, to Bloodshot to one of my favorites Britannia (Just to name a few). I mean seriously it doesn't get more diverse than that! No slight on other comic universes but Valiant isn't creating a league of its own, it already is one. People are just seeing it on a larger scale and that makes me pretty damn excited to be your Livewire.


Livewire is the star of a comic series coming out called Secret Weapons have you been able to get a preview of that?

Valiant does a phenomenal job of providing us plenty of material. But it's no secret as Valiant continues to get bigger and bigger that our CEO Dinesh Shamdasani and VP of marketing Hunter Gorinson have made secrecy Valiant's "Secret Weapon" (See what I did there...) - I have a bit of a preview on the way from H.Q. but the hard hitting stuff I get to read with everyone else, which is cool with me. I get to share the journey as a fan and with the fans. I think that's important as an artist especially when playing a comic book character to be along for the ride at the same pace. Otherwise it's easy to project stuff onto to the scene or character that hasn't happened. Which I feel does everyone an injustice. - I've certainly done my research and since the book is about the emergence of the Harbinger program, I'm just as excited as the Valiant fans.

Livewire may seem like the star but I believe my character has the honor of being somewhat of a guiding force for some incredible new characters that will be introduced. I personally love that. It is my understanding Secret Weapons conceptually challenges the notion of being a "misfit". I believe the world could use a little more of that these days.

The Bat and the Sun is producing the series how did you meet them and get the part as Livewire?
Ciera Foster playing Livewire in Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe

Pure hustle. I went to audition almost two years ago for a role I submitted myself for. It was an extremely small, low budget, independent project. I have managers and agents of course but I like to search out new creative challenges for myself (Maybe that is the artist/athlete in me) because the role was pretty controversial and the project as I stated didn't pay much. I'd just gotten back from holiday, when I received the callback and I was pretty tired but I love what I do and I don't miss auditions so I went happily and did my thing. - I didn't get the part lol!

Apparently, I just wasn't right for the role, but the director liked my energy and work. He looked at my resume and said, "I gotta ask you about your martial arts and athletic background..." I filled him and the assistant CD in. Per usual I started geeking out over my love for superheroes. He told he might have a referral for me. I left and that was that. I had no expectations. I actually forgot until months later I got a phone call from Aaron Schoenke to play Storm for Bat in the Sun's Wonder Woman vs. Wolverine. After about 5 minutes of me talking about Ororo Munroe's history a little Street Fighter, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and a dash of Mortal Kombat I got the part. Almost a year later I got another phone call out of the blue from Aaron, I remember his exact words.

"Are you available next month to work? ... There is a thing...Its cool....really cool....you'll like it...I can't tell anything else but if you interested I think you should audition for it....that's all I can say.  I'll be in touch."

Yep, it was at that moment for exactly 17 seconds I thought I'd finally got the call to be a real life spy LOL. Auditioning for Livewire was actually not too far off. A week later I got another call then another with limited info. I was sent audition sides (1-2 pages of material) I was told to send them back the same day as soon as possible. Reading the small bit of information I was given about the character (Still almost nothing not even a mention of Valiant) I had to make choices based off of a combination of training and instinct. I even overrode some of the direction I was given. As I worked on it with my older brother Nick we let our knowledge and passion of superheroes guide us. We had so little info we worked on it all over about three hours straight (discussing it constantly) until it felt right. I sent in my taped audition to Aaron and Sean at Bat in the Sun. After that Bat in the Sun sent it to Valiant in New York. About ten minutes later Aaron texted me I got the part - No better feeling. I know I didn't know someone, there were no favors, just my hard work paying off step by step. The best woman got the job. I was (am) Livewire.

The Valiant Universe is full of bad asses and Livewire is one of the biggest bad asses of them all, what was it like to film action sequences in Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe? 


What a fun question. It's literally a dream come true. As long as I can remember I've pretended to be a superhero, ninja, secret agent, etc. This is a lot cooler because its for real! I LIVE for this stuff! As you mentioned being such a powerful character one of the most powerful in the entire Valiant Universe especially as a woman is beyond exhilarating. When we film the fight scenes in particular I enter into a whole other zone. It's like a shark when they smell blood ...Was that too crazy LOL. I spent ample time on set not only on Livewire as a character but her characteristics in combat which is a huge part of the storytelling. As an artist but above all as a fan, I can tell a lot about character by the way they fight. I think a lot of comic hero heads would agree.

I fused my knowledge of the character with martial arts, artistry, and comics together to give Livewire an action personality that is so dynamic. I truly hope our fans and viewers enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed portraying it. Ultimately, a large part of Livewire is her fighting because that’s when you see how powerful she is when it all becomes unleashed. It gives me chills just thinking about it!

None of it would be possible without the involvement of the Valiant heads Dinish Shamdasani (CEO) and Joshua Johns (Dir. of Digital Media / Development) giving me the freedom to be an artist and working so collaboratively with Bat in the Sun. All of the fights in Ninjak Vs would be a nothing without the full cast and crew (Seriously you've seen our cast, athletes for days.) Credit is especially due to our director Aaron Schenoke he was born to create epic fight and action sequences. The direction let alone the vision of Aaron and his father Sean Schenoke combined is priceless. Lastly, but certainly not least our special affects composer Nikolay Zamkovoy is just a beast and creative genius that kills it every time.

You were an NCAA athlete and have trained heavily in martial arts.  Can you go into you're training in martial arts and did that help you land this role.


My dad is a 7th degree black belt and Tang Soo Do master. He was also sparring partners with the legendary Chuck Norris. My father trained me in his dojo where I had to attend classes until I was about eleven. We also trained at the park outside of class. After a break my mother kept me involved in Taekwondo and Karate. When I was twelve I was recruited to play basketball. I traded theater club at the time for basketball practice in hopes of earning a scholarship. I played basketball for eleven years straight including competitive national and international summer leagues. As my skills developed I began to only play "up" on teams with athletes older than me. The same happened in high school by the end of my freshmen year I was on varsity already and playing in regional finals. Club or school ball I was always on regional, sectional, or state championship teams. I also played competitive softball two years, track and field for three years (undefeated), and was recruited to play volleyball at the collegiate level. More often than not I was the captain on many of my teams especially through college. I was a COAA California State Championship finalist. From there I was recruited to SoCal where I became an NCAA athlete and received a scholarship to play basketball.

Afterwards I returned to martial arts mainly Taekwondo testing for my black belt, while also pursuing my acting career. During both regular school and acting school I also attended two film fighting schools. I attended Theatrical Academy of Combat under the instruction of Dan and Jan Spreaker who choreographed the films Hook and Master and Commander. There I learned my film fighting foundation and weapons technique. My best weapons are the broad sword, quarter staff, and the cutlass. After that I attended Film Fighting LA under the instruction of Robert Goodwin who helped train Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. There was a big emphasis of the three points of Shaolin Kung Fu Martial Arts Method which I fell in love with. The school incorporated several art forms of camera fighting, stunt work, wrestling and firearms.   I've also had to do various training for a variety of roles and I still take classes and workshops. I will never stop learning and improving, I love this expression of the body and I'm blessed with the physicality to do something dynamic with it.

What does it feel like to join the ranks of Super Heroes? Playing Livewire makes you into a role model how does that change your mindset?

Playing Livewire doesn't change my mindset in regard to being a role model its quite the opposite, it affirms it. I've always had something inside of me pushing me to help others and to inspire. Its simple really, acting is my passion but helping others is my purpose. As I reflect on my career and life up to this point it adds up to this moment, this platform. When I was in college I was a paid activist for the CAA California Teachers Association I fought for educational rights, teacher rights and fair tuition costs. I was one of three student activist ambassadors hired by the CAA to represent SQE Students for Quality Education in which I was trained on activism techniques and school reform. My job was to bridge the gap between legislation and student rights.

In athletics as an NCAA athlete I was the captain and placed in charge of the team community service out reach programs. As an artist I've been to Haiti as an ambassador to Artists for Peace and Justice founded by writer/director Paul Haggis. I'm also an ambassador for the Water Underground Project and supporter of Children International. Now more than ever I feel these experiences have been part of a greater purpose which supersedes fame and popularity and has everything to do with passion. 
I say all this only to make the point that now I am Livewire,  I am just getting started. Be it a student athlete captain, activist, ambassador, acting class, or even growing up at home I've always been held to a higher standard. Livewire just raised the bar. I'm apart of something much bigger than myself.   As you stated I realize that makes me a role model, especially for little girls and young women. Challenge Accepted.

There have not been many black female super heroes in live action media?  Halle Berry comes to mind as Storm in X-Men but mind is drawing blanks on others.  At any rate it is a very small club of actresses that you are joining, does that add meaning to portrayal of Livewire.

I know what this means and I don't take it for granted. I'm humbled and honored, I think about it daily. People write me and post things about me regarding that very point. It's a blessing and a privilege. I always wanted to be a superhero but besides Storm there were no other heroes in all of the great universes that looked like me. It was a bit disheartening as a kid. Naturally, I assumed I'd play Storm if there ever were a Strom Origins film developed. This was my goal. By the way Alexandra Shipp is killing that role. But I realize now I was only thinking at the level of what I was shown possible. In the emerging age of the female lead heroine / superhero and with me as Livewire as a lead female superhero of color I take great pride and happiness in knowing that girls and boys of all races and backgrounds will see me and other upcoming heroes, and know that anything is possible. The best part is one day it won't even be a thought and the word "Black" or "Female" hero won't be a big deal. We will all just be superheroes from all walks of life representing everyone. That said let me clearly say in this moment in time I'm extremely proud to hold the torch for both female heroines and heroes of color until the goal of visibility amongst both is reached.

What is the future of Livewire?  We know that Valiant has a variety of film projects in the future.  Will Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe lead to role in those projects?

All I can say is that I'm blessed to be a part of something very special. I'm the face of Livewire for the first time, ever. To be so well received playing a character that was seemingly physically designed for me and virtually my whole life has been preparing me to play is pure joy. I'm certainly enjoying every minute of it. Since my character reveal and trailer premier/panel discussion at NYC Comic Con reception and the over all presence of this remarkable character continuing to expand. As you noted for the first time since the dawn of Valiant a series highlighting Livewire is being released now in Secret Weapons. That's major. Additionally, you mentioned its no secret Valiant is developing films. Eric Heisserer the Oscar nominated screen writer for Arrival not only wrote Secret Weapons but is writing the Harbinger film as well. To me what that says for not only the future of my character but the future of Valiant Comics and comics period is not lost on me. Playing Livewire as an artist (Especially a woman) being considered a fan-favorite character and being a fan myself means the world to me. I would love to play Livewire in the Harbinger films. I am Livewire. I was born to do this. I also look forward to continue to expanding and growing with the fans. We have the best fans hands down, period. I feel we are in this journey together and I mean that with everything in me. - Ninjak is something special, the Valiant Universe is special. The fans are beyond special. Valiant Entertainment / Valiant Digital are doing amazing things in both entertainment and comics. Valiant is so creative they plan things out far in advance. I think we will just have to stay tuned to see what unfolds.

What is the coolest moment you have had at a Convention since becoming Livewire?

When Bobby Leet a father of two recognized me walking around Comic Con NYC during my press day. The trailer and character reveal were not until the following day but he was such a big Valiant fan that he already knew who I was and asked for a picture. That memory sticks out to me as clear as day. He was the first one, we still follow each other on Instagram. By far to me the most impactful moment was the next day at the trailer premier and panel discussion. A guy (granted he was dressed as Armstrong lol) came up to me with tears in his eyes. He said he'd grown up reading the original Valiant Comics when he was a kid. He was so overwhelmed he could barely talk. He said Livewire was one of his favorite characters and he was emotional because I was everything he'd imagined her to be and more. The man said my being Livewire and the entire Ninjak Vs. experience was overwhelming and surreal for him. He assured me his tears were that of joy. I could feel his emotion then and now. I gave him a hug and thanked him. I still have the picture we took. I have many incredible moments with Valiant fans but that one will always be in my heart. It was at that moment that I truly realized what it meant to be and "Stay Valiant".


As you can Ciera is already a real hero and doing great things with this role I recommend checking her out on social media and her website.  Also look for her at Cons as I expect her to be going to a few.

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          Livewire and Secret Weapons   

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Livewire is getting a series in Secret Weapons.  The Secret Weapons was one of the books highlighted at Fried Pie Comic Con Vol 2 where Valiant was on hand with a free preview.  I of course picked up one of those free previews and happy to say that this series is going to be really cool.

Secret Weapons #1 is out now!

Toylab Review 9/10
Review: Secret Weapons gets a solid 9/10 book.  Its smart heady Sci Fi with action with elements that remind of the X-Men back when the X-Men was cool.   It feels fresh, the new faces are interesting, Livewire is awesome and Rex-O is terrifying.  This is a great book to pick up if you are interested in getting into Valiant comics.


Update 5/31/2017 Secret Edition?
Valiant is releasing special Secret Edition versions of Secret Weapons that feature a special cover.  The cover is meant to look almost identical to the normal cover but with slight changes that relate to a codified puzzle.  Those that can solve the puzzle will learn a secret of the future of the series:
As reported through the Valiant Press Release:
Randomly inserted into the print run of SECRET WEAPONS #1’s A cover by interior artist Raul Allen, the SECRET WEAPONS #1 SECRET EDITION is indistinguishable from the A cover except for subtle differences that will not be revealed officially. Rather, eagle-eyed fans will have to crack the gamified elements to uncover the secrets. Readers that manage to obtain the randomly distributed SECRET WEAPONS #1 SECRET EDITION are challenged to decode a major secret at the heart of the Valiant Universe’s most important new series of the summer – one that will reveal the true long term importance of Livewire’s landmark solo debut and the epic events that will follow in its wake…
On June 28th, the secret is out in the Valiant Universe – and in a comic shop near you! Get ready to track the hidden code at the heart of Valiant’s next seminal series as the SECRET WEAPONS #1 SECRET EDITION brings the hunt for Livewire and her extraordinary new team of recruits off of the comic-book page and into the real world.


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Update 5/5/2017 we have an interview with Livewire herself Ciera Foster!
We are excited to bring Valiant fans an exclusive interview with Livewire herself actress Ciera Foster! She is really cool check out this interview to learn how she has gone from a basketball player to a super hero also her connection with Chuck Norris.




Secret Weapon #3 Covers:
Really have liked all of the covers for this series.  Just found these images of the covers of Secret Weapons #3 and thought I would share them.







Update 4/26/2017 Return of Valiant Validated Signature Series

Secret Weapons is bringing back Valiant Validated Signature Series.
In the early 90s many Valiant comics had a special series of comic that came out with signatures from the creators that were then authenticated by the Publisher themselves. They were called the Valiant Validated Signature Series and they remain hot collector items today. The Valiant Validated Signature Series Comic of Secret Weapons will be signed by writer Eric Heisserer, have a special embossed seal on their cover (Declaring right on the cover the signature is legit) and also come with a Valiant Certificate of Authenticity itself signed by Valiant's Fred Pierce and Dinesh Shamdasani.

How the heck do you get one of these things?  Well retailers will get them if they place a qualifying order.  If you really want one I would reach out to your local comic shop and ask.  My guess is they will sell for more than the regular comic (That is kind of a duh statement).

Perusing online the more common original comics from this series go for around 30 dollars this includes Rai Future Force.  However, some rarer ones exist that have asking prices in the hundreds of dollars.  I would say overall it definitely increases the value of the comic and is something that is sought by fans.  I also think that the embossed logo could really increase the value of the new ones even further.

Another thing this says is that the company really believes in Secret Weapons and Livewire and are really trying to get as many eyeballs on this series as they can.  That is kind of an interesting thing in and of itself as it may indicate that Secret Weapons is part of a larger initiative.

In addition to the Signature Series they are also releasing the Prestige Format that comes with a lot of extra things.  Valiant is pushing the Prestige format for both Secret Weapons and X-O Manowar.  This is basically a reward to people who buy the comics in advance.  The time limit on Secret Weapons one is running out if you are interested I suggest clipping the coupon and taking it to your local store now.



About Secret Weapons:
The Secret Weapons series is written by the writer of Arrival, Eric Heisserer.  Eric worked with Valiant characters while working on the screen plays for Valiant film ambitions and said he fell in love with the Livewire character and excited to work with the character again on this project.

“Of all the writing I’ve done in the last year, my heart is most in SECRET WEAPONS and its collection of freaks, misfits, and outcasts. And I think a story of a woman who’s shouldered such great burdens, now trying to rescue some lost souls and form a surrogate family, may be one of the most emotional stories I’ve put to paper.

“And where this story goes? Oh man, buckle up.”

Part of Valiant's publishing plan that was outlined in the Valiant Summit was Icons theme in 2017.  The publisher felt that in 2016 it was a good time to pull their main characters off of shelves so they could focus on creating new characters.  This helped them catapult the character of Faith to being one of the most recognizable characters in comics.  In 2017 Valiant wants to bring back its Icons where it begins to launch its most recognizable names, X-O Manowar, Shadowman, Ninjak, Rai, Bloodshot and of course Livewire.


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Secret Weapons is going to be a series that focuses on Livewire but also introduces a variety of new Valiant Psiots.  These Psiots were discarded by Harada due to their powers being seemingly useless.  Livewire will find use for those powers and create a team to take on her former mentor.  I think part of the fun of this series is going to be how does Livewire find a use for the powers of these discarded Psiots where her former mentor found none.  The story will also unite the team very much against Harada and should bring Livewire's own past as one of Harada's chief lieutenants.

Rex-O who I know from his appearances in X-O Manowar is a villain in the series is hunting down this group of Psiots.  Why is he after them and how can they manage to defeat him?


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Valiant Announcement of Secret Weapons written by Eric Heisserer.

Official Announcement:

SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4)
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art & Cover by RAUL ALLEN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | COMING IN JUNE!
The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive failures. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

“Much like Faith before her, Livewire is a comics icon in the making. She is beloved by fans and adored by creators,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Finding the right stage for her to shine has been a top priority at Valiant for some time now and, with SECRET WEAPONS, Eric and Raul have crafted something truly special. Not only is this a story quite unlike any Valiant has told to date, but Eric and Raul have created a host of new characters unlike any others in comics. This series is the first step in a long-term plan that will be more than worth the wait, and will have major ramifications for all quarters of the Valiant Universe as we build toward HARBINGER WARS 2 in 2018.

“Without a doubt, Raul is one of the most talented artists in the industry, and every page he sends in leaves jaws on the floor,” he added. “Eric – one of the great storytellers anywhere in entertainment today and one of the sweetest people possible – is able to effortlessly jump between mediums with a passion and intensity that is virtually unrivaled. Together they make an amazing team, and we can’t wait to share their work with the world.”

In addition to his 2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for ARRIVAL, Heisserer has received a host of high-profile awards and nominations for some of the most prominent institutions in entertainment, including the BAFTA Awards, the Writers Guild Awards, the Humanitas Prize, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Austin Film Critics Association, and more. His next projects will include a key role in shaping Valiant’s five-film slate of major motion pictures at Sony Pictures as the writer of the upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films – currently scheduled for release in late 2018.

“My path to Secret Weapons is a bit wonky,” said Heisserer. “I started writing for characters like Pete, Faith, Livewire, and Bloodshot in the film adaptations of their stories. When I am given the opportunity to translate a property to screen, it’s like adopting someone else’s child for a while. I put in my time, try to respect all the hard work of the original authors, and sooner or later I’m on my way.

“The Valiant characters were different, especially Livewire. I kept thinking about her, long after my official writing services were complete. I wanted back into that world. I had crazy ideas for her powers, and the hard choices ahead of her. So, I asked to build a new book for Valiant, with a new group of faces, all led by Amanda. To my relief, Dinesh and Warren said yes.

“Of all the writing I’ve done in the last year, my heart is most in SECRET WEAPONS and its collection of freaks, misfits, and outcasts. And I think a story of a woman who’s shouldered such great burdens, now trying to rescue some lost souls and form a surrogate family, may be one of the most emotional stories I’ve put to paper.

“And where this story goes? Oh man, buckle up.”

Secret Weapons, Valiant Entertainment
Secret Weapons, Valiant Entertainment
SECRET WEAPONS #1

Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover by RAÚL ALLÉN

Eric Heisserer – the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant’s upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films – joins Harvey Award-nominated visionary Raúl Allén (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant Prestige-format adventure…launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING JUNE 2017


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          Want the best graphical user experience? Five cool features in Citrix XenServer 7.2   
The WhatMatrix team is glad to announce the formal update of XenServer to version 7.2 in our Virtualization comparison – bringing all versions up to the latest releases for comparison. The latest XenServer release comes with an array of improvements that further simplify the user experience and enable even greater platform management scalability. XenServer 7.2 […]
          Nutanix Announces NEW VM Migrations and Database Transformations for Simple Enterprise Cloud Adoption   
At Nutanix .NEXT 2017, Nutanix announced new virtual machine (VM) migration and database (DB) transformational capabilities, designed to help customers more easily assess, and more simply migrate or transform datacenter workloads into the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud. Whenever existing workloads require rehosting or replatforming, robust migration capabilities are needed to streamline and automate the process, minimizing […]
          Red Hat Unveils Industry’s First Production-Ready Open Source Hyperconverged Infrastructure   
Red Hat debuts integrated, software-defined compute and storage platform designed for remote sites and edge deployments Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today introduced Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure, the industry’s first production-ready fully open source hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution. By combining innovative virtualization and storage technologies with a […]
          Veeam and Nutanix Accelerate Digital Transformation for the Always-On Enterprise   
Veeam becomes the Premier Availability solution for supported Nutanix virtualized environments Veeam to deliver support for Nutanix’s Hypervisor, AHV later this year Nutanix adds Veeam as a Strategic Technology Partner within the Nutanix Elevate Alliance Partner Program Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that delivers Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, today announced an expanded […]
          VMware vSAN 6.6 – why it presents the strongest partner opportunity yet   
In April, we launched the latest vSAN product update – vSAN 6.6. vSAN is one of the most disruptive technologies in the infrastructure stack. More than 8,000 customers have already chosen to transform their data center, opting to virtualize their storage function and entrust their most important workloads to vSAN. The implementation sees the data […]
          Citrix: Get Citrix Early-Access Training at a Discounted Rate!   
Be among the first to get brand-new course content and product features with early access classes offered at a 50% discount! New course releases are first available for Early Access through the Citrix Learning Center. The Citrix Learning Center, located in our Fort Lauderdale office, offers classes that can be attended either in person or virtually. […]
          Microsoft Video: Preventing browser-based attacks with Windows Defender Application Guard   
We take a look at Windows Defender Application Guard a new capability coming to Windows 10 Creators update this fall to prevent browser-based attacks. You’ll see the user experience in Microsoft Edge when navigating to untrusted and trusted sites. How Windows Defender Application Guard leverages virtualization and Hyper-V to isolate the running processes from Windows […]
          BP896C Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable, unterminated   
BP896C Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable, unterminated

BP896C Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable, unterminated

BP896C Less power module; 1.4 m (55”) cable, unterminated The Audio-Technica BP896C MicroPoint Subminiature Lavalier features an omnidirectional polar pattern and exceptional audio reproduction with a capsule no bigger than the head of a pin. This sub-miniature design virtually disappears when placed on clothing, props, etc. The BP896C is an excellent choice for crucial capturing and sound reinforcement during performances, broadcasts, etc. Features: Inconspicuous, lightweight capsule Extremely intelligible natural audio Handles high sound pressure levels with ease Rugged built for long-lasting performance High-pass UniSteep filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality Requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power Includes generous accessory kit & protective case RoHS compliant-free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances Available in black and beige, wired and wireless models


          BP896CL4 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems   
BP896CL4 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems

BP896CL4 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems

BP896CL4 Less power module; 1.4 m (55”) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems The Audio-Technica BP896C MicroPoint Subminiature Lavalier features an omnidirectional polar pattern and exceptional audio reproduction with a capsule no bigger than the head of a pin. This sub-miniature design virtually disappears when placed on clothing, props, etc. The BP896C is an excellent choice for crucial capturing and sound reinforcement during performances, broadcasts, etc. Features: Inconspicuous, lightweight capsule Extremely intelligible natural audio Handles high sound pressure levels with ease Rugged built for long-lasting performance High-pass UniSteep filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality Requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power Includes generous accessory kit & protective case RoHS compliant-free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances Available in black and beige, wired and wireless models


          BP896CL4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre)   
BP896CL4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre)

BP896CL4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre)

BP896CL4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55”) cable terminated with lemo connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre) The Audio-Technica BP896C MicroPoint Subminiature Lavalier features an omnidirectional polar pattern and exceptional audio reproduction with a capsule no bigger than the head of a pin. This sub-miniature design virtually disappears when placed on clothing, props, etc. The BP896C is an excellent choice for crucial capturing and sound reinforcement during performances, broadcasts, etc. Features: Inconspicuous, lightweight capsule Extremely intelligible natural audio Handles high sound pressure levels with ease Rugged built for long-lasting performance High-pass UniSteep filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality Requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power Includes generous accessory kit & protective case RoHS compliant-free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances Available in black and beige, wired and wireless models


          BP896CLM3 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems   
BP896CLM3 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems

BP896CLM3 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems

BP896CLM3 Less power module; 1.4 m (55”) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems The Audio-Technica BP896C MicroPoint Subminiature Lavalier features an omnidirectional polar pattern and exceptional audio reproduction with a capsule no bigger than the head of a pin. This sub-miniature design virtually disappears when placed on clothing, props, etc. The BP896C is an excellent choice for crucial capturing and sound reinforcement during performances, broadcasts, etc. Features: Inconspicuous, lightweight capsule Extremely intelligible natural audio Handles high sound pressure levels with ease Rugged built for long-lasting performance High-pass UniSteep filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality Requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power Includes generous accessory kit & protective case RoHS compliant-free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances Available in black and beige, wired and wireless models


          BP896CLM3TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre)   
BP896CLM3TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre)

BP896CLM3TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre)

BP896CLM3TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55”) cable terminated with locking 3.5mm connector for Sennheiser wireless systems in beige (theatre) The Audio-Technica BP896C MicroPoint Subminiature Lavalier features an omnidirectional polar pattern and exceptional audio reproduction with a capsule no bigger than the head of a pin. This sub-miniature design virtually disappears when placed on clothing, props, etc. The BP896C is an excellent choice for crucial capturing and sound reinforcement during performances, broadcasts, etc. Features: Inconspicuous, lightweight capsule Extremely intelligible natural audio Handles high sound pressure levels with ease Rugged built for long-lasting performance High-pass UniSteep filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality Requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power Includes generous accessory kit & protective case RoHS compliant-free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances Available in black and beige, wired and wireless models


          BP896CT4 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with TA4F-type connector for Shure wireless systems   
BP896CT4 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with TA4F-type connector for Shure wireless systems

BP896CT4 Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with TA4F-type connector for Shure wireless systems

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          BP896CT4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with TA4F-type connector for Shure wireless systems in beige (theatre)   
BP896CT4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with TA4F-type connector for Shure wireless systems in beige (theatre)

BP896CT4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55âââ€Ã…¡¬) cable terminated with TA4F-type connector for Shure wireless systems in beige (theatre)

BP896CT4TH Less power module; 1.4 m (55”) cable terminated with TA4F-type connector for Shure wireless systems in beige (theatre) The Audio-Technica BP896C MicroPoint Subminiature Lavalier features an omnidirectional polar pattern and exceptional audio reproduction with a capsule no bigger than the head of a pin. This sub-miniature design virtually disappears when placed on clothing, props, etc. The BP896C is an excellent choice for crucial capturing and sound reinforcement during performances, broadcasts, etc. Features: Inconspicuous, lightweight capsule Extremely intelligible natural audio Handles high sound pressure levels with ease Rugged built for long-lasting performance High-pass UniSteep filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality Requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power Includes generous accessory kit & protective case RoHS compliant-free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances Available in black and beige, wired and wireless models


          Virtual Reality Shopping: It’s Fun!   
Mobile influences 50% of retail sales. But Amazon isn’t fun. How can the experience improve? Shopping will become immersive. And maybe not with a huge headset, but the quality will get way better. And mixed reality where you mix fake life and real life, shopping will be fun. But the store won’t be a store, … Continue reading Virtual Reality Shopping: It’s Fun!
          Το πολεμικό ντοκουμέντο της NASA “Το Μέλλον είναι Τώρα”   
Το 2013, Αμερικάνοι ακτιβιστές έπεσαν τυχαία σ’ ένα δοκίμιο της NASA για τον τρόπο που θα διεξάγεται ο πόλεμος στο μέλλον. Δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά που ανάλογα ντοκουμέντα ή μελέτες βγαίνουν στη δημοσιότητα, με προσχέδια πιθανών εφαρμογών, αλλά είναι ίσως το πρώτο που μιλάει για πόλεμο ενάντια στους πολίτες και όχι ενάντια σε άλλη χώρα!
Το δοκίμιο σε μορφή powerpoint χρονολογείται από το 2001, τον Ιούλιο, δυο μήνες πριν την υποτιθέμενη τρομοκρατική επίθεση της 11ης Σεπτέμβρη.
Όσο ενδιαφέρον κι αν είχε τότε, το 2013, ειδικά για τους Αμερικανούς πολίτες λόγω της αναφοράς του πολέμου εναντίον τους (σελ. 93), ίσως μεγαλύτερο να έχει τώρα για τους πολίτες όλου του κόσμου, που θα αναγνωρίσουν πολλά από αυτά που αναφέρει το powerpoint του 2001 στο σήμερα.
Από την “έξυπνη σκόνη” που χειραγωγεί καιρό και ανθρώπους μέχρι την παρενόχληση και “αχρήστευση” του μυαλού, των ικανοτήτων και της υγείας των πολιτών μέσω μικροκυμάτων.
Στη σελίδα 90 θα δείτε οδηγίες για την πληροφόρηση, πως αυτή να γίνει “πάρα-“πληροφόρηση και πως να κρατηθεί η κυριαρχία της. Ιοί στα κομπιούτερ, ακόμα και “ψήσιμο”, “χάος” και “ψυχολογικός” πόλεμος.
Στη σελίδα 50 αναφέρονται τα “μη θανατηφόρα όπλα” για τη χειραγώγηση του νου και την καταστολή μέσω μικροκυμάτων (μην ξαναρωτήσει κανείς γιατί στην Ελλάδα δεν ξεσηκώνεται ο κόσμος…)
Νανοτεχνολογία, ρομπότ, ΑΙ, σιωπηλά όπλα, σένσορες παντού – όλη η κόλαση του “Αύριο” που είναι ήδη σήμερα εδώ! Κατά τα άλλα είναι μια παρουσίαση πως “θα μπορούσε” να διεξάγεται στο μέλλον ένας πόλεμος.

What is needed is a “Then Year” (~2030)
Serious/Holistic Vision of Warfare Changes
Resulting from the On-going
IT/Bio/Nano/Virtual Technological Revolutions
In the second half of the 1900’s
Nuclear/Bio Warfare was
“Unthinkable”
In the first half of the 2000’s
“conventional” warfare may
become so deadly/effective as to
become “Unthinkable”(“Killer
Aps” available to mitigate the
“Causes of War”)
(Usual) Reactions to
this Presentation
• Is in the “Too Hard Box”
• Not being done yet by anyone, therefore, will not be done*
• They would not do that
• We have to Hope they would not do that
• Why go there, cannot defend against it
• Some Disbelief, but agreement there is too
much there to disregard

Ναι… *δεν γίνεται ακόμα και γι’ αυτό δεν θα γίνει. Κι εδώ επιβεβαιώνεται ο Μπρεζίνσκι όταν το 1970 έγραφε στο σύγγραμα του “between two ages” πως η τεχνολογία θα μπορέσει να ελέγξει τους πληθυσμούς, “παρά τις αντιρρήσεις κάποιων για την επέμβαση στο περιβάλλον”
ΠΗΓΗ

          Premiere: Hayden Calnin - 'Collision'   
Hayden Calnin
A remarkable indie-folk voice from Australia...

In one fell swoop Hayden Calnin was able to communicate with millions of people across the globe.

The Australian songwriter was a virtual unknown when his song 'Love' was picked to play over the final scene of the eighth season of the Vampire Diaries.

With his soft delivery and engrossing lyricism, Hayden's quietly beguiling approach was difficult to resist.

New EP 'Dirt' drops this summer, with Clash able to premiere the highly personal new cut 'Collision'. Hayden tells Clash:

"'Collision' is maybe one of the hardest songs I've ever had to write. I wrote it in secret, not really showing anyone until I was comfortable with how it was sounding. It was never meant to be a song with all the hooks and all the standard rules in song structure that you're meant to follow. I avoided that and just let it come out naturally. 'Collision' is an expression about a really dark time for a friend of mine. And, like my previous single, ’Waves’, following that exploration of mental health in young adults."

Tune in now.

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          Libellula depressa, the broad-bodied chaser.   
Libellula depressa (or Ladona depressa as it is also called by some experts, prior to some genetic analysis published in 2001), is arguably one of the most known dragonflies here in Europe. It is virtually an ubiquitous species that is very distinctive with its broad flattened abdomen. Mature male develop pruinose blue abdomen while female and immature imagos have a brown abdomen with yellow patches down the sides.

Libellula depressa is a fairly big with a wingspan which is often a bit over 70 mm. Near my home town, I tend to see this dragonfly mostly in May and June although the flight period differs depending on the regions. As a matter fo fact, I always associate the emergence of this Libellulidae with full spring and forthcoming summer.

I found this lovely female flying in a coastal area, near dunes, while I was hiking and searching for various species of terrestrial orchids. Odonata being one my all time favorite groups of insects, I couldn't obviously miss the chance to pause and photograph this accommodating specimen. Too bad, I didn't see any of these beautiful blue male in the vicinity. Next time, maybe. ;-)





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          Lazy Milk Tea   
Even though I've perfected the recipe for homemade milk tea sometimes I'd rather not have to go through the effort. So I figured that I could achieve the same things with premade tea and evaporated milk. I chose evaporate milk over condensed milk because all of the premade teas available for purchase are already sweetened. I tried this with the Snapple Peach Tea and Snapple Lemon Tea, 1 gallon sized and a 15oz can of evaporated milk. After drinking off a bit of the tea from the bottle add about half of the can of milk to the tea. Shake well. You'll have to shake or stir the tea if it sits for any appreciable amount of time. The milk solids tend to drift to the bottom of the bottle.

Result: the peach tea milk tea was tolerable, not spectacular. Now the lemon tea was a different matter. The lemon flavor was so strong that the milk virtually neutrallized the black tea flavor, leaving the lemon behind. It was so awful that I couldn't drink more than half the lemon milk tea.
          SMR Shock Mount   
SMR Shock Mount

SMR Shock Mount

Rode NT SMR (S-M-R S M R S/M/R) Shock Mount The SMR is a revolutionary shock mount for large diaphragm condenser microphones from RØDE. Featuring a unique double-Lyre suspension system, the SMR enhances the existing superior vibration cancellation of Rycote’s Lyre system by using a smaller inner Lyre to act as a tensioning element. This maintains each Lyre in the neutral position where it is most efficient at cancelling vibration. The SMR's removable all-metal pop filter is as effective as it is visually striking, providing an integrated solution for plosive protection that is easily washable and designed to last as long as the shock mount and microphone. The clamping system of the SMR utilises a greater surface area for increased friction and weight handling, without the need for over-tightening of the locking thread. With the load distributed over a greater surface area, the clamping system is virtually immune to the wear and tear of repeated use. The SMR's frame is constructed from an engineering grade reinforced polymer, typically only seen in high-load applications such as safety equipment, automotive components, and military artillery. Vibration force is evenly distributed around the outer frame via the wide mounting rails, increasing the effectiveness of the Lyre system. Efficient and well-considered cable-management completes the package. A base nut is also included, suitable for all compatible RØDE microphones.


          Zoooriginals #1 Daisuke Tanabe and Jealousguy (artwork by Ericailcane)   




Low-quantity, high-quality picture disc featuring two tracks by Japanese producers Daisuke Tanabe (half of Kidsuke duo w/ Kidkanevil) and Jealousguy (a.k.a.  Masami Takahashi). Great artwork is provided by the graphic artist Ericailcane. This beautiful audio and visual project has been released by the collective Original Cultures (run a/o by Laurent Fintoni) and Zooo Print & Press.

Wana the first track of Zoooriginals #1 by Daisuke Tanabe is a nicely rolling and laidback trip through warm electronic soundscape with occasional 8-bit synths and voice samples. It's sooooo Japanese :)) I really like the emotional touch on this one. Whereas, Jealousguy in Hydra offers much more powerful beat and wider use of generic instruments, but again with great synths. Grab this little gem, as there are virtually only 50 pieces released on beautiful picture disc.

          Adobe Prelude CC 2017 v6.1.2.14 (x64) | 1.01 GB |   
Adobe Prelude CC 2017 v6.1.2.14 (x64) | 1.01 GB Prelude CC. Metadata ingest, logging, and rough cuts. Rapidly tag and transcode video footage and quickly create a rough cut with Prelude CC a video logging and ingest tool designed for intuitive, efficient media organization and metadata entry. Prelude translates effortlessly into Adobe Premiere Pro CC, ensuring fluid communication and organization throughout the video production process. Organize your media and create a rough assembly with Prelude. Learn how to use the Prelude media organizer tool to make sure your Premiere Pro project is organized from the start. Organize clips, subclips, and sequences. Learn about the clip naming and metadata features of Prelude and how easy it is to create subclips, build a rough-cut assembly, and send your assembly to Premiere Pro as a sequence for immediate editing. Add comments to your media files. Annotate media files with notes for the editor or director to consult during editing in Premiere Pro. Whats New in Prelude CC 2017: - Easier collaboration with Team Projects - Voiceover - Rough cut transitions - Keyboard shortcuts for tagging - Refined user interface with HiDPI support - Multiple audio track support - In and Out point support - File rewrap on ingest - Matching tag colors - Cinema playback mode - Hover scrub thumbnails - File renaming on ingest - Adobe Story integration to turn scrs into metadata - Team collaboration with Adobe Anywhere - File ingest directly into selected bins - Sony XMPilot metadata support - 64-bit support on Windows and Mac OS - Rough cut export - Fully searchable metadata - Full and partial ingest - Transcoding to many formats upon ingest - Heads up logging - Integration into virtually any workflow - Rough cut creation - Thumbnail scrubbing in ingest dialog - Customizable markers - Customizable metadata import - Customizable extensibility System Requirements: - Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor; 64-bit support required - Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit), Windows 8.1 (64 bit), or Windows 10 (64 bit) - 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) - 4GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices) - Additional disk space for working files (10GB recommended) - 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) - 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives recommended) - QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features - Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance DOWNLOAD: http://nitroflare.com/view/7771385D0D2AE86/PreludeCC2017.612Win.part1.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/92D6599117F5C99/PreludeCC2017.612Win.part2.rar
          DAZ Studio Pro 4.9.4.115 {Win/Mac}   
DAZ Studio Pro 4.9.4.115 (Win/Mac) DAZ Studio is a feature rich 3D figure customization, posing, and animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital illustrations and animations. DAZ Studio is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animations using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. With DAZ Studio you can... - Create custom 3D characters and avatars - Create graphic design elements - Produce illustrations for books, comics, and graphic novels - Quickly make your own editorial artwork - Design virtual environments with animated fly-throughs Create Professional Quality Graphics with DAZ Studio How you get started with DAZ Studio depends on what you want to accomplish. If you are a graphic designer or a user of another 3D platform like Maya or Poser, and you need custom 3D art, then you need to explore our digital warehouse of 3D characters, accessories, and environments. DAZ Studio lets you use anything from our huge catalog to create impressive, custom digital graphics at a fraction of the cost, time and hassle. See what other professionals are doing with DAZ Studio. What will you create with DAZ Studio? - Writing a fantasy novel and need a hero? No Problem. - Need to storyboard some lighting effects? No Problem. - Need to create a flexible and complex character for an online short video? No Problem. - Need a low cost realistic model and don't have time or budget to hire one? No Problem. - Have something lodged in your imagination that just must come out? No Problem. System Requirements: What's New in DAZ Studio Pro 4.9: • With Daz Connect, you can browse your content, install right from the cloud. • Uninstall what you're not using, receive product updates and even purchase new items right from within Studio. • 4.9 is more convenient and efficient with even faster, more intelligent downloads. • Smart Content is Smarter. Making your content easier to navigate and locate. • Your renders will look better than ever with updated versions of both NVIDIA Iray® and 3Delight render engines. DOWNLOAD: http://nitroflare.com/view/7F7F8DFE98DF8FF/DZ_4.9.4_mac32.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/7AFCFFE73D87BB9/DZ_4.9.4_mac64.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/1BF5E53277DFA37/DZ_4.9.4_x64.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/E5033C3951E6339/DZ_4.9.4.rar
          Pixologic ZBrush 4R8 Win Fixed..   
Pixologic ZBrush 4R8 Win Fixed Keyshot now working, also some other minor bugs fixed ZBrush is the 3D industry's standard digital sculpting application. Use customizable brushes to shape, texture, and paint virtual clay, while getting instant feedback. Work with the same tools used by film studios, game developers and artists the world over. Dynamesh is ZBrush's digital clay. It rebuilds the topology of your model as you sculpt, creating a smooth, even surface for you to add fine details. Step between different resolutions of your model, and changes on any level will be applied to each one. This enables you to create complex models, but still be able to make big changes when you need to. If you're a concept artist or illustrator, you'll find that ZBrush bridges the gap between 2D and 3D. Compose 2D images where you can make real-time changes, while maintaining accurate lighting and depth. Paint models with pixel-by-pixel control using customizable brushes. Use GoZ to create complex textures in PhotoShop and see them applied to your scene as you work. ZBrush 4R8 introduces multi-language support, as well as many other enhancements such as a new transformation tool, the Gizmo 3D and a new text generator that will allow the artist to create text and logos with real-time adjustments. And these are only the beginning! Live Boolean For all their power, Boolean systems have historically required a lot of trial and error before finally getting a satisfying result. With Live Boolean, artists gain the ability to combine multiple sculptures together and see in real-time what the resulting mesh will look like. Any model can be subtracted from another, regardless of their polygon counts. You can even use Live Boolean with the existing instancing systems in ZBrush such as NanoMesh and ArrayMesh. While Live Boolean is active, you can even sculpt on your models while previewing the Boolean results. All of these options can be combined together to provide new sculpting workflows that are unique to ZBrush. Real-Time Preview Live Boolean is also excellent for creating hard surface models. Live Boolean makes it possible for you to preview any addition and subtraction operations between your source models, allowing adjustments to be made on the fly. There is no guesswork, since you are able to dynamically see the end result before committing to the operation. You can adjust any part on a mesh and see it instantly impact the model. It's 100% interactive, non-destructive and works with any sculpt. Using Live Boolean for 3D Printing Live Boolean is perfect for creating models for manufacturing, toy design, product design, collectibles, and more. Use any sculpt to create articulated joints, keys for 3D printing, hollowing, or even to create molds for production. Converting Your Live Booleans The Live Boolean function is not only a preview system inside ZBrush but can also be converted to true geometry to allow export for use in other applications. When it comes time to finalize a Live Boolean creation, simply click a single button and the Live Boolean process will be converted to geometry. The structure of your models will change as little as possible, with topology changes only taking place where the source models connect to each other. Even with models that are comprised of several million polygons, the result can be generated in just a few seconds. Vector Displacement Mesh Feature Expand your Alpha arsenal with a new library of Vector Displacement Meshes (VDM). These are 3D sculpts used as brush building blocks that will allow undercutting when drawing on a model's surface. As an example, you can draw a nose complete with nostrils in a single brush stroke. Or an ear with complete front and back sides. Or a bent finger, scales with a raised angle or even an open mouth. All of this without lost depth or detail. DOWNLOAD: http://nitroflare.com/view/42709C56B761764/Pixologic.ZBrush.4R8.Win.Fixed.part1.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/3DB4E6E0CB215E4/Pixologic.ZBrush.4R8.Win.Fixed.part2.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/D4D3FEBBBFBD624/Pixologic.ZBrush.4R8.Win.Fixed.part3.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/5C60AF3B7F7892A/Pixologic.ZBrush.4R8.Win.Fixed.part4.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/54B14ECE149FC09/Pixologic.ZBrush.4R8.Win.Fixed.part5.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/D3DC04E9FF2764C/Pixologic.ZBrush.4R8.Win.Fixed.part6.rar
          Microsoft Windows 10 Pro v1703 Build 15063 Creators Update RedStone 2 (x86/x64) June 2017 | Language...   
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro v1703 Build 15063 Creators Update RedStone 2 (x86/x64) June 2017 | Language: English,Arabic,French | Size: 5.76 GB The definitive operating system by Microsoft arrives at 1703 version and is updated to build with a 15063 installation process that requires a few minutes to be completed. New products are primarily under the shell, with performance improvements and optimizations in the code, but there are a few adjustments on the side of the feature. Millions of people are already using Windows 10 The Windows Insider Program is a global community of fans who love Windows and want to help make it better. Insiders see the operating system in its earliest stages, and play a role in shaping it. Their feedback has contributed to the best Windows ever. Learn more about being a part of the Windows Insider community. The web that works the way you do? Windows 10 comes with Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser that built to give you a better web experience. Write2 or type notes directly on webpages and share them with others, read online articles free of distraction, and save your favorite reads for later access. And with Cortana3 enabled, you get instant access to key actions like making reservations or reading reviews without leaving the page you are on. Multi-doing helps you get to done faster Easily snap up to four apps in place and see all open tasks in a single view. You can even create virtual desktops when you need more space or want to group things by project. What's New in RS2 https://changewindows.org/build/15063/pc Whats New in June 2017 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4022725/windows-10-update-kb4022725 Homepage https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/ DOWNLOAD: Activator: http://nitroflare.com/view/81F69644E19A421/Mind_3.7.2.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/DB09E5ABA4ACF8D/W10.Pro.June.2017.part1.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/DB25D32AE89DD5C/W10.Pro.June.2017.part2.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/6224C4F438D4BFD/W10.Pro.June.2017.part3.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/B5E5F0DCBDA24F4/W10.Pro.June.2017.part4.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/64CB9BE35E28C98/W10.Pro.June.2017.part5.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/C16861B26EE0606/W10.Pro.June.2017.part6.rar
          Siemens Solid Edge ST9 MP08 Update (x64) Multilingual | 308 |   
Siemens Solid Edge ST9 MP08 Update (x64) Multilingual | 308 Mb The latest release of Siemens' Solid Edge software (Solid Edge ST9) for mainstream CAD provides flexible and easy access to the full capabilities of Solid Edge with cloud-based licensing, user preferences, and collaboration tools. In addition, the new built-in data management capabilities, with zero IT support requirements, enable users to easily index their CAD models, while the new migration tools enable rapid conversion of legacy design data from virtually any CAD system. For more comprehensive data management capabilities, Solid Edge ST9 facilitates an easy upgrade to Siemens' Teamcenter portfolio, the world's most widely used digital lifecycle management software. Solid Edge ST9 also offers significantly enhanced integration with Teamcenter to help simplify completion of critical data management tasks. Siemens.Solid.Edge.ST9.MP08.Update-SSQ Home Page - www.plm.automation.siemens.com DOWNLOAD: http://nitroflare.com/view/9A9D4E66EEB5F9B/6h4iu.rar
          Virtual reality in travel and hospitality – is it a fad?   
The narration is familiar – a new shiny breakthrough in tech is announced, inks spill in its honour, and criticism and opinion ...
          Acronis True Image 2016 19.0 Build 6595 Bootable ISO Multilingual | 537.2 Mb   
Acronis True Image 2016 19.0 Build 6595 Bootable ISO Multilingual | 537.2 Mb Acronis True Image 2016 - Protect your digital life with the #1 backup solution. Back up your entire computer including your operating system, applications and data, not just files and folders to an external hard drive or NAS. Restore backed up data including your operating system, application and all your data to your existing computer or an entirely separate piece of hardware, or restore specific data as needed. Industry's Fastest Backup and Recovery Up to 50% faster than the competition - save time and frustration with the industry's fastest backup and restore. Quick, Easy recovery Get your computer back to where it was at any given moment. Quickly restore from the cloud or your local storage with no need to reinstall your OS manually, or use any additional tools. Retention schemes and Advanced Backups Keep history of up to 20 last system states to roll back to different points in time whenever you need. Capture only changes made after an initial image backup, and save time and storage space. Security and Privacy Rest assured your data is safe with 256-bit encryption and a private, user-defined key. Flexible file recovery Choose only the files or folders you want to restore and get them back right away, without having to restore your entire system. Proven Backup Technology Millions of businesses and consumers worldwide trust the Acronis AnyData Engine - the most advanced backup technology. System Requirements: - Windows XP SP3 - Windows 7 SP1 (all editions) - Windows 8 (all editions) - Windows 8.1 (all editions) - Windows Home Server 2011 - Windows 10 - Windows Vista (all editions) is not supported What's new in Acronis True Image 2016: - Archiving. Free up disk space by smart archiving large or rarely used files to Acronis Cloud. - Online Dashboard. Protect multiple computers and mobile devices for yourself and your family, by using an online dashboard. - Mobile Backup. Back up your pictures, videos, contacts, and events from iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, and Windows tablets, and transfer them to other devices. Back up Android Messages too! - Optimized Performance. Both local and online backups are now faster. Save time with the industry's fastest online backup and recovery - up to 50 percent faster than the competition. - Windows 10 Support. Optimized for the best Windows 10 experience. - Improved Backup Experience. Our team has been focused on delivering various improvements for your backup experience: redesigned and simplified backup creation and editing, easy backup naming, enhanced accessibility, improved keyboard support, and much more. - Multilingual Application. Easily change the language of your Acronis True Image. - Try&Decide is Back! Improved Try&Decide is available again. The Try&Decide feature allows you to create a secure, controlled, and temporary workspace on your computer without requiring you to install special virtualization software. Safely try new software, surf untrusted websites, or open suspicious files. - Multilingual boot media - Improved image recovery dialog - Improved "Too many activations" wizard - Bitlocker-encrypted partitions can now be backed up to Acronis Cloud - New login mechanism Home Page - http://www.acronis.com/ DOWNLOAD: http://nitroflare.com/view/6B2737931F8CD7D/vgv2b.rar
          VO4099B d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Bass   
VO4099B d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Bass

VO4099B d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Bass

before-feedback Natural sound – easy to blend with pick-up Flexible and easy mounting Mount has no impact on acoustic sound Detachable cable and versatile gooseneck extender Perfect for PA amplification and live recording of acoustic upright bass, the 4099B offers a sound that is considerably more natural than an internal microphone or pick-up as well as several excellent placement possibilities. The 4099B is a unique clip microphone inheriting the sonic approach from the legendary DPA studio microphones to a new instrument microphone. The 4099B microphone and mounting system is meticulously designed and optimized for the double bass. This is to ensure the best possible mount and audio reinforcement is achieved when performing live. The 4099B attaches to the E and G string below the bridge and allows for microphone capsule placement in the sweet spot between bridge and fingerboard. Representing years of research and development, the 4099 condenser microphones feature supercardioid polar patterns for superior gain-before-feedback. Fully capable of handling the double bass’s dynamic range and subtle details, these microphones live up to their pedigree with sound as accurate as DPA’s other world-class microphones. Despite its tiny, discreet size and elegant, lightweight design, 4099B is extremely rugged. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. The mics can be easily unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument, while the mounting system is designed never to mar or scratch the finish of your instrument nor changing the sonic character of it. Reduce cable clutter on stage by using the DAO4099 Double Cable. The cable carries both the 4099 mic extension cable and a pick-up jack connection in one dual cable run in a nylon sock. The jack uses high quality Mogami cable and gold Neutrik connectors. At the instrument end there is a right-angled connector. The microphone extension is the DPA miniature cable. Through the use of our extensive adapter system, the 4099 can be used as a standard 48V phantom powered microphone via the included XLR connector and is also compatible with virtually any wireless system. Fleet owners of 4099s will appreciate the multiplicity of using the microphone for a number of different instruments simply by moving the microphone/gooseneck part to another instrument clip from the range. With its very flexible design for a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities along with its extremely natural sound, the 4099 is truly a musician’s mic without equal. Continuing DPA’s heritage of sonic excellence, this series of microphones achieves the purest reproduction of your instrument and therefore your full range of expression. Optional gooseneck extension Standard gooseneck length is 140 mm (5.5 in), which can be altered with the optional gooseneck extension unit, adding another 50% to the length, helping to achieve exactly the sweet spot for the instrument. Detachable cables The updated 4099 range features detachable cable from gooseneck, so it’s more convenient to mount the mic on an instrument before connecting it. Furthermore, the choice of different cable qualities makes it possible to tailor your mic to the specific task, such as choosing the heavy duty 2.2 mm cable for PA/Live gigs or the easier-to-hide, thinner miniature cable for personal mounting on instruments where you don’t want the cable weight to interfere with your performance. In case of cable break, service is easy and fast. Adapters for wireless microphones A wide range of connection adapters makes it possible to use DPA miniature microphones with all professional UHF, VHF or digital wireless system available plus 48 V Phantom. DPA has specific adapters for AKG, Audio Ltd., Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Electro-Voice, Lectrosonics, Micron, Mipro, Pastega, Telex ProStar, Ramsa, Samson, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Toa, Vega and other systems. Each adapter for your cordless microphone is guaranteed to perfectly mate to your system of choice.  


          VO4099C d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Cello   
VO4099C d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Cello

VO4099C d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Cello

DPA VO4099C (VO 4099 C VO-4099-C VO/4099/C) d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Cello Features: Natural sound and high isolation Superior gain-before-feedback Flexible and easy mounting Mount has no impact on acoustic sound Detachable cable and versatile gooseneck extender Perfect for PA amplification and live recording of a cello, the 4099C offers a sound that is considerably more natural than an internal microphone or pick-up as well as several excellent placement possibilities. The 4099C is a unique clip microphone inheriting the sonic approach from the legendary DPA studio microphones to a new instrument microphone. The 4099C microphone and mounting system is meticulously designed and optimized for the violoncello. This is to ensure the best possible mount and audio reinforcement is achieved when performing live. The 4099C attaches to the C and A string below the bridge and allows for microphone capsule placement in the sweet spot between bridge and fingerboard, offering a unique combination of natural string sound and high audio separation on stage. Representing years of research and development, the 4099 condenser microphones feature supercardioid polar patterns for superior gain-before-feedback. Fully capable of handling the cello’s dynamic range and subtle details, these microphones live up to their pedigree with sound as accurate as DPA’s other world-class microphones. Despite its tiny, discreet size and elegant, lightweight design, the 4099C is extremely rugged. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. The mics can be easily unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument, while the mounting system is designed never to mar or scratch the finish of your instrument nor changing the sonic character of it. Through the use of our extensive adapter system, the 4099 can be used as a standard 48V phantom powered microphone via the included XLR connector and is also compatible with virtually any wireless system. Fleet owners of 4099s will appreciate the multiplicity of using the microphone for a number of different instruments simply by moving the microphone/gooseneck part to another instrument clip from the range. With its very flexible design for a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities along with its extremely natural sound, the 4099 is truly a musician’s mic without equal. Continuing DPA’s heritage of sonic excellence, this series of microphones achieves the purest reproduction of your instrument and therefore your full range of expression. Optional gooseneck extension Standard gooseneck length is 140 mm (5.5 in), which can be altered with the optional gooseneck extension unit, adding another 50% to the length, helping to achieve exactly the sweet spot for the instrument. Detachable cables The updated 4099 range features detachable cable from gooseneck, so it’s more convenient to mount the mic on an instrument before connecting it. Furthermore, the choice of different cable qualities makes it possible to tailor your mic to the specific task, such as choosing the heavy duty 2.2 mm cable for PA/Live gigs or the easier-to-hide, thinner miniature cable for personal mounting on instruments where you don’t want the cable weight to interfere with your performance. In case of cable break, service is easy and fast. Adapters for wireless microphones A wide range of connection adapters makes it possible to use DPA miniature microphones with all professional UHF, VHF or digital wireless system available plus 48 V Phantom. DPA has specific adapters for AKG, Audio Ltd., Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Electro-Voice, Lectrosonics, Micron, Mipro, Pastega, Telex ProStar, Ramsa, Samson, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Toa, Vega and other systems. Each adapter for your cordless microphone is guaranteed to perfectly mate to your system of choice.    


          Comment on Oregon Football, and New Looks all the Way Around! by duckbill   
Looks good to me. I can not get enough of GOC. I have learned more from his analyses than any other. I knew virtually nothing about the techniques of the offense and defense ( I followed the ball too much). Thank you, thank you for my education. This will make watching the game a whole new experience. Oh, and the picture of the Oregon cheerleader does get ones attention.
          VO4099V d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Violin   
VO4099V d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Violin

VO4099V d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Violin

DPA VO4099V (DPAVO4099V DPA-VO4099V DPA/VO4099V) d:vote 4099 Clip Microphone for Violin FEATURES: Superior gain-before-feedback Wireless compatible Flexible and easy one-hand mounting Holder gentle to the instrument Detachable cable and versatile gooseneck extender Violin, banjo and viola players will appreciate how gently the 4099V adheres to a prized instrument while its elegantly lightweight, unobtrusive design keeps it from getting in the way of a passionate performance.  The 4099V is a unique clip microphone inheriting the sonic approach from the legendary DPA studio microphones to a new instrument microphone. The 4099 microphone and mounting system is meticulously designed and optimized for the string family. This is to ensure the best possible mount and audio reinforcement is achieved when performing live. The 4099V fits other instruments with a body depth between 35 mm (1.4 in) and 55 mm (2.1 in). Representing years of research and development, the 4099 condenser microphones feature supercardioid polar patterns for superior gain-before-feedback. Fully capable of handling the violin’s dynamic range and subtle details, these microphones live up to their pedigree with sound as accurate as DPA’s other world-class microphones. Despite its tiny, discreet size and elegant, lightweight design, 4099V is extremely rugged. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. The mics can be easily unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand, while the mounting system is designed never to mar or scratch the finish of your instrument. Through the use of our extensive adapter system, the 4099 is compatible with virtually any wireless system and can also be used as a standard 48V phantom powered microphone via the included XLR connector. Fleet owners of 4099s will appreciate the multiplicity of using the microphone for a number of different instruments simply by moving the microphone/gooseneck part to another instrument clip from the range. With its very flexible design for a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities along with its extremely natural sound, the 4099 is truly a musician’s mic without equal. Continuing DPA’s heritage of sonic excellence, this series of microphones achieves the purest reproduction of your instrument and therefore your full range of expression. Optional gooseneck extension Standard gooseneck length is 140 mm (5.5 in), which can be altered with the optional gooseneck extension unit, adding another 50% to the length, helping to achieve exactly the sweet spot for the instrument. Detachable cables The updated 4099 range features detachable cable from gooseneck, so it’s more convenient to mount the mic on an instrument before connecting it. Furthermore, the choice of different cable qualities makes it possible to tailor your mic to the specific task, such as choosing the heavy duty 2.2 mm cable for PA/Live gigs or the easier-to-hide, thinner miniature cable for personal mounting on instruments where you don’t want the cable weight to interfere with your performance. In case of cable break, service is easy and fast. Adapters for wireless microphones A wide range of connection adapters makes it possible to use DPA miniature microphones with all professional UHF, VHF or digital wireless system available plus 48 V Phantom. DPA has specific adapters for AKG, Audio Ltd., Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Electro-Voice, Lectrosonics, Micron, Mipro, Pastega, Telex ProStar, Ramsa, Samson, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Toa, Vega and other systems. Each adapter for your cordless microphone is guaranteed to perfectly mate to your system of choice.


          Milton Security Celebrates 10 Years of Providing Reliable Security Solutions   
...Understanding the high cost of hiring and training technical experts to work round- the-clock, as well as a capital expense for equipment, Milton Security launched its virtual Security Operations Center featuring their EdgeWall® solution. The Milton Security vSOC offers SOC ...


          CalAmp Announces Details of Annual Stockholders Meeting   

CalAmp Corp. LogoIRVINE, Calif., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/-- CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP), a pure-play pioneer of Internet of Things (IoT) enablement solutions, today announced that its annual meeting of stockholders will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time in a virtual meeting format.  S...



          The Franchise Consulting Company Introduces World's First Virtual Reality Platform for Buying a Franchise   
...educate buyers and make purchasing decisions more efficiently as they can get an inside look without the hassle, time or expense of travelling. Virtual Reality is the next frontier for every major player in many industries. From real estate to medicine ...


          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Physical Therapist fulltime Kalamazoo, MI   
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          macOS High Sierra: Features, release info, system requirements, and more   

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story with information about joining the public beta program and downloading the High Sierra public beta.

The next version of Apple’s operating system for the Mac is called macOS High Sierra. While the OS is mostly about software refinements, it also lays the foundation for future innovations in the worlds of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).

You can learn more by taking a look at our favorite High Sierra features listed below. That’s followed by an FAQ, where you can get details on High Sierra’s release date, system requirements, installation instructions, and more.

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          Comment on Character Design Challenge #327 – RPG Character Classes: Final Round – “NOT” Jedis and Siths by cliff   
I've been in hospital since Monday, got home last night to finish my entry, but have to go back to hospital cause my wife is still in there. Wanted to write more details, but don't have time. I'm just glad I didn't miss entering this one. Entry #1 Ewan Dongor Satyr Knight Studant Companion to Master Satyr Knight Liam Soo-Ne http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_NotJedi_EwanSatyrKnight_zpshl46uj0j.jpg I named the race Caprians, They are actually originally from Earth during Ancient Greek/Roman times, Transported by the Gods Pan and Dionysis to their new home in which the race of satyrs became Homo Caprians from the planet Capra IV from the system Caprius in the constillation of Capricornus. Now circling the forested planet is Space Station Treetop Arcadia is the Capital City on planet Capra IV other notable places are the Satyrides Islands, Marsyas City and E'Terpi University The four recognized life cycles of Caprians are as follows: Satyrisci - kids Fauns - teens Satyroi- adults Seilenoi- elderly The race political system is ran by the Forest High Cheif - Lucas Gregor and the Horned Council One of the most charismatic and outspoken polititions is Ambassador Libidicus from the capital Arcadia- The Ambassador has been known, like most of his race, to party, drink and carouse to excess. “What some races consider scandles, others look upon as achievements” Ambassador Libidicus Ash, is the Cultural Attache, He is mild mannered and even tempered Goldleaf, is Envoy On Trade, Greedy, out to get everything he can for himself and his planet. Rowen is Envoy On Deforestation, A solemn Caprian, quickly prone to anger and defend his planet, who sees his sylvan homeword being systematily despoiled and eventually destroyed by offworlders. Liam Soo-Ne in one of the mystic Satyr Knights and a master.. He is the teacher cumpanioon of Ewan Al Gedi "The Kid" a foolish young hero, destined to become a companion to Satyr Knight Ewan. Reed Auloi Double Piper super star, a graduate from E'Terpi University in the city Marsyas. Has a huge ego and self assuarance. With his pipes he can manipulate a person's emotions such as: Charm, Calm, Sleep, Cause Fear, Inspire, Despair, Enrage, Laugh, Dance. Deafen, Shatter, Sound Counter Attack. Neil Ranger - Reed's Pilot. a very skilled pilot, repairman and bodyguard. Star Goat - Reed Auloi's concert tour ship General Cytyr - an insane Caprian scientist from Dabih, is now a satyr with many cyborg inplants including metal horns, wire dreadlocks, cyber eyes, head phone and mic, cyber arms and hands and cyber digigraded legs. giving him superhuman senses, strength, speed and endurance and virtual invulnerability. He longs for power, and not only system, but galactic domination.. Cytyrian Warriors - kindnapped Caprians taken to turn them into subserviant cyborg warriors under General Cytyr's every whim Ma'Asad "the slaying" Aitho Pikos - This brilliant but evil Caprian was once a Satyr Knight, he can project his astral self long distances into a ghost like apparition, and attack, defend with his powerful mind. He seems to be immune to physical damage, disease or aging so is apparently immortal. (I have pics of all the characters, but not shaded or anything and don't have time to post them sadly)
          macOS High Sierra’s Best Features Are The Ones You Don’t See, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch   

The new operating system isn’t rife with shiny new features, but it brings enhancements under the hood designed to speed up devices. More importantly, they help future-proof Apple’s technology, from its first new file system since the early days of the Mac, to graphical and processing enhancements designed to usher in virtual reality content creation.

Like a number of the company’s recent hardware upgrades, it’s tough to do a full preview of the new OS that isn’t just a list of benchmarks — and performance upgrades are hard to qualify for most use cases. But there are some visible changes worth noting here, like new search in Safari and an overhaul for the Photos app. It’s also worth discussing what Apple’s trying to accomplish with tweaks to the Mac’s underlying technologies.


          Apple Marketing Lead Greg Joswiak Talks ARKit In New Interview, by Juli Clover, MacRumors   

Enthusiasm about ARKit has been "unbelievable" says Joswiak, who went on to describe some of the things developers have built so far, including virtual tape measures that can accurately measure real-world objects. "It's absolutely incredible what people are doing in so little time," he said. Joswiak declined to speak about Apple's future AR plans, but said the company is going to "start at zero" with the iPhone and the iPad.


          New tech to drive ICT industry's new growth wave   
(Telecompaper) The growth of new technologies including the IoT, robotics, and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) will drive the next wave of growth in the...
          Prototipurile primului iPhone erau foarte diferite faţă de modelul final (Telefoane mobile)   

S-au împlinit ieri zece ani de la lansarea originalului iPhone, un dispozitiv pe care mulţi îl consideră revoluţionar pentru piaţa de smartphone-uri şi noile căi de comunicare pe care le-a deschis. Desigur, designul acestuia a influenţat modul în care majoritatea producătorilor produc smartphone-uri în ziua de astăzi, însă acesta nu a arătat întotdeauna aşa. Înainte de telefonul din sticlă şi aluminiu prezentat de Steve Jobs pe scenă au existat nenumărate prototipuri mult mai urâte, precum cele două dezvăluite de unul dintre membri originali ai echipei de dezvoltare.

Ken Kocienda, designerul care a dezvoltat tastatura virtuală de pe primul iPhone, a publicat o imagine pe contul său de Twitter, în care prezintă două dintre prototipurile de telefoane pe care le-a folosit pentru în dezvoltarea software. Acestea amintesc de vremurile de dinainte de iPhone, când telefoanele erau mici, aveau margini mari în jurul display-urilor şi nu beneficiau de design-uri foarte complicate. Cel din dreapta, cu margini gri mai mari aminteşte chiar de un iPod Mini. Cu toate acestea, câteva dintre sensibilităţile de design ale acestor două modele există şi astăzi pe iPhone-uri.

De exemplu, butonul Home, care de curând a fost transformat în buton capacitiv, a fost în plan încă de la început, alături de un senzor de proximitate, care să stingă ecranul atunci când telefonul este dus la ureche. Deşi nu este clar cât de apropiate sunt aceste prototipuri de modelul final, display-ul pare să fie similar în formă şi dimensiuni cu cel pe care l-am întâlnit pe primul iPhone.

Conform postării lui Kocienda, aceste prototipuri erau numite intern „Wallabies”, un nume de cod ataşat prototipurilor de iPhone. Acesta este un nume care descrie o specie de canguri, însă nu este clar de ce a fost ales pentru a descrie smartphone-urile Apple.

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Cuvinte cheie: apple, iphone, smartphone, prototip

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          Tom Wolfe’s denial of language evolution stumbles over his own words    

New book attacking Darwin, Chomsky substitutes smugness for substance

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two babies chatting

Babies are born with the ability to learn and use language, a feature of human behavior that, like other behavioral capabilities, emerged from eons of biological evolution — a scientific explanation that author Tom Wolfe rejects in his new book, The Kingdom of Speech

Language is a tricky thing to write about. You’re using it while dissecting it. That sort of recursion can trip you up. As a philosopher friend of mine once said, a zoologist studying tigers, while riding on the back of a tiger, should be very careful.

Of all the writers who’ve ever taken on the task of writing about language, nobody of any consequence has ever tripped himself up quite so much as Tom Wolfe. His new book, The Kingdom of Speech, has been widely denigrated (deservedly) by scientists who have encountered it. Wolfe has taken it upon himself to explain various aspects of science — having to do with biological evolution, linguistics, psychology and cognitive neuroscience — to scientists, in the process disparaging titans in their fields such as Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky. It’s kind of like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie trashing George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Wolfe pontificates about language without realizing that he’s riding on the back of a linguistic tiger.

It’s difficult to criticize him, though, without lapsing into the same sort of abominable adhominemism with which he assaults Darwin and Chomsky. It’s not enough just to assert disagreement with Darwin’s views on how language evolves or Chomsky’s theory that evolution endowed all human babies with a built-in hardwired “universal grammar.” Wolfe attacks their character.

He presents Chomsky as a demon, a bully, a knave. When criticizing another’s research, Chomsky “pulls out a boning knife and goes to work,” Wolfe writes; he refers to Chomsky’s “audacity” and accuses him of “double talk.” He calls him “an angry god raining fire and brimstone.” He lambastes Chomsky for attacking his critics as liars, charlatans and frauds. In short, Wolfe attacks Chomsky for using against others the same linguistic strategy that Wolfe uses against Chomsky. Riding on a tiger.

Wolfe gives the impression of being jealous of Chomsky’s fame, which seems odd for a writer so famous himself. As for Darwin, Wolfe presents the greatest biologist in history as a petty thief who stole credit for the theory of evolution by natural selection from Alfred Russell Wallace, who was (Wolfe alleges) screwed over by the British gentlemen’s club conspirators who rigged the system to give Darwin credit for priority. And then Wolfe ridicules Darwin for reporting observations on the behavior of his dog.

But the poverty of Wolfe’s intellectual rhetoric does not cement the case against him. Just as belittling Darwin and Chomsky personally does not really rebut their science, condemning Wolfe’s rhetorical juvenility does not confront the substance of his thesis — that humans invented speech (and subsequent forms of language derived from it) — and that evolution had nothing to do with it. And that speech, and speech virtually alone, makes humans superior to other animals.

Somehow Wolfe manages to claim that he and he alone has figured out what no one else (at least, “no licensed savant”) ever thought of, that speech is the “cardinal distinction between man and animal.” It did not evolve. “Man, man unaided, created language,” Wolfe says. Language is a system of mnemonics, based on sounds that represent meaning, enabling people to remember, think and plan. And humans invented that system. Yes, invented it!!! (That’s how Wolfe writes: his rhetoric would collapse if denied the use of italics and exclamation points.) In any case, the question is not whether Wolfe dismisses Darwin and Chomsky unfairly, but rather whether he marshals sufficient factual evidence to support his central claim.

But facts are not Wolfe’s strong suit. On page 5, for instance, he announces that Watson and Crick discovered DNA. How unfair to Friedrich Mieschler, who discovered the molecule deoxyribonucleic acid in 1869. Watson and Crick discovered its double helix structure. Given such a weak grasp of such an elementary fact, Wolfe’s subsequent assertions on subtle points of evolutionary theory warrant suspicion.

There’s more. In one of his book’s most tweeted passages, he asserts that evolution fails all the tests of what makes “science”:

“Had anyone observed the phenomenon…? Could other scientists replicate it? Could any of them come up with a set of facts that, if true, would contradict the theory (Karl Popper’s ‘falsifiability’ test)? Could scientists make predictions based on it? Did it illuminate hitherto unknown or baffling areas of science?”
To which questions Wolfe answers “no … no … no … no … and no.” But to which any long-time reader of Science News would have responded “yes, yes, yes, yes and yes” (as would any knowledgeable scientist, as biologist Jerry Coyne, among others, has pointed out).

Wolfe’s citing of Popper is especially lame; although in early writings Popper criticized natural selection, in his later years he assented that natural selection could be posed in testable terms (he even thought that it failed the test under certain circumstances).

Nonetheless it is true that ideas about the evolutionary origin of language are difficult to test. Wolfe, in fact, anchors his argument with two recent papers (2014), each with Chomsky as a coauthor, asserting that “the most fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of our linguistic capacity remain as mysterious as ever.” Evidence on this issue is either “inconclusive or irrelevant,” Chomsky and colleagues wrote in Frontiers in Psychology. Evidence of Neandertal ability to produce speech does not help trace the beginnings of language, he and collaborators wrote in PLOS Biology. Speech ability “is undoubtedly a necessary condition for the expression of vocally externalized language,” but “is not a sufficient one, and … is evidently no silver bullet for determining when human language originated.”

Others would disagree on how well the evidence illuminates language’s origins, just as some experts in linguistics have disagreements with Chomsky on many other points. But even if you acknowledge a lack of “conclusive” evidence, that’s not the same thing as saying there is “no evidence” — as Wolfe repeatedly alleges.

Of course, both papers clearly state that language did, in fact, evolve — it’s just that science can not yet say exactly how. And it’s true that the origin of speech is among the most stubborn of mysteries. So are the origin of the universe, the origin of life and the origin of baseball. Science has not yet fully understood the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, either (and certainly has found no cure); the logical conclusion is not that man just decided to get Alzheimer’s disease. Research continues on the premise that its biological basis might yet be discovered.

Boiled down to its essentials, Wolfe’s case amounts to a fairly sparse syllogism: Science has not been able to establish how human language originated and evolved. Therefore, it did not evolve. And furthermore, I (Wolfe) know how it originated. Humans invented it.

Wolfe apparently doesn’t seem to care that his major premise is based on two papers that assert that language did in fact evolve. Or that his argument against language evolution hinges on a lack of testable evidence, while he declares that he knows how language originated — without any testable evidence. Tigers.

And Wolfe certainly missed the irony of one sentence in the paper in PLOS Biology he cites. “Evolutionary analysis of language is often plagued by popular, naïve, or antiquated conceptions of how evolution proceeds,” Chomsky and collaborators wrote. As in Wolfe’s book.

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          A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold key to quantum gravity   

ER=EPR summarizes new clues to understanding entanglement and spacetime

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illustration of a wormhole

Wormholes, tunnels through the fabric of spacetime that connect widely separated locations, are predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Some physicists think that wormholes could connect black holes in space, possibly providing a clue to the mysteries of quantum entanglement and how to merge general relativity with quantum mechanics.

There’s a new equation floating around the world of physics these days that would make Einstein proud.

It’s pretty easy to remember: ER=EPR.

You might suspect that to make this equation work, P must be equal to 1. But the symbols in this equation stand not for numbers, but for names. E, you probably guessed, stands for Einstein. R and P are initials — for collaborators on two of Einstein’s most intriguing papers. Combined in this equation, these letters express a possible path to reconciling Einstein’s general relativity with quantum mechanics.

Quantum mechanics and general relativity are both spectacularly successful theories. Both predict bizarre phenomena that defy traditional conceptions of reality. Yet when put to the test, nature always complies with each theory’s requirements. Since both theories describe nature so well, it’s hard to explain why they’ve resisted all efforts to mathematically merge them. Somehow, everybody believes, they must fit together in the end. But so far nature has kept the form of their connection a secret.

ER=EPR, however, suggests that the key to their connection can be found in the spacetime tunnels known as wormholes. These tunnels, implied by Einstein’s general relativity, would be like subspace shortcuts physically linking distant locations. It seems that such tunnels may be the alter ego of the mysterious link between subatomic particles known as quantum entanglement.

For the last 90 years or so, physicists have pursued two main quantum issues separately: one, how to interpret the quantum math to make sense of its weirdness (such as entanglement), and two, how to marry quantum mechanics to gravity. It turns out, if ER=EPR is right, that both questions have the same answer: Quantum weirdness can be understood only if you understand its connection to gravity. Wormholes may forge that link.

Wormholes are technically known as Einstein-Rosen bridges (the “ER” part of the equation). Nathan Rosen collaborated with Einstein on a paper describing them in 1935. EPR refers to another paper Einstein published with Rosen in 1935, along with Boris Podolsky. That one articulated quantum entanglement’s paradoxical puzzles about the nature of reality. For decades nobody seriously considered the possibility that the two papers had anything to do with one another. But in 2013, physicists Juan Maldacena and Leonard Susskind proposed that in some sense, wormholes and entanglement describe the same thing.

In a recent paper, Susskind has spelled out some of the implications of this realization. Among them: understanding the wormhole-entanglement equality could be the key to merging quantum mechanics and general relativity, that details of the merger would explain the mystery of entanglement, that spacetime itself could emerge from quantum entanglement, and that the controversies over how to interpret quantum mechanics could be resolved in the process.

“ER=EPR tells us that the immensely complicated network of entangled subsystems that comprises the universe is also an immensely complicated (and technically complex) network of Einstein-Rosen bridges,” Susskind writes. “To me it seems obvious that if ER=EPR is true it is a very big deal, and it must affect the foundations and interpretation of quantum mechanics.”

Entanglement poses one of the biggest impediments to understanding quantum physics. It happens, for instance, when two particles are emitted from a common source. A quantum description of such a particle pair tells you the odds that a measurement of one of the particles (say, its spin) will give a particular result (say, counterclockwise). But once one member of the pair has been measured, you instantly know what the result will be when you make the same measurement on the other, no matter how far away it is. Einstein balked at this realization, insisting that a measurement at one place could not affect a distant experiment (invoking his famous condemnation of “spooky action at a distance”). But many actual experiments have confirmed entanglement’s power to defy Einstein’s preference. Even though (as Einstein insisted) no information can be sent instantaneously from one particle to another, one of them nevertheless seems to “know” what happened to its entangled partner.

Ordinarily, physicists speak of entanglement between two particles. But that’s just the simplest example. Susskind points out that quantum fields — the stuff that particles are made from — can also be entangled. “In the vacuum of a quantum field theory the quantum fields in disjoint regions of space are entangled,” he writes. It has to do with the well-known (if bizarre) appearance of “virtual” particles that constantly pop in and out of existence in the vacuum. These particles appear in pairs literally out of nowhere; their common origin ensures that they are entangled. In their brief lifetimes they sometimes collide with real particles, which then become entangled themselves.

Now suppose Alice and Bob, universally acknowledged to be the most capable quantum experimenters ever imagined, start collecting these real entangled particles in the vacuum. Alice takes one member of each pair and Bob takes the other. They fly away separately to distant realms of space and then each smushes their particles so densely that they become a black hole. Because of the entanglement these particles started with, Alice and Bob have now created two entangled black holes. If ER=EPR is right, a wormhole will link those black holes; entanglement, therefore, can be described using the geometry of wormholes. “This is a remarkable claim whose impact has yet to be appreciated,” Susskind writes.

Even more remarkable, he suggests, is the possibility that two entangled subatomic particles alone are themselves somehow connected by a sort of quantum wormhole. Since wormholes are contortions of spacetime geometry — described by Einstein’s gravitational equations — identifying them with quantum entanglement would forge a link between gravity and quantum mechanics.

In any event, these developments certainly emphasize the importance of entanglement for understanding reality. In particular, ER=EPR illuminates the contentious debates about how quantum mechanics should be interpreted. Standard quantum wisdom (the Copenhagen interpretation) emphasizes the role of an observer, who when making a measurement “collapses” multiple quantum possibilities into one definite result. But the competing Everett (or “many worlds”) interpretation says that the multiple possibilities all occur — any observer just happens to experience only one consistent branching chain of the multiple possible events.

In the Everett picture, collapse of the cloud of possibilities (the wave function) never happens. Interactions (that is, measurements) just cause the interacting entities to become entangled. Reality, then, becomes “a complicated network of entanglements.” In principle, all those entangling events could be reversed, so nothing ever actually collapses — or at least it would be misleading to say that the collapse is irreversible. Still, the standard view of irreversible collapse works pretty well in practice. It’s never feasible to undo the multitude of complex interactions that occur in real life. In other words, Susskind says, ER=EPR suggests that the two views of quantum reality are “complementary.”

Susskind goes on to explore in technical detail how entanglement functions with multiple participants and describes the implications for considering entanglement to be equivalent to a wormhole. It remains certain, for instance, that wormholes cannot be used to send a signal through space faster than light. Alice and Bob cannot, for instance, send messages to each other through the wormhole connecting their black holes. If they really want to talk, though, they could each jump into their black hole and meet in the middle of the wormhole. Such a meeting would provide strong confirmation for the ER=EPR idea, although Alice and Bob would have trouble getting their paper about it published.

In the meantime, a great many papers are appearing about ER=EPR and other work relating gravity — the geometry of spacetime — to quantum entanglement. In one recent paper, Caltech physicists ChunJun Cao, Sean M. Carroll and Spyridon Michalakis attempt to show how spacetime can be “built” from the vast network of quantum entanglement in the vacuum. “In this paper we take steps toward deriving the existence and properties of space itself from an intrinsically quantum description using entanglement,” they write. They show how changes in “quantum states” — the purely quantum descriptions of reality — can be linked to changes in spacetime geometry. “In this sense,” they say, “gravity appears to arise from quantum mechanics in a natural way.”

Cao, Carroll and Michalakis acknowledge that their approach remains incomplete, containing assumptions that will need to be verified later. “What we’ve done here is extremely preliminary and conjectural,” Carroll writes in a recent blog post. “We don’t have a full theory of anything, and even what we do have involves a great deal of speculating and not yet enough rigorous calculating.”

Nevertheless there is a clear sense among many physicists that a path to unifying quantum mechanics and gravity has apparently opened. If it’s the right path, Carroll notes, then it turns out not at all to be hard to get gravity from quantum mechanics — it’s “automatic.” And Susskind believes that the path to quantum gravity — through the wormhole — demonstrates that the unity of the two theories is deeper than scientists suspected. The implication of ER=EPR, he says, is that “quantum mechanics and gravity are far more tightly related than we (or at least I) had ever imagined.”

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          Computer science doctoral candidate helps make breakthroughs in sound simulation   
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A newly surfaced patent indicates that Samsung could be working on new magnetic VR controllers for its Gear VR headset. The patent was filed back in December and published earlier this week, and in it we see details about controllers that utilize a magnetic field to determine the position of the user’s hands. Virtual reality usage scenarios are specifically discussed … Continue reading
          Hypokalemic myopathy “A Possible complication of clay eating   
Hypokalemic myopathy “A Possible complication of clay eating Moagi, Mantoa Elizabeth 1 BACKGROUND (geophagia/pica) Pica is a tendency to ingest nonnutritive substances eg. chalk, paper, wood, coal etc. The American Psychiatric Association in its diagnostic and statistical Manual defines Pica as persistent eating of non-nutritive substances that is inappropriate for developmental level, occurs outside culturally sanctioned practice and, if observed during the course of another mental disorder, is sufficiently severe to warrant independent attention. The term pica comes from the Latin word magpie- a bird known for its indiscriminating eating habits. The deliberate consumption of earth, soil or clay is known as geophagia which is the commonest form of pica. Hippocrates is credited with the oldest description of this ancient practice. An ancient Roman textbook, De Medicina, compiled by Celsus during the rein of Emperor Tiberius (13 – 37 AD), mentions earth eating as one of the reasons for bad skin colour. It is a practice that continues to exist in modern times, the full extent however, remains unrealized most probably due to underreporting. Geophagia has been practiced at some stage, virtually world wide eg. America (north & south), Asia, Australia, Britain, India, various parts of Africa. The epidemiology however, is still unknown due to the lack of studies in this regard. Thesis(M Med(Neurology))--University of Limpopo(Medunsa Campus),2009.
          SJDCTA Appreciates Election Success   
A Message from the SJDCTA Organizing Committee and DeltaPAC

Here are the results of the Delta College trustee raises as of Wednesday morning (11/5/2008). Both incumbents were defeated and 3 of our 4 endorsed candidates were elected to the board. (One race, Area 1, has yet to be certified. Our endorsed candidate is in a virtual tie for first place.)

We hope this election is the start of improved leadership for the college and a better relationship between the board of trustees and the faculty. Our candidates ran thoughtful, energetic races, and Delta College faculty helped them to succeed.

Our PAC will not go away. We’ll debrief, take a breather, and start thinking about our strategy for 2010. If you know of possible candidates for the next election cycle, please send names and contact information to Lynn Hawley, Lisa Perez, or me.

Thanks,
Sam Hatch

DELTA COLLEGE TRUSTEE AREA NO. 1 (NOT YET CERTIFIED!)
C JENNET STEBBINS 50854 38.04%
JAMES GRUNSKY 49506 37.03%

ANTHONY E. BUGARIN 32914 24.62%
Write-in Votes 403 0.30%

DELTA COLLEGE TRUSTEE AREA NO. 2
DAVID RISHWAIN 43329 32.13%
MOTECUZOMA PATRICK S 18187 13.48%
THOMAS LABOUNTY 9350 6.93%
MARY ANN COX 56755 42.08%
GREGORY BENIGNO 6961 5.16%
Write-in Votes 289 0.21%

DELTA COLLEGE TRUSTEE AREA NO. 5
AL LENNOX 39112 30.35%
STEVE CASTELLANOS 89313 69.31%
Write-in Votes 440 0.34%

DELTA COLLEGE TRUSTEE AREA NO. 6
GREG MC CREARY 36798 28.81%
CAROLYN GAMINO 34415 26.94%
TERESA R. BROWN 56076 43.90%
Write-in Votes 451 0.35%
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          LibVibe - 15 May 2008   
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Stories reported:
Congressman takes aim at Second Life in libraries (1, 2); Downtown library plan scrapped in favor of luxury hotel; Arson at library; Cuts may add layer of dust to library shelves; Man charged with stealing $24K in library books and CDs; Library gets $25M donation.

          El 4G llega a las tarifas prepago de Suop, de manera transparente para los usuarios    

El 4G llega a las tarifas prepago de Suop, de manera transparente para los usuarios

Los virtuales están obligados a moverse constantemente, renovando sus tarifas e incluyendo nuevos servicios, si no quieren verse devorados por la convergencia y la fuerza de las segundas marcas de los grandes operadores. En los últimos meses han sido numerosas los virtuales que han renovado sus tarifas, avivando una guerra de tarifas móviles que estaba bastante muerta.

Suop ha estado entre ellos, renovando tanto su oferta de prepago como la de contrato, con bajadas de precios y nuevas opciones. Pero hay algo que muchos usuarios demandan y Suop no ofrecía al completo: el 4G. El LTE llegó a sus tarifas de contrato el año pasado, dejando fuera a las de prepago, que hoy por fin disfrutan del 4G de Orange.

Gratis y de manera transparente, así ha llegado el 4G a Suop. Sus clientes de prepago pueden disfrutar desde hoy mismo sin cambios de tarjetas SIM ni del APN, con un reinicio del móvil será suficiente para acceder al 4G de Orange. Los clientes de contrato ya disfrutaban de él desde julio de 2016 y ante las demandas de sus clientes, que publican propuestas en la comunidad Suop, el 4G en prepago es ya una realidad.

La llegada del 4G al prepago de Suop coincide con una promoción que ofrece datos gratis con cada recarga. Así, las de 10 y 12 euros ofrecerán 100 MB de regalo, las de 15 y 18 euros 300 MB, las de 20 y 25 euros 650 MB y las de 30 euros 1 GB. Los bonos extra, acumulables, estarán disponibles durante 30 días a partir de la recarga y se ofrecerán hasta el 31 de julio, con un límite de 5.000 recargas.

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          The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way   

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and through the mechanism of government debt virtually the entire planet has become the servants of the global money changers.  Politicians love to borrow money, but over time government debt slowly but surely impoverishes a nation.  As the elite get governments around the globe in increasing amounts of debt, those governments must raise taxes in order to keep servicing those debts.  In the end, it is all about taking money from us and transferring it into government pockets, and then taking money from government pockets and transferring it into the hands of the elite.  It is a game that has been going on for generations, and it is time for humanity to say that enough is enough.

According to the Institute of International Finance, global debt has now reached a new all-time record high of 217 trillion dollars

Global debt levels have surged to a record $217 trillion in the first quarter of the year. This is 327 percent of the world’s annual economic output (GDP), reports the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

 

The surging debt was driven by emerging economies, which have increased borrowing by $3 trillion to $56 trillion. This amounts to 218 percent of their combined economic output, five percentage points greater year on year.

Never before in human history has our world been so saturated with debt.

And what all of this debt does is that it funnels wealth to the very top of the global wealth pyramid.  In other words, it makes global wealth inequality far worse because this system is designed to make the rich even richer and the poor even poorer.

Every year the gap between the wealthy and the poor grows, and it has gotten to the point that eight men have as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people on this planet combined

Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new report published by Oxfam today to mark the annual meeting of political and business leaders in Davos.

This didn’t happen by accident.  Sadly, most people don’t even understand that this is literally what our system was designed to do.

Today, more than 99 percent of the population of the planet lives in a country that has a central bank.  And debt-based central banking is designed to get national governments trapped in endless debt spirals from which they can never possibly escape.

For example, just consider the Federal Reserve.  During the four decades before the Federal Reserve was created, our country enjoyed the best period of economic growth in U.S. history.  But since the Fed was established in 1913, the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen by approximately 98 percent and the size of our national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.

It isn’t an accident that we are 20 trillion dollars in debt.  The truth is that the debt-based Federal Reserve is doing exactly what it was originally designed to do.  And no matter what politicians will tell you, we will never have a permanent solution to our debt problem until we get rid of the Federal Reserve.

In 2017, interest on the national debt will be nearly half a trillion dollars.

That means that close to 500 billion of our tax dollars will go out the door before our government spends a single penny on the military, on roads, on health care or on anything else.

And we continue to pile up debt at a rate of more than 100 million dollars an hour.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government will add more than a trillion dollars to the national debt once again in 2018…

Unless current laws are changed, federal individual income tax collections will increase by 9.5 percent in fiscal 2018, which begins on Oct. 1, according to data released today by the Congressional Budget Office.

 

At the same time, however, the federal debt will increase by more than $1 trillion.

We shouldn’t be doing this, but we just can’t seem to stop.

Let me try to put this into perspective.  If you could somehow borrow a million dollars today and obligate your children to pay it off for you, would you do it?

Maybe if you really hate your children you would, but most loving parents would never do such a thing.

But that is precisely what we are doing on a national level.

Thomas Jefferson was strongly against government debt because he believed that it was a way for one generation to steal from another generation.  And he actually wished that he could have added another amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would have banned government borrowing…

“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.”

And the really big secret that none of us are supposed to know is that governments don’t actually have to borrow money.

But if we start saying that too loudly the people that are making trillions of dollars from the current system are going to get very, very upset with us.

Today, we are living in the terminal phase of the biggest debt bubble in the history of the planet.  Every debt bubble eventually ends tragically, and this one will too.

Bill Gross recently noted that “our highly levered financial system is like a truckload of nitro glycerin on a bumpy road”.  One wrong move and the whole thing could blow sky high.

When everything comes crashing down and a great crisis happens, we are going to have a choice.

We could try to rebuild the fundamentally flawed old system, or we could scrap it and start over with something much better.

My hope is that we will finally learn our lesson and discard the debt-based central banking model for good.

The reason why I am writing about this so much ahead of time is so that people will actually understand why the coming crisis is happening as it unfolds.

If we can get everyone to understand how we are being systematically robbed and cheated, perhaps people will finally get mad enough to do something about it.


          On This Day in Math - July 1   

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty
a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, 
without appeal to any part of our weaker nature,
without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, 
yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. 
 The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, 
the sense of being more than Man, 
which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, 
is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
--BERTRAND RUSSELL,


The 182nd day of the year; there are 182 connected bipartite graphs with 8 vertices. *What's So Special About This Number

The 182nd prime (1091) is the smaller of a pair of twin primes (the 40th pair, actually) *Math Year-Round ‏@MathYearRound(Students might convince themselves that it was not necessary to say it was the smaller of the pair.)

Language time:
182 is called a pronic, promic, or heteromecic and even an oblong number. Pronic Numbers are numbers that are the product of two consecutive integers; 2, 6, 12, 20, ..(doubles of triangular numbers).  Pronic seems to be a misspelling of promic, from the Greek promekes, for rectangular, oblate or oblong. Neither pronic nor promic seems to appear in most modern dictionaries. Richard Guy pointed out to the Hyacinthos newsgroup that pronic had been used by Euler in series one, volume fifteen of his Opera, so the mathematical use of the "n" form has a long history.

Oblong is from the Latin ob (excessive) + longus (long). The word oblong is also commonly used as an alternate name for a rectangle. In his translation of Euclid's "Elements", Sir Thomas Heath translates the Greek word eteromhkes[hetero mekes - literally "different lengths"] in Book one, Definition 22 as oblong. . "Of Quadrilateral figures, a square is that which is both equilateral and right-angled; an oblong that which is right angled but not equilateral...". (note that with this definition, a square is not a subset of rectangles.)


EVENTS

1349 Sometimes, a little astronomical knowledge can be a dangerous thing, even to those who possess it. A tale from medieval England is passed down from the chronicles of the scholar Thomas Bradwardine of a witch who attempted to force her will on the people through knowledge of an impending eclipse. Bradwardine, who had studied astronomical predictions of Arabian astronomers, saw through the ruse, and matched the prediction of the July 01, 1349 A.D. lunar eclipse with a more precise one of his own. No word survives as to the fate of the accused, but one can only suspect banishment or worse.*listosaur.com

1694 Opening of the University of Halle in Germany. Georg Cantor later taught there. *VFR

1770 – Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. *OnThisDay & Facts ‏@NotableHistory discovered by astronomer Charles Messier

1798 Napoleon’s fleet reached Alexandria, bearing Monge and Fourier.*VFR

1819 William George Horner’s (1786–1837) method of solving equations is presented to the Royal Society.*VFR In numerical analysis, the Horner scheme (also known as Horner algorithm), named after William George Horner, is an algorithm for the efficient evaluation of polynomials in monomial form. Horner's method describes a manual process by which one may approximate the roots of a polynomial equation. The Horner scheme can also be viewed as a fast algorithm for dividing a polynomial by a linear polynomial with Ruffini's rule. Student's often learn this process as synthetic division.  *Wik

1847 The United States issued its first two postage stamps. They pictured Benjamin Franklin and George Washington respectively [Scott #1-2]. *VFR

1852 Dirichlet delivers a memorial lecture at the Berlin Academy in honor of his close friend Jacobi, calling him the greatest member of the Academy since Lagrange. *VFR

1856 Weierstrass appointed Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Polytechnic School in Berlin. *VFR

In 1858, the Wallace-Darwin theory of evolution was first published at the Linnaean Society in London*. The previous month Charles Darwin received a letter from Alfred Wallace, who was collecting specimens in the East Indies. Wallace had independently developed a theory of natural selection - which was almost identical to Darwin's. The letter asked Darwin to evaluate the theory, and if worthy of publication, to forward the manuscript to Charles Lyell. Darwin did so, almost giving up his clear priority for he had not yet published his masterwork The Origin of Species. Neither Darwin nor Wallace were present for the oral presentation at the Linnaean Society, where geologist Charles Lyell and botanist Joseph Hooker presented both Wallace's paper and excerpts from Darwin's unpublished 1844 essay.*TIS
In his annual report the following May, society president Thomas Bell wrote, “The year which has passed has not, indeed, been marked by any of those striking discoveries which at once revolutionize, so to speak, the department of science on which they bear.” *Futility Closet

1873 From a letter dated July 1, 1873, in the Coast Survey files in the National Archives in Washington. Peirce writes, "Newcomb, in a paper .... says he finds that pendulums hung by springs twist and untwist as they oscillate and says this will affect the time of oscillation."The Charles S. Peirce-Simon Newcomb Correspondence by Carolyn Eisele.

1894 The New York Mathematical Society changed its name to the American Mathematical Society to reflect its national charter. [AMS Semicentennial Publications, vol. 1, p. 74]. *VFR

1908 International agreement to use SOS for distress signal signed. An International Radiotelegraphic Convention, ... met in Berlin in 1906. This body signed an international agreement on November 3, 1906, with an effective date of July 1, 1908. An extensive collection of Service Regulations was included to supplement the Convention, and in particular Article XVI adopted Germany's Notzeichen distress signal as the international standard, stating: "Ships in distress shall use the following signal: · · · — — — · · · repeated at brief intervals". *Citizens Compendium

1918 Florian Cajori (1859–1930) appointed professor of the history of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, one of the few such chairs in the the world. During the next twelve years he published 159 papers on the history of mathematics. *VFR

1948 The Bell System Technical Journal publishes the first part of Claude Shannon's "A Mathematical Theory of Communication", regarded as a foundation of information theory, introducing the concept of Shannon entropy and adopting the term Bit. *Wik

1964 The New York Times, in a full page ad, announced that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward would play a game on an elliptical pool table. It had a pocket at one focus so that if the ball passed over the other focus it would bank off the rail into the pocket. [UMAP Journal, 4(1983), p. 176; Recreational Mathematics Magazine, no. 14, January-February 1964] *VFR

1980 A method of trisecting any given acute angle Origami is demonstrated. Hisashi Abe invented this idea and published in July, 1980 edition of the Japanese journal "Suugaku Seminar"(Mathematics Seminar). For this method, and more ways to trisect the angle, see this post.
*Takaya Iwamoto

2001 The last occurrence that there were 3 eclipses in one month, and of which two solar eclipses. For July 2000 being on 1st a partial solar eclipse, 16th a total lunar eclipse, and 31st a partial solar eclipse. The next occurrence with a month with 3 eclipses will be December 2206 with a partial solar eclipse on 1st and 30th and a total lunar eclipse on 16th. Ref. Fred Espenak 06/00 SEML. *NSEC

2010 Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman turned down the Clay Millineum prize of one million dollars, saying that he considers his contribution to proving the Poincaré conjecture to be no greater than that of Richard Hamilton, who introduced the theory of Ricci flow with the aim of attacking the geometrization conjecture. On March 18 It had been announced that he had met the criteria to receive the first Clay Millennium Prize for resolution of the Poincaré conjecture. *Wik

2015 Michael Elmhirst Cates, becomes the 19th Lucasian Professor of Mathematic at the University of Cambridge. Professor Cates is a physicist and Professor of Natural Philosophy and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Previous recognitions for Prof. Cates include Maxwell Medal and Prize (1991), the Paul Dirac Medal and Prize (2009), and the Weissenberg Award (2013). He will assume the chair from another Physicist, Michael Green. He follows a line that began with Isaac Barrow and Isaac Newton and includes Charles Babbage, Paul Dirac, and Stephen Hawking


BIRTHS

1646 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (July 1, 1646 – November 14, 1716) born in Leipzig, Germany. Leibniz occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. He developed the infinitesimal calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's mathematical notation has been widely used ever since it was published. He became one of the most prolific inventors in the field of mechanical calculators. While working on adding automatic multiplication and division to Pascal's calculator, he was the first to describe a pinwheel calculator in 1685[4] and invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator. He also refined the binary number system, which is at the foundation of virtually all digital computers. In philosophy, Leibniz is mostly noted for his optimism, e.g. his conclusion that our Universe is, in a restricted sense, the best possible one that God could have created. Leibniz, along with René Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, was one of the three great 17th century advocates of rationalism. The work of Leibniz anticipated modern logic and analytic philosophy, but his philosophy also looks back to the scholastic tradition, in which conclusions are produced by applying reason to first principles or a priori definitions rather than to empirical evidence. Leibniz made major contributions to physics and technology, and anticipated notions that surfaced much later in biology, medicine, geology, probability theory, psychology, linguistics, and information science. He wrote works on politics, law, ethics, theology, history, philosophy, and philology. Leibniz's contributions to this vast array of subjects were scattered in various learned journals, in tens of thousands of letters, and in unpublished manuscripts. As of 2010, there is no complete gathering of the writings of Leibniz.*Wik

1779 John Farrar (July 1, 1779 – May 8, 1853) born at Lincoln, Massachusetts. As Hollis professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Harvard, he was responsible for a sweeping modernization of the science and mathematics curriculum, including the change from Newton’s to Leibniz’s notation for the calculus. *VFR

1788 Jean Victor Poncelet (July 1, 1788 – December 22, 1867) born in Metz, France. He taught engineering and mechanics, but had a hobby of much greater interest—projective geometry. *VFR French mathematician and engineer whose study of the pole and polar lines associated with conic led to the principle of duality. While serving as an engineer in Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign as an engineer, he was left for dead at Krasnoy, but then captured. During his imprisonment he studied projective geometry and wrote a treatise on analytic geometry. Released in 1814, he returned to France, and in 1822 published Traité des propriétés projectives des figures in which he presented his fundamental ideas of projective geometry such as the cross-ratio, perspective, involution and the circular points at infinity. As a professor of mechanics (1825-35), he applied mechanics to improve waterwheels and was able to double their efficiency.*TIS

1848 Emil Weyr (1 July 1848 in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) - 25 Jan 1894 in Vienna, Austria) His father Frantisek Weyr, was a professor of mathematics at a realschule (secondary school) in Prague from 1855. Emil was four years older than his brother Eduard Weyr who also became a famous mathematician. Emil attended the realschule in Prague where his father taught, then studied at the Prague Polytechnic from 1865 to 1868 where he was taught geometry by Vilém Fiedler.
He studied in Italy with Cremona and Casorati during the academic year 1870-71 returning to Prague where he continued to teach. In 1872 he was elected to be Head of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists. In 1875 he was appointed as professor of mathematics at the University of Vienna. He, together with his brother Eduard Weyr, were the main members of the Austrian geometric school. They were interested in descriptive geometry, then in projective geometry and their interests turned towards algebraic and synthetic methods in geometry. Among many works Emil Weyr published were Die Elemente der projectivischen Geometrie and Über die Geometrie der alten Aegypter.
Emil Weyr led the geometry school in Vienna throughout the 1880's up until his death. Together with Gustav von Escherich, Emil Weyr founded the important mathematical journal Monatshefte fuer Mathematik und Physik in 1890. The first volumes of the journal contain papers written by his brother Eduard. In 1891 Emil Weyr became one of the first 19 founder members of the Royal Czech Academy of Sciences. *SAU

1906 Jean Dieudonn´e (1 July 1906 – 29 November 1992) born. *VFR French mathematician and educator known for his writings on abstract algebra, functional analysis, topology, and his theory of Lie groups. Dieudonné was one of the two main contributors to the Bourbaki series of texts. He began his mathematical career working on the analysis of polynomials. He worked in a wide variety of mathematical areas including general topology, topological vector spaces, algebraic geometry, invariant theory and the classical groups. *TIS



DEATHS


1957 Donald McIntosh (Banffshire, 13 January 1868 – Invernesshire, 1 July 1957) graduated from the University of Aberdeen and taught at George Watson's Ladies College in Edinburgh. He was appointed a Director of Education. He became Secretary of the EMS in 1899 and President in 1905. *SAU

1963 Bevan Braithwaite Baker (1890 in Edinburgh, Scotland - 1 July 1963 in Edinburgh, Scotland) graduated from University College London. After service in World War I he became a lecturer at Edinburgh University and was Secretary of the EMS from 1921 to 1923. He left to become Professor at Royal Holloway College London. *SAU

1971 Sir William Lawrence Bragg (31 Mar 1890; 1 Jul 1971 at age 81) was an Australian-English physicist and X-ray crystallographer who at the early age of 25, shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 (with his father, Sir William Bragg). Lawrence Bragg formulated the Bragg law of X-ray diffraction, which is basic for the determination of crystal structure: nλ = 2dsinθ which relates the wavelength of x-rays, λ, the angle of incidence on a crystal, θ, and the spacing of crystal planes, d, for x-ray diffraction, where n is an integer (1, 2, 3, etc.). Together, the Braggs worked out the crystal structures of a number of substances. Early in this work, they showed that sodium chloride does not have individual molecules in the solid, but is an array of sodium and chloride ions. *TIS

1983 Richard Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was a U.S. engineer and architect who developed the geodesic dome, the only large dome that can be set directly on the ground as a complete structure, and the only practical kind of building that has no limiting dimensions (i.e., beyond which the structural strength must be insufficient). Fuller also invented a wide range of other paradigm-shifting machines and structural systems. He was especially interested in high-strength-to-weight designs, with a maximum of utility for minimum of material. His designs and engineering philosophy are part of the foundation of contemporary high-tech design aesthetics. He held over 2000 patents.*TIS
This is another one who died within two weeks of his date of birth. I must organize data on this...



Credits :
*CHM=Computer History Museum
*FFF=Kane, Famous First Facts
*NSEC= NASA Solar Eclipse Calendar
*RMAT= The Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
*SAU=St Andrews Univ. Math History
*TIA = Today in Astronomy
*TIS= Today in Science History
*VFR = V Frederick Rickey, USMA
*Wik = Wikipedia
*WM = Women of Mathematics, Grinstein & Campbell
          Active Directory Administrator - (Boston)   
Job Description Job Description The successful candidate for this position will: Provide and maintain support for a robust and resilient infrastructure for DCMA's authorization and authentication requirements Maintain Support for the enterprise Active Directory environment and resolve any errors therein. Provide expertise on Active Directory integration and capacity planning May prepare and present management with reports on system availability, and communicate issues and recommended solutions in common terms to non-technical enterprise Active Directory stakeholders Function as a Senior Level Technical resource regarding Active Directory issues to messaging administrators, programmers, web developers, network security engineers, database analysts, field services technicians, network managers, and implementation teams Conduct Windows server administration Provide advanced trouble shooting of WSUS, DNS, DHCP, and IIS Diagnose and resolve production incidents in an analytical and methodical manner Build and maintain partnerships with agency and Active Directory support clients Develop, implement and update disaster recovery plans for supported systems Basic Qualifications Senior level experience managing large scale server environments Senior level experience troubleshooting server issues and diagnosing root cause of issue Knowledge of virtualization and server consolidation using VMware Virtual Infrastructure and associated tools. Must have in-depth experience in designing, managing, and supporting at a senior level: o Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure, including Hands-on experience administering Microsoft Active Directory o 2008/2012 in a multi-site and multi-domain organization o Microsoft WSUS infrastructure o ADFS infrastructure o DNS infrastructure o AD Replication Must be able to assess and review Enterprise server infrastructure, and take proactive measures to ensure continued stability, and assist in the development and/or revision of server based standards, guidelines and policies as determined by internal stake holders Must be able to Troubleshoot at a senior level issues with servers, server operating system and software, including experience troubleshooting issues in a high availability production environment, load balancers, disaster recovery and encryption Strong working knowledge of standards and protocols: TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, WINS, SMTP, RPC, HTTPS; including knowledge of forest to forest trusts Scripting expertise on Windows Server 2008 – 2012 as well as knowledge of IIS and networking concepts, VPN’ s, etc. Must be willing to work on call and after hours to support Operations worldwide.
          Battlestar Galactica's Sackhoff Voices EVE: Valkyrie   

Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff is starring in CCP Games' upcoming multiplayer virtual reality dogfighting shooter, EVE: Valkyrie, playing the role of Rán Kavik. Sackhoff's Rán isn't a playable character, but rather a voice that can be heard in the player's ... Read More

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          Software Development Engineer in Test - Folio - (Ipswich)   
SkillsRequirements:5+ yrs Java & Object Oriented Design/ProgrammingImplementation of 1 or more production RESTful interfaces in a microservices model2+ yrs product implementation experience with databases, both SQL and NoSQL ? PostgreSQL specifically is a plus2+ yrs product implementation experience in a cloud computing environment ? AWS specifically is a plus3+ yrs experience using Agile and/or SAFePreferred Qualifications:CI/CD using (eg) Jenkins, Maven, GradleSCM - Git/GitHubTest Driven Development (TDD) and Automated Unit TestingDeveloping automated integration and acceptance testsAutomating UI testing (eg Selenium, Sauce Labs)Developing performance and load tests at high scale (eg JMeter)General HTTP knowledge including familiarity with cURL or similar toolsLinux ? general knowledge, shell scripting ? RedHat/Amazon Linux specifically is a plusVirtualization ? Docker, Vagrant, etc.Open Source Software ? general knowledge SW dev model, experience contributing toRAML, JSON, XMLJavaScript and related tools/frameworks ? Both client-side and server-side - React, Node.js, webpack, npm/yarn, etc.Security related experience ?SSO, OAuth, SAML, LDAP, etc.Logging/Monitoring/Alerting/Analytics ? SumoLogic, Datadog, collectd, SNMP, JMX, etc.Why the North Shore of Boston and EBSCO are great places to live and work!Here at EBSCO we will provide relocation assistance to the best and brightest people. We are 45 minutes outside of Boston just minutes from the beach in Ipswich, MA. Ipswich is a part of the North Shore and contains a wide variety of locally owned shops, restaurants, and farms.
          Course Developers - Virtual High School - Bayfield, ON   
Collaborate with the multimedia and web design teams to build animations, graphics and videos for use within courses....
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          Recensione - Hunting Simulator   
Dominato dai titoli Cabela's durante la scorsa generazione, il genere dei simulatori di caccia era finora completamente assente sulle nuove console; i ragazzi di Neopica e Bigben Interactive arrivano quindi a colmare il vuoto con il loro Hunting Simulator, che promette di farci rivivere il brivido dell&rsquo;arte venatoria seppur in forma virtuale. Eccovi la nostra recensione!
          Recent Record Roundup   


Marco Pavé
Welcome to Grc Lnd (Radio Rahim Music)
by Chris McCoy
Marco Pavé’s Welcome To Grc Lnd makes the party political from its opening moment, when Jamey Hatley intones the album’s name, sarcasm dripping from her voice like the devil’s honey. Hatley functions on the album like a DJ taking the temperature of the city. And that temperature is hot.
She’s not the only strong female voice chiming in. Duchess spits fire on “Hood Obit”. Soul singer Big Baby takes it to church on “Let Me Go”, providing a hook for a Black Lives Matter protester’s story of abusive police. Later, Artistik Approach wraps thoughts on the intersection of capitalism and racism in layers of angelic harmony.
Pavé is a charismatic frontman, equally at home flowing about the school-to-prison pipeline or barking his shins while getting out of bed. But his greatest talent may be in choosing collaborators and bringing out great performances. Overall, this is one of the most meticulously constructed, finely paced albums to come out of Memphis in recent memory.
***** (5 stars)

Various Artists
Fruition (Culture Power 45)
by Andria Lisle
This new vinyl-only hip hop imprint has an Arizona mailing address, but much of the label’s talent comes from the Memphop scene. Of 19 tracks, eight have local connections, including Empee’s gritty “Never CMO,” two memorable instrumentals from MaxPtah, and Jason Da Hater’s pile-driving wrestling ode “Black Randy,” also produced by Empee.
It’s a stretch to call Chicago-born, Philadelphia-based Fatnice local, but he has roots here — and his “Time U Miss” is biographical brilliance. That track and Infinito 2017’s “War Against Commercialism” transcend era and geography, a rare feat in contemporary hip hop. The latter’s hook (“I’ll never cross over”) rings with the assurance of an artist who is accustomed to DIY — Infinito 2017 is one of the “ten black men” behind the label which, so far, has released six lathe-cut limited edition 45s in addition to this vinyl-only full-length.
***** (5 stars)

Shannon McNally
Black Irish (Compass Records)
by Chris McCoy
What distinguishes Oxford-based Shannon McNally from the pack of Bonnie Raitt-influenced roots rockers is her commitment to the beat. McNally could have gone the rhythmless route on “Prayer in Open D”, the emotional and temporal center of Black Irish, when she is unaccompanied by her band. But even as she sings about “the river of darkness in my blood,” she keeps the beat bouncy. Elsewhere on the record, her cadre of Nashville cats keeps it tight. Album opener “You Made Me Feel For You” reworks “Baby Please Don’t Go” to good effect — the first of many times McNally and co-writer Rodney Crowell lean on the traditional hill country blues structure. On “Banshee Moan,” McNally is clearly having a blast going full Tusk, complete with pounding toms and breathy, Stevie Nicks vocal flourishes. Black Irish won’t teach you anything new about country, rock, or blues, but McNally’s craftsmanship and emotional honesty could get under your skin.
*** (3 stars)

Don Bryant
Don’t Give Up on Love (Fat Possum Records)
by J.D. Reager
Memphis native Don Bryant has been a fixture of the local soul scene since the early 1960s. Though he is primarily known as a songwriter — he has penned cuts for Al Green, Albert King, his wife, Ann Peebles, and others — he's also a talented singer and performer. His 1969 album for Hi Records, Precious Soul, is regarded by many as an underground soul/r&b classic. And while Don’t Give Up on Love is only the second “secular” offering of Bryant’s career (and his first since the pure gospel of 2000’s It’s All in the World), it radiates confidence and old-school Memphis swagger. With an ace backing band in tow, consisting of members of the Bo-Keys and the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, the grooves never feel forced or anachronistic: This is the real deal. Highlights include the uptown blues shuffle “I Got to Know” and a fierce cover of O.V. Wright’s “A Nickel and a Nail,” which opens Don’t Give Up on Love in style.
**** (4 stars)

Cory Branan
Adios (Bloodshot Records)
by J.D. Reager
Adios is Memphis-by-way-of-Southaven singer/songwriter Cory Branan’s fifth studio album — his third for the large indie label Bloodshot, and his first since moving back to Memphis from Nashville earlier this year. And though it might not be his sunniest offering to date (Adios is touted as Branan’s “death record” in promotional materials), it definitely shows Branan’s deft touch with a catchy pop hook and clever turn of phrase is undiminished by personal tragedy. From the opening earworm “I Only Know” (which features scorching backing vocals from Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace) to the 1980s Springsteen synth-pads of “The Vow,” to the barroom-ish closer, “My Father Was an Accordian Player,” the journey definitely has its emotional ups and downs. But as with most of his catalog, Branan’s wit and skill with the craft make the journey worthwhile.
**** (4 stars)

Charles Lloyd
Passin' Through (Blue Note Records)
by Alex Greene
This Memphis native is a point of pride for Mannassas High School, which has spawned so many legendary players. It was 50 years ago that Lloyd was first named Jazz Artist of the Year by Downbeat, and he may deserve that moniker still. This album finds him taking a virtual tour of jazz since then. Opening with the Coltrane-esque sonic washes and free flourishes of “Dream Weaver,” the quartet reveals its mastery of mood and style in this live setting. The next track ranges from Miles Smiles-type delicacy and out-ness, to classic swinging moments with walking bass. “Nu Blues” opens up its titular genre with unique tonal colors and an abrupt, punctuated arrangement. “Tagore on the Delta” is a classic '60s boogaloo groover that breaks down into a butt-simple half-time section, featuring Lloyd's flute chops. And it's all grounded by Lloyd's glorious tone, epitomized by the finale, which decelerates from more sonic upheaval into the long, moody closing note.
***** (5 stars)



          Andy Wingo: guile 2.2 omg!!!   

Oh, good evening my hackfriends! I am just chuffed to share a thing with yall: tomorrow we release Guile 2.2.0. Yaaaay!

I know in these days of version number inflation that this seems like a very incremental, point-release kind of a thing, but it's a big deal to me. This is a project I have been working on since soon after the release of Guile 2.0 some 6 years ago. It wasn't always clear that this project would work, but now it's here, going into production.

In that time I have worked on JavaScriptCore and V8 and SpiderMonkey and so I got a feel for what a state-of-the-art programming language implementation looks like. Also in that time I ate and breathed optimizing compilers, and really hit the wall until finally paging in what Fluet and Weeks were saying so many years ago about continuation-passing style and scope, and eventually came through with a solution that was still CPS: CPS soup. At this point Guile's "middle-end" is, I think, totally respectable. The backend targets a quite good virtual machine.

The virtual machine is still a bytecode interpreter for now; native code is a next step. Oddly my journey here has been precisely opposite, in a way, to An incremental approach to compiler construction; incremental, yes, but starting from the other end. But I am very happy with where things are. Guile remains very portable, bootstrappable from C, and the compiler is in a good shape to take us the rest of the way to register allocation and native code generation, and performance is pretty ok, even better than some natively-compiled Schemes.

For a "scripting" language (what does that mean?), I also think that Guile is breaking nice ground by using ELF as its object file format. Very cute. As this seems to be a "Andy mentions things he's proud of" segment, I was also pleased with how we were able to completely remove the stack size restriction.

high fives all around

As is often the case with these things, I got the idea for removing the stack limit after talking with Sam Tobin-Hochstadt from Racket and the PLT group. I admire Racket and its makers very much and look forward to stealing fromworking with them in the future.

Of course the ideas for the contification and closure optimization passes are in debt to Matthew Fluet and Stephen Weeks for the former, and Andy Keep and Kent Dybvig for the the latter. The intmap/intset representation of CPS soup itself is highly endebted to the late Phil Bagwell, to Rich Hickey, and to Clojure folk; persistent data structures were an amazing revelation to me.

Guile's virtual machine itself was initially heavily inspired by JavaScriptCore's VM. Thanks to WebKit folks for writing so much about the early days of Squirrelfish! As far as the actual optimizations in the compiler itself, I was inspired a lot by V8's Crankshaft in a weird way -- it was my first touch with fixed-point flow analysis. As most of yall know, I didn't study CS, for better and for worse; for worse, because I didn't know a lot of this stuff, and for better, as I had the joy of learning it as I needed it. Since starting with flow analysis, Carl Offner's Notes on graph algorithms used in optimizing compilers was invaluable. I still open it up from time to time.

While I'm high-fiving, large ups to two amazing support teams: firstly to my colleagues at Igalia for supporting me on this. Almost the whole time I've been at Igalia, I've been working on this, for about a day or two a week. Sometimes at work we get to take advantage of a Guile thing, but Igalia's Guile investment mainly pays out in the sense of keeping me happy, keeping me up to date with language implementation techniques, and attracting talent. At work we have a lot of language implementation people, in JS engines obviously but also in other niches like the networking group, and it helps to be able to transfer hackers from Scheme to these domains.

I put in my own time too, of course; but my time isn't really my own either. My wife Kate has been really supportive and understanding of my not-infrequent impulses to just nerd out and hack a thing. She probably won't read this (though maybe?), but it's important to acknowledge that many of us hackers are only able to do our work because of the support that we get from our families.

a digression on the nature of seeking and knowledge

I am jealous of my colleagues in academia sometimes; of course it must be this way, that we are jealous of each other. Greener grass and all that. But when you go through a doctoral program, you know that you push the boundaries of human knowledge. You know because you are acutely aware of the state of recorded knowledge in your field, and you know that your work expands that record. If you stay in academia, you use your honed skills to continue chipping away at the unknown. The papers that this process reifies have a huge impact on the flow of knowledge in the world. As just one example, I've read all of Dybvig's papers, with delight and pleasure and avarice and jealousy, and learned loads from them. (Incidentally, I am given to understand that all of these are proper academic reactions :)

But in my work on Guile I don't actually know that I've expanded knowledge in any way. I don't actually know that anything I did is new and suspect that nothing is. Maybe CPS soup? There have been some similar publications in the last couple years but you never know. Maybe some of the multicore Concurrent ML stuff I haven't written about yet. Really not sure. I am starting to see papers these days that are similar to what I do and I have the feeling that they have a bit more impact than my work because of their medium, and I wonder if I could be putting my work in a more useful form, or orienting it in a more newness-oriented way.

I also don't know how important new knowledge is. Simply being able to practice language implementation at a state-of-the-art level is a valuable skill in itself, and releasing a quality, stable free-software language implementation is valuable to the world. So it's not like I'm negative on where I'm at, but I do feel wonderful talking with folks at academic conferences and wonder how to pull some more of that into my life.

In the meantime, I feel like (my part of) Guile 2.2 is my master work in a way -- a savepoint in my hack career. It's fine work; see A Virtual Machine for Guile and Continuation-Passing Style for some high level documentation, or many of these bloggies for the nitties and the gritties. OKitties!

getting the goods

It's been a joy over the last two or three years to see the growth of Guix, a packaging system written in Guile and inspired by GNU stow and Nix. The laptop I'm writing this on runs GuixSD, and Guix is up to some 5000 packages at this point.

I've always wondered what the right solution for packaging Guile and Guile modules was. At one point I thought that we would have a Guile-specific packaging system, but one with stow-like characteristics. We had problems with C extensions though: how do you build one? Where do you get the compilers? Where do you get the libraries?

Guix solves this in a comprehensive way. From the four or five bootstrap binaries, Guix can download and build the world from source, for any of its supported architectures. The result is a farm of weirdly-named files in /gnu/store, but the transitive closure of a store item works on any distribution of that architecture.

This state of affairs was clear from the Guix binary installation instructions that just have you extract a tarball over your current distro, regardless of what's there. The process of building this weird tarball was always a bit ad-hoc though, geared to Guix's installation needs.

It turns out that we can use the same strategy to distribute reproducible binaries for any package that Guix includes. So if you download this tarball, and extract it as root in /, then it will extract some paths in /gnu/store and also add a /opt/guile-2.2.0. Run Guile as /opt/guile-2.2.0/bin/guile and you have Guile 2.2, before any of your friends! That pack was made using guix pack -C lzip -S /opt/guile-2.2.0=/ guile-next glibc-utf8-locales, at Guix git revision 80a725726d3b3a62c69c9f80d35a898dcea8ad90.

(If you run that Guile, it will complain about not being able to install the locale. Guix, like Scheme, is generally a statically scoped system; but locales are dynamically scoped. That is to say, you have to set GUIX_LOCPATH=/opt/guile-2.2.0/lib/locale in the environment, for locales to work. See the GUIX_LOCPATH docs for the gnarlies.)

Alternately of course you can install Guix and just guix package -i guile-next. Guix itself will migrate to 2.2 over the next week or so.

Welp, that's all for this evening. I'll be relieved to push the release tag and announcements tomorrow. In the meantime, happy hacking, and yes: this blog is served by Guile 2.2! :)


          A determinar 2/2   
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          A determinar 1/2   
Ejemplar encontrado en un puente en la zona de La Nou del Berguedà. La he puesto en esta carpeta pero no sé que es. Muchas gracias. Fotos relacionades: http://www.biodiversidadvirtual.org/insectarium/A-determinar-1-2-img901909.html http://www.biodiversidadvirtual.org/insectarium/A-determinar-1-2-img901909.html
          Mountain Lion Roars….and Leaves Some Blood   
One issue I ran into when installing Virtualbox revolved around Apple’s software installation security in Mountain Lion
          Jojo, fără sutien la plajă! Imagini din vacanţă   
Jojo şi-a surprins prietenii din mediul virtual cu silueta de invidiat.
          ARKit potrebbe distruggere il Project Tango di Google   

Google sta lavorando da anni al Project Tango dedicato alla realtà virtuale e alla realtà aumentata ma, come notato da 9to5Google, Apple con il suo ARKit potrebbe sbaragliare la concorrenza. Malgrado performance inferiori offerte dagli iPhone, ARKit potrebbe avere un grandissimo vantaggio rispetto all’hardware superiore del Project Tango: le app. Già ora stiamo vedendo diversi sviluppatori che hanno creato app di vario tipo, che vanno dal […]

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          Turning the U.S.-India Alignment into an Alliance   

"Our robust strategic partnership is such that it touches upon almost all areas of human endeavor....We consider the USA as our primary partner for India's social and economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes," proclaimed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 26. The venue was the joint press conference with President Donald Trump following their lengthy meeting at the White House. This is a sentiment that America must strengthen and build upon to contain the expanding ambitions of China.

Of course, diplomatic niceties prevented any actual public mention of the Communist regime as a common threat to the world's two largest democracies. Nor was China's ally Pakistan mentioned, even as the two leaders talked about defeating terrorism in the region. President Trump noted "Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism." In the case of India, terrorism has been linked directly to Pakistan which has been supporting an insurgency in Kashmir ever since that Muslim province was incorporated into India when the British Raj was partitioned in 1947.

Pakistan was founded as an Islamic state with the mission to unite all Muslims in the region. India was founded on a more tolerant, multicultural democratic standard and counts 175 million Muslims among its 1.3 billion citizens. In must be remembered that it was Pakistan that blocked a UN plebiscite on Kashmir's fate because it feared too many Muslims would vote to live in the more attractive society of India than in a militant regime. Pakistan failed in its bid to seize control of Kashmir but has continued to stir up jihadist movements in the province. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking to the U.S.-India Business Council on June 27, mentioned how "barbarians have struck on Indian soil too many times over the decades, including the horrific attacks in Mumbai nearly a decade ago, claiming the lives of more than 160 innocents, including six Americans." That attack was traced to Pakistan. Hours before Modi's arrival, the State Department imposed sanctions on Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, the main Kashmir terrorist group.

PM Modi stated, "Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation," clearly with Pakistan in mind; not only regarding Kashmir, but also Afghanistan. The U.S. and its coalition (which includes India, for whose contributions President Trump thanked Modi) cannot end the war in Afghanistan as long as the Taliban (and now ISIS) can lick their wounds and rebuild their forces in Pakistan; free to cross the border at times of their own choosing. 

The threat from China was alluded to when President Trump mentioned how Indian forces "will join together with the Japanese navy to take part in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean." What links Japan and India is concern over Beijing's expansion across the Pacific Rim and into the Indian Ocean. Beijing's ambitious "Belt and Road" development initiative which is designed to impose a "common destiny" on Eurasia is opposed by both India and Japan. The Chinese plan will build on programs hat have already been underway in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, posing direct threats to Indian security.

The U.S. and Japan can and must counter the Chinese initiative by increasing their role in developing the Indian economy, which can truly be a "win-win" relationship. China's rise has been fueled by short-sighted American business firms willfully ignorant of the true nature of the Beijing regime. They have transferred technology and production capacity to a strategic rival of their home country. The pursuit of private profit without adequate supervision by a Washington establishment blinded by naive liberal hopes and corrupted by corporate cash has helped to create a threat Americans will have to face for decades to come. It would be a much better world if all the Western capital sent to China had gone to India instead. Trade is properly conducted among friends, not adversaries where the "gains from trade" are used to create menacing capabilities.

With the world's largest population, India presents a massive market for American goods of all kinds. President Trump, however, concentrated his remarks on energy and security. We are "looking forward to exporting more American energy to India as your economy grows, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas." To the extent that imported gas replaces Indian coal, it will help New Delhi clean up the air pollution that makes its cities look as bad at those in China. VP Pence added nuclear power and clean coal to the list of energy sources the U.S. could help New Delhi develop. President Barack Obama had carried his "war on coal" overseas with a ban on any U.S. aid to the Indian coal industry. But India is not going to abandon its massive coal reserves; their use can, however, be improved.   

Modernizing India's military is central to the strategic alignment. VP Pence mentioned to the USIBC that "the United States will sell Sea Guardian UAVs, Apache attack helicopters, and C-17 transports to India." A larger program on the table is the sale of 126 fighter jets to India. The Lockheed F-16 "Viper" is the leading candidate, but the Saab JAS-39 "Gripen" is also in the running, though a strategic link to Sweden makes little sense in an Asian setting. India, however, is moving from being a consumer of military hardware to a producer, as any Great Power must do. Modi has a "make it in India" policy and Lockheed is willing to set up an F-16 production line there. The question is whether this will be considered "outsourcing" by the Trump administration. It should not be as long as the production is for Indian service and does not replace jobs in U.S. industry supplying the Pentagon. The F-16 is long out of production for the USAF. The new F-35 "Lightning II" is coming into service (also built by Lockheed).

Indian production should be seen as "market extension" which will create additional work for American factories and maintenance services, not only for this order of warplanes but for future orders of military equipment of many kinds as the strategic relationship deepens. It should be noted that the first European production line for the F-16 opened in 1978; so India is not asking for anything novel.

The need to offer "co-production" to win military contracts is a subject not often discussed in public debates over arms sales, but it is a part of many transactions. Offset arrangements can also involve local purchasing, subcontracting, investment, and technology-transfer requirements on U.S. exporters that benefit foreign firms in the purchasing country. The U.S. defense industry is the world's leader, but its comparative advantage does not yield the full returns economic textbooks promise because of real world practices like offsets. These are negotiated between foreign governments and corporations in virtually every deal. The state authorities have the greater leverage, as it is generally a buyer's market; but strategic considerations also play their part. Our officials must keep a close eye on such deals to keep a proper balance between risks and rewards to the U.S. defense industrial base.

India's offset requirements have been at the low end of the international scale. Caught between two allied nuclear powers, China and Pakistan, New Delhi needs to modernize its forces; but it also needs a domestic industrial infrastructure to support its armed services. This is why offsets, though generally banned in the commercial sector under the World Trade Organization, are allowed for national security reasons. What is truly important cannot be left to the "invisible hand"--- which means the hands of others.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are both nationalists in a dangerous world. As Modi put it, "I am sure that the convergence between my vision for a 'new India' and President Trump's vision for 'making America great again' will add new dimensions to our cooperation." Let us work to make it so in a positive way.

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          Comment on Content Marketing Conferences: The Ultimate List by Kairui Guo   
Hi Michael, I would like to suggest another event for your great list! Name: Eventful Forum Date: September 14-15 Location: NYC Overview: Eventful Enterprises presents the second annual gathering of the Eventful Forum, an executive conference dedicated to addressing the future of business through the world’s converging industries. Last year, EF2016 hosted participants from 12 cities around the country and 4 countries around the world. For this year’s followup, EF2017 will be the first conference anywhere to bring the martech and fintech worlds together under one roof, to address the most urgent and actionable collaborations needed for facing the imminent new paradigm of virtualized consumerism. Link: http://www.eventfulforum.com
          (USA-TN-Chattanooga) Supervisor - Facilities   
*Description/Job Summary* *Job Overview:* The Supervisor – Facilities may work in any type of facilities location on client premises. This individual provides supervision at the direction of management on site to coordinate activities of workers and/or service employees engaged in facilities operations or services at either larger complex facilities or locations in the areas of commercial, health care, schools, universities or other establishments. He/She coordinates, at the direction of management, key functions and between 3 and 10 employees during the normal course of business. The general responsibilities of the position include those listed below, but Sodexo may identify other responsibilities of the position. These responsibilities may differ among accounts, depending on business necessities and client requirements. */General Responsibilities:/* * Serves as a working lead, coordinating activities of maintenance workers or service employees engaged in cleaning and/ or maintaining smaller less complex facilities of commercial, health care facility, school, residence hall, or other establishments. * Assists in ensuring a safe working environment throughout the facility for all employees. * Assists in monitoring employee productivity and provides suggestions for increased service or productivity. * Responsible for the coordination of routine responsibilities of subordinates and assigns. responsibility for specific work or functional activities as directed by on-site management. * Responsible for orientation and training of employees. * Performs day to day assignments in addition to lead duties. * Works with customers to ensure satisfaction in such areas as quality, service, and problem resolution. * Takes an interest and initiative in the development of the facilities team. * Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures * Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner. * Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments. * Applies all applicable OSHA and related local safety requirements to all assigned work. * Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures. * Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated. * Applies some complex skills appropriate for the position. * Adapts procedures, processes, tools, equipment and techniques to meet the requirements of the position. * Applies knowledge of department policies and procedures, and utilizes a general understanding of other departments' functions. * Typically leads 3 to 10 employees. * May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned. *Job Qualifications:* */Experience/Knowledge:/* * High School diploma, GED or equivalent experience. * 1 or more years of related work experience. * Previous supervisory experience preferred. * /Skills/Aptitude:/* * Ability to coordinate the routine responsibilities of staff and resources. * Ability to present self in a highly professional manner to others and understands that honesty and ethics are essential. * Ability to maintain a positive attitude. * Ability to communicate with co-workers and other departments with professionalism and respect. * Ability to maintain a professional relationship with all coworkers, vendor representatives, supervisors, managers, customers and client representatives. * Ability to provide clear directions and respond accordingly to employees. * Ability to use all relevant electronic and communication devices. * Knowledge of and proficiency in all OSHA and local requirements related to all assigned work. */License/Qualifications/* *Certifications:* None. */General Qualifications:/* * Willingness to be open to learning and growing. * Maturity of judgment and behavior. * Maintains high standards for work areas and appearance. * Attends work and shows up for scheduled shift on time with satisfactory regularity in light of Sodexo time and attendance policy and/or client operating hours. * Ability to work a flexible schedule. * Must comply with any dress code requirements. * Must be able to work nights, weekends and some holidays. * /Physical Requirements:/* * Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus, with or without corrective lenses. * Significant walking or other means of mobility. * Ability to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 8 hours). * Ability to reach, bend, stoop, push and/or pull, and frequently lift up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift/move 40 pounds. */Working Conditions (may add additional conditions specific to defined work location):/* * Generally in an indoor setting; however, may participate in outside activities and events. * Varying schedule to include evenings, holidays, weekends and extended hours as business dictates. * While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily in a controlled, temperate environment; however, may be exposed to heat/cold during support of outside activities. * The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. * Wears protective clothing and/or Personal Protective Equipment required by the work environment or governmental regulations. Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer. Sodexo is committed to upholding the spirit and principles of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1998 amendment to the Act. If, due to a disability, you require a reasonable accommodation to navigate this site and/or complete the on-line application process, please contact SodexoFrontlineApplicationSupport.USA@sodexo.com for assistance. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please click here.
          (USA-TN-Chattanooga) Utility Worker   
*Description/Job Summary* *Job Overview:* The Utility Worker is responsible for maintaining kitchen work areas, equipment and utensils. The general responsibilities of the position include those listed below, but Sodexo may identify other responsibilities of the position. These responsibilities may differ among accounts, depending on business necessities and client requirements. */General Responsibilities:/* * Washes dishes by hand or places them in a dishwashing machine. * Washes work tables, walls, refrigerators and meat blocks. * Sweeps, mops, cleans and vacuums floors. * Removes trash and garbage to designated areas. * Transfers supplies and equipment within and between storage and work areas such as pantry and dish room. * Cleans equipment using specific chemicals to ensure sanitary standards. * Polishes silver. * May wash pots. * Attends all allergy and foodborne illness in-service training. * Complies with all Sodexo HACCP policies and procedures. * Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner. * Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures. * Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments. * Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated. * May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned. * /Job Qualifications:/* */Experience/Knowledge:/* * High School diploma, GED, or equivalent experience. * No related work experience. * /Skills/Aptitude:/* * Presents self in a highly professional manner to others and understands that honesty and ethics are essential. * Ability to maintain a positive attitude. * Ability to communicate with co-workers and other departments with professionalism and respect. * Maintains a professional relationship with all coworkers, vendor representatives, supervisors, managers, customers, and client representatives. * Ability to use a computer. * /License/Qualifications/* *Certifications:* None. */General Qualifications:/* * Willingness to be open to learning and growing. * Maturity of judgment and behavior. * Maintains high standards for work areas and appearance. * Maintains a positive attitude. * Ability to work a flexible schedule helpful. * Must comply with any dress code requirements. * Must be able to work nights, weekends and some holidays. * Attends work and shows up for scheduled shift on time with satisfactory regularity. */Physical Requirements:/* * Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus, with or without corrective lenses. * Significant walking or other means of mobility. * Ability to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 8 hours). * Ability to reach, bend, stoop, push and/or pull, and frequently lift up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift/move 40 pounds. */Working Conditions (may add additional conditions specific to defined work location):/* * Generally in an indoor setting; however, may supervise outside activities and events. * Varying schedule to include evenings, holidays, weekends and extended hours as business dictates. * While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily in a controlled, temperate environment; however, may be exposed to heat/cold during support of outside activities. * The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer. Sodexo is committed to upholding the spirit and principles of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1998 amendment to the Act. If, due to a disability, you require a reasonable accommodation to navigate this site and/or complete the on-line application process, please contact SodexoFrontlineApplicationSupport.USA@sodexo.com for assistance. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please click here.
          Virtualization Engineer - Vae, Inc. - Virginia   
Responsibilities Implementing disaster recovery solutions and the execution of periodic disaster recovery tests Administering the most current versions of...
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          How to Talk So Kids Will Listen: a Timeless Guide to Effective Communication   

It is virtually impossible to overstate the significance of good communication. Both your work and marriage greatly depend on your ability to share ideas and don’t get too excited about other people disagreeing with you. When it comes to children, the importance of establishing two-way communication increases by a factor of ten. What can you […]

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          Artissima 2017 preview!    




Riconosciuta a livello internazionale per la sua attenzione alle pratiche sperimentali e per la capacità di innovarsi ad ogni edizione, nel 2017 la fiera introduce una serie di novità che investono trasversalmente il suo programma e la sua composizione: oltre alla nuova sezione Disegni, ai rinnovati team di curatori e all’innovativa piattaforma digitale annunciati di recente, Artissima si arricchisce infatti di nuove idee e iniziative specifiche: uno speciale progetto espositivo, il “Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente”, un innovativo palinsesto di talk, una nuova firma al progetto di allestimento del padiglione fieristico a cura dello studio Vudafieri Saverino Partners di Milano.


“Il 2017 – nelle parole di Ilaria Bonacossa – segna i cinquant’anni dall’inaugurazione di iniziative seminali per la genesi dell’Arte Povera. Artissima vuole rintracciare, in alcune delle esperienze più irregolari di quegli anni, le fondamenta che hanno reso Torino la capitale italiana dell’arte contemporanea. Artissima indagherà, attraverso la ricostruzione temporanea di contesti iconici come il Deposito d’Arte Presente (1967–68) o la discoteca Piper (1966–69), le relazioni tra pratiche artistiche, mercato, collezionismo e tempo libero, evocando queste esperienze per la loro visionaria capacità di reinventare i ruoli e di attivare contaminazioni tra diverse discipline."



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Il nuovo progetto espositivo
Curato da Ilaria Bonacossa e Vittoria Martini, il “Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente” è il nuovo progetto espositivo e culturale di Artissima dedicato all’arte italiana. Il Deposito ospiterà prestigiosi prestiti dalle istituzioni piemontesi e opere provenienti dalle collezioni private del territorio, insieme ad alcuni lavori delle gallerie presenti in fiera, riconoscendo loro il ruolo di spicco che hanno avuto e hanno nella produzione della storia dell’arte contemporanea nel nostro paese.
Per questo nuovo progetto, Artissima si è ispirata ad una delle esperienze espositive più innovative della Torino degli anni Sessanta, in un momento di grande vitalità artistica: il Deposito d’Arte Presente (1967–68) – “una raccolta estemporanea, non permanente… uno spazio per il presente, per un tipo di arte connessa all’hic et nunc e spogliata di qualsiasi sacralità”.
Con il “Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente”, Artissima riprende quel format, traslandolo all’oggi e utilizzandolo come cornice concettuale per un progetto che ne assorbe la modalità operativa. Il Deposito non è una mostra, ma uno spazio dinamico di esposizione e di approfondimento dal quale iniziare una narrazione dell’arte italiana degli ultimi 20 anni per fotografarla oggi e capirne gli sviluppi futuri.



Il programma incontri



Per l’edizione 2017, Artissima ripensa il programma di incontri, immaginando un nuovo spazio ispirato al Piper di Torino in cui raccontare l’arte contemporanea, ascoltare, partecipare e lavorare al fianco di artisti e curatori.
Il progetto, a cura di Paola Nicolin, seguirà la metodologia di “theclassroom”, un centro di arte e educazione nato nel 2016 a Milano che invita artisti a svolgere un corso in storia delle arti in un’aula progettata per l’occasione, trasformando lo spazio di apprendimento in un luogo di produzione artistica.
In questa prospettiva, Artissima ospiterà una classe aperta dove un artista invitato, con gli studenti e gli ospiti del programma di conversazioni, costruirà un palinsesto di lezioni, interviste, dialoghi e film screening per tutta la durata della manifestazione.



Artissima Collector’s Talks e Walkie Talkies



Artissima lancerà un nuovo programma di Collectors’ Talks coordinato dalla curatrice internazionale Abaseh Mirvali. Incentrate su come il collezionismo stia trasformando il mondo dell’arte, presenteranno la visione di collezionisti, artisti, critici, galleristi e direttori museali. Queste talk saranno arricchite da un esclusivo programma di visite guidate alla fiera: le Walkie Talkies, una serie di brevi conversazioni tra coppie di curatori e collezionisti internazionali, nate con l’obiettivo di creare un contatto stretto e personale tra i relatori e il pubblico. Queste conversazioni, itineranti, si trasformano in sorprendenti visite guidate alla fiera, permettendo ai relatori di sviluppare percorsi unici e originali attraverso i lavori presentati dalle gallerie.



La piattaforma digitale



La piattaforma digitale di Artissima accompagnerà il pubblico durante tutto l’anno, con momenti di approfondimento e anticipazioni attraverso diversi social media. Come primo step, Artissima ha lanciato #ArtissimaRewind, un programma di appuntamenti virtuali dedicati all’esplorazione della scorsa edizione della fiera: performance, interviste, conversazioni e visite guidate vengono riproposte ogni giovedì sui suoi social network.



Inoltre, il catalogo 2017 da cartaceo diventerà digitale attraverso una piattaforma che consentirà alle gallerie di entrare in contatto con un pubblico più vasto di appassionati.

Vi invitiamo a Torino per un’esperienza indimenticabile!

Artissima
3-5 Novembre 2017
Oval, Torino

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          How the 2017 Arkansas legislature made life worse for you   
But it wasn't as bad as it could've been at the Capitol.

Arkansas's legislators were locked and loaded when they arrived for the 91st General Assembly this year, determined to get more guns into public places and take away voting and abortion rights, their evergreen attacks.

Thanks to the legislature, concealed weapons soon may be carried just about everywhere except Razorback games and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Unemployment benefits were cut, whistleblowers were silenced and charter schools were given advantages over regular public schools. Other legislation was symbolic but ugly, such as an act authored by Rep. Brandt Smith (R-Jonesboro) that aims to stop Sharia, or Islamic ecclesiastical law, from taking over Arkansas's court system.

Some of the silliest bills went nowhere, such as efforts by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) to wipe Bill and Hillary Clinton's names off the Little Rock airport, to indefinitely delay implementing the voter-approved medical marijuana program and to call a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Anti-immigrant legislation that would have penalized colleges and cities with so-called "sanctuary" policies withered in committee. Rep. Smith, the sponsor of the bill targeting universities, warned that rogue professors might hide undocumented immigrants in their offices and then dump their human waste on campus in the dark of night; surprisingly, this argument did not persuade his colleagues. Rep. Kim Hendren (R-Gravette) proposed banning cell phones from public schools; later, he filed a bill prohibiting teachers from using books authored by leftist historian Howard Zinn. Neither gained traction.

What was good? A little. Conservatives tried to circumscribe the medical marijuana amendment with bans on smoking and edible products, among other roadblocks, but the worst of the anti-pot legislation stalled. Evidently reassured by Governor Hutchinson's promises to make the private option more conservative (read: stingier) down the line, the annual appropriation for Medicaid passed without a major fight — a relief for the 300,000-plus Arkansans receiving health insurance through Obamacare. Pushed by Hutchinson, the ledge directed some of Arkansas's tobacco settlement proceeds to expand a waiver program for the developmentally disabled, opening the door to services for some 500 to 900 desperate families stranded for years on a waitlist. At long last, the state will stop its reprehensible practice of celebrating Robert E. Lee's birthday simultaneously with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a symbolic but important step forward that was championed by the governor.

Here's our survey of the damage:

GUNS
In Glock we trust

The biggest gun-related news this session was the passage and signing of House Bill 1249, now Act 562, which creates a new "enhanced carry" permit that will allow gun owners who have undergone eight hours of additional training — including active shooter training, with a curriculum still to be worked out by the Arkansas State Police — to carry a concealed handgun in many places previously forbidden under the state's concealed carry law, including the state Capitol, public colleges and universities, bars, churches and courthouses. Concealed carry in prisons, courtrooms and K-12 schools is still forbidden, and private property owners, including bars, churches and private colleges, can still prohibit firearms if they choose.

Sponsored by Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville), the bill was a far piece from where it started by the time it was signed. Originally, Collins' bill would have solely mandated that public universities and colleges allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns. It was an attempt to push back against the state's public colleges and universities, which have steadfastly rejected Collins' and his colleagues' attempts to institute "campus carry" in the past. Amendments to HB 1249 soon pushed it several clicks further toward the broad "guns everywhere" approach favored by the National Rifle Association, and far beyond a potential shooting iron in a well-trained professor's briefcase. Now, anyone with the enhanced permit will be able to carry on a college campus, including into sometimes-contentious student and faculty disciplinary hearings and raucous college dorms.

The passage of the bill spawned some last minute scrambling when the Southeastern Conference expressed concerns about fans coming to college football games carrying heat, resulting in Act 859, a cleanup effort that prohibits concealed carry in college athletic venues. Also exempted by Act 859 were daycares, UAMS and the Arkansas State Hospital, an inpatient facility for the mentally ill. The bill also allows private businesses and organizations to ban concealed carry without posting a sign to that effect. If a private business decides to ban concealed carry without posting a sign, anyone caught carrying a concealed weapon on the premises can be ejected or told to remove their gun if they want to come back. If the concealed carrier repeats the infraction, they can be charged with a crime. Even after the purported cleanup, that still leaves a lot of places open to concealed carry unless those places set a policy forbidding the practice, including most hospitals, mental health facilities and off-campus high school and middle school sporting events. At the signing ceremony for HB 1249, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said, "We believe that if you have a legal right to be somewhere, and you're a law-abiding person, you ought to have a legal right to defend yourself." For the NRA, that means the right to be armed everywhere, any time, as long as you don't have a criminal record. Notice Cox didn't say anything about pesky permits or training.

Speaking of law-abiding persons, also of concern when it comes to concealed carry is Act 486. Under the law, the Arkansas State Police is now prohibited from establishing or amending any administrative rule that would revoke or suspend a concealed carry permit unless the holder of the permit was found to be in violation of a criminal offense. While not penalizing a person if they haven't committed a crime sounds like a good idea, the problem is that people can and do go off the rails for a multitude of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with a violation of the criminal code. Before the passage of Act 486, the State Police had broad latitude to revoke or suspend concealed carry permits for a number of reasons, including serious alcohol and drug abuse, dangerous mental illness, or a mental health professional's determination that a permit holder might be a threat to himself, his family or the public. With the passage of Act 486, though, a concealed carry holder who suffers a complete mental breakdown to the point of visual hallucinations can keep on packing right until the moment he or she is admitted at the State Hospital (thanks Act 859!), even if the person's family or a doctor asks the State Police to pull their permit. Ditto with people suffering from substance abuse issues, elderly dementia patients and those who hint they might be capable of suicide or homicide. Under the law, a permit can still be revoked or suspended if the person is caught carrying into a prohibited place like a courtroom or jail, but as seen above, the list of places where handguns are prohibited is dwindling by the year. Otherwise, thanks to Act 486, we just have to wait until that person commits a crime. By then, it's too late.

In the What Could Have Been column, we have HB 1630, by Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock), which would have created the misdemeanor offense of "negligently allowing access to a firearm by a child" if an owner failed to secure a loaded gun or left it in a place a child could easily access. Though the bill had exemptions for hunting, sport shooting and use of firearms on a farm and had a sliding scale of penalties, with incidents involving the death or serious injury of a child at the top of the list, it went nowhere.

EDUCATION

Traditional schools took licks, but the worst was kept at bay.

The single worst education bill passed in 2017 was probably Act 542, sponsored by Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale), which requires school districts to sell or lease "unused or underutilized" facilities to competitor charter schools. Charters already had right of first refusal in the event a district decides to sell a building — but after Act 542 goes into effect this summer, a charter can force a district to sell or lease a building, even if the district doesn't want to do so. If a different entity — a nonprofit, say, or a clinic or a business — wants to buy an unoccupied school building instead, that's too bad. Act 542 requires a district to hold on to unused buildings for two years, just in case a charter comes along and wants the facility for itself.

Clark pointed to a situation a few years ago in which the Helena-West Helena School District refused to sell a vacant elementary to KIPP Delta, a charter. But there are good reasons why a district wouldn't want to hand over an asset to a direct competitor: Charter networks tend to weaken districts by bleeding away higher-performing students and public money, and they often enjoy advantages their traditional public school counterparts do not. As some opponents of the bill pointed out, the new law is tantamount to forcing Walmart to sell a store to Target. That's why school superintendents across the state fought the bill and convinced no small number of Republicans to join Democrats in opposing it. In the end, though, it passed the House on a 53-32 vote. Republican legislators also rejected proposals by Democrats Sen. Joyce Elliott and Rep. Clarke Tucker — both from Little Rock, which is seeing unchecked charter growth at the expense of traditional public schools — to impose fairer rules on charters.

Thankfully, the legislature turned down an even worse proposal. HB 1222 by Rep. Jim Dotson (R-Bentonville) proposed a convoluted scheme to divert millions of dollars away from the public coffers (by means of a tax credit to wealthy donors) and toward private schools in the guise of "education savings accounts" to be used for student tuition. A school voucher plan in all but name, the bill would have been devastating to public education. Dotson eventually scaled back the legislation to a pilot program with a four-year sunset, allowing a Senate version of the bill to win passage in that chamber — but many Republicans remain fond of their local school districts, and it narrowly failed in the House.

Meanwhile, legislators expanded an existing voucher program, the Succeed Scholarship. Created in the 2015 session, it uses public tax dollars to pay private school tuition for a limited number of K-12 students with special needs. Parents are required to waive their child's civil rights protections under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In the past, the scholarship was open only to kids with an Individualized Education Program, or IEP; now, foster children living in group homes will also be eligible, thanks to Act 894 by Rep. Kim Hammer (R-Benton). Act 327 by Rep. Carlton Wing (R-North Little Rock) will allow a nonaccredited private school to participate, as long as the school has applied for accreditation. And, the appropriation for the Succeed Scholarship rose from $800,000 to $1.3 million — an increase of 63 percent — potentially allowing as many as 200 students statewide to participate.

That bump is especially notable alongside the meager 1 percent increase in the state's overall K-12 education budget for the next two years — far less than the 2.5 percent boost recommended by legislative staff tasked with determining what constitutes "adequate" school funding. A bit more money will be directed to teacher pay and special education, and pre-kindergarten will see an overdue $3 million increase, so the money situation could be worse. Still, with state revenue squeezed hard by tax cuts, and private and charter schools knocking at the door, traditional public schools are clearly not the General Assembly's top priority.

On other fronts, school legislation was a mixed bag. Elliott's Act 1059, will limit the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for students in grades K-5 — a much-needed reform — but her bid to end corporal punishment failed in committee. (Rural Arkansas still loves the paddle.) One of the better education bills to pass this session was Elliott's Act 1039 which gives teeth to a 2013 law (also by Elliott) requiring dyslexia screening and intervention. Its reporting requirements and enforcement mechanism hopefully will force districts to deliver better reading interventions to dyslexic students. A major accountability bill developed by the state Education Department, Act 930, will overhaul how schools are monitored by the state, though it's too soon to say how the changes will play out. Act 478 by Rep. Bruce Cozart (R-Hot Springs), will require high school students to pass a civics test before graduating; an attempt by Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock) to impose the same requirement on legislators and state agency heads received a cold reception. A bill by Rep. Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle), now Act 910, will end September school elections and require them to be held concurrent with the November general or spring primary election date. That could spell trouble for future millage votes.

Finally, there's higher education: "Campus carry" dominated the news, but a major change in funding may be just as consequential. Act 148, which originated with the governor's office, creates a funding formula for colleges and universities that ties state money to metrics like graduation rate. HB 1518, now Act 563, a worthy bill by Rep. James Sturch (R-Batesville) requires the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create an action plan for addressing sexual assault on college campuses.

Benjamin Hardy

TAXES

Some help for the working poor and lots of punting.

Give modest credit to Governor Hutchinson. In the 2013 and 2015 legislative sessions, Republican legislators pushed a massive cut on taxes on capital gains and reduced the income tax burden on all but the working poor. This session, Hutchinson provided some relief at the lower end of the tax bracket. Hutchinson pushed through a $50 million tax cut, directed at households with a taxable income of less than $21,000. The cut is misleading, though, as it targets taxable income, which is often far less than salary or adjusted gross income. In fact, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families pointed out that 48 percent of the overall $50 million cut will go to taxpayers in the top 40 percent of earners, while only 5 percent will go to those making less than $18,000 per year.

Establishing a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit, tied to the federal EITC, would have been considerably more beneficial to the lower 40 percent of Arkansas earners, who often have no income tax liability, but pay a large share of their income in sales tax. An EITC would have provided a more substantial boost to the working poor at less cost than Hutchinson's cut. Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock) and Sen. Jake Files (R-Fort Smith) were behind the EITC proposal, which historically has bipartisan appeal, but they couldn't get support from Hutchinson or enough other legislators.

Hutchinson also supported legislation that exempted all military retirement pay and survivor benefits from state income taxes. The first $6,000 of military retirement pay had been exempt previously. Since most veterans aren't career soldiers and eligible for a pension, the exemption will leave out many veterans (again, an EITC would have been a better avenue). But few politicians on either side of the aisle were going to stand in the way of helping veterans — even though Hutchinson unconscionably larded the measure with unrelated tax hikes. The legislation offset the eventual $13.4 million cost of the exemption by raising the sales tax on candy and soda. Completely unrelated to veterans' retirement income, the bill provided a $6 million tax cut on soft drink syrup, which it paid for by taxing unemployment benefits and digital downloads. So, veterans with pensions got a bump and corporate interests got significant help, while folks downloading books and movies, as well as people in between jobs, got screwed.

In the "could have been worse" column, more credit for Hutchinson: He held at bay lawmakers from his party such as Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs) who wanted to cut $100 million or more in taxes — threatening essential state services in the process — by creating a commission to consider the future of tax policies in the state.

The commission will have to consider two issues the General Assembly punted on. A bill that would have required out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases made by Arkansans stalled in the House, with several Republicans decrying the proposal as a tax increase even though Arkansans already are required to pay the tax by law (few do because it requires self-reporting.) Still, Amazon said it would voluntarily begin collecting sales tax on Arkansas customers beginning in March. Another bill that merely would have referred to voters a proposal to increase the tax on gas to pay for bonds for highway construction failed on similar anti-tax grounds.

Lindsey Millar

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Atual reform

Act 423, "The Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act," might be the most consequential piece of good legislation the General Assembly passed. It's a sprawling, omnibus law, with three primary components.

Most consequentially, it introduces swift and certain sanctioning, which means parolees and probationers who commit minor violations of the terms of their supervision will be sent for 45 to 90 days to Arkansas Community Correction facilities, where they will receive rehabilitative programming, instead of being sent to prison for significantly longer stints. Arkansas in recent years has had the fastest growing prison population in the country, fueled largely by parole violators returning to prison. Swift and certain sanctioning is expected to free up as many as 1,600 prison beds and save the state as much as $30-$40 million.

The law also seeks to divert people who commit nuisance offenses because they are high on drugs or having a mental health crisis in public from jail or prison. It establishes Crisis Stabilization Units, regional facilities where people in crisis could go to receive treatment for several days. The law mandates the creation of three such units, but $5 million earmarked in the state budget for the operation of the facilities, paired with significant additional federal money the state expects to draw from Medicaid, could allow for several more CSUs to open. The locations of the CSUs have not yet been selected, but Craighead, Pulaski and Sebastian counties are thought to be leading candidates. Finally, Act 423 also requires law enforcement officers to receive crisis intervention training to help them de-escalate interactions with people amid behavioral health episodes.

The law is the product of 18 months of study and presentations by the nonprofit Council of State Governments, which reported to a Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force that bill sponsor Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R-Little Rock) co-chaired. Hutchinson, co-sponsor Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock) and CSG say the new law will save the state money, which can be reinvested in effective criminal justice policies. CSG's justice reinvestment program has successfully been implemented in states across the country.

Of course, whether it's successful here will depend on policymakers seeing the reforms through. One potential stumbling block: CSG recommended that the state hire 100 new parole and probation officers to better supervise the nearly 56,000 people on parole and probation. Current supervision officers handle on average 125 cases. Governor Hutchinson's budget didn't provide for funding to hire 100 new officers, though it did make temporary funding to Arkansas Community Correction permanent, which will at least allow the department to retain the 60 officers it had hired since 2015. That's not enough, Sen. Hutchinson (who is the governor's nephew) said. He hopes a future General Assembly will approve additional funding for more officers using some of the savings generated by Act 423.

A perennial stumbling block for any criminal justice reform is the inevitable violator who commits a serious crime. A significant portion of Arkansas's recent prison growth spike came because of punitive parole policies enacted in the wake of the 2013 murder of a teenager in Little Rock by a serial parole violator. It's natural to think that locking up people who commit crimes for long stretches reduces crime, but research shows it's just the opposite, Sen. Hutchinson said.

"I've had the luxury of studying this for years now. It's hard to wrap your brain around sometimes," Hutchinson said. "Longer sentences do not, in fact, result in lower crime rates. The longer [people are] incarcerated, the greater chance of recidivism they have."

Hutchinson chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, and many of its members, chief among them Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest), were hostile to the idea of moving away from incarceration in certain situations. King introduced the tough-on-crime Senate Bill 177, which would have required anyone with three stints in prison to serve at least 80 percent of any subsequent sentence. Arkansas already has a two-strikes law: After someone commits a second serious violent or sexual crime, he's required to serve 100 percent of his sentence. So King's measure would have mostly targeted low-level property and drug crimes and at huge cost. According to an impact statement, it would have added 5,499 inmates at a cost of $121 million in 2026. The total 10-year cost to the state would have been $692 million, and that's not including the significant cost of building new prison housing. King let the bill die in the House Judiciary Committee after Governor Hutchinson forcefully spoke out against it.

Three other positive new laws: Act 566, sponsored by the odd couple Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock) and Rep. Bob Ballinger (R-Berryville), has Arkansas opt out of a section in President Clinton's sweeping 1996 welfare reform law that prevents anyone who has been convicted of a felony drug offense from receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy F