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THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC HOLD ON TO RESTORE LEAD OVER RANGERS

December 26, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nibtjzsrs.

first_imgUPDATED: FROM NEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: CELTIC saw off Inverness Caley Thistle by the narrowest of margins today to restore their four point lead in the SPL over Rangers who had won their lunchtime clash with Dunfermline 4-1.Joe Ledley’s 16th-minute tap-in after a some wonderful play from wonderkid proved the difference this afternoon in Neil Lennon’s 100th game in charge.Charlie Mulgrew could have a couple more before Majstorovic was shown a red card for a disputed 60th-minute challenge on Jonny Hayes. Everyone thought this would be the day the long run of 16 straight wins would come to an end as Caley tried to take advantage of the extra man.The visitors had a great chance to level the game when Gnakpa fired into the side-netting after being found by Williams – much to the annoyance of two teammates waiting in front of goal.But Thistle’s Steve Williams was sent off 17 minutes later and with player parity restored, Celtic held on to record win number 17.Unfortunately the media are now wondering if Neil can match Martin O’Neill’s 25 wins in a row (defeat almost certainly follows when that happens, so fingers crossed if you are superstitious like me). “That might stand a long, long time, that record,” said Lennon.“At any level of football that is some record.“But these guys now, what they’ve done is fantastic for such a young team.”He was however unhappy about the sending off.“I thought that until the sending-off we were pretty good, particularly going forward,” he said. “I thought that Inverness made a good contribution to the game and worked very hard, but my goalkeeper hasn’t had a save to make.“The sending-off changed the game, it gave Inverness a chance to get on the front foot, but I thought we were tremendous.“It’s one of the best wins on this run and I thought there were huge performances today from Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley, Scott Brown, Georgios Samaras, James Forrest and Victor Wanyama so I’m absolutely thrilled with that and thrilled with the win.“The only thing that annoyed me was that when they go down to 10 men they should still believe they can be positive in the game, because we’ve got so much talent and running power in the team. “I was just worried that they might have got a little bit negative, but credit to them, they’ve kept going and we’ve had a great result. It was a really tough game.“Daniel claims it was a good tackle. To me, it looks OK on the angle from the TV replays.“How the linesman can give that decision is beyond me. I know Terry Butcher’s critical of the referee today – and I’m not altogether happy with his performance either – but I don’t think he got much help from either of his linesmen.”THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC HOLD ON TO RESTORE LEAD OVER RANGERS was last modified: February 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticICTthe hoops reportlast_img read more

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Cape fires are ‘right on time’ for fynbos, says UCT ecologist

December 18, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: kkcykwsge.

first_img5 March 2015As devastating as the ongoing fires around the Cape Peninsula have been to property and tracts of nature reserve, regular fires every 15 years are critical to the rebirth of fynbos-dominated ecosystems, says fynbos ecologist Dr Adam West.“In the fynbos, fire is essential for maintaining the ecosystem and 15 years is an optimum time for fynbos to burn. In a sense, these fires are right on time; early enough to regenerate the plants that bind the soil before the winter rains erode the land.”Fynbos habitats have been burning every 15 years for between 3- and 5-million years, as long as fynbos has been around, says West. “The native plants and animals from these systems are well adapted to these regular fires. If they couldn’t handle it, there wouldn’t be any left.”Without fire, these ecosystems slowly decay, negatively affecting the plants, birds and animals whose life cycles and food chains are inextricably bound to the fynbos. Ironically, it is the lack of fire that is the ultimate death sentence for fynbos ecosystems.Mitigating effectsAnd although the fires have razed some homes and buildings in the affected areas of Tokai, Noordhoek, Muizenberg and Hout Bay, West has commended the City of Cape Town’s urban planners for the strict regulations that curtail development in the higher reaches of the Peninsula’s mountains, which skirt some of the city’s largest tracts of conservation park.“Good urban planning can mitigate devastating fires like these. And Cape Town’s urban planners have done a good job by keeping development below the natural plant line. This gives firefighters a fixed line to defend.”Unfortunately, developments such as the luxury Tintswalo Atlantic lodge, which was razed to the ground below Chapman’s Peak, are “time bombs” in a region prone to fynbos fires, he says. “It’s like building below the flood line of a river.”Vineyards planted right up to the natural vegetation on the mountains also stand to be damaged by these fires. “Growing vineyards adjacent to a naturally fire-prone vegetation is inherently risky. We need to think longer term about this kind of encroachment.”Sporting psycheWest is intrigued that the age-old relationship between proteas and fire has entered even the national sporting psyche.The South African cricket team’s inspirational “Protea Fire” campaign was adopted ahead of World Cup cricket, currently under way in Australia and New Zealand. This is based on the knowledge that Protea flowers are adapted to survive ravaging veld fires, growing back stronger afterwards.“But we need to get this conservation message out to the public,” says West. “Though we want to save the tortoises and other small animals, they too ultimately need the fire for continued existence. Fire resets the ecosystem.”He strongly urges the public to get behind campaigns such as the Working for Water sustainability project, alien plant eradication programme, and enterprises that highlight the dangers of encroaching urban areas, all of which do far more to preserve our natural heritage in the long run.Controlled firesWest would also like to see more managed burns; where controlled fires burn tracts of fynbos, limiting potential damage to surrounding areas and property. But these are being used less and less because of legal implications and penalisation.“Now we’re relying on arson or lightning to create fires at inopportune times when there’s a heat wave and high winds. We must think about how we manage fires because they are critical.”This is an edited version of a story first published by UCT.last_img read more

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Dot Obits: First Woman to Design Computer

December 16, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: ercinbyyl.

first_imgBetty Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first women in the IT industry, has passed away at the age of 86. Bartik was on the team that programmed and de-bugged the first general-purpose computer, the ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. She was one of the female mathematicians, known as “computers,” recruited by the United States military during World War II to test ballistics. They soon moved into the electronics program. Jean, leftJennings Bartik was born in December of 1924 and was raised on a farm near Stanberry in Missouri. After high school, she attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, now Northwest Missouri State University where she was the only female Math major at the time and which now has a computer museum named in her honor. She graduated in 1945.ENIAC began in July of 1943, in secret, at the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering school under the code name Project PX. Jennings Bartik was brought into the ENIAC project in the fall of 1945. The computer came on line in February of 1946, having cost $6 million in today’s currency. It weighed 27 tons and contained almost 18,000 vacuum tubes. Jennings Bartik later went on to program the BINAC and UNIVAC, Here’s the thing. The reason you can read this on your playing card-sized handheld goes straight back to ENIAC and women like Betty Jean Jennings Bartik. Your grandma invented the computer. Deal with it. Hrmmm. Says here women are not as good as men at mathematics. Well, there’s a head-scratcher for you. Bartik photo from Computer History Museum | ENIAC photo Wikimedia Commons | other sources: TechEye | Northwest Missouri State University Tags:#Dot Obits#news#NYT#web curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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5 Ways Microsoft Could Fix The PC (and Windows 8)

December 15, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwmcftfp.

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#apps#Intel#Microsoft#microsoft surface#PC#Windows 8 markhachmancenter_img Let’s say the rumors are true, and that Microsoft does in fact bring back the Start button and a boot-to-desktop option to address longstanding user complaints. Can that fix what’s ailing Windows 8? Perhaps, eventually — but Microsoft is still treating the symptom rather than the disease. The problem is the PC itself, not the operating system that runs it. And that’s what Microsoft (and, secondarily, its Wintel partner Intel) really needs to transform.At this point, it seems clear that the tiled, touch friendly Start screen and the lack of a boot option to the familiar “desktop” interface scared off some people who might otherwise have upgraded to Windows 8. Instead, those PC users stuck with their familiar Windows 7 or Windows XP interface, or powered down their PCs altogether and turned to their phones or tablets.Wintel PanicAll of which has the onetime Wintel duopoly in a bit of a panic. Microsoft needs an OS that will delight consumers. It’s so far failed in that, so it’s apparently retrofitting Windows 8 for folks who need more handholding to move to the new OS. Similarly, Microsoft needs a robust apps environment, so it’s looking to entice developers to its Windows Store. That’s not going so well, either.Intel, meanwhile, continues to push down the cost of its microprocessors to a point where Windows tablets running on its Core microprocessors can compete with the Android and iOS markets. By the holiday season, Intel executives said, we should see Core-based laptops at between $499 to $599, with new, more powerful Atom options in the $200 price range.Put those together, and here’s what needs to happen.1. Downplay The Start ScreenIf Microsoft brings back the boot-to-desktop option, the company faces an interesting marketing dilemma: Should it still promote the tiled Start screen that turns off at least some of its customers? No. That doesn’t mean that Microsoft should change the Windows 8 interface — the Start screen was designed as a tablet interface, and should remain so. But Microsoft should make the Start screen the face of the Surface tablet, and make the Windows desktop the face of its Windows 8 advertising for PCs.2. Gently Push New Users To The Desktop Clearly, a portion of Microsoft’s customer base has been traumatized by its initial reaction to Windows 8. There’s a real risk that these users may never return to the Windows fold.But gently managing a boot-to-desktop option may mitigate some of that. Boot-to-desktop should be presented as one of the first options in the Windows installation, perhaps accompanied by something like this: “Would you like Windows 8 to boot to the Windows Desktop? The Windows desktop provides a familiar environment for users of Windows XP and Windows 7.”From there, let them explore and do as they wish. If the Start Screen is as compelling as Microsoft seems to think, at least some users will eventually move over of their own volition.3. Solve The Blah Windows Apps ProblemOne of the bigger problems with the Start screen that Microsoft so far hasn’t been able to address is that most of the applications featured there are basically uninspiring (Fresh Paint excluded). With Windows XP and Windows 7, those applications were tucked away behind the Start button, where users were free to ignore them. With the Windows 8 Start screen, they’re out there for the world to see and grow disillusioned with. And it’s not immediately clear how booting to the desktop’s empty expanse will be much of an improvement.But by making the Windows 8 Desktop the focus, Microsoft’s advertising, at least, can encompass the broad expanse of Windows apps out there. Mix and match! Steal a page from Apple. Highlight the flashiest apps, whether they be from the Windows 8 world or even from Windows 7. Legacy OS support is a feature, too. And free advertising for Adobe, EA, or some other developer can only engender goodwill.4. Make Windows Shine On Tablets — CheaplyMicrosoft also desperately needs a successful mobile strategy. And the only real way to to do that is to offer more for less.In other words, if Microsoft wants to leverage Windows in the mobile space, it needs to really leverage Windows. The Windows RT version of Surface failed in part because it was a crippled version of Windows 8; it’s time to retire it. The Surface with Windows Pro, by contrast, could be a hit if its price falls far enough. And if Microsoft pushes hard to convince buyers that they can accomplish a whole lot more with a full-fledged Windows tablet than they can with competing products.Microsoft needs to show that a Windows tablet — derivative of the Surface, or one based on the new quad-core “Bay Trail” chips — can offer desktop PC-class performance at tablet prices. We know tablets are mobile. Microsoft Stores need to feature a Windows tablet or convertible running the flashiest piece of software it can, on a conventional desktop monitor, with the price tag prominently displayed. The message: all this for $299??!! Why would I ever want an Android tablet?5. Find A Mobile Apps Tiger TeamTucking your Android or iOS phone in your pocket is an unconscious decision. And as more game developers choosing to write for iOS and Android, fewer are around to focus on Windows. There’s another key advantage for iOS and Android, too: chances are that you can play the same game on your iPad and iPhone, or your Android phone and tablet. You can’t often say the same for Windows Phone and Surface.If users can’t share apps, files, and other documents between the PC, notebook, tablet and phone, they’re going to start looking elsewhere. Microsoft’s realized this with its core apps, including Office and the Xbox. Netflix traverses the range of Microsoft’s platforms, but that’s about it.There is no easy fix here. If Microsoft can’t develop the apps it needs itself, it’s going to have to go out and buy them. This is the Nintendo problem, writ large. Without AAA third-party software, Microsoft will have to go it alone. Delaying The InevitableIDC’s right; the PC is dying. It’s inevitable, and Microsoft is merely rearranging desk chairs on the Titanic. But in this case, there’s a chance the ship could make harbor before it sinks.Notebooks will eventually give way to tablets, whether or not they have a keyboard attached to them. Microsoft won the desktop, and it won the notebook. Now it needs to win tablets. If it shows weakness now, it will be buried. Can Microsoft throw enough money at these problems to fix them? It may have to. It can patch Windows 8, and Intel can help keep prices falling. But the apps and mobile problems require more extensive surgery, and the time to act is now.Image Source: Flickr/yoshimov Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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What to Know About Automation in Digital Architecture

December 15, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: kkcykwsge.

first_imgTags:#automation#digital architecture Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Suresh Sambandam Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of KiSSFLOW, a disruptive, SaaS-based enterprise-level workflow and business process automation platform enterprises with more than 10,000 customers across 120 countries. Enterprise companies today have three primary options for the architecture of their digital workspace. First, they can choose installed software, which works well for operating systems and middleware. If installed software doesn’t fit the bill, companies can turn to private or public cloud-based software. And if neither of those choices gets the job done, businesses can turn to a new trend of using hybrid clouds, giving enterprise users the ability to keep some data internally without losing access to SaaS and hosted solutions.Technological architecture choices like these carry consequences for any business. According to new research from the International Data Corp., IT infrastructure sales skyrocketed to $15.4 billion in the second quarter of 2018. As funding for IT options increases, the ramifications of making the wrong decision become more severe: A poor choice can lead to lost time, money, and productivity if a shift is necessary.Fortunately, artificial intelligence and automation tools are making architecture decisions and maintenance easier. One Accenture study found that AI implementations boosted profitability on average by 38 percent in 16 different industries. Leveraging the advantages of automation with architecture is a tricky proposition, but companies that get it right stand to reap enormous rewards.Automation Architecture Design in 2019 and BeyondLarge companies can no longer afford to lean on siloed internal processes to get work done. More than half of the U.S. workforce will consist of freelancers within a decade, which means businesses need to learn to manage operations and processes across a workforce with increasingly diverse needs and skills.Automation is the natural solution to the chaos created by an evolving economy. One company in New Zealand took a chance on the four-day workweek, relying on smarter tools to cover any gaps caused by cutting that fifth workday. Rather than see productivity drop due to lost time, the company experienced a surprising increase in productivity to match the boost in employee satisfaction. When companies let computing systems and automated processes to carry more of the burden, everyone wins.As the role of automation at work expands, the ripple effect will change how companies operate and how leaders manage their teams or individual employees. Platforms such as Slack and Facebook for Workplace will continue to gain traction. Larger players such as Microsoft and Oracle will undoubtedly unveil their own solutions. Priorities will shift toward filters and insights, where AI tools will help individuals quickly and accurately find the internal data that matters to them. Intranets will disappear as better options take their place.Consumers are already in on the advanced architecture action, though many don’t know they are. Single sign-on systems, such as those Google and Facebook use, allow end users to log in to multiple services with a single account. Few enterprises are taking advantage of the single sign-on model for now, but systems such as this one will help the companies of the near future streamline their internal operations in new, more efficient ways.Integration Leads to EvolutionThe enterprise stack, once owned by the Lotuses and SAPs of the world, has been broken down into modules for SaaS players to offer in party. Companies can now pick and choose which elements they need without paying for the ones for which they have no use. Today, the tides appear to be shifting back toward the integrated module format, and businesses are benefiting from the regression.Old modules have been refined to be more than the sum of their parts, creating a truly superior enterprise stack. New modules such as Salesforce and Freshworks lead to greater opportunities for companies to integrate and automate their operations.As these changes continue to progress, businesses should be conscious of how they build their larger data architectures to handle the load brought on by advanced tech. Data without proper integration is just noise, but if they are free from silos, automation tools can transform enterprisewide data into powerful insights. Smarter platforms prioritize tasks for team members and intelligently monitor work. The more interconnected the system, the greater its potential.This automated architectural future is not far away. Intelligent, transformative tools have already begun to shape the way physical and manufacturing industries do business. As tools become more refined — and as companies and employees alike learn to trust and embrace them — those same forward leaps in progress and productivity will make their way to other disciplines. Automation’s acceleration is growing steadily, and the businesses that organize their architecture to make the most of the change will see the greatest benefits. Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete? End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi…last_img read more

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