klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Big Data#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes Dhruba Borthakur, a Hadoop Engineer at Facebook, has published part of a paper he co-authored with several of his engineering co-workers on Apache Hadoop. The first part of the paper explains Facebook’s requirements and non-requirements for a data store for its revamped Facebook Messages application and the reasons it chose Apache Hadoop to power it. The paper will be published at SIGMOD 2011.The requirements:ElasticityHigh write throughputEfficient and low-latency strong consistency semantics within a data centerEfficient random reads from diskHigh Availability and Disaster RecoveryFault IsolationAtomic read-modify-write primitivesRange Scans How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? The non-requirements:Tolerance of network partitions within a single data centerZero Downtime in case of individual data center failureActive-active serving capability across different data centersYou can find out much by reading the paper. It was written by Dhruba Borthakur, Kannan Muthukkaruppan, Karthik Ranganathan, Samuel Rash, Joydeep Sen Sarma, Jonathan Gray, Nicolas Spiegelberg, Hairong Kuang Dmytro Molkov, Aravind Menon, Rodrigo Schmidt and Amitanand Aiyer.Image Credit: Massimo Barbieri
Serial over LAN, or SOL for short, is a great tool for diagnostics. Combined with IDE redirection, or IDER, there’s a tremendous amount of things you can do remotely to manage clients. One of the areas where SOL can be helpful is for delivering status updates for IDER boot images that use a graphical interface. Instead of asking someone to read what’s on the screen to you, you can have a clear picture of what’s going on.The key to this is to include the SOL driver in your live CD boot image. The actual process of including this driver will vary depending on the live CD tools you are using. I won’t go into specific details on the steps needed to include the driver in this post. The popular live CD tools, such as the Windows AIK, have a lot of information available on how to include drivers.Once you have the SOL driver included in your live CD you can begin to take advantage of the SOL interface by sending text output to the SOL serial port. In most cases the port is COM3, but it may be on another COM port. You will need to do some testing to see which COM port your hardware platforms use for SOL.Here’s one common scenario where this can be very handy. Let’s say you have a live CD that includes an in-band remote access tool, like PC Anywhere or a VNC server. You can include a startup script that echo’s out the computer’s hostname and IP address information to COM3. That way, you will know when the live CD has booted and the information it may have registered with DNS/DHCP. If you are using a Windows based live CD all you need to do is include commands like this:echo %computername% >com3ipconfig >com3You can even incorporate some ANSI control codes to control formatting. For instance, if you want to have the remote SOL terminal clear it’s screen, you can send the Esc+[2J. The trick is generating the “Esc+” part. In order to do this in Windows, you need to hold down the Alt key, press 0027 on the ten key pad (make sure you include the two zeros) and then let the Alt key go. Unfortunately, Notepad does not seem to support this functionality. As an alternative, I recommend using Notepad++. Once you are done, you should have something like this:echo ^[[2J >com3Note: The escape character may appear as “^[” or something else altogether, like a little arrow or block character. It depends on your OS and application.Here’s an example of the output I get from a Live CD I built using Bart’s PE Builder.Last Reviewed: 9/26/2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—As the Arctic warms, Greenland’s fringe of glaciers is thinning and melting—but the future of the Greenland ice sheet remains a giant question mark. Until recently, that was also true of the ice sheet’s past: Scientists have long debated whether it might have shrunk away to nothing during Earth’s warmest periods. Now, a new study suggests that Greenland was entirely ice free at some point in the last 1.25 million years.“We should be worried about the Greenland Ice Sheet,” says Joerg Schaefer, a geochemist from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, and lead author of the findings, presented yesterday at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting here.Scientists have been keeping a wary eye on Greenland’s ice sheet, which holds in its frozen waters the equivalent of 7.4 meters of sea level rise. Many of the glaciers that jut out into the ocean are thinning, but whether the ice sheet itself has remained stable and intact, even during warm interglacial periods, is a matter of considerable debate. So scientists are keen to learn more about the icy island’s past. One period of particular interest is a warm, wet interglacial stage known as the Eemian that occurred from 124,000 to 119,000 years ago, featuring average global temperatures about 2°C warmer than today.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Using data from a 3053-meter-long core of ice and bedrock collected from the center of the island in 1993, Schaefer’s team has found valuable clues to what the period held. In particular, the 1.55 meters of bedrock at the core’s base revealed much about the island’s history of glaciation, Schaefer says, in atoms that chronicle exposure to the elements. Earth’s surface is constantly bombarded by cosmic rays, high energy particles streaming into Earth from space. They collide with atoms in Earth’s atmosphere as well as in the uppermost centimeters of its rocks, producing new particles. Some of those particles have a particularly useful set of properties: They don’t naturally occur in the rocks, and they are radioactive. Thus, they can act as a sort of clock, marking time since the rocks were last ice free and exposed to the atmosphere.Schaefer and his colleagues measured the abundance of two cosmogenic isotopes, aluminum-26 and beryllium-10, in grains of the mineral quartz that they found within the bedrock. Each isotope is produced at a different rate by cosmic rays and has a different half-life. Once the rocks are no longer exposed to the atmosphere—for example, buried by ice—the ratio of 26Al to 10Be in the rocks changes because of their differing half-lives. Schaefer and his team found that the ratio in the bedrock was simply too low for the site to have remained buried continuously over the last 1.25 million years—suggesting that it had been exposed and ice free at least once during that time.Schaefer says he is certain the findings show that Greenland was ice free at one point—but, he says, “we need to understand what happened and how it happened.” More cosmogenic studies of the bedrock, for example, could further narrow the dates of exposure. He finished his presentation with an appeal to other researchers: If you’re going to retrieve an ice core, consider getting some bedrock while you’re at it.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea no.2 Zola confirms rotations for FA Cup clashby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGianfranco Zola says Chelsea will make changes for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round with Nottingham Forest.The Blues will use a much changed side against their Championship opponents at Stamford Bridge, according to their assistant manager.He said: “There will be rotations. We have some injuries, players that are not going to be available, like Willian, like Giroud, like Pedro. “Obviously this will leave space for some of the young players. Also, you have to consider there are players who have played five games in a row in a very short space of time. It will be necessary to do a little bit of rotation.”
HALIFAX – A multinational courier has been ordered to pay damages for taking two days to deliver stallion sperm after a Halifax adjudicator found customers were justified in expecting overnight service.Augustus Richardson ruled in the small claims court of Nova Scotia earlier this month that FedEx should pay the claimant $740.36 because claimant Chelsea McKendrick had understood “Priority overnight” delivery meant the sperm would arrive within 24 hours after it was sent.In his Sept. 14 ruling, Richardson said the company hadn’t limited its liability last year by publishing advice “in small print” on its website that the delivery may take two days.The adjudicator said the operator of Owls Ridge Farm in Seaforth, N.S., had ordered the semen from a farm in Langley, B.C., and there was a limited time period that the sperm would be effective.McKendrick told the Halifax court she had given the mare injections of hormones to trigger ovulation and had incurred vet fees with the expectation that the sperm would arrive on time.She tried to use the stallion sperm after it arrived on May 4, 2016, rather than the day before, but the ruling says “the sperm had lost is potency” and the mare didn’t become pregnant.The decision notes that a FedEx representative testified at the hearing that FedEx’s ‘Overnight priority’ service was overnight when its service area in Canada was smaller.The representative told the court that since November 2015, “FedEx’s west to east coast service had changed to two days,” and that the web site had a link that the shipper could have used to find that the delivery would take two days.However, the adjudicator said he wasn’t persuaded.He said McKendrick’s reliance was based on “the very name of the service.”“McKendrick’s reliance was reasonable given the name and nature of the service provided. It was a reliance that FedEx obviously knew would exist — otherwise why offer such a service using such a name?”Richardson’s damages assessment were based on the vet charges that McKendrick incurred to ready the mare and give her the ineffective semen, as well as the legal costs.
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Interest rate watchThe Bank of Canada will announce its latest interest rate decision on Wednesday. Central bank governor Stephen Poloz has raised the benchmark rate three times since last July. However, he’s expected to proceed cautiously due to trade and competitiveness challenges as well as signs Canada’s powerful economic performance of 2017 has cooled.A peek at pot performanceMedical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. releases third-quarter results on Monday. It has been working to reduce its investments in the United States where cannabis remains illegal under federal law.Factory pulse checkStatistics Canada releases the monthly survey of manufacturing for February and Canada’s international transactions in securities for February on Tuesday. Canadian factories had a rough start to the year, with a decline in overall manufacturing sales in volume terms of 1.1 per cent, led by the automotive, aerospace and primary metal industries.Springtime on the railwaysCP Rail releases first-quarter results after markets close on Wednesday. CP and rival Canadian National Railway have faced intense scrutiny over extended shipping delays this winter that have created a backlog in grain shipments and are believed to have cost CN’s chief executive his job in March.The future of 5GRogers Communications releases first-quarter results on Thursday, and will also make an announcement on Monday regarding its wireless 5G network. Canada’s push toward fifth-generation technology promises network upgrades that could enable everything from powering complex new technologies to closing the digital divide, but the roll-out is contingent on the government’s allocation of the necessary spectrum in a new auction round.
The deadline to participate in the Inquiry is July 15, 2019.For more information, you can visit the BCUC’s website. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission is establishing a regulatory timetable for its inquiry into the regulation of Indigenous utilities in B.C.The Inquiry, by Order G-71-19, will explore and seek feedback on a number of important questions such as what are the characteristics of an “Indigenous Utility”, and if these utilities should even be regulated.BCUC says Indigenous peoples, all levels of government, utility owners and operators, the public and other organizations will have an opportunity to participate in the Inquiry.
New Delhi: With an aim to thwart financial frauds, regulator Sebi has sought powers to conduct inspection of books of accounts of listed companies for contravention of any securities law and also to take direct action against the fraudsters. Besides, Sebi has proposed a heavy penalty for altering, destroying, mutilating, concealing or falsifying records and documents or other tangible objects with an intent to obstruct, impede or influence a legal investigation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAt present, Sebi is empowered to conduct such inspections in case of violations relating to insider trading and fraudulent or unfair trade practices. However, the regulator has now asked the government that its power to undertake inspection of books at listed companies should be for contravention of any securities laws without limiting it to violations relating to one or two regulations, a senior official said. The Sebi Act empowers the regulator to conduct inspection of any book, register or other documents and records of any listed company if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the company has been indulging in insider trading or fraudulent and unfair trade practices relating to securities markets. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn its new proposal, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has asked the government to broaden this power to all cases where the regulator suspects a violation of any securities law. Sebi has also proposed that any disgorgement order for recovery of illegal gains should be applicable to all joint actors, without making it conditional on the gains or averted losses of the violators. In another amendment to the Sebi Act, the regulator has sought to replace the term ‘material or non-public information’ with ‘unpublished price sensitive information’ to bring in greater consistency of legal phrases used for insider trading laws. Also, the penalty for insider trading violations is currently imposed on those dealing in securities “on the basis” of material or non-public information, which the regulator has suggested changing to “while in possession”. Regarding the additional penalty, Sebi is of the view that there is a need to create an obligation on an individual not to alter, destroy, mutilate, conceal or falsify the records to hamper investigation and therefore all such acts should be treated as ‘fraudulent’ and actionable under the securities laws. Such acts would lead to a minimum penalty of Rs 5 lakh, which may extend to Rs 10 crore or three times the amount of profit made from such an act, whichever is higher. In another proposed amendment, Sebi has said no person should employ or assist in employing any device, scheme or artifice to manipulate books of accounts or financial statements of a listed company to directly or indirectly manipulate the share price, or to hide the diversion, siphon off the funds or assets or earnings of a listed firm or a proposed-to-be-listed company. Sebi is of the view that it should be empowered to take direct action against perpetrators of financial frauds as such acts that have adverse impact on not only the shareholders of the company but also impacts the confidence of investors in the securities markets. The primary responsibility of monitoring or supervision of books of accounts of companies is with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs under the Companies Act. However, Sebi has suggested that it should also be given powers to take direct action in case of fraud committed by manipulating books of accounts or of financial statements at listed companies. Such acts typically are aimed at manipulating the share price, hiding fund diversions, misutilising the public issue proceeds or siphoning off the proceeds, assets or earnings of a listed company. The proposed amendment has been made as per a recommendation of the Fair Market Conduct Committee, constituted by the regulator. Officials said the final decision on the proposed changes would be taken only after taking into account the views of the Finance Ministry and also of the Corporate Affairs Ministry in a few cases. While the Finance Ministry is already in agreement on some proposals, there are differences in case of a few others.
Mumbai: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam has just lived the idiom ‘you win some, you lose some’. The All-India Congress Committee on Monday announced Nirupam’s candidature from the Mumbai North-West Lok Sabha seat, but replaced him with former Union minister Milind Deora as the Grand Old Party’s Mumbai unit chief. According to sources in the party, this was in the offing for “at least four months”. “There were complaints made about Nirupam’s style of functioning before Congress president Rahul Gandhi and also general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge. The matter was very much under consideration,” a source said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The source also claimed that Nirupam’s removal amid poll season will not have any bearing on the prospects of the Congress in Mumbai, which has six parliamentary seats. “Rather, appointment of a fresh face (of Deora) as the city Congress chief will mean those who were not happy with Nirupam’s style of functioning and were sitting at home will be out for campaigning now,” the source added. In the 2014 election, Nirupam had faced drubbing at the hands of BJP’s Gopal Shetty in the Mumbai North constituency. Nirupam had won the seat in the 2009 general elections. The Congress had also suffered defeat in the February 2017 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election with Nirupam at the helm and the party could win only 31 seats, 20 less than the 2012 polls.
Alvin Robertson2335.117.056.310.221.86.6 PLAYERAGEMINS./ GAMEPTS.TRUE SHOOTING %REBOUND %ASSIST %BOX +/- LeBron James2042.427.255.410.232.98.3 Shaquille O’Neal2139.829.360.518.711.06.6 Andrei Kirilenko2127.712.059.811.510.66.6 Jokic numbers are through Feb. 17 of the 2016-17 season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com David Robinson2537.725.661.519.010.98.4 Alvan Adams2133.219.050.714.927.26.7 Steve Francis2339.919.956.310.028.46.6 First- and second-year NBA players with the best Box Plus/Minus of all time Michael Jordan2138.328.259.29.825.38.2 Charles Barkley2236.920.061.919.416.07.9 Nikola Jokic2126.916.364.118.526.98.3 Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system pegged Jokic as an All-Star coming into this season (very rare for a second-year player), and as someone who should be worth more than $200 million over five years on the open market. But it also spat out a puzzling list of comps, such as Carlos Boozer, Lonnie Shelton, Greg Monroe and Kawhi Leonard. Jokic’s game doesn’t resemble any of those players outside of an excellent short-to-midrange jumper, but being compared to them is impressive in its own way, since projection systems tend to have trouble finding similar players when confronted with one who is truly unique. So the models can tell us he’s very, very good, but have trouble getting much more specific.For that, put aside the big-picture stats and look at the lines he has put together: Against Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks, Jokic had 40 points on 23 shots; in a win against the Golden State Warriors a few nights later, he had 17 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and added 12 assists. These were extreme outbursts, of course, but increasingly the norm for Jokic.In 27 games since moving to the starting lineup in mid-December, Jokic has averaged 20.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 29.4 minutes on 65.6 percent true shooting and a 26.7 usage percent. He’s shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range in that stretch on 2.2 attempts per game, and is assisting on 30.6 percent of his possessions. No player in NBA history has piled up a true shooting percentage, usage percentage and rebound percentage that high over the course of a season. That’s not uncommon for a brief, narrowly defined run, but the thing to notice is the degree to which Jokic is separating himself. If we cut the rebounding and assist rates in half and drop 10 points off the true shooting, the season-long average list still comprises mainly current and future hall-of-famers, with a few All-Stars thrown in on the back end.Since the sum of Jokic’s recent production is too lofty to discuss credibly, let’s look at some of the metrics from his play as a starter individually: This season, the only players to crack 65 percent true shooting while taking 10 or more threes are Kevin Durant (65.2) and Otto Porter (65.3). The only player 6 feet 8 inches or taller to crack a 30 percent assist rate this season is LeBron James (41.6). His recent defensive rebounding figure doesn’t put him in line with the top bruisers such as Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan, but it jumps him up from being about even with Kenneth Faried to neck-and-neck with Karl-Anthony Towns.But the biggest reason to be excited for Jokic in this game is that he’s one of the most audacious passers in the league.Jokic doesn’t collect his assists like plodding big men, who draw a double team and kick the ball to a corner. He’s a good interior passer, finding cutters at surprising angles. But he can also work from outside the 3-point line, where he can hit runners for easy layups thanks to the space created by defenders respecting his range. When he’s leading the break, he can feed wings crashing to the hoop or drive himself and, if the defense commits, dump off to a wide-open man for a dunk. When he’s cooking, his passing angles resemble James Harden’s more than they do a 7-footer’s.The video above should begin playing around 3:20 in, with two impressive sequences showing Jokic doing point guard things. But stick around for the play that happens at 5:15. Jokic collects the ball at his own free throw line, runs his own delayed fast break, and as soon as he crosses half-court begins loading a cross-court laser pass (which he throws wrongfooted) to the corner for a 3. That’s a play you expect from LeBron or Steph Curry, not from a center who was recently backing up Jusuf Nurkic. And yet here we are.Jokic will get a little shine in Friday’s Rising Stars game, and a little more if the Nuggets hang onto the eighth seed in the West, which offers them the right to be slaughtered by the Warriors on national TV in April. Maybe that will be enough to bump him up into the Towns-Porzingis-Embiid class of young stars, or maybe it won’t. Either way, fans should enjoy every time Jokic is dragged out of the League Pass backwoods and shoved under some brighter lights.CORRECTION (Feb. 17, 1:01 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Nikola Jokic was an injury replacement for Joel Embiid in the Rising Stars Challenge. Jokic was already on the Rising Stars Challenge roster, and replaced Embiid in the Skills competition.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The best young player in the NBA won’t be playing in the league’s All-Star Game on Sunday. Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets’ second-year forward, doesn’t have the profile of other young stars missing the big game like Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns or Kristaps Porzingis. Jokic also doesn’t have the draft pedigree of many other blue-chippers appearing in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge game for the top first- and second-year players. But he could end up being one of the best players in the league, and he’s already one of the most exciting.That’s pretty heady talk for a player averaging 16 points for the season. But, despite limited minutes in a crowded Denver frontcourt, Jokic has become both an object of fascination for NBA diehards and a standout in the fancier NBA stats.Before we jump into an aria of gaudy stats, let’s pause real quick (especially considering we’re closing out the five-year anniversary of Linsanity) and be clear: Jokic is very young, and he’s only been playing a starter’s worth of minutes for two months now. But as we’ll see in a minute, his production could suffer a massive downturn and he’d still be among the more exciting prospects in the league.Let’s start with the basics: Jokic’s Box plus/minus is 8.3, which is third in the league this season, behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but in context of a player in only his second year, is extraordinary. It’s the third-highest BPM for a player in his first or second season, behind only David Robinson (8.4) who because of Navy service was 25 in his second season, and LeBron James.