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  • An Expert Speaks Up on What You Should Know About Programming Languages

    Q: How do I know my developers are using the programming language that’s best for my business? A: With technology now central to almost every type of business, you can’t rely on someone else to tell you what the best systems are for your company. If Tawheed “TK” Kader has his way, business schools will make technology management a core topic, much like finance, marketing and business planning. In fact, the founder and CEO of San Francisco-based software company ToutApp has spent his career addressing this very question. What should I ask first? It’s a simple answer, but surprisingly not many people follow it: Ask if the developers have done this kind of work before and, if so, find out if it was successful. In other words, check their references. Next, understand that you can’t treat the technology you’re asking for as if it were a black box that simply works. You need to know …

    October 10, 2015 12:18 pm


  • California governor approves bill to help immigrant crime victims

    SAN FRANCISCO California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to help undocumented immigrants who are victims of violent crime, by introducing time limits on law enforcement’s response to their U.S. visa applications in an attempt to standardize police forces’ uneven treatment of applicants. The federal government grants visas to undocumented immigrants who help law enforcement try to catch criminals. The so-called U visa allows the recipient to live and work in the United States for four years, but to apply, a victim must first ask local law enforcement to verify their cooperation. A Reuters investigation last year found vast geographic disparities in law enforcement approaches to this visa, with some agencies readily verifying cooperation and others stonewalling. California legislators unanimously passed the bill this year, and Brown announced on Friday that he had signed it. The bill comes as immigration features heavily in the early stages of the November 2016 presidential election, particularly among …

    October 10, 2015 10:38 am


  • Fox Sports hit for using Trump to promo Mexican soccer match

    Fox Sports has come under fire for using Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexicans to promote a soccer match between the U.S. and Mexican national teams. The 30-second spot, which features excerpts from one of Trump’s campaign speeches interspersed with a montage of highlights that include Mexican players getting kicked and rolling on the ground, was greeted with boos after Fox Soccer released the video on Twitter. Hundreds of Twitter users criticized the video, and many called on Fox to take it down. While Trump’s remarks about Mexicans here were positive — “I love the Mexican people. They have amazing spirit,” he says — the ad nevertheless called to mind his more controversial claims that Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists. Moreover, opposition to illegal immigration has been a key issue of Trump’s campaign. The promo itself was a response to an ad from last month by Mexican TV Azteca, which used Trump’s controversial claims to …

    October 10, 2015 12:58 pm


  • Surprise: Bengals are the unbeaten team vs Seahawks

    One of the six remaining undefeated NFL teams will be on the field in Cincinnati on Sunday when Seattle visits. It’s not the Seahawks. Not only are the Bengals 4-0, they’ve been as impressive as any squad one quarter into their schedule. They rank second in total offense, are plus 3 in turnover margin and only Atlanta and Arizona have scored more than Cincinnati’s 121 points. More from FoxSports With Baltimore off to a weak start and Pittsburgh missing Ben Roethlisberger, the AFC North could be their domain. Just don’t bring that up to coach Marvin Lewis. ”The players have done what they’ve been asked to do and that’s all we can be,” he said. ”They’ve been down these roads before, and four (wins) doesn’t get you anything and they realize that. ”So we’ve just got to keep playing. The other people, I can’t talk for. I don’t understand what people expect us to be.” …

    October 10, 2015 12:18 pm

World News

  • Russia steps up Syria air strikes

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Russia insists it is targeting Islamic State positions but there are concerns that it is bombing other rebels Russia is increasing the number of air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, its defence ministry has said. It cited “a significant increase in the number of ground targets” located by air-based and space-based reconnaissance teams across Syria. Russia says it has hit 55 Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria in 24 hours up until Saturday. Syrian rebels and Western governments say Russia has mainly been hitting non-IS targets. The US has accused Russia of running “fundamentally flawed” operations in Syria that would “inflame the civil war and therefore extremism”. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Russian defence ministry has released a stream of footage which show jets carrying out the attacks Image copyright AP Image caption The Syrian army has tried to advance on the ground as a result of …

    October 10, 2015 12:18 pm


  • Gadget Ogling: A Fascinating Book, Stunning Speakers, and Empowering Tables

    Welcome, dear readers, to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s always on the lookout for the most compelling new gadget announcements, pumpkin spice latte in hand. On the changing landscape of flora this week are a slew of new Microsoft gadgets, a US$40,000 speaker set, and furniture with some zap. These are not reviews, as I have not tried these devices. The ratings reflect only how much I would like to test them with my own hands, preferably as I brush through piles of dried leaves. Book Keeping Right after Google unveiled the first tablet it created entirely in-house, Microsoft has gone them one better. Its Surface Book is a high-end laptop that falls in line with the Surface ethos. It’s a convertible that works in tablet format, but its keyboard appears vastly superior to the ones available for other Surface devices. With a 13.5-inch display, sixth-generation Intel processor, up to 16 GB of …

    October 10, 2015 10:58 am


  • Silicon quantum logic gate is a first

    Spin doctors: Menno Veldhorst and Andrew Dzurak with their CNOT gate The first quantum-logic device made from silicon has been unveiled by researchers in Australia and Japan. Their controlled-not (CNOT) gate, which is a fundamental component of a quantum computer, was made using conventional semiconductor manufacturing processes. The researchers now plan to scale up the technology to create a full-scale quantum-computer chip. Quantum computers exploit the weird laws of quantum mechanics to perform some calculations much faster than conventional computers – at least in principle. The main challenge facing physicists trying to build quantum computers is how to preserve fragile quantum bits (qubits) of information, which tend to deteriorate rapidly in real-world devices. One approach is to use the spin of the electron – which can point up or down – as a qubit. Spin qubits have been made from tiny pieces of semiconductor called quantum dots, and quantum-logic devices have been made by coupling …

    October 10, 2015 9:38 am


  • How to Do Breast Self-Exams

    SATURDAY, Oct. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast self-exams that might help detect breast cancer should be done once a month, a doctor recommends. Women should do the self-exams about seven to 10 days from the beginning of their menstrual cycle, or about the same time each month if they no longer have periods, advised Dr. Magdalena Lombardi Plasilova, director of breast health services at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. “Being a woman is the single greatest risk for breast cancer, so we must do everything we can to prevent becoming a statistic,” Plasilova said in a hospital news release. “We need to educate ourselves, our daughters, our sisters and our neighbors. It is essential for women to self-check, schedule regular screenings, and live a healthy lifestyle,” she added. Start the self-exam by removing your clothing and standing in front of a mirror. Look for any changes in the size, shape …

    October 10, 2015 10:18 am


  • Yolanda Foster Reveals Her Children Bella And Anwar Hadid Are Also Battling Lyme Disease

    Posted on Fri Oct 9th, 2015 7:20am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance This poor family! Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster has been bravely battling Lyme disease for several years, and at last night’s Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City, she revealed that her daughter Bella and son Anwar are also struggling with the autoimmune disorder. “When my two youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were also diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012, watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me,” the reality star told the crowd. “This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so …

    October 9, 2015 7:10 pm


  • Why the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize matters

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 to the quartet of civil society organizations working to keep the democratic direction of Tunisia.  It may have a positive local impact. It was not what most observers had predicted as the committee previously has given awards with a more global ambition. The Arab Spring began in high hopes and has now resulted in a situation where more than half of all Arab countries are involved in serious armed conflicts, either on their territory or by intervening in the others. It is not easy to find hope. The Nobel committee has chose to highlight the work of civil society in mediating in a national crisis. It may be seen as a ray of hope in an otherwise turbulent region. The events in Tunisia in late 2010 and early 2011 unleashed the Arab Spring. In Tunisia the developments became less violent than in the …

    October 10, 2015 12:58 pm

Odd News

  • New England man offers to ship autumn foliage for $19.99

    BOSTON People who want to see New England’s colorful fall foliage no longer need to travel for the experience. A Boston-area man is offering to ship bundles of the dried up, multi-colored vegetation straight to your door for $19.99. Kyle Waring, of Somerville, Massachusetts, set up the website shipfoliage.com earlier this year and began sending his first packages of hand-picked leaves to U.S. customers this week. “I’ve hit over 200 sales so far,” he said. Waring came up with the idea while contemplating “seasonal monetization opportunities” with his wife. They settled on leaves, he said, because “fall in New England is especially gorgeous and really strikes an emotional chord.” It is not Waring’s first foray into seasonal offerings. Last winter, he shipped snow from Boston’s record snowfall for $89, using the website ShipSnowYo.com. He said he received requests for 718 pounds (326 kg) of snow from around the United States. According to shipfoliage.com, Kyle offers …

    October 9, 2015 5:49 pm