Speedup to digital is urged

first_img Nick Kolovos, a director and counsel for government relations at the Information Technology Industry Council, said setting a hard date to free the spectrum will bring more competition to the broadband market, particularly in remote and underserved areas. Right now, he said, people only have two choices for high-speed Internet services – cable or DSL service provided by the phone companies. “This is a third pipe into the home, and competition is obviously good for increasing broadband deployment rates and bringing down prices,” Kolovos said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Current law calls for broadcasters to make the switch to all-digital transmissions – which promise sharper pictures and sound – by late 2006, or when 85 percent of households have the ability to receive digital signals. But there’s confusion about how to count that 85 percent, so Congress plans to set a so-called “hard date” for the conversion to all-digital. The coalition urged Congress to set the earliest possible deadline, but said it should be no later than Jan. 1, 2009. “New and innovative technologies that will help meet the goal of universal, affordable broadband access are already being developed and readied for early deployment in this spectrum,” said the letter from the High Tech DTV Coalition. Members include Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Cisco Systems and the Information Technology Industry Council. The letter was being sent to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Senate committee plans to take up the legislation next week, and the House panel is likely to take it up the following week. Discussions have focused on late 2008 or an early to mid-2009 deadline. WASHINGTON – Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and other industry leaders urged lawmakers Friday to speed the transition to digital television in order to free up radio spectrum for wireless broadband services, especially in rural and poor areas. In a letter to House and Senate lawmakers, high-tech officials said the spectrum would reap enormous benefits for consumers and the economy. The letter also stressed the need to clear the spectrum to improve police, fire and other first-responder radio communications. Some of the frequencies that would be vacated in the transition from traditional analog to digital TV were promised to public safety officials in 1997. The rest of the spectrum would be auctioned by the government. It’s been valued by congressional officials at $10 billion, though industry puts the estimate as high as $30 billion. last_img read more


first_imgA young man has been airlifted this afternoon to hospital following a fall on Edernish Island off the Burtonport Coast.The man, who is understood to be 23 years old, sustained suspected spinal injuries in a minor fall.He was taken from the island to Burtonport by the Arranmore Lifeboat. It is understood the man was working renovating a house on the small island at the time.He was then transferred from there by ambulance to the Dungloe GAA pitch where an Irish Coast Guard chopper from Shannon removed him to Letterkenny General.He was brought to Letterkenny General Hospital just before 2.15pm where his injuries are now being assessed.Meanwhile, a Dublin based Irish Coast Guard chopper is currently on route to retrieve an injured man aboard a Norwegian vessel at the Corrib Gas Field.  MAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL BY CHOPPER AFTER FALL ON ISLAND was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:burtonportchopperfallisland EdernishLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Sweating Blood Can Be a Disease or a Response to Stress

first_imgBlood oozing out of the skin can have more than one cause, say scientists.A young woman in Italy has a “rare and mysterious condition that causes her to sweat blood,” reports Live Science. The condition, called hematohidrosis, appears to be due to a blood disorder, because it occurs spontaneously without a known trigger.The Italian woman said that there did not appear to be a single trigger to her bleeding — it could occur while she was asleep, or while she was exercising or under stress. She said that she had become socially isolated as a result of her condition, and she experienced symptoms of depression and panic disorder, the report said.Tests showed that it was indeed blood on her face, and not “colored sweat,” which can occur in certain conditions. An analysis of her skin under a microscope showed normal skin tissue, the report said.Reports of “sweating blood” go back to ancient times, but until 1600, no eyewitness accounts were recorded, the article says. Nevertheless, doctors examining this woman no longer doubt the reality of the condition.But after conducting a review of recent cases of hematohidrosis — 28 cases in the last 13 years — Duffin concluded that the condition really does exist. “Credible, though scant, observations of sweating blood persist” in the medical literature, she wrote in her commentary. “This collection of well-documented observations commands respect and acceptance,” she said.However, nobody knows what causes the condition. Some researchers have hypothesized that increased pressure in blood vessels leads to the passage of blood cells through the ducts of the sweat glands, according to GARD. Others speculate the condition may be the result of activation of the body’s “fight or flight” response, which generally occurs when people experience sudden fear or stress. This response triggers the release of certain hormones that make a person more alert. But in rare cases, it may also cause the rupture of small blood vessels, resulting in bleeding, according to Healthline.Reports of Christ’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane come to mind. Luke recorded in his gospel (Luke 22:44), “his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Being a doctor, Luke must have noted this as highly unusual. Since this was a unique incident in the life of Christ, who was vigorous and healthy through his many travels and ministry activities and healed many others, this was not a genetic abnormality. It must have been from extreme stress the Bible describes as “agony.”No human can imagine the stress of having to bear the weight of the world’s sins on the cross (just hours away as He prayed), and knowing that it would mean the Father rejecting the Son (“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” —quoting Psalm 22:1). Knowing in advance that this would mean enduring the hell that all human sinners deserve, the physical stress at that moment is incomprehensible. No wonder it brought on an episode of sweating great drops of blood. After angels ministered to Him, Jesus stood and faced the inevitable. For “the joy that was set before him [He] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). His followers should take the Savior’s fortitude as an example: “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted,” the next verse says. “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Yet many have, as the writer of Hebrews detailed in the end of the previous chapter, and many persecuted Christians suffer today around the world. No man’s sufferings can compare with what Christ endured. Let us be thankful that Jesus went the distance, and now reigns as our intercessor. If you are a Christ follower, your sins were nailed on the cross with Jesus (Colossians 2:13-14). He took your pain. Let Him have your life—the reasonable response (Romans 12:1-2).(Visited 294 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

See Adobe AIR 2’s Best New Features Demoed in 9 Sample Apps

first_imgToday Adobe released new beta versions of the company’s Flash Player and AIR. The Flash Player 10.1 technology now includes HTTP streaming and hardware decoding of H.264 video. The company plans to bring the updated Flash Player to mobile devices too, starting with the Palm Pre and then completing versions for other major smartphones by the first half of 2010 (with the notable exception of the iPhone, of course). However, out of the two updates, it’s Adobe AIR 2 that received the biggest overhaul. The new runtime allows developers to create entirely new types of applications that simply weren’t possible using AIR 1. What sort of apps are those? Adobe’s gallery of sample apps should give you some ideas of what’s to come. 1. Mass Storage DetectionIn Adobe AIR 2, apps can now detect when a mass storage device has been inserted into the computer. That means the app can “see” your USB flash drives, external drives, and even some digital cameras. For example, developers could build an app that recognizes when your Flip camera is plugged in and lets you automatically upload videos to YouTube. To demo this capability, Adobe has released FileTile, a sample app that does just this (minus the video uploading). FileTile recognizes external devices and lets you see the files and open them with their default application. Other FeaturesOther features in Adobe AIR 2 include the following (courtesy of Rob Christensen):A new API lets you open documents with its default application Global error handling Enhanced printing support, including vector printing support on Mac and new APIs to query the local machine for a list of printers or print without a dialog box. WebKit in AIR 2 is now based on the version shipped with Safari 4.0.3 which includes support for JavaScript profiling, SquirrelFish Extreme JavaScript engine performs 50% faster using SunSpider tests, CSS3 Module support (2D transformations, transitions, animations, gradients, zoom and WebKit CSS selectors), styling scrollbars via CSS and Canvas enhancements. IPv6 format addresses can now be used with all APIs that accept an IP string as input. Increased maximum size of NativeWindow: AIR 2 apps can have a window size of 4095 x 4095 where before the maximum was 2880 x 2880. DNS lookup Network interface enumeration Database transaction savepoints Screen reader support in Windows IME API and IME text input enhancement Smaller runtime installer sizes More efficient CPU usage and reduced memory size Download Installer | Source | How to5. Peer-to-Peer Networking CapabilitiesAdobe AIR 2 also adds support for new networking capabilities including UDP, secure sockets and peer-to-peer. To demonstrate the possibilities, Adobe released KeePIPE, a javascript app that lets users on the same network share files using peer-to-peer technology. It also lets VMWare users transfer files between a virtual machine and a host computer. Related Posts Tags:#Adobe#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A sample app called S3E provides a graphical front-end to your Amazon S3 account to demonstrate this feature. sarah perez Download Installer | Source2. Native Process API The native process API allows developers to better integrate their AIR apps with existing code libraries or extend their apps using native code. With the new native process API, this can now be done without compromising the cross-platform capabilities of AIR which allows it to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Developers using this new functionality can now deploy their apps with operating-specific installers like .exe, .dmg, .rpm, and .deb instead of an .air installer file. To demonstrate the native process API, Adobe released SearchCentral, an application that taps into Mac OS X’s Spotlight feature for desktop searches. It also lets you do web searches on Google and Wikipedia. Installer | Source | How toHere’s a video explaining in more detail how the native API works:3. Microphone Data AccessLike it sounds, the microphone data access feature lets you acquire the sound data from a computer’s microphone without the need of a server. For example, a developer could build a note-taking application that lets users record audio clips even when they’re offline. To get started, a simple app called Microphone is now available which does recording and playback with variable playback speeds supported. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Download Installer | Source | How to4. Drag-and-Drop Support for Remote FilesThe new “file promises” feature of AIR 2 lets you drag remote files out of an AIR application. A file promise, as described by Adobe’s Christian Cantrell, is “what you put on the clipboard when you want the user to be able to drag and drop files that do not yet exist, or that exist elsewhere (not locally on your machine).” It’s a promise to deliver a file at some point, but not an actual file. For example, an app could generate a CSV file but only when a user tries to drag and drop the file. It could also refer to files on a remote server, like an FTP server. When a user grabs that remote file and pulls it into the AIR app, the app could then download the data. It even supports files accessible via a URL like those hosted on Google Sites. Unfortunately, this feature is Windows and Mac only. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Download Installer | Source | Read me6. Multi-TouchPerhaps the most exciting enhancement in AIR 2 and in Flash Player 10.1 are the new multi-touch APIs. In Windows 7, AIR apps can respond to multi-touch and in both Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, they can respond to gestures. In this video (below), Adobe’s Kevin Lynch demos a multi-touch app on an HP TouchSmart computer:Obviously, Adobe is excited about this new feature, too, because they’ve released not one but four sample applications that demonstrate multi-touch in action:GeoTest: Lets you move images around the screen using a built-in physics engine. Download Installer | SourcePhotoPhysics: A multi-touch app with a built-in physics engine. Download Installer | SourceSpriteFract: A multi-touch app with a built-in physics engine that demonstrates a mouse-compatible, direct-manipulation interface. It also uses PixelBender to asynchronously process a large amount of geometry data. Download Installer | SourceTouchTest: Lets you drag, scale, and rotate images on the screen. Download Installer | Source Adobe AIR 2 is available for download here on Adobe Labs. You can send Adobe feedback here or participate on the user-to-user forums here.last_img read more

Finally, a contest to reward the world’s crappiest fighting robots

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Tags:#Arduino#Hebocon#japan#Maker Faire#robotics#robots#Tokyo Since the first competition held in 2014 in Tokyo, Hebocon has spread over 25 countries and over 60 competitions has been hosted. In the latest International contest in August, participants hailed from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Iceland, France and Hungary. It’s easy to mock the Hebocon awards for comedy effect alone, but the reality is that they bring robotics (albeit in it’s most primitive form) to those who either lack technical ability or might be creatively or technically blocked. As the creators encourage:” Go into a toy store and buy one of those moving toy dogs, rip off its exterior, and stick some cardboard on there, and you’d be looking at your original robot. Get some pieces of wood, sharpen them, and give your robot some horns: your robot’s attacking ability has just sky-rocketed. You might even get more creative and install a motorized weapon onto your robot. Didn’t quite work side effects of viagra and alcohol out? That’s Okay! That is what we call Heboi. Grab that faulty robot of yours, and participate in a Hebocon competition!”With sponsors like Arduino and Maker Faire and a cult following, it brings a sort of robotics to the masses. Cate Lawrence “If one crappy robot and another crappy robot fought each other — what would happen?”In an era where robots like Nao, Pepper, Sophia and Atlas manage to amaze us with their respective abilities to walk, learn, communicate in different languages,  recognize different people and partake in heavy lifting, another suite of robots is hard at work lowering the bar of robotic achievement.Hebocon is an annual robot competition for the technically ungifted where 31 robots compete in sumo style wrestling matches where the robots try to push their competitors off a board through a combination of pushing, shoving, whirring and sheer persistence. The biggest challenge can be getting robots to move at all, let alone deliver attack moves and self-defence techniques.  The World Championship was recently held in Tokyo.See also: Will robots finally take farmers’ jobs?The word Hebocon derives from the Japanese word Heboi, used to describe something that is technically poor, or low in quality and with this spirit in mind, robots are made with a bizarre array of equipment including fast food wrappers, instant noodle containers, sex toys, wind up toys and Barbie dolls.  According to the organisers, “entrants will need compromise and surrender instead of ideas and technical skill.” Robots are actually penalised for having high tech features and assistance from the maker is not unusual in the competition, such as a helping finger to get the robot moving when a motor has failed. It a competition where failures in technical output can be thwarted by strategy and dogged persistence.The souls of robots that would be considered scrapheap fodder are respected, as winners in each round opt to attach parts of the losing robots to ‘carry on the will’ of those knocked out.Hong Kong representative Kit da Studio won the NicoTsuku award with his table-flipping robot. (The robot actually flipped itself over when it was trying to flip the desk.) Overall winner, Ricky Chan, built a robot called the “Robot-Controlled Controller Robot,” which consists of two components – a controller that looks like a tiger robot, and a robot that looks like a controller. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

March 24 2017PR Coordinator SeanPaul VonAncken a

first_imgMarch 24, 2017PR Coordinator Sean-Paul VonAncken and maintenance manager Jeff Fisher are having fun putting lightbulbs into lightstrings in preparation to a wedding.[photos by Sue Kirsch]The strings of lights were installed in the Vaults.More to come.last_img

Swedenbased TV service provider Boxer had 337000

first_imgSweden-based TV service provider Boxer had 337,000 pay TV customers in Denmark, up from 71,000 a year earlier, and 250,000 customers to its Plus TV service in Finland, up from 240,000, at the end of the first quarter.The company said it had seen a slowing down of the decline in numbers for its Swedish service Boxer TV, which dropped by 4,000 in the three months to March to 613,000, down from 635,000 a year earlier. Boxer now has about 1.2 million pay TV customers across the region.Broadcast services provider Teracom Sweden’s revenues rose from SEK352 million (€40 million) in the first quarter of 2011 to SEK358 million for the last quarter, with operating income more or less flat at SEK108 million, while Boxer TV Sweden’s revenues grew from SEK484 million to SEK497 million, and operating income grew from SEK55 million to SEK63 million.Boxer Denmark had revenues of SEK 180 million and an operating loss of SEK64 million for the first quarter, while Plus TV posted revenues of SEK143 million an operating loss of SEK18 million.last_img read more