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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Logan County family finds hole in farm field 40 feet deepA Logan County family made an interesting discovery in one of their farm fields this spring in preparation for planting. Lucas Yoesting, 15, was riding his dirt bike on his family’s rural-Zanesfield property when he noticed a large hole in one of the fields“It goes straight down,” said Sunny Yoesting. “You can see and hear the water below running.”last_img

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first_imgTags:#Bing#connected home#Internet of Things#Microsoft#Z-Wave Related Posts Stefan Weitz and Matt Wallaert are, without a doubt, geeks. When I spoke to them, they’d just come out of a big celebration for the engineers who added the Klingon language to Bing in advance of the latest Star Trek premiere. Wallaert, a behavioral scientist with Bing, had recently shaved the Klingon phrase Qapla’—”success”—on his head. (That’s him to the right.)It’s not just their love of Trek that puts the pair squarely in the geek category. They’re also thinking deeply about the future of Bing, and search engines in general. And while they wouldn’t mind seeing such a future kick Google’s butt, they have a lot of other things on their minds.To these guys, the increasing number of devices connected to the Internet represents a platform that will create a ton of data and a big opportunity for Bing and any other service that can tap into it. “Any control surface can provide data,” Weitz, a senior director of search at Microsoft, told me. “Any signal from any device. Any input.”That sounds like a real cacophony, one that would be way too noisy to yield much actual information. But the engineers at Bing figure their search engine can play a big role cleaning up a lot of that noise even as the devices keep churning out more and more data.Weitz and Wallaert willingly tackled our hypothetical smart living room. Assuming the thermostat is programmed to pay attention to such things, they suggested, it will note that at certain times every day, the room gets hot.Ordinarily, the thermostat’s response to that kind of event would be to turn up the air conditioning or turn down the furnace. But Weitz suggests that the thermostat could also be programmed to search for reasons that the room is getting hot at certain times of the day. brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But Harris figures the Internet of Things can get rolling anyway. That’s no big surprise when you discover that Zonoff is a significant player in the connected home space, as a white-box manufacturer of home automation control systems for a variety of vendors.Harris finds the concept of a knowledge fabric with machine learning interesting, but for now he’s leading his company toward what he considers a more practical approach: Building software platforms that can handle centralized command and control systems for home automated devices.The metaphor Harris uses to describe Zonoff’s home control systems isn’t too different from the one that the Bing team uses These systems serve as the brain of the home, connecting to devices via standard Wi-Fi or Z-Wave (a low-bandwidth frequency intended for home automation) networks, sorting out protocols and coordinating commands and responses.This latter task could be daunting, given the sheer number of devices out there and the vast number of ways in which they could conceivably work together. But here lies a bit of cleverness: Zonoff systems can be easily programmed by non-technical homeowners to introduce their smart devices to one another, and then to monitor their actual usage in order to provide home users with more educated feedback for tweaking their setting.This combination of data analysis and crowdsourcing data has produced, for instance, a “goodnight” command set that locks doors, set alarms and put the home’s systems in energy-saving mode.Such systems can even ask the homeowner lifestyle questions—do they have kids? pets?—and apply relevant rules to the home automation system that will in turn spark better feedback.Here Comes Skynet?While the “knowledge fabric” approach to the Internet of Things isn’t out of reach, control hubs such as Zonoff’s are already on the market and seem likely to dominate markets like home automation for the near future.But the vision of an machine-learning knowledge fabric is a compelling one. So long, that is, as machines don’t learn too much and form their own too-clever-by-half ideas about what to do with these humans running around the planet.We shouldn’t dismiss such concerns out of hand, but there are a lot of technical challenges that have to be solved. As economist Andrew McAfee noted sardonically in a recent Ted talk:There’s no shortage of dystopian visions about what happens when our machines become self-aware and they decide to rise up and coordinate attacks against us…. I’m going to start worrying about those the day my computer becomes aware of my printer.Lead image modified from Shutterstock by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite. Fair-use images of the Jetsons screencapped from the TV show “The Jetsons” More likely, the thermostat’s programming would consider a constrained set of options to make judgment calls like this. It might take in information like local weather data, ambient light readings, power consumption (perhaps someone is running a dumb space heater), and maybe even CO2 concentrations (to measure occupancy) and use it to make decisions about heating and cooling. If it is a sunny day, close the drapes. If there are a lot of people in the room, kick in the air conditioner and leave the drapes open.Any device programmed to gather information to make on-the-spot decisions like this would still benefit from the availability of data from the Internet, some of which would help it make relevant correlations. Data scientists refer to this sort of repository as a knowledge fabric or mesh network, Weitz said. “It would be an entirely new information architecture.”It would be a data translation service that would behave like a “Babel fish for things,” Wallaert added. Devices that need information to effect change would tap into the knowledge fabric based on their programming and adjust their controls accordingly.For Bing’s engineers, creating a knowledge fabric represents a much bigger goal than seeing who has the best search results. Unlike Google, Wallaert argues, Bing is “building the layer that understands what’s going on.” Doing this will eventually enable Bing to apply data to actions instead of just search results.Which is just the thing to get an Internet of Things to work.Command And ControlAsk Mike Harris, CEO of Zonoff, about this particular outlook for the Internet of Things, and he will carefully raise some objections.For one thing, Harris has trouble imagining that a host of competing smart-device makers will make cooperative use of a single knowledge fabric. Corporate rivalries being what they are, sharp elbows are likely to be out in force.“There are a lot of real companies out there that are saying ‘I want to own this’ about their data,” Harris said. And the resulting friction could well impede technical advances like those that the team at Bing describes.center_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… This would be a significant change in how the object is currently designed. Adapting to temperature changes is one thing—that’s just controlling the home’s heating and cooling systems. This would be seeking out solutions beyond the mission parameters of a thermostat.Eventually, the thermostat might correlate the increasing room temperature with the fact that sunlight happens to be streaming in through the windows at the same time, Wallaert suggested. Then it could search for possible solutions on an Internet data platform (like, say, Bing).Then it would have to sift through those solutions, whereupon it could discard the impractical—nuking the Sun with an anti-fusion device, for instance, would be right out. But closing the drapes at 2 p.m. for a few hours in the summer? Now there’s an idea.Finally, the thermostat sends a signal to the sullen drapes across the room, which dutifully respond. The lamp, noticing the decrease in brightness, might then turn on—but only if there’s a person in the room.Looked at one way, all that seems pretty straightforward, because people can figure out solutions like this pretty fast. But stop for a moment and think about what just happened. Using information and data from humans and other devices on the Internet, a completely blind thermostat learned about the existence of a heat source that can be blocked by another device that’s cooperating with it.One Damn Smart ThermostatOr did it? This thermostat would have to be ridiculously sophisticated, even with the resources of the Internet behind it. The ability to independently look for alternatives and to learn from knowledge available on the Internet borders on sentience. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud As vendors, coders and users inch toward the smart-devices-everywhere future colloquially known as the Internet of Things, they’re starting to address a whole bunch of nitty-gritty issues. For starters, there’s the question of just how the various devices connected to the Internet of Things will talk to each other.Beyond that, though, lies an even larger challenge. Which is, once we’ve got devices on the Internet of Things speaking a common language, what in the world are they actually going to say to one another?Talk Talk Talk, But Nothing To SaySee also: What’s Holding Up The Internet Of ThingsAs I outlined in an earlier piece on the subject, the Internet of Things is currently limited by the fact that manufacturers have embraced a profusion of incompatible protocols for communicating with their devices. These protocols are effectively different languages. As a result, devices connected to the Internet often can’t speak to each other even if they wanted to.It’s a good assumption, though, that such barriers to communication will eventually fall as companies converge on standard protocols. Others will work to create centralized “commons” that act as interpreters, making it possible to coordinate a multitude of devices that otherwise couldn’t cooperate.Let’s assume that problem is dealt with. Now, whatever will these devices—smartphones and TVs and refrigerators and cars and watches and smart clothing and what-have-you—talk about? Sounds like a trivial question, but a simple example demonstrates how tricky it will be to solve.Come Into My ParlorLet’s go back to our earlier thought experiment: A “smart” living room with three Internet-connected devices—a Nest thermostat, a Spark-enabled light and Makita automated drapes. It’s possible to control each device remotely. And for the sake of this example, let’s assume each of these gadgets can report various sensor readings directly to one other.The thermostat could report a few things: the room temperature, its target temperature and the time of day. The lamp can tell its fellow devices whether it’s on or off and how bright the room is. The drapes are relatively dumb by comparison; they’ll report whether they’re open, closed, or somewhere in-between.So the thermostat is busily reporting all of its data to the lamp and the drapes. First question: What the heck do they care? I keep envisioning a scenario similar to one from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, where doors on the Heart of Gold keep opening cheerily to the murderous dismay of one Marvin the Paranoid Android.Seriously, how would draperies have any way of knowing that the room temperature is important to them? (Much less caring about it.) Likewise for the lamp. Were it sentient, I could imagine the lamp overloading in a fit of frustration, catching the drapes on fire and burning the whole house down.Of course if they were sentient, the devices would probably intuitively understand that things like temperature and time of day are relevant to their basic functions of temperature regulation and providing light. The question is, how do we get that meaning across?A Living Room Fabric Of Knowledge Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

first_imgALL FOR NAUGHTMessi did his part, and then some.At 29 years old, Messi had another superb individual season worthy of the player widely considered to be the best in the world.The club’s all-time top scorer broke the 50-goal barrier for the fifth time in his career, scoring a league-high 37 goals to go with 16 in other competitions.Beyond the goals, he was the team’s best playmaker, showing his unequaled sense of knowing when to fall back into midfield to pass, and when he needed to take it straight at the defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES A coach who says he is tired of managing is not the ideal candidate to rally the troops. Luis Enrique even admitted he was burned out midway through the season.The former Barcelona midfielder will leave the club following three seasons that can only be judged as very successful despite his team’s dip in form during his last year.Under Luis Enrique, Barcelona has won the Champions League, the Club World Cup, two Spanish leagues and a pair of Copa del Rey titles.It will have a chance for a third Copa del Rey when it plays Alaves in the final on Saturday in Luis Enrique’s last match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Those extra options let Iniesta play only the important games, and start in just 13 of 38 matches.But the plan backfired when his substitutes failed to come even close to replicating his passing and playmaking skills.That meant Barcelona lost its signature dominance in midfield, leaving its defense exposed to too many counterattacks while Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar waited too long to get the ball.___MISSED OPPORTUNITYIf there is one date when Barcelona had the perfect chance to catch Madrid and take control of the title race it was April 8.Madrid stumbled at home against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid, which earned a 1-1 draw on a late goal by Antoine Griezmann. That opened the door for Barcelona to move in front if it could win at Malaga hours later.Instead, Barcelona self-destructed, falling 2-0 after Neymar was sent off for two senseless yellow cards.___TIRED COACH Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo But the statistics didn’t mean much in the end because those great numbers and Messi’s continued excellence couldn’t compensate for costly losses to underdog sides and the subpar contribution of Barcelona’s role players.The Catalan club rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on Sunday at Camp Nou, but Madrid won 2-0 at Malaga to finish three points ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHere’s a look at Messi’s season and how his team let him down:___ Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Messi added another memorable match to his archive by upstaging Cristiano Ronaldo in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Madrid in April, when he scored a brilliant equalizer to make it 1-1 before snatching the victory with a stoppage-time goal to stun the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.___SLOW STARTBarcelona only won three of its first seven home matches, digging itself a hole that it could never recover from.But of its four losses this season, the one it will rue the most was a perplexing 2-1 defeat to promoted Alaves back in September at the Camp Nou.That stumble proved to be the only home loss of the season, and those three points ended up making the difference.___IRREPLACEABLE INIESTABarcelona coach Luis Enrique had the plan to not overwork Andres Iniesta, who was entering his 15th season at the age of 32.So last offseason, the club brought in reinforcements Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez to help Sergi Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha and Arda Turan give Iniesta time off.center_img Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ Cignal boosts bid with addition of Jose, Sara Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Real Madrid captains Sergio Ramos, top, and Marcelo, left, gestures to supporters next to the goddess Cibeles monument as they celebrate with teammates after winning the Spanish La Liga soccer tournament title at the Cibeles square in Madrid, early hours of the Monday, May 22, 2017. Real Madrid has won the Spanish soccer championship on 33 times. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)BARCELONA, Spain — For Barcelona, this season’s Spanish league title will go down as the one that got away.A league-high 116 goals scored, four fewer goals conceded than champion Real Madrid, and the competitions’ top two scorers in Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should have been enough to win the title for the third straight year.ADVERTISEMENT 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe 2006 NSW vs QLD State of Origin Series is set to commence on the 4 August at the home of the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch, Whites Hill.  The first games will start at 1.30pm with the first round of the Men’s Opens set down for a 2.30pm start.The full draw and all of the results from the series can be viewed at the State of Origin website.last_img

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eriksen pleased to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen was pleased to prove the matchwinner against Burnley.Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.The Dane said, “It was very important. It’s been a tough but fun week with everything we’ve gone through – going through in the Champions League which we wanted and now a tough game against Burnley with difficult conditions, a difficult team to play against. It was great to come off the bench and help the team win the three points.”Any player who comes off the bench wants to have an impact on the game, trying to create something, trying to score or assist and luckily today I got the goal to get the three points. It was a very nice feeling.” last_img read more

first_imgMoussa Dembele firming as Man Utd January favouriteby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to launch a January bid for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.Le 10 Sport says United have had Dembele watched consistently this season – with scouts present since the campaign kicked off.While it’s been a bad start to the season for OL, who are winless after six games, Moussa Dembele has impressed. He has six goals (having scored 15 last season) and has been displaying career best form.Signed for €22m last year from Celtic, the 23 year-old is now valued at almost double that price. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgBarack Obama filling out NCAA Tournament bracket.For the seventh straight year, President of the United States Barack Obama has joined ESPN’s Andy Katz to unveil his March Madness picks. “Baracketology”, as it’s now known, hasn’t been all that successful, but it has been entertaining.This year, Obama went mostly chalk. While he has a number of interesting upsets in the first round, he has seeds ranked 1-4 for 15 of his 16 Sweet Sixteen slots. Davidson, a 10-seed, is the only squad he thinks will wind up pulling two upsets.All the President’s picks: Check out his NCAA Tournament Bracket → http://t.co/ENqqesV08s #Baracketology pic.twitter.com/gYREANLa6P— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 18, 2015Obama has Kentucky over Villanova in the final. He thinks that UK is going to finish the season 40-0. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 9.45.19 AM What do you think of the President’s picks?last_img read more

Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho (center) and Steven Gerrard (left) and defender Jon Flanagan (right) celebrate scoring a goal during a match against Manchester City April 13 at Anfield. Liverpool won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTWhen discussing the history of football — the European kind — there are certain clubs that stand out as giants of the game.Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Manchester United, Ajax and Liverpool.Between all of these clubs, numerous domestic and European titles have been claimed, including 13 of the last 16 UEFA Champions League titles.But one o f these clubs, Liverpool, despite all of its historical success, has been a ghost of its former self in recent years.The club owns 18 English league titles, but hasn’t won one since the 1989-90 season. It hasn’t won a European competition title either since 2005’s epic comeback from 3-0 down against Milan.But now, after taking care of Manchester City 3-2 at home this past Sunday, Liverpool has what seems to be its best chance to claim its first Premier League title (the Premier League was established in 1992 in place of the Football League First Division).As an avid Manchester City fan — judge me all you want, I don’t care — this loss pained me because it means that Liverpool controls their destiny in the race for the title.But not even the most dedicated fans of other English clubs can deny that on some level, Liverpool deserves to win another title eventually.Sure, striker Luis Suarez is deplorable — having the infamous distinction of biting an opponent during a game, on two separate occasions — but the storylines are just too great to fight against.A young manager in Brendan Rodgers, who is so close to reaching the summit at the sprightly age of 41.Suarez and striker Daniel Sturridge combine to create one of the more entertaining goal scoring pairings in recent memory, as they currently sit first and second in goals scored this season.It is also the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.During an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, a steel-fenced barrier broke, and 96 Liverpool supporters died from injuries related to the accident.But perhaps the greatest of the storylines is that of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard.Gerrard has been with the club since 1998, making 471 appearances and scoring 111 goals, and is likely to go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Liverpool kit. But despite all of his hard work and success with the team, he has never won the Premier League title.At age of 33, his career is likely coming to an end sometime in the next couple years, and it is hard to deny he deserves a title.Gerrard was emotional following the win against Man City, saying at times he felt the game would never end.“That win means so much,” Gerrard said in an interview with Sky Sports 1. “They got back into the game, but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire. We want to go all the way. That’s the longest 90 minutes I’ve probably ever played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of the game.”Sure, the title is likely to come down to the wire — Liverpool is only two points clear of Chelsea, and Man City sits six points back but have played one less game — but for now the Liverpool faithful has hope that the drought will end and Liverpool will be restored to the elite club it once was. read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is the favourite to become the club’s new manager, after receiving the backing of chief executive Ivan GazidisSky Sports have reported the South African believes that Arsenal need to be “bold” in the search for a successor to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates and Gazidis ultimately has come to the conclusion that Arteta, who currently works as one of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at Manchester City, has the potential requiered to succeed at the club.Arsenal are yet to comment on the reports surrounding Arteta, with Gazidis having informed 200 members of the club’s staff on their planned search for a successor for the departing Wenger.Gazadis is now expected to discuss a potential replacement this week with the club’s head of football operations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.It is understood that Luis Enrique is being considered at North London with Sanllehi, who also worked as a director of football at Barcelona,  particularly keen on reuniting with his former colleague.Enrique has made it clear that he wishes to manage in England and has been heavily linked with both the Arsenal and Chelsea positions throughout this season.Meanwhile, Mislintat is reportedly keen on Arsenal choosing between Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann or Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco.last_img read more