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December 20, 2019
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Under duress, Warriors limp out of Canada with a crucial split

first_imgTORONTO — I don’t know who first said it. All I know is that the rule of the NBA Playoffs is that a series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game.Well, consider the 2019 NBA Finals started. The Warriors’ found the recipe for their patented third quarter magic Sunday night in Toronto, and used it to beat the Raptors 109-104, evening this series at 1-1 as it heads back to Oakland. An 18-0 run in the … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

December 19, 2019
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Science Done by Humans Is Mushy

first_imgDiscoveries in science must be mediated by flawed agents: human beings.  Though the most hardened scientific realists maintain strong beliefs in external reality, the perceived reality is mediated by senses, then interpreted by minds that are not omniscient.  Those are some of the reasons that science keeps changing, as illustrated by some recent examples:Endangered what?  Scientists can have profound economic impacts on people when they help government agencies decide that certain species are endangered and need protection.  PhysOrg told about species of coral that might be designated for protection.  Then it asked, “But are all the ‘species’ on this list really species?”  It turns out that classifying corals, and deciding which kinds interbreed, is not always so clear.  “Surprisingly, researchers found that colony shape, color, and growth form can vary wildly, and may be misleading as to their species identity.”Nova novelty:  Some novae (exploding stars) can be witnessed by the naked eye.  Astronomers thought they had them pretty well figured out, but now a new instrument on a satellite is revealing flickers, pauses and flares not predicted by theory, reported PhysOrg.  One phenomenon called a pre-maximum halt was confirmed by the new observations.  “The reality of this halt as found in all three of the fast-declining novae observed is a challenge to detailed models of the nova outburst,” an astronomer said.Perfuming the myth:  For over a half century, we’ve been told that, like insects, humans give off faint odors called pheromones that induce responses like sexual attraction.  Problem is, it’s a myth, says Richard Doty (Penn State School of Medicine).  PhysOrg told about his research that culminated in a book, The Great Pheromone Myth.  Mammals don’t have them, he claims – which has “reignited the debate over the science of these supposed smells.”  But that’s not the only problem: “Even the definition of the word is controversial.”Climate science clashes with politics:  Reporters have descended upon Cancun, Mexico, at the intersection of cloudy science and nationalism.  Live Science said that the climate talks hit snags early on.  The tenor of the talks seems far less confident about the science than before the Climategate scandal hit last year.  Nature News agreed that it is a climate of confusion.  This may be one of the best examples in recent times of a clash between scientists and politicians over how much confidence can be put in human-mediated conclusions about external reality, when the economic stakes are potentially crippling either way – whether the scientific consensus is right and nothing is done, or the consensus is wrong and too much is done.  The world awaits the outcome of decisions by fallible people.When blogger Richard Thaler at The Edge invited fellow scientists to respond to his latest edgy question, “The flat earth and geocentric world are examples of wrong scientific beliefs that were held for long periods.  Can you name your favorite example and for extra credit why it was believed to be true?” he got quite a reaction.  According to Live Science, he got some fascinating responses.  65 notable names in science responded with their favorite examples.    Our headline reads, “Science done by humans is mushy.”  Who else is going to do science?  What does that imply?Isn’t it pretentious that several of the evolutionists in the responses picked on creation and intelligent design as examples of debunked science?  What they should have done is recognize that their own faith in evolution could be tomorrow’s debris in the dustbin.  Thaler, co-author of leftist utopian Cass Sunstein’s book Nudge, which tries to program human beings according to leftist ideology, is even more pretentious, presuming that he, a mere mortal, has the insight and understanding to look down on members of his own species as sheep that can be manipulated.  There is no more scary prospect to a civilization than an oligarchy of the self-appointed wise.  For the survival of humanity, teach humility to your local scientist!    See also last month’s related entry on 11/02/2010, “People Doing Science, Sometimes Badly.”(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 15, 2019
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Crashlytics: Twitter Purchases The iOS App-Crash Reporter

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … adam popescu Tags:#Android app development#app developers#hack#mobile#twitter Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Crashlytics, the Boston-based crash reporting solution for iOS apps is moving on up – from independent startup to the newest wrench in Twitter’s tool box. The announcement was made Monday on Crashlytic’s blog and quickly circulated the Web.  Was This A Man-quisition?The service, which debuted in late 2011, has quickly become known as a useful tool for app developers looking for a streamlined method to find the root cause of product bugs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it could represent a major payday for co-founders Jeff Seibert and Wayne Chang. It’s not yet clear if Twitter is interested in the Crashlytics product line, or just its engineering talent in an acquihire.“With us, developers gain instant visibility into the precise line of code that caused a crash, enabling them to more easily fix issues,” Seibert and Chang wrote in their announcement Monday. “Since our iOS launch, we’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of incredible app developers, from those building independent passion-projects to many of the top iOS apps available today – Twitter, Vine, Yelp, Kayak, TaskRabbit, and Waze.”Now What?Coming on the heels of the Vine acquisition, it’s likely that this will be the newest addition to the Twitter family continuing to operate as a third-party service, post-purchase.In their post, Seibert and Chang wrote “much will remain the same. Development of Crashlytics will continue unabated and we remain dedicated to working with all of our customers – current and new, big and small – to deliver the key app performance insights they need.”So why did Twitter make the deal? “It seems like a strategy to grow the mobile team,” says Jad Meouchy, a mobile app developer in Los Angeles, and co-founder of Osurv, a custom mobile survey app. “It looks like a straight talent acquisition.”  But Meouchy also calls Crashlytics a strong and mature mobile additive that gives Twitter “the people they need to start making their own mobile apps.”Spencer Chen, the senior director of business development at Appcelerator agrees that this is a strategic move by Twitter to expand their offerings. “I believe Twitter is going to take the extension of their service onto mobile and devices very seriously by coming out with their version of a mobile SDK (software development kit), which will include key features that every developer wants, crash test reporting via Crashlytics,” he said. “Right now Twitter pushes everything out via their APIs, which is all backend services. If they had a real mobile SDK, then they can really optimize development productivity and mobile performance by having certain capabilities into the third mobile (and) device apps itself.”With Vine, Twitter’s planted its flag in the ground to announce its plans to conquer mobile social video. Could Monday’s Crashlytics move be the beginning of a new era for Twitter mobile app development? And a tool to help address problems with Vine?We’ll know soon enough.Photo courtesy of Twitter.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Rape case filed against Gujarat BJP leader

first_imgGujarat police on Thursday filed a case against BJP leader Jayanti Bhanushali, who resigned recently as the party’s State vice-president after a 21-year-old woman accused him of rape and sexual harassment.The woman, a resident of Surat, had written to the police on July 10 seeking registration of rape case against Mr. Bhanushali, who was Abdasa MLA from 2007 to 2012.On Thursday, the victim appeared before the police and recorded her statement. An FIR was subsequently lodged naming Mr. Bhanushali as a key accused.In her complaint, the survivor said the former lawmaker raped her on several occasions from November last after promising to get her admitted to a reputed fashion design institute. The act was videographed by one of his assistants, she alleged.Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma has asked a DCP to probe the case. Earlier, Mr. Sharma had said that the woman had failed to appear before the police despite being issued summons.In his resignation letter, that was accepted by the State BJP president Jitu Vaghani, Mr. Bhanushali has denied all allegations.last_img read more