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Trine 4 The Nightmare Prince Review Round-Up


  Trine 4 The Nightmare Prince is a sequel nobody thought was necessary. Trine 3 was so out of touch with the series’ charm and hook that it alienated its own audience and left a bad taste in fans’ mouths. However, developer Frozenbyte was not ready to give up on its baby just yet. Now, […]

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Allkeyshop TV News 4 October (Recap)


Persona 5 Royal Could Possibly Release in March 2020 Persona 5 will launch on October 31st in Japan, but its Western counterpart, Persona 5 Royal, is yet to receive a release date. However, the latest issue of Game Informer shows that the game’s release month as “March 2020.” Developer Atlus is yet to confirm if […]

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Downtown plans await state OK

Part of the details about Tennessee-based developer David Hunt’s plans for a hotel, parking garage and residential and retail project downtown remain under review by the state.

Microsoft Embedded Inside Linux

  • Linux Kernel 5.4 to Have Kernel Lockdown and ExFAT Support

    The lockdown feature aims to further strengthen Linux security by “restricting access to kernel features that may allow arbitrary code execution via code supplied by userland processes”.

    In simple words, even the root account cannot modify the kernel code. This will hep in cases where a root account is compromised, the rest of system won’t be easy to compromise specially on kernel level. In even simpler words, it enhances the Linux security.

    There are two lockdown modes: integrity and confidentiality.

    In integrity lockdown mode, kernel features that allow userland to modify the running kernel are disabled.

  • Linus Torvalds isn't worried about Microsoft taking over Linux

    But that doesn't mean the Microsoft leopard can't change its spots. Sure, he hears, "This is the old Microsoft, and they're just biding their time." But, Torvalds said, "I don't think that's true. I mean, there will be tension. But that's true with any company that comes into Linux; they have their own objectives. And they want to do things their way because they have a reason for it." So, with Linux, "Microsoft tends to be mainly about Azure and doing all the stuff to make Linux work well for them," he explained.

    Torvalds emphasized this is normal: "I mean, that's just being part of the community."

    As Eric Raymond pointed out in his seminal open-source work, The Cathedral and the Bazaar: "Every good work of software starts by scratching a developer's personal itch."


Desktop Leftovers

  • Short Topix: Julian Assange To Remain Jailed Pending Extradition To U.S.

    Say what? Microsoft Windows 11 running a Linux kernel? What'chu smokin'? Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols wrote such a speculative article for ComputerWorld.

    And actually, it makes perfect sense. Look at the unmitigated disaster that the Windows 10 updates have been. Week after week after week, we hear about how the Windows 10 updates have wrecked users computers or have otherwise gone seriously awry. Most (if not all) Linux users are Windows refugees, usually fleeing from the lack of desktop choice under Windows, the never-ending assault of virii and virus scanners, the endless battle with malware, etc., etc., etc. The list is nearly as long as the number of Linux users.

    Replacing the NT kernel, which is basically rotten, with the Linux kernel is certainly doable. Vaughan-Nichols makes the argument that using the Linux kernel that is passionately and enthusiastically upkept by an army of programmers from around the world makes perfect sense. He goes on to argue that many Windows users won't even have to be aware that Windows is running on a Linux kernel, as Windows can still be made to look like Windows. But the insides, the very core, will get an upgrade in stability and security.

    Sure, it sounds crazy. But who could have predicted that Microsoft would go from wanting to bury Linux and calling it a cancer under Steve Ballmer, to expressing love for Linux under Satya Nadella? Who could have predicted that Microsoft would open its extensive patent library to Linux and the FOSS community -- for free?

    Vaughan-Nichols goes on to point out that Microsoft could release its own version of Linux today, if it chose to. There's nothing to stop them. But Microsoft developers have been busy laying the groundwork with the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), mapping Linux API calls to Windows, and vice versa.

  • "LIBOUTPUT" Proposed As New Library For Helping To Bring Up New Compositors & More

    Coming out of informal discussions from this week's X.Org Developers Conference in Montreal, a "liboutput" library has been proposed as a theoretical new library for helping to bring up Wayland compositors, X11 window managers, and anything else wanting to interface with DRM/KMS kernel interfaces. 

  • PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight:

    My father of 91 uses Linux as well. (Lubuntu) With Windows, he often picked up a virus or other malware, and he has been running Linux virus free since six years now. He is very happy with Lubuntu. 

    My brothers were in the beginning quite negative about my father using Lubuntu, but now they tend to be neutral about it. 

    I tried to convince some friends of mine to use Linux, but they perceive it to be too complicated and too different. 

    Only two friends of mine like it. 


Policy flip-flops will have renewable energy target missing by over 42%: Report

According to a weekend report by Crisil, this target is set to be missed by a full 42% as the industry has been witnessing fast waning interest from developers since the past fiscal.

Fortnite pro-players unite to begin dialogue with Epic over the game’s future


A group of professional Fortnite players have come together to form the Fortnite Professional Players Association. The Fortnite association is an independent collective of professional Fortniters whose aim is to open a dialogue with Fortnite developer Epic Games about the future of the competitive scene. The FNPPA laid down its manifesto this month over Twitter. […]

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One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is headed to closed beta


One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is coming to closed beta next month. The upcoming fighting game from developer Spike Chunsoft will enter into closed beta starting November 1 through November 4, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. Check below for the full schedule. Session 1 – Friday, November 1st from 11:00 to 13:00 CEST […]

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JD E1 Developper/ Developpeur JD E1 - Jam Industries - Baie-d'urfe, QC

JDE E1 Developer – Great work environment!*. JAM Industries, Making the world sound better, one brand at a time! Do these words sound like music to your ears?
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Madras HC refuses to quash money laundering case against VGN Developers

The Madras High Court, on October 4, 2019, refused to quash a money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), against real estate firm VGN Developers Private Limited, related to the purchase of … READ FULL STORY

Intern, Software Developer, Cloud - Autodesk - Canada

Autres compétences souhaitables mais non obligatoires. Stagiaire, Développeur Logiciel - Applications Cloud. Le candidat idéal sera un artisan pratique avec la…
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Intern, Software Developer - 3ds Max - Autodesk - Montréal, QC

Autres compétences souhaitables mais non obligatoires…. Intern, Software Developer - 3ds Max. Stagiaire Développeur de Logiciel – 3ds Max.
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Java Microservices Developer

TX-Irving, Our client is currently seeking a Java Microservices Developer Full-time permanent position Irving, Texas MUST HAVES: - Java - J2EE - Microservices - Spring - RESTful Services - Spring Boot Must have skills* 5+ years of experience in working on Java, Spring and RESTful services.Experience in building micro-services and cloud native API’s using frameworks such as Spring Cloud.Experience in developi

Java Full Stack Developer

MI-Lake Angelus, My name is Sumit Singh and I am working as Senior Recruiter (Recruitment Delivery) at The Judge Group, a leading Talent Solutions company headquartered in Wayne, PA. I am looking for Java Full Stack Developer in Auburn Hills MI for one of my direct client. Below is the job description for your reference. Please call me at 610 600-0652 or e mail me at Job Title: Java Developer wit

Qubit with Matthew Tamsett and Ravi Upreti


Our guests Matthew Tamsett and Ravi Upreti join Gabi Ferrara and Aja Hammerly to talk about data science and their project, Qubit. Qubit helps web companies by measuring different user experiences, analyzing that information, and using it to improve the website. They also use the collected data along with ML to predict things, such as which products users will prefer, in order to provide a customized website experience.

Matthew talks a little about his time at CERN and his transition from working in academia to industry. It’s actually fairly common for physicists to branch out into data science and high performance computing, Matthew explains. Later, Ravi and Matthew talk GCP shop with us, explaining how they moved Qubit to GCP and why. Using PubSub, BigQuery, and BigQuery ML, they can provide their customers with real-time solutions, which allows for more reactive personalization. Data can be analyzed and updates can be created and pushed much faster with GCP. Autoscaling and cloud management services provided by GCP have given the data scientists at Qubit back their sleep!

Matthew Tamsett

Matthew was trained in experimental particle physics at Royal Holloway University of London, and did his Ph.D. on the use of leptonic triggers for the detection of super symmetric signals at the ATLAS detector at CERN. Following this, he completed three post doctoral positions at CERN and on the neutrino experiment NOvA at Louisiana Tech University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, and the University of Sussex UK, culminating in a EU Marie Curie fellowship. During this time, Matt co-authored many papers including playing a minor part in the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Since leaving academia in 2016, he’s worked at Qubit as a data scientist and later as lead data scientist where he lead a team working to improve the online shopping experience via the use of personalization, statistics and predictive modeling.

Ravi Upreti

Ravi has been working with Qubit for almost 4 years now and leads the platform engineering team there. He learned distributed computing, parallel algorithms and extreme computing at Edinburgh University. His four year stint at Ocado helped developed a strong domain knowledge for e-commerce, along with deep technical knowledge. Now it has all come together, as he gets to apply all these learnings to Qubit, at scale.

Cool things of the week
  • A developer goes to a DevOps conference blog
  • Cloud Build brings advanced CI/CD capabilities to GitHub blog
  • Cloud Build called out in Forrester Wave twitter
  • 6 strategies for scaling your serverless applications blog
  • Qubit site
  • Qubit Blog blog
  • Pub/Sub site
  • BigQuery site
  • BigQuery ML site
  • Cloud Datastore site
  • Cloud Memorystore site
  • Cloud Bigtable site
  • Cloud SQL site
  • Cloud AutoML site
  • Goodbye Hadoop. Building a streaming data processing pipeline on Google Cloud blog
Question of the week

How do you deploy a Windows container on GKE?

Where can you find us next?

Gabi will be at the Google Cloud Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aja will be at Cloud Next London.

Sound Effect Attribution


Now Hiring: 2020 Developer Grads for the Atomic Accelerator in Ann Arbor


I’m very excited to announce that recruiting is in full swing for our third Accelerator cohort in Ann Arbor (Cell Gamma). What’s the Accelerator? A truly bespoke mentorship program designed to shepherd new developers through the first couple of years of their career. We’re aiming to provide a professional development experience that our new hires […]

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Accounting for Bringup Time on Software Projects


Building a new system from scratch is hard. There is research and experimentation to do and hurdles that can blow apart the feedback loop you use to measure velocity and fuel progress toward your first release. This can be frustrating for project managers who want to convey progress, as well as developers who are trying […]

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Problem with DropDownList, iFrame and iPad.




Addition to the above reply we have also used the Override dropdown list code for our work. The code is as mentioned below:


(function ($) {
"use strict";

var overlayContainer = $('<div></div>');
var view = null;
var dropdownContainer = null;
var dropdownAnimationContainer = null;
var closeContainer = $('<div id="CloseContainer" class="k-window-titlebar k-header close-container"></div>');
var isPreventDefault = true;
var currentDropdown = null;
var globalContainerHeight = 0;

// This function checks if its a lumia device with IE browser.
function isIEMobile() {
var regExp = new RegExp("IEMobile", "i");

// This function builds the close container region which will
// be appended above the dropdown container in a mobile small device.
function buildCloseContainer() {
var titleSpan;
var dropDownSelect = Resources.Shared_DropDown_Select;
if (dropDownSelect !== undefined && dropDownSelect !== null && dropDownSelect !== "") {
titleSpan = $('<span class="k-window-title">' + dropDownSelect + '</span>');
} else {
titleSpan = $('<span class="k-window-title"></span>');
var actionDiv = $('<div class="k-window-actions"></div>');
var actionButton = $('<a href="#" class="k-window-action k-link" title="close"></a>');
var span = $('<span role="presentation" class="k-icon k-i-close"></span>');;;;;

// Function to set the selected item in a dropdown in view
// when the dropdown is opened.
function scrollPopup(popup) {
var element =;
var selectedItem =".k-state-selected");
if ( === 0) {

if ("") !== 0) {

// If the selected item is the option label,
// then scroll to the top because that is where the option label is located.
if ("k-list-optionlabel")) {;

var selectedGroup ="ul");
var completeList ="div");
var itemHeight =;
var itemTop = selectedItem[0] + selectedGroup[0] + completeList[0];

// Two pixels are subtracted to compensate for the border.
var scrollHeight = - 2;
var scrollTop =;

// Three pixels are either added or subtracted to compensate for the margin.
if (scrollTop > itemTop) {
scrollTop = itemTop - 3;
} else if (itemTop + itemHeight > scrollTop + scrollHeight) {
scrollTop = itemTop + itemHeight - scrollHeight + 3;

// This function makes the dropdown container appear like a popup.
// The poup height is set dynamically based on number of items.
// The popup height is set to 80% of view port height.
// The popup is centered to the viewport.
function buildResponsiveDropdown(that, e) {
var viewportWidth = $(window);
var viewportHeight = $(window);
var listItem =".k-item");
var listHeight = 0;
// Calculating list height.
if ( !== 0) { (index) {
listHeight +=;
// Account dropdown select item.
var selectItem ='');
// Adding option label height to list height.
if ( !== 0) {
// For account dropdowns.
listHeight = listHeight + + 32;
} else {
var defaultValue =[0];

if (defaultValue == "Please select...") {
// Setting height for dropdown whose option item is Please Select..
listHeight = listHeight + + 18;
else if (defaultValue == "All") {
// Setting height for dropdown whose option item is All.
listHeight = listHeight + + 20;
}else if (defaultValue == "Select a reason...") {
// Setting height for dropdown whose option item is 'Select a reason...'.
listHeight = listHeight + + 20;
} else {
// For dropdowns without option item removing one list item height.
listHeight = listHeight - + 40;
// Setting container height to 80% of viewport height.
var containerHeight = 0.8 * viewportHeight;
// Adding 1 to list length to include option label.
var listLength = + 1;
// 4px margin on top and bottom for each item.
var marginCompensation = listLength * 8;
//var dropDownContainerWidth = $('.k-list-container');
var dropDownContainerWidth = 0.9 * viewportWidth;
listHeight = listHeight + marginCompensation;
if (listHeight < containerHeight) {
containerHeight = listHeight;
// left value to be set for the dropdown container.
var left = ((viewportWidth - dropDownContainerWidth) / 2) - 2;
// Top value to be set for the close container.
var closeContainerTop = (viewportHeight - containerHeight) / 2;
// Top value to be set for the dropdown container. 
// 50px is removed to compensate the height of close container.
var top = (viewportHeight - (containerHeight - 50)) / 2;
$('.k-list-container'){ "top": top + "px", "left": left + "px", "height": (containerHeight), "position": "fixed", "width": "90vw", "max-height": "80vh" });
$('.k-animation-container'){ "top": top + "px", "left": left + "px", "height": (containerHeight), "position": "fixed", "width": "90vw", "max-height": "80vh", "transform": "none" });{ "top": (closeContainerTop + 9) + "px", "left": (left) + "px", "width": ($('.k-list-container') + 6), "display": "block" });

// This function closes the dropdown container.
function RemoveDropdown() {
if (dropdownContainer !== null && dropdownAnimationContainer !== null) {'k-state-border-up');'display', 'none');'display', 'none');
var dropdownWrap = $('.k-dropdown-wrap');'k-state-active k-state-border-down');

// This function removes the dynamically created close container.
function RemoveCloseContainer() {
var closeContainer = $('');
if ( !== 0) { () {

if ( != 0) {'z-index', '1001');;

var overlay = $('');
if ( != 0) {;

// Window resize event to remove js injected styles if browser size is changed.
// This will prevent js injected styles from persisting in desktop browsers.
$(window) () {
if (isBreakpoint('xs')) {
if (dropdownContainer !== null) { (index) {
if (dropdownAnimationContainer !== null) { (index) {

// On click of close button of dropdown popup, removing the popup
// and restoring to default dropdown state.
$('body')'click', '.k-window-action', function (e) {
// This is to stop the page from scrolling to the top when closing the dropdown popup.;

$["DropDownList"], {
// The following is used to set the DropDownList maximum height
// until we get the fixes from Kendo UI Q1 2016 or later.
open: function (e) {
isPreventDefault = true;
var that = this;
var height =;{ "max-height": height + "px" });
// Fix for security questions not being displayed completely.
$(".k-list-container")"div")"height", "auto");

// TODO: Fix the leak where event binding on each open()
// will keep attaching an additional event handler.
// The leak gets cleared up upon navigation to another page."mousedown", function (e) {
isPreventDefault = false;
// Needed to set _prevent because of an IE bug.
if ($("role") === "popup") {
that._prevent = true;
});"focusout", function (e) {
// This part compensates for the workaround above from the IE bug.
if (that._prevent) {
that._prevent = false;
that._open = false;

view =;
if (isBreakpoint('xs')) {
var kendoOverlay = $('.k-overlay');
// When opening dropdown inside a lightbox, setting the z-index of 
// overlay higher than that of lightbox overlay.
if ( != 0) {'z-index', '10003');

animation: false,
close: function (event) {
if (isBreakpoint('xs')) {
if (isPreventDefault) {;
} else {
if (isBreakpoint('xs')) {
popup: {
activate: function(e) {
// Fix for security questions dropdowns not showing all questions.
$(".k-list-container")"div")"height", "auto");


// Responsive dropdown.
if (isBreakpoint('xs')) {
buildResponsiveDropdown(this, e);
dropdownContainer = $('.k-list-container');
dropdownAnimationContainer = $('.k-animation-container');

$["DropDownList"], {
//_select: function (li, t) {
// this._prevent = false;
// var listView =;
// li = this._get(li);
// // Revisit this when we use the filtering features:
// // t || this._state !== "filter" || (!1), this._state = "accept");
// if (li === -1) {
// this._selectValue(null);
// }
// scrollPopup(;
/// <summary>
/// Removes the validation on a change event for dropdownlist if a 
/// new value has been selected.
/// </summary>
_change: function () {
if (isIEMobile()) {
isPreventDefault = false;
if (this._oldIndex != {
var that = this,
change = "change",
index =,
optionValue =,
value =,
var fieldName =[0];
var container ="form")"[data-valmsg-for='" + fieldName + "'],[data-valmsg-for='" + fieldName + "']");

if (container) {"field-validation-valid")"field-validation-error");;"span.k-dropdown-wrap")"k-input-validation-error");

if (that._isSelect && !that._bound && optionValue) {
value = optionValue;

if (value !== that._old) {
trigger = true;
} else if (index !== undefined && index !== that._oldIndex) {
trigger = true;

if (trigger) {
that._old = value;
that._oldIndex = index;;

// trigger the DOM change event so any subscriber gets notified;


and apart from that we have used the file as reference. However that is quite old version 2014. Please tell me how to fix this issue. If you have any workaround or any fix according to my file. I will be very happy and grateful to you.








Pune developer files FIR against partner Xander for destroying evidence


Pune developer files FIR against partner Xander for destroying evidencePune-based developer Kumar Urban Development Pvt Ltd (KUDPL) has filed a first information report (FIR) against partner Xander Investment Management PTE Ltd for allegedly deleting e-mail records in a pending court case.


PMC scam points to the urgent need to massively increase insurance cover to Rs 1 lakh: Report


PMC scam points to the urgent need to massively increase insurance cover to Rs 1 lakh: ReportMumbai: The Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC) scam points to the urgent need to massively increase the depositor insurance cover from the present Rs 1 lakh, says a report. The Deposit Insurance & Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) insures each depositor in a bank up to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh for both principal and interest as on the date of liquidation/cancellation of the affected bank's licence or from the date of amalgamation/merger. Last month, the Reserve Bank had imposed a slew of restrictions on the urban cooperative bank PMC for six months, after finding serious irregularities, including hiding of bad loans to bankrupt real estate developer HDIL.


Siemens: Engineer - Design & Development - Full Stack Developer

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DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Unveils its Redesigned Website

DeSoto EDC looks to capture the attention of Corporate Executives, Site Selectors and Developers with Website Redesign DESOTO, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019 …

Full Stack Web Developer - Button Inc. - Victoria, BC

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Php Developer - Vigor and Acumen Technologies - Karachi

Basic to Intermediate knowledge and experience of Graphic Designing. Urgently require Junior Web Developer. Rs 20,000 - Rs 25,000 a month
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ETL Developer

NJ-Peapack, ETL Developer • Candidate should have both database administration and development (writing SQL, procedures, function, triggers, job scheduling etc.) knowledge • SQL Server Database development experience writing SQL using joins, pivot, date functionality etc. • Writing Stored Procedures, functions, audit triggers etc. • Candidate should work on creating OLAP and OLTP data modeling using ERWIN / a


Parc Esta, formerly known as Eunosville, a HUDC estate that has been the prime residential place along Sims Opportunity as well as Changi Street, under the developer MCL Land, who obtained it in a cumulative purchase going over $750 thousand, in the direction of the end of 2017. The former individuals have gone to an advantage through this, having actually ...

August brand-new residence sales unpleasant surprise with tough showing

Developers moved 1,122 new personal homes in the customarily peaceful month of August, down by simply 4.8 percent coming from the 1,179 systems sold in July, as demand continued to be resilient even with the weak macro-economic environment. Approved website: Parc Clematis Final month’s purchases amounts were enhanced through new launch Parc Clematis and purchases at projects that were launched ...

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Developers are building thousands of single-family homes that won't require a mortgage to move in. Even people who could afford to buy are choosing to rent — they aren't ready for the long-term debt.

PRODUCT DEVELOPER LADIES - Le Chateau Inc - Montréal, QC

Track approval/production samples to maintain the time line calendar. LE CHÂTEAU is currently looking for: Find out what’s unique about a career at LE CHÂTEAU.
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WTF: What's Up With the Long-Defunct Sand Bar Inn?

Conventional wisdom holds that the first three rules for choosing commercial real estate are location, location and location. If that's the case, what's the deal with the old Sand Bar Inn, a long-vacant motel on the west side of the Sandbar Causeway in South Hero? If ever a spot were prime for commercial ka-ching, this highly visible, 3.7-acre waterfront lot on Route 2 would seem to check all the boxes. It offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, its own beach access on Outer Malletts Bay, boat slips directly across the road, and Sand Bar State Park about a mile away. It's close to two large population centers — Chittenden County and Montréal — accessible via Interstate 89, and situated in a year-round vacationers' paradise not yet saturated with lodgings and eateries. Developers would also be pleased to know that the site has all the necessary permits in place, no costly or time-consuming environmental review required, a rarity for lakefront development. And, according to its owners, it wouldn't need to be rezoned to accommodate a new motel, restaurant or residential community. Inexplicably, the Sand Bar Inn's website, last updated in 2007, still advertises cottages, lakefront dining, a marina and special events catering. The site even claims that the inn is currently "closed for renovations," though the only signs of repair on a recent July day were new windows installed at least a decade ago. But except for a weekend-long art installation in July 2018 at the inn, titled "From Away," by Burlington-based Overnight Projects, the dilapidated motel has sat unused and unvisited for 14 years, its paint peeling, its roof missing shingles and holes gaping in the siding. "I'm flabbergasted that no one has stepped up and tried to make a run at this property," said Yves Bradley, vice president of commercial brokerage at Pomerleau Real Estate in Burlington, which currently lists the property for sale at $795,000. "But it'll happen." The last decade notwithstanding, Bradley's optimism seems warranted. For nearly a century, the Sand Bar Inn was a popular restaurant and overnight spot for visitors to Grand Isle before it closed for good in 2005. Teresa Robinson, a retired history teacher and former president of the South Hero Historical Society, confirmed via email that the inn was built in 1900 by Benajah Phelps, a toll keeper who collected fares on Sandbar Bridge, a predecessor…

Java Full Stack Developer - Boson Solutions - Charlotte, NC

Axius Technologies is a leading multimillion $ Global Talent Development Corporation, building skilled manpower pool for global industry requirements.
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Hacking Democracy


Originally posted on:

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a documentary on HBO called Hacking Democracy.  As software developersbg, we all know there are tons of crappy software out there.  I could not believe how terrible the supposedly “high tech” and “top secret” voting machine software actually is.  You do not have to be geeky to understand the documentary.  Check it out, if you have not seen it.

Ruby on Rails Migration


Originally posted on:

Recently I decided to check out the beta version of Agile Web Development with Rails book, which is targeted to be released this fall.  It is very interesting that the authors also brought agility into book writing.  It allows readers to provide feedback to new material during the development of the book.  I am also glad to see that the migration part of the framework has become a big part of the book, even having a separate chapter dedicated to it.  It uses migration instead of DDL in the entire demo application.  Besides the migration, there are many significant updates to various parts of the book. But in this post, I will focus mostly on the migration tool.

The migration tool is targeting Rails applications, but it can also be useful outside the Rails world.  There are some people out there already (includes us, here is my old post on it) experimenting using Rails migration as "Enterprise glue" to maintain database schemas.  I hope the final release version of the book will have something on this topic.

I will outline the basics of rails migration below for those are not familiar with it.

What is Ruby on Rails Migration?

At the most simple level, it allows developers to change the database schema as the application requires it in a simple and easy manner.  Instead of writing DDL scripts, you use Ruby as a DSL (domain specific language) to describe what the schema should look like when the changes are required.

Why use it?

The migration tool allows developers to upgrade or downgrade a schema version without loosing data (of course, if you drop stuff it will be lost).  Sure, you can write DDL that does the same thing for you (sort of, but not really without some external tooling), but it will take a lot more effort especially when you are supporting more than one database.  In theory, the migration script you write for one database should work on other databases as long as the operation is supported (currently, it supports all major databases including open source alternatives).  I said in theory because not all databases behave exactly the same way for a given operation. There might be some minor differences, but that's for another post.  If you need to extend or change the existing migration functionality, it is usually very easy to do so.

How does it work?

You basically write a Ruby class that inherits from ActiveRecord::Migration to describe what needs to be accomplished.  There are only two methods you need to write, up and down.  Up method will be called during an upgrade, and down method for downgrading.

class AddTable < ActiveRecord::Migration
    create_table :cars do |t| :model,       :string :year,          :int :make,        :string :comments, :text
    drop_table :cars

In this trivial example, it creates a cars table with model, year, make, and comments columns.  One interesting thing to note about model and make columns are both string type.  This is not DDL we are working with.  Migration uses Ruby classes to encapsulate the internal database types in order to abstract out the databases.  Depending on what type of database you are using, string type might vary, but it tends to be pretty consistant across different databases.  In the down method, it just does exactly the opposite, as if the script has never been run.

On the command line, if you run “rake db:migrate”, your database will be upgraded to the latest version.  In this case, the cars table will be added.  Each migration script will have a 3 digit number in the start of the file name which represents the schema version of the script.  That same version number is also stored in the database you are using.  That is how migration knows which script to run during an upgrade or downgrade.  Using the example above, the file name would look something like the following:

Lets say you are currently on version four but you need to roll back to version one, you can run the following command:

rake db:migration VERSION=1

Migration supports most of the operations you would need to perform on the daily basis.  But if you need to do something it does not support you can always execute DDL in your migration script.

One of the really cool things about using Ruby as a DSL is that you have the power of a real programming language to create your migration scripts. This comes in really handy when you need to create test data.

I only scratched the surface on the stuff I covered on Rails migration.  I would encourage anyone that is interested to read the Rails book.


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We finally moved into our highly anticipated new office space.  It was designed to be friendly with plenty of white boards and space to move around.  The whole back wall in our development area can be used as a white board, so we no longer have to erase our designs until they are no longer needed.  In our old office, all the developers were packed into a small area, so there was no room for the product team.  Now the product team is located behind the development team,which makes it easier to communicate with each other.


Senior Unity Developer - Twenty Billion Neurons GmbH - Toronto, ON

TwentyBN creates the world's first human-like A.I. In this role, you will be responsible for developing the Unity app on iOS, building screens, transitions,…
From Twenty Billion Neurons GmbH - Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:32:02 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs

Angular Developer

Company: Maximus Canada

Radar trends to watch: October 2019

Open source and activism trends A new kind of developer activism is emerging: “open source” licenses that restrict how the software can be used—i.e., not by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the military. By archiving two of his projects on GitHub because Chef has a contract with ICE, developer Seth Vargo has lit […]

Drupal Developer

VA-Arlington, Job Description: Mastech Digital provides digital and mainstream technology staff as well as Digital Transformation Services for leading American Corporations. We are currently seeking a Drupal Developer for our client in the Federal domain. We value our professionals, providing comprehensive benefits, exciting challenges, and the opportunity for growth. This is a Contract position and the client

ServiceNow Developer (Remote)

Telecommute/home-based, US Citizens ONLY Per the Architect- Right now on the account most developers that we need require the same skillset: custom dev, scope apps, and Service Portal/Angular. Top 3 Skills & Minimum Year's of Experience for each (What are the first three things you will look for on a resume?) 1. ServiceNow Solutioning and architecture experience (Minimum 3+ years) 2. ServiceNow Development using javascri

Comment on Example: Construction contracts under IFRS 15 by Salim

Need an opinion on this following case: A real estate developer obtains a piece of land from a land owner to construct a 10 storied building in this land that will be fully rented to 3rd parties. After completion of the building in 3 years of time the real estate company will hand over the entire building to the land owner and will receive the right to obtain 50% of the rents from the whole building for a period of 10 years. Account for the revenue recognition in the above case according to appropriate IFRS with relevant reference from IFRS.

UPDATE - Arch Therapeutics Provides Corporate Update at the 2nd Annual LD Micro Big Apple Conference in Manhattan, NY Other OTC:ARTH

(MENAFN - GlobeNewsWire - Nasdaq) FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct.07, 2019(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arch Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: ARTH) ("Arch" or the "Company"), developer of novel liquid, gel...

Full-Stack Java Server Side Developer/Single Page Application User Interface (SPA UI) Developer

OR-Remote, The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms who are designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-Owned and fall into the respective categories of standard Small Business, 8(a) certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and HUBZone. The FOCs includes Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kūpono Government Servi

Web Application Developer (Immediate Hiring in Los Angeles, CA)

CA-Los angeles, Web Application Developer Los Angeles, CA 6+ months W-2 Contract Scope of Work Design and develop web applications to help manage diverse Housing programs Integrate out-of-the-box applications with our in-house software systems Main Line and provide production support for Housing systems Perform in-depth business and data analysis Design and develop canned ad-hoc reports Set up, configure and depl

Playrix: The Russian Mobile Game Developers That Became Billionaires

A couple of decades ago Igor Bukhman and his younger brother Dmitry Bukhman decided to […] More

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Business Process optimization platform (Budget: ₹500000 - ₹1000000 INR, Jobs: Mobile App Development)

River City Girls Review


Developers Wayforward has teamed up with Arc System Works to bring us another title in the River City Ransom franchise of games. Enter River City Girls. The game which is a continuation of River City Ransom focuses on Kyoko and Misako as they try to rescue their boyfriends Kunio and Riki from kidnappers. The game…

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The Creature in the well Review


Creature in the Well is a top down, pinball inspired dungeon crawler by developer Flight School. You play as a BOT-C unit, the last of its kind. Your mission is to restore power to an ancient weather facility to free the city of Mirage from a deadly sandstorm. However you are not alone in the…

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Greedfall Review


After the somewhat unremarkable release of The Technomancer, developers Spiders had to come up with a new concept to revitalise their studio. Following similar design principles and mechanics, GreedFall was born as a colonial and native intrigue plot, surrounded by magic, gods and diseases. Seeing a weird combination of Dragon Age 2, Inquisition and The…

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Phase 2 Study of Bermekimab in Treating Scleroderma Enrolls 1st Patient


clinical trial enrollingThe first person has been enrolled in a clinical trial evaluating the investigational therapy bermekimab in adults with scleroderma, XBiotech, the developer of bermekimab, announced. Although the cause of scleroderma is unknown, the disease is thought to be at least partly driven by abnormally high levels of an inflammatory signaling molecule called interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1⍺). IL-1⍺ […]

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Jawatan Kosong di Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) – 27 Oktober 2019


Jawatan Kosong di Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) – 27 Oktober 2019 - Credit To :

Pemohon daripada warganegara Malaysia yang berminat dan memenuhi semua syarat-syarat serta kriteria yang telah ditetapkan dijemput untuk membuat permohonan jawatan kosong di Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) sebagai :


jawatan kosong Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) 2018

Tarikh tutup permohonan : 27 Oktober 2019
Lokasi : Pelbagai Negeri
Sektor : Kerajaan

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Nathan Wolf: Noodlings | Building and Converting


This is my fifth noodling and I did cut a few things. I will be playing with the length but this is about 13 minutes of my nonsense to chip tunes.

The 5th noodling installment can be found here

Commodore 64 IRC Success

I was able to get my Commodore 64 under its own power to access the IRC chat rooms, specifically the BigDaddyLinuxLive room where I was able to chat with such folks as Bill, Popey, Chris and another Allen. It is very satisfying experience. More on that here:

Commodore 64 on the Internet | IRC

Tech in the Courtroom

I recently had jury duty and the courthouse in my small-ish community, Windows 7 which is near end of life. For each bit of evidence, they used CDs and DVDs to store each individual item as evidence.

Building a Computer

I am building a computer for the first time in a very long time. I want to do it on a budget. I received some components at no cost to me, the case and motherboard so that drove the purchasing of the rest of the products.

Motherboard MSI 970A-G43


Memory, 32 GiB DDR3 1866MHz

Video Card RX570

Storage 6x 2-TiB drives

1000 Watt Power Supply

Rather large case

All for about $350.00

More on this in the future.

Acer AspireOne Netbooks

Recently Set up two AspireOne Notebooks with openSUSE Tumbleweed using the Xfce environment. Initially one had had 1 GiB of RAM but an SSD, the other with 2 GiB of RAM and a slightly faster CPU but with a traditional hard drive.

Making Meringue from Egg Whites

Told after the fact two points of advice, whip the egg whites before you add the sugar, contrary to the directions and questioning whether or not there was any amount of egg yolk.

BDLL Follow Up

Manjaro is the current Distro Challenge… It’s Arch based so…

Eric Adams talked about how people can get “bug apathy” when they experience a problem on Linux or other open source software. know that I am guilty of that.

Bug reporting is something we Linux or free and open source software users should do. The vast majority of the software I don’t pay for, it’s open source and I believe that I have a social contract with these developers and maintainers to either help with the project or donate to it.

BigDaddyLinuxLive | 28 Sep 2019

openSUSE Corner

Tumbleweed Snapshots 20190920 20190921 20190918

PulseAudio 13.0 arrived which improved initial card profile selection for ALSA and improved 5.1 surround audio when set up.

LibreOffice package received some stability tweaks and addressed two CVEs

Bash has been updated from 5.0 to 5.0.11 wich includes a minor update to bash to change POSIX mode behavior.

The Mesa 3D graphics library was updated to 19.1.7 wich fixed a Kwin compositor crash as well as cleaned up a few other bugs

The Python development tool Swig 4.0.1 added Python 3.8 support and fixed some regressions that were introduced in the 4.0.0 major release.

Plymouth added a time delay of 8 seconds to fit an AMD graphics card for graphical boot animation.

Mozilla Thunderbird was updated to 68.1.0 which eliminated some bugs, one of which is a CVE-2019-11739 that allowed for a Covert Content Attack on S/MIME encryption.

The file searching utility, Catfish 1.4.10, added some new features and cosmetically improved the application menu to make better use of space, padding and margins.

The snapshot reviewer gives a score for 20190918 of 90 for moderately stable; 20190920 a score of a stable 95 and 20190921 a stable 97.

Co-Conference Logo Competition for 2020

LibreOffice and openSUSE communities are having a joint conference next year in Nuremburg, German. For this special conference, they are having a logo competition. A logo is believed essential for the conference and they want to visualize both communities during this co-conference. LibreOffice will celebrate its 10-year anniversary and openSUSE will celebrate its 15-year anniversary during the conference.

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Election Committee Set to Open Vote on Project Name

There have been discussions about the “openSUSE Project logo & name change” that started in June 2019 on the openSUSE Project mailing list. The Election Committee received a request from the Board to conduct a vote whereby openSUSE members can indicate whether they are for or against the project name change.

The voting will start on Oct. 10 and end on Oct. 31, which will provide three weeks for members to vote. The result will be announced on Nov. 1.

The voting exercise is limited to openSUSE members only.


Apple appears to plan ARKit for the rest of us


Apple has put a lot of energy into the development of ARKit since it launched the software with iOS 11, and its confirmed purchase of little-known UK developer IKinema hints the company has plans for much more.

What Apple has done?

Apple quietly acquired IKinema, a company that develops software for motion capture, games and VR. Its solutions were already capable of creating characters that moved fluidly and could be used to create immersive environments in virtual space.

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Trying to resist judging Catalyst by the initial apps out with Catalina today. Most developers were surprised by Catalina shipping so soon, and porting apps is more difficult than “checking a single box in Xcode”. In 6 months we’ll have a better idea.


Financial Institutions...In the News

Consumer Data Industry Association files complaint against the State of Maine over two recently enacted laws.  (BDN 10.2.2019) Doors officially open October 8th at 1 PM at Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union serving farmers and food producers.  (Waldo Village Soup 10.1.2019) House passes the Secure and Fair Enforcement “SAFE” Banking Act allowing banks to serve licensed marijuana businesses.  (News Center Maine 9.26.19) Infinity Federal Credit Union decides to not merge with Vibrant Credit Union of Illinois.  (Mainebiz 9.25.19) Camden National Plaza development will become home to the new Camden National Bank.  (BDN 9.18.19) Changing Seasons Federal Credit Union announced Rob Picard as its new President and CEO.  (Mainebiz 9.18.19) A free mobile banking app known as Wallit is being developed by a Portland developer.  (Mainebiz 9.16.19) Maine AG Aaron Frey joins in federal lawsuit against the SEC’s Best Interest…

Developer of HildaCrypt ransomware releases decryption keys for free

Ransomware is a pervasive problem, and for victims it can be difficult to know whether paying up will help them to regain access to their maliciously encrypted files. So when ransomware decryption keys are released free of charge, it's always good news -- and this is exactly what has happened for HildaCrypt. The developer of this particular strain of ransomware has released the decryption keys after a security researcher shared detailed of what was initially thought to be a new type of ransomware. See also: The top vulnerabilities in enterprise ransomware attacks New open source tool helps prevent brute force… [Continue Reading]

Mick Gatto called in after property developer Steller Group goes bust owing investors millions, court documents say

Melbourne underworld figure Mick Gatto was retained by at least one investor to help recover money from the messy collapse of a major property developer that left investors owed millions of dollars, according to court documents.

Clash over low payments to council over Monty Smith garage flats

A BLOCK of 21 flats to be built on a main route into Penarth has been approved – despite the developer having to pay only some of the financial contributions asked for.

C# Software Developer – Custom Solutions - Genetec - Montréal, QC

Excellent knowledge of Windows Server 2003/2008, XP, Vista and Windows 7 and 8. The Software Development Kit (SDK) is used to develop custom applications that…
From Genetec - Fri, 08 Mar 2019 21:28:09 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs

Business Intelligence Developer - ECB Engineering Firm - Sevilla, España

Estamos buscando un perfil especializado en Business Intelligence para uno de nuestros clientes, empresa de origen estadounidense orientada a relaciones B2B dentro del sector turismo. Te encargarías de: Diseñar y desarrollar informes y análisis para las decisiones clave del negocio. Impulsar la estrategia y el diseño de un modelo de BI escalable. Establecer las mejores prácticas y estándares para la definición de datos, estructuras de tablas, ejecución y métodos de análisis. ...

Pekný 4i byt, mezonet, novostavba, Octopus, Mraziarenská ulica,Ružinov

Cena: 750 EUR/mesiac
Ponúkame na prenájom pekný, priestranný, kompletne zariadený mezonetový 4-izbový byt s loggiou, garážovým parkovacím miestom a pivničnou kobkou v novostavbe vo vyhľadávanej lokalite na rohu Mraziarenskej a Záhradnickej ulice v mestskej časti Ružinov. Podlahová plocha bytu predstavuje 115 m2 vrátane loggie. Byt je v osobnom vlastníctve. Byt sa nachádza na 4 poschodí v 9 - poschodovej novostavbe s výťahom. V okolí kompletná občianska vybavenosť. Byt sa prenajíma kompletne zariadený s kuchynskou linkou na mieru: s elektrickou varnou doskou a elektrickou rúrou na pečenie, so zabudovanou chladničkou s mrazničkou, mikrovlnnou rúrou, jedálenským stolom, práčkou, šatníkovou skriňou na chodbe a v spálňach. V byte sa nachádza obývačka a tri spálne. Obývačka je vybavená sedacou súpravou, konferenčným stolíkom, obývačkovou zostavou a TV. V Kúpeľni sa nachádza vaňa, umývadlo, zrkadlo a odkladacia polička. V spálňach sú pripravené postele. Dispozičné riešenie bytu: chodba, obývacia izba s kuchyňou, 3 krát nepriechodná spálňa, kúpeľňa, toaleta. V bytu prislúcha garážové parkovacie miesto. Bytový dom sa nachádza vo vyhľadávanej lokalite v miestnej časti Ružinov. Netradičné sú recepcie pri vstupoch do objektu, drevené mostíky v záhrade, farebne koncipované celopresklené loggie ako i zaujímavý architektonický detail – ľahké kovové visuté lavičky so sklenými zábradliami spájajúce niektoré hmoty objektu. Navyše, projekt OCTOPUS HABITAT sa radí k tým zriedkavým na území hlavného mesta, kde namiesto ukrojenia z verejnej zelene developer na mieste opustenej a nefunkčnej fabriky postavil pre ľudí bývanie, s porciou zelene navyše. V blízkosti bytového domu sa nachádzajú obchody a služby rôzneho zamerania: obchod s potravinami, lekáreň, reštaurácie, banky, školy, škôlky, fitko, zimný štadion Vladimíra Dzurillu, Štrkovecké jazero. Pri dome zástavky MHD – autobusy. Bytová jednotka je vybavená 24 hodinovou recepciou a strážnou službou. Veľmi príjemné bývanie. Byt je voľný okamžite s možnosťou obhliadky ihneď. Mesačný prenájom predstavuje 750 € + 300 € energie vrátane poplatkov za TV, internet a parking. Kontakt: 0948 902 505 Email:

III ETAPA rodinných domov v Rovinke v predaji - 4 izbové rodinné domy

Cena: 139.000 EUR
Ponúkame na predaj 4 izbové moderné rodinné domy v dvoch variantoch - poschodový alebo bungalov. Každý rodinný dom má vlastný pozemok, rovnako tak každá jednotka má vlastné parkovanie. Domy sú postavené z tehly, s rovnou strechou, plastové okná s izolačným trojsklom, elektrický kotol na ohrev TÚV. V celom dome je podlahové kúrenie. Domy sú zateplené. Výmera poschodového domu je 91m2. Výmera prízemného domu je 94m2. Pozemky sú v rozmeroch od 161m2 do 329m2. Domy je možné zakúpiť vo vyhotovení HOLODOM za cenu od 139 000 eur V prevedení ŠTANDARD sú ceny od 149 000 eur ŠTANDARD obsahuje: - Laminátová podlaha v izbách a v kuchyni - 1 x umývadlo v kúpelni - 1x umývadlo vo wc, - Plastová vaňa - 2 x wc - interiérové dvere - Dlažba v chodbe, wc a v kúpeľni - Obklady v kúpeľni a wc - Parkovacie miesta zo zámkovej dlažby a terasa * štandard neobsahuje kuchynskú linku. Kolaudácia domu je plánovaná na koniec roku 2019. V lokalite je plánovaná výstavba novej materskej škôlky. Výstavba sa nachádza v kompletne vybavenej časti obce. Nové nákupné centrum, čerpacia stanica, samostatná križovatka pre pohodlný výjazd z lokality a tesná blízkosť hrádze. Celý projekt realizuje renovovaný developer, ktorý realizoval výstavby v priľahlých obciach napr. Bernolákovo, Hamuliakovo, Malinovo a pod. Pri záujme o kúpu sa skladá rezervačný poplatok v sume 3000 eur. Ostatné prostriedky sú hradené až po dokončení domu/kolaudácii. Možnosť financovania pomocou hypotekárneho úveru, ktorý Vám radi sprostredkujeme. V prípade záujmu o bližšie informácie nás neváhajte kontaktovať. je možné vidieť hotový dom.

4 izbové rodinné domy v obci Bernolákovo, oplotenie a terasa v cene!

Cena: 125.000 EUR
Ponúkame na predaj 4 izbové rodinné domy v novej lokalite Bernolákova - Bažantnica. Domy sú súčasťou radovej výstavby, o výmere 96,61m2 + terasy a parkovanie zo zámkovej dlažby. Výmera pozemkov od 297m2 do 593m2. Príjemná a moderná dispozícia domov: vstupná chodba, 3 samostatná izba, samostatné WC, kúpeľňa so sprchovým kútom, vaňou a druhým WC, špajza, obývacia izba spojená s kuchyňou, z ktorej je vstup na terasu. Domy sú postavené z tehly, zateplené, okná sú s izolačným trojsklom, plynový kotol na ohrev vody a kúrenie. Pred domom je vstup a parkovanie zo zámkovej dlažby, terasa a oplotenie. Domy je možné kúpiť vo vyhotovení HOLODOM od 125 000 eur. Obsahuje v cene terasu, oplotenie a parkovanie V prevedení ŠTANDARD - od 133 000 eur. ŠTANDARD obsahuje: - dlažbu a obklad - sanitu - dvere a zárubne - laminátové podlahy * štandard neobsahuje kuchynskú linku Dokončenie a kolaudácia sú plánované na január 2020. Výstavbu realizuje skúsený developer, ktorý má za sebou úspešné projekty v Bernolákove (Poľná ul., Poľovnícká a ďalšie). Realizoval výstavby v Rovinke, Hamuliakove a okolí. V prípade zájmu o kúpu domu sa skladá len rezervačný poplatok vo výške 3 000 eur. Domy je možné vidieť v stave výstavby. V prípade otázok nás neváhajte kontaktovať!

LXer: Athenaeum, the FOSS game launcher and updater has a big new release

Published at LXer: Athenaeum, which is described as a "libre replacement for Steam" by the developer just recently had a big new release out. Read More......

LXer: 7 Java tips for new developers

Published at LXer: Java is a versatile programming language used, in some way, in nearly every industry that touches a computer. Java[he]#039[/he]s greatest power is that it runs in a Java Virtual...

LXer: Surprise! Copying crummy code from Stack Overflow leads to vulnerable GitHub jobs

Published at LXer: Boffins find sharing snippets of code has a downside. Among those learning how to program, and some more experienced software developers, it's common practice to copy and paste...

LXer: Watch: Ubuntu Touch Running on the PinePhone Open Source Linux Smartphone

Published at LXer: UBports developer Marius Gripsgard has shared today on Twitter what it appears to be another groundbreaking move for the Ubuntu Touch project. Read More......

Android Developer - eHealth Innovation @ UHN - Toronto, ON

We are searching for passionate Intermediate or Senior Android Lead Developers to drive the development of medical apps for healthcare users. $75,000 - $85,000 a year
From Indeed - Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:27:02 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs

C# .Net Developer - Jonah Group - Toronto, ON

Our solutions range across areas like Capital Markets, auto finance, eHealth, education, governmental, and pension initiatives (to name a few).
From Jonah Group - Wed, 25 Sep 2019 16:52:23 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs

C# .Net Developer - The Jonah Group - Toronto, ON

Our solutions range across areas like Capital Markets, auto finance, eHealth, education, governmental, and pension initiatives (to name a few).
From The Jonah Group - Thu, 24 Jan 2019 23:51:04 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs

Full Stack Developer - NannyLane - CareGuide Inc - Toronto, ON

CareGuide is one of Canada’s fastest growing startups. We make it easier for families and individuals to find care for their loved ones through a portfolio of…
From CareGuide Inc - Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:09:09 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs

Backend Developer - CareGuide Inc - Toronto, ON

CareGuide is one of Canada’s fastest growing startups. We make it easier for families and individuals to find care for their loved ones through a portfolio of…
From CareGuide Inc - Thu, 23 May 2019 12:09:30 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs

Accounting Associate - Multifamily Capital Markets

MA-Boston, Newmark Knight Frank (NKF), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMRK), is one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms. We provide a fully integrated platform of services to prominent multinational corporations and institutional investors across the globe, as well as to occupiers, owners and developers of real estate on a local, regional and national level. Together with L

Software Development Engineer - Lexicore - Secunderabad, Telangana

Includes experienced software engineers in India that attended the top schools like IIT and worked as developers for the best companies like Google, Microsoft,…
From Indeed - Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:21:54 GMT - View all Secunderabad, Telangana jobs

Technical Lead (.Net) - FocusPrism Pvt Ltd - Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana

Experience in working on projects with Amazon Web Services. Looking for a .Net Lead Developer for Focus Prism located in T-Hub, Gachibowli, Hyderabad. ₹10,00,000 - ₹20,00,000 a year
From Indeed - Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:13:45 GMT - View all Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana jobs

AWS developer - 4 to 6 years - Hyderabad - Capgemini - Hyderabad, Telangana

Development Experience in Design Build and Test of data solutions Amazon AWS Kinesis and DynamoDB GDPR compliance Data processing applications.
From Capgemini - Mon, 09 Sep 2019 06:58:48 GMT - View all Hyderabad, Telangana jobs

Full Stack Developer (Node.js) - Zobaze - Hyderabad, Telangana

Should have an idea on Google Cloud Functions or Amazon Lamda. Work closely with founders on building product. Good Experience in Node JS.
From Instahyre - Sat, 05 Oct 2019 05:19:43 GMT - View all Hyderabad, Telangana jobs

RocketCake for Windows 3.1


RocketCake is a free WYSIWYG web editor for creating responsive websites. It is for beginners and professional web developers. No programming needed. Edit the website as it appears on your device. Switch at any time to view and editor it as on any other tablet, PC or mobile. No need to learn any HTML or CSS. Just click, drag'n'drop or type. But of course, you are still free to mix in your own code, if you like.


RocketCake for Mac OS X 3.1


RocketCake is a free WYSIWYG web editor for creating responsive websites. It is for beginners and professional web developers. No programming needed. Edit the website as it appears on your device. Switch at any time to view and editor it as on any other tablet, PC or mobile. No need to learn any HTML or CSS. Just click, drag'n'drop or type. But of course, you are still free to mix in your own code, if you like.


Grumpy McGrumpface: Dawkins on Brexit, democracy and God

Here is part of Professor Dawkins' "Diary" in this week's Spectator magazine:

I hate the very idea of a referendum. Referendums are capable of naming a ship ‘Boaty McBoatface’. We are a parliamentary democracy. We vote for representatives who have the time (and salary) to examine complicated economic and political issues thoroughly and give an informed vote. Nevertheless, having got into this mess through David Cameron’s cowardly folly, the only way out is another referendum. If Leave wins again, we should accept it with good grace and make the best of it. But it’s hard to imagine that Leave could possibly win again, now that we know — as we did not in 2016 — what Leave really means. A connoisseur, too, of religious faith, I detect it in the fanatical zeal of Brexiteers: those for whom the 2016 vote has become unchangeable holy writ; those who are prepared to force Brexit through at any price, even if the price is the obvious and undeniable disaster of no deal. Boris Johnson’s bullying, threatening bluster, when he should be apologising if not resigning, may betoken cynical ambition, but the ill-mannered cheering-on by his barmy supporters surely stems from blind faith.

The kitten of his argument is eaten alive with polemical fleas. Washing these off, we see that he says referendums sometimes give answers that those in charge don't like, which is true, but trite; and that we should have a second referendum because Leavers didn't know what they were voting for the first time, which is not trite and not true.

If anything, during the pre-vote campaign the Leave-inclined public had an unduly bleak picture of economic consequences painted for them by the PM, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Governor of the Bank of England, CBI and all the other panjandrums riding Tom Pearce's grey mare towards Widecombe Fair and their downfall.

One could also argue that Remain-inclined voters were insufficiently informed of the likely consequences of staying in the EU: the military buildup, the legal seizure of control over UK Armed Forces, the aspiration to Empire, the dangerous fiscal imbalances in the Eurozone, the growing regional inequalities that are feeding social unrest, the threat to the UK's Welfare State of unlimited Schengen "free movement of people." Professor Dawkins may find it hard to imagine Leave winning again, but his view is coloured by the knowitall Oxford milieu in which he lives, and which prevents him from understanding - perhaps he has never even met them - the "fanatical", "barmy" and "blind" majority of his fellow subjects.

You may also care to de-flea his preceding paragraph, which is equally tendentious and oratorical:

I would normally not mention Brexit in a diary such as this. But the humiliation of our sick-joke Prime Minister has dominated the week and cannot be avoided. I expected a good verdict from the Supreme Court, but its unanimity and decisiveness had me whooping and thumping the table with joy. It really deserved a standing ovation and I sensed one rising up from decent people all over the country. Whether you voted Leave or Remain, you are surely revolted by the unashamed manipulation of the Queen for partisan political ends. Ends, moreover, that have no sensible connection to ‘the will of the people’. For when ‘the people’ expressed their will in 2016, ‘Leave’ most certainly did not mean ‘Leave with no deal’. It meant, as we were repeatedly assured, an orderly and amicable separation.

One reason he will have been given this space to air his views is that he has just brought out another theological tome, "Outgrowing God." The review in Private Eye magazine (issue 1506, p.36) is unsympathetic and identifies, I think correctly, a weakness in him: an inablity to appreciate alternative points of view. He seems to be the sort of person who "knows what he knows" and that is not a quality to make the best sort of university teacher, I should have thought.

But then the professorship he held from 1995 to 2008 was not for scientific research and teaching per se - though he is a highly distinguished geneticist evolutionary biologist (corrected - please see Bruce Charlton's comment below). The chair of "Public Understanding of Science" was created specifically for him by the billionaire Microsoft applications developer Charles Simonyi, who will not have been unaware of Dawkins' views on religion. Dawkins was given a position that required him to communicate with the public; though under the circumstances, one wonders what is the gist of the messages Simonyi wished him to convey.

In any case, such is the Professor's "fanatical zeal" that he is in danger of undermining his own credibility. Philosopher and Christian Peter Williams says "far from being a disinterested advocate of truth, Dawkins spends his time preaching the gospel of atheism using a raft of fallacious arguments dressed up in an obscuring cloak of science" and gives examples of Dawkins' logical weaknesses here:

Returning to "Outgrowing God": the Private Eye reviewer says

... Worse still is the book's lack of empathy. There is no acknowledgement, let alone understanding, of the fact that, for some young people, science and reason may not offer the same degree of emotional comfort provided by the notion of God and, what's more, this does not necessarily make these individuals wankers. [...] There remains a coldness at the heart of Dawkins' writing that is as self-defeating as it is wearing.

I am sure that when discussing matters within his scientific field Dawkins makes perfect sense. But he may be blind to science's - and his own - limitations.

The philosopher AJ Ayer used to maintain that meaningful statements were only about what could be proved, a position from which he resiled later on. I suggest that one of the unprovable ones is Leibniz's question; "Why is there something rather than nothing?"

It seems to me that any scientific attempt to explain the origin of the Universe can only refer to things we observe in the Universe itself - time, space, matter, energy - and so the explanation will be circular. If the universe had a beginning, we cannot know how it started, even theoretically (references to a multiverse merely raise the question of how that started.) Alternatively, if there was no start, the brute fact of the Universe's existence is equally enigmatic.

I accept that by itself this conundrum goes nowhere near justifying all the tenets of religious dogmas; but I think Professor Dawkins should temper his assertions with a little humility and empathic understanding. He lays about him insensitively, like someone playing Blind-Man's-Buff.


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I applaud the developer. On a personal level, I will not use iOS, nor even consider iOS as a viable consumer option, until Apple ceases to be "sole arbiter of all things" on the device I purportedly own. I have owned four iOS devices in the past and used to always cross shop Apple devices, even if I sometimes ultimately went with a non Apple device, but I quickly grew weary of the iOS walled garden. I have so many devices on their second, or third, or even fourth life, precisely because I could manage what could be installed on the device. My iOS devices were comparatively disposable, even though they sometimes had longer official support windows, once the hammer drops, app support can quickly dry up. I have the same experience with routers, computers, etc, my non Apple stuff could move to different roles much easier than my comparatively "well supported" Apple devices. It is what it is.

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@Daniël Is this not the point? Apple makes changes to cripple how apps can be bought, upgraded, and installed, developers feel the crunch, they push back with extortionate (not always, but I am salty today) subscription rates, and now customers are feuding with developers. Noticed who escapes blame more often than not? Apple, i.e. the creators of the problem who just happen to benefit from extortionate subscription rates as it brings in steady, monthly income. I am salty. Subs are fine, they have their place, but not every app needs to be a sub. Walled garden strikes again. Boo. P.s. @David Barnard is an advocate for this process because the company he works for sells a product that reports itself as: <blockquote>We handle the pain points of in-app purchases, so you can get back to building your app. </blockquote> He's hardly an unbiased participate here.

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Subscriptions are a tough call. I tried a decibel-level app that wanted $4/month to access some features and remove ads. That struck me as completely disconnected from reality. That’s more than half as much as Disney’s new streaming service. On the other hand, I gladly subscribe to apps I use a lot that have a server component, Overcast, NewsBlur, and AnyList. To me, there’s a clear line here between providing functionality and continued development and just trying to extract as much money as possible. But a lot of people see all subscriptions as the latter. I hope there are enough people like me to keep indie developers going and provide them with a more stable income.

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*Since most subscription apps have free trials, and many even have ad supported free tiers, people can try multiple apps and then only pay for the one they actually use.* I am not sure if this is a fair argument, since paid apps used to have trials as well. Apps with trials used to work the same way. You'd evaluate several apps for a week or two and then give your money to a single developer. To this specific point, the problems does not seem to be pay-once apps, but that the App store has made trials for paid applications much more difficult. *I don’t think most people realize how much most indie developers sacrifice to keep the lights on. In 11 years, I’ve probably only been cash flow positive 48 months. With paid apps, I’d build up a war chest with a big launch/update/sale, then spend it down working on the next.* Paid purchases were favorable to users, subscriptions are favorable to developers. I think many users will only put up with so many subscriptions. Developers who were early might benefit from them, but with each apps costing a couple of bucks per month, I think a lot of folks will stop adding new apps once they have $20-30 monthly subscriptions or so (after 5 apps or so). So, I think the value of subscriptions to developers will be diminishing as the market gets saturated in this manner.

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Oh sorry, I was replying to Ryan who asked if there were any apps with less than $10/year subscriptions. I only subscribe to Carrot because I get a bit of extra weather data and it's only $3/year. I'm not sure what the solution is. I know I should be paying more for apps that are regularly updated by indie developers, but on the other hand many subscriptions are just too costly. When I have an app that I paid $5 for 2 years ago and I've gotten updates for it that whole time, that seems like a good deal. But then the developer suddenly wants to charge $4.99/MONTH for the same app? Get lost. My personal limit seems to be about $5/year. Anything more than that, unless it's a very polished and complicated app that does a LOT, seems like too much money. And many apps I don't use every day, maybe only once or twice a week, which makes it even more difficult to justify. I personally think the solution is for developers to figure out an initial flat price that works for them and just charge for updates for every new iOS release (assuming the developer is taking advantage of new OS features and not just tweaking a few things to make it not crash or whatever) or charge for updates when the app is completely rewritten. Then every new major OS release I (as the customer) can reevaluate how important that app is for me, and whether I should pay for it again. It seems like it would keep developers on the ball too, if they know they have to earn a new paycheck every time there's a new OS release coming.

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Dominique Raccah on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Publishing

Dominique Raccah, awarding-winning Publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks, presented the 2019 Jim Douglas Lecturer on September 25, 2019 @ SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC. I had the good fortune of attending her talk and interviewing her the following day. This is my recap. Dominique founded Sourcebooks from her home in 1987. Originally a source of financial information for bankers, Dominique has lead a continuously growing, pioneering general book publishing house that happily produces everything from adult and teen fiction, to top titles in children’s books, to baby names and college guides. Sourcebooks' mandate is to publish authors, not books. Where most publishers buy 1-2 books then drop and author or the author moves publishers, Sourcebooks rarely buys only 1 book from an author. They want to work with authors who are building a career over time. 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If a book has a 20-30% probability of success, then all the small data-driven decisions can increase the probability of success. The Amy Knapp family organizer is a prime example of how Sourcebooks' publishes. They started with exploratory research to determine how busy moms were using family organizers and calendars. This audience wanted a wall calendar. They needed a version for on the go. They wanted big boxes to write in all the activities. They were prone to adding bible verses and inspirational quotes to lift their spirits. Each of these elements were incorporated into the design. The title signals the functionality with the words "BIG grid".  Dominique says, "data is a creative weapon." It should not be seen as limiting creativity but rather as a tool to understand the customer, to form questions and hypothesis with. Surveying people is not the approach. Ethnography is. Don't depend on what people say they will do; watch what they actually do.  Book publishing is a red ocean. 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For example, Put me in the Story came about when the author showed Dominique that people were creating scrapbooks and stapling and writing elements into some of her books. It led to an exploration of how that could be captured in an app. Sourcebooks was the 2nd book publisher to get an Apple developer license. But Put Me in the Story is not an app; in the end, print ended up being much, much better. And these books continue to sell. But at the time Put Me in the Story was discussed at Tools of Change and that led to a connection between Sourcebooks and Sesame Street Workshop who were willing to give rights to Elmo so that a Put Me in the Story / Elmo book was available. The book launched on Elmo's birthday.  Another eg. Poetry Speaks. The average poetry book in the US sells about 800 copies. Poetry Speaks was an epic project costing $250,000 to make. It was a book + CD that allowed readers to hear the poets reading their works. 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The Joys Of Making Video Games Without Power Points

Over the last few years, a group of developers have been taking a journey of a different kind to the Game Developers Conference. It's called Train Jam, where a whole bunch of developers pay a minimum of $US280 for a 52 hour trip from Chicago to San Francisco. It's become a hugely famous event within the developer community and, naturally, people wanted to recreate those efforts here. So for 2019, around 50 developers made their way from Brisbane, through Sydney's Central and all the way down to Melbourne. There was just one unique problem: Australian country trains don't have power points. More »


How iTunes Helped Untitled Goose Game's Music Sound So Good

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FSCast Episode 106 - Latest news, listener comments, JAWS for Windows anniversary video, Interview with Joe Stephen


After the latest news from Freedom Scientific and some listener comments, we bring you the audio of our JAWS® for Windows 20th anniversary video that was a huge hit at the recent CSUN conference.

Jonathan Mosen then speaks with Joe Stephen, a talented software developer from Australia whose mastery of the JAWS scripting language led him to becoming a valued member of the JAWS development team.

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Episode 106 - Latest news, listener comments, JAWS for Windows anniversary video, interview with Joe Stephen


FSCast Episode 88, March 2014


In celebration of Freedom Scientific's arrival on social media, Jonathan Mosen speaks with Christopher Toth of Accessible Apps. Chris is a talented young blind developer who has written a number of applications that work well with our JAWS® screen reading software, including Chicken Nugget, a means of using Twitter without visiting the website.

We feature another JAWS Bytes segment this month, demonstrating how easy it is to set up an accessible checkbook register with JAWS and Microsoft Excel®.

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National RERA conclave to bring developer, authority, buyer on one platform

UP RERA has planned to bring officials of Housing Ministry, state government officials and RERA chairpersons from across the country to address the query of buyers and developers.

Instagram For iOS Updated With Dark Mode Support

One of the main changes that Apple has brought to iOS 13 is dark mode. While dark mode isn’t a new thing, it seems to be gaining in popularity in the recent years where we’ve started to see more developers introducing dark mode as one of the options that users can choose from. If you’re a fan of dark mode, then you might be interested in Instagram’s latest update.This is […]

You Will Soon Be Able To Choose Siri’s Default Phone And Messaging Apps

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10/03 Links Pt2: BDS is face of old antisemitism: What will we do to stop it?; Neo-Nazi protestors in Germany call for Palestinian help against Israel; Eleanor Roosevelt: Palestine, Israel and Human Rights

From Ian:

If Jews Don’t Speak Up for Themselves, No One Will Speak Up for Them
In his sermon for Rosh Hashanah, Ammiel Hirsch, the rabbi of a prominent Reform synagogue in Manhattan, urged his congregants not to lose sight of “the central Jewish principle [that] all Jews are responsible one for the other.” It is impossible, he argued, to “live a full Jewish life” without feeling that “the pain of a Belgian Jew is our pain; the fear of an Israeli child terrorized by rockets is our fear; the insecurity of Orthodox Jews attacked repeatedly on the streets of Brooklyn is our insecurity.” Yet, in the face of the anti-Semitic threats that come from so many different directions—which Hirsch went on to analyze—Jews must not lose their sense of pride, or begin to see Judaism as a burden rather than a privilege.

Progress on Antisemitism and BDS at the UN and Women’s March
In the war against BDS, the most recent development in academia was the Department of Education censure of Duke University and the University of North Carolina for the misuse of Federal Title VI funds, prompted by complaints over a BDS related event in the spring. Title VI of the Higher Education Act is intended to support foreign language instruction and US national security needs, but has become a slush fund for tendentious Middle East Studies education and programming aimed at college students and K-12.

The Education Department’s letter to the Duke-UNC Center for Middle East Studies complained that fewer than 1,000 students were taking Middle East language courses, while almost 7,000 were enrolled in Middle East Studies courses with “little or no relevance to Title VI.” The complaint also criticized the lack of focus on religious minorities in the Middle East and the near exclusive emphasis on Islam, particularly for K-12 teachers.

The schools were instructed to respond with a compliance plan. In the interim, however, predictable complaints were voiced by academics regarding the alleged “chilling effect on academic freedom” and by BDS advocates, who characterized the move as “anti-Palestinian.”

The investigation comes after a recent study demonstrated that Arab and Muslim countries had donated billions of dollars to American colleges and universities in the past decade, with over $1.5 billion from Qatar alone. The impact of these donations is difficult to measure, but the deference and obsequiousness shown by universities and academics to donors generally is well known.

Underscoring the impact of BDS and biased pedagogy on campus, another report also indicated that Israel-related antisemitism on campuses increased dramatically between 2017 and 2018. Strong increases were seen in accusations of “genocide” against Israel, along with justifications for terrorism. Most important were dramatic increases in faculty-led BDS activities including sponsored events and individual boycotts of Israel and supporters.

Finally, it was announced that the National Students for Justice in Palestine conference would be taking place at the University of Minnesota at the beginning of November. The announcement also touted the election of Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). The conference is designed to train BDS activists, many of them already on record espousing violence, as well as expand “intersectional” alliances of those “who struggle against state violence, settler-colonialism, and imperialism — from Palestine to Turtle Island, from the Philippines to Mexico and beyond.”
Adam Milstein: BDS is face of old antisemitism: What will we do to stop it?
The majority of recent reports on the connection of the BDS movement to both terrorism and antisemitism make many different recommendations on how to stop the growing antisemitism of our era. One recommendation of particular note is that countries should accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, uphold its principles and outlaw the BDS movement.

The IHRA’s working definition is a concise description of a complex hatred that takes many forms. It reads: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

The people who lead the BDS movement bring many different kinds of antisemitic hatred into our public conversation, and the IHRA definition helps identify the sort of bigotry they spread. It defines antisemitism as accusing Jews or Israel of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust; accusing Jews of dual loyalty; using blood libel to criticize Israel; comparing Israel to the Nazis; and holding the Jewish state to a double standard – or, in one of its purest forms of hate, denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination.
Now that many in the world are finally acknowledging just how evil BDS is, our Jewish community and fellow Americans must follow suit. Governments and NGOs must adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Our local, state and federal governments must pass laws and resolutions that condemn and delegitimize the vile hatred of BDS. Politicians and bureaucrats should stop funding educational programs that include BDS bigotry. Financial platforms should not be allowed to provide services to BDS organizations that publish antisemitic content or have links to terrorism. And we shall all demand that social media platforms remove antisemitic BDS content.

After a decade of excuses and inaction about BDS, it seems that some people are finally waking up to the danger this movement poses – not only to the Jewish people, but also to the basic values of the liberal societies in which we live.

It is the responsibility of our leaders to build on the recent momentum to inform the public about the BDS movement’s antisemitic agenda, its shadowy funding sources, its true aim of denying Jewish self-determination, its lopsided and underhanded tactics, and its connection to terrorism.

BDS is the new face of the old antisemitism, and when it comes to fighting antisemitism, the old adage “better late than never” is particularly apt for our moment. It’s time for us all to get to work.
Chief Rabbi of UK Speaks of BDS and the Rise of Antisemitism
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of the United Kingdom spoke with Jordana Miller on the rise of antisemitism and the effects of the BDS movement in the UK.

Neo-Nazi protestors in Germany call for Palestinian help against Israel
Dozens of neo-Nazis marched through the German city of Dortmund on Monday, calling for Palestinian support to eradicate Israel.

The demonstration, which came on the heels of an anti-fascist protest in the western German city, involved approximately seventy neo-Nazi activists marching through the streets, holding flags of the Third Reich flag and chanting, "Palestine help us, Israel still exists" and "Israel no more."

Israel's Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff posted condemned the neo-Nazi rally, writing on Twitter: "Disgraceful to see neo-Nazis openly on the streets of Dortmund just as we celebrate the Jewish New Year, my wife’s great grand parents were from Dortmund and were murdered by the Nazis, where there is no remorse there can be no forgiveness."

Dortmund is considered to have the biggest neo-Nazi presence of any city in western Germany, with the majority of them living in the Dorstfeld quarter.

Dorstfeld is littered with graffiti of Third Reich's flag, symbols and writings.In September, anti-fascist activists arrived with police backup in Dorstfeld, where they covered the hateful graffiti with colors and messages calling for unity and tolerance.

When the neo-Nazis pledged retaliation for the clean-up, the anti-fascist activists vowed to march against them every Monday for the next 13 weeks.

Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs: Eleanor Roosevelt: Palestine, Israel and Human Rights
The creation of the State of Israel was an act of racism, imperialism, and colonialism. Eleanor Roosevelt supported it, which means she was not the humanitarian everyone believes her to be, but rather a racist, imperialist, and colonialist. That is the central thesis of Geraldine Kidd’s dissertation-turned-prosecutorial brief against the most influential first lady in American history.

Readers will have no trouble surmising where Kidd (who teaches at University College in Cork, Ireland) stands on the Arab–Jewish conflict, and why she is so disappointed in Mrs. Roosevelt’s sympathy for Zionism. Arab violence in Mandatory Palestine was merely a response to “incursions by the land-hungry Zionists” (p. 90) and “the insidious and ever-growing [Jewish] colonization” (p. 91), Kidd asserts. Arab leaders who violently opposed the creation of a Jewish state of any size were merely “vigorously defending Palestinian rights in the face of Jewish imposition” (p. 80). As for Mrs. Roosevelt, she “aspired for a Jewish-occupied Palestine” (p. 240) and her “growing interest in Palestine as a Jewish state bade ill for the indigenous people, whose land the Zionists coveted” (p. 54).

“Indigenous,” incidentally, is a term invoked by Kidd with almost comic frequency. She applies it to the Arab residents of Mandatory Palestine no less than eleven times in the first 100 pages of her book, yet never feels it necessary to explain the basis for that assertion. For Kidd, it is self-evident that the Arabs have been the rightful owners of every inch of the country since time immemorial, while “the foreign, migrating Jewish minority” should be regarded as usurpers and criminals (p. 31).

As she chronicles Mrs. Roosevelt’s views and record on Palestine, Kidd has trouble letting her have the last word. Again and again, she cites some remark by the first lady, then quickly follows with a rebuttal of her own. The book at times resembles a meeting of a debate club. Mrs. Roosevelt states that Palestine did not belong to Britain; Kidd interjects, “She was ignoring the fact that the Mandate granted them legal authority to govern it” (p. 123). Mrs. Roosevelt alludes to illegal Arab immigration into Palestine; Kidd retorts, “This statement is an extraordinary reversal of the facts, for it was not the Arabs who had moved into the Jewish orbit but instead it was the Jews who had steadily encroached on the Arabs” (p. 123). The former first lady finds fault with the Palestinian Arabs who fled in 1948; an incensed Kidd responds, “This argument is weak, as obviously the Palestinians, in their panic, had no way of knowing what the future might hold for them.” Kidd adds, for good measure, that Mrs. Roosevelt’s point “neatly coincided with contemporaneous Zionist thinking” (p. 174).
Prime Minister condemns “antisemitic Marxists” at Labour Party Conference last week
In his Conservative Party Conference speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lambasted “the fratricidal antisemitic Marxists who were in Brighton [at the Labour Party Conference] last week.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism reported multiple instances of antisemitism or concern over anti-Jewish abuse at the Labour Party Conference, and has warned that the Labour Party is now institutionally antisemitic.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.
Top UK Cabinet Minister: Everyone ‘Has a Duty to Stop’ Antisemitism
British Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid reiterated his support for the Jewish state at a Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) event on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering, which was attended by six cabinet ministers as well as a slew of other prominent figures, Javid said, “When I look at Israel… it is a country that aligns with all of our values… it’s great to see how strongly this party supports the values of Israel at every level.”

Javid also condemned antisemitism in the UK, declaring, “Everyone in this room has a duty to stop it.”

“Anyone with a sense of history knows full well why the Jewish community feels uneasy now, and nowadays we don’t have to look to the past to learn, sadly you just have to look around you,” he continued.

Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev told Javid, “You can be proud… that under this Conservative government, the Israel-UK partnership is stronger than ever before. Our trade is growing beyond the £8.6 million we had last year, we have just signed a trade agreement so that trade will continue to grow in the years to come. That’s prosperity and that’s jobs.”
Corbyn Sparks Controversy for Rosh Hashanah Video Featuring Hamas Supporter
Jeremy Corbyn sparked outrage for releasing a Rosh Hashanah video that features an activist who last year led a public Jewish mourning prayer for dead members of Hamas.

In the clip posted on Twitter ahead of the Jewish holiday, Corbyn visits a grocery store with Jewish Labour Party members to discuss the symbolism of honey and apples for the Jewish new year and promote Labour’s “Green Industrial Revolution” program.

Alongside him is Rob Abrams, a Jewish anti-Zionist activist who in May 2018 led the Kaddish prayer in Parliament Square for 62 Palestinians killed on the Israel-Gaza border, at least 50 of whom were Hamas operatives, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

Israel activist David Collier wrote in response to the clip, “There is no way you are not aware much of the Jewish community were outraged when this person explicitly led a prayer service for dead Hamas terrorists. Which makes your actions here deliberate. Your spiteful nature highlights you are a real danger.”

Also in the video is Labour counselor Sue Lukes, who tweeted an article titled the “Jewish ‘War against Corbyn’ risks bringing real antisemitism to Britain” and wrote a piece to “honor” Malia Bouattia, the former National Union of Students president who was accused of antisemitism.
Local UK Labour Party Branch Planning No-Confidence Vote Against Jewish MP on Eve of Yom Kippur
A local UK Labour party branch is planning a no-confidence vote against a Jewish MP on the eve of Yom Kippur.

Dame Louise Ellman, the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, who is Jewish, has been active in Jewish Labour groups and critical of antisemitism in her party.

Labour has been beset by series of antisemitism scandals since Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015.

Ellman has held leadership positions in the Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement, and is currently vice president of the Jewish Leadership Council.

The proposed motion by the St. Michael’s Labour branch states, “This Branch is fully behind Jeremy Corbyn,” and cites a statement by Ellman in which she said that she understood “why Jews would seriously consider leaving Britain if Corbyn became PM.”

As a result of her statement, says the motion, “We have no confidence that our MP Louise Ellman will carry out the wishes of our [Constituency Labour Party] and the Riverside constituency, or that she will follow Labour Party policy.”

“This Branch therefore calls on our Riverside MP, Louise Ellman, to resign,” the motion concludes.

The motion will be taken up at a meeting to be held at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, which is the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Jewish Voice for Labour member Stephen Marks, who defended Jackie Walker, is re-elected to Labour’s disciplinary body
Stephen Marks, a member of the antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, Jewish Voice for Labour, has been re-elected to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee, the Party’s disciplinary body.

Mr Marks signed a 2017 petition in support of Jackie Walker, a former vice-chair of Momentum and one of those exemplifying the institutionalisation of antisemitism in the Labour Party. Mr Walker was repeatedly suspended by Labour and finally expelled earlier this year. She has persistently claimed that complaints of antisemitism are part of a plot to destabilise the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and has rejected the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Last year Mr Marks also reportedly shared a petition in support of David Watson, who was suspended from Labour in 2016 for allegedly sharing claims on social media comparing the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad with the Nazis and accusing Israel of genocide. Mr Marks is reported to have written in respect of Mr Watson: “It is cases like this which ‘bring the party into disrepute’. Those responsible are the ones who should be suspended!”

Earlier this month Mr Watson reportedly called for the abolition of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which launched a full statutory investigation into Labour antisemitism on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
Jewish Voice for Labour co-chair to speak at “Stand up to racism” church event on Yom Kippur
Jenny Manson, the co-chair of the antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), is scheduled for a speaking engagement on Kol Nidrei, the night of Yom Kippur.

The event, titled “Resisting the rise of the racists and fascists”, will feature Ms Manson on a panel with Weyman Bennett, a member of the Socialist Workers Party’s central committee. The panel is part of a larger “West London stand up to racism” event at St Mary’s Church Hall in South Ealing on 8th October. It is anticipated that there will be debate on far-right extremism and antisemitism.

Although Ms Manson has previously admitted that JVL was founded in order “to tackle allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party”, she has reportedly been “hurt” by suggestions that question her Jewishness and the organisation has also stressed its Jewish credentials (including in its name). Some have suggested that this stance is somewhat undermined by undermined by Ms Manson’s decision to participate in a speaking engagement at a church on Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and is marked by most Jews with fasting and synagogue attendance. Communal organisations are shut and work or public engagements are generally discouraged.
Labour MP sorry for liking Facebook comment claiming Israel disgraces Jews
Labour’s MP for Kensington has apologised for liking a Facebook comment claiming Israel “disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

Emma Dent Coad, who was elected in 2017, ‘unliked’ the comment within hours of Jewish News reaching out for comment.

A spokesperson for the MP said: “Emma liked this in error and apologises.”

A comment posted by online user Earl Okin on Monday evening read: “I’ve always been a Bevanite – my ultimate political hero… as a Jew, the current Israeli apartheid regime disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

It was reported to Jewish News by the anti-racism Twitter account GnasherJew.

The post was a response to another post by online user Bob Pandy critical of “Blairite” MPs and “members of the Netanyahu fan club”.
Grotesque: Al Sharpton Gives Rosh Hashanah Sermon at East Side Synagogue
On Monday, former pogrom leader and current Democrat kingmaker Al Sharpton boasted on his Facebook page the fact that he was “being presented to speak at the Rosh Hashanah Services of the East Side Synagogue by Rabbi Perry Berkowitz and Rabbi Leah Berkowitz.”

For the record, the ESS informed its members that “this year our worship space of many years, the All Souls Sanctuary, is undergoing extensive renovation and is not available for our use. We are blessed that services will be held instead at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church at corner of 73rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. This is a beautiful and awe-inspiring space that will deepen our High Holyday (sic) experience.”

Like the old joke says, “The synagogue is closed for the holidays.”

By now practically every Jewish newspaper in New York has condemned the notion that Sharpton, who is identified more than anyone else with the August 1991 Crown Heights Pogrom, should be preaching to Jews on the “High Holyday.” Sharpton marched through Crown Heights and in front of the 770 Eastern Parkway headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch shortly after the riot, leading some 400 rioters who were chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “No justice, no peace!” Sharpton himself notoriously called Jews “diamond merchants,” which was his personal contribution to the anti-Semitic vernacular.
Twtichy: ‘Disgusting’: Socialist N.Y. State Senator (and AOC pal) Julia Salazar channels Ilhan Omar in response to Brooklyn synagogue being vandalized on Rosh Hashanah
Remember New York State Senator Julia Salazar? She’s the Democratic socialist who lied about being an immigrant and a Jew. This will probably come as a major shock to you, but it seems that the kind of person who would lie about being Jewish doesn’t actually have a whole lot of respect for Jews.

On September 30, teenage thugs threw large objects (reportedly milk crates) through the window of the Rivnitz synagogue in Brooklyn during a Rosh Hashanah service:

She might as well have written “Some people apparently threw something through some building.”
Conservative Group Severs Ties With ‘Brand Ambassador’ for Controversial Photo
Pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA (TPUSA) announced this week that it has severed ties with one of its brand ambassadors following a picture of her at a dinner over the weekend with accused antisemites and white nationalists.

A spokesperson confirmed on Monday to Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way, which monitors far-right activities and content, that Ashley St. Clair is no longer part of TPUSA.

“TPUSA is a large national organization that touches hundreds of thousands of people all across the nation,” said the spokesperson. “Ashley is no longer one of our thousands of volunteer activists and ambassadors. [Founder and executive director] Charlie [Kirk] and TPUSA have repeatedly and publicly denounced white nationalism as abhorrent and un-American and will continue to do so.”

The spokesperson also noted that St. Clair wasn’t representing the organization while she was photographed.

St. Clair, who is Jewish, attended a dinner held after a debate between antisemitic and white-nationalist podcaster Nicholas Fuentes, who attended the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., and conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl.

St. Clair, who wasn’t at the debate, attended what she told Right Wing Watch was a “diverse dinner.”
Demi Lovato 'sorry not sorry' for Israel visit
Grammy-nominated American singer and actress Demi Lovato’s love affair with Israel on her recent visit here seems to have come to an abrupt halt.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday that was then deleted, Lovato apologized if her trip offended anyone.

Lovato’s visit initially appeared to have gone well, so the controversy that followed came as a surprise. The pop singer, who has more than 74 million Instagram followers, posted photos of herself at the Western Wall, being baptized in the Jordan River, touring Yad Vashem, and visiting the Shalva National Center for people with disabilities.

“There is something absolutely magical about Israel,” she gushed. “I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God… something I’ve been missing for a few years now... I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel.”

But on Wednesday, she wrote in an Instagram story: “I’m extremely frustrated. I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention. Sometimes people present you with opportunities and no one tells you the potential backlash you could face in return. This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT, and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry. Sorry I’m not more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience. Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself, than staying quiet to please other people. I love my fans, all of them, from all over.”

The BDS backlash began as soon as Lovato posted photos of her Israel visit on Instagram. Angry fans responded with scathing comments that she was ignoring the plight of the Palestinians and that she should boycott Israel.

Lovato then deleted the comments on a photo showing her Jordan River baptism where she praised Israel as “magical.”
Her detractors took to Twitter to criticize the singer. Among the comments, Nouran Ahmed wrote: “Hey, Demi... actually, you need to read more about the history of this land because it’s called Palestine, not Israel, and the magical feeling that you felt, it’s back to the history of the land (Palestine) not Israel.”

While BDS supporters have long campaigned to persuade celebrities to cancel planned trips to Israel, the controversy over Lovato’s visit is unusual in that the pressure came following her visit. Apparently, the singer was taken by surprise by the criticism. But why she then removed her apology – which lives on in screen grabs – is unclear.

Meanwhile, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin took credit for inviting her as an initiative of his ministry. (h/t Esty)

German Museum to Give Walid Raad Art Prize Despite City Government’s Objection: Report
On Monday, the German city of Aachen announced that it had withdrawn a decision to give a prestigious art prize worth €10,000 (roughly $10,900) to artist Walid Raad, citing his alleged support for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, a pro-Palestine movement. But, according to a new report, that move is not the end of the story.

The German news network WDR reports that Raad will receive the award after all, via the Ludwig Forum for International Art, a museum in the city that facilitates the award, the Aachen Art Prize. The museum’s board reportedly made the decision on Tuesday night.

Marcel Philipp, the mayor of Aachen, previously said in a statement, “According to research, we have to assume that the designated prizewinner is a supporter of the BDS movement and has been involved in various measures for the cultural boycott of Israel.” He added that, when the city of Aachen had inquired with him about his alleged support for BDS, Raad had been “evasive.” The city alleged that Raad “could not distance himself from BDS,” which it referred to as an “anti-Semitic” movement.

The Ludwig Forum’s board reportedly disagreed with the city’s of Aachen’s decision, however, and WDR said that its members could not find any evidence that Raad was an anti-Semite.

The Ludwig Forum and Raad did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In an interview with the German publication Deutschlandfunk, the Ludwig Forum’s CEO, Michael Müller-Vorbrüggen, said that the museum had obtained the funds to give out the award, and it was therefore it did not need to the city’s permission to offer Raad the prize.
University and College Union apologises after failing to include Jews on list of groups of Holocaust victims
The University College Union (UCU) has apologised after it left out Jews from a description of the different groups murdered in the Holocaust, an omission the chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust called “completely unacceptable”.

The UCU had sent out an e-mail to branch and local association secretaries, in which chapters of the union were encouraged to observe HMD 2020, which takes place on January 27.

It described how the Nazis had persecuted groups such as “trade unions, including social democrats and Communists”, “Europe’s Roma and Sinti people”, “Black people”, “disabled people”, “freemasons”, “gay and lesbian people”, “Jehovah’s witnesses” and “'asocials’, which included beggars, alcoholics, drug addicts prostitutes and pacifists” were persecuted by the Nazi regime.

It also specifically mentioned “non-Jewish Poles and Slavic POWs”. However, it made no mention of Jews, the primary targets of the Holocaust.

When the e-mail was publicised, Jews on social media attacked the “shocking” and “sickening” omission, with others suggesting that the mention of “non-Jewish Poles” showed the Union had clearly been thinking about who to include – and who to leave out.

A link in the e-mail led to a specific page on the UCU about HMD, which also neglected to mention Jews as victims of the Holocaust, while mentioning other significant groups.

In a subsequent e-mail from the union’s “equality support official”, the organisation apologised for what it called “drafting errors” in its initial message.
Columbia celebrates anti-Semitism
I want to give Mohamad credit on one score: He’s honest about his Jew-hatred. He doesn’t pretend he’s only attempting to champion Palestinian rights. He doesn’t pretend to be supporting boycotts just to encourage Israelis to withdraw from “occupied territories.” He doesn’t claim that he’s not anti-Semitic but merely anti-Zionist.

That last claim I find particularly misleading and annoying. Because, given a choice, I’ll take anti-Semites over anti-Zionists any day. Garden-variety anti-Semites – I’m not talking about neo-Nazis or Stalinists or Khomeinists or Salafi/jihadis – disparage Jews. They don’t want them working in their businesses, living in their neighborhoods, or joining their clubs. That’s nasty but disparagement is survivable, and alternative businesses, neighborhoods and clubs can generally be found.

Anti-Zionists, by contrast, seek a more consequential goal. They want to deprive Israel of its fundamental right to exist. They want to end Jewish self-determination in any part of the ancient Jewish homeland, a unique refuge for Jews who fled not only from Europe but also – and in larger numbers – from Arab and Muslim countries.

Were anti-Zionists to achieve their goal, were they to succeed in eradicating the Jewish state, what would happen to the more than 6 million Jewish Israelis who live there? I think you know. I think Mohamad knows too. Perhaps he’d be “very sympathetic to them.” If he’s still around, of course.
When anti-Semites take advantage of liberal institutions
Last week, during a forum of world leaders held in my school, Columbia University, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad spoke.

The 94-year-old leader is probably the most anti-Semitic head of state. He doesn’t try to hide his anti-Semitism, he doesn’t just criticize Israel, he practices classic anti-Semitism, the kind that has been associated with various slurs against the Jewish people (they have long noses; they rule the world; they cause others to fight and die for them, and so forth).

Letting the Malaysian leader speak is only the latest example of the institution's problematic choice of speakers, having already let former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak at the university about a decade ago.

The organization that I head, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), has refused to stay silent. Although we could not get Mahathir's speech canceled, we decided to generate a critical conversation so that the university won’t even consider inviting someone like the Malaysian prime minister ever again.

We were told that we would lose, that he would be welcomed with great honor at the university and that his anti-Semitic agenda would not be condemned.

But we did not relent. We created a petition that got more than 3,000 signatures, we sent a letter to the university president and to the professor who was to introduce the prime minister at the event, and we demanded that both university officials condemn Mahathir.
Seth J Frantzman: Khashoggi's abused to whitewash dictatorships' treatment of journalists
Websites that support the Iranian regime, state media in Turkey, and voices from authoritarian regimes and human rights abusers sought to cynically exploit the anniversary of the murder of former Saudi insider Jamal Khashoggi. Since last year, the genuine grief over the death of Khashoggi has been hijacked in some countries and media to use it for ulterior motives, talking about press freedom while journalists are jailed, expelled and harassed.

“Even as Turkish leaders call for an international inquiry into Saudi Arabian journalist Khashoggi’s murder, the Committee to Protect Journalists found the Turkish government to be the world’s biggest jailer of journalists for the third consecutive year,” ABC news noted last year.

Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders were on hand in Istanbul this year to commemorate the murder of Khashoggi. Amnesty published a special call to honor his legacy.

While Amnesty was commemorating Khashoggi, the human rights organization also pointed out the long list of abuses of freedom in Turkey. Yet Ankara’s state media outlets have sought to highlight Khashoggi’s death as an example of press freedom.

A scientist was sentenced to 15 months in prison just days before the Khashoggi commemoration for the apparent crime of publishing environmental findings. Amnesty has called for charges to be dropped against the academic, whom it describes as a whistle-blower.

Amnesty noted in August that Turkey carries out mass blocking of websites, a “full-frontal attack on freedom of expression.” According to the human rights organization, the Reporters Without Borders representative that attended the Khashoggi event was himself detained in 2016 “after symbolically guest editing a publication for a day as part of a solidarity campaign.”
Guardian smears Israel with false claim of 50 ‘racist laws’
A Sept. 25th op-ed at the Guardian (“Ousting Netanyahu isn’t enough for Israel’s Palestinians. They want equality”) by former +972 contributor Amjad Iraqi included the claim that Israel has “dozens of discriminatory laws”.

Iraqi’s claim that Israeli Arabs are afforded less rights than Jews links to a report by the radical-left NGO Adalah (where he works as its advocacy director) alleging the existence of at least “50 racist laws” in Israel. However, CAMERA and other watchdog groups have refuted Adalah’s claims of racism – a term used so carelessly by the NGO that even an Israeli public health law requiring that parents vaccinate their children is included on their list of “racist laws”.

Among the most comprehensive analyses of the “50 racist laws” claim was conducted by the Institute for Zionist Strategies (IZS), a policy and research organization dedicated to preserving Israel as a democratic Jewish state.

Here are the highlights from their detailed July 2016 report:

- The overwhelming majority of the laws featured in the list (53 out of 57) do not even relate to the citizens’ ethnic origins and those that do, are designed to prevent and avoid discrimination. For example, the Law and Administration Ordinance (1948) that defines the country’s official rest days, and the Law for Using the Hebrew Date, both explicitly exclude institutions and authorities that serve non-Jewish populations for whom the law provides for definitions and procedures appropriate for their specific needs.

- In 21 cases, Adalah’s claims of discrimination stem from the organization’s extremist stance that rejects the nature of Israel as a nation-state in general and as the nation-state of of the Jewish people in particular. For example, the Yad BenZvi Law is defined as a discriminatory law because of the institution’s objective of promoting Zionist ideals.

- 18 of the laws reflect customs in other Western democracies whose democratic character no one would disparage. For example, according to Adalah, the flag constitutes a discriminatory law. Needless to say, this unfounded reasoning would mean that any country, the flag of which bears a cross or crescent discriminates against its non-Christian or non-Muslim minorities. A more in-depth comparison between the laws frequently found that Israeli legislation is actually characterized by a higher degree of tolerance for its national minorities.
The Washington Post’s Skewed Worldview on Jews and Israel
The overwhelming majority of American Jewry has a positive view of Israel. Yet, the overwhelming majority of opinion pieces and reporting from major U.S. news outlets doesn’t reflect this reality. Instead, the media promotes a small and unrepresentative minority. The Washington Post offers a case in point.

Ninety-five percent of American Jews have a “strongly positive” view of Israel, according to an August 2019 Gallup poll. The pollster noted that this was “significantly more pro-Israel than the overall national averages of 71% favorable views of Israel and 21% favorable views of the Palestinian Authority.”

Similarly, a 2013 Pew survey observed: “76% of Jews (identified by religion) said they were at least somewhat emotionally attached to Israel. In addition, almost half said that caring about Israel is an essential part of being Jewish (with most of the rest saying it is important although not essential) and nearly half reported that they had personally traveled to Israel.”

In short: American Jewry is, except for a miniscule minority, pro-Israel. Yet, the American media often chooses to give a megaphone to Jews that actively oppose, or are hypercritical of, the Jewish state.

The Washington Post, for example, gives inordinate column space to the tiny fraction of Jews, American and otherwise, who are against the right of Jewish self-determination. In a Sept. 20, 2019 tweet, Mairav Zonszein of +972 magazine cheered that her publication was “all up in The Washington Post opinion pages today,” with two pieces from the same organization appearing on the same day. Zonszein proudly noted that editors of “mainstream outlets” were no longer editing out or tweaking her use of the term “apartheid.”

In Pittsburgh a year later, the shofar-blower is dead and the shul is shuttered
As this city’s Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah this week, the Tree of Life synagogue stood closed, its doors blocked by a chain-link fence.

A brown, wilted wreath hung on a tree near the synagogue, where a gunman killed 11 worshipers last year in the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. Jewish stars bearing the names of the victims are taped to a glass door at the front entrance, behind a fence and under an Israeli flag and a sign thanking first responders. A makeshift wooden sign on a barricade next to the building reads “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”

The synagogue is built to welcome hundreds of Jews. But the only person to enter regularly now is a custodian who maintains the building while the three congregations that meet there decide what to do. Tree of Life has been shuttered since the attack.

“I hope it’s torn down,” said Ellen Surloff, who was president of one of the congregations, the Reconstructionist Dor Hadash, at the time of the shooting. “I don’t think that I could ever go back in that building and not be continually reminded of what took place there.”

Signs of the attack remain everywhere in Squirrel Hill, the quiet, warm, tree-lined community that has been the home to Pittsburgh’s Jews for more than a century, and which otherwise feels idyllic as summer turns into fall.

Local businesses display a sign created shortly after the attack that reads “Stronger than Hate” alongside a yellow Star of David and blue and red diamonds — the city’s traditional colors. The kosher supermarket hangs a banner with the names of the 11 victims. The local Starbucks has three large hearts painted on its windows with the words “love,” “kindness” and “hope” painted in Hebrew and English on each one.
‘A rapidly spreading crisis’
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD student began wetting himself in class after he was subjected to antisemitic bullying over the course of four months, while a 12-year-old student was forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim child and was physically assaulted.

Both Jewish students, who have asked to remain anonymous, had to leave their public schools because their families felt the principals did not provide them adequate support.

The first child, a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School, started wetting himself in bed at night, and in class. He also became agitated, began using derogatory language and looked for an excuse each morning to avoid going to school. His parents knew something was wrong, but were unsure if it was all a part of the adjustment process from kindergarten.

Then, after spilling his cereal one morning, the five-year-old broke down. “He literally fell down on the floor,” his mother shared with The AJN, “and said, ‘Mummy, you shouldn’t love me. I’m a worthless, Jewish rodent. I’m vermin.'”

Mortified, his mother crumbled on the floor with him.

It was later revealed that the young boy was being bullied on a daily basis by five classmates in the school bathrooms. It started when he was questioned about being circumcised. Then came the barrage of antisemitic insults, including “Jewish vermin”, “the dirty Jew” and a “Jewish cockroach”.

But when raised with the school, the mother says they were “dismissive” of the antisemitic element. The school’s solution was to keep the student from using the regular bathroom, offering the facilities of another bathroom instead.

“But we felt uncomfortable because obviously you’re not addressing the issue,” remarked the student’s mother.

The parents called for an education policy about antisemitism to be rolled out. But the school declined.

According to the student’s mother, “they refused to accept there was an antisemitic issue. ‘It’s not antisemitism, it’s just bullying.’ The principal said, I don’t want to make other students feel uncomfortable”.
Daphne Anson: In the Lucky Country, Jewish Schoolkid Forced to Kiss a Muslim Schoolkid's Feet
Back in 2012, I drew attention on this blog to a disturbing trend identified at schools in north-west England.

The repellent state of affairs had been revealed by the noted Anglo-Jewish historian Professor Geoffrey Alderman:

'Last November, in my capacity as a visiting professor at York St John University, I had the privilege of hearing a presentation by doctoral student Joy Schmack. Mrs Schmack, an extremely experienced teacher and inspector of secondary-school religious education, is researching the use of the word "Jew" in teenage classrooms in the north-west of England. She presented chilling evidence of the unmistakeable revival of the word "Jew" as a common term of abuse amongst teenagers, who apparently habitually use it as a synonym for "cheat" or "swindler", or "snitch". "Don't you dare Jew me", one Merseyside youngster might say to another - perhaps hardly realising the significance of these words.

Scarcely four months after hearing this presentation I received a communication from a retired gentleman whose family escaped from Nazi Germany in 1934 and who now devotes his retirement to talking about antisemitism to youngsters in schools in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire. He had been moved to write to me because of his experience at one such school, where his presentation was discourteously received and where a teacher confessed to him that the word "Jew" had now replaced the word "gay" as a playground term of abuse. The teacher said: "If kids wish to insult each other, they now use (the word) Jew" [Emphasis added]....'

Now, the Australian Jewish News, in a scoop, reveals the antisemitic targeting that Jewish schoolkids at non-Jewish day schools in Melbourne have been enduring, causing them extreme anxiety and distress, and of the craven, odious response of the school authorities when the abused kids' parents (having tardily learned of the abuse from their persecuted offspring). That response was basically: "It's not antisemitism, it's bullying, and your kids should learn to toughen up".

They refused one set of parents' request to teach the school body about the realities and consequences of antisemitism.
Hitler-loving neo-Nazi who said it was his “dream” to create a bloodbath arrested at Luton airport and sentenced to four years in prison
Jacek Tchorzewski, an 18-year-old neo-Nazi Polish national staying in Buckinghamshire, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Mr Tchorzewski was arrested at Luton Airport in February on suspicion of terrorism offences as he tried to board a flight to Poland, with police recovering an “enormous amount” of digital documents, including manuals on making explosives and weapons. In one voice recording, Mr Tchorzewski said it was his “dream” to “plan some terrorism” and carry out an attack, and he wrote in a notebook found while he was remanded: “Let’s fill our hearts with terror and London’s streets with blood.”

Other documents included extreme right-wing material which praised Hitler, neo-Nazism and Satanism and also featured antisemitic sentiments and even called for genocide. He was also said to be connected to convicted terrorist Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, who was jailed in June.

Mr Tchorzewski pleaded guilty on 21st June at the Old Bailey to ten counts of possession of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He was sentenced on 20th September at the Old Bailey.
Trial begins for German neo-Nazi group accused of plotting attacks
The trial of an alleged neo-Nazi terrorist cell accused of plotting violent political upheaval in Germany opened Monday amid reports the country’s far-right scene is growing more armed and radical.

Eight members of the so-called Revolution Chemnitz group aged between 21 and 32 will answer to charges of forming a right-wing terrorist organization, according to federal prosecutors.

Almost a year to the day after most of the suspects’ arrest in coordinated raids, the proceedings took place under tight security in Dresden, the capital of Saxony state, a stronghold of the extreme right.

Resentment runs deep in the region over Merkel’s liberal refugee policy that led to the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers to Germany since 2015.

The anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany (AfD) party scored 27.5 percent in a state election earlier this month, just shy of the 32 percent garnered by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

The suspects are accused of “coming together to achieve their political goals — to shake the foundations of the state — with serious violent acts,” a spokeswoman for the superior regional court said.

They allegedly sought to carry out “violent attacks and armed assaults” against immigrants, political “opponents,” reporters and members of the economic establishment.
Argentina Holocaust museum takes custody of secret stash of Nazi artifacts
The Museum of the Holocaust in Argentina’s capital on Wednesday took custody of the largest collection of Nazi artifacts discovered in the country’s history.

Federal police and Interpol agents found the more than 70 Nazi objects hidden behind a bookcase in a collector’s home north of Buenos Aires in 2017 as part of an investigation into artworks of illicit origins. The Nazi items include busts of Adolf Hitler, an instrument to measure people’s heads to supposedly determine their racial purity and statues of the Nazi eagle with a swastika under its talons.

Owning Nazi objects in Argentina can be illegal if it is determined that the items incite racial or religious hate in public, although they can be allowed in private. It has not been determined if the collector violated the anti-discrimination law, although he has been charged with owning pieces of illegal origin.

Agents with Interpol began following the collector and with a judicial order raided the house on June 8, 2017. A large bookshelf caught their attention and behind it agents found a hidden passageway to a room filled with Nazi imagery.
Teen allegedly attacks Jewish woman in Brooklyn, pulling off her wig
Police said Thursday a Jewish woman reported being harassed in Brooklyn on Rosh Hashanah.

The 22-year-old said that she was approached on Sunday evening by a female teenager who “pulled her scarf and wig from her head,” a New York Police detective, Annette Shelton, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an email.

The incident occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and the perpetrator, who was described as being 16 years old, was accompanied by another teenager, the woman told police.

Shelton said that the police’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the incident.

The incident is the second alleged attack that occurred on Rosh Hashanah in the borough. On Monday, the windows of a synagogue were broken in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

That incident drew condemnations from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Hate fliers circulated in Montana town on Rosh Hashanah
Fliers bearing white nationalist language and hate speech were circulated to businesses in Whitefish, Montana.

The fliers were circulated on Monday, the first day of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

“The hate literature was not only offensive in relation to the Jewish holiday, but it is concerning as there is a recorded rise and mainstreaming of antisemitism in the United States, including the troll storm perpetrated from outside the community onto the Jewish people of Whitefish just two and a half years ago,” Rachel Carroll Rivas of the Montana Human Rights Network said in a statement.

The fliers included code words like the number “88,” which stands for “Heil Hitler” (because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet) and “14 Words” which represents a 14-word statement asserting white supremacy that was created by white nationalist David Lane, who is specifically named on the flier, according to the network.

Similar fliers appeared in Helena, Montana, over the weekend.

Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin launched a campaign in December 2016 against Jews in Whitefish in which he published personal details and photos of Jewish residents, including a child. The campaign stemmed from a real estate dispute in Whitefish between Tanya Gersh, who is Jewish, and Sherry Spencer, the mother of white supremacist leader Richard Spencer.

Gersh said that anonymous internet users harassed her family after Anglin revealed her home address and phone number, her husband’s business contact information and her son’s Twitter handle.

Other Jewish families in Whitefish were also targeted. The Jewish population of the city is about 60.

Uber Expands Partnership With Israel’s Moovit
Ride-sharing company Uber is set to expand its collaboration — first announced in February — with Israel-based public transit app developer Moovit App Global, the latter said Wednesday. The original partnership saw Uber leverage Moovit’s application programming interface to provide users in London and four other cities with public transportation information, so that riders can access real-time transit data and route planning in the Uber app. As part of the expanded partnership, Uber is set to expand its service to 15 additional cities globally, including Paris and San Francisco.

Moovit also announced that ride-sharing company Lyft is set to implement a similar service in New York.

Founded in 2012 and based in central Israel, Moovit develops and offers a free mobile navigation app providing real-time public transit information in 3,000 cities and 92 countries. Its app has over 500 million users, adding to the company’s database of over 7,000 public transportation operators, according to the company’s statement.
CVC to Pay $450 Million for a 25 Percent Stake in Israeli Web and Mobile Monetization Company IronSource
Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is negotiating a deal to acquire a 25 percent stake in web and mobile monetization company IronSource for $450 million, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity. The deal, which values IronSource at $1.55 billion, is expected to be signed in the upcoming 24 hours, the people said, adding that the company is expected to hand out $100 million-worth of dividends to shareholders before the deal is complete.

The negotiations almost came to an unsuccessful end two months ago due to disagreements over IronSource’s valuation, which has since been resolved, the people familiar with the matter said. If completed, the deal is expected to be the biggest secondary deal of an Israeli company. CVC will become IronSource’s largest shareholder, but its founders will keep a controlling share with a 45-50 percent stake held between them, down from the 60 percent they currently hold, according to the people. The company’s employees, which hold options worth $25 million, will also take part in the sale.

The CVC sale is expected to be the last funding IronSource raises before its initial public offering, scheduled for the second half of 2020. The company, which is expected to see revenues of around $1 billion for 2019 with an EBITDA of $150 million, expected to see its revenues and profit grow by its IPO. Its net profit for 2019 is estimated at $120 million to $130 million for 2019, according to the people familiar with the matter, and the company has no debt.

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Stefan Mettenbrink / PeterJ is upset Dietrich is part of new standard and he is not, so he attack hard work of all involved by making up stuff. I am another German vendor. I know Stefan and know why he rant against Dietrich, Tamura and the new standard: Stefan wants his program to dictate the standard… He is so agitated to attack the people and their work, he even says FHISO more promising… FHISO! Those pompous bastards that promise everything but have not fulfilled promise in five years. I apologize for Stefan. He does not speak for all us. I and other developers understand that you cannot involve everyone, that you need a leader to set direction and a small team to make it work. I know Tamura and Dietrich. I know they listen if Stefan have real criticism. I congratulate team on their job well done. We are grateful for the hard work. This is really a much better version of GEDCOM. Dick, you can post my message but we dint think Stefan’s rantings are worthy of your blog.

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First of all, I find the creation of a modern specification more than commendable and necessary. But in my opinion, the process of creating the mentioned 5.5.5 specification is not transparent. It seems to be a one-man show by Tamura Jones. Even though there are several reviewers listed, the entire voting process seems to be rather dictatorial. Based on information available to me individual reviewers were not allowed do not coordinate with each other. I find it presumptuous to call this one-person specification a new GEDCOM specification and give it an official touch under the well-known URL. I hope this specification does not find much support among software developers. I find the FHISO approach much more promising. English is not my mother tongue. I ask you to take this into account in case of possible ‚funny‘ or ‚strange‘ wording.

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From CanACRE Ltd - Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:31:25 GMT - View all Saskatoon, SK jobs

Land Acquisition Specialist - CanACRE Ltd - Regina, SK

Post-secondary education in geography, GIS, land acquisition/real estate, or a business related discipline. CanACRE’s clients include developers, large scale…
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Land Manager - CanACRE Ltd - Regina, SK

Post-secondary education in geography, GIS, land acquisition/real estate, or a business related discipline. CanACRE’s clients include developers, large scale…
From CanACRE Ltd - Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:31:20 GMT - View all Regina, SK jobs

The Asia Foundation and APEC Chile Host Panel Discussion on Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age


Chile, October 4, 2019 — Women’s entrepreneurship and gender equitable business models are increasingly understood to be a key driver of economic growth and job creation globally. Yesterday at the 2019 APEC Women in the Economy Forum in La Serena, Chile, The Asia Foundation and APEC Chile hosted “The Future of Women and the Economy: Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship and Shared Prosperity in the Digital Age.” The forum, opened by Stefanía Lucía Doebbel Aponte, head of the international Affairs Department at the Ministry of Women and Gender Equity in Chile, included two expert panels. The first panel, Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC in the Digital Age, featured Sahra English, vice president of Global Public Policy at Mastercard; Mandy Richards, founder and CEO of Global Sisters; Lyric Thompson, director of Policy and Advocacy at International Center for Research on Women; and was moderated by Elizabeth Silva, assistant director for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality at The Asia Foundation. Panelists reflected on the most pressing challenges women entrepreneurs face in APEC economies amidst the continuing digital revolution. “In our research and programs, we find that compared to men, women more often become entrepreneurs out of necessity, rather than opportunity. We need to support more women to study STEM and business-related fields, to enable them to pursue entrepreneurship and compete on a level playing field in high growth sectors,” remarked Silva. A second panel, “Imperatives to Breaking Down Barriers to Women’s Leadership in Tech,” featured Anusuya Krishnan, executive committee member of the National Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Malaysia; Matías Hoyl, country director for Chile at Laboratoria; Maitetxu Larraechea, managing director at ThoughtWorks Chile and managing director of Girls in Tech Chile – Ingeniosas; and was moderated by Herizal Hazri, country representative for Malaysia at The Asia Foundation. The panel examined how women are navigating the many challenges to entry and advancement in the digital economy, including recruitment of female engineers and software developers, access to venture capital for women-owned startups, and ensuring recognition for their innovations in an industry that has been male-dominated. In addition to participating in this forum, The Asia Foundation... Read more

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Drop the Fry


Elizabeth Holmes (Photo credit: HBO)

One of my first jobs was at a men’s magazine. I was the sole woman in the office, and one of my editors told me the only workspace available was at the front desk in the lobby, away from the rest of the staff. It’s the only desk left, sorry!” (Spoiler: He was lying.) “And you wouldn’t mind answering calls and grabbing packages that come in while you happen to be sitting there, would you?” “Of course not,” I remember saying. I was young. It was one of my first paid writing jobs, and maybe this was just how things worked. As much as I enjoyed my work and my coworkers, I felt like a glorified receptionist for the remainder of the summer. If I wanted to eat lunch away from my desk, editors would imply that one of my male coworkers couldn’t fill in. It had to be me (“You’re just so good at it!”).

One delivery man would, whenever he came to the office, critique everything from my facial features to my chipped nail polish to the attractiveness of my outfit. Regular callers would inform me that my voice wasn’t “perky” enough, and I eventually stopped correcting them for referring to me as a secretary. And though being a secretary isn’t a shameful profession, of course, I felt ashamed to go from being in editorial meetings where I was treated like “one of the guys” to signing for packages and being called “honey.” According to a 2016 U.S. Department of Labor survey, more than 94 percent of secretaries and administrative assistants are female. In fact, secretarial work has remained the top job for women since the 1950s, when companies realized they could pay women—who were generally less educated—less to do administrative work.

Women are still playing that role in ways we might not even realize. Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Assistant have one thing in common: They all have female-identified voices and names. You can command Alexa to play a song and then stop and engage in dialogue with Siri, whose rudimentary responses are catered entirely to you. Subway announcements, GPS navigation systems, and phone operators are among the technologies that typically use a female persona. In a recent interview with Business Insider, an Amazon executive said that people “opt for a woman to assist us” because her voice is more “pleasing,” “sympathetic,” and “better received.”

Though Alexa’s name is meant to reference the Library of Alexandria, there’s likely a reason the company chose Alexa over other names, like Alex, Lex, or a simple Al. Siri is named after the Norwegian word for “beautiful woman who leads you to victory,” and Microsoft’s Cortana for an artificial intelligence character in the video game Halo who has the outlandish proportions of a Barbie doll and sports a rather lewd blue costume. We already know that men dominate the tech industry, and the AI sector in particular. Alexa, Siri and Cortana, are not neutral decisions. It has always made sense that women who assume positions of power do so knowing that their voices will be uniquely scrutinized. Margaret Thatcher was famously advised by Laurence Olivier to hire a voice coach in order to dramatically drop the pitch of her voice. Hillary Clinton’s voice was called everything from “shrill” to “excruciating” and regularly compared to a nagging wife.

Most recently, there was Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder and former CEO of the now-defunct blood-testing company Theranos. In addition to the Steve Jobs-ian black turtlenecks that became her trademark uniform, Holmes sported an unusually deep voice that former friends and classmates have said didn’t exist pre-Theranos, alleging that it was an effort to win the respect of her colleagues. Holmes has done a whole lot we should fault her for—like the actual criminal fraud she’ll be tried for in 2020—but cultivating a deeper voice seems like her most understandable move. According to Tim Bressmann, an associate professor of speech-language pathology at the University of Toronto, “Not using your fundamental frequency can be a way to express social power or domination. We all do it: To speak to our supervisor, we’ll raise our voice to make it seem smaller, but if we’re speaking to an underling, we lower it. Because a woman’s voice is naturally smaller, to reach a lower register in order to compete with a male frequency, at some point some may have to drop into the fry register.”

Bressmann is referring to vocal fry, a phenomenon most often associated with the Kardashians and commonly written off as shallow and ditzy. But to Bressman and any speech pathologist you’re likely to ask, vocal fry is simply a way of reaching a lower pitch and, for many people, appears at the end of a sentence when we’ve used up a breath. That means, of course, it’s not just a female thing: In fact, among the many men who have been known to use it are esteemed talkers Noam Chomsky and Ira Glass. They just haven’t received the same amount of criticism as their female counterparts because, as Bressmann puts it, “men just get away with more.”

Voice assistants, after all, are a proliferation of a role women have been assigned for decades, which is shocking considering the evolution of the form, but not so considering those at work behind the scenes.

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Indeed, whether low or high, modulated or not, a woman’s voice can’t avoid policing. Slate podcaster Jessica Grose took up the subject with Stanford linguistics professor Penny Eckert on NPR’s Fresh Air in 2015 after Grose found her own voice criticized. Eckert admitted that she was “shocked the first time I heard [vocal fry] on NPR. I thought, ‘Oh my god, how can this person be talking like this on the radio?’ Then I played it for my students, and I said, ‘How does she sound?’ and they said, ‘Good, authoritative.’ And that was when I knew that I had a problem. … That I was not a part of the generation that understood what that style means. … There’s been a change and those of us who are bothered by some of these features are probably just getting old.”

Meaning, yet again, judging women’s voices comes down to bias. For a certain demographic, something like vocal fry can be distracting, but for another, it’s just the way people speak now. It seems time for technology to adapt, too. A promising development arrived in March when a team of researchers unveiled the world’s first genderless voice assistant. In a video posted to YouTube, Q introduced itself: “Think of me like Siri or Alexa, but neither male nor female. I’m created for a future where we are no longer defined by gender but rather how we define ourselves.” The voice was developed by a team of researchers, sound designers, and linguists, and based on male, female, transgender, and nonbinary voices. Still in early stages, the developers are hoping to see companies use it expressly to challenge gender stereotypes. And in an effort to combat the way we decide who belongs in positions of power, Google now randomly assigns its assistant’s gender for users. Similarly, in response to a ChildWise report in 2018 that found kids who grow up barking orders at virtual assistants are more likely to use that communication as adults, Google also recently added a new feature called “Pretty Please” that encourages kids to be polite, as has Amazon. If they say “please” after asking for the weather, for example, the respective assistant will respond with “thanks for asking so nicely.”

These are certainly baby steps, but as the UNESCO study notes, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana are installed on more than two billion devices around the world, while over two-thirds of voice assistants offer female-only voices. Artificial intelligence is only growing more common and more humane. Voice assistants, after all, are a proliferation of a role women have been assigned for decades, which is shocking considering the evolution of the form, but not so considering those at work behind the scenes.

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IT - DS Programmer Analyst I - Georgia Farm Bureau - Macon, GA

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and at least 18 months of paid work experience as a software developer.
From Georgia Farm Bureau - Tue, 03 Sep 2019 20:06:55 GMT - View all Macon, GA jobs

WordPress Developer - Dow Technologies and Systems - Casper, WY

Experience with WordPress CMS, PHP and MySQL Web service and API integration Experience using JavaScript frameworks (Angular) a plus Demonstrated proficiency… $7,000 - $8,000 a month
From Indeed - Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:20:33 GMT - View all Casper, WY jobs

Business Developer / Equity Analyst - PeryCap - Asansol, West Bengal

Peryton Securities Consultants Private Limited (PeryCap) is the financial service firm, Our analyst formed together from all over the country to create… ₹15,000 - ₹25,000 a month
From Indeed - Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:02:56 GMT - View all Asansol, West Bengal jobs

Appeals Court Reverses Dismissal of $1M Disgorgement Claim Against Ex-GC

The appeals court reversed an August 2017 order dismissing real estate developer Bruce Kaye's suit against Alan Rosefielde, who improperly transferred ownership interests in some of Kaye's businesses to himself after he was hired to manage Kaye's real estate holdings.


Senior .NET Developer - GHD - Toronto, ON

GHD company) is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm. We specialize in web, brand, communications, marketing and creative strategies.
From GHD - Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:43:25 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom’s developers team up again for new game


By all accounts, the hand-drawn 2D action platformer Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom has been a smashing success, achieving critical acclaim and becoming the most profitable console venture for publisher FDG Entertainment. It looks like they’re hoping to replicate that success in the future, as FDG has teamed up...

The post Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom’s developers team up again for new game appeared first on Nintendo Wire.


Developer of HildaCrypt ransomware releases decryption keys for free

Ransomware is a pervasive problem, and for victims it can be difficult to know whether paying up will help them to regain access to their maliciously encrypted files. So when ransomware decryption keys are released free of charge, it's always good news -- and this is exactly what has happened for HildaCrypt. The developer of this particular strain of ransomware has released the decryption keys after a security researcher shared detailed of what was initially thought to be a new type of ransomware. See also: The top vulnerabilities in enterprise ransomware attacks New open source tool helps prevent brute force… [Continue Reading]


Better understanding of software usage helps drive monetization

In order to make better decisions concerning their products, software developers need to know not just whether an app is being used but also which features are most used and whether that use is increasing or declining. Flexera is releasing its Monetization Monitor: Usage Management & Insights report which seeks to understand how usage data can be used to improve products. Among the findings are that software suppliers' interest in usage-based monetization models continues to grow. SaaS-based companies are leading this trend. Overall, 43 percent of all respondents and 48 percent of the largest software vendors (those with more than… [Continue Reading]


10/8/2019: Názory: Václava Teichmanna


Ohlásila konec dráhy herecké a vrhla se na dráhu developerskou. Dagmar Havlová chce vedle proslulé usedlosti na Hrádečku postavit komplex apartmánů, parkoviště a muzeum Václava Havla. „Jsem přítelem toho, aby naše údolí zůstalo co nejblíž svému...

Lead Applications Developer


GENERAL FUNCTION: As part of the applications development discipline, develops cost-effective information technology solutions by creating new and modifying existing software applications. Coordinates with users to determine requirements. Codes, tests, debug documents and implements complex software applications. May coordinate activities of the project team and assist in monitoring project schedules and costs. Functions as technical lead and acts as liaison between business units. Provides training and direction to team members. May be involved in 7-by-24 production support.


·         Design Technical Solutions for Corporate Applications that meet our customers’ requirements

·         Participate and lead project meetings

·         Participates in 24x7 production support on-call rotation

·         May be technical lead on larger projects and may act as project lead on smaller projects/development efforts.

·         Reviews and recommends vendor products, develops technical specifications and interfaces with other applications.

·         Acts as a liaison to define business requirements and/or problems and initiates maintenance of existing programs or designs of a new application.

·         Other duties as required.



Lead Applications Developer



As part of the applications development discipline, develops cost-effective information technology solutions by creating new and modifying existing software applications. Coordinates with users, business analysts and other developer to determine requirements and effective solutions. Codes, tests, debugs, documents, and implements complex software applications. May coordinate activities of the project team and assist in monitoring project schedules and costs. Functions as technical lead and acts as liaison between business units. Provides training and direction to team members. May be involved in 7-by-24 production support



·         Analyzes, codes, tests and documents complex enhancements made to new and/or existing programs.

·         Participant in production support: troubleshooting and issue resolution.

·         Demonstrates proven knowledge in one or more applications or systems.

·         Designs, codes, tests and implements application programs in accordance with requirements and standards.

·         Able to produce accurate, readable documentation related to software systems.

·         Able to identify efficient and practical solutions to meet business objectives.

·         May be technical lead on larger projects and may act as project lead on smaller projects/development efforts.

·         Reviews and recommends vendor products, develops technical specifications and interfaces with other applications.

·         Perform code reviews and mentor other developers.

·         Ability to wear multiple hats not necessarily all related to writing code.


The Lead Application Developer is an experienced contact center technical expert. This individual works on projects that are highly visible and have broad enterprise implications for the business and the IT architecture. The individual designs, develops and implements technology solutions related to Telephony, Genesys Call Routing, Framework, GVP/IVR, Reporting and associated contact center technologies.

Duties & Responsibilities:

· Participate in architecture, design, implementation, and QA phases of the project lifecycle.

· Design, code, test and implement applications in a timely and efficient manner in accordance with corporate procedures and standards.

· Analyzes requested changes and performs maintenance to existing voice based applications.

· Plays a key role as an individual contributor on projects. Work as part of a project team to determine project requirements, goals and implementation.

· Develops an understanding of 5/3 Bank’s business lines and systems. Works with other development teams across the bank to build new or enhanced voice based banking applications.

· Act as a technical subject matter expert for the internal team on areas such as system functionality and approach including solving systems operations issues, performance initiatives

· Provide training and knowledge sharing with fellow team members and other development groups.

· Create Technical Specifications that can be passed to onshore and/or offshore consultants for development. Supervise such projects throughout the project life cycle and perform code reviews.

· Normally works on several projects at a time. Manages time and priorities to ensure that commitments are met and that the lines of communication are flowing to the project managers.

· Participate in production tier two support rotation pool.

· Assume additional responsibilities as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: none


Lead Applications Developer


GENERAL FUNCTION: As part of the applications development discipline, develops cost-effective information technology solutions by creating new and modifying existing software applications. Coordinates with users to determine requirements. Codes, tests, debug documents and implements complex software applications. May coordinate activities of the project team and assist in monitoring project schedules and costs. Functions as technical lead and acts as liaison between business units. Provides training and direction to team members. Involved in 7-by-24 production support



·         Analyzes, codes, tests and documents routine enhancements made to new and/or existing programs.

·         Participates in 24x7 production support on-call rotation.

·         Demonstrates proven knowledge in one or more applications or systems.

·         Designs, codes, tests and implements application programs in accordance with client specifications.

·         Interprets business requirements and identifies solutions to meet business objectives.

·         Oversees the advanced troubleshooting and problem resolution functions for software products.

·         Coordinates project resources for application projects with minor complexity.

·         Technical lead on projects

·         Reviews and recommends vendor products, develops technical specifications and interfaces with other applications

·         Acts as a liaison to define business requirements and/or problems and initiates maintenance of

·         existing programs or designs of a new application

Regina, SK jobs

Job Developer, Partners in Employment 2019 - Saskatchewan Abilities Council - Regina, SK

Professionals to understand their business/hiring needs in order to access the hidden job market. SaskAbilities is dedicated to providing supported employment… $23.90 - $29.71 an hour
From Saskatchewan Abilities Council - Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:24:42 GMT - View all Regina, SK jobs
   Enters Dark Mode

 Cache Enters Dark Mode

Ever since the early developer previews of iOS 13, I knew I was a fan of “dark mode.” Perhaps it’s the potential for minor improvements in battery life on OLED displays or just the contrast of lighter text on darker backgrounds that appeals to me. I knew that I wanted to dark mode “all the [...] Enters Dark Mode


Thread: General Gaming:: I recommend free games, not limited to this forum.


by stevenlong1

If I find games, I will post them on this topic.

I made the game for free

Instructions for the article:
-The name of the game
-Link to page where you can download it for free (for example, games, applications)
-How to download and play unlimited
-Step to get it (for example: request an account or something similar)

So. If anyone else knows about any of the free utilities available, post them. Let's all have tons of games !: P

Reviews Of Game :

Candy Crush Saga

This game was created for sweet tooths. Are you fond of sweets like this little virtual girl by the name of Candy? If you cannot imagine your life without sugary treats or would love to diversify your free time with a new colorful game, then Candy Crush Saga is exactly what you are looking for! It is a game from the ‘get three in a row’ category. What can developers come up with to expand this simple genre? Well, there are some tricks to make you interested in Candy Crush Saga. That girl, Candy, we mentioned before, will be your guide to various fantastic worlds. Each world has its own distinguishable features and special difficult places. The gameplay is all about moving candy-buttons and making combinations starting from simple ‘three of the same’ to more complex geometry figures and ornaments.

The graphics in Candy Crush Saga can be described as very colorful, ‘juicy,’ and unnatural – it is like you are visiting a puppet theatre. Another great thing about it – it has a storyline, which is very unusual for games of this genre. The developers have created more than 300 missions and adventures for Candy Crush Saga. There are no time limits for completing levels, but there is another twist – you have a limited number of moves to reach your goal, and if you fail to do so, then you will have to start over again. Smart players always think ahead to finish the level using the least number of moves possible as it gives additional bonus points added to the final score.

Each level features unique mission to complete. You must be logical and pragmatic. You must calculate all moves and possibilities to be able to outsmart the game. And don’t forget about various bonuses that will be useful in later stages. All in all, there are 100 levels in several worlds in Candy Crush Saga. The further you go, the harder it gets. At least the hypnotizing soundtrack and wonderful graphics support you throughout the adventure.
Candy Crush Saga is available for free, but some levels in the game are insanely difficult so they might require you buying additional moves. However, it is not necessary because all levels can be completed without investing real money – you just have to think harder than usual to get through. Maybe it will take longer, maybe it will take multiple attempts, but still, you will be glad that you didn’t succumb to the ‘easy win’ button.

React Native Developer - Prasarnet - Salt Lake City, West Bengal

We are looking for a React Native developer interested in building performant mobile apps on both the iOS and Android platforms.
From Indeed - Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:49:47 GMT - View all Salt Lake City, West Bengal jobs

Senior PHP Developer - Pixel Solutionz - Kolkata, West Bengal

We are looking for a sound PHP- Laravel developer with minimum 2+ years of experience. Candidates must possess PHP skills, She/he should be capable of working…
From Indeed - Thu, 26 Sep 2019 12:25:28 GMT - View all Kolkata, West Bengal jobs

Full Stack Developer - ERM placement - Kolkata, West Bengal

Expert knowledge of JavaScript, JavaScript libraries and tooling. Strong experience with, XML/JSON and developing REST Services.
From ERM placement - Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:00:25 GMT - View all Kolkata, West Bengal jobs

PHP- Laravel developer - Pixel Solutionz - Kolkata, West Bengal

We are looking for a sound PHP- Laravel developer with minimum 2+ years of experience. Candidates must possess PHP skills, She/he should be capable of working…
From Indeed - Tue, 06 Aug 2019 05:16:00 GMT - View all Kolkata, West Bengal jobs

developer and designer - Career Care Guide - Kolkata, West Bengal

Web developer responsibilities include building our website from concept all the way to completion by fashioning everything from home page to site layout and… ₹11,000 - ₹15,000 a month
From Career Care Guide - Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:39:11 GMT - View all Kolkata, West Bengal jobs

HTML Developer - The Moving Pixel - West Bengal

Candidates should have experience in designing websites, landing pages, banner ads, popups, etc and should be able to handle all design requirements for an…
From The Moving Pixel - Sun, 14 Oct 2018 05:06:06 GMT - View all West Bengal jobs

The Sojourn Review


The Sojourn, by indie developer Shifting Tides, is the latest first-person puzzler with a moving, philosophical story at its core. 

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Senior Applications Developer





As part of the applications development discipline, develops cost-effective solutions by creating new and modifying existing software applications for critical real-time bank systems. Coordinates with users, business analysts and other developers to determine requirements and effective solutions. Works with vendors to install, enhance, and maintain both COTS and in-house developed systems. For both, tests, debugs, documents, and implements complex software applications. May coordinate activities of the project team and assist in monitoring project schedules and costs. Functions as technical lead and acts as liaison between business units. Provides training and direction to team members. Will be involved in 7-by-24 production support rotation.






·         Analyzes, codes, tests and documents complex enhancements made to new and/or existing systems, both in-house and COTS.


·         Participates in production support: troubleshooting and issue resolution.


·         Demonstrates proven knowledge in one or more applications or systems.


·         Designs, codes, tests and implements application programs in accordance with requirements and standards.


·         Able to produce accurate, readable documentation related to software systems.


·         Able to identify efficient and practical solutions to meet business objectives.


Developer John Eakin will have two Gaylon Lawrence Jr.-owned entities in his newest office tower, Peabody Plaza.


Florida apartment developer to make Nashville debut

A development site in Bellevue has been sold to a Florida-based firm. Nashville Post reports that Ram Realty Advisors paid $3.1 million for the 200-acre property, which is located off Old Hickory Boulevard, near Eagle Ridge at The Reserve. The Post reports that Ram Realty plans to develop 323 units and preserve almost 160 acres of the site. This is Ram Realty’s first project in Nashville. “We have been actively pursuing potential multifamily and retail real estate investments in the Nashville…


Agenda for October 2019 Regular Meeting of the Franklin Town Council Released


The Franklin Town Council will be holding its regular meeting for October 2019 on Monday night in the lower level of the town hall. The meeting begins at 6pm and is open to the public. Macon Media intends to be there to stream live video of the meeting and to record it for later uploading to the internet.

Copies of the public agenda and agenda packet are posted below. Several readers have said they cannot access documents in a PDF format, so I (Bobby) have attempted to transcribe portions of the agenda packet so they can be read.

Franklin Town Council
October 7, 2019

1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

3. Adoption of the October 7, 2019 Town Council Agenda

4. Approval of Consent Agenda for October 7, 2019

A.) Approval of the September 3, 2019, Town Counmtil Minutes
B.) Budget Amendments
C.) Street Closing Request for Jeepers Creepers
D.) Tax Releases
E.) Forward Re-Zoning Petition to the Town Planning Board
F.) Set Public Hearing for Plat Stamp Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance

5. Public Session (Public Comments)

6. New Business:

A.) Presentation on Growing Outdoor Communities - Cory McCall
B.) Discussion on Love Street Property - Joyce Handley
C.) Discussion on Waiving Tap Fees for Macon County's New Dog Park - Town Manager Summer Woodard
D.) Discussion on W-R Contract for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant - Town Manager Summer Woodard
E.) Update on Leash Law- Town Manager Summer Woodard and Town Attorney John Henning Jr
F.) Update on Opportunity Zones - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

7. Legal:

A.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Guardrail Policy - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
B.) Update on NCDOT SidewalkAgreement along US-441 South to Prentiss Bridge - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

8. Announcements

A.) Town Hall Movie Night will be Friday, October 8, 2019
B.) Pumpkinfest will be Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9am to 4pm
C.) Second Annual Town of Franklin Leaf Pickup is available

9. Adjourn

Copy of Agenda Packet sent to media outlets

Expanded Public Agenda

Franklin Town Council
October 7, 2019

1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

3. Adoption of the October 7, 2019, Town Council Agenda

4. Approval of Consent Agenda for October 7, 2019

A.) Approval of the September 3, 2019, Town Council Minutes
B.) Budget Amendments
C.) Street Closing Request for Jeepers Creepers
D.) Tax Releases
E.) Forward Re-Zoning Petition to the Town Planning Board

The family of the Lillian Fouts Estate would like to have this parcel rezoned from R-1 to C-3. The parcel is in the ETJ and not in the city limits. It adjoins R-1 to the north and west, C-3 off of US-441 N 9Georgia Road) & Belden Circle to the north, east and south. Currently the only road access is off of Dryman Road. The site is served with city 6" water line, the nearest sewer line is down on the Georgia Road. The only major consideration to review is the traffic on Dryman Road for a commercial development.

F.) Set Public Hearing for Plat Stamp Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance

The town manager suggests (if approved) set a public hearing for plat stamp amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance for Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:05pm.

Copy of the proposed change and resolution:

Ordinance No. 2019-008

WHEREAS, there was adopted a unified development ordinance for the Town of Franklin, by a unanimous vote of the Board of Aldermen, at its regular meeting held on the 1st day of October, 2007; and

WHEREAS, the Acts of the State Legislature of the State fo North Carolina empower and authorize the Legislative Body of this Town to adopt ordinances, and to revise, amend, augment, and restate ordinances adopted pursuant to that authority; and

WHEREAS, as the Legislative Body of the Town of Franklin, the Town Council deems it necessary and expediant to adopt certain amendments to the unified development ordinance for the Town of Franklin, and has considered adoption of the same after due advertisement and public hearing;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Town Council of the Town of Franklin that:

Section 1. §152.052(E)(4)(i) of the Unified Development Ordinance is hereby amended as follows:

"(i) All the following certifications shall appear on the final plat, including the Zoning Certificate of Approved Nonconformity, if applicable:


5. Zoning Certificate of Approved Nonconformity. The proposed [boundary line adjustment, subdivision] depicted herein is not in conformance with the requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance of the Town of Franklin. This recording is now listed as a legal nonconforming use and is hereby approved for recording in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Macon County.

5. 6. Review Officer Certification. State of North Carolina, County of Macon, I, ____, Review Officer of Macon County, certify that the map or plat to which this certification is affixed meets all the statutory requirements for recording.
(Date) (Review Officer)

Section 2. Except as amended hereby, the affected sections of the Unified Development Ordinances shall remain in full force and effect as enacted.

Planning Board Recommendations
Town of Franklin
September 16, 2019


• Applicant - Town of Franklin
• Original apllication was submitted on August 27, 2019
• This addition to the UDO would give the Land Use Administrator another stamp he/she could use to properly apprive of plats for zoning approval to be recorded.
• The only stamp currently allowed has potential to stamp a plat that is non-conforming and say that it conforms to the UDO.

Recommendation Consideration:


1. The proposal will place all property similarly situated in the area in the same, category, or in appropriate complementary categories. Yes

2. There is convincing demonstration that all uses permitted under the proposed classification would be in the general public interest and not merely in the interest of an individual or small group. Yes, so property owners would be made aware of the non-conforming use at the time of recordation.

3. There is convincing demonstration that all uses permitted uder the proposed districty classification would be appropriate in the area included in the proposed change. Yes

4. There is convincing demonstration that the character of any neighborhood will not be materially and adversely affected by any use permitted in the proposed change. Yes, it will just simple be making everyone aware of the non-conforming use.

5. The proposed change is in accord with the principles of growth, sound planning principles and any applicable small area plan. Yes

Recommendation: Planning Board recommends this UDO amendment change.

5. Public Session (Public Comments)

6. New Business:

A.) Presentation on Growing Outdoor Communities - Cory McCall

Macon County Economic Development Commission
July 11, 2019 Meeting
SCC - Macon - Franklin, North Carolina


Present: David Hubbs, Vice-Chair; Barbara McRae, Secretary; Tommy Jenkins, Executive Director; Ken Murphy; Bill Futral, Mark West, Roger Plemons, Cory McCall. Guests: Robin Jenkins, Luke Barber (reporter/Franklin Press)

Absent: Johnny Mira-Knippel, Chair; Brain Stiehler, Jim Breedlove, Brett Murphy, Karl Gillespie, Ronnie Beale, Derek Roland

In the absence of Chairman Johnny Mire-Knippel, Vide-Chair David Hubbs conducted the meeting.

Mark West: Motion to approve minutes of May 9, 2019 meeting.
Bill Futral: Second.
Passed unanimously.

Mr Hubbs introduced Noah Wilson, Director of Growing Outdoor Partnerships, who gave a presentation on this regional effort.

Growing Outdoor Partnerships

Economic development and outdoor recreation are coming together in the region, Mr Wilson said. Last year, partners created 200 outdoor industry jobs in the 25 Western North Carolina Counties his project covers.

Growing Outdoor Partnerships is funded by ARC [editors note: Appalachian Regional Commission URL] and is considered a pilot for other Appalachian communities that are moving toward a goal of healthy people, healthy places. The effort is part of an ARC commitment to replace the economic importance of coal in the region. In Macon County, the loss of the Caterpillar plant was part of a cascade of economic impacts related to the decline of coal mining.
The question ARC considered is: How can we help these rural counties use recreation as a driver?

Noting "You can't outsource the mountains," Mr Wilson explained that, despite the popularity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and other outdoor attractions, the Appalachians have not been as successfully branded as the Rockies.

The project includes six basic areas of focus:

1. Workforce development. The goal: anyone who wnats a job in the outdoor space can get a job and anyone who needs workers can find an employee.

Efforts to build workforce include creation of five or six certificate programs at WCU [editors note: Western Carolina University URL], such as Masters in Recreation. The degrees are given through established departments of the school.

Another aspect of workforce creation is participation by Growing Outdoor Partnerships in a large outdoor-retailers show. EDC member Cory McCall serves on the GOP advisory board and attended the show this year.

Mr Wilson also mentioned the partnership's recruiting efforts and a new textile programs to promote a resurgence of sewing work in WNC 9Tents, outdoor gear and kayaks, for example). This requires specialized sewing skills but build on skills many in thie regional already posses.

2. Expanding entrepreneurship & capital access. Mountain BizWorks is the primary manager & fiscal agent of the customized training portion of this effort. Capital access is through Capital Investment Fund, SW Commission loan fund; and NCI for larger projects.

3. Regional Branding & Marketing. The Most-Visited Places (GSMNP and BR Parkay) are in our backyard, but "all the imagery is Rocky Mountains." How do we fill that brand out? We can leverage it through all partnerships, including regional TDAs and TDCs.

\4. Connecting supply chains. Downloadable data is available through Manufactured NC, supply chain working group. We need to figure out what we can make in NC, and market it well, Mr Wilson said. Who has those capacities? He noted that people want US manufactured items. "There is opportunity, catcvh that wave!"

5. Weaving together regional outdoor community. Organize all segments around supply chains. Identify the parties: Marketing and branding. Infrastructure. Local government. Summer camps. Permitting agencies. Lawyers and accountants who understand seasonal cycles, how pieces fit together.

An annual regional conference bringning all partners together has been held at WCU, but has outgrown it and moved to Asheville:

Outdoor Economy Conference: October 10, Crown Plaza, Asheville.

6. Driving Economic Development. It is important for developers to understand the culture of the outdoors, what makes someone in that industry take notice of you, how you dress. "Make plans to build an industry."

Discussion on an Outdoor Economy

Noah Wilson's presentation stimulated a lengthy discussion on how Macon County can develop its own outdoor economy. Following are some of the questions and thoughts members expressed.

Bill Futral: How do you get the word out?

Noah Wilson: Networking

Ken Murphy: Is Franklin Chamber equipped to get the word out? He suggested mini-courses for merchants and others, so they know how to answer visitors' questions, re "What is there to do here?"

Cory McCall & Ken Murphy: Something like "Heart of Brevard" - map of county with locations of waterfalls, overlays that show mountain bike trails, etc. Perhaps on Outdoor 76 building.

Noah Wilson: Existing businesses are a catalyst for the industry, as anyone who wants to put a business in the county tends to be someone who wants to be outdoors.

Cory McCall: The outdoor industry includes more than just "earthy" pursuits like hiking. ATVs, fishing, and much more are part of it.

Ken Murphy: What activities are going on that we could participate in that include outreach to municipal areas?

Noah Wilson: How do you ensure that we're marketing to right people, being smart with our dollar?

Cory McCall: We need to coordinate branding - run with a strong, consistent brand.

Tommy Jenkins: The thought The thought in the past was that Asheville was the center of this, but you (GOP) are doing a good job of spreading it out.

Noah Wilson: There are 19 projects in this program; every one has a rural focus.

Tommy Jenkins: We have as a community a lack of focus on planning for outdoor recreation. This would be a convenient time to look at how to develop a strategic plan from a community perspective on how to develop our outdoor economy. Cory serves on Growing Outdoors Partnerships' advisory board. I have asked him to develop a working group to do a strategic plan for the county.

Cory McCall: I've been impressed with individuals on the advisory board. There is great potential in our community... I've been shocked at how many people commented on the outdoor recreation economy, asked about interviews, wanted quotes. This is prime time to step up and ride this wave. We need to maximize how we capitalize on this and develop a feasible plan.

Tommy Jenkins: It is important to reach out to others in this sector, include them and get their input. I will get together with Cory next week, develop a timeline, see who we can pull in from the community. We'll depend on Bill Futral for Highlands input.

Ken Murphy: Part of this should be working with other counties in the region.

Cory McCall: Everyone understands that we're all in the same boat. We're more connected than ever. We have no option - we have to work together. The emphasis is on rural.

Tommy Jenkins referred to a handout showing $1.64 billion per year spent on outdoor recreation in 11th Congressional District. [editor's note: the handout was not included in the agenda packet]

Cory McCall: It is exciting to see our region taking a lead on this.

Noah Wilson: We have been building organically. We need to do this as a region, build out brand and run with it.

Motion on Strategic Plan

Barbara McRae moved and Cory McCall seconded that we proceed with deveoping a strategic plan for the county on the outdoor recreation economy. The motion passed unanimously. (As noted above, Mr Jenkins has asked Cory MCCall to lead this effort. He asked Bill Futral to represent Highlands in the working group.)

Director's Report

Mr Jenkins did not have a written report but gave a brief oral report. Highlights include:

• We continue to work on some projects involving new retail on 441 bypass.
• EDC is working on a company expansion that would add quite a few jobs. We are doing a grant application for that project.
• Braodband continues to be a matter of importance. Otto community's Little Tennessee Broadband iniative is going forward. There is movement on their work with Haywood EMC, and that could impact Scaly Mountain as well.

(Aside. David Hubbs: Starlink, Elon Musk's initiative, launched 60 satellites in May. These are the first 60 of about 12,000 he will eventually put in orbit. His intention is to provide internet access from low earth orbit to the entire planet. With an antennaae [editor's note: correct spelling is antenna] the size of a pizza box, that would give you 40 mg. [editor's note: it is unknown what HUbbs was trying to say. The goal is to provide Gigabit service to rural and underserved customers. See x for more information on the project.] Initial launch is expected in May. A few days after launch, a guy in the Netherlands got a video of train of satellites going across. No word on how much the service will cost. Probably by 2024-2025 Starlink will start providing service.)

• Workforce development: EDC is working with NC Career Center, staying on top of demand for employees.


Barbara McRae provided information on several projects:

• Upcoming charette for Franklin Comprehensice Plan (June 17-19).
• Status of work and funding for onumental staue planned for Little Tennessee River and Nikwasi Mound area.
• Recent expansion of Women's History Trail to 14 sites.
• Decision of Cerokee Tribal Council to place $150,000 recurring line item in their budget to fund Nikwasi Initiative. This will allow NI to hire staff and fund other expenses.

Having no additional business, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara McRae, Secretary

B.) Discussion on Love Street Property - Joyce Handley

C.) Discussion on Waiving Tap Fees for Macon County's New Dog Park - Town Manager Summer Woodard

Macon County has requested that the Town of Franklin waive all tap fees associated with the dog park the county is building on Phillips Street. A transcribed copy is posted below:

Ms Woodard, Mayor Scott and Honorable Councilmembers,

I hope this letter finds each of you well. As you are aware, construction of a new dog park facility is currently underway, on the 7.35 acre tract of land owned by Macon County, located inside the Town of Franklin. The property, which is bordered by Phillips Street to the East, is more particularly describes PIN# 659418589 in records furnished by the Macon County Tax Office. [editor's note: Link to property description on the county website ]

Upon completion, the fenced-in dog park will contain public restrooms, a walking trail and additional parking. We feel strongly, that this $120,000 investment will benefit residents and visitors to both Macon County and the Town of Franklin. In light of the mutual benefits this facility will provide, we would respectfully request that the Town Council consider waiving all tap fees associated with the proposed new dog park facility.

Kindest Regards,

Derek C Roland
Macon County, Manager

D.) Discussion on W-R Contract for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant - Town Manager Summer Woodard

A copy of the proposed Agreement for Engineering Services to the Town of Franklin for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant expansion has been extracted from the agenda sent to media outlewts and is embedded below for transparency purposes.

E.) Update on Leash Law- Town manager Summer Wooard and Town Attorney John Henning Jr
F.) Update on Opportunity Zones - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

7. Legal:

A.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Guardrail Policy - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

A transcribed copy of the proposed Town of Franklin Streets and Sidewalks policies is included below.

Town of Franklin
Streets and Sidewalks Policies

I. Town Policy

It is the Town's policy to provide for the common good of its citizens by maintaining streets and sidewalks that are the most efficient, useful, and safe condition that can be provided within the Town's resources.

II. Regulations

Where federal and state laws and regulations supercede these policies, they shall be interpreted and enacted to conform to such laws and regulations. Where the Town has previously enacted an ordinance that conflicts with this policy, the ordinance shall prevail. The Town Manager is authorized to adopt changes to this policy that are mandated by applicable law. In situations that are not addressed by law or ordinance, the Town Manager is authorized to act on behalf and in the best interests of the Town.

III. Traffic Safety Devices

A. INSTALLATION OF GUARDRAILS AND OTHER SAFETY DEVICES. Guardrails and other safety devices shall be installed upon the recommendation of the Public Works Director, within funds budgeted by the Town Council. The Public Works Director shall base the recommendation upon current and applicable regulations of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

B.) Update on NCDOT SidewalkAgreement along US-441 South to Prentiss Bridge - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

A copy of the proposed agreement between the town and the NCDOT has been extracted from the agenda packet and embedded below.

8. Announcments

A.) Town Hall Movie Night will be Friday, October 8, 2019
B.) Pumpkinfest will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
C.) Second Annual Town of Franklin Leaf Pickup is available

9. Adjourn


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Following BrooklynSpeaks forum, a chance for more lower-income affordable housing? The options seem limited.

Credit the Brooklyn Eagle for being the only other news outlet to cover the BrooklynSpeaks meeting Thursday night. My longer, more general coverage was headlined After BrooklynSpeaks meeting, can new legislative efforts improve accountability and reciprocal benefits? Three years to build each phase of platform?

From BrooklynSpeak
That's not exactly news, though it was one highlight of the meeting.

As the slide at right helpfully explained (and as I've reported), the "affordable housing" (aka below-market, income-targeted) is skewed to middle-income households, a significant contrast with the promises in the 2005 Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding that original developer Forest City Ratner signed with the advocacy group ACORN.

Pushing for more affordability?

From the Eagle:
Participants at the forum said that the remaining 1,469 units that have yet to be constructed should be leased to low-income tenants who make an average of 60 percent of AMI (called “low-income,” at which level a family of three makes $57,660 annually) — and at least 40 percent of those should go to renters making an average of 40 percent of AMI (“very low-income,” or $38,440 a year for a family of three).
Of the existing 781 apartments, just 5 percent were made available to families at the very low-income level.
Though that would go where the need is greatest, that's extremely unlikely, especially for the two buildings currently under construction (B15 and B4), and those expected to start next year (B12 and B13).

The likelihood also seems constrained by the need to meet the 2025 deadline, as I explain below. That said, it's possible that some one-off, enhanced affordability might be achieved by advocacy that increases the amount of subsidy, since the developer's not going to sacrifice profits.

It's notable that the original negotiator of the affordable housing plan, Bertha Lewis of ACORN (now at The Black Institute), has not made this an issue. Ismene Speliotis of the Mutual Housing Association of New York (formerly of ACORN Housing), the developer's affordable housing partner, who has at various times expressed the need for more affordability but surely has been constrained from full-throated advocacy.

What's next?

Those next buildings are all expected to have 25% or 30% affordability and participate in the Affordable New York program, the tax break that replaced the 421-a tax break. 

As I wrote, one of the three options offers a larger percentage of affordable units, but that building would deliver only 25% affordability (including 20% low-income and 5% middle-income), rather than 30%, which would deliver more overall units.

Option A:
  • 25% of the units must be affordable: at least 10% at up to 40% of AMI, 10% at up to 60% of AMI, and 5% at up to 130% of AMI; and
  • the project cannot receive any government subsidies other than tax-exempt bond proceeds and 4% tax credits.
Option B:
  • 30% of the units must be affordable: at least 10% at up to 70% of AMI and 20% at up to 130% of AMI.
Option C:
  • at least 30% of the units must be affordable at up to 130% of AMI;
  • the project cannot receive any government subsidies
Note that, with AMI steadily rising--since it incorporates wealthier suburban counties, rather than focuses on New York or Brooklyn--130% of AMI today is a significant number, with an income cap for a single person of $97,710 and a four-person household $138,710.

Senior housing and help for those displaced?

From the Eagle:
Among the other recommendations made at the forum: more units set aside for elderly tenants, and a housing lottery priority for people who have been displaced from homes in the neighborhoods bordering the development.
As I wrote, the senior housing was promised but never memorialized, and has not since been discussed. As to retroactive community preference in the housing lottery, it's a worthy idea, but already has rejected, as I wrote in September 2016.

The state obfuscates

From the Eagle:
Jack Sterne, Empire State Development Corp.’s downstate press secretary, told the Eagle the agency expects construction to start next year on additional affordable units at Pacific Park.
“There is universal agreement that Brooklyn critically needs affordable housing,” Sterne said. “The project developer made a legally-binding commitment to deliver 2,250 units of affordable housing by 2025 — and we will hold them and all of their partners to that deadline.”
According to ESD, the project plan doesn’t specify the income levels for affordable housing at Pacific Park-Atlantic Yards and ESD isn’t responsible for setting those levels. Two city agencies, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Housing Development Corp., determine those income levels.
ESD expects that more than half the affordable units that Pacific Park is required to construct will be completed by 2022. 
As I commented:
While it's true that the guiding General Project Plan doesn’t specify the income levels for affordable housing, ESD's subsequent Development Agreement could have done so, or at least recognized the commitments by developer Forest City Ratner to devote 40% of below-market/income-targeted units to low-income households.
Instead, it ignored the Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding and Community Benefits Agreement signed by the developer with private, nonprofit counterparties. No one's held the developer--then Forest City, now Greenland Forest City Partners, dominated by Greenland USA--accountable.
More affordability in later buildings?

As illustrated in the Affordable New York program, there's a tension between greater affordability and the number of units. So to reach the 2,250 goal, involving an estimated 916 more units after the four buildings starting this year and next, that tension will increase.

As I've suggested, it might be easier to meet the 2025 affordable housing deadline by building towers that contain 50% or even 100% "affordable" units.

What are the options?

The New York City Housing Development Corporation (NYC HDC) offers multiple programs, including the 100% affordable M2 Mixed Income Program: M2 (Mixed-Middle), a variant of which was used to build 535 Carlton and 38 Sixth, the two Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park towers skewed toward middle-income units. From NYC HDC:
More specifically, 20% of the units will be at rents affordable to households earning up to 50% of Area Median Income (AMI); alternatively, 25% of the units must be affordable to those earning up to 60% AMI. A minimum of 30% of the units must be affordable to moderate-income households earning between 80% and 100% of AMI with the remaining units affordable to middle-income households earning between 130% and 165% of AMI. Projects may have a range of affordability tiers.
NYC HDC also offers the 50/30/20 Mixed-Income Program, with 50% affordable units:
More specifically, 20% of the units will be at rents affordable to households earning up to 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI), with at least 15% of these units affordable to households earning up to 40% of AMI. A minimum of 30% of the units must be affordable to middle-income households according to the guidelines below. A maximum of 50% of the units would be set at market rates for households without regard to incomes.
It offers these options regarding Moderate and Middle-Income Units – a minimum of 30% of the units must be affordable to moderate and middle-income households earning up to 130% AMI.

  • Units with rents set at or below 80% AMI can be rented to those with incomes up to 100% of AMI.
  • Units with rents set at or below 100% AMI can be rented to those with incomes up to 130% of AMI.
  • Units with rents set at or below 130% AMI can be rented to those with incomes up to 165% of AMI.

What could increase affordability? HDC also offers Extremely Low & Low-Income Affordability (ELLA):
Option 1

  • 10% of the units serving formerly homeless households;
  • 10% of units affordable to those earning up to 30% AMI underwritten at 27% AMI rents or below; and
  • 10% of units affordable to those earning up to 40% AMI underwritten at 37% AMI rents or below; and
  • 10% of units affordable to those earning up to 50% AMI underwritten at 47% AMI rents or below;
  • (Optional): up to 30% of the units with rents affordable to households earning 70%-100% of AMI;
  • The remaining units must be affordable to those earning up to 60% AMI underwritten at 57% AMI rents or below.
Option 2

  • 30% of the units set aside for formerly homeless households with a rental subsidy;
  • 5% of the units serving households up to 40% of AMI;
  • 5% of the units serving households up to 50% of AMI;
  • (Optional): up to 30% of the units with rents affordable to households earning 70%-100% of AMI;
  • The remaining units must be affordable to those earning up to 60% AMI underwritten at 57% AMI rents or below.

The likelihood for this, I suspect, is low, given the high land costs involved.

What about the platform?

The Eagle coverage ended with this line: "The developer recently announced it will start to build the platform in 2020."

Much more could be said, starting with the observation that the announcement, in the friendly New York Post, surely seemed timed to undermine the upcoming BrooklynSpeaks meeting.

Moreover, the big questions about that plan--the timing for the platform, and the timing for the subsequent towers, and thus the chance of meeting the 2025 affordable housing deadline--went unanswered.


After BrooklynSpeaks meeting, can new legislative efforts improve accountability and reciprocal benefits? Three years to build each phase of platform?

The bottom line, from BrooklynSpeaks
Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park seems to be at an inflection point, presenters at a forum said last night, and that should offer leverage for improvements in public benefits and public oversight.

However, lead developer Greenland USA seems financially strained, it has not yet been pressured by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for such improvements.

In fact, Cuomo’s Empire State Development (ESD), the state authority overseeing and shepherding the project, recently eased the way for a Greenland lessee, TF Cornerstone, to gain below-ground space to build a field house and fitness center below two towers slated to start next year, with no reciprocal benefit. at two upcoming

The question is whether those organized by the BrooklynSpeaks coalition—neighborhood and housing groups whose posture I've long described as "mend-it-don't-end-it"—can mount such pressure. At the meeting, Assemblymembers Walter Mosley and Jo Anne Simon indicated a willingness to push for state oversight hearings, thus putting ESD under scrutiny for just the second time in the project’s history.

Also, Council Member Brad Lander agreed that, while the project is not overseen by the city, a city oversight hearing, involving agencies working on housing and education issues, also could add sunlight. (Council Member Laurie Cumbo was also present, sounding more dismayed about the project than in some previous presentations.)

Those tentative pledges might be the most concrete outcomes of an event that included breakout sessions that produced proposals on a "new plan" and improvements in transportation and urban design, some practical, others pie-in-the-sky.

A platform coming, but on what schedule?

About 75 people attended the event, held at the Montauk Club in Park Slope, with a handful completely new to project-related events—which have proceeded since 2004, one year after Atlantic Yards was announced—and numerous people, understandably, not fully up to speed.

(Not present, apparently, were residents of the project buildings, who may face serious construction impacts and the uncertainty of the delivery of project open space, which could take until 2035. Perhaps given the location and a general pattern of activism involving project critics/opponents, the crowd was mostly white. The stated effort to expand the project's affordability, and to assist those displaced from the four nearby community districts, suggests a recognition that some lower-income residents, including people of color, placed significant hope in this project.)

Mentioned, and surely new to some who don’t follow the project closely, was the announcement, via the New York Post, that next year Greenland USA will start building the platform over the the western block of the Vanderbilt Yard, between Sixth and Carlton avenues. Despite a claimed "Brooklyn's Pacific Park moves to fast track" headline, that article neglected to address the timing for that platform or the towers slated to rise above it.

So that doesn’t mean the project hits the fast track, though, with two towers now under construction (B4 and B15) and two lated to start next year (B12 and B13), it certainly has some momentum after a stall.
This map, which I produced with designer Ben Keel, was distributed at the meeting
One perhaps crucial piece of information almost slipped out. Simon, in her presentation—see the second tape below—said that each of the two decks required, with three towers per deck coming later, would take three years each.

That has not been publicly confirmed and only partly reflects the general schedule that I acquired, which also has not been confirmed.

The onus now is on the state to explain further. After all, if it takes three years to finish a platform started in 2020, there may not be time to start two towers (at least) needed to meet the affordable housing deadline by June 2022, the date the Affordable New York tax break expires, assuming it’s not extended, and meet the May 2025 deadline for affordable housing.

(With some 916 affordable units required after the four current towers are built, that obligation would require at least two towers with affordable units.)

The slide top left summarized the issues:
  • Developers must be candid about strategy and schedule for completion of the project--including affordable housing commitments--before further approvals are granted.
  • Any increase in private value from project changes must be matched by additional public benefits.
  • The State and the City must take responsibility for the conditions created by the project, and address impacts from construction, arena operations, and municipal services.
  • A meaningful dialog about further large-scale redevelopment at Brooklyn's busiest intersection must begin.
The full slideshow

Starting off: Simon on project history

In the video below, Simon described the project history, including project approval in 2006, expected completion in 2016, and state-allowed delays until 2035.

(Note: the 461 Dean modular tower started in 2012, not 2010, and took four years to build. That's been corrected in the embedded slideshow.)

Simon at 7:32 made an interesting observation, talking about the shift in ownership from original developer Forest City Ratner/Forest City Enterprises to Greenland USA, which in 2014 bought 70% of the project, in 2018 bought all but 5% of the rest, and since then has leased three development sites to other companies, and has embarked on a joint venture regarding another site.

“We said it shouldn’t be one developer, because the project will rise and fall on the fortunes of that one developer,” she recalled. “We were told to take a hike, we didn’t know anything.” But she had been told the same critique by government, she said, regarding the Hoyt-Schermerhorn renewal plans in Downtown Brooklyn, which did involve multiple developers.

(I’m not sure ESD was involved, though, so I’ll update when I learn more.)

Reasons for concern

In the video below, Simon explained that changes in China, as well as rising costs for infrastructure, have made the project more costly for Greenland.

She also mentioned the timetable for each deck, and the June 2022 subsidy deadline.

Housing issues

In the video below, Bernell Grier of IMPACCT Brooklyn and Michelle de la Uz of the Fifth Avenue Committee FAC talked about affordable housing, which has been skewed to middle-income tenants and might better be described as income-targeted or income-linked.

As de la Uz explained, when the project was announced, the city had no policy for mandatory affordability in upzonings—Atlantic Yards was a state override of zoning, thus the equivalent of a private rezoning—so, when the Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding and Community Benefits Agreement were announced, it was a “big deal” to get a commitment of 35% of the project units, with 40% of the 2,250 units promised for low-income housing.

But that wasn't fulfilled.

That private housing deal between Forest City and the advocacy group ACORN, however, was not locked into the project agreements signed in 2009-10, which defined affordable housing more broadly as part of government subsidy or assistance programs.

Also, city policies allow affordable housing for project with significant middle-income components, and the 421-a tax break, which once offered benefits to project buildings without affordable units—thus encouraging other buildings that would be 50% affordable—has been revised.

Neighborhood impacts

In the video below, Regina Cahill, a Flatbush Avenue resident and the president of the North Flatbush Business Improvement District, cited the failure to fulfill promises of limiting impacts on the surrounding blocks.

Parking and traffic flow issues have been exacerbated by the presence of a fire station, police station, arena loading dock, and health facility all near Sixth Avenue and Dean Street, which will be joined in 2023 by a middle school. “I don’t know how you control 800 middle school students” as they exit, she said.

One small but important thing: the NYPD refuses to utilize the 24 (she said 25) free spaces provided in the garage at 535 Carlton, one long block away from the 78th Precinct House at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street and, presumably, less convenient than on street/sidewalk parking nearby.

Accountability issues

In the video below, Gib Veconi of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and BrooklynSpeaks, suggested that the project problems relate to the fact that it went through the state process, rather than the city’s land use review, which meant no Brooklyn elected official got a voice. (That certainly lessened accountability, then and now, but the city process is no panacea.)

“About every five years, they need a lifeline,” he said, citing the role of Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov in rescuing Nets principal owner BruceRatner by buying the majority of the Nets (and part of the arena), and then Greenland moving in five years later.

“We’re now at a point where even that developer is not in a position to move forward in the way it was originally conceived,” he said, noting that the announcement of the platform tells us very little.

The field house and fitness center approval, he said, was a bonus for developer TF Cornerstone without have to provide reciprocal public benefit, such as a school (as was done in another Brooklyn upzoning).

One inflection point may be the long expected, but still pending, plan for the developer to shift the bulk of the unbuilt B1 tower—once planned for what’s now the arena plaza—across busy Flatbush Avenue to build a giant project at Site 5, currently home to P.C. Richard and Modell’s (as I first revealed in 2016).

There’s “no absolute requirement” that that move be subject to public review, he said, though I’m less skeptical: ESD has previously said they will hold a full public process, involving a revised General Project Plan, for that change. That offers a opportunity for public involvement and pressure.

While that two-tower Site 5 project, which as of 2016 was said to stretch nearly 800 feet (and could now grow taller), has been said to encompass office, retail, and perhaps hotel space, the market may be such that that includes housing.

That may mean the full project eventually includes more than the 6,430 apartments approved. It’s unclear whether the affordable housing commitment of 35% would apply to these units—but that would be another subject for discussion and pressure.

Summing up: urban design and transportation

After the audience divided into four breakout groups to discuss issues, based on the principles BrooklynSpeaks established in 2005 upon the group's founding, the leads of those groups reported back.

One suggestion was relocate the fire and even police stations from that busy corner. Another—reflecting an original BrooklynSpeaks principle—was to shift the project open space to the curb, rather than behind buildings.

Another was to ensure smaller retail spaces to avoid chain retailers. (The developer already promised that, at least in the residential buildings east of the arena block, but the role of Chelsea Piers as operator of the 105,000 square foot field house and fitness center reversed that.)

Regarding the Site 5 project, participants suggested a new entrance to the subway complex below in that building, rather on Fourth Avenue, as well as one on Flatbush Avenue. Another idea was to ensure that the building is set back from Pacific Street and, at least in its initial stage, reflects the house scale.

(I suspect the subway entrance changes would be much easier to achieve.)

Participants agreed that the city Department of Transportation should conduct a study of Atlantic Avenue traffic, but not delay it—as apparently DOT has said—until Atlantic is no longer under construction. (DOT might attend another of the bi-monthly Quality of Life meetings to explain its policies.)

Even as parking has been reduced to 1,000 spaces project-wide, participants suggested that “mandatory minimums”—not actually applicable to a state project—be further reduced, thus removing the incentive to drive.

I think that’s a logical policy in general, but runs into difficulty with an arena that attracts traffic, as well as those seeking free parking nearby. If such available free parking were limited—thanks to residential permit parking (RPP), which has been proposed but not passed, and endorsed again last night—demand for paid parking would increase.

Summing up: housing

Grier and de la Uz discussed the importance of including housing for lower-income households, at an average of 60% of Area Median Income, and allowing those displaced from the four community districts to gain the community preference in affordable housing lotteries. (Half the units are assigned to residents of those districts.)

They also cited the importance of senior housing, which was once promised but not implemented.

The challenge, of course, is funding all this—more affordability suggests more subsidy, so this project could then be criticized for gaining more subsidy than other projects, and/or be less attractive to city officials eager to maximize unit count above all.

Summing up: oversight

At the breakout session, Veconi noted the need for a better way for the developer to accept and address complaints regarding untoward impacts, and noted—as I wrote re the nearby 80 Flatbush project—the potential for a 24-hour hotline.

Peter Krashes of the North Prospect Heights Association (formerly the Dean Street Block Association) noted that it was necessary for “the impacted community” to have the lead. (The block association previously left BrooklynSpeaks after the 2014 agreement, concerned—among other things—that it would not protect their interests—but the revamped neighborhood groups recently rejoined the larger coalition.)

Speaking to the group at large, Veconi noted that, in the past, leverage was achieved by lawsuits. One was by BrooklynSpeaks (and, unmentioned, combined with one organized by project opponents Develop Don’t Destroy) after 2009 approval, generating a court-ordered Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate delay.

Another, on fair housing grounds, was threatened in 2014, and generated the new 2025 affordable housing deadline, ten years ahead of the previously extended deadline, though it didn’t address affordability.

“We believe we may be nearing another inflection point in the project,” Veconi said. “And we want to have the community engaged.”

With settlement regarding 80 Flatbush, a "Community Benefits Agreement" with perhaps some Atlantic Yards pointers re construction protection

From the press release regarding tonight's BrooklynSpeaks meeting: Sixteen years after the announcement of the Atlantic Yards project, fundamental questions about the completion of its affordable housing—required in less than six years—and other public benefits still remain. Where will the rest of the apartments be built, and when? Who will be able to afford to live in them? At the same time, the City has yet to address the disruption caused by both project construction and the ongoing operation of an arena built in a residential neighborhood. How can street safety and local quality of life be improved during the next phase of development?

As reported two weeks ago (by Curbed and the Brooklyn Eagle), a lawsuit from row-house neighbors aiming to block the two-tower 80 Flatbush development has ended in a settlement, much of it under wraps, that includes what's been dubbed a Community Benefits Agreement, or CBA.

As Atlantic Yards-watchers have learned, the notion of a CBA is enormously flexible, in terms of the scope of the "community," the benefits enumerated (job training, housing, etc.), the enforcement mechanism, and the role (or absence) of government.

In this case, the document (at bottom) might better be called a State Street Construction Protection Agreement. At that, it may be useful, at least if it's followed and enforced, since the protections promised the nearest neighbors exceed those offered, for example, to the nearest neighbors of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park. (Such protections were absent from the much-ballyhooed Atlantic Yards CBA, which is mostly moribund.)

The 80 Flatbush agreement, notably, promises "a full-time project manager on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during construction, and a dedicated hotline available for neighbors to notify 80 Flatbush of construction issues that may arise." That said, the hotline is supposed to be used only for emergencies. Also, reports on dust emissions will be delivered weekly.

No hotline for Atlantic Yards

No such provisions exists for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, though they surely would have been very useful during some disruptive, even traumatic activities in the past, and would be useful going forward.

Rather, there's a Community Liaison Office operated by the developer, available during business hours, as well as business hours contact information for Empire State Development, the state authority overseeing/shepherding the project.

(The Columbia University CBA, for its West Harlem/Manhattanville project, offers a 24-hour hotline.)

So perhaps one "ask" emanating from tonight's meeting, sponsored by BrooklynSpeaks, might be something as simple as a 24-hour hotline. (The only 24-hour hotline, introduced only last year, involves the after-hours use of the arena's oculus.) After all, the 80 Flatbush project, just a block up Flatbush from the arena, is much smaller.

Among the other 80 Flatbush provisions:
  • no loading docks or loading bays on State Street.
  • retail deliveries or pickups prohibited on State Street if unloading on Flatbush Avenue is permitted
  • no trash retail/office trash on State Street
  • the developer will meet with the block association monthly during the design process to solicit input
  • water sprays will be used during demolition, excavation, and transfer of soils to avoid dust
  •  80 FLATBUSH will conduct, real-time air quality monitoring for dust, with reports on results on a weekly basis through the DESIGNATED PETITIONER.
  • construction will not take place on Sunday, except for safety related maintenance, limited and time-sensitive activities
  • rodent control and tree protection plans
  • 80 FLATBUSH will share foundation plans and reports on geotechnical testing
  • 80 FLATBUSH will use its best efforts to make sure that PROJECT workers will be good neighbors, and that they will avoid sitting on stoops in front of PETITIONERS’ homes, harassing pedestrians, including but not limited to women, and playing music that is audible beyond the confines of the PROJECT SITE.
However, such provisions must be tested in the real world, and depend on the good faith efforts by the more powerful party. There are no stated penalties for non-compliance, and it would be challenging for the petitioners to go back to court over particular episodes. (Were the government involved, that could be a governmental responsibility.)

More on the lawsuit, and agreement

The 80 Flatbush project is on a trapezoidal block bridging Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn, including Flatbush and Third avenues, and Schermerhorn and State streets.

Rather than observing transitional zoning (with a Floor Area Ratio, or FAR, of 6.5) agreed to during the Downtown Brooklyn rezoning, developer Alloy proposed a huge increase, promising affordable housing, a replacement school, and a new school.

That was dialed back relatively slightly in September 2018, from an FAR of 18 to 15.75, and with the tallest tower 840 feet rather than 986 feet.

So residents of State Street, who once faced structures of modest scale, will see large towers, as well as the attendant construction. In July, they filed suit, stating:
The plaintiffs of State Street, who are not opposed to development, aim to expose the practice of illegal Contract Zoning and if successful, this case may establish a recalibration—not only in NYC, but in other major urban environments—towards a responsible, livable, and modern concept of urbanization.
Here's coverage of that suit in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

After some legal volleys--with the neighbors surely battling uphill--the case was settled.

"We're pleased to honor our commitment to establish a Community Benefits Agreement with our neighbors," said a spokesman for Alloy. "Demolition on site is underway, we look forward to starting vertical construction next spring and to ultimately following through on our promise to deliver 200 units of permanently affordable housing and two new public schools in Downtown Brooklyn."

The affordable housing would come in the second tower, scheduled for 2025.

Are locals gagged?

The settlement was private; the developer made public the CBA, only a portion of the settlement. Members of the block association didn't respond to my query. From Curbed:
When reached for comment the 400 & 500 State Street Block Association declined to delve into the arrangement, but stressed the group’s eagerness to work with the developer as the project progresses.
“We are looking forward to creating a positive working relationship with the developer moving forward,” Alan Seales with the block association told Curbed in a statement.
From the Eagle:
“We are unable to discuss the settlement, however, we are looking forward to creating a positive working relationship with the developer moving forward,” one of the residents who filed the suit told the Brooklyn Eagle.
A spokesman for the city Law Department noted that the settlement was private, with the city not a party. That's true, but not necessarily good public policy, since some of the better CBAs involve government to ensure a public voice.

The document


At BrooklynSpeaks meeting Thursday (with electeds), a chance to discuss a "new plan" for affordable housing, traffic, and more. But what's the leverage?

The sponsors of the BrooklynSpeaks coalition--neighborhood and housing groups--and some allied elected officials are holding a forum tomorrow night at the Montauk Club (25 8th Avenue) in Park Slope at 7 pm.

"Sixteen years of promises, but we still have a hole in the ground. It's time for a new plan," the announcement says:
  • Fix the traffic problems. Improve transit.
  • Design spaces that work in Brooklyn.
  • Create real affordable housing.
Assemblymembers Walter Mosley and Jo Anne Simon are expected.

Developer pre-empts the meeting?

Surely in anticipation of the meeting, developer Greenland Forest City Partners this week floated an article in the New York Post regarding new plans to start the first half of the Vanderbilt Yard platform next year, dutifully regurgitated as Brooklyn’s Pacific Park moves to fast track.

Three towers over railyard,
but no timetable
The developer also released a glossy image (left) of those three towers over the railyard, plus the B4 tower flanking the Barclays Center.

As I wrote, it's surely progress, but it's not quite the fast track, because the developer provided no specific timetable for completion of the platform, or the start of future towers.

Still, the three towers over the railyard (B5/B6/B7) might plausibly start in a year or two, as suggested on the tentative project schematic below, given the projected time for the platform, as I write today. Then again, is there a market for all that?

Either way, there still will be a large "hole in the ground" over the eastern block of the railyard, slated for the final three towers, which could take until 2035 and must be built before the lion's share of the much-touted open space can be completed.

See photo below right.

What's on the agenda?

What might the "asks" be?

Eastern block of railyard
As Gib Veconi, a BrooklynSpeaks leader, wrote to me, "In the past, the BrooklynSpeaks sponsors have called for traffic mitigations like residential permit parking, and affordability levels that better reflect the needs of the most rent-burdened members of the community."

Whether it be permit parking and/or other reforms, expect new concerns from neighbors about parking and street safety and new buildings and a school open near congested Sixth Avenue, close to fire and police stations.

Affordability, as of now, relies significantly on the revised Affordable New York program, as I wrote Monday. There's a tension between an increased number of units and more affordability: buildings with 30% affordable units have more middle-income units, while those with 25% affordable units have more low-income ones. That said, an additional commitment by government entities could enhance affordability.

BrooklynSpeaks also once warned that open space behind buildings "is likely to feel more like a private backyard than a public park." In 2015, when the most recent open space design was unveiled, I suggested that Veconi was generous in not repeating that critique.

Let's see if BrooklynSpeaks takes a harsher stance, especially since the open space so far is fractional and there's no timetable for the full open space.

No voluntary changes

It's unlikely that Empire State Development (ESD), the state authority that oversees/shepherds Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, is looking to adopt a new plan.

After all, a recent effort to allow nearly 100,000 square feet in below-grade space for a fitness center and fieldhouse under the B12 and B13 sites was approved by ESD despite criticism from BrooklynSpeaks, Simon, and Veconi. He also sits on the advisory Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation (AY CDC), which, at his instigation, reached a first-ever split vote, unable to endorse (or oppose) that below-ground space.

Nor was any public benefit--such as increased affordability, or public space--provided as reciprocation for what many saw as a gift to developer TF Cornerstone, which leased the sites from master developer Greenland Forest City Partners.

What's the leverage?

There may be points for future leverage. The most dramatic would be a lawsuit, such as a challenge to the fitness center and field house approval process. But there's been little talk of such an effort.

Another would be an oversight hearing, conducted by the state Assembly.

Another option would be pressure during the expected (but not yet launched) effort to change the project plan to approve a much larger, two-tower project at Site 5, currently home to P.C. Richard and Modell's.

Veconi suggested another pathway:
The main leverage at this point may be the unstable state of the project. It’s not easy to see how Atlantic Yards’ affordable housing deadline will be met without building over the railyard, and the recent announcement about construction of the platform above block 1120 doesn’t speak to when the buildings above it will be built or by whom. China’s monetary policy no longer favors foreign investment in real estate, as evidenced by the recent pattern of sales of development leases. And the project’s financing strategy was conceived at a time when City and State subsidy policies for affordable housing was very different that they are now (to say nothing of what may change in 2022 when Affordable New York expires).
He's right that, as project uncertainty rises, the chance for leverage increases, but I still think it's possible--as suggested yesterday--to meet the affordability deadline by building just two towers over the railyard.

I also spoke with Mosley, who said he'd stress the affordable housing component, while Simon, in whose district Site 5 sits, may focus on that issue.

"My issue is the deliverability of the affordable housing within the time frame that was renegotiated," said Mosley, who noted that legislators' query to ESD about a timetable has not drawn a response.

"I've had preliminary conversation about possibility of having oversight hearings," he said. Like Veconi (and speaking before the latest announcement), he expressed skepticism about Greenland USA's commitment, "in terms of the market, the geopolitical landscape."

Mosley said he hoped the meeting would provide "a clearer directive from our constituents as to how we could proceed."

The housing conundrum and the larger transparency issue

The difficulty in requesting more affordability, for example, is that that likely would require an extra subsidy from government or, perhaps, an extra benefit to the developer.

(The Site 5 negotiation could offer leverage on that, but it's also possible that Site 5 would deliver additional affordable units beyond the 2,250 required--seemingly a boon--but would skew toward middle-income households.)

That's because there's no way to hold Greenland Forest City to the once-pledged housing configuration, in which 40% of the affordable units would be low-income. The definition of affordable housing in the guiding Development Agreement is far more broad, encompassing units in various subsidy/assistance programs.

The overarching Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park issue is transparency: the timing of towers, the plan to meet affordability, the progress of the railyard, the likelihood the eastern section will actually be built.

Despite Greenland Forest City's latest strategic announcement, starting a platform does not translate into a project timetable.


How long would the platform take for first three towers? Three phases of work required, with some already accomplished. But transparency needed.

So what does that mean, as floated in the New York Post two nights ago:
Greenland Forest City Partners, which controls development rights to many of the complex’s building sites, plans to start construction in 2020 of a long-awaited platform over the site’s sunken LIRR train yard, the Greenland group’s Executive VP Scott Solish said.
Annotations by Norman Oder, including
Total Time and W/o Foundation columns 
As I wrote, it's unclear how long the platform would take. And the developer neither was asked that question nor has answered it.

So the best guess comes from a document I acquired and wrote about last April, which has not been validated by the developer.

The railyard block (Block 1120, between Sixth and Carlton Avenues) with the three towers would have work in two general phases, one involving the B5 tower, and the other involving the B6 and B7 towers.

Three stages per phase

Each Development Phase will have three Construction Stages, with the last stage involving two simultaneous pieces of work. 

Those components include:
  • footings, columns, and foundation walls
  • platform level structure work
  • SOFP (spray-on fireproofing), MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), and lighting
  • Foundation component: concrete & rebar at B5 site,
    near Sixth Avenue north of Pacific Street 
  • structural topping slab and waterproofing
Those last two elements are pursued simultaneously.

That said, the overall work at the railyard has taken far longer than originally projected, which means any time estimate for the platform work deserves some skepticism.

How much progress?

What's unclear is how much of the first stage has been done: footings, columns, and foundation walls. A notable share--at least for the B5 tower--has been completed. 

Scott Solish of Greenland USA, asked in January about the footings for the buildings in the eastern block (B8-B10) of the railyard--a heavier lift than the western block, which partially has terra firma--said "the preplacement of foundations is finished." That implies it's done for the western block, as well, but hardly seems definitive.

Pacific Street foundation wall/rebar for B6/B7
Once such first stage work is done, and B5 was supposed to take 150 days, the rest of the B5 work would take 230 days, or less than eight months, according to the schedule.

For B6 and B7, that would be a heavier lift: 420 days, or more than 14 months. Again, it's unclear how much has been completed, but after that, the rest of the work would take 285 days, or more than nine months.

As I wrote, that doesn't necessarily keep two or even three buildings from being completed by 2025. But a lot more sunlight is necessary.


The p.r. strategy behind Pacific Park's "fast track"

It's really possible, the public relations strategy of Greenland USA, which dominates Greenland Forest City Partners.

Float a positive story with a journalist who asks no critical questions--why may not even know that there are questions--then see it summarized (mostly) unskeptically in blogs related to real estate, when the writers are too busy and/or uninformed to do more than distill it.

So the New York Post's "scoop" that the first half of the platform over the Vanderbilt Yard will start next year, which left unanswered questions about the timetable and affordability of future buildings, not to mention the second half of the platform, was summarized by Politico:
MOVING ALONG — "Brooklyn’s Pacific Park moves to fast track," by New York Post's Steve Cuozzo: “Brooklyn’s Pacific Park, which was slow in coming after it was launched 14 years ago as Atlantic Yards, has finally hit the fast track. Greenland Forest City Partners, which controls development rights to many of the complex’s building sites, plans to start construction in 2020 of a long-awaited platform over the site’s sunken LIRR train yard, the Greenland group’s Executive VP Scott Solish said. Of 15 planned buildings, only five have opened so far. But a sixth is going up now, and the completed deck will finally allow work to start on three more to rise along the complex’s Atlantic Avenue side between Sixth Avenue and Pacific Street.”
Building the platform does not make it the fast track, not until we know more, but quoting the Post is easy.

And it was summarized by Curbed:
Finally, some movement at a Brooklyn megaproject
We’re fast approaching the 2025 deadline for delivery of the more than 2,000 affordable apartments promised as part of the Pacific Park (née Atlantic Yards) megaproject, and while a chunk of its buildings have either opened or are in progress, there’s still much to be done.
Some of that work will kick off next year, according to the New York Post: Greenland Forest City Partners, one of the site’s major developers, will begin decking over the Long Island Rail Road tracks below the megaproject in 2020, which will allow work to begin on several major buildings, along with an eight-acre park. A new rendering of the area shows what those buildings may look like once work is completed.

According to the Post, the rendering shows 18 Sixth Avenue, a tower being co-developed by Greenland and the Brodsky Organization that’s due to open in 2022, along with three additional buildings along Atlantic Avenue that Greenland will develop on its own. There are two additional sites on Dean Street, not pictured here, that will be developed by TF Cornerstone.
This is a tad more skeptical, given the reference to the housing deadline, but there's no mention of the housing timetable, and the "eight-acre park" mainly depends not on this stage of the platform but the later phase.

Here's The Real Deal:
The Pacific Park megacomplex is set for major growth spurt. Lead developer Greenland Forest City Partners says it plans to start construction of a platform over the LIRR train yard on the site next year, which will allow construction to begin on three more of the complex’s 15 total buildings — of which five have been completed. The development partnership also unveiled new renderings for four towers, one of which will be co-developed with the Brodsky Organization. [NYP]
It's a smart strategy, I guess, because if they simply had a press conference someone might ask a semi-tough question.

Before public meeting, Greenland tells NY Post it will start railyard platform in 2020. Meeting 2025 affordable deadline more plausible, but questions remain.

Here we go!

Developer Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP) --likely anticipating a public meeting Thursday sponsored by critics of the project--told the New York Post of new plans to start the first half of the Vanderbilt Yard platform next year, which the Post dutifully regurgitated as Brooklyn’s Pacific Park moves to fast track.

That does represent progress, setting the stage for three towers over the railyard between Sixth and Carlton Avenues: B5/B6/B7.

But it doesn't necessarily mean "the fast track," since stenographic Steve Cuozzo helpfully (in the developer's eyes) didn't ask about the timetable to finish the platform, to start the towers, and the number of affordable units--essentially how GFCP would meet the May 2025 deadline for 2,250 affordable units. Nor did he ask about the expected level of affordability.

This news--which is in general conformity to previous documents I've reported on--does make it more likely the developer would finish the 916 affordable units needed beyond those already completed or under construction.
B4 at left flanks the Barclays Center. To the right are B5/B6/B7. Via GFCP and NY Post.
Remaining question marks

However, the announcement leaves other question marks, notably: what about the final three buildings? What's the timetable for them, especially since they require an even larger deck, and a more significant investment in infrastructure?

The eastern block of the railyard, site of
B8/B9/B10, and significant open space.
Notably, while Cuozzo said the image shared by Greenland showed "a public park on the 22-acre site," it actually represents the very fractional green space between Pacific Street and the first three towers over the railyard.

Only once the last three towers are completed, incorporating demapped Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, would the majority of the "park"--actually, publicly accessible, privately managed open space--be finished.

The full project likely will take until 2035, according to a past disclosure by the developer.

Below is the latest project schematic that I've helped prepare, with designer Ben Keel.

From the article

Cuozzo writes:
Greenland Forest City Partners, which controls development rights to many of the complex’s building sites, plans to start construction in 2020 of a long-awaited platform over the site’s sunken LIRR train yard, the Greenland group’s Executive VP Scott Solish said.
Unmentioned: how long the platform would take.

He writes:
Of 15 planned buildings, only five have opened so far. But a sixth is going up now, and the completed deck will finally allow work to start on three more to rise along the complex’s Atlantic Avenue side between Sixth Avenue and Pacific Street.
That's both sloppy and interesting. First, check the map. Sixth Avenue and Pacific Street are not parallel but intersect. That should've been Sixth and Carlton avenues.

Also, the five buildings that have finished include the Barclays Center and four towers. Actually two more--not "a sixth"--are under construction: B4 and B15. 

That leaves two towers on the southeast block (B12/B13), six towers over the railyard (B5-B10), and the project at Site 5, catercorner to the arena, which was approved as a single tower but could become a two-tower complex. That's at least 16 buildings, maybe 17--unless they've given up on Site 5.

Cuozzo writes:
The development partnership also shared for the first time an image of four new apartment towers and a public park on the 22-acre site east of Barclays Center where Atlantic and Flatbush avenues converge.
As noted, that's not the key piece of the "public park."

Cuozzo writes:
One tower, 18 Sixth Avenue, is under construction and due to open in late 2021 or early 2022. That $649 million project is a joint venture of Greenland Forest City Partners and the Brodsky Organization, as The Post first reported.
That's interesting. While previous statements left open the possibility of a 2021 completion, the year 2022 seems more likely.

He closes:
The three towers to the east of it are being developed by the Greenland group alone. Brodsky is separately also working on another Pacific Park tower, 664 Pacific Street, while TF Cornerstone has development rights to two other sites.
We'll see if it holds true that Greenland develops B5/B6/B7 on its own, or markets a stake (or even leases a parcel) to another developer. Remember, this is a "never say never project."


State document from 2018 offers new hint of affordability strategy: towers over railyard with 50% affordable units (but that plan isn't confirmed)

See below for larger version
A newly acquired state document offers more clues regarding the ever-variable path for the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park developer to deliver the required 2,250 total units of vaguely defined affordable housing (aka "income-restricted") by May 2025.

It indicates a plan, as of 12/21/18, to deliver large numbers of below-market units in the first four (of six total) buildings over the Vanderbilt Yard, which requires a costly deck. Three of those four towers were to have 50% affordable units.

Just yesterday, developer Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP) --likely anticipating a public meeting Thursday sponsored by critics of the project--told the New York Post it would start that deck, or platform, in 2020, which makes it more likely that two or three buildings (B5/B6/B7) will be built in time for the 2025 deadline.

Four buildings with affordable units?

The specific configuration in the document above strikes me as very unlikely--this is a "never-say-never project"--given more recently revealed plans for the project, with a larger number of affordable units currently under construction.

Still, a variant of that strategy, relying on three or perhaps just two towers over the railyard, might deliver the needed units by the looming deadline, allowing GFCP  to avoid onerous fines of $2,000 per month per missing unit.

The new document has allowed me to update, albeit speculatively, the project schematic below, indicating plans for affordable units over the railyard, likely in several towers, but less likely in the final two towers (B9 and B10).

The graphic below reflects not only the new chart (in full, further below), but also my estimation, based on a previously-acquired document, that one tower over the railyard may have to be "100% affordable" to deliver affordable units in time. (Note: the question marks and fuzzy coloration signal uncertainty.)

Still a guessing game

All predictions remain speculative, because the developer has refused to offer a timetable and Empire State Development (ESD or ESDC), the state authority overseeing and shepherding the project, has refused to press for such a schedule, all the while saying they're confident the deadline will be met.

(I queried Greenland Forest City and ESD about the new document, but got no reply. That said, the story placed in the New York Post makes the timeline for B5 through B7 somewhat more plausible.)

Indeed, the state authority may be hamstrung from asking for more details about the developer's plan to meet its obligations, according to the document I acquired via a Freedom of Information Law request.

"ESDC shall be entitled to conclusively rely, without any requirement of inquiry or investigation, upon the last Exhibit M"--which projects the affordability configuration--"delivered to ESDC in accordance with" the larger document, the Fourth Omnibus Amendment to Leases and Development Agreement, dated Dec. 21, 2018. See p. 39 of the full document, at bottom.

Then again, the state authority could have publicly shared Exhibit M at various points since its creation, thus furthering discussion about the future buildout. (The document is not a timetable, but at least suggests how the affordable deadline might be met.)

Though the latest Exhibit M, which I annotated below, is barely nine months old, it's already outdated. Crucially, the document undercounts the number of affordable units slated for the two towers currently under construction, B4 and B15, as well as in B12 and B13, which should start next year. See my changes in blue.
Clues: no affordability in final buildings?

But the document remains illuminating, on multiple fronts. For one thing, it indicates the obvious: the project will not be completed by 2025, as was once promised. The developer has until 2035 until full completion, and has disclosed that date as likely to condo buyers.

Only the affordable units must be done by 2025, and the last two towers over the railyard--B9 and B10, with 924 units--are projected in Exhibit M to contain only market-rate apartments. So they won't be ready by 2025.

In fact, as elaborated below, I suspect that the 2,250-unit goal could be met without all three towers over that final railyard block, between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, and Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue.

So the final towers may be all market-rate. Then again, tax breaks newly available at the the time may incentivize some affordable units. Note that I project, in the graphic, that B8 will not contain affordable units, despite the indications in Exhibit M. (I explain that rationale further below.)

Either way, only when the last three towers (B8/B9/B10) are finished can the open space--the source of the "Pacific Park" name--be completed. (The statement in the New York Post about "a public park" refers to the fractional green space between the first block of railyard towers--B5/B6/B7--and Pacific Street. The last three towers were ignored.)

Clues: no information on Site 5

Also, the document does not address Site 5, the parcel currently occupied by P.C. Richard and Modell's. A 250-foot, 440,000 square foot building has been approved there, but the developer seeks to augment that significantly by moving much of the bulk of the unbuilt B1 tower, once slated for what is now the arena plaza.

That could mean a two-tower project with some 1.1 million square feet. While the project has been promoted as containing office space and retail space, it could--at least as of 2016 plans--contain residential and hotel space. That residential space could be a mix of market-rate and affordable units.

That bulk transfer would require at least a one-year process, involving public hearings. If that process starts within a year, and the Site 5 tower includes affordable units, it's possible that that project could deliver a fraction of needed affordable units by 2025, as well.

Doing the math: how will 916 units be built?

As indicated with my blue annotations, more recently revealed plans for four towers show more affordable units than projected as of Exhibit M.

First, the two towers currently under construction (B4 and B15), and the two more slated to start next year (B12 and B13), all on terra firma, are slated to deliver 552 affordable units, rather than 430 as indicated in the chart. That's a significant increase: 122 units.

That still leaves a gap of 916 affordable apartments to be delivered by 2025.

How can they reach that magic number?

According to Exhibit M, the first three towers over the railyard, B5 through B7, would deliver 784 affordable units, leaving a 132-unit gap. That would be achieved by building B5 and B7 as 50% affordable, and B6 as 30% affordable.

But that strikes me as unlikely--so I didn't apply that to the map. Nor would they need B8 to deliver 255 affordable units, as suggested in the chart, since the gap would be smaller. So I don't expect it to contribute to the total.

It would be easier, given the time and cost of construction, including the deck, to find another way.

Options to reach the 916 total

Several options come to mind--and perhaps are being considered by the developer.

For example, if B6 were to be 50% affordable, instead of 30%, that adds 110 more affordable units (275 vs. 165). That would deliver a total of 894 units--22 short--in the first three towers over the railyard.

If that's the strategy, keep watch for an uptick in affordable units at B12 and B13, which start next year. Consider: if each building were 30% affordable instead of 25% affordable, that would add 40 affordable units, a significant cushion.

Even with one building 30% affordable, that would add 20 units, and the 2-unit shortfall might be made up through a small swap of square footage, or simply exchanging family-sized units for studios, which require less square footage.

But that would still require three towers over the railyard. Note that, according to plans I reviewed, the developer plans to build the deck/platform over the railyard in three sections: first for the B5 tower, then for the B6 and B7 towers, and finally for the B8/B9/B10 towers.

What about a 100% affordable building?

Alternatively, they could build one of the initial railyard towers as 100% affordable.

After all, that's the strategy I saw described in a 12/17/18 letter (excerpted at right) shared with immigrant investors, but neither confirmed nor commented upon by ESD or the developer. (That date is four days before Exhibit M.)

According to that letter, B5 and B7 would be 30% affordable, and B6 100% affordable. That's hinted at in the graphic above.

Based on the unit count for those towers in Exhibit M, that would mean 195 affordable units in B5, 550 in B6, and 176 units in B7, for a total of 921--enough to meet the 916-unit shortfall.

However, given the looming 2025 deadline, it may be simpler and faster to complete two towers rather than three. If so, a higher percentage of affordability could get them to the goal.

Consider: if B5 were 50% affordable and B6 100% affordable, that would deliver 875 affordable units (325 + 550), which would be 41 units short.

But if B6 were 50% affordable and the larger B5 100% affordable, that would deliver 925 affordable units (275 + 650), a 9-unit cushion.

Bottom line: they have options. Stay tuned.

Note that the document above suggests that B8 would start in the first quarter of 2023, thus leaving the possibility that it could be completed by May 2025 and thus contribute some affordable units by the deadline.

I find that highly unlikely. As explained, there are other paths to 2,250 units. More importantly, that building would have to start by 6/15/22 to take advantage of the current Affordable New York tax break. Of course that tax break may be extended or revised, but any prediction as of now is unwise.

A possibility: Greenland leaves/pulls out after 2025 deadline is met?

This is pure speculation, of course, but we shouldn't rule out the possibility that Greenland USA, the dominant entity in Greenland Forest City Partners, fully or significantly leaves the project after the 2025 affordability deadline is met, leaving question marks around those last three towers and the significant chunk of open space.

The could mean a full transfer to another entity, a continued series of parcel/project transfers to another entity, or even abandonment.

First, the parent Shanghai-based Greenland Holdings Group (aka Greenland Holding Group, or Greenland Group) is under fiscal pressure, with high debt levels, as well as "unearned revenue," which requires them to deliver properties in China for which they've already been paid.

The firm's ambitions in the United States, notably in California and Brooklyn, have been significantly trimmed. For the last four parcels to be developed as part of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, Greenland has either leased the parcels outright (B12, B13, B15) or participated in a joint venture (B4), thus raising money from others.

That reflects perhaps cash flow challenges, as well as the need to pay for infrastructure for the six towers over the Vanderbilt Yard. After building three towers, and the first two phases of the platform, they'd then have to consider a much larger platform.

Also consider that Greenland Forest City in 2016 began paying the Metropolitan Transportation Authority $11 million a year for railyard development rights, in 15 annual payments, with the final payment due June 1, 2030. 

If the affordable housing is finished by May 2025, that leaves $66 million more to pay. Sure, Greenland's considerable investment, including precursor work--the amount of which has been hinted at but not fully described--at the railyard, suggests a further commitment to reap value. 

Then again, it's a "never say never project," so questions and speculation are legitimate, especially if there's no timetable for the infrastructure and towers over the last railyard block.
Affordability: the devil's in the details

We should remember that "affordable housing" has a broad definition--participating in city, state, or federal assistance programs--and need not conform to the original promises in the Atlantic Yards Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding, signed by original developer Forest City Ratner and the advocacy group ACORN in 2005.

Affordability, as I wrote yesterday, is ever rising. Below are the current rent levels, which, of course, are ever rising.

Indeed, as I've written, the two "100% affordable" towers, B14 (535 Carlton) and B3 (38 Sixth), have half their units in the highest of five income bands. Those middle-income households, with incomes up to 165% of Area Median Income (AMI), were only supposed to access 20% of the total number of affordable units.

Moreover, even the one 50% affordable building, B2 (465 Dean), is skewed toward smaller units, with nothing larger than two bedrooms. Moreover, those two-bedroom income-restricted units are skewed to the upper middle-income "band," rather than distributed more evenly.

So "affordable" doesn't answer key questions regarding unit size and income level. Some if not all of the units will be governed by the Affordable New York program, which offers multiple configurations, including some with low-income units, but another with 30% affordability but all the units middle-income, at 130% of AMI.

That program either expires or must be renewed in 2022; any project building that participates in the program must start by 6/15/22. So 2022, as I've written, should be a big year for the project. Below are the current income limits.

What happened to senior housing, and affordable condos?

Note that the announced goal of directing 10% of the affordable units (225) to seniors has never been pursued or discussed. Nor was it locked into the project's guiding Development Agreement.

What about the pledged 600 to 1,000 affordable for-sale units? According to the Development Agreement, signed in 2009, the developer "shall build or shall cause the construction of at least 600 affordable homeownership housing units on the Project Site or as close to the Project Site as reasonably practicable, including but not limited to the following neighborhoods: Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Park Slope."

That, as I've written, had some caveats, since it was "subject to Governmental Authorities making available... affordable housing subsidies."

The goal was to make the units affordable to families with incomes up to 150% of Area Median Income (AMI)--middle-income, as opposed to low- or moderate-income--and to make some units available to moderate-income families with incomes below 100% of AMI.

That left a lot of wiggle room regarding the levels of affordability and the configuration and distribution of such units.

According to an agreement involving original developer Forest City and new developer Greenland USA, 200 on-site units would be an obligation of the joint venture, but the 400 offsite "Additional Affordable Units" would remain a unilateral Forest City obligation.

Nothing has been said about either of those goals, and Assemblymember Walter Mosley, who with colleagues has queried ESD about it, never got an answer.

The tax break no longer favors condos, as I wrote yesterday. And Forest City last year was absorbed by Brookfield, so it no longer exists. So for-sale affordable units seem ever unlikely.


Looking at the Affordable NY program: even middle-income units at 130% of AMI (vs. 165%) are getting pricey. A template for future Atlantic Yards towers?

Affordable apartments for high earners on LIU’s Downtown Brooklyn campus, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported 9/26/19, pointing to RXR Realty's 34-story, 476-unit apartment building at 196 Willoughby St., which includes 30 percent affordable units--at 130 percent of regional Area Median Income, or AMI.

That's middle-income, but a lower "band" than some Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park affordable housing.

If the LIU building opened this year, studios would rent for $2,026, one bedrooms for $2,542, two bedrooms for $3,063, and three bedrooms for $3,530, as indicated in the second large chart below. But it just had a groundbreaking, and rents surely will have risen by the time it opens.

"Workforce housing"

RXR Executive VP Seth Pinsky, a former head of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the incoming head of the 92nd St. Y, called the income-linked units “workforce housing, which we think is important for the borough.”

That's a not uncommon term used by city officials. And, indeed, a good number of professionals, such as teachers, might need a boost. But what does it mean in practice? To quote the Eagle:
Annual earnings for New Yorkers at 130 percent AMI are $97,110 for a single person, $110,020 for a two-person household, $124,930 for a family of three and $138,710 for a family of four. They top out at $183,170 for a family of eight.
This is one option under the "Affordable NY" program, in which future AtlanticYards/Pacific Park buildings will participate. AMI, which includes wealthy suburban counties, is steadily rising. Below are the 2019 income limits, according to HPD.

Consider that half the units in two "100% affordable" Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park buildings have units at 165% of AMI, which is the upper "band" of middle income.

What does this mean in terms of rent?

Affordable New York

At bottom, and excerpted below, is the city's page on Affordable New York, the replacement for the 421-a tax break, which applies to projects that begin construction between January 1, 2016 and June 15, 2022, and are completed on or before June 15, 2026.

In other words, the under-construction and future Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park buildings that will deliver the remaining 1,468 affordable units required to meet the 2,250-unit total likely will participate in this program.

There are two basic configurations. Options A through C have a 35-year (shorter) tax exemption and thus period of income restriction, while Options E through G have a longer benefit and commensurate period of income restrictions. However, Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park would not qualify for Options E through G, since they apply to zones in Northwest Brooklyn and Downtown Brooklyn.

Option A includes 20% low-income units and 5% middle-income units. Option B has 10% low-income units, albeit at a higher AMI, and 20% middle-income units. Option C has 30% middle-income units, at 130% of AMI, as with the LIU building.

The tax break includes:
  • a 100% exemption for a construction period of up to three years; and
  • a 35-year post-construction tax exemption (a 100% exemption during the first 25 years and an exemption equal to the percentage of affordable units during the last 10 years).
These rental projects would be required to choose one of three affordability options and comply with it for the entire benefit period:

Option A
  • 25% of the units must be affordable: at least 10% at up to 40% of AMI, 10% at up to 60% of AMI, and 5% at up to 130% of AMI; and
  • the project cannot receive any government subsidies other than tax-exempt bond proceeds and 4% tax credits.
Option B
  • 30% of the units must be affordable: at least 10% at up to 70% of AMI and 20% at up to 130% of AMI.
Option C
  • at least 30% of the units must be affordable at up to 130% of AMI;
  • the project cannot receive any government subsidies; and
  • the project cannot be located south of 96th Street in Manhattan or in any other area established by local law.
Note that tax breaks for homeownership projects were narrowed significantly, as "the project cannot be located in Manhattan or contain more than 35 units." That pretty much eliminates the possibility of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park condos, at least until and unless the tax break is revived.


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Affordable housing is often incredibly expensive to build. (In 2018, the average cost of a single unit in an affordable apartment building in San Francisco was $750,000). The new Nest LivingHome toolkit, created by the Amazon-backed modular housing company Plant Prefab and the architecture firm Brooks & Scarpa, is designed to give cities and nonprofit developers a variety of designs that can save costs by using prefab parts—and the housing can also be built more quickly than traditional construction. The first organization to use the kit will be a nonprofit in Santa Monica that currently has a waiting list of 8,000 people looking for affordable housing.

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I'm attending Ted Pattison's course on WSS 3.0 this week in Redmond and today we covered quite a bit around master pages, css, and web parts.

From a prior class, Ted was shown an example or intercepting the request using plain a old ASP.NET Module to rewrite the master page directive giving a site the ability to dynamically apply branding based upon configuration across a Site and Site Collection.

Here's the link to the CodePlex site that includes the solution.

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It's great that WSS v3/MOSS 2007 builds upon ASP.NET 2.0 making the programming model quite a bit more consistent from prior releases.  The configuration is still a beast and you're still in a "box" a bit, but clearly the hooks are there to do much of what you'll need to do to get customized sites created.

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IT’S HERE: D-Wave Announces 2048-Qubit Quantum Computing System, Theoretically Capable of Breaking All Classical Encryption, Including Military-Grade

 Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by: Mike Adams
Tags: big governmentbreakthroughcomputingcryptocurrencyD-Wavedecryptionencryptiongoodscienceinventionsquantum computingqubitssurveillance

 Over the last several days, we’ve highlighted the stunning breakthrough in “quantum supremacy” announced by Google and NASA. Across other articles, we’ve revealed how quantum computing translates highly complex algorithmic computational problems into simple, linear (or geometric) problems in terms of computational complexity. In practical terms, quantum computers are code breakers, and they can break all known classical encryption, including the encryption used in cryptocurrency, military communications, financial transactions and even private encrypted communications.

As the number of qubits (quantum bits) in quantum computers exceeds the number of bits used in classical encryption, it renders that encryption practically pointless. A 256-qubit quantum computer, in other words, can easily break 256-bit encryption. A 512-bit qubit computer can break 512-bit encryption, and so on.

Those of us who are the leading publishers in independent media have long known that government-funded tech advancements are typically allowed to leak to the public only after several years of additional advances have already been achieved. Stated in practical terms, the rule of thumb is that by the time breakthrough technology gets reported, the government is already a decade beyond that.

Thus, when Google’s scientists declare “quantum supremacy” involving a 53-qubit quantum computer, you can confidently know that in their secret labs, they very likely already have quantum computers operating with a far greater number of qubits.

At the time we were assembling those stories, we were not yet aware that D-Wave, a quantum computing company that provides exotic hardware to Google and other research organizations, has announced a 2048-qubit quantum computer.

The system is called the “D-Wave 2000Q” platform, and it features 2048 qubits, effectively allowing it to break military-grade encryption that uses 2048 or fewer encryption bits.

As explained in a D-Wave Systems brochure:

The D-Wave 2000Q system has up to 2048 qubits and 5600 couplers. To reach this scale, it uses 128,000 Josephson junctions, which makes the D-Wave 2000Q QPU by far the most complex superconducting integrated circuit ever built.

Other facts from D-Wave about its superconducting quantum computing platform:

  • The system consumes 25 kW of power, meaning it can be run on less electricity than what is typically wired into a residential home (which is typically 200 amps x 220 v, or 44 kW).
  • The system produces virtually no heat. “The required water cooling is on par with what a kitchen tap can provide,” says the D-Wave brochure.
  • The system provides a platform for truly incredible improvements in computational efficiency involving machine learning, financial modeling, neural networking, modeling proteins in chemistry and — most importantly — “factoring integers.”

“Factoring integers” means breaking encryption

The “factoring integers” line, found in the D-Wave brochure, is what’s causing unprecedented nervousness across cryptocurrency analysts right now, some of whom seem to be pushing the bizarre idea that quantum computers are an elaborate hoax in order to avoid having to admit that quantum computing renders cryptocurrency cryptography algorithms obsolete. (At least as currently structured, although perhaps there is a way around this in the future.)

“Factoring integers” is the key to breaking encryption. In fact, it is the extreme difficulty of factoring very large numbers that makes encryption incredibly difficult to break using classical computing. But as we have explained in this previous article, quantum computing translates exponentially complex mathematical problems into simple, linear (or you could call it “geometric”) math, making the computation ridiculously simple. (In truth, quantum computers are “computing” anything. The universe is doing the computations. The quantum computer is merely an interface that talks to the underlying computational nature of physical reality, which is all based on a hyper-computational matrix that calculates cause-effect solutions for all subatomic particles and atomic elements, across the entire cosmos. Read more below…)

Depending on the number of bits involved, a quantum computer can take a problem that might require literally one billion years to solve on a classical computer and render a short list of likely answers in less than one second. (Again, depending on many variables, this is just a summary of the scale, not a precise claim about the specifications of a particular system.)

Given that D-Wave’s quantum computers cost only a few million dollars — while there are billions of dollars’ worth of crypto floating around that could be spoofed and redirected if you have a system that can easily crack cryptography — it seems to be a matter of economic certainty that, sooner or later, someone will acquire a quantum computing system and use it to steal cryptocurrency wallets by spoofing transactions. To be clear, I’m sure D-Wave likely vets its customers rather carefully, and the company would not knowingly provide its quantum computing tech to an organization that appeared to be motivated by malicious intent. Yet, realistically, we’ve all seen historical examples of advanced technology getting into the hands of twisted, evil people such as those who run the Federal Reserve, for example.

D-Wave quantum computers don’t really “compute” anything; they send mathematical questions into multiple dimensions, then retrieve the most likely answers

So how does quantum computing really work? As we’ve explained in several articles, these systems don’t really carry out “computing” in the classic work sense of the term. There is no “computing” taking place in the D-Wave hardware. The best way to describe this is to imagine quantum computers as computational stargates. They submit mathematical questions into a hyper-dimensional reality (the quantum reality of superposition, etc.), and the universe itself carries out the computation because the very fabric of reality is mathematical at its core. As some brilliant scientists say, the universe IS mathematics, and thus the fabric of reality cannot help but automatically compute solutions in every slice of time, with seemingly infinite computational capability down to the subatomic level.

Put another way, the world of quantum phenomena is constantly trying out all possible combinations and permutations of atomic spin states and subatomic particles, and it naturally and automatically derives the best combination that achieves the lowest energy state (i.e. the least amount of chaos).

The end result is that a short list of the best possible solutions “magically” (although it isn’t magic, it just seems like magic) appears in the spin states of the elements which represent binary registers. Thus, the answers to your computational problems are gifted back to you from the universe, almost as if the universe itself is a God-like computational guru that hands out free answers to any question that you can manage to present in binary. (Technically speaking, this also proves that the universe was created by an intelligent designer who expresses creation through mathematics.)

Programmers can easily break encryption codes using standard C++ commands that interface with the quantum portal

All of these quantum functions, by the way, are controlled by standard computer language code, including C++, Python and MATLAB. The system has its own API, and you can even submit commands to the quantum realm via its “Quantum Machine Instruction” (QMI) commands. As D-Wave explains in its brochure:

The D-Wave 2000Q system provides a standard Internet API (based on RESTful services), with client libraries available for C/C++, Python, and MATLAB. This interface allows users to access the system either as a cloud resource over a network, or integrated into their high-performance computing environments and data centers. Access is also available through D-Wave’s hosted cloud service. Using D-Wave’s development tools and client libraries, developers can create algorithms and applications within their existing environments using industry-standard tools.

While users can submit problems to the system in a number of different ways, ultimately a problem represents a set of values that correspond to the weights of the qubits and the strength of the couplers. The system takes these values along with other user-specified parameters and sends a single quantum machine instruction (QMI) to the QPU. Problem solutions correspond to the optimal configuration of qubits found; that is, the lowest points in the energy landscape. These values are returned to the user program over the network.

In other words, breaking cryptography is as simple as submitting the large integer to the quantum system as a series of bits which are then translated into electron spin states by the quantum hardware. From there, a “go” command is issued, and the universe solves the equation in a way that automatically derives the best combinations of multiple qubit spin states to achieve the lowest overall energy state (i.e. the simplest solution with the least chaos). A short list of the best possible factors of the large integer are returned in a time-sliced representation of the binary registers, which can be read over a regular network like any subroutine request.

From there, a classical computer can then try factoring the large integer with the short list of the best answers from the quantum system, using standard CPUs and code logic. Within a few tries from the short list, the correct factors are easily found. Once you have the factors, you now have the decryption keys to the original encrypted message, so decryption is effortless. In effect, you have used quantum computing to “cheat” the keys out of the system and hand them to you on a silver platter. (Or, in some cases, a holmium platter lined with platinum, or whatever exotic elements are being used in the quantum spin state hardware.)

Any competent programmer who has access to this technology, in other words, can break encryption almost without effort. The programming logic is not complex at all. The difficulty in such systems is in the hardware control systems, including spin state “reads” and “writes,” which are strongly affected by temperature and electromagnetic interference. The exotic hardware is the real breakthrough in all this, not the computational part. (Quantum computers are physics oracles, in a sense. The physics is the challenge, not the computer code.)

Most people cannot grasp quantum computing, but that’s not a reason to pretend it isn’t real

One of the more curious things I’ve found recently is that some writers and publishers who don’t understand quantum computing are trending in the direction of pretending it doesn’t exist. According to some, Google’s 53-qubit announcement was a hoax, which must also mean that, in their view, D-Wave Systems isn’t real and doesn’t sell quantum computers at all.

That is not a rational position. There’s no doubt that D-Wave is a real company with real hardware, and that Google already possesses 2048-qubit quantum computing capabilities. Furthermore, Google and the NSA have every reason to keep this fact secret for as long as possible, so that they can continue to scrape everyone’s “encrypted” emails and financial transactions, all of which can be retroactively decrypted any time the NSA wants to look more closely at your activities.

To me, it has long been obvious that the cosmos itself is inherently computational. Just look at the collapse of probability waves found in the orbital shells of electrons. It should be self-evident that the universe is computing solutions at the subatomic level in every instant, effortlessly and without apparent cost. The very framework of the cosmos is driven by mathematics and rapid computational solutions. Once you realize how much subatomic phenomena is quantized, it becomes blatantly apparent that the universe is digitized and mathematical. The entire construct in which we exist, in other words, is a mathematical simulation, perhaps created by God for the purpose of amusing himself by watching our collective stupidity.

D-Wave Systems, by the way, knows exactly what’s up with all this. Their goal is to make quantum computing available to the masses. They also seem to hint at the hyperdimensional reality of how quantum computing works. From their brochure: (emphasis added)

While the D-Wave quantum computer is the most advanced in the world, the quantum computing revolution has only begun. Our vision is of a future where quantum computers will be accessible and of value to all, solving the world’s most complex computing problems. This will require advances in many dimensions and contributions from experts in diverse domains. It is exciting to see increasing investment worldwide, advances in research and technology, and a growing ecosystem of developers, users, and applications needed to deliver on that vision.

I can tell that the D-Wave people are some very smart folks. Maybe if these systems get at least an order of magnitude less expensive, we could buy one, install it in our mass spec lab, and start throwing computational questions at the universe.

Personally, if I had one of these systems, I would use it to solve protein folding questions for all the obvious reasons. Then I would probably have it start looking for blood and urine biomarkers for cancer. You could make a fortune applying quantum computing to solving horse race betting and handicapping equations, but that would seem silly compared to what the system is really capable of. Another application would be solving atomic decay patterns to derive the best way to synthesize antimatter, which can be used to power faster-than-light drive systems. (Which I cover at in a series of lectures. The FTL lectures have yet to be posted there, but are coming soon.)

Sadly, the deep state will probably use this technology to surveil humanity and enslave everyone with AI facial recognition and “precrime” predictive accusations that get translated into red flag laws. Once the tech giants profile you psychologically and behaviorally, a quantum computing system can easily compute your likelihood of becoming the next mass shooter. You could be found guilty by “quantum law” even if you’ve never pulled the trigger.

As with all technologies, this one will be abused by governments to control and enslave humanity. It doesn’t mean the technology is at fault but rather the lack of morality and ethics among fallen humans.

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There Will Be More Than 250,000 New Software Developer Jobs By 2026


Software development is expected to be among the strongest job growth sectors in the United States in the coming years, with 253,400 new positions by 2026, according to The Knowledge Academy.


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AT&T focused on enterprise applications of 5G/AR combo


AT&T hosted app developers using 5G and AR for healthcare, retail, finance, manufacturing The future is “phygital,”–a portmanteau of physical and digital, according to AT&T Business Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mo Katibeh. Writing in a recent blog post, the AT&T executive reflected on the opportunities the combination of 5G and augmented reality [...]

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Books I read (January - September 2019)

- Timeless Laws of Software Development, Jerry Fitzpatrick
- Writing to Learn, William Zinsser
- The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
- Beyond Legacy Code: Nine Practices to Extend the Life (and Value) of Your Software, David Scott Bernstein

- Refactoring Workbook, William C. Wake
- Binti, Nnedi Okorafor

- Home, Nnedi Okorafor
- The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor
- Developer Hegemony, Erik Dietrich
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy

- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
- Closely Watched Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky), Bohumil Hrabal
- The Chalk Giants, Keith Roberts
- Behold the Man, Michael Moorcock
- Cutting It Short (Postřižiny), Bohumil Hrabal
- La bicicleta de Sumji (סומכי : סיפור לבני הנעורים על אהבה והרפתקאות), Amos Oz
- The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles

- Elsewhere, Perhaps (מקום אחר), Amos Oz
- Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think, Dave Gray

- The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
- A Tale of Love and Darkness (סיפור על אהבה וחושך), Amos Oz
- Touch the Water, Touch the Wind (לגעת במים, לגעת ברוח), Amos Oz
- The Third Man, The Fallen Idol, Graham Greene
- The Little Book of Stupidity: How We Lie to Ourselves and Don't Believe Others, Sia Mohajer
- Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, Kurt Vonnegut
- The Little Town Where Time Stood Still (Městečko, kde se zastavil čas), Bohumil Hrabal

- Offshore, Petros Márkaris
- Martian Time-Slip, Philip K. Dick
- Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, Adam Grant
- Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns, Serge Demeyer, Stéphane Ducasse and Oscar Nierstrasz

- The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Uncle Ernest, Mr Raynor the Schoolteacher, The Fishing-boat Picture, Noah's Ark, On Saturday Afternoon, The Match, The Disgrace of Jim Scarfedale, The Decline and Fall of Frankie Buller), Alan Sillitoe
- My Michael (מיכאל שלי), Amos Oz
- The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
- Up the Junction, Nell Dunn
- A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney
- Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Todd Gilbert
- Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
- Soldados de Salamina, Javier Cercas

- Monday Begins on Saturday (Понедельник начинается в субботу), Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky
- Warlight, Michael Ondaatje
- Agile Technical Practices Distilled: A Journey Toward Mastering Software Design, Pedro Moreira Santos, Marco Consolaro, and Alessandro Di Gioia
- Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher
- Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success, Matthew Syed
- Otra vida por vivir (Μια ζωή ακόμα), Theodor Kallifatides
- The fine art of small talk, Debra fine


Salon Recap: Want an Effective Business? Foster an Ethical Culture


On a trip to Ottawa, a few years ago, I got to tour the offices of the e-commerce company Shopify, courtesy of a friend of mine I was visiting who works there. Shopify makes and updates a platform over 800,000 online stores from around the globe use to sell their products, which in 2018 amounted to around $41.1 billion in sales. I remember the workplace looking immaculate and like a fun and exciting place to be. My friend, whose “discipline” at the company is user experience, said he’d been loving it. Shopify has a culture of constant and constructive feedback—posters on the walls say, “Feedback is a gift”—and annual in-company conferences offer employees opportunities to level-up their skills or learn new ones related to their work. He knows that his growth and development matter to the company and, as a result, he feels not only a strong sense of identity and purpose, but also autonomy. He, like many of his coworkers in the R&D department, are given space to make their own decisions when it comes to completing tasks managers assign. It’s a consequence, among other things, of the company taking seriously the thesis of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, a book that’s visible on hallway bookshelves. When I told my friend recently that one of Shopify’s executives, Toby Shannon, the company’s chief support officer, would be part of an Ethical Systems panel on how evolutionary thinking could foster more ethical and effective cultures, he said he wasn’t surprised. Shannon, he told me, often gives inspiring talks that weave in ideas from psychology and anthropology.


Well, on a recent evening at NYU’s Stern School of Business, it was a pleasure of mine to attend that panel. Shannon was part of a fascinating discussion with evolutionary anthropologist David Sloan Wilson, co-author most recently of Prosocial: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable, and Collaborative Groups, and Theranos-whistleblower Erika Cheung, who just launched Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit dedicated to instilling ethical culture in startups. The conversation revolved around what Wilson called the “core design principles” of effective groups—businesses included—which he, along with social scientist Michael Cox and political economist Elinor Ostrom, elucidated in a 2013 paper in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Wilson explained that the principles, of which there are eight, emerge from the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation in our own species and others.


In his introductory remarks, Wilson did his best to briefly illustrate those dynamics —otherwise called “multilevel selection”—using the classic board game Monopoly. As opposed to the usual self-centered tactics you use when you’re playing for yourself, imagine, he said, playing in a Monopoly tournament, where you’re on a team, with teammates playing simultaneously on other boards, and real-estate holdings synced across games: In this set-up, winning would require you to adopt almost entirely different tactics from solo play. You couldn’t play for yourself and expect your team to win. You’d have to cooperate, basing your play on the state of other boards in the tournament. As a result, it’s no coincidence that, when you glance at the list of core design principles for effective groups, the items look commonsensical and moral: We’re social beings, evolved to rely not only on our own wits but on those of others. Ask yourself, if you were on a team, would you want these principles to be firmly in place?


  1. Strong group identity and sense of purpose
  2. Fair distribution of costs and benefits
  3. Fair and inclusive decision making
  4. Monitoring agreed upon behavior
  5. Graduated sanctions for misbehaviors
  6. Fast and fair conflict resolution
  7. Authority to self-govern
  8. Appropriate relations with other groups


Shannon himself wants to apply this paradigm in his work shaping Shopify’s organizational culture, having been an aficionado of evolutionary thinking after reading books like Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, by biologist E.O. Wilson. But of course it is a challenge keeping a rapidly expanding business and employee population running effectively while keeping merchants happy with a critical piece of their infrastructure. He took to heart anthropological observations, across various domains, concerning the optimal size of working groups, which usually consist of five to 12 people—think juries, sports teams, military squads. The goal from the beginning, he said, was to “build a 100-year organization,” which meant not feeling beholden to traditional (short-term financial) metrics of business success. For example, he said, “There’s nothing in the physics of capitalism that requires a quarterly focus.” He was told that Shopify’s plan—to have users of its online-store platform profit more than Shopify itself—was unwise. He disagrees. Having Shopify’s users—as well as developers who add features on top of Shopify’s platform—take top profits, his reasoning goes, benefits the ecosystem in which Shopify operates, ensuring the company’s importance and longevity. Shannon said that he championed a sort of evolutionary aphorism: “Selfishness beats altruism within groups, but altruism beats selfishness among or between groups”—a bit of wisdom he took from Consilience.


Cheung said that Theranos actually had some of the core design principles in place, notably the first—strong group identity and a sense of purpose. This is what galvanized investors and the media and so many employees like herself, who cared deeply about patients and wanted to improve their health outcomes along with the cost of healthcare. Theranos’ mission, taken at face value, was a good one, and Cheung was committed to realizing it. But the principles it lacked lead to its undoing—specifically fair and inclusive decision making. “The healthcare portion of the company’s voice wasn’t heard,” she said. When they’d raise issues with the product, or process, they “were siloed, spied on.”


One of the problems that Cheung wants to address is the tendency among startups, as they scale from, say, five to 400 employees in two years, to inadvertently shed their initial identity or culture to the company’s detriment. She asked Wilson how one might harness cultural evolutionary processes to avoid this predicament. He said neither a laissez faire nor a centralized planning approach works. “The experimental process does,” he said. Best practices are often stumbled on by happenstance. It means you have to be evolutionary, iterative, and humble about solutions. His best guess is that, as a company rapidly scales, it has to add structure—formalize the aspects of its culture it wants to keep—to stay the same. “Being mindful of that is part of the solution,” he said. “Left unmanaged, evolution will take us where we don’t want to go.”


Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, Ethical Systems’ founder, who was moderating the discussion, picked up on that thread. “Ethical systems wasn’t founded on evolutionary ideas,” he said, “but it’s been implicit in our experimental ethos.” For a business’ culture to be guided or informed by behavioral science means being willing, even eager, to try new things.


The video of our discussion with David Sloan Wilson, Erika Cheung, and Toby Shannon will be available for viewing soon—stay tuned!


Brian Gallagher is Ethical Systems’ Communications Director. Follow him on Twitter @brianga11agher.



T-SQL Tuesday 119 – Changing your mind


First let me say that Alex Yates’ blog has an excellent title / sentiment: “Working with devs – databases should not be bottlenecks”. It’s close to my heart for a number of reasons, and not least because I used to be very much a developer and now I help solve database bottlenecks. I was in … Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday 119 – Changing your mind

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 گیت (Git) یک نرم‌افزار آزاد و متن‌باز برای بازنگری کد منبع توزیع شده و مدیریت منبع کد است که برروی سرعت تاکید می‌کند. گیت ابتدا برای توسعهٔ لینوکس توسط لینوس تروالدز به وجود آمد و اکنون پروژه‌های فراوانی از آن الهام گرفته‌اند. هر دایرکتوری کاری در گیت یک مخزن کامل با تاریخچهٔ کامل تغییرات و قابلیت بازنگری تغییرات است و برای کار با آن نیازی به دسترسی به شبکه یا سرور مرکزی وجود ندارد. گیت یک نرم‌افزار آزاد است که تحت عنوان جی‌پی‌ال نسخه ۲ توزیع شده است. گیت‌هاب (GitHub) یک سرویس میزبانی وب برای پروژه‌های است که از ...

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Realigning Housing Coalitions

Published on October 8, 2019 11:10 AM UTC

There are currently two main coalitions in US housing politics in high cost-of-living areas:
  • Developer / Pro-business / YIMBY: make it easier to build more housing. Allow higher densities, more subdivision, and smaller units. Lower affordable housing minimums, lower parking minimums, lower anything else that acts as a tax on development.

  • Anti-displacement / Affordable housing / NIMBY: new housing is luxury housing, they're building units that are too small for families, this construction only benefits the small slice of people rich enough to afford it. There's already too much traffic, not enough parking, and construction means tree removal. Stop condo conversions and evictions. Impose a transfer tax to stop speculators.

This division has been shifting some, however, with the development of density bonus programs. The idea is, developers are allowed to build more units than zoning would normally allow, but they also have to make a larger fraction of them available below market rate. For example, an affordable housing bonus density program could apply to a property where current zoning would allow eight $1M units and two affordable $400k units, and offer an option of ten $1M units and ten affordable $400k units. Programs like this have several advantages:

  • The number of new affordable units built is higher than it would be under either current zoning or a new zoning that simply increased the required fraction of affordable units.

  • The total number of units available, regardless of affordability, is higher, taking pressure off the market elsewhere.

  • The housing actually gets built, because construction is profitable.

Other programs along these lines could include:

  • Remove parking minimums for new housing that's near transit, allowing more housing to be built in a way that doesn't cause as much traffic.

  • Remove parking minimums for new housing that isn't entitled to street parking and pre-pays for decades of public transit passes

  • Raise the cap on on floor-area-ratio more than the cap on allowed units, leading developers to build more family-sized units.

  • For buildings with tenants, allow higher density for landlords that retain their tenants while rebuilding, providing interim housing and similarly affordable units in the new building.

These have the same structure, allowing higher density in exchange for improvements elsewhere: affordability, traffic, parking, number of family-sized units, displacement. A coalition along these lines could be pretty broad, and include most of the the anti-displacement, affordable housing, developer, business, and YIMBY camps. I'm sad that Cambridge's affordable housing overlay proposal has been put on hold after only getting 5/9 councillors when it needed 6/9, but I think future efforts in this direction are very promising.

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Top 10 Trends in Digital Commerce


Much has changed since the first products were sold online in the 1990s. Early instances of e-commerce focused on the transaction, with little emphasis on improving fulfillment, customer service or loyalty.

Then, organizations began to hone commerce operations in response to customer desires, offering features like inventory visibility, product reviews and package tracking.

Now, organizations focus on more strategic initiatives that will give them competitive advantage in the future, such as providing a unified experience throughout the customer’s journey and establishing a trusted relationship with the customer.

Read more: How Retailers Can Compete With E-Commerce Giants


Next phase of digital commerce trends

Sandy Shen, Senior Director Analyst at Gartner, says digital commerce is getting more intelligent and personal.

Customer analytics is a key enabling technology leading to superior customer experience, supporting personalized and unified experience. It involves the use of multiple tools to get various perspectives of customer data so organizations get more value from the same dataset.

By 2023, the majority of organizations using AI for digital commerce will achieve at least a 25% improvement in customer satisfaction, revenue or cost reduction

Trust and privacy is becoming more important due to the increasing focus on customer data and analytics, and more jurisdictions are issuing privacy laws. Organizations need to keep the balance between getting more than enough customer data and enough data to deliver a good customer experience without crossing the privacy line. Customer trust is the prerequisite of a successful business in any capacity.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology that will have a profound impact on commerce, according to Gartner. By 2023, the majority of organizations using AI for digital commerce will achieve at least a 25% improvement in customer satisfaction, revenue or cost reduction.

These 10 hot trends will impact the future of digital commerce

  1. Visual commerce. Visual commerce enables users to interact with a brand’s products in a visual, immersive manner. Visual commerce technology spans 360-degree video, 2D and 3D configuration, visual search, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
  2. Personalization. Personalization is the process that creates a relevant, individualized interaction to optimize the experience of the user. There are many opportunities to personalize throughout the customer journey, such as landing/product page, search, product recommendation, banners and offers. Personalization can achieve objectives like purchase, engagement, loyalty and customer satisfaction.
  3. Trust and privacy. Building a trusted customer relationship starts with protecting customer privacy. Customers want to have transparency and control of their data. Nearly 160 countries and jurisdictions have or are developing privacy regulations, and organizations face mounting pressures to comply. Think about how to build trusted customer relations beyond being compliant.
  4. Unified commerce. Customers use an increasing number of channels throughout the buying and owning stages. Unified commerce not only offers consistency across channels but also a continuous experience throughout the customer journey. Ideally it is also personalized for the customer context.
  5. Subscription commerce. Everything from socks to video games can be now sold on a recurring and automatically renewing basis. Organizations can benefit from subscription commerce with repeatable and predictable revenue; customers like the convenience, cost savings and personalized curation. By 2023, 75% of organizations selling direct to consumers will offer subscription services, but only 20% will succeed in increasing customer retention.
  6. Thing commerce. Billions of connected devices will gain the ability to act as customers. Connected machines such as home appliances and industrial equipment can make purchases on behalf of human customers. The primary benefit of thing commerce is to reduce customer effort and friction in purchases. This trend is in the early stage, as many organizations are still focused on expanding commerce through traditional channels like websites and mobile apps.  
  7. Enterprise marketplace. This is a business model where organizations shift from selling only products they own or source to selling third-party products that are owned, managed and serviced by someone else. Early adopters such as airports, shopping malls, real estate developers and manufacturers tend to have large numbers of customers and partners. 
  8. Customer analytics. Customer analytics includes a range of analytics tools that extract insight from customer data to improve customer experience and achieve business goals. Given the large amounts of data processed by digital commerce platforms and the transient window of opportunity to convert shoppers, customer analytics plays a critical role in digital commerce. By 2021, more than 40% of all data and analytics projects will relate to an aspect of customer experience.
  9. Application programming interface (API)-based commerce. Businesses are building modular platforms instead of relying on a single monolithic commerce solution to improve their flexibility and agility in supporting new customer experiences, business models and ecosystem partners. API-based commerce enables organizations to decouple the front end from the back end and quickly integrate new capabilities or systems.
  10. Artificial intelligence. AI applies advanced analysis and logic-based techniques, including machine learning, to interpret events, support and automate decisions, and to take actions. Examples of AI in digital commerce range from product recommendation, content personalization, fraud detection, price optimization and virtual assistants to image search and categorization and customer segmentation.

Shen recommends focusing on no more than three items in this list at a time. “Check out the competition to see which technologies are must-have or give you competitive advantages, and move those to the top of the list. Prioritize the remaining options based on business value, time and cost to deliver,” she says.

This article has been updated from the original, published on October 12, 2019, to reflect new events, conditions or research.

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Perhaps I should take a step back and explain.

This is not necessarily an error. The out of memory error could be caused my many issues. Now. the memory limit is set as a default. Some sites will change the limit according to their own needs. This is part of your PHP installation and has nothing to do with CI.If you are working with large amounts of data from somewhere. this could occur.

Having said that, this error could also occur due to a bug, or badly written code. Without working with your actual data, if is difficult to know which. I am unable to replicate the error with my own data,

I suggest you get this to work by changing the limits.

Afterwards, work with the developers to find a global solution.


Tax rate > Need Included!



The process is to put in a formal request via the request system and get other users and developers to discuss and vote on this. There are a number of requests, some of them dating back some time, These then gets priorities according to the urgency, complexity, availability of resources and so on. The developers will word from the approved list of issues and requests, not the forums.

I would therefore suggest you add a feature request.


Amount of item with tax included (gross)?


Myclientbase is the predecessor of Fusioninvoice and was also Open Source.
In the invoice itself, you won’t see that really.
It is just to enter a gross price . E.g. I have a „product“ which costs 4.49 per month including tax = 53.88 per year. If I enter the price without tax (3.77 rounded), the price per year is 53.83 including tax.

I have already seen other threads regarding this:

Is this so hard to implement? Because I’m thinking about implementing it myself (though I’m not really a developer). Could you tell me which files I need to change for that?
I would create a new database field called “item_tax_option”, 0 is without tax (default) and 1 is price included tax. Then in the frontend a new checkbox “Tax included”. An if tax included I have several price calculations to change. Would you tell me the files to be changed?



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macOS Catalina is here and available for download, and you’ve no doubt heard all about the breakup of iTunes and the new consumer-oriented entertainment apps shipping with the system.

But what do developers, designers, and other tech professionals need to know? We run through the key points.

32-bit Support Ends with Catalina

Are you relying on some older, obscure native app for a specific function, as so many developers and designers do? Your Catalina update could throw you a wildcard: it's the first macOS release that drops support for 32-bit apps.

During the setup process, you'll be given a list of installed apps that will no longer open after the update. If you want to keep using that tool, it's time to hit up the developer for a long-overdue update... or stay on Mojave for a while longer yet.

A Cross-Platform Catalyst

Mojave brought iOS ports of the News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home apps to macOS. In Catalina, Apple is opening the tools that enabled these ports up to developers under the name of Catalyst.

While this doesn't directly affect web development work, it does make iOS a more attractive native development platform, which may inform your future platform choices. And if Apple's plan to reinvigorate stale macOS third-party app development with some of the action from iOS works, you could incorporate better productivity and development apps into your workflow in the near future.

For now, Catalyst is available to developers of iPad apps — we expect that to broaden in the future.

Voice Control

Catalina offers accessibility improvements in the form of improved Voice Control for those who have difficulty seeing, or using keyboards and mice.

Of course, developers should ensure that their apps work as well as they can with this tool, because it's the right thing to do.

Developers are known for their love of keyboard shortcut mastery, but no doubt the ability to create custom commands has inspired determined lifehackers. What if you never had to take your cursor or eyes off of VS Code to run other frequent workflows?

We look forward to seeing what the community comes up with.

Screen Time

Do you waste too much time using your computer for mindless entertainment, forcing you to stay up late making up the time productively?

Or are you a workaholic who just can't find the will to shut off and disconnect?

If you're like most of us in the industry, you're a mix of the two. Catalina introduces a variant of the Screen Time app that's been on iOS for a couple of years now.

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As with iOS, you can also set time limits for specific apps, and there are some ways to moderate your web content usage without outright blocking your web browser from opening.

Sidecar: The Most Expensive Secondary Display You'll Ever Own

For developers, designers, and all other web professionals, the real headline feature of Catalina is Sidecar. Sidecar turns your iPad into a secondary display for your Mac, and it's really easy to enable (provided you have the requisite tablet, which is not included with the operating system update).

The best reason to use Sidecar over a standard display is Apple Pencil integration. Designers will love the ability to draw directly on the screen when using Sketch and Illustrator without switching devices all the time. You can even mirror your Mac's screen if you'd like an unobstructed view of what you're sketching on one side.

Most of us will use Sidecar as a place to dump Slack or a terminal window, but in any case, it's clear it'll be the most beneficial update for many of us.

How'd You Go?

Let us know how you went with the upgrade, and what you've enjoyed most so far. We always recommend waiting a few days for the bugs to shake out — especially with Apple's recent track record — but initial reports suggest the release version is pretty solid after all.

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Microsoft wants to make its cloud the platform 'for every workload on the planet,' and one way it's doing that is helping startups win bigger customers (MSFT)


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  • Microsoft launched a program called Microsoft for Startups in February 2018 to teach startups how to sell to larger customers and give them access to Microsoft's customer base.
  • Microsoft sees helping startups as an investment because they can become partners in the future, and startups are also using Microsoft's cloud, Microsoft Azure.
  • Microsoft is also doing more to attract developers in startups like investing in open source software, something that it was previously reluctant to do.
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When Chad Fowler, general manager of startups at Microsoft, initially joined the company through its acquisition of the Berlin-based productivity app startup Wunderlist, he felt that Microsoft was an "unlikely suitor" because it was a "sales-y company" that "didn't really get startups."

"I would describe myself as one of the least likely eventual Microsoft employees," Fowler told Business Insider. "I grew up in the '90s in technology companies, and I was very much on the open source side of the world. Microsoft's perception and resonance with that community is pretty well known historically."

Fowler meant that back in the 1990s, Microsoft often fought with open source, or software that's free for anyone to download and contribute to. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even called the popular open source operating system Linux "a cancer." 

Fowler says that he still had these misconceptions, even after he joined Microsoft initially, but since then, Microsoft has made a turnaround. Now, he's leading a program called Microsoft for Startups, which was launched in February 2018. It helps startups sell their products to Microsoft's customers and teaches them how to scale up.

"I think of myself as a startup person first and an open source person second, and here I am doing that stuff in the context of Microsoft where I never thought I would actually be, but the company is different now," Fowler said.

The startup program underscores the radical shift at Microsoft in the five years since Satya Nadella took the CEO reins, leaving behind old hangups and propelling the company to a trillion dollar market valuation. For Microsoft, forging close ties with startups represents an important market opportunity as it tries to make headway against Amazon in the booming cloud computing market.

Charlotte Yarkoni, corporate vice president of commerce and ecosystem in the cloud and AI division at Microsoft, says that while startups have talented engineering teams, they often need help selling, so that's where Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help.

Startups on their own may have a harder time getting in front of enterprise customers in fields such as health care or manufacturing, but Microsoft for Startups gives them access to Microsoft's customer base. It also gives startups credits for Microsoft's cloud, Microsoft Azure, making startups likely to pick Azure as their cloud of choice to run their software. As a result, Microsoft sees helping these startups as an investment. 

"Startups are important because they do represent a lot of the innovation, whether it's building new workloads or even developing new trends and technologies that are more forefront in terms of business models they're contemplating," Yarkoni told Business Insider.

'Help first, sell last'

It's a win for Microsoft, too. Yarkoni says these startups may end up becoming partners in the future. 

"What we really wanted to do is build more of a startup ecosystem that represented a partner ecosystem for us, a budding partner ecosystem," Yarkoni said.

Microsoft also offers these startups credits for its cloud Microsoft Azure and helps them onboard onto it. If these startups sell their product on Microsoft's cloud, it also benefits Microsoft, and Microsoft gets to see "interesting new solutions" running on its cloud, Yarkoni says.

"We aspire for our cloud to be the platform for every workload on the planet," Yarkoni said. "These newer workloads and the innovations they bring are fantastic for us to have on our cloud."

Still, Fowler says helping startups is his top priority. His mission is to "help first, sell last." 

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Yarkoni says that startups who are part of the Microsoft program see an immediate increase in their businesses, with an average deal size "north of six figures."

"We continue to hear from startups that the most valuable thing we can do for them is help them win customers," Yarkoni said. 

'These startups today are the big enterprise customers of the future.'

Fowler worked on the Wunderlist team at Microsoft for a while, but he missed the startup world. When he met Yarkoni, she pitched him the idea of leading startup teams and advising founders, which he thought would be "the best of both worlds."

"Startups are small companies usually," Fowler said. "You can think of it as an investment. Not every startup that we work with goes on to become a unicorn and eventually IPO, but we do believe that Microsoft was a startup one day as well. These startups today are the big enterprise customers of the future."

Now, he leads the startup team, helping startups land deals with big companies and guiding them through technological and business expertise that they will need when selling to enterprise customers. The team is staffed with people who have gone through the pains of growing startups, such as having to completely rewrite their technology as the company grows. 

Fowler recalls that at Wunderlist, when a large customer contacted it to buy a large license, the team had no idea how to address things like disaster recovery and data privacy standards. He recalls that when Wunderlist was first building a sales team, the team "had no idea what we were doing."

"We hired the wrong sorts of people," Fowler said. "We were doing the wrong processes, all kinds of classic mistakes. What we do at the Microsoft for Startups program is become that trusted adviser that helps startups through that time."

Yarkoni says Microsoft plans to continue its investment in this program, including in its presence around the world and also in female founders. She says the number of startups coming into the program is growing. 

"Thes startup ecosystem is a great representation of meeting these communities where they are. It's very much the cornerstone of our startup philosophy," Yarkoni said. "Helping Microsoft get more engaged in the community is really something we're quite proud of, and we obviously want to share our journey as we go."

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DuetCam for iOS 13 brings simple front-and-back video recording to newer iPhones


iOS 13 introduces a useful new feature for recording video from both the front and back cameras on newer iPhones. The only catch is that the built-in Camera app doesn’t actually support this feature yet. Instead, Apple is allowing developers to build the feature in their own apps.

Enter DuetCam, an all-new app from Marcel Schmitz debuting on the iPhone this week. DuetCam has a polished and intuitive design for filming with both iPhone cameras at the same time, and Instagram integration lets you send clips directly to IG Stories.


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Controversy as Apple removes Hong Kong protest app, saying it is ‘illegal’ [U]


There is controversy today after Apple removed a Hong Kong protest app from the App Store. The developers claim that the app helps people avoid trouble spots and comply with the law, while Apple says that it’s intended to circumvent the law.

It’s currently unclear whether Apple made its own decision to remove the HKmap Live app, or whether it acted at the request of the Chinese government…


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‘Announce Messages with Siri’ feature returns for AirPods owners in iOS 13.2


The ‘Announce Messages with Siri’ feature was originally promised for iOS 13 but was delayed to ‘later this year’ as Apple hurried to ship iOS 13 in time for the iPhone 11 release. It did not make it in iOS 13.1 either, but it has returned in the just-released iOS 13.2 developer beta.

You need to be an iPhone and AirPods user to take advantage of the feature. With the AirPods in your ears, you will be able to listen and respond to incoming text messages. Siri transcribes the message so you can hear the text without looking at your phone or watch. You can then ignore or immediately reply without having to say ‘Hey Siri’.


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Apple releasing first developer beta of iOS 13.2 today with Deep Fusion camera tech for iPhone 11


Update: iOS 13.2 developer beta 1 is now available, as well as the second developer beta of watchOS 6.1. tvOS 13.2 developer beta 1 is also now available. Apple is also releasing the first public beta of iOS 13.2 today.

Apple today has released the first developer beta of iOS 13.2. The new beta is the first to include Apple’s new Deep Fusion camera technology on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, as detailed yesterday.


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Google forces Android phone makers to offer digital wellbeing tools

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A Bootiful Podcast: Oracle's Geertjan Wielenga on Developer Advocacy


Hi, Spring fans! In this episode, Josh Long (@starbuxman) interviews Oracle's Geertjan Wielenga (@GeertjanW) about his new book (on developer advocacy), "Developer, Advocate!"

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Google obligará a incluir Digital Wellbeing y carga USB-C PD en los nuevos móviles certificados


Google obligará a incluir Digital Wellbeing y carga USB-C PD en los nuevos móviles certificados

Los fabricantes de Android que desean pasar la certificación de Google necesitan cumplir una serie de requesitos plasmados en el Documento de Definición de Compatibilidad de Android (CDD) y el acuerdo de los Servicios de Movilidad de Google (GMS). Gracias a ambos documentos ahora sabemos los requisitos mínimos de los próximos móviles y qué apps de Google deberán preinstalar.

En el apartado de requisitos mínimos, además de tener que incluir Android 10 a partir de febrero, Google requerirá a los fabricantes que incluyan Digital Wellbeing -o similares- y que soporten el estándar de carga rápida USB-C PD.

Digital Wellbeing para todos


Empezamos por el acuerdo de licencia de los servicios de Google o GMS. Es un documento exclusivo para los partners de Google, aunque XDA se ha hecho con una copia reciente. En el apartado 3.4.1 del documento se establece que los dispositivos deben incluir digital wellbeing y control parental, accesibles en el primer nivel de los ajustes del terminal.

Es preciso notar que no tiene por qué ser necesariamente el bienestar digital de Google, sino que puede ser la alternativa propia de cada fabricante, como es el caso del "Balance digital" de Huawei. Ahora bien, el documento avisa a los fabricantes que estén creando su propia solución que los requisitos pueden cambiar y amendarse en futuras versiones.

No solo deberán tener bienestar digital, sino que deberán incluir un sistema de control parental y presentarlo a los usuarios durante el proceso de configuración inicial, que deberá presentar una pantalla para configurar una cuenta para niños.

Poniendo la carga rápida en orden


Casi todos los móviles Android cuentan con la misma conexión MicroUSB o USB-C, pero a la hora de estándares de carga rápida, cada fabricante quiere imponer el suyo propio como ventaja competitiva. Estos estándares son en ocasiones muy potentes, pero al ser propietarios necesitas usar el cargador oficial para sacarle todo el partido.

El documento de Compatibilidad de Android 10 establece que se recomienda encarecidamente no soportar métodos de carga propietarios que modifican el voltaje más allá de los valores predeterminados, pues podrían resultar en incompatibilidades con cargadores USB PD. A cambio, se recomienda encarecidamente soportar Power Delivery.

Aunque el documento CDD no habla en términos absolutos, es el acuerdo de GMS quien lo hace. Según la copia del último acuerdo GMS que ha obtenido XDA, se establece que todos los nuevos dispositivos lanzados en 2019 con USB-C deben ser completamente compatibles con cargadores de acuerdo a las especificaciones USB y tener un conector USB-C.

Esto no quiere decir necesariamente que dejen de existir otros tipos de carga rápida fuera de USB-PD, sino que los móviles que las incluyan deberán ser totalmente compatibles con el estándar, aun teniendo su propia carga rápida.

Las apps obligatorias


Por último, tenemos la lista de aplicaciones que deberán ser preinstaladas en los nuevos terminales Android que quieran pasar la certificación de los servicios de Google. La lista ha sido obtenida por 9to5Google e incluye las siguientes aplicaciones:

  • Google Play Store
  • Google Search
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Drive
  • Gmail
  • Google Duo
  • Maps
  • Google Play Music
  • Google Photos
  • Google Play Movies
  • YouTube

La lista sigue incluyendo Google Play Music, aunque el propio documento indica que próximamente YouTube Music reemplazará a Google Play Music, tal y como ya había informado la propia compañía. Por otro lado, se incluirá una versión Android Auto como aplicación con privilegios especiales, aunque no se podrá lanzar por el usuario desde el lanzador de apps.

En cuanto a Android Go, la lista de aplicaciones que deben preinstalarse en un terminal incluido en se cambian por las versiones ligeras siempre, además de no incluirse Google Drive, Google Duo, Google Play Music o Google Play Movies.

  • Google Play Store
  • Google Go
  • Google Chrome
  • Gmail Go
  • Maps Go
  • Gallery Go
  • Gboard Go
  • Assistant Go
  • YouTube Go

Vía | XDA y 9to5Google

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La noticia Google obligará a incluir Digital Wellbeing y carga USB-C PD en los nuevos móviles certificados fue publicada originalmente en Xataka Android por Iván Ramírez .


Android 10 será obligatorio para los nuevos móviles lanzados a partir de febrero de 2020


Android 10 será obligatorio para los nuevos móviles lanzados a partir de febrero de 2020

En 2014 Google comenzó a ponerse dura para mitigar la fragmentación de versiones de Android, y para ello comenzó obligar a los fabricantes a lanzar al mercado sus nuevos dispositivos con la versión más reciente de Android.

Un fabricante tiene cumplir con un calendario de versiones Android para poder conseguir la certificación de Google, si no, no podrán lanzar su nuevo dispositivo con los servicios móviles de Google (GMS).

Android 10 a partir de febrero

En el nuevo documento de los requisitos GMS de Google para fabricantes OEM/ODM vemos el nuevo calendario de la ventana de lanzamiento de dispositivos con Android, donde detallan hasta que fecha pueden lanzarlos con una determinada versión.


En la tabla vemos como Android 9 ya tiene fecha de caducidad. El 31 de enero de 2020 será la fecha tope para que un fabricante pueda lanzar un nuevo dispositivo con esa versión de fábrica. O en otras palabras, que a partir del 1 de febrero los nuevos dispositivos tendrán que llevar Android 10 para que puedan disfrutar de todas sus novedades.

Los dispositivos que todavía tengan Android 9, Google seguirá certificando sus actualizaciones menores hasta el lanzamiento de Android R (verano 2020), excepto los parches de seguridad.

Aquí hay que tener en cuenta que un fabricante puede conseguir la certificación de un dispositivo con Android 9 antes del 1 de febrero y luego ponerlo a la venta semanas después, con lo que ese sería el motivo de que un fabricante pueda lanzar a partir de febreros móviles con Android 9, pero con Android 10 ya en el mercado, la mayoría de móviles presentados en febrero estarán ya actualizados.

Vía | XDA-Developers

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Google trabaja en una certificación oficial para móviles 'gaming', según XDA Developers


Google trabaja en una certificación oficial para móviles 'gaming', según XDA Developers

Con los móviles se puede jugar casi desde el origen de los teléfonos móviles modernos, aunque la llegada de los smartphones impulsó este concepto de dispositivos de juego móvil. Con el paso de los años, el concepto ha ido evolucionando y a medida que los dispositivos se hacían más potentes, comenzaban las especializaciones. Finalmente, llegaron los móviles 'gaming'.

Teléfonos móviles ya no con una potencia suficiente para ejecutar juegos de gran calibre sino con otras ventajas como sistemas de refrigeración más avanzada, diseños más llamativos o ajustes de software para llevar la experiencia de juego más allá. Ahora, según la información recogida por XDA Developers, Google trabaja en una certificación oficial.

A la luz a través de la documentación de Google


Los propios fabricantes de procesadores están ya diferenciando su catálogo entre chips normales y chips pensados para ejecutar juegos para móviles. Qualcomm y Mediatek cuentan ya, por ejemplo, con sus series G. Los primeros a modo de apellido y los segundos a modo de nombre. Ahora Google pretende ir un paso más allá en materia de recomendaciones con su nueva certificación.

Esta certificación forma parte ya de la documentación interna de Google para enviar a los fabricantes

Cuentan en XDA Developers que conocieron las intenciones de Google ya en el mes de junio, pero no ha sido hasta ahora cuando todo el proceso se ha hecho más oficial. XDA ha obtenido una copia de los últimos requisitos de Google para la instalación de sus Google Mobile Services, los que traen de cabeza a los móviles de Huawei en estos momentos, y en dicho documento aparece una referencia al CDD, o documento de compatibilidad de dispositivos.

Es en este documento, actualizado a día 3 de septiembre, en el que aparece una sección, la número 13, que habla de los requisitos que deben cumplir los teléfonos para poder obtener estos Google Mobile Services. Y precisamente el punto 13.14 es el que habla abiertamente de la certificación para dispositivos de juego.

Los requisitos a cumplir


Según esta sección 13.14 de la documentación de Google, los dispositivos que quieran ser certificados como "dispositivos de juego", o como 'móviles gaming', deben "proporcionar una GPU moderna y actualizada de alto rendimiento además de APIs para la pantalla y una razonable tasa de fotogramas por segundo".

Además, los terminales deben ser compatibles con la API Vulkan Graphics en su versión 1.1, pasar los tests OpenGL ES/Vulkan facilitado por Kronos y cumplir con otros requisitos de compatibilidad, como con Choreographer o co SurfaceFlinger. Junto a todo esto, los dispositivos deberían poder asignar al menos 2.3GB de RAM para su ejecución antes de que el sistema los elimine.

Por el momento no se conoce más sobre esta certificación oficial de Google para 'teléfonos gaming' pero estaremos atentos a cualquier novedad que pueda producirse. Sí se sabe que Google está formando un equipo interno para trabajar con fabricantes de teléfonos móviles y de procesadores en virtud de los nuevos requerimientos que han de cumplirse. Veremos en qué acaba esta certificación, aunque todo apunta a que será una realidad y que se acabará creando una lista pública de dispositivos soportados, del mismo modo que existen los Android Enterprise.

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Nueve apps Android de control parental para instalar en el móvil de tus hijos


Nueve apps Android de control parental para instalar en el móvil de tus hijos

Más allá del uso que hacen los niños y jóvenes como método de entretenimiento, está claro que los smartphones son unas herramientas muy útiles a la hora de localizarlos y comunicarse con ellos; incluso pueden servirles de ayuda en el estudio. Sin embargo, muchos adultos consideran el móvil o tablet como una posible fuente de problemas para sus hijos si estos acceden a páginas inadecuadas, se exponen a extraños o realizan compras en tiendas online o dentro de las propias aplicaciones.

Otro de los principales miedos cuando los niños tienen su propio móvil, es que acaben pasando horas y horas delante de la pantalla. Para evitarlo, además de conocer cómo configurar el dispositivo correctamente para los más pequeños, es importante instalar aplicaciones de control parental que permitan a los padres seleccionar qué ven y cómo lo ven sus hijos. La que nos propone Google es Family Link, pero existen muchas otras igualmente recomendables.


Una solución sencilla para gestionar el tiempo que dedican al teléfono móvil es la app Qustodio Control Parental, que no solo te permite poner límites de uso en juegos y apps, sino también controlar el acceso y/o bloquear contenido web, aplicaciones, llamadas y mensajes.

Además, el niño podrá activar el botón de SOS para alertar a la familia y los padres disponen de una app desde la que pueden recibir informes diarios automáticos con un resumen de la actividad, ver en tiempo real lo que su hijo hace en su dispositivo e incluso geolocalizar al niño. La versión gratuita te proporciona protección para un dispositivo, pero es posible adquirir la Premium para acceder a más funciones y controlar más móviles o tablets.

Qustodio Control Parental

Qustodio Control ParentalVaría según el dispositivo.


Con esta aplicación de control parental, es posible limitar el tiempo de pantalla en los teléfonos de los niños a la hora de hacer los deberes, de cenar o de acostarse, por ejemplo. También permite impedir el acceso a contenido web adulto, a las redes sociales y a determinados juegos y apps inapropiados.

Además, los padres pueden controlar la ubicación de sus hijos en tiempo real y ser notificados cuando estos entren o se alejen de esos lugares definidos por ellos. Otras posibilidades interesantes que ofrece esta app son crear una Lista de Seguimiento de Contactos sospechosos, recibir alertas de SOS y ver en todo momento los mensajes de textos recibidos y enviados por los niños a través de sus dispositivos móviles.

FamilyTime Parental Control - localizador familiar

FamilyTime Parental Control - localizador familiar

Kaspersky SafeKids

La solución creada por Kaspersky Lab está disponible tanto en versión gratuita como Premium. En el primer caso, sin pagar por ella, podrás bloquear el acceso de los niños a aplicaciones y contenido para adultos, definir una lista de aplicaciones y sitios permitidos (o bloqueados), fijar límites de tiempo de uso del dispositivo y consultar un informe resumido de la actividad de tus hijos en su dispositivo.

También es posible habilitar el acceso de forma remota a sitios web o aplicaciones bloqueados previamente y obtener consejos de psicólogos expertos sobre los peligros digitales y otras amenazas de seguridad online para los niños. A todo ello, la versión Premium añade protección para un número ilimitado de dispositivos y varias funciones adicionales, como la posibilidad de conocer la ubicación de tu hijo en un mapa con un localizador GPS o supervisar su actividad pública en Facebook.

Kaspersky SafeKids: Control parental para Android

Kaspersky SafeKids: Control parental para Android Varía según el dispositivo.

Norton Family

Creada por los desarrolladores de Norton Security, esta app pretende ayudar a los padres a bloquear contenido inapropiado, evitar que sus hijos compartan demasiada información y enseñarles buenos hábitos de uso en Internet. Entre sus ventajas, destaca la supervisión y registro de las páginas web que visitan los niños y de las búsquedas que realizan en el navegador de Norton o en Chrome, estableciendo reglas para restringir el acceso a determinados tipos de contenido.

También es posible ver qué aplicaciones y juegos tienen instalados tus hijos, permitir o bloquear el acceso a ellos, elegir a quiénes pueden enviar mensajes de texto, limitar la cantidad de tiempo que van a usar el dispositivo y conocer su ubicación en un mapa. Y dos funciones importantes: recibirás notificaciones si los niños intentan infringir una regla y podrás revisar un historial de 30 días de sus actividades online.

Norton Family parental control

Norton Family parental control4.8.1.11


Combina las características de un localizador GPS con las funciones de una aplicación de control parental, de forma que permite a los padres conocer dónde están sus hijos y limitar el uso que estos hacen del móvil, todo ello en tiempo real. Además, es posible impedir el acceso a pornografía o cualquier sitio web inapropiado, y consultar un informe del uso de aplicaciones, de las llamadas entrantes y salientes, y del tiempo que el pequeño ha dedicado a Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

En su faceta de localizador, genera alertas automáticas cuando el niño entra o sale de una localización predefinida (colegio, casa, etc.), crea un historial de dónde ha estado durante los últimos días y permite localizar el móvil en caso de pérdida o robo. Si esto ocurriera, ofrece la posibilidad de hacer un borrado remoto para proteger la privacidad y seguridad de tus hijos.

Control parental y localizador familiar Locategy

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Además de decidir qué apps puede utilizar tu hijo en su móvil y cuáles no, esta solución te permite revisar las webs visitadas, bloquear las que no consideres apropiadas, evitar que comparta Internet a otros dispositivos y crear un calendario para limitar el acceso a la Red por días de la semana.