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Executive: VP Retail Experience (Hou. Mkt) - Houston, Texas

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LOCATION: This position is located in the Clear Lake area. -- - - Rapidly growing organization in Houston is seeking a strong retail sales leader to coach, mentor, and develop teams through transformative change. A successful VP, Retail Experience is enthusiastic about driving growth, delivering excellent member service, strategic in developing and promoting solutions to members, ethical in delivering account growth, and passionate about creating an atmosphere that supports engaged team members. ROLE: The VP, Retail Experience role makes a difference in our members' lives through enhancing their experience. The VP, Retail Experience is responsible for developing the strategy to build and deliver improved user experience through purposeful journeys. Charged with creating and delivering a multi-year enterprise retail strategy. Responsible for translating organizational vision and priorities into a retail vision and roadmap. Collaborates with senior leaders and stakeholders to ensure cross-channel coordination. Deploys innovative solutions related to both branch and contact center transformation to create exceptional member experiences. The VP, Retail Experience will own all member-facing retail channels, including branches, ATMs/ITMs, IVR, calls, emails, chat, text, and social servicing. Retail Strategy Development: Develop the vision, strategy and roadmap that enables member experiences in the retail locations & contact center consistent with overall company strategy and values. Drive initiatives that maintain this alignment. Develop and implement key operational strategies to improve service quality, overall member experience, financial results, and team member engagement. Retail Leadership: Attract, hire, and develop a high-performing team responsible for retail channel management, including providing expertise and recommendations to deliver exceptional member and team member experiences. Foster a teamwork environment that promotes collaboration and develops talent Provide strong, dynamic leadership that mentors, develops, and guides team members to efficiently drive day-to-day operations. Develop and maintain effective organization of responsibility, including efficient recruiting, training, coaching, recognition, performance standards, staffing levels and supervision. Maintain knowledge of new trends and technologies, helping the business prioritize a maturity roadmap for scale and cross-channel optimization, and to drive innovation. Retail Portfolio Management & Development: Develops, plans and socializes multi-year road maps that allow us to continuously iterate on retail experiences. Work with Strategy and Results Delivery Office, Digital, IT leadership, and Product Management to optimize and integrate the technology required to support the strategy Sponsor strategic organizational investments and provide guidance that drives solutions to support the organization's strategic goals. Develops, implements and maintains vendor solutions in partnership with IT team. Retail Portfolio Governance: Plans, organizes, and controls day-to-day digital delivery activities. Collaborates with all important stake holders, and coordinates activities across all stakeholders. Chair monthly Retail Portfolio Review discussions and prioritize epics in Program Increment Planning sessions. Retail Member Experience: Implements and champions a member solution focused operational culture, ensuring that team members are trained and recognized for knowing our members, anticipating additional needs, and fully explaining potential solutions. Partner with Service Design to sponsor high quality experience development best practices (Human centered design, co-creation, and prototype iteration). Partner with digital to optimize retail information and content. Deliver an approach to effectively increase email capture rates and online membership engagement. Lead and oversee the implementation of the first line of defense risk management program, quality assurance program, and establishes and enforces quality standards that satisfy consumer requirements; ensures root cause analysis and preventive action plans are implemented in a timely and thorough manner. Retail Portfolio Metrics, Tracking & Reporting: Define Key Performance Indicators, by channel, for Experience Quality, Product Quality, Sales, Deepening, and Availability. Accountable for the performance and reliability of the institution's Retail channels, ensuring all Key Performance Indicators are within expectations (Member Satisfaction, Compliance, Sales funnels, Availability, etc). Ensure capabilities meet compliance and operational controls to meet regulatory standards and experience parameters. EXPERIENCE: Minimum 5 years leading multiple functions within contact center 5 years of leadership experience in a contact center environment Strategic conceptual thinking - Demonstrated ability to create Retail strategies and accompanying roadmaps Retail/contact center sales experience Strong leadership, mentoring and relationship building skills with ability to effectively manage groups and individuals at various levels Demonstrated experience managing geographically dispersed teams Proven track record of managing complex, highly technical projects across functions and business Demonstrated ability to analyze, develop, and implement metrics and process enhancements that ensure key performance indicators are aligned with desired outcomes PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Deep expertise from progressive retail systems / retail channel roles, with advanced knowledge of retail platforms, vendors, and retail strategies Experience in world-class contact center transformation process Experience in an agile organization Experience with multi-channel experience design Project management, change management, or process excellence experience/designations Six or more years of leadership experience EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree Master's degree or related education, such as CUES or CBA Executive Banking School preferred INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: A significant level of trust and diplomacy is required, in addition to normal courtesy and tact. Work involves extensive personal contact with others and is usually of a personal or sensitive nature. Work may involve motivating, influencing or training others. Outside contacts become important and fostering sound relationships with other entities (companies and/or individuals) becomes necessary and often requires the ability to influence and/or sell ideas or services to others. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. These include the ability to : - sit and / or stand for entire work day - bend / twist - climb - reach arms above shoulder level - crouch / stoop / kneel - Be exposed to dust or fumes - Be exposed to marked changes in temperature or humidity ()
          

Chuck Pierce Prophesies: We Are Entering a New Kingdom Era

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There are moments when time shifts and you gain momentum for your future. In fact, we are in one such kingdom moment now. We have not just entered a new year, decade or season, but a new era in the kingdom of God.

In Isaiah 32:1 (TPT), the Word of God says,"Look—a new era begins! A king will reign in righteousness, and his princes according to justice!" An era is a fixed point in time from which a series of years is reckoned. An era can also bea memorable or important date or event in the history of a thing, person or nation. An era is a system of chronological notation computed from a given date as a basis. An era is a period identified by some prominent figure or characteristic feature or stage in development.

We are now entering a new kingdom era.In Hebrew, this era is known as "Pey," which means "voice" or "mouth." As God's ambassadors, our voices must be heard this decade. We will decree a thing, and it will happen!

An Era of Power

"Where there is no vision, the people perish"—in Proverbs 29:18a, this word actually means that without boundaries or prophetic utterance, a people go backward. We are moving from a church era to a kingdom era. In this divine shift, the Lord is transforming our mindset so we move outwardly from what has been built in one season into a new movement for the next season. This will be a new building season, but first we must unlock God's kingdom plan and align heaven and earth.

When the Lord revealed His Messiahship to His disciples in Matthew 16, He gave Peter a prophetic word that would transcend the ages. In Matthew 16:18-19 (my paraphrase), He prophesied, "I will build My church; the gates of hell will not overpower it, and you will have an authority to unlock the kingdom and forbid and permit what goes on in earth."

We must remember that this prophecy to Peter had yet to be fully revealed in reality. The church was still a mystery. Therefore, when the day of Pentecost came and 3,000 were converted, Peter must have thought, How will we build for the future? How will the Lord, who has ascended, accomplish this through us?

The disciples did not have a full concept of the meaning of "the church." The only concept they had of spiritual gathering was from the synagogue. The word the Lord was using here was ekklesia, which was a Roman concept of ambassadors going in to transform a region to make it look like Rome.

Everything seemed new to the disciples. Just a few weeks prior, they had a revelation of the Lord being Messiah. Now they had to see how to gather and build for the future out of a new paradigm. Eventually they would have to leave Jerusalem to do this, and build in Antioch a prototype of what the Lord was prophesying. The writer of Hebrews gave us much revelation of how what the Spirit of God was doing in that day could not be done in Jerusalem.

This began a whole new era. Now the Spirit of God would help His leadership establish something that would be indestructible. There would be unsurpassed power in the ekklesia to overcome the enemy of mankind, Satan. And before this was built, there had to be an unlocking of God's kingdom power within the triumphant people that would walk into the future.

We must remember it took approximately 70 years to establish the first church era. In every era, we unlock a kingdom plan so we can build the prototype for the ekklesia for the future. This new era propels us into a season of unlocking so we can build in the days ahead.

A Season of War

There is a new move of God in His people this hour! They are like a river of glory fire, like liquid gold flowing throughout lands. They resemble fiery lava moving from state to state, province to province and nation to nation throughout the earth. These glory warriors will destroy the works of the enemy in days ahead.

Over the next several years, we will mature into a people who do exploits and are ready to go to war against any darkness attempting to bring destruction to our Lord's kingdom plan. These triumphant people are the ones who know how to triumph. To triumph is to obtain victory, or a state of being victorious in conquest. Triumph carries a distinct emotion for God's children; in triumph, one expresses joy or exultation because he or she has prospered, succeeded and flourished. To "triumph" means "to celebrate and rejoice with victory and jubilation." Triumph indicates that an advantage has been gained over the enemy. Triumph also conveys that success has been granted through a supernatural grace being released.

God has a people who must keep moving. Movement is linked with life! If we stop moving, we stagnate or routinize. If there is one thing that I have seen happen from season to season, it is that the church stagnates. This can be because we fall into apathy. However, most times we stagnate because we enjoy getting comfortable in one season and resist change. We must be a people who are willing to war for our future.

After all, we are living in conflicting and conflicted times. Many times, the shifts we make are not our willful choices but result from the wars of the season. We would have loved to see something go one way, but atmospheric shifts, conflicts of opinions, conflicts of philosophies and conflicts of emotions caused things to go a different direction.

James said we war because we have cravings and desires in us that cannot be satisfied (see James 4:1-3). Many times, these desires hold us in wilderness places. We are meant to cross over into prosperity, but we choose to have our way in a situation instead of submitting to the will of God. We are in a great warfare over a threefold cord controlled by Satan's kingdom, consisting of poverty, infirmity and religion.

War is the grace to fight. When the Lord calls us to war, He gives us the grace to triumph. God never calls His children to do anything without the grace necessary to fulfill His purpose. Therefore, in the midst of war, there is grace. We are called to protect our vineyard. My greatest concern for the church today is this: Will a new generation rise up and war for all the promises that have been redeemed or paid for by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Christians must learn why it's imperative that we fight and overturn the plans of the enemy. Learning to war comes easier to some than to others. To those who grew up in relative peace and comfort, it may come hardest of all. Why war? Why is war necessary? Why can't people live in harmony? These are the questions we ask our parents when we are first exposed to conflict through the media. We ask the questions of our history teachers when we are learning the events that brought us to the present. Most importantly, we ask God, "If you are a loving God, why do war and destruction occur?"

The short answer is that there are two kingdoms in conflict.

Satan's demonic angels roam the earth trying to keep his kingdom in place. We are in God's army of warriors. The Lord has already defeated Satan and all his dominions, powers and principalities. However, we are called to enforce that defeat. If we do not heed His call, the enemy will step in and rule in our stead. We are called to possess, secure and protect our inheritance. We must remember that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.

As the Holy Spirit moves us toward becoming more Christlike, the methodology of an old season will not propel us into the future. We need something new and fresh. We need a new glory. This is one of the wiles of the enemy—to hold us captive in the last manifestation of God. Therefore, we live in the past rather than move into the best that is ahead for our lives. This is how religious spirits operate.

The Lord taught His disciples to pray using a model prayer, which we know as the Lord's Prayer. We have access to Father's throne room, but we must access the revelation for us to triumph and establish that in the earth realm. The government of heaven must enter our atmosphere, align with the government of God in the earth and liberate the armies of God and the land!

A Time to Plow

Speaking of government, we are approaching a new election year in the United States. One of the words for "visitation" is linked with how you cast a vote. How we vote is how we get visited as a nation in our future.

Dutch Sheets and I are presently on a 22-region journey through the United States. For the last four years, the triumphant remnant has made incredible headway. Our goal is to awaken the seeds of revival that have been sown throughout America and cause this incredible triumphant remnant to keep advancing.

We don't want to lose any momentum of righteous change that has influenced our nation over these last several years. I see the enemy throwing a dark horse into this next season. We must stay focused as watchman intercessors.

Amos 9:13 says, "'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'When the plowman shall overtake the one who is reaping, and the treader of grapes the one who is sowing the seed; the mountains will drip sweet wine, and all the hills will flow with it.'"

This is a word for today. Prophetic seeds that have been sown and declared in your region should be plowed up! The Lord has put us into a plowing season. The prophetic seeds that didn't come up in one season should be declared alive and receive a new breath of His Spirit. I see teams of plowmen being connected together. Many of us have received revelation but tried to plow alone. However, if we connect and plow together, the harvest of God in a region will be gathered. This is a key time for alignment.

And as the apostolic church matures and advances the kingdom of God in the earth, apostolic/prophetic rule will be established in territories. Here are six key points we must understand as we move forward in this new era:

Know your field and sphere. Faith works in place and time. In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul talks about fields, or spheres. We each have key fields and spheres that we can war and triumph within.

Mobilize the armies. Know who is warring with you for the King's rule.

Strategically know your redemptive "thin places." When Rose Sambrook from Northern Ireland came to speak at one of our gatherings, she shared how in Ireland they talk about "thin places." These are the places where the Spirit of God has come, and heaven and earth have become very close. These places have key altars that need to be refired for today. We must know where these altars are in our field or spheres. If there are no thin places in our sphere, we must find where the Lord wants to come and create a thin place, or portal, between heaven and earth.

Define the high places. Within our spheres and field, we also have high places. These are places where the enemy has erected his rule. These are the places contending for our worship. These high places erected by the enemy are the result of the worship war going on in each territory of the earth. Worship occurs around the one whose throne has been established. We are created to worship; therefore, if we pay homage to the enemy, he will control the atmosphere. The entire territory then falls under the darkness of his presence, and demonic hosts redirect those in that territory away from God's plan of fullness, peace, joy and abundance.

Sanctify the land. When we commit iniquitous sins and defilement of the land occurs, we must sanctify the land. The land mourns until we have reconciled it back to God, the one who made it. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof" (Ps. 24:1, KJV).

Establish new glory altars. Throughout the Word of God, new altars had to be built. How do we do this? We must find the places where religion and government have met and made wrong choices, and bind the strongman (Matt. 12). We must overthrow the defilement of the last altar (2 Chr. 34:4, John 2:14, Rev. 2:13). We must contend for His name to be established and the identity of that name at the gates (Deut. 28:10). We must let worship ascend and watch His glory come down (John 4, Acts 4-11). We must welcome a new move of His Spirit (Acts-Ephesians). For more information about how to do that, I suggest you read the new book Robert Heidler and I have just completed, A Triumphant Kingdom.

Ultimately, we know God's goal for us is the harvest. We see this all the way through the Bible. God wants our barns to be filled with plenty and our vats to overflow. He wants us to experience the fullness of His promised blessings. That's what "harvest" means. Harvest is what we've been working and praying for, and the promise that we have been pressing forward to attain.

The time does come when we will receive the harvest. Harvest is not "pie in the sky by and by," but the reality of the promise coming into our experience. God not only wants us to harvest in the natural realm, but also to see a harvest of righteousness. He wants us to experience a harvest of souls. Psalm 1 tells us God wants us to be like a flourishing tree that brings forth its fruit in its season. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time and a season for everything. There is a time to plant seeds, and there is also a time to reap the harvest.

The Bible is written around harvest cycles. The Lord wants His people to develop and maintain a harvest mentality. He wants us to walk in a mindset of increase and reaping. This is an era when we must decree that what we have sown will come forth and multiply.

Call back the bread that you have cast upon the waters. The seeds that have fallen into the earth are ready to break forth into an abundant crop. Plow up your fallow ground. Unlock what has never manifested in your past. Let your sorrows turn to joy. Gain new strength. And rise up and enter this era with a mind to triumph.

READ MORE: For more prophetic words, visit prophecy.charismamag.com.

Chuck D. Pierce is president of Glory of Zion International Ministries and vice president of Global Harvest Ministries.

CHARISMA is the only magazine dedicated to reporting on what the Holy Spirit is doing in the lives of believers around the world. If you are thirsty for more of God's presence and His Holy Spirit, subscribe to CHARISMA and join a family of believers who choose to live life in the Spirit.


          

DESIGN OF AN IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR FABRIC DRAPE MEASUREMENT

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Fabric drapeability is an important parameter that affects the apparel comfort and appearance of the fabric. Fabric drape measurement is based on calculating the shadow area of the hanged fabric created due to its weight. This measurement is performed manually and therefore a subjective assessment is made. Today, with the developments in image acquisition technology and image processing methods, many measurements and evaluations can be made objectively and accurately by adapting vision systems. In this study, an example prototype system with which fabric drape can be measured by image processing techniques is presented. The designed system consists of machine vision hardware, equipment and image processing software. The system was tested on 12 different types of woven and knitted fabrics. The fabric samples were selected randomly. Drape measurements were performed with developed image processing software. The same samples were also applied bending length and Cusick drapeability tests to confirm the results obtained by image processing (IP) method and the relationship between the three measurements was determined by regression analysis. As a result, 0.92 and 0.84 R2 values were obtained between IP method and bending length and Cusick drapeablility results respectively. 
          

Engineering: RF Engineer - Lindon, Utah

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Opportunity: The engineer will be responsible for leading complex embedded RF hardware designs. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of RF theory, PAs, LNAs, and transceivers with an emphasis on microcontroller based RF designs. This position is responsible for product requirement generation, circuit design, schematic design, layout direction and review, working with software engineers, design verification testing, documentation, working with the production test team and interfacing with the supply chain team. Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities:--- Bring new RF module hardware designs to market.--- Explore advanced technologies, develop prototypes and models for new products and features. --- Participate in high-level project analysis, technical specification, and project scoping.--- Identify tasks required to achieve major project milestones and foresee potential technical problems in their implementation.--- Design and execute assigned sections of projects in a timely and effective manner.--- Provide technical leadership on assigned projects. Work with peers to obtain project goals. Participate as a contributing member on cross-functional project teams.--- Participate in appropriate training and development programs to maintain and enhance job-related skills. Requirements:--- BSEE or appropriate degree and 3+/- years related work experience in the design of equipment, components or circuitry. --- LabVIEW programming experience for design verification testing is desired.--- Experience designing board level transceivers. Need experience optimizing matching circuits and eliminating spurious emissions so that global emissions standards can be met. Need experience using RF signal generator, spectrum analyzer, call box, network analyzer, oscilloscope and power supply. Design experience with one or more of the following protocols - LTE-M, NB-IoT, LoRa, 801.15.4, 802.11. --- Other desired RF skills - familiarity with HFSS and ability to design embedded antennas.--- Experience designing microprocessor based systems. Familiarity with Altium or other layout program for schematic entry needed. Experience in test automation required, LabVIEW preferred. Execution of design verification test plans. Specification writing for design verification testing and production testing. Willingness to contribute to tasks outside normal boundaries as needed including supporting MOL, production test development etc.--- Ability to work with all other members of a team regardless of seniority. Desire for mentoring junior engineers or interns appreciated. Good communication skills needed in email and talking. Word and Excel familiarity assumed. ()
          

Other: Fashion Designer - American Fork, Utah

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DescriptionLulu + Roo is seeking a Fashion Designer to manage the creative direction of new product development.We are seeking creative and driven professionals who are ready to grow with us. If you are looking to make a significant impact within a high-growth organization, we would love to speak with you!ResponsibilitiesStudy fashion trends and anticipate designs that will appeal to consumers.Decide on a theme for a collection.Use computer-aided design programs (CAD) to create designs and be able to freehand drawings.Visit manufacturers or trade shows to get fabric samples.Understand all fabric types and research new types. -Put together color palates, stripe repeat, and patterns for the new lines.Work with other designers or team members to create a prototype design.Present design ideas for future products.Oversee the final production designs.QualificationsExcellent written and verbal communication skills.Ability to multi-task, organize, and prioritize work.Experience in clothing design.Proficiency in CAD programs. ()
          

Other: Senior UX Designer - Lehi, Utah

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Senior UX Designer Who Is SolutionStreamSolutionStream is the premiere custom development shop in the Rocky Mountains. We build innovative software that solves actual problems-from design to development. We've been doing custom software since before it was cool. While we've been in the development game for over 20 years, the need for custom software has never been greater. That's why you see startups and new companies popping up all over the Salt Lake-Provo area. Thing is, these tech companies aren't our competitors, they're our clients. What Will I DoAs a member of the UX Design Team at SolutionStream, you will be the design lead on a variety of client projects from start to finish. You will help run design sprints, create wireframes and prototypes, write user tests and conduct user research, design the user interface, and code the visual aesthetics of the frontend. All the while working in an agile environment with excellent front-end and back-end teams that leverage the best, cutting-edge technology to bring your UX to life. The needs of each client are different, so you will be able to stretch your UX skills from project to project. Every project presents a new UX challenge, whether it's designing a dashboard to show big data in an actionable format, creating an intuitive mobile interface to help automate business processes, or designing an e-commerce experience that is a client's primary source of revenue. As the design lead on your projects, you will be the UX expert and advocate on your project teams. You'll interface directly with senior product owners and even executive client leadership. If you enjoy being involved in multiple stages of a project from start to finish, but don't want to be tied down to working on one internal product for the entirety of your employment, then this job is for you. We're serious about hiring gifted talent like you, so your qualified references may be consulted. Responsibilities Work as a consultant within a larger team or independently Gather requirements and data, understand business and user needs, and answer both with an effective UX design Help run design sprints with groups of 5-7 people, write user tests and perform them, develop user flows, design wireframes and prototypes with clear information architecture. Create stunning and effective interactive solutions within client budget constraints-while being able to explain your design decisions in an informed manner rather than relying on personal taste. Code the HTML/CSS/JavaScript of your proposed solutions for handoff to front-end teams. Collaborate with other UX designers, front- and back-end teams, product owners, project managers, executive teams, and client customers to create great user experiences for complex web/mobile products Work efficiently and be able to accurately estimate your design process Constantly learn and improve your skill set, staying up-to-date with trends and industry standards in your craft. Communicate professionally and transparently Finish what you start Qualifications Strong portfolio of work demonstrating the thought process and user feedback that informed past design decisions 3-5 years minimum of experience in designing digital interactions Exceptional design skills, creative flexibility, production value and attention to detail Experience with design tools such as Adobe CS, Sketch and Invision Proficient in HTML/CSS/JavaScript (you could create a website interface) Deadline-oriented with strong problem-solving skills and independent self-direction coupled with an aptitude for team collaboration and open communication Understanding of common software development practices Self-motivated and self-managing Pluses Wide interactive experience is welcome - such as experience with video editing, animation, marketing & advertising, branding, e-commerce, photoshoots, etc. Benefits of Joining the SolutionStream Family Health/Dental/Vision plans 401k matching Frequent company activities including: Cake Days, Team Lunches/Outings, Lagoon Day, and Movie Premiere Nights Hourly Pay - If you work extra, we pay extra 6 Paid Holidays --- Please note: Any applications missing materials/links to a portfolio and resume will not be considered for review. This position is located in Lehi, Utah. No relocation assistance available. ()
          

A Sub-μVRms Chopper Front-End for ECoG Recording

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A Sub-μVRms Chopper Front-End for ECoG Recording This paper presents a low-noise, low-power fully differential chopper-modulated front-end circuit intended for ECoG signal recording. Among other features, it uses a subthreshold source-follower biquad in the forward path to reduce noise and avoid the implementation of a ripple rejection loop. The prototype was designed in 0.18μm CMOS technology with a 1V supply. Post-layout simulations were carried out showing a power consumption below 2μW and an integrated input-referred noise of 0.75μV rms , with a noise floor below 50 nV√Hz, over a bandwidth from 1 to 200Hz, for a noise efficiency factor of 2.7.
          

CO2 Stripper Postmortem Thoughts

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Published on November 30, 2019 9:20 PM UTC

[EDIT: A crucial consideration was pointed out in the comments. For all the designs I've looked at, it's cheaper to just get a heat exchanger and ventilation fans, and blow the air outside/pull it inside and eat the extra heating costs/throw on an extra layer of clothing, than it is to buy a CO2 stripper. There's still an application niche for poorly ventilated rooms without windows, but that describes a lot fewer occasions than my previous dreams of commercial use.]


So, I have finally completed building a CO2 stripper that removes CO2 from the air to (hopefully) improve cognition in environments with high CO2 levels. In California, the weather is pretty good so it's easy to just crack a window at any point during the year, but other areas get quite cold during the winter or quite warm during summer and it's infeasible to open a window unless you want to spend an awful lot of money on heating or cooling bills. It didn't work quite as well as the math indicated at first, but the whole thing is built, and basically functional. The rest of this post will be a reflection on the lessons learned while doing so.


1: In hardware, ideas are cheap, execution is expensive

So, the fundamental idea is extremely simple once you have some basic knowledge of chemistry. The goal is to get CO2 into some form that isn't the gas form, via some sort of chemical reaction.

Submarines and CO2 capture from flue gas use a reversible reaction with ethanolamines, where they absorb CO2 at high temperatures and release it at low temperatures. Reversible reactions are good for making waste, but heating up and cooling down large quantities of liquid takes an awful lot of energy. Submarines have nuclear reactors onboard, and flue gas is hot, but we don't necessarily have the energy required. Also ethanolamines are toxic and hard to get a hold of for a civilian and really stinky, being the major component of "submarine smell".

Adsorption onto zeolites is also plausible, but the issue is that it requires alternately exposing the zeolites to high air pressure and low air pressure, and high airflow is required. The combination of high pressure and high airflow means that again, you're using a lot of energy. The basic math is as follows: One human produces about 1 kg of CO2 in 24 hours. We can idealize a perfect CO2 stripper as a magic box that inhales air and spits it out at 0 ppm. If you want a steady-state concentration of 500 ppm for 2 people, then we can see how much air-flow is required to lock up 2 kg of CO2 in 24 hours. This comes out to about 100 cubic feet per minute. This is the bare minimum air flow for any CO2 stripper, but in this particular case, it corresponds to a 25 horsepower air compressor, which is 18 kilowatts. This is equivalent to running 5 electric dryers at once. So that one is out too, especially since we were assuming 100% efficiency at eliminating CO2.

What about irreversible reactions? Just lock the CO2 up as a solid waste? Well, to begin with, this is going to produce quite a waste stream, and consume quite a bit of chemicals, you'd better hope it's safe and that the feed chemical is cheap. The reaction used on space missions used lithium hydroxide. The basic idea is that lithium hydroxide makes a very basic solution. Carbon dioxide is slightly acidic, so it dissolves very fast into basic solutions. Then you get precipitation of lithium carbonate which is safe.

The problem is that lithium hydroxide is quite expensive. It was used on space missions because it's the most mass-efficient way of doing that sort of reaction and every gram counts in space missions, but we want the cheapest way of doing that reaction.

And then we hit upon the perfect solution. Calcium hydroxide. It's an extremely cheap bulk chemical, 15 bucks for a 50-pound sack of it at a hardware store. It's fairly mild as far as hydroxides go, being pH 12.4. So instead of giving you horrible chemical burns, it's safe to handle unless you're exposed to it for over an hour at a time without washing it off. It's the alkaline analogue of the difference between 1 M hydrochloric acid, and lemon juice. And when it reacts with CO2, it makes CaCO3, aka limestone, which is totally harmless. In fact, it's a common laboratory demonstration that breathing onto a solution of this stuff produces a white film/crust on the top, which is the CO2 in the breath locked up as solid limestone. It's the obvious choice if you're trying to remove CO2 via chemical means.

And in fact, in the SSC comment section, someone else independently had the exact same idea! Just lock up CO2 with calcium hydroxide!

The simplicity of an idea in the field of atoms instead of bits doesn't necessarily mean that anyone on earth has ever done it before, though, or will ever do it, and I'm not worried about anyone scooping the idea, because building novel hardware is hard enough to provide a natural barrier to entry unless it's a large company that's interested in the idea. Ideas are cheap, execution is expensive, in both time and money.

2: Only polymaths need apply

If you're trying to build a novel machine in your garage, and aren't working as part of an engineering team, you will either need an improbably wide range of knowledge, or the general ability to pick up whatever you need to learn. There's the basic knowledge of chemistry to spot that this is the obvious reaction to go for, but the full design requires:

Familiarity with wastewater aerators to know what to buy to prevent clogging with solids, knowledge on which materials won't react with your chemicals, the math of air flow in pipes, the ability to read fan pressure/airflow curves, the ability to go from "I want a circuit that does this" to building a novel electronic circuit on a breadboard without frying anything important, enough programming knowledge to write some basic arduino code, familiarity with hazardous waste disposal regulations in your state, familiarity with waste dewatering techniques, familiarity with which sort of pumps can pump sludge instead of pure water, some electrical engineering knowledge to work safely with 220V power without frying yourself or anyone else, knowledge of soundproofing, and especially the familiarity with everything at Home Depot that lets you home in on the most efficient and foolproof way of building a thing that does what you want. Probably some other stuff too that I consider obvious but others might not.

Now, most of this is pretty easy to pick up given enough starting mental firepower, and the sense of what to google for. Or just having lots of experience with building material things.

Having one of the relevant fields of knowledge manifests itself as knowing ahead of time which approaches will work and which will fail and what solutions past work in the area has already found.

For some of these, missing it will manifest as not knowing that there's an incoming bullet in a particular area, like not knowing that fine bubble aerators will promptly clog if there's lots of particulates in the water, or not suspecting that high air flow rates are incompatible with small pipe (I knew the latter one and it still almost got me until I idly decided to work out airflow velocity in the pipe and realized it was around 200 mph)

3: The planning fallacy is huge here.

So, it wound up costing a lot more than I thought and taking a lot longer than I thought. The mechanism of why the planning fallacy hits so hard here is tied in with the design process. What happens is that you start out with a sketchy outline of all the component parts (like, "I need something that automatically dispenses chemical powder"), and as it becomes time to build a part, you drill down further and further in fleshing out the details until eventually you've drilled down far enough for your design to Actually Work in reality. While you do this, you will inevitably come across parts that are a lot harder to do than you expected, which you were glossing over on the first pass. The shiny black box of "build a chemical dispenser" looks more tractable than "how the fuck do I build a motor mounting plate with my inadequate tools", which you didn't initially suspect you had to do because you weren't thinking at that level of detail. And also as you address the parts that are easy to do, all that is left is the parts that are hard or annoying or time-consuming to do, which can be somewhat demoralizing.

Same sort of thing goes with cost. You start out with "so here's the cost for the big parts and everything else that's left shouldn't cost that much" (black-box warning on "everything else"!), and then you go to Home Depot and pick up a bunch of 4-inch ABS pipe and black glue and all the 90 degree and T pieces you need for the aeration pipes and look at the cost and it's 100 bucks. Home Depot trips add up shockingly fast. There's also all the stuff you buy that you don't eventually end up using because the design evolves as you actually try to build it, like buying gears when you don't actually need gears, and all the stuff you didn't think you had to buy but it turns out that you do need it.

And sometimes you just get hit with some problem you didn't expect at all and now have to fix, like "my fan is making a screaming noise, what do"

4. Why is there a valley of death?

Universities and the government funds basic research. Then there's the private sector of business. The gap between the two, where you have to go from basic research to a business selling the new exciting thing is called the "valley of death". Now, you'd think this is what R&D is for. But a lot of R&D from a business seems to be focused on marginal improvements to existing things that already fall under the scope of what the existing business does, and not so much on building a novel thing that can be the seed of a new business. Building a novel thing requires a wide knowledge base, as discussed before, and inevitably takes a lot more money and time than expected. It's the sort of thing done by inventors in a garage as a project of love, not the sort of thing you get paid to do.

Further, crossing the valley of death requires both the technical capacity to build the thing, and the business skills to make a new business from scratch. If you have several people with different skills joined together, it can be bridged, but one flaw of doing it alone is that there are a lot more inventors with the ability to build the thing, than inventors with the ability to build the thing and also the ability or willingness to start a business that sells the thing. I'm in the former category. I can build it, but I hate building it and if I have to build all the machines myself to sell, I'd flatly reject it, and I really don't want to be responsible for running a business selling it, I'd have no idea how to run a business, and it'd eat too much time. My dream is to get a design good enough to sell, patent it, find someone willing to make a business out of it, and just receive a cut of profits without having to be involved in anything more regarding the production or selling of the machines, besides helping out with technical design work. Further, someone with just the business skills won't necessarily have the technical ability to come up with the machine in the first place, let alone build it. And there's also the lemon market problem of businesspeople identifying competent non-scam technical people with a viable design, and technical people finding competent non-scam businesspeople.

There are further issues such as designing the new invention such that it is robust and keeps working for a while (not a property that prototypes generally have), and designing it such that it is easy to build and maintain (also not usually a property associated with garage prototypes).

I've heard that there's a company in the UK that takes garage prototypes and updates the design for robustness, easy constructibility, and cost, which seems like an important part of closing the valley.

5. Building alone vs building as part of a team.

In a certain sense, I was blessed on this project, because I had complete control over the entire design. I had to contend with no meetings, and no unexpected changes to parts of the design that were already locked in, and no team decisions that were dumb and couldn't possibly work. It's the dream for anyone who dislikes group projects in engineering. All failures are attributable to me alone, as well as all successes. Then again, having someone else to work on the project with me definitely would have sped it up and I could rely on their knowledge of things I was ignorant of, relaxing the polymath requirement. Maybe there's an optimal design team size? I guess it'd depend on how parallelizable the work is, as well as how decision-making-quality scales with group size.

6. Final diagnosis and where to go from here.

So, it was over-time and over-budget and didn't work as well as I had hoped, but it does indeed work. Planning fallacy is a huge obstacle here, and I now certainly see why there's a valley of death for this sort of work.

In order to make a version that's practical for domestic use, I'd have to redo the design to be a rain-column design, primarily because it only requires high airflow, instead of the combination of high airflow and high pressure, which requires buying an expensive fan from China and the expensive electronic components which provide the appropriate power to operate the fan. A rain column design could use a much cheaper and simpler fan that operates from a wall outlet.

Further, in order for others interested in CO2 reduction to have one of their own, I'd have to team up with someone who could make a small business in assembling and selling these things, preferably involving someone who is not me building the relevant thing. PM me if interested.







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B-Tree Index Improvements in Postgres 12

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B-Tree Index Improvements in Postgres 12 — B-tree indexes have been improved in Postgres v12 - this article describes some easily understood examples. It won’t affect most users but there are some performance benefits, particularly for databases stored on media with poor random read performance (e.g. magnetic storage).

Laurenz Albe

12 Common Mistakes and Missed Optimization Opportunities in SQL — A lengthy list of SQL “dos and don’ts” covering topics like timezones, ranges, formatting queries, and unions.

Haki Benita

Multitenancy Options in Postgres — A high-level overview of the Postgres architecture helps provide some contextual understanding of the multitenancy options available with Postgres. Download this white paper to learn more about the three main Postgres multitenancy options.

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How To Get Started with pgBackRest on Postgres 12pgBackRest is a backup and restore tool for Postgres that now takes advantages of some of the new features in Postgres 12. Here’s how to set up and configure it.

Tom Swartz

Deploying and Configuring Postgres with Puppet — Runs through the installation and programming of Puppet modules (Puppet being a popular open source config management and deployment system) for deploying/configuring your databases.

Hugo Dias

Converting from Asynchronous to Synchronous Replication in PostgreSQL — Shows you how to install a PostgreSQL Cluster from scratch and convert the asynchronous replication (default) to a synchronous one.

Sebastian Insausti

An Overview of VACUUM Processing in Postgres

Kumar Rajeev Rastogi

Sum Types for Relational Databases — A look at different ways to encode sum types.

Dmitry Olshansky

Waiting for PostgreSQL 13: Allow Invisible PROMPT2 in psql — This is a really minor thing in the grand scheme of things but psql in Postgres 13 will make prompts a little nicer when entering multi-line queries.

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PGLoader: A Data Loading Tool for Migrating to Postgres — A COPY-based data loading tool that supports both parallelism and can load in data that may be partially erroneous but without stopping (as \copy might).

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Smart Mama: Arla launches folic acid-packed beverage for children’s cognitive development

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25 Nov 2019 --- Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) has launched two maternal supplementation prototypes under the Smart Mama brand to support children’s cognitive development during pregnancy and lactation. A low-fat source of protein and calcium, the Smart Mama drink contains folic acid, which helps prevent neural tube congenital disabilities. As well as this, the Smart Mama bar is high in protein, calcium and fiber. The company, a developer and supplier of nutritional and functional milk-based ingredients, is also set to showcase both Smart Mama concepts at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) hosted in Paris, France, December 3-5 next week.


          

An Underwater Acoustic OFDM System Based on NI CompactDAQ and LabVIEW

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Recently the orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technique has attracted increasing interests in underwater acoustic (UA) communications. In this paper, we present an OFDM-based UA communication system, which is designed based on the National Instruments LabVIEW software and the CompactDAQ device. Details on both the transmitter and receiver system design are discussed. The performance of this UA OFDM system is verified through recent UA communication experiments performed in a tank, in the Canning River, and in the estuary of the Swan River, Western Australia. Experimental results show that the system achieves a reliable bit error rate performance even with high-order modulation schemes. Compared with conventional field-programmable gate array and digital signal processor based designs, the proposed implementation simplifies the prototype design process and reduces the software development time. The proposed system provides a flexible and reconfigurable prototype for researchers to test and validate the performance of UA communication algorithms in real UA channels.
          

Passive Localization of Standard WiFi Devices

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Ubiquitous wireless indoor localization can be achieved by leveraging the widespread deployment of WiFi systems. Most existing WiFi-based localization solutions are based on received signal strength (RSS) fingerprinting, which requires a database of the RSS values in the application environment to be built and maintained. The latest 802.11ac WiFi standard offers channels with wide bandwidths, which enables accurate timing-based positioning. This paper presents a passive localization system in which multiple sniffers monitor the WiFi traffic and locate the standard WiFi transmitters based on the time-of-arrival measurements. Multiple implementation issues are addressed, including sniffer clock synchronization and hardware delay calibration. The proposed system is evaluated experimentally using a prototype developed by us. It is shown that the positioning accuracy is significantly improved over existing systems.
          

A Multilevel Distributed Hybrid Control Scheme for Islanded DC Microgrids

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This paper proposes a multilevel hybrid control scheme, including grid control and node control, for an islanded 48-V solar photovoltaic-based low voltage dc microgrid that aims to overcome the drawbacks of centralized and decentralized control schemes. The analyzed microgrid includes a 35-kW rooftop solar system as the main power source at bus-1 with battery storage, 5-kW hybrid energy storage system (Vanadium Redox flow battery with super capacitor) at bus-2, and variable loads such as electrical vehicles at bus-3. In the case of a central failure, the proposed hybrid control scheme is capable of seamlessly switching between high bandwidth communication and low bandwidth communication channels of communications to implement a distributed control scheme. The central supervisory controller is responsible for updation of grid characteristics and sending/receiving information to/from local node controllers, which are responsible for bus voltage regulation and energy management. The control hierarchy features optimized and safe operation (charge and discharge) of storage devices in dc microgrids. The paper also demonstrates the application of battery-supercapacitor systems to absorb system transients during load changes. The simulation showcases the continuous flow of information and decision processes via each level of control while simultaneously taking into consideration the constraints of each subsystem. The scheme has been simulated in MATLAB/Simulink environment for various case studies to evaluate system robustness. Further, the proposed scheme has been tested experimentally with its prototype and its results are explored.
          

rdloopschoenen die op de markt zijn gekomen. Na (ingen svar)

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Nike zei na 12 weken training dat de tests aantoonden dat de Nike React Infinity 52% minder blessures had dan de andere Adidas ZX 850 Mujer schoen en dat de hardlopers minder pijn in hun knie?n en voeten voelden. De belangrijkste voordelen van het dragen van de Adidas NMD Womens React Infinity Run kwamen van demping. "De mechanismen van verwondingen worden niet goed begrepen in de wetenschappelijke literatuur, dus als je je in zo'n situatie bevindt [moet je zeggen]: 'Waar beginnen we? Hoe komen we op dit pad? ”Voor ons Nike Air Max 90 Damen betekende dat luisteren naar de stem van de atleet, veel verschillende prototypes op atleten proberen en zien wat www.aadkruiswijk.nl goed voelt voor hen, wat goed voelt,” Nike Sport Research Lab onderzoek directeur Jay Worobets vertelde FN gisteren voordat de schoen Nike Internationalist Mujer werd onthuld. "Toen we dat pad volgden, verandert het van prioriteit geven aan motion control-elementen als het primaire kenmerk in de tussenzool naar volledige demping."

Worobets zei dat: "Het systeem zacht en responsief maken - dat Nike Air Max 95 Womens lijkt te resoneren met de atleet. Het voelt goed. Daar zijn onze inzichten begonnen. De uitdaging is hoe je de demping Nike Air Max 95 Dames verbetert en een hardloopschoen en -systeem onderhoudt? was zacht, stabiel, responsief en vloeibaar. “React is een van onze meest complete Adidas Superstar Femme schuimen. Het is ongelooflijk gedempt maar tegelijkertijd is het licht, "vertelde Holts aan FN. “Het is ook Adidas Superstar Womens ongelooflijk duurzaam [met veel] duurzaamheid; het is niet zo snel verpakt als onze andere schuimen of andere Adidas ZX 750 Femme schuimen in de industrie, "

Holts merkte op dat de React Infinity Run 24% meer schuim onder de voet heeft in vergelijking met de Nike Air Max 95 Femme vorige Epic Reacts hardloopschoenen die op de markt zijn gekomen. Naast React-schuim heeft de schoen ook een verbrede tussenzool voor extra stabiliteit Nike Air Max 90 Donne die dient als een aanvulling op de demping en rockergeometrie voor een meer vloeiende overgang Nike Air Max 90 Mujer Negras Blancas van hiel naar teen, ge?nspireerd op lessen uit de Vaporfly. De Nike React Infinity Run komt in januari in de Nike Air Max 97 Femme winkels en voor $ 160. Hoewel de vooruitgang is geboekt met de Nike React Infinity Run worden vandaag aangeprezen als hulpmiddelen om Nike Air Max 270 Mujer hardloopgerelateerde blessures als geheel te verminderen; Nike hoopt vervolgens specifieke blessures te verhelpen.
          

React Infinity Run features 24% more foa (ingen svar)

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Nike said after 12 weeks of training, the tests Adidas ZX 700 Mujer showed the Nike React Infinity had a 52% lower injury rate than the other Nike Air Max 90 Womens shoe and that the runners felt less pain in their knees and feet.The main benefits from wearing the React Infinity Run came from its cushioning.“The mechanisms of injuries aren’t well understood Nike Air Max 270 Dames in the scientific literature so when you’re in that kind Nike Air Max 90 Mujer of situation [you have to say], ‘Where do we start? How do we get this path going?’ For us, that www.harmonieverquin.fr meant listening to the voice of the athlete, trying lots of different prototypes on athletes and seeing what feels good to Adidas NMD Womens them, what feels right,” Nike Sport Adidas Superstar WomensResearch Lab footwear research director Jay Worobets told FN yesterday ahead of the shoe reveal. “When we followed that path, it makes a change from prioritizing motion control elements as the primary feature in the midsole to all-out cushioning.”

Worobets said that, Nike Air Vapormax Femme “Making the system cushioned, which is soft and responsive — that’s Nike Internationalist Womens what seems to resonate with the athlete. It feels good. That’s where our insights started. The challenge there is how do you enhance the cushioning and maintain a runnable shoe and system?”To get the Nike Air Max 90 Womens Blue cushioning right, Nike tinkered with its acclaimed “do-Adidas Superstar Femme it-all” React material, which debuted in 2018, to create a sensation that was soft, stable, responsive and fluid.“React is one of our most complete foams. It’s incredibly cushioned but at the same time it’s lightweight,” Holts told FN. “It’s also incredibly Adidas ZX 850 Mujer long-lasting [with a] lot of durability; it doesn’t pack out quite as quick as our Nike Air Max 90 Dames other foams or other foams in the industry,”

Holts noted that the React Infinity Run features 24% more foam under the foot compared to the previous Epic Reacts running sneakers that have Nike Air Vapormax Femme hit the market.Aside from React foam, the shoe also features a Nike Air Max 97 Femme widened midsole for added stability that serves as a complement to the cushioning and rocker geometry for a more fluid transition from heel to toe, which was inspired by lessons learned from the Vaporfly.The Nike Nike Air Max 95 Womens React Infinity Run will hit stores in January Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pinke and retail for $160.Although the advancements accomplished with the Nike React Infinity Run are being touted today as tools to reduce running-related injuries as a whole; Nike hopes to fix specific injuries next.
          

Leaked PlayStation 5 dev kit photo hits the Internet

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A picture of a PlayStation 5 development kit has hit social media. The photograph, which was published on Twitter by user Alcoholikaust with the caption “PS5 anyone?”, shows what appears to be two PlayStation 5 kits side by side on a desk. You can also spot what looks like two prototype DualShock 5 controllers. PS5 […]

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T-Gaming: A Cost-Efficient Cloud Gaming System at Scale

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Cloud gaming (CG) system could pursue both high-quality gaming experience via intensive computing, and ultimate convenience anywhere at anytime through any energy-constrained mobile devices. Despite the abundance of efforts devoted, state-of-the-art CG systems still suffer from multiple key limitations: expensive deployment cost, high bandwidth consumption and unsatisfied quality of experience (QoE). As a result, existing works are not widely adopted in reality. This paper proposes a Transparent Gaming framework called T-Gaming that allows users to play any popular high-end desktop/console games on-the-fly over the Internet. T-Gaming utilizes the off-the-shelf consumer GPUs without resorting to the expensive proprietary GPU virtualization (vGPU) technology to reduce the deployment cost. Moreover, it enables prioritized video encoding based on the human visual feature to reduce the bandwidth consumption without noticeable visual quality degradation. Last but not least, T-Gaming adopts adaptive real-time streaming based on deep reinforcement learning (RL) to improve user's QoE. To evaluate the performance of T-Gaming, we implement and test a prototype system in the real world. Compared with the existing cloud gaming systems, T-Gaming not only reduces the expense per user by 75 percent hardware cost reduction and 14.3 percent network cost reduction, but also improves the normalized average QoE by 3.6-27.9 percent.
          

Supercomputer in Maribor to be among world’s most powerful

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By pressing a large red button at the main offices of the University of Maribor on Wednesday, the prototype HPC RIVR @ UM supercomputer was symbolically booted.
          

Tesla Cybertruck Prototype 2019

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Tesla Cybertruck Prototype 2019
          

Softwareentwickler ROS – Mobile Robotik (m/w/d) Python

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Was erwartet dich? Du bist Teil des Teams, das die ROS-Packages für unsere mobilen Roboter und die zugehörigen Robotersimulationen weiterentwickelt und betreut. Du evaluierst neue ROS-Packages von Geräteherstellern und anderen Entwicklern an unseren Prototypen. Du entwirfst und implementierst selbst neue ROS-Packages zur Ansteuerung unserer Hardware, Sensordatenauswertung, Lokalisierung und Pfadplanung. Du schreibst und pflegst die Dokumentation [...]
          

¿Resucitará Tony Hawk's Pro Skater? Dos filtraciones invitan a tener esperanza

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¿Resucitará Tony Hawk's Pro Skater? Dos filtraciones invitan a tener esperanza

Tras el chasco de Tony Hak's Pro Skater 5 y salir a la luz todos los problemas relacionados con el rumbo de la franquicia, muchos ya dábamos por muerta la saga de Activision. Que Tony Hawk montase por libre su propio juego para móviles no levantó los ánimos.

Sin embargo ahora dos rumores vuelven a hacernos chiribitas en los ojos. Por un lado está el periodista Sabi asegurando que por Activision ha estado rondando un prototipo intentando emular Tony Hawk 1 y 2. Por el otro, la voz de una de las skaters de THPS5 asegurando que estaba trabajando en la siguiente entrega.

Ambas hay que cogerlas con pinzas. La primera por ser un comentario aislado y, en el caso de la segunda, por ser una declaración que aparentemente se ha borrado del podcast original en el que se realizó.

Además hay que tener en cuenta que el acuerdo entre Activision y Tony Hawk se cerró a principios de 2018, aunque el skater ha reconocido posteriormente que está dispuesto a seguir trabajando con la compañía para hacer nuevos juegos.

Si todo esto termina en una hipotética nueva versión de Tony Hawk 2, una sexta entrega o el reaprovechamiento de la idea para colarnos un juego de skate con Crash y Spyro como protagonistas, es un completo misterio. Sólo deseamos que, de ocurrir algo de eso, sea con las físicas y planteamientos originales en vez del desastre de la reedición y la quinta entrega.


          

PHP Laraval Bootstrap 4 Javascript Full Stack Web Developer

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Category: AJAX, Bootstrap, JQuery / Prototype, Laravel, PHP
Budget: $30 - $250 USD

I need a full stack PHP web developer for building big website for long term job several months. The website already exists but built with Perl FastCGI FCGI module because the website has high traffic so developer must be able to handle high traffic in PHP...
          

Complete a Javascript File for Pomodoro Timer

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Category: CSS, HTML, HTML5, Javascript, JQuery / Prototype
Budget: $10 - $30 USD

I have the html and css completed. However, I need help with the .jss Javascript file for the settings of the timer on the page. I need: When someone presses play, the timer will countdown based on...
          

Simulate a real button click using Javascript

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Category: HTML, HTML5, Javascript, JQuery / Prototype
Budget: £10 - £20 GBP

I have a website I am looking to automate a task for. I am using a chrome extension that allows me to run my own javascript in a webpage. I am simply looking to click the element and have the desired result as if a normal user had manually clicked this button...
          

Typescript Developer Need For FrontEnd

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Category: Angular.js, HTML, HTML5, Javascript, JQuery / Prototype
Budget: $250 - $750 USD

A remote front end opportunity requiring expertise in typescript, angular 8, JavaScript and other front end frameworks. A skill set necessary for employment. Only serious candidates should bid.
          

JavaScript and Jquery

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JavaScript and jquery project modules
          

Javascript help. Write small functions

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Budget: $10 - $30 USD

Javascript consultant and small help - write small function to update data for chart. I will pay $50.
          

Get Javascript app from a website

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Category: AJAX, Javascript, JQuery / Prototype, Vue.js, Vue.js Framework
Budget: $10 - $30 USD

I need to exract a calories burned calculator from a website but i cannot do it. I need someone more experienced.
          

Need a Developer to fix our Form

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Category: CSS, Javascript, JQuery / Prototype
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I have created a Multi Step form there is two requirement Need to be fix. if you know Basic JavaScript then you can do that . I have attached requirement please check
          

ISBJÖRN SUNNY Cap

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Den här mössan blev vi alla förälskade i när vi såg den första prototypen. Det är en dubbelstickad Beanie som passar alla åldrar och stilar. Lika fin till det tuffaste Expedition skal-setet som till de lite mer modeinriktade modellerna. Vi har valt att göra den här modellen i flera färger och kommer nog att låta den här modellen finnas kvar i vår kollektion ett bra tag framöver. En favorit som är här för att stanna.
          

Other: Supplier Quality Assurance - Plano, Texas

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SUPPLIER QUALITY ASSURANCE (BMT-19-1797-F): Bowhead Manufacturing is looking for an experienced Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) professional in Plano, Texas. The SQA will be responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting supplier quality assurance efforts for the Manufacturing Division of the Bowhead Family of Companies. The Supplier Quality Assurance specialist will also ensure that products and services meet drawing and purchase order specification requirements for all purchased components and assemblies. Effective quality assurance incorporates a combination of process and product audits that manage external and internal checks and focus on supplier management and quality conformity of the product through lifecycle production. As such, the Supply Quality Assurance specialist must use a combination of best practices/processes and audits focused on supply management and quality conformity of the vendor's product. Essential functions will include: Leading the inspection department and driving key improvements with suppliers. Reviewing and providing input for supplier selection activities including supplier evaluation, quality systems audits, new purchase order supplier kick-offs and coordinating supplier process capability programs for new and current production components, assemblies, and special processes. Developing quality plans for new product introduction that include general and by part number Purchase Order flow downs, First Article Inspections, Source Inspections, supplier production sample inspections, incoming inspection plans, etc. Defining inspection processes, requirements, frequency and sampling. Developing suppliers to assure successful supplier quality metrics by ensuring suppliers understand contract compliance, engineering documentation, FAI process, nonconformance and RCCA process, workmanship standards, etc. Reviewing and approving supplier first article inspections and leading on-site audits, evaluating prototypes, and reviewing supplier's corrective actions. Leading failure analysis activities, compiling data and reducing product failure modes. Ensuring the timely processing of any product non-conformances found at inspection. Identifying and eliminating the cost of quality drivers. Certifying supplier and sub-tier supplier special processes. Driving CAPA associated with poor product quality through the supply chain to insure that any findings or non-conformances are addressed. Summarizing and presenting product quality data to management team. REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a related technical field in addition to a minimum of five (5+) years of appropriate industry experience is required An ASQ Certified Quality Engineer is highly preferred but not required DoD contractor experience, specifically in a manufacturing environment, is highly desired Must possess proficient technical expertise and knowledge including precision machining of components, sheet metal fabrication, component special processes Experience in ISO 9001 / AS9100 Standards and Audits, 6 Sigma tools and Statistics is required. Certified quality auditor preferred Must possess the ability to read blueprints and understand industry and military specifications Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, communication, writing and computer skills Intermediate to advanced level skills in Microsoft Office software suite - Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees and outside contacts Strong interpersonal skills and good judgment with the ability to work alone or as part of a team SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED: Due to the nature of this work, US Citizenship is required. UIC is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. In furtherance, pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, UIC and its subsidiaries may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to UIC Shareholders and their Descendants, based on the provisions contained within The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Please cut & paste this link to apply: *0DF6 or email for more information. ()
          

2019 Audi S8 Review, Interior And Release Date

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2019 Audi S8 Review, Interior And Release Date – Prototypes for precisely what is likely to be the brand-new S8 have mainly merely been discovered. The four distinct exhaust ideas behind is a clear free of charge gift this is not a real standard product. Developed on the MLB Evo system, the Audi S8 2019 […]
          

FULL TIME TEMPORARY PROTOTYPER/PRODUCTION SUPPORT - Jaylor - East Garafraxa, ON

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Assist engineering with new part and product development. Ability to read and understand drawings and schematics. Test and calibrate parts and mechanisms.
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#342: Clean Coal Powered Station Wagons

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TOOL ENGINEER - Metal Stamping Primary Duties and Responsibilities:Provide engineering support for die builds and equipment. Will also assist in specifying and identifying perishable tooling, print information, tooling design and quotes.ESSENTIAL FUCTIONS:Communicates and is involved in the initial development and review of new programs with program management and Tooling Managers.Acts as a liaison with the engineers and Maintenance Managers to review and provide technical input on new tooling programs.Assists in evaluation of tooling orders received from program engineering to determine whether tooling is to be manufactured in-house or procured from an outside vendor. Calculates and records tool requirement data on tooling order and routes order to tool design or purchasing department.Reviews blueprints, sketches, gages, sample parts and prototype parts, and visualizes shape, mechanical structure of tool.Contacts area supervisors, purchasing, receiving, or other personnel to follow up on procurement or production activities and to expedite movement of tools between departments or vendors.Provides reactive technical support to the production area to ensure timely repair of all equipment.Supports the Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement Projects that are relevant to the tooling areas.Specifies material to be used for tools to be built along with direction on processes in building the tooling.Oversees tooling being built by outside vendors for tooling that will be running production.Must have the ability to design tooling to customer requirements and pass the information to the designer to put it into full CAD generated drawing.Must have the ability to determine tonnage requirements, proper shear clearances, and tolerances for die punching and trimming, along with proper forming clearances, etc.Knowledge in proper tool steel recommendations in which steels should be used in certain applications, as well as recommending coatings or other process improvements to the tooling.Advises in set up and operation of machine tools such as lathes, milling machine, drill presses, saws, and grinders and other hand tools to ensure proper machining of tooling.Other Skills and Abilities:Ability to read and interpret GD & T dimensional blueprints. Familiarity with gages and measurement equipment. Ability to use and understand both English and metric dimensions and be able to translate one to the other. Knowledge to troubleshoot and repair mechanical production failures and initiate improvements. Must possess overall knowledge of stamping tool design and build with an automotive background preferred.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:BS a plus, Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent certification from a two-year college or technical school and five to ten years experience; or five or more years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, journeyman card in tool and die a plus ()
          

The Early History of Usenet, Part VI: The Public Announcement

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Our goal was to announce Usenet at the January, 1980 Usenix meeting. In those days, Usenix met at universities; it was a small, comaparatively informal organization, and didn't require hotel meeting rooms and the like. (I don't know just when Usenix started being a formal academic-style conference; I do know that it was no later than 1984, since I was on the program committee that year for what would later be called the Annual Technical Conference.) This meeting was in Boulder; I wasn't there, but Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis were.

Apart from the announcement itself, we of course needed non-experimental code — and my prototype was not going to cut it. Although I no longer remember precisely what deficiencies were in my C version, one likely issue was the ability to configure which neighboring sites would receive which newsgroups. Stephen Daniel, also at Duke CS, wrote the code that became known as "A-news". One important change was the ability to have multiple hierarchies, rather than just the original "NET" or "NET.*". (Aside: I said in a previous note that my C version had switched to "NET.*" for distributed groups, rather than the single NET. I'm now no longer sure of when that was introduced, in my C version or in Steve Daniel's version. He certainly supported other hierarchies; I certainly did not.) It was also possible in the production version to configure which groups or hierarchies a site would receive. For sanity's sake, this configuration would have to be in a file, rather than in an array built into the code.

That latter point was not always obvious. Uucp, as distributed, used an array to list the commands remote sites were permitted to execute:

char *Cmds[] = {
   "mail",
   "rmail",
   "lpr",
   "opr",
   "fsend",
   "fget",
   NULL
   };

/* to remove restrictions from uuxqt
 * redefine CMDOK 0
 *
 * to add allowable commands, add to the list under Cmds[]
 */

To permit rnews to execute, a system administrator would have to change the source code (and most people had source code to Unix in those days) and recompile. This was, in hindsight, an obviously incorrect decision, but it arguably was justifiable in those days: what else should you be allowed to do? There were many, many fewer commands. (I should note: I no longer remember for certain what fsend, fget, or opr were. I think they were for sending and receiving files, and for printing to a Honeywell machine at the Bell Labs Murray Hill comp center. Think of the ancient GCOS field in /etc/passwd file.)

To work around this problem, we supplied a mail-to-rnews program: a sending site could email articles, rather than try to execute rnews directly. A clock-driven daemon would retrieve the email messages and pass them to rnews. And it had to be clock-driven: in those days, there was no way to have email delivered directly to a program or file. (A security feature? No, simply the simplicity that was then the guiding spirit of Unix. But yes, it certainly helped security.) The remote site configuration file in the A-news therefore needed to know a command to execute, too.

The formal announcement can be seen here. The HTML is easier on the eyes, but there are a few typos and even some missing text, so you may want to look at the scanned version linked to at the bottom. A few things stand out. First, as I noted in Part III, there was a provision for Duke to recover phone charges from sites it polled. There was clearly faculty support at Duke for the project. For that matter, faculty at UNC knew what I was doing.

A more interesting point is what we thought the wide-area use would be: "The first articles will probably concern bug fixes, trouble reports, and general cries for help." Given how focused on the system aspects we were, what we really meant was something like the eventual newsgroup comp.sys.unix-wizards. There was, then, a very strong culture of mutual assistance among programmers, not just in organizations like Usenix (which was originally, as I noted, the Unix Users' Group), but also in the IBM mainframe world. The Wikipedia article on SHARE explains this well:

A major resource of SHARE from the beginning was the SHARE library. Originally, IBM distributed what software it provided in source form and systems programmers commonly made small local additions or modifications and exchanged them with other users. The SHARE library and the process of distributed development it fostered was one of the major origins of open source software.

Another proposed use was locating interesting source code, but not flooding it to the network. Why not? Because software might be bulky, and phone calls then were expensive. The announcement estimates that nighttime phone rates were about US$.50 for three minutes; that sounds about right, though even within the US rates varied with distance. In that time, at 300 bps — 30 bytes per second — you could send at most 5400 bytes; given protocol overhead, we conservatively estimated 3000 bytes, or a kilobyte per minute. To pick an arbitrary point of comparison, the source to uucp is about 120KB; at 1KB/sec, that's two hours, or US$20. Adjusting for inflation, that's over US$60 in today's money — and most people don't want most packages. And there was another issue: Duke only had two autodialers; there simply wasn't the bandwidth to send big files to many places, and trying to do so would block all news transfers to other sites. Instead, the proposal was for someone — Duke? — to be a central respository; software could then be retrieved on demand. This was a model later adopted by UUNET; more on it in the next installment of this series.

The most interesting thing, though, is what the announcement didn't talk about: any non-technical use. We completely missed social discussions, hobby discussions, politial discussions, or anything else like that. To the extent we considered it at all, it was for local use — after all, who would want to discuss such things with someone they'd never met?

Written by Steven Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University


          

Modular battery system offers scalability and configuration flexibility

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Webasto debuted Mustang Lithium, a battery electric prototype showcasing 800-volt battery, thermal management, and charging solutions.


          

1/24 Lancia LC2

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Price: R 534.00

SUPER DECALS SHEET - COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The LC2 was built by the Italian manufacturer Lancia to compete in the World Sport Prototype Championship at the beginning of 80s. Characterized by a clean and elegant design able to optimize the aerodynamic performance, the Lancia LC2 adopted a Ferrari V8 twin-turbocharged engine, prepared by Abarth, with a displacement of 2,599 Cm3 (later increased to 3,014 Cm3).

The car made its debut in 1983 competitions where it was able to compete in terms of speed and performance to the Porsche cars, reference point in racing competition at those time. However the lower level of reliability affected the results. A lot of Italian drivers raced on the Lancia LC2 before to became famous in Formula 1 racing as Patrese, Alboreto and Nannini.

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Challenges for activists pushing for an ethical approach to AI in Italy

Introduction

Italy is the second biggest manufacturing country after Germany in the European Union (EU), and one of the main university and research centres. Because of this, the use and application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the country has advanced and spread. While this is most notable in robotics applied to the industrial sector, there are a number of experimental projects using AI in the country, including in the media sector. Recently, another area that has been developing fast has to do with building so-called “smart cities”, with a vast number of start-ups specialised in making services more accessible to citizens in various fields (health, education, social assistance, unemployment benefits, etc.). There is also strong and lively research activity on the ethical consequences of AI, including decision-making processes assisted by AI, and on related issues such as the regulation and self-regulation of media and social media, especially in the context of elections, hate speech, fake news, and child protection online.

Governments in the country, over the years, have had different approaches to and interest in AI. The centre-left government that was in power from 2013 until the beginning of 2018 was pushing hard (both in the country and in international forums such as the G7) to develop common policies on AI. In 2017, the Ministry of Economic Development launched a special fund (called “Industria 4.0”) to finance the introduction of AI and digital innovation in the traditional industrial sectors.[2] The plan was a huge success, and increased investment, especially in the automotive industry, but also in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.[3]

Outlining some AI initiatives in the media sector in Italy, this report argues that the current political climate in the country and a fragmented civil society are making the ethical regulation of AI very difficult. It nevertheless identifies two potential policy windows for activists to push for a human-rights approach to AI implementation.

Laboratories for innovation in the media sector

In Italy, AI applications in general (and particularly in the media sector) have been mainly developed in areas where there are a lot of repetitive tasks and where using a human for a task adds little value to the job at hand. The two AI-based services of particular social relevance in the media sector have been developed in the areas of increasing accessibility for people with disabilities and the automatic archiving of digital multimedia files.[4]

For example, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI, the national public service media), through its research centre based in Turin (CRITS), is working on numerous AI applications aimed at making accessible radio and TV programmes for the elderly and people with disabilities. This work is the result of a new 2018-2027 framework agreement between the government and RAI, which aims to increase the percentage of programmes for people who are hard of hearing and those with reduced vision, and even deaf and blind people.[5]

RAI has developed three prototypes for new services based on AI that are now in the testing phase: Virtual LIS (short for Lingua dei Segni Italiana, Italian Sign Language), a virtual weather forecast using LIS, and Stretch TV.

Virtual LIS is a system that automatically converts voice audio into sign language using a 3D virtual interpreter. The first tests using LIS have been for weather forecasts.

Stretch TV is a system that can slow down the speed of TV programmes – both images and audio – by 10% to 20%, so that even the hard-of-hearing can easily follow dialogue. As part of EU-funded projects, RAI has also developed an archiving system for video and film using AI.[6]

There are many of these kinds of activities in the country, often implemented as part of EU research consortia.

One particularly interesting project involving media research is called “Femicide Storytelling”, run by the University of Turin (within the PRIN project).[7] Using AI, the project gathers data on cases of femicide and violence against women that are reported in newspapers and on radio and TV. These are then categorised and mapped against existing socio-demographic data in order to create a framework for predicting crimes against women. This is one of the most advanced experiments in big data in the country. While preventing crimes against women, it can be used to raise public awareness, and produce meaningful stories with a social impact.[8]

The most important EU project currently ongoing in the country is SoBigData, of which the Istituto Superiore Sant’Anna, based in Pisa, is one of the major actors and coordinators.[9] This project also has applications in the field of media research, particularly online.

The idea behind the project is very simple: according to the dominant narrative, big data is the oil of future growth. According to the research project, this narrative is true, but is currently being undermined by the misappropriation of personal data by some big companies that use personal data to make profits.

SoBigData proposes to create the “Social Mining and Big Data Ecosystem”, a research infrastructure that would allow the use of data in a protected environment, and on a collaborative basis, aiming to create a totally new approach to the use of big data. The aim of the project is to create a research community that could use the research infrastructure as a “secure digital wind-tunnel” for large-scale “social data analysis and simulation experiments.” Establishing common ethical principles on the use of algorithms, AI and big data is the pre-condition of making such an ecosystem workable, reliable and sustainable.

The areas of potential applications are enormous. The project has identified some of them: from smart cities to health, from media and understanding the influence of social media, to migration, to sports. For instance, the consortium has produced an analysis of mobility within a metropolitan area and even a map of accessibility for people in wheelchairs for a town, based on the data collected through an app for mobile phones. Another ongoing test involves the correlation between the use of social media and the polarisation of political and societal debates (analysed through algorithms checking and monitoring social media debates). The consortium publishes a newsletter presenting some of its experiments and achievements.[10]

The context for policy advocacy on AI

Italy is a country where the debate about social media and its misuse (hate speech, discrimination, sexual harassment and so on) has been widespread in media and society for many years. The proliferation of local media (radio and TV) in the last decades of the 20th century has raised awareness of media-related issues and led to the establishment of specific jurisprudence, as well as a media-related authority set up in 1987. The Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM, the Authority for the Control of Media) is a multisectoral authority, now with a very broad mandate: it is in charge of regulating printed media, electronic media, telecoms and (by extension) social media.

In an already highly regulated media ecosystem, the arrival of social media was nevertheless a shock, because some of the protections previously ensured by the traditional media regulations proved to be inefficient when it came to the new online forms of communication. As a result, calls to regulate social media came from various sectors (the judiciary, human rights activists, the media, etc.) – calls that the two parties governing the country in a coalition since June 2018 have not supported at all.

On the contrary, the Five Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo, and the League, led by Matteo Salvini – the two political parties forming the government that collapsed at the end of August 2019 – have based a lot of their success on the use of social media. For example, Salvini, whose Facebook page has more than 3.75 million fans, prefers to talk to his supporters live on Facebook instead of going into Parliament, holding press conferences or being interviewed on TV.[11]

The Five Star Movement makes most of its decisions using a voting platform called Rousseau,[12] where registered members are called to vote on the selection of candidates for elections, on main legislative proposals and even on internal reform of the party’s bylaws.[13]

Consequently, both parties had no great interest to intervene on the matter of the regulation of the internet, because they position themselves as anti-establishment forces, and consider traditional media to be controlled by the main economic and political interest groups in the country. This refusal, however, creates a growing tension between government, civil society, opposition parties and traditional media, but also within civil society, and the same two ruling parties.

This also makes pushing for the ethical regulation of AI difficult in the country. Nevertheless, two potential policy windows remain.

Policy windows to advocate for the ethical regulation of AI

The push for regulating social media

Despite the government's reluctance to regulate social media, civil society pressured AGCOM to approve a proposed regulation against online hate speech on 15 May 2019. The proposed regulation is called the “Regolamento recante disposizioni in materia di rispetto della dignità umana e del principio di non discriminazione e di contrasto all’hate speech” (Regulation containing provisions regarding respect for human dignity and the principle of non-discrimination and combatting hate speech).[14]

In Article 9 of the Regulation, AGCOM requires that internet platforms distributing video content:

  • Adopt, publish and respect formal codes of self-regulation in which they commit themselves to remove hate speech content and other content violating human rights online.
  • Provide quarterly monitoring reports on content identified, removed and penalised.
  • Launch awareness campaigns among their users to promote diversity and to fight any kind of online discrimination.

The regulation was submitted for public consultation before it was adopted. Some of the consulted entities have argued that the media and telecom authority has no mandate to regulate (or even co-regulate) social media and the internet. AGCOM has submitted the proposed regulation officially to the Italian Parliament, which will now have to decide whether to enshrine the regulation as law and formally confirm AGCOM's de facto mandate on social media.[15]

This proposal potentially opens up the door for further public discussion on ethical principles with respect to the use and implementation of AI online.

The multistakeholder roundtable

Another potential avenue where activists could push for the regulation of AI is in a multistakeholder roundtable set up by AGCOM, which contributed to the development of the regulation approved in May. In November 2017, AGCOM created the roundtable in an attempt to guarantee pluralism and to ensure reliable news on digital platforms.[16] This informal, voluntary group has grown over the years, and today gathers around 30 companies, including Google, Facebook and Wikipedia (Twitter has not joined the roundtable yet), institutions and civil society organisations. The job of the roundtable is to come up with solutions to problems that are raised, based on in-depth research and knowledge of the Italian media market.[17]

Since January 2019, it has produced a regular newsletter (called the Observatory on Online Disinformation) and all relevant communication between the authority and the parties involved, such as an internet platform, are discussed publicly and published on its website. For instance, in March 2018 the secretariat of the roundtable addressed a detailed request for explanations from Facebook on the impact of the Cambridge Analytica case in Italy. Another area of concern is the impact of fake news and hate speech on the online world.

During the campaigns for the Italian national elections in March 2018 and for European elections in May 2019, the roundtable agreed on a special strategy to counter possible cyber interference,[18] while some guidelines to guarantee equal access for all candidates to the online platforms were issued.[19]

Conclusion

In the current political turmoil through which Italy is passing, civil society organisations are in a trap. On the one hand they are very involved with institutions in the debate about AI and algorithms, on their implications for society (as seen in some of the projects discussed here) and in the development of regulations. On the other hand, they are paralysed in their advocacy because criticism of how internet platforms operate is considered as an attack on both of the ruling parties (the Five Star Movement and the League), both of which use the internet as a bedrock for their campaigns, including in their attacks on traditional media.

Civil society in Italy is also currently fragmented, with different groups concentrating on their own problems: political parties are worried about trolls and elections; feminist movements are worried about femicide; the child protection movement is worried about the risks of social media for children; minorities and refugee organisations are worried about hate speech and its consequences for their constituencies.

Nevertheless, two avenues for pushing for regulations on AI remain: the current advocacy for the regulation of hate speech online, and the multistakeholder roundtable set up by AGCOM.

A further policy window has presented itself with the sudden and unexpected collapse in August 2019 of the populist and right-wing parties that make up the current government. This has ushered in a change of alliances (now populist and left-wing parties), and opened up new perspectives for civil society activism, and for the Parliament. However, what exactly these advocacy opportunities will be is still too early to predict.

Action steps

If the fragmented civil society movement is able to free itself from its current paralysis, then a lot could be achieved with respect to AI. They need to collectively start to push for ethical principles to be incorporated into AI, such as privacy by design in the algorithms that are developed. This could be a successful way to unify movements that at the moment are not cooperating and are working separately, focused on their own battles. In this sense, the Italian tradition of fighting for civil liberties – which resulted in a very detailed and in-depth juridical framework and a modern constitution – could contribute significantly to the European and global debate on AI.

Footnotes

[1] The author thanks Andrea Cairola, Roberto Masotti and Francesco Sciacchitano for their support in this work.

[2] https://www.mise.gov.it/images/stories/documenti/investimenti_impresa_40_eng.pdf

[3] The media and cultural sectors were not allowed to access these incentives, which were reserved for the industrial sector, but nevertheless many research initiatives have been launched since then with private and EU funding.

[4] www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-10-09_TheExperienceOfRaiDigimasterProjectInProgress_sitow.pdf

[5] Obligations are mentioned in the new service’s contract with RAI for 2018-2022, published in January 2018. The services to increase accessibility are covered in Article 25 of the contract. www.rai.it/dl/doc/1521036887269_Contratto%202018%20testo%20finale.pdf

[6] CRITS and RAI Teche presented the archiving system at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Venice on 9 October 2018. www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/?notizia=fiat-ifta-world-conference-2018&lang=en

[7] https://cercauniversita.cineca.it/php5/prin/cerca.php?codice=2015BBLK7M

[8] www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/?notizia=1553

[9] The project receives funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. See sobigdata.eu/index for more information; a complete description of the project can be found here: www.sobigdata.eu/sites/default/files/www%202018.pdf

[10] sobigdata.eu/newsletter

[11] According to the last available statistics on 4 August: https://www.socialbakers.com/statistics/facebook/pages/detail/2523060331...

[12] https://rousseau.movimento5stelle.it/sso_home.php

[13] The platform has around 150,000 registered participants, but data is not certified. The Italian authority on privacy has recently (4 April 2019) criticised the platform for not being protected against piracy and third-party manipulation. See: https://www.garanteprivacy.it/web/guest/home/docweb/-/docweb-display/doc...

[14] https://www.agcom.it/documentazione/documento?p_p_auth=fLw7zRht&p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_struts_action=%2Fasset_publisher%2Fview_content&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_assetEntryId=15055471&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_type=document

[15] In particular, Article 1.31 of the law that instituted AGCOM (Legge 31 luglio 1997, n. 249 – Istituzione dell'Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni e norme sui sistemi delle telecomunicazioni e radiotelevisivo) grants it the authority to impose penalties on those who do not comply with its regulations, ranging from fines to revoking their licence to operate in Italy. https://temi.camera.it/leg18/post/OCD15-54606/approvato-dall-agcom-regolamento-contrasto-alle-espressioni-d-odio-hate-speech.html

[16] AGCOM. (2017). Tavolo tecnico per la garanzia del pluralismo e della correttezza dell’informazione sulle piattaforme digitali. https://www.agcom.it/documents/10179/8860814/Comunicato+stampa+16-11-2017/7977d222-b9bd-4763-b1e6-9ae7c960a0ee?version=1.0

[17] https://www.agcom.it/gli-studi-e-le-indagini-conoscitive

[18] AGCOM. (2019). Osservatorio sulla disinformazione online n. 4/2019. https://www.agcom.it/visualizza-documento/721fe550-fcb0-4a05-b3d9-30012a...

[19] AGCOM. (2018). Linee guida per la parità di accesso alle piattaforme online durante la campagna elettorale per le elezioni politiche 2018. https://www.agcom.it/documentazione/documento?p_p_auth=fLw7zRht&p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_struts_action=%2Fasset_publisher%2Fview_content&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_assetEntryId=9478309&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_type=document

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[Session Mensuelle] Design Sprint

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On commence l’année avec une session consacrée à Google Design Sprint. Le Design Sprint est une méthodologie conçue par les experts UX de Google Ventures pour créer et tester votre produit en 5 jours ! A la fin du sprint, l’objectif  est d’obtenir un prototype dont les problématiques UI et UX sont résolues et validées. … Continue reading [Session Mensuelle] Design Sprint
          

Senior Product Designer

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Responsibilities 

  • Understand and engage with customers and other stakeholders on a comprehensive set of topics, including strategy, roadmaps, and the user journey.
  • Collaborate with a team comprised of product managers, architects, engineers, branding experts, and key customer contacts to envision and iterate on highly desirable, technically feasible, and economically viable products.
  • Partner with Product Management to integrate and prioritize design requirements into product roadmaps.
  •  Develop guidelines and best practices for designing customer experiences through a tool kit of generative and evaluative methods.
  • Contribute to thought leadership for implementation of a Design System within the organization.
  • Obsess about and understand the underlying user experience and details of system 
components.
  • Oversee the implementation of the system so that our customers receive a cohesive and high
quality experience.

What you’ll Need: 


  • 5+ years of experience in visual, interaction, and user experience design with an impeccable attention to detail.
  • Someone who deeply understands the pillars of design systems, including principles, components, and patterns as both a design system consumer and design system creator.
  • A maker at heart. A person who embraces the work and is passionate about execution.
  • A great communicator with interpersonal skills to communicate complex concepts and ideas to 
many different stakeholders with varying levels of exposure to design systems.
  • Able to make meticulously crafted, innovative, strategic, and user centered design decisions, 
while also being open to continuously iterating as needs, trends, and requirements change.
  • Fluent in modern design tools.
  • Experience devising and executing research plans through generative and evaluative 
techniques.
  • Experienced in building and validating prototypes.

          

Accounting, Auditing: Senior Project Architect - Torrance, California

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Senior Project Architect Position: Senior Project Manager/Senior Project Architect Location: Torrance, CARequirements: Restaurants, Retail, AutoCad, REVIT Salary: $100-130K DOE What You Will Be Doing - Leadership in developing and mentoring your talent.- Contribution to the strategic thinking of the office including future growth and structure.- Handle complex challenges smoothly with the ability to see the big picture.- Advocate for design excellence internally and with the client.- Collaborates with clients to identify program objectives and establishes key work priorities for the development and implementation of the systems and processes required to execute these objectives.- Become immersed in the clients brand (design), standards and policies for program implementation.- Develop, monitor and maintain project plans and program protocols including design, technical, administrative and billing/invoicing.- Ownership of project profitability.- Guide team to provide excellent client service while maintaining profitability.- Develop, maintain, and leverage current client relationships for the purposes of winning work.- Assist in the development of proposals and participates in client presentations- Participate and monitor in the technical review and quality assurance/quality control of projects by reviewing various levels of documents (SD, DD, CD, BID, Permit, etc.) for completeness and accuracy.- Develop prototypes for established and/or fledgling programs/clients.- Conduct interviews, as required, with potential new hires. Provide feedback on the development of potential candidates. What You Need for this Position - Bachelor's degree in Architecture or Master's degree a plus.- An architectural license is preferred but not required.- Minimum 12 to15 years experience in Architectural Services with a minimum of 5 years progressive Architectural Project Management experience- Previous experience in High End and Quick Service Restaurant projects a MUST.- Working knowledge of AutoCAD & Microsoft office a must.- Working knowledge of REVIT and rendering software preferred.- Experience in any of the following areas is a major plus: Bank/Finance institution and/or retail Tenant improvement So, if you are a Senior Project Architect with Restaurant and/or retail construction experience, please apply today! - Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Your Right to Work In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. CyberCoders will consider for Employment in the City of Los Angeles qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance. ()
          

Low-RCS and High-Gain Circularly Polarized Metasurface Antenna

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High-gain planar antennas always contribute large radar cross section (RCS) to low-observed platforms. To solve this contradiction, we propose a novel design of circularly polarized metasurface antenna characterized by low RCS but high gain. Split ring resonators (SRRs) play a twofold role as the array elements for linear polarization and as the unit cells of metasurface for RCS reduction (RCSR). Four $2 times 2$ arrayed SRRs are positioned with orthogonal orientations as a super-array element (SAE) and fed with a phase shift of 90° in between for left-handed circular polarization. On the other hand, based on its original arrangement, the open-circuited SAE is also designed to be the super-cell of a (0°, 180°) reflective checkerboard metasurface. Owing to anti-phase energy cancellation and scattering, both the in-band and out-of-band RCS can be dramatically reduced. As indicated by the measurements in antenna, the fabricated prototype operating in $X$ -band exhibits a combined bandwidth (3 dB axial ratio (AR), 3 dB gain drop, and −10 dB impedance matching) of 16% with a maximum realized gain of 17.9 dB. Besides, under normal illumination, the measured specular reflection has been reduced by 10 dB within 9.2–10.8 GHz and by 7.5 dB from 10.8 to 14 GHz. This design method simultaneously ensures high-gain antenna performance as well as meets the requirement for low RCS.
          

Development of Robust Transparent Conformal Antennas Based on Conductive Mesh-Polymer Composite for Unobtrusive Wearable Applications

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In this paper, a detailed investigation of the realization of conformal wearable transparent antennas by integrating conductive mesh with polymer has been presented. The proposed realization method is much simpler and more cost-effective than the existing realization methods of transparent antennas, and the prototype fabricated from the selected composite materials is more flexible and robust in bending operations than other transparent antennas. In this paper, the mechanical, electrical, and optical characteristics of the proposed composite material have been investigated to analyze its suitability for transparent flexible antenna realization. For concept demonstration, a prototype of a dual-band antenna operating at 2.33–2.53 GHz and 4.7–5.6 GHz has been fabricated and tested. These frequencies cover both the instrument, scientific, and measurement (ISM) and the wireless local area network (WLAN) bands. Full ground plane is utilized in the antenna design for on-body operations. The suitability of the antenna for wearable applications has been investigated by measuring its performance under physical deformation and testing its performance on phantom. Next, the RF performance of the antenna has been improved by using two layers of conductor to form the radiating element. Although transparency is slightly compromised, the double-layer element improves the gain and efficiency of the antenna.
          

Efficient and Wideband Implantable Antenna Based on Magnetic Structures

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Implantable devices are becoming prevalent in the field of biotelemetry. However, designing implantable antennas is challenging, since compact structure, large bandwidth, and relatively high gain are required at the same time in the lossy human tissue. In this paper, we analytically derive the electromagnetic (EM) fields of the electric and magnetic dipoles in the lossy human tissue and compare their radiation performance. Based on the analysis, a coupled small loop antenna is designed to obtain a large bandwidth of 74.1% when embedded in the muscle. The antenna is composed of an inner loop and an outer loop with printed capacitive structures, and it can also be rolled up into a capsule using flexible substrate. The overall dimension is $30times 16times 0.5$ mm3 and $pi times (5)^{2} times 16$ mm3 for the planar and the capsule structure, respectively. Compared with other implantable antennas, a relatively high gain of −23.19 dBi has been achieved for the planar small loop, as the magnetic antenna suffers from less power dissipation in the human tissue. The specific absorption rate (SAR) of the antenna is 177 W/kg with an input power of 1 W, which enables a maximum transmitting power of 9.03 mW according to the IEEE standard. The high transmitting power ensures the reliable communication link. The antenna prototypes were fabricated and measured in the minced pork, which has similar EM properties as the human muscle. The simulated and measured results basically agree with each other. The proposed implantable antenna is competitive in its balanced performance of wide band, high gain, low profile, and low SAR.
          

Novel Compact High-Gain Differential-Fed Dual-Polarized Filtering Patch Antenna

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A novel compact differential-fed dual-polarized filtering patch antenna is proposed. Specific filtering response with radiation nulls is firstly realized for the dual-polarized antenna element by symmetrically loading defected ground structures (DGSs), a cross slot, and eight shorting pins without extra circuits. The DGS with pins can generate a lower edge radiation null for a sharp roll-off rate and simultaneously introduce extra in-band resonance for wide passband. Meanwhile, the cross slot with pins can offer an upper edge null and an in-band resonance. Combining with inherent higher order-mode null of the patch itself, the skirt selectivity and stopband suppression at upper band can be significantly improved. Meanwhile, the $vert $ Sdd $11vert $ at the upper and lower stopbands is close to 0 dB to achieve high stopband suppressions. As a result, a compact high-gain dual-polarized filtering patch antenna is readily constructed. Thanks for complete symmetry of above structures, the proposed method is very suitable for dual-polarized antennas, where all the performance for both polarizations are identical. For demonstration, a prototype of the proposed antenna is fabricated and measured. Good agreements between the measured and simulated results are observed, indicating good performance with a large bandwidth of about 23% and a peak gain of up to 8.9 dBi within the passband, as well as out-of-band suppression levels of more than 20 dB. Compared with other reported filtering antennas, the proposed filtering patch antenna not only exhibits good wideband dual-polarization radiation but also features high gain in a compact structure for very high aperture efficiency and ultralow cross-polarization level due to the differential feeding and complete symmetry.
          

Continuous Beam Scanning at a Fixed Frequency With a Composite Right-/Left-Handed Leaky-Wave Antenna Operating Over a Wide Frequency Band

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Fixed-frequency beam scanning leaky-wave antennas (LWAs) that can scan their main beam over a specific frequency band are highly desired for future wireless communication systems. A composite right-/left-handed (CRLH) LWA is developed in this article that facilitates fixed-frequency continuous beam scanning over a wide operational frequency band. A variation of a simple single-layer nonreconfigurable frequency-based continuous beam scanning CRLH LWA is considered first. Its dispersion properties are approximately investigated using an equivalent circuit model. It is reported how two groups of varactor diodes can be incorporated into its basic circuit model to electronically control its dispersion behavior. An optimized reconfigurable CRLH LWA with practical dc biasing lines is then realized from this nonreconfigurable design. Fixed-frequency continuous beam scanning, from backward to forward directions through broadside, is reported over a wide operational frequency band. Simulations predict that the antenna can operate from 4.75 to 5.25 GHz with the main beam being continuously scannable at each frequency point. A prototype was fabricated, assembled, and tested. The measured results confirm its simulated performance characteristics.
          

Single-Layer Substrate-Integrated Broadside Leaky Long-Slot Array Antennas With Embedded Reflectors for 5G Systems

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The single-layer substrate-integrated directive antennas designed for fifth-generation (5G) systems’ application with broadside radiation in the Ka-band are presented. The antennas incorporate a couple of self-consistent embedded reflectors that are used to excite periodic radiating nonresonant long slots. Two concepts are used to provide a 180° phase shift between reflected waves from the reflectors to create the required broadside radiation from the slots within a certain band. For the first time, an open-circuit concept is used to form an integrated reflector, which is considered based on the equivalent magnetic walls of the cavity model of microstrip antennas. The presented designs showed a realized gain of 23 dBi at the design frequency. A good agreement between the prototype measurements and simulated results is observed.
          

IT / Software / Systems: BI Developer - Long Beach, California

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Come join our growing, fast-moving, friendly, and close-knit team! We are seeking a Power BI Developer who will help implement fact-based agile decision-making solutions for our business. We are the largest US operator of Convenience Stores, Gas Kiosks and Car Washes. We have tripled in size in the past 5 years and we continue to grow. The types of work you'll help us with includes: Communicate with report consumers and business stakeholders to elicit and document reporting requirements and propose appropriate solutions. Design, document and develop functional and technical specifications, report mock-ups, prototypes, and final delivery of reporting solutions within a multi-ERP environment. Design, write, and build Power BI Reports and Dashboards Contribute to development team internal troubleshooting, code reviews, and system architecture planning. Perform QA testing Qualifications 3+ years' experience developing reports and dashboards with Power BI. Experience working against SSAS Tabular Experience with Power BI Themes Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with technical and non-technical audiences Some Project Management Experience Knowledge of SQL queries, DAX, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and Microsoft azure environment Ability to meet deadlines and be flexible, work independently or as part of a team, and ability to self-motivate and be proactive Experience with DAX, R, JavaScript, or PowerShell Bonus Qualifications Accounting, Finance, or Retail background Project Management experience Algorithms, mathematics, or statistics background We offer a positive, flexible, and empowering work environment; a beautiful office space in the heart of Long Beach; opportunity for growth; competitive salary; and good benefits including health/vision/dental, a 401(k), sick and vacation policy, and on-site gym. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. TO APPLY:Submit a cover letter and resume, and tell us a little about yourself! We look forward to hearing from you. ()
          

3X 400 Point Solderless Prototype PCB Breadboard Protoboards 3Pcs US

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File: Wishland:: Wishland English rulebook. Prototype version.

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by Carlos Michan Amado

New File: Wishland English rulebook. Prototype version. for Board Game: Wishland
          

Mattel Clash of the Titans Zeus figure

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Image: http://www.plaidstallions.com/mattel/clash1t.jpg My friend Jason (not the one I do podcasts with, I know two guys named Jason, perhaps more) surprised me with this extremely rare find. A prototype head sculpt from Mattel's very short-lived Clash of the Titans toy line, more after the jump: Image: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3WeYtSHdhIY/Xd07e5UQsuI/AAAAAAAAXfM/qn6vnWhdzcshQRsn8yX8BMsp5rSm8O8JQCNcBGAsYHQ/s1600/zeus2.jpg I remember when this was being auctioned as I was interested in other lots from a former Mattel employee selling all sorts of wax castings and test pulls. This was very cool but not "Space:1999" cool if you know what i mean. Jason believes that this sculpt may have been reused for the Masters of the Universe character "Fisto" and they certainly look related. Image: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M5tmyHaBtdY/Xd07e_MhENI/AAAAAAAAXfU/5wI5ebInFYw7y0RUN6XgDWLJWMQpFEr1gCNcBGAsYHQ/s1600/zeus3.jpg Despite being somewhat small, it's really trying to capture Lawrence Olivier as Zeus, I wonder what other figure concepts were scrapped from the line? Image: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9fyaif1T67U/Xd07e2tFGcI/AAAAAAAAXfQ/VOjoKRWpEMUAheLmEF_S_5SLEozlaSnKQCNcBGAsYHQ/s1600/zeus.jpg The best part of this is, it's for sale. Jason would like to part with it and asked if I know any buyers. If you are interested in this piece please contact me at *kid70s(at)gmail.com* and I'll hook you up. Image: http://www.plaidstallions.com/mattel/clashheader.jpg Image: https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WrjQ5h_OxMc/W_hgD1r1MfI/AAAAAAAAPRM/kXBnrQ6uaAU--wmuPDe7gCp1gBgU4QD0wCLcBGAs/s320/podhead.jpg Image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DRkuL5BW0AU-0uf.jpg:large Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here. For more Fashion Mockery and 70's toy love visit us at Plaid Stallions.com More...
          

SpaceX’s Starship Craft For Space Exploration Blows Its Top During Test

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The top of SpaceX’s Mk 1 Starship appears to have blown off during a pressure test of the prototype rocket.
          

Senior Cloud Solutions Architect - SADA - Seattle, WA

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Join SADA as a Sr. Cloud Solutions Architect at SADA, you will work collaboratively with other architects and engineers to design, prototype and lead the…
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Tesla Cybertruck: Testing What It Means to Be a Truck

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Tesla Cybertruck: Testing What It Means to Be a Truck

Tesla’s new Cybertruck looks like the future.

Like something we’d see in the film, “Back to the Future” or in a zombie apocalypse. Tesla unveiled its new Cybertruck last week and the internet is going crazy. What sets Tesla apart from everyone else, is they treat their cars as a piece of technology. When they announce new models, it doesn’t go into production right away. What this means is, they show the car whether it’s a prototype or not, in order to gauge public opinion.

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Canon EOS Rs Prototype leaked online!

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According to latest leaks from Thenewcamera, a prototype of a Canon EOS Rs full-frame camera has recently been leaked online. It’s expected to be equipped with a 65 megapixel CMOS, higher than the 61 megapixels of the A7R4 previously released by Sony. At present, there is not much news about Canon EOS Rs. From the 65-megapixel […]

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Precision Machining Services

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Hong Kong Leecheer Prototype Manufacturing Limited is a professional prototype manufacturing company. The founder of the company, Jason Cheung, has been engaged in prototyping for 16 years. We always...
          

Custom Machining Services

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Hong Kong Leecheer Prototype Manufacturing Limited is a professional prototype manufacturing company. The founder of the company, Jason Cheung, has been engaged in prototyping for 16 years. We always...
          

Peter Parker Custom Prototype

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Peter Parker Custom Prototype based on magazine ad. He is Aquaman with painted brown hair wearing an Action Jackson Secret Agent outfit. Image: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1954/1379/products/Parker_SI.jpg?v=1574966805 Image: https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/77065344_2212008852432807_5265974288258695168_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=BvxtNtbMhfUAQnc3DF-4oZbQUI4LYmYbbL3uH829fyWkozuEG1GMOwmAg&_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&oh=56155aabc9457838f441bb3a1865d127&oe=5E7A71A4
          

Design Methodology for Engineering Multifunctional Mesoscale Robots

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In this thesis our research goal is to develop, study and demonstrate multifunctional multi-robot systems in mesoscale. Particularly, our goal is to study and demonstrate terrestrial multi-locomotion and collective behaviours with mesoscale robots, similar to small-scale natural systems, by feeling the gap in the field. Our research objective is to develop, evaluate and demonstrate minimal, compact, variable power and efficient actuation mechanisms for multi-locomotion and rapid fabrication methods for robot multiplicity employing functional materials and composite design. In doing so, we intend to establish a comprehensive and systematic design methodology for designing multifunctional, mass-producible mesoscale robots for various applications. This dissertation first attempts to explore and answer the following key research question: how to achieve variable power, efficient and compact actuation in mesoscale? The relation between performance and physicality is significant for especially mesoscale robot design and is poorly studied. Our goal is to achieve high power, variable speed and high efficiency actuation in mesoscale. We attempt to address this by exploring unconventional active material-based actuation methods using shape memory alloy and composite material. In doing so, we quest of the following: what are the compromises should be made between force, speed, efficiency and size of functional material-based actuators? We investigate and demonstrate new, compact multimaterial actuators and mechanisms that possess power density superior to conventional motors, produce high speed and high force actuation and achieve multifunctionality when distributed and actuated selectively, all with minimal and compact forms and integrity. While we study and develop design methods at the component level, like actuation, based on performance and physical features, we look for the same at the composite level or robotic system level. The next research question we attempt to address is what, if any, is the general design methodology for constructing composite robots?. To address this we formulate and analyze robogami design in terms of mechanisms, geometry, functional components, materials and fabrication to highlight their relation, potential and the challenges, as well as to structure the knowledge in the field. This leads to a systematic design approach that consolidates these critical design features and facilitates robot design and fabrication process. To ensure applicability of our methodology, we analyze the design process of composite robots reported in the literature and design a multi-locomotion mesoscale robot, called Tribot, as a case study. We further investigate the application of the proposed actuation and rapid composite robot design methods by questing of how to achieve multifunctional multi-robot behaviors in mesoscale? We address this by constructing a unique, untethered, multi-locomotion robotic collective to study locomotion and cooperative behaviors. We investigate minimal, compact and tunable mechanisms that generate high power jumping and low power crawling locomotion. We overcome the key trade-off between the actuation power and weight and construct a 10 g palm-sized prototype, the smallest and lightest self-contained, multi-locomotion robot to date, by folding a quasi-2-D mechamatronic composite with locomotion mechanisms, smart actuation and sensing layers, enabling robot multiplicity assembly-free mass-production.
          

SpaceX Starship Mk1 explodes during cryogenic loading test

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SpaceX’s first full-scale Starship prototype – Mk1 – has experienced a failure at its Boca Chica test site in southern Texas. The failure occurred late in the afternoon on Wednesday, midway through a test of the vehicle’s propellant tanks. As of a few weeks ago, the Mk1 Starship – which was shown off to the Read more about SpaceX Starship Mk1 explodes during cryogenic loading test[…]
          

TalTech introduced a mobile robot to improve production logistics

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Production logistics will soon become even more efficient thanks to mobile robots. The first of these prototypes was completed in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and Kulinaaria OÜ and will soon be helping the new Kulinaaria production plant.

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10 things in tech you need to know today

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

  1. An American researcher has been arrested for allegedly teaching North Korea about blockchain technology. Virgil Griffith is believed to have given a presentation in North Korea in April on how blockchain technology could help the country and taken part in a discussion that touched on using it to evade economic sanctions, Vice reports.
  2. China is trying to shape global standards for facial recognition technology, according to leaked documents obtained by the Financial Times. The newspaper says firms such as ZTE and China Telecom are trying to set world standards in the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and vehicle surveillance.
  3. The EU is carrying out preliminary investigations into Google's data collection practices. The European Commission told Reuters it wants to know how and why Google is collecting data.
  4. Intel says it sold its modem business to Apple at a 'multi-billion dollar loss' because Qualcomm 'strangled competition'. Intel said it was forced out of the market because of Qualcomm's patent licensing practices.
  5. Facebook has complied with Singapore's fake news law by flagging a post said to contain false info. On Friday, the Singapore government asked Facebook to issue a "correction notice" on a post that contained accusations of election rigging and the arrest of a purported whistleblower, Reuters reports.
  6. Chinese telecoms carriers are now required to use facial recognition tech on buyers of SIM cards. According to Bloomberg, the new law comes after a notice issued in September by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information.
  7. State regulators in China have announced strict new rules about content created with virtual reality or AI. Use of AI or VR in online video or audio content must be clearly marked, with the rules coming into force on January 1.
  8. Thousands of people across Europe went on strike and protested against Amazon on Black Friday. Unions in the UK, France, and Spain staged protests outside Amazon warehouses on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
  9. The PlayStation 5 is still a year away, but game developers already have their hands on an early prototype. Video game creators already have their hands on Sony's upcoming hardware, and an image of the PS5 prototype surfaced on social media.
  10. Legendary iPhone designer Jony Ive has been hanging out with celebs, models, and designers since announcing his departure from Apple. Ive has been spotted at various creative and tech-related events in the UK this year.

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CRX Fritz Tiny Quad Pocket Rocket

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I was sent this light, a Fritz Pocket Rocket stainless steel prototype for repair or to see what I could do with it.
It was originally a twisty switch QTC variable light which is a nice idea and had an interesting implementation but problematic for operation on such a small slippery fellow like this, plus there was a lot of damage to the system.
After some initial measurements I decided that I could make this into an electronic tail switch light, no easy feat with 57mm total length to play with.

I wanted to make the light a triple but the owner insisted on a quad setup Smile

The original pill looked like it had been damaged & repaired a few times with burnt LEDs, slightly melted optic and plastic lens.

So I got to work...

A bit of a mess here so first I cleaned up the pill, soldered in a new copper shelf topside and 17mm driver retaining ring.

The original triple QTC pill setup.

Next, a 10mm hole drilled & filed in the tail to fit a 10mm x 6mm x 2mm ring magnet then a hand made copper electronic switch unit assembley to carry the switch signal to the head. Magnetic & titanium switch button.

The 6mm diameter flush button gives some balance between operation & accidental activation.

Onto the head, with a copper switch contact disc fixed onto the driver to meet with the copper switch bar when the light is screwed together, quad Samsung LH351D LEDs & Noctigon MCPCB setup, sanded down Carclo 10621 optic and aqua blue glow gasket with a MTN 17mm+1 D4 ramping E-Switch driver.Roughly fitted together.

I still have some work to do such as fix the body internals in place and some tidying up etc but just about there Thumbs Up 

CRX Fritz Quad LH351D Pocket Rocket - FET+1 - 18350 - Electronic Tail Sw - 2270lm.CRX Fritz Quad LH351D - FET+1 - 18350 - E - Tail Sw - 2270lm.Samsung LH351D 5000K 90CRI emitters (SPHWHTL3DA0GF4RTS6)
Noctigon 20mm copper quad DTP MCPCB
Carclo 10621 quad optic
20.4mm x 1mm Sternkreuz glass
Cyan glow disc
Copper pill
MTN 17DDM FET+7135 driver
D4v2 ramping firmware
Electronic magnetic tail switch
Stainless steel body
Titanium switch button cover

Length - 57mm
Width - 23mm
Weight - 80g (with 18350 cell)
Max - 2270lm OTFCRX Fritz Quad LH351D - FET+1 - 18350 - E - Tail Sw - 2270lm..

 

Comparison to the CRX Xanes XT01 SS Electronic side switch light.

 


          

IT / Software / Systems: Full Stack Software Developer III - San Diego, California

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RESPONSIBILITIES:Kforce has a client in search of a Full Stack Software Developer III in San Diego, California. (CA) Essential Duties: Work closely with product and development teams to create an amazing user experience. Build integration and unit tests along with code. Work in agile development environment with shirt sprints and standups. Implement proof of concept, prototypes and production-grade software. Maintain and support existing software and hardware systems, infrastructure and production. Assist support staff and team members in trouble-shooting software issues and implementing bug fixes. Takes ownership of the code base. Work to continually improve code quality, and get bugs fixed and deployed rapidly REQUIREMENTS: Experience in or knowledge of Python, Celery, Go, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, SaltStack, Flask, Git, React, Elixir Deep understanding and knowledge of virtualization (libvirt, KVM, Xenserver) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Strong programming skills including software engineering methodologies and best practices REST/API development Strong experience with Python or other scripting languages Experience working in a Linux development environment Strong experience with relational databases, and specifically MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis Excellent HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills Experience in consuming RESTful APIs Skills: API CSS DATABASES ELASTICSEARCH FLASK Kforce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. ()
          

The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next War

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The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next WarGettySince the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Army has been consistently ranked as the most capable land force on the globe by defense analysts of all stripes. So why are so many people in the American military community today worried about the Army’s ability to deter conflicts with likely adversaries or prevail against those adversaries in future wars?The short answer is that warfare, always a mysterious amalgam of art, science, and guts, has become an increasingly complicated and unpredictable enterprise. America’s leading potential adversaries, China and Russia, have shown no small measure of imagination and dexterity in identifying the U.S. armed forces’ vulnerabilities, and exploiting them through the development of subtle yet aggressive geopolitical strategies, and increasingly lethal armed forces.Both “near peer competitors” may well be ahead of the U.S. military in applying newly emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems, hypersonic weapons, and nanotechnology—to the ancient military problems of constricting an adversary’s maneuver, neutralizing its offensive weapons, and disrupting its command and control.These cutting-edge technologies, writes Christian Brose, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “will enable new battle networks of sensors and shooters to rapidly accelerate the process of detecting, targeting, and striking threats, what the military calls the ‘kill chain.’”Mattis: ‘No Enemy’ Has Done More Harm to Military Readiness Than CongressHow is it that “the most lethal land force in world history” finds itself in this unenviable position? While the Army exhausted itself fighting two frustrating and inconclusive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 19 years, both Russia and China embarked on grand strategies of regional hegemony designed to undermine the rules-based international order that emerged after World War II under American leadership. Both of these rising powers have developed myriad ways to sew discord and dissent in America’s network of alliances and to expand their spheres of influence.Beijing presents its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the best path for underdeveloped countries in Asia and Africa to gain access to modern infrastructure, capital, and prosperity. In practice, it’s plain that under the guise of building ports, roads, and communications infrastructure around the globe, China is engaged in predatory lending practices meant to gain political leverage and privileged access to foreign assets.In the South China Sea, Beijing has militarized seven hotly disputed islets, and is attempting to pinch the U.S. forces out of this strategically sensitive area entirely, even though international courts have declared China’s claims to these waters to be without foundation.Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has run rings around the Obama and Trump administrations in the chess game of international politics. He successfully annexed the Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine, and interfered in the presidential election of 2016 via “active measures,” i.e., information warfare aimed at creating confusion and conflict in the American body politic. Moscow also successfully intervened on behalf of the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and Russia is now a major player in the Middle East.As demonstrated in the Ukraine, the Russians are the master practitioners of “hybrid warfare,” in which conventional military operations—and the threat of such operations—are closely integrated with propaganda, proxy campaigns, cyber warfare, coercive diplomacy, and economic threats.Both Russia and China have revitalized creaky and obsolete military establishments into first-class warfighting organizations. The consensus among Western military analysts is that in their respective spheres of influence, both countries have sufficiently sophisticated “anti-access area denial” (A2AD) capabilities to inflict severe punishment on American forces attempting to penetrate those spheres in order to challenge aggression or come to the aid of an ally. According to Army General Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both Russia and China are “deploying capabilities to fight the United States through multiple levels of standoff in all domains—space, cyber, air, sea, and land. The military problem we face is defeating multiple levels of standoff… in order to maintain the coherence of our operations.”Gen. Milley and the rest of the Army’s top brass are well aware that their service is currently a rusty instrument for carrying out high intensity operations warfare against either potential adversary. The Army Strategy, an 11-page, single-spaced document published in October 2018, provides a rough blueprint for the service’s plan to transform itself from a counterinsurgency-oriented organization into the leading practitioner of high intensity war by 2028.It won’t be easy. The Army Strategy calls for truly sweeping, even revolutionary, changes in doctrine, training, and organization of forces.For the first time since the Cold War, the Army has to reconfigure itself to be able to fight and win in a contested environment, where it will not have undisputed control over the air and sea. At the same time, it must prepare to engage potential adversaries more or less continuously in “gray zone conflict.” General Joseph Votel, the recently retired head of Special Operations Command, succinctly defines this concept as “conflicts characterized by intense political, economic, informational, and military competition more fervent in nature than normal diplomacy, yet short of conventional war.”The Army Strategy describes four lines of effort to reach the service’s chief objective by 2028, in this order of priority: Readiness, modernization, department reform, and building alliances and partnerships. The last two lines are more or less pro forma in every American military strategy document I’ve read over the last 30 years: reduce waste and inefficiency, and work with allies to insure military interoperability. The first two lines are worth a close look, for they illuminate the broad contours of the service’s quest to regain its pre-eminence in great power conflict. The quest to enhance readiness begins with plans to increase the size of the regular army to over half a million men from its current level of 476,000. In a departure from recent practice, all units earmarked for contingency operations and overseas deployments will be fully manned and given state of the art equipment before deploying. In order to increase the size of the service, the quality and quantity of recruiters and instructors will be increased.The focus of Army unit training will shift from counterinsurgency operations to high intensity fighting, where the adversary is assumed to have cutting edge A2AD, offensive weapons, and cyber systems.Deployments of Army units around the world will be less predictable and more rapid that they’ve been to date, as the Army and the other armed services begin to put the “Dynamic Force Deployment” concept to work. This concept is closely associated with former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It’s also classified, and few details have been released for public consumption. But the core idea, as Mattis explained in 2018, is for the U.S. military to “stop telegraphing its punches.” Combat forces and their support units will be moving in and out of potential flashpoint areas more frequently and at unpredictable intervals in order to proactively shape the strategic environment.Improving readiness also involves important upgrades in the Army’s defensive missile systems to counter China and Russia’s formidable A2AD systems. A new lower-tier air and missile defense sensor project will enhance the ability of Patriot missiles to identify and track targets at long range by 2022. Beginning in 2021, Stryker light armored vehicles will be equipped with a new air defense system to protect mechanized battalions and brigades as they maneuver in harm’s way.Missile system upgrades, coupled with an entirely new generation of combat vehicles, both manned and unmanned, will allow the Army of the future to penetrate adversary defenses with an acceptable degree of loss.Ensuring readiness to fight is the top priority of the Army until 2022. After that date, the service plans to turn close attention to implementing entirely new operational concepts and “technologically mature” systems that are currently in the research and development phase.The overarching goal is to be able to conduct sustained “multi-domain operations” against either potential adversary, and win, by 2028. In the modernization phase, the Army plans to introduce a host of new long-range precision weapons, including hypersonic missiles that travel at more than five times the speed of sound. An entirely new generation of combat vehicles and vertical lift aircraft, i.e., new helicopters and aircraft with capabilities similar to those of the V-22 Osprey, both manned and unmanned, are currently in the works.The new Army Network will be an integrated system of hardware, software, and infrastructure capable of withstanding formidable cyber assaults.The leading war-fighting concept at the foundation of the Army’s modernization effort, though, is clearly “multi-domain operations (MDO).” The first thing to be said about the concept is that it’s very much inchoate. Discussions with several active-duty Army officers suggest even those “in the know” about this classified concept have only a hazy idea of how such operations will work in the field, for the simple reason that many of the systems such operations hope to integrate are still in the early stages of development.The Army has only one experimental MDO unit on active duty. It is deployed in the Indo-Pacific Command and built around a conventional rocket and missile brigade. The brigade contains a unique battalion devoted to intelligence, information, cyber, electronic warfare and space operations (I2CEWS). According to Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., an editor at Breaking Defense, the I2CEWS battalion “appears to not only pull together data from outside sources—satellites, drones, spy planes—to inform friendly forces of threats and targets, it also wages war in cyberspace and across the electronic spectrum, hacking and jamming the sensors and networks that tell the enemy where to shoot.”The commander of Army forces in the Indo-Pacific, Gen. Robert Brown, recently told reporters that his experimental brigade has performed brilliantly “in at least ten war games” against what are presumably Chinese and Russian forces. Before the advent of the new unit, American forces repeatedly failed to penetrate either rivals’ anti-access area denial systems with acceptable casualties in war games. Another experimental brigade is expected to enter service in Europe soon.The U.S. Army has a long and unenviable history of being ill-prepared to fight the next war. The French and British had to train U.S. Army units before they were deployed in World War I. The Army entered World War II as the 17th largest army in the world, with underpowered tanks, airplanes, and ancient rifles. The Army that went to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan had trained long and hard to engage in conventional operations against nation states, but was ill-prepared, psychologically or organizationally, for counter-insurgency war. The Army’s ability to adapt to new developments has long been hampered by infighting and excessive conservatism in the upper reaches of the service’s hierarchy.To remedy this problem, in July 2018 the Army created the Futures Command (AFC). Its purpose is to unify the service-wide modernization effort under a single command, and oversee the development of new doctrine, equipment, organization, and training. According to Gen. John Murray, its head, the AFC “will conduct war-fighting and technology experimentation together, producing innovative, field-informed war-fighting concepts and working prototypes of systems that have a low risk of… being rejected by future war fighters. There are no game-changing technologies. There are only game-changing combinations of war-fighting concepts, technologies and organizations.”To say that General Murray has his work cut out for him is a massive understatement. He surely has one of the most difficult and important assignments in modern military history. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



          

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Guido van Rossum Explains How Python Makes Thinking in Code Easier

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Dropbox's Work in Progress blog shared a 2000-word "conversation with the creator of the world's most popular programming language," noting that many computer science schools are switching over from Java to Python, and arguing that "JavaScript still owns the web, and Java runs 2.5 billion Android phones, but for general purpose programming and education, Python has become the default standard." They also write that the language's recently-retired creator Guido van Rossum "thinks Python may be closer to our visual understanding of the structures that we are representing in code than other languages." "While I was researching my book, CODERS," says author Clive Thompson, "I talked to a lot of developers who absolutely love Python. Nearly all said something like âPython is beautiful.' They loved its readability -- they found that it was far easier to glance at Python code and see its intent. Shorn of curly brackets, indented in elegant visual shelves, anything written in Python really looks like modern poetry." They also find that Python is fun to write, which is more important than it may seem. As Thompson writes, "When you meet a coder, you're meeting someone whose core daily experience is of unending failure and grinding frustration." Building the priority of the programmer's time into the language has had a curious effect on the community that's grown around it. There's a social philosophy that flows out of Python in terms of the programmer's responsibility to write programs for other people. There's an implicit suggestion, very much supported by Van Rossum in the ways he talks and writes about Python, to take a little more time in order to make your code more interpretable to someone else in the future. Expressing your respect for others and their time through the quality of your work is an ethos that Van Rossum has stealthily propagated in the world. "You primarily write your code to communicate with other coders, and, to a lesser extent, to impose your will on the computer," he says... Part of the enduring appeal of Python is the optimism and humility of starting over. "If you've invested much more time into writing and debugging code, you're much less eager to throw it all away and start over." Co-founder and CEO, Drew Houston wrote the first prototype of Dropbox in Python on a five-hour bus ride from Boston to New York. "The early prototypes of Dropbox were thrown away, largely, many times," says Van Rossum.... What has he taken away from his thirty year journey with Python? "I have learned that you can't do it alone, which is not an easy lesson for me. I've learned that you don't always get the outcome that you went for, but maybe the outcome you get is just as good, or better." Though two decades ago van Rossum had tried a short-lived project called Computer Programming 4 Everybody (or CP4E), he now says "I'm not so sure that it needs to happen anymore. I think computers have made it to that point, where they're just a useful thing that not everybody needs to know what goes on inside." Long-time Slashdot reader theodp also flagged van Rossum's remarks that "there are certain introductions to programming that are fun for kids to do, but they're not fun for all kids, and I don't think I would want to make it a mandatory part of the curriculum."

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In this study, space vector pulse width modulation (SVPWM) methods for six-phase asymmetrical ac drives are discussed including continuous and discontinuous switching sequences. These switching sequences are adapted from the carrier-based PWM techniques. Some additional sequences are also derived which reduce the intricacy of programming algorithm. Total six pulse width modulation (PWM) techniques are selected for simulation and experimentation. The comparative performances of these modulation techniques are studied in terms of harmonic distortion factor (HDF), torque and current ripples and switching losses. Based on study, a new PWM technique termed as 6SVM3-B2 is found that leads to the lowest HDF and current ripple in prototype model.
          

JD Does Development: GatsbyJS + Drupal: Create Content Type Landing Pages

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GatsbyJS + Drupal: Create Content Type Landing Pages jflynn Sun, 12/01/2019 - 16:30

At NEDCamp I had the pleasure of seeing many wonderful people and sessions, but, as you may know, my favorite track at most events is the "Hallway Track". If you're not familiar, the Hallway Track is the time in-between sessions where some real magic happens. You have a chance to talk with some of the most amazing minds in the world about topics you're passionate about. You can share knowledge, bounce ideas, have epiphanies, and realize that your current problems (code-wise) are things that other people have run into. One such conversation happened that inspired me to think outside the box to solve a problem.

In my last post we went over how to create a related content section with references to entities that may have empty fields. Today, we're going to take that one step further and create landing pages for content types.

In Drupal, we would ordinarily build these by attaching a view to a content type based on contextual filters or similar in order to get a collection of all content of that content type. Since we don't have Views in GatsbyJS, we need another solution. There are a couple of options out there, including the recently released JSON:API Cross Bundles module, compliments of Centarro and Matt Glaman. However, at the time of this writing there is an issue with the JSON:API Cross Bundles conflicting with JSON:API Extras. So, if you're relying on JSON:API Extras, you'll need another solution.

The problem:

Out of the box, JSON:API does not create a route to retrieve all nodes with any ease. However, there's no need to fear. This post is here!

Now if you're not using JSON:API Extras, I strongly recommend looking into JSON:API Cross Bundles. It creates a route to all content and will simplify your life. If you are using JSON:API Extras, have I got something for you.

Let's dive in.

Scenario:

You're building a decoupled Drupal site and you want to have a reusable template for landing pages that display all content of a content type. This is easy enough to do in Drupal using Views, but we lose Views when going decoupled so we need another way. How do we accomplish this in a decoupled application using GatsbyJS as the front-end?

Solution:

Strap in folks, this one gets a little bumpy.

Drupal side:

We need to do some work on both sides of the application for this to work. First, we will setup a content type in Drupal to use for our Content Landing Pages. This is kind of a choose your own adventure scenario, but one thing that you absolutely must have is an Entity Reference field that references the Config Entity: Content Type with a cardinality of 1. 

Select this field type:

Dropdown select with Reference: Other selected

 

 And this is the entity type to referenc

Dropdown select with Configuration: Content Type selected

 

Now that we have our field created, select any content type that will require a content landing page as an available option.

Whatever else you want to put on this page is up to you. Go wild. Want a hero image? Add a hero image. Want a dancing baby gif? That's your choice and I respect it. Once you've finished making the greatest landing page content type ever™ we can move on to the fun part in GatsbyJS.

GatsbyJS side:

JSON:API gives us something that can help us out a bit. It goes by the name allNodeTypeNodeType and it will let us workaround the lack of a base all-content route. If we explore this in GraphiQL we'll see that we can drill down a bit and get exactly what we need.

{
  allNodeTypeNodeType {
    nodes {
      relationships {
        node__article
        node__landing_page
        node__basic_page
      }
    }
  }
}

NOTE: I didn't drill down too far, but all fields are available here.

Let's first create our landing page template in Gatsby.

First, let's just create a simple, empty component for our Landing Page with a basic graphql query.

// src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js
import React from 'react'
import { graphql } from 'gatsby'

function LandingPage({ data }) {
  return (
    
) } export default LandingPage export const query = graphql` query($LandingPageID: String!){ nodeLandingPage(id: { eq: $LandingPageID }) { id title } } `

Nothing too fancy here, right? Just a template that we can use to build our pages out without Gatsby yelling at us on build.

Next, we're going to add this template to gatsby-node.js so that we create our pages dynamically.

// gatsby-node.js

exports.createPages = async ({ graphql, actions }) => {
  const { createPage } = actions

  const LandingPageTemplate = require.resolve(`./src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js`)

  const LandingPage = await graphql(`{
    allNodeLandingPage {
      nodes {
        id
        path {
          alias
        }
      }
    }
  }
  `)

  LandingPage.data.allNodeLandingPage.nodes.map(node => {
    createPage({
      path: node.path.alias
      component: LandingPageTemplate,
      context: {
        LandingPageID: node.id,
      }
    })
  })
}

This is pretty straightforward so far, right? Let's think about what we're going to need in order for this to work the way we want it to and pull all of a single content type into our landing page.

We're going to need:

  • The content type we want to build a landing page for.
  • A query to fetch all content a content type.
  • The landing page template with logic to display the content type.
  • Probably some other things, but we'll sort that out along the way. We're in this together, remember?

How are we going to get these things? Let's go down the list.

The content type we want to build a landing page from:

We have this from our Drupal side. Remember, we created the Content Type field on our Landing Page content type? This can be placed in our gatsby-node.js and passed to our query via the context option.

Let's add it in.  First we need to update our graphql query to pull it in:

// gatsby-node.js
  const LandingPage = await graphql(`{
    allNodeLandingPage {
      nodes {
        id
        relationships { // <---- add from this line
          field_content_type {
            drupal_internal__type
            name
          }
        } // <---- to this line
      }
    }
  }
  `)

What we're doing here is looking at GraphiQL and exploring our data to see what we have available. If we drill down into allNodeLandingPage.nodes we can see that in relationships we have field_content_type with some useful things. Specifically, our drupal_internal__type and name values. Also, notice that we removed nodes.path.alias from the query.

By adding these to our query we can now pass the info through to our created pages. We're going to do a bit of data manipulation here to create our paths dynamically as well. I follow the convention that a landing page's path should reflect the content type that it's a landing page for. So, if we were making a landing page for "Articles" the path would be path-to-my.site/articles and articles would have that as a base path to path-to-my.site/articles/my-awesome-article. However, you can follow whatever convention you see fit.

To do this, we're going to manipulate the name from the content type into a URL-friendly string by using the JavaScript .replace() function and then pass that to the path option. Since we also want to query for the content type on our landing page, we're going to pass the drupal_internal__type through the context option.

Let's do that:

// gatsby-node.js
  LandingPage.data.allNodeLandingPage.nodes.map(node => {
    const pathName = node.relationships.field_content_type.name.toLowerCase().replace(/ /g, '-') // <---- New line
    createPage({
      path: pathName, // <--- Changed line
      component: LandingPageTemplate,
      context: { 
        LandingPageID: node.id,
        ContentType: node.relationships.field_content_type.drupal_internal__type, // <---- New line
      }
    })
  })

What does the the context option do? It passes data to our component as props. GraphQL already pulls the context data for the queries, which you can see in any query that has a variable for the filter. Usually this is the content ID so that it can build a page for a specific piece of content from Drupal, but we can leverage this to add more variables and more filtering however we see fit.

Our next step is going to be to actually USE this additional info to do something amazing with.

A query to fetch all content a content type:

Let's look back at our src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js and see what we need to query. We know we want to get all nodes of a certain content type, and we know that we want to reuse this template for any landing pages with content listing. Since we've established that allNodeTypeNodeType gives us access to all content on available to Gatsby, let's query on that.

// src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js

export const query = graphql`
  query($LandingPageID: String!, $ContentType: String!){
    nodeLandingPage(id: { eq: $LandingPageID }) {
      id
      title
    }
    allNodeTypeNodeType(filter: { drupal_internal__type: { eq: $ContentType }}) { // <---- New section
      nodes {
        relationships {
          node__article {
            id
            title
            path {
              alias
            }
          }
          node__page {
            id
            title
            path {
              alias
            }
          }
        }
      }
    }
  }
`

What we're doing here is using that variable we passed via the context option in gatsby-node.js and filtering to only return the content type we're wanting to see. One 'gotcha' here is that this query will also return the landing page that references the content type. However, if you're not creating a landing page of landing pages then you should be alright.

Since we're only creating landing pages for two content types, this is fine, although we're not getting a lot back. Most projects that I've worked on have had some kind of "teaser" display for these kinds of pages. I'm not going to cover the specifics of creating a teaser template here, but the TL;DR is: start with your full display and take out everything but what you want on the teaser. For this post, we're going to create the list of links using the titles.

Now, if the content types that we're creating landing pages for don't have any content, then you're going to have a bad time. In this case, go back to my previous post about empty entity reference fields and see if you can use that to create some default fields and prevent errors or just create some content of the missing type.

Next, let's flesh out our landing page template a bit.

The landing page template with logic to display the content type:

So far, our template, minus the query, is pretty empty and not doing a lot. Let's add in the title of this landing page.

// src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js
function LandingPage({ data }) {

  const landingPage = data.nodeLandingPage

  return (
    

{landingPage.title}

) }

I like to clean up the variables a bit and rename data.nodeLandingPage to landingPage. It's a bit cleaner to me, but do what you want.

Alright, we have the title of this content, but what about the list of content we want to show on this page? Well, we're going to need to do some logic for that. First off, we need to know which content type we're looking for. Second, we need a way find it. Third, we need to clean this data into something usable. Finally, we need to display it.

We could just display everything returned from our allNodeTypeNodeType query, but there would be a lot of nulls and issues parsing the arrays. Here's an example of what that query returns before we massage the data, using the Drupal internal type article:

{
  "data": {
    "allNodeTypeNodeType": {
      "nodes": [
        {
          "drupal_internal__type": "article",
          "relationships": {
            "node__article": [
              {
                "id": "0e68ac03-8ff2-54c1-9747-3082a565bba6",
                "title": "Article Template",
                "path": {
                  "alias": "/article/article-template"
                }
              }
            ],
            "node__basic_page": null
          }
        }
      ]
    }
  }
}

Now, to get the content this way we could do some complex mapping and sorting and filtering, but I tried that and it wasn't fun. Fortunately, Gatsby is here to rescue us and make life easier. Our context option gets passed into our page component as props. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of Props in React, and therefore Gatsby, props are properties that are passed into components. The line 

function LandingPage({ data }) {

could be rewritten as

function LandingPage(props) {
  const data = props.data

but we're using a concept called Destructuring to only pass in the prop that we need. This allows us to create variables from object keys without having to take the extra steps. Our page component props object also contains the key pageContext which is where anything in the context option gets stored to give the page template access to.

Let's bring that in:

// src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js
function LandingPage({ data, pageContext }) {

  const landingPage = data.nodeLandingPage
  const nodeType = data.allNodeTypeNodeType
  const contentType = 'node__' + pageContext.ContentType

Since we set our ContentType in gatsby-node.js we're able to use that here. Note that we're concatenating the string node__ with our pageContext.ContentType. We're doing this because everything in Gatsby is a node, including content types. This allows us to do the next steps.

Next, we want to clear out all of the non-content type data from the allNodeTypeNodeType query. This is what it looks like if we were to console.log(nodeType.nodes):

Array(1)
  0:
    relationships:
      node__article: Array(1)
        0: {id: "0e68ac03-8ff2-54c1-9747-3082a565bba6", title: "Article Template", path: {…}, …}
        length: 1
        __proto__: Array(0)
      node__page: null

We only want the node__article array, so how do we get that? Well, we need to use .map() and a concept called currying. This is essentially creating a function that allows us to use a variable from outside of the .map() scope inside of the .map() callback. It allows us to break down a function into more functions so that we have more control over it, which is what we need here.

// src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js
function LandingPage({ data, pageContext }) {

  const landingPage = data.nodeLandingPage
  const nodeType = data.allNodeTypeNodeType
  const contentType = 'node__' + pageContext.ContentType

  const getContentArray = (contentType) => { // <---- Curry function, but not as delicious
    return (node) => (node.relationships[contentType])
  }

  const contentArray = nodeType.nodes.map(getContentArray(contentType))

We created our curry function that takes our contentType as an argument. From within there, it completes the mapping and returns our desired array... almost.

Here's what we get back if we console.log(contentArray):

[Array(1)]
  0: Array(1)
    0: {id: "0e68ac03-8ff2-54c1-9747-3082a565bba6", id: 1, title: "Article Template", …}
    length: 1
    __proto__: Array(0)
  length: 1
  __proto__: Array(0)

We're almost there, but now we have an array of our content within another array. If only there were a function to help us out here...

Just kidding, there is! For this, we're going to use .flat(). The .flat() function flattens out a nested array into a single level. However, there's a gotcha with it, as mentioned in this Stack/Overflow question. We can get around this by using the gatsby-plugin-polyfill-io plugin.

Add gatsby-plugin-polyfill-io to your project by installing with yarn or npm

npm install gatsby-plugin-polyfill-io
// or
yarn add gatsby-plugin-polyfill-io

and in your gatsby-config.js file add the following within module.exports = {

plugins: [
   {
      resolve: `gatsby-plugin-polyfill-io`,
      options: {
         features: [`Array.prototype.map`, `Array.prototype.flat`]
      },
   },
]

This will also create polyfills for the .map() function, which I use heavily.

So, let's flatten that array!

function LandingPage({ data, pageContext }) {

  const landingPage = data.nodeLandingPage
  const nodeType = data.allNodeTypeNodeType
  const contentType = 'node__' + pageContext.ContentType

  const getContentArray = (contentType) => {
    return (node) => (node.relationships[contentType])
  }

  const contentArray = nodeType.nodes.map(getContentArray(contentType))
  const contentArrayFlat = contentArray.flat()

And the resulting console.log(contentArrayFlat):

0:
  id: "0e68ac03-8ff2-54c1-9747-3082a565bba6"
  path: {alias: "/article/article-template"}
  title: "Article Template"
  length: 1
__proto__: Array(0)

Now we've got exactly what we wanted! The final step is to put this to work. We'll do that by creating a list of titles that link to the content. Your finished component should look like:

// src/components/templates/LandingPage/index.js
import React from 'react'
import { graphql, Link } from 'gatsby' // <--- added 'Link' here to use the link component

function LandingPage({ data, pageContext }) {

  const landingPage = data.nodeLandingPage
  const nodeType = data.allNodeTypeNodeType
  const contentType = 'node__' + pageContext.ContentType

  const getContentArray = (contentType) => {
    return (node) => (node.relationships[contentType])
  }

  const contentArray = nodeType.nodes.map(getContentArray(contentType))
  const contentArrayFlat = contentArray.flat()

  return (
    

{landingPage.title}

    // One-liner to create the list of items. {contentArrayFlat.map((item, i) =>
  • {item.title}
  • )}
) } export default LandingPage export const query = graphql` query($LandingPageID: String!, $ContentType: String!){ nodeLandingPage(id: { eq: $LandingPageID }) { id title } allNodeTypeNodeType(filter: { drupal_internal__type: { eq: $ContentType }}) { nodes { relationships { node__article { id title path { alias } } node__page { id title path { alias } } } } } } `

And that's all there is to it. Hopefully you find this useful and it helps speed up your development with Gatsby a little bit.  If I missed anything on here, please don't hesitate to let me know in the comments. Always feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or Slack or any way you want to.

Credit where credit is due: Shane Thomas (AKA @codekarate) and Brian Perry (AKA @bricomedy) helped me work through this issue at NEDCamp.

Patron thanks:

Thank you to my Patreon Supporters

  • David Needham
  • Tara King
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For helping make this post. If you'd like to help support me on Patreon, check out my page https://www.patreon.com/jddoesthings

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Review: Ultraviolette F77 review, test ride

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A few months ago, we brought you a review of a brand-new electric motorcycle prototype that’s designed and developed in Bengaluru. That bike has now been officially unveiled as the Ultraviolette F77, and we’ve now got the chance to briefly ride it at the MMRT. Here’s what India’s first sporty electric motorcycle feels like.

 

What is it?

It is a major sign of confidence in their product’s ability, when a company wants you to experience it on a proper racetrack. And why not, because the F77’s spec sheet tells a very interesting tale. Built on a bespoke trellis frame chassis, this bike runs a frame-mounted electric motor that claims 33.5hp and a seemingly nuts 90Nm of torque. Experience has now led me to understand that just because an EV’s torque number matches that of a far more powerful petrol-engined machine, it doesn’t mean it will be anywhere close to being as fast. The power figure tells the bigger story and this one is still very healthy, and right up there with the likes of the TVS RR 310. Of course, there is far more to the F77, but these numbers will dictate the riding experience, so that’s where we’ll begin.

How does it feel?

The motor powers the rear wheel via a chain drive and there is no clutch or changing gears to bother with – just twist and go. Unfortunately, we had very little time to actually ride. I just managed one full lap of the track and the rest of my 20-odd minutes of time were dedicated to the cameras. Even in such little time, it was clear that the initial acceleration rush is where the fun’s at. Ultraviolette claims a 7.5sec 0-100kph time and the initial acceleration surge certainly feels like it could be capable of that. The strong pull begins to taper past 80kph, but it still gets up to about 115-120kph without a struggle. Ultraviolette claims a top speed of 147kph, but I suspect this will take some distance to achieve. On my one fast lap, I noticed a top speed of 134kph, which puts the Ultraviolette’s performance more in line with 200-250cc machines, rather than the 300cc competition that the spec sheet puts it against.

The good news is that the throttle response is still very smooth and natural feeling, just like on the prototype I rode previously. There’s an interesting and clearly audible whine from the motor and reduction ratio gears, but when a bike makes so little noise, you tend to hear everything else much more clearly. That’s when you realise that the chain can be quite loud – a quiet-running belt drive would have been nicer, even though it would be more expensive and not as easy to keep maintained via the Indian roadside garage ecosystem.

Out on the track, the Ultraviolette’s frame proves to be formidably sharp, thanks to a relatively short wheelbase and an aggressive 23.5-degree steering rake angle. With widely-spaced clip-ons that aren’t too low, it’s very easy to rapidly tip the bike into a corner. In fact, you need to be measured with your movements because the F77 responds as fast, if not faster than an RC 390, and it’ll be interesting to see how this fares in the real world with mid-corner bumps and potholes.

 

With an impressively low kerb weight of 158kg, this bike loves attacking corners, but the rear suspension felt a little too soft close to the limit and that’s where the expensive Metzeler M7 RR tyres  earned their keep. The F77 feels a tiny bit on-edge at the limit, but Ultraviolette tells us they’re still working on fine-tuning the suspension setup. Things may stand to improve, but for now it’s clear that this is a fun, sharp and responsive machine and the same goes for the 320mm front disc
brake setup.

Still some way to go

As it turns out, a lot on the bikes we got to ride was still in the process of being fine-tuned and they weren’t as production-ready as we thought. The 43mm USD fork currently on the bike will become a 41mm unit on the production model, but the company says it will feel very similar. Much of the features on our bike were yet to be enabled as well. The TFT display was a mock up, with a smart phone running underneath, and the switchgear wasn’t the final spec as well, which meant we couldn’t control any of the electronic features that would be available on the TFT display. As a result, we couldn’t experience switching between the three riding modes (the bikes we were given were set to near-peak performance) and we couldn’t try the adjustable re-gen braking system either. We’ll also have to wait a little longer before getting to try the many connected features the bike has that will work via an in-built 4G SIM. What we know is that the F77 uses a nine-axis IMU, similar to what you find in a smartphone, and this will enable many clever features, including sending an alert to a saved contact in case a crash is detected.

 

One cool feature we did get to experience was the motorised battery compartment that glides open to allow you access to the battery packs. Ultraviolette has cleverly split the battery into three individual packs, each weighing 8.6kg. This allows you to remove one or two if you need to charge them externally, without pulling a hernia. The packs work together in parallel and the company recommends running all three, or at least two at all times.

Charging takes 5 hours with a standard charger and 1.5 hours with an optional fast charger. There’s also going to be an optional portable ‘powerbank’ charger that can be carried in a backpack. Ultraviolette claims groundbreaking energy density levels from their in-house battery pack design and that, according to the company, allows a real-world range of 130-150km, despite the relatively modest total battery capacity of 4.2kWh. This will, of course, need to be put to the test. We also can’t comment on how performance fares as the charge level drops, partly because we had such little time to ride, but also because the company swapped out the battery packs once in the middle of our ride time. 

A premium experience

The F77 will be priced between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 3.25 lakh on road, when it goes on sale late next year, starting exclusively in Bengaluru, with other cities to follow. At this price, you certainly aren’t getting a similar price-to-performance ratio as a petrol powered machine. What you will be, however, is an early adopter, and early adopters of any technology have never had it cheap. The Ultraviolette promises exciting performance for the urban jungle and it’s also going to be a complete tech fest. And, of course, there’s the way it looks.

 

This is one freaky, sporty looking bike and there’s nothing else like it out there. The proportions are unusual, with a mass-heavy fully-faired side section. This is offset by an individual naked bike-style headlamp, with suspension shrouds that create a muscular look. It’s not a classically pretty design, but it has heaps of presence. Quality also seems to be a priority and there are many small details like the foot peg holders, superbike-like aluminium swingarm and neatly designed wheels that suggest this will be a premium machine.

I wish we’d ridden these bikes when they were fully ready for customers, but for now Ultraviolette still has a fair amount of polishing and fine tuning to carry out. The good news is that, as deliveries start only in October 2020, they have plenty of time to get the job done well. For now, it’d be smart to wait until we get to ride the final production machines, but I’ve got a pretty good feeling the wait will be worthwhile.


          

Ultraviolette F77: 5 things to know

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Ultraviolette Automotive is a Bengaluru-based start-up that has recently launched the F77 – India’s first indigenous all-electric sports bike. Designed and developed in Bengaluru, with the backing of industry heavyweights like the TVS Motor Company, the F77 features some interesting technological features that include a set of high-density lithium-ion battery packs, which are much lighter than conventional ones. Here are five things you need to know about the new Ultraviolette F77.

Overview

The F77 was always conceived as a performance-biased electric motorcycle and not a humdrum commuter. There are, in fact, quite a few manufacturers that have launched all-electric scooters with a greater emphasis on everyday utility and range but not on outright performance. This is where Ultraviolette distinguishes itself by launching a 200cc-250cc motorcycle-rivalling, all-electric model. The focus is clearly on offering a similar experience to that of a petrol-powered motorcycle, not only in terms of performance but also on factors such as ride and handling. We were, in fact, the only automobile publication to ride the final prototype version a few months back, and going by the specifications, the F77 looks quite promising

Technology

The F77 is powered by a 25kW motor that’s nestled within a bespoke frame and develops 33.5hp at 2,250rpm, along with 90Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheel via an X-ring chain drive with a 14T sprocket at the front and a 46T sprocket on the rear wheel.

Those are pretty impressive figures and, as is the case with most electric vehicles, torque is available literally on tap. Claimed performance figures for an e-vehicle are hence ...er ...electrifying – 0-60kph comes up in 2.5sec, while the 100kmph mark will fly by in 7.5sec. The bike will go on to hit its top speed of 147kph and that’s quick enough for our roads. There are three ride modes – Eco, Pro and Insane – with the last one offering maximum performance, albeit at the cost of the lowest possible range. Although, Ultraviolette says their battery technology has ensured that the F77 manages a realistic range in spite of the performance on offer.

The F77 will feature a raft of connected technologies that can be accessed via an iOS and Android based smartphone app. A 5.0-inch TFT instrument panel acts as the interface, with buttons on the switchgear to operate various functions. A touchscreen panel, like on the Ather 450, would’ve added to the cost, says Ultraviolette. Other features on the F77 include geofencing, automatic battery compartment ejection, remote start-stop, error reporting, and a nine-axis IMU for ride analysis.

Batteries

At the touch of a button, a stack of three removable lithium-ion batteries, sitting inside a tray, pop out of the fairing in a rather captivating sci-fi fashion. Each battery pack is IP67-rated and weighs only 8.5kg; Ultraviolette says it is one of the most power-dense batteries in the world and patents for the same have been filed. The batteries alone contribute to major weight savings and that explains why the e-motorcycle has an impressive 158kg kerb weight. Ultraviolette says that they’ve tested the battery packs for durability while riding over rough terrain. The batteries come with their own processor, memory, wireless communication an GPS module. 

The batteries offer a combined range of 130-150km on a single charge and it takes 5 hours to brim it with juice, while a fast charger, sold separately, drops charging time to just 1.5 hours. In addition, Ultraviolette will also sell you a 3kW portable ‘powerbank’ that can be carried in a backpack. It can charge the batteries up to 80 percent in 50 minutes, which should help alleviate range anxiety concerns. For those lookin to charge the batteries at home, a special charging pod, sold seprately, 

Chassis and suspension

Besides the large electric motor and battery housing within the chassis, the rest of the F77’s components are similar to what you’d see on a conventional, petrol-powered motorcycle. There's a USD fork at the front and a preload adjustable monoshock at the rear. The wheels are cast alloy, designed by the Ultraviolette team. Even the brakes are the same Bybre units as on the KTM RC 390.

Availability

The Ultraviolette F77 is available in three variants – Lightning, Shadow and Laser – and customers can choose to fit a variety of accessories, which includes panniers. The F77 will set you back by Rs 3-3.25 lakh on-road. Although bookings are open, deliveries will only commence in October 2020, because there's still some fine tuning left to do. Components such as the switchgear, for instance, have not been finalised and the company wants to ensure that customers receives a glitch-free motorcycle.

For those who want to know more about what the e-motorcycle is like to ride on a racetrack, we'll be live with our review tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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Quantitative Trait Locus and Integrative Genomics Revealed Candidate Modifier Genes for Ectopic Mineralization in Mouse Models of Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum.

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Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a prototype of heritable multisystem ectopic mineralization disorders, is caused by mutations in the ABCC6 gene encoding a putative efflux transporter, ABCC6. The phenotypic spectrum of pseudoxanthoma elasticum varies, and the correlation between genotype and phenotype has not been established. To identify genetic modifiers, we performed quantitative trait locus analysis in inbred mouse strains that carry the same hypomorphic allele in Abcc6 yet with highly variable ectopic mineralization phenotypes of pseudoxanthoma elasticum. Abcc6 was confirmed as a major determinant for ectopic mineralization in multiple tissues. Integrative analysis using functional genomics tools that included GeneWeaver, String, and Mouse Genome Informatics identified a total of nine additional candidate modifier genes that could influence the organ-specific ectopic mineralization phenotypes. Integration of the candidate genes into the existing ectopic mineralization gene network expands the current knowledge on the complexity of the network that, as a whole, governs ectopic mineralization in soft connective tissues.


          

The Rimac C_Two Prototype Revealed

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Launch Should Occur in Late 2020 Rimac’s C-Two has been lurking in the background of many supercar buyers and enthusiasts’ minds for some time now. The car should be the most extreme Rimac yet. Now the company has a prototype that it has released pictures of. The company is currently testing and refining its driving ...

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VA - Club Sound Vol.6 / 2019 / МР3

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Категория: Музыка
Размер: 1.09 GB
Траффик: Раздают (отдают): 22, Скачивают (качают): 2
Добавлен: 2019-11-27 12:37:37
Описание: Исполнитель: VA
Название альбома: Club Sound Vol.6
Год выпуска: 2019
Жанр: Dance, Club


001. Koven - More Than You (Radio Edit)
002. Dance With The Dead - The Man Who Made A Monster
003. High Contrast - Emotional Vampire
004. Stromae - Papaoutai
005. Feint, Veela - Horizons
006. Kaskade - On Your Mind
007. N'to - 1825
008. Bcee, Thomas Oliver - Black Sky
009. Gysnoize - Never Ending Dream
010. Zomboy, Must Die! - Survivors
011. Darren Porter, Clara Yates - Believe In Us Again (Original Mix)
012. Kaleida - Think
013. ДЛБ - Чёрные Кальяны (Diss Кальянный Рэп)
014. Cosmic Gate - Tonight
015. Ne-Yo - Beautiful Monster
016. Subtronics - Face Off
017. Morcheeba - Otherwise
018. Sam Paganini - Rave
019. Wildlight - Crucible
020. Erik Anthony - Board Walk
021. Miatriss, Triforcefilms - Build Our Machine (Remix)
022. Tiesto - Just Be (Radio Edit)
023. Infected Mushroom, Bliss, Miyavi - Bliss On Mushrooms
024. Kate Melody - Там Хочу Быть С Тобой
025. Yas - Empty Crown
026. Cloud 9+ - Best Tragedy
027. Ptrd - Rotoscoping
028. The Supermen Lovers, Mani Hoffman - Starlight
029. Jetta - I'd Love To Change The World (Matstubs Remix)
030. Lunaz, Frankie Balou - Lost On You (Radio Edit)
031. Oliver Anders - Back To The Island (Kouros Edit)
032. Fred V - Ultraviolet
033. Moonbeam - Bring Me The Night
034. Shurro - Albatross
035. Beau - Reflection
036. Jorn Van Deynhoven - Freaks (Intro Mix; Mix Cut)
037. Volto - Double Game
038. Astrix, Vertical Mode - Seven Gates
039. Snails, Sullivan King, Big Ali - King Is Back (Marauda Remix)
040. Tinlicker, Tinlicker Feat. Morgan Jones - Half Moon (Original)
041. Felguk, Ingek - Take Control
042. Lucky Luke - Mine
043. Rudimental, John Newman, Alex Clare - Not Giving In (Feat. John Newman & Alex Clare)
044. Insideinfo, Mefjus - Mythos
045. Sevenn - Colors Of The Rainbow (Fabio Fusco Remix)
046. Twoxi - Faster
047. Figure, Brawler - Pennywise The Clown (Feat. Casone)
048. Serge Devant, Hadley - Addicted
049. Warriyo - Mortals
050. Borgore, Borgore, Dev - Kiss My Lips (Feat. Dev)
051. Frainbreeze, Angel Falls, Denis Airwave - I'll Be There (Denis Airwave Remix)
052. Snavs, Wide Awake - Turn Left
053. Kryptic Minds - The Talisman
054. Morandi - Angels (Love Is The Answer)
055. Trazer - Morning
056. Lindsey Stirling - The Arena
057. No Hopes & Andrew Rai Feat. Angelisa, No Hopes, Andrew Rai, Angelisa - To The Sky
058. Sue Mclaren, Suzanne Chesterton, Siskin, Sue Mclaren, Suzanne Chesterton, Siskin - Real Love (Sue Mclaren & Suzanne Chesterton Present Siskin)
059. Figure, Dack Janiels - Dr. Death
060. Metronome - Sadhana (Original Mix)
061. Tube - The Young And The Wild Ones
062. Daniel Lenz - Violate Yourself
063. Royalston, Victoria - Black Cloud
064. Tiga, Zyntherius - Sunglasses At Night (Original 12 Version)
065. Julian Winding - The Demon Dance
066. Ours Samplus - Parole
067. The Upbeats, Noisia, Goth-Trad, Dj Kentaro - Long Shadows
068. Etherwood, Phoebe Freya - Clouds
069. Ishome - Mist
070. Wdl - Bob's Beat
071. High Contrast, Selah Corbin - The Agony & The Ecstasy (Radio Edit)
072. Paula Temple, Sos Gunver Ryberg - Berlin (Sos Gunver Ryberg Remix)
073. Talamasca - Back To Bach
074. Mcb 77 - I Feel Your Voice (Radio Edit)
075. Paul Van Dyk - For An Angel
076. Teho - Peinture A L'eau
077. Anthony S - The Spirit (Original Mix)
078. Friction - Dare (Hold It Down)
079. Misstress Barbara - Dance Me To The End Of Love (Original Mix)
080. Etherwood - Unfolding
081. Kryptic Minds - Badman Vip
082. Sparkle B, Jm Leroy - It's My Life (Resonant Remix)
083. Caspa - Tales Of The Unexpected
084. Olav Swarowsky - The Best Has Yet To Came
085. Worakls - Caprice
086. Droeloe - Grind & Hustle
087. Krushendo, Cheyenne Duba - Infinite (Original Mix)
088. Sasha Goodman - Go Moving
089. Bcee, Lucy Kitchen - Surfacing
090. Ranji - Power Of Acid
091. Zepfire - Monster Dubstep (Feat. Meg & Dia)
092. Black Sun Empire, Inne Eysermans - Killing The Light (Original)
093. Coni, Hakan Ludvigson, Worakls, Coni Soddemann - Goodbye Feat. Coni (Worakls Remix)
094. The Sultan - Opera (Original Mix)
095. Dreadful Broz - I Dovregubbens Hall
096. Goldroom, Nikki Segal - Just Like A Dream
097. The Prototypes - Electric
098. Bakermat - One Day (Vandaag) (Radio Edit)
099. Daniel Lenz - The Darkest Hour
100. Veela, Japl - When I Silence


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Продолжительность: 08:12:34
          

A Numark, DJ All-In-One System with common NS7 features

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Hi Numark! I'd love to see an All-In-One system developed by your company. Again, here's a prototype. It's a rough draft.


Not to sound greedy or insensitive, some form of STEM support would be cool too.
          

Why Choose Managed IT Services?

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Why would anyone want to hire a IT consultant to handle complex technology needs for their business?  Doesn’t it make more sense to hire a full time IT person to make sure everything is running tip top?

These are questions well worth their weight in gold.  Any smart business owner or leader serves their company well by pondering these questions.  If you are to succeed you must have the right technology in place.  And it must be reliable!

Communications

At the core of your business, is the need to communicate with your clients and employees.  This means you must have a set of tools that allows your team to engage those customers and personnel that keep things moving forward positively.  With the increased reliability and security offered by big cloud providers at an affordable price, it makes sense that companies are flocking to services such as Office365 and Google S-Suite for their company email and inter-office communications platforms.  This doesn’t mean that everything is going to work right out of the box.  It isn’t as simple as “plug and play”, or “pay and play”.  These services still need to be setup properly to keep things secure and ensure that your operational policies are kept in check.  It is also important to ensure that your connection to these services is secure and reliable.

Advantages of Managed IT Services

It is reasonable to doubt that Managed IT services have any advantages over onsite in office IT personnel.  The advantages depend on factors such as, the size of your business.  If you are running a small 1 - 10 employee company, you probably don’t have the bank roll to hire a $60,000+ per year IT person to make sure everything is running smoothly.  And you probably don’t have the daily “OMG! The printer is broken again!” problems.  And even if you do have daily problems, it probably just means you don’t have the time or knowledge to fix those issues permanently.

What if you are a 10 - 100 employee company?  Maybe you have the revenue to hire a full time IT person, but should you?  It might make sense if you are in need of something technical 8 hours a day, or if things are not very stable in your environment.

And how about your 100 - 1000 or more employee company size?  What should you do about your IT needs?

In every case mentioned above, it is possible to save considerable revenue by choosing an IT consultant to manage your IT services.  Even if you need someone 8 hours a day to solve those problems that come up all the time.

What are the advantages of choosing Managed IT Services?
  1. Save Money
  2. Save TIME (see #1)
  3. Objective perspective on your technology needs

Cost of Doing Nothing

As a small to medium sized business you might be thinking “I’m saving a ton by ignoring my technology needs/problems”.  But this is dangerously ignorant.  The consequences of not securing your WiFi or not putting Anti-Virus on your computers, and not maintaining it, are huge!  You are fooling only yourself if you think that you won’t be hacked, or that no one cares enough about your business to try to hack you.  Small and medium sized businesses are targeted by hackers because hackers know that most smaller businesses can’t afford to secure their networks, or keep software up to date with security patches.  By doing nothing it is going to cost you more than you think, it could even cost you your business!

Data breeches have cost companies billions of dollars over the past 5 years.  And not just the big guys!  Make sure you do something to keep yourself and your business protected against cybercrime and feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

JBitPro Managed IT Services

We service the greater Houston area with Managed IT services and would love the opportunity to save your company money.  We have several monthly plans to choose from, as well as affordable hourly rates for those who don’t have a monthly service plan.

To learn more about our services and pricing:
832-548-0270


          

Cooper - L'Asian Le Mans Series ouvrira sa saison 2020/2021 à Suzuka !

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Après Tailem Bend sur la saison Asian Le Mans Series 2019/2020, le championnat asiatique labellisé ACO se rendra sur un autre tracé encore inconnu pour les prototypes en...
          

Twitter tests new conversation features from twttr prototype, rollout planned for 2020

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Twttr, the prototype app Twitter launched earlier this year, has been testing new ways to display conversations, including through the use of threaded replies and other visual cues. Now, those features have been spotted on Twitter.com, giving the service a message board-like feel where replies are connected to original tweeter and others in a thread […]
          

UX Designer

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Job Description (General Overview of the role):
Our engineers build specialized tools to take on the worlds toughest energy challenges; we are looking for a designer to help design them. Work in a company that values user experience, and join a corporate community of UX professionals who will challenge you and grow your skillset. If you want to work on challenging scientific and engineering software with highly technical problems, and have strong skills in interaction design and communication.
Basic Function: User Interface Designer
Job Responsibilities (Day to Day Activities of the Role):
* Work with a broad range of engineers and scientists to help build fast, effective designs.
* Develop paper and electronic prototypes to test your concepts and try many ideas before settling into the right design.
* Ability to be able to shift gears quickly and have a pragmatic sense of design.
* Ability to make complex things simple, but only by deeply understanding the problem.
* Ability to collaborate with a team of non-designers.
* Ability to communicate verbally and visually

Soft Skills:
* Collaborative
* Analytical
* Self-starter

Technical Skills:
* User Research
* Usability Testing
* Electronic and Paper Prototyping
* Interaction Design
* Data Visualization

Desired Skills or Experience:
* 3+ years of experience
* 2+ years of experience in Oil and Gas or other science/engineering domain preferred.
* Experience working with modern desktop platforms like .NET/WPF is a plus and will make communication with software developers easier.

Education: BS in Computer Science or Equivalent

          

Phonophani, Kreken

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Phonophani, Kreken

- 27 mars 2011-

Kreken est une pièce conçue pour un instrument prototype, le “Concertinome”. Cet instrument hybride est un accordéon concertina classique augmenté d'un clavier de monome et de capteurs de pression. De cette façon sont mêlées les approches acoustiques et numériques.


          

Nitro Game Injection #383: Prototypical Originality

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This week, Kyle discusses the newly-unleashed Sonic 3 prototype and its fascinating implications for the game musically, as well as featuring an album of chiptune arrangements of music featured in the Tony Hawk series by Kickblips, EPOCH from Materia Collective, the 4,000th(!) OverClocked ReMix release, and much more! PLAYLIST: WillRock – Nitroglycerin Injection (Theme of ...

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Front-End Engineer

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Job DescriptionJoin Hired and find your dream job as a Front-End Engineer at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you. Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You''ll receive salary and compensation details upfront? - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you''re interested in, to find a job You''ll love in less than 2 weeks. As a Front-End Engineer, you''ll be responsible for implementing the interactive and visual elements of web and mobile applications. You''ll collaborate with the team of UX designers and back-end engineers in delivering intuitive layouts. You''ll also be responsible for translating the needs of our company and clients into appealing applications. If you enjoy writing code and creating user-friendly layouts, this job is a good fit for you. We value a diversity of perspectives and encourage healthy discussion and debate, but unite behind our decisions. Responsibilities Creating clean code Ensuring cross-browser compatibility Building a library for future use Optimizing applications for scalability and speed Acting as a mentor to junior developers, through code reviews and design document critiques Creating prototypes and quality mockups What Skills 2+ years experience in front-end development 2+ years of recent experience building pages in Javascript (ES6), HTML, and CSS Experience working with a javascript framework such as React.js or equivalent Solid understanding of JavaScript frameworks Exemplary communication skills; able to map problem-solution space and explain possible solutions to non-technical team members Good skill with Adobe suite, including Illustrator and Photoshop Familiarity with content management systems, including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla Understand of layout aesthetics Solid understanding of SEO principles Passion for learning new technologies fast B.S. degree in Computer science, Software Engineering or a related field, or equivalent experience These Would Also Be Nice Experience with backend development Experience with analytics tools like Google Analytics or Mixpanel Experience with various database systems, both in production and warehousing capacities, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Redshift Experience with server-side languages such as Ruby on Railsby Jobble
          

Comment on Valve to Discontinue Steam Controller by Jonathan Pedrazzani

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You put the wrong picture on your article ;) it's not the final Steam Controler it may be a prototype ? (the real one didn't have the 4 button "D-pad" but an analogic pad !
          

IT / Software / Systems: .NET Developer - Houston, Texas

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RESPONSIBILITIES:Kforce has a client who is seeking a .NET Developer in Houston, Texas (TX). Responsibilities: Design, develop, document, test, and debug new and existing applications for large-scale proprietary software for e-Commerce or internal use Experience and ability to work effectively within an agile team-oriented environment Serve as a go-to technical expert on development projects Participate in full development life cycle including strategy, user story development, technical design, development and delivery Support, maintain, and document software functionality Analyze code to find causes of issues and revise tests and programs as needed Participate in meetings and analyze user needs to determine technical requirements Consult with end user to prototype, refine, test, and debug programs to meet needs Requires proficiency within discipline and the ability to teach and learn new skills REQUIREMENTS: BS/BA in Computer Science preferred 4+ years of experience using C#, .NET Framework Fluent in Linux distros like Fedora, CentOS, and Ubuntu Working knowledge with Git version control system Test-driven development and continuous integration End to end ownership from inception to deployment Proficient building scalable, custom-built object-oriented applications Experience building and maintaining continuous delivery environments Excellent verbal and written communication skills Candidate must be local to Houston and willing to attend a face-to-face interview Preferred Skills: Experience with one or more of Go, Python, Java, or TypeScript Familiarity with service-oriented architecture, micro-services, WCF Services, and Web API Development React and Node.JS is a plus Familiarity with DevOps practices Familiarity with cloud concepts such as serverless computing Kforce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: Exhibit Developer - Oakland, California

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SUMMARY Exhibit developers are the primary staff responsible for exhibit creation, from idea generation and concept development through design and fabrication. Although exhibit ideas may come from many sources and fabrication may be accomplished in coordination with other staff, exhibit developers drive the process of transforming exhibit ideas into interactive, physical form. Exhibit development at the Exploratorium emphasizes iterative prototyping and incorporates input from outside advisors, public visitors, and project team members including project directors, other exhibit developers, graphic designers, writers, scientists, and evaluators. Exhibit developers are also expected to collaborate on other types of experiences for visitors, including demonstrations and programs, to contribute to overall project and exhibition development, and to participate in developing proposals for new exhibits and exhibit areas. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Execution: consistently deliver high-quality exhibit experiences across a number of projects under the direction of project leadership; pursue best practices in all areas of exhibit creation. Scope work within time and budget parameters. Meet project milestone and final deadlines. Idea generation: reliably produce a wide variety of compelling and engaging exhibit ideas. Iteration: observe visitors and work with evaluators to iterate prototypes based on feedback. Documentation: document exhibits and demos according to standards set by the shop and project leadership. Facilities Work/Institutional Support: contribute to general museum operations, including shop and/or lab maintenance, exhibit maintenance, material ordering and stocking, and equipment upkeep. Other duties as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in art or science. Basic experience in wood, metal, and plastic fabrication; CAD drafting and hand sketching; prototyping and fabrication of exhibits, or the desire and ability to learn as needed. Experience applying user research or feedback in an iterative development process preferred. Experience exhibiting work in a public setting preferred. Comfort in taking direction and mentoring from senior shop staff, senior exhibit developers, graphics and editorial, and visitor research and evaluation. Strong interest in exhibit design and inquiry-based learning. Some experience in interpreting scientific content. Ability to collaborate as part of an effective team. Open-minded, able to fail and try again, observant and deeply curious. Familiarity with the Exploratorium exhibit collection is a plus. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds short distances. Able to move from place to place; bend, stretch, grasp, reach, kneel and twist. APPLICATION DEADLINE Open until filled HOW TO APPLY This is a fixed-term (End date 6/30/21), full-time, union position that includes benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page. https://exploratorium.applytojob.com/apply/UKfsdg6ViA/Exhibit-Developer?source=Getmuseumjobs The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veterans status or any other class protected by applicable law. The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. ()
          

Wearables - Intelligente Klamotten für die Gesundheit

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Sportlerin beim Training mit Activity-Trackern (imago stock&people / Andrey Popov / Panthermedia)Wearables, also intelligente Kleidungstücke, ermitteln zum Beispiel, wann der Eisprung ist. Auf der MEDICA in Düsseldorf werden aktuelle Anwendungsmöglichkeiten gezeigt - und auch Prototypen vorgestellt, wie etwa ein intelligenter BH, der Brustkrebs erkennen und auch verhindern soll.

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www.deutschlandfunk.de, Sprechstunde
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Produktentwickler : Fachrichtung Elektrotechnik, Mechatronik, Physik, Informationstechnik

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Wir sind ein dynamisches Team mit flachen Hierarchien und suchen hochmotivierte, aufgeschlossene Persönlichkeiten, welche nach einer Herausforderung in einem dynamischen Umfeld suchen, in welchem sie sich aktiv einbringen und mit ihren Ideen die Prozesse von morgen mitgestalten können. Deine Aufgaben: • Integration und Anbindung optischer und elektronischer Komponenten • EMV-gerechtes Schaltungs- und Gerätedesign • Entwicklung und Aufbau von Prototypen • Auswahl von Zulieferern und Entwicklungsdienstleistern • Koordination von Entwicklungsprojekten • Durchführung von Zulassungs- und Zertifizierungsverfahren • Begleitung bei der Serienüberführung Dein Profil: • Abgeschlossenes Studium im Bereich Elektrotechnik, Mechatronik, Physik, Informationstechnik, oder vergleichbar • Erfahrungen im Schaltungslayout (z.B. Eagle) • Idealerweise Erfahrungen im Umgang mit CAD-Systemen (z.B. AutoCAD, CATIA, SolidWorks) • Sehr gutes Organisationsgeschick sowie ein hohes Maß an Initiative und Eigenverantwortung • Kommunikationsgeschick und Teamfähigkeit • Begeisterung für Augmented Reality und neue Technologien
          

Prototype Named Top Web and eCommerce Development Company by DesignRush

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Dubai and Miami-based agency, Prototype, has been hailed by top agency listing company, DesignRush, as the best company in their web design and eCommerce development category for the year 2019.
          

Puss in Boots Remake: Clumsy Baby Husky Wearing Shoes

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Everybody is familiar with Puss in Boots, but few know that he has a doggo prototype. The baby husky from the video learns how to wear shoes just as its colleague from the fairy tale did.
          

The Startup Electric Truck Wars Start at LA Auto Show

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It seems that when it comes to EVs, electric trucks are the last frontier. While Ford and Chevrolet have introduced one-off models or prototypes of electric pickups, a few newer automakers have beaten them to the punch with production-ready—or near-ready—models. We take a closer look at the entrants in the startup truck wars. The Electric Truck Contenders Three startup automakers are looking to win the hearts and wallets of consumers: Bollinger Motors, a Detroit-based company showi [...]
          

Nexus Intelligence Insights: CVE-2018-16487 Lodash RCE + 'prototype' pollution

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SF-D4B430 COIN ROMAN << Portable Antiquities Scheme Database: Latest Finds

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A copper-alloy possibly contemporary copy of a Roman nummus of the House of Constantine (AD 307-361), dating to AD 307-361. Copying an unclear reverse type. Prototype mint unclear.
          

SF-D40BE2 COIN ROMAN << Portable Antiquities Scheme Database: Latest Finds

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An incomplete copper-alloy possibly contemporary copy of a Roman radiate (Barbarous radiate), copying a coin of an unclear ruler, dating to AD 275-285 (Reece Period). Copying an unclear reverse type. Prototype mint unclear.
          

SF-D3FFD8 COIN ROMAN << Portable Antiquities Scheme Database: Latest Finds

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SF-D3F264 COIN ROMAN << Portable Antiquities Scheme Database: Latest Finds

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An incomplete copper-alloy contemporary copy of a Roman radiate (Barbarous radiate) or nummus, copying a coin of an unclear ruler, dating to AD 275-402. Copying an unclear reverse type. Prototype mint unclear.
          

SF-D3E327 COIN ROMAN << Portable Antiquities Scheme Database: Latest Finds

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SF-D3DA1D COIN ROMAN << Portable Antiquities Scheme Database: Latest Finds

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Foire Saint-Siffrein Carpentras : mi-drône, mi-hélicoptère, conçu et fabriqué à Caromb

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L'idée a germé il y a cinq ans dans la tête d'Yves Pearcy, le fondateur d'Electric aircraft concept. Le Whisper est finalement né il y a trois ans, mais en est toujours au stade du prototype. "C'est un mélange entre la capacité d'un...

          

Letter - "Seals & Sharks & Solutions - OH MY"

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Letters to the editor reflect the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors, staff and advertisers of CCCToday.

Having been involved since the untimely death of Arthur Medici with a Shark Mitigation Solution, It`s easy for me to see and understand the Cape`s unrest with the Woods Hole Group report findings. The Cape`s citizens were looking for a Technical Solution to ease their Public Beach Safety and the Cape`s financial solvency, they were let down.

The Woods Hole Group, in my opinion could not reduce or narrow the technology applicants, due to the research and development costs of this unique ecological concern, private funding has not been invested in by the applicants. Many of the Technology Mitigation Solutions were in the “Proposed Stage of Development” or shallow in their performance efforts to date. This is a complex issue with Government & State oversight, township budget requirements, deployment, maintenance, sandbar movement related to weather, real time warning, response resources, training of multiple first responder officials just to name the lead concerns.

There were three conclusions the report did make clear; the cape wants a deployed shark mitigation system in the water by next spring, it needs to be a technical solution in practice and the 100% guarantee voiced by Outer Towns by any one or all systems combined, will not be achieved, period.

Nets, walls, drones, air surveillance, Kelp Fencing, seal birth control and Culling have been mechanically and by way of MMPA protections “drowned”. The only 100% in this conversation, is that without more research development & funding involved, there will be 110% more interactions between Humans and Great Whites.

We need the Next Step, “The Technologies” are our hopeful saviors. There has been a recent allocation of state funding in the amount of $195,000. My suggestion for the Next Step, The Woods Hole Group narrows the Technological Mitigation Candidates down the The Final 4. The finalists will be granted $50,000 each to continue research & development and report back to the Woods Hole Group with their findings in 90 days.

The findings will illustrate cost and performance issues already stated in this article. The towns will have 4 options as to the deployment of 1 or any combinations of the 4, by early spring. Most likely, decisions based on budget and geographical constraints. I could see a town deploying all 4 Prototypes or uniting with other towns to deploy 1 of each per town and collect all data for final decision deployment, for the upcoming summer months.

This program needs to be implemented immediately, the research teams must travel farther for Great White Shark behavior results, they are migrating.

I, Willy Planinshek and my partner Kevin McCarthy own Deep Blue LLC.  and founded  M.A.D.S. (Marine Acoustic Deterrent Systems) are candidates. Deep Blue is the only system that recognizes seals as the problem and addresses they are also part of the solution. Should our system be selected in the final 4, our system is the only “PROACTIVE” technology (INVISIBLE FENCE) submitted.

Clearly a “NEXT STEP” needs to be implemented by way of The Cape funding the R&D for Technologies “Sculptured Technology” to mitigate this existential crisis.

Willy Planinshek – Yarmouthport 


          

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum: A Not-to-Miss Colorado Springs Attraction

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum: A Not-to-Miss Colorado Springs Attraction

The Olympic and Paralympic Games capture our hearts every two years, with athletes putting their agility on the line for their country. But just because the Games don't occur all the time, it doesn't mean you can't relive the excitement throughout the year. 

With 60,000 square feet of space, the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum — opening in 2020 — will be a cultural facility at the heart of Olympic City USA in Colorado Springs, fitting right in with the headquarters of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and nearly two dozen National Governing Bodies. 

The museum showcases the history of Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games with artifacts, interactive storytelling, media and impressive technology that embody the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Exhibits will take visitors on a journey through the personal struggles and career-defining moments of Team USA's athletes. Due to impressive and cutting-edge design, the building has maximum accessibility and is inclusive for all visitors and will be chock-full of interactive experiences, awesome architecture and more.

See one-of-a-kind artifacts

The exhibits housed in this architectural gem showcase the evolution of the Games, from their birth in ancient Olympia to the current Team USA hopefuls who are training just around the corner. You can walk along walls lined with more than 150 Olympic and Paralympic medals that were awarded to athletes for competition over the course of history or view the impressive collection of 48 Olympic and Paralympic torches. 

The museum is also home to the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” scoreboard from the incredible U.S. men's ice hockey team's victory against the Soviet Union and the Night Train bobsled, the famous plain-black prototype that the U.S. men's bobsled team used in 2010. Plus, training schedules, tickets, competition numbers, photographs, ribbons, uniforms, warm-ups and equipment round out the collection — meaning you'll be able to spend hours among the display cases, snapping photos and simply enjoying the Olympic and Paralympic spirit. 

The museum offers an interactive, inclusive and personalized experience for all ages

This soon-to-open museum has 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space and is one of the most physically-accessible museums in the world, so you’re able to indulge in everything Olympics. Be sure to wear your favorite Team USA gear and feel the excitement of walking into the stadium at the Opening Ceremony in the Parade of Nations — the buzz is infectious. Or in the Winter Games gallery, see the slope of the building become the angled icy slant of winter events decorated with bobsleds, snowboards and skeleton sleds. 

The state-of-the-art theater is host to programs that can further your knowledge of the big event and immerse you in the day-to-day struggles of being a Team USA athlete. In continuing with the accessibility aspects of the venue, guests receive a personalized electronic RFID tag upon entrance, featuring information about their particular needs and preferences, and many of the exhibits will automatically adjust to meet those requirements. As the years go by, the museum will grow and evolve alongside future Games — meaning there will always be something new for return visitors to explore. 

Check out the building's eye-catching architecture

The museum rises in front of mountain peaks with the grace of an athlete, with its design inspired by the energy of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes in competition. Notice it in the angles and sways of the building — is that a ski slope or a balance beam? As they travel between each exhibit, visitors can admire breathtaking views of Colorado Springs through the gallery's floor-to-ceiling windows or from the outdoor patio. And, if you're hungry, there is an on-site cafe serving up delicious meals. The location acts as an anchor for the new Southwest Downtown Urban Renewal District, forming an axis that links downtown Colorado Springs with America the Beautiful Park to the west. 

Stay in Colorado Springs to extend your trip

Visiting the museum is just the tip of the Team USA iceberg in Colorado Springs. Visitors can take a tour of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center to see where athletes from around the country go to get ready for the next Games. Next, train like a Team USA athlete at the Manitou Incline, a cable-car track that’s been converted into one of the most challenging hikes in the United States. When you're tired from your training, observe giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or head up to Pikes Peak — which at 14,115 feet is one of Colorado's most renowned peaks — and treat yourself to some of the world famous doughnuts at the top. Don't worry, you won't have a problem finding a place to stay in the city; Colorado Springs offers diverse lodging options so you can make a weekend out of your adventure.

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【感想】 五等分の花嫁 112話 後夜祭ラストで風太郎が選ぶヒロインがついに…!!! 【ネタバレ】

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IT / Software / Systems: .NET Developer - Houston, Texas

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RESPONSIBILITIES:Kforce has a client who is seeking a .NET Developer in Houston, Texas (TX). Responsibilities: Design, develop, document, test, and debug new and existing applications for large-scale proprietary software for e-Commerce or internal use Experience and ability to work effectively within an agile team-oriented environment Serve as a go-to technical expert on development projects Participate in full development life cycle including strategy, user story development, technical design, development and delivery Support, maintain, and document software functionality Analyze code to find causes of issues and revise tests and programs as needed Participate in meetings and analyze user needs to determine technical requirements Consult with end user to prototype, refine, test, and debug programs to meet needs Requires proficiency within discipline and the ability to teach and learn new skills REQUIREMENTS: BS/BA in Computer Science preferred 4+ years of experience using C#, .NET Framework Fluent in Linux distros like Fedora, CentOS, and Ubuntu Working knowledge with Git version control system Test-driven development and continuous integration End to end ownership from inception to deployment Proficient building scalable, custom-built object-oriented applications Experience building and maintaining continuous delivery environments Excellent verbal and written communication skills Candidate must be local to Houston and willing to attend a face-to-face interview Preferred Skills: Experience with one or more of Go, Python, Java, or TypeScript Familiarity with service-oriented architecture, micro-services, WCF Services, and Web API Development React and Node.JS is a plus Familiarity with DevOps practices Familiarity with cloud concepts such as serverless computing Kforce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: Firmware Developer (C++) - League City, Texas

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CertifiedSafety Inc., a leading industrial safety company located in League City, Texas, is looking for an action oriented, passionate and dedicated firmware engineer to assist a growing team in building out the company's connected worker platform, SmartConnect. We are targeting the safety problem: workplace injuries and accidents cause hundreds of deaths per year and despite our best efforts, 2.5 safety incidents occur per 100 workers. We are also targeting the project management problem: typical large capital projects take 20% longer and cost 80% over budget. Our focus is to reduce safety events and improve productivity with a particular focus on the turnaround or new construction environment. The development team is based in our League City, Texas office, but will support operations globally. A typical day for this candidate would include writing and testing firmware to support and address business problems and workflows, meeting with the project team leader and other developers for review and testing, finding holes in existing firmware code base and building tools or re-architecting the system as we scale. Ideal candidate must be able to document work performed, as well as meet with internal stakeholders for feedback and information gathering. We are seeking the following Non-Technical abilities: - Exceptional written and verbal communication skills - Strong levels of grit, curiosity and passion for solving interesting problems - Experience working with multiple US-based and international developers - The ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively - Must possess some measure of business acumen and/or experience in order to apply development technical skills to solve real-world problems - Demonstrated aptitude in solving business problems while strongly maintaining consistency with existing code and workflows - Develop and document repeatable processes to manage the software development lifecycle - Experience in the construction, chemical or energy industry preferred Responsibilities: - Support the build and test of embedded firmware on PCBs and provide detailed technical data package for field teams - Create and assist in new product testing and troubleshooting - Provide production support and generational improvements to existing products - Engage potential vendors of custom parts as well as off-the-shelf components Requirements: - Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science - 2 years of professional experience in C/C++ embedding programming using git in a team oriented environment with Agile and Jira - Familiar with Linux, ESP32 processing family, low power electronics, I2C, SPI and wireless communications. - Experience with electrical and mechanical hand tools and prototype building/assembly (hands on experience) such as soldering and PCB rework/troubleshooting - Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis now and in the future. ()
          

SpaceX’s First Prototype Fails to Launch

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In an unfortunate incident, the first launch of the SpaceX’s Starship prototype failed miserably. The video surfaced on the internet shows the failure of the highly anticipated event. The video shows that the top portion of the spacecraft broke off during the launch. As a result, the launch could not be completed. Once the top […]
          

In de zone

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Dat was al eens lang geleden: programmeren voor het werk. Normaal gezien doe ik dat helemaal niet, wegens gewoon tekenen en dat is dat, maar nu wou ik een prototype maken dat toch redelijk goed werkte. En dus heb ik een hele werkdag in the zone gezeten, en is er uiteindelijk iets uitgekomen dat er […]
          

11/30/2019: INDEX: Cybertruck

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The game Operation was born as a test of desert survival skills

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We all know the game Operation in which the player must conduct surgery on a curious character named Cavity Sam. As the commercial goes, "It takes a very steady hand." But as sci-tech historian Allison Marsh writes in IEEE Spectrum, Operation evolved from a very different electrified game called Death Valley that was invented in the early 1960s by a University of Illinois industrial design student named John Spinello. From IEEE Spectrum:

Spinello’s game, called Death Valley, didn’t feature a patient, but rather a character lost in the desert. His canteen drained by a bullet hole, he wanders through ridiculous hazards in search of water. Players moved around the board, inserting their game piece—a metal probe—into holes of various sizes. The probe had to go in cleanly without touching the sides; otherwise it would complete a circuit and sound a buzzer. Spinello’s professor gave him an A....

Spinello sold the idea to Marvin Glass and Associates, a Chicago-based toy design company, for US $500, his name on the U.S. patent (3,333,846), and the promise of a job, which never materialized.

Mel Taft, a game designer at Milton Bradley, saw a prototype of Death Valley and thought it had potential. His team tinkered with the idea but decided it would be more interesting if the players had to remove an object rather than insert a probe. They created a surgery-themed game, and Operation was born.

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2019-79842 - Technicien Fabrication pièces composites H/F

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主要职能类别/行业 : 生产/制造工程 /修理
合同类型 : 固定期限合同
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Habile et méthodique, il/elle aura à réaliser des opérations de fabrications de plaques, pièces prototype et petites séries, ainsi que les opérations de contrôles associées : - Préparation de textures : découpe, imprégnation, traitements thermiques … - Préparation de moules : nettoyage, surfaçage … - moulage / injection de barbotines / démoulage - activités annexes : gravage laser, photos … Rigoureux, il/elle aura la responsabilité des relevés de mesure de fabrication et enregistrement de toutes les conditions de réalisation devant alimenter nos bases de données. Avec un sens critique constructif, il/elle sera un acteur important dans le processus de montée en maturité. Assisté d'une équipe de méthodistes, de concepteurs et d'ingénieurs matériau, il/elle participe de manière active à la mise au point des opérations de fabrication.

Expériences appréciées - dans le domaine des matériaux composites: drapage, moulage, injection, infusion … - dans un secteur d'activité aéronautique : montage, assemblage, rivetage ….
城市 : MERIGNAC (33)
教育程度最低要求 : 大专文凭

          

2019-78547 - TECHNICIEN D'USINAGE H/F

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主要职能类别/行业 : 生产/制造工程 /修理
合同类型 : 固定期限合同
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Le titulaire du poste assurera les principales missions suivantes : - Pilotage d'un centre d'usinage C30U HERMLE pour des pièces prototype et d'éprouvettes CMC en petites séries : préparation des outils puis réglages du procédé à partir de cartes de contrôle - Lancement et exploitation de contrôles géométriques sur MMT ZEISS DURAMAX et/ou PRISMO - Réalisation de diverses activités périphériques : nettoyage, ébavurages, contrôles dimensionnels, contrôles visuels et d'état de surface - Contribution à de la préparation, programmation FAO

Formation bac pro avec expérience ou bac+2/3 de type BTS ou DUT : - Techniques Avancées d'Usinage, - Mécanique et Productique, - Industrialisation des Produits Mécaniques ou équivalent ou équivalent
城市 : Mérignac
教育程度最低要求 : 大专文凭

          

Work orders - Value from structureless text in the era of digitisation

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Title: Work orders - Value from structureless text in the era of digitisation Author(s): Salo, Erik; McMillan, David; Connor, Richard Abstract: Free text and hand-written reports are losing ground to digitization fast, however many hours of effort are still lost across the industry to the manual creation and analysis of these data types. Work orders in particular contain valuable information from failure rates to asset health, but at the same time present operators with such analytical difficulties and lack of structure that many are missing out on the value completely. This research challenges the current mainstream practice of manual work order analysis by presenting a methodology fit for today’s context of efficiency and digitization. A prototype text mining software for work order analysis was developed and tested in a user-oriented approach in cooperation with industrial partners. The final prototype combines classical machine learning methods, such as hierarchical clustering, with the operator’s expert knowledge obtained via an active learning approach. A novel distance metric in this context was adapted from information-theoretical research to improve clustering performance. Using the prototype tool in a case study with real work order data, analytical effort for certain datasets was reduced by 90% - from two working weeks to a day. In addition, the active learning framework resulted in an approach that end users described as "practical" and "intuitive" during testing. An in-depth review was also conducted regarding the uncertainty of the results – a key factor for implementation in a decision-making context. The outcomes of this work showcase the potential of machine learning to drive the digitization of not only new installations, but also older assets, where as a result the large amount of unstructured historical data becomes an advantage rather than a hindrance. User testing results encourage a wider uptake of machine learning solutions in the industry, and particularly a shift towards more accessible in-house analytical capabilities.
          

Renault gifts modified Duster to the Vatican

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Renault has gifted a specially modified Dacia Duster to the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The budget SUV has been adapted to suit papal needs by Dacia’s Prototype department and Spe ... - Source: www.autocarindia.com
          

Trump Got His Wall, After All

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IN THE TWO YEARS AND 308 DAYS THAT DONALD Trump has been president, he has constructed zero miles of wall along the southern border of the United States. He has, to be fair, replaced or reinforced 76 miles of existing fence and signed it with a sharpie. A private group has also built a barrier less than a mile long with some help from Steve Bannon and money raised on GoFundMe. But along the 2,000 miles from Texas to California, there is no blockade of unscalable steel slats in heat-retaining matte black, no electrified spikes, no moat and no crocodiles. The animating force of Trump’s entire presidency—the idea that radiated a warning of dangerous bigotry to his opponents and a promise of unapologetic nativism to his supporters—will never be built in the way he imagined.

And it doesn’t matter. In the two years and 308 days that Donald Trump has been president, his administration has constructed far more effective barriers to immigration. No new laws have actually been passed. This transformation has mostly come about through subtle administrative shifts—a phrase that vanishes from an internal manual, a form that gets longer, an unannounced revision to a website, a memo, a footnote in a memo. Among immigration lawyers, the cumulative effect of these procedural changes is known as the invisible wall.

In the two years after Trump took office, denials for H1Bs, the most common form of visa for skilled workers, more than doubled. In the same period, wait times for citizenship also doubled, while average processing times for all kinds of visas jumped by 46 percent, even as the quantity of applications went down. In 2018, the United States added just 200,000 immigrants to the population, a startling 70 percent less than the year before.

Before Trump was elected, there was virtually no support within either party for policies that make it harder for foreigners to come here legally. For decades, the Republican consensus has favored tough border security along with high levels of legal immigration. The party’s small restrictionist wing protested from the margins, but it was no match for a pro-immigration coalition encompassing business interests, unions and minority groups. In 2013, then-Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions introduced an amendment that would have lowered the number of people who qualified for green cards and work visas. It got a single vote in committee—his own. As a former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security observed, “If you told me these guys would be able to change the way the U.S. does immigration in two years, I would have laughed.”

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP REVIEWS PROTOTYPES FOR HIS “IMPENETRABLE, POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL” WALL. (AP/EVAN VUCCI)

Senior adviser Stephen Miller is usually regarded as the White House’s immigration mastermind, but his maneuvering is only a sliver of the story. The most fine-grained and consequential changes would never have been possible without a group of like-minded figures stationed in relevant parts of the government—particularly the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the agency within DHS that administers visas. Early in Trump’s presidency, said the former DHS official, there was a “strategic sprinkling” of people who “shared a common vision and were ready to outwork everybody.” They included Gene Hamilton, Miller’s “terrible sword at DHS” (his actual title was senior counselor to the secretary), and Francis Cissna, the soft-spoken former head of USCIS whom colleagues describe as “an encyclopaedia of immigration law” and “a total immigration nerd.” “If you said to him, what’s on page 468, second paragraph” of the Immigration and Nationality Act, another former DHS official marveled, “he would quote it to you.”

Amidst the chaos at DHS, the restrictionists have already radically scaled back America’s asylum and refugee programs for years to come. But no category of immigrant ( 1 ) The major avenues for legal immigration are via family (including marriage), employment and humanitarian programs for refugees and asylum seekers.has escaped the uptick of denials and delays—not the Palestinian student with a Harvard scholarship who was deported upon landing in Boston, or the Australian business owner forced to leave after building a life here. Not the Bolshoi Ballet stars who somehow failed to meet the criteria of accomplished artists, or the Iraqi translators who risked their lives for the U.S. military and whose annual admissions went from 325 to just two after the change in administration. Then there are the consequences that are harder to capture in headlines or statistics: the couples whose marriages broke down when the foreign spouse was forced to wait far longer than usual in their home country, and the unknown number of people who have abandoned the attempt to stay because of financial hardship or the strain of living with a level of uncertainty that becomes untenable.

“What became clear to me early on was that these guys wanted to shut down every avenue to get into the U.S.,” the first former senior DHS official said. “They wanted to reduce the number of people who could get in under any category: illegals, legals, refugees, asylum seekers—everything. And they wanted to reduce the number of foreigners already here through any means possible.” No government in modern memory has been this dedicated to limiting every form of immigration to the United States. To find one that was, you have to go a long way back, to 1924.

GERMAN-JEWISH REFUGEES ABOARD THE MS ST. LOUIS, WHICH WAS TURNED AWAY FROM THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA IN 1939.(BETTMANN VIA GETTY)

“ANATION OF IMMIGRANTS”—THESE FOUR WORDS, ( 2 ) The phrase was popularized by John F. Kennedy, who used it as the title of his 1958 book.genius in their concision, mask the messiest of histories. People like to recall that George Washington wanted America to “be an Asylum to the persecuted of the earth.” Less often praised: Ben Franklin’s contention that immigrants are “the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation.” Americans have been having some version of this argument ever since. And for much of the country’s existence, public opinion towards immigration has ranged from tepid to hostile. As Daniel Tichenor, author of the comprehensive history, “Dividing Lines,” puts it, “We love the immigrant past and dread the immigrant present.”

One rare exception came after the Civil War, when the country was desperate to replace the men who had died on the battlefield. A flourishing postwar confidence revived the idea that the country could absorb a never-ending stream of foreigners and fuse their best characteristics into that superior being, an American.

The turn began in the 1880s. Extremes of wealth had sparked massive labor strikes; out West, people fretted that the land was running out. Now, newcomers were a threat, and the more foreign they seemed, the more threatening they were. An early warning was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first-ever prohibition of all people of a specific race. Over the next decade, a surge of European migrants accounted for 40 percent of population growth. From the 1890s, this wave was dominated not by English, Scandanavians, Germans or Irish, but by poorer southern and eastern Europeans and Russian Jews. As the country slid into a long depression, the new immigrants became the source and the target of a tinderbox anxiety. There were lynchings of Italians in New Orleans; attacks on Jewish farmers by Mississippi nightriders; a riot against Russian Jewish factory workers in New Jersey.

EDITORIAL CARTOONS FROM THE 1880S-1900S (ABOVE: LOUIS DALRUMPLE. BELOW: C.J. TAYLOR/ MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM)

For decades, nativists in Congress tried and failed to translate this hostility into new immigration laws. It wasn’t until the early 1920s, after Warren Harding was elected president on an “America First” platform, that two Republican lawmakers, Representative Albert Johnson and Senator David Reed, finally realized a restrictionist dream: a comprehensive racial quota system devised to keep American bloodlines pure. “[T]he country would never be the same,” wrote John Higham in his definitive account of American nativism, “Strangers in the Land”—“either in its social structure or in its habits of mind.”

To build the public case for their legislation, Johnson and Reed teamed up with the leading eugenicists of the day. Johnson enlisted Harry Laughlin, who in 1936 received an honorary degree from a German university for his contributions to the “science of racial cleansing,” to conduct research for the House Immigration Committee. Johnson also worked closely with Madison Grant, whose manifesto, “The Passing of the Great Race,” is a deranged codification of white men into three “races” of descending desirability—Nordics, Alpines and Mediterraneans. Grant’s conclusion, drawn from spurious analyses of skull shape and nose width, was that the new immigrants should be scientifically excluded from the definition of whiteness. They were “human flotsam … breeding out their masters and killing by filth and by crowding as effectively as by the sword.”

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Johnson-Reed Act, which accorded with his own belief that that “America must be kept American.” The law would ultimately shut down most immigration except for a meager inflow dominated by people Madison Grant would have called Nordics. Everyone else faced waitlists of 10 to 75 years, depending on the quota allotted to their country of origin. The law also birthed a national immigration bureaucracy—what Tichenor calls “an increasingly elaborate immigration control system of racist design.”

Until this point, nearly everyone who arrived at a port of entry like Ellis Island was admitted to the United States. There was no requirement for a visa. Johnson-Reed was deliberately engineered to prevent most immigrants from ever boarding a steamship, by requiring them to obtain visas from U.S. consulates abroad. The State Department, which ran the consulates, was notoriously anti-Semitic: In 1921, the chief of the Consular Service supplied a report to Congress describing Jewish people as “filthy, un-American, and often dangerous in their habits.” By the 1930s, as Hitler launched his assault on the Jews of Europe, the new visa system was perfectly calibrated not to help the growing ranks of refugees, but to keep them out.

In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered consulates to give Jewish refugees “the most humane and favorable treatment possible under law.” After that, admissions actually went down. Mere presidential preference was no match for the immigration bureaucracy, which erected, in the words of historian David Wyman, a formidable “paper wall.”

The paper wall’s architect was Samuel Miller Breckinridge Long—Breckinridge Long to the public. Thin and rangy, intermittently beset by nervous ailments, Long was born to a family that was practically Confederate aristocracy. He’d glided through Princeton, married into money and spent a good deal of his career as a bureaucrat of middling talents. Thanks to his old pal “Frank” Roosevelt, in 1939 he was put in charge of refugee admissions, though he had no relevant experience. From then on, Roosevelt essentially abdicated refugee policy to Long because he was so spooked by the politics: In 1938, the year of Kristallnacht, 86 percent of Americans opposed an emergency increase of refugee admissions.

BRECKINRIDGE LONG (MYRON DAVIS/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION VIA GETTY)

From the nativists' perspective, Long was the best possible man for the moment. He believed the overwhelming majority of refugees were propagandists, subversives, freeloaders and derelicts. And he knew exactly how to protect his country from the “alien influx”—with the merciless application of rules, regulations, procedures and forms.

In 1940, Long issued a memo instructing subordinates to avoid granting visas to European refugees for a “temporary period of indefinite length.” From today's vantage point, his methods are eerily familiar. “We could do this by simply advising our consuls to put every obstacle in the way and to require additional evidence and resort to various administrative devices which would postpone and postpone and postpone the granting of the visas,” he explained. Later, he would crow in his diary: “The cables practically stopping immigration went!”

Consular officials had enormous latitude in determining a refugee’s fate. In France, you had to obtain an exit visa, a transit visa, an entry visa for the U.S., moral and political affidavits of support, certificates of good behavior and a paid ticket for the ship. You couldn’t get a visa without a ticket, which were sold out months in advance, and you couldn’t get a ticket without a visa, which were only valid for four months, and if just one of your documents had expired on the day of departure, you had to start all over again.

“IT TAKES MONTHS AND MONTHS TO GRANT THE VISAS AND THEN IT USUALLY APPLIES TO A CORPSE.”

One of the most powerful tools employed by visa officials was the public charge rule—a component of federal law which states that a person can’t be admitted to the United States if they are likely to become a burden on the state. Although the rule had been on the books since 1882, it was barely observed until the Depression. Under Long, consulates wielded it with abandon. To Jewish refugees of Nazi Germany, the rule must have seemed like a sadistic joke, since throughout the 1930s they had been forced to relinquish up to 90 percent of their capital when they left the country. Even if they were lucky enough to have American financial sponsors, the standards of proof were constantly shifting. As a result, there were multiple years after Hitler seized power in which the U.S. did not fill its annual quota of just under 30,000 immigrants from Germany. In 1938, for example, the State Department admitted 19,552 former residents of the Third Reich, not all of whom were Jewish.

And yet Breckinridge Long wasn’t satisfied. Convinced Germany was infiltrating America with spies disguised as refugees, he created, for the first time, a centralized immigration processing system based in Washington. Applicants submitted letters of support, financial records and character testimonies. Sponsors were scrutinized. Five committees from different agencies reviewed every application. After that, the flow of refugees nearly stopped altogether. In a speech, Representative Emanuel Cellar blamed Long for the “gruesome bottleneck.” He observed: “It takes months and months to grant the visas and then it usually applies to a corpse.”

A MEETING OF THE WAR REFUGEE BOARD IN 1944. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY HENRY MORGENTHAU, JR., IS IN THE CENTER. (FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT LIBRARY)

In January 1944, Treasury Secretary Robert Morgenthau demanded a meeting with Roosevelt and Long to discuss the situation. He came armed with an investigative memo, which he titled “Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews.” It documented Long’s machinations in devastating detail. Roosevelt immediately agreed to create a War Refugee Board outside Long’s control. Its work during the remainder of the war demonstrated just how many more lives could have been saved: According to Wyman, it managed to rescued around 200,000 people in 18 months.

Long fumed at his demotion, raging to his diary that he had been “thrown to the wolves.” One of his great regrets was that he no longer enjoyed the favor of his old friend Frank. The loss of status gnawed at him. He retired by the end of 1944, and after writing a memoir that failed to find a publisher, mostly concentrated on breeding race horses, which usually lost. To the end of his life, according to his biographer, Neil Rolde, he never acknowledged, or apparently even realized, the magnitude of what he had done.

And yet even after the horrors of the Nazi regime were fully revealed, Johnson-Reed wasn’t overturned for another two decades. The law that replaced it, the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965, is often celebrated as the moment that America opened its doors to the world. At the time, though, its authors had more modest goals. Shamed into action by the civil rights movement, they planned to abolish the racial quotas and create a merit system allowing for limited immigration from outside of Europe.

It was only a last-minute nativist intervention that turned the law into something very different. An antsy Democratic congressman named Michael Feighan secured a provision allowing people to qualify through family ties as well—reasoning that since most immigrants were white, it would protect the racial status quo. “The bill that we sign today is not a revolutionary bill,” President Lyndon Johnson promised. “It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society,” Senator Ted Kennedy agreed.

Instead, the law changed the composition of America by accident. Among other things, Feighan completely failed to consider that people from non-European countries would qualify under the merit system and then sponsor their relatives, the process restrictionists term “chain migration.” ( 3 ) “Congress was saying … 'We need to open the door for some more British doctors, some more German engineers,’” sociologist Stephen Klineberg told NPR. “It never occurred to anyone, literally, that there were going to be African doctors, Indian engineers, Chinese computer programmers who’d be able, for the first time in the 20th century, to immigrate to America.”The foreign-born population grew from 9.6 million in 1965 to 45 million in 2015, with 90 percent of those new arrivals coming from outside Europe—mostly from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The United States became, wrote historian Aristide Zolberg, “the first nation to mirror humanity.” To restrictionists, the 1965 reforms are the original sin, the moment when America betrayed its workers, sacrificed a mythic social cohesion and placed the country’s heritage and its future at mortal risk. And ever since, reversing those reforms has been their overriding goal.

NEW CITIZENS IN LOS ANGELES ON SEPTEMBER 13, 1995.(GILLES MINGASSON/GETTY)

BACK WHEN JEFF SESSIONS WAS A U.S. SENATOR, HE routinely selected a few staffers to join him in his office for a seminar-style discussion of whatever happened to be on his mind that day. Increasingly over the years, the subject was immigration. These conversations could last for hours. Some staffers surreptitiously tried to work on their phones while the senator dialed up an academic or wended his way through an idea as if preparing to argue a case before a jury. But Sessions’ communications director, Stephen Miller, was invigorated by the intellectual exchange. “They kind of fed off each other,” said one regular attendee. Late in the day, Sessions often took Miller along to his hideaway—the unmarked nook each senator has near the chamber. There, Sessions would decant that day’s conversation into a speech written on a legal pad and deliver it on the floor. “I don’t know how many people listened,” a former staffer said.

Miller, though, was paying close attention. He’d been railing against immigrants since his high school days as a minor conservative talk radio celebrity in Santa Monica, but his vitriol tended towards the generic—immigrants shouldn’t speak Spanish; their communities were incubators for terrorism and crime. By contrast, Sessions’ desire to curb immigration was part of a wider set of concerns about Americans who had been shut out of the modern economy, underpinned by a cohesive historical argument. On numerous occasions, he praised Johnson-Reed, ignoring its explicitly racist motivations and painting it simply as an effort by Coolidge to raise wages, as well as the sole engine of America’s postwar prosperity.

THEN-SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS AND HIS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, STEPHEN MILLER, IN JANUARY 2014 (ANDREW HARNIK/THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Similar historical references were cropping up in Miller’s private emails, too. In a series of messages from 2015 obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller pinged Breitbart reporter Katie McHugh with ideas for stories celebrating “the heritage established by Calvin Coolidge” and lamenting the damage done by the 1965 legislation. The culmination of the Miller-Sessions mindmeld was a 25-page primer hand-delivered to every Republican congressional office that year. Written by Miller, it lauded the 1924 reforms for ushering in “a sustained slowdown that allowed wages to rise, assimilation to occur, and the middle class to emerge.” It would become a foundational document for the Trump campaign’s immigration platform.

The day after Trump’s election victory, Gene Hamilton started assembling a team to develop an immigration roadmap for the transition and beyond. Hamliton, then a legal adviser to Sessions in his thirties, relied heavily on staffers for Sessions and Senator Chuck Grassley, whose offices had for years been a lonely beacon for restrictionist groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR; the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA. From the outset, according to “Border Wars,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shear, Hamilton’s small braintrust knew they had to fight on two fronts—against liberal-minded career staffers and mainstream Republican appointees wedded to the status quo.

Hamilton himself had a deep knowledge of DHS ( 4 ) Before working for Sessions, Hamilton had spent two years working for various DHS offices, and also interned at Immigration and Customs Enforcement while in law school.and a knack for the inside game, both of which became valuable assets when he joined the department. “He would take the pen on a lot of things,” the former DHS official said—meaning he’d assume responsibility for writing a document, giving him the power to set the terms of the debate and the process. “He was sort of the political commissar,” another former senior DHS official explained. “You had to work with him to make sure you weren’t going to get your legs chopped out underneath you.”

For USCIS director, Hamilton recommended Cissna, a DHS lawyer who’d spent the past two years detailed to Grassley’s office. “Our family is literally a product of our nation’s legal immigration system,” Cissna said at his confirmation hearing, explaining that his grandparents were Peruvian, his wife’s family was Middle Eastern and that he only spoke Spanish to his kids at home. Although he largely shared Miller’s policy goals, his position on immigration “wasn’t a race thing,” the second former DHS senior official told me. Instead, the official said, Cissna saw himself as a “steward of the law,” which he believed should be enforced according to the narrowest interpretation. Quiet and not overtly political, he was nonetheless a canny operator. When he took over at USCIS, “he knew which small things could change to have a big effect,” said Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “He couldn’t be bamboozled by bureaucrats. He knew their job in a way a lot of political appointees don’t.”

FRANCIS CISSNA. (WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY)

Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, a veteran Grassley staffer, was put in charge of the USCIS policy office a couple of weeks after her former boss recommended her to Trump via tweet. (“@POTUS If u want a real expert on fixing H1B a former staffer of mine just moved to HomelandSecurity Call my office I will tell WHO SHE IS.”) She brought in Robert Law, FAIR’s governmental relations director, as her senior adviser. Law was smart but rigid. “You couldn’t convince him of anything he didn’t already believe,” said a person who worked with him at USCIS. Along with other alumni of restrictionist groups, ( 5 ) Julie Kirchner, a former FAIR executive director, became USCIS ombudsman, and Jon Feere, a former CIS analyst, became a senior adviser at ICE.Law became a resource for some DHS officials who lacked an immigration background but found the issue consuming their jobs. “They could tell you, this is the law, this is the history of it. It was fascinating,” said one. “They had been following this for decades.”

At first, things didn’t move as nearly quickly as Miller and Hamilton wanted, mostly because of Trump’s first DHS Secretary, John Kelly. “He was a difficult guy for people to mess with. Even Stephen Miller,” recalled the former DHS official. It wasn’t until Kelly became White House chief of staff in July 2017, another former official explained, that Miller was able to “consolidate his strength.”

A couple of months later, a meeting was convened at the department, with the acting secretary, Elaine Duke, the most senior figure present. According to a person who was there, Hamilton abruptly took control of the gathering, cutting Duke out of the conversation completely. “Everyone was looking at each other. We’d never seen anything like this—a guy with no standing [taking over the meeting].”

Hamilton informed the group they needed to produce memos outlining how to enact 10 White House policy priorities, including how to get rid of a 20-day limit on holding children in detention and how to use family separation to discourage migration. He wanted the memos within days.

The DHS policy office started work according to normal operating procedure—gathering information and assessing the legality and merits of the proposals. Normally, this would take months. “It drove the White House crazy,” said the former DHS official. “Duke’s chief of staff kept asking, ‘Dude, where are the memos?’ He was getting pounded by the White House.” Many of the memos were never produced, the official added, because “some of the [ideas] were so clearly bad.” (Hamilton didn’t respond to a request for comment.)

GENE HAMILTON “WAS SORT OF THE POLITICAL COMMISSAR,” A FORMER OFFICIAL SAID. “YOU HAD TO WORK WITH HIM TO MAKE SURE YOU WEREN’T GOING TO GET YOUR LEGS CHOPPED OUT UNDERNEATH YOU.”

At USCIS, the pressure to scrap old policies and roll out new ones was relentless. In theory, the chief counsel’s office was supposed to conduct thorough legal analyses of all new initiatives. Sometimes the office was cut out of the loop; sometimes lawyers were informed of a new memo the day before it dropped, requiring them to scramble till midnight or later to ensure it met basic legal standards. Comment skirmishes broke out within draft documents, with career staff inserting concerns and political appointees stripping them out. The political appointees “really didn’t care about the operational impact of different policies or litigation concerns,” recalled a former agency lawyer. Hamilton himself has essentially confirmed this. “That sounds like the craziest policy you could ever have,” he said in a deposition when asked if DHS had assessed the litigation risk of ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “You could never do anything if you were always worried about being sued.”

Kovarik and Law also pushed staffers to dig up evidence for their preferred policies, even when the facts didn’t oblige. For instance, they insisted on advancing the termination of temporary protected status ( 6 ) A temporary status provided to nationals of certain countries experiencing problems that make it difficult or unsafe to return there.for several “shithole countries”—the president’s term—even when experts at State and USCIS recommended extensions. The problem with the official analysis for Haiti, Kovarik explained to a career staffer in an October 2017 email, “is that it reads as though we’d recommend an extension because we talk so much about how bad it is.” The staffer replied, carefully, "We can comb through the country conditions to try to see what else there might be, but the basic problem is that it IS bad there.” Later that month, Law assigned an “important research project” to a low-level employee. “I need positive data on the current status of Haiti to bolster the recommendation to terminate TPS. Improvements or the like that I can plug in,” he wrote. “Be creative.”

In a separate exchange, Cissna complained that staffers hadn’t done a very elegant job of massaging the facts in order to end TPS status for Sudan. "The memo reads like one person who strongly supports extending TPS for Sudan wrote everything up to the recommendation section and then someone who opposes extension snuck up behind the first guy, clubbed him over the head, pushed his senseless body of out of the way, and finished the memo,” he wrote.

Even though USCIS had announced plans to kill DACA and end TPS for six countries, the political appointees were being bombarded by Miller to go faster. One of his obsessions was a regulation for a far tougher version of the public charge rule, which had to go through a mandatory administrative process. In June 2018 emails obtained by Politico, Miller berated Cissna for the “unacceptable” timeframe, writing, “I don't care what you need to do to finish it on time.” Cissna stuck to his principles. “He believed,” said the former DHS official, that “this could all get done through the rule of law.”

ACTIVISTS OUTSIDE THE SUPREME COURT IN NOVEMBER, FOLLOWING A HEARING ON DACA.(CHIP SOMODEVILLA /GETTY)

OVER AND OVER, IN PUBLIC AND TO HIS STAFF WITHIN USCIS’s boxy beige headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue, Cissna insisted that his mission was simply to enforce the law as it was written. At an event last year, he brought along his copy of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a brick of a book stuffed with yellow post-it notes, and patted it almost affectionately. “Everything we do at the agency should be guided by that, not by, you know, any other thing,” he said in his halting manner. “That’s our Bible.”

It was an effective claim, and a disingenuous one. So much of America’s immigration code is open to interpretation. There’s no objective test for whether a concert violinist meets the legal standard of “exceptional;” whether a full-stack Java developer is a “specialized” occupation; whether a certain type of kidney condition technically qualifies as a “hardship.” Many decisions inevitably come down to the judgement of individuals, which means they’re susceptible to the peculiar psychology of the immigration bureaucracy.

“In my own office, I am queen,” one former visa adjudicator told me. What she meant was that the guy down the hallway might require a lot more evidence than she did, or interpret the legal criteria more stringently, and that it wouldn’t be remotely strange if they each reviewed the same case and reached opposite conclusions. Within processing offices, “people get reputations,” she said. There are the officers inclined to give applicants the benefit of the doubt and those hunting for a reason to deny. Many aren’t ideological at all, but are swayed by the preferences of their supervisors. “Everyone learns to write for the teacher,” one officer observed.

All this variability gives each USCIS office a distinct culture. It’s why lawyers regard the Vermont processing center as reasonably fair and efficient and the one in California as more of a crapshoot. You can sense these distinctions as an immigrant, even if you don’t understand them. You file one application and it goes through smoothly; then a subsequent one gets snagged on some unseen impediment. A new boss, maybe, or a big immigration controversy, or some directive that causes the culture within the agency to change.

A few months after Cissna was confirmed, in February 2018, he removed the phrase “nation of immigrants” from USCIS’s mission statement. Less noticed but more significant was his decision to strip references to “customer service” from internal manuals. Staffers knew exactly what this meant. USCIS started referring to applicants as “customers” during the Obama administration, and the change was detested by more skeptical employees, who preferred terms like “foreign nationals” or “aliens.” León Rodriguez, the agency’s director from 2014 to 2017, explained that the deletion of the word “customer” could reshape every aspect of an officer’s work: “It’s a statement that your performance will not be judged based on how you treat the people with whom you’re interacting. Your courtesy, transparency, care in explaining things, compassion. Over time that changes what people prioritize.”

“THE STATISTICS FOR VISA APPROVALS AND DENIALS FOR THE LAST DECADE WERE RELATIVELY CONSISTENT,” SPAULDING SAID. “THEN ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.”

The new priority was visa fraud. There had long been a subset of staffers, including upper-level employees, who were convinced that most immigrants were trying to cheat the system in some way. They were mostly kept at bay because the agency’s own statistics showed consistently low levels of fraud. Under Cissna, that all changed. “There was a sense of urgency across the agency that was palpable,” said Spaulding, who worked as an investigator for the fraud unit in Philadelphia from 2006 until 2019. He described the new mandate as: “Your job as adjudicator is to ferret out fraud. Good adjudicators find fraud. Bad ones don’t.” Adjudicators were also trained in more adversarial styles of interviewing, Spaulding said, “like a Customs and Border Protection officer.” (USCIS spokesperson Matthew Bourke said adjudicators regularly receive training to detect fraud but are not instructed to be adversarial.) Across the agency, there was a pronounced shift to what Rodriguez called a “law enforcement model—the sort of culture change very much driven from the top.”
Meanwhile, the political appointees under Cissna were churning out memos announcing administrative changes to visa processing that were devastating in their banality. “If you go through the statistics [for visa approvals] for the last decade, they were relatively consistent,” Spaulding said. “Then about two years ago, all hell broke loose.”

The first memo, issued in October 2017, eliminated something called “prior deference.” Previously, if a person had been greenlit multiple times for certain visas, the adjudications officer would check the circumstances that had changed since the last one. Now, every petition has to be reviewed as if the person was a first-time applicant—a vastly more time-consuming exercise. A former USCIS lawyer told me the memo was very much motivated by the new emphasis on fraud: Excavating old applications provided an opportunity to “get that gotcha moment.” Publicly, though, the agency couldn’t cite that as the justification, “because the stats didn’t back it up. So we had to say something else.”

The administration, Miller included, often insisted that its policies weren’t anti-immigrant, that it wanted to prioritize high-skilled workers over family-based migrants. And yet the changes coming out of USCIS seemed designed to make it difficult for those workers to come to the United States, too. Denials for first-time H1B applicants, who need a bachelor’s degree, jumped from 6 percent in the 2015 financial year to 32 percent in the first quarter of 2019. And even those numbers don’t tell the full story. An H1B visa typically lasts three years, but lawyers report a pattern of approvals for durations so short they are effectively useless—a week or even a day. In a hearing in D.C. district court, the judge asked the lawyer representing USCIS whether a one-day approval was “as good as a denial.” The government’s lawyer admitted: “There's little practical difference, I would agree with that.”

EVERY USCIS OFFICE HAS ITS OWN DISTINCT CULTURE. (JOHN MOORE/GETTY)

For immigrants trying to navigate the rapidly changing rules, everything just kept getting harder. The length of most forms has doubled or tripled or worse. Fees are going up for many visas. Under a new policy of mandatory in-person interviews for employment green cards, the average processing time has gone from around 10 months to more than two years in multiple cities. Yet another memo enabled the government to reject applications without giving the person a chance to correct errors, even incredibly trivial ones. ProPublica found a case that was rejected “because the seventh page, usually left blank, was not attached.” Another was denied “because it did not have a table of contents.” (USCIS has since said it does not intend to reject petitions for “innocent mistakes.”) Meanwhile, the agency has barricaded itself from communication. It is in the process of shuttering 16 of its 23 international offices. Where lawyers could once call or email the office that was handling a case, now they spend hours on hold in a Kafkaesque game of phone tag with a national customer service center. If they miss a return call, they have to start the inquiry from the beginning.

Inside USCIS, the new restrictions and requirements created a “pattern of chaos,” Spaulding said, as adjudicators struggled to “respond to what they think their superiors want.” For instance, the agency is issuing far more RFEs, or requests for additional evidence. ( 7 ) In the first quarter of 2019, the agency issued RFEs in 60 percent of H1B cases, compared to only 20 percent in 2016.“RFEs used to be common sense under Obama—if you can show the evidence, you get approval,” said Matt Cameron, a Boston lawyer who handles both employment and asylum cases. Now, they’re used as a stalling device. Lawyers are routinely asked for basic documents they’ve already submitted. One attorney was told to prove that the client’s mechanical engineering degree was relevant to his job as a mechanical engineer. Another was instructed to provide additional evidence that her client’s marriage was genuine. “I’m like, are you high?” the lawyer said. “Two people who have adopted a child together eight years ago have a fake marriage?”

More often, though, attorneys say they simply receive the same vague, boilerplate questions for multiple clients. For an officer behind on his caseload, Spaulding explained, an RFE is “one of the best ways to buy time.” While the applicant prepares a response, the case is no longer counted as open on the officer’s docket. By the end of 2018, USCIS’s total backlog of pending cases was a record 5.7 million.

Still, Stephen Miller wasn’t satisfied. He kept pushing Cissna to rush out the public charge regulation before it had been fully vetted. When word started to spread that Cissna could be forced out, restrictionist groups told reporters his ouster would be a “colossal mistake.” But it was too late. On May 24, Cissna resigned at Trump’s request in a Miller-driven purge that also claimed DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. (Cissna didn’t respond to requests for comment.) For the past two years, one USCIS career staffer recalled, she and her demoralized colleagues kept telling themselves that “it could be worse.” Then, in June, Ken Cuccinelli was named the agency’s acting director—“and it did get worse.”

A MAKESHIFT ENCAMPMENT AT THE U.S. BORDER PATROL STATION IN MCALLEN, TEXAS, THIS MAY.(REUTERS/LOREN ELLIOTT)

LATE THIS SUMMER, KEN CUCCINELLI INSTALLED A lumpy human-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty in USCIS headquarters, by a window overlooking Massachusetts Avenue. It was a very on-brand bit of trolling: About two weeks earlier, he had finally announced the public charge regulation at a press conference at the White House. There, Cuccinelli suggested that the famous Emma Lazarus poem affixed to the Statue of Liberty (the real one) would be more accurate if it read: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” The poem, he added, was about “people coming from Europe.”

Cuccinelli is a very different political animal from Cissna, one far more suited to Trumpworld. One of his conditions for accepting the job, according to a source, was that a government car ferry him every day to Washington from his home an hour and a half away in rural Nokesville, Virginia. A conservative purist with a showman’s instinct, he tweets a lot, often about Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or CBP operations that seemed to excite him more than the work of his own agency. Some of the tweets are transparently bespoke for an audience of one. In September, he posted an image of a framed photograph of Trump next to a giant stack of paper, which was a new USCIS policy changing all uses of “foreign nationals” to “aliens.”

KEN CUCCINELLI WITH LADY LIBERTY AND WITH CBP OFFICERS ON THE RIO GRANDE. (@USCISCUCCINELLI/TWITTER)

He also shares his boss’s impatience with the slow pace of policy-making. “It seems like everybody in government defers to DOJ,” Cuccinelli told Mark Krikorian at a recent panel discussion. “I don’t operate that way. Lawyers advise and they can deal with my decision as best they can. They may not be [happy].” A former DHS official who worked with Cissna told me Cuccinelli “respected what Cissna did. But where Cissna would have to get something to 98 percent to make him feel good, I think Ken Cuccinelli is much more of a 60 or 70 percent kind of guy.”

Some DHS leaders, though, felt Cuccinelli’s Trumpian pronouncements were getting in the way of Trump’s agenda. Exhibit A was the outrage provoked by his comments on the Statue of Liberty. “There was concern at DHS that you had an extremely complicated rule, the public charge, which deserved a full policy discussion,” said one former official. “It was fettered by this discussion of the poem, which bore no relevance to the issue.” Asked whether Cuccinelli had ignited the controversy by accident or on purpose, the official paused for an uncomfortably long time and finally said, dryly, “He thinks of himself as a very talented communicator.”

Out of all the administration’s immigration reforms, the public charge rule has been the most ambitious by far. In the past, the term was defined to mean anyone who was primarily dependent on government assistance. Restrictionists pointed out that only cash benefits were counted—excluding major entitlements like food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies. But the new definition is aggressively broad. Most new immigrants aren’t actually eligible for welfare. But the rule grants officers vast discretion to determine whether the applicant might become a public charge at any point in the future. They would be empowered to collect reams of personal financial information and reject any applicant whose income is lower than 250 percent of the poverty line, even if that person has a financial sponsor.

In essence, the rule would create a backdoor mechanism to alter the composition of immigrants to the United States. Low-income legal immigrants tend to be nonwhite, and they also tend to come here via family-based green cards. According to an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute, the new definition would potentially exclude more than half of all family-based green card applicants. That is, 71 percent of applicants from Central America, 69 percent from Africa, 52 percent from Asia—but only 36 percent from Europe, Canada and Oceania. The regulation, said Ur Jaddou, chief counsel of USCIS during the Obama administration, “fundamentally changes who gets to use our legal immigration system by race and class without an act of Congress.” (In October, a few days before the rule was due to go into effect, it was temporarily halted by three federal judges. The government is expected to appeal.)

Cuccinelli’s other priority was asylum, one of two major humanitarian categories of legal immigration. (The other is the refugee program, for people requesting protection while in a foreign country rather than at the U.S. border.) Miller had long been incensed that around 90 percent of people pass the “credible fear” screening—the initial interview that determines whether a claim will go before an immigration judge. People explained to him in meetings that the first hurdle was set intentionally low by Congress, to ensure asylum seekers get a fair hearing, and that only a minority (28 percent) eventually succeed. But Miller was convinced the screenings were an outrageous loophole and demanded they be made more restrictive. Cissna pointed out that the agency couldn’t change the requirements without breaking the law. At one meeting, when Miller kept hounding him about it, Cissna finally erupted. “Enough. Enough. Stand down!” he shouted, according to The New York Times. Cuccinelli had none of these qualms. On his second day on the job, according to Buzzfeed, he sent the division an email scolding officers for failing to prevent “frivolous” claims.

THE “SHEER NUMBER OF BOTH SIGNIFICANT AND LESS SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IS OVERWHELMING,” SAID THE FORMER USCIS CHIEF COUNSEL. “IT WILL TAKE AN AMBITIOUS PLAN OVER A SERIES OF YEARS TO UNDO IT ALL.”

Within USCIS, asylum officers have always been a band apart. They work in a separate office from visa adjudicators and wear plain clothes, no badges. When the division was launched in the 1980s, it was something of a scandal to visa officers when it was staffed with human rights lawyers and refugee workers. Today, the asylum corps is especially resented by border patrol agents, a longtime officer said. “In their view, we’re a bunch of hippies letting in people they try to keep out.”

But there’s nothing hippie-ish about the work they do. Asylum officers go through hundreds of hours of rigorous training, learning to distinguish the person who has assumed a false identity because they’re fleeing a violent gang from the person assuming a false identity because they’re a member of that gang. Vetting an applicant can take anywhere between two and five years. “I have to make sure I’m not getting the wool pulled over my eyes by a war criminal,” the officer explained. Since Congress isn’t likely to overhaul the asylum criteria anytime soon, Cuccinelli set about changing the culture of the division itself. Under a DHS pilot program, around 60 border patrol officers are now conducting credible fear screenings. According to government data obtained by Buzzfeed, they have approved less than half of applicants so far. The agency is also hiring 500 new asylum officers, targeting people with law enforcement or military backgrounds, who, according to USCIS spokesperson Matthew Bourke, are “uniquely equipped to support the agency’s improved vetting procedures and fraud-detection efforts.” In a particularly unsubtle move, the division’s head, John Lafferty, was replaced by the director of the fraud unit.

When you put all of this together, it’s clear that the Trump administration has fundamentally altered the nature of humanitarian immigration to the United States—initiatives that are supported by both parties and have been an essential component of foreign policy since the end of World War II. In 2017, Gene Hamilton and Stephen Miller tag-teamed to reduce annual refugee admissions from 110,000 to 45,000. Since then, the number has been slashed to an all-time low of 18,000. In October, the administration started implementing a regulation ordering that asylum seekers be turned away from the southern border if they have passed through another country without seeking asylum there first. What this means, in practice, is that the only people able to seek asylum at the border are Mexican citizens.

And yet the restrictionists still aren’t satisfied. After all, the administration hasn’t come close to their goal of halving legal immigration. “Any real changes”—such as ending birthright citizenship or the visa lottery—“are the kind of thing Congress would have to approve,” said Krikorian. FAIR’s governmental relations director, RJ Hauman, told me Trump “botched” his first year with a flawed rollout of the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. “It tainted everything,” he said, especially the president’s chances of getting more ambitious reforms through Congress.

SHERIFFS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY MEET PRESIDENT TRUMP AT A FAIR EVENT IN SEPTEMBER. (WHITE HOUSE/JOYCE N. BOGHOSIAN)

In response, the administration is doing its utmost to appease its most hardcore supporters. For 13 years, FAIR has held an annual convention in Washington D.C. to connect conservative talk radio hosts and anti-immigration personalities. Under previous presidents, it was a niche affair, but this September’s event might as well have been sponsored by the Trump administration. FAIR flew in nearly 200 sheriffs, who received a briefing at the White House from Kellyanne Conway, as well as a photo op with Trump. Afterwards, they made their way back to the Phoenix Park Hotel, just around the corner from DHS. Some 70 radio hosts were crammed into a couple of conference rooms. “We’re in the heart of the swamp, up to our knees in muck,” FAIR’s communications director, Dave Ray, remarked to a talk show host named Tom Roten, who has blamed immigrants for his West Virginia county having “the highest concentration of HIV in the country, maybe even the world.” (This is not true.) Ray went on to discuss the “human carnage caused by criminal aliens and drugs;” at one point, Roten asked, “What if we cut the snake off at the head at the border?”

Cuccinelli spent an entire morning powering through eight back-to-back interviews, fueled by his usual cup of McDonalds sweet tea. He talked about family separation with Roten who complained that “the media only shows these kids crying.” Children were constantly crossing the border with different adults, pretending to be related, he stated. “You’re exactly right, Tom. They’re being recycled,” Cuccinelli agreed. (Greg Navano, ICE’s assistant director of investigative programs, said that among other methods, the agency sometimes conducts DNA tests of family units, and that around 15 percent of the tests uncovered an adult falsely claiming to be a child’s biological parent.)

In November, Cuccinelli was promoted to DHS deputy acting secretary. Kathy Nuebel Kovarik became acting deputy at USCIS and Robert Law, the former FAIR lobbyist, ascended to the head of the policy office. The agency has promised a new flurry of major policy changes before the end of the year. And in what is perhaps the purest expression of the administration's intentions so far, it started sending Central American asylum seekers to Guatemala with no access to an attorney, no review by an immigration court, far away from the border infrastructure of activists and reporters and lawyers or any form of help at all.

AN INFANT IN BORDER PATROL CUSTODY.(JOHN MOORE/GETTY)

IT’S EASY ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE NONE of the Trump administration’s reforms are entrenched in law, they can be overturned as quickly as they were introduced. And yet even though, in theory, the policy memos can all be withdrawn, the “sheer number of both significant and less significant changes is overwhelming,” said Jaddou, the former USCIS chief counsel. “It will take an ambitious plan over a series of years to undo it all.” Formal regulations, like the third-country asylum rule and public charge rule, if it succeeds, will be especially hard to unravel.

The institutional implications run deeper. The backlog of delayed cases will likely take several years to get under control. The administration has promoted six judges with some of the highest asylum denial rates to the Justice Department’s immigration appeals court, including one who threatened to set a dog on a 2-year-old child for failing to be quiet in his courtroom. Those appointments are permanent.

The refugee program, too, will take years to rebuild. The plunge in admissions caused a plunge in funding to the nine resettlement agencies, which have closed more than 100 offices around the country since 2016. That’s a third of their capacity, according to a report by Refugees Council USA. “The whole infrastructure is deteriorating,” said Rodriguez, the former USCIS director. Because the application process is so lengthy, even if a new administration raises refugee admissions on day one, it would take as long as five years before increased numbers of people actually make it to the United States. Consider that in January 2017, the State Department briefly paused in-bound flights for refugees who had finally made it through the gauntlet of health, security and other checks. As of this summer, some of those refugees were still waiting to leave. While the flights were grounded, they missed the two-month window during which all of their documents were current. When one document expires, it can take months to replace, causing others to expire and trapping the refugee in what the report called “a domino effect of expiring validity periods.”

Even harder to repair is the culture shift within USCIS. New visa adjudicators will remain in their jobs long after the political appointees have gone—kings and queens of their own offices. Employees who were promoted for their skeptical inclinations will stay in those positions, setting priorities for subordinates. The multitude of changes at USCIS are the product of an administration that regards immigration as its political lifeblood. There’s no guarantee—or indication—that any of the potential Democratic nominees would apply the same obsessive zeal to overturning them.

Back in 1924, Johnson-Reed’s supporters never anticipated the Holocaust, and yet they expanded its horrors. We don’t know where our own future is headed, but we live in a time of metastasizing instability. Last year, the United Nations’ official tally of refugees passed 70 million, the highest since World War II. Mass migrations, whether because of violence or inequality or environmental calamity or some murky blend of factors that don't conveniently fit existing laws, are the reality and challenge of our era. There aren’t any easy solutions. But already, what started as a series of small, obscure administrative changes is resulting in unthinkable cruelty. If left to continue, it will, in every sense, redefine what it means to be American.


          

Bytemarks Café: HACC Recap

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RESPONSIBILITIES:Kforce has a client who is seeking a .NET Developer in Houston, Texas (TX). Responsibilities: Design, develop, document, test, and debug new and existing applications for large-scale proprietary software for e-Commerce or internal use Experience and ability to work effectively within an agile team-oriented environment Serve as a go-to technical expert on development projects Participate in full development life cycle including strategy, user story development, technical design, development and delivery Support, maintain, and document software functionality Analyze code to find causes of issues and revise tests and programs as needed Participate in meetings and analyze user needs to determine technical requirements Consult with end user to prototype, refine, test, and debug programs to meet needs Requires proficiency within discipline and the ability to teach and learn new skills REQUIREMENTS: BS/BA in Computer Science preferred 4+ years of experience using C#, .NET Framework Fluent in Linux distros like Fedora, CentOS, and Ubuntu Working knowledge with Git version control system Test-driven development and continuous integration End to end ownership from inception to deployment Proficient building scalable, custom-built object-oriented applications Experience building and maintaining continuous delivery environments Excellent verbal and written communication skills Candidate must be local to Houston and willing to attend a face-to-face interview Preferred Skills: Experience with one or more of Go, Python, Java, or TypeScript Familiarity with service-oriented architecture, micro-services, WCF Services, and Web API Development React and Node.JS is a plus Familiarity with DevOps practices Familiarity with cloud concepts such as serverless computing Kforce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. ()
          

Taiwan New Indigenous Jet Trainer May Be Used In Combat Against China

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On October 2, 2019, Taiwan unveils a new indigenous advanced jet trainer named “Yung Yin”. Taiwan unveiled a prototype of Taiwan’s new indigenous advanced jet trainer (AJT), named “Yung Yin (勇鷹)” or Brave Eagle, as part of the country’s effort to become more self-reliant regarding its defense. At the unveiling ceremony in Taichung, President Tsai …

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Product Lead Smart Energy Water ()Full time permanentIrvine CAWho we are -SEW is the # 1 Energy and Water Cloud Platform, providing cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for Digital Customer Engagement, Field Workforce Engagement, and Smart AI / Machine Learning to the Energy and Utility sector. We help utilities improve their customer service, operational efficiency, and maximize return on investments through the SEW platform applications leveraging the mobile, AI, Machine Learning and Cloud technologies.Searching for your dream job? At SEW, we strive to help our employees find passion and purpose. Join us in changing the way the world use energy & water and become part of our innovative and talented team!What you'll do (Roles & Responsibilities) Manage SEW product line that has the opportunity to help globally millions of people to engage, empower and educate about energy and water saving.Planning and execution of the product roadmap features, integrations and releaseWork cross-functionally with dynamic and passionate teams, including Engineering to sustain, build, and scale a rapidly growing productMove rapidly in an ever-changing environment while balancing multiple prioritiesWork with customers and all customer-facing organizations to plan and prioritize features and product iterationsBuild relationships of empathy, trust, and respect with other team members and our customers and partnersInspire and lead future team members to live and breathe SEW missionBuild business case and influence teams and stakeholders to invest in product vision and goalIntegrate usability studies, research, and market analysis into product requirements to enhance customer satisfactionDefine and analyze metrics that inform the success of productsMaximize efficiency in a fast-moving environment where creative solutions are appreciatedWork with product team and Lead product feature from idea to release / beyondWork with product stakeholder to develop the product roadmap for a suite of portfolio management features for energy & water customer service and operation teams and a Web / mobile app for their customers.Work and lead a cross-functional team of engineers and designers through an agile development processUnderstand customer pain points through product delivery , qualitative and quantitative research, come up with solutions, and then prototype, iterate, and launch frequentlyHelp design simple but feature-rich customer experiences that delight energy & water customer service and operational groupsBe an accountable and owner of features and products, end to end- from concept to build, release to user adoption and supportWork within aggressive timelines to prioritize your work for maximum impactWhat you'll need to have (Qualifications)Min 5+ years of hands-on product management experience with both web and mobile products.Proven track record of building products that users love.Experience with customer research and product analytics.Experience solving complex business problems in a scalable manner.Entrepreneurial attitude and a deep empathy for our customers.Prior experience building SaaS products for public facing customer and SMBs.Familiarity with customer facing industry products and analytics products or willingness to learn.Strong written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to interact persuasively with engineering and design teams.Affinity for a fast-paced, high growth environment.Deep passion for working on a mission-driven product that is designed to solve a very real problemExperience working with B2B2C productDeeply analytical mindset and metric drivenStrong technical backgroundExcitement to roll up sleeves and make a big impact on a rapidly growing productExperience and success working cross-functionally between departments, particularly engineeringPerks @SEW Family Be a member of an exceptional team - we're growing and your career and opportunities with us will, too!Rich suite of benefit plans - Employee premiums paidGenerous Paid Time Off planRetirement savings - 401k plan with a Company matchBeautiful Irvine /Newport Beach office in a great location, with stunning viewsConveniently located close to public transportationOpen, transparent culture that includes weekly All Hands meetings, Lunch-and-Learns, all-company offsite, etc.Commuter and Parking monthly subsidyAccess to corporate gym membership rates and other discounts and employee perks!*Smart Energy Water is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees ()
          

Find a Better Way Through a Trial Sales Consultation

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Solve sales problems and increase results through a trial sales consultation.

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Could a consultant help? Find out through a trial sales consultation. Free sales advice on any selling or marketing related issue.

We specialise in consultations for those who sell software, technology, and technical know-how based business solutions however, whatever your sales or business development environment, if you ask a question, pose a problem, or need to deal with any sales issue, we will respond confidentially, and offer our best thinking.

Send an email, schedule a trial consultation, pick up the telephone and dial +44 1392 851500, or use our contact form. We will always share one or more ways forward.

The following passages are a selection of free sales advice responses given to questions that we have received from site visitors, sales club members, and in trial sales consultations.

Issues addressed range from ways to increase sales through turning around difficult sales objections, managing customer complaints, and recovering damaged relationships. These responses have been published with the submitter's permission.


Free sales advice on preparing a sales target achievement plan.

Thanks for using our free sales advice service.

We often hear from sales people who have been asked to prepare a territory, account, or target achievement plan who are seeking guidance.

To develop a plan for achieving a sales target, I recommend the following approach:

  1. List all of your known customers or sources of business and estimate the expected revenue from them in the appropriate period.
  2. Multiply the resulting number by your past forecast accuracy percentage to make it realistic.
  3. Subtract the net expected revenue amount from your target.
  4. Develop strategies and tactics to make up the difference.
  5. Put your plan in writing by explaining the strategies and listing the necessary actions together with a schedule and a list of any additional resources or help that you will need.

Plans should have a clear goal, which is specific, measurable, and time bound, like your sales target. Break big goals into manageable objectives. These are the things that you must achieve to reach the goal. The plan should tell anyone who reads it, exactly how you expect to achieve the objectives and reach the goal.

Let me know how you get on.


Free sales advice on dealing with rejection.

Thanks for using our service.

Rejection is always a challenge to deal with. The thing to remember is that the people who reject your approach, are doing just that. They are rejecting your offer, not you.

Presumably, you have to approach dealership owners or managing directors in order to get a decision. These people are usually the busiest and most sceptical.

If they reject your approach, it is because they don’t perceive sufficient value in your offer.

Don’t worry about trying to sell yourself, sell the benefits to their business.

You could start by making a list of all the ways that your product (the finance package) helps car dealers enjoy more profit/sales/success.

Try asking your existing customers why they bought, and what benefits they get. This will give you even more ammunition.

You know the typical objections. Write out and learn turn around sentences so that when you are rebuffed, a smooth response is on the tip of your tongue.

Remember, nothing impresses like persistence.

Let me know how you get on.


Free sales advice on starting a career in sales.

Thanks for your interesting message. Here are some suggestions for starting a career in sales.

  1. Are you ready to start at the bottom? If so, there are usually plenty of inside sales jobs around.
  2. Employers are looking for relevancy and recent involvement. Your CV should be rewritten to emphasise those aspects of your experience and abilities that support each job application and de-emphasises those that are irrelevant. It seems an extreme step however; CVs are best rewritten specifically for each application.
  3. Do you know what you want to sell? What would you be best at selling? Who in your geography sells it? Start by approaching companies who you respect and who are most likely to value your experience and passion.
  4. The most successful sales people tend to choose their employer, rather than rely on chance. Success in selling and most other things depends in part on being in the right place at the right time. Choose rather than guess. It is much easier to get this bit right now that we can access all the public information in the world through a few key strokes.
  5. Finally, nothing impresses like persistence.

Good luck, Let me know how you get on.


Free sales consultation on retail sales.

Thanks for using our trial sales consultation service.

We focus on B2B rather than B2C. Fashion retailing is outside our experience however, you may find the following useful.

We teach sales people to set about developing trust because they can't have any influence (other than threats) if the customer doesn't first value their opinion.

It is possible to develop a trusted status very quickly by studying and practising non-verbal matching and mirroring skills. People feel more comfortable around others like themselves. We pick up subtle signals and process them unconsciously. Wooing customers in a fashion store is all about developing rapport, fast, I imagine.

The trick is to make customers feel good in your store. If you have control over signs, I would put up something that offered 'free fashion advice - no obligation'.

Cast your team as experts who can advise visitors how to look their best - what clothes suit what shapes and what colours suite what complexions etc. This may help them become more accepted.

If your budget allows, you could set up some training so that your team have some structure and knowledge to base their advice on, rather than just intuition.

A search on Google ought to turn up some material or even local experts who could host a training session.

If your staff set about doing the best they can by the customer, including discouraging them from buying unflattering items - the customers will spread the word.

It is always good to agree with the intent of an objection rather than compete with it. If someone is objecting to the price, the response could be, "I understand how important it is that you feel this is good value" or "It's important not to spend more than you can afford".

Sometimes people want you to give them a reason. If you sense this you can say, "It's a shame, I can tell that you feel really good in it".

There are thousands of books available on selling. You can have the wisdom of the world for a few dollars. Searching Amazon with the term 'Fashion Sales' I found 37 titles, mostly about marketing fashion.

Reversing the words, I found 15 titles, mostly about selling clothes.

Searching with the word 'rapport' I found 1800 titles, the first half dozen looked relevant.

Let me know how you get on.


If you are looking for ways to increase sales or solve sales problems, get free sales advice through our trial sales consultation. Get an email response from a professional sales consultant. Get in touch directly by Telephone. Call +44 (0)1392 851500. We will be pleased to learn about any issues and will offer one or more solutions. Alternatively Send email to custserv@salessense.co.uk or use the contact form here.

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HTEM System Testing in Ludvika, Sweden, June 2019

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SkyTEM tested the HTEM prototype at the mine sites of Nordic Iron Ore AB in Sweden in June 2019. Through this video, we are happy to show a small clip of this field work and report that the first results show significant improvement to the current technology.  
          

Отличились не только китайцы: знакомимся с новинками автосалона в Гуанчжоу

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On the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Today's great feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will go unnoticed by most people, including most Catholics, in the world this day, especially given the madness of the moment as a coup d'etat is being engineered by one side of the synagogue to oust its false opposite as a means of keeping the masses distracted and in a state of perpetual agitation. There is no room to think about, no less honor, the Blessed Virgin Mary in such a state of agitation and false conflict.

We know, however, that to dishonor the Blessed Mother is dishonor her Divine Son. It cannot be this way with us. We must honor Our Lady as we pray to her, especially by means of her Most Holy Rosary, that she will present us to her Divine Son at the moment of our deaths.

Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., wrote the following about the history of this great feast day in his The Liturgical Year, teaching us that the King of France, Charles V, understood that nations must give public honor and glory to the Mother of God:

The East had been celebrating for seven centuries at least the entrance of the Mother of God into the temple of Jerusalem, when in 1372 Gregory XI permitted it to be kept for the first time by the Roman court at Avignon. Mary in return broke the chains of captivity that had bound the Papacy for seventy years; and soon the successor of St. Peter returned to Rome. The feast of the Visitation, as we saw on July 2, was in like manner inserted into the Western calendar to commemorate the re-establishment of unity after the schism which followed the exile.

In 1373, following the example of the Sovereign Pontiff, Charles V of France introduced the feast of the Presentation into the chapel of his palace. By letters dated November 10, 1374, the masters and students of the college of Navarre, he expressed his desire that it should be celebrated throughout the kingdom: "Charles, by the grace of God king of the Franks, to our dearly beloved: health in Him who ceases not to honour His Mother on earth. Among other objects of our solicitude, of our daily care and diligent meditation, that which rightly occupies our first thoughts is, that the blessed Virgin and most Holy Empress be honoured by us with very great love and praise as becomes the veneration due to her. For it is our duty to glorify her; and we, who raise the eyes of our soul to her on high, know what an incomparable protectress she is to all, how powerful a mediatrix with her blessed Son, for those who honour her with a pure heart. . . . Wherefore, wishing to excite our faithful people to solemnize the said feast, as we ourselves propose to do by God's assistance every year of our life, we send this Office to your devotion, in order to increase your joy."

Such was the language of princes in those days. Now just at the very time the wise and pious king, following up the work begun at Bretigny by our Lady of Chartres, rescued France from its from its fallen and dismembered condition. In the State, then, as well as in the Church, at this moment so critical for both our Lady in her Presentation commanded the storm, and the smile of the infant Mary dispersed the clouds. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)

Imagine if we had such rulers today as France had in the glories of Christendom! Public honor and glory given to the Mother of God on her feast days.

That would be something worth praising!

Dom Gueranger explained the mystical significance of this day: 

Through the graceful infant now mounting the temple steps He takes possession of that temple whose priests will hereafter disown Him; for this child whom the temple welcomes to-day is His 'throne.' Already His fragrance precedes and announces Him in the Mother in whose bosom He is to be 'anointed with the oil of gladness' as the Christ among His brethren; already the angels hail her as the Queen whose fruitful virginity will give birth to all those consecrated souls who keep for the divine Spouse the 'myrrh' and the incense of their holocausts, those 'daughters of kings' who are to form her court of honour.

But our Lady's Presentation also opens new horizons before the Church. On the Cycle of the saints, which is not so precisely limited as that of the Time, the mystery of Mary's sojourn in the sanctuary of the Old Covenant is our best preparation for the approaching season of Advent. Mary, led to the temple in order to prepare in retirement, humility, and love for her incomparable destiny, had also the mission of perfecting at the foot of the figurative altar the prayer of the human race, of itself ineffectual to draw down the Saviour from heaven. She was, as St. Bernardine of Siena says, the happy completion of all the waiting and the supplication for the coming of the Son of God; in her, as in their culminating-point, all the desires of the saints who had preceded her found their consummation and their term.

Through her wonderful understanding of the Scriptures, and her conformity, daily and hourly, to the minutest teachings and prescriptions of the Mosaic ritual, Mary everywhere found and adored the Messias hidden under the letter; she united herself to Him, immolated herself with Him in each of the many victims sacrificed before her eyes; and thus she rendered to the God of Sinai the homage hitherto vainly expected of the Law understood, practised, and made to fructify in all the fullness that beseemed its divine Legislator. Then could Jehovah truly say: 'As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and return no more thither, but soak the earth and water it, and make it to spring: . . . so shall My word be. . . it shall not return to Me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please.

Supplying thus for the deficiencies of the Gentiles as well as of the Synagogue, Mary behold in the bride of the Canticle of the Church of the future. In our name she addressed her supplications to Him whom she recognized as the Bridegroom, without, however, knowing that He was to be her own Son. Such yearnings of love, coming from her, were sufficient to obtain from the divine Word pardon for the infidelities of the past and the immorality into which the wandering world was plunging deeper and deeper. How well did this ark of the New Covenant replace that of the Jews, which had perished with the first temple! It was for her, though he knew it not, that Herod the Gentile and continued the construction of the second temple after it had remained desolate since the time of Zorobabel; for the temple, like the tabernacle before it, was but the home of the ark destined to be God's throne; but greater was the glory of the second temple which sheltered the reality, than of the first which contained but the figure. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)

The readings for Matins in today’s Divine Office teach us about the generosity of Saints Joachim and Anne and the holy purity of their daughter, the very fairest flower of the human race:

Joachim took to wife that most eminent and praiseworthy woman, Anne. And even as the ancient Hannah, being stricken with barrenness, by prayer and promise became the mother of Samuel, so likewise this woman also through prayer and promise received from God the Mother of God, that in fruitfulness she might not be behind any of the famous matrons. And thus grace (for such is the signification of the name of Anne) is mother of the Lady (for such is the signification of the name of Mary.) And indeed she became the Lady of every creature, since she hath been mother of the Creator. She first saw the light in Joachim's house, hard by the Pool of Bethesda, at Jerusalem, and was carried to the Temple. There planted in the Lord, the dew of His Spirit made her to flourish in the courts of her God, and like a green olive she became a tree, so that all the doves of grace came and lodged in her branches. And so she raised her mind utterly above the lust of life and the lust of the flesh, and kept her soul virgin in her virgin body, as became her that was to receive God into her womb. (Saint John of Damascus, “From the Book Upon the Orthodox Faith,” as found in Matins, Divine Office, Feast of the Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary.)

Such was Mary that her single life offereth an example to all. If then the doer displease us not, let us applaud the deed; if any other woman seek like reward, let her follow after like works. In the one Virgin how many glorious examples do shine forth. Her's was the hidden treasure of modesty, her's the high standard of faith, her's the self-sacrifice of earnestness, her's to be the pattern of maidenhood at home, of kinswomanhood in ministry, of motherhood in the Temple. O to how many virgins hath she been helpful, how many hath she taken in her arms and presented unto the Lord, saying Here is one who, like me, hath kept stainlessly clean the wedding -chamber, the marriage -bed of my Son!

Why should I go on to speak of the scantiness of her eating, or of the multiplicity of her work? how her labour seemed above human capacity, and her refreshment insufficient for human strength, her toil never missing a moment, her fasting taking two days together. And when she was fain to eat, she took not dainties, but whatsoever food came first to hand that would keep body and soul together. She would not sleep till need was, and even then, while her body rested, her soul watched, for she often talked in her sleep, either repeating things that she had read, or going on with what she was doing before sleep interrupted her, or rehearsing things executed, or talking of things projected. (Saint Ambrose, “The Book Upon Virgins,” as found in Matins, Divine Office, Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

It is plain that this was a woman of great earnestness and faith. The Scribes and Pharisees were at once tempting and blaspheming the Lord, but this woman so clearly grasped His Incarnation, and so bravely confessed the same, that she confounded both the lies of the great men who were present, and the faithlessness of the heretics who were yet to come. Even as the Jews then, blaspheming the works of the Holy Ghost, denied the very Son of God Who is of one substance with the Father, so afterwards did the heretics, by denying that Mary always a Virgin did, under the operation of the Holy Ghost, supply flesh to the Only begotten One of God, when He was about being born in an human Body, even so, I say, did the heretics deny that the Son of Man should be called a true Son, Who is of one substance with His Mother.

If we shall say that the Flesh, Wherewith the Son of God was born in the flesh, was something outside of the flesh of the Virgin His Mother, without reason should we bless the womb that bore Him, and the paps which He hath sucked. But the Apostle saith: "God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law", Gal, iv. 4., and they are not to be listened to who read this passage: "Born of a woman, made under the law." He was made of a woman, for He was conceived in a virgin's womb, and took His Flesh, not from nothing, not from elsewhere, but from the flesh of His Mother. Otherwise, and if He had not been sprung of a woman, He could not with truth be called the Son of man. Let us therefore, denying the doctrine of Eutyches, lift up our voice, along with the Universal Church, whereof that woman was a figure, let us lift up our heart as well as our voice from the company, and say unto the Saviour: Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. Blessed Mother, of whom one hath said thou art His Mother, Who reigns over earth and over heaven for ever.

Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it. How nobly doth the Saviour say "Yea" to the woman's blessing, declaring also that not only is she blessed who was meet to give bodily birth to the Word of God, but that all they who spiritually conceive the same Word by the hearing of faith, and, by keeping it through good works, bring it forth and, as it were, carefully nurse it, in their own hearts, and in the hearts of their neighbours, are also blessed. Yea, and that the very Mother of God herself was blessed in being for a while the handmaid of the Word of God made Flesh, but that she was much more blessed in this, that through her love she keepeth Him for ever. (Homily by the Venerable Bede, as found in Matins, Divine Office, Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

At a time when even fully believing Catholics to look to Protestant and/or secular “conservative” commentators for ways to understand the problems of the world, we must never look to anyone for "advice" on First or Last Things who cannot make these words of Dom Prosper Gueranger his own, who cannot make his own this prayer uttered by the great Benedictine of the Nineteenth Century:

'Congratulate me, all ye that love the Lord, because when I was a little one I pleased the Most High.' Such is the invitation thou addressed to us, O Mary, in the Office chanted in thy honour; and on what feast couldst thou do so more appropriately?

When, even more little in thy humility than by thy tender age, thou didst mount, in thy sweet purity, the steps of the temple, all heaven must have owned that it was henceforth just for the Most High to take His delight in our earth. Having hitherto lived in retirement with thy blessed parents, this was thy first public act; it showed thee for a moment to the eyes of men, only to withdraw thee immediately into deeper obscurity. But as thou wast officially offered and presented to the Lord, He Himself doubtless, surrounded by the princes of His court, presented thee not less solemnly to those noble spirits as their Queen. In the fullness of the new light that then burst upon them, they understood at once thy incomparable greatness, the majesty of the temple where Jehovah was receiving a homage superior to that of their nine choirs, and the august prerogative of the Old Testament to have thee for its daughter, and to perfect, by its teachings and guidance during those twelve years, the formation of the Mother of God.

Holy Church, however, declares that we can imitate thee, O Mary, in this mystery of thy Presentation, as in all others. Deign to bless especially those privileged souls who, by the grace of their vocation, are even here below dwellers in the house of the Lord; may they be like that fruitful olive enriched by the holy Spirit, to which St. John Damascene compares thee. But is not every Christian, by reason of his Baptism, an indweller and a member of the Church. God's true sanctuary, prefigured by that of Moriah? May we through thy intercession, follow thee so closely in thy Presentation even here in the land of shadows, that we may deserve to be presented after thee to the Most High in the temple of His glory.  (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)

We must offer up our prayers and our sacrifices and humiliations and mortifications and penances to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit, so that every human being on the face of this earth will recognize in the Mother of God the Singular Vessel of Devotion without whose intercession we cannot get to Heaven and whose Immaculate Heart will indeed triumph in the end.

Viva Cristo ReyVivat Christus Rex!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

 

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.

 

APPENDIX 

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as found in The New Engish Edition of The Mystical City of God

412. Among the types which foreshadowed most holy Mary in the written law none was more expressive than the Ark of the Covenant, not only due to the material of which it was constructed and its contents, but also due to the purposes for which it served and the effects which the Lord wrought through it and in connection with it in the ancient synagogue. It was all a prototype of this Lady and of what She was to do in the new Church of the Gospel. The incorruptible setim wood of which it was made (Ex. 25:10), not by chance but by divine arrangement, typified clearly our mystical ark Mary, free from the corruption of actual sin and from the hidden worminess of original guilt with its inseparable ferment of disorderly passions. The finest and purest gold (Ib. 11) which covered it on the outside and inside certainly indicated the most perfect and exalted graces and gifts which shone forth in her heavenly thoughts, her works and activities, and her habits and the operations of her faculties, so in no exterior or interior part of this mystical Ark could anything be discerned which at any moment of time was not entirely covered by gold of the most exquisite and finest carat.

413. The stone tablets of the law, the vase of manna, and the miraculous staff (Heb. 9:4) which that ancient Ark contained and preserved cannot be surpassed in expressive significance of the eternal and incarnate Word enclosed within that living Ark, most holy Mary, for He was her Onlybegotten Son, the living foundation stone of the evangelical Church (I Cor. 3:11). In this virginal ark of Mary was placed the corner stone (Eph. 2:20) which was to join the Gentiles and the Jews, and was cut from the mountain of his eternal generation (Dan. 2:34), so in Him would be written by the finger of God the new law of grace; thus it is understood this great Queen was to be the Depositary of all God provided and operated for his creatures. She also enclosed within Herself the manna of the Divinity and of grace, and the power and staff of prodigies and wonders; hence this heavenly and mystical Ark alone contained the fountain of grace, which is the being of God himself, overflowing onto the rest of mortals, that in Her and through Her would be worked the marvels and prodigies of the arm of God. In Mary therefore all the Lord desired to operate and manifest is contained and deposited.

414. Thus the Ark of the Testament (not of itself, but due to the truth which it foreshadowed) served as the seat and footstool of propitiation (Ex. 26:34), where the Lord was seated in the tribunal of his mercies to listen to his people, answer them, and distribute his gifts and favors, for the ancient Ark typified most holy Mary, the throne of grace and the true mystical propitiatory which He had expressly made for his indwelling. Thus it seems the tribunal of the divine justice remains in God himself, while the propitiatory and the tribunal of his mercy was placed in Mary, in order that to Her, as to a throne of grace,* we can approach in assured confidence to present our petitions for those benefits, graces and mercies which outside of the great Queen Mary are unheard of and unattainable by the human race.

415. Such a sacred and mysterious Ark, constructed by the hands of the Lord himself for his habitation and as the propitiatory of his people, could not remain with propriety outside of his temple where was preserved that other material Ark, which was only a figure of this spiritual and true Ark of the New Testament. Therefore its Author ordained for Her to be placed in his house and temple as soon as the first three years of her infancy would be completed. But I am astonished to find a wonderful difference in regard to that which happened with the primitive and figurative Ark and that which came to pass with the second and true Ark of the Covenant; for though the ancient Ark had no other importance than that of presignifying most pure Mary and the mysteries connected with Her, when king David transferred it to different places, and when afterwards Solomon his son placed it in the temple as in its proper place of rest, all was done with great festivities and rejoicings of that ancient people, as is shown by the solemn processions arranged by David from the house of Abinadab to the house of Obededom (II Kg. 6:10), and thence to the tabernacle of Sion, his own city (Ib. 12); likewise when Solomon transferred it from Sion to the new temple (III Kg. 8:5) which he had built as the house of God and of prayer by the command of the Lord.

416. On all these occasions the ancient Ark of the Testament was borne along in public veneration and most solemn celebrations, amid the strains of music, dancing, sacrifices, the rejoicings of the kings and of the whole people of Israel, as is related in the sacred history of books II and III of Kings and I and II of Paralipomenon. But our true and mystical Ark, most holy Mary, although She was the most precious, the most estimable and venerable of all the creatures, was not brought to the temple with such solemn show and public ostentation; during the transferring of this mysterious Ark the sacrifice of animals and the royal pomp and majesty were missing. She was carried from the house of her father Joachim in the arms of her humble mother Anne, who though she was not very poor wanted to bear her beloved Daughter on her arms in order to present Her in the temple without ostentation of riches, alone and unnoticed by the people. All the glory and majesty of this procession the Most High desired to be divine and invisible. All the sacraments and mysteries of most holy Mary are so exalted and hidden that according to the inscrutable decrees of the Lord many of them are concealed to this day. He it is who holds in his hands the time and the hour for the revelation of all things and of each one in particular.

417. Lost in admiration of this wonder, prostrate in the presence of the Most High and in the praise of his high judgments, I was favored by His Majesty with the following explanation: “Understand, soul, that if I provided that the Ark of the Old Testament be venerated with so much festivity and outward show, it was because it was an express figure of Her who was to be the Mother of the incarnate Word. The first Ark was material and irrational, and this ostentation and celebrity could be arranged for it without difficulty; but during her life on earth in mortal flesh I would not permit such celebration in connection with the true and living Ark, for thou and the rest of the souls are to look upon Her as an example during thy pilgrimage. I do not desire those who are written in my memory for eternal election to expect honors and the inconsiderate praise and applause of men as a part of their reward for working in my honor and service during mortal life; nor must they be put in danger of dividing the love of their God, who justifies them and makes them saints, with those who praise them as such. One is the Creator who has made them and sustains them, illumines and defends them; therefore one must be their love and attention, and it must not be partitioned or divided, even though it be to repay and give thanks for the honors which with pious zeal are given to the just. The love of God is delicate, while the human will is most frail and limited; if it is divided it can only be small and very imperfect in its activity, swiftly losing all. Because of this doctrine I did not desire Her, the exemplar of what was most holy, and who due to my protection could not fall, to be renowned or specially honored during her life, nor was She to be brought to the temple amid the outward show of honor.

418. “Beyond this, I have sent my Onlybegotten from heaven and have created Her who was to be his Mother for the very purpose of drawing the world from its error and undeceiving mortals, among whom is the most iniquitous law established by sinners that the poor are to be despised and the rich esteemed; that the humble are to be cast down and the proud extolled; the virtuous are to be harshly criticized and the sinner accredited; the timorous and shy are to be considered as foolish and the arrogant to be held as valiant; poverty should be considered as ignominious and unfortunate, while riches, fortunes, ostentation, pomposity, honors, and perishable pleasures should be sought and prized by ignorant and carnal men. All this the incarnate Word and his Mother in coming among them were to reprove and condemn as deceitful and false, so mortals could perceive the formidable danger of loving and devoting themselves so blindly to the deceitful lie of the sensible and delightful. Through this insensate love it happens that they sopersistently flee from humility, meekness and poverty, and evade all that pertains to the true virtue of penance and abnegation of self; yet these virtues are truly acceptable in my eyes and according to my justice, for the holy, the honorable, and the just actions are to be rewarded with eternal glory, whereas the contrary ones are to be visited with everlasting punishment.

 419. “This truth earthly and carnal eyes do not see, nor do they desire to attend to the light which teaches them. But thou, soul, listen to it and write it in thy heart by the example of the incarnate Word and his Mother, and imitate them in all things. She was holy, and in my estimation and pleasure first after Christ; to Her was due all the veneration and honor of men, and even more than they could give; yet I provided and ordained in her regard that She receive no honor or recognition at that time in order to place in Her the most holy, the most perfect, the most estimable and secure example for my elect to have in order to imitate and learn from the Mistress of truth, this example being her humility, obscurity, retirement, contempt for the deceitful and formidable vanity of the world, her love of labors, tribulations, insults, afflictions,and dishonors inflicted by creatures. And because all of this is incompatible with and improper for the applause, honors and estimation of the worldly, I decreed most pure Mary would not have them, nor do I desire my friends to receive or allow them. If for my glory it sometimes happens that they become known to the world, it is not because they have desired it or looked for it, but because they, always remaining in the humility and sentiment proper to their state, resign themselves to my disposition and will. For themselves and as far as they are concerned they seek and love that which the world despises and which the incarnate Word and his most holy Mother strove after and have taught.” This was the answer which the Lord gave to my wondering inquiry, and thus did He instruct me in regard to what I should seek and strive after. 

420. The three years decreed by the Lord having been completed, Joachim and Anne set out from Nazareth accompanied by a few of their kindred and bringing with them the true living Ark of the Covenant, most holy Mary, borne on the arms of her mother in order to be deposited in the holy temple of Jerusalem. The beautiful Child, by her fervent and loving aspirations, hastened after the ointments of her Beloved (Cant. 1:3), seeking in the temple Him whom She bore in her Heart. This humble procession was scarcely noticed by earthly creatures, but it was invisibly accompanied by the angelic spirits, who in order to celebrate this event had hastened from heaven in greater numbers than usual as her bodyguard, and were singing in heavenly strains the glory and praise of the Most High. The Princess of heaven heard and saw them as She hastened her beautiful steps along in the sight of the highest and the true Solomon. Thus they pursued their journey from Nazareth to the holy city of Jerusalem, and also the parents of the holy child Mary felt in their hearts great joy and consolation of spirit. 

 421. They arrived at the holy temple, and St. Anne, in order to enter into it with her Daughter and Lady, took Her by the hand, St. Joachim giving particularly assistance to them. All three offered a devout and fervent prayer to the Lord, the parents offering to God their Daughter, and the most holy Child, in profound humility, adoration and worship, offering up Herself. She alone perceived that the Most High received and accepted Her, and amid divine splendor which filled the temple She heard a voice saying to Her: “Come, my Beloved, my Spouse, come to my temple, where I desire to hear thy voice of praise and worship.” Having offered their prayers they rose and went to the priest. The parents consigned their Child into his hands and he gave them his blessing. Together they conducted Her to the portion of the temple buildings where many young girls lived to be brought up in retirement and virtuous habits until old enough to assume the state of matrimony. It was a place of retirement specially selected for the first-born daughters of the royal tribe of Juda and the sacerdotal tribe of Levi.

422. Fifteen stairs led up to the entrance of these apartments. Other priests came down these stairs in order to welcome the blessed child Mary. The one who had received them, being according to the law one of a minor order, placed Her on the first step; She, with his permission, turned and knelt down before her parents Joachim and Anne, asked their blessing and kissed their hands, and recommended Herself to their prayers before God. The holy parents in most tender tears gave Her their blessing, whereupon She ascended the fifteen stairs without any assistance. She hastened upward with incomparable fervor and joy, neither turning back, nor shedding tears, nor showing any childish regret at parting from her parents. To see Her in so tender an age so full of strange majesty and firmness of mind excited the admiration of all those present. The priests received Her among the rest of the maidens, and St. Simeon consigned Her to the teachers, one of whom was the prophetess Anne. This holy matron had been prepared by the Lord by special grace and enlightenment in order to take charge of this Child of Joachim and Anne, and thus she did by divine disposition, meriting by her holiness and virtue to have Her as a disciple who was to be the Mother of God and Mistress of all the creatures.

423. Sorrowfully her parents Joachim and Anne retraced their journey to Nazareth, now poor since deprived of the rich Treasure of their house. But the Most High consoled and comforted them in their affliction. The holy priest Simeon, though he did not at this time know of the mystery enshrined in the child Mary, obtained great light regarding her sanctity and special selection by the Lord; also the other priests looked upon Her with great reverence and esteem. In ascending the fifteen stairs the Child brought to fulfillment that which Jacob saw happening in sleep (Gen. 28:12), for here too were Angels ascending and descending, the ones accompanying, the others meeting their Queen as She hastened up, whereas at the top God was waiting in order to welcome Her as his Daughter and Spouse. She also felt by the effects of her overflowing love that this truly was the house of God and the portal of heaven.

424. The child Mary when brought to her teacher knelt in profound humility before her and asked her blessing. She begged to be admitted among those under her direction, obedience and counsel, and asked her kind forbearance in the labor and trouble which She would occasion. The prophetess Anne, her teacher, received Her with pleasure and said to Her: “My daughter, Thou shalt find in me a helpful mother, and I will take care of Thee and thy education with all possible solicitude.” Then the holy Child proceeded to address Herself with the same humility to all the maidens who were then present; each one She greeted and embraced, offering Herself as their servant and requesting them, as older and more advanced than She in the duties of their position, to instruct and command Her. She also gave them thanks that without her merit they admitted Her to their company.

INSTRUCTION OF THE MOST HOLY VIRGIN MARY.

425. My daughter, the greatest happiness which can befall any soul in this mortal life is for the Almighty to call her to his house consecrated to his service, for by this benefit He rescues the soul from a dangerous slavery and relieves her of the vile servitude of the world where, deprived of true liberty, she eats her bread in the sweat of her brow (Gen. 3:19). Who is so dull and insipid as not to know the dangers of the worldly life, which is hampered by all the abominable and most wicked laws and customs introduced by the astuteness of the devil and the perversity of men? The best part is religious life and retirement; in it is found security, while outside is a torment and a stormy sea, full of sorrow and unhappiness. Through the hardness of their heart and the total forgetfulness of themselves men do not know this truth and are not attracted by its blessings. But thou, my daughter, be not deaf to the voice of the Most High; attend and correspond to it in thy actions. I desire to remind thee that one of the greatest snares of the demon is to counteract the call of the Lord whenever He seeks to attract and incline the soul to a life of perfection in his service.

426. Even by itself the public and sacred act of receiving the habit and entering religion, although it is not always performed with proper fervor and purity of intention, is enough to rouse the wrath and fury of the infernal dragon and his demons, for they know this act tends not only to the glory of the Lord and the joy of the holy angels, but also that religious life will bring the soul to holiness and perfection. It very often happens that they who have received the habit with earthly and human motives are afterwards visited by divine grace which perfects them and sets all things aright. If this is possible even when the beginning was without a good intention, how much more powerful and efficacious will be the light and influence of grace and the discipline of religious life when the soul enters under the influence of divine love and with a sincere and earnest desire of finding God and serving and loving Him?

427. Before the Most High reforms or advances those who for any reason enter the religious state, it is no more than right that in turning away from the world they avert also their eyes from it and blot out from their memory all its images, forgetting all they have in so praiseworthy a manner left behind. Those who neglect this requirement and are ungrateful and disloyal toward God will undoubtedly fall under the punishment of the wife of Lot (Gen. 19:26), and if due to the goodness of God they do not suffer this punishment in an equally open and visible manner, they nevertheless undergo it interiorly, remaining congealed and full of dryness, without fervor or advance in virtue. Forsaken by grace they thus do not attain the end of their vocation and make no progress in religion, nor find any spiritual consolation in it, and do not merit to be visited by the Lord as children, but rather to be left to their own resources like unfaithful and fugitive slaves. Remember, Mary, that for thee all the world must be crucified and dead; thou must have for it no memory, retain none of its images, pay it no attention, nor have any inclination toward any of its creatures. If sometimes it is necessary to exercise charity with thy neighbor, make sure to ordain it well and safeguard beforehand the good of thy soul, its security and quiet, and its interior tranquility and peace. In these points, as far as possible without sin, I admonish and command thee to go to the greatest extremes if thou dost desire to remain in my school. (As found in  The New English Editon of The Mystical City of Good: The Conception: Book 2, Chapter 1.)


          

Spark: Play by Spark

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Kiwi children are facing an upbringing that is increasingly dominated by technology &ndash; the struggle to find balance in today&rsquo;s fast-paced environment is an ongoing challenge for New Zealand families.

In partnership with Gilbert Rugby, Nakatomi, child psychologist Dr Emma Woodward and Colenso BBDO, Spark is developing a Bluetooth-enabled smart rugby ball to help families achieve a healthy balance of screen time and active playtime. The product is currently a prototype, with a New Zealand trial underway with local families.


Advertising Agency:Colenso BBDO, Australia
Partners:Gilbert Rugby, Nakatomi, Dr Emma Woodward
Production Partner:SWEETSHOP
Director:Mark Albiston
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Pringles: Hunger Hammer

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Pringles has unveiled a gaming headset that does double-duty as an automatic chip dispenser. Hungry gamers can stay on their controllers and be fed chips hands-free by the Pringles &ldquo;Hunger Hammer&rdquo; as they play on.

The new invention prototype promotes the brand&rsquo;s partnership with new &ldquo;Gears 5&rdquo; first-person shooter game and connects gamers and their followers on Twitch. Pringles has been growing its presence in the gaming world and more than doubled its investment in eSports in 2019. For its promotion with &ldquo;Gears 5,&rdquo; each Pringles can has a code that can be used to unlock a three-day boost in the game.

Pringles has hired Twitch gaming influencers Criken, DexBonus, and Strippin to beta-test the Hunger Hammer playing &ldquo;Gears 5&rdquo; during live streams over the next few weeks and is running ads on Twitch to promote its &ldquo;Gears 5&rdquo; partnership.


Advertising Agency:Grey, New York, USA
Chief Creative Officer:John Patroulis
Deputy Chief Creative Officer:Jeff Stamp
Gcd:Leo Barbosa, Cuanan Cronwright, Mauricio Ruiz
Art Director:Leo Barbosa, Robert Jencks, Shannon Smith
Writer:Cuanan Cronwright, Tan Erginay
Acd:Tan Erginay, Robert Jencks
Evp:Brian Weston
Global Account Director:Brian Weston
Svp:Nicole Nazarenus
Account Director:Nicole Nazarenus
Account Supervisor:Amanda Lederman
Executive Strategy Director:Howard Roberts
Senior Planner:Nicolas Pilaprat
Senior Digital Producer:Lakota Crofut
Creative Technology:Mauricio Ruiz
Senior Print Producer:Chris Miller, Townhouse
Vp:Kimberly Kietz
Executive Integrated Producer:Kimberly Kietz
Project Manager:Grace Juster
Music Producer:Kurt Steinke

          

Engineering: Aerospace Engineer III - Chantilly, Virginia

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Business Group HighlightsIntelligenceThe Intelligence group provides high-end systems engineering and integration products and services, data analytics and software development to national and military intelligence customers. Serving federal agencies and the Intelligence Community for more than 50 years, the Intelligence group helps our clients meet their mission needs by providing trusted advisors, leading-edge technologies, and innovative solutions.ResponsibilitiesWe are searching for candidates to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) and Information Technology-Information Assurance-Information Management (IT-IA-IM) support for our client. They are responsible for all applied and advanced Research and Development, as well as the development and operation of technical demonstrations and operational prototypes. Advanced technologies are developed to support revolutionary changes and upgrades to current system operations in the conduct of the mission. Capability pathfinders are developed to inform the client on new concepts of operation, prove out new sources or methods, and explore technologies to fill mission gaps, or validate new mission areas. Specific responsibilities for this position are:a) Develop, maintain, and update Technology Development Plans and ensure that information in the Technology Development Plans is consistent with the Master Schedule and the Integrated Road Map.b) Support Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT) activities tailored to R&D space-based Capability Demonstration missions and innovative R&D ground solutions through all phases of program lifecycles. Provide technical and analytic ability to review, evaluate, and synthesize multiple disparate sources of information in order to provide defensible technical positions on development activities across the portfolio. Apply SEIT experiences from space, ground and/or communications acquisitions to inform development activities. Conduct SEIT coordination and planning, document SEIT products in accordance with the Enterprise Systems Engineering Management Plan (ESEMP), and support the Chief Engineer(s), Program Managers and COTRs in the execution of activities. Support knowledge management capture and maintenance of the knowledge base of information, using SharePoint and other appropriate tools, by identifying content sources, developing processes, procedures, and methodologies to manage content, and working with program management and support offices.c) Provide support to spacecraft development, integration and test, initialization and operations. Provide technical and analytic ability in the areas of electronics and microelectronics. Evaluate thermal analyses and thermodynamic design for components and systems. Provide thorough evaluation and design assessments for various approaches to components and microelectronics. Provide assessments and evaluations of technologies that may improve the performance, reduce Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP), and/or reduce the cost of the manufacture. Provide assessments and evaluations of advanced system designs and enhanced ground-processing capabilities. Conduct or contribute to architecture studies.d) Provide technical and analytic ability in Electro Optical (EO) technologies. Support work to develop EO payloads and processing techniques. Provide analysis of EO component design including material selection, manufacturing approaches, and operational issues.e) Provide technical and analytic ability in radar technologies and systems, and in systems analysis, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, and operations. Assist in maintaining existing radar tools and algorithms, and facilitate development of new, advanced algorithms.QualificationsRequires 5 to 8 years with BS/BA or 3 to 5 years with MS/MA or 0 to 2 years with PhD.About PerspectaWhat matters to our nation, is what matters to us. At Perspecta, everything we do, from conducting innovative research to cultivating strong relationships, supports one imperative: ensuring that your work succeeds. Our company was formed to bring a broad array of capabilities to all parts of the public sector-from investigative services and IT strategy to systems work and next-generation engineering. Our promise is simple: never stop solving our nation's most complex challenges. And with a workforce of approximately 14,000, more than 48 percent of which is cleared, we have been trusted to just that, as a partner of choice across the entire sector. Perspecta is an AA/EEO Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.OptionsSorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.Share on your newsfeedAs a government contractor, Perspecta abides by the following provisionPAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISIONThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c) ()
          

EPCOT A New Experience Awaits

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When Walt Disney spoke about a new theme park coming to Florida, aside from the Magic Kingdom, he spoke of a new kind of theme park where he envisioned a new type of community. A utopian city of the future, EPCOT, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened October 1, 1982. Unable to get funding for […]
          

Keep Up with Digital Technology & the Latest Web Design Trend with These 15 Top Tools and Resources

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Advertise here via BSA

Keeping up with the latest design trends is a challenge. It’s always been that way. But these days, changes come more frequently. This is thanks to the rapid pace of digital design technological advancements.

If it weren’t for the tools that allow us to keep pace, it would probably be a hopeless situation. The problem is, you still have to find those tools. The fact that they’re constantly flooding the market doesn’t make it easy. Most web designers don’t have the time or inclination to test out every new tool that appears over the horizon.

We’ve found 15 we consider the tops in their respective classes, and we’d like to share our findings with you. One or two of these top tools and resources should help you keep pace. You can also deliver better products than you ever thought possible.

We’ll start with:

 

 1. Elementor

1

Elementor is the industry’s best website builder. Simple, Powerful & Flexible. Now you can customize every detail without code. With over 2 million active installs and over 4,500 5-star reviews on WordPress, it is by far the most popular page editor out there. What Elementor does for you is to give you a solid website-building foundation on which you can create virtually anything, and do so   without complications, limitations, or constraints thanks to its super-clean code.

Elementor works with any theme and with any plugin. As such it gives you virtually unlimited design flexibility. It won’t slow down your site – a characteristic of all too many page builders. And, it’s powerful drag and drop editor enables you to quickly create pages and websites without ever having to resort to code.

You can dig into Elementor’s library of super useful widgets to build pages from scratch, or if you prefer, start with one of the 100+ pre-designed Elementor templates.

You’ll find a few nice surprises as well; like the Pop Up Builder, the Advanced Forms feature, and Scroll and Hover animations.

In short, with Elementor you can create pages and websites easily and in ways you never could before.

 

2. AND CO from Fiverr

2

There are many software applications you can use for creating invoices, but few if any do as much of the work for you as AND CO from Fiverr. AND CO creates invoices for you automatically based on your project terms, contracts, and time tracking—all of which are available in the one app.

AND CO’s invoicing feature integrates perfectly with your project management workflow, enabling it to automatically create invoices when a project is completed or a milestone has been reached.

You’ll be alerted when clients view your invoices and when they’re paid, or when the system thinks it’s time for you to invoice again. Plus, you can set up an online ‘PayMe’ page to allow clients to pay you via credit card, ACH, and PayPal, and deposit the payments into your bank account. You can also set up recurring invoices so that clients who are on a subscription plan have their credit card charged automatically on a recurring basis.

AND CO is an invoicing software that lets you spend less time on invoicing and more time on doing the work you love.

 

3. Houzez

3

Its ease of use and wealth of popular features has made Houzez is a long-time favorite with realtors and real estate agencies. Features like listings options, advanced property search capabilities, and a property management system have given its users virtually anything and everything needed to go about their business.

Not quite ready to rest on their laurels, the Houzez team has added a host of new features making this specialty theme more powerful and flexible than ever. In addition to giving users the ability to display property listings in different formats, the listings can now be sorted and displayed in a variety of ways, and extra emphasis can be given to the presentation of featured listings.

Luxury home showings can also be scheduled, custom search fields can be added with the new Customs Fields Builder, different currencies can be used, and an Energy Class designation field has been added for EU properties.

 

4. TheGem – Creative Multi-Purpose High-Performance WordPress Theme

4

TheGem has been featured on ThemeForest for a variety of reasons. In the opinion of many of its customers, and of Envato, this incredible website-building toolbox features the most beautiful and creative designs on the market. Page load and speed times are especially impressive, TheGem is 100% flexible, 100% easy to use, and provides 100% customer satisfaction.

When compared against the other premium themes, TheGems 5-star rating tops them all.

 

5. Amelia

5

Amelia provides service businesses love; especially those that rely heavily on booking appointments for their clients and customers. Amelia automates the entire process. Customers can make appointments 24/7. Amelia will match the appointments

with employee availability, manage cancellations or changes, and collect payments online.

This award-winning tool with its 4.8+star user rating creates happier clients and customers and allows businesses to use the time saved on other pursuits.

 

6. Uncode

6

With Uncode in your design toolbox it will take but a few short hours to build a breathtaking portfolio. All the functionality you need is there, and there’s no need for coding. Uncode’s showcase of user-created sites gives visual proof of what you will be able to accomplish.

This powerful, user-friendly theme is one of ThemeForest’s all-time best sellers having realized more than 50,000 sales to date.

 

7. Round Icons Bundle – 38,000 icons and illustrations

7

Purchase the Roundicon’s Bundle, and you’ll never have to search for a special icons or illustration again. For a one-time fee you can download the entire bundle consisting of more than 38,000 premium, royalty-free icons and illustrations, and add more as they are released.

The bundle comes with a commercial use license, and you can currently purchase it at a discount when you use coupon code “GETBIG”.

 

8. Logic Hop – Personalized Marketing for WordPress

8

The ability to serve targeted content to different audiences will flat-out improve your sales and marketing results; and that’s precisely what Logic Hop will enable you to do. Logic Hop makes personalizing your messages possible based on display ad and pay-per-click results, social media posts, geolocation, and actions visitors take on your site.

Install Logic Hop, and don’t be surprised if you’re soon enjoying a 200% increase in conversions.

 

9. Mobirise

9

Mobirise is an offline builder, so you have total control over building your site. It’s drag and drop only, making it easy to use. Its mobile friendly and lightning-fast thanks to Google AMP or Bootstrap 4. And, it’s free.

Mobirise comes with a large assortment of trendy and beautiful website blocks, templates, icons, and fonts. Over 1.5 million sites have been created using this website builder.

 

10. wpDataTables

10

This premier table and chart building plugin is easily the best in its class. wpDataTables can do more, with more data, and do it quicker than any other tool of its type on the market.

wpDataTables’ all-in-one platform for presenting website visitors with interactive tables and charts based on huge volumes of complex data has been put into practice by more than 21,000 active users who have rewarded it with a 4.7 average rating.

 

11. Savah App

11

With this all-in-one advanced prototyping, team collaboration, and workflow tool at your fingertips you can create perfect look and feel prototypes for user testing, prototypes for feedback at any stage of the project, or combine rapid prototyping with Savah App’s built-in design workflow and approval system to speed your project along.

Savah App’s visual feedback and collaboration features also points you in the direction of getting the best possible results when the project winds down. Check out the paid plans and discounts.

 

12. HelpJet

12

Not only have you had to answer the same question for the zillionth time, but each time your customer has had to wait for your answer. HelpJet takes care of the problem by giving you a tool to create a knowledge base your customers can access for instant answers to the most common questions – or any question/answer you feel would be an appropriate addition.

You’ll gain more satisfied customers while keeping the size of your customer support team small.

 

13. Goodie

13

Goodie is a platform that connects an end-user with a web developer, thereby avoiding costly middlemen and go-betweens. All that’s required of you is to provide the Goodie team with your design. They’ll get right to work coding your website and give you the exact estimation of your price.

This is the perfect approach or owners of small businesses, web designers, and anyone in need of a carefully and cleanly coded website.

 

14. 8b Website Builder

14

The 8b Website Builder is brand new (January launch), futuristic with a super-simple cool UI, and portable. You can create websites with it on your desktop at work or home or on a tablet or phone while on the go.

Thanks to Bootstrap4 or Google Amp your site will be crazy-fast, mobile friendly, and just a click away from a Google listing. Since 8b does not have a paid plan in place yet, this is your opportunity to try it out free of charge.

 

15. WhatFontIs.com

15

Plowing through 550,000 fonts trying to find one you really want to use, but you don’t know what it’s called, is something you won’t want to do. With WhatFontIs, you can put AI to work for you. Just submit an image of your newly-discovered font and you’ll get an answer in seconds.

If it isn’t in the database (extremely unlikely), WhatFontIs will provide one or more candidates that are as close as possible to the real thing.

 

Conclusion

You most likely won’t need all 15 of these top tools and resources. Just one might make your day. With more, you could find yourself graduating from creating websites that are award-winners. You can create websites that are fantastic that “awesome” would be an understatement.

Or, you might simply be delighted to own a tool or resource that makes life a little easier for you.

Sponsors

Professional Web Icons for Your Websites and Applications

The post Keep Up with Digital Technology & the Latest Web Design Trend with These 15 Top Tools and Resources appeared first on NKRACADEMY DIGITAL SOLUTIONS.


          

Keep Up with Digital Technology & the Latest Web Design Trend with These 15 Top Tools and Resources

 Cache   

Advertise here via BSA

Keeping up with the latest design trends is a challenge. It’s always been that way. But these days, changes come more frequently. This is thanks to the rapid pace of digital design technological advancements.

If it weren’t for the tools that allow us to keep pace, it would probably be a hopeless situation. The problem is, you still have to find those tools. The fact that they’re constantly flooding the market doesn’t make it easy. Most web designers don’t have the time or inclination to test out every new tool that appears over the horizon.

We’ve found 15 we consider the tops in their respective classes, and we’d like to share our findings with you. One or two of these top tools and resources should help you keep pace. You can also deliver better products than you ever thought possible.

We’ll start with:

 

 1. Elementor

1

Elementor is the industry’s best website builder. Simple, Powerful & Flexible. Now you can customize every detail without code. With over 2 million active installs and over 4,500 5-star reviews on WordPress, it is by far the most popular page editor out there. What Elementor does for you is to give you a solid website-building foundation on which you can create virtually anything, and do so   without complications, limitations, or constraints thanks to its super-clean code.

Elementor works with any theme and with any plugin. As such it gives you virtually unlimited design flexibility. It won’t slow down your site – a characteristic of all too many page builders. And, it’s powerful drag and drop editor enables you to quickly create pages and websites without ever having to resort to code.

You can dig into Elementor’s library of super useful widgets to build pages from scratch, or if you prefer, start with one of the 100+ pre-designed Elementor templates.

You’ll find a few nice surprises as well; like the Pop Up Builder, the Advanced Forms feature, and Scroll and Hover animations.

In short, with Elementor you can create pages and websites easily and in ways you never could before.

 

2. AND CO from Fiverr

2

There are many software applications you can use for creating invoices, but few if any do as much of the work for you as AND CO from Fiverr. AND CO creates invoices for you automatically based on your project terms, contracts, and time tracking—all of which are available in the one app.

AND CO’s invoicing feature integrates perfectly with your project management workflow, enabling it to automatically create invoices when a project is completed or a milestone has been reached.

You’ll be alerted when clients view your invoices and when they’re paid, or when the system thinks it’s time for you to invoice again. Plus, you can set up an online ‘PayMe’ page to allow clients to pay you via credit card, ACH, and PayPal, and deposit the payments into your bank account. You can also set up recurring invoices so that clients who are on a subscription plan have their credit card charged automatically on a recurring basis.

AND CO is an invoicing software that lets you spend less time on invoicing and more time on doing the work you love.

 

3. Houzez

3

Its ease of use and wealth of popular features has made Houzez is a long-time favorite with realtors and real estate agencies. Features like listings options, advanced property search capabilities, and a property management system have given its users virtually anything and everything needed to go about their business.

Not quite ready to rest on their laurels, the Houzez team has added a host of new features making this specialty theme more powerful and flexible than ever. In addition to giving users the ability to display property listings in different formats, the listings can now be sorted and displayed in a variety of ways, and extra emphasis can be given to the presentation of featured listings.

Luxury home showings can also be scheduled, custom search fields can be added with the new Customs Fields Builder, different currencies can be used, and an Energy Class designation field has been added for EU properties.

 

4. TheGem – Creative Multi-Purpose High-Performance WordPress Theme

4

TheGem has been featured on ThemeForest for a variety of reasons. In the opinion of many of its customers, and of Envato, this incredible website-building toolbox features the most beautiful and creative designs on the market. Page load and speed times are especially impressive, TheGem is 100% flexible, 100% easy to use, and provides 100% customer satisfaction.

When compared against the other premium themes, TheGems 5-star rating tops them all.

 

5. Amelia

5

Amelia provides service businesses love; especially those that rely heavily on booking appointments for their clients and customers. Amelia automates the entire process. Customers can make appointments 24/7. Amelia will match the appointments

with employee availability, manage cancellations or changes, and collect payments online.

This award-winning tool with its 4.8+star user rating creates happier clients and customers and allows businesses to use the time saved on other pursuits.

 

6. Uncode

6

With Uncode in your design toolbox it will take but a few short hours to build a breathtaking portfolio. All the functionality you need is there, and there’s no need for coding. Uncode’s showcase of user-created sites gives visual proof of what you will be able to accomplish.

This powerful, user-friendly theme is one of ThemeForest’s all-time best sellers having realized more than 50,000 sales to date.

 

7. Round Icons Bundle – 38,000 icons and illustrations

7

Purchase the Roundicon’s Bundle, and you’ll never have to search for a special icons or illustration again. For a one-time fee you can download the entire bundle consisting of more than 38,000 premium, royalty-free icons and illustrations, and add more as they are released.

The bundle comes with a commercial use license, and you can currently purchase it at a discount when you use coupon code “GETBIG”.

 

8. Logic Hop – Personalized Marketing for WordPress

8

The ability to serve targeted content to different audiences will flat-out improve your sales and marketing results; and that’s precisely what Logic Hop will enable you to do. Logic Hop makes personalizing your messages possible based on display ad and pay-per-click results, social media posts, geolocation, and actions visitors take on your site.

Install Logic Hop, and don’t be surprised if you’re soon enjoying a 200% increase in conversions.

 

9. Mobirise

9

Mobirise is an offline builder, so you have total control over building your site. It’s drag and drop only, making it easy to use. Its mobile friendly and lightning-fast thanks to Google AMP or Bootstrap 4. And, it’s free.

Mobirise comes with a large assortment of trendy and beautiful website blocks, templates, icons, and fonts. Over 1.5 million sites have been created using this website builder.

 

10. wpDataTables

10

This premier table and chart building plugin is easily the best in its class. wpDataTables can do more, with more data, and do it quicker than any other tool of its type on the market.

wpDataTables’ all-in-one platform for presenting website visitors with interactive tables and charts based on huge volumes of complex data has been put into practice by more than 21,000 active users who have rewarded it with a 4.7 average rating.

 

11. Savah App

11

With this all-in-one advanced prototyping, team collaboration, and workflow tool at your fingertips you can create perfect look and feel prototypes for user testing, prototypes for feedback at any stage of the project, or combine rapid prototyping with Savah App’s built-in design workflow and approval system to speed your project along.

Savah App’s visual feedback and collaboration features also points you in the direction of getting the best possible results when the project winds down. Check out the paid plans and discounts.

 

12. HelpJet

12

Not only have you had to answer the same question for the zillionth time, but each time your customer has had to wait for your answer. HelpJet takes care of the problem by giving you a tool to create a knowledge base your customers can access for instant answers to the most common questions – or any question/answer you feel would be an appropriate addition.

You’ll gain more satisfied customers while keeping the size of your customer support team small.

 

13. Goodie

13

Goodie is a platform that connects an end-user with a web developer, thereby avoiding costly middlemen and go-betweens. All that’s required of you is to provide the Goodie team with your design. They’ll get right to work coding your website and give you the exact estimation of your price.

This is the perfect approach or owners of small businesses, web designers, and anyone in need of a carefully and cleanly coded website.

 

14. 8b Website Builder

14

The 8b Website Builder is brand new (January launch), futuristic with a super-simple cool UI, and portable. You can create websites with it on your desktop at work or home or on a tablet or phone while on the go.

Thanks to Bootstrap4 or Google Amp your site will be crazy-fast, mobile friendly, and just a click away from a Google listing. Since 8b does not have a paid plan in place yet, this is your opportunity to try it out free of charge.

 

15. WhatFontIs.com

15

Plowing through 550,000 fonts trying to find one you really want to use, but you don’t know what it’s called, is something you won’t want to do. With WhatFontIs, you can put AI to work for you. Just submit an image of your newly-discovered font and you’ll get an answer in seconds.

If it isn’t in the database (extremely unlikely), WhatFontIs will provide one or more candidates that are as close as possible to the real thing.

 

Conclusion

You most likely won’t need all 15 of these top tools and resources. Just one might make your day. With more, you could find yourself graduating from creating websites that are award-winners. You can create websites that are fantastic that “awesome” would be an understatement.

Or, you might simply be delighted to own a tool or resource that makes life a little easier for you.

Sponsors

Professional Web Icons for Your Websites and Applications

The post Keep Up with Digital Technology & the Latest Web Design Trend with These 15 Top Tools and Resources appeared first on NKRACADEMY DIGITAL SOLUTIONS.


          

Keep Up with Digital Technology & the Latest Web Design Trend with These 15 Top Tools and Resources

 Cache   

Advertise here via BSA

Keeping up with the latest design trends is a challenge. It’s always been that way. But these days, changes come more frequently. This is thanks to the rapid pace of digital design technological advancements.

If it weren’t for the tools that allow us to keep pace, it would probably be a hopeless situation. The problem is, you still have to find those tools. The fact that they’re constantly flooding the market doesn’t make it easy. Most web designers don’t have the time or inclination to test out every new tool that appears over the horizon.

We’ve found 15 we consider the tops in their respective classes, and we’d like to share our findings with you. One or two of these top tools and resources should help you keep pace. You can also deliver better products than you ever thought possible.

We’ll start with:

 

 1. Elementor

1

Elementor is the industry’s best website builder. Simple, Powerful & Flexible. Now you can customize every detail without code. With over 2 million active installs and over 4,500 5-star reviews on WordPress, it is by far the most popular page editor out there. What Elementor does for you is to give you a solid website-building foundation on which you can create virtually anything, and do so   without complications, limitations, or constraints thanks to its super-clean code.

Elementor works with any theme and with any plugin. As such it gives you virtually unlimited design flexibility. It won’t slow down your site – a characteristic of all too many page builders. And, it’s powerful drag and drop editor enables you to quickly create pages and websites without ever having to resort to code.

You can dig into Elementor’s library of super useful widgets to build pages from scratch, or if you prefer, start with one of the 100+ pre-designed Elementor templates.

You’ll find a few nice surprises as well; like the Pop Up Builder, the Advanced Forms feature, and Scroll and Hover animations.

In short, with Elementor you can create pages and websites easily and in ways you never could before.

 

2. AND CO from Fiverr

2

There are many software applications you can use for creating invoices, but few if any do as much of the work for you as AND CO from Fiverr. AND CO creates invoices for you automatically based on your project terms, contracts, and time tracking—all of which are available in the one app.

AND CO’s invoicing feature integrates perfectly with your project management workflow, enabling it to automatically create invoices when a project is completed or a milestone has been reached.

You’ll be alerted when clients view your invoices and when they’re paid, or when the system thinks it’s time for you to invoice again. Plus, you can set up an online ‘PayMe’ page to allow clients to pay you via credit card, ACH, and PayPal, and deposit the payments into your bank account. You can also set up recurring invoices so that clients who are on a subscription plan have their credit card charged automatically on a recurring basis.

AND CO is an invoicing software that lets you spend less time on invoicing and more time on doing the work you love.

 

3. Houzez

3

Its ease of use and wealth of popular features has made Houzez is a long-time favorite with realtors and real estate agencies. Features like listings options, advanced property search capabilities, and a property management system have given its users virtually anything and everything needed to go about their business.

Not quite ready to rest on their laurels, the Houzez team has added a host of new features making this specialty theme more powerful and flexible than ever. In addition to giving users the ability to display property listings in different formats, the listings can now be sorted and displayed in a variety of ways, and extra emphasis can be given to the presentation of featured listings.

Luxury home showings can also be scheduled, custom search fields can be added with the new Customs Fields Builder, different currencies can be used, and an Energy Class designation field has been added for EU properties.

 

4. TheGem – Creative Multi-Purpose High-Performance WordPress Theme

4

TheGem has been featured on ThemeForest for a variety of reasons. In the opinion of many of its customers, and of Envato, this incredible website-building toolbox features the most beautiful and creative designs on the market. Page load and speed times are especially impressive, TheGem is 100% flexible, 100% easy to use, and provides 100% customer satisfaction.

When compared against the other premium themes, TheGems 5-star rating tops them all.

 

5. Amelia

5

Amelia provides service businesses love; especially those that rely heavily on booking appointments for their clients and customers. Amelia automates the entire process. Customers can make appointments 24/7. Amelia will match the appointments

with employee availability, manage cancellations or changes, and collect payments online.

This award-winning tool with its 4.8+star user rating creates happier clients and customers and allows businesses to use the time saved on other pursuits.

 

6. Uncode

6

With Uncode in your design toolbox it will take but a few short hours to build a breathtaking portfolio. All the functionality you need is there, and there’s no need for coding. Uncode’s showcase of user-created sites gives visual proof of what you will be able to accomplish.

This powerful, user-friendly theme is one of ThemeForest’s all-time best sellers having realized more than 50,000 sales to date.

 

7. Round Icons Bundle – 38,000 icons and illustrations

7

Purchase the Roundicon’s Bundle, and you’ll never have to search for a special icons or illustration again. For a one-time fee you can download the entire bundle consisting of more than 38,000 premium, royalty-free icons and illustrations, and add more as they are released.

The bundle comes with a commercial use license, and you can currently purchase it at a discount when you use coupon code “GETBIG”.

 

8. Logic Hop – Personalized Marketing for WordPress

8

The ability to serve targeted content to different audiences will flat-out improve your sales and marketing results; and that’s precisely what Logic Hop will enable you to do. Logic Hop makes personalizing your messages possible based on display ad and pay-per-click results, social media posts, geolocation, and actions visitors take on your site.

Install Logic Hop, and don’t be surprised if you’re soon enjoying a 200% increase in conversions.

 

9. Mobirise

9

Mobirise is an offline builder, so you have total control over building your site. It’s drag and drop only, making it easy to use. Its mobile friendly and lightning-fast thanks to Google AMP or Bootstrap 4. And, it’s free.

Mobirise comes with a large assortment of trendy and beautiful website blocks, templates, icons, and fonts. Over 1.5 million sites have been created using this website builder.

 

10. wpDataTables

10

This premier table and chart building plugin is easily the best in its class. wpDataTables can do more, with more data, and do it quicker than any other tool of its type on the market.

wpDataTables’ all-in-one platform for presenting website visitors with interactive tables and charts based on huge volumes of complex data has been put into practice by more than 21,000 active users who have rewarded it with a 4.7 average rating.

 

11. Savah App

11

With this all-in-one advanced prototyping, team collaboration, and workflow tool at your fingertips you can create perfect look and feel prototypes for user testing, prototypes for feedback at any stage of the project, or combine rapid prototyping with Savah App’s built-in design workflow and approval system to speed your project along.

Savah App’s visual feedback and collaboration features also points you in the direction of getting the best possible results when the project winds down. Check out the paid plans and discounts.

 

12. HelpJet

12

Not only have you had to answer the same question for the zillionth time, but each time your customer has had to wait for your answer. HelpJet takes care of the problem by giving you a tool to create a knowledge base your customers can access for instant answers to the most common questions – or any question/answer you feel would be an appropriate addition.

You’ll gain more satisfied customers while keeping the size of your customer support team small.

 

13. Goodie

13

Goodie is a platform that connects an end-user with a web developer, thereby avoiding costly middlemen and go-betweens. All that’s required of you is to provide the Goodie team with your design. They’ll get right to work coding your website and give you the exact estimation of your price.

This is the perfect approach or owners of small businesses, web designers, and anyone in need of a carefully and cleanly coded website.

 

14. 8b Website Builder

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The 8b Website Builder is brand new (January launch), futuristic with a super-simple cool UI, and portable. You can create websites with it on your desktop at work or home or on a tablet or phone while on the go.

Thanks to Bootstrap4 or Google Amp your site will be crazy-fast, mobile friendly, and just a click away from a Google listing. Since 8b does not have a paid plan in place yet, this is your opportunity to try it out free of charge.

 

15. WhatFontIs.com

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Plowing through 550,000 fonts trying to find one you really want to use, but you don’t know what it’s called, is something you won’t want to do. With WhatFontIs, you can put AI to work for you. Just submit an image of your newly-discovered font and you’ll get an answer in seconds.

If it isn’t in the database (extremely unlikely), WhatFontIs will provide one or more candidates that are as close as possible to the real thing.

 

Conclusion

You most likely won’t need all 15 of these top tools and resources. Just one might make your day. With more, you could find yourself graduating from creating websites that are award-winners. You can create websites that are fantastic that “awesome” would be an understatement.

Or, you might simply be delighted to own a tool or resource that makes life a little easier for you.

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Keep Up with Digital Technology & the Latest Web Design Trend with These 15 Top Tools and Resources

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Keeping up with the latest design trends is a challenge. It’s always been that way. But these days, changes come more frequently. This is thanks to the rapid pace of digital design technological advancements.

If it weren’t for the tools that allow us to keep pace, it would probably be a hopeless situation. The problem is, you still have to find those tools. The fact that they’re constantly flooding the market doesn’t make it easy. Most web designers don’t have the time or inclination to test out every new tool that appears over the horizon.

We’ve found 15 we consider the tops in their respective classes, and we’d like to share our findings with you. One or two of these top tools and resources should help you keep pace. You can also deliver better products than you ever thought possible.

We’ll start with:

 

 1. Elementor

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Elementor is the industry’s best website builder. Simple, Powerful & Flexible. Now you can customize every detail without code. With over 2 million active installs and over 4,500 5-star reviews on WordPress, it is by far the most popular page editor out there. What Elementor does for you is to give you a solid website-building foundation on which you can create virtually anything, and do so   without complications, limitations, or constraints thanks to its super-clean code.

Elementor works with any theme and with any plugin. As such it gives you virtually unlimited design flexibility. It won’t slow down your site – a characteristic of all too many page builders. And, it’s powerful drag and drop editor enables you to quickly create pages and websites without ever having to resort to code.

You can dig into Elementor’s library of super useful widgets to build pages from scratch, or if you prefer, start with one of the 100+ pre-designed Elementor templates.

You’ll find a few nice surprises as well; like the Pop Up Builder, the Advanced Forms feature, and Scroll and Hover animations.

In short, with Elementor you can create pages and websites easily and in ways you never could before.

 

2. AND CO from Fiverr

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There are many software applications you can use for creating invoices, but few if any do as much of the work for you as AND CO from Fiverr. AND CO creates invoices for you automatically based on your project terms, contracts, and time tracking—all of which are available in the one app.

AND CO’s invoicing feature integrates perfectly with your project management workflow, enabling it to automatically create invoices when a project is completed or a milestone has been reached.

You’ll be alerted when clients view your invoices and when they’re paid, or when the system thinks it’s time for you to invoice again. Plus, you can set up an online ‘PayMe’ page to allow clients to pay you via credit card, ACH, and PayPal, and deposit the payments into your bank account. You can also set up recurring invoices so that clients who are on a subscription plan have their credit card charged automatically on a recurring basis.

AND CO is an invoicing software that lets you spend less time on invoicing and more time on doing the work you love.

 

3. Houzez

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Its ease of use and wealth of popular features has made Houzez is a long-time favorite with realtors and real estate agencies. Features like listings options, advanced property search capabilities, and a property management system have given its users virtually anything and everything needed to go about their business.

Not quite ready to rest on their laurels, the Houzez team has added a host of new features making this specialty theme more powerful and flexible than ever. In addition to giving users the ability to display property listings in different formats, the listings can now be sorted and displayed in a variety of ways, and extra emphasis can be given to the presentation of featured listings.

Luxury home showings can also be scheduled, custom search fields can be added with the new Customs Fields Builder, different currencies can be used, and an Energy Class designation field has been added for EU properties.

 

4. TheGem – Creative Multi-Purpose High-Performance WordPress Theme

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TheGem has been featured on ThemeForest for a variety of reasons. In the opinion of many of its customers, and of Envato, this incredible website-building toolbox features the most beautiful and creative designs on the market. Page load and speed times are especially impressive, TheGem is 100% flexible, 100% easy to use, and provides 100% customer satisfaction.

When compared against the other premium themes, TheGems 5-star rating tops them all.

 

5. Amelia

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Amelia provides service businesses love; especially those that rely heavily on booking appointments for their clients and customers. Amelia automates the entire process. Customers can make appointments 24/7. Amelia will match the appointments

with employee availability, manage cancellations or changes, and collect payments online.

This award-winning tool with its 4.8+star user rating creates happier clients and customers and allows businesses to use the time saved on other pursuits.

 

6. Uncode

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With Uncode in your design toolbox it will take but a few short hours to build a breathtaking portfolio. All the functionality you need is there, and there’s no need for coding. Uncode’s showcase of user-created sites gives visual proof of what you will be able to accomplish.

This powerful, user-friendly theme is one of ThemeForest’s all-time best sellers having realized more than 50,000 sales to date.

 

7. Round Icons Bundle – 38,000 icons and illustrations

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Purchase the Roundicon’s Bundle, and you’ll never have to search for a special icons or illustration again. For a one-time fee you can download the entire bundle consisting of more than 38,000 premium, royalty-free icons and illustrations, and add more as they are released.

The bundle comes with a commercial use license, and you can currently purchase it at a discount when you use coupon code “GETBIG”.

 

8. Logic Hop – Personalized Marketing for WordPress

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The ability to serve targeted content to different audiences will flat-out improve your sales and marketing results; and that’s precisely what Logic Hop will enable you to do. Logic Hop makes personalizing your messages possible based on display ad and pay-per-click results, social media posts, geolocation, and actions visitors take on your site.

Install Logic Hop, and don’t be surprised if you’re soon enjoying a 200% increase in conversions.

 

9. Mobirise

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Mobirise is an offline builder, so you have total control over building your site. It’s drag and drop only, making it easy to use. Its mobile friendly and lightning-fast thanks to Google AMP or Bootstrap 4. And, it’s free.

Mobirise comes with a large assortment of trendy and beautiful website blocks, templates, icons, and fonts. Over 1.5 million sites have been created using this website builder.

 

10. wpDataTables

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This premier table and chart building plugin is easily the best in its class. wpDataTables can do more, with more data, and do it quicker than any other tool of its type on the market.

wpDataTables’ all-in-one platform for presenting website visitors with interactive tables and charts based on huge volumes of complex data has been put into practice by more than 21,000 active users who have rewarded it with a 4.7 average rating.

 

11. Savah App

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With this all-in-one advanced prototyping, team collaboration, and workflow tool at your fingertips you can create perfect look and feel prototypes for user testing, prototypes for feedback at any stage of the project, or combine rapid prototyping with Savah App’s built-in design workflow and approval system to speed your project along.

Savah App’s visual feedback and collaboration features also points you in the direction of getting the best possible results when the project winds down. Check out the paid plans and discounts.

 

12. HelpJet

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Not only have you had to answer the same question for the zillionth time, but each time your customer has had to wait for your answer. HelpJet takes care of the problem by giving you a tool to create a knowledge base your customers can access for instant answers to the most common questions – or any question/answer you feel would be an appropriate addition.

You’ll gain more satisfied customers while keeping the size of your customer support team small.

 

13. Goodie

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Goodie is a platform that connects an end-user with a web developer, thereby avoiding costly middlemen and go-betweens. All that’s required of you is to provide the Goodie team with your design. They’ll get right to work coding your website and give you the exact estimation of your price.

This is the perfect approach or owners of small businesses, web designers, and anyone in need of a carefully and cleanly coded website.

 

14. 8b Website Builder

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The 8b Website Builder is brand new (January launch), futuristic with a super-simple cool UI, and portable. You can create websites with it on your desktop at work or home or on a tablet or phone while on the go.

Thanks to Bootstrap4 or Google Amp your site will be crazy-fast, mobile friendly, and just a click away from a Google listing. Since 8b does not have a paid plan in place yet, this is your opportunity to try it out free of charge.

 

15. WhatFontIs.com

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Plowing through 550,000 fonts trying to find one you really want to use, but you don’t know what it’s called, is something you won’t want to do. With WhatFontIs, you can put AI to work for you. Just submit an image of your newly-discovered font and you’ll get an answer in seconds.

If it isn’t in the database (extremely unlikely), WhatFontIs will provide one or more candidates that are as close as possible to the real thing.

 

Conclusion

You most likely won’t need all 15 of these top tools and resources. Just one might make your day. With more, you could find yourself graduating from creating websites that are award-winners. You can create websites that are fantastic that “awesome” would be an understatement.

Or, you might simply be delighted to own a tool or resource that makes life a little easier for you.

Sponsors

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Book 2 – 30: Lawful Entry

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Third Quadrant.

Planet Enaya.

The White Palace.

Green Room.

 

Figaro took the other two to the green room, the large changing area next to the landing pad at the back of the compound. This was where his father’s employees prepped for space flight, either to go up to the asteroid or to make various other journeys to the many Ollo facilities in the system.

Usually, the place would be full of people coming and going, but today it was just the three of them. Figaro went to the storeroom and brought out Ollo flight suits for the two latest members of the Ollo research team. It was only right that they be dressed appropriately. The suits were white, very plain, and extremely light.

“What’s this made of?” said PT, as he put it on. “It’s even lighter than my greys.”

“It’s a material my father developed. He calls it flaxen, but I’m not sure what it’s really made of. Some chemical compound no one’s ever heard of before, probably. We only have six of them and they each cost a large fortune to manufacture.”

“Ah, yes,” said Ubik, stroking the suit, “I’ve seen this before.”

“I don’t see how,” said Figaro. “It isn’t commercially available.”

“I once broke into the rich guy’s house,” said Ubik, “during my wild youth — don’t worry, I’m a reformed character these days — and the toilet paper in his bathroom felt just like this.” Ubik sighed. “Best dump of my life.” He sighed again, a fond memory playing in his mind.

“We also have a range of weapons,” said Figaro. “I wasn’t sure what you’d want to take, though. They do have some up there, but I don’t know what kind of—”

“No weapons,” said Ubik. “We are men of science.” He lifted up his head and jutted out his chin.

“Aren’t you going to wear one?” asked PT, ignoring Ubik’s posing.

Figaro was wearing his regular flight suit. “No, I prefer this one. I’m used to it and it’s not quite as snug as those ones.”

Figaro pressed the pad on Ubik’s shoulder and the suit tightened, making Ubik gasp. Once it had shrunk to fit his body, the ribbing expanded and formed a black mesh.

“Environmental controls are self-regulated,” said Figaro. “It will adapt to whatever environment we find ourselves in. It can withstand a blast of up to 118 gigajoules. Anything more than that will cause a breach.”

“It can take a direct hit from a mounted laser cannon?” said PT.

“Yes,” said Figaro. “A ship’s cannon is the upper limit, although the impact would probably shatter your skeleton and crush your internal organs. Sustained rapid-fire of less intensity may also kill you. We are going into an unexplored Antecessor site, we most likely will encounter some hostility. These suits will provide you with some protection but it would still be better if you try to avoid being hit.”

“I’ll do my best,” said PT. He hit his own shoulder and the suit conformed to his body.

“Couldn’t work out a shock absorption system to disperse the impact?” said Ubik. He checked himself over, twisting and turning to get a look at himself. Then he put his boots on over the top of the integrated footwear the suit provided.

Figaro considered telling him the boots weren’t necessary, but he was sure his words would be met with derision and an unabridged recital of the Delgado company manifesto.

“These suits will protect you better than anything else, under the circumstances,” said Figaro. The Ollo brand deserved some recognition, even if it would never meet Ubik’s high standards — that would require a D symbol embossed somewhere. “They still have to obey the laws of physics, though.”

Ubik stood up and stamped his feet so the boots fit better over his already padded extremities. He crouched down and began making adjustments to the boots. “You have to obey the current laws of physics. Once you change them, then it’s a lot easier to get things done the way you want.”

“How can you change the laws of physics?” said PT. “Are you a cosmic being, Ubik. Did you come down from the stars to show us mortals how to rewire our tronics on a budget?”

“No,” said Ubik. “You’re looking at it back-to-front. There are no laws of physics. There are only natural laws that operate on a universal scale that we can’t use. In natural units, all units are constant. At the birth of the universe, the amount of energy present was one unit. Now, the amount of energy present is also one unit. What we do to calculate changes and rise and fall of energy is meaningless.”

“While I agree that’s true on a universal scale,” said Figaro, “we only need to worry about what applies to us. Isn’t that what you do? Take what you’ve got in front of you and put it to the best use you can?”

“It’s what I do now,” said Ubik. “Tomorrow, maybe it won’t work.”

“As long as it works today,” said PT. “That’s all that really matters.”

“You’ll never progress beyond your limitations thinking like that,” said Ubik. “It works for now, in our limited space. Once we enter a larger space, or if we manage to make it into universal space, then it will stop working. Our laws are like if you went into someone’s house and they had blue paint on the walls, and when you chipped it off you found there was older, yellow paint underneath. What would people say?”

“They’d say, ‘How did you get in my house’,” said PT. “‘Get out you vandal.’”

“They’d say, Ah, behind every blue wall, there is a yellow wall. And then they’d go next door, where they also had blue walls, and try to scrape the paint off, but the homeowners wouldn’t let them—”

“I’m surprised they even let them in the door,” said PT.

“Don’t need a door if you have windows,” said Ubik. “But even if they can’t check, they’d say it was true for now and make it the universal law of painting and decorating and win awards and, you know, that’s science.”

“This is very specific,” said PT. “Is this also when you were breaking into people’s houses?”

“He’s right,” said Figaro. “Except that when they did eventually manage to find a way to strip the paint, they would find there actually was yellow paint underneath there, too. It’s not like there isn’t evidence for our theories to be true.”

“That isn’t science,” said PT. “That’s people living unimaginative lives. Eventually, they’ll find a home with blue walls without a yellow undercoat. Then what? It all falls apart?”

“No,” said Ubik. “Then we discover the science of quantum decorating.”

Ubik pulled what looked like a loose thread from his sleeve and the black mesh changed colour to red. “I think this colour goes better with my boots.”

PT carefully examined his own sleeve and found no thread to pull. “Did you know the suit could do that?”

“No,” said Figaro. “I’m pretty sure it can’t. My father has no interest in meaningless customisation. We only have white paint on the exterior of our house, to protect against the weather.”

“Let’s go,” said Ubik. “I can’t wait to see this ship. It’s going to be something special, I can feel it. A ship so advanced, Ramon Ollo hasn’t even tested it yet, because of the inherent danger.”

“Wait,” said PT. “What inherent danger? What kind of ship is this? Ubik, hold on, don’t you think we should take a normal shuttle or something?”

They left the green room through large metal doors that slid aside to let in a stiff breeze, and stepped out onto the landing pad. The three of them strode across the open area.

The ship waiting for them wasn’t very big — about the size of a regular shuttle — and gave no indication it was anything else. It was a grey box with no features, no armaments (not visible ones) and a noticeable lack of cosmetic modification. One thing did stand out, however. On the side of the ship, across the door that was halfway between front and back, was the ship’s name: POV Ubik.

“Bit of a coincidence,” said PT, “your father naming his new ship after Ubik.”

Figaro looked at the name with a slight frown. “He only ever gives his creations numerical designation for cataloguing purposes. If my mother hadn’t intervened, I would have been Ollo-37689.”

“Why not Ollo-1?” asked PT.

“Already in use,” said Figaro. “A self-replicating microchip. We don’t get on.”

“I put the name on it when I pulled it up,” said Ubik. “Give it a bit of character.” He walked up to the ship and patted it. “It’s not that your dad doesn’t do fashion, he just doesn’t have the time to jazz stuff up. If we had longer, I would have requisitioned a whole new look. Right, maiden voyage of the Private Ollo Vessel Ubik, ready for launch.”

The three of them stood there.

“Aren’t you going to open the door?” asked PT.

“I can’t,” said Ubik. “It’ll only open for Fig.”

“Ah,” said PT, “so you can’t override this system without permission. And only for a limited time. Interesting. I think I’ll make Ollo my brand of choice.”

“Obviously.” Ubik rolled his eyes. “Ollo systems are the most advanced in the galaxy. I’d need at least a couple of hours to crack them.”

Figaro walked up to the ship and the door opened, half flipping up and the other half forming a gangplank.

The interior lit up, starting at the doorway and spreading into the cabin in either direction. The interior was barebones, as Figaro had expected, with two seats and a control panel that was all knobs and wires.

Figaro took one of the seats. PT looked at Ubik.

“You might as well sit,” said PT.

“I’m fine.” Ubik tapped his heels and remained standing. “Delgados.”

“Okay,” said PT, sitting down and strapping himself in. “So what’s so special about this thing? Super-fast, is it?”

Figaro looked at the panel. There was no onboard AI and no assisted controls, but he was familiar enough with his father’s methods and practices to have a rough idea of what the knobs did. Most of them, anyway.

A screen turned on, showing the exterior, and a HUD lit up to provide readings and telemetry.

“From what I can tell,” said Figaro, performing the flight check, “seems to have a modified core. Hasn’t been tested, so this could also be the Ubik’s last journey.”

“How often do your father’s inventions explode on ignition?” asked PT.

“About half and half,” said Figaro.

“It’ll be fine,” said Ubik. “I checked the diagnostic logs. This ship, under controlled conditions, sixteen percent chance of exploding.”

“Good odds,” said Figaro. He activated the engine and fired the thrusters. The ship rose very quickly but there was no change in gravity or pressure inside the cabin.

“This is the smoothest acceleration I’ve ever experienced,” said PT. “I hardly felt us move at all.”

Within seconds, they were in the upper atmosphere. The HUD started to flash and blink, then stabilised once Figaro had twisted some knobs. He wasn’t sure what the telemetry meant, he just levelled it out and kept it within an acceptable range. It wasn’t a very long trip and the ship had all the basic systems in place. He wasn’t sure why Ubik had wanted to use this particular ship — it didn’t seem to be anything more than an advanced engine design that required very little fuel — but he was willing to be guided by Ubik’s instincts.

“We’ve got an incoming message,” said Ubik, pointing at the screen. He had a panel open and was doing something to the internal wiring Figaro was certain his father wouldn’t approve of.

“I don’t see anything,” said Figaro. Then the symbol appeared where Ubik had pointed.

“How did you know that?” said PT. “Are you psychic now?”

“No, just felt the vibrations in the air.” Ubik smiled in the way he did whenever he lied and knew you knew he was lying.

Figaro opened a channel.

“This is the Central Authority. This a restricted area. Return to your point of origin.”

“This is POV…” Figaro hesitated. “This is an official Ollo research vessel heading for the Tethari wormhole control centre. If you have queries, please contact Mackus.”

There was a pause.

“They’re scanning us,” said Figaro.

“Good thing we’re unarmed,” said PT.

“Understood. Proceed.”

The journey took eight minutes. There was no sensation of movement other than the change in size of the asteroid as they approached.

Then the screen went green and the interior flashed red.

“This doesn’t seem good,” said PT.

“We’re being targeted by the asteroid’s defence matrix,” said Figaro. “Don’t worry about it. My father’s systems all have two protocols in common. One is to never fire on me, no matter who’s in control of them. And the other is to use their full power against me without reservation, if I happen to have lost control of my organic. Since I’m currently in full command of my senses…”

The lights returned to normal.

No one contacted them as they came in across the rocky barren terrain. Either the comms were down or there was no one left to operate them.

“I’m going to bring us down on the secondary landing pad,” said Figaro. “It’s a short walk to the base from there but we’ll have a better chance to see what the situation is.”

“You think the site’s been compromised?” asked PT.

“I’m not sure,” said Figaro. “Better to be cautious.”

“Interesting concept,” said Ubik.

Figaro brought the ship down on a flat piece of tarmac with landing markings. It was a soft landing with no issues. He had made it to the asteroid after years of asking his father and being told not yet.

“The gravity here,” said PT, “it’s—”

The ship shook and the console lit up.

“We’re being shot,” said Figaro.

“From where? Are we damaged?”

“No, we took no damage,” said Figaro. He wasn’t sure what he was seeing. “And it’s from next to us. It’s stopped.”

The screen switched to a side view. There was a large molten lump on the pad that hadn’t been there when they came in to land.

“It’s a ship,” said Ubik. “Or was. Must have been cloaked.”

“What happened to it?” said PT.

“It opened fire on us. This ship is fitted with a reflector shield. If anyone fires on us it’ll send back the fire to the point of origin with roughly a one-thousand-fold increase in power. Their offence is our best defence. Not bad for a prototype. Let’s go have a look.” The ship door opened.

“Did you just open the door?” asked PT.

“Had a little time to work on it.” Ubik exited the ship.


          

Book 2 – 28: Assuming Control

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Third Quadrant.

Planet Enaya.

The White Palace.

Control Room.

 

Figaro looked at Mackus’ corpse and tried to separate what he was feeling from what he needed to do.

The snapped neck put the head at an unsettling angle; the open mouth with hanging tongue created a foolish appearance; the glazed, unseeing eyes managed to accuse Figaro from beyond the veil. A poor ending for a proud man.

Figaro pushed the thought aside. Things were still far from resolved and a clear head was a necessity.

Standing over the body was a duplicate Mackus, feet straddling his own progenitor.

Figaro scanned the screen to the left of the Holover. There was a sonogram of a human heart beating. Blood vessels attached to it were filled with flowing blood. The nervous system, the lymphatic system, the organs and tissues were all held in the network, but the readings were operating independently, or so it appeared. Figaro had never seen a Holover this detailed. He wondered if his father had made one of these of him. Or of himself.

The copy was perfectly identical and showed all the obvious signs of life. Chest falling and rising, nostrils flaring slightly, eyes wet with moisture, pupils reacting to light. It could probably walk around if necessary.

According to the network’s parameters printed on the screen, the Holover would last indefinitely, responding to any and all attempts to verify Mackus’ status. A scan with a handheld medical device or a long-range probe from orbit, the result would be the same. Mackus was alive and in robust health, as far as the universe was concerned. Figaro looked down at the sorry-looking crumpled heap on the floor and frowned.

“He took the risk,” said Ganesh. “He would be the last one to complain about the result.”

“I know,” said Figaro. “He was family, though. I would like to give him a decent farewell, but I don’t have the time. It feels… disrespectful.”

Ganesh snorted air out of his nose in a dismissive manner. “Respect is earned, Figaro. And lost. He went too far.”

“Yes, but he was right,” said Figaro. “I don’t have the obligatory ruthlessness to do what’s necessary. To lead. There will be people far more vicious than him I will have to face. I can’t afford to hesitate, or to be merciful. Father would never have. Nor my mother.”

“Your parents aren’t the best people to use as examples.”

“And neither did you.”

“I am not the best example, either. We are the product of our experiences, not all of them laudable. You have yet to have yours. They will shape you in ways you can not yet imagine. Perhaps you will fall short of your potential, but now is not the time to consider such matters that you have no control over. You did well, Figaro. I can’t say for certain your father would be proud of you, and I have even less idea how the mind of your mother works, but I can tell you I am proud of you. And immensely grateful. To you and to your friends.”

They looked over at the other two. Ubik was stuffing sandwiches into his mouth from a tray carried by a drone Figaro had sent for. At the same time, he was taking apart the two drones Mackus had used, putting some pieces in his pockets and tossing others aside.

PT was eating at a slower rate but he was carefully moving some sandwiches to one side of the tray, and slapping Ubik’s grasping hand away if they came too close.

Figaro returned his attention to the board and switched the main screen to Dr Yune’s laboratory. The doctor was lying on the table as before.

“What will you do with him?” asked Ganesh. “Kill him? He wouldn’t be aware of it.”

“No, I need him to remove this.” Figaro held up his wrist. The bracelet was half-buried in his flesh, the skin around it inflamed. “But it will have to wait until I return with Father.” He turned some dials and changed the numbers on the screen around the doctor’s body. He couldn’t remove the drugs already in the doctor’s blood, but he could add to them. “Until then, the doctor’s trip will be extended by another seventy-two hours. That should be long enough.”

“Will he survive that long?”

“I’m not sure, but if anyone can, it would be him.” Figaro confirmed the settings and activated the network’s acquisition of the doctor’s medical systems. The doctor would be under for five days now. If they weren’t back by then, he would wake up, theoretically. He might not be quite the same man he once was, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“You will go up to the asteroid now?” said Ganesh.

“Yes.”

“With them?”

“Yes.”

“You gave him complete control of your father’s network. You trust him that much?” The curve of one eyebrow suggested Ganesh questioned the soundness of the idea.

“No,” said Figaro. “It isn’t about trust. It’s about… need. He is the best person to rely on for now. Later… we’ll see. There’s a balance between the three of us. I can’t really explain it.”

“I would come with you, but…”

“Your family.”

Ganesh looked at the Holover simulacrum of Mackus. “Even if they aren’t in immediate danger, who knows for how long? I have to find them.”

“I know,” said Figaro. “Do you have any idea where Mackus would hide them?”

Ganesh shook his head. “He knows me too well, and his thinking was always too elaborate for me to follow. I’m sure your friend would find me painfully simple.”

Ubik was distracting PT with tronic parts while surreptitiously switching sandwiches whose fillings he had eaten with the ones PT had reserved for later.

“Probably,” said Figaro. “But he relies on people’s confusion to get things past them. You would be able to choke him out before he got the chance.”

The image brought a smile to Ganesh’s lips, as Figaro had known it would.

“Mackus, respond,” said a voice over the speaker. “Six-hour check-in. Respond, please.”

“I’ll get it,” said Ubik through a mouthful of food, running to the nearest console. “I linked up all of Mackus’s implants to the network. I’ll get them to reveal their location.”

Ubik pressed down on a round button and it popped out of its fitting. He pulled it up, extending a rod from underneath. He brought it up to mouth-height and spoke into it.

“Hello, there. Where you be?” The words came out of the Holover’s mouth, in Mackus’ voice, if he was in the middle of eating.

“Mackus? Is that you?”

Figaro pushed Ubik aside and spoke into the microphone. “Here. Verify. Password sequence, begin.”

This time, the Holover spoke crisply, with the same unequivocal tone as the original.

A stream of numbers and symbols appeared across the screen above the console, some changing colours, others rotating. Figaro’s hands moved quickly, instructing the network to analyse the sequence, cross-reference it with all of Mackus’ previous codes, factoring in any messages within his private database, which was now accessible, thanks to Ubik.

The network sent back a response code. Probability of success was 97.3%, which was decent.

“Confirmed,” said the voice. “Moving targets to secondary location.”

“Wait,” said Figaro. “There’s been a change from the cardinal configuration. The boy has brought in a hacker. He’s an idiot but he’s lucky.” Ubik looked like he was about to protest, but then reconsidered as though accepting the description as fair. “If you see any unusual activity on the board, assume it’s him. Do not engage. I repeat — do not engage.”

“Confirmed. We’ll switch to Contingency A.”

“No,” said Figaro. “They have the network running analysis. Consider all safe locations compromised. Take them to an off-site.”

“Yes, sir. We’ll take them to—”

“No. Don’t confirm.” Figaro had interrupted angrily. “Move. Active-silence.”

The signal broke off.

“You stopped him before he told us where he was going,” said PT.

“I know where they’re going,” said Figaro. “I know how Mackus trained them to think. He trained me the same way. Behind enemy lines to an area already cleared. They’ll return to Ganesh’s home and replace the security detail already there. They’ll become their own hunters. Makes it a lot easier to evade capture. Of course, there won’t be a detail there.” He turned to Ganesh. “Just you.”

“Thank you,” said Ganesh. “All of you. I will see you when you return.” He didn’t wait for a response and hurried towards the doors. They didn’t open.

“Let him out,” shouted Ubik. The doors slid aside and Ganesh left with a small wave.

“How many of them will he be up against?” asked PT.

“Six. Ganesh won’t have any trouble. Not even if there were sixty.”

“I don’t see why you had to take over,” said Ubik. “My impersonation of Mackus was flawless.”

“You sounded nothing like him,” said PT.

“Were you not paying attention? That was exactly how he spoke.” He leaned over the microphone. “‘I’m in charge, I am. Everyone do as I say.’”

The Holover put one hand on its hip and pointed at PT.

“See?” said Ubik. He took a sandwich off the tray the drone had brought over and bit into it. Then he frowned and opened the sandwich to find it had no filling. He looked over at PT, who now had his personal supply of sandwiches sitting on the console next to him.

“I wonder if Ramon Ollo protected the network from crumbs,” mused Ubik.

“I doubt it,” said Figaro. “He never allowed anyone to eat in here. I’ll probably be grounded once he finds out. If you’ve both finished, perhaps we can go find him.”

The screen flickered, showing a stream of data, but this time it was all words and identification protocols.

“This is the Central Authority. Security certification is available for review. Ollo compound, respond.

“This is Mackus D’Livia,” said Figaro, brusque and off-hand. “What do you want?”

“Request access to—”

“Denied. Where were you when the Seneca Corps were threatening to extinguish our world?”

“The Central Authority followed Treaty 7 guidelines, as required by—”

“Are you fully automated? Is there a Guardian on-site?”

“There is currently no—”

“Then I don’t want to hear from you again until there is, as agreed in Treaty 19.”

“Treaty 19 also states that in the event of no Guardian being available within a range of—”

“What about the Guardian on the Nirvana? Are they dead?”

“Guardian Tezla has been recovered. She is in stasis.”

“Then thaw her out, and then you can request access.” Figaro cut off the communication.

“Nice,” said Ubik. “Kid’s got a way with drones. Could probably teach me a thing or two.”

PT rolled his eyes.

Figaro looked at the Holover of Mackus, which was staring resolutely forward. “Thanks. It’s only slightly worrying that I can get more done when I’m pretending to be him than when I’m myself.”

“Don’t let it bother you,” said PT. “We’re all going to wind up dead long before we can develop our own methods for dealing with these kinds of situations. Borrowing his methods is perfectly acceptable.”

“Feel free to borrow mine,” said Ubik.

“That will only see us dead a lot sooner,” said PT.

“The evidence suggests otherwise,” said Ubik. “Having said that, this prototype ship of your dad’s hasn’t been tested yet, and has never been in space. But don’t worry, I’ve read a lot of books on flying. Shouldn’t be too hard to pick up.”

“Wait,” said PT, gathering up his sandwiches and keeping them out of Ubik’s reach. “You don’t know how to fly this thing?”

“Strictly speaking, I’ve never flown a ship of this type. Or any ship. But how hard can it be?”

“I’ll fly it,” said Figaro.

“But—” said Ubik.

“Shut up and do what you’re told,” snapped Mackus’ Holover.

“Alright, alright,” said Ubik. As they left the control room, Ubik leaned closer to PT. “Those two are more alike than he thinks.”

“We’ll see,” said PT. “Now give me back the sandwich you just lifted.” He held out his hand.

Ubik looked hurt by the accusation. Then he gave back the sandwich.


          

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Third Quadrant.

Planet Enaya.

The White Palace.

Control Room.

 

The metal band Ubik had placed on his head like a crown tingled. There was no direct neural connection, but Ubik could feel the pulses of electricity firing through his temples into his brain. It allowed him to see the room as it was meant to be seen.

An overlay indicated what every button, switch and readout was for, how to use it and what its current status was, updated in real-time.

Blue text filled up Ubik’s vision, and then faded when he shifted his focus. Red text flashed to call his attention to something. Green text informed him of active systems. Orange text warned him of operations coming to an end. Purple text alerted him to countermeasures that were ready to deploy.

All this hand-holding probably wasn’t necessary once you were familiar with the network, but it made it a lot easier for a first time user. There was still a lot to take in. But unlike the Central Authority infodump he had endured, this was designed to be mastered over time. The metal band was a training tool. The network had been built so a child could learn it.

The Seneca ship on the screen was impressively outfitted. It was heavily armed and shielded. It would take a serious amount of firepower to put even a small dent in its side, unless you happened to have a detailed breakdown of every onboard system and component.

As it happened, Ubik had exactly such a breakdown. Just by looking at a part of the ship, the network gave him exact data on what it did, its current condition, and its weaknesses to attack.

“I love this,” said Ubik. “I am so going to make one of these.”

“You faked the destruction of a Seneca warship,” said Fig. “You put the whole world under a death sentence. You misled the Seneca High Command… or were they part of this?”

Mackus said nothing. His face was a blank slate, calculating his options. Ubik found it very funny. He had already calculated the available options, he knew Mackus was seeing one dead end after another.

“It’s a good thing I’m here,” said Ubik, grinning. “You two would have strung this out for days. You set up the Seneca explosion to trick Fig. But Fig’s known you since he was born, he knows how you think. No way would he believe you were going to hand over control to him, no matter what the threat. But you knew Fig would be suspicious, so obviously you would take that into account and give him something to latch onto. But Fig would be expecting you to—”

“Alright, alright,” said PT, “we get the idea. You’re giving me a headache.”

“Your problem,” said Ubik to Mackus, “is you think too simple. You’re one of those ‘shortest distance between two points’ kind of guys.”

“You think the problem was his plan was too simple?” said PT. “What am I saying? Compared to one of your plans, it’s completely transparent.”

“Who are you people?” said Mackus, his voice quiet and controlled.

The main screen changed from a view of the Seneca ship to a view of a very grim-looking Seneca officer.

“What have you done, Mackus?” she said. She didn’t seem very happy.

“Hello,” said Ubik brightly. “I wouldn’t prime those forward artillery placements if I were you. If I hit them between the third and fourth segment breaks, your whole front section will detach. We should talk later, I can fix most of the issues for a very reasonable price.”

The woman’s face became grimmer, which Ubik hadn’t thought possible.

“General Sway,” said Mackus, “this is unfortunate, but not irreparable.”

“Indeed,” said General Sway. Her gaze switched to Fig. “Unfortunate.”

“You have broken several Seneca statutes,” said Fig. “Even if they gave consent for this mission, they’ll never admit it. There is no fixing this for you, Devora.”

There was a slight twitch in the general’s left eye. “You are correct, Figaro. But I can clean up this mess. For the Corps.”

“No,” said Mackus. “This is salvageable!”

The consensus seemed to be that General Sway intended to wipe the slate clean. No one would know what happened here, no one would know who was to blame. A noble sacrifice by the Corps, for the Corps.

Ubik started giggling. “I like your confidence, Devora. You really think you can still achieve some kind of victory.”

General Sway scowled. “Has he gone mad?”

“It’s hard to tell,” said PT.

“It’s under consideration,” said Fig.

“Yeah, yeah, I’m the loony one,” said Ubik. “Could a crazy person do this, though?”

Everyone stopped and waited. Nothing happened, or at least didn’t appear to.

“What did you do?” said PT.

“Really? Do you even have eyes? Look around you.”

Everyone looked at their surroundings, apart from the bald, bearded man. He was staring intently at Ubik.

“Oh,” said Fig. “There’s a forcefield.”

They looked closer and saw the slight refraction of light. The walls, the floor, the ceiling, they were covered in a gloss that hadn’t been there a moment before.

“Exactly,” said Ubik, looking back at the bearded man and giving him a thumbs up. “This is what your dad called the Figaro Protocol, specially designed to counter the Seneca Protocol. There are sixteen billion executables in the network with one common factor — in each of them, Figaro Carmen Ollo is prevented from dying.” He turned his head to look at Fig. “Carmen, huh? Bet your mother came up with that. Anyway, this room is now sealed inside an impenetrable bubble. Nothing gets in or out. The universe could end and we’d still be here.” He turned his attention to the screen. “Open fire on us and the network on the asteroid will destroy you. Attack the asteroid first, and the planetary defence grid will destroy you. Attack both at the same time, and the nearest moon will open fire on you. And that’s just three of the sixteen billion options. I really, really love this. I’m gonna build two of them. Two feels like the minimum you need.”

“You seriously underestimate what the Seneca Corps is capable of,” said General Sway.

“You seriously underestimate what I’m capable of,” said Fig. “The person who trained you also trained me, Devora. Except, she didn’t go easy on me. You will take your ship and leave. Call off the fleet and make up whatever explanation you want — I won’t contradict it. But refuse my offer, and I will release data on your ships and installations. Everyone will know your weaknesses. You will personally be responsible for the end of the Corps.”

“I don’t think so,” said General Sway. “There is no way for you to send out a signal. When we collapse this region of space, nothing will escape. I will be proud to give my life and the life of my crew for the glory—”

She was interrupted by Ubik’s laughter. “There she goes again. Lady, you can’t stop us sending out a galaxy-wide signal, even if you collapse the wormhole and every star in this cluster. You know why? Sixteen billion solutions. Yes, Ramon saw this one coming, too. You know what he did? He set up a corporation. It’s called Node PLC.”

“My father owns Node?” said Fig.

“Founder and sole owner.”

“How did you find that in sixteen billion lines of code?” said PT.

“Oh, it’s more than sixteen billion lines. Anyway, he used it to create a huge broadcasting franchise across the quadrant, built around wrestling, among other things. Didn’t even bother to supervise its growth. Just gave it a mission statement — maximise the pay-per-view revenue stream. That was enough to create the most sophisticated subspace communication array every built. Doesn’t need space to exist to work. I can reach any point in the quadrant in under 0.1 milliseconds. Actually faster than the speed of light, although not really. Mostly shortcuts.” Ubik looked up at the screen and saluted. “Ramon Ollo sends his greetings.”

There was a fury in her eyes that could have laid waste to entire worlds, and probably had. “You have made an enemy of the Corps today.”

“Wait till you see what I’ve got planned for tomorrow,” said Ubik.

“Leave now, Devora,” said Fig. “You were always my mother’s favourite. I don’t want to upset her.”

The screen went blank, then showed the ship again. It turned around, thrusters firing on one side, and then it blasted off.

“You did well, Figaro,” said Mackus. “But you had her completely at your mercy and let her go. She won’t be as forgiving. This is the reason why you aren’t fit to take your father’s place.”

“Mackus, no one is fit to take my father’s place. But the position still belongs to me. Your attempted coup has failed.”

“Unlike you,” said Mackus, “I am not afraid to cross the line when necessary. Ganesh. You know what will happen if anything happens to me...”

Eyes turned to Ganesh, who had been watching quietly. His looked like he was in pain. He took a step towards Fig. Then stopped. He grunted but couldn’t move his feet.

“I apologise,” said Ubik. “Your Delgados are now part of the network.” It was an underhanded thing to do. No man should have control of his Delgados taken away from him.

Ganesh looked down at his feet. Then he pulled his feet out of the boots. He stood there in his socks.

“Didn’t you consider he might do that?” said PT.

“He voluntarily took off his Delgados,” said Ubik. “Why would anyone… Can you beat him?”

“No,” said Fig, backing away. “Mackus is the only one who ever could”

“What about you?”

“Not even close,” said PT.

“Guys, come on, have a little faith in yourselves.”

“Isn’t he in the sixteen billion?” said PT.

“He is,” said Ubik. “But I think I have a better idea.”

“Better than Ramon Ollo?” said PT. “Are you—”

The lights on the boards flashed once. Everyone floated into the air.

“Okay,” said PT. “I like this plan. Can you switch the gravity between zero and point six. Make it a three-second interval.”

Gravity returned, gently bringing everyone down, and then cut out again, sending them bobbing up.

PT tucked in his legs and rotated in mid-air. As gravity returned, he kicked off the floor and ended up standing on the ceiling just as weightlessness returned.

“Nice moves,” said Ganesh.

“Born on a colony ship,” said PT. Gravity kicked in again and PT used it to launch himself at Ganesh.

Ganesh fell backwards, tucked into a somersault, kicked off the wall and flew over PT. “So was I.”

“What?” said Ubik. “That wasn’t in the database?”

Ganesh hit the ceiling with his stockinged feet and pushed off, throwing a small strip of metal ahead of him. He wasn’t aiming at PT or Fig. He was aiming for Ubik.

Ubik was distracted. What distracted him was the metal projectile coming towards him. It was the Delgado logo, taken from the side of Ganesh’s boot. He was about to be killed by the Delgado insignia. The idea of it was just too traumatic for Ubik to react.

The insignia struck him on the head, sending the headband flying off. Ganesh came hurtling in behind it.

“No, no, no,” shouted Ubik. “This isn’t one of the sixteen billion.” He tried to get out of the way but he had fixed his own Delgados to the floor for stability and couldn’t move.

Point-Two struck Ganesh from the side, sending him spinning away before he could reach Ubik.

“Nice moves,” said PT. “A little outdated, though. I don’t think you’ve been keeping up with developments in zero-G tag.” He put a foot on Ubik’s chest and hurled himself upward. He hit the ceiling, bounced off and came down heading away from Ganesh.

As Ganesh repositioned to try for Ubik again, PT twisted so his trajectory curved. He came at Ganesh from behind.

Ganesh tried to shift his weight but he was out of position and could only push PT away, shoving both hands at him.

But PT was expecting the move. Rather than try to block or evade, he grabbed Ganesh’s wrists and pulled him in. He rolled backwards, threw Ganesh over him, and kicked him in the chest, sending him flying across the room.

Mackus was trying to get hold of the metal band. Fig kicked off a wall but the variable gravity was hard for him to manage with any accuracy, and Ganesh was coming directly towards him. Fig held his position above the integration station and waited for Ganesh.

Gravity kicked in, Fig dropped, Ganesh’s momentum kept him flying. Fig planted one foot on the top of the console and sent a sweeping kick at Ganesh. It struck him on the shoulder.

Ganesh twisted in mid-air, copying the move PT had made earlier, and curved through the air, slamming into Mackus who had the metal band in his hand.

Ganesh grabbed Mackus by the waist, spun around him and closed his arms around him from behind, his arm around his neck. There was a sharp snap and Mackus’ head went limp.

Ganesh let him go and Mackus’s body floated in the air for a couple of seconds, and then fell to the ground in a heap.

Everyone else also returned to the ground as Ubik’s hand darted across the main board.

“Good,” said Ubik. “That went very well.” He looked at PT. “You were a bit slow to get it”

“I was acting,” said PT.

“Very convincing,” said Ubik.

“Are you sure the room is sealed?” said Ganesh, looking anxious.

“No signal in or out,” said Ubik.

PT had picked up the metal band and offered it to Ubik.

“Don’t need it anymore,” said Ubik.

“Took me twelve years to get to that point,” said Fig with a sigh. “What now? As soon as you unseal the room, Mackus’ death will trigger whatever failsafe he set up. Ganesh’s family will be killed.”

“Nah,” said Ubik. There was a glimmer across the walls as the forcefield came down. “Out of sixteen billion possibilities, this was actually number nine.”

An image of Mackus appeared in the middle of the room. It solidified so it looked entirely real. The screen showed life signs, all healthy.

“Fake Mackus,” said Ubik. “In case he went rogue and used a dead man switch. This Mackus will live forever.”

“He suspected Mackus all along?” said Ganesh.

“Just a precaution, I think,” said Ubik. “You’re down as number eight.”

“What about my father?” said Fig. “Can you locate him now?”

“No,” said Ubik. “It wasn’t just the warship blocking me, the asteroid isn’t accessible from here. We have to use the network up there.”

“Can’t you use the Node communication array?” said PT.

“Hmm? Oh, I made that up.”

“My father doesn’t own Node?” said Fig.

“No idea,” said Ubik. “Maybe. Sounds possible, doesn’t it?”

Ganesh shook his head. “How does anyone fight him? I can’t tell what he’s going to do next. He’s unreadable.”

“I know,” said Fig.

“Just remember, it’s safest near him, as crazy as that sounds,” said PT. “Although, it still isn’t very safe.”

“Right,” said Ubik, flicking switches across the board. “I’ve called up a ship. A Ramon Ollo prototype — should be fun. Should be waiting on the pad for us.” He stepped over Mackus’ body. “Now, who do I have to kill around here for a sandwich?”


          

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Prototype hints at what could have been.

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While Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series was commercially successful, the third outing took a bit of a beating from the critics; there were plans for a fourth movie – hence this prototype existing – but Sony would eventually choose to reboot the whole shebang with the Amazing Spider-Man movies (which, in turn, would be abandoned in favour of another reboot more recently, kicking off with Spider-Man: Homecoming).

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Facelifted 2020 Jaguar F-Type to be revealed today

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British sports car gains new styling and tech; Hot Wheels to assist with launch event

Jaguar will reveal the facelifted version of its F-Type this evening (Monday), in an event supported by model car firm Hot Wheels.

The new sports car, due on sale early next year, will gain refreshed styling and upgraded technology and has already been seen testing in camouflage livery in recent weeks.

Jaguar confirmed the launch date with a short video on social media recently, which also said the event would be held 'in partnership with Hot Wheels'. The teaser video features a Hot Wheels track loop, suggesting the new F-Type could undertake a similar stunt in reality. 

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has previously attempted a number of stunts and world records at launch events. The Jaguar F-Pace SUV set a world record for the widest loop in a car and the Jaguar E-Pace set a world record for the longest barrell roll by a production car. The Land Rover Discovery was launched by driving onto the world's largest Lego structure: a recreation of London's Tower Bridge.

The most recent spy shots of the F-Type, taken near JLR's technical HQ in Gaydon, show the restyled front end more clearly, with a new clamshell bonnet, a more prominent grille and slim, angular LED headlights mounted lower down the nose. 

The rear retains the same vertical bootlid but gets new wraparound tail-lights and a reshaped bumper. A quick glimpse at the interior doesn't reveal much, but it looks like the infotainment has moved on a generation, while the rotary climate control display remains. 

It's expected that much of the more advanced technology and infotainment features from the electric I-Pace and updated XE will make its way into the F-Type. That means new digital dials, a larger and more feature-laden touchscreen and substantial upgrades to the materials. 

JLR is now phasing out its long-running supercharged V6 in favour of a new turbocharged and hybridised straight six, and the F-Type will benefit from this more efficient powertrain. The turbocharged four-cylinder and supercharged V8 engines should be carried over to the new car with limited changes, however. Indeed, this prototype registers as a 5.0-litre V8, putting paid to rumours JLR would bring in a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre unit.

What remains unclear is whether the new F-Type will continue to offer a manual gearbox. The current V6 is still offered with one in the UK, although it has reportedly been removed from sale in the US. Regardless, manuals account for a tiny fraction of F-Type sales.

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Honking a bicycle as a non-holonomic Fermi-like acceleration (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/MPEE/KIRILLOV)

 

Honking means cycling out of the saddle. Cyclists use this way of riding to accelerate. In this process, the body of the cyclist moves rhythmically side to side with respect to the plane of the bicycle, while the frame of the bicycle rocks or sways with respect to the vertical position. It is known, however, that the commonly accepted modern bicycle models, stemming from the Whipple model of 1899, are non-holonomic and conservative. On one hand, this implies the conservation of energy, and on the other, non-conservation of the phase volume, which results in the possibility of the asymptotic stability of a straight vertical position of a bicycle that is riding along a straight path if the forward velocity is high enough, which is a well-known empirical fact. A natural question is: where the energy of dying leaning and steering motions flows? Actually, the energy in the lean and steer oscillations is transferred via a nonlinear coupling to the forward speed rather than being dissipated. It can therefore be conjectured that when cycling out of the saddle, the periodical movement of the cyclist’s mass pumps energy into the forward motion leading to the desired acceleration. Recently, acceleration due to a periodic motion of an internal mass has been theoretically discovered in a non-holonomic Chaplygin sleigh model and linked to the mechanism of acceleration of particles moving between periodically oscillating walls in a Fermi-Ulam model. The present project aims to verify the conjecture that acceleration due to honking is indeed a non-holonomic Fermi-like acceleration via a creation of a new nonlinear model of a bicycle with a periodically moving mass. The project will combine numerical, analytical and experimental approaches to engineer of a prototype demonstrating for the first time the non-holonomic Fermi-like acceleration in the laboratory.

This project is supervised by Dr. Oleg Kirillov.

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/EE/MPEE/KIRILLOV) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2020 or 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project.

ReferencesO.N. Kirillov (2018) Locating the sets of exceptional points in dissipative systems and the self-stability of bicycles. Entropy, 20(7): 502.
D. Bigoni, O.N. Kirillov (2018) Dynamic Stability and Bifurcation in Nonconservative Mechanics, CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences 586, Springer, Berlin


          

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Re: Type and Value Constraints and Coercions by Paul "LeoNerd" Evans

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On Thu, 28 Nov 2019 17:04:42 +0000
Dave Mitchell <davem@iabyn.com> wrote:

> 5) This is a tentative suggestion that would replace options 3) and
> 4). This would be for a constraint hook to be specified as a
> empty-bodied sub with a single parameter. The constraint(s) specified
> for that parameter become the custom constraints which that hook
> provides. In some fashion the code previously compiled for that
> "prototype" sub's constraint is copied and/or executed. This would be
> more efficient than calling a whole sub for each parameter, and would
> more constrained than injecting text into the source code.

This would be non-trivial to implement, but I have a growing collection
of situations in which I would love to be able to copy (partial)
optrees from one sub into another. I've often found it doesn't quite
work in a naive approach but I suspect a proper effort into making it
work wouldn't be that difficult. Somewhat outside of the scope of
signatures as such, but it may be worth us collecting up a list of
situations this could help with, to motivate an effort into looking at
making it work.

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Type and Value Constraints and Coercions by Dave Mitchell

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[
This proposal is the one where I am most outside of my comfort zone.
It attempts to supply useful features, and to allow expandable hooks so
that systems like Moose which have their own constraint systems can make
use of it, but I'm not intimately acquainted with such systems, and there
may be better ways to do this.

It's something I probably wouldn't use myself much, and were I to
implement it, its probably the thing I would do last or nearly last.
]

=head2 Synopsis:

sub f(
$self isa Foo::Bar, # croak unless $self->isa('Foo::Bar');
$foo isa Foo::Bar?, # croak unless undef or of that class
$a!, # croak unless $a is defined
$b is Int, # croak if $b not int-like
$c is Int?, # croak unless undefined or int-like
$d is PositiveInt, # user-defined type
$e is Int where $_ >= 1, # multiple constraints
$f is \@, # croak unless array ref
$aref as ref ? $_ : [ $_ ] # coercions: maybe modify the param
) { ...};


=head2 Background

It seems that people express a desire to be able to write something like:

sub f (Int $x) { ... }

as a shorthand for for something like:

sub f ($x) { croak unless
defined $x
&& !ref($x)
&& $x =~ /\A-?[0-9]+\Z/;
....;
}

Similarly people want

sub f (Some::Arbitrary::Class $x) { ... }

as a shorthand for

sub f ($x) { croak unless
defined $x
&& ref($x)
&& $x->isa(Some::Arbitrary::Class);
...;
}

Furthermore, there are also Perl 6 generic constraints:

sub f ($x where * < 10*$y) { ... }

which (in Perl 6 at least) can be used either as-is, or as part of a
multi-method dispatch - which selects whichever version of f() best
matches its (constant) argument constraints.

In any such a scheme, there would have to be support for built-in types
(such as Int) plus the ability to extend the type system with
user-defined (or pragma-defined) types (e.g. PositiveInt say).

So, what's the best way of giving the public what they want?

First, we should be very clear that's what is contained within this
proposal is an argument-checking system, not a type system for variables.
It will guarantee that, at the start of execution of the main body of the
sub, the parameter variable has a value that meets certain constraints,
possibly via some initial modification; and if this is not possible, the
sub will instead have croaked at that point.

It *doesn't* mean that the sub's caller is any way constrained at compile
time as to what arguments it can pass. Unlike prototypes, which affect
caller compilation, signatures are at heart just efficient syntactic sugar
for code at the start of the body of a sub which checks and manipulates
the contents of @_ while binding them to local lexical variables.

Similarly, a constraint doesn't constrain the value of a lexical parameter
variable later in the body of the sub. For example:

sub f (Int $x) {
...; # $x contains a valid integer value at this point
$x = []; # legal, even though not an Int value
}

f( [] ); # compiles ok; only croaks when f() is called.

This is in contrast to a "real" type system. For example, the existing
'my Dog $spot' syntax can be made (in conjunction with 'use fields') to
croak on invalid hash keys:

package Dog;
use fields qw(nose tail);
my Dog $spot = {};
$spot->{fins} = 1; # compile time error

It might also, in some hypothetical future version of perl, support:

my Int $x = 1;
$x = []; # error

A "real" type system might also allow optimisations: e.g. storing the
value of $x directly as an integer rather than an SV, and planting special
versions of arithmetic ops which deal directly with an int on the stack
rather than an SV.

So, given that a constraint type system and a "real" type system are two
separate things (unless someone smarter than me can can suggest a way of
unifying them), I think that they should be kept syntactically separate.
In particular, we shouldn't use a type prefix before the variable name to
specify a constraint; that should be reserved for a hypothetical future
type system.

=head2 Main Proposal

Instead, what I propose is a special postfix '!' symbol, plus four
parameter postfix keywords (akin to Perl 6 traits): C<where>, C<as>, C<is>
and C<isa>. These can be applied in any order, and more than once, to each
parameter. Syntactically, they are similar to statement modifiers, except
that they can be stacked. For a given parameter, they come after all of
the parameter's other syntax (including default values). They are
processed against the lexical parameter, after any binding of arguments or
default value. In detail:

=over

=item $param!

This is a special short cut for what I assume is a common requirement.
It is equivalent to

$param where defined $_

Unlike the other constraints, the exclamation mark goes directly after
the parameter name:

$param! :shared = 0

But like the other constraints, it is tested I<after> any default
value has been applied.

=item where <boolean expression>

This temporarily aliases $_ to the current parameter, and croaks if
the expression doesn't return a true value: e.g.

sub f ($x = 0 where defined && $_ < 10, ...) { ... }

=item isa <Class::Name>

sub f ($x isa Class::name)

is roughly shorthand for

sub f ($x where defined $_
&& ref($_)
&& $_->isa('Class:name'))

Although if Paul Evan's 'isa' infix keyword is accepted into core, then
the signature 'isa' trait should become exactly shorthand for:

sub f ($x where $_ isa Class::Name) { ... }

and any rules regarding whether the class name is quoted and/or
has a trailing '::' should be the same.

Note that it uses perl package/class names, not constraint type names.

A class name followed by '?' indicates that an undefined value is
allowed:

sub f ($x isa Class::name?)

is effectively shorthand for

sub f ($x where !defined $x
|| ( ref($x)
&& $x->isa('Class:name')))


=item as <coercion expression>

This temporarily aliases $_ to the current parameter, evaluates the
expression, and assigns the result to $_, which may cause the parameter
lexical variable to be updated: e.g.

sub f ($array_ref as (ref ? $_ : [ $_ ]), ...) { ... }

So
($x as expr, ...))

can be thought of as shorthand for

($x where (($_= expr, 1), ...)

In practice I would expect 'as' to be used mostly by pragma writers
to define custom types for use by 'is' as described below; 'as' itself
would appear less frequently actually in signatures.

=item is <constraint-type-name>

This implements the functionality desired by the hypothetical 'Int $x'
example above to check whether the parameter's value satisfies the
named constraint, possibly coercing it too. It supports using the
hints mechanism to allow pragmata to add new constraint types in
addition to those already built in. For example:

# built-in type:
sub foo ($x is Int ) { ... }
# roughly equivalent to: die unless defined && /^-?[0-9]+$/

# user-defined type:
sub foo ($x is PositiveInt) { ... }
# roughly equivalent to: ($x is Int where $x >= 0)

See below for details of how custom constraint types can be created.

Like 'isa', 'is' type names can be followed by '?', indicating that an
undefined value is also allowed. If the argument is undefined, the
type check is skipped. (So a bit like Moose's MaybeRef etc.)

sub foo ($x is Int?) { ... }

Type names as used by 'is' occupy a different namespace than perl
packages and classes, and in particular they can't include '::'
in their name, so they are less likely to be confused with typical
Foo::Bar package names.

Note that in an earlier draft of this proposal I used the 'isa'
trait to handle both 'isa' and 'is'; the idea being that the type name
would be first looked up as a built-in/custom type name, and if not
recognised, would fall back to an isa() check. But after some private
discussions, I think its best to keep the two concepts (and name
spaces) entirely separate.

Note that there are some specific advantages of having the type as a
postfix trait, i.e. ($x is Foo, ...) rather than (Foo $x, ...): it makes
it consistent with the other constraint features (where/as/isa), and keeps
everything being processed in a strict left to right order; for example in

sub f ($x :shared is Int where $x > 10)

all the constraints are processed *after* the 'shared' attribute code
is called; in

sub f (Int $x :shared where $x > 10)

the order is all mixed up.

The built-in constraint types will also coerce the resultant parameter
to be a suitable type of SV. So for example,

sub f($i is Int, $s is Str) { ...}

would do the rough equivalent of

sub f { my ($i, $s) = (int($_[0]), "$_[1]"); ... }

So even if called as f("123"), $i won't have an initial string value
(internally it will be an SVt_IV, not an SVt_PVIV).

Similarly, even if the argument is overloaded, the resulting
parameter won't be - but may trigger calling the relevant overload
conversion method (int, "" or whatever) to get the plain value.

This means that (for example), if a Math::BigInt value is passed as
the argument for $i, the resulting parameter will just be a plain int
and any extra data or behaviour will have been lost.

On the occasions where this is unacceptable, the coder can of course
just not declare a constraint in the signature and do any checks
manually in the body of the function.

=back

So that's the basic idea. I think that most of the time end-users will
just use 'is Type', 'is CustomType' or 'isa Some::Class', while pragmata
writers will make more extensive use of 'where' and 'as' to create custom
constraint types such as 'CustomType'. So most code will use e.g. 'is
AlwaysArrayRef' and only behind the scenes is this defined fully as
something like 'where defined($_) as [ ref ? $_ : [ $_ ] ]'.

Hopefully this proposal provides a general-enough framework such that the
implementers of systems like Moose can make use of it to make them run
the same (but faster) on newer releases of perl.

=head2 Some general rules for constraints

Constraints apart from '!' and 'isa' cannot be used on a parameter which
is a direct alias (e.g. *$x), since this might trigger coercing the
passed argument and thus causing unexpected action at a distance.

The where/as/isa/is keywords will only be recognised as keywords at the
appropriate point(s) where lexing a signature parameter; elsewhere, they
are treated as normal barewords / function names as before.

At the start of constraint processing, $_ is aliased to the lexical
parameter variable, and any modification of $_ will modify the parameter,
with the change being visible to any further constraints.

The behaviour of $_ if it becomes unaliased from the lexical parameter
(e.g. via local *_ = \$x) is undefined for any further constraints in the
current parameter declaration which make explicit or implicit use of $_,
such as for $_->isa(...) and for the variable which the result of 'as' is
assigned to. The variable being used/modified might end up actually being
either $_ or the lexical parameter, and this might vary between perl
releases and levels of optimisation.

The complete collection of where/as/isa/is clauses are collectively
enclosed in their own logical single scope, in order that $_ can be
efficiently localised just once. This means that any lexical variables
declared inside will not be visible outside of those clauses. For example:

my $foo;
sub f ($x is Int where (my $foo=2*$x) < 10, $y = $foo) { $foo }

is treated kind of like:

my $foo;
sub f ($x { is Int where (my $foo=2*$x) < 10 }, $y = $foo) { $foo }

in that the $y parameter and the body of the sub both see the outer $foo,
not the inner one.

Note that in my proposal, constraints are applied to a parameter's value
*after* binding, regardless of whether that value was from an argument or
from a default expression. This is because in something like:

($x, $y = $x is Int)

you have no say over what $x might contain. This does however mean that
you may get the inefficiency of applying constraints to e.g. constant
default values. It might be possible in this case to run the constraint
checker against the default value once at compile time, then skip the
check at run time if the default value is used.

Constraints can only be supplied to scalar parameters; in particular they
can't be applied to:

* Slurpy parameters like @array and %hash;

* Reference-aliased aggregate parameters like \@array and \%hash (but in
these cases perl will already croak at runtime if the supplied arg isn't
an array/hash ref);

* Query parameters apart from scalar, ?$x.

* Placeholder (nameless) parameters. In the very rare cases where you
actually want to check the passed argument while throwing it away
anyway, you can always fallback to using a named parameter:

sub foo ($self, $ is Int where $_ > 0) { ... } # illegal
sub foo ($self, $unused is Int where $_ > 0) { ... } # ok

Imposing this restriction makes implementing and optimising constraints
easier.

=head2 Constraint type names

I envisage that type names will be allowed the same set of characters as
normal identifiers such as variables, and that this set is extended as
expected when in the scope of 'use utf8'. But they aren't allowed ':' (and
specifically not '::') to avoid confusion with package/class names, which
are a separate namespace.

I have a further suggestion (which caused at least one porter to privately
recoil in horror). I think that '+', '-' and '!' characters should also be
allowed as part of the type name (but not as the first character, and
possibly only as a trailing character). So just for example, either
perl itself or a pragma could define these additional types:

$x is Int-- equivalent to: $x is Int where $_ < 0
$x is Int- equivalent to: $x is Int where $_ <= 0
$x is Int+ equivalent to: $x is Int where $_ >= 0
$x is Int++ equivalent to: $x is Int where $_ > 0

$x is Str+ equivalent to: $x is Str where length($_) > 0

which are easier to type and read than "PositiveInt", "StrictlyPositiveInt"
etc, say.

Similarly, a trailing '!' as part of the name might imply a stricter
version of a type. For example, "Int!" might croak if passed any value
which can't be losslessly converted to an integer; so 123.4 and "123.4"
would croak, while 123 and "123" would pass. Plain "Int" would allow both
of those, but would croak on "123abc".

I think we should also include a few built-in "symbol" constraint type
names, specifically:

is \$ # must be a scalar ref
is \@ # must be an array reference
is \% # must be a hash reference
is \& # must be a code ref
is \* # must be a glob ref

Which are less clunky than 'is ArrayRef' etc. I think a plain ref is
better specified as 'is Ref' rather than 'is \ ' though.

(Note however that '$aref is \@' will often be easier to write as '\@a';
i.e. get perl itself to deref and alias the array, doing the check for
free. Ditto \%.)

=head2 Details on 'is' built-in constraint types

We need to decide exactly what built-in types perl should support, and
what value(s) those built-ins (e.g. Int, Int!, Num, Str etc) should accept
and what coercions they perform. I think that these details are still up
for discussion and I don't have any strong feelings. For example in the
discussion above about Int and Int!, I'm assuming that perl will convert a
string containing a valid integer value into an integer rather than
croaking. Perhaps people would prefer instead that a string like "123"
should croak if being coerced to an Int. Or perhaps only a lower-case
variant, "int", should croak. Which of these count as Int:

undef
1.2
""
"123"
" 123 "
"1.2"
"0 but true"
"0.0"
"0abc"
"0E0"

etc? The one thing I'm mostly certain of is that Int should *not* just be
a check that the argument has the Svf_IOK flag set.

Perhaps lower-case-only names (like int) should be reserved for perl
built-ins?

=head2 Custom constraint types

At compile time it will be possible for pragmata and similar to add
lexically-scoped type hook functions via the hints mechanism. These will
allow constraint type names to be looked up and handled according to the
pragma's wishes.

It is intended that the lexical scope of the hooks allows built-in types
to be overridden, e.g.

sub f1($i is Int) {} # built-in Int
{
use Types::MakeIntMoreStrict;
sub f2($i is Int) {} # Int as defined by Types::MakeIntMoreStrict
{
use Types::EvenStricter;
sub f3($i is Int) {} # Int as defined by Types::EvenStricter
}
}

In the presence of hooks, the hook functions are called at the
subroutine's *compile* time to look up the constraint type name. The
return value of the hook can indicate either:

1) An error string.

2) Unrecognised: pass through to the next hook, or in the absence of
further hooks, treat as a built-in.

3) A returned checker sub ref which will be called at run-time each time
the parameter is processed. The sub ref takes a single argument, which is
the parameter being processed, and the return value(s) can indicate
either:

* an error string;
* the parameter is ok;
* or a return value which should be used in place of the
parameter (this allows coercion).

Note that the hook sub ref itself can have a signature with constraints.
So the extra constraint processing done by the sub ref can be handled
either as explicit code in its body, or implicitly with its own signature
constraints.

Also, the sub ref can (if it chooses) modify its $_[0], which means it's
modifying $_, which is aliased to the parameter of the caller currently
being processed and possibly aliased to the checker sub's caller's
caller's argument too. In fact arguably it should achieve coercion by
modifying $_[0] rather than returning a new value as was suggested above.

The sub should only croak on some sort of internal error; when detecting a
constraint violation, it should just return an error string; this allows
for the possibility of alternations (although I'm not keen on allowing
alternations).

4) Return a string containing a source code snippet to be inserted into
the source text at that point.

This option is in many ways the most interesting, as it effectively allows
pragmata to inject extra constraints into the source code. For example,
suppose there's a user-written pragma called Type::IntRanges; then with
this code:

use Type::IntRanges;
sub f ($x is PositiveInt) { ...}

At 'use' compile time the pragma registers itself in the lexically scoped
hints. Then when the signature is parsed and compiled, the pragma's hook
function is looked up in the hints, then called with the type name
'PositiveInt'; the hook returns the string

'is Int where $_ >= 0'

which is injected into the source code stream as if the coder had instead
directly written:

sub f ($x is Int where $_ >= 0) { ...}

Similarly, ($x is AlwaysRef) might be translated at compile time into
($x where defined($_) as ref ? $_ : [$_] )

(i.e. coerce into a ref, but croak if not defined).

This can be nested; the injected source code can also contain a custom
type name which will also trigger a source code injection.

[ Note: I have no idea how easy it will be to inject raw src text into the
input stream, especially if the lexer has already processed the token
following the type name and passed it to the parser as the lookahead
token. If not viable, then I may have to drop this option. ]

While powerful, this code injection has a couple of downsides. First, you
may get compiler warnings or errors appearing to come from a place in your
source code where there is no such syntax. To avoid this, hook writers
should be encouraged to write hooks which only supply simple, well tested
code snippets which shouldn't produce warnings or compile errors (they can
of course cause constraint errors). Secondly, there's nothing to stop a
hook returning 'bobby tables'-like source code like 'is Int,
$extra_param'. The docs should state that doing anything other than
injecting extra constraints into the current parameter is undefined
behaviour.

Conversely, using a sub ref to process every parameter avoids the
confusion of code injection, but is slow: a sub call for every parameter
in the current sub call. Also, error messages may appear to come from the
hook sub ref buried somewhere in a pragma.pm module, rather than the
user's code.

5) This is a tentative suggestion that would replace options 3) and 4).
This would be for a constraint hook to be specified as a empty-bodied sub
with a single parameter. The constraint(s) specified for that parameter
become the custom constraints which that hook provides. In some fashion
the code previously compiled for that "prototype" sub's constraint is
copied and/or executed. This would be more efficient than calling a whole
sub for each parameter, and would more constrained than injecting text
into the source code. It would of course be nestable; for example:

hook 1: 'PositiveInt' maps to: sub ($x is Int where $_ >= 0) {}
hook 2: 'OddPosInt' maps to: sub ($x is PositiveInt where $_ % 2) {}

sub foo($self, $arg is OddPosInt) { ... }

Most of these hooking methods may have issues with deparsing correctly, so
this needs careful implementation.

=head2 Checking types outside of signatures.

I propose that for each built-in constraint type there will be a
corresponding function in the 'is::' namespace which returns a boolean
indicating whether the argument passes that constraint. This would be
particularly useful where the constraint is too complex to be specified in
the signature, e.g.

sub f ($n) { die unless is::Int($n) || is::Num($n); ... }

Note that these functions would only do the checking part of the type's
action, not the coercion part (if any).

The is:: namespace would behave similarly to utf8::, in that the functions
are always present without requiring 'use is'.

I'm not sure whether a similar facility can be provided for custom types.
Perhaps have an is::is($x, 'Type') function which at runtime looks up
"Type" using the same lexical hints, to find the right hook. This would
require custom hooks to provide info for both the signature compilation
and a function to be called at runtime. This is a bit hand-wavey. It would
be also be useful for built-ins having extra characters in them like I
suggested above, e.g. is::is($x, 'Int++') and is::is($aref, '\@');

=head2 Moosey extensions to 'is'

Moose supports aggregate and alternation / composite constraints; for
example, ArrayRef[Int] and [Int|Num].

Personally I think that we shouldn't support these; it will make things
far too complex. Also, the nested HashRef[ArrayRef[Int]] form quickly
becomes a performance nightmare, with every element of the AoH having to
be checked for Int-ness on every call to the function.



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