first_imgTwo teams with a combined 10 losses already will face off at the Coliseum sans infield dirt Sunday, and maybe they surprise us with some decent football.The Raiders (1-5) are playing for pride at this point, while the Colts (2-5) still have a shot in a jumbled AFC South.Ahead of 1:05 p.m. PST kickoff, let’s have a look at five things to watch for in the game. Can Doug Martin fill Marshawn Lynch’s role?Martin is no Beast Mode, but the Raiders seem more than confident he can …last_img

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Foursquare has an open position for a data scientist. Specifically, the company is looking for someone with “experience with prediction or recommender systems, search and ranking algorithms, and classification algorithms.” In September, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley told the audience at Picnic that the company is building a recommendation engine. About Foursquare thinks this may hint at things to come from Foursquare.Data scientists are statisticians and/or computer scientists who specialize in working with large datasets. As explained here, the job of the data scientist is to obtain, scrub, explore, model and interpret data.It’s likely that Foursquare is looking for someone to turn its massive datasets culled from all those check-ins into something useful and, of course, monetizable.Alistair Goodman wrote at Business Insider that he expects Facebook Places to win the check-in wars, but:Mark Andreesen, an investor in Foursquare and board member of Facebook, will most likely still lead Foursquare into new areas that won’t be touched by Facebook with the hopes of helping it pivot beyond the check-in. Gowalla won’t be so lucky.Getting into big data in a big way would be one way for Foursquare to build value and keep from becoming just another check-in service. As we’ve noted before, it won’t have a whole lot of competition in the food recommendation space.Marshall noted that, in addition to a recommendation engine, Foursquare has talked about incentivizing behavior:In addition to recommendations, the company has long talked about incentivization of real-world behavior. Today, for example, Foursquare announced a partnership with CNN, which will give a “healthy eater” badge to anyone who checks-in at one of ten thousand farmers markets. It’s unclear whether a dorky apple badge with CNN emblazoned on it is going to incentivize anyone to do anything – but it’s a start and an interesting idea.Imagine checking in at a farmer’s market, then later receiving recommendations to restaurants that cook with locally-sourced food when you check-in nearby. It’s got to be just a matter of time before big companies like McDonald’s start incentivizing fun and Happy Meals lest we all get too many farmers market recommendations.We’ve asked before what value there may be in the massive datasets generated by geotracking. If anyone can think of some novel uses for this data, please let us know in the comments (or found a start-up).Interested in applying for the job? Here’s are Foursquare’s requirements:MS or PhD in CS/Machine Learning or Statistics or a BS with extensive experience in the field5+ years experience as a data scientist/analyst on large datasets, or research in this areaAbility to work with big datasets with minimal engineering supportComfortable in a small, intense and high-growth start-up environmentIf you want to learn more about data science, you might want to check out the free e-book Mining of Massive Datasets from Stanford professors Anand Rajaraman and Jeffrey Ullman. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Location#web last_img read more

first_imgTags:#How To#start Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you’re in the early stages of building a startup company and are interested in raising your first investment money for it, you may be interested to learn about, develop relationships with and be educated by some of the top women acting as angel investors in tech. Who are these women? That’s a question being collaboratively answered on the Q&A site Quora, with participation from people like Tara Hunt, Jason Calacanis and so far six other people with experience in the field. The group has assembled a good list – so we looked up all the people named on Twitter and created the following Twitter list that you can follow to keep up with all these women in one handy place: Top Female Angels. The group’s most recent Tweets can be seen embedded in a widget below.The discussion on Quora is sure to continue – as it does I’ll try to add more names to this list. Feel free to name more women who you’d like to have included in comments below as well.A Twitter list like this is handy because it provides context to these messages.last_img read more

first_imgDuring my six-week bike ride last spring (during my sabbatical), I covered nearly 2,000 miles, most of it over land that hadn’t seen a drop of rain since the previous fall; some of those areas — mostly in Texas — still haven’t gotten significant precipitation. Farmers in Texas have had to plow their cotton under or slaughter their cattle. If the drought continues through the winter, power plants may have to start shutting down for want of cooling water.Meanwhile, the Amtrak train that I was going to take home from Houston was canceled due to extensive flooding in the Upper Midwest. And back in Vermont, at the end of August, we saw whole towns cut off by flooding and washed-out bridges and roads from Tropical Storm Irene. An early snowstorm in October caused power outages in Connecticut and Massachusetts that lasted up to a week and a half. Resilient designIt is this sort of vulnerability that I thought about during my bike trip and during the remainder of my sabbatical when I was back home. It turns out that many of the strategies needed to achieve resilience — such as really well insulated homes that will keep their occupants safe if the power goes out or interruptions in heating fuel occur — are exactly the same strategies we have been promoting for years in the green building movement. The solutions are largely the same, but the motivation is one of life safety, rather than simply doing the right thing. We need to practice green building, because it will keep us safe — a powerful motivation — and this may be the way to finally achieve widespread adoption of such measures.Over the coming weeks, I’ll describe how we can address this vulnerability with more resilient homes and communities. Achieving such resilience won’t be easy and it will require investment, but I believe it is crucial for our future well-being. Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can follow him on Twitter. RELATED ARTICLES There’s also terrorism to worry aboutWhile we are now experiencing the first effects of a changing climate, we also face other threats and vulnerabilities. Terrorism is now an ever-present reality, and terrorists of the future may well target our energy production and distribution systems. The U.S. has 160,000 miles of high-voltage electricity distribution lines, 3,400 power plants, tens of thousands of miles of natural gas and oil pipelines, and 150 oil refineries (nearly half located on the Gulf Coast). These installations could be targeted by terrorists wanting to harm the U.S. economy or our well-being.While these systems are vulnerable to direct terrorist attack, even more scary is the threat of “cyberterrorism,” in which terrorists hack into the controls of energy production or distribution systems. In 2007, researchers at Idaho National Laboratory testing the vulnerability of power generation systems to computer attack, were able to hack into the controls of a generator and get it to self-destruct. In a video declassified by the Department of Homeland Security you can see on YouTube the generator shake violently and begin smoking as it self-destructs. While precipitation levels will increase overall due to climate change (because more water will be evaporated from the oceans and other bodies of water), some regions will become more drought-prone — including much of the western U.S.We usually think of drought affecting agriculture or inconveniencing us by prohibiting lawn watering or washing our cars, but severe droughts will also impact our electricity grid. Roughly 89% of our electricity in the U.S. is produced with thermoelectric power plants that rely on huge quantities of cooling water. In 2007, severe drought in the southeastern U.S. resulted in one Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plant being shut down and the output of two others reduced due to shortages of cooling water. And during the severe 2003 drought in Europe, 17 power plants in France and three in Germany were either shut down or their output reduced.If the current drought facing Texas and surrounding states continues into next year, we could well face a situation where power plants have to be shut down, reducing the margin of excess capacity — and resulting in brownouts, rolling blackouts, and increased vulnerability to unplanned outages. And don’t forget solar flaresYet another vulnerability is magnetic interference caused by coronal discharges from the sun (solar flares). These are the events that cause Aurora borealis or Northern Lights. According to an alarming 2008 report by the National Academy of Sciences, if we were to experience today a coronal discharge event as intense as one that occurred in 1859, tremendous damage could be done to our electrical grid — destroying transformers and causing power outages that could last months or even years. During the 1859 event, Northern Lights were seen as far south as Cuba and telegraph wires caught on fire!Since the NASA report came out, the utility industry has awakened to this concern and begun modifying electrical systems to make them more robust, but the concern is still very real, according to experts. Defining Habitable Temperatures Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilient CommunitiesResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages Welcome to climate changeClimate scientists tell us that we can expect more of these sorts of problems in the years and decades ahead. Precipitation patterns will become more variable, and more of our total precipitation will be bunched into intense deluges that run off as stormwater causing floods, rather than soaking into the ground to recharge aquifers.last_img read more

first_imgShoot with the highest frame rate, bitrate, and resolution possible.Stabilize with ReelSteady.Color correct with Color Finesse from Synthetic Aperture.Conform to 24fps and then Render. Were you using FPV goggles when piloting? Learn how this incredibly smooth aerial drone footage was captured with a micro drone and then stabilized with ReelSteady in After Effects.With a GoPro mounted to a micro drone, filmmaker Robert McIntosh took to the sky of Venice Beach. If this sounds like every drone video you have ever seen, you are in for quite a surprise. Not only will you be transported above the famous sandy beach, but you are taken in, under, over, and through many of the beach’s famous landmarks.Just take a look at the final video, Rise & Shine.Rise & Shine is a truly impressive video. Not only does McIntosh expertly fly through incredibly small spaces, the footage remains perfectly smooth through the entire flight. He was able to pull off the look by using ReelSteady, the latest After Effects stabilizer app.This isn’t the first time McIntosh has blown us away with the stabilization in his videos. In fact, he is one of the co-founders of the ReelSteady plugin. He and Andy Russell, the guy who coded the plugin, have been impressing us with their stabilized videos since they first started showing up last year. If you are curious to the effect ReelSteady had, just take a look at the drone footage before stabilization. This is probably the drone video you were originally expecting.We have previously talked about ReelSteady as a great way to stabilize footage in After Effects. With this latest video, it looks like ReelSteady has been making some serious updates since it first started making headlines as the After Effects Plugin That Could Spell the End of Stabilizers.We wanted to know more about the making of this video and the current status of ReelSteady, so we reached out to McIntosh to talk to him about his piloting skills and his post-production workflow.What type of drone did you use?A 250 ARF Quadcopter CC3D with a 1 axis servo mount. The drone was controlled with a basic 2.4GH radio.  Yes, I was using the FatShark BASE SD FPV Headset with the ImmersionRC 5.8Ghz Audio/Video Transmitter and ImmersionRC Duo 5800 v4.1 A/V Diversity Receiver.How many attempts until the final run?That was the first one.  Care was taken to go extra slow to make it as un-challenging as possible. The route was walked over several times over the course of many months.What was the post-production workflow? Did you stabilize in ReelSteady first? Was this done with ReelSteady in CC 2014, or has ReelSteady been upgraded to work with CC 2015?This video was made in CC 2014.  Unfortunately we are still waiting on Adobe to patch some known bugs in their latest version before we are able to support it.  As soon as that happens, we should have a version supporting CC2015 on both Windows and Mac shortly afterwards. Have you had a chance to use ReelSteady yet? Share you experience in the comments below.last_img read more