Fielding to be a priority this spring

first_imgEven though defense will be a priority, there are no plans to add additional drills. “There’s nothing more we can to pound these guys with it,” Scioscia said. Long toss Jered Weaver and Bartolo Colon played long toss with each other from about 120 feet, although they are on much different return paths. “Jered was very encouraging,” Scioscia said. “He feels good. We’re moving forward with him but it will be tough to say when he might be on the mound.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Physical examinations will be in order today for position players, who also need to make sure their gloves are in proper condition. The Angels were the worst fielding team in the AL last season, committing 124 errors for a .979 fielding percentage. The fielding miscues led to 80 unearned runs after the Angels led the league in that category in 2005 with just 45 unearned runs. Fielding will no doubt be a priority in this camp as the first full-squad workout is set for Tuesday. “I’m very comfortable with the system and with what (fielding coach Alfredo Griffin) does with the infielders,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got some work to do because we’re going to have different chemistry on the infield with rookie (Howie) Kendrick at second, Figgy at third and (Casey Kotchman), Kendry (Morales), (Robb) Quinlan or (Shea) Hillenbrand at first.” center_img Injury report Scioscia does not think the injuries to Colon and Juan Rivera will wind up costing them the season. Colon is rehabbing rotator cuff problems, while Rivera broke his tibia in winter ball. With Colon, the real question revolves around what type of pitcher he will be when he returns. “Bart’s injury is one that historically heals itself; it will heal,” Scioscia said. “The timeframe of it, I don’t know, and how much stuff a pitcher retains after an injury like this will vary. But Bart will be back pitching at some point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


The Warriors’ Draymond Green in mourning after friend killed by train

first_img“It sucks … The Warriors’ Draymond Green was in mourning Monday for a friend who died over the weekend after being hit by a train in Albion, Michigan. Zachary Winston, 19, a student and basketball player at Albion College, intentionally stepped in front of the train, the Detroit Free Press reported, via the Battle Creek Enquirer.Zachary Winston’s brother Cassius plays for Michigan State, Green’s alma mater.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile devicelast_img read more


Daewoo eyes SA for minerals division

first_img22 February 2012Daewoo International, a subsidiary of South Korean steel giant Posco, says it plans to establish a mineral resource division in South Africa this year, as part of the company’s recently accelerated efforts in the mineral development business in natural resource-rich Africa.“South Africa is known to host an abundance of mineral resources,” Daewoo said in a statement earlier this month. “It has the world’s largest reserves for platinum, manganese and gold.“With a number of powerful mining companies, the business community within the country ensures relatively seamless access to information. And as a transportation hub in logistics, ports and shipping, South Africa is seen as the optimal location to build a mineral resources development division in the region.”IFC, Posco to push Africa investmentDaewoo’s announcement preceded by a week the signing of an agreement by the the company’s parent, Posco, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to cooperate on business development in sub-Saharan Africa.The IFC said in a statement last week that the pact reflected “the growing interest of international project sponsors in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the IFC’s increasing involvement in South-South investment – projects executed in Africa by companies from newly developed countries or other developing countries”.Daewoo set up its first African branch in Lagos, Nigeria in 1975, and has since built 10 new bases to support its operations on the continent.‘Determined to build a success story in Africa’Deploying an “aggressive and differentiated localization strategy, Daewoo International is determined to build a success story in Africa,” the company said, noting that it had opened new branches in the DRC and Cameroon in the last year.“This year, the company is planning to launch trial production at a nickel mine in Ambatovy, Madagascar, and expand its focus to develop a network across Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and other countries in Central Africa.”Besides its 4% stake in the Madagascar nickel mine, Daewoo has a 100% stake in a tin mine in Cameroon, which is currently in the exploration phase. Korea imports 16 000 tons of tin every year.Last year, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the DRC’s state-owned mining corporation to develop copper mines in the country, and was working to forge a similar relationship with Ethiopia’s state-owned mining company.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Skype Says Bug in Windows Client Responsible for Last Week’s Outage

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We knew that last week’s major Skype outage was caused by a problem with “supernodes,” and now Skype CIO Lars Rabbe has provided more details about what caused the popular VOIP service to suffer such a widespread failure.The culprit: a bug in a Windows version of the Skype client (version 5.0.0152). On December 22, a cluster of support servers became offline, and as a result, the buggy Windows clients crashed.The bug didn’t impact other clients or older or newer versions, but according to Skype, about 50% of all users globally were running the affected version of Skype for Windows. And the crashes caused about 40% of these clients to fail. As these clients included about 25-30% of publicly available supernodes, the crashes were amplified. Then, as the peer-to-peer network tried to cope with the number of supernodes offline, failover mechanisms were triggered, which according to Rabbe “led to the near complete failures that occurred a few hours after the triggering event.”Skype engineers were able to restore the network by introducing thousands of new, dedicated supernodes to the network. The supernodes were stabilized by Friday, says Skype, with service slowly returning to normal.Skype says that it will work to prevent this sort of thing from happening again, particularly by making sure that users auto-update buggy software. Skype has also announced its plans to provide paying users with vouchers to compensate for the outage. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img audrey watters Tags:#NYT#voice#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more


Why Your iPhone Will Inevitably Catch A Virus

first_imgMatt Asay Android may dominate mobile market share, but it also comes with a host of ills like fragmentation and, more potently, malware. While the mobile malware threat has been surprisingly light to date, that’s starting to change. For now, Android is the malware capital of mobile in part because of its popularity and in part because of its more open approach to engineering.iOS, for its part, is both harder to crack and harder to fix, precisely because it’s closed. But according to security expert Eugene Kaspersky, that’s bound to change. And when it does, iOS is going to fall hard.Really, really hard.Android: Land Of The Free … And InfectedAccording to a Juniper Networks report, up to 92% of mobile malware targets Android devices. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security put the number at 79%. Either way, it’s a big number, especially as the same FBI/DHS report notes that iOS is a target just 0.7% of the time.And while malware reports have yet to rock the industry in the same way that the Chernobyl virus (CIH) pounced on Windows 95 back in 1998, it’s just a matter of time until mobile malware goes big. According to Kaspersky, founder of a leading security company, “sooner or later we will see a serious problem with security for Android.”Samsung apparently agrees. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the leading Android distributor plans to bundle enterprise-grade antivirus software from Lookout with all of its Android devices. This could help resolve some of the issues that Ted Wise calls out:Not everyone agrees that there’s an issue. Adrian Ludwig, Android’s lead security engineer, insists that “There’s not really a significant amount of risk that users are being exposed to” by using Android, and certainly less than they encounter in their day-to-day lives.Maybe. But Trustwave Holdings, a cybersecurity company, uncovered 200,000 pieces of malware for Google’s Android system in 2012, up from 50,000 the year before. A Free Pass For iOS?Not that Apple’s iOS is in the clear. While Apple’s closed approach to development makes it a harder target to crack, this same secretive approach makes it dramatically more vulnerable once iOS’ security is hacked. And it will be, according to Kaspersky, as he told The Wall Street Journal:[T]he most dangerous scenario, I am afraid, is with iPhones. It’s less probable because it is very difficult to develop malware for iPhones, because the [operating] system is closed [for outside programmers]. But every system has a vulnerability. If it happens—in the worst case scenario, if millions of the devices are infected—there is no antivirus, because antivirus companies don’t have any rights to develop true end-point security [for Apple].In other words, there’s no problem until there’s a problem. And then the problem is huge.Security By Obscurity … Discredited?For years Microsoft and others have touted “security by obscurity” as the ideal way to ensure that systems aren’t compromised. But along came open source and Linux and demonstrated that a better way to tackle security is through community response. It’s not that Linux is necessarily more secure than Windows (though there is plenty of evidence to suggest this is the case), but rather that when flaws are found, the open-source community responds faster than any one company can, or will.Android is mobile malware’s biggest target, and likely will be for some time. Google has been more open than Apple in allowing third-party developers access to its code. Even so, Android is hardly 100% open, and some of the benefits of an open-source community response to malware threats won’t be realized unless Google opens up the process around Android even more.Apple, similarly, needs to find ways to open its development to antivirus companies, so that they can help the company avoid catastrophic exploits of CIH magnitude. Ultimately, security is a community affair, and both Apple and Google need to invite their respective communities into their security processes.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#Android#Apple#iOS#malware#mobile#security Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts last_img read more


The existential case for ditching Alexa and other AI

But humans are not necessarily supposed to be efficient. We are messy, emotional, irrational creatures. Romantic interactions, for example, are often excruciating. But we push through in hope. Deciding what to do with the day is frequently impulsive, spur of the moment stuff. When throwing together whatever is left in the fridge, we sometimes come up with unexpectedly tasty new meals. Just being bored can similarly help us come up with cutting-edge ideas. This may not be efficient, but it shows that there is value in mistakes and embarrassing situations. The experiences that make up life are not always easy or enjoyable. They can be physically and mentally exhausting. But it is through these experiences that we connect with others and ourselves. So are we outsourcing the very things that ultimately make us human? Philosophical verdictExistential philosophy gives a handle on this situation. Existentialism is a school of thought that considers what it means to be human, to be oneself and to be happy. Its central argument is that the absurdity and lack of meaning in life can make us unhappy. However, we can create meaning by searching for our “authentic self”. Authenticity may be interpreted as an ideal state of fulfilment, in which people can pursue their own independent destiny and be true to themselves. According to existentialism, the notion of responsibility is central to living genuinely. The existentialist author Jean-Paul Sartre believed that each of us is the lone author of our decisions. We are nothing more than what we make of ourselves – the totality of our actions. It is tempting to give up the burden of responsibility. But in not taking responsibility for our actions we also give up our freedom. Our identity and independent destiny become subsumed to another. Not only do we give up responsibility for our actions, but we limit our experiences and relationships.For existentialists, individual destiny is rooted in these. Experiences, such as travel, can shake us out of our routines and give us space for self-reflection. Meanwhile, it is through the eyes of others that we catch sight of ourselves. Our interactions with others ultimately help us to establish who we are. Alexa lessens all of these. She takes responsibility for our decisions to some extent. She regulates our experiences. She manages our relationships. Just consider the fact that AI is already getting involved in hiring staff – this is a clear example of how we are outsourcing important human decisions. Where we gain in efficiency, we lose in spontaneity, serendipity and connectedness. From an existentialist perspective, digital assistants are dehumanising. They imply derogation of responsibility, detachment from experiences and disconnect from ourselves. By allowing circular bits of plastic to take off the rough edges, we seem to be unwittingly making our lives that much more artificial. An existentially authentic individual shows bravery in facing up to difficult choices. Unplugging Alexa and looking up at the sky to check the forecast might be a good first one to take. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Credit: Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr, CC BY-SA And it seems to be working – AI can now monitor our workplace performance, our financial score and, just over the horizon, our social value – all in the name of improving productivity (one should ask, for whom?). It is also starting to look after our infants and elderly. It is selecting suitable romantic partners for us through apps. Perhaps the ideal partner might even be an artificial one. Alexa’s creepy laugh is far from the most worrying thing about her. This is despite the fact that Amazon’s digital assistant – which allows users to access the internet and control personal organisation tools simply by speaking to the device – has been reported to spontaneously chuckle to herself. We shouldn’t be too concerned about her going rogue and turning on us either – a Terminator-style takeover by artificial intelligence doesn’t seem imminent. Citation: The existential case for ditching Alexa and other AI (2018, March 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-existential-case-ditching-alexa-ai.html Amazon to quiet Alexa’s cackling This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Provided by The Conversation But Alexa does pose one immediate threat. Rather than worrying about AI becoming more human, we should fear ourselves becoming more artificial by outsourcing important actions and decisions to devices like her. This idea hasn’t been discussed much. Research suggests that the public’s main concern about AI is instead it becoming super intelligent and developing a mind of its own. Various prominent science and technology experts, such as the late physicist Stephen Hawking and the entrepreneur Elon Musk, have warned of the potential risks of such a scenario. Yet Amazon and Google’s devices are popular, and were on many Christmas wish lists in 2017. Apple’s ad for their new Homepod contender, directed by Spike Jonze, has been generating online chatter. AI is creeping ever further into our lives. Digital home assistants are just one part of this.While the devices are intrusive – always listening in on our previously private spaces – many people find them worth it. They listen in so that they can learn on our behalf. They learn our routines and preferences and make recommendations for us.As a result, these machines can simplify day-to-day tasks and make life that little bit more efficient. Expensive adverts illustrate how they can tell us the weather without looking out of the window and change the TV channel without reaching for the remote. They can also look up recipes, dim the lights, distract a bored child and so forth. Alexa and her ilk can even think for us. Whether you need knowledge, answers or memories – it can all be conjured up with a quick call and outsourced to the cloud. Human inefficiencyBut how are these devices affecting us? For starters, lots of physical and intellectual tasks are streamlined or done away with altogether. The idea is that this makes us more efficient. read more