To Rate How Smart Dogs Are, Humans Learn New Tricks

first_imgThe New York Times:Pam Giordano thinks her dog is quite intelligent, and she has proof: Giorgio, an 11-year-old Havanese, has diplomas stating he has a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Yale. The bumper sticker on Ms. Giordano’s car announces, “My dog made it to the Ivy League.”The honors were bestowed on Giorgio and Giuliana, his sibling, for participating in the university’s Canine Cognition Center. “I wanted to know how much they know and how smart they are,” Ms. Giordano, a real estate broker in Branford, Conn., said. “I think Giuliana really just goes for the treats. But Giorgio rises above it. He is very bright. I would say he knows over 100 words.”…The swelling interest, eagerly amplified by the pet industry, has given a boost to the relatively new academic field of canine cognition, with research centers sprouting up on campuses across the country. In the fall, the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science devoted an issue to the topic.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Dak Prescott, Ben Beckwith win weekly SEC awards again

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-17:c47678f3187403d5a96061aa Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-591075-3909516091001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Dak Prescott and Ben Beckwith earned weekly honors from the Southeastern Conference for the third time this season. Prescott earned the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award. Beckwith received SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.The duo helped Mississippi State beat Vanderbilt 51-0 last weekend.Prescott scored four times against the Commodores in the first half. When he left the game in the third quarter, the Bulldogs led 44-0.The quarterback finished with 193 yards passing with three touchdowns. He also ran for 30 yards and a score.Prescott is the first Bulldog to win SEC Offensive Player of the Week three times in a season the first since Jerious Norwood in 2004.Beckwith joins former Bulldogs Gabe Jackson and Derek Sherrod as player who won SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week three times in a season.Sherrod on the award four times in 2010. Jackson earned the honor three times last year. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Most 5-star recruits are committed heading into signing day

first_imgIn this Nov. 26, 2016 photo, East St. Louis’s Jeff Thomas reacts after his touchdown reception during the third quarter of the IHSA Class 7A high school championship football game against Plainfield North at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Thomas, who scored two touchdowns in the Under Armour All-Star game could wind up in Miami, but Illinois and Missouri are scrambling to keep him closer to home. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)This season’s five-star college football recruits are a committed group. There are 32 players who have a five-star rating on 247Sports’ composite rankings and only four enter signing day uncommitted. Extend it out to the top 50 and that adds four more uncommitted players.So barring a spate of last-minute flips, this national signing day sets up to be low drama — though there guys will do their best will provide some suspense.Marvin Wilson, DT, Bellaire, TexasA 329-pound defensive tackle who teams are hoping could be an impact freshman the way Ed Oliver at Houston and Dexter Lawrence at Clemson were last season. LSU and Florida State are the top contenders, with Oklahoma and Ohio State still in the mix.Aubrey Solomon, DT, Leesburg, GeorgiaSolomon is the recruit who got miffed at Michigan because the school mistakenly sent him a thank-you note about attending a recruiting event he did not attend. Whoops. Well, Michigan is back in it along with Georgia and Alabama.LaBryan Ray, DE, Madison, AlabamaThe 260-pound pass rusher is uncommitted, but if he signing with anywhere other than Alabama it will be a surprise.Joseph Lewis, WR, Los AngelesNebraska is trying to pry the 6-foot-1 receiver away from Southern California.Austin Jackson, OT, PhoenixAnother player who could help USC close strong, but Pac-12 rivals Arizona State and Washington are in the mix.K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, HoustonCould be new Texas coach Tom Herman’s big signing day get if he can keep the 220-pound speed rusher away from LSU and new Baylor coach Matt Rhule.Devonta Smith, WR, Amite, LouisianaLSU coach Ed Orgeron is attempting to keep the speedy 160-pound Smith from going to rival Alabama.Jeff Thomas, WR, East St. Louis, IllinoisThomas, who scored two touchdowns in the Under Armour All-Star game could wind up in Miami, but Illinois and Missouri are scrambling to keep him closer to home.Jay Tufele, DT, South Jordan, UtahThe Utes want to keep him home, but USC and Ohio State want to take him away.Tedarrell Slaton, OL, Fort Lauderdale, FloridaA likely Florida Gator unless Florida State or Michigan can sway him.Willie Gay, LB, Starkville, MississippiIt would sting Mississippi State to lose a hometown kid to LSU.Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Los AngelesOregon has a chance to close strong under new coach Willie Taggart. Nebraska and UCLA also in the mix.Henry Ruggs III, WR, Montgomery, AlabamaAlabama or maybe Florida State? The recent departure of Tide receivers coach Billy Napier to Arizona State could be a factor.Todd Harris, S, Plaquemine, LouisianaLSU and Alabama are vying for the 180-pound defensive back.Levi Jones, LB, Austin, TexasJones’ announcement is scheduled to be among the first on signing day when will choose between Florida State, USC and Florida.___More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25,There are 32 players who have a five-star rating on 247Sports’ composite rankings and only four enter signing day uncommitted. Extend it out to the top 50 and that adds four more uncommitted players.So barring a spate of last-minute flips, this national signing day sets up to be low drama — though there guys will do their best will provide some suspense.Marvin Wilson, DT, Bellaire, TexasA 329-pound defensive tackle who teams are hoping could be an impact freshman the way Ed Oliver at Houston and Dexter Lawrence at Clemson were last season. LSU and Florida State are the top contenders, with Oklahoma and Ohio State still in the mix.Aubrey Solomon, DT, Leesburg, GeorgiaSolomon is the recruit who got miffed at Michigan because the school mistakenly sent him a thank-you note about attending a recruiting event he did not attend. Whoops. Well, Michigan is back in it along with Georgia and Alabama.LaBryan Ray, DE, Madison, AlabamaThe 260-pound pass rusher is uncommitted, but if he signing with anywhere other than Alabama it will be a surprise.Joseph Lewis, WR, Los AngelesNebraska is trying to pry the 6-foot-1 receiver away from Southern California.Austin Jackson, OT, PhoenixAnother player who could help USC close strong, but Pac-12 rivals Arizona State and Washington are in the mix.K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, HoustonCould be new Texas coach Tom Herman’s big signing day get if he can keep the 220-pound speed rusher away from LSU and new Baylor coach Matt Rhule.Devonta Smith, WR, Amite, LouisianaLSU coach Ed Orgeron is attempting to keep the speedy 160-pound Smith from going to rival Alabama.Jeff Thomas, WR, East St. Louis, IllinoisThomas, who scored two touchdowns in the Under Armour All-Star game could wind up in Miami, but Illinois and Missouri are scrambling to keep him closer to home.Jay Tufele, DT, South Jordan, UtahThe Utes want to keep him home, but USC and Ohio State want to take him away.Tedarrell Slaton, OL, Fort Lauderdale, FloridaA likely Florida Gator unless Florida State or Michigan can sway him.Willie Gay, LB, Starkville, MississippiIt would sting Mississippi State to lose a hometown kid to LSU.Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Los AngelesOregon has a chance to close strong under new coach Willie Taggart. Nebraska and UCLA also in the mix.Henry Ruggs III, WR, Montgomery, AlabamaAlabama or maybe Florida State? The recent departure of Tide receivers coach Billy Napier to Arizona State could be a factor.Todd Harris, S, Plaquemine, LouisianaLSU and Alabama are vying for the 180-pound defensive back.Levi Jones, LB, Austin, TexasJones’ announcement is scheduled to be among the first on signing day when will choose between Florida State, USC and Florida.___More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

Worker airlifted after horrific accident

first_imgBy Rowan Forster  WorkSafe will investigate a horrific accident on Mulchay Road in which a worker’s arm was crushed beneath a truck. Emergency…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Project Begins

first_imgGreat Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed beginning Wednesday, August 23 through the remainder of the 2017 season to complete rehabilitation work thanks to funding received from a Partners in Preservation (PIP) grant. The $ 250,000 grant was awarded last summer to the Friends of the Smokies on behalf of the park after being one of the top nine, most voted for parks in the Partners in Preservation: National Parks Campaign in 2016.Straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee state line at 6,643 feet, the tower is a prominent landmark and destination as the highest point in the park. The rehabilitation work will consist of repairing the worst deteriorated areas on the concrete columns and walls, stabilizing support walls at the base of the ramp, and repointing some stone masonry. To accomplish this work in a timely manner and for the safety of our visitors the tower will be closed for the duration of the project.While visitors will not be able to climb the tower for views out over the surrounding tree tops, the Clingmans Dome parking overlook will be open and offers outstanding mountain top views. The visitor contact station and store, the trail to the tower, and all access to the trailheads in the vicinity will remain open. Visitors should expect some construction traffic in the vicinity of the contact station and along the trail.The observation tower is a precedent-setting design of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 program, which transformed park planning, management, and architecture and fundamentally altered the visitor experience in national parks. Since 1959, millions of visitors have climbed the tower, where they can see distances of up to 100 miles over the surrounding mountains and valleys. Some minimal preservation work today on the tower will ensure that visitors continue to experience this unique structure spiraling up from the highest point in the park.For more information about the Clingmans Dome Tower, please visit he park website at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm.About Partners in Preservation: Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. Since 2006, Partners in Preservation, a community-based partnership, has committed $16 million in preservation funding to nearly 200 diverse sites in eight different cities across the country.Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.last_img read more

Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying a Cloud Service

first_imgPrice – Price is important though it shouldn’t be a deciding factor. The cheapest service isn’t always the best one. Take a closer look at the features that each cloud provider offers, and then compare prices with this in mind. Look out for hidden costs, for example for data extraction, legacy application integration, and premium storage. There may be additional bandwidth charges, data access costs, migration fees and internal and external support requirements. Calculating the long term cost of externally provided cloud operations compared with on-premise is also a worthwhile exercise.SLAs – Along the same lines, scrutinise a potential service provider’s service level agreement. Try to find out: who is responsible for any losses due to cloud outage; what is the response time to fix failures or respond to customer requests and demands? Also, what is the performance of the service being offered: the response time, throughput, bandwidth, uptime, etc. When it comes to backup, who has the responsibility to carry it out; and where are backups stored? Lastly, what happens if you want to migrate off a certain cloud provider’s infrastructure? How badly could your service be affected during a data centre upgrade or software migration? According to Gartner, service providers differentiate themselves on such things as service reliability, support, ease of management, turnkey deployments and integrated value-add services.Scalability – The promise of cloud, and particularly hybrid cloudOpens in a new window, is that workloads can be scaled up quickly and massively by bursting out to public cloud. Consequently, the ability for your prospective cloud service provider to scale on demand is an important one. Think of seasonal peaks in workload, or sudden business demand for analytics, workloads that involve floating point calculations, or high-bandwidth multimedia data. Can a cloud service provider’s infrastructure cope with your needs? Web-based enterprises should have growth in mind, and a good cloud services company should be able to accommodate your workloads and future growth.Porting to the cloud – If a cloud service provider is offering to migrate a particular legacy application to the cloud, try to understand whether there will be a one-off porting operation. If so, will the application be optimised for the new infrastructure, or left alone, no matter how inefficient it might be once migrated? If so, what sort of monitoring and maintenance will cloud service provider have for your application?Security – Cloud securityOpens in a new window is a maturing area, and one that is still at the top of the list for many enterprises. Cloud service providers can now implement security right across the stack, starting with encryption at the server processor level, running through their virtualisation systems, and right up to user access authentication and controls. How secure is your potential cloud partner? What type of security are they offering; and what data protection standards do they meet? In terms of access control, is it internal – within the data centre – as well as external?Expertise – Different providers will have different specialties, so try to look into a company’s specialty or area of expertise before you sign. For example, they may be strong in a particular vendor technology, for example, Microsoft, SAP or Oracle. Or their strength might be in integrating cloud with legacy apps. The data centre engineers might be particularly good at optimising particular workloads for their customers, or they may have strong security credentials.Hardware – Does a potential cloud services provider have the latest technologies – serverOpens in a new window, storage and networking? Are they investing in software-defined infrastructure (SDI), as many cloud service providers are? If so, where are they on the road to having an agile and highly-responsive infrastructure – one where whole workloads can be moved at will, to optimise their performance? Try to find out the extent to which the service provider has implemented virtualisation in servers, storage and networking, and how effective their orchestration is.Support – If the service goes down, are you able to call the company and connect with a real person on the phone? Are they able to find out what the problem is and answer your questions? Do they have the right access to engineers who can give them a timeframe for fixing the issue? Also, are staff on call around the clock? Can they be reached in a timely manner? These are good things to find out. Technical support is a really important area to investigate. Talking to existing customers will help you get a sense of how responsive the cloud services firm really is.Power – Power is a major data centre concern. You want your cloud services provider to be using power-efficient servers and equipment, because it means its operations are cost efficient. This, in turn, will have an impact on the cost of the service. A cloud service provider’s carbon footprint is also worth trying to get a sense of, in order to know how green their data centres are.Extras – Other considerations include how well the cloud service provider will integrate with your private cloudOpens in a new window or on-premise systems. Do they expect you to do the bulk of the integration? Will they be able to offer you tools and help, if you need them? Also, what sort of monitoring dashboards do they offer you to keep track of the service? Is there a comprehensive control panel, or is it difficult to monitor the various applications and service levels? Do you have an input into the user interfaces that might be deployed? Are you able to customise them, particularly if the interfaces are non-intuitive and hard to use? If this is the case, then there may be trouble ahead.Finally, disaster recovery and business continuity are areas worth investigating. Try to find out how well data is backed up and restored in the case of emergency. Make sure you are satisfied with the level of backup, and the speed at which services can be restored if required.With these things in mind, choosing the right cloud services provider should be straightforward.- Arif The distinctive features of cloud computing are now widely recognised. Unparalleled processing capabilities, agile virtualisation, and fast Gigabit networking enable enterprises to process more information than ever before at high speed.Because of its ‘on-demand’ nature, cloud can provide businesses with significant cost reductions compared with traditional computing models. Cloud has also brought flexibility, scalability and performance to enterprise computing, and this can be achieved through private, public or hybrid clouds.However, it’s important to note that cloud service providers vary greatly in their offerings, technical capabilities, service levels and data centre technologies. It’s therefore prudent to carry out due diligence before signing a contract with a cloud services. Here are ten things to consider:last_img read more

Moto G (Gen 3) spotted in Flipkart listing

first_imgE-commerce retailer Flipkart has just listed the upcoming Moto G (Gen 3) on its site. Notably, Motorola itself is yet to unveil the new smartphone. Gadgetraid.com was the first to spot the listed smartphone. The listing is possibly not the official one, but a placeholder listing. Images of the device as well as most specifications of the smartphone have not been included in the listing. Flipkart is the official online partner for Motorola’s smartphones in India. The listing claims that the device will come with internal storage of 8GB and in the color White. It also claims that the model number of the Moto G (Gen 3) is AP3560AD1k8.  Previously rumored specifications have claimed that the smartphone will be powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 SoC alongside 2GB RAM. It is touted to sport a 5 or 5.2-inch 1080p display. It is expected to be 4G LTE enabled. Notably, Motorola President, Rick Osterloh had said in March that the company wished to continue with its annual product cycle with all its handsets. What this means is that the next generation of the Moto G is likely to be launched sometime in September, keeping in line with tradition.last_img read more

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