Google Base to store it all

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Submitters will also be able to describe what they uploaded with keywords – making searches and filters more reliable. “This is all part of our efforts to make it really easy for anyone with information to make it accessible from Google,” said Salar Kamangar, vice president of product management at Google. “We just felt like this piece was just missing before.” What’s less clear is exactly what Google plans to do with what it amasses. Executives of the Mountain View-based company said the primary purpose of Google Base’s release, in what they are calling a beta test, is to study and improve how the information is collected and categorized. Kamangar said the company eventually wants to integrate the information with results from its main search engine; its local search site, which identifies results by geographic location; and its shopping comparison service, Froogle.com. As it stands, Google Base has no mechanism for transacting business, whether buying a car or applying for a job. But its patrons – a job-listings service, for example – will be able to provide links to commercial sites. If Google goes commercial with the new service, which is widely expected, it could pose a formidable threat not only to traditional classified advertising, as in newspapers, but also to online sites including eBay and Craigslist. Speculation has been further fueled by a patent application for a service called Google Automat that helps would-be sellers generate advertising. The company also is known to be working on an online payment system. And last month Web surfers stumbled on an early version of Google Base that invited people to list such things as a used car for sale and a party-planning service. “Honestly, I think there is no master plan other than let’s put this tool out there and see what people do with it,” said Danny Sullivan, editor of the industry newsletter Search Engine Watch. Data uploaded to Google Base can be transferred one item at a time or in bulk. There’s no limit on how many items users can send, though the database currently limits the number of pictures in each submission and does not support video or audio. Submitters are invited to choose from an existing set of item types or to enter their own category. In another step, each entry can be tagged with labels that are either suggested by Google or defined by the user. If a recipe is submitted, the initial category might be “Recipe” while tags could be created describing the type of cuisine, serving size, level of spiciness and main-ingredient type. People looking for recipes could then refine results by clicking on the tags. Google Base attempts to get around the problem of spelling variations by suggesting attributes based on what other people have associated with their information in the past, Kamangar said. “This is really an experiment for us,” he said. “We’re going to be very open to shifting and changing it, depending on how it goes.” A few commercial and noncommercial sites have been testing the service for several weeks. The World Resources Institute has submitted information on a 5 million-record database on sustainable development for 200 countries over a period of up to a century. “This gives us another way to index our information and hopefully allow our users to find some connections between some issues they haven’t seen before,” said Amy Cassara, senior associate at the Washington, D.C.-based institute. She said sending information to Google is simpler than building the site so that Google’s automated crawler captures the information. “It puts the provider of the information in control of what kind of content the public can see,” Cassara said, adding that the group is optimistic that Google Base will drive more traffic to the institute’s information and site. CareerBulder.com also is hoping to make its data – job listings – accessible to more people, said Richard Castellini, CareerBuilder’s vice president of consumer marketing. Other businesses offering classifieds also might find Google Base a helpful way to increase traffic, but that decision could end up haunting them if Google decides to launch tools to complete transactions, said Charlene Li, an analyst at Forrester Research. “It’s like getting in bed with the enemy,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – An ambitious new Google Inc. service will let anyone upload almost anything to a publicly searchable database, potentially laying the groundwork for a foray by the Internet juggernaut into classified advertising. The venture, Google Base, could also signal grander ambitions for the king of online search-related advertising. Google’s stated mission is, after all, nothing less than organizing the world’s information. Expected to be available today, Google Base has the potential to make a vast sea of content instantly available. Content could include recipes, job listings, photos, DNA sequences, real estate listings and individual stand-alone databases. Normally, it takes “crawlers” days or weeks to scour the Web and feed Google’s main search engine with updated information. The new tool will make locating anything that’s been uploaded nearly instantaneous if it finds users willing to provide the information. last_img read more

Taste Donegal’s finest food this weekend at Oakfield Park’s Buffers Nights

first_imgOakfield Park’s Buffers Restaurant will open its doors this Saturday for the first of its special monthly food events. Buffers Nights takes place this Saturday 27th April from 6 – 9pm and is a celebration of Donegal’s finest food and local produce.Chef Damian McGettigan has created the special Buffers Nights menu using produce from Oakfield Park’s gardens and incorporating seasonal foods and unique flavours. The specially prepared a la carte menu includes a range of spectacular starters, mouth-watering mains and delicious desserts. Click HERE to see the full menu and to book call 074 9173710. Buffers Nights takes place this Saturday 27th April and is a celebration of Donegal’s finest food. Pictured are Oakfield Park’s head gardener Wendy Bridgett and head chef, Damian McGettigan, who created the unique Buffers Nights menu.Visitors attending the culinary experience at Oakfield Park this Saturday can expect fish, poultry, vegetarian and matured meat options and the dessert menu includes a range of choices from lemon cream to cheese boards. Chef Damian says Buffers Nights is a unique opportunity to sample the best of Donegal’s produce in a stunning setting:“We’re really looking forward to the first Buffers Nights of the season this weekend. The evening is about championing local ingredients and showcasing Donegal’s produce in unique dishes that people will love. “Donegal’s food offering is exceptional with local farms producing first-class produce and  our coastline ensures we have the freshest fish from the ocean. “Our menu is inspired by our garden’s produce, which we’re very proud of and delighted to share with others. Buffers Nights will also include table service, so it really is a not-to-be-missed culinary experience. “We’ve limited availability left so we’d recommend booking now to secure your place. It’s the ideal night out for couples, friends, groups and food lovers.”Buffers Nights at Oakfield Park includes an a la carte menu and table service.Oakfield Park’s Buffers Restaurant has a full bar licence serving fine wines, craft beers and local spirits. They also have a selection of speciality coffees; perfect for an after-dinner drink.Limited spaces for the first Buffers Nights are available and to book call 074 9173710 or email buffers@oakfieldpark.com. The next Buffers Nights event takes place on Saturday 25th May and other confirmed dates for Buffers Nights include Saturday 22nd June, Saturday 20th July and Saturday 24th August.Oakfield Park is open Wednesday – Sunday from 12noon – 6pm. The park will open daily from June – August.Oakfield Park will also host summer family and music festival, Oakfest on the June bank holiday weekend. The two-day festival includes a stellar line-up of local, national and international artists with world-renowned Alabama 3 Acoustic headlining on Saturday 1st and The Academic headlining on Sunday 2nd June. For tickets visit oakfieldpark.com/oakfest. Taste Donegal’s finest food this weekend at Oakfield Park’s Buffers Nights was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Buffers RestaurantdiningeventsfoodoakfestOakfield ParkRaphoelast_img read more

Registration for Seniors Alert Scheme reaches over 1,500 in Donegal

first_imgThe Minister for Rural and Community Development has revealed that more than 1,544 people have been approved for the Seniors Alerts Scheme since 2015 in Donegal.More than half of these new participants have joined the Scheme since last year following a significant increase in spending on the initiative.The Senior Alerts Scheme supports vulnerable older people in our communities by providing them with a free monitored alarm which they can activate if they get into difficulty or need assistance. This community-led scheme, which is funded by Minister Ring’s Department, enables people over 65 to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Minister Michael Ring said: “It’s great to see how the Seniors Alert Scheme has taken off, especially in the last two years.“I call on people with older relatives or neighbours to alert people to the scheme and, if necessary, to help them sign up. It’s a good idea to register in advance of the arrival of winter when older people can feel particularly vulnerable.”Minister Ring continued: “The increase in users is a direct result of a significant increase in Government funding for the Scheme. “Last year alone, more than €5.4 million was spent on the scheme with almost 20,000 new participants from around the country being approved for the personal security device. And in the first six months of this year, 10,000 people have already been approved.“Older people are safer and feel more secure in their homes when they have these monitored alarms and I’m delighted that there is now a greater demand for the Seniors Alert Scheme.”The personalised alarms are provided free of charge by the Department of Rural and Community Development and monitoring is free for the first year. From the second year on a modest yearly monitoring fee is charged.People looking to find out more about the scheme should contact Pobal, which administers the Scheme, on 01 5117222 or visit www.pobal.ie.Registration for Seniors Alert Scheme reaches over 1,500 in Donegal was last modified: August 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jackett braced for Sako interest

first_imgWolves boss Kenny Jackett fears star winger Bakary Sako could be a target for Premier League clubs in January.The Mali international, who has seven goals in the Championship this season, jets off to the Africa Cup of Nations following his side’s 0-0 FA Cup third-round draw at Fulham.Jackett suggested he could dip into the market himself to cover Sako’s absence, but admitted top-flight teams may try and test Wolves’ resolve to hang on to him.He said: “We’d love to keep him but every transfer window there’s constant speculation on him.“In the last 18 months he’s been a very good player – so far we’ve managed to keep hold of him but you always know your best players can be vulnerable.“It’s not something we invite but as and when it happens we’ll deal with it then. His ambition is the Premier League but so is ours.”Jackett added he expected Kevin Doyle to return to Molineux on 17 January, when his loan at Crystal Palace expires, and said there had been no approaches for out-of-favour centre-back Roger Johnson.Wolves will face a third-round replay at home after being held by Fulham, but Jackett refused to blame striker Leon Clarke for missing an open goal in the first half.He said: “It came at him very quickly. It was the stand-out chance of the game and we’d have all loved him to have put that in but that’s forwards, you have to take those on the chin.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eat Out’s top 10 restaurants

first_imgFranschoek’s Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français took South Africa’s top gastronomic honour after being named as the Eat Out Restaurant of the Year for 2007, while George Jardine of Jardine Restaurant in Cape Town retained his Chef of the Year award.The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français also won the Eat Out Service Award, while South African food and wine journalist Jos Baker received the Eat Out Lifetime Achievement Award for her “exceptional experience and rare integrity”.In addition, talented aspirant chef Simpiwe Siyata was awarded with the Woolworths Taste Bursary Award.The glamorous Cirque Culinaire-themed 2007 awards ceremony, which took place at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on 25 November, was described as an event at which to celebrate and pay tribute to the top “foodie talent” in the country.The Top 10 were chosen by judges Peter Goffe-Wood, Letitia Prinsloo and Arnold Tanzer and Dario Di’ Angeli.According to Eat Out, their judges are experts in the field who know what the culinary buzz is at any given time, while their restaurant critics follow a set list of criteria when eating out and reviewing a restaurant.“In fact, we are the first and only magazine guide in South Africa to introduce this set criteria for our connoisseurs in the field to follow – which we put together will the full approval of our judges,” Eat Out states.Eat Out top ten 2007:Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, Franschoek (chef: Margot Janse)Jardine, Cape Town (chef: George Jardine)Aubergine, Cape Town (chef: Harald Bresselschmidt)Bread & Wine, Franschoek (chef: Neil Jewell)Grande Provence, Franschoek (chef: Peter Tempelhoff)Ginja, Cape Town (chef: Mike Bassett)Roots, Kromdraai (chef: Philippe Wagenfuhrer)The Showroom, Cape Town (chef: Bruce Robertson)Linger Longer, Johannesburg (chef: Walter Ulz)9th Avenue Bistro, Durban (chef: Carly Goncalves)SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Weather extremes continue into harvest season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileOhio can certainly lay claim to wide extremes of weather for 2019. The wettest spring in 125 years unfortunately provided for great extremes in planting corn and soybeans this spring. While northwest Ohio had a huge amount of prevented planted acres, the rest of the state struggled to complete the planting process. Many acres were not planted until late May and into the first two weeks of June. The dilemma became the need for a long growing season without an early frost or freeze taking place. Fast forward to the end of September. To date, early frosts and freezes have not yet taken place across the Midwest. Weather forecasts into October 15 indicate zero cold weather concerns. The northern Plains will be seeing cooling temperatures but no freezes. In addition, late September rains of 1 to 4 inches moved through Missouri and Wisconsin, along with parts of Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas. While some rains made it to Ohio, those totals were much less impressive. Still other parts of Ohio followed the pattern seen in August and September as they received little or no rainfall.Much of Ohio and the Midwest was in harvest mode the last 10 days of September. Yields were all over the spectrum. While some soybean yields reached 65 to 70 bushels per acre, still other areas were severely disappointed when the tally only indicated 10 to 15 bushels per acre. As I talked with producers at the Farm Science Review last month, it became apparent those soybean yields were often nearly 20 bushels below those of last year. Other producer conversations indicated both corn and soybean yields would not match those seen last year.One common thread last fall and into the new year was one of being most anxious to wrap up 2018 as a terrible year for harvest and crop production in general, not to be replayed for years to come. Unfortunately, for way too many of Ohio’s producers, 2019 will go down as another challenged by uncooperative weather.Reports in September indicated harvest would need to be 60% completed or more to get a much better indication of U.S. corn and soybean yields. In addition, much of this growing season it has been assumed corn and soybean development was at least two weeks behind normal.  Using the above assumptions puts the 60% harvested time frame as the third week of October at the earliest.While the market is receiving more yield data, it provides another harsh reality. As NASS and USDA compile actual field reports for corn and soybean yields, the Oct. 10 WASDE (Supply and Demand Report) will drastically lack anything close to 60% harvest completed for corn and soybeans. Not until the Nov. 8 report day, will we  finally get a much bigger sample of harvest data for the U.S. corn and soybean yield projections.Corn prices especially have been on the defensive since late June when corn acres were higher than traders had expected. The prevented planted acres of corn continues to be most confusing.U.S. corn demand continues to be on the defensive with near record production from South America capturing demand at an alarming rate. It will most likely take a weather event along with unexpected demand to break corn out of its current funk and sideways price action. China is a wild card with the final hand for each of the U.S. and China not yet dealt in the trade talks.last_img read more

Vanilla Forums Gets Investment, Releases New Version

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#business#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Vanilla has been described as the WordPress of forums. Vanilla created an easy-to-use, sleek forum-builder and has seen 350,000 users employ it. Today, according to Vanilla Blog, the company has launched Vanilla 2.Several years ago it began work on a second version. After closing a $500,000 round of funding in January, appearing at TechStars and making some hires, it was able to make some serious headway. Now, the new version is available for download. Basic Vanilla is still free. The company charges for premium features, including support. Its menu of “addons” makes it customizable. Version 2 allows easier access and greater versatility for developers. curt hopkinscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why the Free Market is our Last Best Hope for Industrial Cybersecurity

first_imgHow Data Analytics Can Save Lives AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Tags:#4th Industrial Revolution#industrial ai#industrial control systems#Industrial Internet of Things#Smart Cities Challenge TJ Rylandercenter_img Related Posts Follow the Puck Everything in our world is connected to a network. That’s not news to consumers or observers of the emergence of IoT, however today’s ubiquitous connectivity now also applies to all things industrial. Everything from the operational systems that run power plants and factories to elements of public infrastructure like traffic lights and rail switching — is run through industrial entities that have not been under the same obligations of security.Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Cyber DefenseWhile we’ve spent the past two decades working to protect business networks, we’ve long neglected securing these industrial networks and operational technologies (OT) that run our modern society. As a result, we find ourselves in a highly precarious situation.Unlike attacks on business networks, which at worst lead to financial and reputational destruction, attacks on industrial systems can result in widespread loss of life.What More Criminal Activity MeansWith an expected market size of approximately 24 USD billion by the end of 2023 and a CAGR of more than 10 percent, the OT security industry has enormous potential. However, most critical infrastructure operators operate under regulated rates of return, which results in slow technology investment cycles.The fact that many OT systems are a combination of independent subsystems (e.g., legacy and modern, proprietary and open protocols, wired and wireless) also contributes to OT security hurdles.The other very real and reasonable dynamic at play here involves the actors and motivations behind most of the known attacks against operational and industrial systems to date.Dating back to Stuxnet, it has broadly been concluded that nation-states have been more active than criminal enterprises. When a nation-state conducts attacks — especially against critical infrastructure — many expect their governments to provide the defense. However, the unfortunate reality is that cyber attacks fall within a gray area.Regardless of the attacker or motivation, establishing what constitutes an act of war is challenged by immature policy frameworks and difficulties in attribution.New regulations governing critical infrastructure will be slow to evolve and almost always backward-looking. What we really need to efficiently catalyze spending on OT security solutions (which will ultimately support improved products and overall better defense), are more profit-motivated attackers.Effective Industrial Cybersecurity Requires Incorporating Free Market DynamicsMost of us reasonably rely on our governments to keep us safe from attacks, either foreign or domestic. However, when it comes to cybersecurity, salvation lies in the dynamics of the free market.We saw this play out in the business domain a couple of decades back. Initially, attackers broke into business networks primarily for the challenge, or to disrupt or vandalize specific organizations. These semi-simple break-ins resulted in some negative headlines, but for the most part, these breaches were largely ignored. Only later did making money emerge as the prime motivator, as seen by the eventual inundation of spam emails, bank account compromises and IP theft.Thanks to profit motivation, the number of business network attacks began to skyrocket, which was quickly accompanied by a drastic increase in corporate cybersecurity spending.This lesson can, and should, be applied to OT security. Consider this: Unregulated industries that are aggressively profit maximizing (e.g., manufacturers, energy producers, or mining and refining companies) view any instance of downtime as a direct threat to profits — and even scarier is IP theft.If a more explicit connection to financial impact in influential industries like these can be established, OT hackers will be even more motivated to profit off of their attacks.In turn, an increase in OT attack volume would lead to a flywheel of sorts, in which more attacks would lead to higher spending on defense, which would lead to new and improved technologies that could be consumed by and help protect both critical industrial networks and consumer-facing IoT.Bridging the Startup / Customer DivideThe good news is that there are some really impressive startups out there that have built technology to defend against the potentially disastrous effects of a significant OT breach. Claroty, one of our portfolio companies, is one of them. There is also an unprecedented amount of capital going into these startups.The missing link is getting these technologies in the hands of those who need them most.  A company called Next47 is trying to occupy this space by creating opportunities for promising startups to be introduced to the large, industrial companies that make up the Siemens ecosystem.Bridging the divide between startup innovation and corporate institutions yields benefits for both parties. Having the gap in place opens up new and expanded revenue streams for the startup while giving the corporate institutions a competitive advantage.The advantage for all infrastructure will be OT security — the benefits extend way beyond that to protecting us all from the potential of a devastating attack on our infrastructure.last_img read more

Gear Hack: 3 Creative Ways to Use a Ladder on Set

first_imgLadder Platform (Only for Advanced and Crazy Users)Image via Corey RichPhotographer and Videographer Corey Rich was offered a chance to show off the Nikon D5 when the camera was first released. He decided to follow various extreme athletes, which meant he too would have to go to extremes to capture footage. Now if the above image alone isn’t enough to scare you, let’s take a second to talk safety.  (This is where I’ll put the Do Not Try This At Home disclaimer.)This setup is something that definitely would not meet the OSHA ladder safety guidelines. However, it is nice to see multiple safety backups in place in case something does go wrong. The ladder is anchored to the rock wall at four points — the two straps inside and the green rope up top and at the bottom foot. It doesn’t look like that ladder is going anywhere, but Corey Rich and his crew were also smart enough to strap Rich to his own safety harness as well.Image from Nikon WHY via Corey RichIf you’re going to be using a ladder in any way it wasn’t designed for, you must be aware of all potential risks. Keep every shoot safe.  Corey and his crew took plenty of precautions in their setup — and they were able to capture some fantastic footage.What other ways do you use ladders on sets? Have any other camera gear hacks? Let us know in the comments below. Step up your video production skills with three camera rigs constructed from ladders.Top image via George DeanSome people seem to think that anything that isn’t officially called “film gear” is some sort of DIY approach to filmmaking. Nothing could be further from the truth.Billion-dollar blockbusters still use simple pieces of equipment like apple boxes. Another often-used tool is the ladder. Ladders aren’t only used for hanging lights or set pieces. Here are three ways a ladder can take your footage to the next level. Last ladder pun, I promise.Ladder Camera: The Super TripodImage via ImgurSometimes a tripod won’t be tall enough for certain shots. One of the most commonly used techniques is turning a ladder into a tripod. (Yes, I know a ladder has four legs and not three.) To pull this off, you’ll want use a stepladder.The most popular ladders are the Werner stepladders that have a HolsterTop®. Not only can the HolsterTop® store your tools, it’s perfect for mounting a tripod head.Image via WernerLook for a HolsterTop® ladder with a hole in the middle. This is normally used to hold a hammer, but in this case you will use it to lock the tripod head in place.Just attach the tripod fluid head to a ball mount and rest the ball mount in the ladder’s HolsterTop® hole. There are other options as well, like using a Ladder Cam mount, but I find the ball mount to be the most practical and easy to set up.Image via ImgurThe ladder camera tripod is perfect for capturing high-angle shots. It’s also great for capturing nice wide shots from above. There’s also a much added benefit over raising a tripod — your operator can just stand on the ladder and work the camera.Ladder Dolly/Ladder SliderImage from Aleš Svoboda via Sh*tty RigsIf you don’t have a slider of your own, or you need a longer dolly track on a tight budget, try using a ladder. For this setup, you’re going to need a straight ladder. An extension ladder could also work, but you can’t extend it — so you’re just adding weight to all your gear.The actual ladder dolly setup is up to user preference or budget. Some crews make their own sliding platforms using a flat surface, some track wheels or skateboard wheels, and a tripod.There are also professional systems designed to work with ladders. The Hague D10 featured above is a skater dolly that rolls on any smooth surface. It can even turn and swivel. If you would prefer something that is fixed to the ladder, there are options like the CamTram System from AbelCine.Finally, you can go ladder crazy by placing your ladder on ladders. Check out this tutorial from George Dean on building your own ladder dolly. George even rigged up a system that allows him to move the platform by using a power drill.last_img read more

Pramod Sawant elected as Speaker of Goa Assembly

first_imgBJP MLA from Sankhalim in north Goa, Pramod Sawant, was elected Speaker of the seventh Goa legislative assembly on Wednesday. When the session began, Mr. Sawant (44), a two-time MLA of BJP was nominated by BJP MLA Glenn Ticlo. He defeated the Congress nominee for the Speaker’s post Aleixo Reginaldo, by a margin of 20-15 in the election conducted on the first day of the Goa Assembly Budget session.Pro-tem Speaker Sidharth Kunkolienkar, a BJP MLA was in the chair. After assuming office, Mr. Sawant said that he would be impartial in his conduct as Speaker. “I will be impartial. All will be given equal opportunity. Training classes for old and new MLAs will be conducted. MLAs will be trained to present issues and ask questions,” Mr. Sawant said.NCP MLA Churchill Aleimao who is facing a NCP show-cause notice for supporting the BJP-led government over the confidence vote last week did not participate in the voting. One each of the Congress and BJP MLAs could not reach in time for the voting, it was clarified by the respective parties.Congress candidate for Speaker’s post Reginaldo Lawrenco could not reach for the voting in the House due to traffic jam, Opposition leader Babu Kavlekar said.On the ruling benches, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar explained in the House that BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral could not make it to the election as he too was caught in a traffic jam.last_img read more