Berkman Center for Internet & Society seeking student developers for GSoC 2016

first_img Read Full Story The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to announce that we’ve been selected as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2016, a full-time internship which offers student developers stipends to contribute to free and open source projects. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be looking to select developer-interns to help implement our academic vision into functional, open source software.The Berkman Center has nearly two dozen active open source software projects and strongly supports the values of the movement. “We are excited to provide an opportunity for rising coders to work on academic research with open source principles,” said Sebastian Diaz, director of technology at the Berkman Center. “Academic groups are building and sharing cool things, too.”By pairing university students with mentors at the Berkman Center, GSoC provides unique matchmaking opportunities for the Internet research community. GSoC students mentored by center staff and fellows in the past have come from diverse backgrounds and universities all over the world. The center has previously participated in GSoC in 2009, 2010, and 2012.Project opportunities for students during GSoC 2016 at the Berkman Center include Lumen, Internet Monitor, Amber,TagTeam, Tools for Time Travel, and more. Applications open March 14 at 15:00 (EDT) / 19:00 (UTC), and must be submitted through the GSoC website. All proposals must be submitted by March 25 at 15:00 (EDT) / 19:00 (UTC).Find out more on our GSoC wiki: read more

Dell EMC Is Expanding Our Splunk Capabilities

first_imgIt’s 2018, a new year with new data analytics trends. Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and IoT are all leading contenders that have been talked about a lot, but I would still argue that machine generated data analytics is still just as relevant in 2018. Machine data makes up about 80%-90% of the data that’s out there and can help drive critical use cases around security, IT Ops, App Delivery and much more. When it comes to machine data analytics, Splunk immediately comes to mind. They are by far the leader in this space and have been making moves to incorporate things like Machine Learning and IoT into their platform. I have written a couple other blogs about Splunk here and on Big Data Beard and suggest you check them out too. Most of them are about what Dell EMC is doing with Splunk, the optimal solutions for Splunk and the apps we have for Splunk. The one thing we never had, however, were Splunk services… until now.I’m pretty excited that Dell EMC has begun to develop pre-deployment and post-deployment services that help customers get the most out of their Splunk deployment and truly be able to “Ask any question” from their data. Prior to this, Dell EMC focused on developing solutions that comprised of optimal hardware and Splunk software. With our new services capabilities, our tripod is complete. I am reminded of the 30 Rock episode that talks about the “Third Heat” convection oven— cue Tracy Morgan yelling “I am the third heat”!Why Are Services Important?Splunk is the easy button for analyzing machine generated data. Deployment is a lot less complicated than other data analytics tools like Hadoop and users can quickly get access to data, create searches, reports and dashboard. However, this is just scratching the surface and we have seen organizations struggle to fully optimize their Splunk deployments and get the most out of their data. I spend a good amount of my time talking to Splunk customers and one trend I’ve noticed is that as organizations grow with Splunk, issues start to arise. Initially, the deployment might have worked but as more users within the company adopt Splunk, searches become more complicated and ingestion grows, the initial deployment model might not be ideal. To solve their scaling issues, admins add more resources hoping that will solve user issues, which might not be optimal. Here is where services can really help! Whether it’s before the initial deployment or after, our services professionals can set organizations up for success or pinpoint the pains and make recommendations to fully optimize Splunk.What Can We Do?Here are some of our pre- and post- Splunk offerings:Health Checks: Define and Assess gaps and provide recommendation and best practices. This includes perform optimization and efficiency tests.Pre-deployment site check: Support Strategic Initiatives: Use-Case development, capacity planning. Architecture validation to meet the client needs.Splunk Deployment: Install and configure components (Indexer, forwarder, search head etc..). Assist in configuration of custom apps as needed.Implementation: Assist in development of Custom Dashboards, Reports for visualization of data. Develop policy for data retention and governance.Optimization: Validate High availability, check on configuration, Indexer/Query performance issues in the deployment.I would be remiss not to mention the great things Secureworks is doing in the area of Splunk. Secureworks is a part of the Dell Technologies family and our brothers and sisters over there have created an all-encompassing portfolio of managed services for Splunk security use cases. Security accounts for probably half, if not more of customer uses for Splunk. Splunk has wonderful products for this space like Enterprise Security but it can still be difficult for some organizations to achieve their goals. This is Securework’s bread and butter. Their abilities range from helping set up dashboards to setting up and running your SOC with Splunk and everything in between.2018 is already shaping up to be a great year. Dell EMC is now a one-stop shop for customers looking to deploy Splunk and get the most out of it. If you want to learn more about our services reach out to your Dell EMC account rep and they can set up a meeting with our Splunk services team or email us at [email protected] Splunking!last_img read more

Panama Man Charged After Throwing Party With ‘Several Hundred People’

first_img / Pixabay / CC BY 2.0 HARMONY – A Panama man is facing charges after the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to break up a party over the weekend where ‘several hundred people’ were in attendance.Deputies say they responded to a location on Goshen Road in the Town of Harmony Saturday at 9:30 p.m. where Eli Miller, 27, was hosting a party involving hundreds, including many under the age of 21.Miller is charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and second-degree criminal nuisance.He was issued tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Harmony Court at a later date. According to the New York State on PAUSE order, social gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed for area’s in phase four reopening.On Monday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted a video criticizing a large concert downstate.The Governor saying the Department of Health will investigate the social distancing violation, and that, the state has no tolerance for the “illegal and reckless endangerment of public health.”Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations. I am appalled.The Department of Health will conduct an investigation.We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 28, 2020Those who violate the NY on PAUSE order could face a fine up to $1,000. The state has a webpage set up for the public to file complaints which are forwarded to local municipalities for investigation.Cuomo recently called on localities statewide to step up their COVID-19 enforcement efforts. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Kudos to Mr.Miller and friends for standing up for Constitutional rights. It appears more and more people are awakening to the fact; CV19 is a well orchestrated HOAX. Emperor Cuomo has no clothes..,Selfish, ignorant, un Christian, You will be punished by a vengeful God. Mend your ways or spend eternity in Hell.,Cuomo touts his opinion on the concert in ny. However, never said a word on the so called march,This was a Amish person. Unless the authorities can prove that they all were notified other than internet, or the news, how can they convict them. I’m not saying that underage drinking is alright because they are aware of that law but, the gatherings over 50 people they may have not had a knowledge of.,They know.last_img read more

Study suggests older antivirals could help fight H5N1

first_imgMay 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An analysis of more than 600 H5N1 avian influenza viruses collected from several Asian countries suggests that two older antiviral drugs could be more useful in fighting a flu pandemic triggered by H5N1 than previously believed.Most H5N1 viruses collected from humans and poultry in Vietnam and Thailand have been resistant to the two older drugs, amantadine and rimantadine (known as the adamantanes). As a result, hopes for an effective drug have focused on the newer antivirals, oseltamivir and zanamavir. Many countries have been stockpiling oseltamivir.But an international team of scientists is reporting that resistance to amantadine seems less common than has been believed, at least in some countries. As expected, they found that most viruses from Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia had mutations that signaled resistance to amantadine. But only a few of the viruses from China and Indonesia had those mutations.”Amantadine appears to retain the potential to be useful in an H5N1 pandemic in the absence of a vaccine, as a prophylactic agent and as a component of combination antiviral therapy,” says the report, published online by the Journal of Infectious Diseases.The study was done by scientists from the University of Hong Kong; Shantou University in Guangdong, China; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.; and the Center for Indonesian Veterinary Studies in Jakarta. Chung Lam-Cheung of the University of Hong Kong was the first author.The researchers analyzed the genetic sequences of the M2 ion channel protein of 638 H5N1 viruses, including 599 from birds and 39 from humans. Most of the isolates came from Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia, with a few from Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, and Korea. The sequences were screened for four mutations predicted to confer amantadine resistance.Tabular data in the report show that 92.6% (162 of 175) of the Vietnam isolates had resistance mutations, as did all the isolates from Thailand (58 of 58), Cambodia (9 of 9), and Malaysia (2 of 2). In contrast, only 13% (16 of 123) of the isolates from China and 6.3% (2 of 32) of those from Indonesia had such mutations. None of the eight isolates from Japan and Korea, collected from poultry in late 2003, showed resistance.”Although amantadine-resistant H5N1 viruses are present in Asia, their distribution appears to be largely limited to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia,” the report states. In an apparent reference to reports of amantadine use in poultry in China, the authors add, “That most H5N1 isolates from China and Indonesia are sensitive to amantadine is striking and perhaps surprising, in view of the reportedly widespread administration of amantadine to farmed poultry in some countries.”Amantadine and rimantadine have been used in treating human flu for more than a decade. However, flu viruses can quickly become resistant to the drugs, because just one point mutation is required. Last January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised physicians to stop prescribing the drugs for the rest of the flu season because the predominant strain of influenza A had turned highly resistant to them. The resistance rate in the H3N2 strain had soared to 91%, compared with 11% the year before.Cheung C-L, Rayner JM, Smith GJD, et al. Distributionof  amantadine-resistantH5N1avianinfluenzavariants in Asia. J Infect Dis 2006 Jun 15;193(12):1626-9 [Full text]See also:CIDRAP information on the use of antiviral drugs in a flu pandemiclast_img read more

Will we finally introduce the Slovenian model for the import of foreign workers from next year?

first_imgAlthough the quota has been raised this year to as many as 15.600 work permits for foreigners in the hospitality and tourism industry, there are still major problems in the field and it is increasingly being emphasized that we need a new model for issuing work permits for foreigners. Last year, at least 20 days, and in some cases up to 3 and a half months, elapsed between the submission of documentation at the Ministry of the Interior and the obtaining of the permit. Of course, that time period is too long if the season has already begun and you need workers now. Within the profession, the so-called The Slovenian model, which has been supported and emphasized for years by the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP), and which proposes a change in the legal framework which prescribes the manner and calculation of quotas for third-country nationals. “As a model for regulating the issue in question, we have proposed a solution modeled on Slovenia, where the employment of foreigners is provided as needed. Namely, according to the Slovenian model, an employer who needs a worker of a certain occupation reports to the Slovenian Employment Service, which then checks the availability of workers with the required qualifications within five days and informs the employer. If the Employment Service fails to find a worker with the appropriate qualifications on the Slovenian labor market within the specified period, the employer is granted a residence permit and work for a foreign worker for the same period. At the same time, as a control mechanism and for the purpose of protecting the domestic labor market, the Slovenian Employment Service has the opportunity to identify which occupations are in demand and direct their resources to training or retraining of Slovenian citizens for the required occupations. could result in the employment of a qualified Slovenian citizen. Also, the Slovenian Ministry of Labor maintains a list of deficient occupations that can be imported under the accelerated procedure, since there are no unemployed persons with the required qualifications on the Slovenian labor market.Ribičić emphasizes and adds that at this moment they welcome the final recognition of their initiative by the line ministries, where together with colleagues from unions and chambers they work together to define a normative solution that would speed up and simplify the process of obtaining work permits for foreigners. Admira Ribičić, B.Sc. iur., Director of the Department for Legislation and Legal Affairs of HUP / Photo: HUP IN GREECE, ON THE SPENT 100 EUROS PER NIGHT IN A HOTEL, EVEN 33,4 EUR GOES TO TAXES, AND IN CROATIA 28,2 EUR Thus, specifically in Slovenia, everything is maximally simplified, and the employer first looks for workers through the employment office, and if he does not find them, he can bring workers from abroad in unlimited numbers. So, without any quotas and at any time according to the needs of employers, ie the market. Slovenian model as a solution to the problem? LINK NEWS: The Ministry of the Interior has just recently introduced the possibility electronic application for a work permit. Precisely with the aim of relieving employers, but also reducing congestion in the premises of police administrations or stations, as of April 15, 2019, it is able to submit applications for residence and work permits from the quota and by e-mail to specially formed e-mail addresses police stations. Photo: Entrepreneurs in tourism have been pointing out for years that the process of obtaining work permits for foreigners is too slow, that there is too much administration and that it does not monitor the requirements and the situation on the ground. We are too slow and falling in basic market matches, so it is logical that we cannot be competitive and that the economy is falling from year to year. Today, everyone is struggling in global market competition, and those who are proactive, react quickly to all market changes, who are creative and innovative, and those who want and engage in market development succeed. According to HUP, the Law on Foreigners requires entrepreneurs to plan all their activities at the end of the current year so that they know how many workers they will need to fulfill their obligations, which does not follow the accelerated changes in the global market and is overly formal, inflexible. and in contrast to a dynamic labor market. “It is clear that in today’s world of rapid change it is not possible to plan so precisely, so it happened to us last year that in the midst of the tourist season we had to make changes to the Decision on the annual quota for employment of foreigners, since it was evident that we question which we will not be able to provide a sufficient number of workers. We believe that one of the most important tasks of the competent bodies of the Republic of Croatia is to enable entrepreneurs quick and efficient availability of skilled and skilled labor, and the Decision on the annual quota for employment of foreigners has not been adequately enabled for a long time. points out Admira Ribičić, B.Sc. iur., Director of the Department for Legislation and Legal Affairs from HUP.center_img The first shifts of constructive dialogue are already visible The shortage of workers has become a key problem for tourism, but also for the entire economy, and will be further exacerbated when Austria revokes work permits for Croatian workers, which is planned for July 01st next year. For comparison, salaries for chefs, waiters and other tourist staff are 30% lower in Slovenia than in Slovenia, and even practically 100% lower than in Austria.  According to estimates, Croatian tourism will lack at least about 15 skilled workers for this tourist season, and some projections indicate a figure of 20.000 workers. On the other hand, this year the quota for the import of labor in tourism was increased, and 15.600 permits for the import of foreign labor were approved, of which 12.000 auxiliary workers 7000 permanent and 5000 seasonal, 1300 chefs and 1400 waiters. Although the whole debate is about the import of foreign labor, and not the root of the problem as the final solution, labor quotas for tourism are not a permanent solution, but only a short-term firefighting. TOURIST IMPULSE: TOURIST COMPANIES EXPECT NET PROFIT DECREASE AND REDUCTION INVESTMENT POTENTIAL “Here, we primarily mean education that follows the needs of the market, that respects the needs of entrepreneurs and that educates young people precisely for those occupations that are in demand. In this context, we welcome all the steps that go in the direction of education reform, which is the only real cure for this, recently extremely current problem faced by almost all countries in Europe and the world. We also find it extremely important to take all measures to increase, first of all, the employability of unemployed persons in the Republic of Croatia by raising the level of their skills and competencies, in order to be included, ie returned to the labor market. In this context, we welcome the activities of the Croatian Employment Service, which has intensified its activities related to retraining and additional training of those who are registered as unemployed. And finally, we certainly need to work on the popularization of lifelong learning, since we are at the bottom of the scale of European countries in terms of the coverage of those who are educated during their working life.”Points out Admira Ribičić, B.Sc. iur., Director of the Department for Legislation and Legal Affairs from HUP. However, after all, the answer to the key question remains: How to stop the emigration of young people from Croatia and ensure the stability of employment of domestic labor? Of course, in this case, the system must be more efficient and in order to introduce the so-called The Slovenian model has significantly simplified and accelerated the process of hiring foreign labor. But the introduction of the same or some other model should have been introduced as early as this year, because last year at the start it was seen on the ground that things are not working. The question is why wait and procrastinate again? REQUIREMENTS FOR STAY AND WORK OF FOREIGNERS FROM NOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE ELECTRONICALLY So, as a conclusion to this story, unfortunately, the entrepreneurs lost another year again, and I hope that this year the much-needed changes will take place so that things will be sorted out as much as possible for the next tourist season. A constructive dialogue with the relevant ministry and other services is certainly to be welcomed, but I cannot help but get the impression that we are slow and inert and do not follow all market changes. One is the Law on paper and the other in the bang. However, Ribičić emphasizes that none of these solutions, which are now intended to facilitate the availability of skilled labor to employers, will solve the key problem of the labor market, which is structural unemployment. last_img read more

Ellis needs change in hospital management

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHaving seen negative and positive reports about experiences at Ellis Hospital, I had the misfortune of visiting a cousin who had spent over 20 days at this facility. My first contact was in the Ellis Hospital E-wing, which I was told is an intensive-care-type Unit. My cousin was treated rather poorly, from not getting proper nutritional support to obtaining no food at all. Attempting to remedy the no food situation on a particular day, I was told. “We have had an emergency and were very busy.” This is while all staff were making rounds with the doctor and plenty of people around to do something. But none took the extra step to proceed.He was then transferred to A-wing, sixth floor. Sorry to say the experience was no better. The staff is very friendly and is trying to help everyone. However on Feb 11, breakfast was not delivered until 11:30 a.m. This would be OK if he had to fast or have tests preformed. But that wasn’t the case. We questioned the staff why no food and they contacted the Dietary Department. The answer was food staff is very busy. They were so busy that breakfast never came up to this patient until 11:30 a.m. and lunch was sent up at 12:30 p.m.?Having been a director of a couple of departments at a hospital in Amsterdam for the better part of 40 years, I believe I have a working knowledge of what’s acceptable and what’s not in a hospital environment. This is totally unacceptable. No one even came up with crackers or a dish of ice cream.In the past, being biased as a former hospital manager, I took the negative writings about Ellis as just an unfortunate incident. But when so many of these incidents occur and are reported, a trend emerges. This trend is that Ellis needs to shake up management and staff to pull out of this downward spiral.Robert G. NicolellaRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Dublin industrial – Structural faults

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The early developers

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When does the Premier League transfer window open and close this summer?

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jul 2020 12:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares When does the Premier League transfer window open and close this summer?center_img Advertisement Timo Werner will arrive at Chelsea this summer (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League has confirmed when the transfer window will open and close this summer, after initial plans were significantly altered by the coronavirus crisis.With the season now running until a conclusion on Sunday 26 July, the transfer window will open after the final games of the campaign.The start date of the 2020/21 Premier League season is not yet confirmed, with the weekend of 12 September looking most likely, but there remains the possibility that it could start earlier than this.If the Premier League does get back underway on 12 September, it will mean there will be around three weeks between the start of the season and the close of the transfer window, and then 11 more days of a domestic-only window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen does the transfer window open and close?A Premier League statement read: ‘Premier League Shareholders have agreed on the dates for the summer 2020 transfer window.‘The window will open for 10 weeks at the end of the current Premier League season, starting on 27 July and ending on 5 October.‘Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will be added from 5 October, closing 17:00 BST on 16 October.‘During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations).‘No transfers can take place between Premier League clubs in this period.‘The transfer window is subject to the approval of FIFA.’The EFL’s window will run for the same dates of 27 July – 5 October, with the extended domestic-only window afterwards.MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal vs LiverpoolMORE: Norwich claim unwanted record as West Ham defeat confirms relegation from Premier LeagueFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more