Darwin died in 1882, but more than any other scientist, seems to live on in the science news. Here are some recent examples. The question is: do any of these articles really have anything to do with the theory that made him famous? Or is some other dynamic at work that keeps him in the forefront? Darwinian funding: Science magazine (11 November 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6057 pp. 753-754, doi: 10.1126/science.334.6057.753) lamented how the bad economy is affecting funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In “Darwinism vs. Social Engineering at NIH,” Jocelyn Kaiser wrote about the competition between labs. “As National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus recently put it, NIH is weighing some type of ‘social engineering’ rather than simply letting ‘Darwinian forces’ cull weaker labs and shrink the number of mouths NIH feeds.” It sounds like a metaphor of the battle between Intelligent Design and Survival of the Fittest, but surely she did not mean that medical labs are products of random, undirected mechanisms. [News Flash: Darwinism is not a force.] Darwinian robots: New Scientist committed a colossal non-sequitur in its short article, “Darwin trumps self-obsession in robotics.” The point is that creating robots in our own image is doomed to fail. A new generation of rebel roboticists, the editorial claims, is thinking that robots should be soft and squishy, “inspired by the theory that intelligence emerges from the body.” Here was the ending non-sequitur: “Crucially, the next generation of robots will not be designed as if by gods – in our image – but by using the principles revealed by Darwin. Once again, evolution has dealt a blow to the idea that humans were created special.” Darwinian emotions: The only one of these three articles that related specifically to Darwin’s theory was an update on his theory of emotions posted by the BBC News. The Darwin Correspondence Project is trying to recreate his experiment nearly 150 years later, reporter Stephanie Hegarty wrote, “to test his results, and draw attention to his contribution to psychology.” Hegarty gave him a pass: “It was somewhat unscientific by modern standards, with no control group and a very small sample, but it was revolutionary for its time.” Darwin wanted to prove that facial expressions in response to emotion were innate and universal, and that “expression was a trait that humans shared with beasts.” His results were published in his 1872 book, The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals. The BBC News article, however, drew no connection to his hunch and his theory of natural selection; nor did it seek to explain how facial expressions lead to fitness and survival. Anyway, has the Darwin Correspondence Project replicated the results? No; it’s a work in progress. That didn’t stop Hegarty from heaping praise on Darwin with quotes from others who called him “an immense intellect” and “truly a genius” who “formed the basis for an entire canon of psychological study.” Darwinian weapons: On the premise that “evolution is a simple fact” and “the fact of evolution itself is not disputed by any reputable scientist” (appealing to Coyne and Dawkins as authorities), Paula Kirby at The Washington Post took glee in skewering Christian conservatives as guilty of willful ignorance, because “Evolution Threatens Christianity.” Without mentioning Darwin directly, she referred to two of his greatest defenders today. This has long been a legacy of Darwinism: a tool to attack religion – and not just any religion, but Christianity. Paula Kirby’s screed and New Scientist’s loony non-sequitur are so typical of the Darwin demagogues. Their notion of scientific “truth” could not withstand a freshman course in philosophy of science. The modus operandi of their ilk is: (1) hate Christians and conservatives first, then (2) appeal to the authority of Darwin and his disciples to call anyone who disagrees an ignoramus. Charles Darwin is the god of atheists and naturalists, the Bearded Buddha at whose shrine they offer their sacrifices. For a balance to the worship and adoration given to the B.B. you need to read Jerry Bergman’s eye-opening book, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin (available at Amazon.com). It’s amazing this troubled con-man ever became famous at all. For instance, Bergman reveals that his photographs used for The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals were faked (just one of many scientific sins he committed). The guy was as bad as Haeckel, but got away with it, because of his gift of gab and manner of carefully cataloguing things to present a façade of scientific rigor, then telling stories that had little or nothing to do with the data or his theory (if it can even be called a theory), winning acceptance through association. Getting Moses out of science was really the goal. It so appealed to other anti-religious disciples that, with the aid of his X-men like Huxley, they redefined science altogether as naturalism; something like Darwinism, therefore, had to be true – by definition! Natural history became confabulation, scientific rigor, mortis. The articles above show that his disciples completely misrepresent his ideas and portray “natural selection” as if it performs intelligent design miracles! This is insane. It’s time we expose the fraud of this flawed, disturbed man who has been morphed into a caricature of Moses leading science into a promised land. 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Even More Dangerous? “Tweet to Win”What’s actually more concerning than spam, however, is the new trend we’ll call “tweet to win.” Legitimate companies have begun using Twitter to promote a message – essentially an advertisement about their business’ offerings. To cajole twitizens into “spamming” their followers in this way, they’re offering prizes or the chance to win prizes in return. (Full disclosure: this author did this once and still regrets it). This situation hasn’t gotten out of hand just yet, but it seems like it’s only a matter of time before it does. Because really, how many of you could resist yourselves if all of a sudden a company started giving away free Macbook Pros? Oh, apparently not too many of you because you’ve already spammed up trending topics today with #moonfruit. What’s Moonfruit? Why, it’s a company that’s giving away a free Macbook Pro every day for 10 days. Is this a brilliant social media promotion (as Adam Ostrow of Mashable claims) or just a new, inventive way to junk up the twitterstream with advertisements? We think it’s closer to the latter. sarah perez The only consolation in this particular case is that Moonfruit doesn’t care what your tweet says, so it can just be appended to any ordinary tweet. That’s not usually the case – most companies provide a message for you to re-tweet.What’s frightening about this “it’s not spam, it’s a message from your friend” is that it’s really not. My friend isn’t actually telling me that Moonfruit is this great new company they have just heard about and that I really have to check out. This isn’t a word-of-mouth recommendation – my friend just wants to win a new laptop. They know this, I know this, and the company knows this. And that makes the message just as spammy to me as any other in-stream tweet from an actual spammer.So, what can be done? Well sure, I could unfollow that so-called friend, but why would I? It’s not like they do this regularly and 99% of the time, I like what they have to say. But while one day that friend is tweeting to win a Macbook, another may be tweeting to win something else. Even if only a small percentage of an ever-shifting group of my friends tweeted a promotional message every day, it would be enough to junk up my timeline. Sadly, that’s one kind of spam that Twitter can’t really block. And neither can I. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#NYT#Trends#twitter#web Has Twitter spam gotten a little out of hand? According to today’s top story on Techmeme, it has. Apparently, marketers are calling for Twitter to filter out spam and other adult content from the microblogging service. You know, so their all-important tweets about the products and services they’re pushing don’t have to share the same web space as that other nasty stuff. But fighting actual spammers is still relatively easy for an end-user: it’s called the “unfollow” button. Ironically, if anyone’s to blame for spamming our Twitter timelines, it’s the marketers themselves. They’ve managed to trick our friends into spamming us with their messages instead.If You’re Getting Real Spam, Blame YourselfWe’re not sure where anyone, marketer or not, gets off telling Twitter that it’s their responsibility to filter the content that flows through their service mainly because Twitter is already doing so. The company itself currently addresses the spam issue by providing an @spamaccount where you can report spammers and other abusers in the Twittersphere. If the account in question is indeed a spammer, Twitter boots them from the service. That sounds good to us. Simple and effective…at least for the end user. (It’s probably a nightmare to deal with at Twitter HQ). Of course, Twitter doesn’t want their service overrun by spammers – no one would. However, they’re probably more concerned with wasting their resources to support these fake accounts than they are with the annoyance it causes for their users. But do they have it under control? Perhaps not – fighting spam is sort of like fighting computer viruses. You block one and someone makes a new one. The same goes for spammers – kill one spammer and another appears to take his place. It’s an ongoing fight, not a plague that can be wiped out overnight through some magic filter. Besides, what you consider spam, I may consider “valuable information about a product.” Probably not, but there is a gray area there that has to be taken into consideration. Some spam is out-and-out spam, but other stuff may just be “hot deals” from a legitimate company. However, if you didn’t want to see said hot deals, you might consider them spam. Still, how would you see them unless you actually followed that account to begin with? Or maybe you turned on auto-follow using a service like SocialToo? If that’s the case, it’s a little ridiculous for you to get annoyed when half your timeline turns into a slew of “buy this” messages – you only have yourself to blame for that. Where Actual Spam Hurts UsThe only place that honest-to-goodness spam can really affect you on an everyday basis is not in your own personal timeline of friends’ tweets, but when viewing a trending topic’s stream or when doing a keyword search. In these cases, spammers hijacking a currently popular hashtag may show up in the timeline, potentially diluting the results with irrelevant information. For this reason alone, we support Twitter’s spam-fighting efforts. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The self-destructing message, whether a piece of paper that mystically disintegrates at the appropriate moment or the microfiche that goes up in a poof of smoke, is a staple of any spy movie and a childhood wish of my own. TigerText, a private SMS app, has made my childhood dream a reality.The company, which has had a free app available, has brought this spy-novel feature to the enterprise with this week’s release of an enterprise app. According to TechCrunch, the app lets users determine when and how the messages are deleted. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As we reported last year, TigerText’s mobile apps allows users to send text messages or photos that can then be deleted off both the sender’s and receiver’s phone after a selected period of time. Once a sender selects the message lifespan (from 1 minute up to 30 days), expired messages are not only deleted from both phones, but are not stored on any server and they cannot be retrieved once expired. Users can also select a “Delete on Read” option, which will delete the text 60 seconds after the recipient opens the message.The latest version of the app caters to businesses by allowing users to perform a one-time login to authenticate with the company. TigerText describes the app as “a cross-platform collaboration tool for your organization that allows you to deploy your own private, secure mobile network where your employees can safely communicate on their existing mobile devices within your company.”“Text messaging, just like email, can be used against your organization,” writes the company on its website. “If the messages no longer exist, there is no risk of data breach or exposure.”The app is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms and administrators can manage user settings from the Web. It enters an increasingly crowded space, with apps like Kik, Beluga and GroupMe entering the free message game, but this one has that special spin for the security-minded.From what we can tell, however, the app is missing one huge feature – the little whisp of smoke, wafting out the crack of your phone case whenever a message is deleted.
Tags:#e-commerce#gaming#hack 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… veronica henry Why You Love Online Quizzes Even as developers continue to churn out more and more mobile apps – especially games – they’re all struggling to figure out how to get enough people to download and use their apps. Perhaps even more important, developers need a way to make money on their apps, and that combination increasingly results in the freemium model – free apps supported by in-app purchases.The trick, though, is to give people a robust enough free app to get them to download it in the first place – but still find a way to convince enough of those downloaders to part with their hard earned dollars?Do it wrong and you’ve just given away something for nothing. Do it right and it can be a lot more lucrative than charging everyone $.99 upfront.What’ the secret? Here are 5 ways app developers get users to pony up real cash:1. The Bait and HookThe psychology here is simple. Lure in the customer with an all-too-accessible free download. With that initial barrier removed, developers then only need focus on creating a fun and engaging gaming experience. After those first few minutes (or hours) of play, it’s that much easier to get the customer’s buy-in to spend a little something to continue the experience. The desire to make it to the next level can be almost addictive. A fully invested customer will be more willing to pay to play.2. Make It EasySome of the most successful games are relatively simple – Angry Birds is a perfect example. But even for the more complex games, the early objective should be to make it as easy as possible for customers to understand the rules of the game and get started. According to veteran game developer Mike Amerson, maker of the hits My Virtual Girlfriend and My Virtual Boyfriend, this is a key strategy. “Make sure the initial engagement isn’t frustrating. Use techniques like tutorials and tips, then allow the user to practice and gain a few wins before she has to face any real challenges. Then as the game progresses, it becomes harder to achieve those same results.” But by then, the customer is already invested. 3. Timely OfferingsOnly after the customer has downloaded the app, has a good feel for it, and may be feeling fairly confident in their ability to win, is it time to drop the in-app purchase suggestion. At key “choke points” in the game, when the developer knows the customer will need just the right tool to obtain a higher level of achievement, a friendly pop up alerts players of the opportunity to make a purchase that will keep the game experience going. The U.K’s Natural Motion, makers of CSR Racing, have mastered this strategy – and have $12 million in monthly in- app purchase revenue to prove it. After working through a few easy levels, it is nearly impossible to win a race without making upgrades or purchasing another car. 4. Introduce New ItemsMobile game developer TinyCo is a proven leader in this next strategy. In its game Tiny Zoo Friends, where kids manage a virtual zoo, the company introduces new farm animals for purchase every week. One animal, “The Cash Cow” (not sure if pun was intended or not), cost one young fan nearly two months’ allowance. According to TinyCo CEO Suly Ali, the revenue from this character alone was in the neighborhood of $50,000. 5. For A Limited Time OnlyOnce customers become accustomed to making in-app purchases, developers then introduce the limited-time- only scenario. Make the next purchase for half off, or at a reduced rate, but only if you buy before the offer runs out. Most shoppers will recognize this strategy from a wide variety of retail environments – because it works. Imposing a time limit to a discount provokes that buy-now-or-lose-out feeling of urgency. It’s the ultimate pay reward system.By some estimates, in-app purchasers spend on average $14 per transaction, which is why freemium has become the dominant means of monetizing apps.For serious players, though, buying a game for $.99 up front is almost always cheaper than a freemium model where you’ll need to ante up a lot more over time. Keep that in mind the next time you download a “free” app. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
A former MLA was on Wednesday found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house in Bulandshahr, the police said.Haji Aleem Khan, a Bahujan Samaj Party leader, was found dead in his room, with a pistol lying next to his body, said Bulandshahr Superintendent of Police (City) Pravin Ranjan Singh.According to preliminary information, the former legislator had returned home late on Tuesday night and did not open his door till 10 a.m. the next day.”People knocked on the door and even dialled his cell phone to wake him up. When he didn’t answer the calls, a child was sent inside the room through a ladder after a grill was opened,” Mr. Singh said. It is not clear if he was shot, the police said.Khan’s body has been sent for post-mortem examination.
August 23, 2006 We last reported on July 12. on interior construction in the lightscoop apartment of Unit 10 in the East Crescent Complex. Tilework in the bathroom had progressed to installation of very small tiles in the shower pan. The pattern for shower walls are layed out here. [Photo & text: sa] As tilework progresses in the shower, a larger set of tiles are layed in the main room. Closet doors are ready to be installed. [Photo & text: sa] Tilework on the floor of the main room is finished. This report will continue on 8/25 with more on tile installation in the bathroom. [Photo & text: sa]
Jean-Michel HégésippeFrench cable operator Numericable has named Jean-Michel Hégésippe to its administrative council, replacing Marco de Benedetti, who has resigned. The change follows the shareholders agreement between Altice, Cinven and Carlyle struck ahead of Numericable’s IPO, which saw Altice take an additional 5% stake from both Carlyle and Cinven, raising its stake to 40%.Hégésippe is the founder and CEO of Outremer Telecom, an alternative telco offering services in Guadeloupe, Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion that was acquired by Altice last year.
European culture and lifestyle channel, Eurochannel, is now available in the United Arab Emirates through local operator du.Eurochannel is available on du’s English Basic and French Basic packages on channel number 1408.“Eurochannel continues its vast expansion across international borders thanks to the launch of our channel in the Middle East,” said Eurochannel CEO, Gustavo Vainstein.With the launch, Eurochannel claims that its station is now available in 22 million households in 10 languages, offering Eropean movies and TV series.Separately, du announced today that it has entered into long-term partnership with Ericsson, which will manage and operate du’s IT infrastructure.
Access network providers are beginning to market CDN services to content providers as well as setting them up to deliver their own content offerings. Simon Trudelle, senior product marketing manager, Nagra, discusses the key on-net CDN business models and the question of how long it will be until most video goes OTT on CDN.What is the best way for cable and telco operators to get into this market? How can they make revenue from this market – indeed is anyone doing so?With more and more subscribers expecting TV everywhere and TV anytime access on multiple screens, most of which are native IP, service providers have had no choice but to at least partly rely on CDN-based video delivery. In doing so, they can deploy their own CDN infrastructure on their network, or deploy a form of “CDN in the cloud” (usually based on regional peering agreements with other ISPs), or rely on the cloud-based infrastructure of commercial CDN vendors.The benefits of adding OTT TV delivery to the mix are significant in terms of general user features (mainly TV anytime, anywhere on any device) and opportunities for providing new interactive services to consumers. These benefits alone have significant churn avoidance potential and therefore present a convincing argument for service providers to at least complement their existing delivery infrastructure with OTT technology.The concrete opportunities for a service provider slightly vary depending on the starting point of the operator:– Broadcast service providers have a specific opportunity in that a relatively low investment threshold will allow them to significantly enrich their existing DTH or DTT bouquets which are inherently efficient for high viewership channels, with the implied flexibility and multi-device reach of OTT.– Telcos can gradually take the opportunity to unify their existing IPTV offer across multiple screens by consolidating onto a single OTT based delivery paradigm, even on their own network. In that sense, CDN distribution with adaptive bitrate streaming is in fact becoming “the better IPTV” in the context of which services like catch-up become straightforward side effects of the delivery paradigm.– Cable operators have the additional flexibility to have both DOCSIS and DVB delivery mechanisms on the same conduit, allowing them to gradually shift more of the TV distribution on the DOCSIS part to eventually end up with an all-IP distribution. Since the multicast gain is very limited or even non-existing for a significant portion of the channel bouquet in a cable topology (cf. the next-gen cable paper we recently did with Farncombe), we also think this IP delivery over cable will rather benefit from CDN technology than from traditional multicast IPTV.For content suppliers, congested broadband networks may, however, just turn viewers off and negatively impact their revenues. It then becomes key for content suppliers to set agreements with cable and telco service providers to ensure sufficient quality of service and experience for OTT content.While the CDN business has been an inherently cost-driven, commoditized service until now, the sharp increase in demand from pay TV subscribers for on-demand delivery of premium TV content defines higher expectations that, when fulfilled, can be monetised by service providers.This presents an interesting opportunity for cable and telco operators who will de facto be deploying on-net CDN technology for their own TV services and who can now indeed offer the underlying infrastructure as such to other players in the value chain and they can do this in different flavours, ranging from just the CDN service up to an entire ready-to-roll white labeled cloud-based TV service.What added value services can on-network CDN providers bring to content suppliers?As the audience for on-demand premium TV increases, Service Providers are asked by content providers to provide superior content protection and seamless content delivery across an increasingly large number of OTT devices. In this complex environment, with multiple DRMs and adaptive bitrate streaming technologies to use, managing content delivery and ensuring a superior Quality of Experience is a technical and operational challenge that commands a price. Using a multiscreen delivery software solution like Nagra MediaLive or a ready-to-roll white labeled cloud delivery service as provided by NAGRA with its partner Abertis Telecom can help satisfy the most demanding needs of content suppliers and ensure better margins for service providers.What is Nagra’s forecast for a tipping point at which CDNs will become cheap enough to migrate broadcast content into an OTT environment?Nagra has conducted research showing that the continuous decrease in CDN and general IP bandwidth costs (due to continuous technology enhancements in silicon, storage and overall transmission capacity) enables an economically viable OTT delivery of certain channels of a bouquet along with content that is inherently unicast like catch-up and on-demand.However, as high speed broadband networks are not expected to reach every household in the foreseeable future, even in developed countries, service providers looking to reach the largest number of consumers will still be better off using hybrid delivery networks.A clever mix of OTT and broadcast solutions will be the prevailing recipe for service providers to improve the overall viewer experience while reducing their content delivery costs.Nagra MediaLive makes that vision a reality for service providers with its hybrid multiscreen solutions that leverage the benefits of both broadcast and broadband OTT TV delivery across multiple devices.
DerryEoin CoyleERIN HUTCHEONNorth West Regional CollegeNWRC’s Eoin Coyle is now crunching data instead of biscuits after losing 14 stone Everything changed six years ago when Eoin decided that finally enough was enough.He said: “The cliché ‘new year, new me’ actually did apply to me. I spent months reading up on food and nutrition, and I started to understand what the body needs. “The body is like a car and you need to put the right fuel into it, or it will break down.”Eoin Coyle, pictured before his amazing 14 stone weightloss.In just 16 months Eoin had lost an incredible 14 stone – half his entire body weight. He went on to train for a half marathon losing a further two stone, but in order to remain a healthy weight regained two stone and has maintained this since.Eoin continued: “I was really lucky because I managed to escape serious illness as a result of my weight. “I was consuming in excess of 3-4,000 calories a day, but I wasn’t showing any signs of diabetes or damage to my heart.”The 30 year-old has now completely transformed his life.He said: “I’ve learned that everything is about variety, balance and moderation. The secret is to make sure your body now has everything it needs to make it healthy.“I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and healthy eating while I’ve been on this journey so I was delighted for the college to ask me to host a session on nutrition and exercise.“I want to get the message across that fad diets which say certain foods are bad for us are wrong. WE all need to make sure we have Carbohydrates, Protein and Fats in our diet, I feel at my best when I am eating all three.“These days Eoin, who is getting married to Erin Havlin next year, has a strict regime to maintain his body at his ideal weight, beginning every morning with a 5 a.m. gym session and consuming a minimum of four litres of water a day. Eoin continues to track his food and nutrition daily to ensure he is meeting his goals and that his nutrition is what his body needs.And to anyone who is thinking about losing weight, Eoin has some simple advice:“There’s no time like the present, don’t say you’re going to start tomorrow. Some simple changes can put you on the road to a healthier mind and body. I’ve never looked back.“Since I began my journey I have experienced some life changing experiences. I have completed the Waterside Half Marathon on two occasions, showcased my story on a stage in Belfast and challenged myself to goals I would have been told were never possible. The journey has helped me not just in my health, I have applied the discipline to all aspects of my life. “Kate Duffy, Director of Human Resources and Learner Services at NWRC said: “I’d like to thank Eoin for the contribution he has made relating his journey to other members of staff as part of Health and Well Being programme which operates across all of our campuses in Derry~Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady.“NWRC is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all staff and we will continue to explore innovative andcreative ways to improve their health and wellbeing.”Eoin will one of the many walkers and runners taking part in North West Regional College’s 5k Rescue Run in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue on April 4.You can register for the event at https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/NWRC5RiverKRescueRunandWalk?fbclid=IwAR0PpjZyPxZQVPCMVCEaZ-AiezruNYXaWKYRd4Q_bAXNkS5mQZmQrKfv5NEOnline registration closes on April 2, however you can register on the night at the Foyle Building of NWRC from 5.30 – 6.45p.m. NWRC’s Eoin Coyle is now crunching data instead of biscuits after losing 14 stone was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Eon Coyle halved his weight from 28 to 14 stoneA NORTH West Regional College (NWRC) employee who shed an astonishing 14 stone, has been using his experience to help his colleagues as part of the college’s Health and Wellbeing programme. Eoin Coyle, who joined the College as Compliance Officer in October 2018, halved his entire body weight, going from 28 to 14 stone, by thoroughly researching the science of nutrition, and finding an exercise programme that fitted his lifestyle. ShareTweet And recently he shared the knowledge he’s found on nutrition and exercise by hosting a series of workshops in the college, as part of NWRC’s wellbeing programme, which runs various events throughout the year including Running Clubs, Fitness Boot Camps and routine Health Checks for staff.Eoin explained: “By the time I was 19, I had hit 24 stone. I had a poor understanding of what I should and shouldn’t eat. I did no exercise and I had no energy. Every day I slept in until 1 p.m. I was caught in a trap and at my heaviest weighed over 28 stone.“I was unable to buy my clothes in the conventional clothes shops, I often had to travel to Belfast to tall and large man shops to get my size. At my heaviest I was wearing XXXL tops and 46 inch waist jeans.“I would only let my photograph be taken if I was sitting down and would have avoided it as much as I could.”