Ohio State OL Taylor Decker Had Some Fun Retweeting All The Incorrect Predictions People Made About The Buckeyes

first_imgTaylor Decker retweets incorrect Ohio State predictions.Taylor Decker spent part of his Wednesday morning doing some work that should please Ohio State fans greatly. The Buckeyes’ offensive tackle surfed Twitter, found a bunch of incorrect predictions made about his national champion team and retweeted them. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman found eight tweets that proved to be very, very wrong. There are plenty, plenty more out there to be found, too. Funny how things work, often those who said you couldn’t will cheer the loudest when you do #raisethewhiteropes— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 25, 2015 Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.08.50 PM@TDeck68  Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.09.04 PM@TDeck68Decker recognized one of the few people who did not lose faith in Ohio State, too. @TDeck68 looks like i was the opposite of those people pic.twitter.com/4fac4tLB1f— Thomas Khristenko (@ChefKyrie) February 25, 2015Taylor Decker: really good offensive lineman, even better user of Twitter.last_img read more

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Police asking for assistance with armed robbery

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report on July 27, 2019, at approximately 4:40 of a robbery at the convenience store, located at 9607 100th Ave.Two masked thieves were reported to have used weapons to intimidate the store clerk, then fled the area after obtaining a large number of cigarette packages.The police are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the suspects flee the area or who may know who they are. The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating the suspects, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

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Knight Riders assistant coach Simon calls for better umpiring

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich became the latest to join the bandwagon of coaches and players, who feel that standard of umpiring in the current season has left a lot to be desired. Though Katich was not forthcoming, he pointed out the contentious decision which went in favour of Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan in Friday’s match against KKR. The southpaw, who survived a review on 11, went on to seal the match for the Capitals with an unbeaten 97. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I don’t want to get into trouble. I will give a stock standard answer: It’s a tough job. Obviously last night, there was a contentious one (Dhawan) and unfortunately it didn’t go away,” Katich in a roundabout manner said what he intended to. The ongoing edition of the IPL has had quite a few umpiring controversies so far leading to top players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli coming down heavily on the standard of umpiring. While Dhoni’s latest conduct has not been above board, Katich was all praise for his leadership skills and ability to take the game deep. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It will be interesting to see what the master in Dhoni goes with tomorrow. He seems to pull the right strings at the right time. He is so well prepared. There’s a lot of thought put into the team. He’s very clever in the way he uses his bowlers, his field positions,” said Dhoni. “We got completely outplayed in Chennai. But we feel our team suits our wicket as well with the quality spinners we’ve got. Unfortunately, we didn’t adapt to the conditions in Chennai. We thought it was a 180-wicket and it took us probably four overs to realise that and the game was done and dusted.”last_img read more

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OSU womens ice hockey looks to rebound after wakeup call

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternAfter dropping both games against the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team opens its home schedule on Friday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, winners of last season’s NCAA tournament.The Buckeyes lost both games against Wisconsin by a combined score of 15-0, but spent the following week in practice trying not to dwell on the past.“I think what’s key is to not look back on what’s happened, but to look forward,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said. “Obviously, every team says that at the beginning of the year, but I think we need to focus on D-zone for us most importantly, blocking the shots, looking to get man-on-man.”The difficulty for OSU as it welcomes Minnesota and its high-powered offense is continuing to balance preparing for opponents with the developmental aspects of hockey.“Yes, I can implement systems where the score might have been a little bit closer, but I want our team to get better at being hockey players and knowing what our weaknesses are and what our strengths are,“ OSU coach Jenny Potter said.Eight Golden Gophers are ranked in the top 30 scorers in the country, and Potter spent much of this week preparing her squad for another up-tempo competitor.“We’ve been playing to high speeds in practice, not just stepping in and expecting to be skating that fast, knowing that that team’s coming in,” senior defender Cara Zubko said.Zubko said she believes that at this stage of the season, it was good for both OSU’s newcomers and veterans to receive the lessons that come with back-to-back blowouts on the road.“I think no one goes into the first weekend of the year expecting losses like that.  But I think it was a wake-up call in a good sense that, just because we know we have lots of work to do,” Zubko said.Zubko was not the only member of the program looking to take positives away from its series against Wisconsin, and the team is eager to get right back on the ice tonight against another tough conference opponent.“I think it’s a lesson in life as far as how much work you put in, or lack thereof,” Potter said. “For us as a group, seeing where we are and where we want to go, with Wisconsin being a great team, Frozen Four team last year, ranked No. 2 right now, this team wants to be in those positions, so it’s a stepping stone.”Against Minnesota, OSU will look to compete with one of the best, if not the best, program in the nation. The Golden Gophers set an NCAA record with eight goals in a single period en route to an 11-0 victory over St. Cloud State last Saturday, and are led by freshman forward Sarah Potomak, who ranks fourth in the nation in scoring.But for a glass-half-full team like the Buckeyes, the opportunity to erase memories of last week’s sweep by facing off against another elite team is one not to pass up.“We know we have lots of work to do,” Zubko said. “We can’t look back on that, there’s a lot of hockey and a big season in front of us and we’ll be ready for this weekend.”The Buckeyes drop the puck in Game 1 against Minnesota at 6:07 p.m. on Friday and at 2:07 p.m. on Saturday in Game 2. read more

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Buckeye Brief NFL protests and Big Ten locker rooms from Urban Meyer

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addresses the Buckeyes prior to the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorComing off its 54-21 victory over UNLV, the No. 11 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will be preparing this week for its matchup against Rutgers, the first Big Ten opponent the team has faced since the season opener against Indiana.Speaking on Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer was asked questions about the protests that were prominent in the NFL this week, and how he would react if one of his own players asked to protest racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.After he avoided providing a direct answer the day prior at a press conference regarding how the team has dealt with the protests, Meyer gave a similar answer in the teleconference, citing a culture of respect to deal with the varying opinions players and coaches might have on the hotly debated topic, while avoiding sharing his own opinion on the matter.“A culture of team, a culture of respect and a culture of focus. And so, I was unaware that anything was going on until yesterday,” Meyer said Tuesday. “I’ll talk to some players and we’ll do what we normally do after a conversation and I’ll let people have their opinions and never cross the ‘r-word’, which is respect.”Meyer later said that in a hypothetical situation in which a player might ask him about joining the protest over racial injustice and take a knee during the national anthem, any conversation on the matter would be kept private and not shared with the public.“That’s between me and the player and to be honest, I don’t know,” Meyer said. “And if I did, I probably wouldn’t share it with you since to me, that’s sanctuary-type meetings you have with your players that you have trust in. So it’s no different than if you said what if my son or daughter came home and asked me what would I do, that’s between me and them.”Here are more updates from Meyer during the Week 5 teleconference.On Big Ten locker rooms: “These players do a lot for us and do a lot for our conference. They should be treated right and that’s very clean environment, obviously the proper heat, proper air conditioner, air conditioning and a sanitary environment. And I would imagine that from this point forward that their people will look at that very closely.”On assessing the team: “Pass defense continues to be the No. 1 on the hit parade as far as we have three pass interference penalties last week. Other than that, we played well, but that’s No. 1 where we need to improve. And then No. 2 is consistency on offense, and especially you know when you start getting into conference play and facing the better defenses, you have to play much better.”On Tracy Sprinkle: “He’s one of our top players as far as leadership, as far as respect amongst our players, so they know how hard he works, what a character guy he is and how much he loves his teammates. He actually talked some today a little bit. He’s getting back to that group he was before he got hurt. So, his last two games have been much better and we anticipate him to continue to improve as he has more confidence on that leg.”On freshmen who impressed against UNLV: “I can see Pete Werner and Baron Browning. They’ve really made strides … plus they’re very talented guys. Jeffrey Okudah is a guy who has taken a giant step and earned some playing time. Trevon Grimes had a couple really good weeks of practice. He’s not in a position to be in the rotation yet, but he’s working towards that.”On Demario McCall: “We’re pressing along and trying to get him ready to go, but when you watched him play, that wasn’t the Demario McCall you’ve seen in the open field. So it is a real injury. It is something that’s getting better and it’s a guy that just needs confidence to become the dynamic player he could be.” read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State scores eight goals in win over Morehead State

After coming off of a cancelled home-opening match against Duquesne last Sunday, Ohio State regained momentum after its win over No. 5 Florida by gaining an 8-0 victory against Morehead State.Ohio State (2-2) tied for the third-most goals in one single game in school history. Freshmen forward Emaly Vatne scored three of the eight goals in Thursday night’s win, recording the 15th hat trick in Ohio State history, scoring in the 41st, 68th and 73rd minutes against Morehead State. Vatne said she is most proud of her team’s professionalism on the field tonight. “We approached this game with a really good attitude,” Vatne said. “We didn’t let up in one moment of the game, so I think that’s something we should really be proud of.”In the 22nd minute, freshmen defender/midfielder Talani Barnett notched a goal from eight yards inside the right post, giving Ohio State the early lead. A minute later, freshmen forward Kayla Fischer found success by scoring a goal in the first half, recording her third goal of the year. Junior midfielder Alyssa Baumbick also picked up two goals, resulting in her first pair of goals of the season.   In the 57th minute, sophomore forward Marissa Birzon, crossed over from the left wing to tally Ohio State’s fifth goal of the night.     Vatne said, as a group, Ohio State really found a rhythm and were able to capitalize on the moments when they got the opportunity to play. Head coach Lori Walker-Hock spoke about the importance of gaining confidence looking ahead to conference play in a couple of weeks. Walker-Hock also said the best part of this kind of a game is being able to get a lot of people on the field and gaining some experience. “That’s where a game like this really benefits us is getting that experience for some of our young players and clearly our young players connected pretty good tonight,” Walker-Hock said. The Buckeyes will resume action this Sunday as they take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m at Alumni Stadium. read more

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Shoji aware Lukaku is not the only threat in the Belgium

first_imgAhead of the last-16 clash between Japan and Belgium, defender Gen Shoji said he is up for the challenge and is well aware what exactly he needs to be prepared for.Even though Lukaku might be Shoji’s direct opponent in the fixture, he is not Belgium’s only attacking option. Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens are just some other names who could easily find the back of the net of Japan’s goal.“I do feel I will be faced with Lukaku quite a lot. In preparation of the match, I think I have to overcome him mentally,” Shoji said, according to FourFourTwo.“Yes, we are facing Belgium, a formidable foe, but I’d like to be mentally prepared.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Akira Nishino, manager of Japan, said he has already talked with Eiji Kawashima after some not normal mistakes the goalkeeper made in the group stage.“He’s a perfectionist,” Nishino said.“[After] the first and second matches, I actually had a chat with him, personally. His position, his play, we discussed for quite a long time. ”“He’s the only one who’s played as a goalkeeper in Europe. And he self-analysed his play very well.”last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid manager responds to Thibaut Courtoiss comments

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has responded to comments made by Thibaut Courtois after the Real Madrid goalkeeper criticized him.The Belgium international accused his former manager of constant attack against the European champions in order to boost his popularity amongst Atletico Madrid supporters.Courtois’s comments came after Croatia captain and Real Madrid teammate, Luka Modric accused Simeone of constantly trying to undermine the Los Blancos after the Argentine said either Antoine Griezmann or Raphael Varane should have won Ballon d’Or ahead of Luka Modric.Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico’s clash against Espanyol on Sunday, Simeone said, as quoted by Goal:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I’m very respectful with him,” he said of Courtois.“I don’t understand what he wanted to say.”Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are currently seated in third position in the Spanish LaLiga, two points ahead of Rivals Real Madrid after 16 round of matches.last_img read more

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Health advises on best practices to avoid mosquito bites

first_img ZIKA Press Release Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, Environmental Health Department, floods, Mosquitoes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvedienciales, 02 Oct 2015 – All of the rainfall on the ground will mean mosquitoes on the increase and the Environmental Health Department is warning residents to take personal precautions. Using oils on standing water, reducing containers which collect or hold water from around your home or business, dressing appropriately with long sleeves and using mosquito repellents which contain deet are among the ways cited by the EHD as helpful. Mosquitoes carry diseases like Dengue Fever and Chikungunya; which are both existent in the Turks and Caicos Islands. To see more protective suggestions by Environment Health, go to MagneticMediaTV.com. Recommended for you TCIG ready to spend to stop Zika Zika spread by sex too, says Scientistlast_img read more

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CDB Annual Meeting in TCI Integration Trade Growth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CDB47annualmeeting, #intergrationtradeandgrowth, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The Caribbean Development Bank and its key members are in town and based on the agenda, there are some serious and potentially trans-formative discussions set to take place at this 47th annual session.  The CDB meeting agenda outlines topics designed to stave off weak economic growth in the Caribbean… consideration of how climate change will and is already impacting the region, what is really at risk…  how we can and must boost productivity within our countries… can we find something other than tourism as an economic driver… and getting to the nitty gritty of what may be wrong with the model for attracting foreign direct investment.  The meeting, where some 500 international delegates are expected to attend actually got started since yesterday with meetings largely headquartered at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.   Though the 47th AGM was originally announced by the former TCI government administration through then Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick; chair of the sessions is recently elected Premier and new finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson who extended welcome and said she anticipates the fruitful dialogue among regional colleagues which should see participants leaving feeling revitalized.  President of the CDB, Dr Warren Smith said the sessions are geared to reexamination so that “Members exploit their synergies and maximize the benefits of the regional agreement, while moving closer to the goal of inclusive growth and shared prosperity.”    The meetings is being held in the TCI for the second time with the 2017 theme being, “Integration, Trade & Growth.”#MagneticMediaNews#CDB47annualmeeting#intergrationtradeandgrowth Recommended for you CDB Annual Meeting in TCI:  Integration, Trade & Growthlast_img read more

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Bahamas Government to Fully Integrate All Essential Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas is committed to utilizing technology as a catalyst for national development, including using technology to integrate all of the country’s essential services, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe said Tuesday.Another end result will be the creation of a more robust and secure government portal that will allow for transacting business in a more interactive way, at both at the local and global level.   The strategy is part of an overarching plan to create a more technologically driven society within The Bahamas, placing technology at the heart of all public and private initiatives.Technology will also be used to facilitate the country’s participation in regional and global trade matters and to strengthen its cross-border collaboration on issues of mutual concern.“We believe that the effective governance and operation of our country depends on the extent to which we can use technology to integrate all essential services, create a more robust and secure government portal, and encourage Bahamians to embrace the new interactive method of doing business in the country,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said.“We are well on our way to further strengthening institutions and building capacity through ICT.”Addressing the Opening Session of the URCA/Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s ‘ICT Week’ at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said the creation of a more technologically driven society within The Bahamas is a major plank of the Minnis Administration.“We see it as a vital investment in expanding the economy and creating new, domestic, and foreign entrepreneurial opportunities; the possibility of domestic/foreign partnerships, and increased employment opportunities for Bahamians.”Parliamentary Secretary Parker-Edgecombe said the Government’s commitment to ICT is evident through the recent passage of the Commercial Enterprises legislation in the House of Assembly which, she said, embraces a broad range of investment opportunities that require secure, reliable ICT infrastructure to establish new, global business.“Our national ICT framework is a strength that we will continue to develop, improve and promote as a significant aspect of our ability to compete globally.”Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said the B-Smart Bahamas initiative recently announced by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, will also play a critical role in the Administration’s drive to “build a modern Bahamas” using technology.“This initiative (B-Smart Bahamas) is expected to embrace technology as an integral part of the Bahamian society, allowing greater public online communication access through the establishment of strategic public WIFI hotspots throughout the country.“This initiative also aims to embrace technology to establish a National Alert messaging process, particularly during times of natural disasters. (The system was piloted during the recent hurricane season).“As we continue to build the modern Bahamas, technology will be at the heart of all public and private initiatives.   We are also ensuring that technology facilitates our participation in regional and global trade and strengthens our cross-border collaboration on issues of mutual concern.”By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information and Communications, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe addresses ‘ICT Week’ at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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West Hills High School student arrested for posting threat on social media

first_img KUSI Newsroom February 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANTEE (KUSI) — A West Hills High School freshman is facing a charge of issuing a criminal threat for allegedly insinuating online that a shooting was going to occur at the Santee campus, authorities reported Wednesday.The 14-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of posting a likeness of an AR-15-style rifle made out of Lego bricks on Instagram, along with a caption reading, “Don’t come to school tomorrow,” according to sheriff’s officials.“Another student asked the (boy) to take down the post due to its threatening implications, but he refused,” Lt. Chris Steffen said.The assistant principal of the school alerted law enforcement to the situation about 10 p.m., reporting that “other students were in fear of (the suspect),” Steffen said.Deputies who tracked down the alleged perpetrator in Lemon Grove spoke with his mother and stepfather and determining that the youth had access to hunting rifles, according to Steffen.“The investigation is ongoing to determine if this student has access to other weapons,” the lieutenant said.After being questioned, the teen was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.The alleged threat came a day after a Westview High School student was arrested on suspicion of making similar menacing statements regarding gun violence that supposedly was going to occur this week at the campus in the Torrey Highlands neighborhood of San Diego.That teen, whose name, age and gender were withheld, also allegedly warned classmates to stay home from school due to the purportedly planned violence. Several of students who heard the comments reported them to school officials, who called the police.Last week, alleged threats against Torrey Pines High School led to the arrests of a 14-year-old freshman enrolled at the Del Mar Heights-area campus and a 16-year-old non-student.The local incidents have played out amid a spate of direct and veiled threats — most of them seemingly unfounded — occurring nationwide in the aftermath of the gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Posted: February 28, 2018 Updated: 10:20 PM West Hills High School student arrested for posting threat on social media KUSI Newsroom, In response to media inquiries, here’s a photo of the toy rifle that was mentioned in the threatening social media post about West Hills High School in @CityofSantee. If using this photo in your stories, please credit: “Courtesy of @SDSheriff. ” pic.twitter.com/yee5fuLb33— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) February 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of braincomputer interface

first_img Sci-Tech Tech Industry Comments 5:10 18:28 Neuralink brings the squishier, immensely complicated realm of biology into Musk’s purview. Human brains are famously hard to understand, though computer scientists at companies like Facebook and Google are progressing rapidly at emulating some of how brains work through technology called neural networks, the most practical and promising foundation for today’s artificial intelligence work. One of the most useful aspects of that research is getting computers to understand humans better by processing human speech.But as with his other projects, Musk sees Neuralink as important to civilization.”Even in a benign AI scenario, we will be left behind. Hopefully it is a benign scenario,” in which superintelligent AIs surpass but don’t wipe out humans, Musk said. “With a high-bandwidth brain-machine interface, I think we can go along for the ride and effectively have the option of merging with AI.”First published July 16 at 8:41 p.m. PT.Update at 11:13 p.m. PT:  Adds details, images and background. Update, July 17: Adds new graphics. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Elon Musk Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to hook your brain to a computer… Tags Controlling electronics with your mind! But the long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence, a technology he views as an existential threat to humanity.”Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI,” Musk said. One goal along the way will be letting people type 40 words per minute just by thinking.Neuralink has the potential to dramatically reshape both computing and humanity — if it and like-minded researchers can persuade regulators and society at large that we should be directly wired to machines. That’s a big if. The challenges are immense when it comes to developing the technology, making it practical and affordable, and convincing people it’s safe and desirable.The startup uses sewing machine-like technology this year to drill small holes into brains and insert super-slender electrodes called threads, steering clear of blood vessels as they go.Neuralink envisions brain-connected chips and accompanying communication wires placed under the skin. A data transfer system would then link to a wearable, removable pod behind the ear that communicates wirelessly with external devices like a phone or computer.Neuralink envisions brain-connected chips and accompanying communication wires placed under the skin. A data transfer system would then link to a wearable, removable pod behind the ear that communicates wirelessly with external devices like a phone or computer. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET “We hope to have this, aspirationally, in a human patient by the end of this year. So it’s not far,” Musk said. He acknowledged, though, that approval from the US Food and Drug Administration “is quite difficult.”Brain-machine interface (BMI) technology is active research at competitors and other laboratories. But some worry that Neuralink’s invasive method is risky.Today, some epilepsy patients have dozens of wires inserted to monitor brain activity, said Bin He, head of biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a researcher who favors noninvasive methods. “In the general population, I could not see how many of such inserted wires into a human’s brain would not cause risks or potentially impair the working of the brain,” He said.Noninvasive methods not only can read brain activity but also stimulate it. That’s easier at the surface, but new breakthroughs show promise for communications with neurons deeper in the brain, He said.Even if Neuralink’s approach works, don’t expect to download the ability to speak French anytime soon. The company’s first goals are dauntingly ambitious, and training the brain to understand the Neuralink signals won’t be easy, either, said Max Hodak, Neuralink’s president and co-founder. “It’s a long process. It’s like learning to touch-type or play piano,” he said.In a research paper — authored by “Elon Musk and Neuralink” but not published in a peer-reviewed journal — Neuralink described progress using its technology with rats. In one case, it laced electrodes into a rat’s brain and fitted it with a USB-C port so the sensor data can be monitored. “This system serves as a state-of-the-art research platform and a first prototype towards a fully implantable human BMI,” the paper says.Thousands of electrodes implanted by robotWith Neuralink’s approach, a robot inserts tiny threads a quarter the width of a human hair. “The threads are about the same size as a neuron,” Musk said. “If you’re going to stick something in your brain, you want it to be tiny — approximately on par with the things that are already there.”On this rat, Neuralink's sensor chip connects to the outside world with a USB-C port. On humans, the plan is to communicate wirelessly so there won't be a cable plugged into your skull.Enlarge ImageOn this rat, Neuralink’s sensor chip connects to the outside world with a USB-C port. On humans, the plan is to communicate wirelessly so there won’t be a cable plugged into your skull. Neuralink A “wisp” of 1,024 threads attach to a small chip, up to 10 of which will be embedded under your skin. Each will connect wirelessly to a wearable, detachable, upgradable “pod” behind your ear that communicates wirelessly with a phone. “The interface to the chip is wireless so you have no wires poking out of your head. It basically Bluetooths to your phone,” Musk said.The installation takes place through holes 2mm wide, temporarily expanded to 8mm, then glued shut, Musk said. Among the company’s challenges are developing electrodes that will last “many decades,” but “getting the right coatings is a tough materials science problem.” The human brain is not a hospitable environment.Electrodes read and write brain dataNeuralink is designing its electrodes not just to “read” from neurons what’s going on in the brain, but also to “write” signals into the brain. “You can use this technology in the brain to restore a sense of touch or vision,” said Neuralink scientist Philip Sabes.Connections to the motor control parts of the brain also could help people with brain disorders, Sabes said.Neuralink's N1 sensor chip, measuring 4x5mm in its present incarnation, can detect spikes of neural activity and send signals back to the brain.Neuralink’s N1 sensor chip, measuring 4x5mm in its present incarnation, can detect spikes of neural activity and send signals back to the brain. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET “A person could imagine running, dancing or even kung fu,” Sabes said, with the Neuralink connection controlling their 3D avatar in a digital realm. “Ultimately, if and when technology for spinal cord nerve or muscle stimulation gets far enough, it could be used to restore that individual’s control over their own body.”Neuralink hopes its procedure will be safe and easy enough that people will choose to undergo it. “This should be safe enough that it can be an elective procedure,” said company neurosurgeon Matthew MacDougall.In tests so far, “we’ve been able to rapidly place thousands of electrodes into the brain without any bleeding,” MacDougall said. That’s because the electrodes are small — far smaller than the deep-brain stimulation electrodes that currently come with about a 1-in-100 risk of causing bleeding in the brain, he said.In an era dominated by tech giants that have succeeded through computing hardware, software and services, Musk stands out as an entrepreneur who’s got a knack for other parts of the physical world — things like electricity, rocks and gravity. Musk is pretty busy. He’s got Tesla, which makes electric cars and trucks, massive electric power storage batteries and solar roofs. He’s got SpaceX, which is launching satellites — including its own set for providing internet service — and is working on rockets to get people to orbit, Mars and the other side of Earth. Then there’s the Boring Company, which is trying to create tunnels to relieve automobile congestion on ordinary roads. Neuralink plans to test its brain machine interface technology with four of its N1 chips installed under patients’ skin. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Neuralink, Elon Musk’s startup that’s trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain and hopes to start testing the technology on humans in in 2020, Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed Tuesday. And it’s working already in animal tests. “A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain,” Musk said at a San Francisco livestreaming the presentation on YouTube Tuesday, revealing even more research results than the company’s scientists expected.Neuralink’s initial goal is to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects, Musk said. The technology could help paraplegics who have lost the ability to move or sense because of spinal cord injury — a medical treatment that’s a lot less shocking than radical sci-fi ideas like “consensual telepathy.”  Now playing: Watch this: 23 Photos Every Elon Musk project right now 6last_img read more

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10yrold India rape victim gives birth to baby girl

first_imgA 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India’s Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested.Last month her parents asked the country’s top court to allow her to have a late-term abortion but the request was turned down.Indian law does not allow medical terminations after 20 weeks unless there is a threat to either the life of the mother or her child.“She gave birth through C-section today (Thursday). Both the girl and her baby are doing fine,” doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.“The surgery was uneventful. There were no complications whatsoever. The baby weighed 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) and is in the neonatal ICU for now.”The Press Trust of India news agency said the girl was unaware that she had delivered a child and the parents had decided to put the baby up for adoption.Her parents have told her that she had a stone in her stomach and had undergone surgery to remove it, PTI said.India has a grim record of sexual assaults on minors with 20,000 cases of rape or sexual assaults reported in 2015, according to government data.last_img read more

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Chevron Phillips Issued All Clear After Incident At Baytown Facility

first_imgwikimedia commonsChevron Phillips has reportedly issued an all clear after an incident at its facility in Baytown.An “upset unit” incident occurred at the facility at around 11 last night, according to the East Harris County Manufacturers Association website.An all clear was given just before midnight.The alert said that flames, flaring, noise, sirens and smoke were noticeable during the incident.Viewers reported a loud BOOM that shook houses around Chevron Phillips #Baytown plant. Facility says it was an “UpsetUnit Incident.” Won’t explain further. Ppl as far as Liberty heard/felt it! Details on #abc13 all morning. pic.twitter.com/dHSS5jz4cH— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) April 2, 2018The company hasn’t released any additional information about the incident. Sharelast_img read more

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Settlement Near In Prison Heat Lawsuit

first_img Listen 00:00 /08:52 Michael HagertyThe Wallace Pack Unit, located about 70 northwest of Houston, near Navasota. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share X A class action lawsuit over heat in a Texas prison is likely to be settled after a federal court hearing Tuesday.Houston Chronicle reporter Gabrielle Banks tells Houston Matters the terms of the settlement would require temporary air conditioning units installed at the Wallace Pack Unit near Navasota be replaced by permanent units by May 2020, pending legislative approval. The settlement also resolves several wrongful death and wrongful injury lawsuits and awards $4.5 million to an Austin law firm for trying the case.The Chronicle also learned that Bryan Collier, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has proposed creating 26 new definitions of at-risk inmates who are especially susceptible to extreme heat — such as those age 65 or older, or those with diabetes or heart conditions.The original class action lawsuit, filed in 2014, claimed hot conditions at the low-security, 1,400-bed prison of mostly geriatric inmates violated constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.Tuesday’s proceeding is merely a fairness hearing, where any of the parties in the class action who had a complaint could make a statement in court. Since those parties are prison inmates, Banks says it could make for a chaotic day in court as they make statements via phone.Banks learned some other measures the prison system is taking that aren’t part of the settlement, including plans to relocate at-risk prisoners at 75 uncooled units to 29 prisons already equipped with air conditioning. Such a move could possibly be an effort to stave off future lawsuits from other prisoners, she said.The Texas prison system intends to make use of the 32,000 beds it already has in air conditioned cell blocks but might need additional fencing and other equipment to secure violent offenders. Completing such transfers could take years but would be cheaper than installing air conditioning to old prisons.Banks researched how many other states provide air conditioning for their inmates and how that compares to Texas. She found only five states that provide air conditioning to all state prisoners, while 21 others offer it to at least half their prisoners. Texas is among six states in the South that do not provide cooling for the majority of their state inmates.Banks says officials acknowledge 22 prisoners died from extreme indoor heat over 14 years in prisons from South Texas to Dallas. However, some human rights and health experts who visited Texas prisons estimated the actual number is much higher.last_img read more

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Star Trek Discovery Remembers What Star Trek Is About

first_img ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ And with that we’ve come to the end of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Weird, because it feels like it just came back. After leaving us on a cliffhanger over a long holiday break, it came back in another universe. We spent a few episodes, there, two in the near future and now here we are. Staring down an even longer hiatus until season two. I’m so happy it’s getting a season two. Star Trek: Discovery didn’t have a perfect first season, but what Star Trek show did? The original series certainly dragged at times in its first year. You can almost skip The Next Generations first season entirely. Even Deep Space Nine, the best Star Trek (fight me), took some time to find itself. An unsure, polarizing first season is pretty much the most Trek thing you can do.Discovery found itself fairly quickly, mainly because it centered itself around one big question. What happens to Starfleet in a time of war? When faced with a threat that isn’t interested in peace, that doesn’t play by your rules, how much of your own identity are you willing to sacrifice to survive? That’s what this finale was about. Starfleet has enlisted Mirror Georgiou, who knows how to destroy the “cancer” of the Klingon Empire “at its source.” Not a very Starfleet-friendly strategy, but it looks like that’s what they’re doing. The Discovery is slowly approaching the Klingon Homeworld Qo’noS, and Georgiou is running the ship like a tyrant. Saru and Burnham are clearly uncomfortable with her genocidal plan, but Georgiou makes it clear that, at least for now, she is the captain of the Discovery. Also, they’ve somehow managed to convince everyone on the bridge (except for Burnham and Saru) that she’s this universe’s Georgiou, which… doesn’t make any sense. Everyone on the Discovery knows they’ve been in another universe. A dead woman shows up with a complete change in personality and they don’t think she could possibly be a Mirror person? Wasn’t this supposed to be a science vessel?Mirror Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) (Photo via CBS)Her rule gets super uncomfortable. She needs a place to land the Discovery, so she can attack the Klingon homeworld. And she’s willing to torture L’Rell to get that information. We start to see clear differences between Georgiou and Burnham. From the beginning, Burnham has been marked as a mutineer. Lorca was drawn to her because he felt she could do, when necessary, what Starfleet wouldn’t. We know she’s emotional, and can be violent at times, but she’s not sadistic like Mirror Georgiou is. Burnham stops the torture by offering up Tyler. He still has all of Voq’s memories, and knows exactly where the Discovery can land. The episode handles the Tyler-Burnham plot much better than the last one did. It doesn’t have a ton of time to spend on relationship melodrama. Tyler and Burnham’s interactions are quick, subtle and sad, as he reluctantly agrees to help Georgiou. It’s a lot more effective this way.Once Stamets hides the Discovery Georgiou, Burnham, Tyler and Tilly beam out to a black market looking for information and supplies. The justification for bringing Tilly along is a little thin, but I’m glad they brought her along. She adds her trademark awkward comic relief to what would otherwise be an unrelentingly dark and serious group of scenes. Tilly is a great character, and I’m so sad we didn’t get more of her this season. I really hope her character is fleshed out much more in season two. I’d like to see that from a lot of side characters, but her especially. Her drive to become a captain was so good, and it’d be a shame for it to end with her brief tyrant-play in the Mirror Universe.Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) (Photo via CBS)This is when the episode delivers its twist. Philippa betrays the landing party, revealing her true intentions were to destroy the entire planet. And she does. We see Qo’noS blow-up, and we realize… we’ve been watching a simulation the whole time. Holodeck episode! At least up until this point. After showing Admiral Cornwell and the crew of the Discovery exactly what comes of following the Terran way, she offers them a choice. And it’s at this moment that Discovery, both the ship and the show, decide what it wants to be. It’s true Star Trek all the way. The ship decides not to sacrifice Starfleet’s ideals to win a war. They take things one step further by outsmarting Georgiou. There’s no climactic action sequence, no explosion-filled battle. Burnham defeats Georgiou by using her wits. She tricks Georgiou into voluntarily signing her bomb over to L’Rell. Then, she convinces L’Rell to lead the Klingons herself and end the war. It takes some bomb-enhanced persuasion, but peace is declared without anyone needing to die. That’s pretty Trek.It’s not perfect. Burnham being the one to remind Starfleet who they are works really well for this series, but only because it we never really got to see this version of the Federation. The Discovery spent so much time doing its own thing that the war barely even registered. We never got to see how the war affected the Federation. We were only told it did. Don’t get me wrong; I like that the season wasn’t consumed by war. It allowed the show to play around in this universe and find those moments of true Star Trek, well, discovery. But it’s hard to care about a war, or a Starfleet, that we never get to see. It works to build a compelling arc for Burnham, but I still don’t feel at home in this universe just yet.Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) and First Officer Saru (Doug Jones) (Photo via CBS)The episode closes out giving us the Star Trek show we wanted from the beginning. Only now, we see why it didn’t just give it to us. Getting to the utopian Federation we see in later series takes work. You go through some really dark times to get there. With the war ending in a truce, there is now a clear path to the next generation. Burnham reminds Starfleet (and us) of this as the crew of the Discovery is awarded medals of honor for their service. And yes, it looks like Captain Tilly will be happening. At some point in the future, anyway. We still didn’t get a good resolution for Stamets and Culber. And I’ll admit, it hit me right in the gut when we saw Stamets holding his husband’s medal. I can only hope their love story continues next season.Like every first season of Star Trek, Discovery has been odd, uneven and polarizing. It also told a cohesive story and left the universe in a better place at the end. While the uplifting, affirming ending doesn’t excuse some of the more baffling decisions and poorly-written romantic subplots, it definitely pulled it all out in the end. Even Tyler and Burnham’s tearful goodbye, as he joined L’Rell to lead the Klingon Empire, felt earned and real. The show spent a lot of time building that relationship up. It was corny and eyeroll-worthy at times, but in the end, it was sad to see it go. Now, we begin the long wait until season two. And boy, does this show ever know how to keep us salivating for more. As the Discovery heads towards Vulcan to pick up its new captain, it’s waylaid by a distress signal. As the ship’s registry numbers start to come through, you immediately know what’s about to happen. Then, you hear the name “Pike.” The season ends with an image of the Discovery coming face-to-face with the Enterprise. They even throw in the classic Star Trek theme over the credits. And that’s what they leave us with until God knows when. They have our number. Jerks. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Sharpeyed robins can see magnetic fields

first_img More information: Magnetoreception of Directional Information in Birds Requires Nondegraded Vision, Katrin Stapput et al., Current Biology, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.05.070 (PhysOrg.com) — It has been known for decades that some birds are able to sense the Earth’s magnetic field and set their direction as if following a compass heading, which is an extremely useful ability for birds migrating long distances. The ability is believed to be linked to the availability of light and it is thought that specialized molecules in the birds’ retinas allow them to literally see the magnetic fields, which appear as patterns of light and shade superimposed over the regular image from light. Now a new study shows that the internal compass also depends on the birds having clear vision in their right eyes. Explore further A Robin Wearing Goggles Researchers led by Katrin Stapput of Goethe-Universitat in Frankfurt, Germany, studied the vision of the European robin to try to learn more about how the magnetic sensing might work. They found that if the right eye was covered by a frosted goggle, the birds could not navigate effectively, while they could navigate perfectly well if the left eye was covered instead.Numerous studies have been carried out on the ability of birds to sense magnetic fields since the phenomenon was first discovered in 1968 in the European robin. These studies had already revealed that the sense depends on light and that it involves the right eye and the left side of the brain, but the details were still unclear.The most likely molecules involved in the sensing of magnetic fields are thought to be cryptochrome and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), which are found in the light-sensitive cells in the retina. When struck by blue light, cryptochrome and FAD both shift into an active state in which each molecule has an unpaired electron, creating a “radical pair.” The presence of magnetic fields affects the time it takes for the radical pair molecules to revert to their inactive state.Cryptochrome also affects the light sensitivity of retinal cells, which suggests it may also affect sensitivity to magnetic fields. In effect, the magnetic fields create light or dark shadings over what the bird usually sees, and the shadings change as the bird turns its head, giving it a visual compass from the patterns of shading.Stapput decided to test the theories by fitting robins with goggles that were covered with clear foil on one side and frosted foil on the other. Both sides of the goggles were equally translucent, allowing 70 percent of the light to get through, but on the frosted side the image was less clear. The birds were then kept in cages until it was time for them to migrate.The birds were released into a funnel-shaped cage with its walls painted with correction fluid, which was scratched if the birds touched them. The results were that birds with no eye coverings, and birds with the left eye covered set off in a northerly direction as expected, while those with the right eye covered were disoriented and headed in random directions.Stapput’s experiment is the first to show that magnetic sensing does not just depend on light being present as previously thought, but that the bird must have a sharp, focused image in its right eye. The magnetic sensing is overlaid over the normal vision, and if that is distorted, Stapput said the patterns of light and dark would make little sense since the bird cannot separate the information from the visual and magnetic images. The visual and magnetic images both involve variations in light and shade, but visual images tend to have sharp lines and edges, while the magnetic images have more gradual changes from light to dark.The experiments lend support to the radical pair hypothesis but do not rule out another explanation. Chickens also orientate themselves by the Earth’s magnetic field This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Sharp-eyed robins can see magnetic fields (2010, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-sharp-eyed-robins-magnetic-fields.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Exhibhiting a new beginning

first_imgThe summer is beating down long and hard on the capital of India. Majority of people run off to the mountains to escape summers by taking holidays or gather in evenings and arrange fun things to do.Artz Fine Arts gallery will soon be giving the art lovers in Delhi something to look forward to in this sweltering weather. The gallery brings their unique concepts together in an exhibition titled  Tabula Rasa. The term Tabula Rasa is a term from Latin vocabulary. The term meaning ‘clean slate’ or effectively a ‘new beginning’.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This exhibition is one of the first of its kinds to happen and  will kick off in September with a preview taking place this month. The exhibition has been well  planned to promote the upcoming talents in visual arts.Tabula Rasa will showcase ten shows in ten weeks’ time; every week will have seven different artistes from all over the nation and from across the globe. Regarding the show, the gallery director Manoj Sejwal said, ‘This gallery is entirely a new venture for me, being a Delhi guy and based in Lado Sarai I have always observed different galleries promoting artists and their talents, but somewhere I felt a bleak about those who never got a chance to be a part of it.’  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘My idea of this gallery and this show is to promote and do art for arts’ sake’.‘All ten shows will have curated approaches regarding their display and montage,’ says curator Debabrota Das. Moreover the market is not about branded works, it’s all about good works just like this show.’ he added.The first show of Tabula Rasa is planned in July and the participating artistes in this show are Gazal Alagh, Meena Laisaram, Ritu Singh, Ritu Gupta, Shiv Kiran, Kamal Nath, Shagun Mohindra,Tanushree Singh and Sheetal Gulati. The show will exhibit a variety of art forms such as mediums like paintings, sculptures and photography.To give it a formal start, the gallery has arranged for a wine and cheese evening on 19 July.  The evening will witness  eminent TV actor Ashok Pandey, artists Asit Kumar Patnaik and Jagganath Panda who will open the show. So mark your calenders and head over!last_img read more

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Your Businesss Allinclusive Tech Solution

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 2, 2010 Do you dream of giving Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Symantec and all the rest of the pain-in-the-you-know-what techno giants the old heave ho? Well, potentially, now you can by entering the emerging world of small-business appliances that stuff computing and telephony into a single box.All-in-ones combine the once-uncombinable–technologies like phone servers, file servers, file walls, routers and web servers–into a single digital device that fits on any shelf. They’re not exactly cheap; units start in the $2,000 range. But they are far cheaper than the business technologies bought separately. And all-in-ones can be self-installed, easy to customize and powerful enough to support an entire small business’s techno-infrastructure.“The idea is to keep complex business technologies as simple as possible so even the smallest firms can access enterprise-level tools,” says Shawn Chute, executive vice president at Sutus, the British Columbia-based integrated business device maker.There are other cool startups worth knowing here–East Rochester, N.Y.-based Allworx and Fairfield, N.J.-based Critical Links–but Sutus makes probably the most representative device of the all-in-one market, the Business Central 200 (a three-person business will pay about $2,500 for a fully installed system). The thing combines everything from e-mail servers to wireless routers to voice mail management into one unit.To save you the hassle of testing an all-in-one–or worse yet, having you convert your shop over to one you hate–I got a thorough briefing from Sutus executives and installed a BC200 at my six-person digital content company.What’s to LoveJust as the company promises, this really is a business-ready phone, file and e-mail server–plus a ton of other stuff–in one easy-to-install box.The unit, about the size of an average desktop PC, could not be easier to get running, at least to start. Plug it into a wall outlet. Connect the swanky, business-class Polycom desk phones via a single normal Ethernet cable. Then plug in up to three phone lines and one fax line. Connect the whole system to a broadband connection–again via a normal Ethernet jack–and then sit back and do nothing at all. The unit boots up the phone, creates basic telephony and PC identities, creates voice mail, brokers a firewall, configures the e-mail server–in other words, gets you ready for business in less than one hour. Very impressive.What’s Not to LoveAs simple as it is to set up, the BC200 is still major-league technology. It will take real time and effort to get it to actually do what you need it to do.I’ll be blunt: Sutus, and probably all these integrated solutions, are configuration train wrecks waiting to happen. Yes, they can automatically set up basic voice mail, e-mail, file servers and all the rest. But you still have to configure your exact employee names, match them to passwords, get the log-ins right and manage the phone-calling sequences. And that’s just the phone. Then there’s the e-mail. And the file servers. And wireless routers and … and … and. And all of that–all of it–has to be dead right for your business to stay in business. Pretty daunting stuff.Do This NowFrom one small-business owner to another, Sutus is a legit techno solution. If you are in the market for office systems, by all means give these guys a sniff. Yes, you can dream the dream of never having to say you’re sorry to Microsoft: Just be aware that your entire business infrastructure is getting jammed into a single device.And bad data, no matter how cool is the box it sits in, is bad data.last_img read more

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