Raiders get good grades in 31-24 win over Colts

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device INDIANAPOLIS — How the Raiders graded Sunday in a 31-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium:PASS OFFENSE: BDerek Carr started 11 of 13 and finished 21 of 31 for 189 yards, so the Raiders got a great start and then slowed for a time. Carr went through a 1-for-8 spell after the quick start but threw no interceptions and made some big-time throws. First among them was an 18-yard touchdown strike to …last_img

A Whale of a SETI Tale

first_imgDisney’s Fantasia 2000 had an episode that pictured whales gliding through the air as if in outer space.  Lawrence Doyle of the SETI Institute connected whales with space in another way.  His article discussed whale language as a sign of intelligence.  Appealing to information theory and entropy, Doyle discussed how scientists deduce the syntax and entropy of whale messages, even when we can’t figure out the meaning.  By entropy, he means the “number of choices in a given communication system.”  For instance, squirrel-monkey language does not have enough entropy for Shakespeare to be translated into it. An important measure of entropy is the highest “entropic-order” at which the communication systems peaks.  In measuring this, we ask how dependent the signals are on each other.  In human speech we have grammar and in human writing we have spelling (or brush strokes, etc.) that depend on each other.  If you made a copy of a written page, but the toner in the copy machine was low, you would find that you could nevertheless recover some of the missing words because there are rules of spelling and grammar superimposed on our language system.  It is these rules that allow error recovery – and this works in both vocalization as well as written communication systems (as well as any others, e.g., chemical signaling units, bee dances, visual facial features, etc.)   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Scientists are not yet sure if whale language has the entropy level anywhere near that of humans.  But he argued that observing correlations between language and sociality of whales can help us, when we find life in space, deduce something about the social structure of the aliens:And how might this apply to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence?  If there is a relationship between social complexity and vocal complexity, then the measure of one will be a measurement, to some degree, of the other.  If a SETI signal is received, and is a normal (i.e., un-coded) communication, it will have to obey the rules of information theory in order to transmit information.  Thus, a measure of the information complexity of such SETI signals could also be a first direct measurement of the social complexity of an extraterrestrial species, irrespective of the actual decipherment of the meaning of such a message itself.  Exciting prospect indeed!Until such a signal is detected, however, it remains only a prospect for the space-intelligence prospectors.Wait a minute.  We heard Seth Shostak say last month (12/03/2005) that SETI wasn’t looking for an information-bearing message, like the proponents of intelligent design claim, but only for a persistent narrowband whistle in an unusual context that they could claim was non-natural.  What’s all this talk about information theory?  Now the SETI institute is going even beyond the inference to intelligence to an inference about social complexity.  That’s a lot of inference from a persistent narrowband whistle.  Is it not more credible to infer an intelligent cause for a language with sufficient entropy to generate tens of thousands of precision protein machines, like DNA?(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Utility Buys Champion Decathlon House

first_imgLast summer, as the 2011 Solar Decathlon team representing University of Maryland toiled away at its contest entry, a 920-sq.-ft. one-bedroom consisting of two “shed” modules arranged in a staggered, split-butterfly configuration, the hope was that the building would eventually be sold to a couple whose annual income was in the $75,000-to-$115,000 range.The house, known as WaterShed, has since acquired high-tech celebrity as the overall winner of the Decathlon and very recently attracted a buyer, energy company Pepco, whose annual income falls well above the recommended range.As University of Maryland announced this week, WaterShed will be moved to one of Pepco’s facilities in Maryland’s Montgomery County, where it will serve as both an educational showcase and research tool. The university will partner with the utility on the building’s operation and help monitor its performance.A living laboratoryIn its “Where We Live” blog, the Washington Post noted that the home sold for $200,000. The purchase agreement calls for assistance from the WaterShed team in transporting the house to the Montgomery County site, although Pepco will pay disassembly, transport, reassembly, and site costs. Team members also will serve as docents at the house once it opens for public display.The house features 2×10 solid and 9.25-in. engineered wood for the floor framing, 1-1/8-in. tongue-and-groove Avantech floor sheathing, and 6 in. of Demilec Heatlok Soy closed-cell spray foam, bringing the system to R-39. Exterior walls are built with a hybrid system of standard stick framing and heavy timber framing, two layers of 2-in. extruded polystyrene over 2×6 tongue-and-groove sheathing, and 5.5 in. of Demilec Sealection in the stud bays, bringing the entire wall system to R-44.5. The roofs for both modules are insulated with 3.5 in. of Demilec Heatlok Soy and 4 in. of polyisocyanurate on the exterior, bringing them to R-57.26. Thermo-treated wood is used for the siding and decking.Once the Solar Decathlon began last fall in Washington, WaterShed led the competition most of the way, scoring more than 90 points out of a possible 100 in eight of the contest’s 10 competition categories.last_img read more

Microsoft Profits Are Up, But Its Outlook For Windows May Be Down

first_imgTags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#tablet#Windows 8 Related Posts Microsoft had some news today: It confirmed plans for smaller “touch devices” in coming months — i.e., the rumored Smaller Surface — and preemptively blamed a presumably darkening outlook for Windows on the “declining traditional PC market.” It also reported growing revenues and profits for the quarter that ended in April.Just as important, though, might be what Microsoft didn’t say. It was mum about the performance of its flagship Windows 8 operating system, and wouldn’t say how well its Surface tablet has been selling. Hmm.By The NumbersMicrosoft reported net income of $6.06 billion (72 cents per share) on revenue of $20.49 billion for the quarter, an 18 percent increase in profits and an 18 percent increase in revenue versus a year ago. After adjusting for $1.66 billion in Windows Upgrade, Office and Xbox upgrades, and a $731 million fine assessed by the EU, Microsoft reported diluted earnings per share of 65 cents.Analysts polled by Yahoo had expected Microsoft to report earnings of 68 cents per share, up 13% from a year ago, and grow revenue by 18 percent to $20.56 billion. Microsoft also said that Peter Klein, the company’s chief financial officer, would leave at the end of the fiscal year, or June. Microsoft will name a replacement in the next few weeks.When all is said and done, Microsoft’s bottom line is healthy — every product division reported increased profits except for the company’s online business, where losses shrank. But as the company itself admitted, the outlook for Microsoft’s Windows division and Windows 8 remains, at best, uncertain.How Many Windows 8 Licenses? Redmond Sayeth NotMicrosoft reported $5.7 billion in revenue and $3.5 billion in profits for the Windows division, but once you set aside deferred revenue due to Windows upgrade offers, revenue was basically flat compared to a year ago. And then there was Microsoft’s continued silence on how many Windows 8 licenses it sold.Both IDC and Gartner blamed the slow uptake of Windows 8 for a stunning drop in first-quarter PC sales: 14% by IDC’s metrics, and 11% according to Gartner. Most of the top PC manufacturers saw sharply lower sales for the first quarter, according to both firms, with Lenovo the big exception.In January, Microsoft said it had sold more than 60 million Windows 8 licenses. That was up significantly over the number of pre-launch licenses it sold — 40 million in the first month, Microsoft said last year. And yet now the company has gone silent on the subject. This is not what you’d normally consider a good sign, particularly coupled with Redmond’s oracular statement about the declining PC market.On the other hand, Klein offered no shortage of happy talk about Windows on the analyst call. Check it out (MS Word doc).Surface Gets Small, But Sales Remain NumberlessOutgoing CFO Peter Klein confirmed rumors of a smaller Surface tablet in a backhanded sort of way. During Microsoft’s conference call with analysts, Klein declined to say how many Surface tablets the company had sold (again, not exactly heartening news). But, he said, the lineup will be refreshed with smaller “touch devices” in the coming months.IHS iSuppli estimated that Microsoft sold, at most, one million Surface tablets during the fourth quarter. That’s compared to a record 22.9 million Apple iPads, plus millions more Nexus 7s, Kindle Fires, and other 7-inch tablets.Separately, Klein said that Microsoft was looking ahead toward Windows Blue, the next iteration of Windows 8 and, possibly, Windows Phone. He told analysts that Blue is designed to “further advance” Windows 8 and “in response to customer feedback.” Rumors suggest that feedback may lead to the return of the Start button and an ability to boot directly to the Windows desktop, as opposed to the way Windows 8 forces all users into the tile-layout “Metro” interface.Return To The EnterpriseMicrosoft’s Office division returned to growth in the quarter, with revenues up 8% to $6.3 billion. In January, Office delivered a nasty shock — a 10% revenue decline — apparently because the company’s online service based version of the productivity suite, Office 365, hadn’t performed as expected.“Our enterprise business continues to thrive,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, in a statement. “Enterprise customers are increasingly turning to Microsoft for their IT solutions and as a result, we continue to take share from our competitors in key areas including hybrid cloud, data platform, and virtualization.”Microsoft’s rock, its Server and Tools business, reported $1.98 billion in profits and $5.0 billion in revenues. Microsoft’s Entertainment business, which includes the Xbox, returned to profitability, reporting $342 million in profits and $2.5 billion in revenue. Online services only lost $262 million (versus $480 million a year ago) and reported $832 million in revenues. The next few quarters will be important for Microsoft, as the company’s large installed base of corporate customers still using Windows XP must either switch by April 8, 2014, or else risk losing support for both XP as well as Office 2003. Earlier this month, Microsoft offered small businesses a 15 percent discount for upgrading to Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img markhachman IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas flies to Doha for must-win Fiba qualifying games

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine men’s national basketball team on Saturday left for Doha, Qatar for the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Gilas Pilipinas, led by Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo and Andray Blatche, battles Qatar in a must-win on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The Philippines went 1-3 in its last four games but national team head coach Yeng Guiao is upbeat the team can still reach its main goal.“We feel very confident that we can make it to the World Cup. Our objective from the beginning is to really try and get to the World Cup,” said Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGilas is coming off a 100-82 rout of the Meralco Bolts on Friday in its only tune-up game before plunging back into action in the qualifiers.Blatche, who is back as the team’s naturalized player, will rejoin the squad in Doha. Joining the three on the trip are Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Poy Erram, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca and Thirdy Ravena.The 22-year-old Ravena is the only collegiate player chosen to be part of the pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations NBA All-Stars Chris Webber, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal among 13 Hall of Fame finalists Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more