The ads are, as a group, delightfully off-brand. They’re too cool for Microsoft, which has generally dwelt somewhere between stodgy and cutesy in terms of marketing.Better still, they show that Microsoft just might be listening to what users really need: Web Slices to get quick views of personally important sites without wasting unnecessary time browsing between full-on tabs; sharing accelerators for sending along lolcats or other media with a single right-click; and yes, a way to keep the missus from finding out about your love affair with Suicide Girls.The features are nifty in themselves. We’d totally use them if we weren’t already committed to Chrome and Firefox. Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Under waves of ever-increasing competition from Mozilla, Safari, and Google, Microsoft has released a series of edgy, PSA-style online videos to promote Internet Explorer 8.Featuring one-time Lois and Clark actor Dean Cain, the ads are uncharacteristically hip and discuss such real-world Internet problems as the fear of missing something (a.k.a. insomnia by social media) and the fear of your S.O. finding your porn cache. However, at least one of the videos was just too cool for Microsoft. After becoming strangely popular and talked-about online, the video was renounced by the software mega-company and pulled from the promotional website. Somewhere tonight, a creative director weeps.A Microsoft rep wrote in an email to CNET, “We created the… video as a tongue-in-cheek look at the InPrivate Browsing feature of Internet Explorer 8, using the same irreverent humor that our customers told us they liked about other components of the Internet Explorer 8 marketing campaign. While much of the feedback to this particular piece of creative was positive, some of our customers found it offensive, so we have removed it.”The spot itself features a young lady spewing copious amounts of what used to be breakfast on a young man. She’d borrowed his laptop and evidently stumbled upon some hideous new Rule 34 form of online entertainment. The ad serves to highlight IE8’s sneaky no-history InPrivate browsing feature. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news Open-source search has some major advantages compared to its competitors. First of all, it’s free. Second, it stands up in comparison to the largest, proprietary search vendors. Third, there is a growing ecosystem around open-source search that makes it far easier to implement than ever before.The combination makes open-source search a potent alternative to Google and Microsoft, arguably two of the biggest players in the enterprise search market.Lucid ImaginationLucid Imagination considers itself a bit like Red Hat. The company provides services for Lucene and Apache Solr, open-source search technologies. This week, Lucid Imagination is releasing a certified version of Lucene 2.9. What this means is that Lucid has tested and debugged Lucene to make it palatable for organizations to implement.As a Lucid executive said today, it’s Lucene with a “shampoo and a blow dry.” It can be integrated quickly into an enterprise search environment. For example, a major online retailer downloaded the certified version and had it running within a few days across its Canadian, German and United Kingdom sites.Lucene is downloaded several thousand times a day. It is used by more than 4,000 organizations. Many organizations have switched to Lucene to replace proprietary search software products. Beyond the issue of cost, organizations are using Lucene’s flexible and scalable architecture for developing highly sophisticated full-text search applications.Compared to Lucene, Google Search Appliance prices according to the number of searches performed. This can get pretty costly for larger scale search efforts. The API can be customized to some extent but Google protects its core technology, which requires the customer to do some work arounds. Google is targeting enterprise customers to do search within Sharepoint and in a number of other ways in the Enterprise. Earlier this month, Google announced Commerce Search, a service designed for e-tailers to customize searches for their products.Microsoft is banking on Sharepoint to position its search functionality within the enterprise. In particular, with Sharepoint 2010, Microsoft will launch FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Based on the FAST search technology, it combines the FAST’s high-end search capabilities with SharePoint.But the issue here is again how much customization the customer can actually do with the search technology. Due to its proprietary nature, the customer has little control over how it can be customized. Customers are forced to wait to see what features Microsoft develops.No doubt, Lucene is a super-hot player in the enterprise search market. And who’s to gain? Enterprise customers who want world-class search at cost you just can’t beat. Even better is the fact that one company, Lucid Imagination, is dedicated to supporting Lucene. The company has the chance to score big in the market, especially with certified offerings such as what they are providing for Lucene 2.9. Open-source search is here to stay. The proprietary players in the market will continue to keep significant market share but open-source search has to be considered in the mix as more companies seek to take control of its search environments. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
Swarn SinghYoung rower Swarn Singh brought some cheers back to the Indian contingent as he clinched the bronze medal in men’s single sculls final at the 17th Asian Games.Singh needed 1 minute 43.86 seconds in the 500m, took 3 minutes and 30.25 seconds to complete 1000m before the 1500m and 2000m race in 5 minutes 18.36 seconds and 7 minutes 10.65 seconds respectively at Chungju tangeumho on the sixth day of competitions.The 24-year-old Singh finished behind Iran’s Mohsen Shadinaghadh, who won the gold medal and silver medallist Kim Dongyong of hosts South Korea.On Wednesday, another rower Dushyant Singh was the only athlete to manage a podium finish for India as he grabbed a bronze in the men’s lightweight single sculls.Meanwhile in men’s double sculls, the Indian team of Om Prakash and Bhokanal Dattu Baban finished fifth.India’s Amanjot Kaur, Sanjukta Dung Dung, Lakshmi Devi and Navneet Kaur finished second in women’s quadruple sculls final B.
EDMONTON – Union officials say opioids are spreading to prisons and that’s putting prison guards at risk.Jason Godin, president of the Union of Correctional Services, tells CTV News that officers can come into contact with fentanyl in a number of ways, such as doing first aid on an inmate who has overdosed, by handling mail and by conducting searches.Godin says back in mid-July at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution, six officers were exposed to the potentially deadly opioid.Two of those were taken to hospital, and another had to be given naloxone, a medication to reverse an opioid overdose.At Bowden Institution, one guard had to be hospitalized for 48 hours after coming into contact with fentanyl.Godin says such incidents should be considered a wakeup call that protocols need to change for workers in this field.He says police officers start taking safety precautions when dealing with just one gram of an unknown substance, but for prison guards that threshold is three grams.“We should be the same as any law enforcement.”In a statement to CTV, the Correctional Service of Canada declined to answer questions on the issue but said it issued a protocol on the matter this past July.“This protocol provides staff with guidelines on which personal protective equipment and strategies to use when the presence of highly toxic substances is suspected in order to keep employees, offenders and members of the public safe.”At the Remand Centre, a provincial institution, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees president Guy Smith says workers have noticed an increase in opioids.“Our members have noticed a lot more on the front lines,” says Smith, adding none of his members have yet come into contact with fentanyl.(CTV Edmonton)
QUEBEC — Within Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec caucus, the most prestigious and best-paid jobs most often go to men.Of 75 legislature members, 65 of them — 42 men and 23 women — have extra functions that earn them a boost in pay.While the pay scale varies according to the functions fulfilled, there are more men than women at every level of extra pay, according to an analysis of the legislature members’ salaries carried out by The Canadian Press.At a time when all politicians tout gender parity and pay equality, the size of a politician’s wallet remains a good measure of progress. And in Legault’s party, legislature members who wear suits and ties are more likely to outearn their female counterparts.In 2019, women make up 44 per cent of the legislature members who income reaches $167,482, 33 per cent of those at the $129,000 level, 25 per cent of those making $119,630 and 30 per cent of those whose salaries reach $114,845.The most prestigious and well-paid parliamentary roles (president of the National Assembly, caucus president, chief whip, parliamentary leader) are all served by men.Women serve some lesser roles, including assistant to the whip or assistant to the president, with a lower pay to match.Others can hope for a parliamentary appointment, which is often seen as a consolation prize for those not tapped to be part of cabinet.The only level of the pay scale dominated by women is the lowest one, reserved for legislature members making a base salary, which currently sits at $95,704.Among the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s team, 20 per cent of women weren’t offered a special role, compared to eight per cent of men.Legault’s cabinet is currently made up of 14 men and 12 women. When the caucus president, chief whip and premier are counted, women make up 41 per cent.Legault sits at the top of the pay scale, with a salary of nearly $200,000 per year.Fifteen men and 12 women are included in the second tier of the pay scale, whose revenue is boosted to $167,482 and includes cabinet ministers and the president of the national assembly.The position of parliamentary assistant, a function that allows an elected official to assist a minister, is often considered a gateway to cabinet. There are four times as many men as women in this category, at 16 compared to four.The politician who has had the biggest pay cut since the election is MarieChantal Chasse, who went from environment minister to a simple committee chair, and consequently saw her pay decline from $167,482 to $119,630.Her successor, Benoit Charette, made the exact same journey in reverse, boosting his salary by $47,852 in the process.Jocelyne Richer, The Canadian Press
The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team (8-6, 2-1) fell, 3-0, to the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-3, 2-2) Saturday afternoon in their home finale. The Buckeyes honored their senior captains, Jenn Sciulli and Ally Tunitis before the matchup against the Hawkeyes. Although the Buckeyes were not victorious, the players and fans in attendance were able to celebrate the senior day with their captains who have combined for 53 wins and 116 starts since joining the program in 2008. “It is a great honor to be playing at such a great school athletically,” said senior goalkeeper and Macungie, Pa. native, Tunitis. “Just being able to represent Ohio State is important to me.” After the loss Saturday, Tunitis fell to 8-6 on the season, recording one save. The Buckeyes also recognized senior back Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., who leads the conference in defensive stops and tied her 2010 season high in the first half of Saturday’s game. She is now tied for second on the OSU all-time list with 22 career stops. “It was a great honor to be recognized before the game [Saturday] after spending four years here,” Sciulli said. “Unfortunately we did not get the result we were looking for today.” After the Buckeyes began the game pressuring in the first half, the Hawkeyes capitalized on their first scoring opportunity and netted their first goal at the 24-minute mark. As the Buckeyes headed into halftime trailing by just one goal and their hopes still high, they eventually fell short as the Hawkeyes scored two more to close the game out with a 3-0 win. The loss Saturday ended the Buckeyes six-game winning streak and brought them back to the middle of the pack in the Big Ten standings sitting at 2-1. The team will have to play a full game if they want success to find them down the stretch said coach Anne Wilkinson. They now have four games left on their regular season schedule. “We need to be able to play a full 70 minutes,” Wilkinson said. “You can’t check out for even a minute against a ranked team and we need to continue to bring the energy out.” Despite the recent loss, Tunitis recognized some positives the Buckeyes can take into their next match against Michigan State at the end of this week. “We know what we need to work on now,” Tunitis said. “Today really just highlighted what needs to be done in practice this week.” The Scarlet and Gray will finish their regular season with four road games, the first being Friday as they take on Michigan State at 3 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 4th 2017, Nassau: Could the Former Prime Minister and Leader of the FNM, Hubert Ingraham’s return to the stage be the secret to the FNM possibly winning the 2017 polls? Since his appearance on the FNM platform, the former prime minister has left no rock unturned in his path, calling out a number of critical issues, the Bahamian people wish to see answered.Wednesday night was no different, as thousands turned up in Nassau to hear the Former Prime Minister speak, transforming the Q.E. Sports Centre into a sea of red. One would assume the man fondly called Papa, appearance on the FNM stage, meant he had returned to the leadership of the party. The former PM says the PLP ‘s actions have given the nation enough reason to be concerned, from the increase in unemployment to the current regime’s handling of the nation’s public purse and increase in taxes.Crowd in Nassau for FNM rally Wednesday nightIn response to the call to provide evidence over his claims of $860,700 gone missing from the Ministry of Finance, the former PM says the ministry already has all the information needed. He went on to list a number of reasons the country’s debt has increased, describing the “country’s cash position as precarious, spending more money than they are taking in.”Ingraham says the ‘time had come for the PLP to account for its failed promises, from VAT, to Baha Mar, to Mortgage relief to the National Health insurance promised in the first year in office’.The former Prime Minister told them to listen out for him come Friday night in Grand Bahama as he has more to expose. #MagneticMediaNews#isHubertIngrahamStillLeaderOfFNM#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Voters will determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959. If the Alaska Legislative session ends on time, the initiative will be bound for the primary election. If the Legislature goes into a special session, the initiative is expected to appear on a ballot in the general election. Ryan Schryver, campaign director for Stand for Salmon: “The people have spoken — they want every Alaskan to vote on this issue. Leaders across the state can now see how important this issue is to all Alaskans.” The Stand for Salmon initiative would restrict interference with salmon habitats during a development project, like the proposed Pebble Mine.According to the Stand for Salmon website, the initiative would formally define characteristics of a healthy river in state law, update state listings of waters which support salmon, requires the state to notify the public of projects which could affect salmon and create salmon-protection standards developers must meet before their projects can move forward. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Elections certified the ‘Yes for Salmon Initiative’ for the 2018 ballot with nearly 42,000 signatures from all 40 legislative districts, and was signed by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
ADC AUTHOR The federal government would provide grants and technical assistance to state and local governments to fight veterans suicide under an order President Trump signed Tuesday and legislation the White House is proposing to Congress.The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS Initiative) creates a Cabinet-level task force led by the secretary of veterans affairs to coordinate prevention efforts across the federal government, according to USA Today.The Department of Veterans Affairs has said about 20 veterans kill themselves each day.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are probably the two most profitable days for retailers in the entire year. But the dynamics of retail are changing. With several deals being announced before and continuing even after the shopping sale events, the D-days may have lost their sheen.Stocks of most retailers have been up this weekend. That’s no surprise given the Black Friday and pre-Black Friday deals announced this year. With the discounts kicking off even before Americans could finish their turkeys on Thanksgiving, stores saw crowds on Friday but the intensity was a lot lesser this year.The rush and sales weren’t restricted to the brick-and-mortar store. Online shops have also made good money this Black Friday with sales improving 8 percent on a year-over-year basis. About 47 percent of the sales came from mobile devices this year, according to TechCrunch.If people are already lapping up deals online, before and on Black Friday and with some retailers announcing Cyber Monday deals that spill into the next eight days, would Cyber Monday really make a difference when it comes to sales?”Retailers have plenty of Black Friday deals that are available for shopping online, meaning that any new sales specifically designated for Monday blend into the hoards of longer-running sales that began on Black Friday or earlier,” Hilary Milnes writes for BostInno.com.The money factor also weighs in here. Analysts found that the pre-Black Friday discounts were steeper than the original Black Friday deals and the rush on those pre-deals eliminated the demand for “door busting” offers on Black Friday this year.”There’s no question we’re in Black November going forward. You’re watching a new tradition being born right before your eyes – the front-loading of the holiday,” Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at the NPD Group told The Sacramento Bee.It all boils down to competition, experts explain.”It’s fierce out there. You have to compete for traffic and conversion, on pricing and availability. There’s multiple layers of competition. And you’re dealing with one of the most informed consumers that we’ve had in years, if not ever,” Calvin Silva, a senior analyst of NASDAQ told Venture Beat adding that “there’s never going to be just online shopping. The stat that gets thrown around is that roughly two thirds of consumer traffic is still done offline.”