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Hacker Poll: Do You Plan to Learn Any New Programming Languages in 2011?

first_imgDo you plan to pick up any new languages next year? Or do you think your time would be better spent honing the skills you already have?JavaScript guru Douglas Crockford said during the Future of Programming Languages panel at the Strange Loop Conference that we’ve entered an experimental era of programming in which many new programming languages are being created and used. It’s also been long suggested that learning new languages will help programmers become better programmers, even if they don’t end up using the new languages they learn. Assembly and Lisp are frequently cited as examples of languages programmers should learn.On the other hand, the best way to get better at programming is to do it. Perhaps your time would be better spent actually coding? Tags:#hack#Tools klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

NHRC issues notices to U.P. govt., DGP

first_imgThe NHRC has sent notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the Director General of Police over reports that a youth was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by the State police in Muzaffarnagar and sought a report in four weeks. In a statement issued on Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that it is a solemn duty of the police force to protect the people and “not to create an atmosphere of fear under the garb of dealing with crime”. “Any death caused in an encounter, if not justified, would amount to an offence of culpable homicide,” it said. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report which said that 20-year old youth Irshad Ahmad of Muzaffarnagar district was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by the Uttar Pradesh Police on November 27. Reportedly, his father has said that his son had no criminal history and was killed in cold blood in a fake encounter,” the rights panel said. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, seeking a detailed report in four weeks. The commission has observed that the content of the news report, if true, raises serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim and his family.last_img read more

Meerut heavy metal to rock in London

first_imgAbout 60 kms from the national Capital, a bunch of workers at a makeshift asbestos-roofed hall are busy giving shape to top class athletics equipment, some of which have found its way to the London Olympics.They are diligently and tirelessly working in the dimly-lit hall, putting together finer aspects of equipment that has to pass a stringent international specification before being used at the world level.So when Li Yangfeng or Stephanie Brown, for instance, will hurl the discus at the Olympic Stadium in London, chances are that it has gone through the unknown Indian hands.Three companies from this western Uttar Pradesh town, widely known for manufacturing sports goods, albeit chiefly cricket equipment, will be making their presence felt in London.They are among the few selected companies globally that send their equipment to the Olympic organising committees.Nelco India, Anand Track and Field Equipment, and Bhalla International have dispatched their consignment, comprising discus, shot put and hammer, to the United Kingdom in April.”The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) norms are very stringent. It has to go through a series of tests before it is cleared for the competition. So we had to send the orders by April,” Amber Anand of Nelco India, one of the vendors registered with IAAF, told Mail Today.It is not the first time that Indian sports manufacturers will be involved in the biggest sports extravaganza. They have been exporting the equipment to Olympic organising committee since the 1992 Barcelona Games.However, they note with disappointment that when the Commonwealth Games were staged in Delhi in 2010, most of the athletics equipment was supplied by foreign companies.advertisement”We have been able to establish our brand in international market because our products are cheaper,” says Himanshu Anand, Director of Anand Track and Field Equipment.He, however, admits it is very difficult to compete with the European and US manufacturers.”Most of the track and field events happen there. So the companies there get to supply most of the equipment. That makes it difficult for us to maintain a steady relationship with buyers and athletes from there. But quality wise we can compete with the best,” Himanshu says confidently. “Famous US coach Mac Wilkins uses our equipment in his training centre. Stephanie Brown, who won gold in Beijing, has also used our equipment.”The sports good industry is relatively small and it is growing at a slow pace. The government can take some steps, like cutting down the excise duty to encourage the industry.”The story of India’s sports goods industry is rooted in the tragic tale of partition. When the country was divided, the craftsmen from Sialkot and some from Lahore migrated to Meerut and Jalandhar.With the government providing them small plots of land, they began work in their backyards. Over the years, their business grew to take shape of an industry.”When my family came from Lahore in 1950, we had virtually nothing. We slowly started to make some wooden equipment in a small unit and then it has taken all these years to stand where we are,” says 67-year-old Ashok, father of Amber.”It all changed with the 1982 Asian Games. That was the turning point. All the products used in the Games were Indian and it gave a big fillip to the industry. We gradually started supplying our products to global events such as the Olympics.”But the market of athletics equipment is not big. The owners had to venture to manufacturing other products, especially cricket gear, to keep themselves afloat.”Things were really looking bad three years ago and our survival itself was being questioned. We then decided to start manufacturing customised bats. The move paid off. The cricket market is huge in India, but there were not many catering to the need of customised hand- made bats as per the requirement of top players,” said Amber.”As the word spread, players, mostly at the domestic level, started calling us and our brand got an identity. In this way, many buyers came to know that we also deal in athletics equipment.” The small, clamorous town is slowly carving its identity. London Olympics may just add to its journey to the international scene.avishek.roy@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

HRD Minister Smriti Irani felicitates CBSE achievers

first_imgHuman Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, on Thursday, felicitated the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) achievers in the fields of academics, sports and science.According to a press release, meritorious students along with their parents were invited for a three-day event involving a heritage walk, preparation of an e-book and participation in the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort. The group included 0.1 per cent students from every subject with declared parental income less than Rs 50, 000 per annum (877 students); top students who were part of 24 teams of science exhibition – 2013 (48 students) and students who excelled in CBSE sports competitions-2013 (149 students).A personally signed message by the prime minister was given to the awardees that had arrived from 20 states and belonged to various disciplines such as Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Carom, Football, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kho-Kho, Rope Skipping, Skating, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, and Aerobics.A total of 1, 074 students were invited. Due to the candidates’ pre-planned academic schedule, the board received confirmation from 515 students including 404 from academics, 95 from sports and 16 from science exhibition.Recently, the HRD Ministry has also announced an increase of 40 per cent in the stipend for student apprentices.last_img read more

Govt to Invest In Training of Animators

first_imgThe Government will be investing in the training and education of animators, to ensure that the country has the requisite skills, in sufficient numbers, to meet the demand for the expertise both locally and internationally.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, during an interview with JIS News at the closing of the KingstOOn animation conference and film festival on June 22, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI).He said that already, discussions have been held towards introducing animation education in the school system. The intention is to train students to become animation artists for film, television, video games, and the internet.“We have met with the Ministry of Education and they have actually started putting together a curriculum for animation. We are going to ensure that the curriculum is consistent with what the industry actually wants…,” he told JIS News.Mr. Robinson said the staging of the conference and film festival, which sought to give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaican artists, will provide the catalyst for the development of animation as a major industry in Jamaica.He informed that follow-up discussions have already commenced with the World Bank and Montreal-based Toon Boom, which is a major software development company, “about linking us with companies that are looking for opportunities to outsource to Jamaica, so we have already started the follow-up kind of actions.”The State Minister expressed pleasure at the huge turnout and participation in the two-day event. “It has really been heartwarming to see the kind of turnout and enthusiasm that has been displayed here,” he told JIS News.He praised the animators for the stellar work they produced in the various categories of the competition held, noting that the pieces were judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed adjudicators.“I think it affirms to us that there is an abundance of talent and creativity out there in animation in Jamaica and we just need to put in place the systems and mechanisms to translate what is raw talent into an industry that can earn for Jamaica, foreign exchange, and provide employment for a lot of people, so it has really energised us,” he stated.Over 135 entries were received in the categories of Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Best Experimental Animation; Best Storyboard/Script; and Best Character.“Down to Earth” by Kira Clayton, was adjudged the Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Tanya Batson-Savage’s “Endeavour” won forBest Storyboard/Script; “Red Locks – The Village Ram”by George Hay, was the Best Character; while “HelloKingstOOn”by Kemar McInnis was the Best Experimental Animation.The winners were presented with an array of prizes including scholarships, internships, and free internet service.The two-day KingstOOn conference and film festival was organisedby the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

OnePlus goes with obvious OnePlus TV moniker for its upcoming TV

first_img7:38 OnePlus was “inspired by classic geometric progression” for its TV logo. OnePlus OnePlus sought ideas for the name of its smart TV from fans shortly after revealing its plans to enter that market last September. It announced its decision Wednesday in its forum: OnePlus TV. Along with this “simple yet to-the-point” name, the Chinese company opted for a straightforward logo, by adding “TV” to its standard symbol.”We believe there’s no other name that can best represent our value, vision and pride than naming it with our own brand,” a spokesperson wrote.The post didn’t hint at the OnePlus TV’s release date, but The Next Web reports it’ll launch in September. OnePlus didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.Earlier this month, MySmartPrice highlighted a Bluetooth SIG listing that refers to OnePlus’ offering as a “unique Android TV” that uses an LED display, rather than OLED, along with hints that it’ll range in size from 43 to 75 inches. We dunk the OnePlus 7 Pro underwater Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice TVs Tech Industry Post a comment 24 Photos Originally published at 3:02 a.m. PT.Update, 3:20 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 0 OnePlus OnePlus 7 Pro is big, blue and budget friendly Tagslast_img read more

Brexit Firms expect spending on IT to take a hit in short

first_imgNasscom has urged policymakers from the European Union (EU) and the UK to adopt measures to alleviate impact of Britain’s exit (Brexit) on the Indian IT services exporting sector, says a PTI report.”NASSCOM urges policy makers in Brussels and London to provide greater clarity and guidance on the next steps as soon as possible, so that our businesses have the certainty they need to continue to invest in UK and Europe,” NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar was quoted as saying.Indian IT companies expressed concern over short-term risks to businesses as they get ready to pull through the consequences of Brexit from the EU.Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said the company was “watching the situation closely” and that he was expecting a possible short-term impact on currency and business.The company’s chairman R Sheshasayee told the Economic Times that political events like Brexit are beyond the scope of business operations but added that the company is working on “hedging strategies” to temper macro level risks. “There is also an immediate impact due to the currency, the GBP has already fallen by 8-10%,” said Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice president of Nasscom.Wipro was quoted as saying that the immediate risks were labour mobility, currency fluctuation and a different financial system.”Wipro has been present in the UK for over two decades and today employs over 4,000 people there. We remain committed to the UK and are optimistic that the close ties between India and the UK will further strengthen in the long run and open up new opportunities for us,” the company said.There was no comment from TCS and HCL.A 2016 Grant Thornton India Tracker report provided a picture of Indian business scene in Britain. India’s investment in the UK increased 65% in 2015, making it the third largest FDI source for the country, says the report.Two IT companies figured in the report’s list of largest Indian employers. HCL Technologies was named the 7th largest employer with above 3,100 employees, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) took a close 8th place with more than 3,000 employees.The report also said the combined tax revenue payed by the Indian firms to the UK went up by £150 million in 2015 compared to the previous year.Echoing Nasscom’s earlier warnings, Ganesha Natarajan, former vice-chairman of Zensar Technologies, said: “Lots of UK companies have trans Europe operations, Britain’s exit will mean reorganization and impact on their business volumes as well, it would shrink their wallets and thereby spending on IT will be hit immediately.”last_img read more

FBIs Kavanaugh report nears completion

first_imgUS Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks outside the US Supreme Court during a vigil in opposition to US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, US on 3 October 2016. Photo: ReutersThe FBI’s report on sexual misconduct allegations against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared completion late on Wednesday as the battle over his selection by president Donald Trump approached a new turning point.The Senate was expected to receive the report by early on Thursday two sources familiar with the matter said. Senators were to be granted access to review it during the day on Thursday.While the report’s conclusions were as yet unknown, there was already a partisan battle over it as Trump and the Senate Republican leadership battled to corral enough support for a majority vote for Kavanaugh in the days ahead.Democrats were in near unanimity against Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge.US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a procedural vote for as early as Friday on the Kavanaugh nomination.McConnell, a Republican, filed a petition for a so-called cloture vote, which if successful would limit debate on the Kavanaugh nomination and start the clock ticking on a final 30-hour waiting period before the Senate could vote to confirm the nominee.After filing a cloture petition, lawmakers must wait one legislative day before proceeding to the cloture vote, according to Senate rules. That means a cloture vote could come on Friday morning at the soonest.“It’s time to put this sickening display behind us,” McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor earlier in the day. “The Senate will vote on this nomination this week.”Several people with information related to allegations against Kavanaugh told Reuters they had not heard from the FBI, suggesting its report may be narrower than was desired by some of the lawmakers who demanded it just days ago.Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor from California who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, has not been contacted by the FBI, her attorneys said.As Senate Republican leaders marched toward a final vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, perhaps over the weekend, the three Republicans who could be key to whether Kavanaugh is confirmed – Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski -criticized Trump for his remarks about Ford at a political rally in Mississippi on Tuesday.Ford, who testified last week at an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said she could not remember the precise date or location of the alleged assault or how she got home later, but offered a detailed account of the incident.She said a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed.Imitating Ford’s testimony, Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, said: “What neighborhood was it in? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? I don’t know. But I had one beer. That’s the only thing I remember.”“And a man’s life is in tatters,” Trump added.Flake told NBC’s “Today” show that “there’s no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally … It’s kind of appalling.”Collins told reporters: “The president’s comments were just plain wrong.” She did not respond when asked if his comments would affect her vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.Asked whether Trump’s comments would affect her vote, Murkowski told reporters: “I am taking everything into account. The president’s comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable.”A day after the hearing, Trump had called Ford “a very credible witness” who provided “very compelling” testimony.Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s, while accusing Democrats of a political “hit.”‘Clearly a reason’Flake was instrumental last Friday in getting Trump to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, nominated by Trump for a lifetime job on the top US court.Trump limited the investigation to no more than a week.Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, complained in an interview with Reuters that the White House had not responded to requests for documents detailing its instructions to the FBI about the scope of its investigation of Kavanaugh.“There’s clearly a reason for that and I assume the administration doesn’t want members of Congress and the public to see it,” Durbin said.It was not immediately clear whether the FBI report, which will be made available to senators, would be released to the public.Trump’s fellow Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin. If all the Democrats oppose Kavanaugh, Trump cannot afford to lose the support of more than one Republican for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote. No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh.Opposition among Americans to Kavanaugh has increased since last week’s hearing, Reuters/Ipsos polling data showed on Wednesday.In the latest seven-day average in a survey of 4,057 US adults, 41 per cent of respondents opposed Kavanaugh, 33 per cent supported him and 26 per cent said they did not know. Opposition to Kavanaugh grew 4 percentage points after the hearing, apparently driven by people who previously were undecided.In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Trump did not back away from his rally comments, instead attacking Kavanaugh’s Democratic critics. Trump said when he goes to political rallies, which are organized by Republicans, he sees that voters are angry at the “vicious and despicable” way Democrats are treating his nominee.At a White House briefing, Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended his remarks in Mississippi and said he was not concerned the comments may have jeopardized the votes of key senators.“The president was stating the facts” about the gaps in Ford’s recollection of the alleged incident, Sanders said.last_img read more

Full Show Job Forecast For 2018 And Healing After Harvey Dec 8

first_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: The Greater Houston Partnership brings us its annual forecast for jobs in Houston. We find out how the job market might fare in 2018 — and how Harvey affected Houston employment in 2017.Also this hour: NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday is in Houston to produce its show this week, and host Lulu Garcia-Navarro joins us to talk about what stories they’re going to tell while they’re in town.Then: How are the holidays different after Harvey? How can parents help children cope? How can Houstonians grapple with loss and grieving in the wake of the storm? Those are just a few of the questions a group of Houston organizations want to help answer during the holiday season. We learn more.Plus: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we remember an infamous incident in Houston sports history that happened 40 years ago this weekend. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:34center_img Listen Share We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.last_img read more