first_imgPORTLAND — Police have moved a protester attached to a barrel full of concrete off of a railroad track at a Portland oil terminal and arrested her.Officers used an electric saw and a hammer to free the woman Monday. Her arm was locked to rebar inside the concrete.She was identified as 22-year-old Irene Marjorie Milsom of Portland, a member of Portland Rising Tide.The group said its point is that while shipments of oil occasionally explode in derailments, the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting change in the climate “causes far greater harm to communities.”Police said Milsom would be charged with misdemeanors: trespassing, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.A spokesman, Sgt. Pete Simpson, told The Oregonian that she was on a side track and didn’t block any rail cars.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, who is set to don the hat of a game show host, is busy preparing himself for the small screen outing. The second season of ‘Ke Habe Banglar Kotipati’ (Who will be Bengal’s Crorepati), the Bengali version of the iconic TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, will have Chatterjee quizzing the hot seat participants.”I have set up a hot seat at home, next to my computerji, to practice for the show. It will help me hone my skills as a TV show host,” he said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMegastar Amitabh Bachchan, who had anchored the Hindi show for eight seasons, fondly referred to the computer on his desk as ‘computerji’.”The programme will have a global outlook and feel, but certain elements would be added to its format to connect with the Bengali audience,” the National Award-winning actor said.The first season of the reality show was anchored by cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly.Chatterjee, when asked if he was conscious that parallels would be drawn with Bachchan and Ganguly, said, “Yes I am aware. But I will do it my own way. Hope I bring refreshing changes to the show.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe promotional video of ‘Ke Habe Banglar Kotipati’ shows Chatterjee sitting on a barge on river Hooghly with “computerji” on his side and Howrah Bridge in the background.At a press meet, earlier this week, the actor had said the second season of the show will run for 35 episodes.”Quizmaster Siddhartha Basu would be preparing the question bank and the possible answers for the show, which will be aired five days a week from July 16,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgFebruary 5, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you haven’t seen it by now, Amazon’s Super Bowl LII commercial is fairly clever. Kudos to the company for coming up with a fun way to mash together celebrities and Alexa without it feeling overly cheesy or trying-too-hard. More importantly, a big thanks to Amazon’s engineers who came up with an ingenious way to broadcast the “A word” without it triggering everyone’s Echos — whatever version of the device you own.The most annoying thing about watching any YouTube video or televised commercial that mentions Alexa is that it typically triggers your Echo device to get ready to respond to a query. Or worse, the person you’re watching who says “Alexa” just keeps on babbling, which then makes your Echo do something you didn’t want it to do — or just apologize for being unable to do whatever commands it tried to interpret.And since Amazon definitely wanted its Super Bowl LII to mention she-who-shall-not-be-named, and refer to her frequently, the company had to come up with a different way to do so in order to avoid hacking off everyone who already owns an Echo device.The solution? Acoustic fingerprinting.”The trick is to suppress the unintentional waking of a device while not incorrectly rejecting the millions of people engaging with Alexa every day,” said Shiv Vitaladevuni, a senior manager on the Alexa Machine Learning team, in an Amazon blog post.Though Amazon isn’t detailing the specific techniques its using to keep your Echo from triggering from its Super Bowl advertising, Bloomberg notes that a Reddit user, Asphyhackr, might have figured out Amazon’s secret.”I did a little research tonight and found that the Echo, while it’s processing the wake word, searches the Audio Spectrum and if is significantly quieter in the area of 4000hz to 5000hz, she will not wake for the word,” Asphyhackr writes.”I found that when I analyzed the spectrum of them saying her name, the spectrums were significantly quieter in the range of 3000hz to 6000hz. In some of those recordings, those frequencies appeared to be non-existent. In others it appeared like the boosted the surrounding frequencies to make the Echo see a gap in the spectrum.”In other words, if your Echo (Best Price at Amazon) notices something strange happening in the audio spectrum, it realizes that it should ignore whatever is being said — like “Alexa.” And while this works well when Amazon has a planned announcement to make, like an advertisement, the company has to get a bit more creative when it can’t anticipate the large-scale broadcast of its digital helper’s name.”When multiple devices start waking up simultaneously from a broadcast event, similar audio is streaming to Alexa’s cloud services. An algorithm within Amazon’s cloud detects matching audio from distinct devices and prevents additional devices from responding. The dynamic fingerprinting isn’t perfect, but as many as 80 to 90 percent of devices won’t respond to these broadcasts thanks to the dynamic creation of the fingerprints,” reads Amazon’s blog. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

first_imgTags: Alitalia, WTF Alitalia has gone bankrupt but at least they’re getting snazzy new uniforms << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press MILAN — Never underestimate the power of a new pair of shoes, or a brand new wardrobe for that matter.The bankrupt Italian airline, Alitalia, has commissioned the Alberta Ferretii fashion house to design new uniforms, the timing of which has raised a few eyebrows. The crew restyling comes as the Italian government evaluates binding offers for all, or part, of the airline with the intent of completing a sale by spring.Perhaps the airline is putting their best foot forward (in designer pumps, no less) to shake the stigma of bankruptcy?Alitalia has said the uniform update won¹t create any new financial burdens, and that it came at the request of cabin and ground crews for ‘greater comfort’.Ferretti has pledged to design a collection combining elegance with convenience to ensure that all personnel are “comfortable in each working environment and throughout any season.”The airline last updated its uniforms in 2016 with a burgundy-colored retro look for the first new uniforms in two decades.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAlitalia said the new uniforms should be ready by summer. Share Thursday, November 30, 2017 last_img read more