Alternative Search Engines Day – Call For Alts to Band Together

first_imgI’m at the Alternative Search Engines Day, in San Francisco, an event put on by our network blog AltSearchEngines. We started out with a keynote talk by ASE editor Charles Knight, who noted that alternative search engines only have about 1.7% market share combined. He thinks this is too small, so he wants all of the “alts” – you can see a list of them on our subsite The Search Race – to band together to make a bigger impact on the search market. Charles discussed current aggregation approaches such as Sputtr, which puts multiple search engines onto one page (see screenshot below), but he also outlined a vision for a Virtual World for alt search engines.SputtrCharles pointed out that although Sputtr is a great app, it is difficult for mainstream users to grok. For one thing ordinary users won’t know how to make sense of all the logos. Also people outside the tech industry will not know many of the brands of the smaller search companies. So Charles suggested that a virtual world approach could be the answer, whereby different alt search engines are represented in a 3D world according to the type of search they provide. For example if you are looking for a job, then there will be a virtual representation of this in the 3D world and a number of job search engines available to meet that need.This “federated search” approach, as someone in the audience termed it, is one way for the hundreds of small search startups to increase their overall market share. Another approach is to create a common platform for alts, using APIs and UI standards (suggested over lunch to me by Morgan Snyder from on the opening discussion panel were myself, Nitin Karandikar from The Software Abstractions Blog, and Henrick Kac from BlogDimension. Nitin recently wrote a post entitled Cooperation of Alt Search Engines: A Manifesto (original here), which outlined 5 possibilities for alts to cooperate – e.g. “Search Federations of complementary ASEs”.Opening panel, photo by Boris Veldhuijzen van ZantenConclusionThe overarching theme to AltSearchEngines Day is to encourage the alts to band together and help each other reach the mainstream audience. Anyone who regularly reads AltSearchEngines will know that there is a ton of innovation in search, literally hundreds of niche and vertical search startups. So this effort to join together to compete with (or complement) the likes of Google and Microsoft is very commendable – and as I mentioned in the panel, ReadWriteWeb heartily supports it.Special thanks to Charles Knight for the vision and pulling this day together, and also LA Lassek and the SeeqPod team for organizing the event. Thanks as well to the sponsors of this event: SeeqPod, UpTake, HealthPricer, MatchPoint, GoPubMed, BlogDimension.When I was doing the intros at the start, I noted that Charles is “the voice of alternative search engines” in this industry. He really is galvinising and leading the alts forward as a group. Be sure to subscribe to AltSearchEngines to track this initiative. Tags:#conferences#search#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Faster I/O, More Bandwidth: A Look at the I/O Advancements of the Xeon E5

first_imgIn older systems, as shown on the left, a discrete I/O hub managed communications between the network adapter and the server processor. With Intel Integrated I/O, the I/O hub has been integrated into the CPU, making for a faster trip between the network adapter and the processor. Tests performed by Intel have shown a reduction in latency of up to 30 percent for these new systems.The integrated I/O hub includes support for PCI Express (PCIe*) 3.0, the latest generation of the PCIe specification. The PCIe bus is the data pathway used by I/O devices, such as network adapters, to communicate with the rest of the system, and PCIe 3 delivers effectively twice the bandwidth of PCIe 2.0. This greater bandwidth will be important when quad-port 10GbE adapters start finding their way into servers in the coming months.The remaining component of Intel Integrated I/O is Intel DDIO. It’s another significant architectural change to the Intel Xeon processor, and perhaps the best way to explain its benefits is to again compare an Intel Xeon processor E5-based platform to a previous-generation system. Back in March, I introduced you to the new I/O and networking-related advancements in Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 family-based server platforms: Intel® Integrated I/O, Intel® Data Direct I/O Technology (Intel® DDIO), and the Intel® Ethernet Controller X540. I’ve since provided a closer look at the Intel Ethernet Controller X540 and how integrating 10GBASE-T connectivity in server motherboards will help drive 10 Gigabit Ethernet adoption.But what happens to network data inside the server, before or after it’s on the network? That’s where Intel Integrated I/O and Intel DDIO come in. Intel designed these architectural changes to the Intel® Xeon® processor specifically to improve I/O performance. They are significant advancements, and it’s worth taking a closer look to understand how they work and why they’re important.Intel Integrated I/O, a feature of all Intel Xeon processor E5-based servers, consists of three features:An integrated I/O hubSupport for PCI Express* 3.0Intel DDIOThe graphic below shows the architectural differences between a previous-generation Intel Xeon processor-based server and a server based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. In those older systems, as shown on the left, data coming into the system via the network adapter was copied into memory and then written to processor cache when the processor was ready to use it. Outbound data took a similar journey through memory before reaching the network adapter.Not very efficient, but that model originated when CPU cache allotments were relatively small and network speeds weren’t fast enough to be affected by these potential bottlenecks in the server. Today, however, we’re in a much different place, with growing 10GbE adoption and Intel Xeon processors that support caches of up to 20MB.With Intel DDIO, Intel has re-architected the processor to allow Intel Ethernet adapters and controllers to talk directly to cache, eliminating all of those initial memory copies. (Once the cache is filled, least-recently-used data will be retired to system memory.) You can see the trips data takes in and out of the system on the right side of the graphic above. Much simpler, isn’t it?What does all of this mean for your servers? In a nutshell, better performance. In our labs, we’ve seen a 3x improvement in I/O bandwidth headroom within a single Intel Xeon processor when compared to previous-generation systems. And with fewer trips to memory and a direct path to cache, you’ll see reduced power utilization and lower latency. Specific performance improvements will vary based on application type.If you’d like to learn more, we’ve put together some great resources:If you’re a visual learner, check out this Intel Integrated I/O animation.If you’d like to learn more about Intel DDIO in particular, this technology overview and companion chalk talk go into more detail on how Intel DDIO works and its benefits in specific applications.For the latest and greatest, follow us on Twitter: @IntelEthernetlast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: We need to buy in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: We need to buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits he wants to buy in January.Dyche said the club were actively looking to add in January.”We are but it is tough,” Dyche said. “We are looking to build a system and a model that is not just for this window but works in a longer period for the club.”There is no immediate pressure on him (football chief Mike Rigg) but it is helpful if he can add something to what we already do and if there is something out there that we think we can move on then we will do.”It’s not throwing money at every situation. It is finding the right situations for now, and there needs to be a competitive element for now quite obviously because we’ve got to get wins, but also the next layer of player and the next development of player.”There’s a lot of boxes need ticking to make sure they are the right players for this club and that makes it difficult but that’s the challenge we’ve been doing for the last six or so years.” last_img read more

NordLB Increases Risk Provisioning for Ship Finance

first_imgzoom Due to a further increase in risk provisioning for ship finance, the German shipping bank Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) concluded the first nine months of financial year 2016 with a consolidated loss before taxes of EUR 624 million (USD 659.3 million).Namely, the bank is reacting to the further intensification of the global shipping crisis over the course of this year and responding to the lower forecasts from all relevant institutions.A disproportionately high share of the risk provisioning is due to ship finance provided by Bremer Landesbank (BLB), which will become a 100% subsidiary of Nord/LB at the turn of the year.Risk provisioning is expected to be above average in the fourth quarter, Nord/LB said, adding that it will likely come in considerably above EUR 2 billion for 2016 as a whole.In accordance with current estimates, the annual loss is expected to be over EUR 1 billion.With the risk provisioning measures, Nord/LB is once again implementing a substantial increase in coverage for risks from ship finance. This lays the foundations for the further reduction of its ship finance portfolio as well as for a positive earnings performance in 2017 and onwards.Earlier this year, Nord/LB had already made the decision to cut its ship finance portfolio from EUR 19 billion. The bank aims to reduce the size of its portfolio to between EUR 12 and EUR 14 billion by the end of 2018.Over the first three quarters of 2016, the portfolio had already been scaled back by almost EUR 2 billion. As further measures for scaling back the portfolio are in preparation, Nord/LB said it expects its ship finance portfolio to stand at around EUR 16 billion by the end of 2016.With the exception of ship finance, all of Nord/LB’s business segments remained very profitable in the first three quarters of 2016.“For reasons of caution, we also plan increased risk provisioning for ship finance for subsequent years,” Gunter Dunkel, CEO of Nord/LB, said, adding that the bank’s aim again here “is to generate significant profit in 2017 and in subsequent years.”last_img read more

Digitally enhanced Estonia plots the end of bureaucracy

first_imgTALLINN, Estonia — There are still a few things that you can’t do electronically in Estonia: Marry, divorce or transfer property — and that’s only because the government has decided it was important to turn up in person for some big life events.This Baltic nation of 1.3 million people is engaged in an ambitious project to make government administration completely digital to reduce bureaucracy, increase transparency and boost economic growth. As more countries shift their services online, Estonia’s experiment offers a glimpse of how interacting with the state might be for future generations.Over the past 20 years, this former ex-Soviet republic has created one platform that supports electronic authentication and digital signatures to enable paperless communications across both the private and public sectors.Danica Kirka, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Strong Thunderstorm moving towards Dawson Creek

first_imgThe storm is capable of producing very strong winds and up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.  The storm should reach Dawson Creek by 9 p.m. Sunday.See the full warning below.Issued at 2018-07-30 03:37 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm warning continued for:B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)Current details:At 8:37 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The storm is on highway 97 near Pine River moving eastward at 30 km/h. This storm will reach Dawson Creek in about 30 minutes.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. UPDATE – At 9:10 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The storm is on Highway 97 near the junction with Highway 52 moving eastward at 30 km/h but appears to be weakening. This storm will reach Dawson Creek in about 15 minutes.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada says a strong thunderstorm is moving along Highway 97 and headed towards Dawson Creek. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Wildfire risk reduction grants benefit northern BC

first_imgRecipients of community resiliency investment grants in the Prince George Fire Centre include:Mackenzie: $181,450 to assist with fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landFort Nelson First Nation: $100,000 to assist with education, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landKwadacha Nation: $98,665 to assist with the development, and fuel and vegetation managementTsay Keh Dene Nation: $15,660 to assist with education and planningEstablished in September 2018, the community resiliency investment program assisted local governments and First Nations to lower wildfire risks around their communities with $50 million. As part of Budget 2019, the B.C. government has provided an additional $10 million.It is the responsibility of the provincial government, local governments, First Nations, industry, stakeholders and individual British Columbians to mitigate wildfire threats. The community resiliency investment program takes a holistic approach to risk reduction and fuel management treatments by considering fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land, private land, local government land and reserve land.A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100% of a wildfire risk reduction project. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $100,000.The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the community resiliency investment program and processes grant applications.To read more about community resiliency investment program; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – More than $395,000 is being provided by the B.C. Government as community resiliency investment grants to support projects in the Prince George Fire Centre.“Community resiliency investment funding will help Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities increase their resiliency to wildfire threats,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The program is designed to support projects at the local level to help keep British Columbians safe.”According to the Government, more than $6 million in community resiliency investment grants have been provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout the province, following the program’s first application intake. To read more about FireSmart and the seven FireSmart disciplines; CLICK HERETo read more about the application process is available on the Union of B.C. Municipalities website; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Trader foils robbery bid seriously injured

first_imgGurugram: It was a narrow escape for Sanjay Bansal, a trader in Tawdu area of Gurugram who was seriously injured when two bike-borne assailants fired gunshotsat him. According to police, the incident occurred on Wednesday evening as the culprits wanted to rob him but could not do so after the victim resisited it and tried to fight with them. Bansal who has been admitted in a hospital in Gurugram is presently in the critical state. Meanwhile, the police have filed a case and begun their investigations. “The victim as of now is receiving treatment in the hospital. We are hoping that he recovers from the injuries he has sustained. We have launched our investigations into the case and will get hold of the culprits soon,” said a senior police official from Gurugam Police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderComplaining of law and order, traders have now been stating that not only thefts but now the trader community is being victimised with extortions, kidnappings and even murders. Most of the traders on the outskirts have also led demonstrations regarding the weak law and order situation. The traders have been demanding more police vigilance on the outskirts of the city like Sohna, Pataudi and Badshahpur where the crime rates against the traders are rising rapidly. “There is no doubt that a trader in the city does not feel safe and secure in the city. Today a trader can be easily targeted and harmed by the gangsters. The gangsters are emboldened that they can carry out a heist or murder in the daylight and get away with it. The Police must increase its presence in the outer areas of Gurugram,” said Pawan Bansal, who runs a garment shop in Sadar Bazaar Gurugram.last_img read more

Mens lacrosse No 9 Buckeyes top No 11 Johns Hopkins for first

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team found a way Sunday night against No. 11 Johns Hopkins, defeating the Blue Jays 13-9.The Buckeyes (10-2, 1-1 Big Ten) leading scorer was OSU sophomore attack Jack Jasinski with four goals. OSU senior midfielder Johnny Pearson and redshirt freshman Lukas Buckley added two goals apiece.“I think the men did a nice job of hunkering down on the offensive end,” said OSU coach Nick Myers. “We knew the goals were going to come for us eventually.  I thought coach Ross did a good job with preparing the men this week and we were happy to come out with a win.”OSU trailed 5-3 after the first quarter, but the Buckeyes outscored Johns Hopkins 6-2 in the middle quarters to put them over the top.“During halftime coach told us we gotta settle down,” Jasinski said. “I ended putting the ball in the net a bunch of times.”The Buckeyes struck the first goal of the game in the first period. OSU midfielder Collin Chell made the first goal for the Buckeyes.  Minutes later John Hopkins junior midfielder Joel Tinney scored his first goal of the day tying the game 1-1.  With 8:13 remaining in the first quarter, John Hopkins Joel Tinney scored to put the Blue Jays back on top 2-1, but OSU midfielder John Withers answered just five seconds later tying the game at 2.In the first five minutes of the second quarter, OSU tacked on three goals — two with an extra man — which seemed to grab momentum along with a 6-5 lead. However, junior defender Brendan Barger and sophomore defender Matt Borges committed penalties in the later stages of the quarter and the Blue Jays took advantage of those opportunities with two goals. John Hopkins led 6-5 heading into the half.In total, there were six penalties committed in the quarter.“We felt like there was a sense of urgency,” Myers said. “We felt like we need to get back into this Big Ten race. I think the guys were pretty frustrated in how they did last weekend. And when we got back home we just got back to work.”In the third, that sense of urgency showed.Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey came up with two crucial saves while senior attack Eric Fannell and Buckley provided the offense with three goals.OSU’s leading goal scorer freshman midfielder Tre LeClaire scored early in the fourth quarter, extending the Buckeyes lead to 10-7.After John Hopkins Shack Stanwick scored cut into the OSU lead, Jasinski netted two goals past Blue Jays goalie Brock Turnbaugh to seal the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten win of the season. The victory snapped a two game losing streak. Next week OSU will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play the Michigan Wolverines. read more

Gallery Ohio State vs Michigan

Ohio State students camp out in a tent outside Ohio Stadium on the night before the game against Michigan. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Michigan on Nov. 24 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 62-39, improving their overall record to 11-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo and Amal Saeed.