As Cattle Rustling Increases, So Does the Need for RFID

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#Op-Ed#web Related Posts curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… To most people, cattle rustling is a crime that happens only in old movies. But to cattlemen and ranchers in the United States, it is has always been part of real life. With an enduring economic recession, and cattle going for about $1,000 a head, rustling has experienced a renaissance. From Arkansas to Missouri to Oklahoma to Oregon, rustling is on the increase and the criminals involved are rarely caught. Brands can be manipulated and back roads are poorly patrolled by law enforcement. One possible deterrent is tagging.Stealing cattle is not like shoving a handful of gold coins in your pocket. But knowledgeable thieves can put together a horse, dog and trailer and walk away with $10,000 or more at a time. Overtaxed local law enforcement, whose ranks have all too often been depleted by decreases in the taxes that fund them, can only do so much. Technology can do more. But only if it is used, and it will only be used if it is accepted by the men and women who are losing the cattle.Tagging and TrackingA vet can inject an RFID, or radio frequency identification, tag about the size of a grain of rice into an animal in seconds. When the tagged cow is shipped out, an inspector can use a hand-held scanner to retrieve the cow’s information. If the registered owner and the brand diverge, the inspector knows something is wrong. Not only could tracking technology help against theft, but it could also streamline inventory control for ranchers, and restrict health-related recalls to meat that is likely to have been infected. But adoption of technology in ranching is slow. Cattle have not been turned into nodes in an information network for a reason. That reason is not technical. The technology is there and it works. It’s behavioral, both on the federal side and on the ranchers’.Federal Indifference and Rancher’s SuspicionsIn order to be of any real use, the information attached to a tag must be uploaded to some kind of central database. There is no such database nor any plans to create one. Even when the U.S. government was flush, it was not a priority. The more rural and the more Western a concern is, the less importance it has to those who control the disbursement of federal funds. Ranchers are also highly suspicious of centralized federal authority over their business. Federal directives that saved a lot of land for future generations also wound up limiting feeding areas for livestock. Sometimes that’s been good, but many times it has turned a remote location that only ever saw cowboys into a small city, with concrete, powerlines and plumbing to serve the city-bred visitors. There have been many changes in the livestock industry in the preceding decades. To many of the remaining independent ranchers, the ones most likely to get rustled, those changes have been bad ones. Factory-raised beef defies both the historical spirit of ranching and makes it harder to make a living. Why should they agree to use a new technology, something that stinks of big ag? Entrepreneurs are the Ranchers of TechI believe the key to any future adoption of tag-based livestock control, the kind of control that would have rustlers where they belong – running in place at the end of a spar – will require the participation of independent entrepreneurs and developers. A rancher is a lot more likely to trust an indie dev than a government rep, a federal investigator or a salesman from some software chaebol. Perhaps kids that were raised in the sticks and still have an affection for it, who do not want to see this way of life dead and who don’t want to see either the rustlers or the agricultural conglomerates determine how we eat, will apply some of their unique technological know-how – and a little of their grandparents’ elbow grease to the problem and come up with a way to read, record and retrieve information that ranchers could get behind. Maybe they could create a nation-wide, but decentralized and privately-held national cattle ID database, utilizing cloud computing and available to law enforcement as a tool that the ranchers themselves, and their indie tech partners, hold and control. Anything that doesn’t have their brand on it, they won’t touch. Amen to that. In the coming weeks I will be working with Kin Lane, a Web application and database programmer, to create a blueprint for the implementation of just such a system as I advocate here. We will post the blueprint in ReadWriteWeb on Friday, May 7. Further steps may include a survey of ranchers, to ascertain whether our plan would be accepted by the people it is designed for, and a case study using a set of half a dozen small ranches in southeastern Oregon. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Facebook removes 5K ad targeting filters to keep advertisers from discriminating against ethnic & religious groups

first_imgFacebook removes 5K ad targeting filters to keep advertisers from discriminating against ethnic & religious groupsYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Facebook is continuing the push to make its platform safer for users, this time removing more than 5,000 ad targeting filters from its system to keep advertisers from discriminating against ethnic or religious groups.This latest move aims to prohibit advertisers from using filters for housing, employment or credit-related campaigns that could potentially keep ads for things like job postings, housing offers or credit applications from being displayed to specific ethnic or religious groups.“While these [ad targeting] options have been used in legitimate ways to reach people interested in a certain product or service, we think minimizing the risk of abuse is more important. This includes limiting the ability for advertisers to exclude audiences that relate to attributes such as ethnicity or religion,” Facebook writes on its news blog.In addition to removing ad filters, Facebook will also be launching a certification tool within its Ads Manager platform that requires housing, employment and credit advertisers in the US to certify they are in compliance with Facebook’s non-discrimination policy.Click to see a larger version of this image.Facebook says it will be extending the certification process to other tools and APIs, as well as additional countries, over time.Facebook has a history of problems around its ad targeting options for housing, employment and credit ads. In November of 2016, the company put limits on its ethnic-affinity ad targeting options after a report from ProPublica revealed advertisers were using the filters to discriminate against groups. A year later, a follow-up report from ProPublica found Facebook advertisers were still able to avoid anti-discrimination laws in their ad campaigns on the platform.At the time, Facebook disabled brands from using its multicultural affinity targeting for exclusion targeting, and the company’s VP of ads, Rob Goldman, said Facebook was working to certify that advertisers understood Facebook’s anti-discrimination policies and the law when using multicultural affinity segments for inclusion on ads on Facebook.With the latest removal of 5,000 ad filters and the certification tool now being part of Facebook’s Ads Manager, Facebook’s most recent updates make evident the company still has work to do around discriminatory practices among its advertisers.The post Facebook removes 5K ad targeting filters to keep advertisers from discriminating against ethnic & religious groups appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Facebook removes 5K ad targeting filters to keep advertisers from discriminating against ethnic & religious groups HomeDigital MarketingFacebook removes 5K ad targeting filters to keep advertisers from discriminating against ethnic & religious groups Posted on 22nd August 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

Southern Boone Fire requests property tax hike

first_imgPresident Jim Cunningham has been with the Southern Boone Fire Protection District since 1985. He’s seen major growth in the Ashland area, meaning more work for his volunteer team.“So far, we’re ok. But we are seeing a disturbing trend where the increase in the number of call is increasing beyond the rate we can put on new firefighters.”The fire district has put a 12-cent property tax increase question on Tuesday’s ballot. Cunningham says it actually gets the rate back where it used to be, and this is the first time the fire district has requested a tax hike.The new money would go toward a paid on-call system for firefighters, and administrative costs for a chief and clerk, according to Cunningham.“The time is now to change the way we’re operating a little bit, and get some compensation flowing to some of the people who have been providing these services for free so that we can ensure they’re there in the future.”last_img read more

Dealing With Unemployment Depression

first_imgIn California, the current unemployment rate is 12.1 percent with some counties reaching the mid 20s. Long term unemployment is becoming a lifestyle as the economic downturn continues to grind away at local economies. Some things start to change once you’ve been out of work for a while.In our culture, personal identity and employment are tightly coupled. More often than not, the first question you get asked at a party is “What do you do?”.  In the absence of a job, that question produces stutters, mumbles and embarrassment.If you’ve been looking for work for more than six months, there’s a kind of situational depression that sets in. Situational depression (SD) is different from chemical or hormonal depression. SD is caused by circumstances that are, well, depressing.For most of us, work provides a respite from the ongoing stresses of family life and finance. In an economic downturn with credit problems, cash shortages and home equity inversions, the job is a great hiding place. Throwing oneself into the next project is a great stress reducer. In fact, high stress on a job can be a great way to get a break from stress in one’s personal life. We depend on work to provide both challenge and relief.Without a job, the pressure of personal circumstances is relentless. Options seem to evaporate while awful consequences loom closely. Feelings of anxiety, panic, depression, bewilderment and terror are commonplace. The combination of loss of identity and loss of respite make the strongest of characters wobbly.So, what are the signs of depression related to joblessness?According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisionsfatigue and decreased energyfeelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessnessfeelings of hopelessness and/or pessimisminsomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleepingirritability, restlessnessloss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sexovereating or appetite losspersistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatmentpersistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelingsthoughts of suicide, suicide attemptsHere are some things you might try if you think you are suffering from joblessness related depression. Search for ideas about these things online:Tell someone. A burden shared is a burden halved.Make taking a walk the very first thing you do each day. Exercise makes you feel better.Eat well and check out some depression related diets (Sugar is not your friend nor is emotional eating)Breathe more slowly. Shallow breathing makes you feel uptight.Learn to meditate: 15 minutes/day will do wonders in a couple of weeks.Visit the local health food store and pick up St. John’s Wort. Talk with them about depression related supplements.Make real routines out of your job hunting efforts. Become your own boss and manage the job hunt like a businessMeasure some of the things you do. Being able to look at a chart that indicates your accomplishment helps with the feelings of worthlessnessTell someone around you how much you appreciate them. Every day.If you try some of these things and get no reprieve, call your local mental health department. Depression is a serious thing.It would be interesting to know what’s worked for you. How do you raise your spirits during a long job hunt?last_img read more

A Confused Magnus Carlsen Escapes With A Draw At The World Chess

“Gonna be a draw,” a grandmaster texted me as the setting sun cast a red tinge on the East River off lower Manhattan. It was around 5 p.m. on Thursday, and my attention was split between the light filtering through the masts of the tall ships at the pier outside the window and the crucial but lumbering game of chess being played by two geniuses on the other side of the hall. Shortly after 6 p.m., a commotion broke the calm. An official with the World Chess Championship rushed into the press room. The game would end soon, he said, and we should be ready. Sergey Karjakin, the Russian underdog, was winning.This was exciting news indeed. The first four games of the match had ended in draws — two of them epic — between Karjakin and his opponent, the defending world champion and No. 1-rated Magnus Carlsen of Norway. In Thursday’s fifth game, it seemed, there would be blood.In the previous three games, the two players had opened the game with a set of moves called “the Ruy Lopez” — also known as “the Spanish.” On Thursday, they moved across the Mediterranean to play the “Giuoco Piano,” also known as “the Italian.” “Giuoco piano” means “quiet game,” but the opening is known for creating a tense, maneuvering contest. White aims to control the board’s center while black tries not to lose the battle for space.Karjakin, handling the black pieces, came out of this opening battle slightly ahead, according to the computer chess engine Stockfish and a preponderance of onlookers in New York. This was a rarity, as the Russian had previously been relying on costive, defensive goal-line stands simply to stay alive in the championship match.But on the 20th move, a minor theme of the previous games re-emerged, blunting Karjakin’s edge. He faced the following position: I’d witnessed some 18 hours of play over the previous three game days. On the train on my way home from the venue, the man sitting next to me was staring at his smartphone. He was playing chess.Game 6 begins Friday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the games here and on Twitter.CORRECTION (Nov. 18, 10:47 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of additional time players receive after their 40th move. It is 50 minutes, not an hour. My laptop and the brains of those around me liked moving the rook over to h2. From there, it would stare down the juicy far-right column (h-file in chess parlance), which provides a useful conduit into black enemy territory and could have come wide open if some pawns were exchanged. Carlsen did, more or less, the opposite. He moved his king down a square, to g2.Carlsen may have thought that the game was a dead draw and that any move would be a means to that end. He was wrong. The white king on g2 blocked the white rook’s access to the right edge of the board and, possibly, to black’s king. This swung the pendulum swiftly in Karjakin’s favor. “Carlsen played with his hand and not with his brain,” Robert Hess, a grandmaster and chess.com contributor, told me.The Norwegian champ agreed with Hess. “King to g2 is a huge blunder,” a visibly upset Carlsen said at the postgame press conference. Up to this point in the match, Carlsen had generally seemed calm and comfortable, but after this game, he sat disturbed, face in hand, brusquely and testily answering questions. He’d have been halfway to his hotel already, one felt, were it not for his contractual obligations.This blunder may have been due to a clerical error by Carlsen, NRK, Norway’s national broadcaster, reported after the game. Tournament players are required to record on a scoresheet all the moves played during a game. Carlsen, who’s done this many thousands of times, told NRK that he forgot a move earlier in the game. Once a player makes his 40th move, he receives 50 minutes of additional time on his clock. Carlsen received his extra time but initially seemed confused as to why. The king-to-g2 blunder came immediately after, on his 41st move.After Carlsen’s mistake, the players had a full role-reversal, with the Norwegian playing Houdini and the Russian the stifled aggressor. But as the game progressed, Karjakin’s advantage fizzled, Carlsen’s defenses held, and the players agreed to a draw after 51 moves over five hours. The score is tied 2.5-2.5 in this race to 6.5.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth half a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points.It’s been an impressive streak of draws, but there have been more to open a world championship. Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand fought to eight in a row in 1995, the last time the championship was in New York. But those — only one was longer than 30 moves — pale in comparison to the legendary draws this year. Viswanathan Anand contemplates his move against Gary Kasparov at the World Chess Championship in 1995. JON LEVY / AFP / Getty Images Stockfish thought the better play for Karjakin was to move the black bishop back a square, from f5 to g6, which would reveal the black rook and apply further pressure on an already strained board. Karjakin’s human brain, however, preferred trading a bishop for a knight by capturing on c5. As in previous games, Karjakin played more passively than might have been optimal, going with the move that released some of the game’s tension but also perhaps some of his advantage along with it.Nevertheless, the Russian would get another unexpected crack at victory. The game proceeded, quite level, for another 20 moves — solid grandmaster chess — and another draw seemed inevitable. (Hence the text and my staring at the ships.) Eventually, however, Carlsen (playing white) erred when facing the following position on the 41st move: read more

Serious Changes PDM Calls for New Financial procedures for hiring spending budgeting

first_img#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 26, 2017 – There is certainly a new sheriff in town as today, the Cabinet minutes revealed that the Minister of Finance and her Cabinet are seeking to see a higher quality approach to Government Departments submitting their budgets, better action when it comes to completion of capital works projects, more government hiring where it has been requested and budgeted for and they want to see money approved to be spent to run the country, actually spent within the fiscal year.The Government in a Cabinet meeting yesterday decided that the country needs an in year mechanism to gauge what is being expended from the budget, and what is not.  This comes after a financial information paper from the CFO revealed that there is a gross under spend by TCIG on budget approved projects, yet again.Over $5 million dollars was reported unused in just one quarter of the new fiscal year which started last April.   Add to this, the notes from the meeting revealed that the PDM Cabinet called for,  “… a review of the recruitment process to address unfilled vacant positions in the public service… and called for the capital programme monitoring team to report back to Cabinet on progress.”Departments of TCIG may want more and even need more, but the new Finance Minister, Premier, Sharlene Robinson and her team wants there to be more details and are sending official submissions back to the drawing board.Cabinet minutes: “Cabinet called for all ministries, departments and agencies to resubmit more realistic budget bids including prioritising bids and identifying savings to help offset new funding requests. Cabinet will consider revised funding requests at its next meeting on February 1st, 2017.” Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for youcenter_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Apple cuts MacBook Air price by 100 updates MacBook Pro

first_img • Apple See All 2:41 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Apple cuts new MacBook Air price, but kills off $999… Comments reading • Apple cuts MacBook Air price to $1,099, updates $1,299 MacBook Pro Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 37 Photos 7 35 best battery life laptops Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Laptops College students can save some money on MacBooks.  Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Apple is getting ready for the school-shopping season, giving the MacBook Air a display upgrade and a discount for college students. It’s also updating its MacBook Pro and offering the same education discount. The price of the MacBook Air is dropping to $1,099 — a $100 savings on its previous price. College students will get an additional $100 off, bringing the price to $999, the company said Tuesday. The updated MacBook Air will also get True Tone technology added to its Retina display, which should offer better color reproduction. See the new MacBook Air at AppleNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is getting a bigger overhaul. The $1,299 model will now 8th-generation quad-core processor, which the company says will make it twice as powerful. But that same laptop will now offer Touch Bar and Touch ID, as well as the True Tone Retina display, the Apple T2 Security Chip, wider stereo speakers and the three-mic array found on higher-end MacBook Pros. That’s the first time those features will be available at that low of a price point on the Pro line. Students can get the same $100 price cut on it, too. See the new MacBook Pro at AppleThe Mac maker confirmed all of its MacBooks will include the third-generation butterfly keyboard but with small tweaks to avoid issues users have had in the past. Keys will now have a rubber-like material underneath that will help keep them free of debris and dust while giving them an extra bounce. In March, Apple acknowledged the keyboard issues that MacBook owners were experiencing. The company reportedly will change the design soon to feature glass fiber sometime in the future.The new, more affordable laptops effectively replace older models being culled from Apple’s line. The 12-inch MacBook, the “classic” non-Retina MacBook Air and the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro are all officially gone, though you can still find them in some retail channels, as well as Apple’s own refurb store. Apple’s back-to-school promotion, which starts today, also includes Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones with the purchase of qualifying Mac notebooks and iMacs. Originally published July 9, 5:34 a.m. PT.Update, 5:59 a.m. PT: Adds more background details. 7:25 a.m. PT: Adds more upgrade details. 8:46 a.m. PT: Adds additional context.last_img read more

Govt to Introduce National Skill Development Policy to Train 50 Crore People

first_imgIn a bid to boost the ‘Make in India’ campaign, the Centre plans to introduce a national skill development policy aimed at meeting the demand for around 30 crore skilled workers in multiple sectors. The programme aims to train almost 50 crore people by 2020.A new policy will be announced by mid-March, after reviewing the existing one and making necessary changes, said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship.Rudy was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of ‘Ahmedabad Management Association Academy for Vocational Education’ on Thursday. The skill development ministry is in talks with many corporate houses for training people on a large scale.”There is no standardisation, curriculum or set framework when it comes to skill development policy. We need trainers, assessors and standard certification systems to train people, along with employment opportunities,” said Rudy to mediapersons at the programme.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project “Make in India” needs increased level of skilled labour. Modi set up a ministry dedicated to look into skill development, on independent charge with Rudy at the helm.With less than 2% of people being classified as trained, there is a need for at least 30 crore skilled workers by 2022. Infrastructure sector would absorb 10 crore workers and textile industry would need 1.42 crore people working for the sector. The government could make use of the Indian Railways infrastructure and human resources from the Armed Forces, added Rudy.The Budget for Fiscal 2015/16 would specify the investment to be made in the skill development programme.last_img read more

Exminister Morshed among 16 sued in graft case

first_imgM Morshed Khan The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against 16 people including former foreign minister M Morshed Khan on charge of misappropriating Tk 3.83 billion of AB Bank. Sheikh Abdus Salam, deputy director of ACC, filed the case with Banani police station on Wednesday, said ACC spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya. Three senior high officials of the bank are among the accused, he said.last_img