Fans on Twitter react to QPR cup defeat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBen Gladwin has attracted criticism from fans since his arrival at QPR – and many on Twitter were far from impressed with his display against Blackburn.Gladwin was substituted in the second half at Loftus Road, where Rangers made an immediate exit from the FA Cup by losing 2-1 against Blackburn.The man who paid money for Ben Gladwin should be shot. #QPR— Steve (@QPRSteve1982) January 7, 2017The #QPR January Transfer Window wish list:1. Decent right back. 2. No. 10 playmaker.3. A proven goalscorer. 4. Taxi for Gladwin.— Paul Nasr (@SkyPaulNasr) January 7, 2017I don’t know what Ollie sees in training but how Gladwin gets in the team before Shodipo only god & Ollie knows #QPR— mick (@qprmicky) January 7, 2017Ben Gladwin makes Michael Meaker look like Lionel Messi. #justsaying #QPR— Galen Urso (@spqpr1973) January 7, 2017Cousin’s, Yeni and Gladwin. Nine of them good enough. None of them fit to wear our beloved Hoops.#QPR— Chris Taylor (@superhoopchris) January 7, 2017Ben Gladwin reminds me of Leonardo Di Caprio in ‘Catch Me If You Can.’ Looks the part, but has no idea how to play football. #QPR— Paul Nasr (@SkyPaulNasr) January 7, 2017Gladwin…..he must have something on the chairman….#QPR— Christian Harber (@QPR1980) January 7, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How Madison Bumgarner took control of his free agency and left the Giants for the D’backs

first_imgPHOENIX– The Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t enter the offseason expecting to add to their rotation, but the club ended up signing one of the best starters available to the second-richest free agent deal in franchise history.That’s what happens when Madison Bumgarner forces the issue.“It was the No. 1 place for me,” Bumgarner said of Arizona. “I did tell (my agent) that. We talked about that often.”Following a news conference at Chase Field on Tuesday in which the D’backs officially introduced …last_img read more

Coming This Election: Crowdsourcing For Scandal

first_imgabraham hyatt The Accountability Project, he continues, “taps into the belief by party activists that politicians of the opposite party say one thing in front of the press, and quite another when they think no one is really listening. However, all activists can imagine a scenario where what they capture on video could really make a difference in a campaign.“The projects asks activists to undertake an activity that almost all of them can appreciate the value of, which increases the likelihood that they will take such action. And it offers them a way to be involved that they might not have otherwise thought was possible or meaningful.”That last point may be the most critical part of the DNC’s project. In a paper published last month on crowdsourcing [PDF], a researcher at the London School of Economics wrote that, “The needs, aspirations, motivations and incentives of the crowd to participate in the initiative must remain the most important consideration […] The practitioners must understand the crowd motivation and align their goals according to it.” (Emphasis ours.)That might sound like common sense, but considering the number of projects asking the crowd to do the equivalent of ranking policy initiatives, too many political strategists seem to be confusing the crowd’s interests with what will genuinely motivate it.In other words, if you want to create an effective crowdsourcing project and the crowd is hungry for political blood, then give them the equivalent of an elephant gun. Photo by Scott Liddell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In a world where crowdsourcing has become a mainstay of politics, a new site from the Democratic National Committee is taking the idea one step further and asking voters to find damaging videos of opposing lawmakers and candidates.The Accountability Project is pretty simple: you can upload and view videos, or track down Republican candidate events. There’s no voting or comments; it’s essentially a platform for videos to go viral. So far, uploads mostly consist of tepid footage of conservatives criticizing Democrats. But when compared to other political crowdsourcing projects, the site stands out as one of the more potentially disruptive ideas in this midterm election.This Innovation Series is brought to you by Lexus.Crowdsourcing in politics has become ubiquitous over the last several years, particularly as candidates and agencies have figured out how to use social media well. But this year is the first major election since President Obama so famously harnessed those social tools in his 2008 election bid. Online videos have already played a significant role (one of the most famous involving a Democratic Representative). Roy Temple, a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic political consultant, says that usually, “When parties or candidates seek activist opinions (like the current GOP effort to crowdsource policy priorities), there is a certain level of cynicism that their opinion will count.” Tags:#Lexus#Sponsors#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Teenage qualifier Tomic marches into last 8

first_imgAustralian qualifier Bernard Tomic came up with amazing passing shots towards the close to prevail over Xavier Malisse 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 and enter the quarter-finals on Monday.Riding on the support from a sizeable Aussie crowd, Tomic, who was born in Germany before emigrating to Gold Coast, Australia, played with freedom and passion.Having dumped fifth seed Robin Soderling in straight sets on Saturday, Tomic needed just an hour and 21 minutes to do the damage.Standing at six feet four inches, Tomic loved the big match pressure on Court 18 where people could watch the action from close. The last time a qualifier reached this far was in 2000 when Vladimir Voltchkov was on song.With this success, Tomic replaces Lleyton Hewitt as the Australian No. 1 in rankings, though after winning junior Grand Slam titles, he was always tipped to be a player with potential.Malisse argued a lot over the line calls in the first set and was unhappy with his racquet string tension.”Maybe the stringer is Australian,” the Belgian said to the chair umpire at one point.Xavier Malisse returns to Bernard Tomic during their fourth round match at Wimbledon on Monday. AP”I never thought I would be here in the second week. I am looking forward to playing on Wednesday and I have never been happier,” said Tomic.The 18-year-old Australian qualifier is the youngest quarter- finalist since Boris Becker in 1986.In the next round, Tomic will face Novak Djokovic, who defeated France’s Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.advertisementSecond seed Djokovic beat an out-of-form Llodra.Local favourite Andy Murray also made it to the last eight with a 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet.Murray, the fourth seed, didn’t have much problems with the 30- degree Centre Court heat as he made short work of 17th seed Gasquet.Murray, attempting become Britain’s first men’s Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936, has now reached his fourth consecutive quarter-final.In the last eight, Murray will clash against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, who beat Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot five sets.Lopez, who put out three-time runner-up Andy Roddick in the third round, recovered from two sets to love down defeat Polish qualifier Kubot 3-6, 6-7(5/ 7), 7-6(9/ 7), 7-5, 7-5.”I thought it was good. think I served well, and I got a lot of free points off that,” said Murray, who is yet make a Wimbledon final.Murray also admitted was left red- faced by his unkempt appearance when he was introduced to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”If I’d known they were coming, I would have shaved. I was thinking myself as I came off.”I was sweaty and very hairy. I said to them, ‘I’m sorry, I’m a bit sweaty’. But, yeah, it was really nice,” said the Scot.Results:Men’s singles fourth round: Andy Murray (GBR x4) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x17) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2; Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Lukasz Kubot (POL) 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 7-5, 7-5; Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Xavier Malisse (BEL) 6-1, 7-5, 6-4; Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Michael Llodra (FRA x19) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3last_img read more

Dendoncker excited by Wolves move

first_imgLeander Dendoncker is relishing the chance to test himself in the Premier League after completing his move to Wolves from Anderlecht.The 23-year-old was the only member of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium World Cup squad to play football in his homeland at club level, but he has now joined several of his compatriots in the Premier League.Dendoncker has moved to Molineux on an initial season-long loan, with the deal expected to be made permanent next summer for £12m ($15m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Having spent the last five years of his career with Anderlecht, where he has picked up two league titles, a move to one of Europe’s biggest leagues has beckoned for some time, and he is looking forward to playing for Wolves.Last season’s Championship winners have had an extremely busy summer in the transfer market, bringing in a host of new faces for their return to the top tier of English football, including Joao Moutinho, Adama Traore and Diogo Jota.Speaking to Wolves’ official website following his move, Dendoncker said: “I’m very happy to be here and I hope I can help the team as fast as possible.”I’m very excited to start. I followed Wolves a little bit last year and saw they did really good, they took 99 points and won a lot of games with attractive football.”I think it’s an ambitious club and that’s what attracts me the most. I’m ready to give everything.”Dendoncker has been given advice on the English game by his fellow Belgium internationals and is hoping the transfer will help him to improve.He added: “I’m excited by the challenge. They say the Premier League is like playing in the Champions League every week and I don’t think that’s a lie, I think the best players are in the Premier League.”I’ll do everything to give my best.”They say it’s the biggest league in the world, that it’s really nice to play every week in the Premier League,”They told me to come here, that I would become a better play. We will see.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Is it Time to Dump Office

first_img Some users complain of a confusing interface, one of the slowest online productivity services. Ease of use, online collaboration and sharing, concurrent editing of documents, affordability. Cons Known to bog down computer memory. Tool Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Lotus Symphony Pros A range of extras beyond the typical productivity apps–including CRM for as many as three users; strong mobile phone support. Incompatible with .docx files; slower than Office and most alternatives. 2 min read ThinkFree This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Limited support; only word processing documents can be edited offline. Full-fledged client-side software without licensing woes; similarity to older Office versions eases user transition. Zoho October 20, 2010 Register Now » Limited support, few advanced functions; only word processing documents can be edited offline. Offers a lot of synergies with Lotus Notes, stronger tech support options than most Microsoft alternatives. Improvements in open source and software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms mean more alternatives to Microsoft Office (see chart).We checked in with Guy Creese, research vice president with IT research and advisory group Gartner, and Rob Helm, managing vice president of research with Directions on Microsoft, an independent Microsoft technology consulting company in Kirkland, Wash., for some expert views on what to consider.Environment. If you use a lot of Microsoft documents, you may be stuck, because other solutions aren’t great for translating formats, Creese says. But if you use Lotus Notes, a switch to Lotus Symphony can be easy. And if your workers are mostly viewing and lightly editing via mobile phones, online SaaS solutions could be a good choice.Usage patterns. Are your workers casual Office users or do they require advanced functions such as track changes and Pivot tables? Do they depend on a laundry list of macros that would be supported by Office only?Training. Switching to OpenOffice may still cost you in productivity and training time. But Helm says businesses switching to Office 2007 or 2010 from legacy versions may need to train workers anyway, because Microsoft made considerable interface changes starting with Office 2007.Support. If you require a traditional support structure, then you may be stuck with Office. But if you’re OK with having questions answered by the open-source user community via Twitter or a blog, then it’s a different story.Integration. If you depend on a third-party tool that requires integration with Office, you may have to stay with Microsoft. Google Apps Highly compatible with Microsoft Office docs, offers a good blend of desktop and SaaS benefits. OpenOfficelast_img read more

These Software Design Features Are Breaking Our Brains and Businesses But It

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Within the last 10 years or so, software infiltrated almost every facet of our lives. Today, it’s with us everywhere we go. It’s in our pockets, strapped to our bodies, scanning our faces and listening to our voices.Related: 11 Big Changes to the Internet From the Past DecadeThis rapid ascent was no accident. The tech industry is obsessed with growth and market domination. Investors expect engagement metrics rocketing higher every quarter. Advertisers demand more eyeballs, more taps, more data. More is always better.To achieve those constantly upward trends, software companies keep finding new ways to capture our dwindling time and attention, often resorting to dark patterns and aggressive tactics.The result? People are overwhelmed, distracted and flat-out addicted to software — both at work and home. Things are so hilariously out of control, there are even phone apps that help you stop looking at phone apps.In the design community, a small movement has been brewing around these issues, shining a light on harmful interfaces and shady business practices. It feels like an inflection point. After years of rapid change, it’s now time to pause and reflect critically on the Frankenstein’s monsters we built.Related: Stanford Students to Apple: the iPhone Is Too AddictiveThe software design features that keep you hookedThink about the software products you use every day. They probably include all the following problematic behaviors — and you might be hooked on them more than you think.1. Notification blasts: In the always-connected era, our days are dictated by a cacophony of buzzes, beeps and badges. Every time you’re dinged by a new email, group chat, text message or push alert, it’s an irresistible interruption that steals your focus from any meaningful thing you might have been doing.In isolation, each little distraction seems excusable, but in the aggregate, it’s death by a thousand cuts. Every year it seems to get worse, with ever-more apps and gadgets vying for your exhausted eye.This is a destructive pattern that wrecks our productivity, and we’ve all just accepted it as a routine part of our day.How can we improve? For starters, turn those dings off! Then spread the peace to your friends and co-workers by changing your behavior. Don’t expect others to get back to you instantly. If you’re in charge of the tools your company uses, wean everyone off the workplace apps that encourage immediate real-time responses. Switch to products that prioritize asynchronous communication methods instead.Related: 6 Ways to Break a Tech Addiction2. Status and presence indicators: If you’ve used a chat app to work with a group, you’re probably familiar with those little colored dots that show each person’s status. Online, Away, Out to Lunch.These features appear helpful on the surface, but look closer and you’ll notice they subtly encourage bad habits. A status indicator implies you’re being watched, and that you’re supposed to be “around” — always available and reporting your whereabouts during work hours.This makes people feel anxious and glued to the app, particularly if the boss is using status to see whether people are working or not. (In reality, it reveals nothing of the sort — you can easily show yourself as “Online” while walking the dog.)Worst of all, that green dot is like an open invitation. It broadcasts that you’re at your desk, ready for interruptions. As if we needed any more of those!Related: Apple, Facebook and Google Vets Form Coalition to Fight Tech Addiction3. Vanity metrics: Back when video game arcades were big, earning a prominent high score was an impressive feat worth bragging to your friends about.Modern software designers took that high score concept and perverted it to keep people hooked on their platforms. Practically every action you take on the internet now has some vanity count attached to it. Likes, faves, followers, retweets, views, reads, claps, reactions … the list goes on and on.These counts act like a drug for your brain. When everything you say or post has a popularity measurement, you inevitably start gaming things and judging everything against the numbers.What a waste of energy. In the real world, those numbers mean almost nothing, so why do we let them control our minds? At Basecamp, we’re experimenting with removing our “Applause” feature and uncovering all the anxiety and hidden social obligations it was causing.Related: You Could be Having a Digital Mental Health Crisis Without Realizing It4. Infinite feeds: Sometimes software is designed to help people accomplish tasks. Other times it’s designed to help software companies make money.Infinite-scrolling feeds fall squarely into the latter category. Think of apps like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn: Almost every social service relies on this idea for its core interface.What’s the business motivation behind this design? To have you stick around for as long as possible, of course! That’s why it’s the information equivalent of an all-you-can-eat buffet. And just like a buffet, you’re guaranteed to overeat every time you visit.It doesn’t have to be this way. Imagine if these apps cared about your diet, and served only a properly sized meal. One example of this was the NYT Now app. Instead of a never-ending feed, it broke each day’s news into thoughtful briefings with about eight to 10 stories total. And that was it. If you got to the bottom, you were done. Come back tomorrow. What a respectful and refreshing model.Related: Study: Constantly Texting and Checking Social Media Makes You ‘Morally Shallow’Reclaiming your most valuable currency: your attentionThere’s an underlying theme in all these features: Software companies desperately want you to stick around. They need you using their product again and again. You’re a valuable number they can report to their corporate masters, so they suck you in with subtle psychological and social tricks.That sounds troubling, but you still have the power in this relationship! Your attention is a valuable currency. Take steps to preserve it. Support the products that bring you calm instead of chaos.If we collectively push back on these bad practices and vote with our time and money, things will change for the better. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 12, 2018last_img read more

Do you need artificial intelligence and machine learning expertise in house

first_imgDeveloping artificial intelligence expertise is a challenge. There’s a huge global demand for practitioners with the right skills and knowledge and a lack of people who can actually deliver what’s needed. It’s difficult because many of the most talented engineers are being hired by the planet’s leading tech companies on salaries that simply aren’t realistic for many organizations. Ultimately, you have two options: form an in-house artificial intelligence development team or choose an external software development team or consultant with proven artificial intelligence expertise. Let’s take a closer look at each strategy. Building an in-house AI development team If you want to develop your own AI capabilities, you will need to bring in strong technical skills in machine learning. Since recruiting experts in this area isn’t an easy task, upskilling your current in-house development team may be an option. However, you will need to be confident that your team has the knowledge and attitude to develop those skills. Of course, it’s also important to remember that a team building artificial intelligence is comprised of a range of skills and areas of expertise. If you can see how your team could evolve in that way, you’re halfway to solving your problem. AI experts you need for building a project Big Data engineers: Before analyzing data, you need you collect, organize, and process it. AI is usually based on big data, so you need the engineers who have experience working with structured and unstructured data, and can build a secure data platform. They should have sound knowledge of Hadoop, Spark, R, Hive, Pig, and other Big Data technologies. Data scientists: Data scientists are a vital part of your AI team. They work their magic with data, building the models, investigating, analyzing, and interpreting it. They leverage data mining and other techniques to surface hidden insights and solve business problems. NLP specialists: A lot of AI projects involve Natural Language Processing, so you will probably need NLP specialists. NLP allows computers to understand and translate human language serving as a bridge between human communication and machine interpretation. Machine learning engineers: These specialists utilize machine learning libraries, deploying ML solutions into production. They take care of the maintainability and scalability of data science code. Computer vision engineers: They specialize in imagery recognition, correlating image to a particular metric instead of correlating metrics to metrics. For example, computer vision is used for modeling objects or environments (medical image analysis), identification tasks (a species identification system), and processes controlling (industrial robots). Speech recognition engineers: You will need these experts if you want to build your speech recognition system. Speech recognition can be very useful in telecommunication services, in-car systems, medical documentation, and education. For instance, it is used in language learning for practicing pronunciation. Partnering with an AI solution provider If you realize that recruiting and building your own in-house AI team is too difficult and expensive, you can engage with an external AI provider. Such an approach helps companies keep the focus on their core expertise and avoid the headache of recruiting the engineers and setting up the team. Also, it allows them to kick off the project much faster and thus gain a competitive advantage. Factors to consider when choosing an artificial intelligence solution provider AI engineering experience Due to the huge popularity of AI these days, many companies claim to be professional AI development providers without practical experience. Hence it’s extremely important to do extensive research. Firstly, you should study the portfolio and case studies of the company. Find out which AI, machine learning or data science projects your potential vendor worked on and what kind of artificial intelligence solutions the company has delivered. For instance, you may check out these European AI development companies and the products they developed. Also, make sure a provider has experience in the types of machine learning algorithms (supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement), data structures and algorithms, computer vision, NLP, etc that are relevant to your project needs. Expertise in AI technologies Artificial Intelligence covers a multitude of different technologies, frameworks, and tools. Make sure your external engineering team consists of professional data scientists and data engineers who can solve your business problems. Building the AI team and selecting the necessary skill set might be challenging for businesses that have no internal AI expertise. Therefore, ask a vendor to provide tech experts or delivery managers who will advise you on the team composition and help you hire the right people. Capacities to scale a team When choosing a team, you should consider not only your primary needs but also the potential growth of your business. If you expect your company to scale up, you’ll need more engineering capacities. Therefore, take into account your partner’s ability to ramp up the team in the future. Also, consider factors such as the vendor’s employer image and retention rate since your ability to attract top AI talent and keep them on your project will largely depend on it. Suitable cooperation model It is essential to choose the AI company with a cooperation model that fits your business requirements. The most popular cooperation models are Fixed Price, Time and Material, and Dedicated Development Team. Within the fixed price model all the requirements and the scope of work are set from the start, and you as a customer need to have them described to the smallest detail as it will be extremely difficult to make change requests during the project. However, it is not the best option for AI projects since they involve a lot of R&D and it is difficult to define everything at the initial stage. Time and material model is the best for small projects when you don’t need the specialists to be fully dedicated to your project. This is not the best choice for AI development as the hourly rates of AI engineers are extremely high and the whole project would cost you a fortune with this type of contract. In order to add more flexibility yet keep control over the project budget, it is better to choose a dedicated development team model or staff augmentation. It will allow you to change the requirements when needed and have control over your team. With this type of engagement, you will be able to keep the knowledge within your team and develop your AI expertise as developers will work exclusively for you. Conclusion If you have to deal with the challenge of building AI expertise in your company, there are two possible ways to go. First off, you can attract local AI talent and build the expertise in-house. Then you have to assemble the team of data scientists, data engineers, and other specialists depending on your needs. However, developing AI expertise in-house is always time- and cost-consuming taking into account the shortage of well-qualified machine learning specialists and superlative salary expectations. The other option is to partner with an AI development vendor and hire an extended team of engineers. In this case, you have to consider a number of factors such as the company’s experience in delivering AI solutions, the ability to allocate the necessary resources, the technological expertise, and its capabilities to satisfy your business requirements. Author Bio Romana Gnatyk is Content Marketing Manager at N-IX passionate about software development. Writing insightful content on various IT topics, including software product development, mobile app development, artificial intelligence, the blockchain, and different technologies. Read Next Researchers introduce a machine learning model where the learning cannot be proved “All of my engineering teams have a machine learning feature on their roadmap” – Will Ballard talks artificial intelligence in 2019 [Interview] Apple ups it’s AI game; promotes John Giannandrea as SVP of machine learninglast_img read more