Tom Skipper

Tom Skipper

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Despite President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the “fake news” media, a new poll from Quinnipiac University finds that more Americans trust the media than Donald Trump.A majority of Americans, 52%, said they trust the news media over Donald Trump to tell the truth about important issues."The media, so demonized by the Trump Administration, is actually a good deal more popular than President Trump," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.Democrats and Independents trust the media more than Trump.Eighty-six percent of Democrats trust the news media more than the president.However, 78% of Republicans said they trust Trump more than the media, suggesting that Trump’s efforts to discredit the mainstream news media has succeeded at least among his most ardent supporters.
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Of course, letting the phone just ring or go to voice mail isn’t a viable long-term solution, so what do you do?Hosted IVR, which is IVR delivered via the cloud, by subscription, now makes a lot more sense for SMBs from a cost perspective.Unfortunately, calling a business and being greeted with a recorded prompt can put some existing and prospective customers off.Popular because they save businesses time and money in routing calls to the right people, IVR systems allow customers to serve themselves by leveraging touch-tone or, increasingly, voice-recognition programs, the latter of which allows callers to speak their preferences.But with hosted, cloud-based IVR, the system is finally becoming cost-effective for small and mid-sized businesses.With hosted IVR, you eliminate the expense and hassle of having to buy and maintain on-premise equipment, manage multiple vendors, and overprovision to make sure you can manage seasonal shifts in call volume.
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Last summer I was in Italy and visited a 500-year-old famous glass-blowing factory in Murano, near Venice.Their work is known throughout the world and is exquisite in terms of shape, color, design, beauty and uniqueness.I purchased two glass paintings and a large glass replica of a sailboat.A month later, three large crates were delivered by Federal Express to my Condo in the U.S.According to U.S. Customs, I owed the United States almost $600 for import duty notwithstanding the representations by the highly-reputable dealer in Italy.They wanted another 6% use tax of the value of all purchases because they believe that everyone should buy everything from merchants within our state.
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The Trump administration has prioritized repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a set of rules by the U.S. EPA aimed at limiting pollution from power plants.New analysis shows that repealing the rule would cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars, add more than a billion tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and cause more than 100,000 premature deaths due to inhaled particulate pollution.Energy Innovation utilized the Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) to analyze the effects of repealing the CPP.The EPS is an open-source computer model developed to estimate the economic and emissions effects of various combinations of energy and environmental policies using non-partisan, published data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. EPA, Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, among others.The EPS has been peer reviewed by experts at MIT, Stanford University, Argonne National Laboratory, Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.Our analysis compared a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario (based on existing policies as of mid-to-late 2016, not including the Clean Power Plan) to a scenario that includes a set of policies that narrowly achieve the Clean Power Plan’s mass-based emissions targets.
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Chileans Cristian Donoso and Exequiel Lira, along with Spaniard Roger Rovira returned to continental Chile this week after kayaking for 11 days around the islands in extreme weather conditions.The group had to deal with winds of more than 20 knots and waves over 16.5 feet in one of the most inhospitable and desolate parts of the planet.The expedition had no outside help of any kind, a constraint that forced the sportsmen to be self-sufficient and handle any difficulties that cropped up on their own.Each man carried two flares, two satellite telephones, a life jacket with radio, a knife, a whistle and all the items they would need during their expedition, including a tent, a small cooker and bags."We had to have all the necessary resources within the limited room in the kayaks.Nevertheless, you can never be 100 percent sure, so it's important to be very flexible and have lots of imagination to improvise solutions with limited means," Donoso said.
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Gone are the days of the clunky Wii U and its haphazard, half-baked design.The Switch may not have much on it just yet---I've only used it to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild so far---but the hardware itself is beautiful to look at, to hold, to listen to.It's a work of techno-art, and I'm more excited by it than I was by any of the VR headsets that landed in 2016.I'd be much more concerned if there were plenty of software but the hardware was lackluster.Instead, we have fantastic, sleek hardware that works really well and a software deficit.It's hard to really describe how the Switch feels without actually playing with it.
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So it’s understandable you didn’t dig up the details when, last week, the Federal Transit Administration delayed a $637 million grant for Caltrain, the San Francisco Bay Area’s commuter rail system.Whoever you are, here’s why you should follow this money.Electric trains accelerate faster than diesel ones, cutting travel times between stops.In exchange for electricity, Caltrain promises more frequent service, shorter rides, and space for up to 25 percent more passengers.For one, the zappy stuff will make these trains quieter and less stinky, and reduce pollution in a region where transportation produces 40 percent of emissions.And while electrification certainly will not solve San Francisco’s horrifying traffic, it should mitigate the damage.
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There you are, you and your bestie, slinging those pictures and videos back and forth, getting that sacred pendulum of digital adorableness and hilarity moving between you, and you start to feel momentum, don’t you?A rhythmic bond—a fellowship, a closeness—taking hold.And, better still, that little flaming number keeps ticking up, higher and higher.And yet I can’t claim to understand the hurt of being dropped nearly as well as Maica Folch, who has been literally dropped and literally hurt from the dropping.And, somewhere beneath the acute pain of impact, did she also feel something akin to the abandonment and resentment you’re dealing with?Dress rehearsal, the day before a big aerial dance performance.
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After long debate, you ve decided to outsource some of your development work in order to free up staff members or ease some of their workflow.All you need to do now is bring in skilled folks, people who understand not only the task before them, but can match your company s enthusiasm and goals.Like any hire, freelancers have a wide range of skill and commitment levels.So how do you sort out which person, or group of people, have the best abilities and attitudes for your project?experts offer up their best questions to ask freelance developers, or for an outsourced development shop, to find out.I pose a hypothetical issue we d like to fix, or feature we d like to build, and see how the developer or firm approaches making a solution.
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I figured, if I was going to have to use Windows, I might as well have fun doing it.And the Stealth is about as fun as you can get in a Windows ultrabook, with its Chroma keyboard though not mechanical...they need to amend that and a graphics card that will let me crank out a round of Overwatch on the go.About the only thing that limits my Stealth usage is the battery life.The battery tech is good, considering the amount of extra power draw of the Stealth's high performance features, but I still only get 4-5 hours of battery life with real-world usage.Sure, I could turn off the Chroma keyboard and stay off the games to eke out a few more hours, but then I'm just using a boring a black laptop again.If you're rocking a current gen Razer Blade Stealth you have a bit more battery life, but if you've opted for the power-hungry 4K screen, you still will find yourself hunting down a place to plug in after five or six hours.
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Many online retail businesses use one of three popular strategies to set product prices: cost-based, competitor-based, and value-based.Knowing something about the three most popular retail ecommerce pricing models might help you mix and match them to set prices for the products you sell.To calculate cost-based pricing, simply find the cost of the product and add some markup to create a profit margin.You want to make a profit of $10.50 on each shirt you sell, so you set the price at $25.00.This, of course, works for percentages too.Second, it is just as likely that your price could be too high, and you sell many fewer units of the product, resulting in less profit.
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The research is the result of a more than two-year collaboration between researchers at the in the Netherlands and Google's research security, privacy, and anti-abuse group.The first phase of the attack was run on a heterogeneous CPU cluster that was hosted by Google and spread over eight physical locations.A second and more expensive phase was run on a heterogeneous cluster of K20, K40 and K80 GPUs that were also hosted by Google.Had the researchers performed their attack on , it would have cost $560,000 at normal pricing.Had the researchers been patient and waited to run their attack during off-peak hours, the same collision would have cost $110,000.That's within the $75,000 to $120,000 range CWI's Stevens .
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The highly anticipated modern remake of the Nokia 3310 will only be available to buy at the mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse in the UK, according to Mobile Today's industry sources.Finnish company HMD Global — which has exclusive rights to market phones under the Nokia brand — reportedly struck the exclusive deal with Carphone Warehouse, owned by the FTSE 100-listed Dixons
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The continued bleeding will likely put more pressure on parent The Wharf Holdings to speed up its divestment of i-Cable, after its Wharf T subsidiary was sold last year.There may still be interest in i-Cable because it has content on its books, just like TVB, Alfred Lau, an analyst at Bocom International, told the South China Morning Post.The pay-television business of i-Cable is run by subsidiary Hong Kong Cable Television, which produces more than 10,000 hours of programming each year.Net losses for i-Cable widened to HK$313 million last year, from HK$233 million in 2015, on the back of a weak advertising market and harsh competition in Hong Kong, according to its regulatory filing.Its shares fell 2.15 per cent to 91 Hong Kong cents on Thursday, their lowest close since reaching 90 cents on January 18.Recurrent losses have significantly weakened the liquidity position and increased the dependency on external financing, currently short term in tenor, i-Cable said in its filing.
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Today Xiaomi added new product to their list.This time we received third version of Xiaomi Selfie Stick.Comparing to previous models, this one costs twice more and has new features added.Xiaomi Selfie StickThe new selfie stick is made of aluminium alloy and it weights 155 g. The stick bases on the anti-skid lever design, have 360 degree, rotateable and stretchable 56 to 86 mm bracket on top.It features self-timer like all previous sticks, but new thing is a stand-alone Bluetooth 3.0 remote control, that helps you making better selfies.Interesting thing is that remote control can be easily detached from the stick to make remote shooting.However, the Bluetooth remote control is compatible with Android 4.3 and iOS 5.0 devices.The Xiaomi Selfie Stick is available in two colors – black and white.It can be bought from the official Xiaomi website and soon probably from other international resellers.As soon as they will prepare links, we will update the news.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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Meizu teaser points at MWC launch and possible new device.Meizu are no stranger to the MWC Rodeo, but in the past they haven t had much of their own unique presence instead preferring to show of their phones on partner stalls, but MWC 2017 might see a return to an official Maize booth.On social media the company has posted a teaser which points to not only the Zhuhai based phone maker taking part at the show but also the possibility of a new launch device in Barcelona.Faster Than Ever is the tag line to the Maize MWC teaser, which could point at a new faster flagship smartphone model or perhaps a new fast charging feature that we haven t seen on a device so far.Whatever Meizu are up to they are sure to have the new M5S at the show along with their latest bluetooth speakers.The Maize launch will take place at 10am on 28th Feb.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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From apps to hi-tech consumer products, technology is slowly making the shift from sci-fi to reality – and we are loving it.New technology is taking our beauty routines and habits to the next level with customisable options that help provide a bespoke service to suit our individual needs.HOW: Those who want clearer skin but are too lazy to bother making regular trips to their dermatologist might find a new BFF in the form of HiMirror Plus.The smart mirror, which can be easily installed in your bathroom, helps analyse your skin condition yes, including your wrinkles, dark circles and blemishes ; make product recommendations based on its analysis, and store your data for future reference.This is particularly helpful when you want to see how effective your latest skincare haul has been, as results only show after about six to eight weeks after initial use.Le Teint Particulier Custome Made Makeup by Lancôme
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A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise flawless flight from NASA s historic moon pad.SpaceX's supply ship, the Dragon, was less than a mile from the orbiting outpost when a problem cropped up in the GPS system.The approach was aborted, and the Dragon backed away.NASA said neither the station nor its six-person crew was in any danger."As a pilot it is sometimes better to accelerate and circle around than attempt a difficult landing," French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said in a tweet from the space station."Same in space - we'll be ready tomorrow!"
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Buying early on in US trade has run bitcoin up 1.4%, or almost $16, to $1,123 a coin. cryptocurrency higher for a ninth straight session and threatening its all-time high of about $1,140.The recent strength in bitcoin comes amid speculation the Securities and Exchange Commission will approve at least one of the three proposed bitcoin-focused exchange-traded
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Could Snapchat have saved money by building its own cloud infrastructure instead of paying Google?originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.I think it is potentially the sign of a fatal flaw in their business.Cloud services have extended the runway of how long it s a good idea to rely on them it s a very good idea during the early period when your growth and product-market fit are uncertain but once you have hit critical mass and know you will always need a certain amount of sustained computing resources, it is cheaper to establish and run your own servers.Scaling isn t just a matter of horizontally adding more servers, it s a matter of identifying bottlenecks that are specific to the behavior of your particular application and then debugging or growing your infrastructure in order to handle that bottleneck.More advanced issues could be specific patterns of cache accesses that happen to be adversarial to the default cache replacement algorithms of the OS or underlying hardware.
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