Submission + - Cash payments could become a thing of the past for plumbers (

renovate writes: Many professional plumbing and heating companies accept cash payments for work but, under government proposals announced in the Spring Statement, large cash payments could be made illegal in an attempt to reduce tax evasion.

John Thompson, CEO of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), said: “In principle, we welcome the announcement, as this measure would not only make trading harder for the small minority of rogue traders that we have in our industry, but it would also target the rogue consumer wishing to dodge VAT.

Submission + - tech consulting (

TuranArsenault61 writes: Morgan Hill Partners is an innovative strategic partner for technology businesses, from start-up to scale-up. Experienced executives, proven methodologies and expertise.

Submission + - How to Refresh All Drive in your Computer only one Click. (

An anonymous reader writes: How to Refresh All Drive in your Computer only one Click. I have 4 drivers C,D,F,E. I can refresh all the drive in one click. Let's see how to do it. First you have to open your "Notepad" from your desktop. Now you have to put some code into it exactly given below:

Submission + - Golf Fitness Tips - Exercises that You Just Be Doing (

LoweryThornton2 writes: Your exercise plan always needs goals, so set the most current goal as soon as you have achieved an old one. Reaching a goal feels great, and you deserve to feel likes to show off your accomplishment. Just remember that building muscle can be a process that you simply could keep working at indefinitely, as long as there are a fresh goal to shoot at.Jump for your treadmill and warm up for 5 min guaranteeing that you obtain the blood flowing and the muscles limbered up. An individual are warmed up you would run or cycle for 1 minute of 80-90% of max heart rate and then 1 to 2 minutes of 40-50% of max heart rate to an individual to recover before your next set. Excersice back and forth amongst the bursts and your recovery moments. Since you are giving the center a good workout, you do not nee

Submission + - Sydney or Buses Options (

Dogan06Garza writes: It provides convenience to motorists — Instead of parking you vehicle at a parking lot that is kilometers far from your destination, you can select to park your car at a parking lot that is convenient and is close to where you headed.Work life balance sends fatigue place. Yesterday I went into Sydney CBD for a meeting and watched people leave their offices. Sure, it's last week into fresh working year and so many people are suffering post holiday blues, but the looks on people's faces told an extensive story. These exhausted and were enroute to "balance" that exhaustion at home.Do the Harbour Bridge Climb — possibly essentially the most picturesque bridge climb in the realm. Daily guided climbs and admire the spectacular views from 134 metres above the harbour.One client said "my partner i

Submission + - Meet objectives Following These Fitness Tips (

KirklandHanna6 writes: They the particular ones doing dumbbell curls after dumbbell curls when others are doing bench presses, dead lifts and squats. They are as well as people who ask the champions why the champs are growing bigger muscles and receiving fitter all the time whereas they have the gym longer, more regular however not achieving any final. They will pay attention of the advices as well as the next time you see them, are generally back to what they did. Reading that confounded book on the treadmill. They will really expect changes to occur by doing the same things. How's that you can? Then they will say, "Ah. but the just lucky to have good gene history!" What nonse

Submission + - Aerospace Welding Controls (

agerald96 writes: WeldComputer adaptive controls are used by the military, commercial jet engine manufacturers & other aerospace companies to improve their welding processes!

Submission + - Easy And Natural Fitness Tips for Getting A Healthier, More Physically Active Yo (

Bramsen09Alstrup writes: Consume a post-workout nutrition shake. Combine a scoop of complex whey protein with 8-10 ounces water immediately a person train as a way to refuel the body, maintain hydration, and help with recovery. All you have to also prevent overeating content articles wait too much after your training night. This small amount of protein will refuel and recharge without adding lots of calories.There is truly a number of reasons in this. Maybe it's lack of motivation or purchase haven't been feeling good the yesterday evening. Or maybe it's the boredom of doing the same routine week after week!Keep fitness tips under consideration that type destroys the musc

Submission + - Trump Bans Venezuela's New National Cryptocurrency (

An anonymous reader writes: President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday banning any transactions within the United States involving any digital currency issued by, for, or on behalf of the Government of Venezuela. The order applies to U.S. citizens as well as anyone within the United States, and includes cryptocurrency issued on or after January 9. President Trump's order is in response to recent attempts by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime to "circumvent U.S. sanctions by issuing a digital currency," the White House said in a statement. Venezuela launched its oil-backed cryptocurrency in February to help pull the country out of a continuing economic crisis. President Maduro said each petro token will be backed by one barrel of the state's national petroleum. Maduro also said roughly 100 million tokens would be issued — estimated to be worth around $6 billion. Bitcoin prices dropped about $200 to around $8,388, according to Coinbase, following the order.

Submission + - Self-driving Uber Kills pedestrian in AZ (

sdinfoserv writes: Uber suspends N. American testing of it's autonomous driver program after a pedestrian was struck and later died of injuries. The incident occurred overnight Sunday to Monday, the car was in autonomous mode with a vehicle operator behind the wheel.

Submission + - Google Play Instant Lets You Try Android Games, No Installation Required

An anonymous reader writes: At the Game Developers Conference 2018 in San Francisco today, Google introduced Google Play Instant, the new name for Android apps and games that can be launched immediately without having to install them first. Major game titles that are participating in the launch include Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, and Panda Pop, plus other titles from Playtika, Jam City, MZ, and Hothead. Google says games on Google Play Instant are now available on more than 1 billion Android devices worldwide (requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher). To find an Android game to play instantly, check out the Instant Gameplay collection on Google Play. You can also visit the Arcade tab in the redesigned Google Play Games app and launch any of the games in the same collection as the store.

Submission + - The SP Theory of Intelligence (

GerryWolff writes: Dear Editor,
The “SP Theory of Intelligence”
In connection with current interests in AI, I’m writing to you with information about the “SP theory of intelligence” and its realisation in the “SP computer model”:
* The SP system is radically different from other approaches to AI, including “deep learning”, and it has substantial advantages over other approaches.
* There is an introduction to the SP system in “Introduction to the SP Theory of Intelligence” (PDF, and there is more information on http://www.cognitionresearch.o... .
* The SP system is the product of a unique extended programme of research, aiming to simplify and integrate observations and concepts across AI, mainstream computing, mathematics, and human learning, perception and cognition.
* A key idea in the SP system is the powerful concept of SP-multiple-alignment, borrowed and adapted from bioinformatics. This promises to be as significant for an understanding of intelligence as is DNA for biological sciences. It may prove to be the “double helix” of intelligence.
* “SP-neural” is a version of the SP theory expressed in terms of neurons and their interconnections. It is quite different from “artificial neural networks” and does not suffer from the problems of “deep learning” (“Solutions to problems with deep learning”, PDF,
* SP-neural is described in some detail in “Information compression, multiple alignment, and the representation and processing of knowledge in the brain” (PDF, Frontiers in Psychology”, 7, 1584, 2016,
* In keeping with much evidence about the significance of information compression in cognitive systems (“Evidence for information compression via the matching and unification of patterns in human learning, perception, and cognition”, PDF,, information compression is bedrock in the system, and the source of its versatility in aspects of intelligence and in the representation of knowledge.
* The SP system demonstrates versatility in aspects of intelligence, versatility in the representation of diverse forms of knowledge, and it has clear potential for the seamless integration of diverse aspects of intelligence and diverse forms of knowledge, in any combination (see Sections 4, 5, and 6 in “Introduction to the SP Theory of Intelligence” (PDF,
* There are many potential benefits and applications of the SP system, described in Section 7 of “Introduction to the SP Theory of Intelligence” (PDF,
* The SP system has several additional strengths, described in Section 8 of “Introduction to the SP Theory of Intelligence” (PDF,
I would be happy to try to answer any questions you may have.
With best wishes,
Gerry Wolff
Dr Gerry Wolff PhD CEng MIEEE
Cognition Research, Menai Bridge, UK, +44 (0) 1248 712962, +44 (0) 7746 290775, Skype: gerry.wolff, Web:

Submission + - Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

SlaveToTheGrind writes: From the New York Times:

A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.

The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the wheel when it struck the woman, who was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, the Tempe police said in a statement. The episode occurred overnight, although the authorities did not specify whether it was late Sunday or early Monday. The woman was not publicly identified.

An Uber spokeswoman said the company was “fully cooperating” with the local authorities. The company said it had suspended testing of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

Submission + - Fixing Facebook May Be Impossible (

Lauren Weinstein writes: In the realm of really long odds, let’s imagine that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg contacted me with this request: “Lauren, we’re in big trouble over here. I’ll do anything that you suggest to get Facebook back on the road of righteousness! Just name it and it’ll be done!”

Beyond the fact that this scenario is even less likely than Donald Trump voluntarily releasing his tax returns (though perhaps not by much!), I’m unsure that I’d have any practical ideas to help out Zuck.

The foundational problem is that any solutions with any significant chance of success would mean fundamentally changing the Facebook ecosystem in ways that would probably make it almost unrecognizable compared with their existing status quo.

Submission + - The Hilarious (and Terrifying?) Ways Algorithms Have Outsmarted Their Creators ( 1

schwit1 writes: Flying saucers have yet to land—at least, not that we've confirmed—but alien intelligence is already here. As research into AI grows ever more ambitious and complex, these robot brains will challenge the fundamental assumptions of how we humans do things. And, as ever, the only true law of robotics is that computers will always do literally, exactly what you tell them to.

A paper recently published to ArXiv highlights just a handful of incredible and slightly terrifying ways that algorithms think. These AI were designed to reflect evolution by simulating generations while other competing algorithms conquered problems posed by their human masters with strange, uncanny, and brilliant solutions.

Submission + - Lead even more dangerous than previously thought ( 1

Bruce66423 writes: "Last week, a massive new study concluded that lead is 10 times more dangerous than thought, and that past exposure now hastens one in every five US deaths.... The study found that deaths, especially from cardiovascular disease, increased markedly with exposure, even at the lowest levels. It concluded that lead kills 412,000 people a year – accounting for 18% of all US mortality, not much less than the 483,000 who perish as a result of smoking."

NB — another instance where scientific experts were proved disastrously wrong...

Submission + - Democrat consultant's pro-Clinton Twitter sockpuppet army revealed ( 2

Rujiel writes: Despite much ado about Russian trolling during the last election cycle, it certainly wasn't the only common variety of it. Paul Blumenthal writes of one "Sally Albright, a pro-Clinton Democratic Party communications consultant" and her army of fake accounts that would share her anti-Sanders material during the election:

"Within this pro-Albright Twitter force, many of the accounts have taken on false personas with stolen photographs just like the Russian trolls that tried to interfere in the 2016 election.The account named for Iris Winter, which is temporarily suspended, uses a picture of Spanish ice dancer Sara Hurtado. Minnie Casera’s supposed picture comes from the Facebook account of Martina Painter, an Alaskan who died on Jan. 11, 2017. The picture used by Georgia Miles is actually Deja Farrior-Quinones, a New Jersey woman who was killed in September 2016 by a car involved in a high-speed police chase.."

It's also noted: "Journalists in the U.S. experienced a similar flood during the 2016 election from pro-Trump, neo-Nazi sock-puppet accounts posting anti-Semitic death threats". So now how do we tell exactly who the Russian trolls are?

Submission + - How can I prove my ISP is slowing certain traffic? 1

GerryGilmore writes: I live in North Georgia where we have a monopoly ISP provider — Windstream — whose service overall could charitably be described as iffy.
Sometimes, I have noticed that certain services like Netflix and/or HBONow will be ridiculously slow but — when I run an internet speed test from my Linux laptop — the basic throughput is what it's supposed to be for my DSL service. That is, about 3Mbps due to my distance from the nearest CO. Other basic web browsing seems to be fine.
I know that this is laughably slow to most /. readers, but it should still be consistent at least.
So, to my question: as a basically pretty knowledgeable Linux guy totally comfortable with the command line (I've written some pretty nice shell scripts and C fragments, plus a SCO UNIX device driver), but I don't know enough about network tracing to be able to identify where/why such severe slowdowns in certain circumstances are occurring.
PS — my goal in gathering this info is to try to pressure my local reps to put pressure (Hah!) on Windstream.
Any other suggestions, etc. are greatly appreciated. (Aside from moving! I live on a riverside lot that is to die for and I'd sacrifice the internet before I'd ever leave.)

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