By on December 22, 2019

first_imgJOB VACANCY: A Donegal Crane Hire company are on the hunt for a new Mobile Crane Operator to become part of their dynamic, innovative and hardworking team. Management at the highly reputable and renowned Quinn Crane Hire LTD are looking to recruit an experienced operator who has previous experience in the sector.Quinn Crane Hire, are based in Donegal Town – and they have a number of projects coming up in the Donegal and Sligo areas over the next number of months. JOB REQUIREMENTS:Successful candidate will need safe pass, CSCS or CPCS mobile crane tickets.Experience is essential.Remuneration package will depend on the successful candidates experience.If you’re interested then send your CV now to [email protected] – or contact them via telephone on – 074 9721337JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL COMPANY SEEKING TO RECRUIT MOBILE CRANE OPERATOR was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsnewslast_img read more

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The Wonder and Blunder in Your Skull

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgEven when it goes awry, the brain wins an award of cosmic proportions, according to a veteran psychiatrist.In an article for the BBC News about Sir Robin Murray’s lifelong research into the causes of schizophrenia, the interviewer put the most significant quote in the first paragraph:“We won’t be able to understand the brain. It is the most complex thing in the universe,” says Professor Sir Robin Murray, one of the UK’s leading psychiatrists.Earlier this month, though, Chris Stringer entitled an article in Nature (485, May 3, 2012, pp. 33-35, doi:10.1038/485033a ), “Evolution: What makes a modern human.”  He seemed more interested in the skull – the container – than the cosmic superlative inside it.PhysOrg, likewise, put the human brain on an evolutionary continuum with those of mice, even though the scientists admitted mouse brains have not evolved since mice first scurried about.  “The brains of larger mammals, such as humans, however, have a completely different structure to those of mice,” the article said, leaving some readers to wonder how evolution can produce opposites – stasis and radical restructuring – within a single theory.How does evolution get from brain to mind?  Current Biology (22:10, R392-R396, 22 May 2012, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.03.033) recognized the philosophical difficulty in trying to explain, in material terms, something as simple as our conscious experience of qualia (singular, quale), i.e., “the phenomenal aspect of consciousness or ‘what it is like’ character of subjective experience.”Perhaps the most difficult biological question of all might be how and why electrochemical neuronal activity in the brain generates subjective conscious experience such as the redness of red or the painfulness of pain. Neuroscientists track how light impinging on the retina is transformed into electrical pulses (neuronal spikes), relayed through the visual thalamus to reach the visual cortex, and finally culminates in activity within speech-related areas causing us to say ‘red’. But how such experience as the redness of red emerges from the processing of sensory information is utterly mysterious. It is also unclear why these experiences possess phenomenal characteristics, which can be directly accessed only from the subject having the experience. This is called the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness as coined by the philosopher David Chalmers.This was no problem at all for Dan Jones, though, who in New Scientist argued that evolution wired our brains to argue.  Indeed, contra Sir Robin Murray, he believed he could understand the brain.  Darwin showed him how.  In “The argumentative ape: Why we’re wired to persuade,” Jones tried to persuade readers that evolution wired us to engage in several logical fallacies, including confirmation bias.  “We’re all guilty of flawed thinking because our brains evolved to win others round to our point of view – whether or not our reasoning is logical,” he argued persuasively, using game theory and other methods to show how our brains “evolved to” do this or that deceptive thing.Jones was sure he was not guilty himself, even if he didn’t take time to explain how he himself got outside of evolution to look back at the rest of humanity from an unguided process that produced a “flawed instrument” geared to “dupe others” rather than to recognize logic, reason, and truth – let alone qualia.Didn’t Robin Murray discuss paranoia and schizophrenia as delusions?  “”The amazing thing about schizophrenia is these are people who have to live their life without being able to believe their senses,” he said.  “When you or I hear something we know that it is real.”  Yet Dan Jones can look at the most complex thing in the universe and argue, as if he believes what he is saying is true and real, that it is the result of pointless mutations that resulted in our brains evolving to manipulate others.Exercise: Prove that Dan Jones is not manipulating you but is logically speaking truth by using reason.  Use only Darwinian presuppositions.  (Warning: this is an exercise in futility.)Follow-up exercise:  Provide an evolutionary explanation for the quale of futility.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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3 More Companies Say They’ll Build Microsoft Surface RT Tablets

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgTags:#Microsoft#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Dell, Lenovo and Samsung have committed to building their own Surface RT tablets, Microsoft announced on Monday, building out an ecosystem for the company’s heavily hyped new Windows 8 platform.Microsoft also disclosed new details about the capabilities of the new tablets, including that they will be able to sit within a “connected standby” state for more 17 days, an extended period during which the tablet will silently collect new email and other updates, then display them when the user restores the Surface from standby.The message here – again – is while Acer complained about Microsoft entering the hardware business with the Surface tablet, Microsoft’s other hardware partners have joined in, apparently enthusiastically. Microsoft’s announcement Monday brings the total number of OEMs supporting the Surface RT ecosystem to four, after Asus announced its Tablet 600 at Computex.Surface RT to Come in Many FlavorsThe industry also now has an official label for the “RT” versions of the Surface devices. Microsoft labeled “Surface RT” with a trademark ™ designation within its post, indicating that that will be the official name of the product. In June, Microsoft announced the two members of the Surface family in June at an event in Los Angeles. The cheaper Surface RT uses a version of Windows 8 optimized for the ARM processors that the tablets will run on; in a Monday blog post, Mike Angiulo, the vice president of Microsoft’s Ecosystem and Planning team, noted that the company had developed a single version of Windows RT that encompasses and supportsthe numerous versions of CPUs developed by component partners Nvidia, Qualcommm, and Texas Instruments.That’s significant, as there will be likely more variations of Surface RT products, based upon processor and screen size, than there will be for the full-featured Surface (also known as the Surface Pro). The Surface Pro uses either an low-power processor from either AMD or Intel; the recently-announced Lenovo Tablet 2 uses an Intel Atom “Clover Trail” chip.Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly what type of Surface RT tablets Dell and the other OEMs will announce. However, Microsoft did say that their Surface RT tablets won’t necessarily be, well, tablets. “Some of our Windows RT PCs come with full keyboard and touchpad solutions, whether removable/dockable or a traditional clamshell,” Angiulo wrote.Microsoft’s overarching point, however, was that those tablets were coming.“Dell’s tablet for Windows RT is going to take advantage of the capabilities the new ecosystem offers to help customers do more at work and home,” Sam Burd, vice president of Dell’s PC product group, said in a statement. “We’re excited to be Microsoft’s strategic partner, and look forward to sharing more soon.”Lenovo and Samsung had not commented at press time.What Surface RT Can DoWhile the OEMs weren’t ready to divulge details of their product offerings, Microsoft itself provided more important information: exactly what the tablets could do.“…All of these Windows RT PCs will have consistent fast and fluid touch interactions, long battery life, connected standby, and are beautiful, thin, and light designs,” Angiulo wrote. “All of these are designed to make the most of the capabilities of Windows RT.”Specifically, Microsoft said that the Surface RT tablets it was aware of ranged in weight from 500 grams (1.1 pounds) to 1,200 grams (2.6 pounds). The tablets ranged from between 8.35 mm to 15.6 mm thick, with lengths that spanned 263 mm (10.3 inches) to 298 mm (11.73 in.) and widths ranging from 168.5 mm (6.63 in.) to 204 mm (8.03 in.)In terms of hardware capability, Microsoft said that the tablets would be able to generate the Windows 8 animations at a fluid 60 Hz, and sample finger input at a smooth 100 Hz per finger. Users wil be able to “bump” or tap two Windows RT devices together and share photos, URLs, map directions and other information. The Surface RT tablets will be able to play HD video continuously for about 8 to 13 hours at screen brightnesses of 200 nits.Microsoft also said that about 90% of the released-to-manufacturing apps for the Windows Store supported Windows RT, aided by the 1,500 or so Windows RT reference systems it seeded to software and hardware developers.Perhaps the most impressive capability, though, is the “connected standby time,” now measured in weeks rather than hours or days. Microsoft said that it had seen Windows RT tablets with batteries ranging between 25 Watt-hr to 42 Whr in capacity. Google’s Nexus 7 tablet claims to have a 300-hour standby time, versus the 320-hour to 409-hour times quoted by Microsoft.Microsoft also detailed some of the Windows RT gestures, which will seem familiar to tablet and phone users. The cursor is moved with a swipe, and double-clicks are enabled either with two quick taps, or a single tap with two fingers. Swiping in from the right edge toggles the charms, and swiping from the left edge enables the previously used app. Pinch to zoom is also enabled, a feature that’s not part of the update to Microsoft’s latest mouse.Surface product shot courtesty of Microsoft. Steve Ballmer Surface introduction shot by Fredric Paul for ReadWriteWeb. 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