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    Home of the ICE CUBE Cylinder

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    Max Power

    Max Power opened the doors in Madison Wisconsin in 1997. Originally intending to plate cylinders for the many small engine manufacturers located in Wisconsin, Max Power specialized in plating cylinders. The ability plate and re-plate cylinders naturally developed into building Big Bore kits for Motocross bikes and eventually ATV s.

    Rick Peterson Motorsports (RPM’s)

    Rick Peterson began building Big Bore and Stroker Jet Skis in the mid 80 s. In 1994, he built the first YZ167. Cycle News tested it and liked it so much they put it on the cover. The kits began out-selling the Big Bore Jet Skis, so Rick began building them full time.

    RPM’s bought Nikasil-USA in 1997 and Rick s staff of 12 began plating cylinders in-house, as well as stroking and balancing cranks, porting cylinders and testing all promising performance parts on the dyno and the track.

    In 2002, Rick built the first YZ302F. Dirt Bike called it a great Vet Machine. Truly impressive. TWMX rated the YZ302F a 10 and called it, The funnest Bike of all time. Rick agreed, and was hooked on the Big Bore 250F s. Soon 4-stroke sales eclipsed 2-stroke kit sales.

    In 2004, Rick built the first ICE CUBE cylinders. This was no small feat. It required the purchase of over $100,000.00 of CNC equipment and many late nights! The ICE CUBE was a work of art. (Ok, maybe not the first one!) It is billet aluminum with a nikasil plated liner that allowed Rick to build Big Bore Kits that were cool looking and durable too.

    At this time Rick was talking to Max Power about moving the 2-stroke line to Wisconsin so he could focus on his new passion, the ICE CUBE Cylinder.

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    In November 2004 Max Power moved the RPM’s line of 2-stroke kits to Wisconsin. Over the next 7 months Rick Peterson trained the Max Power staff on his kit specifications and on his trade secrets for developing future kits to the highest standards in the industry.

    In June 2005, Max Power completed the purchase of RPM’s 4-stroke line and moved all of the 4-stroke parts and services to Wisconsin as well. Rick stayed on with Max Power until June 2006 to complete the transition and as a consultant until 2008.

    In February of 2009 Max Power-RPM’s was purchased in a management buy-out by two employees. It was operated out of the same shop in Madison until July 2011 when it moved to the current location in Morrisonville Wisconsin.

    Max Power-RPM’s is more focused on performance engine modifications than ever before. We still sell and service every kit that has ever been sold by both Max Power and RPM’s. We also have improved and expanded our line of “Stealth” cylinders that combines the internals of the ICE CUBE and the exterior of the OEM cylinder.

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    26/09/2017

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    7 Definitions of Big Data You Should Know About

    Faced with the ongoing confusion over the term ‘Big Data,’ here’s a handy – and somewhat cynical – guide to some of the key definitions that you might see out there.

    The first thing to note is that – despite what Wikipedia says – everybody in the industry generally agrees that Big Data isn’t just about having more data (since that’s just inevitable, and boring).

    (1) The Original Big Data

    Big Data as the three Vs: Volume, Velocity, and Variety. This is the most venerable and well-known definition, first coined by Doug Laney of Gartner over twelve years ago. Since then, many others have tried to take it to 11 with additional Vs including Validity, Veracity, Value, and Visibility.

    (2) Big Data as Technology

    Why did a 12-year old term suddenly zoom into the spotlight? It wasn t simply because we do indeed now have a lot more volume, velocity, and variety than a decade ago. Instead, it was fueled by new technology, and in particular the fast rise of open source technologies such as Hadoop and other NoSQL ways of storing and manipulating data.

    The users of these new tools needed a term that differentiated them from previous technologies, and–somehow–ended up settling on the woefully inadequate term Big Data. If you go to a big data conference, you can be assured that sessions featuring relational databases–no matter how many Vs they boast–will be in the minority.

    (3) Big Data as Data Distinctions

    The problem with big-data-as-technology is that (a) it s vague enough that every vendor in the industry jumped in to claim it for themselves and (b) everybody knew that they were supposed to elevate the debate and talk about something more business-y and useful.

    Here are two good attempts to help organizations understand why Big Data now is different from mere big data in the past:

    • Transactions, Interactions, and Observations. This one is from Shaun Connolly of Hortonworks. Transactions make up the majority of what we have collected, stored and analyzed in the past. Interactions are data that comes from things like people clicking on web pages. Observations are data collected automatically.
    • Process-Mediated Data, Human-Sourced Information, and Machine-Generated Data. This is brought to us by Barry Devlin. who co-wrote the first paper on data warehousing. It is basically the same as the above, but with clearer names.

    (4) Big Data as Signals

    This is another business-y approach that divides the world by intent and timing rather than the type of data, courtesy of SAP’s Steve Lucas. The old world is about transactions, and by the time these transactions are recorded, it s too late to do anything about them: companies are constantly managing out of the rear-view mirror . In the new world, companies can instead use new signal data to anticipate what s going to happen, and intervene to improve the situation.

    Examples include tracking brand sentiment on social media (if your likes fall off a cliff, your sales will surely follow) and predictive maintenance (complex algorithms determine when you need to replace an aircraft part, before the plane gets expensively stuck on the runway).

    (5) Big Data as Opportunity

    This one is from 451 Research s Matt Aslett and broadly defines big data as analyzing data that was previously ignored because of technology limitations. (OK, so technically, Matt used the term ‘Dark Data’ rather than Big Data, but it’s close enough). This is my personal favorite, since I believe it lines up best with how the term is actually used in most articles and discussions.

    (6) Big Data as Metaphor

    In his wonderful book The Human Face of Big Data. journalist Rick Smolan says big data is “the process of helping the planet grow a nervous system, one in which we are just another, human, type of sensor.” Deep, huh? But by the time you’ve read some of stories in the book or the mobile app, you’ll be nodding your head in agreement.

    (7) Big Data as New Term for Old Stuff

    This is the laziest and most cynical use of the term, where projects that were possible using previous technology, and would have been called BI or analytics in the past have suddenly been rebaptized in a fairly blatant attempt to jump on the big data bandwagon.

    And finally, one bonus, fairly useless definition of big data. Still not enough for you? Here s 30+ more and counting.

    The bottom line: whatever the disagreements over the definition, everybody agrees on one thing: big data is a big deal, and will lead to huge new opportunities in the coming years.

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    23/09/2017

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    What is Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (SQL Server PDW)?


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    13/09/2017

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    5 Big Data Use Cases To Watch

    Here’s how companies are turning big data into decision-making power on customers, security, and more.

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    We hear a lot about big data’s ability to deliver usable insights — but what does this mean exactly?

    It’s often unclear how enterprises are using big-data technologies beyond proof-of-concept projects. Some of this might be a byproduct of corporate secrecy. Many big-data pioneers don’t want to reveal how they’re implementing Hadoop and related technologies for fear that doing so might eliminate a competitive advantage, The Wall Street Journal reports .

    Certainly the market for Hadoop and NoSQL software and services is growing rapidly. A September 2013 study by open-source research firm Wikibon, for instance, forecasts an annual big-data software growth rate of 45% through 2017.

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    According to Quentin Gallivan, CEO of big-data analytics provider Pentaho. the market is at a “tipping point” as big-data platforms move beyond the experimentation phase and begin doing real work. “It’s why you’re starting to see investments coming into the big-data space — because it’s becoming more impactful and real,” Gallivan told InformationWeek in a phone interview. “There are five use cases we see that are most popular.”

    1. A 360 degree view of the customer
    This use is most popular, according to Gallivan. Online retailers want to find out what shoppers are doing on their sites — what pages they visit, where they linger, how long they stay, and when they leave.

    “That’s all unstructured clickstream data,” said Gallivan. “Pentaho takes that and blends it with transaction data, which is very structured data that sits in our customers’ ERP [business management] system that says what the customers actually bought.”

    A third big-source, social media sentiment, also is tossed into the mix, providing the desired 360 degree view of the customer. “So when [retailers] make target offers directly to their customers, they not only know what the customer bought in the past, but also what the customer’s behavior pattern is as well as sentiment analysis from social media.”

    2. Internet of Things
    The second most popular use case involves IoT-connected devices managed by hardware, sensor, and information security companies. “These devices are

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    01/09/2017

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    Big Data Frameworks

    This course examines current and emerging Big Data frameworks with focus on Data Science applications. The course starts with an introduction to MapReduce-based systems and then focuses on Spark and the Berkeley Data Analytics (BDAS) architecture. The course covers traditional MapReduce processes, streaming operation, machine learning and SQL integration. The course consists of the lectures and the assignments.

    The course has an IRCnet channel #tkt-bdf.

    Assignments are given by Ella Peltonen, Eemil Lagerspetz, and Mohammad Hoque.

    Completing the course

    The course consists of the lectures and the course assignments. The assignments are based on the Spark Big Data framework and the Scala programming language.

    Instead of the first week exercise session, we have a Spark coding tutorial on Friday 13.3. at 10-12. Please bring your laptop with you, if you have one. You can install the latest Spark version beforehand.

    The Scala Spark Tutorial 13.03.2015 slides are available here: http://is.gd/bigdatascala

    The first exercise set is now out: link. Deadline is strictly 19.3. 2pm. returnings via Moodle. The first exercises will be discussed on Friday 20.3.

    The second exercise set is available there. Deadline is 26.3. 2pm. please return your answers via Moodle. These exercises have been discussed on Friday 27.3. when there will also be a Q A for the exercise set three. Some hints included to the exercise set. Extended deadline 2.4. 2pm. Maximum number of points will be 5 if you use this opportunity. You can pick and do 5 that you are sure of, or do all 6 if you re not sure about one of them.

    The third exercise set is now published. Deadline is 9.4. 2pm. please return via Moodle. These exercises will be discussed on Friday 10.4. after Easter. Because of the Easter break, we will not have an exercise on 3.4. Extended deadline 16.4. 2pm. Maximum number of points will be 5 if you use this opportunity. Please, return the entire solution set, also the exercises you are happy with from the first round.

    On Friday 17.4. there is a Q A session instead of the exercise session. Prepare your questions beforehand.

    The fourth (and last) exercise set is published. Deadline is 23.4. 2pm and returnings via Moodle as always. These exercises will be discussed on Friday 24.4. Nota that there will be no extension for this last exercise set.

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    31/08/2017

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    IBM big data platform – Bringing big data to the Enterprise


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    Big data at the speed of business

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    25/08/2017

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    Bank With No Fees Checking and Savings #big, #bank, #no, #fee,


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    Bank With No Fees [Checking and Savings]

    A message and a $50 bonus

    I sent this info as an email to all my subscribers yesterday but since debit card banking fees are such a hot topic right now figured I needed to share it publicly. More on the $50 bonus in a minute.

    I saw a World News special last night about how so many American s are fed up with big banks and their new fees, specifically the $5/month fee Bank of America is charging customers for using a debit card. That is just horrible charging us to use our own money where will it end?

    I saw the light years ago and did A LOT of research into what banks give great service with no fees. I found three solid options.

    Rewards debit w/your existing account

    This is a perfect option for Bank of America customers.

    How can you get 2% rewards cash back on all debit purchases, and 5% on select debit purchases without having to switch banks? Simple, use PerkStreet.

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    Read more about PerkStreet Financial Rewards Debit and sign up if it suits you and you re ready for a simple debit card change.

    No fee checking accounts

    The banks I recommend lock, stock, and barrel are Capital One 360 and Ally Bank. They are both online banks, that also allow for paper checks if you so desire. The reason they can survive and even thrive in this economy is because they have no brick and mortar branch offices to maintain and that savings gets passed straight down to us.

    The other recommendation I have is to open an account with your local credit union as a supplemental account (or clearinghouse if you will) for your online accounts with either Capital One 360 or Ally.

    Personally, Betsy and I have accounts with Capital One 360, Ally, and our local credit union, but we mostly use Capital One 360 they are simply fantastic and I recommend them in full confidence.

    Read more about their checking accounts by following the links below and make the switch if you like what you see.

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    3 great choices Ally, Perkstreet and ING. I have accounts at all three and love them!

    2% back on PerkStreet requires a $5k monthly minimum. Otherwise, it is 1% cash back. I am confused why you would recommend keeping your existing account if there are monthly fees attached to it. That would defeat the purpose of the savings of PerkStreet card. It would be like using a rewards credit card but carrying a balance on it.

    The BOA fees are only for debit card use, so people who don t want to switch could keep their checking account but use the PerkStreet debit card to avoid the fees and earn rewards.

    USAA is open to everyone for banking not just military members. No hidden fees just free bank accounts with ATM fee reimbursement.

    Agree that Ally is a great online bank for savings and 2-month penalty 5 year CD.

    My friend Rodney is a veteran; he uses USAA for everything. There offerings to non-military is a newer thing so thank you for bringing this up I have heard they are a very solid online bank, though I cannot verify that from personal experience.

    Maybe it s time we open up accounts with credit unions

    Yeah, that s one of the suggestions.

    I m actually currently banking with a credit union and they charge me $5 a month just to have a checking account. I think I might consider doing away with it and going online.

    I say go for it if it saves you $5 every month.


    24/08/2017

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    Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI #sql #server, #powerbi, #hybrid #business


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    Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI

    This week in the social media chatter, I noticed tweets regarding a new Microsoft white paper by Joseph D Antoni and Stacia Misner published to TechNet on Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI. This white paper is a fantastic technical overview and a must-read for groups looking at Power BI, wondering how to best implement it with existing on-premises business intelligence BI, or Azure Infrastracture as a Service (IaaS) hosted BI. Covered topics include:

    • hybrid BI technical architecture options
    • data management gateway
    • best practices for:
      • integrating security
      • identity management
      • networking
      • Office 365

    Aside from small businesses that may only have cloud hosted solutions, many businesses currently have a combination of cloud and on-premises data sources. Just think about how many groups use Salesforce.com, Google Analytics, Constant Contact, and other departmental cloud applications. Typically, I see those groups leveraging APIs or connectors to bring cloud data back on site into a local data warehouse for creating reports. We are taking those same concepts quite a bit further with Microsoft Azure and Power BI.

    Ideally, we are no longer moving all of the data in our big data world. Concepts like data virtualization, for example, are becoming more popular. Most likely, we are now tasked to deliver a transparent Microsoft BI experience across Office 365 and existing on-premises SharePoint portals or data sources.

    Understanding how to architect hybrid-BI scenarios is becoming a more important skill to master in our profession. However, prior to this new white paper, finding the answers and best practices for it was fairly challenging.

    Security in a Hybrid World

    Upon a brief skim through this new technical whitepaper, I noticed a lot of content around networking and identity management. Historically, identity management and security in Microsoft BI has not been easy to master. In a hybrid BI world, these topics appear to be comparable or even a bit more complex.

    Let s face it, getting through a SharePoint 2013 BI farm installation and configuration can be a daunting process for even the top talent in the world. I usually advise to folks considering a new SharePoint 2013 BI farm installation to first read Kay Unkroth s incredible white paper to understand SharePoint security, Microsoft BI security, and Kerberos delegation concepts.

    Managing user security in Office 365 looks comparable to on-premises SharePoint security. There are options to federate Active Directory (AD) to Office 365 and use Single Sign On (SSO). There are additional alternatives for multi-factor authentication in scenarios where you require additional layers of security.

    In hybrid BI scenarios where you have Analysis Services or Reporting Services hosted on Microsoft Azure VMs, you might also need to configure Azure AD, AD Federation Services (ADFS), and the Azure Active Directory Sync tool to synchronize passwords, users, and groups between on-premises AD and Azure AD supporting the Office 365 installation. The new Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI white paper goes into detail on those concepts and includes links to a plethora of excellent resources.

    Data Management Gateway for Power BI

    At the moment, Data Management Gateway appears to be the key to hybrid BI with Office 365 Power BI. The Data Management Gateway is a client agent application that is installed on an on-premises server and copies data from internal data sources to the Power BI cloud data source format.

    Office 365 Power BI data sources are a bit of a cloud data island per se, but over time it should continue to evolve. Present Power BI Data Refresh capabilities, basically Excel workbooks deployed to a Power BI site, can have a single data refresh schedule from the following supported data sources:

    • On-premises SQL Server (2005 and later)
    • On-premises Oracle (10g and later)
    • Azure SQL Database
    • OData feed
    • Azure VM running SQL Server

    Now, if you have a VPN connection and Azure virtual network, it opens up many more potential data sources for Power BI. In that case, accessing data sources with Power BI data connections and scheduled refresh is similar to on-premises Power Pivot except it sure looks like you still need Data Management Gateway to get that data into Power BI-land. The white paper section labeled Power BI Data Refresh goes into deep detail on supported data sources, data refresh schedules, and various data location scenarios.

    Sending Feedback to Microsoft

    We are just beginning to see Microsoft BI and Power BI in a cloud and hybrid world. Groups that are using Power BI and hybrid BI today are early adopters. We would all benefit from hearing about their tips, tricks, and lessons learned. I see a lot of continual changes in Azure and total confusion out here especially around Azure cloud BI and Power BI with on-premises data sources.

    If you have Microsoft technical content requests, you can send feedback to the teams that develop these resources to get new topics on their radar. Don t assume someone else has already expressed a need. If no one asks or complains, the folks in Redmond may be completely unaware of that need. It really is that simple.


    24/08/2017

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    FICO® Xpress Optimization Suite #fico #xpress #optimization, #xpress #optimization, #xpress, #optimization,


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    20/08/2017

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    Big Data: Web Of Technocracy Is Rapidly Subverting Governments #big #data


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    Big Data: Web Of Technocracy Is Rapidly Subverting Governments

    Excellent investigative journalism produces some very disturbing links between big data, Eric Schmidt, Robert Mercer and Steve Bannon. There is a thread of Technocracy running through the entire affair, even if it is not fully understood yet. While governments agencies are limited by federal law, privately-owned, offshore corporations are not.

    Note: Technocracy.News is not partisan in its pursuit of Technocracy or Technocrats, wherever it may lead. In this case, everything associated with Big Data smacks of Technocracy! ⁃ TN Editor

    “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.”
    Alex Younger, head of MI6, December, 2016

    “It’s not MI6’s job to warn of internal threats. It was a very strange speech. Was it one branch of the intelligence services sending a shot across the bows of another? Or was it pointed at Theresa May’s government? Does she know something she’s not telling us?”
    Senior intelligence analyst, April 2017

    In June 2013, a young American postgraduate called Sophie was passing through London when she called up the boss of a firm where she’d previously interned. The company, SCL Elections, went on to be bought by Robert Mercer, a secretive hedge fund billionaire, renamed Cambridge Analytica, and achieved a certain notoriety as the data analytics firm that played a role in both Trump and Brexit campaigns. But all of this was still to come. London in 2013 was still basking in the afterglow of the Olympics. Britain had not yet Brexited. The world had not yet turned.

    “That was before we became this dark, dystopian data company that gave the world Trump,” a former Cambridge Analytica employee who I’ll call Paul tells me. “It was back when we were still just a psychological warfare firm.”

    Was that really what you called it, I ask him. Psychological warfare? “Totally. That’s what it is. Psyops. Psychological operations – the same methods the military use to effect mass sentiment change. It’s what they mean by winning ‘hearts and minds’. We were just doing it to win elections in the kind of developing countries that don’t have many rules.”

    Why would anyone want to intern with a psychological warfare firm, I ask him. And he looks at me like I am mad. “It was like working for MI6. Only it’s MI6 for hire. It was very posh, very English, run by an old Etonian and you got to do some really cool things. Fly all over the world. You were working with the president of Kenya or Ghana or wherever. It’s not like election campaigns in the west. You got to do all sorts of crazy shit.”

    On that day in June 2013, Sophie met up with SCL’s chief executive, Alexander Nix, and gave him the germ of an idea. “She said, ‘You really need to get into data.’ She really drummed it home to Alexander. And she suggested he meet this firm that belonged to someone she knew about through her father.”

    Who’s her father?

    Eric Schmidt – the chairman of Google?

    “Yes. And she suggested Alexander should meet this company called Palantir.”

    I had been speaking to former employees of Cambridge Analytica for months and heard dozens of hair-raising stories, but it was still a gobsmacking moment. To anyone concerned about surveillance, Palantir is practically now a trigger word. The data-mining firm has contracts with governments all over the world – including GCHQ and the NSA. It’s owned by Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of eBay and PayPal, who became Silicon Valley’s first vocal supporter of Trump.

    In some ways, Eric Schmidt’s daughter showing up to make an introduction to Palantir is just another weird detail in the weirdest story I have ever researched.

    A weird but telling detail. Because it goes to the heart of why the story of Cambridge Analytica is one of the most profoundly unsettling of our time. Sophie Schmidt now works for another Silicon Valley megafirm: Uber. And what’s clear is that the power and dominance of the Silicon Valley – Google and Facebook and a small handful of others – are at the centre of the global tectonic shift we are currently witnessing.

    It also reveals a critical and gaping hole in the political debate in Britain. Because what is happening in America and what is happening in Britain are entwined. Brexit and Trump are entwined. The Trump administration’s links to Russia and Britain are entwined. And Cambridge Analytica is one point of focus through which we can see all these relationships in play; it also reveals the elephant in the room as we hurtle into a general election: Britain tying its future to an America that is being remade in a radical and alarming way by Trump.

    There are three strands to this story. How the foundations of an authoritarian surveillance state are being laid in the US. How British democracy was subverted through a covert, far-reaching plan of coordination enabled by a US billionaire. And how we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.

    My entry point into this story began, as so many things do, with a late-night Google. Last December, I took an unsettling tumble into a wormhole of Google autocomplete suggestions that ended with “did the holocaust happen”. And an entire page of results that claimed it didn’t.

    Google’s algorithm had been gamed by extremist sites and it was Jonathan Albright. a professor of communications at Elon University, North Carolina, who helped me get to grips with what I was seeing. He was the first person to map and uncover an entire “alt-right” news and information ecosystem and he was the one who first introduced me to Cambridge Analytica.

    He called the company a central point in the right’s “propaganda machine”, a line I quoted in reference to its work for the Trump election campaign and the referendum Leave campaign. That led to the second article featuring Cambridge Analytica – as a central node in the alternative news and information network that I believed Robert Mercer and Steve Bannon, the key Trump aide who is now his chief strategist, were creating. I found evidence suggesting they were on a strategic mission to smash the mainstream media and replace it with one comprising alternative facts, fake history and rightwing propaganda.

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    17/08/2017

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    Comprehensive Big Data solutions that ease Hadoop headaches #big #data, #big


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    Big Data

    Shorten time to value

    As the pace of business speeds up and the velocity of data from the Internet of Things increases, organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to capture and process big data in real time without either expensive, manual processes or the integration of fragmented point solutions.

    Both introduce complexities for IT and corresponding delays delivering data to the business. Organizations need to shorten the time to value for enterprise cloud-ready data lakes so they can:

    • Drive profitability
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    According to a Bain Co. survey, 59% of organizations believe they lack the capabilities to generate meaningful business insights from their data.

    A systematic approach to big data management enables you to quickly and repeatably get more business value from more big data without more risk.

    Cloud-ready from day one

    Support doesn’t stop at popular on-premises Hadoop distributions. Thanks to out-of-the-box connectivity to cloud databases, cloud data stores, and cloud applications, you can truly turn any data into trusted data assets anywhere.

    Rapid-fire insight delivery

    Informatica’s library of hundreds of prebuilt connectors and simplified stream processing on top of open-source and proprietary streaming engines let you integrate nearly any data anywhere. Support for Tableau Data Extracts and a hub-based publish/subscribe architecture also let you repeatably deliver more data faster to more data targets.

    Self-service governed data

    Informatica’s self-service data preparation enables faster business access to more trusted insights so the right people get the right data at the right time. It includes:

    • Built-in data lineage
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    Sensitive data detection

    Informatica’s risk-centric approach to protecting big data automatically classifies sensitive data and proactively detects threats of unauthorized data access or proliferation. Based upon assessments, data can be non-intrusively protected for secure access to contextual information.

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    17/08/2017

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    BigQuery – Analytics Data Warehouse #big #data #sql


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    BigQuery

    Enterprise Cloud Data Warehouse

    BigQuery is Google’s fully managed, petabyte scale, low cost enterprise data warehouse for analytics. BigQuery is serverless. There is no infrastructure to manage and you don’t need a database administrator, so you can focus on analyzing data to find meaningful insights using familiar SQL. BigQuery is a powerful Big Data analytics platform used by all types of organizations, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

    Speed Scale

    BigQuery can scan TB in seconds and PB in minutes. Load your data from Google Cloud Storage or Google Cloud Datastore, or stream it into BigQuery to enable real-time analysis of your data. With BigQuery you can easily scale your database from GBs to PBs.

    Incredible Pricing

    BigQuery separates the concepts of storage and compute, allowing you to scale and pay for each independently. It also gives you flexible pricing options to better suit your needs. You can either choose a pay-as-you-go model or a flat-rate monthly price for those who need cost predictability.

    Security Reliability

    BigQuery automatically encrypts and replicates your data to ensure security, availability and durability. You can further protect your data with strong role-based ACLs that you configure and control using our Google Cloud Identity Access Management system.

    Partnerships Integrations

    Google Cloud Platform partners and 3rd party developers have developed multiple integrations with BigQuery so you can easily load, process, and make interactive visualizations of your data. Our partners include Looker, Tableau, Qlik, Talend, Google Analytics, SnapLogic and more. The BigQuery Data Transfer Service automates data movement from partner SaaS applications to Google BigQuery.

    BigQuery Features

    A fast, economical and fully managed data warehouse for large-scale data analytics.

    Flexible Data Ingestion Load your data from Google Cloud Storage or Google Cloud Datastore, or stream it into BigQuery at 100,000 rows per second to enable real-time analysis of your data. Global Availability You have the option to store your BigQuery data in European locations while continuing to benefit from a fully managed service, now with the option of geographic data control, without low-level cluster maintenance headaches. Security Permissions You have full control over who has access to the data stored in Google BigQuery. Shared datasets will not impact your cost or performance (those you share with pay for their own queries). Cost Controls BigQuery provides cost control mechanisms that enable you to cap your daily costs to an amount that you choose. For more information, see Cost Controls. Highly Available Transparent data replication in multiple geographies means your data is available and durable even in the case of extreme failure modes. Fully Integrated In addition to SQL queries, you can easily read and write data in BigQuery via Cloud Dataflow, Spark, and Hadoop. Connect with Google Products You can automatically export your data from Google Analytics Premium into BigQuery, visualize it using Google Data Studio and analyze datasets stored in Google Cloud Storage. Automatic Data Transfer Service The BigQuery Data Transfer Service automatically transfers data from partner SaaS applications to Google BigQuery on scheduled, managed basis.

    Spotify chose Google in part because its services for analyzing large amounts of data. tools like BigQuery, are more advanced than data services from other cloud providers.

    – Nicholas Harteau, VP of Infrastructure, Spotify

    BigQuery Pricing

    BigQuery charges for data storage, streaming inserts, and for querying data, but loading and exporting data are free of charge. For detailed pricing information, please view the pricing guide .


    14/08/2017

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    California – s Tax Collection Agency Engulfed in Scandal #board #of


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    California s Tax Collection Agency Engulfed in Scandal

    FROM THE HOMEPAGE

    Deep State Gone Wild: Comey Asserts Unprecedented FBI Supremacy

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    President Trump’s Lawyer: Leaker Comey ‘Retaliatory’ in ‘Unauthorized Disclosures’ to Press of ‘Privileged Communications with the President’

    Sessions Resigning Narrative Gets Another Blow with White House Vow of Confidence

    Livewire: UK Snap Election Results

    EPA Delays Obama Air Pollution Rule

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    13/08/2017

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    Trucking Insurance, Commercial Truck Insurance Carolina #trucking #insurance, #truck #insurance #coverage,


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    Truck Liability Primary Liability Insurance coverage protects the Trucking Company from damage or injuries to other parties as a result of a truck accident. Truck Liability Insurance coverage is designed to protect the public and in order to be compliant with State and The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, proof of this coverage in forms of State and Federal Filings are required.

    Workers Comp Bye Insurance provides Workers compensation insurance to protect your business’ most valuable asset – your employees. Bye Insurance is committed to workplace safety and protecting businesses from the financial consequences of workplace injuries.

    Physical Damage and Trailer Interchange Trucking Physical Damage Insurance is coverage for your truck and trailer. This insurance coverage is for repair or replacement for damage resulting from things such as collision, fire, theft, hail, windstorm, earthquake, flood, mischief, or vandalism to your owned vehicles.

    Cargo Insurance Truckers are in the business of hauling other business’ goods from one place to another for a fee. Motor Truck Cargo insurance is needed to protect the carrier in case of damaged freight. Motor Truck Cargo insurance coverage limits can range from $25,000 to $500,000 depending on what is being hauled.

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    06/08/2017

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    Big Data Analytics – Gartner Tech Definitions #define #big #data #analytics,


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    Analytics has emerged as a catch-all term for a variety of different business intelligence (BI )- and application-related initiatives. For some, it is the process of analyzing information from a particular domain, such as website analytics. For others, it is applying the breadth of BI capabilities to a specific content area (for example, sales, service, supply chain and so on). In particular, BI vendors use the analytics moniker to differentiate their products from the competition. Increasingly, analytics is used to describe statistical and mathematical data analysis that clusters, segments, scores and predicts what scenarios are most likely to happen. Whatever the use cases, analytics has moved deeper into the business vernacular. Analytics has garnered a burgeoning interest from business and IT professionals looking to exploit huge mounds of internally generated and externally available data.

    • Gartner’s Data Analytics Summit – The explosion of data sources, big data analytics use cases, technology and analytics roles is yielding a wealth of new business opportunities. Learn more about how to leverage these opportunities at Gartner’s Data Analytics Summit
    • Free research and webinars from Gartner on Big Data Analytics .

    Digital business dynamics are changing the complete field of data and analytics. CIOs, CDOs, and other data and analytics leaders must evolve traditional approaches to focus on business outcomes, go with the market trends, benefit from algorithmic business, adopt new technologies and build trust.

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    23/07/2017

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    AirAsia offers: Tickets priced at Rs 990 in airline’s ‘Big Sale’;

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    AirAsia offers: Tickets priced at Rs 990 in airline’s ‘Big Sale’; international flights at Rs 3,699

    AirAsia and AirAsia X offers in the form of ‘Big Sale’ are back with a bang, with all-inclusive ticket prices starting from Rs 990 to Pune, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Vizag and many more domestic destinations connected by AirAsia India and Rs 3,699 to international destinations like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur from India connected by the group airline. The AirAsia ‘Big Sale’ tickets are available for booking from, 23 November until 29 November 2015.

    AirAsia X is also recommencing its direct flights to Kuala Lumpur from New Delhi and return with 4 weekly flights starting 3rd February, 2016 – all-in-fares start from Rs 7,990.

    The travel period for the ‘Big Sale’ will be from 1 May 2016 until 5 February 2017, with priority redemption 24 hours ahead from 0001hrs – 2359hrs (GMT+8) on 22 November for AirAsia BIG members, AirAsiaGo users, BIG Prepaid MasterCard and AirAsia Citibank card members.

    AirAsia X’s Premium Flatbed seats are also on promotion with fares from as low as Rs 29,990 one way; and apart from the website, all promotional seats can also be booked via AirAsia’s mobile app with new features and interface on iPhone and Android devices, as well as the mobile site mobile.airasia.com.

    AirAsia’s Group Chief Commercial Officer, Siegtraund Teh said, “Big Sale is something that our airline groups have been offering our guests and this time around, we have added many new destinations and connectivity into our network such as exclusive routes to Maldives, Kaohsiung, Changsha, Goa, Pattaya and on top of that, our latest new direct route to New Delhi! We are very pleased to be recommencing this exciting new route now with attractive low fares.”





    11/07/2017

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    Why Does Jetsetter Stand Apart from the Group Buying Crowd? It

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    Why Does Jetsetter Stand Apart from the Group Buying Crowd? It Solves a Big Problem

    Breaking: Groupon acquires German clone CityDeal

    I’ve long been critical of how hotel rooms are found and booked online. It’s impossible to tell quality and cleanliness from a standard write up, photos and a star rating, let alone have any idea of the quality of things like the restaurant on site, the friendliness of the staff or the millions of other little things that can make a hotel stay a pleasure or a nightmare.

    And no, consumer reviews don’t solve it. I recently stayed at a top rated hotel on Trip Advisor that was one of the worst customer service experiences I’ve had in the last year. And given that I spent about 30 weeks in hotels in the last year, that’s saying something. Among other issues, the hotel-in-question “accidentally” charged me nearly $700 mid-stay, let alone my final bill was supposed to be under $200. It took hours out of each day to resolve. The hotel wound up refunding us, but the trip was already ruined.

    That’s what makes booking a hotel online such a risky proposition: A bad flight you can forget, but a hotel necessarily sticks with you during a trip, making or breaking it. A good flight is more of a commodity product, defined by price and route and, of course, being on time the day of travel. And aisle seat is an aisle seat, and a window seat is a window seat. There’s a shared vernacular of what things mean for that period in the sky, even across international carriers. On a domestic flight in China, the flight attendants required that everyone do calisthenics half way through to prevent bloodclots, but we still got the same beverage cart, same reclining seats, same overhead bins and same bathrooms I’d get on a United flight to New York

    With hotels there are a host of intangible variables, and that makes booking a core problem of trust. I’ve stayed in more than 20 hotels in the last year. In almost all cases, a personal recommendation from someone I trust has scored me the best experience, anything booked online or with an agent has been acceptable to bad—no matter what the photos looked like online.

    Finally, one site seems to have solved a piece of the problem: Jetsetter. Yes it’s part of the much-written-about Gilt Groupe. But while most of the group-buying trend is about convenience and saving money, for me Jetsetter actually solves a core problem. Not only do a get a great discount on top properties, this is the first online travel site where I actually trust the recommendations.

    While mass-market travel sites compete on bigger inventory and “virtual room tours,” Jetsetter comes the closest to replicating what happens in the real world: They are picky. They curate the best properties. The pictures are visually stunning enough that browsing the site is actually fun. (Have you ever said that about, say, Hotels.com?) Someone has clearly stayed at each property and writes up the unvarnished good and the unvarnished bad. And of course, being part of Gilt, it has great deals. Most the hotels I have looked at or booked through Jetsetter hovered around or under $200 a night for some amazing $300-$400/night properties.

    So curating itself is a big part of why I trust Jetsetter, but equally as important is that the site, so far, curates incredibly well, at least according to my preferences. Just using the site a few months, Jetsetter has offered specials by three of my all-time favorite hotels: The Opposite House in Beijing (above), The Sonoma Mission Inn in Wine Country and The Royal Palms in Phoenix. It’s as if the site is reading my mind—the pinnacle of a good user experience.

    I’ve stayed at all three of these hotels and the room, food, customer service and amenities were all impeccable. I was already planning to go back to the Opposite House in May, but thanks to Jetsetter I got a great rate. As for The Somona Mission Inn and the Royal Palms, I had stayed at both in the last few years as part of speaking gigs where my rate was included in my fee. I never thought go back, even though I enjoyed the experience because the rates were out of my normal writer-salary price range. But the Sonoma Mission Inn for less than $200 a night is suddenly a do-able weekend getaway. What’s more: Because Jetsetter has picked three of the best hotels out of the 40 or so I’ve stayed at in the past few years, I just trust its recommendation on nearly any property they show me in a way that I don’t on any other site. Like a friend, I feel like we have the same taste.

    The clear problem here is scale. Right now, Jetsetter can’t solve all my travel problems because of what makes them great: They are picky and rely on special sales. It’s a site that I may only book through a few times a year mostly for weird cases when their specials happen to overlap with my schedule (in the case of the Opposite House) or when I have a week off for a Holiday and want to go somewhere but don’t quite know where (in the case of the Sonoma Mission Inn) or if I know I need to get to, say, New York for work at some point, but exactly when is flexible.

    A Jetsetter customer doesn’t have to spend a lot—most of these properties aren’t much more than a basic Marriott or Hilton Express and what you get is frequently over-the-top amazing. But you do have to be a frequent, spontaneous or somewhat random traveler to use the site consistently.

    My fear is that Jetsetter will try to be a site for everyone, instead of continuing to do what it has done so well: Curate, editorialize and get stellar deals on truly amazing properties. This is the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0—the market is big enough you don’t have to be all things to all people, you can serve a part of the population better than anyone else and win. I would rather the site didn’t solve all of my travel problems, and solve a few this well than become a high-end Hotels.com for the masses.

    Please, Jetsetter, don’t follow the classic Web playbook and grow so big you strangle something great.





    08/07/2017

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    Major Harris of West Virginia Enters College Football Hall of Fame


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    Major Harris of West Virginia Enters College Football Hall of Fame

    This past weekend, Major Harris, one of the greatest players in Mountaineer history, was forever enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

    For those of us who followed his remarkable football career, the memories are still bittersweet.

    For those of you too young to remember Major’s outstanding collegiate career, I urge you to check out some of his highlights on YouTube. They are incredible.

    Major’s abilities on the gridiron took West Virginia to a prominence in college football the university had never known.

    Unfortunately, his early departure left many with a bad taste in their mouths.

    In the 1988 football season, Major took the Mountaineers to the mountaintop, playing Notre Dame in the national championship game.

    A year later, coming on the heels of West Virginia’s Gator Bowl loss to Clemson, Major announced his intention to enter the NFL’s first draft of underclassmen.

    Coming out of Pittsburgh’s Brashear High School, only West Virginia and Arizona State were willing to sign the City League star as a quarterback. Apparently, Don Nehlen and John Cooper were the only college coaches willing to adjust their offenses to complement the unique set of skills Major could bring to the table.

    Major’s ability to both run and throw the football was groundbreaking for the time.

    “You get a guy like Major Harris,” former Mountaineer assistant Dwight Wallace told me, “you’ve got to rebuild your whole offense with Major. You put him at quarterback, is he going to cause problems for the defense? For sure! That’s why I give Don Nehlen a lot of credit.

    “Don allowed us to bring the offense to Major,” Wallace continued. “I don’t think the pro guys—at least at that time—they weren’t ready for Major.”

    Taken in the 12th and final round of the NFL draft, his pro career seemed doomed from the outset. The Raiders immediately sent Major to Canada. He only played one season there, starring in the final game as the British Columbia Lions beat Saskatchewan.

    Major was magnificent in that game, passing for a couple of touchdowns and running for a couple more. The game was vintage Harris.

    Unfortunately, Major chose to leave Canada after only one season, entering the Arena League. From there, his love of the game would find him traveling around the country, playing minor league football, never finding his way back to the pros.

    It was a tragic end to an otherwise promising career.

    “I’m not bitter about how my career went,” Major said, “because every time I was given an opportunity to play, I delivered.”

    Dwight Wallace also added some insight into Major’s failed professional career.

    “I just felt his skill level was not a good match for the pro game and the mentality of the coaching staffs at that time,” Wallace said. “But I will tell you, if they’d ever given him the ball, he would have found a way to win, I think. He was just an unbelievable competitor.”

    Major’s long overdue enshrinement in the Hall finally recognizes his unique contributions to the game. His skills paved the way for a host of college and pro quarterbacks who would eventually follow him.

    As the first college quarterback to ever pass for over 5,000 yards and to rush for 2,000 more, Major certainly earned his place in the Hall of Fame.

    Perhaps Mountaineer broadcaster Tony Caridi actually said it best: “He’s got that special innate quality that all the great ones have. All he cared about was winning! Major was oblivious to his numbers. He just loved to play the game.”


    06/07/2017

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    The Case for Big Data Security Intelligence #big #data #security #analytics


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    Blurred Vision: The Case for Security Intelligence

    Hopefully you ve read our initial two articles on the need for a more intelligent approach to stopping advanced threats and why detection is not the new prevention. If you have, you will no doubt recognize the parallels between the complex entity that is our immune system, and the required cooperative security intelligence ecosystem necessary to help IT security teams counter the barrage of advanced attacks against our enterprises. The first dimension we discussed was Prevention and the interrelationship between detection and prevention. Now let s extend that conversation further.

    What is threat detection, ultimately? It s vision; it s the ability to see massive amounts of activity across the enterprise to discover meaningful behaviors requiring immediate attention. Yet vision by itself is sometimes imperfect. What s also required to detect the more subtle threats and attacks is the detail behind the discovery — that s clarity. Vision and clarity are both very important to an effective security intelligence solution, and are a product of its advanced analytics and forensic search capabilities.

    Combating Advanced Threats with Security Intelligence

    A good security intelligence solution enables complex problem-solving capabilities, uniquely equipping them to defend against advanced threats. Let s look at critical capabilities of effective security intelligence solutions.

    • Consolidation of data silos for 360-degree view. Connect the dots between seemingly unrelated or benign activities and ultimately deliver better insight for advanced threat detection.
    • Pre- and post-exploit insights. Gather and prioritize information about existing security gaps to prevent breaches, as well as suspicious behavior to detect breaches.
    • Forensic capabilities. Exhaustively research the impact of the breach using captured packet data, easing the burden on the security and network staff who have to build a remediation plan.
    • Anomaly detection capabilities. Baseline current activity and identify meaningful deviations — a core and vital aspect of detecting advanced threats in progress.
    • Real-time correlation and analysis. Process massive data sets using advanced analytical methods and purpose-built data repositories, allowing for earlier and more accurate detection of advanced threats, and helping to distinguish the signal from the noise.
    • Helping reduce false positives. De-prioritize unusual yet benign activity to reduce the time spent investigating anomalous but harmless activity, helping the organization focus on its top incidents.
    • Flexibility. Constant environmental changes require constant product evolution to add data sources, create and tune analytics, create new user views and reports, and expand and evolve the overall deployment architecture.
    • Unified approach. Prevention of complex, multi-pronged attacks requires a unified or integrated platform to help organizations intelligently wade through hundreds of security alerts and massive quantities of raw event and flow data.

    Perhaps one of the most egregious types of offenses is any incident associated with a privileged user. By correlating data access logs with information stored within identity systems and network asset databases, a security analyst could determine when one of these trusted users begins to process an unusual amount of critical or private data. The signs or symptoms are available just like when a human experiences numbness or slurred speech — it s time to take action. Saving an organization s intellectual property, buyer or patient data, and overall marketplace reputation requires quick action, before 40,000 or 4 million records are sent to some external IP address.

    Stopping Advanced Attacks from Flourishing

    Yet even though a good SIEM solution serves to focus the IT security team on their most pressing incidents and vulnerabilities, the forensic investigations of these situations can take hours, days, even weeks to conclude — and that s using specially trained forensics resources. Basically, the goal here is to establish the root cause or underlying conditions that generated the incident or offense, and all security intelligence solutions aren t created equally. We are in an era of continuous attacks and network security breaches, and any vendor that fails to continually invest in their defensive capabilities will fall behind and succumb to the asymmetrical advantage the cyber criminals possess — they only need to find one weakness!

    That imbalance requires security teams to be ready to confront a security breach. and this response is largely a race against time. The attackers might have broken into the network, but that doesn t mean all is lost. Outsiders need time to discover what valuable data exists and where it resides, and all of their activities leave an identifiable trail. The sooner security teams can make that incident identification, the earlier they can disrupt the attack and mitigate its impact.

    Our newest integrated module of the QRadar platform was designed to help organizations compress the time required to discover exactly what happened, by using full packet capture data to provide better clarity into security incidents. QRadar Incident Forensics uses Internet search engine technology to convert all associated network packets into documents that are fully indexed, helping IT security teams perform forensic searches in minutes or even seconds in most cases. The user interface is highly intuitive, allowing almost any member of a security team to conduct the necessary investigations by defining simple search cases using free-text keywords or metadata elements.

    QRadar SIEM is the tool we offer clients to detect attacks and anomalous behavior within their networks — the vision — and QRadar Incident Forensics provides an accelerated ability to respond to those incidents — the clarity — by helping security teams build an effective remediation plan. Working together, they provide an unrivaled capability that we believe will help restore a little symmetry to the battle our clients are fighting on a daily basis.

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    05/07/2017

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    Big In Japan: Abandoned – Gulliver’s Kingdom – Theme Park #egypt

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    Gulliver s Kingdom Theme Park, built in the shadow of Japan s Mount Fuji with oodles of government stimulus money, was a sprawling white elephant that existed for only 10 years. Today there s little if any trace of the abandoned theme park. its ruins, or Gulliver himself but the eerie and unsettling images captured by a legion of intrepid “haikyo” explorers.

    Time and Tied

    (images via: Spechtrograph and Michael John Grist )

    Gulliver s Kingdom was a failed theme park located near Kawaguchi-machi, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The park opened in 1997 and typified the “bridge to nowhere” construction projects Japan s government and banking sector championed in the 1990s.

    (images via: UER and Kuroneko )

    Though intended to boost the economy out of its post-bubble doldrums, white elephants like Gulliver s Kingdom created some short-term construction jobs but little permanent employment.

    (image via: Spechtrograph )

    Gulliver s Kingdom was backed financially by the Niigata Chuo Bank. which later collapsed into a sea of red ink and toxic, non-performing loans. As it morphed into a so-called Zombie Bank, the Niigata Chuo Bank was ordered to clear its books of unprofitable assets, of which Gulliver s Kingdom was one: they had lent the venture around $350 million. In October of 2001, the unpopular theme park shut its Brobdingnagian doors for the last time.

    Cult of Poison-ality

    (images via: Spechtrograph and Dreamin Trip Salad )

    On the face of it, Gulliver s Kingdom had a few things going for it. Its location, for one thing – nestled in Kamikuishiki village at the foot of Mount Fuji. About 25 million tourists descend upon Mount Fuji s environs each year and as beautiful as it is, how long can one look at a dormant volcano?

    (images via: K3N s Blog and Spechtrograph )

    And about that location Mount Fuji has a dark side, most notably the Aokigahara area where seemingly oblivious project planners decided to build Gulliver s Kingdom. Ranked sixth by the website Cracked.com on their list of The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth. Aokigahara is Japan s “suicide forest” said to be the second most popular suicide location after San Francisco s Golden Gate Bridge. On the bright side, if the kids are driving you nuts after an afternoon spent at Gulliver s Kingdom well, perish that thought.

    (image via: MutantMandias )

    Bad enough Gulliver s Kingdom had a suicide forest as its neighbor, the park s other neighbors were much, much worse. Kamikuishiki village is notorious for being the location of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult s headquarters and nerve gas production facility.

    (image via: UER )

    Remember Aum? They re the whack-jobs who carried out Sarin gas attacks that killed 19 people, including 12 on the Tokyo subway. On March 22nd, 1995, the cult s compound was stormed by over 1,000 police officers decked out in full-face gas masks.

    (images via: Michael John Grist and UER )

    Three years later (and one year after Gulliver s Kingdom opened), residents living nearby were still being reminded of Aum Shinrikyo s monstrous crimes. “I can still smell the chemicals sometimes when I take a walk in the morning,” said 69-year-old Norie Okamoto, who lives just 100 meters (330 ft) from one of the cult s former Sarin production facilities. Now Robert Duvall might love the smell of napalm in the morning, but you and your family out for some fun at Gulliver s Kingdom? Not *cough* so much.

    Gulliver Unravels

    (images via: Michael John Grist and K3N s Blog )

    The exposure of Aum Shinrikyo was pretty much the straw that broke the back of Gulliver s Kingdom, though there was really so much wrong with the park on so many levels one might say it was clearly doomed from the start.

    Gulliver s Kingdom wasn t actually a Six Flags style park, by the way. The closest things to the usual amusement park rides and rollercoasters were a bobsled track and a luge course – not exactly ideal for the kiddies.

    (image via: UER )

    We don t recall Gulliver s Kingdom as being a stop on the World Bobsled Tour (if there is such a thing), but maybe that whole nerve gas factory proximity thing put organizers off scheduling events there.

    (image via: MutantMandias )

    Let s not forget the immobile star of the show, a 45 meter (147.5 ft) long statue of Jonathan Swift s epic character. Even the name of the park was a misnomer. If it s Gulliver s Kingdom, what s the big guy doing securely pegged to the ground? No way to treat a king, now is it? Those are just some of the questions we ll never know the answers to and here s one more: what s inside the doors cut into Gulliver s body??

    (images via: MutantMandias )

    All that s by the by, by the way, since Gulliver s Kingdom is no more and I mean literally. After a thorough demolition in 2007, all one can see are some exposed foundations and the odd tuft of asbestos insulation snagged on twisted rebar.

    (image via: UER )

    If not for these vivid and disturbing photographic images, few would be the wiser as to what came and went at the foot of Mount Fuji almost as fast as the 2010 movie Gulliver s Travels appeared and then vanished from your local marquee. Both, as it happens, were in 3D.

    (image via: National Geographic )

    Nothing remains of Gulliver s Kingdom today but a rough concrete scar, and even this basic foundation is gradually being subsumed by dirt, dust and windblown sand. Was it all a dream? Perhaps it was and if any lessons can be learned by Gulliver s Kingdom s rise, fall and disappearance it s that if one must dream, at least dream big.





    31/05/2017

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    01/05/2017

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    Car Rental Hawaii – Discount rental cars in Hawaii – Oahu,

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    If you’re thinking about a Hawaiian vacation, you can do it at your own pace with Car Rental Hawaii. Whether you want to surf, fish, shop till you drop, or just take in the sights, the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island offer some of the world’s best vacation locations. Car rental in Hawaii is an affordable and practical way to see the sights – you can go where you want, when you want!

    From the hundreds of miles of amazingly picturesque beaches, unspoiled rainforests and lush, tropical countryside, to cultural centers for shopping, dining and relaxation, there’s something in Hawaii for everyone’s taste.

    Jump in your choice of vehicle from Alamo car rental Hawaii and take a drive out to the stunning Waimea Canyon, stopping on the way to enjoy the scenery and have a picnic at one of the many beachside parks on the beautiful island of Kauai .

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    25/04/2017

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    AirAsia offers: Tickets priced at Rs 990 in airline’s ‘Big Sale’;

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    AirAsia offers: Tickets priced at Rs 990 in airline’s ‘Big Sale’; international flights at Rs 3,699

    AirAsia and AirAsia X offers in the form of ‘Big Sale’ are back with a bang, with all-inclusive ticket prices starting from Rs 990 to Pune, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Vizag and many more domestic destinations connected by AirAsia India and Rs 3,699 to international destinations like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur from India connected by the group airline. The AirAsia ‘Big Sale’ tickets are available for booking from, 23 November until 29 November 2015.

    AirAsia X is also recommencing its direct flights to Kuala Lumpur from New Delhi and return with 4 weekly flights starting 3rd February, 2016 – all-in-fares start from Rs 7,990.

    The travel period for the ‘Big Sale’ will be from 1 May 2016 until 5 February 2017, with priority redemption 24 hours ahead from 0001hrs – 2359hrs (GMT+8) on 22 November for AirAsia BIG members, AirAsiaGo users, BIG Prepaid MasterCard and AirAsia Citibank card members.

    AirAsia X’s Premium Flatbed seats are also on promotion with fares from as low as Rs 29,990 one way; and apart from the website, all promotional seats can also be booked via AirAsia’s mobile app with new features and interface on iPhone and Android devices, as well as the mobile site mobile.airasia.com.

    AirAsia’s Group Chief Commercial Officer, Siegtraund Teh said, “Big Sale is something that our airline groups have been offering our guests and this time around, we have added many new destinations and connectivity into our network such as exclusive routes to Maldives, Kaohsiung, Changsha, Goa, Pattaya and on top of that, our latest new direct route to New Delhi! We are very pleased to be recommencing this exciting new route now with attractive low fares.”





    09/04/2017

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    Hotel Sales, Room Rate Specials and Big Brand Promotions! #cheap #tickets

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    The next best hotel rates are commonly called Internet Rates. Usually these can be cancelled but pay attention to the cancel by date which may be one or two days prior to arrival as opposed to the cancel by 6 PM day of arrival that you see with most rates.

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    28/03/2017

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    Cheap Kona Car Rental for Kailua-Kona and Hilo on the Big

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    Aloha! Welcome to Cheap Kona (and Hilo) Car Rental.

    The island of Hawai’i, known as The Big Island, is divided in half by five volcanoes. There are two distinct sides to The Big Island. Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Several airlines fly directly from the U.S. west-coast to these two cities. For your convenience, we provide discounted rental cars at both Hilo (ITO) and Kailua-Kona (KOA) airports.

    Take advantage of our great rates on Jeeps, minivans and cars of all sizes. Each of our vehicles comes with air conditioning, standard safety features, and an automatic transmission.

    When you book with us you’ll save money, enjoy unlimited free miles, and never pay anything until you return your car during departure. If your plans change, you will never be charged a cancellation fee when you’ve booked with Cheap Kona Car Rental.

    Our negotiations with partners Budget, Dollar, Thrifty and Avis bring the Best Discount Hawaii Car Rental rates on the Internet available to you. We recommend you book early to save money on your vehicle rental and guarantee a reservation for the model you want. Just complete our no-hassle, no obligation request form now to see how much money you can save when you hire a rental car through Cheap Kona Car Rental.

    Enjoy your stay on the beautiful Big Island of Hawai’i.





    08/02/2017

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