A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#voice#web Related Posts audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Although Steve Ballmer insisted that Microsoft would continue to support Skype on non-Microsoft platforms when it acquired the VOIP company earlier this month, it looks as though that may not necessarily be the case. And the first casualty seems to be Skype’s integration with Asterisk, an open source telephony platform.Digium, the open source project’s maintainer, has informed its users that Skype for Asterisk will no longer be available for sale or activation after July 26. According to the notification, Skype has opted not to renew the agreement that allows Digium to utilize Skype’s proprietary software in order to turn the open source Asterisk into a native Skype client.Existing users of Skype for Asterisk won’t be immediately affected. “Representatives of Skype have assured us that they will continue to support and maintain the Skype for Asterisk software for a period of two years thereafter, as specified in the agreement with Digium,” the memo reads, adding that users of Skype for Asterisk will be able to continue using Asterisk on the Skype network until at least July 26, 2013.Although ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus argued that Skype’s acquisition by Microsoft could take the VOIP service “to the next level” with integration in Windows mobile devices and with Xbox and Kinect gaming systems, it appears that the new frontier for Skype may be inhospitable for open source.CRN reports that open source telephony has seen steady growth lately, as companies have soft lower-cost but feature-rich solutions, with open-source PBX systems accounting for almost 20% of all PBX sales in North America. As ReadWriteWeb’s Dan Rowinski recently noted, Microsoft’s acquisition plans for Skype may include deep integration of the VOIP service into its Lync communications platform – a platform that is certainly a competitor to the open source Asterisk.
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Iowa has updated its rules for deducting certain depreciable business assets. Iowa conforms to recent IRC Sec. 179 deduction changes but has adopted state specific limitations on the deduction in some years.The rules also implement the new special election available to taxpayers who receive the deduction from pass-through entities. Updated examples are also included.Iowa Limitations on Deducting DepreciationThe deduction allowances for individuals and pass-through entities in Iowa are:in 2017 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2018 $70,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2019 $100,000 limitation and $400,000 reduction limitation; andin 2020 and later the Iowa limitation are the same as Federal.The deduction allowances for corporations, and financial institutions subject to the franchise tax, in Iowa are:in 2017 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2018 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2019 $100,000 limitation and $400,000 reduction limitation; andin 2020 and later the Iowa limitation are the same as Federal.Rules 701—40.65(422), 53.23(422), and 59.24(422), Iowa Department of Revenue, effective December 26, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
This is a first day of issuance (FDOI) cancellation envelope being held on the deck of the USS Missouri in Hawaii on June 11, 2019 (photo courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service)Commissioner Sam Bushman tells Missourinet a major event is planned for September 2020 at Pearl Harbor, to celebrate the surrender’s 75th anniversary.“If we can find them, we would like to take them to Pearl Harbor as our guests,” Bushman says. “Everything would be (covered), airfare, hotel and everything.”Mr. Bushman is involved with the USS Missouri Memorial Association, which is helping to organize the event.He’s asking anyone who knows of living veterans who were on the ship for the surrender to contact him at the Cole County Courthouse. His phone number is (573) 634-9113.“There were thousands of sailors present in Tokyo Bay on September 2 (1945). They weren’t necessarily on the battleship Missouri,” says Bushman.Bushman tells Missourinet that U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley are both expected to attend next September’s Pearl Harbor event.General Douglas MacArthur was on the battleship Missouri during the September 1945 surrender. At the ceremony’s conclusion, General MacArthur delivered a radio address to the American people.“Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies no longer rain death — the seas only commerce men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight. The entire world is quietly at peace. The holy mission has been completed,” MacArthur’s speech began.Commissioner Bushman is praising the U.S. Postal Service’s new stamp, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the battleship Missouri’s commissioning.Mr. Bushman helped organize last week’s Statehouse ceremony in Jefferson City to unveil the stamp. He watched as veterans wiped tears away, during the ceremony.“I mean this is our ship, you know it’s the battleship Missouri, it’s part of our state,” Bushman says.There were two ceremonies on Tuesday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the commissioning and the new stamp: one in Jefferson City and the other at Pearl Harbor.Retired U.S. Navy Captain David Durbin says the stamp has already been very popular in Jefferson City, with the Post Office re-ordering additional stamps due to demand. (Missourinet) The presiding commissioner in mid-Missouri’s Cole County is searching for living crew members of the battleship USS Missouri, who were on the ship during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay in September 1945.
Spacecraft Could Save Earth from Asteroids Citation: Scientist says nuclear weapons may be best bet for saving Earth from asteroids (2010, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-scientist-nuclear-weapons-earth-asteroids.html According to Dearborn, the sheer power of a nuclear explosion may make it the most practical and cost-effective option for deflecting or fragmenting asteroids, compared with alternatives such as chemical fuel or laser beams. For one thing, a nuclear explosive would be cheaper to launch into space due to its large amount of energy per unit mass. In contrast, a non-nuclear blast might require several launches for an equivalent amount of power.Also, the nuclear option could be implemented in a short amount of time; a detonation just 15 days before impact could fragment or divert the course of a 270-meter asteroid (the size of Apophis, which has a 1 in 250,000 chance of striking Earth in 2036) to avoid a collision. On the other hand, a laser such as one at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore would take 6,000 years to sufficiently divert the course of the same size asteroid. As far as the radiation released from a nuclear explosion in space, Dearborn said that you wouldn’t even be able to measure the difference on Earth. The explosion would occur millions of miles out in space, where there is already an intense radiation environment.Dearborn has developed models and run simulations to determine the effects of a nuclear detonation occurring both near and on the surface of an asteroid. His simulations show that the best strategy depends on both the size of the asteroid as well as how much time we have before impact. If a collision with a smaller asteroid is a few decades away, detonating a nuclear explosive near the asteroid could nudge it off course while still keeping it intact. But if a collision with a large asteroid is just weeks away, a direct detonation on the asteroid would be required, although some smaller fragments could still strike Earth. While the size of the asteroid and its distance from Earth can be estimated quite well, the biggest unknown variable in any defense strategy is the asteroid composition. Asteroids are a diverse class of objects, and some materials fragment more easily than others. Dearborn advised that, if we had 30 years to avoid a collision, the best thing to do would be to launch a characterization mission to the asteroid. Even if Dearborn and other scientists would like to test a nuclear explosive in space, test ban treaties as well as political and public opposition make a test unlikely.Fortunately, scientists aren’t expecting an asteroid impact any time soon. NASA has identified and categorized about 90% of near-Earth objects that are large enough (more than 10 km [6.2 miles] in size) to cause mass extinction on Earth, and none of these pose a significant risk of collision in the near future – even Apophis is considered to have very low risk. Smaller objects, on the other hand, are more difficult to track down. The smallest known asteroid, 1991 BA, measures 6 meters (20 feet) across.”In a few more years, we’ll be able to say that there’s nothing out there to cause a global catastrophe,” said David Morrison, director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and senior scientist for Astrobiology at NASA’s Ames Research Center. “But, there’ll be a million that will be big enough to wipe out an entire city. It’ll take a long time, if ever, to find them and figure out their orbits. The bottom line is, we could be hit by one of those small ones at any time, with no warning at all. Right now, I can say almost nothing about the probability of one of those small objects hitting us, because we simply haven’t found all of them.” (PhysOrg.com) — If scientists detect an asteroid headed directly for Earth – one that was large enough to pose a serious threat to life on our planet – would it be wise to bring out nuclear weapons to prevent an impact? Over the past several years, scientists have expressed conflicting opinions on the use of nuclear weapons as a defense against asteroids. Part of the problem is that it’s very difficult to know what asteroids are made of, and how they will respond to different types of nuclear explosives. But at the semiannual meeting of the American Astronomical Society held last month, physicist David Dearborn of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory argued that nuclear weapons could be the best strategy for avoiding an asteroid impact – especially for large asteroids and little warning time. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via: Space.com and Scientific American © 2010 PhysOrg.com Illustration of an asteroid impact. Credit: NASA. Explore further
The Vibrancy of the state of Bihar was witnessed in an event showcasing rich culture and heritage; Bihar Utsav 2016 came to an end on Thursday. A huge crowd gathered to witness the conclusion of Handloom and handicraft exhibition at INA Dilli Haat. All the 55 stalls were busy throughout the day. All the exhibitors were pleased and excited due to the sale of their products in this Bihar Utsav 2016. According to Dheeraj Kumar Verma from Gaya, stall owner of Wooden Carving, Gaya: “Sale was beyond expectations. More than two lakh visitors were attracted towards wooden art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’National Awardee Devendra Kumar Jha from Madhubani, stall owner of Mithilla paintings said: “The sale was very good and was beyond expectations. The paintings were highly appreciated by the foreign tourists also.” Mithilla paintings recorded the largest sale above four lakh among the other stalls of handloom and handicraft. Apart from this, stalls of handicraft, jute products, lac bangles, ladies kurties, Tasher silk sarees, stone art, and Bhagalpuri silk sarees were in great demand.Litti chokha stall owner Devendar singh said: “People really liked Bihar’s famous mouth watering dish- litti chokha during the Bihar Utsav 2016.”In the festival, there were more than 20 stalls, which included separate food court serving different specialty cuisine of Bihar made by professionals.