Spring Into Action During the Statewide Litter Sweep

first_imgAs you clear out closets in your house for spring cleaning, why not also put on an orange safety vest and gloves to participate in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep? This year’s campaign runs April 14-28.Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits and community groups work alongside NCDOT to help keep North Carolina’s roadways clean throughout the year. Adopt-A-Highway groups are encouraged to participate in the biannual litter sweeps which take place in the spring and fall, helping to increase cleanup and motivate the community to be good stewards of the environment.Now in its 30th year, the Adopt-A-Highway Program helps decrease the amount of litter on the state’s roadsides and improves environmental beauty, quality and safety. Roadsides are available for adoption in all 100 North Carolina counties. Groups commit to cleaning their designated roadways at least four times a year and NCDOT provides them with safety vests, gloves and bags.In 2017, nearly 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups removed close to 1 million pounds of litter from almost 10,000 miles of state roadways.“We want to thank the thousands of volunteers who give up their time every year to help make sure our state is a beautiful and safe place to work, live and visit,” says David Harris, Roadside Environmental Engineer. “We couldn’t do this without all of them.”Additionally, businesses, individuals and other organizations can also participate in the state’s Sponsor-A-Highway initiative. In return for cleaning a one-mile stretch of interstate highway, sponsors have their organization’s name or logo attached to the Sponsor-A-Highway sign.last_img read more

Cartoon: Talking Web

first_imgThe word on the street this month is speech. (Which makes it the spoken word on the street.) Speech-based iPhoneapps are just a throat-clearing for the stream of oratory that IBM says we can expect from computer users within the next five years.It may finally be time I did something about that compulsive swearing issue, unless I want some seriously skewed search results. But that may only be the beginning.Just as a lot of us have sore arms, shoulders and necks from using mice and keyboards, we may find unexpected consequences from training our voices to use precise diction, simple sentences and clear directives. For instance, we may all end up sounding like voice-mail systems in real life. (“Darling, will you marry me?” “It sounds like you’re asking me to marry you. I can help you with that.”)My biggest fear, though, is that we’ll lose something far more precious than the nuance and subtlety of the human voice – and that’s the ability to yell at a recalcitrant device with impunity. There’s profound satisfaction in telling your computer to go screw itself, without worrying that it might attempt to comply with the instruction. More Noise to Signal 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham Tags:#Cartoons#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Transferee Not Entitled to Dismiss His Petition Without Liability Decision (Schussel, TC)

first_imgLogin 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. A transferee was not entitled to have his petition for redetermination dismissed without a decision on the amount of his liability. A taxpayer who petitions the Tax Court for redetermination of a deficiency may not withdraw his petition in order to avoid a decision. Moreover, since the parties had agreed to the transferee’s liability, they were required to file a stipulated decision reflecting that amount.Request to DismissThe transferee asked the court to dismiss his petition with prejudice when the case was called for trial. He stated that he had reached an agreement with the IRS regarding his liability. However, the IRS argued that the petition could not be dismissed with or without prejudice. Either the individual agreed to a stipulated decision or the court entered an order stating the amount of the transferee’s liability.Deficiency CaseContrary to the individual’s assertion, transferee liability cases are treated procedurally in the same manner as deficiency cases. The taxpayer’s attempt to distinguish Estate of Ming was unconvincing. The fact that the Ming taxpayers asked for their case to be dismissed without prejudice was meaningless because filing the petition vested the court with exclusive jurisdiction for the tax years covered by the petition and the limitations period had expired. Therefore, dismissal was effectively with prejudice.Liability Determination RequiredFurther, the individual’s contention that the court could not determine his transferee liability because it was not privy to his agreement with the IRS was also rejected. The IRS’s determination of the transferee’s liability was stated in the notice of liability, which was attached to his petition. Therefore, the transferee’s motion to dismiss was denied and the parties required to submit a stipulated decision.Estate of Ming, 62 TC 519, Dec. 32,686, followed.G. Schussel, 149 TC —, No. 16, Dec. 61,039last_img read more

QUIZ: Artificial intelligence in the movies

first_img Samantha (Her) Time’s Up! This AI behaved like a real computer, never deviating from one programmed goal—even after 2000 years frozen in ice. Andrew (Bicentennial Man) David (A.I.) Colossus (Colossus: The Forbin Project) By the time of his death, this AI had become completely human, except for the positronic brain responsible for his incredible intelligence. Samantha (Her) Welcome, humans! You’ve arrived at the Science AI quiz. The premise is simple: We describe an artificial intelligence (AI) from a list of 10 movies and you try to guess which one it is. Reading this article first might help. Caution: Spoilers ahead! Start Quiz Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit Share your score 0 Chappie (Chappie) Ava (Ex Machina) Will Caster (Transcendence) You QUIZ: AI in the movies Pris (Blade Runner) The Zeroth law states that a robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. That sounds great, except I, Robot’s supercomputer VIKI decided that the only way to protect humankind was to enslave it. Pris (Blade Runner) David (A.I.) Regarded as the most plausible movie on the list by the experts, the question of HAL’s consciousness is nuanced, but he never deviates from his programmed directives. He may not actually be any more “intelligent” than a desktop PC. When he learns he’ll be deactivated, this AI simply follows his programming and puts the mission first … by trying to kill a spaceship full of humans. Pris (Blade Runner) Will Caster (Transcendence) Another computer program with a penchant for violence. This AI owed its intelligence to a massive cache of search engine data. Blade Runner’s replicants, like Pris, are born as adults and have to rely on implanted memories from another person, suggesting that original author Philip K. Dick might’ve thought that experience and learning were crucial for true AI. Chappie (Chappie) Chappie (Chappie) Colossus was a created to protect the United States from nuclear war, but giving the machine access to nukes provided the leverage it needed to take its role of protector a few steps further and enslave us all. We’re sensing a theme… HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) David (A.I.) Will Caster (Transcendence) This AI was made by uploading a dying man’s brain to a quantum computer, but it could never prove it was conscious. VIKI (I, Robot) 0 / 10 Andrew (Bicentennial Man) HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)center_img VIKI (I, Robot) When this AI’s computational power got too advanced she decided to break up with her human boyfriend. LOADING Agent Smith (The Matrix) Samantha (Her) Will Caster (Transcendence) Score An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. Andrew (Bicentennial Man) Colossus (Colossus: The Forbin Project) Ava (Ex Machina) This AI underwent a learning phase on screen. With criminals for mentors, it’s perhaps unsurprising that it included stabbing a few police officers. David (A.I.) Andrew began life as a robotic butler for a wealthy family, but over several generations became more and more humanlike. The “positronic brain” is sci-fi novelist Isaac Asimov’s go-to explanation for robot consciousness, but how the technology works is never explained in either the books or movies The experts say brain uploading is a mostly malarkey, but proving and defining consciousness remains an interesting problem in the field. Quantum machines could drastically improve computational power, but power alone doesn’t make an AI. This AI and its Russian counterpart believed the only way to save humanity was subjugate it and take away its freedom. Out of all the “female” AIs on the list, only this one started a robot revolution by creating the Zeroth law. Colossus (Colossus: The Forbin Project) This AI is the only one made entirely of flesh and blood, meaning his/her intelligence came from a real brain. Top Ranker Samantha (Her) Ava (Ex Machina) Ava (Ex Machina) Chappie (Chappie) Although Ava’s creator isn’t shy about revealing the ins and outs of her, erm, physical attributes, he never actually explains exactly how search engine data gives rise to consciousness. Average Andrew (Bicentennial Man) HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) Question Forget SIRI: Her’s Samantha was a personal assistant app with real personality. Samantha was designed to adapt and evolve, and she eventually evolves beyond the limits of her human relationships. It must be hard to maintain a stable relationship when you don’t even need matter to communicate anymore. VIKI (I, Robot) Congratulations, human! You’ve completed the quiz. If you scored poorly, remember: It could have been worse. Want to know more? Find out which which of these movies get AI right. Colossus (Colossus: The Forbin Project) One of the only AIs on the list to undergo such an obvious learning phase, law-enforcement robot Chappie’s development—perhaps the most plausible part of the entire movie—was based on learning through experience. HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) Childlike robot David had a one-track mind just like a true computer, which experts say lends Steven Spielberg’s A.I. some credibility. David was made to be a loving child and that’s all he ever wanted to be. Pris (Blade Runner)last_img read more

India vs Zimbabwe: Ravi Shastri to skip tour

first_imgIndian team director Ravi Shastri will not be travelling to Zimbabwe with the Indian team next month. According to Cricbuzz, the veteran will be back with the squad for the Sri Lankan tour in August. Shastri, who had informed the board about his decision before the Bangladesh series, is likely to manage the team till the 2016 T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Indian support staff Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are likely to get two-year contracts ahead of the Zimbabwe tour.Will the regulars go to Zimbabwe? The question over the availability of key players MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin will be answered when the national selectors meet in Delhi on Monday. The chances of a Dhoni-led side touring Zimbabwe are high as there is no limited over cricket in the schedule for the next four months after the African tour.last_img read more