Chelsea step up their attempt to sign defender – report

first_imgChelsea have stepped up their attempt to sign Marseille’s Cesar Azpilicueta after having an £8m bid for the defender rejected, according to The Sun.Marseille president Vincent Labrune is quoted as saying: “Chelsea have made a serious approach for Cesar.”Meanwhile, reports in Italy suggest Inter Milan right-back Maicon has snubbed a move to Paris St-Germain in the hope of joining Chelsea or Real Madrid.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea boss in no rush to sign right-backThe Daily Mirror say Fulham have renewed their interest in signing David Bentley from Tottenham – and that Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin is a target for Galatasaray.QPR are also said to want Bentley, while Gunners playmaker Arshavin has been touted for a possible loan move to Loftus Road.Fulham boss Martin Jol is apparently keen on Bentley, 27, who is looking to rebuild his career following a long spell out with a knee problem.And Galatasaray are reported to have tabled a £4m bid for Arshavin. The Russian is believed to be keen to stay in London.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Are There Limits to Scientific Speculation?  A Royal Case

first_imgQuestion: When does science become like a priesthood?  Answer: When its practitioners engage in speculation on big questions impossible to verify with empirical observations.  Is this what the chief astronomer in Britain is doing?    Sir Martin Rees certainly would not have thought of himself as a priest as he wrote an article for the BBC News, “Hubble’s Role in the Search for Aliens.”  As the Astronomer Royal of Britain, master of Trinity College and president of the Royal Society, he fancies himself as a scientist.  We think of scientists as dealing in observation, empiricism, data, evidence.  How many of the following statements are amenable to experimental verification, at least within his own lifetime or a reasonable extension of our civilization’s (say, a few decades), such that his statements could be verified within the memory of people hearing him?We have established, in outline, a consensus picture of how, from a hot dense beginning nearly 14 billion years ago, our expanding universe developed galaxies, stars and planets.We can set our entire solar system in a grand evolving scenario stretching back to a Big Bang – an era when everything was hotter than the centres of stars, and expanding on a timescale of a few seconds.If there is life on Mars, it is very primitive.But could some newly discovered planets orbiting other stars harbour biospheres as complex as our Earth’s, perhaps with intelligent life?There are on-going searches for transmissions that might be “artificial” in origin…. Despite the heavy odds against success, I certainly support these efforts, because of the philosophical import of any detection of a manifestly artificial signal.Even if we couldn’t make much sense of it, we’d have learnt that “intelligence” wasn’t unique to the hardware inside human skulls, and had emerged elsewhere.When we look at Andromeda, we sometimes wonder if there may be other beings looking back at us.Maybe there are.But on these remote galaxies there surely aren’t.  Their stars haven’t have had time to fuse pristine hydrogen into carbon, oxygen and silicon – the atoms needed for planets and life.What about the far future?  Six billion years from now, when the sun dies,….But what might happen still further ahead?…. The best long-range forecast, therefore, is that the cosmos will continue to expand, becoming ever emptier, ever darker and ever colder.We can’t predict what role life will eventually carve out for itself: it could become extinct; on the other hand, it could achieve such dominance that it can influence the entire cosmos. The latter is the province of science fiction, but it can’t be dismissed as absurd.After all, it’s taken little more than one billion years for natural selection to lead from the first multi-cellular organisms to Earth’s present biosphere (including us).Rees continued by espousing inflation theory and other consensus ideas in cosmology.  His speculations were all encompassing, from the origin of everything to the eternal future, from the emergence of life in galaxies he will never see, to its evolving to the point of a kind of godhood over the entire cosmos in eons long after his own death.  Even the “mysteries” of the universe were things he felt comfortable discussing as a scientific spokesman.Other than the elevated language, this sounds like the kind of storytelling a shaman would tell gullible tribespeople around a campfire, or a Chaldean would explain to the Assyrian king and his lords to amaze them with the mysteries of the universe.  We need to think big picture, you know; Year 2010 A.D. is nothing in the big scheme of things, especially when you want to talk billions of years and the births and deaths of galaxies.  Rees is a blip on a screen of no consequence to the scientist in Andromeda who is 100 times his superior intellectually.  For all he knows, the Andromedans are creationists.    With all due respect to Sir Rees and his education and accomplishments in science, what does he know about these things?  What does he know about life on Mars?  Nothing.  What does he know about the beings in Andromeda looking back at us?  Nothing.  What does he know about the first microseconds of the universe?  Nothing.  What does he know about what came before that?  Nothing.  What does he know about inflation?  Nothing.  What does he know about the universe six billion years from now?  Nothing.  What does he know about the interior of stars, the atmospheres of exoplanets, the hardware inside human skulls that give rise to the mind, the conditions for life, and whether those conditions exist in distant galaxies?  (We use the term “know” advisedly, because having theories about them is not the same as knowing first-hand.)  Nothing to very little.  If he restricted his science to empiricism, his essay would be very short, and very dull.  Speculating like a shaman is a lot more fun.  That does not make it truthful.  Wearing badges of authority, like advanced degrees, knighthood, the consensus, and the respect of one’s peers, does not confer truthfulness either.  Ancient authorities had their badges of honor, too.  Modern scientific authority is supposed to be derived from its rigorous, slavish dependence on experimental methods that are observable, testable, and repeatable.  OK, Dr. Rees, we’d like to see them.    We have another challenge to Dr. Rees.  Our readers will notice that Darwinism is a linchpin of his argument – “it’s taken little more than one billion years for natural selection to lead from the first multi-cellular organisms to Earth’s present biosphere (including us).”  Yet he turned right around and validated intelligent design, by supporting SETI – “searches for transmissions that might be ‘artificial’ in origin…. ”  Why do you put “artificial” in quotes, Dr. Rees?  Define artificial.  In your world view, there is no such thing.  Everything has to be “natural” because it all came out of the big bang.  Oh, we get it; that’s why you also put “intelligence” in quotes later on – “Even if we couldn’t make much sense of it [i.e., the alien message to us], we’d have learnt that ‘intelligence’ wasn’t unique to the hardware inside human skulls, and had emerged elsewhere.”  So intelligence is not really intelligence; it’s just an artifact of hardware.  It just emerged.  How did that happen?  Was it a miracle?  Once it emerged, how was its power to connect to reality validated?  You talked about the “philosophical import of any detection of a manifestly artificial signal.”  What is philosophy?  Is it something that refers to that which is universal, necessary, timeless and certain – i.e., something prior to, and outside the big bang?  If not, if it “emerged” after the big bang, maybe it will evolve, too.  If it evolves, how do we know that the “truth claims” you allege today might not evolve into their opposites, such that a future Scientific Priest six billion years from now might proclaim as true that the big bang never happened, and Darwinism is a myth?  How do you distinguish a “manifestly artificial signal” from a natural artificial signal, if everything in your world view must be natural by definition?  Is your philosophy ultimately derived from hydrogen?  Then how can you possibly contend that it offers knowledge, whatever that is?  But if you aren’t offering knowledge, we’re not interested in what you have to sell.    So let’s assess the credibility of Sir Martin Rees, Chief Priest and Knight of the Secular Cross of the Royal Empire of the United Kingdom.  He fancies himself a naturalist, but believes in miracles (emergence).  He fancies himself a Darwinist but believes in intelligent design methods (detection of SETI messages as “manifestly artificial”).  He is a scientist but spent 95% of his time talking about things with no experimental evidence to support them.  As a scientist, he is supposed to be an empiricist but referred to consensus, an argument from group authority.  He pretended to be intelligent, but put “intelligence” in quotes, indicating he does not believe intelligence is real.  So why is he trying to reason with us?  Can we not assume the poor soul is babbling like a madman?  His views are hopelessly muddled and inconsistent; he must be judged, therefore, a false prophet.  In the old days he would be stoned.  These days, they do it painlessly at the Royal Pub; take him away and give him a rocking good time with some adult beverages to put him out of our misery.Footnote:  In an interview for New Statesman, Dr. Rees said that “creationists are people who are intellectually deprived.”  And why is that?  “They don’t appreciate the wonderful story that science has opened up for us.”  (By that he means molecules to man evolution, with Charles Darwin the Grand Poobah Storyteller.)  Well, Dr. Rees, if you’re talking stories, the Chaldeans, Greeks and Egyptians had a lot more sex and drama in theirs.  Even the interviewer was a little taken aback by his answer: “‘Story’ is an unusual way to describe it,” Sophie Elmhirst said (good for her).  Stick it to him, Sophie; as Stan Freberg remarked, “we’re tired of this Royal jazz.”  The Royal Society, of which you are president, founded largely by creationists, was built on the principle of “nothing on mere authority.”  Certainly you don’t want us to believe your big sweeping story on the basis of your authority or Darwin’s, do you, or because you can ridicule those who disagree with your story?  Stupid is as stupid does.  Sweeping away your critics with a cheap insult is not exactly the way to establish yourself as intellectually advantaged.  Maybe a little wisdom will emerge from your hangover.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tomorrow’s Hope: Lebo Malepa

first_imgFounder: Lebo’s Soweto BackpackersWhy is Lebo considered to be Tomorrow’s Hope?Lebo Malepa is one of those young, passionate South Africans who are extremely proud of where they come from and want to share their vision with others.When Lebo was selling African crafts outside the Hector Pieterson Museum back in 2002, he was also selling tourists on the many attractions of Soweto and its rich cultural surrounds.What sets Lebo apart is that, instead of being saddened by the busloads of tourists being whisked in and out of South Africa’s biggest township with only a few pictures and museum brochures in hand, he saw an opportunity to offer a more “real” Soweto experience.It wasn’t long before Lebo had ditched the crafts and opened a place where tourists can experience Soweto as a living museum of the country’s rich history and culture.In his own words.“Being around different people from different countries telling you how much they love South Africa makes you realise how special I am to be living in this country.”Fast FactsLebo’s Soweto Backpackers is run by Lebo Malepa and his life/business partner, Maria Westlund.The backpackers was originally Lebo’s grandmother’s house.Lebo won an Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Award in 2007.The backpackers is within walking distance of the Hector Pieterson Museum and Orlando Stadium, which is currently under reconstruction as a training venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The backpackers offers a variety of walking and bicycle tours of Soweto.The backpackers works closely with a network of organisations and projects in the area, like orphanages, youth clubs and schools, and makes it possible for guests to spend time at or donate goods to these initiatives.How can I experience Soweto?If you want to experience Soweto life first-hand, Lebo is sure to have a walking/cycling tour or event to suit your needs. Visit Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers.Contact Lebo’s Soweto BackpackersTel: 011 936 3444Cell: 084 851 8681E-mail: [email protected] published on SAinfo on 4 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Photo library: Buildings and structures 11

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Sutherland, Northern Cape province: The Sutherland Observatory is home to the world’s largest telescope, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: The Sutherland Observatory is home to the world’s largest telescope, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: The Sutherland Observatory is home to the world’s largest telescope, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com  » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: The Sutherland Observatory is home to the world’s largest telescope, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: The Sutherland Observatory is home to the world’s largest telescope, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Victoria West, Northern Cape province: Old buildings in the town have been restored and attract visitors to the area. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Victoria West, Northern Cape province: Old buildings in the town have been restored and attract visitors to the area. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Victoria West, Northern Cape province: Old buildings in the town have been restored and attract visitors to the area.Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Victoria West, Northern Cape province: Old buildings in the town have been restored and attract visitors to the area. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageBUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 11: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

PGA’s Lifetime award for Gary Player

first_imgHe won the 1959 British Open at Muirfield for his first major, made the 1961 Masters his second and the 1962 PGA at Aronimink his third. At the 1965 US Open at Bellerive, Player defeated Kel Nagle in an 18-hole playoff to complete the modern Grand Slam by the age of 29. The PGA Tour has announced that South Africa’s Gary Player, the winner of nine majors, the modern Grand Slam and 165 tournament titles around the world, will be the 10th recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Foundation, which has raised more than US$50-million in its time, has expanded efforts in all corners of the globe, raising funds for impoverished children through four Gary Player Invitational events – in Europe, China, the United States and South Africa. $50-million raised The next year, he won the Kentucky Derby Open and finished second at the US Open. From there, Player was off – in his trademark all-black outfits (inspired by one of his favorite American TV characters, Paladin, from the show “Have Gun Will Travel”); fit and trim physique (from a weight-lifting programme and vegetarian diet that were both 30 years ahead of their time); and bunker game (considered one of the greatest ever developed). ‘Most deserving’PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem commented: “As one of the most accomplished – not to mention most-traveled – players in all of sports, Gary Player’s love of golf and his desire to use his talents to help everyone he comes in contact with make him most deserving of the PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “You would be hard pressed to find an aspect of the game or corner of the world that hasn’t been influenced by Gary and his positive attitude over the past 50-plus years. He epitomizes the phrase ‘lifetime achievement’, and it will be an honor to recognize him for all of his accomplishments at The Players in May.” “When I first arrived in America, I was not sure how I would be received as a foreign-born player, but the PGA Tour and the American fans were absolutely fantastic and made me feel like one of their own,” Player said. “It is difficult to put into words what that meant to me and my family, and I will always be thankful for the love and support I have received from this great country.” As an international ambassador of the game, Player has spent more than three years of his life in airplanes and traveled more than 15-million miles. Player was born 1 November 1935 in Johannesburg, the third of three children to Harry and Muriel Player. His father was a captain in a gold mine. His mother was a well-educated woman, who died of cancer when Gary was eight. Player wrote that her loss “has been a means for me, as it were, to settle some unfathomable debt”. ‘A great honour’“This is a great honour,” Player said in a statement this week. “Golf has allowed me to live a truly blessed life, and I have tried my best to give something back to the sport. Player will receive the award at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on 9 May. Player joins a distinguished list of past recipients of the award: Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead,Jack Burke Jr., Pete Dye, Deane Beman, Jack Nicklaus, and former US president George Bush. 13 South African Open wins Grand Slamcenter_img Founded in 1984, The Player Foundation built the Blair Athol Schools in Johannesburg, with educational facilities for more than 500 students from kindergarten through grade eight. “Being recognised with true gentlemen of the sport like Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and Jack Nicklaus is humbling, and I will continue to help promote and support this wonderful game until the day I die. 29 March 2012 He earned the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his dedication to charity and the Order of Ikhamanga (in gold) from President Nelson Mandela for excellence in golf and contribution to non-racial sport in his home country. In 2006, the PGA Tour honoured Player with the Payne Stewart Award, in recognition of philanthropic achievements and the exemplary manner in which he has conducted himself on and off the golf course. He first visted the United States in 1957 and, on seeing how far the game’s best professionals hit the ball, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound Player intensified his exercise regimen, weakened his strong grip, which encouraged a hook, and set about learning how to carry the ball further. Turned professionalHe chose to try to pay it back as a golfer, although he didn’t take up the game until he was 14. He turned professional four years later, in 1953, and quickly won several times in Africa, Europe and Australia. In each year from 1955 to 1982, Player won at least one sanctioned international tournament, an unequalled 27-year streak. Created in 1996, the Lifetime Achievement Award honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Tour over an extended period of time through their actions on and off the course. SAinfo reporter His other majors included the 1972 PGA Championship, the 1968 and 1974 British Opens and the 1974 and 1978 Masters. The last is perhaps Player’s proudest victory. He began the final round seven strokes out of the lead. But at age 42, he birdied seven of the final 10 holes to shoot a 64 and win by a stroke. Player is also a renowned golf course architect, with more than 300 design projects throughout the world, including The Links at Fancourt in South Africa, the site of The Presidents Cup 2003. Player served as International Team captain at that event, as well as in 2005 and 2007. Player was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of St Andrews in 1995, and was named South African Sportsman of the Century in 2000. He won the World Match Play title five times, the Australian Open seven times and the South African Open 13 times. In winning the 1974 Brazilian Open, he shot the only 59 ever in a national open.last_img read more

Marketing plans for the big crop looming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe upcoming corn and soybean harvest is expected to generate the largest crop ever. Combine that with one of the largest carryouts ever and it’s panicking both farmers and end-users without enough storage. As a result, basis levels are at mid-harvest levels before we even begin, suggesting end-users are overwhelmed with grain arriving on their doorstep as farmers clear out space to make room for the crop that will be arriving in a few weeks. The market is paying to store any part of this crop for a while, which may spur some creative storage solutions.On a positive note, corn futures seemed to bounce off the bottom by 10 cents this week, which may suggest this year’s corn low has arrived. If this turns out to be the case it would be the third year in a row for that to have happened at the end of August.However, last year harvest was slow and as a result the market was able to consume quite a bit of the excess grain. This helped keep prices from dropping and basis from being even lower. This year the harvest looks like it could be early which is putting added pressure on the logistics for the entire grain complex, which is already overloaded. Prices could still find their way heading lower as harvest begins.Any beans futures rally seems like a gift at this point. Basis levels are lower than last year’s harvest. In the Dakotas for example, some cash value bids are in the $6s. Cash beans don’t really have an export home because of the trade issues with the world’s largest bean buyer. Beans seem to have more downside risk than upside potential for the next 45 days. Plus, recent comments from the White House suggest relations with China are far from being fixed. Without a trade resolution, bean prices may find it difficult to rally until after harvest. What I’m doing with my remaining ’17 corn?I priced my remaining ’17 corn with futures by exercising some $3.60 Sep puts. That corn is physically stored in my bins and I fully intend to hold it until after the ’18 crop is harvested. These bushels represent about 35% of my ’17 crop and I have plenty of on-farm space to store this corn and all of my 2018 crop.I’m choosing to make this marketing decision because the basis is already at the lowest level I have seen in two years. However, because my futures sales are against the Sep futures which are now in the delivery process, I had to move them forward to another futures contract. Thus, I had to “roll” my futures positions forward to capture carry and look for a better basis opportunity down the road. What does “rolling” my futures position forward mean?Rolling futures is also the process by which I collect market carry. I had an options position that turned into a short Sep futures position or a sale. This means that I have to deliver my grain immediately, unless I moved this sale forward. So, I bought back those Sep futures and immediately sold Dec futures, which were trading 15 cents higher than the Sep futures on 8/30/18. This meant I collected an additional 15 cents that can be added to the value of my corn.Note, the value of the Sep and Dec futures at the time of the trade don’t matter, only the spread value between the two futures contracts matters (i.e. the 15 cents). That spread value is the profit of the market carry. Why not just sell the corn for cash?Mathematically it’s a lot more profitable to store the grain longer, since I have enough on-farm storage. The following illustrates why. Price and profit if I sold corn for cash nowFriday’s Closing Futures Value: $3.52Basis Value Today Near My Farm: -$.43Cash Value I Would Receive: $3.09Farm Operating Note Interest: 5.5%If I take the 5.5% interest rate on the $3.09 cash corn value, which is my cost to not physically move, sell and collect a check on the corn in the bin and pay down my operating loan, the corn costs me 1.4 cents/month to continue to hold it in storage. (The math I used: $3.09 x 5.5% = 17 cents for a year / 12 months = 1.4 cents per month) Price and profit if I sold corn in DecMarket carry profit (detailed in trade above): 15 cents profitBasis value in December (if locked in today) near my farm: -$.18 (25 cents more than today)Operating note Interest (3 months): -4 centsTotal profit for holding my corn until December, if I locked the basis in today would be a guaranteed 36 cents per bushel better price.If I raised the national average yield of 177 bushels per acre last year I could guarantee myself more than $63 per acre of additional income.I had the opportunity to set the basis at -.21 the Sep instead of the -.43 the Dec that is posted today. However if we apply the value of the spread at 15 cents to the Sep basis we find that -.21 the Sep is/was actually -.36 the Dec. So really all I have seen is a drop in basis of 7 cents from the best value this summer. Either way, it’s remained a better decision to hold the grain until after harvest. Why didn’t you lock in the basis today?I didn’t lock the basis in today because I might want to hold the corn until March pending what the basis levels and the market carry show in the futures. There could be even more opportunity down the road but I will want to see how the corn looks in the bin after harvest as well. I have some risk the basis might not be as strong in the future, but there is a carry in the futures market until summer so I think I’m ok in waiting.I have grain quality risks, but I have been practicing the past couple years on holding small amounts of grain and I think I have figured out how to mitigate this risk in my bins. The market tells me what to doWith the large carry and huge basis improvement until after harvest the market is begging someone to store grain. That’s why I’ve been building bins on my farm the past couple of years and experimenting with longer term storage. This is not the first time that the market has wanted someone to store corn until well after harvest. Values almost this good have been present the last several years in the corn market.I can take advantage of these opportunities to get more profit on my corn. This is especially needed when the market remains unprofitable for long periods of time, like it has the past 18 months. This is just another example of why considering alternative solutions to increase profits and being prepared to take advantage of opportunities can help farmers during tough market times. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Why Developers Are Such Cheap Bastards

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#app development#developers Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… You develop software for a living. Why are you such a cheap bastard?We’re not talking about your personal spending habits. If you are any good at what you do, you probably make a fair amount of money and spend it on whatever catches your fancy. We’re talking about the tools you use to do your job. Developers expect, no, demand free tools and services to do their jobs. Whether it is analytic services, integrated development environments (IDEs), application programming interfaces (APIs) or software developer kits (SDKs), developers almost always refuse to pay for the tools they use to do their jobs. Many developers would rather go out of their way to build their own tools or use bug-ridden free tools than plunk down the money it would take to buy a service or subscription that could actually help them do their jobs more efficiently.Oxymoron: Developer-Focused Businesses ModelsThe Mobile Revolution as we know it is about six years old now. About halfway through it in 2010, lots of companies saw an opportunity to make apps for the rush of developers building apps for the Apple App Store and (as it was called then) Android Market. The idea was to make their lives easier and make some money at the same time in a nascent market. We saw a bunch of startups and (a little bit later) enterprise technology companies move to provide tools for these mobile developers. Companies like Localytics, Kinvey, StackMob, Appcelerator, appMobi, Sencha and many more all had the idea of providing developers with tools to help them do their jobs. Almost all of them have shifted their business models away from the “developer tools” avenue of making money. Because developers just don’t want to pay. Appcelerator, StackMob and Kinvey have gone with an enterprise-focused business model. Localytics’ prime target is to sell to marketers that crave data to do their jobs. appMobi sold its HTML5 developers tools to Intel. Sencha makes money by, among other things, selling cloud services to developers (a common theme with several of these companies). Enterprises and marketers pay for data, tools and services. Developers? Not so much.The Culture Of FreeDevelopers are spoiled. The big platforms basically give them all the tools they need for free. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook basically give their tools to developers, hoping to entice them to write for their platforms. In Microsoft’s case, sometimes they even straight out pay developers to build for Windows or Windows Phone and entice them with thousands of dollars of free tools. Almost by nature, developers can be arrogant, stubborn people. It makes them good at their jobs. But it also means that they almost always won’t use something that is not free or open source. They will spend a week building something that they could pay for out of the box and have running in an hour. Developers have come to expect free. In an odd, preternatural kind of way, they gravitate toward it. And the tech industry enables them to do it. The goodies at developer conferences like Google I/O are always tasty treats for developers (this year they all got expensive Chromebook Pixels, last year a smartphones and tablets). For the big software companies, it is about building a community around their brand and getting developers to publish apps and services for their platforms. Part of the core mission for Google at this year’s I/O was to update the Google Play Developer Console to give developers a suite of free tools like a new Android-focused IDE, analytics and translations services.  “As we give them more tools to make it easier to make great aps, they can try out more stuff,” said Google’s Ellie Powers in a recent interview with ReadWrite. “The basics are covered, people are generally very happy, they are giving us tremendous feedback on our product and great tools that we give them.”The Red Tape Of Paid ToolsIf has become fairly clear that developers – from the hobbyist to the professional developer studio to the enterprise-level wonk – hate paying for tools. Sometimes that has to do with their budgets (or lack thereof). Sometimes they think they can do better themselves. Developer focused site Stack Overflow had a great discussion on the topic a couple years ago. One developer, Erik B. sums up the problem with buying software tools in an enterprise nicely:If I find a non-free tool I might be able to download a free trial, without telling the boss, but if I want to buy the full version of the tool I’ll definitely gonna have to talk to my boss and he’s not just gonna give it to me. I’m gonna have to motivate why I need it. He is definitely gonna ask if there are any free alternatives and “I don’t know.” is not a good enough answer. So if I want the non-free tool I’m gonna have to evaluate all the free tools first.What Developers Will Pay ForIf you can’t get developers to pay for tools, what the heck can you get them to pay for?Services and subscriptions. More appropriately, the cloud.Amazon pulls this off perfectly. They offer a lot of free SDKs and APIs, especially around its Appstore development program for the Kindle Fire. Once Amazon has its hooks into the developer, it can then push them to pay for cloud hosting and computing through Amazon Web Services.In many ways, it is kind of a “freemium” model targeted at developers (which is ironic considering it is usually the developers that target freemium models on consumers). Get them in with the free tools, charge them for the cloud. This was essentially the model that appMobi used when it developed its litany of free HTML5 development tools. It would design for HTML5 and then sell developers cloud services to host and run their apps. When Developers Should Pay For ToolsIn a recent conversation with a developer friend, the topic of developers being cheap bastards came up. He said his rationale for when to pay for tools was fairly simple. If a developer is making around $80,000 a year, they are worth (depending on the scale) about $300 a day (considering time off for weekends and holidays). This scale slides, of course, but take the numbers as an example. So, if a developer downloads free software tools or tries to build them on their own, they are taking time out of their day from what is their normal job to configure those tools.Say a developer tool from a reputable source costs $300 and will work out of the box. If a developer wants to create a workaround, they should no more than one day on it. Otherwise it is no longer cost efficient to not buy the off-the-shelf product. Essentially, a developer should spend no more than one day trying to configure or build their own tools. Developers: When do you pay for tools? Which ones do you pay for? Let us know in the comments.center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more

TNT dismantles Ginebra, gets spot in top 4

first_imgRead Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESTNT secured a spot in the top four after handing Barangay Ginebra its worst beating under Tim Cone, 121-92, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro uncorked 12 3-pointers combined with the fiery import unleashing a flurry in the third quarter, where the KaTropa took the air out of the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ginebra just couldn’t figure out how to slow down not only Rice and Castro but the entire TNT side, which also has the likes of Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Kelly Williams stepping up.Rice exploded for 36 points on top of nine rebounds while Castro had 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field that went with four rebounds and seven assists.Justin Brownlee scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the Kings, who have held the top spot early in the conference but could still fall to as low as fifth place depending on the outcome of the last day of eliminations on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We’ve always talked about everybody pitching in for us to be successful every game. I think today players were really focused on the task and they were all ready to contribute today,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad became the first team to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage.“It really helped us that we shot really, really well especially in the three-point area. When you shoot that way you really have a good chance winning ball games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRice couldn’t miss in the third quarter. He hit four triples in a row in just a span of one minute and 36 seconds to stretch TNT’s lead to 20, 83-63, with 4:25 left.TNT, which rose to 8-3, shot 17-of-40 from long range, hitting 10 triples in the second half. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  PVL men’s: Ateneo wins 6th straight at expense of La Salle LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Rain or Shine flaunts depth, rips debuting Alaska

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It wasn’t exactly the kind of tournament debut that the Aces were hoping for, but coming into the game without four key players–who more often that not are starters–Alaska was easy picking for Rain or Shine.Rain or Shine now has victories over three of the tournament heavyweights, the other two being San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mindanao leg of Batang Pinoy more than winning medals, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ PBA IMAGESPacking a depth in manpower that the enemy couldn’t match, Rain or Shine on Sunday night broke away early from Alaska and went on to post an 85-72 triumph that kept the Elasto Painters within a breath of the PBA Philippine Cup pace at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The Painters won a second straight game and rose to 4-1 to stay tugging at the coattails of the unbeaten Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more