Marshfield Chaparrals edge Merrill for fifth-straight win

first_imgRayburn has three hitsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMERRILL — The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team outlasted Merrill 11-10 in a wild Dairyland League game Sunday night.The win is the Chaps’ fifth in a row as they are now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the league.Cale Cuddie hit a home run and a double and had two RBIs, and Justin Rayburn had three hits, two RBIs, and scored three times for Marshfield.Luke Wirtz added a pair of doubles and two RBIs, and Logan Johnson was 2-for-5 for the Chaparrals.Ryan Williams earned the win with five innings of relief, striking out three. Drew Spaeth started and struck out seven in four innings.Marshfield hosts Tomahawk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a makeup game of a contest postponed by rain on June 3. The game is sponsored by Nasonville Dairy and will include a drawing for an autographed Jordan Zimmermann baseball.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Marshfield freshman football team rolls past P.J. Jacobs

first_imgTigers improve to 4-1By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield freshman football team improved to 4-1 this season with a 31-6 victory over Stevens Point P.J. Jacobs on Thursday at Marshfield High School.The Marshfield offense exploded for four long scoring plays. Quarterback Will Nikolai threw touchdown passes of 76 yards to Simon Slade and 55 yards to Wyatt LeMoine, Alec Adams had a 70-yard touchdown run, and Matthew Donavan added an 88-yard TD run for the Tigers.Seth Peterson had a 32-yard field goal and four extra-point kicks to account for the rest of Marshfield’s points.Seth Kleinschmidt, Ethan Dagit, Damian Hanes, Kavin Beranek, and Logan Mueller were Marshfield’s top tacklers.Marshfield plays at home against next Thursday against Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Digg Townhall #2 Wrap-Up

first_imgI want to hear an honest discussion about the direction Digg has taken. I joined in 05′, because I heard about it on TechTV and I really liked the concept of finding odd, unique tech stories. Ever since Digg added the non-tech related sections, there has been an explosion of user growth, which was great because more stories were coming in, but also spam went way up. I didn’t like the politics section, so I removed it.Still, there are special interest groups who have been sneaking them in, and its upsetting. I feel like digg has been hijacked by rude, agenda driven people who have made the digg experience less enjoyable.A: Jay agreed that there are some issues with spam getting in, but that future changes to the algorithm will address this problem. However, he added, Digg gets 15,000 submissions per day, so, overall, they’re not doing so bad.Why Am I Getting New Fans?Q: Digger Branchex was suspicious of all his fan requests and wondered how he could know if they are legitimate?A: Kevin said they will be adding a text box where users can type in why they want to be a fan of someone. Jay added that incorporating external social graphs into Digg will be helpful, too, specifically mentioning Facebook and Ning, but not confirming anything involving either.Link Under Digg Stories to Report Duplicate / Alternate SourcesQ: Digger zizzy requested a new feature for duplicates, saying: There should be a link under Digg stories, where you can click “Report as duplicate” or “Submit alternate source.” If you reported it as a duplicate, you would be required to choose the Digg story it was a dupe of, and if enough people did this it would show up under the main story as an alternate source. And if you wanted to submit a story but it was already frontpaged, you could just submit it as an alternate source…A: Jay responded that “this is a pretty good idea” and they would take it into consideration. He also said he loved how the suggestion included voting on the alternates, as that focuses on using user behavior to highlight good stories. If they were to implement such a thing, Jay continued, their number one priority would be to automate this with their de-duping system, a new version of which is being tested now. Kevin mentions that the new system will search for dupes prior to you filling out the submission form (finally!).Sliders Instead of Checkboxes? Q: Digger cardsrequested that  “instead of having checkboxes for each topic/subtopic, can we have a slider for level of interest?”A: Kevin enthusiastically responded that this is an awesome idea and they will definitely look into that one, too.Emailed in QuestionsIn addition to the questions from the thread on Digg, a few emailed in questions were answered, too, including questions on the following: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#New Media#news#web Any chance that we can get some word-based blocking by which I mean that you can go to your settings and set certain words that you do not want to see stories about. An example of this use would be if you wanted to block all stories tagged “NSFW” or “(some politician)”. The reason that I would really like this is because I frequently check the Top 10 stories and as of recently a lot of them have been about Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama and I would rather see the Top 10 stories on Digg that are not related to Obama or Clinton. A: They responded that they are, in face, working on an NSFW filter, but they aren’t providing any details or release dates for this right now.Upcoming Section Improvement NeededQ: Another question involved changes needed in the Upcoming section. Digger sbader said: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook/Digg integration: One user was concerned that when linking Digg and Facebook, this could lead to a bunch of “noise,” especially if you have a busy day on Digg. Kevin responded that the integration doesn’t mean that all your stories get sent to the Newsfeed of all your friends. Instead, Facebook’s API selects certain stories to share with certain friends. He cited an example where he had dugg 15 stories but only 3 or 4 got shared. Kevin admitted “I don’t know how they do it” but that it works. Podcast section: Another user wanted to know about the Podcast section, saying it’s dead, but it still has potential. Jay said it’s true that they have not released updates to that section, but since many podcasts are videos now, they’re going to integrate podcasts into the video section instead.Separating politics out of world and business?: A third user wanted to know if politics could be its own section since political coverage was drowning out the other news. Again, Jay mentioned that customizing and personalizing your settings would help with this but also agreed that a slider bar instead of checkboxes would be even better. Kevin thinks it will die down after the elections are over. Fixing Screwed Up Submissions: Another question involved how there is no way to fix a submission after it’s sent in – like correcting typos, misspellings, etc. Kevin reminded everyone there is a “preview” before it’s sent in and that if you are using a browser like Firefox or Safari, you have spellcheck built-in. He also mentioned you could email support for help, but Jay jumped in to say they can’t honor every request because the system would be abused. Social Media Sharing Feature: Another digger wanted to know if they could integrate a social media sharing button or feature. They responded they are working on this (and reminded everyone they are hiring). The final comments weren’t as important – someone wanted to know about the dog walking by on the screen (Digg is dog-friendly), another requested a feature just like Digg Spy causing Kevin to laugh, and the final question was to get clarification on the upcoming comments system and its “controversial” filter drop-down. The final announcement was that the next Townhall will be August 14th. ConclusionOverall, it seems that they are aware of some of the issues with the UI and Digg experience, and are working on addressing them via new or improved features. However, it’s clear that they have no plans to revert to the good ol’ Digg of the past that focused on tech stories. Instead, they said several times during the townhall that users should use Digg’s built-in tools to customize their settings to filter out the types of stories they don’t want to see.Unfortunately, this suggestion misses the point – the problem isn’t in seeing stories or not seeing them, but concerns that tech – the category that made Digg what it is today – is getting pushed to the wayside so Digg can go mainstream. This change means tech stories now have less of chance today to “go popular” as Digg makes way for a more diverse selection, a topic we previously explored here.Obviously, this is a calculated move orchestrated by changes to the algorithm, and no amount of complaining will change their direction. Digg may not be a tech-focused site anymore, but does that mean that techies will really stop using it? Maybe some will, maybe some won’t. But since both Jay and Kevin vaguely hinted at “micro-community features” that will be implemented in the future, it’s possible that Digg is trying to find a way to retain their techie fanbase before they leave for Mixx or another competitor’s site. sarah perez Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last night was the second Digg Townhall, a live session hosted online by Digg founder Kevin Rose and CEO Jay Adelson. Like before, Kevin asked Digg users to post their suggestions on Digg as to what topics should be covered. (The thread is here). Now that the event is over, we can review how well those questions were addressed. Using a fairly democratic system, Kevin and Jay announced that they would respond to the top ten comments that were posted on that thread. However, at session’s end, I counted only nine from the thread (maybe one was considered a “two-fer”), although more questions were addressed than just those. The additional questions came in live during the townhall having been sent in to a special email address that Kevin announced at the beginning of the session.AnnouncementsComments System: The first topic covered was the announcement of the new Digg comments system that is about to be rolled out. Kevin said “it’s ready” and it should be out this week. (See the video here).Data Portability: Up next, Kevin made a brief mention of the data portability changes implemented on Digg (our coverage: Digg Does Data Portability: Is This All We Get?) and the Facebook/Digg integration, which is where Facebook users can import Digg stories into the Facebook mini-feed/Newsfeed. Infrastructure: Jay then discussed the internal infrastructure updates, saying that Digg receives 230 million+ pageviews/month and 26 million uniques – traffic that necessitated major internal upgrades. (He also mentioned Digg is hiring.)Meetup: Finally, Kevin announced the next Digg Meetup/live Diggnation will be on June 4th at 7 PM at Studio B in Brooklyn, NY.Q&A SessionPolitics on DiggQ: As we mentioned earlier, some of the users’ top suggestions for topics to be covered included the decline of tech stories on Digg as well as the decline of quality stories in general. However, at the time of the townhall, the comment with the most diggs was one which reflects today’s current political situation. The commenter, BigManOnCampus, wrote:…you have to wonder if digg itself hasn’t been completely hijacked by activists for particular sides. Most of the time the main front page is all about Obama. I myself don’t mind hearing about the man, but Digg use to have easily-accessible-information that was useful to me. Now it’s all about what political cause is most represented here. Is anything going to be done to finally obliterate the mob-mentality that seems to have risen to completely dominate digg?A: Kevin responded that politics is hot right now and that there never really will be the ultimate homepage that satisfies everyone. Instead, Digg is  looking into adding new features that will allow you to further customize your Digg experience as well as recommendation technologies to help you find the types of stories that you would enjoy. Jay added that when he talks to some people who are into politics, they see Digg as a political news site – that it all depends on how you use Digg. What they want is for you customize and personalize Digg, so you won’t have a bad experience.Note: You can personalize your own story selections under your profile’s settings page. Click “customize topics.”Decline of Tech Stories on DiggQ: Digg user Erfussaid: The decline of tech related stories that hit the front page. One thing that I would LOVE to see is a site filter. Meaning, if an article is from xyzsite.com, you can block it from your view completely.A: Jay announced tech content on Digg is “alive and well” and “growing” (Note to Jay: uhhh…not quite). He then said that the front page of Digg.com is designed to reflect what all of the Digg userbase is into at the time, not just tech. As for blocking specific sites, they have no features planned that would allow you to do this. Again, the recommendation was for you to customize your settings and even go into your profile and change your landing page. Where’s the Official Digg Forum?Q: Another Digger asked where was the Digg forum announced at the last townhall?A: Jay said they are still committed to this project, but they are focused on finding the right solution. They’ve narrowed it down to one or two and it will probably go live second half of this year. Their goal is to have it integrated into the Digg experience – they don’t want “just another bulletin board system.” In addition, they mentioned they are still working on the search feature as well, evaluating various technologies for that, too.Word-Based Blocking SystemQ:Sarawananasked: The upcoming section needs help. I’m not sure what it needs but browsing it is slowly becoming more and more overwhelming. If i browse by most popular I have to go through about 20 pages of stuff before i get to articles with 30 or 20 some diggs. Which i think makes the upcoming section more dependent on large friends networks which makes it harder for users with small friends list to get past 20 diggs and for it to get seen by people who don’t have you befriended.A: Kevin said he agrees “100%” – Upcoming “was awesome when it first launched” and there were only 100 stories per day, he added. Now Digg is working on a story recommendation engine where your view of Upcoming will be a list of recommended stories, but where you can switch to default view at any time. In addition, this section would also display recommended users and a gauge showing how recommendation is working for you.Jay added that if you’re not registered as a user Digg, you will be missing out on some of these features in the future, like the recommendation engine, so you should really register.Honest Discussion About the Direction Digg Has TakenQ: Digg user PyroRaver requested an “honest discussion about the direction Digg has taken,” saying: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Blind Shopper Blames Inaccessible Self-Checkout for Shoplifting; Is Found Guilty Anyway

first_imgA legally blind man was found guilty of shoplifting from a Walmart in North Conway, New Hampshire. His lawyer argued the theft was accidental and happened because the self-checkout kiosks at the store are unfriendly to visually disabled persons.Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind sued Walmart last year over the kiosks, alleging they are not entirely accessible to blind customers.Andrew Airey, 39, was accused of bagging items without scanning them on five occasions between May 4, 2018 and July 3, 2018, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. He was arrested at the store during the July 3 trip.- Sponsor – During Airey’s trial, a loss-prevention officer for the store testified that Airey walked out of the Walmart that day with 37 items valued at nearly $148 that he hadn’t paid for… Boston.com Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Data Storage: Bit Rot Threatens to Leave Behind a Digital Dark Age

first_imgVint Cerf, a “father of the Internet” and now Google Vice President, is warning that we’re at risk of losing massive amounts data to future generations.  Our current culture might well become a “digital dark age” mystery to historians.Cerf said that “when you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives that is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, and all of the World Wide Web, it’s clear that we stand to lose an awful lot of our history.  We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realizing it. We digitize things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artifacts that we digitized. If there are photos you really care about, print them out.”‘Bit Rot’ may be part of the problem.  As hardware and software continues to evolve at a breakneck speed obsoleting older less-efficient technologies, data not migrated forward to be stored with newer technologies are at risk of being irrecoverably lost.  Storage media and today’s proprietary file formats may not be accessible in the future.In 2007, the Storage Networking Industry Association offered a plan to build a “100 year archive”, but it was never implemented.  The problem is that right now the problem doesn’t seem urgent and no company, group or agency that sees any incentive for funding such a project.Cerf said that “we don’t want our digital lives to fade away. If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future.”last_img read more

World Cup Qualifiers: Roy Keane questions Everton over James McCarthy injuries

first_imgEverton must take responsibility for the recurring injury problems of midfielder James McCarthy, who is a doubt ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales, according to Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane.McCarthy was called-up by Ireland despite not featuring for the Merseyside club this season due to a persistent knee injury and an increasingly tetchy stand-off over the fitness of the 26-year-old has developed.”James seems to be getting a lot of injuries at Everton so I don’t think we’ve anything to be worried about in terms of how much we push James,” Keane told a news conference.”The medical staff are overseeing all of it and are in contact with Everton and all their scientists. I think they’ve more scientists involved than there needs to be.Reuters Photo “I always think clubs, as much as they look at what we’re doing, they certainly have to have look at what they are doing themselves. But James seems pretty upbeat and we’re glad to have him here.”Manager Martin O’Neill said his medical staff are evaluating McCarthy’s fitness on a “day-by-day” basis ahead of Friday’s qualifier at home against Moldova.Ireland are currently in third place on 13 points in Group D, one place and one point behind Wales who occupy the playoff spot with two matches remaining.last_img read more