For Sale – Core i7 gaming PC for sale, 1070, 6700, 16gb

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    Hi

    Selling this rig that was made from parts laying around and the addition of a new psu. It flies and is a lovely PC. Spec is below. GPU was as new in box, purchased for another PC and used in that build for a month before the mobo died, most parts used in this. price includes delivery

    Processor: Core i7 6700 quad core
    Memory: Corsair vengeance LPX 16 GB (2x8gb) 2400 mhz
    Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI ATX
    Hard Drive: 2 x 500 GB 2.5″ and 1 x 250GB 2.5″
    Solid state drive: 240 GB SSD for windows
    Power supply: Riotoro 500 watt bronze psu
    Dedicated graphics card: EVGA FTW GTX 1070 8GB
    DVD-RW: No
    Case: Aerocool Cylon RGB
    Operating system: Windows 10 pro

    Price and currency: 869
    Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
    Payment method: bank transfer
    Location: heybridge
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Customize Microsoft Translator’s Neural Machine Translation to translate just the way you want: Custom Translator now in General Availability

Custom Translator, now in general availability, significantly improves the quality of your translations by letting you build your own customized neural translation models tuned with your own pre-translated content.​ Using Custom Translator, you can translate your product names and industry jargon just the way you want.

With Custom Translator, an extension of the Microsoft Translator Text API, part of the Cognitive Services suite of products on Azure, you can build neural translation models that understand the terminology used in your own business and industry. The customized translation model will then seamlessly integrate into existing applications, workflows, and websites.

Custom Translator can be used with Microsoft Translator’s advanced neural machine translation when translating text using the Microsoft Translator Text API and speech translation using the Azure Cognitive Services Speech Service.

Preview customers of Custom Translator have already noted its improvements on translation quality and its usefulness regardless of the amount of pre-translated, bilingual content available.

Alex Yanishevsky, Senior Manager for machine translation at Welocalize, a leading language service provider, remarked, “Using Custom Translator, we’ve seen very good quality in comparison to other engines. It is very flexible. You can make engines just based on dictionaries if you don’t have enough data, and if you do have enough data you can make an engine based on data plus dictionaries. From the standpoint of customization, having that flexibility is really important.”

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Oracle HPC cloud aims at mainstream business data

ERP systems have an enormous amount of data that many firms are just beginning to tap. To answer complex questions with this information — and to do so quickly — it takes a lot of computing power. It is one reason why Oracle just added a high-performance computing, or HPC, cloud capability to its portfolio of public cloud infrastructure services.

The new Oracle HPC cloud capability is aimed at two audiences. The first is users who run legacy HPC applications on premises, such as scientific projects, R&D applications and virtual product design in lieu of physical prototypes. The second audience is ERP managers who need to apply high-end computing resources to business data processed in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service.

ERP systems manage a lot of data. “Most of our customers today are trying to find more and more value out of that data, and that’s what we’re we are seeing [as] growth,” said Karan Batta, director of product management for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

HPC expanding to mainstream business uses

The use of HPC outside of its traditional scientific and research use is expanding to areas such as sales analysis and planning, supply chain planning and HR-related workforce analysis, said Steve Conway, senior research vice president at HPC research firm Hyperion Research in St. Paul, Minn.

An HPC system can take in far more data to allow for deeper analysis. This approach is also being coupled with AI technologies, such as an inference engine that can be applied to many situations in ERP, Conway said.

“The larger the data sets, the more accurate the results are going to be,” he said.

Enterprises not only want ERP-related questions answered “that are more complicated than before, but they also want the answers in something very near-real time,” Conway said.

HPC ideal for machine learning models

The larger the data sets, the more accurate the results are going to be.
Steve Conwaysenior research vice president, Hyperion Research

High-performance computing is a set of technologies and processes designed to maximize performance. What Oracle HPC offers users is a clustered network with access to bare-metal processing, both CPU and GPU. Bare metal is a single-tenant server or system that doesn’t use virtualization, which can add latency.

Another key technology Oracle HPC uses to speed performance is remote direct memory access (RDMA), which allows an application to write directly to memory remotely without involving the CPU or operating system.

The use of bare metal and RDMA in a cloud platform means vendors are “getting past one of the very big bottlenecks that affected a lot of cloud computing, which is virtualization,” Conway said.

Business application developers can take mammoth data sets from ERP systems and put this data into a machine learning model. From that model, a business can figure out what “kind of insights they can generate out of that data,” and then feed it back into the ERP system, Batta said.

Machine learning models are computationally intensive and can take hours, days or even weeks to run if they don’t have access to enough computing resources, Batta said. That’s where high-performance computing comes in.

The Oracle HPC system will allow scaling up to 1,080 cores for a single project, although the number of available cores will be expanded in time, Batta said.

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Wanted – Basic Desktop PC for Light Gaming

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    Looking for a desktop pc for light gaming for my kids. Somethig that runs something like a 2200g or 1030 to 1050ti. Max spend £300 inc postage.

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    I have this if it’s any good for you, I was mainly using it for general browsing and kids were using it for roblox etc. I think the specs are roughly as follows but let me know if you’re interested and I will confirm and take pics:

    Intel E5200
    4GB RAM
    Seagate 500GB HDD (st500dm002 – brand new)
    ATI HD 3650
    Antec aria (I think) cube case with AR-350 PSU.
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IT pros look to iPaaS tools for LOB integration demands

Enterprise iPaaS adoption continues to accelerate, as IT pros look to provide departmental users with application integration tools they can use to access data.

The increase in integration work derives largely from enterprise cloud adoption and an uptick in IoT endpoints, according to analyst firm Gartner, which counts about 120 integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) vendors in a market that grew 72% in 2017, up from 61% in 2016.

“We don’t see it slowing down,” said Betty Zakheim, a Gartner research director.

To help IT pros meet the needs of line-of-business (LOB) customers, and also keep company data secure, vendors have released iPaaS tools aimed at nontechnical employees. For example, Workato this week released packages for IT pros and business teams.

They include Automation Editions for business teams, such as sales, marketing and HR. The editions have connectors to apps and systems that are used by each department, as well as workflows to build custom “recipes,” or sets of instructions, without the need to code.

Additions to the overall platform include RecipeIQ, which adds machine learning to bolster the recipes’ functionality, and OpsIQ, which improves the way the platform manages recipes. The company bases its prices on the number of transactions, connections and features a customer has.

One IT architect for a logistics company that supports retailers said his IT department is constantly paranoid about what users might do on their own. The company uses Workato’s integration software with Apigee, an API management tool now owned by Google.

The architect, who declined to be identified, said the tool gives departmental teams access to data, albeit with some guardrails. “They have power, but they can’t go overboard,” he said.

Application integration and LOBs

Enterprises historically could integrate local data behind a firewall, but as cloud apps appeared and data proliferated, the job grew more difficult. The need to connect people, applications and devices creates an enormous technical challenge for enterprises and vendors. LOB projects typically keep valuable data in discrete systems — often SaaS apps or legacy databases — which complicated horizontal integration efforts.

How a company chooses to integrate this data depends on its priorities and existing platforms. Big names that address this market include Informatica, Dell Boomi, SnapLogic and Jitterbit, as well as established legacy companies, such as Microsoft and Oracle.

“Some focus on data integration techniques, some API management, some EDI [electronic data interchange] and some pack in workflows,” Zakheim said. Nearly all have included graphical configuration, versus coding, which makes the creation of integration flows more straightforward.

IPaaS tools lay the foundation

The integration of LOB apps and their data is likely to become a significant trend for 2019.

“It needs to be,” said Vijay Tella, CEO and founder of Workato, based in Cupertino, Calif. “A lot of the drive comes from the business side. They see this as an automation problem.”

Application automation and integration are central to nearly every project these days at Wilbur-Ellis, a $3 billion holding company, with divisions in agribusiness, chemicals and feed.

“If I look back on the last three major projects, they all involve a separate system that has to integrate,” said Dan Willey, CIO at the San Francisco-based company.

Many of these iPaaS tools are conceptually good for modern, cloud-based companies, but sometimes you are saddled with an application that doesn’t play well. In the case of Wilbur-Ellis, an ERP system by Oracle’s JD Edwards is a stumbling block, Willey said.

Wilbur-Ellis uses Dell Boomi’s connectors to connect customer and order data. The company will also use the tool in a broader sense as an API management platform.

“It’s a hard problem to solve,” Willey said. “It’s interchanging between your tool sets, data in your back-end systems, front-end systems, IoT data and other things that need to be lined up to make it happen.”

“We want to look at how weather will impact our month,” he added. “All of that information is available through APIs. You can be very creative, and it’s as big as you want to think about it.”

Vassar College has used SnapLogic since 2015 to connect systems that share data between many departments that have moved from on-premises storage to SaaS and a Workday ERP system for finance and human capital management. The school has vital processes in place to match student and employee data that funnels down to the college’s ID system, said Mark Romanovsky, data system architect at Vassar.

“We knew that IT would still handle integration requirements, but we were concerned the more we pushed specialized solutions to those departments,” he said. “SnapLogic lets us structure and deliver a data set for easier reporting based on current projects.”

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Wanted – Buffalo DiskStation – 4 caddies wanted

Model no. HD-QS4.0 TSU2R5EU – though I think that some other models would have had the same ones, like the duo. The part I am after is attached by the screw next to the numbers and is a sort of open metal box, which holds the drive in position. I wonder if someone might have a defunct one around that I could get the caddies from. 4 wanted in total, but would be grateful for any. There are no ‘plugs’ on the caddies – they are seperate, and to the side, purely just the metal ‘boxes’ with an L-bracket to be held by the screw. As you can see from the photos, with the single drive, the one I have has no caddies…

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Customize Microsoft Translator’s Neural Machine Translation to translate just the way you want: Custom Translator now in General Availability

Custom Translator, now in general availability, significantly improves the quality of your translations by letting you build your own customized neural translation models tuned with your own pre-translated content.​ Using Custom Translator, you can translate your product names and industry jargon just the way you want.

With Custom Translator, an extension of the Microsoft Translator Text API, part of the Cognitive Services suite of products on Azure, you can build neural translation models that understand the terminology used in your own business and industry. The customized translation model will then seamlessly integrate into existing applications, workflows, and websites.

Custom Translator can be used with Microsoft Translator’s advanced neural machine translation when translating text using the Microsoft Translator Text API and speech translation using the Azure Cognitive Services Speech Service.

Preview customers of Custom Translator have already noted its improvements on translation quality and its usefulness regardless of the amount of pre-translated, bilingual content available.

Alex Yanishevsky, Senior Manager for machine translation at Welocalize, a leading language service provider, remarked, “Using Custom Translator, we’ve seen very good quality in comparison to other engines. It is very flexible. You can make engines just based on dictionaries if you don’t have enough data, and if you do have enough data you can make an engine based on data plus dictionaries. From the standpoint of customization, having that flexibility is really important.”

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COBOL applications can go serverless on AWS Lambda

Chris Kanaracus, Senior News Writer

Options to update COBOL have existed for years — consider mainframe rehosting scenarios and compilers that convert code to more modern languages. Serverless deployment models now join that mix.

AWS has joined with Blu Age, a vendor that offers tools to modernize applications, to support COBOL on Lambda, the cloud provider’s serverless computing platform. Blu Age’s software provides a COBOL runtime and takes advantage of AWS’ new Lambda Layers feature.

Developers can run COBOL-based functions on AWS’ native Java 8 runtime and use Blu Age’s compiler to build Lambda deployment packages from COBOL source code, Blu Age said. Support for COBOL applications is part of a wave of improvements to AWS Lambda revealed last week at its re:Invent conference.

There are massive amounts of COBOL code still operational today — some 220 billion lines of it, as Reuters reported last year. The venerable language is a linchpin of the financial industry’s transaction processing systems. For example, about 95% of ATM card swipes rely on COBOL code, Reuters said.

Blu Age’s COBOL runtime for Lambda means that users don’t have to manage servers or containers, and AWS handles scaling. Costs incur for every 100 ms of code execution time, with no fees when code is idle.

The other advantage of Lambda is that it helps developers decompose COBOL applications into microservices to provide more agility and flexibility, Blu Age said.

Many current COBOL applications are already well-suited for serverless, said Ryan Marsh, a DevOps and serverless trainer and consultant based in Houston.

“Your typical COBOL application that you most run into in the wild is an application that runs from time to time,” Marsh said. “It’s batch-oriented. It takes data from place to place, does things with it and puts it somewhere else or calls other COBOL applications.”

Moving [COBOL apps] to Lambda, versus a wholesale rewrite to technology and patterns that were cutting-edge 10 years ago, is much more advisable.
Ryan MarshDevops/serverless trainer and consultant

Marsh likened COBOL applications to Rube Goldberg machines; both are composed of a series of things deliberately chained together to perform complex tasks. Serverless applications follow this same model.

Few COBOL apps are monolithic, where all the functionality is in one executable or invocation that continuously runs, he said. That’s why a move to a serverless model makes sense for COBOL apps.

Some IT shops might be hesitant to move COBOL applications from on premises to the cloud, because those apps often run on hardware paid for long ago.

“Moving into something where I’m renting [compute resources] and paying for it again just doesn’t make sense,” Marsh said. However, there are bigger considerations for COBOL shops to mull.

“When I completely remove the ops headaches and I no longer have to think about virtual machines and instances and worry about disk space and things like that and I’m just thinking about my business logic and data, that makes perfect sense,” he said.

Meanwhile, some companies spend vast sums of money to rewrite their COBOL applications in languages such as Java, but that idea is wrongheaded, Marsh said. For one, documentation on these old applications is frequently poor, making a rewrite project much more fraught with pitfalls.

“What if you could skip all that and lift and shift it into the cloud?” Marsh said. “Moving to Lambda, versus a wholesale rewrite to technology and patterns that were cutting-edge 10 years ago, is much more advisable. You can skip two-plus generations of application development patterns. How often do you have that kind of opportunity in enterprise application development?”

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For Sale – Dell poweredge T410 plus i5 6600k pc 16GB DDR4

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    Dell poweredge t410
    running windows server 2008
    4 x 1TB SAS drives
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    Xeon E5620 2.4GHz quad core
    4GB RAM
    £60

    next pc
    i5 6600k
    16GB hyperx savage DDR4
    ASUS Z170-P Motherboard
    after market CPU cooler
    Corsair VS650 PSU
    think of the case as a freebie as the sleds are missing for the hard drives and it’s a cheap thing anyway.
    £220

    Price and currency: 50 220
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    Couple of Qs about the I5 pc if that’s OK?

    Obviously no HDD but does everything work OK? Have never built a PC before so presume it’s just a case of adding HDD and Win10 OS from my existing build? Does the board come with software/instructions etc. Also, can you upload more pics of the case? Thanks.

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    everything works great, you’re exactly right add hdd/sdd and you are away. no software/instructions but these can be downloaded from the asus website. pic uploaded

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    Thanks for info. Buying on behalf of son number 2 so he’s budget limited. Any chance of £160 collected. Appreciate it’s cheeky but….

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    sorry, I’d go to £200 failing that I’m splitting it
    i5 6600k £110
    ram £100
    motherboard £30
    psu £20
    case and cooler £10

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    OK – would go to £200 if you can include snail mail delivery?

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    sorry I’d prefer pick up and i really wouldn’t goo under 200.

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    Understood. Can’t get to Bolton for a bit (based in Brighouse). Offer still on table if no other interest. GLWS.

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    Hi mate – cheeky offer of £190 and can sort out pick up over the weekend as I’m local?

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    I’d go 190 without the psu(i could use it in another build)

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    I’ll stop being tight and agree £200

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NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware linked to Saudi journalist death

The Pegasus spyware has been linked to the deaths of two journalists in a week, with the latest allegations coming via a lawsuit against the spyware’s creator, NSO Group.

The NSO Group, an Israel-based company that specializes in spyware and iPhone hacking tools, created the Pegasus spyware and has been accused of selling it to government agencies. Pegasus spyware has long been linked to attacks targeting political dissidents, rights activists and journalists. The attacks often begin as classic phishing schemes, with a malicious text message, website or email. But they will ultimately infiltrate the target’s smartphone — regardless of whether it is an Android phone or iPhone — and gain access to whatever information the attacker chooses, including app, microphone and camera data.

On Sunday, attorneys for Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist based in Montreal, filed a civil lawsuit against the NSO Group. The lawsuit claimed the Pegasus mobile spyware allowed the Saudi government to steal communication between Abdulaziz and assassinated Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that this information contributed to the decision to murder Khashoggi. The Saudi government has denied being involved with Khashoggi’s death, despite suspicious circumstances.

Abdulaziz released to CNN some 400 WhatsApp messages he exchanged in conversations with Khashoggi. The messages concerned plans between the two men to form an “electronic army” in an effort to mobilize the youth of Saudi Arabia against the government. In messages from early August, the two discussed that Saudi government officials were aware of the project. Khashoggi was killed less than two months later.

NSO Group claimed it sells its software to governments “for the purposes of fighting terrorism and investigating crimes,” and it said it cannot be held liable for how the software is ultimately used by those governments. But this lawsuit against NSO Group was the latest to allege the company has been aiding governments to spy on individuals without just cause, including lawsuits in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico.

NSO Group was founded in 2010 and acquired by San Francisco-based private equity firm Francisco Partners in 2014 for $110 million. Francisco Partners owns several cybersecurity vendors, including SonicWall, WatchGuard and Sectigo, formerly Comodo Certificate Authority.

The Citizen Lab, a research lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, has been studying the use of Pegasus spyware and found suspected infections in 45 countries. In the latest report released last week, the Citizen Lab found that, two days after the shooting death of Javier Valdez Cárdenas, journalist and founder of Mexican newspaper Rio Doce, Pegasus spyware attacks targeted two other journalists at the same newspaper.

The report went on to say the NSO Group spyware was being used to target journalists and political activists in Mexico, and it found 24 individuals who were targeted using the spyware, including journalists investigating cartels, lawyers, government officials and more.

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