To Win The Streaming Wars, Amazon Will Need To Make More Risks

If there’s one thing that connects the three biggest streaming companies—Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix—it’s that they like to keep their numbers to themselves. That’s why it’s always intriguing when anything leaks out, like on Wednesday, when Reuters published a report detailing Amazon’s internal viewership statistics for Prime Video. Amazon declined to comment on the findings, but the documents, which contain data from 2014 to early 2017, highlight how the company evaluates its original video content.

Turkey says its forces have seized the Syrian town of Afrin

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Sunday the Turkish military and allied Syrian forces have taken “total” control of the town center of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia, which said fighting was still underway.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish flag and the flag of the Syrian opposition fighters have been raised in the town, previously controlled by the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Defense Units, or YPG.“Many of the terrorists had turned tail and run away already,” Erdogan said in a speech in western Turkey.Turkey views the Kurdish forces in the Afrin enclave along the border as terrorists linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency within Turkey’s borders.Ankara launched the operation, codenamed Olive Branch, against the town and surrounding areas on Jan. 20, slowly squeezing the militia and hundreds of thousands of civilians into the town center. Forty six Turkish soldiers have been killed since then.A Kurdish official, Hadia Yousef, said the YPG was still fighting inside the town, but had evacuated the remaining civilians because of “massacres.” But Salih Muslim, a senior Kurdish official living in exile in Europe, tweeted that Kurdish fighters had withdrawn, saying “the struggle will continue and the Kurdish people will keep defending themselves.”The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 200,000 people have fled the Afrin region in recent days amid heavy airstrikes, entering Syrian government-held territory nearby. Syrian State TV on Sunday broadcast footage of a long line of vehicles and civilians on foot leaving Afrin. Erdogan has said the people of Afrin will return.Turkey’s military meanwhile tweeted that its forces are now conducting combing operations to search for land mines and explosives. Government spokesman Bekir Bozdag tweeted that Turkey would take steps to restore daily life and ensure access to food and health care. “Our job is not done yet, we have a lot more work. But terror and terrorists in Afrin are over,” he said.The army posted a video on social media showing a soldier holding a Turkish flag and a man waving the Syrian opposition flag on the balcony of the district parliament building with a tank stationed on the street. The soldier called the capture a “gift” to the Turkish nation and to fallen soldiers on the anniversary of a famous World War I victory.Turkey is marking the 103rd anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli, where the Ottoman Empire repelled an invasion by Allied forces after several months of heavy fighting.Footage by Turkey’s private Dogan news agency showed Syrian fighters shooting in the air in celebration.In another Dogan video, a Syrian fighter is seen shooting at a statue symbolizing the Kurdish new year celebrations that are also being held this week, before a bulldozer attempts to pull it down. The statue is of Kawa, a mythological hero in Iran’s Zagros mountains who defeated a brutal ruler and lit fires to spread the news, ushering in spring.The YPG has been a key U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State group, and seized large areas across northern and eastern Syria from the extremists with the help of coalition airstrikes. Relations between NATO allies Turkey and the U.S. have been tense over the latter’s support of the YPG.Erdogan has repeatedly said that Turkey will not allow a “terror corridor” along its border. Turkey launched an earlier cross-border operation in 2016 to clear an area in northern Syria of IS and the YPG, preventing the Kurdish group from linking Afrin with the much larger territories it holds to the east.Turkey also fears the establishment of a Kurdish self-ruled zone in Syria that could inspire its own Kurdish minority to press for greater autonomy. A peace process with the PKK collapsed in 2015, reigniting a conflict that has killed tens of thousands over more than three decades.The Kurds are the largest stateless ethnic group in the Middle East, with some 30 million living in an area split between Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria.El Deeb reported from Beirut.

Core Graphics, Part 1: In the Beginning

Update 03/06/18(The Quartz API has undergone some radical changes over the years. We’re updating our popular Core Graphics series to work well with the current version of Swift, so here is an update to the first installment.)

Turkey says its forces take control of Syrian town of Afrin

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Sunday that allied Syrian forces have taken “total” control of the town center of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia, which said the fighting was still underway.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish flag and the flag of the Syrian opposition fighters has been raised in the town, previously controlled by the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Defense Units, or YPG.“Many of the terrorists had turned tail and run away already,” Erdogan said.Turkey’s military tweeted that its forces are now conducting combing operations to search for land mines and explosives. The army tweeted a video showing a soldier holding a Turkish flag and a man waving the Syrian opposition flag on the balcony of the district parliament building with a tank stationed on the street.A Kurdish official, Hadia Yousef, told The Associated Press the YPG fighters have not fled the town, but have evacuated the remaining civilians because of “massacres.” She said clashes in the town were still underway.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Turkey-backed forces have taken control of half the town, with intense fighting still underway.Turkey views the Kurdish forces in the Afrin enclave along the border as terrorists because of their links to the Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.It launched an offensive against the town and surrounding areas on Jan. 20, slowly squeezing the militia and hundreds of thousands of civilians into the town center.The Observatory says nearly 200,000 people have fled the Afrin region in recent days amid heavy airstrikes, entering Syrian government-held territory nearby.The YPG was a key U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State group, and seized large areas across northern and eastern Syria with the help of coalition airstrikes.But Erdogan has repeatedly said that NATO ally Turkey will not allow a “terror corridor” along its border. At least 46 Turkish soldiers have been killed since the offensive began.The Kurdish militia and the Observatory said Turkish jets struck Afrin’s main hospital on Friday, killing over a dozen people. The Turkish military denied the allegations.

Speaking the Same Language as a Wireless Thermometer

Temperature is a delicate thing. Our bodies have acclimated to a tight comfort band, so it is no wonder that we want to measure and control it accurately. Plus, heating and cooling are expensive. Measuring a single point in a dwelling may not be enough, especially if there are multiple controlled environments like a terrarium, pet enclosure, food storage, or just the garage in case the car needs to warm up. [Tim Leland] wanted to monitor commercially available sensors in several rooms of his house to track and send alerts.

Report: Turkey-backed forces push into Syrian town of Afrin

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish news agency and Syrian activists say Turkey-backed forces have reached the center of the Syrian town of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old Turkish offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia.Turkey views the Kurdish forces in the Afrin enclave along the border as terrorists because of their links to the Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.Turkey’s private Dogan news agency on Sunday reported that the Turkish-backed Syrian fighters “established control” in the town center. Footage showed armed men walking among derelict buildings amid sporadic gunfire.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian fighters entered the town with Turkish forces amid intensive airstrikes. Thousands of residents have fled in recent days.

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prove My ISP Slows Certain Traffic?

Long-time Slashdot reader GerryGilmore is “a basically pretty knowledgeable Linux guy totally comfortable with the command line.” But unfortunately, he lives in north Georgia, “where we have a monopoly ISP provider…whose service overall could charitably be described as iffy.” Sometimes, I have noticed that certain services like Netflix and/or HBONow will be ridiculously slow, but — when I run an internet speed test from my Linux laptop — the basic throughput is what it’s supposed to be for my DSL service. That is, about 3Mbps due to my distance from the nearest CO. Other basic web browsing seems to be fine… I don’t know enough about network tracing to be able to identify where/why such severe slowdowns in certain circumstances are occurring.Slashdot reader darkharlequin has also noticed a speed decrease on Comcast “that magickally resolves when I run internet speed tests.” But if the original submitter’s

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Tyronn Lue Doesn’t Coach 2nd Half vs. Bulls Because of Illness

David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue missed the second half of his team’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday at United Center because of an illness.

Can Problems From Climate Change Be Addressed With Science?

Slashdot reader bricko shares an article from Scientific American about two “ecomodernists” who argue that the problems of climate change can be addressed through science and technology. In his Breakthrough essay, Steven Pinker spells out a key assumption of ecomodernism. Industrialization “has been good for humanity. It has fed billions, doubled lifespans, slashed extreme poverty, and, by replacing muscle with machinery, made it easier to end slavery, emancipate women, and educate children. It has allowed people to read at night, live where they want, stay warm in winter, see the world, and multiply human contact. Any costs in pollution and habitat loss have to be weighed against these gifts….”

We can solve problems related to climate change, Pinker argues, “if we sustain the benevolent forces of modernity that have allowed us to solve problems so far, including societal prosperity, wisely regulated markets, international governance, and investments in science and technology… Since 1970, when the Environmental Protection Agency was established, the United States has slashed its emissions of five air pollutants by almost two-thirds. Over the same period, the population grew by more than 40 percent, and those people drove twice as many miles and became two and a half times richer. Energy use has leveled off, and even carbon dioxide emissions have turned a corner.”

Lovable Cinderella Loyola-Chicago Is Making Boring Basketball Fun Again

Clayton Custer’s clutch shot moved Loyola-Chicago to the Sweet 16.Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are the most excruciating kind of Cinderella to watch—and they’re doing it in the most lovable way. They never go away. They never pull away, either. They break the hearts of those cheering for the favorites. They provide exciting finishes, whether you like it or not.

RedisGraph: A High Performance In-Memory Graph Database as a Redis Module

Abstract

Graph based data is everywhere now days, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Pinterest are only a few who’ve realize the power behind relationship data and are utilizing it to the fullest, as a direct result we see a rise both in interest and variety of graph data solutions.

With the introduction of Redis Modules we’ve seen the great potential of introducing a graph data structure to Redis arsenal, a native C implementation with emphasis on performance was developed to bring new graph database capabilities to Redis, the RedisGraph is now available as an open source project on GitHub.

In this document we’ll discuss the internal design and feature of RedisGraph and demonstrate its current capabilities.

RedisGraph At-a-Glance

RedisGraph is a graph database developed from scratch on top of Redis, using the new Redis Modules API to extend Redis with new commands and capabilities. Its main features include: – Simple, fast indexing and querying – Data stored in RAM, using memory-efficient custom data structures – On disk persistence – Tabular result sets – Simple and popular graph query language (Cypher) – Data Filtering, Aggregation and ordering

A Little Taste: RedisGraph in Action

Let’s look at some of the key concepts of RedisGraph using this example over the redis-cli tool:

Constructing a graph:

It is a common concept to represent entities as nodes within a graph, In this example, we’ll create a small graph with both actors and movies as its entities, an “act” relation will connect actors to movies they casted in. We use the graph.QUERY command to issue a CREATE query which will introduce new entities and relations to our graph.

graph.QUERY <graph_id> 'CREATE (:<label> {<attribute_name>:<attribute_value>,...})'