Robotics gets interesting… step by step

The Romford Robot plays snooker. For those unfamiliar with the game, snooker is essentially a two-dimensional activity that involves poking balls around a flat table-top surface with a stick (which is more commonly known as a ‘cue’) and manipulating the angles generated when they hit each other to steer them into holes or ‘pockets’ which are set at regular intervals around the table’s edges. The Romford Robot has, over a period of twenty years, proven to be highly effective in calculating the speed, angle, and spin necessary to excel at the game consistently. All of this would be quite exciting were it not for the fact that the Romford Robot is actually the nickname of a human player. Steve Davis is a six-time world champion and was ranked as the world’s number one player for seven years in succession between 1983 and 1990. Still playing professionally today, Davis has nicknamed the Romford Robot to recognize his hometown – Romford – and the seemingly emotionless and error-free manner he played. For almost a decade, Davis singlehandedly made snooker betting a remarkably consistent investment.

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The science behind horse racing

The “Sport of Kings” is one of the oldest and most loved sports in the globe’s entirety. Archaeological records suggest that horse racing was around in Ancient Greece, Babylon, and Egypt’s glory days. It became more of a spectator sport during the Roman Empire, especially under the reign of Caligula. The mad Roman Emperor absolutely loved horses and even got his favorite horse Incitatus a place in the historic Roman Senate: With a rich history, it is of little surprise that horse racing has established itself as the second most popular spectator sport in the UK. In 2013, the iconic jumps meeting at Cheltenham attracted more than 235,000 people, with multi-million pounds spent on the betting. On top of this, many believe that Cheltenham 2015 will be even better supported in terms of attendance and betting. Yet despite its popularity, something that will continue to increase, we take the art of horse racing for granted. Not only do the jockeys that sit in the saddle put themselves at grave risk every race – AP McCoy, the greatest jumps jockey in history, has broken nearly every bone in his body – but there is also a certain degree of science involved…

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How to Find Cheap High Quality Web Developers

Quality web development services are undoubtedly worth paying for. However, finding experienced developers is pretty tough, even if you spare no expense on the web project. While many people are reluctant to work with low-cost web developers, as they are not sure they will get the desired results, others are always happy to pay less. The good news is that finding high-quality web developers is possible without paying a fortune. If you have a limited budget and want to save money on web development, it is recommended to outsource your project. IT outsourcing is extremely beneficial, and the number of companies offering IT outsourcing services is increasing by leaps and bounds. Many offer quality service, but how do you choose the best? Perform Online Research No matter what kind of outsourcing services you are looking for, you should first surf the Internet. To make the search circle narrower, it is recommended to specify the country you want to outsource your project. For example, if you want to outsource to Ukraine (which is one of the most popular outsourcing destinations), do not forget to indicate that.

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Betting technologies and platforms around us

Where ever there are sports games, people try to bet by placing a wager on the outcome.  Betting is one of the oldest human activities, with evidence found in ancient Rome, China, Egypt. For a long time, the main form of betting was actually watching the games and betting through a bookmaker. This was a traditional form of spending time and money. But since technology evolved along with globalization. People noticed that there are lots of games where they could place a bet. But you could not attend each game physically. This is where the term “bookmaker” changed its face. Eventually, bookies were replaced with computers that could accept multiple bets and carry lots of statistical information. In modern times, betting became a different form of activity. Instead of people going to bet – bets came to us. Most of the time, professional bets involve analyzing gaming statistics, predicting best odds, selecting one of many bet types. People involved in betting even don’t watch the games to get the result. Betting platforms like TitanBet take care of carrying results, handling statistics, and joining hundreds of games worldwide. Many betting platforms even include a simulated virtual sports games like horse racing…

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How to Keep a Place on the Boat with Linear Actuators

Actuators are simple devices capable of producing short-stroke motions that are in either directional or non-directional movements. Marine linear actuators produce motion in a straight line used for applications that require positioning and lifting. With the inclined plane’s principle where the thread of the lead screw acts as a continuous ramp to allow the rotational force, movement is enabled in the same directions, which enable movement and adjustment used for lifting different objects on the boat that enable space creation. Lifting and positioning of tables By short-stroke motions produced by the actuator, simple movements that include lifting and positioning of tables are enabled by remote and buttons. This means a table and seat can be moved from one place to the other if required and enables a place to be created for other purposes. Adjusting tables to different heights enables the same table used for different purposes: dining or working, saving space that many tables would use.

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What Home Line Actuators Do

Home line actuators are responsible for the automation of the housework and the household activities. The actuators are responsible for the control of most of the automated movements from the home. From the gates to the garage doors, to the kitchen, living room and even the bedrooms, actuator systems can be found providing improved comfort and convenience in the homes. Actuators can help the elderly and the disabled, who may have to move around the compound. A well-automated home with actuators will eliminate the chance of employing caregivers to these people. They, therefore, increase the quality of life for the disabled and the elderly who do not need the services of other people in the homes in the presence of actuator systems.

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DIRECTV and NFL Extend $12 Billion Partnership

DIRECTV and NFL have announced an extension to their partnership, cementing another 8 years of NFL action for DIRECTV subscribers. However, the movie has come at a price for DIRECTV, with costs rising 50% to $1.5 billion per year – more than the price paid by competitors NBC, Fox, and CBS, respectively. The pay-TV service, which broadcasts to over 22 million subscribers worldwide, offers NFL coverage as part of their NFL Sunday Ticket package, which has proved instrumental in building and maintaining subscriber numbers in periods of prevailing market weakness. Furthermore, the deal is seen as a major factor in the proposed merger with AT&T, with the transaction relying to some extent on the successful tie-up.

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Key Reasons Why Startups Should Consider IT Outsourcing

Several years back, every company had at least one in-house IT specialist responsible for keeping computers and networks running smoothly and managing all company apps. Larger companies used to hire IT specialists teams to guarantee reliable and consistent work of computer systems and applications. Things have changed greatly in recent years, as many companies have discovered the benefits of IT outsourcing. Indeed, IT outsourcing has many strategic and financial benefits, which allow business owners to develop their companies quicker and with lesser expenses. IT Outsourcing is advantageous for various businesses, whether big or small. However, it appeared to be particularly beneficial for startup companies. Most startups have limited budgets; they only dream about huge incomes and cannot afford the additional expenses needed for having their own IT department. So, the best way to save money on IT development is to hire an offshore IT company.

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Bingo! Not as simple as it seems

Bingo is a game of chance. In that regard, it is wonderfully simple. Numbers are drawn blind and matched against a player’s card, and the player(s) whose cards tally with the numbers wins. This simple formula dates back hundreds of years. The game was commercialised to the point where it became a 20th-century phenomenon with dedicated ‘bingo halls’ springing up around the western world. And it continues as an immensely popular 21st-century pass-time, albeit with the internet overtaking, and in some cases replacing, the bingo halls enjoyed by previous generations. The key development that allowed this translation was to consistently and reliably deliver the randomness on which the game depends. It turns out that producing randomness is not as easy as you might imagine. The question of chance In the pre-digital era, the dual reliance on the chance that was integral to the game – the arbitrary configuration and selection of a player’s cards and the random sequence in which numbers were selected – made it reassuringly unpredictable for all concerned.

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Full Access: How the Chinese Surf the Unfiltered Web

Tiananmen Square: a square in the center of Beijing adjacent to the Forbidden City, the largest public open space in the world. Open your Mac. Highlight the words “Tiananmen Square.” Place the cursor over those highlighted words and tap once on the trackpad with three fingers. The above definition should appear regardless of where you are in the world. It is certainly innocent enough and a rather proud claim for China. However, when one does just a bit more digging, even that proudest and innocent description is brought into question. Other sources rank the Square as the fourth largest town square in the world. That seems to be at odds with the claim of being the largest public space. In most sporting events, fourth place doesn’t even get you on the podium.

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