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Settlement in dog-food case unappetizing

first_imgNow, the council has agreed to settle once again, only reducing the cost when the mayor threatened another veto. Of course, with the cost of outside counsel thrown in, the bill to taxpayers will turn out to be about the same $2.7 million. And it won’t end there. The city lacks the will to fix anything, so there will be more frivolous lawsuits and costly settlements. Maybe taxpayers will wake up and start suing City Hall – after all, they are getting the worst mistreatment of all. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After all the grandstanding and the backroom negotiations, would-be racial-harassment victim Tennie Pierce will be collecting $1.43 million from the taxpayers of Los Angeles. To put this in perspective, abuse victims who settled with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are collecting roughly $1.25 million apiece. Apparently getting sexually abused as a minor by a priest, having your innocence destroyed and your life upended is worth less than eating a few bites of dog food with the boys at the fire station. Go figure. It’s worth a lot less when you consider that Pierce, a former L.A. firefighter, will also be getting a pension as part of his settlement. Wow, who wouldn’t swallow a few kibbles and bits along with their spaghetti for that payout? Pierce, who is African-American, successfully exploited the Los Angeles Fire Department’s pathetic history of racial harassment, claiming that his dog-food incident was racially motivated. But the public has seen no evidence to suggest that this was anything other than a dumb prank among a bunch of immature colleagues. Indeed, Pierce himself was one of the most immature pranksters on occasion. Photos show him involved in anti-gay and anti-Semitic hazing incidents against fellow firefighters. All of which suggests that Pierce shouldn’t be getting one cent from L.A. taxpayers. But the City Council was only too willing to give him $2.7 million originally and apparently even more so after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vetoed its first gutless giveaway of public funds. last_img read more

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When Should You Use Hadoop?

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing RedMonk analyst Stephen O’Grady tackles the question “What Factors Justify the Use of Apache Hadoop?” O’Grady cites two of the most common criticisms of Hadoop: 1) Most users don’t actually need to analyze big data 2) MapReduce is more complex than SQL. O’Grady confirms these criticisms, but finds Hadoop useful anyway.O’Grady acknowledges that volume isn’t the only factor in the complexity of a dataset. “Larger dataset sizes present unique computational challenges,” writes Grady. “But the structure, workload, accessibility and even location of the data may prove equally challenging.”RedMonk uses Hadoop to analyze both structured and unstructured datasets. There are a number of other tools the firm could use to analyze the data, so why Hadoop? O’Grady responds that datasets companies use aren’t big data yet, but they are growing rapidly.O’Grady says that RedMonk uses Big Sheets and Hive to work with Hadoop and avoid using Java to write queries.Cloudera recently published an announcement about how the company Tynt is using Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution. Tynt is a web analytics company that processes over 20 billion viewer events per month – over 20,000 events per second. Prior to adopting Hadoop, Tynt was adding multiple MySQL databases per week to deal with the data.Another example of a company that’s using Hadoop is Twitter. We covered Twitter’s use of Hadoop here. Twitter needs to use clusters for its data. The amount of data it stores every day is too great to be reliably written to a traditional hard drive. Twitter’s also found that SQL isn’t efficient enough to do analytics at the scale the company needs.Like RedMonk, Twitter avoids writing Java queries. However, it uses Pig instead of Hive.Twitter is working with 12 terrabytes of new data per day, significantly more than RedMonk uses. None the less, both companies are making good use of the technology.How have you used Hadoop? Have you ever found that it was too big for a project that you tackled? If so, what did you end up using instead?See also: Getting Started with Hadoop and Map Reduce Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img klint finley Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Preserve Original Audio with Audition and Premiere Pro

first_imgWhen you’re editing external audio files, protecting the original recording is essential. Follow these steps to safeguard your audio while you work.Top image via Shutterstock.Good field recording engineers will often do things like leave plenty of headroom to avoid peaking out a recording if someone suddenly laughs, screams, or makes a loud noise. This is an excellent way to preserve the quality of the recording, but it can make it difficult for you to make creative editing choices if you are constantly riding your computer’s volume just to understand the content. Further, with the wrong approach, you can accidentally apply permanent effects to your audio. Here’s one way to preserve the original recordings while you edit.Image via Shutterstock.Before you begin editing, create one folder with your original audio files and a second one called “Edited Audio.” Paste copies of the original audio files in the “Edited Audio” folder. You now have two copies of your project’s external audio. Open all of your “Edited Audio” in Adobe Audition and make any necessary edits.It’s very important that you do not change the duration of any of your clips in Audition. The copies must match the originals in duration, or they will fall out of sync.If you recorded something like an interview in a very controlled environment, this would be an excellent time to create a batch processing command if you are in a hurry and just need functional audio for easier editing. Because you still have your originals, it doesn’t matter if your first attempts are slightly off the mark.Once you have completed your edits, you can save all of the files and close your audio editor. Notice in the picture below that metadata sidecars appear after you perform your edits; this is normal.Remember that the audio files in Adobe Premiere Pro are still the unedited original files. In order to substitute them with your newly edited files, you first need to take the originals offline. Highlight all of the audio files listed, right-click, and select “Make Offline.”A dialogue box will ask if you want to keep the media on disk or if you should delete the files once they are offline. Adobe Premiere defaults to keeping them on disk. Make sure you select “Media Files Remain on Disk,” or you will delete your original audio files!Relink your media to the newly edited files in your “Edited Files” folder by selecting all of the offline audio files you just disconnected, right-clicking, and selecting “Link Media.”A new dialogue box will allow you to browse to the new files’ location. Click the “Locate” button and navigate to the “Edited Audio” folder containing your newly edited audio files. You can verify that you’re using the correct path by looking at the area near the top of the dialogue box for “Last Path” and “Path” indications. “Path” will show the new location you’ve just specified. Once you can see everything is correct, then click the “Locate” button.In this instance, to solve the problem of audio that is too quiet due to the headroom the engineer left while recording, I increased the volume of each clip in Audition, and I can clearly see that the waveforms in my timeline are now larger. To further verify the audio’s functionality, right click on one of your audio files and select “Reveal in Finder.” If all has gone well, then a Finder window will open showing the files in the “Edited Audio” folder.It is important to note that using the “Edit Clip in Adobe Audition” command is also a way to edit audio without altering your originals. However, there are several scenarios during which that command can take quite a bit of time if you have already started editing and don’t want to individually affect each clip. Although you can highlight individual audio clips in the project folder inside Adobe Premiere, you currently cannot send a batch of clips to Audition, which is very time-consuming if you need to quickly adjust several files. I typically find that this scenario arises when there are several takes during an interview or a segment of dialogue — or if there are several different audio files that all generally need the same treatment.Do you have audio editing workflow tips? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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