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Randy Resnick
Guitarist and writer into Blues/Jazz, Tech, IP, Food & Wine
Guitarist and writer into Blues/Jazz, Tech, IP, Food & Wine
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Harvesting Sharks May Help Save Them

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Home appliance firm Bosch has tied its brand to a move to solve an over-fishing crisis in Singapore with the launch of a two-pronged marketing push in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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Try the Mediasoup Demo

"Due to its versatility and flexibility, the SFU model (Selective Forwarder Unit) for multiparty conferencing and similar scenarios is taking over the more rigid and resource hungry MCU model."

"Works with WebRTC today, but internally it's based on the ORTC model. This guarantees that mediasoup will be ready when WebRTC "Next Generation" becomes mainstream."


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More good news for sharks
More fish in Indonesia shark sanctuary
Good news for Indonesia’s shark sanctuary: sharks and other fish are more abundant within zones with fishing restrictions according to a new study. Bad news for the people who fish for a living – they sometimes turned to crime to make ends meet.

Vanessa Jaiteh examined the impact of no-take zones on both sharks and people inside a recently established shark sanctuary along the coastal area of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Working with local scientists from The Nature Conservancy, she measured the abundance of sharks and other fishes within two no-take zones (where fishing was prohibited) and one open access zone where fishing for sharks and other species continued unabated. The no-take zones were established by Misool Eco Resort in partnership with local communities with traditional land and sea rights to the area. Predictably, abundance levels for all fishes – mackerels, tunas, snappers, groupers and sharks – were much higher in the no-take zones when compared to the open access area.

The second phase of the study – an examination of perceptions and behavioral changes in people from coastal communities – revealed that most people living outside Raja Ampat, but travelling to fish in this regency, were unsure of why sharks were being protected. In interviews conducted with people simultaneously with field surveys on sharks and fish, respondents felt that government agencies were not considering their dependence on fishing for existence. Also, participants in the survey indicated that fishing closures not only forced them to shift their activities to unprotected areas, but also prompted some to engage in illicit activities such as the trafficking of illegal petrol.

“In some areas, ecotourism centered on sharks and coral reefs actually provides a livelihood alternative to fishing,” said Jaiteh. “However, we now realize that it also may be shifting fishing pressure to other areas and promoting illegal activity. Only a multi-dimensional effort focused on both protection of sharks and livelihood security will achieve sustainable results, with benefits to both overharvested marine life and coastal fishing communities.”
http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/shark-sanctuary-indonesia.html
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Grimm (NBC)
This week, an unusual episode, both funny and scary. Grimm always comes through with good entertainment, but this week (Season 6 episode 7) was exceptionally good.
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Sustainable fishing guarantees there will be populations of ocean and freshwater wildlife for the future.

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Even if you don't live near the coast, water—and anything else—that goes down your drain can eventually end up in the ocean.

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Animal Planet’s new series “Ocean Warriors” aims to reveal the crime and violence that often go unpunished in international waters. 

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La La Land (Movie)
The movie is very successful and award winning, but I wasn't really charmed by it. The style is fun, if you like musicals, and the first dance number (photo) is impressive. In fact, all of the choreography is excellent, but the story is trite. Still, if you like Ryan and Emma, you'll probably live this movie. John Legend is pretty cool, too bad he wasn't more a part of it. And it could have easily been 90 or 100 minutes, not over two hours long.
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