Category : Canadian literature
Editor : House of Anansi
ISBN : 0887847358
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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The most precious treasure of this collection is that it gives us the rich back-story and diverse range of influences on Margaret Atwood's work. From the aunts who encouraged her nascent writing career to the influence of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four on The Handmaid's Tale, we trace the movement of Atwood's fertile and curious mind in action over the years.Atwood's controversial political pieces, Napoleon's Two Biggest Mistakes and Letter to America -- both not-so-veiled warnings about the repercussions of the war in Iraq -- also appear, alongside pieces that exhibit her active concern for the environment, the North, and the future of the human race. Atwood also writes about her peers: John Updike, Marina Warner, Italo Calvino, Marian Engel, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mordecai Richler, Elmore Leonard, and Ursula Le Guin.This is a landmark volume from a major writer whose worldwide readership is in the millions, and whose work has influenced and entertained generations. Moving Targets is the companion volume to Second Words.

Category : Juvenile Fiction
Editor : Scholastic Inc.
ISBN : 9780545773201
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Cassie Arroyo, an American studying in Rome, has her world ripped apart when someone tries to kill her father, an art history professor at an Italian university. Is she their next target? Cassie sets out to uncover what is happening, only to learn that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny--a legendary object that can alter the future. Now running from a secret organization intent on killing those from her bloodline, Cassie must--with the help of some friends--decipher the clues that will lead her to the Spear. Christina Diaz Gonzalez has created a fast-paced thrill-ride of a book, rich with riddles and myth, that young readers will not want to put down.

Category : Political Science
Editor : Princeton University Press
ISBN : 9780691221755
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Language : en
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In what Stanley Hoffmann, writing in The New York Review of Books, has called a "fine analysis and critique of American targeting policies," Sagan looks more at the operational side of nuclear strategy than previous analysts have done, seeking to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Category : Computers
Editor : Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN : 9781848829336
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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This book charts the take-up of IT in Britain, as seen through the eyes of one company. It examines how the dawn of the digital computer age in Britain took place for different applications, from early government-sponsored work on secret defence projects, to the growth of the market for Elliott computers for civil applications. Features: charts the establishment of Elliott’s Borehamwood Research Laboratories, and the roles played by John Coales and Leon Bagrit; examines early Elliott digital computers designed for classified military applications and for GCHQ; describes the analogue computers developed by Elliott-Automation; reviews the development of the first commercial Elliot computers and the growth of applications in industrial automation; includes a history of airborne computers by a former director of Elliott Flight Automation; discusses the computer architectures and systems software for Elliott computers; investigates the mergers, takeovers and eventual closure of the Borehamwood laboratories.

Category : Business & Economics
Editor : Springer
ISBN : 9783319268996
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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This book begins with a review of basic results in optimal search for a stationary target. It then develops the theory of optimal search for a moving target, providing algorithms for computing optimal plans and examples of their use. Next it develops methods for computing optimal search plans involving multiple targets and multiple searchers with realistic operational constraints on search movement. These results assume that the target does not react to the search. In the final chapter there is a brief overview of mostly military problems where the target tries to avoid being found as well as rescue or rendezvous problems where the target and the searcher cooperate. Larry Stone wrote his definitive book Theory of Optimal Search in 1975, dealing almost exclusively with the stationary target search problem. Since then the theory has advanced to encompass search for targets that move even as the search proceeds, and computers have developed sufficient capability to employ the improved theory. In this book, Stone joins Royset and Washburn to document and explain this expanded theory of search. The problem of how to search for moving targets arises every day in military, rescue, law enforcement, and border patrol operations.

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Editor : Stanford University
ISBN : STANFORD:xf316zh6614
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 125
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This thesis describes the design and implementation of an algorithm for tracking a moving (e.g., `tumbling') target. No a priori information about the target is assumed, and only a single camera is used. The motivation is to enable autonomous rendezvous, inspection, and docking by robots in remote environments, such as space and underwater. Tracking refers to the simultaneous estimation of both the target's 6DOF pose and 3D shape (in the form of a point cloud of recognizable features), a problem of the SLAM (`Simultaneous Localization and Mapping') and SFM (`Structure from Motion') research fields. This research extends SLAM/SFM to deal with non-communicative moving targets (rigid bodies) with unknown, arbitrary 6DOF motion and no a priori knowledge of mass properties, dynamics, shape, or appearance. Specifically, a hybrid algorithm for real-time frame-to-frame pose estimation and shape reconstruction is presented. The algorithm combines concepts from two existing approaches to pose tracking, Bayesian estimation methods and nonlinear optimization techniques, to achieve a real-time capable, feasible, smooth estimate of the relative pose between a robotic platform and a moving target. The rationale for a hybrid approach is explained, and an algorithm is presented. A specific implementation using a modified Rao-Blackwellized particle filter is described and tested. Field demonstrations were performed in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, using the camera-equipped Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Ventana to observe, reconstruct, and track the pose of an underwater tethered target in Monterey Bay. Results are included which demonstrate the performance and viability of the hybrid approach.

Category : History
Editor : Univ of California Press
ISBN : 0520085744
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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This pioneering collection of essays looks at our fascination with women who murder. The authors explore how women both fictional and real are represented, as well as the way society responds to these women.

Category : Fiction
Editor : Revell
ISBN : 9781441236791
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 336
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When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord. Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die. Fast, furious, and flirty, Lynette Eason's relentless suspense barely gives her readers time to catch their breath in this third thrilling installment of the Elite Guardians series.

Category : Computers
Editor : Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN : 9781461454168
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Our cyber defenses are static and are governed by lengthy processes, e.g., for testing and security patch deployment. Adversaries could plan their attacks carefully over time and launch attacks at cyber speeds at any given moment. We need a new class of defensive strategies that would force adversaries to continually engage in reconnaissance and re-planning of their cyber operations. One such strategy is to present adversaries with a moving target where the attack surface of a system keeps changing. Moving Target Defense II: Application of Game Theory and Adversarial Modeling includes contributions from world experts in the cyber security field. In the first volume of MTD, we presented MTD approaches based on software transformations, and MTD approaches based on network and software stack configurations. In this second volume of MTD, a group of leading researchers describe game theoretic, cyber maneuver, and software transformation approaches for constructing and analyzing MTD systems. Designed as a professional book for practitioners and researchers working in the cyber security field, advanced -level students and researchers focused on computer science will also find this book valuable as a secondary text book or reference.

Category : Fiction
Editor : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN : 9780307773180
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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The first book in Ross Macdonald's acclaimed Lew Archer series introduces the detective who redefined the role of the American private eye and gave the crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity only hinted at before. Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping. As Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to jazz joints where you get beaten up between sets, The Moving Target blends sex, greed, and family hatred into an explosively readable crime novel.