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Practical Artificial Intelligence

Practical Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning, Bots, and Agent Solutions Using C# by Arnaldo Pérez Castaño
Discover how all levels Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be present in the most unimaginable scenarios of ordinary lives. This book explores subjects such as neural networks, agents, multi agent systems, supervised learning, and unsupervised learning. These and other topics will be addressed with real world examples, so you can learn fundamental concepts with AI solutions and apply them to your own projects.
People tend to talk about AI as something mystical and unrelated to their ordinary life. *Practical Artificial Intelligence* provides simple explanations and hands on instructions. Rather than focusing on theory and overly scientific language, this book will enable practitioners of all levels to not only learn about AI but implement its practical uses.
**What You’ll Learn**
* Understand agents and multi agents and how they are incorporated
* How machine learning relates to real world problems and what it means to you
* Apply supervised and unsupervised learning techniques and methods in the real world
* Implement reinforcement learning, game programming, simulation, and neural networks
**Who This Book Is For**
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Computer science students, professionals, and hobbyists interested in AI and its applications.

PowerShell for SQL Server Essentials

**Manage and monitor SQL Server administration and application deployment with PowerShell** About This Book Create scripts using PowerShell to manage and monitor server administration and application deployment Automate creation of SQL Database objects through PowerShell with the help of SQL Server module (SQLPS) and SQL Server snapins A fast paced guide, packed with hands-on examples on profiling and configuring SQL Server Who This Book Is For
This book is written for SQL Server administrators and developers who want to leverage PowerShell to work with SQL Server. Some background with scripting will be helpful but not necessary.
What You Will Learn Create scripts using PowerShell to manage and monitor server administration and application deployment Automate the creation of SQL Database objects through PowerShell with the help of the SQL Server module (SQLPS) and SQL Server snap-ins Use PowerShell to work with SQL Server specific providers and cmdlets Identify and manage SQL Server services, instances, settings, and confi gurations Profile your SQL Server instances and export current configurations to a file Monitor SQL Server jobs and alerts Manage logins, database users, and instance security and permissions Invoke T-SQL queries from PowerShell and export results Accomplish tasks from your DBA daily/weekly/monthly/yearly checklists with PowerShell In Detail
PowerShell for SQL Server Essentials helps us to manage and monitor server administration and application deployment. Use PowerShell along with SQL Server to perform common DBA tasks.
Starting with a basic introduction to PowerShell, the initial chapters will provide the SQL Server professional PowerShell fundamentals, covering topics such as PowerShell notations and syntax, cmdlets, pipeline, and getting help. Succeeding chapters build upon these fundamentals, and illustrate how to administer and automate SQL Server. Tasks covered throughout include profiling the SQL Server instance, performing backup and restores, invoking T-SQL scripts using PowerShell, and monitoring jobs, security, and permissions.
Packed with practical examples and numerous ready-to-use snippets, this book gets you to an intermediate level in using PowerShell for SQL Server.

Powersat

Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And it its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space.
America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addiction to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.
Worse, Dan discovers that the plane worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever brought it down is willing and able to kill again to keep Astro grounded.
Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threats are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy ideal as a campaign plank for the candidate she’s grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.
Making matters even more dangerous, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power. And they’ve figured out how to use it as a weapon in their war against the West.
A sweeping mix of space, murder, romance, politics, secrets, and betrayal, *Powersat* will take you to the edge of space and the dawning of a new world.
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t

“Pfeffer [blends] academic rigor and practical genius into wonderfully readable text. The leading thinker on the topic of power, Pfeffer here distills his wisdom into an indispensable guide.”—Jim Collins, author of New York Times bestselling author Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall Some people have it, and others don’t—Jeffrey Pfeffer explores why in Power. One of the greatest minds in management theory and author or co-author of thirteen books, including the seminal business school text Managing With Power, Pfeffer shows readers how to succeed and wield power in the real world.

The Power

The Power by Naomi Alderman
**One of the *New York Times*’s Ten Best Books of 2017**
**A *Los Angeles Times *Best Book of 2017**
**One of the *Washington Post*’s Ten Best Books of 2017**
**An *NPR *Best Book of 2017**
**One of *Entertainment Weekly*’s Ten Best Books of 2017**
**A *****Bustle *****B****est Book of 2017**
**A *Paste* Magazine Best Novel of 2017**
**A *San Francisco Chronicle *****B****est Book of 2017**
**Winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
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**One of President Obama’s favorite reads of 2017**
****”*The Power *is our era’s *The Handmaid’s Tale*.” —Ron Charles, *Washington Post*****
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“Novels based on premises like the one at the core of *The Power* can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly — her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly.” —Michael Schaub, NPR
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A *New York Times Book Review *Editors’ Choice**
**An Amazon Best Book of 2017**** ****
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****WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION**
What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?****
In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power—they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

Power, Sex, Suicide

Mitochondria are tiny structures located inside our cells that carry out the essential task of producing energy for the cell. They are found in all complex living things, and in that sense, they are fundamental for driving complex life on the planet. But there is much more to them than that. Mitochondria have their own DNA, with their own small collection of genes, separate from those in the cell nucleus. It is thought that they were once bacteria living independent lives. Their enslavement within the larger cell was a turning point in the evolution of life, enabling the development of complex organisms and, closely related, the origin of two sexes. Unlike the DNA in the nucleus, mitochondrial DNA is passed down exclusively (or almost exclusively) via the female line. That’s why it has been used by some researchers to trace human ancestry daughter-to-mother, to ‘Mitochondrial Eve’. Mitochondria give us important information about our evolutionary history. And that’s not all. Mitochondrial genes mutate much faster than those in the nucleus because of the free radicals produced in their energy-generating role. This high mutation rate lies behind our ageing and certain congenital diseases. The latest research suggests that mitochondria play a key role in degenerative diseases such as cancer, through their involvement in precipitating cell suicide. Mitochondria, then, are pivotal in power, sex, and suicide. In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Nick Lane brings together the latest research findings in this exciting field to show how our growing understanding of mitochondria is shedding light on how complex life evolved, why sex arose (why don’t we just bud?), and why we age and die. This understanding is of fundamental importance, both in understanding how we and all other complex life came to be, but also in order to be able to control our own illnesses, and delay our degeneration and death. ‘An extraordinary account of groundbreaking modern science…The book abounds with interesting and important ideas.’ Mark Ridley, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
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The Power of Myth

SUMMARY: Finally available in a popularly priced, non-illustrated, smaller-format edition, which is ideal for the college market and general reader alike, this extraordinary best-seller is a brilliant evocation of the noted scholar’s teachings on mythology.

The Potter’s Field

The Potter’s Field (Brother Cadfael Series #17) by Ellis Peters
In October of 1142, a local landlord gives the Potter’s Field to the local clergy. The monks begin to plow it, and the blades turn up the long tresses of a young woman, dead over a year. Then the arrival of a novice who fled from an abbey ravaged by civil war in East Anglia complicates life even further for Brother Cadfael.

The Postman

This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth.  A timeless novel as urgently compelling as War Day or Alas, Babylon, David Brin’s The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction.He was a survivor–a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war.  Fate touches him one chill winter’s day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold.  The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.From the Paperback edition.

PostgreSQL Server Programming – Second Edition

This book is for moderate to advanced PostgreSQL database professionals who wish to extend PostgreSQL, utilizing the most updated features of PostgreSQL 9.4. For a better understanding of this book, familiarity with writing SQL, a basic idea of query tuning, and some coding experience in your preferred language is expected.
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The Possessed (The Devils)

The book has five primary ideological characters: Verkhovensky, Shatov, Stavrogin, Stepan Trofimovich, and Kirilov. Through their philosophies, Dostoevsky describes the political chaos seen in 19th-Century Russia.

The Positronic Man

Powerful and haunting, *The Positronic Man* is an unforgettable novel that redefines Isaac Asimov’s and Robert Silverberg’s place among the greatest science fiction authors of all time.
In the twenty-first century the creation of the positronic brain leads to the development of robot laborers and revolutionizes life on Earth. But to the Martin family, their household robot NDR-113 is more than a trusted friend, a confidant, a member of the family. For through some unknown manufacturing glitch, Andrew has been blessed with a capacity for love and a drive toward self-awareness and devlopment that are almost…human.
But almost is not enough. Andrew’s dream is to become fully human. Facing human prejudice, the laws of robotics, and his own mechanical limitations, Andrew will use science and law in his quest for the impossible, arriving at last at a terrifying choice: to make his dream a reality, he must pay the ultimate price.

Positioning in CSS

The Grid Layout spec will soon change your approach to website design, but there will still be plenty of uses for CSS positioning tricks. Whether you want to create sidebars that remain in the viewport (browser window), add sticky section headings to lists or long articles, or overlap one element with another, this concise ebook will expertly guide you through all the main CSS positioning types.
Short and deep, this book is an excerpt from the upcoming fourth edition of *CSS: The Definitive Guide*. When you purchase either the print or the ebook edition of *Positioning in CSS*, you’ll receive a discount on the entire *Definitive Guide* once it’s released. Why wait? Make your web pages come alive today.
You’ll learn how to:
* Remove an element from a document but keep its new position part of the document’s flow with *absolute positioning*
* Keep an element like a masthead or sidebar in one fixed position in the viewport with *fixed positioning*
* Preserve an element’s shape and the space it occupied in the document with *relative positioning*
* Make a document’s headers selectively stay still in response to scrolling conditions with *sticky positioning*
Eric A. Meyer is an author, speaker, blogger, sometime teacher, and co-founder of An Event Apart. He’s a two-decade veteran of the Web and web standards, a past member of the W3C’s Cascading Style Sheets Working Group, and the author of O’Reilly’s *CSS: The Definitive Guide*.
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Position Sex

Everything you need to know about 50 wild sex positions all in this handy guide. For couples who might be stuck in a one-position nooky rut, Position Sex gives couples quick ideas on how to spice up their sex life and be more adventurous in the bedroom (or any room, counter, or chair in the house.) Each of the 50 positions offers a four-color photograph of a wild sex position with its name, for example the Carnal Crossbow. You’ll learn how to arrange the position and details the challenges and pleasures specific to each move. The guide features full-color photographs of each hot, new position, as well as acrobatic variations on good old standbys, such as the missionary position. Lovers can take position tips with them anywhere as they expand their bedroom repertoire.
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The Pornographer

Michael, a writer of pornographic fiction, creates an ideal world of sex through his two stock athletes, Colonel Grimshaw and Mavis Carmichael, while he bungles every phase of his entanglement with an older woman who has the misfortune to fall in love with him. But his insensitivity to this love is in direct contrast to the tenderness with which he attempts to make his aunt’s slow death in hospital tolerable, while his employer, Maloney, failed poet and comic king of pornographers, comes gradually to preside over this broken world. Everywhere in this rich novel is the drama of opposites, but, above all, sex and death are never far from each other.

‘A marvellous novel, deep, moving, rich and resonant, about love, lust, life and death.’ Sunday Express

‘A novel that succeeds beautifully in doing what it sets out to do; to record and illuminate varieties of disenchantment.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘An admirable book, one of the finest I have read for a long time … I cannot recommend Mr McGahern too strongly.’ Sunday Telegraph

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Pornland

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”  In Pornland—the culmination of her life’s work—Dines takes an unflinching look at porn and its affect on our lives. Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. But, as Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy. As porn culture has become absorbed into pop culture, a new wave of entrepreneurs are creating porn that is even more hard-core, violent, sexist, and racist. To differentiate their products in a glutted market, producers have created profitable niche products—like teen sex, torture porn, and gonzo—in order to entice a generation of desensitized users.Going from the backstreets to Wall Street, Dines traces the extensive money trail behind this multibillion-dollar industry—one that reaps more profits than the film and music industries combined. Like Big Tobacco—with its powerful lobbying groups and sophisticated business practices—porn companies don’t simply sell products. Rather they influence legislators, partner with mainstream media, and develop new technologies like streaming video for cell phones. Proving that this assembly line of content is actually limiting our sexual freedom, Dines argues that porn’s omnipresence has become a public health concern we can no longer ignore.