Material Apps in a Material World

first_imgIddo Kadim is a director in Technology and Solutions Group in DCG at Intel.For a few years now, really since the advent of x86 server virtualization, I’ve been hearing about “abstraction”. The myth is that thanks to virtualization application developers and IT operations don’t need to worry anymore about the underlying hardware because virtualization can take care of running it on any “commodity” server. Of course they did need to worry about this commodity server being x86, or “standard high volume” server. Oh, and they really wanted it to be “Nehalem” generation (or later) to minimize virtualization performance overhead. Oh, and if they used encryption (or decryption) they really wanted it to be “Westmere” generation (or later), thanks to Intel® AES-NI. Oh… you get my point.The reality is that you can run your application on any server, but if you care about performance, or efficiency (i.e. being able to deploy as much application capacity on your given infrastructure), or security you really want to be able to control where and how your application runs. I started with servers, but you can extend this to storage and networking equipment of course. This is all well and good if you’re running one application at a time and have the time to fine tune everything at any time. Few application developers develop a simple app anymore though. We live in a service oriented IT world now. Application developers typically develop rich services that tap into diverse data sources, and employ complex algorithms to serve intelligence to large numbers of users. And IT operations need to deal with deploying a growing number of these services quickly and continuously, but efficiently, to create business value for their organizations.This is where Intel’s Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) is aiming. I know you’ve heard of Software Defined XX and may be quite weary of this phrase. So let me point out that SDI is distinct in that it doesn’t focus necessarily on the mechanisms of programmability of the infrastructure but on how to utilize it in a Service Driven way! At the heart of SDI is the Orchestrator, whose role is to deploy services and run them in an automated, efficient, and secure fashion based on a specific Service Level Agreement (SLA). To do so, the orchestrator needs to Watch – the infrastructure, the application, the service, so it can Decide – on the best deployment outlay of the service, or improvements to its deployment mode to deal with exceptions, and Act – on those decisions. For example, the orchestrator could observe a bottleneck in an application’s interface and identify the root cause to be competition for I/O capacity of one of the instances. Therefore it could decide to migrate that instance to another serverOne of the critical tools to facilitate the Watcher function is Telemetry. Telemetry is all the real time information that can be derived from infrastructure elements. It could be information related to temperature and power consumption, security posture, resource utilization, performance, etc… There is so much data hidden in the hardware that most of the time some level if processing of the raw data is required to make sense of it. In the last few years we, at Intel, have made significant progress in making this data more consumable. With Intel® Node ManagerOpens in a new window we’ve simplified power and thermal telemetry. (Node Manager can also help with the “Act” phase with functions like power/thermal capping). With Intel® TXTOpens in a new window and attestation we’ve made trust posture accessible and we’re in the process of making much more telemetry accessible for performance and efficiency optimizations. For more on this topic, check out this Chip Chat podcastOpens in a new window.What kind of telemetry would you like to be able to use in your environment?last_img read more

(Reopens DEL44)

first_imgIn May this year, Honda Cars India had recalled a total of 11,381 units of Accord, CR-V and Civic, manufactured between 2003 and 2007, to replace a faulty part in the passenger and driver side airbags. The recall covered 10,805 units of premium sedan Accord, 575 units of sports utility vehicle CR-V and one unit of Civic. Last year, the company had recalled a total of 1,338 units of Accord and CR-V, manufactured between 2002 and 2003, to replace faulty inflators in the passenger side airbags. Later in October, the company recalled 2,338 units of its hatchback Brio, compact sedan Amaze and CR-V, manufactured between September 2011 and July 2014, to replace faulty inflators. Earlier this year, Japanese auto major Nissan had also recalled around 12,000 units of various models, including mid-sized sedan Sunny and small car Micra, manufactured between June 2013 and March 2015 in India as part of its global campaign to rectify engine switch and airbags. It had announced recall for around 2,70,000 cars worldwide on certain models. Till date, around 24 million vehicles have been recalled globally by Honda due to faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. PTI MSS RKL STSlast_img read more


first_imgThe first of 47 gold medals — and 141 overall — will be The first of 47 gold medals — and 141 overall — will be decided tomorrow with the womens 10,000m, where Ethiopias defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba will attempt to make Olympic history by becoming the first woman to win three consecutive times in an individual athletics event.Dibabas tilt at history is just one of several compelling storylines unfolding over the second week of the Games.Saturdays action will see another star chasing three-peat immortality, when Jamaicas Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce attempts to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of Olympic gold in the womans 100m.The 29-year-old however could face a stiff challenge from compatriot Elaine Thompson, the fastest woman in the world this year with a time of 10.70 seconds.Flying Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers could also be in the hunt for medals, but is widely seen as the bigger threat in the 200m.Among other highlights on opening weekend, Britains Mo Farah will attempt to retain his 10,000m crown four years after his memorable romp to glory in London.Britains Jessica Ennis will begin the defence of her heptathlon title on Friday but will face a stiff challenge from Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the world leader this year.The Canadians husband, US star Ashton Eaton, will be bidding to complete a family affair with victory in the decathlon, which starts on August 18. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid win VAR over Ajax!

first_imgSpain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praises record Rodrygo! Wales recall unfit Gareth Bale for crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers Real Madrid needed a late winner from Marco Asensio and VAR’s debut in the Champions League to beat a spirited Ajax 2-1 in the first leg of the last 16 on Wednesday. Ajax have not beaten Madrid in 24 years and thought they were on their way at the Johan Cruyff Arena when Nicolas Tagliafico headed home after a Thibaut Courtois error. But referee Damir Skomina judged Dusan Tadic to be offside upon review and Madrid showed no pity on their youthful opponents, Karim Benzema and Asensio scoring two precious away goals in the second half.Related News Real’s Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opener against Ajax in Amsterdam. Pic/AFP Hakim’s equaliserHakim Ziyech’s equaliser at least keeps Ajax in touch heading into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu but Asensio’s 87th-minute winner was a sucker-punch in a match the Dutch team had largely dominated. Their ruled out opener will only add to the sense of what might have been and it was no surprise to see a cluster of red and white shirts surrounding the officials at the final whistle. VAR has been introduced to the Champions League for the first time in this year’s knock-out stages and leaflets were distributed to the media before kick-off, one of the points explaining how reviews should only be for “clear and obvious mistakes”. UEFA later tweeted Ajax’s goal was “correctly overturned for offside” but Tadic’s intervention on Courtois was minimal and it seemed generous to deem it enough for a call to be reversed. “We can’t see the replay,” Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. “We have to be confident in what the referees say.” “I saw it,” said Ajax’s Erik ten Hag. “It was not offside and nor a foul on the goalkeeper either.” Still, there was more than an hour to play and Ajax were twice easily undone on the counter. Ajax undoneFrenkie de Jong, who will join Barcelona in the summer, and Matthijs de Ligt, who could follow him, were each beaten as Ajax stumbled at home. A screen grab of the gesture Bale risks ban for obscene gestureGareth Bale risks being banned for an upcoming Clasico v Barcelona after being reported by La Liga for making an obscene gesture to Atletico Madrid fans after scoring goal the third goal in Real’s 3-1 win last weekend. In a statement, La Liga said Bale was accused of “raising his right arm towards his head, a gesture of provocation towards the supporters, and then making a possibly obscene gesture by raising his bent arm and hitting it half-way up with the other hand.” The gesture, known as a “sleeve-cutter”, is seen as highly offensive in Spain. If found guilty, Bale risks a ban of anything from one to 12 games. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Lieke Martens scores last-minute penalty and Dutch eliminate Japan

first_imgThe Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Share on Facebook Netherlands 2-1 Japan: Women’s World Cup 2019 last 16 – as it happened Reuse this content Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Women’s World Cup Share on LinkedIn match reports Women’s football Share on Twitter Share via Email Netherlands women’s football team A quiet period ensued, but then Takakura’s side ramped things up. Iwabuchi fed Hina Sugita out wide, she cut inside and lashed the ball goalwards but it clattered off the underside of the bar. Iwabuchi, again at the centre of everything for Japan, was later on hand to poke a cross back from six yards to the substitute Yuka Momiki but Van Veenendaal denied them the advantage.Finally, panic in the Japan box put the ball at the feet of Miedema and the forward’s shot deflected off Kumagai’s arm. And Martens sent Yamashita the wrong way. “I haven’t seen it,” said Martens of the handball incident. “Some other people said it was harsh as well, I didn’t see it on the pitch. But VAR has made the decision and the referee made a decision, we’re really happy with that and sometimes you also need a little bit of luck.”Up next is Italy in Valenciennes, an hour’s drive from the Dutch border. “It’s really amazing to play there again,” added Martens. “We really felt like we played at home so we hope we’ll have lots of support again. I’m really looking forward to that game.” Refereeing was again in the spotlight as a controversial late penalty put the Netherlands into a quarter-final against Italy at the expense of a Japan side in the ascendancy. In the 88th minute Vivianne Miedema smashed the ball goalwards but it rocketed off the limp arm of Saki Kumagai and the referee pointed to the spot. Lieke Martens, whose lovely backheel had given the Dutch the lead, converted.Japan’s manager, Asako Takakura, diplomatically blamed their lack of cutting edge in front of goal for the result but admitted she was sad at the manner of their defeat. “We created many chances, however we just couldn’t capitalise on them and towards the end we created the crisis ourselves,” she said. “Now we have VAR – for the players sometimes cruel decisions have been made. It happened to us towards the end of the match and I’m sorry for that, but we have to look forward and we have to accept the decision.”Japan had made three changes to the starting XI that disappointed against England, Yuika Sugasawa, Yui Hasegawa and Narumi Miura stepping into the breach, and it was the combination of the former two with the always dangerous Mana Iwabuchi that would provide them with the fluidity they had been searching for, combining wonderfully for the leveller, but it was not enough. It would be fair to say that both the Netherlands and Japan have failed to find their rhythm in France. The Dutch went into this game with three wins from three but had looked weak defensively while the Japanese, with one eye on hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, had blooded some of their youth prospects and disrupted their usual crispness in possession.In the warm evening air of Rennes, both the European and the Asian champions showed flashes of brilliance. And that was reflected in the two first-half goals.Martens, the Euro 2017 Golden Ball winner, was the star when the Oranje defied the odds two years ago, earning a big-money move to Barcelona in the process. She has not underwhelmed since but she has not continued on the trajectory many expected either.Here she looked a different beast and on 17 minutes she had the reward for her graft. A Sherida Spitse corner was lofted to her at the near post and she coolly stuck out a heel to flick the ball goalwards. It took a slight deflection as it slipped through the legs of Yuika Sugasawa before rolling in near the far post, but the finish was glorious. It was her fifth goal against Japan, the most she has scored against any opponent.“You play using your intuition, it really went well. It had a little bit of ankle but it worked so fine,” she said.As if to immediately remind the Dutch of their vulnerability Sugasawa, looking to make amends, squeezed between the centre-backs, Merel van Dongen and Stefanie van der Gragt but her shot cannoned off Sari van Veenendaal’s left post.It was a warning they failed to heed and with half-time approaching Japan pounced. Having scored only twice, and only one of them from open play, the 2011 world champions had struggled to find the target despite creating chance after chance. Suddenly, though, it clicked, Sugasawa laid the ball back from the middle of the box to Mana Iwabuchi and the forward twisted free and slid a wonderful ball between the centre-backs to Hasegawa, who lifted the ball over a helpless Van Veenendaal. Japan women’s football teamlast_img read more

10 months agoAlaves winger Ibai Gomez interesting Leicester

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alaves winger Ibai Gomez interesting Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlaveswinger Ibai Gomez is interesting Leicester City.The Leicester Mercury says Leicester are keen on landing Gomez.Foxes boss Claude Puel has played down his side needing a new striker ahead of the January transfer window, but Gomez is on their radar.The 29-year-old winger is currently on the books at Alaves, and may consider a switch to the Premier League. last_img read more

Major Program Reportedly Has ‘Serious Interest’ In QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts has reportedly hit the NCAA’s transfer portal, allowing other schools to contact him about a move.247Sports’ Barton Simmons first reported the news.From a source: Jalen Hurts’ name is now in the transfer portal.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 9, 2019Hurts has already been linked to several major programs, including Maryland, which is considered by some to be the frontrunner.The Terrapins hired Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, so it makes sense that Hurts would consider following him to College Park, Maryland.Maryland isn’t the only major program with interest, though.SB Nation is reporting that Florida State, which struggled a lot in 2018, is interested.“Florida State has serious interest, a source told SB Nation’s Bud Elliott,” SB Nation reports.FSU will be interested, per source.— Bud Elliott ? (@BudElliott3) January 9, 2019Stay tuned.last_img read more

Crime Prevention Grants Awarded to Community Organizations

first_imgNova Scotians concerned about community safety will receive funding that helps them fight crime and make families and communities safer. Thirty-nine organizations will receive one-time grants through the Community Crime Prevention and Reduction Program for projects that focus on strengthening relationships in communities to reduce and prevent crime. “We want to know that our communities are safe places to live, work and raise families,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “This financial support helps our justice and community partners with crime prevention and reduction efforts in their local communities, where it makes a great difference.” This year the funding grants, totaling $40,000, range from $1,000 to $2,000. Ward One Community/Recreation Centre in New Glasgow received funding for a project under the Legal Enrichment and Decision-Making Program, Project LEAD. The grant will go towards the Youth Leadership Retreat to provide 55 youth of African descent with three days of learning about their heritage, positive decision-making and leadership. It will also include a trip to the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. “Young people make better decisions when they understand where they come from and believe they have a bright future,” said Ivan Wyse, Project LEAD New Glasgow co-ordinator. “The youth retreat will show them African Nova Scotian history and let them see for themselves some opportunities they might not have considered before.” Other organizations receiving grants across the province will provide a wide range of programs, including projects that connect youth to their communities through music, bring youth and seniors together to deal with violence, connect First Nations residents with their heritage, and support driver improvement. For a full list of recipients and projects visit read more

Markets slump after RBI cuts growth forecast… ratesensitive scrips tank

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex slumped 286 points on Wednesday after the RBI slashed the benchmark lending rate but also lowered the growth estimate for the current financial year, underscoring risks to economic revival amid multiple headwinds.After swinging 494 points in choppy trade, the 30-share index settled 286.35 points or 0.77 per cent lower at 36,690.50. The broader NSE Nifty also fell 92.75 points or 0.85 per cent to 10,855.50. Earlier in the day, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut interest rate by an unusual 35 basis points to a nine-year low of 5.40 per cent in an attempt to boost an economy growing at its slowest pace in nearly five years. This is the fourth successive rate cut by the central bank. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe RBI also reduced its growth projection for the Indian economy to 6.9 per cent for the current financial year, from 7 per cent forecasted in June, due to a slowdown in demand and investments. Most rate-sensitive stocks ended on a negative note, with BSE auto, bankex, finance and realty indices cracking up to 2.10 per cent. M&M was the worst performer in the Sensex pack, tumbling 5.62 per cent, after the company reported a 52.56 per cent decline in consolidated profit after tax to Rs 894.11 crore for the June quarter, hit by lower vehicle sales. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOther laggards included Tata Steel, Tata Motors, State Bank of India (SBI), Vedanta, Axis Bank, ITC, RIL, Maruti, L&T, HDFC twins and Kotak Bank, which fell up to 4.75 per cent. On the other hand, HUL, Yes Bank, Hero MotoCorp, IndusInd Bank, Sun Pharma, Tech Mahindra and Infosys rose up to 1.95 per cent. “The downward revision in real GDP from 7 per cent to 6.9 per cent is likely to affect the short-term sentiment in the markets. Increasing flows to NBFCs will boost credit availability, which in turn is good news for the MSME sector and exporters of all verticals,” said Pushkar Mukewar, co-founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Drip Capital.last_img read more

Doug Ford Christine Elliott make leadership pitches at conservative conference

first_imgOTTAWA – The long-term and immediate futures of the conservative movement were under scrutiny this weekend at the annual gathering of Canada’s right-of-centre.Candidates for the leadership of the Ontario PC party made their pitches to the grassroots and influencers in three separate panels hastily assembled for this year’s Manning Networking Conference, with the leadership race perhaps the most urgent item on the conservative agenda.The vote follows the resignation late last month of Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, after he was accused of sexual misconduct. He denounced the allegations, which have not been verified by The Canadian Press, as “absolute lies” in an interview with Postmedia, adding that he’s contemplating legal action.“I think it’s important for Patrick to come forward to say his view of what happened,” leadership contender Christine Elliott said when asked whether Brown would have a future in the party if she were the leader.“I know he is trying to clear his name. If he is able to clear his name by the time the election comes forward, then I would have no problem with him running as a candidate,” said Elliott. “But that has to happen before, in my opinion, he should be able to run.”Elliott was the only one of the three PC candidates was asked about Brown’s political future, and also faced far more pointed questions from the moderator about policy and her record than her competitors did.Among the questions: whether as someone who was appointed by current Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne as the province’s patient ombudsman, she’s just part of the so-called Liberal “swamp” the Ontario PCs want to drain.“Absolutely not,” she said. “I’ve always been a proud Progressive Conservative.”It’s Elliott’s third time trying for leadership of the PC Party; she lost to Brown in 2015 and to Tim Hudak in 2009.She said the key to her victory, and the party’s at large in the coming provincial election, is to ensure everyone has a home in the Ontario PC Party, calling it a “big blue tent.”That’s Doug Ford’s goal too. He said Saturday he’s confident he can translate a history of electoral success in Toronto into a win provincially — not just in his bid for the leadership, but for the Ontario PCs as a whole.He cited his performance in Toronto’s 2014 mayoral election, when he raked in about 34 per cent of the vote, finishing second to John Tory. That, he suggested, bodes well for his potential to turn Toronto’s typically left-leaning voters.Attracting NDP and Liberal voters is key, said Ford, as he claimed that much of the PC Party base comes from the left.“Don’t count out hardworking union people as being fiscally conservative,” said Ford, the brother of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford.The third contender, Caroline Mulroney, addressed the conference Friday. The relative political neophyte said her experience in the private sector would serve her well in a political leadership position.How each contender proposes to win is a microcosm of the national challenge facing conservatives, who find themselves largely in opposition positions across the country: developing and putting forward the policy to expand their traditional bases of support.One thing is clear — few feel a carbon tax is the way to go. Pledges to oppose it drew the most applause for each of the three Ontario PC candidates.Conference and Reform Party founder Preston Manning has expressed his support in the past for carbon pricing, and he urged conservatives to move beyond just a simple disavowal of it.“It’s fine to criticize the carbon tax or to be opposed to the carbon tax but if that’s all we’ve got to say, it’s basically a negative reaction to stuff that Liberals and socialists have done,” Manning said in his closing remarks to the event Saturday.“That’s hardly adequate to address environmental concerns.”last_img read more

SLFP Ministers who backed motion on PM seek removal from posts

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers who voted in support of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, have written to President Maithripala Sirisena requesting that they be removed from their Ministerial posts.Several key Ministers of the SLFP, including Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera and Ministers S.B. Dissanayake and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa,  voted for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The motion was defeated and the SLFP Ministers had said they were prepared to resign if they are asked to do so by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Colombia grew less coca in 2012 UN survey reports

The area under cultivation in Colombia fell to 48,000 hectares (ha), down from 64,000 ha in 2011, UNODC said in a news release about the survey. Of the country’s 32 departments, coca bush cultivation affected 23. Of those, 17 had smaller cultivation. Nariño, Putumayo, Guaviare and Cauca saw the greatest declines and seven departments are now below the 100-hectare level. Meanwhile, more coca was grown in Caquetá, Chocó and Norte de Santander. Satellite images and field surveys showed that some 80 per cent of cultivation was concentrated in eight departments, with roughly half taking place in three of those areas. The Government manually eradicated almost 30,500 ha of coca bush in 2012 and sprayed nearly 100,550 ha of coca crops from the air, similar to 2011 levels. The survey reported that these efforts curbed the area affected by coca cultivation in 2012 from 135,000 ha to 48,000 ha by the end of the year. “The impact of the Government efforts to eradicate illicit coca crop is visible. However, the 2012 and previous surveys show that after eradication takes place, cultivation often resumes in new or previously cleared fields,” said Bo Mathiasen, UNODC Representative in Colombia. He added that crop eradication, even when it yields positive results, must be complemented by alternative livelihood schemes to improve social, economic and environmental conditions and to achieve a sustainable reduction in the area under cultivation. It is less lucrative to produce coca than in the past, the survey reported, even with a farmer grossing an average income of $1,220 per year. The farm-gate value of coca leaf and derivatives, such as coca paste and cocaine base, was estimated at $370 million in 2012, down from $422 million in the previous year and worth 0.2 per cent of national gross domestic product (GDP) and 3 per cent of the GDP related to the agricultural sector. The number of households involved in coca cultivation fell 3 per cent from 62,400 in 2011 to 60,600 in 2012. In 2005, 82 per cent of coca growers were dependent on the crop and its derivatives, compared to 60 per cent in this year’s survey. The survey also reported that some 30 per cent of farmers are currently involved in the conversion of coca leaf into cocaine base – half the 2005 figure. read more

The Cavs Are Obliterating The Eastern Conference

Longest playoff-opening winning streaks in NBA history YEARTEAMWINNING STREAKAVG. OPPONENT ELO 2012Spurs101602 2001Lakers111653 POINTS PER GAME MARGIN Another Cleveland playoff game, another hopelessly one-sided rout. With a 108-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, LeBron James and the Cavaliers kept their perfect 2016 playoff record intact, piling up a 10th consecutive win, and it looks like nothing will stand in Cleveland’s path to the NBA Finals. Where does this run rank among historical playoff starts?It’s near the top. The Cavs’ 10-game streak is tied for the third-longest to start the playoffs.1The longest playoff win streak, period, belongs to the 1999 San Antonio Spurs, who won 12 straight games. One way to quantify the impressiveness of those streaks is to use Elo ratings to judge the competition. The Cavs’ opponents have had an average rating of 1572 — lower than that of comparable teams like the 1989 Los Angeles Lakers (who were swept in the NBA Finals) and the 2012 San Antonio Spurs (who went on to lose four straight games to the Oklahoma City Thunder). And it leaves them far short of the 2001 Lakers, who went 15-1 en route to the championship. YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESRAWADJUSTED 2010Celtics103+6.2+14.4 1989Lakers111573 1982Lakers91558 1996Bulls91+14.3+16.9 Source: 2000Trail Blazers83+7.0+14.7 1986Celtics91+13.2+17.1 2001Lakers90+11.3+17.9 2009Cavaliers81499 1992Trail Blazers92+10.6+15.2 2005Heat81518 2014Spurs104+9.5+18.3 2010Magic81578 1950Lakers81550 2016Cavaliers100+13.4+19.8 Adjustments are for schedule strength and championship leverageSource: 2016Cavaliers101572 2009Nuggets93+13.4+15.6 2008Lakers102+8.8+14.2 Most dominant playoff starts since 1984 (through first two games of conference finals) But you can only beat the teams you play, and the Cavs haven’t just beaten them 10 straight times — they’ve made the Eastern Conference look like a high school tournament, embarrassing opponents in huge blowouts.In the playoffs thus far, Cleveland is winning by an average margin of 13.4 points per game, fourth-highest among conference finalists since 1984 (through two games of the third round). And they rise even higher after adjusting for strength of schedule and the championship leverage of each game. Because the Cavs have beaten better teams by more points in the games that have mattered most — to the extent any game can really be considered pressure-packed when you sweep every series — Cleveland’s adjusted margin of victory in these playoffs is 19.8 points, giving them the most dominant start to the playoffs since 1984. The next-best performance by this measure came in 2014, when the Spurs eventually beat LeBron in the NBA Finals. Perhaps those Spurs also illustrate a shortcoming in this metric — they did lose four games by the time they were two games into the conference finals — but they got three of the losses out of the way early in the playoffs, when the games have comparatively less effect on the championship. And they won by an average of 18 points a game from Game 7 of the first round on through our cutoff.Either way, between the two measures, we can strike a balance between only crediting a team’s wins and giving it a bonus for the margins by which it crushed opponents. And by that standard, the current Cavs’ run is only rivaled by the hot start of those fabled 2001 Lakers.So can the Cavs keep it going? Well, they’re still a long shot to go undefeated in the playoffs and cap off the long-unattainable Fo’ Fo’ Fo’ Fo’. Our model gives the Cavs just a 29 percent chance of winning the next two games and sweeping the Raptors (which would be the first Fo’ Fo’ Fo’ ever, since the first round only went to seven-game series in 2003) and a 1-in-80 chance of going 16-0. Still, that’s up from about 1-in-5,000 before the playoffs started; the Cavs’ title chances have also risen from 8 percent before the playoffs to 30 percent now.Those daunting championship odds owe a lot to Cleveland’s potential NBA Finals opponents. Unlike the ’01 Lakers, who got to face the relatively weak Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland will have to power through either Golden State or Oklahoma City, whichever of the two wins the most stacked conference final in recent history. As dominant as the Cavs have been, the real work is yet to come.Carl Bialik contributed to this article.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Samsung Washing Machine Makes Acting Debut in FeatureLength Film

first_imgStay on target The piano—and Samsung’s new ad campaign—ain’t got no wrong notes.*Britain’s arm of the tech titan recently enlisted composer Michael Nyman to score a feature-length film about a washing machine.A “big-screen addition to the canon of slow cinema treats,” Samsung’s hour-long movie chronicles the full cycle—”moment by moment”—of the QuickDrive WW8800M.It’s not the fast-paced drama of Justice League or the hilarious parody of The Disaster Artist, but Washing Machine: The Feature Film is repetitive, captivating, and a real tour-de-force in laundry.The deliberate production cuts between single long shots of the machine’s spinning cycles and Nyman’s ivory-tickling fingers.“The idea of this intrigued me when I was approached, putting a score to something so visually repetitive and prosaic,” Nyman said in a statement. “As a film composer, you are frequently taking a cue from the drama on screen or interpreting it sonically, but here the challenge was to offset the mundanity and also enhance the hypnotic appeal.”This unlikely film builds on Samsung’s 3:30 ad, which aired last month in the UK and called the wash cycle “a soulful ballet of technology in motion.” (It also featured a cameo appearance from a single red sock, which is ludicrous, considering the volume of whites in that machine.)“I have written a lot of music to manufacturing processes, but this is the most elaborate mechanical, mechanistic film I’ve been involved with,” Nyman said.“I’m interested in the mechanical process, the way that I create musical cycles which are based on repetition and variation and the correlation between that music and what happens in a washing machine process,” he continued. “I really want the music to be heard and I want the music to be loud, so I think with this project its man over machine.”Nyman and his muse (via Samsung)The award-winning composer recorded part of his soundtrack live in London, surrounded by monitors featuring a 66-minute family wash cycle.The movie—directed by Peter Mountstevens and starring Nyman, QuickDrive, and Amanda Powell as “machine lady”—debuted last week at the Leicester Square Cineworld theatre in London.“Our film features a virtuoso performance from both man and machine,” according to Mark Seaman, head of domestic appliances for Samsung UK & Ireland. “What better way to showcase the fastest washing machine we have ever made than to feature it in one of the slowest movies ever created, complete with a soundtrack from one of Britain’s most celebrated composers?”Watch all 68 minutes and 26 seconds online. I dare you.* Paraphrase of Thelonious Monk—in response to a guest expert who said Monk created extraordinary music, in spite of “playing the wrong notes on the piano,” as quoted in Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Former judge Wulle takes plea deal in DUI case

first_imgFormer Superior Court Judge John Wulle has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in an alleged drunken driving case, in which he struck two vehicles while en route to a Salmon Creek supermarket.Wulle, 66, entered the guilty plea Monday afternoon in Skamania County District Court to first-degree negligent driving, as part of a plea deal, according to his defense attorney Jon McMullen. He initially faced a DUI charge, a gross misdemeanor.A judge ordered that Wulle must participate in eight hours of community service and a victim impact panel — an awareness program for offenders convicted of DUI or related charges for alcohol or drug use. He will also undergo a substance abuse evaluation and any necessary treatment, McMullen told The Columbian in a phone interview.“This is a 66-year-old year man with a spotless record and is a pillar of the community. The sad reality is there was significantly more going on here than a 0.08 DUI,” he said on behalf of his client.The case was handled by Skamania County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Kick and visiting Klickitat District Court Judge Jeffrey Baker to avoid any conflicts of interest. A phone call to Kick’s office was not returned Tuesday.last_img read more

Interior Official Confirms No 3D Seismic Testing In The ANWR This Winter

first_imgAccording to Wackawski, this means that when the Interior holds its annual oil lease sale, companies will have less information about where the tracts they are bidding on. Steve Wackowski, Interior’s senior advisor for Alaska affairs, made the announcement at a meeting in Kaktovik. It’s been reported that the partial government shutdown delayed the work. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “If you were to lease without that knowledge, sometimes folks will take that risk believing that entire area may have the potential.” In December of 2017, Congress and President Donald Trump approved a federal budget that calls for oil and gas lease sales in the coastal plain. The provision to open ANWR was written in by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Interior official announced on Tuesday that there will be no 3-D seismic exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this winter, like previously planned. Estimates by the Department of Interior to Congress indicated that as much as $2.2 billion could be earned from the sales of oil and gas leases there. A final estimate cannot be complete without the seismic exploration.last_img read more

Shocking 2019 Ford Fusion Energi recalled over exposed fuse

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Ford Fusion received a slight redesign for 2019. Ford Ford has issued a recall covering 2019 model year Fusion Energi sedans, due to an uncovered high voltage fuse. In a recall notice released Tuesday, Ford said 2,100 vehicles are affected by this problem.The affected vehicles “do not meet the enhanced level of high voltage access protection required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 305,” according to the recall statement. “This condition could allow contact with an uncovered high voltage fuse through a small gap behind the access panel.” The results of touching this voltage source could be, um, shocking.To rectify this problem, dealers will install a cover over the battery’s electrical center, and the recall work will, of course, be performed free of charge. All of the affected vehicles were built between Oct. 1 and Dec. 14, 2018.The Fusion lineup received a number of updates for 2019, including a restyled front fascia and the fitment of Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver assistance tech. For the plug-in hybrid Energi specifically, 2019 brought a bit more EV range — a 20-percent improvement, though that only ups its electric driving ability to 25 miles.Of course, the Fusion — as well as many other Ford passenger cars — won’t be around much longer. The Fiesta, Focus and Fusion will all be phased out in the coming years as Ford shifts its focus to trucks, SUVs and other utility vehicles. Car Industry Comments Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Ford Fusion gets tech improvements, longer EV range Ford Hybrids Sedans More From Roadshow 0 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Ford,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 71 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4 Tags General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama.center_img Post a comment 81 Photos 10 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 69 Photos 68 Photos 52 Photos 26 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 12 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 68 Photos 49 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Share your voice Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Tags More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec modellast_img read more

Roku Says It Surpassed Samsung in US Smart TV Sales Shares Up

first_img Popular on Variety “Roku had an outstanding first quarter,” the company said in its letter to shareholders. “The strength of our brand, the scale of our active account base, the advantages of our purpose-built streaming OS and the engagement of our users make Roku an increasingly important partner for content publishers, advertisers and TV manufacturers. The shift to streaming and away from linear TV and legacy distribution platforms has enormous momentum.”The company’s hardware revenue grew from $61.5 million in Q1 of 2018 to $72.5 million. At the same time, advertising and services revenue increased from $75.1 million in Q1 of 2018 to $134 million this past quarter — a testament to the strength of Roku’s advertising business. Roku ended the quarter with 29.1 million active accounts, who collectively streamed 8.9 billion hours of audio and video.Roku executives told investors during Wednesday’s call that they have seen some momentum for virtual pay TV operators, a notion that chief financial officer Steve Louden reiterated during an interview with Variety. “The virtual MVPD market has been doing well on the platform,” he said.“Overall, the category is a great one for us,” Louden said. “It helps to hasten cord cutting.”Virtual pay TV operators like DirecTV Now have been under pressure to raise prices in recent months, which has led to some customer defections. Louden acknowledged that the current skinny TV bundles may not necessarily represent the end stage of paid TV distribution online, which could include further unbundling. “We are big believers in the fragmentation of the traditional cable bundle,” he said.As a response to its Q1 results, Roku raised its full-year 2019 guidance on  Wednesday. The company continues to expect that it will surpass $1 billion in revenue this year, and now forecasts 40% year-over-year growth, up from 36%. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related U.S. Delays Tariffs on Smart Phones, Game Consoles, Set-top Boxes Roku Is Embracing Kids Content With New Roku Channel Section Roku executives told investors on Wednesday that the company was now leading the U.S. smart TV market.“We have taken the lead from Samsung and are now the number one smart TV OS in the country,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood said during the company’s Q1 earnings call. TVs from TCL and other consumer electronics manufacturers that are powered by Roku’s operating system accounted for one in three smart TVs sold in the U.S. during the first quarter, the company estimated.Roku announced this milestone as it released better-than-expected earnings results with a year-over-year revenue growth of 51%, which resulted in share prices shooting up more than 8% in after-hours trading.Roku generated revenue of $206.7 million during the first three months of the year, compared to $136.6 million during the same quarter a year ago. The company’s net loss for the quarter was $10.7 million, compared to $6.9 million in Q1 of 2018. This translates to a net loss of $0.09 per share. Analysts had expected revenue of $189 million for the quarter, and a net loss of $0.24 per share.last_img read more

Tiny Arcade puts gaming in the palm of your hand

first_imgYou’ve got lots of choices when it comes to gaming on the go. Few, however, are quite as geeky as this miniature arcade cabinet that’s powered by an Arduino.For obvious reasons, its creators at Tiny Circuits call it Tiny Arcade, and it’s a lot like a functional version of these cool little cabinets we saw back in 2009. It’s got all the hardware you’d expect to find in a full-sized arcade cabinet: a full-color display (OLED), a joystick and a single button, and a speaker. One of the company’s own TinyDuino boards supplies the processing power and provides a USB port to recharge and re-program as well as a port to connect a lithium-ion battery pack.Tiny Arcade comes pre-loaded with plenty of games to get you going. As you can imagine, they’re all fairly simplistic. Flappy Birdz recreates the frustratingly basic mobile sensation, Tiny Invaders pits you against hordes of fiendish pixelated aliens, and 3D Attack is a minimalistic Doom clone for the Tiny Arcade’s liliputian screen. To add more games to your library, all you have to do is load them onto a micro SD card and pop them in to the expansion slot. Your Tiny Arcade can also double as a portable cinema! The TinyCircuits team will provide you with an app that converts standard .MP4 files to a Tiny Arcade-friendly format.You can score a Tiny Arcade by pledging $60 to support the Kickstarter project. That gets you a DIY kit. Ready-made cabinets will cost you more: $75 for the basic model and $150 for the one with the snazzier-looking 3D-printed case.last_img read more

We will keep playing till we drop

first_imgWho could have ever thought that the strains of Costa Rican music could merge in with the melodies of Iran and create some magic? Meet Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah. The two musicians have been performing together since 1980.Bringing in the best from their diverse cultural roots in Costa Rica and Iran, they have created an eclectic blend of music adding their own special touch to the traditional acoustic guitar. Merging Afro-Caribbean, Latin American, Flamenco, Middle East and Jazz influences, their album Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Heat of the Sun spent four months in the top 10 of the World Music Charts and got them a Grammy nomination.The musicians are on their India tour and are raring to give the Capital a taste of what makes these Grammy nominees the talk of town. Millennium Post caught up with the duo  to discuss where it all began for Strunz and Farah.How did it all start? How did you meet and decide to perform together?Jorge was looking for someone to form a guitar duo with and a mutual friend (a Greek/English guitarist) arranged an introduction. We were playing very fast and difficult pieces like Monty’s Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCzardas at top speed and in harmony within hours of meeting each another. Merging the sounds from Costa Rica and Iran — how did that happen?It happened quite naturally. Since those are our roots, those flavours emerged and they simply worked well together. For example, on the album Guitarras, we did a piece entitled Mirage with the legendary Iranian singer Heyadeh. This was on the one hand very Iranian, but on the other, the rhythm Jorge played behind it was completely Latin folk. It worked very well, adding  a unique propulsion to the piece. Tell us about the making of Heat of the Sun…We were in a transitional state with the band and we went into the studio and made it! As is usually the case, the music had already been performed in public at shows and so it was a natural next step to record the music. What was the thought behind it?The heat and passion of the title piece, among others. What projects are you working on right now, and tell us about the ones in the pipeline…We’re taking our time on a new project. It’s been three decades and counting…what lies ahead?We’ll play until we drop! Playing is what we do best!DETAILWhere: Siri Fort AuditoriumWhen: 5 DecemberTime: 7 pm onwards Passes available at Rhythm CornerCost: Rs 500 onwardslast_img read more