How to create a rock star vPro PC on your own.

first_imgAwhile back Nick the Intern & I decided to build a rock star vPro PC on our own. We scoped out the best hardware we could at the time and we built the following:Intel BOXDQ35JOE Core 2 Quad/ Intel Q35/ FSB 1333/ vPro/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard2.83GHz Core 2 Quad4GB DDR2 RAMApevia X-Qpack2 Case500W PSUASUS HD4870 Video Card32GB SSD (for OS)2x500GB RAID (storage)Blu-ray/HDdvd DriveAfter building it we started to test out the vPro functionality and that is when we realized that certain Intel MOBO (motherboard) the AMT settings are not seen through a CTRL+P prompt. So tonight after a bit of VGA2USB conversion I created the following video to show where they are at. Key message is if your building a vPro machine on your own & are planning on managing then be aware of where the location of the AMT settings. Here’s the video. Have you created your own? Let me know. . post a pix and share. I guess I should also post out a few pixs .. (will do shortly.). Josh Hlast_img read more

Azkals Eye 1st Asian Cup stint

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Antonio shares Italy lead; Torre rises ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Having enjoyed his first trip to Nepal five years ago when the Philippines reached the AFC Challenge Cup semifinals for the first time, Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband is hoping to achieve a bigger, more important goal this time.When Younghusband leads the Azkals out at ANFA Stadium against the host country in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the team will be carrying the dreams of a nation that has so long been aching to play with the elite.ADVERTISEMENT A victory against Nepal will guarantee progress to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, a first for the country.“I think this is as good as any chance for us to qualify so I’m not even thinking about the possibility of us not qualifying,” said Younghusband, who has four goals so far in the qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSitting on top of Group F with eight points, the Azkals still have one more game against Tajikistan at home.“This is perhaps one of the most important matches in our history,” said team manager Dan Palami. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 benchmark scores leaked ahead of launch

first_imgAhead of its purported January 15 launch, the alleged Xiaomi Mi4 successor (tipped as the Mi5) is in news yet again, only this time round things have turned out clearer with regard to what’s in store. A new report (via PhoneArena) has now tipped some rare images of the alleged Xiaomi Mi5.Going by the purported images, the alleged Mi5 doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor. However, the bigger picture here is that the alleged images show the rumoured Mi5 running some kind of benchmark app, quite possibly AnTuTu. The images thereon reveal the benchmark score of the alleged Mi5 and are pretty good one at that.Reportedly, one of the leaked images shows the device scoring an impressive 46,866 benchmark score. Meanwhile, another leaked image goes on to depict a benchmark chart where the alleged Mi5 is seen placed higher than biggies such as the OnePlus One, HTC One (M8), Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi 3, Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 5, and the LG G3; according to the report. Now that’s saying a lot about the device, and if things do turn out this way, the alleged Xiaomi Mi5 may be one big powerhouse of a device.That’s not all, one of the leaked images allegedly shows the device running a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. Meanwhile, one image reportedly shows a dual-LED flash alongside the rear camera.On the downside, the alleged Mi5 is seen sporting an all plastic frame unlike the Mi4 that sports metal.  The Chinese tech start-up is expected to launch not one but two new devices at its January 15 event to be held at the National Conference Center in Beijing.advertisementlast_img read more

The toast, the butter and the technology: DMA 2013

first_imgI’m going to be speaking at the DMA Non Profit Conference next week. If you’re a Washington, DC-area native or are coming into town for the conference, come say hello.The DMA has asked me to share these details on the conference: It’s a great opportunity to gain insights into what other organizations like yours are doing in the fundraising world. Topics will include better ways to integrate your fundraising channels, build donor loyalty and improve your fundraising results. I’ll be speaking about what technology can and can’t do for fundraising. And toast and butter.Technology has enormous potential, but it’s all in how we use it. Technology is at its essence a delivery system. That means what’s being delivered will determine how much good comes of it. Adam Gopnik, a favorite writer of mine, compares technology to toast: “Our thoughts are bigger than the things that deliver them… Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn’t really about the quality of the bread or how it’s sliced or the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It’s about the butter.” He means the content of our ideas—the butter—is more valuable than the delivery vehicle —the toast of technology— that carries them. I’ll be talking about toast, butter and how to use technology in a way that drives more dollars.More details here.last_img read more

Kane makes more Tottenham goalscoring history

first_imgHarry Kane became the first Tottenham player to score at least 20 in five straight seasons with his penalty finish against Chelsea on Tuesday.Kane scored in the first half of Spurs’ Carabao Cup semi-final with Chelsea, calmly slotting home from the penalty spot after being felled by Kepa Arrizabalaga inside the box.Kane was originally flagged offside, but after a check by VAR the forward was deemed onside and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With the goal, Kane notched his 20th goal of the season, marking the fifth straight campaign where he’s hit that mark.The run began with his 31-goal campaign in 2014-15, which he then followed up on with a 28-goal season one year later.Kane then fired 28 goals the next season before last campaign brought his best total yet as the Spurs forward fired 41 goals for Spurs in 48 games in 2017-18.160 – Harry Kane is now the outright fourth highest goalscorer for Tottenham Hotspur. Climbing. pic.twitter.com/Ri9nAnporn — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 8, 2019 In addition, Kane’s finish saw him become the fourth top goalscorer in Tottenham history with 160 goals.The 25-year-old forward trails only Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Smith and Martin Chivers, who scored 266, 208 and 174 goals in their careers, respectively.Tuesday’s goal marked the sixth consecutive match in which Kane has found the back of the net; the second time in his career he has scored in that many matches in a row. Prior to Tuesday’s finish against the Blues, Kane scored in matches against Tranmere, Cardiff, Wolves, Bournemouth and Everton.last_img read more

Silva: City leaning on experice in title race

first_imgDavid Silva is using the experience of past glory to help Manchester City in their Premier League title race with Liverpool and Tottenham.Defending champions City have the chance to move level alongside Liverpool atop the table when they welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.There appeared to be nerves creeping into rivals Liverpool’s game following back-to-back draws prior to Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Silva has won three Premier League titles since arriving from Valencia in 2010 and the Spanish star believes that experience will prove beneficial this season.”I think the next one is always the most important. The experience of many years and many games in the Premier League helps you a lot in moments like this,” Silva said. “Because you have experienced it before and you know exactly what can happen.”Every game is difficult. When the opposing team closes the spaces and defends very well, we must take advantage of the chances we have. That’s what happened on Wednesday [against Everton] and we managed to score the two goals.”You are not always going to win by a big margin. I think as long as we defend well, we are always going to have chances to win the game.”Since I arrived, we have had this pressure of having to fight for the Premier League trophy until the end. Hopefully, this season we’ll be able to do it again. PEP I know what happened to the Champions for the last five or six years..That is what has delighted me to the most this season. We want to be there until the end and Sunday could help us.We will be there, fighting to be Champions again. pic.twitter.com/kY87GZXTrd — Manchester City (@ManCity) February 9, 2019 “We have a squad full of great players with a lot of quality, a lot of young players and experienced ones too. I think we have a good mix and balance and that is going to be useful.”​Following Sunday’s clash City will have to turn their attention to cup action, with an FA Cup fifth-round match against Newport County next up and a Champions League round of 16 clash against Schalke set for February 20.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Trust vote KTK assembly adjourned till tomorrow BJP to sit on overnight

first_imgBengaluru: The Karnataka assembly was adjourned till Friday morning amid acrimony during the debate on the motion of confidence moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy to decide the fate of his 14-month-old government. The House was adjourned by Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy as the Congress members persistently shouted slogans against the BJP as the proceedings wore on with Kumaraswamy yet to make his speech on the motion. Before the House was adjourned, BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa declared that his party members would stay put in the House itself overnight and even till the time the trust vote was decided. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “We will stay until the trust vote is decided,” Yeddyurappa declared. He said the confidence motion was not even discussed properly for 15 minutes and other issues were brought in by the ruling coalition members to delay the trust vote. “There has been a breach of constitutional framework,” he said, adding that it was unparalleled. “To protest against this, we will sleep here itself,” Yeddyurappa said.last_img read more

7 dead in DR Congo lake boat capsize

first_imgBukavu (DR Congo): Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday. Lake and river transport is widely used in the DRC as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels. The “total number of deaths is seven,” the local minister of transport and communication in South Kivu province, Claude Swedy Basila said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAuthorities rescued 102 survivors, it said. The private boat, carrying 110 passengers, mainly traders, was travelling to the island of Idjwi when it struck a rock Saturday before capsizing. Saturday’s disaster involved a “baleiniere” or “whaler” — a commonly-used flat-bottomed vessel resembling a motorised canoe 15 to 30 metres (50 to 100 feet) long by two to six metres wide. At least 30 people died and dozens more went missing in May after a boat accident on a lake in western DRC. In the vast majority of accidents, passengers are not equipped with life jackets and many cannot swim.last_img read more

Gurugram was like second home to former Union FM

first_imgGurugram: Born into a Punjabi household in Lahore, Arun Jaitley alongside his family moved to Delhi during the partition. In due course of time, Jaitley witnessed the growth of Delhi and its neighboring areas and in effect also benefited from the experience. Gurugram was like a second home to the former finance minister who had investments in two residential properties and commercial properties. In the affidavit filed by him, Jaitley disclosed that he had flat on the Golf Course road that despite the downturn in the real estate is estimated to be worth crores. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also had commercial property in the Cyber greens tower, in an area that has already witnessed a lot of uptrend because of the presence of multinational companies. Moreover, he also had a farmhouse on the Gurugram-Faridabad road. If one goes through the affidavit of Jaitley, it is evident that he had more investments in Gurugram than even in Delhi, a city where he grew and prospered. Well known as a foodie, sources highlight that Jaitley used to be regular in the party circles of Gurugram given that most of his friends from the legal and business community also had their residences in Gurugram. As BJP grew stronger in the city and in the state, the 66-year-old made sure that he visited the city frequently. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMost of his official visits to the city as Finance Minister was for purpose of overseeing the educational and innovation centers as he realized the significance of the growth of Medium-scale micro industries (MSME) in Manesar and Bawal. Furthermore he was instrumental in inaugurating the corporate affairs department and the data centre in the industrial area. His most memorable visits were to educational institutions like the Management Development Institute (MDI) and NASSCOM events. In 2016 he visited the convocation of the SGT University and his address to the students is still considered as the best convocation speech that has been ever delivered to the students. Reminiscing, one of the senior teachers of the university mentioned how he encouraged the students to always aspire for being at the top even though it involves taking risks. “You become a part of the crowd when you perform the tasks that are being performed by everyone, it is only when you aspire to be in a different league that you make a mark for yourself,” Jaitley had said.last_img read more

Modi meets Johnson on G7 Summit sidelines agree to further IndiaUK bilateral

first_imgBiarritz (France): Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a “good” meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson here on Sunday and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement bilateral ties in trade, defence and innovation. Modi met Johnson on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit being held in this southwestern French city. The prime minister arrived in Biarritz from Manama, the capital of Bahrain, after concluding the first-ever prime ministerial visit to the Gulf nation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We had a great meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson, where we got to discuss ways to further cement ties in trade, defence, and innovation. India and United Kingdom relations are robust this benefits our citizens greatly,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet. “PM Narendra Modi had a good meeting with UK PM Boris Johnson on margins of G-7 summit. Discussions focused on strengthening our bilateral ties going forward, inter alia, in trade & investment, defence & security, S & T and education sectors,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi began by congratulating Johnson on England’s spectacular win in the Third Test of the Ashes,” he said. It was the first meeting between the two leaders after Johnson became Prime Minister last month, the third in fairly quick succession since Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016 – following on from David Cameron and Theresa May. Their meeting came against the backdrop of the Indian government revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories. During a telephone call early this week, Johnson told Modi that Kashmir remains a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan as far as the UK’s view is concerned. “The Prime Minister made clear that the UK views the issue of Kashmir as one for India and Pakistan to resolve bilaterally. He underlined the importance of resolving issues through dialogue,” a Downing Street spokesperson said in an official readout of the phone call on Tuesday. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.last_img read more

Anderson Cooper is the face of serious news but hes bringing his

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Anderson Cooper is CNN.And the network is seeing soaring ratings under Donald Trump’s presidency, with Cooper at the helm as the most recognizable face of the brand.However, his own brand extends beyond the news channel: Cooper, 50, is also familiar to viewers as a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. (His highly anticipated interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels over her alleged affair with U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to air on that show March 25.)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Television was never far from Cooper’s life: the Yale graduate’s exposure started at the age of 3, as a guest on The Tonight Show with his mother, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt. (His ancestors include Cornelius Vanderbilt, the shipping and railroad tycoon who founded the family fortune.)Cooper is at Toronto’s Sony Centre March 24 with longtime friend and Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, the executive producer of the Real Housewives franchise, to talk about world events and pop culture in their first foray across the border. Advertisement “I wouldn’t say it’s fun. But I can tell you it’s an exciting time to be in the news business, that’s for sure.” Anderson Cooper says. (AC2)last_img read more

Zoom Responds to Heat on Videoon Vulnerability

Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. A patch for the video-on vulnerability will follow this weekend, on July 12, Zoom wrote. Once this update takes effect, first-time users can select and save “Always turn off my video” as the default for all future meetings. Returning users who would like to turn video off by default will be able to do so through the Zoom client settings. Communications and collaboration analysts I’ve spoken with have been less concerned about the vulnerability… although they said Zoom could have reacted differently between the flaw’s discovery four months ago and yesterday’s patch announcement. The researcher then went on to share a timeline of his interactions with Zoom about the vulnerability he discovered, beginning on March 8 with a Twitter outreach and ending on July 8 with his public disclosure. To recap, word of the vulnerability surfaced publicly on Monday, July 8, when a security researcher published an InfoSec Write-up titled, “Zoom Zero Day.” The researcher explained he discovered a Zoom Mac client vulnerability that “allows any website to forcibly join a user to a Zoom call, with their video camera activated, without the user’s permission.” Zoom believed it effectively addressed this question by giving first-time users the ability to turn off the auto video-on setting, as well as allowing enterprise customers to set that as a default so that video must be clicked on for every meeting, Gal said: “We present the options and let them choose based on their security policies.” See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » In the statement, Zoom also provided its stance on the two Mac-specific issues. Indeed, Zoom has built a brand around the frictionless meeting experience. So while security is of paramount importance, any vulnerability gets weighed against factors such as ease of use, Oded Gal, head of products at Zoom, told me. He characterized the tradeoff as a conceptual issue, saying about video-on, “Is starting video by default a security risk or not? That’s the question, right?” “Additionally,” he continued, “if you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine that will happily re-install the Zoom client for you, without requiring any user interaction on your behalf besides visiting a webpage.” Disabling auto-start of video should assuage any concerns, Lazar said. As to the auto-join via Zoom local web server, Zoom attributed this vulnerability to a workaround it implemented following Apple’s decision in Safari 12 to require users to click to accept an app’s launch — in Zoom’s case, at the start of each video meeting. Installing a local web server that automatically accepts the access circumvented the need for that extra click, Zoom wrote. “We feel that this is a legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator.” “If an attacker is able to trick a target Zoom user into clicking a web link to the attacker’s Zoom meeting ID URL, either in an email message or on an internet web server, the target user could unknowingly join the attacker’s Zoom meeting. If the user has not explicitly configured their Zoom client to disable video upon joining meetings, the attacker may be able to view the user’s video camera. Because the Zoom client user interface runs in the foreground upon launch, it would be readily apparent to the user that they had unintentionally joined a meeting.” However, “a bit more concerning” than the vulnerability itself is Zoom’s response to it, he added. “I would have rather seen them proactively address the issue rather than wait for the researcher to publish the vulnerability.”Tags:News & ViewsZoomVideo-on vulnerabilityVideo Collaboration & A/VEmployee ExperienceMeetingsNews & ViewsSecurityVendor News Articles You Might Like cybersecurity_774.png But Zoom has seen this week that public perception isn’t to be dismissed, Gal said. And so the company worked to hasten resolution of the noted vulnerabilities, hence the July 9 patch. With this patch, Zoom has removed the local web server. For this to take effect, Mac users will need to update their clients, as prompted via the Zoom user interface, the company wrote in update to its response blog on the vulnerability. In addition, this patch allows users to uninstall the Zoom client manually. The “Uninstall Zoom” option will appear in the Zoom menu bar. Of course, this means Mac users will now have that extra click Zoom had previously worked around, said Gal, noting that Zoom is in discussions with Apple on ways to improve this process. What’s more, the researcher wrote, this vulnerability could have precipitated denial-of-service (DoS) attacks against a Mac “by repeatedly joining a user to an invalid call. A far greater security risk would be a nefarious download or virus resulting from clicking on a Zoom meeting link, he added. “Really, I don’t think there’s a major story here — other than that everybody should watch what they’re doing and be as conscientious as possible.” Log in or register to post comments Following plenty of social shaming and public disapproval from security experts and industry watchers, Zoom Video Communications yesterday afternoon announced that it has released one patch for a previously-unfixed vulnerability in its cloud video conferencing service, and noted plans to release a second as part of a planned July update due this weekend.  While the security community has taken Zoom to task over its decisions regarding the tradeoff between ease of use and the video-on vulnerability, video collaboration analysts haven’t seen the need to raise the red flag over it. Ira Weinstein, managing partner with Recon Research, pointed to the click-to-join reality of today’s collaboration solutions. This is a deliberate functional choice not only for Zoom but many others, for convenience and speed, he said. “I don’t know that I’d call [the Zoom vulnerability] much of a risk more than any other Internet-based risk of clicking on any link.” Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Regarding the local DoS vulnerability, Zoom acknowledged that were an attacker ever successfully able to initiate an “endless loop of meeting join requests” then the attempt to lock up a user’s Mac would indeed work. However, Zoom said that it’s never seen the vulnerability exploited, and noted that a fix issued in May addresses this vulnerability. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. While the researcher wrote about this as a Zoom Mac client issue, the “video-on vulnerability,” as Zoom calls it, is a issue for PC clients, too. But Zoom downplayed the risk in a public statement issued on July 8. Characterizing the discovery as an “alleged risk,” Zoom wrote: Irwin Lazar, vice president and service director at Nemertes Research, shared a similar view. “Zoom has historically focused on promoting fast join times and a video-first experience as key differentiators. This vulnerability uses those features against them, but at this point I think the threat is a bit overblown,” he wrote to me via email. “A user is only impacted if they click on a URL that launches a meeting, and at that point they would see the Zoom client launch, and the meeting start. On a Mac, they would also see the green light illuminate next to their camera.” read more

Milk Jug Shooting Contest Takes Place in Green River

The Green River Gun Club hosted a 600-yard milk jug shooting contest on Saturday.The contest began at 11 a.m. and welcomed shooters from the area. The event is made up of a five-man competition. Just $5 bought a participant three shots in the competition and $15 was awarded to the winner of each round. If there was a tie, the shooters were then required to shoot a gong to break the tie.The money raised from the event will directly benefit the gun club.Mark Keener oversaw the event and said that he hosts this event two or three times per year. “It is mostly to have fun during the off season and to give people something to shoot at,” he said.The event ran until people stooped coming, which was about 2 p.m.

Axsotic a 3D spheric mouse artists will drool over

first_imgThe typical mouse and keyboard setup is not challenged very often, but when it is most people are reluctant to change the input habits they have built up over many years. In the digital art field, however, users have been more accepting of change and we have seen the graphic tablet and pen catch on, as well as the more recent Cintiq display growing in popularity.Now there’s another input device attempting to replace the mouse on your desk called the axsotic. It’s described as a 3D spheric mouse and promises a much better input experience for those working with 3D content such as artists using packages like Maya or 3ds Max.AdChoices广告The reason axostic works so well is the ability to not only rotate the ball to rotate a camera or object on-screen, but also to nudge the ball in your hand. That gives you a second set of movement which translates to move, zoom, and rotate all at once with a single hand. The other hand is then left free to work on whatever is being moved around with the axsotic.The ball in the controller is suspended to give the user maximum freedom to grip it and move it within its polymer springbodies. It also requires no special driver to be installed before it can be used, only a plug-in or SDK required.Here’s a few details about the axsotic:USB 2.0 connection100mA power consumptionWorks for both right and left-handed users1,000 dpi optical resolution2,170 dpi magnetic precision for zoom and panMeasures 11 x 12 x 10cm and weighs 450 gramsSupport is already in place for popular 3D packages including Maya, 3ds Max, Cinema4D, and BodyPaint with others in the works.The axsotic isn’t available to buy just yet, but you can register your interest at the website to be one of the first to purchase it.Read more at axsotic, via Hack a DayMatthew’s opinionWhile the axsotic does look a bit cumbersome it certainly has the potential to make working in 3D a bit more fluid. The video demonstrates how responsive it is, and I bet after a few hours of use it becomes natural to manipulate with a ball while working with a pen in your other hand. It’s also quite large which is a good thing as I suspect most artists will choose to use it in their less dominant hand allowing for more precision with a pen in the dominant hand.We don’t know how much the axsotic costs, but I don’t think it’s going to be cheap. The creator can afford to charge a premium if it is as good as the video makes it out to be. There isn’t really any competition out there for it either.If there’s any 3D artists reading this we’d love to hear what your initial impressions are of this input device. Do you think it would make modelling that much quicker and easier to do to warrant an investment?last_img read more

Labors GreekFYROM campaign flyer mixup causes outrage

first_imgLabor has come under fire from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Australian community, after a campaign flyer for the Batman by-election was released using Greek text under the subheading ‘Macedonian’.Federal Labor Party leader Bill Shorten and Labor candidate for Batman Ged Kearney have since apologised and said that it was “a production error”.The party’s election policy information was printed in several languages on the flyer, including Greek, Arabic, Italian, and Vietnamese, but the Greek language was also used in the ‘Macedonian’ section.The non-profit organisation World Macedonian Congress Australia had issued a public letter on Tuesday condemning the mistake.“It is highly offensive and discriminatory to impose a Greek translation on the flyer, considering Macedonian is an internationally recognised language, and there are registered Australian Macedonian NAATI-certified translators for the Macedonian language in Australia,” the statement read.The campaign flyer has caused tension in the Batman electorate.On Wednesday, Shorten and Kearney issued a joint statement in an email to SBS News saying, “Clearly the translated message should have been in the Macedonian language . . . We were not aware of it until the flyer was distributed.”That same day Kearney held a meeting in her electorate, inviting members of the FYROM community to attend, to personally express her apologies over the matter.The mistake has come at a particularly sensitive time, as Greece and FYROM are in talks over the use of the name ‘Macedonia’.Thousands of Greek Australians, and Australians of FYROM heritage have protested to express their views over the use of the name.The Batman by-election takes place on Saturday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver boy 9 Oregon Rail Heritage Centers youngest docent

first_imgVisit the Holiday Express website.PORTLAND — Plumes of white steam puffed from the stack of the restored Spokane Portland & Seattle 700 locomotive as it idled on the tracks at Oaks Park. On weekends between Thanksgiving and mid-December, the restored 1938 steam locomotive was adorned with Christmas lights and an enormous wreath as it was readied for its annual task: pulling the Holiday Express train.Wearing a Santa hat and a red and green plaid bow tie, Joey Douglas, 9, was ready for his volunteer shift on the Holiday Express. The fourth-grader at Eisenhower Elementary School in Vancouver is the youngest docent at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland. Volunteers from the center staff the Holiday Express.o Built: 1938.o Length: 111 feet.o Weight: 440 tons.o Horsepower: 5,000.o Speed: Can exceed 80 miles per hour.o Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia.o Fuel: Recycled oilo History: Pulled the Empire Builder until 1947; provided passenger service from Portland through Columbia River Gorge to Spokane until 1956; placed on permanent display at Oaks Park in Southeast Portland in 1958.o Donated: 1950s to city of Portland.o Restored and returned to operation: 1990.o Volunteer organization: Pacific Railroad Preservation Association.o Museum: Oregon Rail Heritage Center.o BNSF is the successor company to the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway.A boy can aspire to any number of thrilling careers: Seahawks quarterback, race car driver or astronaut. But none of those appeal to Joey. He hopes to become a railroad engineer.last_img read more

Tudor Old Seward intersection closed through at least part of Saturday

first_imgThe intersection of Tudor Road and the Old Seward Highway will remain closed through at least part of Saturday as crews repair a broken water main.A backhoe on East Tudor helps to fix the water main break. (Photo courtesy of AWWU)Alaska Water and Wastewater Utility spokesperson Chris Kosinski said repair crews had to bring in heavier equipment late Thursday to excavate the affected portion of the water main.“We’ve exposed the pipe and it has about a fist-sized hole in it,” Kosinski said.Kosinski said the puncture occurred when a contractor working for GCI was boring a hole underground to run a stretch of fiber-optic cable, when it hit the water main running down Tudor Road.Engineers are now working to find a quick fix. Kosinski said one potential option is to use a large clamp to temporarily seal the hole.“If we can use that clamp, we’ll be able to close up the hole itself and eventually get back in the system to repair it later on – make a permanent repair,” he said.That determination should be made later Friday.If engineers decide the clamp option is not an adequate fix, Kosinski says the utility will have to order a part from the Lower 48.But, for now, he says the system has been rerouted, and all customers should have water.“Pressure and flow of water may be less in some areas than normal,” Kosinski said. “But, everybody should have water supply.”Kosinski said the utility is working to allow traffic flow to return to normal. But, the intersection will remain closed through at least part of Saturday – possibly longer.last_img read more

Radha Ravi on slutshaming Nayanthara I will apologise if she says she

first_imgRadha Ravi and Nayanthara.PR HandoutRadha Ravi has stated that the controversy surrounding Nayanthara and him is over. The veteran actor also clarified that he did not make those comments out of jealousy.In an interview, Radha Ravi said that the topic is over while indicating that he has not apologised her in person over slut-shaming her, last month. The 66-year-old claimed that the question of lending apology to her has not arisen as she has not demanded it from him.Radha Ravi adds, “I will apologise if she tells him that she was hurt by words.” The veteran actor recalled someone asking him whether he made such comments because she was taking bigger cheques than him. “Many artists, who forayed into films after my entry, are getting bigger salary than him today. I believe I am getting what I deserve and content with it,” he points out.The Controversy Speaking at the audio launch function of Kolaiyuthir Kaalam, Radha Ravi said, “Nayanthara acts like a ghost, and also enacts the role of Sita. Earlier, filmmakers used to approach KR Vijaya if the characters are about Goddess. Now, anybody can do such roles. They can cast any respected women, they can also rope in those whom you would like to sleep with. Nayanthara, of late, acts in horror films. If the ghosts come across her, they will be scared away.”His comments came under severe criticism from public and celebrities on social media sites. The Nadigar Sangam condemned his speech in strong words, while the DMK temporarily suspended him from the party.However, in the latest interview, Radha Ravi showed no signs of regrets as he repeatedly indicated that people like to hear crass speeches for humour. According to him, it is art to hold the listener’s attention and the initial phase of speeches should be interesting failing which people will lose interest in what the speaker says.last_img read more

Trump slams civil rights icon

first_imgRep. Lewis testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of confirmation hearings on Senator Sessions’ nomination to be US attorney general in Washington. Photo: ReutersPresident-elect Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at a prominent civil rights icon and lawmaker who said he is skipping next week’s inauguration ceremony because he sees the New York businessman’s election as illegitimate.“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump said in a tweet.“All talk, talk, talk—no action or results. Sad!” he added.Lewis, who represents a district in the southern state of Georgia that includes Atlanta and surrounding areas, on Friday became the most high-profile Democratic lawmaker to boycott Trump’s inauguration.At least eight House Democrats have publicly stated they will not be attending Trump’s swearing-in at the US Capitol next Friday, with several indicating their absence will be an act of political protest.“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told NBC’s “Meet the Press” talk show in an interview that will air Sunday.“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” he said, adding that he will skip the presidential inauguration for the first time since becoming a member of Congress in 1987.“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.”US intelligence organizations have accused Russia of cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and distributing hacked emails from senior Clinton aides in an effort to influence the US election.Lewis, 76, is known for his decades of work in the civil rights movement, and marched with Martin Luther King at the August 1963 rally in Washington at which King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.Lewis took part in so-called Freedom Rides—challenges to segregated facilities at bus terminals in the South.On 7 March 1965, he led a march in Selma, Alabama that ended in an attack by state troopers on the protesters that later became known as “Bloody Sunday.”last_img read more

Old can be funky too

first_imgDiwali is round the corner and so are all the card parties, family dinners, and office get-togethers. So how do girls look their best this festive season?There are a lot of times when either you don’t have the money or you don’t have the time to shop. Many of you just would not want to shop because there is no space in your wardrobe. For all such situations, this article will help you get dressed up in every new sense for all the parties individually. Obviously being a girl you would not want to repeat your clothes again and again with the same set of people or you would have posted a picture already on Instagram in the best outfit you have. Don’t worry and just follow the hacks given by the following designers to have an amazing time this Diwali. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf If you have some pretty lehngas and you wish to reuse or restyle it, see what Asha Gautam has to suggest. “Lehngas are exquisite wear and most of us don’t have a plenty of them in our wardrobe. At times repeating the same ones for different parties and festivities turns off the wearer as well as the onlookers and guests. So, there are many tricks for these garments to wear in a whole new style.” Alter the lehnga into a beautiful anarkali dress. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe simplest yet most effective way is to drape the old lehnga in a different way. Maybe you can use a different dupatta paired with a crop top to give it a more subtle look. Converting it into a beautiful kurti by giving a trendy cut might also be a saviour outfit for some casual cards party. Pair your lehnga with a long jacket to give it a different look. Designers also suggest how an old dupatta can help in giving a new look to the outfit: “This is the simplest fashion hack if you are looking out to wear something new everywhere.” Plain suits with fanciful dupattas will give a simple, yet sophisticated style without compromising the richness that comes along with Indian ethnic outfits. If you are not a plain, simple outfit person, or you are going to some fancy party, you can use old heavy dupatta with plain anarkali. When nothing works, buy a phulkari and carry it with a plain black or white kurta. Payal Jaiswal, Founder and Creative Director of Maitreya by Payal, believes that ‘repeat fashion’ is the newest style statement and this Diwali, she suggests some quick, quirky and cool ways of looking your best with the recycled wedding wardrobe: Anarkali is a big-time trend this festive season but doesn’t just add another heavy drape to your wardrobe. Simply convert your kali lehnga into a Kurta this festival season. The new silhouette will have the same charm and will look all the more elegant with its exotic embroidery or embellishments. This Diwali, break your lehnga set and go quirky. Team up your lehnga with a smart waistcoat or a jacquard jacket. Similarly, use the blouse from the lehnga set with a vintage sari. You can play colour contrast here and that will make you stand out like a diva. Play with your dupatta of the lehnga set. It’s usually longer than the regular one so you can use it for colour blocking, wrap around your denim to create an indo-western look. Let your imagination go wild this festive season. Last, how about mix and match? Simple team up one lehnga with another blouse or pair the blouse with a dhoti style pants. The idea is to repeat and recycle a little different. There is a lot what you can do with your mother’s or grandmother’s old saris. Just ask for the perfect colour, material, and print and go to your tailor to stitch beautiful dresses, kurtas or skirts out of them. Pairing crop tops or tank tops with long skirts are very ‘in thing’ and who would not be having a long skirt or a crop top in their wardrobe? Just play a little with it, buy new earrings or a heavy neckpiece to complete your outfit and make it festive ready. Or, if you are not experimental in terms of clothing, just grab a sari from your mom’s wardrobe and drape it in a different style.last_img read more