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Ohio State Coach Zach Smith Trashes Michigan In Response To Recruiting Pamphlet, Posts Photo Of Rings

first_imgFans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It may be June, but Ohio State and Michigan are in mid-season form in the trash talk department. Saturday night, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith, taking exception to what appears to be a recruiting pamphlet produced by Michigan, blasted the Wolverines on Twitter. Smith, who is clearly ticked off that Michigan is is promoting its assistant coach Jedd Fisch as a better alternative for recruits to develop under, fired back, boasting about Ohio State’s three victories in a row over the Wolverines.Smith also predicted a fourth straight victory and posted a photo of all of the rings he’s won in his coaching years. It’s strong.U mad bro?? #LevelsToThis #IfTheyAintHatingYouAintPoppin pic.twitter.com/QhnJceNL4W— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015@CoachZachSmith that’s all they got?!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) June 7, 2015Check my Resume… And if it’s confusing… Check my live resume next November. It will be the same resume as the last 3 Novembers.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Back to my regularly scheduled Saturday… #ThisAintWhatYouWant #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/6bxT0IoN3E— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Jim Harbaugh and his staff certainly aren’t bowing down to Ohio State. But the Wolverines may want to win a few games before they start comparing anything between the two schools.last_img read more

Quick Thoughts on Michael Sam to the Rams
Quick Thoughts on Michael Sam to the Rams

I wrote this week that Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who came out as gay in February, wasn’t certain to be picked in the NFL draft. Of those players at his position who had been rated as sixth-round picks before the draft — as Sam was — slightly less than 50 percent were chosen by an NFL team.I also wrote that I’d take Sam’s side of the bet given even odds:Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.Perhaps this counts as a “correct” (if well-hedged) prediction. But I got one thing pretty wrong. I assumed that Sam would be chosen by a team like the Patriots or the Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers that play in an urban area especially tolerant toward gay people. But St. Louis was probably the best fit all along.How come? Public acceptance of homosexuality certainly varies from city to city and state to state. If we use support for gay marriage as a rough proxy, for example, I estimate that about 47 percent of voters approve of it in Missouri, as compared with 58 percent in California, 59 percent in Washington state and 66 percent in Massachusetts. (Obviously, the percentages are likely to be higher in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle specifically as opposed to the states as a whole. But that’s probably also true for St. Louis, which is considerably more liberal than the rest of Missouri.)What varies a lot more, however, is appreciation for University of Missouri football. Interest in the Tigers is about 50 times higher in Missouri than in the rest of the country, according to the number of Google searches.In other words, a higher percentage of people in St. Louis and elsewhere in Missouri will know of Sam as a football player and not just as a gay athlete. Here’s hoping that helps him to concentrate on what he does best. read more

Ohio State womens hockey desperate for offense in series at Minnesota State

OSU senior forward Julia McKinnon (17) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe turn of the calendar hasn’t translated to better results for the Ohio State women’s hockey team, but it will get a two-game crack over the weekend against the bottom-feeder of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.OSU (7-17-0, 3-15-0) is set to travel to Mankato, Minnesota, over the weekend to take on Minnesota State. The Buckeyes swept the Mavericks (3-19-2, 0-17-1) in a home series in October, and they hope to have the same success this weekend. The Scarlet and Gray enter the weekend having only won one game in their last six contests, but they hold strong with the belief that their work in practice will begin to translate into in-game success.“We haven’t really let off the gas pedal as far as working the girls,” OSU assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “They’ve had a couple of really tough days of practice as far as battling and skating, and their work ethic has been great.”The Buckeyes are on an eight-game winning streak against the Mavericks and they believe that outworking their opponent will help extend the streak to 10 after this weekend.“First and foremost we have to outwork them,” Duggan said. “I thought this past weekend we played a really good brand of hockey and we just have to continue doing that and focus a little more on bearing down and putting pucks in the back of the net. Stick to our gameplan and we’ll hopefully have a successful weekend.”Struggling to light the lampLast weekend, OSU outshot St. Cloud State 25-20 in the first game and 37-17 in the second, but lost both contests 2-1. The team has been happy with its improved offensive production in terms of shots but is still looking to score more goals.“This week we’ve definitely focused on getting those gritty goals,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said. “Not all goals are going to be nice, so I think just getting greasy goals and going to the front of the net and continuing to shoot, one of them are going to go in.”Duggan said she thinks that beyond the ability to score goals, the team also needs to have the drive to put the puck in the back of the net.“It’s a skill but it’s also a will to want to score, you have to bear down and we’ve been really preaching that this week in practice,” Duggan said. “Some of the drills we’re doing are catering to getting more of those garbage goals around the crease versus just the shots from the outside.  I think not staying on the perimeter as much and trying to insert ourselves more into the slot area. So that’s been a priority this week in practice and hopefully that translates this weekend.”OSU has scored just three goals in the last four games, so the team has made that one of the most crucial elements to improve upon.“You can’t win games only scoring one goal a game,” McKinnon said. “I think just moving forward we have to get those goals because you can’t win one-goal games”In the second game of the October series, OSU shut out Minnesota State. Duggan said she believes staying strong defensively depends on eliminating shots off rebounds.“If we continue to stick to the systems and play tough defense, let (sophomore goalie) Alex (LaMere) see all the shots and eliminate their second and third chances, I think that’s the recipe for success defensively,” Duggan said. “The girls know that, so I think they should be ready defensively.”The puck is scheduled to drop in Mankato at 3:07 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.Up nextOSU will continue to set up temporary residence in The North Star State the weekend after taking on the Mavericks when it is slated to travel to Duluth to face OSU coach Jenny Potter’s alma mater, Minnesota Duluth, which swept OSU in December. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 5:07 p.m. the following day. read more

Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller looks to bounce back

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the better part of the past two seasons, Ohio State’s junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been the crutch the Buckeyes lean on when things go wrong.But so far this season, Miller’s third as the starter for OSU, that crutch has started to splinter.Now with Iowa and the eighth-ranked run defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision coming to Columbus, Miller said Wednesday OSU has to be careful not to repeat its early season mistakes.“(Iowa has a) pretty good defense, you know, probably the best we’ve faced so far. Got to have good preparation throughout the whole week,” Miller said.Miller made his return from an MCL sprain against Wisconsin Sept. 28, throwing four touchdown passes, but then struggled against Northwestern the following week. No touchdowns and three turnovers, including two fumbles, had fans calling for redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Miller said he struggled against the Wildcats with ball security, but the fumbling issues are something that can be fixed.“I’ve been watching film on it. I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly when I was cutting (through) the holes, and I wasn’t holding the ball real tight and it’s an easy fix,” Miller said.Coach Urban Meyer said Miller played well against Northwestern, but he can’t ignore his issues with ball security.“I expect him to be ‘Braxton Miller’ with better ball security,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday. “You take away those two fumbles, he actually played pretty good that game, real good, but that’s like saying take away a bad golf shot on the 18th hole. That’s the way it is.”Despite his praise of Miller, Meyer said he was close to putting Guiton in the game after Miller’s second fumble.Since Northwestern, Meyer said he has noticed Miller working harder on holding onto the football.“I see a guy that I wanted to see and I did see, a guy that recognized the mistakes he made, and then he’s going to work hard to correct them,” Meyer said. “No. 1 was ball security, that was the No. 1 issue.”Miller said Wednesday the coaching staff made him carry a ball during team stretches to practice ball security.“It’s always just keep it tight when I take off and run, QB run or anything like that,” Miller said. “Throughout the stretching at the beginning of practice, it’s ‘hold it tight.’ They had me hold the ball throughout the whole stretch.”Although ball security has been a big focus for the coaching staff, it might not be the only issue Miller is struggling with.Miller said his knee made it difficult to run the way he wanted to against Northwestern, but he is almost back to full health.“I’d say just a little bit on my cutting-wise and you know,” Miller said. “Just not my old self in running a little bit, but I’m still working on it, it should be good.”Miller, though, is still a valuable leader for OSU, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the game against Northwestern.“He’s still vocal. He’s still going to tell us what we need to do,” Brown said. “He’s the quarterback of the team so whenever he talks, everybody listens, and we’re just going to follow his lead and go where we need to go.”Miller will look to right his wrongs from the previous game when the Buckeyes kick off against the Hawkeyes Saturday, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.For Miller, success will depend on if he is able to get back to the standard he’s set for himself.“I wasn’t fully myself throughout the whole game,” Miller said. “Playing on grass a little bit, you know, little bit on my running, I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like and you know just got to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and just get back to my old ways.” read more

Mens Hockey No 5 Ohio State downs Mercyhurst to begin second half

Ohio State men’s hockey players celebrate after a goal in the second period of the game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State fell 6-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 27-day break, the Buckeyes returned to action with a sweep of the Mercyhurst Lakers by scores of 3-1 and 5-4.Ohio State (11-4-3, 4-2-2-2 Big Ten) dominated the Lakers (8-10-2, 6-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) on special teams and limited Mercyhurst’s shots throughout the series to secure the pair of wins.Game 1Ohio State won the first game of the series against Mercyhurst 3-1 including the first goal of the season by Ohio State junior defenseman Matt Miller. The teams failed to find the net in the first period despite a combined 25 shots between the two squads. Mercyhurst had an opportunity to score on the power play in the first 20 minutes, but the special teams of the Buckeyes held strong and killed the penalty. Scoring opened up midway through the second period as sophomore forward Austin Pooley scored for the second time this season. Pooley was assisted by senior forward Brendon Kearney and junior forward Sam McCormick. The goal came shortly after a failed power play attempt by the Buckeyes after Mercyhurst was called for having too many players on the ice. Overall, Ohio State converted on two of its five power play opportunities on the night and killed all six penalties it faced.Neither squad scored for the remainder of the period, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Buckeyes until Miller scored to increase the Buckeyes’ lead. Miller found the net during a five-on-three power play after two Lakers picked up penalties within a minute of each other. Senior forwards Dakota Joshua and Mason Jobst assisted on the goal.Mercyhurst scored with under a minute remaining in the game with an empty net to make it a one-score game, but the Buckeyes’ defense held strong and even added an additional empty net goal by Jobst with two seconds remaining to make the final 3-1. Jobst was assisted by Kearney, his second assist of the game. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo allowed one goal on 20 shots faced, with the one goal coming during a six-on-five. Through his first nine games he started this season, Romeo has allowed 18 goals and is averaging 2.19 goals allowed per game in addition to a .916 save percentage.Game 2In more of a high-scoring affair, Ohio State finished the sweep of the Lakers, winning 5-4 on a game-winning goal by senior defenseman Sasha Larocque.Mercyhurst took their first lead of the series midway through the first period, an even-strength goal by freshman forward Geoff Kitt. The Buckeyes responded just over four minutes later with a goal by junior forward Ronnie Hein, assisted by Larocque and junior forward Tanner Laczynski, his 10th of the season.The Buckeyes followed up the score with a power play goal by senior forward Freddy Gerard, his sixth goal of the season. Gerard was assisted by Hein and Laczynski, his 11th assist of the season.Saturday’s game was the 100th game played by Gerard for Ohio State. Through Saturday’s game, he has scored 18 goals, 26 assists and 44 points during his career at Ohio State.In the second period, Mercyhurst scored two unanswered goals to take the lead over Ohio State, one coming on the power play and the other at even strength just over three minutes in. Junior forward Carson Meyer responded just 20 seconds later to tie the game 3-3, assisted by Joshua and senior forward John Wiitala.With six minutes left in the second period, Mercyhurst found the net to once again take the lead, but less than four minutes later, Meyer once again scored to tie the game. With his two goals against Mercyhurst, Meyer now sits at six goals on the year, tied for No. 2 on the team with Hein. Ohio State scored on three of its four attempts on the power play Saturday night and allowed the Lakers to convert on one of their three attempts. Overall, the Buckeyes were three for nine in the series and killed all but one of the Laker’s nine tries with the man advantage.The tie was eventually broken by Larocque midway through the third period with his second goal of the season to give Ohio State the 5-4 lead, and from there the Buckeyes ran with the lead, limiting Mercyhurst to only seven shot attempts in the third period. Freshman forward Gustaf Westlund assisted on the goal, his 11th of the season.The five goals by the Buckeyes were tied for the most they’ve scored this season, also finding the net five times against Penn State on Nov. 24. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers 94-47 in the series.Sophomore forward Tommy Nappier allowed four goals on 26 shots. So far this season, he has allowed 16 goals and has a .941 save percentage.The Buckeyes will stay at home to take on Michigan State on Jan. 4 and 5. The puck drops on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

Chellomedia has agreed an output deal with MGM tha
Chellomedia has agreed an output deal with MGM tha

first_imgChellomedia has agreed an output deal with MGM that gives its Dutch movie channel Film1 a raft of new and library titles from the Hollywood studio.
The deal, which is already in effect, gives the premium movie channel titles including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The deal also covers the new James Bond movie Skyfall and a large chunk of the James Bond movie library.The movies will be shown on Film1’s linear channels and on Film1 On Demand, as part of a Film1 subscription. Film1 subscribers can also access the Film1 service on any IP device including the MGM movies.“Our exclusive partnership will enable Film1 subscribers in the Netherlands to experience all the great movies from the magical MGM library and MGM’s latest releases,’’ said Casper Keller, general manager Film1.  “We are constantly working on further enhancement of our high quality offerings. Earlier this year Film1 launched Film1 Series, which introduces the Dutch audience to popular international TV series, and Film1 Sundance, a combination of Sundance Channel’s strong independent offering and Film1’s own independent acquisitions.’’last_img read more

Vdio the video rental service for movies and TV s

first_imgVdio, the video rental service for movies and TV shows from Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has launched out of beta mode.The store, which was developed by the same team behind the 2010-launched music subscription service Rdio, originally went live for Rdio Unlimited customers in April, but is now available to anyone, the firm said.Vdio is currently available in the US and UK and can be accessed online and as an app for the iPad. The store currently let users buy, rent and share content with friends on a pay-per view basis.last_img read more

Extensions of agreements with big pay TV groups in
Extensions of agreements with big pay TV groups in

first_imgExtensions of agreements with big pay TV groups including Liberty Global, Altice and Dish Network, and strong growth in emerging pay TV markets helped push TV technology group Kudelski’s revenues and profits up significantly last year.Kudelski reported revenues of CHF950.8 million (€862 million) for the year, up 7.2% , or 11.1% at constant currency. Operating income was up 32.7% to CHF81.2 million, while net income was up 47.7% to CHF49.3 million.The company said it expected revenues of around CHF1 billion for 2016 and operating income of between CHF75 million and CHF90 million.Kudelski said it expected to benefit from solid momentum in key south-eastern Asian markets, with conditions expected to be more challenging in Europe and South America.last_img read more

The HopLast updated on June 20th 2019 at 1054 pm

first_imgThe HopLast updated on June 20th, 2019 at 10:54 pmLocal developer Charles Bailey has put forward ambitious plans to redevelop the historic building at 600 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee into a 62-room boutique hotel with street-level restaurant or retail space.Bailey says this site was chosen in part due to its proximity to The Hop, the city’s new downtown streetcar system. In fact, the streetcar runs right past the property along North Broadway. The development site is close to a stop near the intersection of North Broadway and East Wisconsin Avenue.“It’s a really big deal, especially when the system is fully matured (and) it reaches all the areas it’s supposed to be,” Bailey said of The Hop. The new $128 million streetcar opened to the public in November. The controversial project has its share of critics, but also has attracted significant interest from real estate developers.“The development community, the real estate community, is really starting to build up around the streetcar,” said Matt Dorner, economic development director of Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District No. 21.Dorner said that as prime development sites, such as those near the lakefront, begin to fill, the streetcar provides “the next roadmap” in the way of development opportunities.Real estate development projects in various stages near the streetcar line include, among others: The conversion of the Underwriters Exchange building at 828 N. Broadway into a 90-unit apartment building; the 25-story BMO Tower office building going up at 790 N. Water St.; the renovation of the Milwaukee Athletic Club at 758 N. Broadway; renovations of two retail storefronts at 219-227 N. Broadway; construction of the 11-story Huron Building at 511 N. Broadway; and The Couture, the long-planned 44-story apartment tower to be constructed at 909 E. Michigan St.The Couture project would include a transit concourse to be used by both The Hop’s Lakefront Line extension and Milwaukee County’s planned bus rapid transit service.Dorner also noted that commercial real estate brokers have begun to incorporate the streetcar more into their marketing plans for available space in the area. He pointed to the recently renovated Two-Fifty office tower at 250 E. Wisconsin Ave. as an example, saying the owners have used the building’s proximity to the streetcar as a selling point.When Kansas City-based engineering firm HNTB Corp. recently announced its plans to move its Milwaukee office into the Two-Fifty building this summer, it noted that access to The Hop and other transportation features played a role in this decision.The streetcar even appeared to be a factor in the decision to locate the 2020 Democratic National Convention in the city. An agreement signed by city leaders calls for The Hop to offer free service during the convention.In addition, the city is looking to add a line extension that would bring the streetcar to the doorstep of the Wisconsin Center, at the intersection of Vel R. Phillips Avenue and West Wisconsin Avenue. The planned extension is to eventually reach Fiserv Forum, but the city can only partially construct it with the money available.Jeff Polenske, Milwaukee Department of Public Works commissioner, acknowledged his department has set a goal to finish the extension to Vel R. Phillips and Wisconsin avenues in time for the DNC, but also cautioned that nothing has been finalized.“Partial funding has been dedicated for this segment but additional local funding will need to be secured and logistical challenges addressed in order to implement the segment in time for the Democratic National Convention,” Polenske said.Bailey, who also operates the Kinn Guesthouse on South Kinnickinnic Avenue, said he sees fewer people relying on cars for transportation. The streetcar, though its route is currently limited, offers another way for them to move about downtown and nearby neighborhoods.“Increasingly, my clients aren’t really driving,” he said. “People are getting Ubers from the airport and very few of them have their own automobiles anymore. So, the ability of traveling through the city and not pay for a cab is pretty nice.”City officials have identified the next places they would like to see the streetcar go. Besides the extensions that will take it near the lakefront and Fiserv Forum, plans call for the system to eventually reach neighborhoods like Bronzeville, Walker’s Point and the Lower East Side.Bailey and Dorner said these future extensions should prove to make the streetcar even more valuable to the city. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

How to Buy a Motherboard

first_img July 1, 2008 –shares Whether you’re building a new PC or overhauling an old one, a new motherboard is the place to start. Here’s our advice for choosing the right one. Brought to you by PCWorld 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue How to Buy a Motherboard Apply Now » Creating a custom PC is much easier than trying to guess which computer maker offers the right combination of features to satisfy your needs. Putting a system together yourself is pretty straightforward, and the job should take less than a single afternoon so long as you have a number of key ingredients.As with cooking a meal, preparation is crucial. The most important decision you’ll make for your custom PC is which motherboard to buy. Motherboard prices and specifications vary tremendously. And this isn’t a choice that you can make in a vacuum, either, since it has an impact on almost every aspect of the system, from the CPU to the storage.The Big PictureWhat factors are most important when comparing motherboards? The processor? The chip set? Storage? Find out how these and other features will affect your system’s performance. moreThe Specs ExplainedIs the fastest processor always the best choice? What type of memory should you look for? We explain which specs are most important, and why. moreMotherboard Shopping TipsYou’ll want to consider the price, performance, and priority of several features before you look for a new motherboard. Our tips help you find the best value. moreThe Big PictureIn many ways, the motherboard is the heart of the modern computer system, as it affects almost every other component. Choosing a motherboard is a fairly complicated task since you have seven to nine different factors to consider, of varying importance.Take some time to think about how you’ll use your system. Someone with a power meter that requires a serial port will care a lot more about the peripheral features than the average user will, while the hard-core gamer will probably focus on the GPU, CPU, and chip set while ignoring peripherals and form-factor issues.Key FeaturesCPU: The CPU, commonly referred to as the brains of a PC, is one of the key components (if not the key component) of a modern system. You have several mainstream options for your CPU. Intel currently has the highest-performing processor lineup, with the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad (which use the LGA775 socket). As the names imply, the Core 2 Duo is a dual-core CPU, while the Core 2 Quad is a four-core processor. AMD uses the AM2 and AM2+ socket and offers the Phenom (quad- or triple-core) and Athlon 64 (dual-core) CPUs. AMD’s products are solid, but they generally provide lower performance. A lesser-known third player, Via Technologies, produces the low-power C7 processor; the C7 is a much less common option since it offers dramatically less performance than mainstream processors from Intel or AMD do.Chip set: If the CPU is the brains of the PC, then the chip set is the spinal cord, responsible for tying together all of the different devices in the computer, and moving data among them. The chip set determines which CPUs, memory, and other devices can be used, and it can strongly influence performance.The chip set is the single most important component of a motherboard. Since motherboards using the same chip set will usually have identical performance (barring serious design mistakes), they’re differentiated by other features, such as the expansion slots, storage options, and other discrete chips that may be included.Chip sets typically employ two different chips referred to as the northbridge and southbridge. Generally speaking, the northbridge is responsible for dealing with high-performance devices, while less-sensitive devices tend to cluster around the southbridge.The northbridge traditionally includes the memory controller, plus integrated graphics or an interface for discrete graphics. (Note that AMD has the memory controller integrated into the CPU, rather than the chip set.) The southbridge includes networking, storage, audio, general peripherals, and other devices. The image here shows an example, the Intel X48 chip set with partitioning between the northbridge (or MCH) and southbridge (or ICH).The major options for chip sets consist of Intel, AMD, and nVidia, though SiS and Via have alternatives.Memory: Selecting memory for your PC is usually a simple decision: You just pick a reliable brand that’s as cheap as possible (unless you like overclocking, but that’s a whole different story). Every so often, however, memory types undergo a transition–and one happens to be going on right now. Most chip sets use DDR2 memory at up to 800 MHz (PC2 6400), but newer chip sets from Intel may also use DDR3. DDR3 offers more bandwidth (1066 to 1600 MHz), consumes less power, and will be mainstream in a year, but for the moment it is more expensive. DDR3 is more likely to be useful for later upgrades, but it will carry a price premium until sometime in 2009.Telling a DDR3 board from a DDR2 board without the manual or box isn’t particularly easy, since both slots use 240 pins. The difference is that the key (a small gap between the pins) is closer to the center of the DIMM (the memory module) for DDR2, while it is closer to the edge of the DDR3 DIMM. Remember: If the memory module doesn’t fit into the slot, don’t force it!Graphics hardware: The graphics hardware (the graphics processing unit, or the GPU) is the third-most-important component of a system, right after the CPU and chip set. The main considerations for graphics are cost, performance, and upgradability.The lowest-cost option is a chip set with integrated graphics. Integrated graphics processors (IGP in industry parlance) are intended for basic 2D and 3D functionality and often use system memory instead of dedicated graphics memory. All of the major vendors (AMD, Intel, nVidia, and VIA) offer integrated graphics with some chip sets. An IGP is a fine choice for users interested in a little multimedia, office work, and other lighter workloads.Integrated graphics will work fine for about 60 percent of the world, but the technology almost always lacks the performance necessary for gaming. For users who want to play on their PC, the next step up is a motherboard with a single PCI Express x16 slot, which accommodates a discrete graphics card from ATI/AMD or nVidia.PCI Express comes in two flavors, Gen 1 and Gen 2. The difference is that Gen 2 PCI Express slots run at 5 GHz, twice the speed of the previous generation. That distinction doesn’t particularly matter for current GPUs (or most other peripherals), but it will be an issue for upgrading in the future. For a motherboard that you expect to outlast the GPU you pair it with, springing for a faster PCI-E slot makes the most sense.If price is no object and maximum gaming performance is your goal, your selection is a bit different. True multi-GPU support is a very high-end feature and is priced accordingly. The only options for multiple GPUs are SLI (for nVidia cards) or CrossFire (for ATI cards). Given that nVidia is the clear performance leader, SLI is the superior choice for now; note, though, that SLI works only with nVidia chip sets and Intel’s Skulltrail motherboard.A separate but related concern is the graphics interface. You have three major alternatives: VGA, DVI, and HDMI. VGA is the traditional 15-pin analog monitor connector, designed for CRT displays. DVI is a digital connector specifically intended for use with LCD monitors, and HDMI is a variant of DVI with the DRM (digital rights management) technology required to play Blu-ray and other high-definition media.center_img Technology 12 min read Next Article David Kanter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Sound: Integrated sound, which comes in two major flavors, will meet the needs of all but the most selective users and audio enthusiasts. AC97 is an older audio standard that has been superseded by HD Audio (or “Azalia”). You really have no reason to settle for the older standard, although the newer tech might carry a modest premium. For the dedicated enthusiasts who would benefit from a discrete sound card, an extra PCI-E slot is easy enough to find.Storage: Like memory, basic storage tends to be relatively straightforward, but it gets tricky with some of the various options and platform transitions. In the past few years, storage experienced a transition from Parallel ATA to Serial ATA (SATA) and then to 3-gbps SATA. 1.5-gbps versus 3-gbps SATA can make a bit of a difference in performance, but typically only in video editing and other media-heavy workloads.Most hard drives use SATA, while some older DVD+/-RW drives use Parallel ATA. Most motherboards support four or more SATA ports (even as many as ten), which is sufficient for most users.eSATA is a relatively new standard for connecting external drives via SATA instead of FireWire or USB. eSATA offers higher performance than the other two, and also supports reliability and manageability features such as SMART (Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology). eSATA is not nearly as common as USB 2.0, but going forward it is likely to be more widely adopted, and it is certainly a better interface.The other real storage issue concerns RAID, which is standard with many modern motherboards. You can use RAID 0 or 1 with two hard drives; the former increases read and write performance, while the latter increases reliability and read performance. RAID 5 requires at least three drives, and RAID 6 (which is really for businesses only) needs at least four; both are oriented around increased reliability and read performance, with acceptable write performance and less overhead than RAID 1. Most systems simply don’t need that many drives, so in many ways 6 is a nice option but hardly a requirement. For video editing and other multimedia-rich tasks, basic RAID 0, 1, or 5 will do the trick and should be a requirement.Networking: Wired networking is dead simple, as any worthwhile chip set will have at least one integrated gigabit ethernet port. For the most part, Wi-Fi is not necessary for desktops, and most motherboards tend to avoid it simply to cut down costs; it’s an optional feature.Assorted peripherals: On a motherboard, the peripherals can include USB 2.0, FireWire, PS/2, serial and parallel ports, and a floppy drive. Of those options, USB 2.0 is an absolute necessity and FireWire can be nice, but the rest are pretty much obsolete unless you need a a specific peripheral device.Form factor: The last aspect of the motherboard to consider is the form factor. This is ultimately an aesthetic choice that the chassis for the system determines. Most motherboards use the ATX form factor, with the microATX design meeting the needs of space-conscious users. Quite a few other variants (which are beyond the scope of this article) are available for users with particular requirements, however.The Specs ExplainedIn the end, the key to building the right system is to understand how you will use your PC. As we mentioned before, the needs of an office worker are totally different than those of a video editing wizard or a gaming fanatic.Important consideration: Processor. When it comes to performance, the sweet spot for most users is Intel’s dual-core CPUs, as there aren’t yet enough advanced applications to make a quad-core a must-have. We recommend a 3-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, specifically the E8400, unless you use applications (video editing, for example) that are better suited to a quad-core processor.Somewhat important: Chip set. The best companion for the Intel E8400 is a motherboard based on the P35 chip set. You should choose the specific motherboard according to your desired storage, audio, and memory options.Important consideration: Memory. A modern desktop PC should have at least 2GB of memory, possibly 4GB for more demanding applications (not to mention Windows Vista).Important consideration: Graphics. Even if games aren’t a consideration, you might want to spend a little ($100) on a midrange GPU such as the ATI Radeon HD 3650, which offers a nice variety of video-output options. For gaming, a more powerful graphics card, such as something from nVidia’s 8800 GT family, would be appropriate.Somewhat important: Storage. Building a nice system but running out of storage space is frustrating. Given the way hard-drive pricing works, using a 500GB hard drive makes sense. Larger models cost much more, and smaller models won’t save you enough money. Make sure your DVD drive employs SATA so that you will be able to use it in the future.Motherboard Shopping TipsReady to buy a motherboard? Here are our recommendations.Pick the chip set first, then the motherboard: The difference between chip sets can be significant, but two motherboards with the same chip set will be nearly identical in performance. First figure out which chip sets will work for your system, and then compare the different motherboards with that chip set.Understand what kind of system you are building: Are you going for an affordable media PC, an office machine, or a gaming monster? These usage models all suggest different things about the features you’ll need. Focus only on the features that are important to you.Avoid SLI/CrossFire unless you absolutely need it: Enthusiasts always pay an arm and a leg for their hardware, and SLI and CrossFire technologies are for enthusiasts only. Simply buying a new video card instead of going from one card to multi-GPU is much more sensible.Stay with DDR2 memory unless you need the extra bandwidth and performance: DDR2 is vastly cheaper than DDR3. Unless you are planning to upgrade and reuse the memory in the near future, you should buy DDR2 now and wait for DDR3 prices to drop for a future system.Unless you really know what you are doing, avoid overclocking features: Quite a few motherboard vendors try to differentiate their products by having them support faster-than-specified memory or other exotic features. Remember, though, that such boards are targeted at enthusiasts and are priced accordingly.Make sure you have at least one high-performance PCI Express slot: Even if all you want right now is integrated graphics, buying a board with an extra x16 PCI-E slot costs very little, and could save you $100 down the road. Key Features continuedlast_img read more

Insilico to present advances in artificial intelligence at the Healthcare Innovation Summit

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Insilico Medicine, a Rockville-based leader in next-generation artificial intelligence for drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research, is pleased to announce the talk of its Head of Africa Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare Initiative, Iraneus Ogu, who will present alongside other academic thought leaders and industry experts at the 4th Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 2018 (HISA), one of the largest healthcare events in Africa.The talk “How can AI, big data and blockchain create better health for all?” on the 17th of October, 2018 will be devoted to the recent advances in AI tending to become a growth engine for African biopharmaceutical industry and transform the R&D in local pharmaceutical companies. The talk will also focus on the challenges of African pharmaceutical sector and educational opportunities for building the strong local teams interested in the application of AI in the Healthcare sector.Related StoriesMany healthcare workers often care for patients while sick, study findsFSMB releases new report surveying digital credentials in healthcareCould formal health technology assessment be a solution to high healthcare costs in the US?”Thinking about global developments, it seems we now have a window of opportunity to utilize current advances in tech globally to help transform Africa. From the way things are going, it would be very disappointing if we can’t take advantage of tech developments to move Africa forward in meaningful ways especially in healthcare”, said Iraneus Ogu.”We are very happy to present our work at the Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 2018, which brings together the many key stakeholders from the public and private healthcare sector. Africa is often overlooked by the top AI startups but we want to develop interest and talent in the region and educate the local scientists on the value and the possible uses of their data. The topic of Longevity and Artificial Intelligence for pharma R&D is rapidly gaining popularity and we are happy to be at the leading edge of research and one of the innovation drivers in this area”, said Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D., the founder, and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc.This conference will tackle hot topics such as robotics, electronic health records, delivering personalized healthcare, artificial intelligence, IoT in healthcare, driving down the cost of care with technology, security, legal impact of eHealth, healthcare policy, telemedicine advances, future of healthcare and much, much more. Source:http://insilico.com/last_img read more

Research suggests Brexit will increase heart disease and stroke cases

first_imgImage Credit: FotoIdee / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 29 2019Researchers from Imperial College London have claimed that Brexit will be responsible for 12,400 deaths due to heart attacks and strokes.The claims made by the researchers, state that the present trading arrangements in the United Kingdom is likely to raise the prices of fruits and vegetables that are imported and this may prompt unhealthier eating and lead to heart disease and risk of deaths due to heart attacks and stroke. Source:http://bmjopen.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026966center_img The team draws conclusions from the data that come from World Trade Organization and HM Revenue and Customs. The economists however do not agree with these conclusions saying that prices of fruits and vegetables are likely to fall after Brexit.This debate came to the forefront after a combined petition from supermarket and restaurant chains (including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Lidl, The Co-op, Costcutter, McDonald’s, KFC and Pret A Manger) to the MPs saying that there is a risk of food supply disruptions after a “no-deal” Brexit. The research on the risks of heart disease after Brexit were published in the latest issue of the journal BMJ Open. The study also included researchers from Liverpool University.The researchers write that at present 84 percent of the fruits and 43 percent of vegetables consumed in UK is imported. This means that in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit this would be affected. “The UK is highly dependent on imports, especially for fresh fruits and vegetables. These have a strong protective effect on health,” said author Paraskevi Seferidi, a PhD researcher at Imperial. “Our paper illustrates, for the first time, the potential negative impacts of Brexit on fruit and veg prices, intake, heart disease and stroke,” Seferidi said.Related StoriesTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesFor example they write, the cost of bananas would rise by “approximately 17 per cent, citrus fruits by 14 per cent, and tomatoes by 15 per cent”. This could be responsible for 4,110 (0.9 percent) deaths due to heart failure and heart attacks between 2021 and 2030. During this period there would be a predicted 8,290 (2.9 percent) deaths due to stroke.Professor Christopher Millet, from Imperial’s School of Public Health in a statement says that this study “shows that the impact of Brexit will reach far beyond the economy and may affect people’s risk of disease.” Christopher Snowdon from the Institute of Economic Affairs however disagreed with these findings.Edgar Miller, convenor of Economists for Free Trade also said in a statement, “This is Project Fear at its very worst – a report written by a group of generally junior medical researchers none of whom have any discernible expertise in trade theory or experience in modelling trade flows. Getting rid of EU protectionism through free trade agreements and unilateral elimination of tariffs on fruit and vegetables that are not produced in the UK will result in an immediate fall in food prices.”Professor Martin O’Flaherty, from the University of Liverpool, who jointly led the study said in a statement, “Unhealthy diets are a leading driver of ill-health in the UK and a critical policy lever to tackle chronic diseases. Staying within the European Union appears the best option to protect public health.”last_img read more

Drones for early detection of forest fires

first_img Citation: Drones for early detection of forest fires (2019, June 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-drones-early-forest.html “The drone we have developed for the project has a thermal camera, an optical camera, and four sensors which allow us to identify the temperature of the device in the environment, the drone’s different controllers enable us to determine the internal state of the equipment and the communication system is provided by Telefonica to receive this information in real time,” UC3M professor Fernando Garcia pointed.The communication towers are capable of detecting the origin of a fire in a perimeter of up to 15 kilometers. A hangar with the drone is located inside the towers, to which the thermal sensors, when the outbreak of a fire is detected, send an alarm with its exact location. The drone autonomously flies to that point, even in conditions of limited visibility, and gathers optic and thermal images of the fire, which it sends in real time.The system also lets the emergency center control the drone to gather information and track the burned environment. Once its mission is complete, the drone returns to its hangar and recharges automatically. “It’s a totally novel solution, based on robotics and automation, which won’t remove anyone’s job, but will instead offer a new tool for emergency services, providing added value and allowing them to operate more safely and to control the situation,” the UC3M researchers affirmed.This initiative, which has been tested on a trial basis in conjunction with the emergency services of the Madrid Autonomous Region, is the first step toward development of technological services that help to prevent forest fires. Its objective is to stay one step ahead of the information, improve decision-making and turn around the statistics that show Spain as the European country most affected by forest fires, according to data from 2018. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Air Canada gets into drone delivery business Provided by Carlos III University of Madridcenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain The UC3M’s researchers coordinating the scientific part of the project, Fernando García y Abdulla al-Kaff, from the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation, have developed the complete automatic flight system, as well as the interface with which the emergency service can access information about what is occurring in real time. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Cyclone Gaja Underestimating the intensity resulted in extensive damageCyclone Gaja Underestimating the

first_imgA fishing boat damaged by cyclone Gaja in Kodiakkarai   –  File photo cyclones COMMENT 33 days on, a Tamil Nadu village still in the dark natural disasters SHARE SHARE EMAIL “We underestimated the intensity of Cyclone Gaja and paid a heavy price,” rues A Balamurugan, a fisherman in Kodiakkarai or Cape Calimere, the south-eastern tip of India where the Bay of Bengal meets the Palk Strait.Balamurugan was not alone in this. Fishermen in Vedaranyam’s other major fishing hamlets such as Pushpavanam and Siruthalaikadu also paid a heavy price for not taking appropriate precautions. For their part, they blamed the government and the meteorological department for not accurately predicting the likely intensity.On November 16, the cyclone, which crossed between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam with wind speeds of 184 kmph, destroyed/damaged hundreds of boats and related infrastructure causing a loss of over ₹40 crore. That apart, loss of business over a six-month period is expected to be in the range of ₹200-300 crore and fishermen expect the same to get things back to normal.High waves that accompanied the cyclone swallowed many fishing power boats and damaged many that were anchored some distance away from the shore at Kodiakkarai, which has over 300 fishermen. “I personally lost about ₹20 lakh that include boats, storage sheds and processing units while loss to the entire fishing hamlet would be around ₹15 crore,” said Balamurugan.Among all the fishing hamlets, Kodiakkarai was the worst affected in Nagapattinam district. “The cyclone was so powerful that being alive itself is a miracle,” he added. The catastrophe could not have come at a worse time. Between October and March, Kodiakkarai sees fishing business of up to ₹1 crore every day.Minuscule compensationThe Tamil Nadu government has announced a compensation of ₹35,000 for each boat. This amount, which is yet to be disbursed, is very low and will not cover the cost of even minor repairs.“We have asked for enhanced compensation,” Balamurugan said adding that some NGOs have volunteered to help in the repair work.It will take at least two months to go back to sea for fishing. There is also scarcity of workers to carry out the repairs and workers are demanding double payment, he said. Balamurugan urged the State government to construct a facility in Kodiakkarai to station fishing boats a couple of kilometre from the shore with a small channel to enable boats use it for direct access to the sea. “We want a facility similar to Nagapattinam and Siruthalaikadu for safe fishing,” he said. M Krishnamurthy, President of Siruthalaikadu village, which has a population of around 1,800, said there was only a warning to fishermen not to venture into the sea but no mention on how powerful the cyclone was likely to be to take adequate precautions and keep the boats at a safe distance from each other. “We lost over 50 power boats. Each boat costs ₹8-9 lakh. The cyclone also left hundreds of boats damaged with repair charges ranging from ₹50,000 to ₹2 lakh for each boat, he said.At Pushpavanam, fisherman A Sivasundaram, 33, claims that the huge waves entered the village and dragged into sea about 30 power boats. “Our only hope is compensation from the government,” he added. With over 50 boats stuck in five feet of slush brought in by the cyclone, the future looks bleak for the fishing community here, he said. RELATED Govt, Met could have warned us better, many fishermen feel Wind’s wrath: Uprooted trees, upended lives Even a month after Cyclone Gaja, thousands homeless SHARE COMMENTS December 25, 2018 Published on A fishing hamlet is buried in marine sludge When slush turned the white salt pans brown last_img read more

Housing is not compulsory under Bill

first_img Nation 1d ago Accommodation for employees not compulsory, says HR Ministry It added that current provisions under the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act only applied to those working in the plantation and mining sectors.However, the Bill aimed to expand the coverage of the current Act to all sectors, said the ministry.On Thursday, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran had tabled the Bill for first reading, which proposed to include sectors such as construction, manufacturing, including hi-tech industries. The proposed Bill complied with the international standards for developing countries on workers’ accommodation as well as the International Labour Organisation.On Thursday, Malaysian Emplo­yers Federation executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan had said that during a discussion with the government, employers were made to understand that it was something to be done on a voluntary basis. KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed amend­ments to the Workers’ Mini­mum Standards of Housing and Amenities (Amendment) Act will not make it compulsory for employers to provide housing and accommodation, said the Human Resour­ces Ministry.However, the ministry said should employers choose to provide their workers with such benefits, then the amendments would provide the minimum standards for them to comply. “On the provision of centralised accommodation, this is among the accommodation options, other than any type of building for the purposes of human habitation available to the employers to accommodate their employees. “This law does not make it compulsory for the employers to accommodate their workers at any centralised accommodation,” it said in a statement yesterday. Related News Nation 2d ago Compulsory housing is news to us, say employers Nation 11 Jul 2019 Bill tabled to compel industrial sector employers to provide employee accommodation Home away from home: The Bill aims to extend the Act’s coverage to all industry sectors. It currently only applies to the plantation and mining industry. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more