Harrison leaves door open for return

first_imgAudley Harrison has not ruled out fighting again despite his crushing defeat against David Price on Saturday.The former Olympic champion’s bid to answer his critics ended in brutal fashion, with the unbeaten Price flattening him only 82 seconds into their British and Commonwealth heavyweight title clash.Harrison, 40, says he is considering his future and is likely to walk away from the sport.But despite being widely tipped to announce his retirement following his latest loss, he appears to be keeping his options open.“My whole gameplan was about avoiding his right, so to get lined up like that is a disappointment for me,” he said.“Father Time has caught up with me as I didn’t see the initial shot so could not react. He finished me off like a good pro, so I have no complaints.“I have said when I turn up to win, and lose to nothing other than ability, I will know my time’s up, so this could be my last bout.“I’ll take some time to think this out, as I never want to come back to boxing once I’ve walked away.”He added: “I started this journey as a 19-year-old juvenile tearaway, boxing at the Top Hat social club in Ealing.“If it’s to end here, what a ride it’s been and I’m grateful to the universe for allowing me to find my destiny and walk the precarious road my way.”See also:Harrison destroyed by Price in first roundHarrison announces return to the ringHarrison plans to continue boxing careerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How 3 Companies Are Using NoSQL Database Riak

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Today Basho, the sponsor company of the NoSQL database Riak, announced another $7.5 million round of funding from Georgetown Partners and Trifork. We’ve never covered Riak here, so we thought today would be a good day to take a look at how the technology is being used by a few companies.Riak is based on the Dynamo architecture and written in Erlang. Basho initially developed it for internal use, but realized that Riak was its core differentiator so it open sourced Riak Core and now sells Riak EnterpriseDS and Riak constulting.inagistinagist is a real-time Twitter analytics Web app. It surfaces popular tweets on a variety of subjects (world news, business news, technology, etc.) and determines trending topics within certain subject areas. It also provides a Twitter search service that prioritizes a user’s own social graph. inagist uses Riak to store and query tweets and their related metadata.inagist switched to Riak from Cassandra because Cassandra was taxing its resources. It choose Riak because it’s written in Erlang and allowed the company to use any backend technology. According to Inagist blog: “Currently we run the innostore back-end based on Embedded Innodb. This kind of makes Riak a distribution layer over a trusted storage layer.”MozillaMozilla uses Riak as the backend for storing and analyzing Firefox 4.0 beta testing results. Mozilla needed a solution that would allow to store large amounts of data very quickly. In addition to Riak, Mozilla evaluated Cassandra and Hbase. Basho worked with Mozilla’s Daniel Einspanjer to create what he called a “nearly turn-key solution.” Reading Einspanjer’s post on the subject, the take away is that Riak was just plain easier to use for Mozilla’s purposes than HBase and Cassandra. The organization also conducted some benchmark tests, which are detailed here.WikiaWikia, the 70th largest website on the Internet according to Quantcast, uses Riak to replicate user sessions data across three data centers. Wikia also uses Riak to store images. To handle this, Wikia’s VP of Engineering and Operations Artur Bergman built a file system adapter and open-sourced it.More on RiakIf you’d like to know more about Riak, I’d suggest this interview with Basho CTO Justin Sheehy.This presentation on Riak by Bruce Williams is also great:Riak: A friendly key/value store for the web.View more presentations from codefluency. Related Posts klint finleycenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#Vendors last_img read more

Three big questions for anyone entering the energy storage arena

first_imgGet Smarter About Enterprise Management with AI Michael Kanellos Related Posts Energy storage is one of the largest economic opportunities on the planet. And it’s going to be one of the most entertaining. Entertaining, that is, from a news perspective. One of the best parts about working in technology is the constant drama. A revolutionary concept emerges. Companies form. Venture capitalists pour millions into the market. Then early winners topple, incumbents stumble and previously overlooked ideas prosper like mammals after the death of the dinosaurs.Storage, along with software and solar, will also pave the way for bringing over 1 billion more people onto the grid and reducing problems like dirty water and the lack of economic opportunities; a huge portion of IoT and edge devices will run on their own power. So what should you be looking at when you evaluate a company or business model?#1: What do they make?Is a company manufacturing battery cells? Or are they selling an operating system for managing battery packs? Or do they want to buy third-party battery packs and create a network for providing peak power and energy services?Most agree that the software looks like a good bet; software will be the key for using storage to curb peak power or create micro-grids. You can also write off a lot of the more abstract concepts like compressed air storage or harnessing energy from dance steps — batteries will be the heart of storage. Can you make money on batteries? A manufacturing facility can cost billions and, if too many competitors open at once, price drops will force everyone into the red. In data storage for instance, over 200 companies, including Seiko and Citizen, tried made hard drives. Now, only three do. A recent attempt to make battery components flopped. And software companies aren’t above bleeding money either: in 2002, there was a short-term bubble for Linux IPOs. People were billionaires for about ten minutes.But producing cells and battery packs may prove to be a pretty good business, at least for some, in the long run. Yes, battery cells are finicky beasts, but manufacturers that can hit elusive performance marks while achieving high yields could ultimately win more than enough contracts to keep going. Some manufacturers, such as LG, are able to wield the buying power of conglomerates; others, like Tesla and Blue Solutions, can sell products to third parties or to their own automotive divisions. #2: What does it do? When many people think of energy storage, they imagine a vat for electrons, a big, serene tub sitting in your basement capturing electrons by day to run your TV at night. Storage, in this imagined scenario, is the path to getting off the grid.Reality couldn’t be further away. Instead of a vat, storage functions more like stock traders, buying power cheaply in the morning and offering it up to bidders for grid balancing or demand response in the evening. It’s valuable because it’s attached to the grid. “Storage isn’t storage. Storage is a computer,” John Jung, founder of Greensmith Energy, now part of Wartsila, once told me. Pay close attention to the marketing pitch. If the company in question harps too much about energy independence, they are likely out of synch with the market. #3: Who owns it?Are consumers going to buy the energy storage system? Or will utilities and service providers own it and parcel them out through service contracts? Consumers and businesses, even large ones, probably shouldn’t own storage systems just yet. Because storage systems are like stock traders, they will experience erratic mood swings, perform better on some tasks than others, and often burn out before their time. As a result, the most successful companies in the industry would be those that sell the use of batteries or service contracts. The PPA-service contract concept is petering out in the solar space, but energy storage involves a very different dynamic. A solar array can sit on a roof and predictably churn away for 30 years without much attention. An ordinary person can manage that. Storage, on the other hand, needs a life coach. Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is…center_img Tags:#energy#energy storage#featured#Tesla#Tesla Powerwall#top The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futuristslast_img read more

Very, very dull: What happened to India’s white-hot cryptocurrency market

first_imgA chill has set into the cryptocurrency market, especially in India.Tightening regulation and policy ambiguity have sucked the life out of trading in the past few months, though industry insiders say the phase may be temporary.“The market is very, very dull,” said Sathvik Vishwanath, co-founder and CEO of Unocoin, a bitcoin exchange.Read it at Quartz Related Itemslast_img

Suspicion of graft is on CWG OC: Delhi CM

first_img(From right to left) Lt Governor of Delhi Tejender Khanna, Suresh Kalmadi, Organising Committee Chairman of XIX Commonwealth Games, and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during the closing ceremony of the mega sporting event at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday evening. PTIDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said the “suspicion” of corruption in the Commonwealth Games is on the Organising Committee headed by Suresh Kalmadi and welcomed the “instantaneous” probe ordered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which would clear the “cobwebs”.Dikshit said the corruption could have taken place in the activities undertaken by the Organising Committee to which the Central government had given loans to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore.Boos for Kalmadi at CWG opener | Probe can spell trouble for Kalmadi | Kalmadi deflects blame on to others | Spl: CWG | WATCH VIDEOSonia Gandhi, who is seen with Rahul, met medallist sportspersons in Delhi on Saturday. PTIShe was of the view that Kalmadi, who is the target of attack over the mess that was witnessed in run up to the Games, had failed to “win confidence” of people.”We feel relieved and happy (at the successful Games). But what is disturbing is the corruption charges. They are very disturbing,” Dikshit said in an interaction with PTI journalists.”The fact that the Prime Minister has taken almost an instantaneous decision to order probe into the whole thing and have the picture ready by January, that I think is very heartening,” she said.The Prime Minister set up a high-level committee headed by former CAG V K Shunglu to probe the organising of the CWG, a day after the mega sporting event got over.advertisementDikshit, who answered a range of questions on CWG preparations and the controversies surrounding it, underlined that the allegations of corruption are “not going to be pushed under the carpet”.She said the “real corruption seems to be with regard to the money given as loans (to the OC)”.Noting that infrastructure development was the government’s job, the Chief Minister said the Centre had given “a number of loans (to OC) and that is where the real corruption is. There may have also been (corruption) in some government departments. I am not ruling that out.”Referring to probe ordered by the Prime Minister, she said, “I think only this committee which has been set up will be able to clear the cobwebs. At the moment the suspicion is very much on the OC.”PM, Sonia’s felicitation events were for medallists only: CongCongress on Saturday sought to distance itself from the issue of Kalmadi being left out of two felicitation programmes, saying only medal winners were invited to the events hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.”Only the medal winners had been invited and not the Organising Committee,” party spokesman Mohan Prakash said when asked why was Kalmadi not invited by Singh and Gandhi in their interaction with the medal-winning athletes.Prakash said that the government has already ordered a probe into the allegations of irregularities and corruption soon after the mega event was over.”The entire country and world have praised the hosting of the Games… But the government has also ordered an investigation into allegations of irregularities as per its commitment for transparency,” the spokesman said.Home Min, IAF at odds over UAV scare during CWGThe Indian Air Force and Home Ministry are at odds over an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that had been positioned over the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October three.Home Ministry sources had let it be known that the UAV had come down below its specified height of 6,000 ft creating a security scare.However, IAF spokesperson Priya Joshi claimed in a press release on Saturday that the UAV maintained the designated height as per the Standard Operating Procedure and did not descend below 6,000 ft.The UAVs were put into operation for maintaining an aerial vigil during the 12-day sporting extravaganza.30 CWG medalists from Haryana to get Maruti carsThirty medalists of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) from Haryana and two others – Saina Nehwal and Sushil Kumar – having connection with the state would get Maruti cars.The 15 gold medalist from Haryana and Saina Nehwal and Sushil Kumar would also be given Maruti SX4 luxury cars of Maruti located in Gurgaon, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh on Saturday.Seven silver medalist players would be given Maruti Dzire and eight bronze medalists from the State of Haryana would be given Wagon R cars.advertisementAiyar claims hosting of CWG didn’t help Indian athletesIn New York, former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, arguably the most ardent critic of the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, still thinks India should not have hosted them, claiming that instead of offering more facilities to athletes, sports bodies were focusing on organising events.”My criticism is never ever with the Indian athletes, Instead I believe if this Commonwealth Games was to be held anywhere else we still would have won all the medals,” the Congress leader said.”In this game they have won (medals) not because they are provided with special facilities as a home team. They won in spite of the fact that the facilities which any home team expects from the games were denied to them owing to the incompetence of our sports officials and others connected with the organising committee,” he told a TV channel.Aiyar said the expenditure on the mega sporting event had gone up by four times than the annual budget of the rural health mission.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Wayne Rooney rules out future move to new Premier League club

first_imgEngland striker Wayne Rooney says it is highly unlikely that a scenario would arise causing him to switch allegiances to any Premier League side other than Manchester United or boyhood club Everton in the future.The 30-year-old, who will captain his country at the European Championship in France, joined United as an 18-year-old from Everton in August 2004, in a move that drew criticism from sections of the Goodison Park fan base.However, Rooney, who has won five league titles with United, thanked both the clubs for their support throughout his career.”Manchester United and Everton are the only clubs I have played for as a professional footballer,” he told United’s club wesbite (www.manutd.com).”I am happy to say now that, whatever may happen in the future, I will never play for another Premier League club.”Everton and United, along with my family, gave me the support and opportunity to help me achieve my goals and dreams.Rooney’s only two league clubs will face off in his testimonial at Old Trafford on Aug 3.last_img read more

Thane jailor suspended after constable alleges molestation

first_imgMumbai, Sep 3 (PTI) Prison Department has suspended superintendent of Thane District Jail Hiralal Jadhav, who is accused of molestation by a woman staffer.Confirming the suspension, DIG (Prison) Bhushan Upadhyay said, “Serious offence was registered against Jadhav and such behaviour from a senior cop is neither expected nor acceptable.”Jadhav yesterday filed anticipatory bail before the Thane district court. District judge M M Walimohhmed adjourned the hearing, calling for the prosecutions reply.Police on August 31 had registered a case of molestation under section 354 of Indian Penal Code against him.The 31-year-old complainant, a woman constable, had alleged that Jadhav misused his position and outraged her modesty.According to sources, the constable was posted at the Thane jail few months ago and had requested the jail superintendent to settle issues regarding her quarter (government accommodation) allotment. PTI APM ARS ASVlast_img read more

Happy Durga Puja: 5 times Bollywood brought in Maa Durga and won Bengalis over

first_imgIt’s that time of the year. Maa Durga is at our doorstep, and the rolls, briyanis are about to leave the floodgates. Ashtami will see even most of the atheists, go in for the Pushpanjali ritual and then head out for Luchi-Ghoogni and Khichudi afterwards. It is a auspicious time for the Bengalis to renew their vows with the most unhealthy snacks the might not binge on through the year.Bollywood has seen its share of Puja celebrations and the Bengali audience have related to it too. We take a look at five such instances, where Bollywood showcased a near perfect celebration of the festival and used it to perfection for the story.1. Devdas (2001) Sanjay Leela Bhansali unleashed the magnificence of Durga Puja, by getting together two of the prettiest women of their generation to dance and pay their tributes to the Goddess. As the song Dola re…Dola re… became a rage, Bongs couldn’t stop gushing at how nicely Puja was presented in Devdas.2. Parineeta (2005) Who can forget the sporting Sanjay Dutt doing the Dhunuchi dance with three ‘Dhunuchis’ which are basically earthen pots with coconut shells burning with the help of coal. Pradeep Sarkar beaufifully showed the joy of Pujo with his expansive Pandal, nice looking Kurtas.3. Kahaani (2012) Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller based in Kolkata paid a fitting tribute to the city, as the climax took place in the chaos of the ‘shidur khela’ a ritual around vermillion, and takes place on the day of Dashami. Vidya Balan’s character in search for her husband plays her final hand in the film and Puja looks like the perfect setting for it.advertisement4. Vicky Donor (2012)Even though it features the Durga Puja for a fleeting second, where actors Yami Gautam and Ayushmann Khurrana have one of their dates, Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor essentially talks about the Bengali culture quite extensively. It basically shows the successful confluence of the Punjabi and the Bengali culture.5. Lootera (2013)Vikramaditya Motwane’s adaptation of O Henry’s Last Leaf starts in West Bengal in Sonakshi Sinha’s character’s house and shows her enjoying Durga Puja with her best friend. The film’s first half is set in West Bengal where Sonakshi’s father is a wealthy landlord in a newly independent India.last_img read more

OpenHW Group created and announces CORE-V family of open-source cores

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: RX72M MCUs with EtherCAT support for industrial applicationsNext Arrow introduces next-generation IoT wireless modules A new not-for-profit global organization aims to boost the adoption of open-source processors by providing a platform for collaboration, creating a focal point for ecosystem development, and offering open-source IP for processor cores.Headed by Founder and CEO, Rick O’Connor, the OpenHW Group has already recruited 13 sponsor organizations and expects this to grow to 25 by the end of 2019. OpenHW Group is a member of the RISC-V Foundation of which O’Connor was Executive Director until May this year, and has entered into a strategic partnership with the Eclipse Foundation, a global community for open-source software collaboration and innovation.Inaugural OpenHW sponsors include Alibaba, Bluespec, CMC Microsystems, Embecosm, ETH Zurich (University), GreenWaves, Imperas, Metrics, Mythic AI, NXP, Onespin, Silicon Labs and Thales.The OpenHW Group will serve developers of processor cores and hardware and software engineers who design SoCs. The advent of open ISAs such as RISC-V has encouraged organizations throughout the world to take a fresh look at open-source processor development. For these organizations, the OpenHW Group aims to drive greater awareness, understanding and availability of open-source processor implementations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more