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first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – It’s long been the PC industry’s dream, to take center stage in the vast home entertainment market. Success, however, has been elusive. And so the industry will launch in 2006 its most aggressive effort yet to persuade people to buy computers for wrangling the expanding universe of digital content. Leading the charge are longtime PC collaborators Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., both of which are promising better support for high-definition programming and an improved ability to send video, still pictures and music throughout the home and to portable gadgets. Macintosh maker Apple Computer Inc. is also widely expected to join the fray and, perhaps, do for entertainment computers what it did for digital music players when it unleashed the iPod in 2001. But it’s not going to be an easy to overcome a checkered past, particularly given the problems that emerged in the industry’s first forays. Most companies haven’t taken close enough notice of the what’s behind Apple’s iPod success, says Rob Enderle, an analyst at the Enderle Group research firm. “Most of the technology products being thrown at the home market aren’t particularly attractive or well priced, and ease of use isn’t anywhere in their description,” he said. “Until that gets fixed, we’re going to have some serious problems.” Such PCs – even when decked out with programs that can be controlled from a couch with a clicker – are criticized for being too complicated for consumers. People are simply tired and frustrated by computers that take too long to boot, crash, get infected by viruses and demand constant updates with security patches. Why would they want such a thing controlling their entertainment? Old set-top boxes supplied by cable and satellite TV companies may be dumb and slow but at least they’re low maintenance. Intel’s answer is Viiv, a hardware and quality assurance platform that’s expected to be launched in the first part of the year. As Intel did with its Centrino brand for notebooks and Wi-Fi hot spots, it will make sure Viiv-stickered PCs, gadgets, services and content play well with one another. Viiv-branded PCs, not surprisingly, will include Intel chips that should enable smaller and more appealing cases, said Eric Kim, Intel’s chief marketing officer. “Until now, devices (media servers) were PC-like devices with fans, a tower, and lots of noise, and people don’t want that in their living rooms,” he said. It’s also going to build on Microsoft’s Media Center Edition of Windows, which has sold more than 4 million licenses since its 2002 debut, including to notebooks and laptops without TV tuners that can’t rightly be classified as entertainment delivery vehicles. By way of comparison, analysts have predicted that more than 70 million consumer PCs will ship worldwide in 2005 alone. “It really hasn’t taken off because it didn’t meet that threshold for ease of use, the hardware wasn’t good enough and there wasn’t enough compelling content,” Kim said. “What we’re doing is bringing all these parties together.” Microsoft also isn’t planning to stand still in 2006. Late in the year, it will launch its long-delayed, next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, as well as a Vista-based update to the Media Center Edition for Windows. The upgrade will support a technology called CableCARD that will allow users to access all their digital cable channels without having to use the cable box that the cable company supplies – one of the biggest headaches faced by Media Center owners. (This version of CableCARD will not, however, support video on demand or pay-per-view services.) Microsoft is expected to stress Vista’s capability to handle high-definition programming, which should be more readily available late in the year. And it will coincide with Viiv’s marketing, said Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, a research firm. “Vista and Viiv are going to be hyped in parallel,” he said. “There’s at least a billion dollars worth of ads that are going to run as result of this.” Yet with new content, just as with old, the old bugaboo of piracy and how to prevent it on a historically open system could stymie the PC’s quest to rule the living room. To help entice Hollywood to offer up its programming for home-networked PCs – and allay fears of rampant HD piracy, Vista will support digital rights management technology that will allow content owners to determine how their works can be used. One of the more controversial features of Vista will be its empowering content owners to disallow – or downgrade – high-definition video unless the graphics card and monitor support protecting the signal from unauthorized duplication. Marcus Matthias, product manager at Microsoft’s Windows Digital Media Division, notes that other consumer devices – such as a standalone high-def DVD player – will have to play by the same rules. But that’s not the only “digital rights management” technology. Audio CDs are increasingly shipping with programs to prevent excessive copying on PCs, and even Viiv will remain “agnostic” to the various forms of DRM deployed now and the future, said Merlin Kister, a technical program manager at Intel. Apple – the leading seller of music players, online music and video – also has its own flavor of DRM that it hasn’t shared with anyone. “In as much as Apple is successful, it’s a fly in the ointment for everybody else,” Kay said. At the same time, there’s growing speculation that Apple will make a run for the living room. In October, it launched new iMac G5 computers with a simply designed program called Front Row that can be controlled from a distance with a six-button remote control. The computer doesn’t support live video, and the iMac’s all-in-one design doesn’t make it an obvious choice for living rooms outside of dorms and studio apartments. But Apple does have a small, inexpensive computer, the Mac Mini, which would blend well in an entertainment center. The Cupertino company also is switching to Intel chips in 2006 – a move that could help bring down Mac prices. It’s not known whether it will participate in Viiv, and neither company is commenting on the plans, if any. But if computer companies don’t succeed, consumers can always stick with set-top boxes that are increasingly gaining more computer-like features. Advanced models like the Digeo Inc.’s Moxi Media Center are being tested by TV service providers, while Microsoft itself is developing software for boxes used by phone companies’ emerging television offerings. Cisco Systems Inc., the leading maker of networking equipment, said in November that it’s buying cable box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc. Among other plans, it wants to leverage its Linksys division’s home networking products to transmit TV around the house. “(Cisco) knows if they want to move into the home, it’s not going to be on the PC. It’s going to be on a set-top box,” Enderle said. “Somebody else sets it up, so that makes it easy to use. It’s subsidized, which makes the price incredibly aggressive.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_imgAs Indian domestic cricket circuit tries to reinvent itself, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar suggested that every Ranji Trophy game should be played on two different pitches to prepare a better Test team for overseas assignments.He also had an interesting take on how to make bilateral Test series engaging – by having back-to-back home-and-away rubbers so that the strength of two teams remains mostly constant but the conditions change to make for a bigger challenge. (Also read: How Sachin Tendulkar transformed Virat Kohli into a run-machine)However, it is Tendulkar’s suggested innovations of two different pitches for a single Ranji match which will make anyone sit up and take notice.”I have thought a lot about neutral venues in Ranji Trophy (which is being experimented this season). I have a suggestion which can be radical. When we go to places like Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa, we play with kookaburra balls which swings early. Think about a young Ranji batsman playing with SG Test in India and then facing difficulty overseas,”Tendulkar spoke at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.”Let us have the first innings on a green top with kookaburra balls which would give openers a challenge. Even bowlers will have something. Our spinners will also learn how to bowl with kookaburra on Green tops,” Tendulkar explained. His next suggestion was even more interesting.”Now let there be a pitch adjacent to the green top which would be a rank turner. Now the second innings will be played on that track with the SG Test ball which would also help our batsmen play against quality spin bowling. We have been too focused on playing pace in overseas conditions but we should not forget how to play spin bowling. Don’t forget even overseas teams are losing to us in India. May be they would start using SG in their domestic matches.”advertisementFor Tendulkar, two pitches, two balls in two innings of a match takes curator preparing designer pitches out of the equation and also nullifies the toss factor.”A captain would start thinking that winning the toss will give him only 10 percent advantage that is his right to choose first. But if he chooses to bowl on green top he should remember that he would need to bat on a Turner in the fourth innings,” he said making it clear that it may or may not click.In fact, BCCI president Anurag Thakur was among the audience listening with rapt attention. (Also read: Virat Kohli + Alastair Cook = Sachin Tendulkar?)About the dwindling crowd in Test cricket, Tendulkar blamed lack of rivalry in the longest format that has caused affected the interest in the sport not to forget the emergence of Twenty20.”When we grew up we had rivalries like Sunil Gavaskar vs Imran Khan, Viv Richards vs Jeff Thomson and then (Brian) Lara vs Glenn McGrath or Steve Waugh vs Curtly Ambrose. The West Indies team in ’80s and ’90s generated interest. The target then was to beat the West Indies. Australia was an incredible players. Nine world class and if 3-4 could close the game. That is missing,” he lamented.Asked what could be a solution, Tendulkar said: “Look we went to England in 2014 and lost the series. Now England are down in this series and since 2014, they have lost a couple of players.”My suggestion is to have back to back matches against same the side home and away. Let us play two Tests in India and then two Tests in England. Same set of players but different venues. Obviously there will be some changes in terms of form and injuries but core will be same. That will be a fair contest.”He was all praise for the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli.”This team reminds me of our times between 2000-2011. They have a quality pace and spin attack. We believe that it is the best team in the world. Soon rest of the world will follow us.”Tendulkar, who has been promoting Olympic Sports, also spoke about some discussions he has had with Sports Authority of India to popularise various events.”During IPL, we can have athletics events and then during ODIs when you have packed houses. That will also encourage the athletes.”last_img read more

* Partial season.Estimates are based on Tom Tango’s WARcel projection method and use the median recovery periods for Tommy John surgery patients who were hitters (11 months) and pitchers (15 months).Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Jon Roegele, TangoTiger.com 2018RecoveringRecoveringRecovering 20191.5*0.4*1.1 SeasonJuly 20182018-19 OFFSEASONDOESN’T HAVE SURGERY 20201.21.21.2 2018Recovering0.70.7 SeasonJuly 20182018-19 OFFSEASONDOESN’T HAVE SURGERY July 20182018-19 OFFSEASONDOESN’T HAVE SURGERY Returning to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup following a monthlong injury layoff, Shohei Ohtani finally reminded everyone last Sunday night why he ranks among baseball’s most electrifying players. Pinch-hitting against the crosstown rival Dodgers in the seventh inning, Ohtani blasted a 2-2 fastball from JT Chargois 443 feet to center field, giving the Angels what eventually proved to be a decisive lead in the game. 20201.61.61.6 Total WARSurgery in … Batting WARSurgery in … 2019RecoveringRecovering2.0 Pitching WARSurgery in … What should Ohtani and the Angels do?Shohei Ohtani’s expected wins above replacement by when or if he has Tommy John surgery, based on median recovery periods for pitchers and hitters 3-year total4.33.96.6 Ohtani’s ability to crush those towering homers while also slinging nasty splitters is what makes him unprecedented in the modern game. At the time of the arm injury that shut him down in early June, he ranked among the American League’s best dozen or so hitters and pitchers on the season. However, that injury — a ligament strain to Ohtani’s pitching elbow — has limited him to “just” hitting for the foreseeable future. Since Ohtani throws right-handed but hits lefty, he can swing the bat without putting much strain on his damaged elbow.Ohtani has since slid back into LA’s lineup as its regular designated hitter, batting in seven straight games for the first time all season.1When Ohtani was pitching roughly every seven days, he would be held out of the lineup in those games plus usually two or three others per week. And that appears to be how the Angels are handling Ohtani’s recovery for now, using him only as a hitter and hoping that a combination of rest and platelet-rich plasma therapy can heal his arm and help him avoid the dreaded Tommy John surgery, which could take him out of action as a pitcher for years.The hitting half of Ohtani is still pretty valuable by itself, and there’s some chance he could return to the mound without needing surgery. But Los Angeles may also just be delaying the inevitable, as injections like the ones Ohtani is getting don’t always successfully stave off Tommy John in the end. (Indeed, Ohtani already underwent the same treatment for a less severe UCL sprain last fall, only to have the injury re-emerge.) With the Angels’ playoff chances all but dried up this year, is it worth it to run him out at half strength for the rest of his rookie campaign? Or should they just call it a season and schedule the operation to fully repair his damaged elbow? Ohtani’s unprecedented ability has given Los Angeles an unprecedented front-office dilemma.Having Ohtani back certainly improves the Angels’ short-term outlook, since the team looked lost without him for most of June. On June 6, the day of Ohtani’s last start, Los Angeles was 35-28 with a 39 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to The Baseball Gauge. By the time he returned, they’d fallen to 43-42 with a 7 percent playoff probability. It wasn’t all due to Ohtani’s absence — teammates like Andrelton Simmons and Andrew Heaney also fell off pace after hot starts — but losing a player with his unique production abilities didn’t help. According to an average of the metrics found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, Ohtani has been worth 2.0 combined wins above replacement as a hitter and pitcher in 50 games of action this season, which is roughly what we’d expect from one solid starter over the course of an entire season.By now, though, Ohtani’s contributions may be too little, too late to save the Angels’ season. As of Tuesday afternoon, they sat fourth in the AL West, 14 games behind the division-leading Astros and 10 games back in the wild-card race. Most likely, any playing time Ohtani gets from here on out this season will be to get him more reps against MLB pitching (no small consideration) and improve his Rookie of the Year candidacy, not to power an epic playoff push. Because of this, the Angels have come under some criticism on social media for putting off Ohtani’s Tommy John surgery for the sake of batting him during what’s likely a lost season.We can do some rough math to map out the options for Ohtani and the Angels. According to this database of Tommy John surgeries collected by Jon Roegele, the median time for a hitter to return to his previous level of competition after the procedure is 11 months, and the median for pitchers is 15 months. That means that, looking at the regular season only, if Ohtani had surgery now, he could expect to return as a batter in June 2019 and as a two-way player for the start of the 2020 season. If he delays surgery to the offseason, though, he’d miss all but the final month of 2019 as a hitter, though he’d still return as a pitcher in time for the start of the 2020 season.(Obviously, these are just the median outcomes — a quarter of position players recover in under 10 months, while 25 percent of pitchers take more than 20 months to return. But these numbers do help give a sense of the recovery times involved for most players who undergo Tommy John surgery.)If we combine those time frames with a simple age progression on Ohtani’s projected regular-season hitting and pitching WAR,2An admitted simplification of things, since it assumes the injury can only affect his performance by keeping him off the field entirely, not by reducing his effectiveness when he does play. we can come up with an estimate of how much value Ohtani figures to add over the next three seasons, depending on when (or if) he elects to go under the knife: At a first glance, the difference between the two Tommy John-related strategies is small (just 0.4 WAR), and that’s assuming that Ohtani does eventually need surgery. The ideal scenario, of course, is one where Ohtani the pitcher comes back without needing surgery and the Angels reap the benefits of Ohtani the hitter in the meantime. This outcome would have an expected value of 6.6 total WAR over the next three seasons, dwarfing the expectation if they shelved him right now. It’s a gamble with considerable upside.Research shows that the plasma injections can keep a player out from under the knife between about 40 and 65 percent of the time. For simplicity’s sake, let’s treat that as a 50-50 shot. Baking in that estimated 50 percent chance of Ohtani’s elbow recovering without surgery, we’d expect the non-surgery choice to deliver an overall expected value of 5.2 WAR — that’s just the average of the delayed-surgery and no-surgery scenarios.Of course, the calculations change a bit if we lower the odds of not needing surgery (dropping them to 40 percent would mean weighting the average toward the delayed-surgery numbers, which would bring his expected value down to 5.0 WAR), or if we account for the fact that LA’s wins over the rest of this season come with lower championship leverage than they might in future seasons, due to the Angels’ poor chances of making the playoff at the moment. The last time the Angels had a comparable playoff probability at this stage of a season, their average play was only 35 percent as impactful as the typical opening-day play.But even if we reduce Ohtani’s hitting WAR over the rest of 2018 by that factor and assign a mere 40 percent chance he won’t need surgery, the expected three-year value of LA’s wait-and-see approach comes out to 4.5 WAR, essentially the same as the expected value of his having surgery right now (4.3 WAR). And again, that’s assuming the least-favorable rate of success for the non-surgical approach, which might be underselling its effectiveness.In other words, the Angels are probably making the right call with Ohtani at the moment. It feels strange to only use half of Ohtani’s incredible skill set, particularly with LA’s playoff chances on life support, and it certainly isn’t exactly what the Angels were envisioning when they paid a $20 million posting fee for Ohtani last December. But it’s a good quandary to have — if he was an ordinary pitcher, this wouldn’t even be a debate. By putting off surgery for now, they’ve given Ohtani’s arm a chance to heal without necessarily losing his services for a year (or more) while also giving his bat a chance to develop further (remember, he just turned 24).And if nothing else, it also gives us a chance to see more weird, puppet-based depictions of his home runs: read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Nassau – Drugs and guns are being smuggled out of Haiti and into The Bahamas without a doubt and a major drug bust in Inagua last weekend further confirms the worst, as the interdiction netted a huge find of nearly $2m in cocaine with five Haitians arrested.   Today those men, who were taken into custody after a search of their vessel exposed 106 packets of the illegal drug, are locked up at the Bahamas Department of Corrections.    So far, one of the men, 47 year old Dones Benjamins of Cap Haitian has entered a guilty plea when he appeared in court last week Thursday.   Benjamins was sentenced to five years.The four co-accused are not so ready to admit to any guilt; they say they are not guilty and will face trial in February.   The names revealed at the arraignment are: Walter Gustave, Marc Evens Belfort, Ifrandieu Clermonvil and Vickson Polydor; all from Haiti, and say they did not know the captain was trafficking the narcotics.The Bahamas DEU and US Drug Enforcement Agency said it was intel which led them to search the freighter, though the men had already cleared immigration.   A sealed compartment stored 43 packages of cocaine; another sealed compartment which was opened with a blow torch by investigators held another 63 packages of cocaine.   The street value of the drugs is said to be over $1.7m.  Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes sentenced Benjamins to five years for conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply, three years for conspiracy to import dangerous drugs, five years for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and three years for importation of dangerous drugs.The sentences are to run concurrently.  Still unreported is where this 273 pounds of cocaine was headed, or to whom.#MagneticMediaNews#majordrugbustinInagau#DonesBenjaminsgetsfiveyearsimprisonmentPhoto credit: The Tribune Related Items:#DonesBenjaminsgetsfiveyearsimprisonment, #magneticmedianews, #majordrugbustinInagaulast_img read more

first_img Updated: 12:44 PM Alpine Library doubling as County Assistance Center for West Fire victims Related: West Fire: Heroic residents, firefighter stories, and devastating aftermath July 9, 2018 People in need were ushered into the building even as a briefing for the service providers was barely winding up.While the providers included representatives from the California Department of Insurance and the State’s Contractor License Board, County Crisis Counseling and referral services were also on hand.As a County spokesperson told us, people who’ve lost everything may still be in shock, but from a mental health standpoint, its important to let them know we’re here for them.A group with therapy dogs was also on hand. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWith the West Fire emergency over, the County has opened an assistance center for victims at the Alpine Library.Ed Lenderman was live at the Alpine Library to take a look at the recovery and assistance efforts undertaken by the community following the devastation of the West Fire.The 505-acre fire destroyed 34 residential buildings, 22 outbuildings and a commercial building in Alpine, CalFire San Diego announced. As of Monday, it is 92% contained.As the fire was raging and it was obvious homes were being lost, County officials were already looking for a location for a recovery center to be in place the moment the emergency was over.A Local Assistance Center will open today at 9 a.m. at the Alpine Library, 1752 Alpine Blvd. Help will be available for residents impacted by the #WestFire and #BuildingFire. The LAC will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.— SanDiegoCounty (@SanDiegoCounty) July 9, 2018center_img Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 9, 2018last_img read more

first_img Posted: May 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – A massive show of love and support in Poway tonight as members of the Chabad of Poway synagogue arrived to observe their first Sabbath since last Saturday’s deadly shooting.KUSI’s John Soderman is in Poway with more on this story.Earlier today: 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – When sundown comes, Shabbat will begin, the start of the Jewish Sabbath. Tonight, there were special prayers of remembrance all across San Diego for the victims of the synagogue shooting in Poway.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has more on the story. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img May 3, 2019 Chabad of Poway observes first Sabbath since Saturday’s deadly shooting Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more