Lockheed Martin is betting big on quantum computing, preparing to deploy it into commercial and military applications.Quantum computing differs from regular computing because it allows data to be stored in more than just the binary format of ones and zeros to signal whether a circuit is on or off. In a quantum computer information is stored in qubits: ones, zeros, or a combination of the two. This ability means that a quantum computer is able to do millions of computations in parallel, and with it the promise of infinitely more powerful machines than traditional transistor-based computers.In 2011, Lockheed Marin purchased a quantum computer from Vancouver-based research firm D-Wave. The company intends to use the power of quantum computing to create next-generation radar, space, and aircraft systems. The vast computing power afforded would allow researchers to run simulations that test how parts of a system would react to a catastrophic event. An example provided by the company’s Chief Technical Officer to The New York Times imagined a simulation of how the complex software of a satellite would be affected by an electromagnetic pulse from a solar flare or nuclear explosion. That’s a task that currently takes weeks, or even months using today’s computers.D-Wave does have its detractors, as many have pointed out the company has not released any peer-reviewed research to back its quantum claims. But it also has quite the collection of supporters who have voiced their confidence in the form of venture capital funding. The company counts Goldman Sachs, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and CIA-front shop In-Q-Tel as investors.Should D-Wave’s quantum processor work as claimed, and Lockheed Martin commercializes it in the next half-decade, the field of high performance computing (HPC) will be revolutionized. Chipmaker Nvidia is also likely keeping a close eye on progress, as it is pushing its GPU-clusters as a way to tackle the next ‘big-questions’ in data-intensive science and computing.Commercialized quantum computer will be expensive, but then all new tech initially commands a high price. It soon drops as demand and production escalates.
By the end of the year, it may be easier to name the companies who don’t make an Android gaming console than the ones that do. Accessory giant Mad Catz is getting in on the action now, revealing an Nvidia Tegra 4-powered console called Project Mojo.What else hides beneath the Mojo’s gently-sloping chassis? There’s 16GB of internal storage, integrated WiFi, and Bluetooth Smart 4.0 (which won’t be taken advantage of until the next big Android update ships).On the Mojo’s back side you’ll have access to a pair of USB ports, an HDMI output, speaker/audio out, and a micro SD slot for storage expansion. The power button’s back there, too. Mad Catz is also throwing in its slick C.T.R.L.R Bluetooth gaming controller.Mad Catz has plenty of street cred when it comes to gaming, and that could certainly help sell the Mojo. The fact that it’s shipping with a Tegra 4 chip won’t hurt, either.Don’t forget that the Tegra 4 is capable of streaming games from an NVidia-equipped PC. For hardcore gamers that want to occasionally rock out on their favorite PC titles on a larger-than-normal display, it’s a killer feature that Mojo offers that the first-gen Ouya and GamePop don’t.Sure, NVidia’s Project Shield will be able to stream too, but you’ll be paying much more for it. Mad Catz hasn’t revealed pricing for Project Mojo yet, but surely it’ll sell for less than $349. It’s up against hundred-dollar consoles, after all, and doesn’t have a screen or a massive battery pack inflating costs.If Mad Catz can find the right price point, Mojo could be a big hit. They’ve also apparently got some control issues to work out, but the company told IGN that they’re all over it.
Serial rapist John Xydias is faced with the possibility of additional charges involving an underage victim.On Tuesday he appeared in Melbourne’s Magistrate Court where the police asked for permission to interview him. Mr Xydias did not challenge the request and subsequently was questioned by police for an hour. Allegedly the police are investigating if Mr Xydias sexually penetrated a girl under the age of 16 as well as committing an indecent act with a girl under the age of 16. He has already pleaded guilty to 86 charges of rape and sexual assault on 11 women between 1991 and 2006. It was found that he would first drug his victims while he even filmed some of the attacks. The police recovered 17 such tapes. He is currently awaiting sentencing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Google lance la prévisualisation des résultats de rechercheGoogle lance une nouvelle option sur son moteur de recherche : “Instant Preview”. La prévisualisation des résultats permet de savoir si les mots-clés tapés par l’internaute sont pertinents.Google innove encore en terme de recherche en ligne. Le géant américain propose déjà depuis quelques temps à ses internautes de visualiser la page de résultats pendant qu’il tape les mots-clés. Lorsque l’utilisateur commence à utiliser son clavier, une fenêtre s’ouvre en un clic et propose le contenu d’une page où la souris s’est arrêtée. À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Mais aujourd’hui, “Instant preview” (littéralement : “prévisualisation instantanée”) va beaucoup plus loin. Il consiste en une petite loupe, affichée à côté de chaque résultat de recherche proposé par Google, permettant à l’internaute de visualiser la page d’une URL proposée. Ainsi, on peut avoir un échantillon du contenu du site web sans avoir à cliquer sur le lien. On peut comparer cela à une sorte de capture d’écran améliorée. Il s’agit pour la firme de Mountain View de trouver plus rapidement la solution à sa recherche. Cette option sera fonctionnelle dans plus de 40 langues dans les jours à venir. Le 10 novembre 2010 à 13:39 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des puces électroniques qui imitent le fonctionnement du cerveauUne équipe suisse de chercheurs a mis au point des puces électroniques capables d’imiter le fonctionnement du cerveau. Elles peuvent notamment traiter des informations en temps réel.Aussi complexe qu’il soit, le cerveau humain commence à dévoiler ses mystères grâce aux multiples recherches dont il fait l’objet. Mais ces travaux ne permettent pas que de mieux comprendre notre encéphale, ils permettent aussi de réaliser de vraies prouesses techniques. La dernière en date a été dévoilée par des chercheurs de l’Université et de l’École polytechnique fédérale de Zurich. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Cette équipe a réussi à mettre au point des circuits électroniques capables de fonctionner comme un véritable cerveau humain. D’une taille similaire, ces circuits consomment une énergie équivalente et fonctionne à la même vitesse que nos circuits neuronaux. Dans son communiqué, l’Université indique également que tout comme le cerveau, ces puces “neuromorphiques” sont capables de traiter des informations en temps réel et que les circuits électroniques dont elles font partie peuvent être configurés pour effectuer des actions spécifiques. Comme l’a expliqué Giacomo Indiveri, professeur à l’Université de Zurich, jusqu’ici on savait comment configurer un système électronique pour le faire réagir en fonction de son environnement : par exemple, des essuie-glaces qui se mettent en route en présence de pluie ou des phares qui s’allument lorsque la luminosité diminue. Mais on ne savait pas encore comment cela fonctionnait à l’intérieur du cerveau, a-t-il précisé à l’AFP.”Mémoire, prise de décision et discernement” C’est désormais chose faite, puisque les chercheurs ont réussi à configurer leur système de façon à ce qu’il réussisse un test qui requiert “mémoire, prise de décision et discernement”, indique le professeur Indiveri. A terme, ces nouvelles puces pourraient être intégrées à un système robotisé “pour permettre à des robots d’évoluer en autonomie dans des univers, sans être guidés par télécommande”.Le 25 juillet 2013 à 13:46 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target As thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts on Saturday, causing flooding, damage, and power outages, one witness caught the terrifying moment lightning struck a boat.Passerby Harry Minucci was at the Columbia Yacht Club in South Boston when he recorded a bolt of lightning hitting a boat docked at the club.With thunderstorms rolling across Massachusetts and New England on Saturday, one person in South Boston caught the #shocking moment when lightning struck a nearby boat. #boston #boston25 #southie #zap pic.twitter.com/mVylFptsGr— Boston 25 News (@boston25) July 7, 2019The owner of the boat wasn’t on the boat, and no injuries were reported, according to CNN.There was heavy rainfall and flooding in the Boston area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). the thunderstorms ended at around 9:45 p.m.Headed out to the water? Follow these safe boating tips and check the forecast on your phone with https://t.co/cVF04jQk8q pic.twitter.com/2Q3ftqttxs— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 7, 2019The video of the lightning strike was retweeted by the NWS, which said it was a “great example of why we say ‘When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!’”More on Geek.com:Watch: Woman Captures Dangerous ‘Positive Lightning’ Bolt in FloridaMan Brought Back to Life After Getting Electrocuted in MichiganWatch: Lightning Strikes Tree, Sets It on Fire During Oregon Storm Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’
Better air quality and a windy forecast prompted the the Southwest Clean Air Agency to lift Wednesday the burn ban over Clark County.County residents may resume using wood stoves and fireplaces, but the agency asked people to make sure their fires burn as cleanly as possible. Stoves and fireplaces are working best when burning dry, seasoned firewood, indicated by the lack of visible smoke coming from the chimney.The agency enacted the Stage 2 Burn Ban Tuesday, as the stagnant air could cause health problems. Weather forecasters expected the stagnant conditions to lift Wednesday evening, with increasing south winds to improve ventilation in the metro area, according to the agency.In areas of the county where burning has not been permanently banned, outdoor burning will again be allowed with the proper permits. For more information on better burning methods, visit www.swcleanair.org/burning.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is happy with his team’s response after they beat Blackburn 3-2 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.Eddie Howe made nine changes to his starting XI on Tuesday, following his team’s 4-0 drubbing at Burnley. And the Cherries responded well with a victory thanks to a late goal from Callum Wilson.“We desperately needed a performance tonight after the Burnley game, of course, we needed a reaction,” he said.“You feel better but still Burnley is not far away in my thoughts. That’s just how I am and until we put that right in the Premier League that will still be with me.”Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…He added: “I’d say (tonight) 90 percent was positive. I thought we played some good football and then suddenly bang, bang, we concede two goals.“Only we could do that to ourselves. We shot ourselves in the foot twice, made some bad decisions and then it’s in the balance.“And then you’re thinking the lottery of a penalty shoot-out was going to be the outcome of the game and it should never have been in that position.“But credit the players again because we get ourselves in these positions and sometimes we get out of that hole we’re in because of our attitude, because of our spirit.”
Posted: March 5, 2018 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 SettingsSan Diego is a big military town, and with each person comes a story. The La Jolla Playhouse is bringing those stories to life in a new play called “Home of the Brave.”Actors Carolyn Agan and Kendrick Dial, both of whom have real experience as part of a military family, stop by Good Morning San Diego to talk about the play. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom ‘Home of the Brave’ play tells stories of military families March 5, 2018
In a letter sent this week, ASA urged President Barack Obama to intervene and improve the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2014 volume requirements for biomass- based diesel.The letter states, “The EPA proposal to limit the biomass-based diesel volumes to 1.28 billion gallons for2014 and 2015 would unnecessarily stunt the growth of the U.S. biodiesel industry and would forego the significant emissions reductions and economic benefits derived from this growing sector. It is both troubling and perplexing that the Administration, which has heretofore strongly supported biodiesel for its many environmental and economic benefits, would propose to establish RFS levels that are below 2013 domestic consumption and production levels.”Reducing the 2014 and 2015 RVO for Biomass-based diesel below 2013 production levels would result in reduced demand for soybean oil, which accounts for about half of all U.S. biodiesel production. Biodiesel production in 2013 utilized approximately six billion pounds of soybean oil. With large crops and global soybean production expected to increase in 2013 and 2014, reduced levels of soy oil being consumed in the domestic food market, and an increase in other biodiesel feedstocks coming online, the need for a growing biodiesel market is vital to the bottom line for U.S. soybean farmers.The letter emphasized how biodiesel has created thousands of jobs in nearly every state in the U.S., has support from numerous members of congress, governors and mayors across the country and how its expansion would have a positive impact on agriculture.“The ASA, representing 600,000 U.S. soybean farmers, is extremely proud of the major role we have played in the development of the U.S. biodiesel industry – an industry that has helped diversify our fuel supply, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and created jobs and economic growth, especially in rural America. Biodiesel has become an important market for soybean oil, added value to our product and boosted the farm and rural economy. Soy oil would be a drag on demand for soy meal protein and whole soybeans if not for the biodiesel market. In recent years, there has been increased soybean production to meet global protein demand and at the same time soy oil is being displaced from food markets due to the move away from trans fat,” ASA said in the letter.To read the letter, click here.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Health officials have lifted a swim advisory for beaches along the Rickenbacker causeway but advised it remains in effect around Jungle Island.In a news release issued on Thursday, officials said water quality samples showed it is now safe to go in the water at beaches along the causeway, including Hobie/Windsurfer, Marine Stadium and MAST Academy. However, the advisory remains in effect around Jungle Island.The announcement comes three days after overflow of wastewater from a pipe adjacent to the American Airlines Arena caused a sewage spill into the surrounding surface waters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Kakinada: The Kakinada Municipal Corporation (KMC), with the financial support from public sector giant ONGC, initiated steps for the treatment of household waste in the city.The City, with 4.50 lakh population, generates household waste between 170-180 MT per day. Under the programme, the generated waste is segregated as dry and wet. For this purpose, the services of a private organisation Trash-Con from Bengaluru has been requisitioned. Also Read – Vice-Prez to flag off Gudur Superfast Express Advertise With Us According to KMC Additional Commissioner Ch Naga Narasimha Rao, in order to check the working of this equipment, order for 2 MT process plant which costs Rs 20 lakh was placed with financial support from ONGC. After checking the performance of this plant, the KMC will opt for bigger size of plant varies from 10 to 20 MT. While there is demand for dry waste for paper production, treatment of wet waste is essential for preventing pollution. The treatment plant will also segregate metal, plastic and other substances from the waste. The municipal authorities will take a decision whether to use wet waste as compost or use it for generation of biogas. The gas generated through this mode can be utilised for cooking purpose. This waste treatment project is expected to solve the two-decade municipal dumping yard problem of Kakinada civic body.
Trade between the United States and Russia spiked by 7% despite the economic sanctions levied by the US on the country, President Vladimir Putin said.Both countries were surprised by the trade stats. Data from the US Commerce Department show that US exports to Russia increased by 1% in 2014. However, imports from Russia are down 13%, The Washington Post reported.”When I looked at the statistic today . . . [it] even surprised me a little,” Putin told Interfax, the Russian news agency.The report does come as a surprise because Western sanctions against Russia have been tight and that has strained relationship between the two countries.More recently, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with a local newspaper that the Western sanctions against the country were violating international law and were aimed at damaging the country’s economy.”The situation that we see today in connection with unilateral restrictions introduced by the U.S., the European Union and some other countries certainly contradicts international legal norms, including, on a whole number of occasions, the norms of the WTO [World Trade Organization and our Western colleagues’ declared conceptual approaches toward the development of international economic cooperation – respect for market principles, honest competition, etc,” Lavrov told Russia Beyond the Headlines. “As for the political component of these sanctions, I could say that as long as coercive measures were adopted, primarily by the UN Security Council, because all the rest was illegitimate, our Western partners were among the first who called for these sanctions to target leaders who failed abide by UN states’ decisions and to prevent any negative side-effect on the population,” Lavrov added.On Friday, President Putin signed a military doctrine that identified NATO as a potential threat to the country adding that Russia could employ nuclear weapons if any country threatens the existence of Russia, The Associated Press reports.NATO however said that it poses no threat to Russia.”Any steps taken by NATO to ensure the security of its members are clearly defensive in nature, proportionate and in compliance with international law,” a spokeswoman for NATO was quoted by the AP.”In fact, it is Russia’s actions, including currently in Ukraine, which are breaking international law and undermining European security,” she added.
By LYNN ELBER and MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for White people to wear blackface at Halloween.“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The show occupied the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” program, a time slot that will be hosted by other co-anchors next week, the network said.This Oct. 22, 2018 photo released by NBC shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” in New York. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, that “Megyn Kelly Today” will not return. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)NBC didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.” He did not elaborate.Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year.The show’s cancellation came four days after she provoked a firestorm for her on-air comments about blackface as a costume.“But what is racist?” Kelly said Tuesday. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a White person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which Whites applied blackface to mock Blacks as lazy, ignorant or cowardly.Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show Wednesday. She did not host new episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at “Today” and saying she wanted viewers “to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day.” She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics.She largely floundered with that soft-news focus, and a pair of awkward and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing backfired. Kelly briefly found more of a purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement.She made news when interviewing women who accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill.Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences.But strains continued behind the scenes. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker.And her ratings have been consistently down from what “Today” garnered in the 9 a.m. hour before Kelly came on board. In its first year, Kelly’s show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 from the year before.The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. Both NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Today” did stories on her blackface comment, and weatherman Al Roker said Kelly “owes a big apology to people of color across the country.”A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time. During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump later complained about her questions, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”Although Kelly may have attempted a fresh start at NBC, she couldn’t always escape her baggage.Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by her perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with Trump during the campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes’ firing.She also created controversy with her stance on race. In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is White.”___Elber reported from Los Angeles.
By The Associated PressA Maryland police department has released hours of body camera footage showing an arrest involving a White officer who used a racial slur while talking to a group of Black men.The incident outside a Silver Spring McDonald’s in May sparked controversy when the officer’s use of the word was livestreamed on Instagram. Local leaders sought the release of unedited body camera video.Police body camera. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)WRC-TV reports at least one of the men can be heard using the word in the video released July 12, and the officer says she was echoing him.Acting Police Chief Marcus Jones criticized the language and said officers are getting retrained on professional conduct. But he says the incident wasn’t racial profiling.Four men were cited for trespassing, and two were cited for marijuana possession.___Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com
By the end of this year we’re definitely going to have one, and probably two new next-gen consoles to play with. And the spec and feature bump each will include, such as Sony improving DirectX 11 for the PS4, means game engines need to be updated to take advantage of the extra power on offer.One of those engines is the very popular Unreal Engine. The current generation of games use Unreal Engine 3, but next-gen hardware will use Unreal Engine 4. We got a glimpse of what UE4 could do back in 2011 when Epic released an demo video. But that was two years ago, and we’ve yet to see what it’s truly capable of in its final form.The video above has been leaked today, but should see an official release before the day is over. It’s called Infiltrator and is one of the demos Epic is showing off during GDC.It’s certainly impressive and shows off what Unreal Engine 4 can achieve with visuals. Whether this is the quality of gameplay visuals or not has yet to be confirmed, but in-game cutscenes created using the engine rather than pre-rendered scenes is more likely.There’s no doubt we will see a visual quality jump with the new hardware. This demo bodes well for how much of a jump we can expect to make, but as usual, it’s going to take a few generations of game before we see what the PS4 and Xbox 720 can really do. Just look at the first PS3 and Xbox 360 games and compare them to The Last of Us and Halo 4 to see what understanding the hardware can do to improve things.
Tape Drives. Monochrome screens. Burnt sienna. And… disco? The 70s are back in Headlander. As an obsessive fan of all things from the decade (minus the coke), I couldn’t put Headlander down. More than a video game, it’s a bizarre, classic science fiction tribute that manages to blend kitsch with just the right amount of retro-futurism to cook up something immediately endearing. And I shouldn’t have been surprised.Headlander is the result of a collaboration between Adult Swim Games and Double Fine, the studios behind games like Robot Unicorn Attack and Psychonauts respectively. The off-beat humor that serves as the bedrock for each of their games meshes will with the flamboyance of the bell bottom-era. But it belies something a bit more sinister.In an interview with Geek, director, artist, writer, and lead designer, Lee Petty said that the team wanted to “embrace the camp” of the 1970s, but use it to toy with some bigger ideas. “We wanted to get players used to shag carpets and disco balls early. It’s fun, it’s disarming. And that helps us do something cool.”Petty believes that most of what made 70s sci-fi so special was that it came between the raw optimism of the 60s and the cynicism of the 80s. “You have a group of a writers and [filmmakers] that are coming off of a wave of social change, but it’s odd. Technology is becoming a bigger part of everyone’s lives, most people at least knew computers existed by 1975, but they weren’t sure how that would change things.”He points to films like Alien which, while one of the top-rated sci-fi movies of all time, makes some ridiculous assumptions. All of the computers are monochrome and run on tape drives, clicking and whirring while they search for data, but there’s a fully functioning android (you don’t get a spoiler warning for a 40-year-old movie) onboard the ship. “That’s just impossible,” Petty says with a chuckle. “It doesn’t make any sense at all.”That stemmed from the fact that while we might have been familiar with the basics, we weren’t sure what the role of technology would ultimately be. “We could travel the stars in Alien,” Lee said, “but was that really a good thing? What might we uncover? Or in Logan’s Run, you could live out an idyllic future, but there’s a dark secret hiding just beneath the surface.”By the 80s, though, we started crystallizing a collective idea of what the future held for us. We settled on all manner of dystopian worlds. Whether it was Blade Runner or Terminator, few movies and even fewer people believed that the human race would be okay in the long run. <><> Petty wanted to capture that balance, that sense of tension between the camp and the drama with Headlander. Like most over-the-top media from the 70s, Headlander opens with an absurd premise. You wake up on an unknown ship, clearly in distress, and discover that you don’t have a body. Your avatar tries to scream in terror, but a computerized voice sporting a heavy drawl notes that you can’t speak because you have no lungs. Taking cues from Metroid (a game directly inspired by Alien), you just try to survive.You wouldn’t think a head-in-a-jar could do much, but you’ve also got a jet-pack and a powerful vacuum. Together, you can use them to float about and pull heads off of mechanized bodies before you “headland” and take control of them. This gives you access to new abilities and areas and is the central conceit of the game.And there’s a lot to unpack there, yeah? Again, like its inspirations Headlander takes a ridiculous premise that’s pretty morbid when you mull it over. Robbing others — robots or not — of literal bodily autonomy is a grim means to make your way, and set against the backdrop of disco balls and stoned (don’t ask) robots, it comes off as that much more unsettling.Petty says that’s exactly the point. “It’s all technology that takes us away from our humanity, but it also makes us more than what we were. There’s a contrapposto, a twist there that we were after.”While I haven’t quite made it all the way through the game, from what I can tell Petty and the team pulled off their vision. With a flourish that hints at its deeper influences, Headlander is a special treat and one that any bona fide classic sci-fi fan should add to their collection. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go practice my disco moves.
Kolkata: Two bikes collided with each other near Judicial Academy in New Town on Wednesday morning.One of the bikers identified as Sariful Shaikh, who is a delivery person of Swiggy, got serious head injuries and is admitted to a city hospital. The condition of the delivery person is stated to be serious. Locals told Shaikh was riding his bike at a high speed and eventually lost his control. Keeping in mind the extent of the damage, Bidhannagar Police is soon going to arrange a meeting with the food delivery agencies over the issue of rash driving by Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifedelivery persons. According to locals, Shaikh was coming from the Sapoorji area and was headed towards Narkelbagan. Near Judicial Academy, Shaikh failed to notice the speed breaker placed on the road. He crossed over the speed breaker at a high speed. Meanwhile, another bike was taking a U turn just a few meters ahead of him. As Shaikh was a high speed, he collided with the bike that came infront of him and fell on the road. The other biker also fell off the bike but suffered minor injuries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShaikh was immediately removed to a private hospital near New Town police station and was later shifted to another private hospital near Haldiram’s. In the evening, he was again shifted to another hospital at Mullick Bazar, specialised for neurological treatment. It is alleged that food dilvery apps such as the likes of Swiggy often takes action if a delivery person fails to deliver the food within a stipulated time. They also pay some amount of money as commission for faster delivery of food. To comply with the policy and make some extra amount, delivery persons are frequently seen flouting traffic norms that results in self-harm or harm of others. The delivery persons ride very fast to reach their destinations in fear of getting penalised. “We do not encourage anyone to flout traffic norms or ride fast. There is no provision of imposing penalties,” said a Swiggy official. According to the sources, in Wednesday’s accident Shaikh’s bike had no insurance and as a result, he will not get any compensation. Police sources said after the Swiggy authority was informed about the accident, they avoided taking any liability because Swiggy has no social security scheme for their delivery persons. To sort the matter, Bidhannagar Police will call the food delivery agencies and mention some guidelines that need to be followed strictly. The agencies will also be asked to keep a periodical check of the delivery persons’ bikes and the related vehicle documents. “We will sit with the food delivery agencies and their delivery persons to ensure there is no over-speeding and rash driving by them,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquartes) of Bidhannagar Police.
WASHINGTON — Discount airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has won permission from U.S. federal authorities for its disputed plan to expand flights to the U.S., fuelling the long-simmering battle between legacy airlines and low-cost carriers for transatlantic business.Norwegian Air Shuttle had fought for three years trying to secure permission for its Ireland-based subsidiary to expand transtlantic services.The decision was a defeat for several large U.S. airlines and their labour unions, who argued that Norwegian was getting around Norway’s labour and tax laws by operating new flights with a subsidiary based in Ireland.The Transportation Department said in a regulatory filing Friday that it approved a foreign air-carrier permit for the subsidiary, which is called Norwegian Air International.Regulators said they consulted legal experts in the State Department and Justice Department and found no grounds to reject the application.The decision upheld the Transportation Department’s preliminary approval of the permit in April.Norwegian Air Shuttle already flies between Europe and the U.S. It said the new service by the Irish affiliate would benefit consumers with lower fares and create jobs at U.S. destinations.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe AFL-CIO said it will ask Congress to reverse Friday’s decision. Monday, December 5, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Low-cost carrier clears hurdle in the war for market share on lucrative transatlantic routes
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine,The Cayman Islands is proud to host the third annual Cayman Cookout, to take place January 13 – 16, 2011. This epicurean weekend will once again be hosted by celebrity Chef Eric Ripert, creator of acclaimed Grand Cayman restaurant, Blue. Brought to you by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food & Wine magazine, Cayman Cookout gives guests from across the globe the opportunity to indulge in unparalleled cuisine prepared by some of the world’s top chefs in the most intimate of settings.Guests will enjoy four days of mouth-watering indulgence and personal encounters with participating world-class chefs and sommeliers amidst the blissful surroundings of the Cayman Islands. Eric Ripert, together with culinary masters Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, Rachel Allen, Susur Lee, Michael Schwartz, Charlie Trotter, Food & Wine magazine’s Gail Simmons, and wine and spirits experts Ray Isle, Anthony Giglio, Denis Cakebread, and Bo Barrett will take visitors on a delectable journey all over Grand Cayman with demonstrations, tastings, and excursions.An unparalleled experience for foodies and travelers, Cayman Cookout will allow visitors to absorb up close and delight in the extensive culinary knowledge exhibited by the world’s most talented chefs and sommeliers. Some of Cayman Cookout’s memorable events will include:– A gourmet picnic at Starfish Point with charming host, Eric Ripert. – Chef José Andrés cooking up a Spanish fiesta on Seven Mile Beach. – A behind-the-scenes gossip session with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and Top Chef finalist and Eric Ripert protégé Jennifer Carroll as she unpacks her knives to recreate her winning dish. – A casual Caymanian cocktail party in a giant sandcastle. – A candy-themed evening of opulent sweets, tantalizing pastries, and drinkable desserts. – Anthony Bourdain taking over the kitchen at Periwinkle, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. – Michael Schwartz hosting guests at his acclaimed restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. – An extraordinary Cayman Cookout Gala Dinner, the highlight of the weekend – a seven course meal prepared by Chefs Ripert, Allen, Andrés, Lee, Schwartz, and Trotter. – A champagne brunch cook-off in search of the ultimate local chef.Additional events will be held throughout the weekend and will include a mid-afternoon tasting of South African All Stars wines; a mixology lesson with Anthony Giglio; dinner with Susur Lee; and more.www.caymanislands.ky/cayman_cookout