Liverpool tipped to sign Alli, Atletico linked with Cech and Redknapp hits back

first_imgLiverpool have again been tipped to sign highly-rated MK Dons youngster Dele Alli, this time by the Daily Star Sunday. Chelsea have shown a keen interest in the teenager and Manchester United are also said to be monitoring him.But Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to be in pole position to sign Alli in January, apparently for up to £9m. Related West London Sport story: Chelsea pursue signing of prospect Alli (November 2013)The Star also say Atletico Madrid want Blues keeper Petr Cech and that Chelsea are keen on Barcelona’s Dani Alves, who apparently wants £250,000 a week.Cech has also been linked with Paris St-Germain and RomaMeanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has described criticism of his management style by Roy Keane as “unfair”.The Sun on Sunday reports that former Manchester United star Keane, currently the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, has accused Redknapp of being too soft on players.Keane said: “Some managers seem upbeat with the players, like Harry; ‘All right lads, do what you want, have three days off’ – all that carry on.“You don’t want people to be cosy with you. You think I was cosy with Brian Clough? Do you think I was cosy with Jack Charlton? Alex Ferguson?”Redknapp, whose side are bottom of the Premier League, responds in his column for the newspaper.There has been speculation about Redknapp’s future at QPR“It’s unfair of Roy Keane to discuss my style of management,” he insists.“He doesn’t know how I work, I have never managed him and he is talking from a distance.“I’d never dream of talking about his management style. What he does is up to him and so is the way he chooses to work.“I like Roy but what he is saying is rubbish. I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, because I’ve been a manager for three decades.”There continues to be speculation about Redknapp’s future following QPR’s dismal start to life back in the top flight.The Sunday Mirror say former England boss Glenn Hoddle, who recently joined Redknapp’s coaching team, will be appointed as his replacement if results do not improve.Poll: Is it time for Redknapp to go? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cosmologists Lurk in the Dark

first_imgCreepy cosmologists, who think everything came from nothing, have a fascination with darkness.Watch out for creatures who love darkness rather than light. Their deeds are evillusion.Dark Matter: It Sneaks Up on YouPlacing another piece in the dark matter puzzle (Phys.org) “Very little is known about the exact nature of dark matter,” this article begins. Actually, nothing is known. The only thing cosmologists can say they “know” is what dark matter is not, because every candidate so far has been a no-show (30 May 2019, 26 July 2019). They keep looking, nevertheless, for mysterious unknown stuff that MUST exist, because their pet theories require it. The latest candidate is the axion, a ghostly particle that eludes detection. But is CASPEr really a friendly ghost?Photograph of dark matter. White background provided for contrast.Budker’s group is searching for dark matter through the Cosmic Axion Spin Precession Experiment (CASPEr). The CASPEr group conducts their experiments at the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM). CASPEr is an international research program that uses nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to identify and analyze dark matter….This particular form of sideband analysis enabled the scientists to search for dark matter in a new frequency range. No dark matter signal was detected, as the CASPEr team reports in the latest edition of Science Advances, allowing the authors to rule out ultralight dark matter with couplings above a particular threshold. At the same time, these results provide another piece of the dark matter puzzle and complement previous results from the CASPEr program reported in June, when the scientists explored even lower frequencies using another specialized NMR method called comagnetometry.They didn’t find it in June, either. Whatever they are looking for, they keep not finding it. To them, it counts as a success.Daily briefing: Why the search for dark matter depends on ancient shipwrecks (The Atlantic). Lead (the metal) is a good shield for radiation. There’s a lot of it down in sunken ships. It might help in the search for dark matter: that is, if they can get the lead out.Particle-physics experiments look for the most fundamental building blocks of the cosmos, including dark matter, an as-yet unseen substance that acts like glue within and between galaxies. This ancient lead, then, is helping humanity unlock the secrets of the universe—but obtaining it often presents practical and ethical uncertainties.Read on to learn about World War II, atomic testing, and historical artifacts. But don’t expect any scientific facts about dark matter. There’s only empty promises about a “discovery [that] will revolutionize our future,” if they ever find the dark stuff.Axion particle spotted in solid-state crystal (Science Daily). Did they really spot a particle of dark matter? Did the hopeful monsters at Max Planck actually see an axion? Can cosmologists celebrate, now that “Scientists have spotted a famously elusive particle: The axion – first predicted 42 years ago as an elementary particle in extensions of the standard model of particle physics”? Well, it depends on what they mean by “spotted.” If you raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index sufficiently high, you can propose that a particular quantum properties of a charge-density wave of a dark crystal might be consistent with the predicted features of the theoretical particle. It’s like an eager hunter saying he spotted a tiger. Other striped things could also be be consistent with what he thought he saw.Beware the Dark Energy, My Son5,000 Mini-Eyes Just Blinked Open to Scan the Skies for Dark Energy (Live Science). It’s downright spooky. “Thousands of tiny eyes just blinked open and will soon scan 35 million galaxies for evidence of dark energy.” The ghost of DESI is prowling about on Kitt Peak.These 5,000 mini-telescopes make up the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which was installed on the Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. Astronomers recently completed the first test run of the nearly-complete DESI, which, from its high mountain perch, will soon scan the cosmos for dark energy, beginning early next year.Dark energy is a ghost, they say. “Dark energy is an invisible force that’s thought to be accelerating the expansion of the universe and is thought to make up 68% of it, according to the statement.” Who thought that? Did you? Welcome to the spooky use of Tontologism, employed frequently by true believers in occult physics.Does this pie chart represent reality?Probing the Universe’s Dark Energy with a super-telescope (BBC News). A video clip with spooky music tries to convince you, like a Twilight Zone episode, that all we know, love and experience is only a small fraction of a dark, ghostly reality out there. But there’s a moment of comic relief when astronomer Ofar Lahav says, “It’s just embarrassing to live in a Universe where we understand only 5% of it.” Speaking of dark energy, Pallab Ghosh admits, “Scientists… haven’t got a clue what it is.” More spooky music, then a woman scares the children with thoughts of parallel universes in a multiverse. Maybe more mysterious unknown stuff is leaking out of those universes and driving ours to rip apart! [Cue sound of scream.]A crisis in cosmology: New data suggests the universe expanding more rapidly than believed (Phys.org). If Keck Observatory scientists keep looking in the dark, they might find something: darkness.The team’s results add to growing evidence that there is a problem with the standard model of cosmology, which shows the universe was expanding very fast early in its history, then the expansion slowed down due to the gravitational pull of dark matter, and now the expansion is speeding up again due to dark energy, a mysterious force. Spider in shale still glows (Tae-Yoon S Park / Paul Seldon)Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe’s greatest mysteries (The Conversation). Like Dad reading a scary story to the kids on Halloween, Bob Nichol tells about DESI and other hunters in the dark, ending with a photo of astronomers in clean-room suits peering through a lens, looking like ghosts.The ‘Dark’ Legacy of Nobel Prize Winner Jim Peebles (Space.com). Astrophysicist Paul Sutter tells his ghost story about Jim Peebles, one of the culprits behind the dark matter mystery story. “Peebles and his friends led the way to explaining the origins of the cosmic web, finding that structures in our universe grow slowly over time, building up from smaller bits to larger bits with every passing eon.”Oh, great. Now we have to worry about the Cosmic Spider.If you’re tired of mystery stories in the dark, come out into the light and learn about Reformation Day, October 31. It’s the day that opened the doors in a world of darkness, tradition, authority and superstition, to bring in the light of God’s Word. “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).Recommended Resource: Illustra DVD “Call of the Cosmos” talks about real things out there. See sample clip below.Now on sale: 50 DVDs for $75. Give copies to family and friends!Episode from this DVD: see it also on TheJohn1010Project.com (Visited 404 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Big Memory: An Interview with Terracotta CEO Amit Pandey

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market I did an interview this morning with Terracotta CEO Amit Pandey about the fascinating new dimensions of in-memory data and its use for search. How excited I was when I learned that the public relations person had been transcribing the interview. It felt like a Mad Men moment!It turned out well enough to include in its entirety. Pandley covers the fast evolving world of big memory. The term is catchy isn’t it? Amit certainly gives a pitch here but we should expect that in a format like this. The interview is insightful in it shows how fast data can now be accessed and what it means for the new world of real-time intelligence.Alex Williams: So tell me what you’re seeing in the market these days?Amit Pandey: Our most interesting thing is — I had briefed you on BigMemory, right? It has surpassed our expectations, which were high, in terms of how useful it is and how many people want it. Everything from the name itself, which stirs customer imaginations–the choice of name was quite good because it resonates with people’s desire to use more memory. You’re getting servers that are much larger with more memory. Most CIO offices feel an imperative to make data more accessible in real-time. Most people know that really the only way to do that is put it in-memory, where the applications can reach it very quickly. The name grabs people’s imaginations, they dig in and find it is what they thought it was, and they start doing proof of concepts and we go from there. What we’ve seen is that with this product, with BigMemory, we have much more data on its performance now, and we’re able to do generally about 4-10x the level of density of other products and even compared to our own older, non-BigMemory products, in terms of how much hardware and how many servers it takes to achieve the level of in-memory data that customers want.I’ll give you an example. There’s a large bank that had its data distributed across 30 servers to achieve the amount on in-memory data they need. With BigMemory, they were able to bring it down to two servers. That was a huge win for them because the cost of administration suddenly dropped. The complexity of running 30 servers isn’t even comparable to the complexity of running two.Williams Okay, so that’s an example of that 4-10x density?Pandey: Yeah. In this case it was a 15x increase. But theoretically it’s possible to do that use case on one server. We did tests with Cisco’s UCS server and we’ve been able to run 350 gig on a single UCS server. That’s bigger than a lot of people’s entire database. In the past, I would say 6-8 gigs per application instance was about the most you could do.Williams: You said that’s bigger than most people’s database?Pandey: 350 gigs? Sure. There are databases that go into terabytes and petabytes, but I would say the average database is probably around that size or smaller. So because in one instance of an application we can get that kind of in-memory storage, it’s a huge win. We’re seeing that’s very exciting to people because it simplifies their architecture and makes it a lot more elegant. I think you remember the reason for the 6-8 gigabyte limit was that the Java memory manager is very poor at handling bigger sizes, and BigMemory by-passes that. So that’s just a quick recap.In general, the whole concept of doing things in-memory and in real-time is big on everyone’s agenda–real-time analysis, etc. The natural step for us was if we can put this much data in memory, people will want to do things with it. They’ll want to do searches and queries of that data to find out what their customers are doing, what their customers need, and so forth, so real-time analysis of that data is critical. We’re releasing a native search capability for Ehcache which basically lets you search as much memory as you would need.Here’s an example of the kinds of searches customers are doing: we have a SaaS customer that does logistics for fast food restaurants. Normally, they run reports against a database–there are two issues with that. One is that they were not getting real-time data because they would batch stuff and write it back to the database and run their reports on a four hour basis or at the end of the day. What customers really need is to find out at any given moment how many hamburger buns they have in inventory and how many have been used up so they know where they are and can do real-time management and lower costs and make sure they don’t run out, etc.To do that against the database was very slow because it meant going across the network to the disk. It also meant the database was very overloaded and it meant spending tons of money expanding the database to get this done. To work against the database was taking them about 35-40 seconds to do some of these reports. But BigMemory with Search dropped their times from 35-40 seconds down to less than half a second. Williams: So what were they were they trying to understand?Pandey: Search was for inventory items like hamburger buns or other food items, and they were trying to figure out in real-time how much has been used right now and how much is left. They needed real-time analysis of data and doing real-time analysis on a database was both very slow and very expensive. Williams: So instead of having to do that against a database, they can now use in-memory to do that a lot more efficiently?Pandey: Exactly, because the data is right there. You don’t need to make a round trip to go across the network to the database. The cost is a lot lower because they’d have to buy a lot more database licenses to achieve the speeds they need.Williams: It’s interesting how that can affect the supply chain, too.Pandley: Sure, it can. Their customers won’t tolerate those kinds of search speeds. So the logistics company was looking for another solution. Without BigMemory, this company would probably have had to spend a lot of money upgrading to a really expensive solution like Oracle Exadata or something like that.Williams: Where is this all going? Pandey: Our customers use it for all kinds of things: we have travel reservation systems running on Ehcache, websites, online gaming systems, back-end medical patient records. In any places where you need to do a quick search and query of what your customers are doing in real-time, you can do that. You could do a search and say, how many people are currently logged in and playing my game who are 25 years old and live in Oklahoma, because I want to do a promotion in Oklahoma for those people right now. You can do that with a database, but it would be very slow and very expensive. With in-memory data you can do that really fast, and target those people quickly.One thing I do want to make clear, Alex: we’re not saying we are replacing analytics in the database. We’re not providing all the heavyweight reporting capabilities that business intelligence tools offer today for databases and we’re not doing all the analytics. But what we are providing is a very simple, powerful, lightweight search where you can do real-time analysis of customer behavior and things like that. Over time we’ll make it a richer reporting set.We’re working with BI and other vendors to provide hooks so that they can run their stuff against ours. It will become richer over time. So right now, we provide a simple lightweight thing that’s extremely useful for real-time analysis but you couldn’t really say it’s a business analytics tool yet because those have been developed over the years and the term “analytics” is loaded. We’re very careful to use the term “real-time analysis”. Over time, in the next 3 to 5 years, I see this getting richer. You’re already seeing all these companies (SAP, etc) talking about merging analytical and transactional together in one architecture. What we are doing is essentially that, we’re taking baby steps toward that.Williams: With tablets available, you can see this data visually, that has an added impact.Pandey: Yeah. The great thing is if you put search capability in the application, it’s sort of independent of the platform that uses it–it could be a phone, tablet, etc. Your platform can be leveraged by any of these devices. Obviously, mobile devices would be a big part of that.Williams: Thanks for your time!(Photo: Amit Pandey, CEO, Terracotta) alex williams Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

London Olympics: Government approves contingent of 142

first_imgThe sports ministry on Wednesday cleared a 142-member contingent for the London Olympics, as recommended by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Compared to previous trips to the Olympics, the emphasis this time was on ensuring the total number was kept to a realistic figure and needless officials did not jump onto the bandwagon.Of the 142 members, 81 are athletes who have qualified. Athletics has the largest presence with a total of 21, which included athletes, coaches and managers. Shooting has a total presence of 16, inclusive of coaches, support staff and managers while the total boxing contingent comes to 15.The total number of coaches cleared by the ministry comes to 36, in addition to four managers. An eight-member medical panel has also been cleared, which includes doctors ad physiotherapists.The sports ministry has also cleared six ‘P’-category officials. These include Sanjay Singh, physical trainer of Leander Paes, and Shamal Vallabhjee, who helps out Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna with their fitness. Abhinav Bindra had asked for his mental trainer, Amit Bhattacharya, and foreign coach, Uwe Linn, to be cleared, and this has been accepted.There are also seven contingent officials who have been cleared, including the support staff of the IOA.The big change is that compared to previous Olympics, the ministry has kept its own officials down to just two. This has been done keeping in mind the austerity measures put in place by the government.last_img read more

Qatar beats Japan in Asian Cup final for first major title

first_imgQatar’s forward Hasan Al Haydos, center, lifts the trophy for the winners of the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Long scorned for a lack of soccer pedigree, Qatar will enter the 2022 World Cup as the champion of Asia.The Asian Cup was lifted by Qatar for the first time on Friday after a series of victories on the field just as improbable as winning the vote in 2010 that secured the FIFA showpiece for the small, super-rich Gulf nation.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s a huge disappointment,” Japan captain Maya Yoshida said. “But we have to learn from this defeat.”Victory will give Qatar renewed hope of being able to compete against the globe’s best teams when it qualifies for the first time for the World Cup — as hosts — in 2022.“This result doesn’t come from nothing,” said defender Bassam Al-Rawi, the other player whose eligibility was questioned by the UAE. “It came with lot of effort. It came from determination. It came from immense hard work on the pitch. We were able to win today because we took all the chances.”There is an even stronger test for the squad in June when Qatar joins Japan as guest nations at the Copa America. Qatar is in a group with Argentina, Colombia, and Paraguay.“This is one step more to continue developing the team to play another tournament in the summer and to be ready for 2022, to represent Qatar as a very competitive team at the World Cup,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rising steadily Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Japan entered the Asian Cup hotly tipped to win a fifth title, the Qataris hadn’t even reached the semifinals before. But confounding the disparity in the FIFA rankings — with Qatar at 93 and Japan at 50 — the Gulf nation won the final 3-1 to claim its first major soccer title.The strong attacking display was a reflection of Qatar’s remarkable run over the last month in the United Arab Emirates, scoring 19 goals and conceding only once in winning all seven games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Qatar today is a top Asian team,” goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb said. “We wrote history.”After upsetting the final favorite, players wrapped themselves in Qatari flags in a display of patriotic furor that will have resonated far beyond the stadium in Abu Dhabi. Since joining other Arab countries in cutting diplomatic, economic and travel ties with Doha in 2017, the UAE warned residents that expressing sympathy for Qatar could lead to fines and imprisonment. The UAE is among a quartet of nations accusing its regional foe of supporting extremists, which Qatar denies, and even prevented the team from traveling direct to Abu Dhabi for the tournament.There was even an attempt by the UAE to get Qatar disqualified after losing their semifinal. Tournament organizers confirmed only hours before the final they dismissed a challenge by the UAE against the eligibility of two Qatar players who were born outside Qatar.One of them, Almoez Ali, scored the opening goal against Japan in the 12th minute with an audacious overhead kick. That gave him an all-time tournament record nine goals, surpassing Ali Daei’s previous record tally of eight with Iran in 1996.Abdulaziz Hatem doubled Qatar’s lead with a curling strike in the 27th.While Qatar conceded its first goal of the tournament in its seventh game when Takumi Minamino netted in the 69th, Akram Afif restored the two-goal cushion in the 83rd from the penalty spot.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more