14May/20

Brave performance in Pacific Test: Coach

first_imgDespite a 28-0 loss to the Fiji Bulikula, Oil Search PNG Orchids Coach Nigel Hukula said he was extremely proud of the team’s effort.“The numbers on the board are secondary. The numbers the Oil Search PNG Orchids produce in the future by these ladies’ effort today is what will be counted,” he said.“They competed till the end with grit and resilience, which is testimony to what PNG women are made of.”The team, led by captain Amelia Kuk and vice-captain Carol Humeu, put on a strong performance against Fiji as displayed by solid high powered tackles and robust agility. Despite the chilly winter’s breeze, the game was well attended by a strong number of supporters for the PNG national women’s team, including key PNG Government officials and business leaders.Oil Search remains a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and a proud sponsor of PNG’s first women’s rugby league team who made their debut in the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup.  Oil Search’s involvement for the past few years has helped raise the team’s profile in PNG and worldwide – using the national sport of rugby league to raise awareness of gender equality and empowering women to represent, lead and inspire.The Company’s recent signing of a three-year sponsorship agreement with PNG Rugby Football League is set to have a positive effect on the women’s game through development of a schoolgirls under-18 program.(The Oil Search PNG Orchids took on the Fiji Bulikula in the inaugural women’s Pacific Test Invitational at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, 22 June. Fiji won 28-0)last_img read more

14Jan/20

Enough back and forth

first_imgAfter months of back and forth, it appearing as if the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will not be agreed upon by the President and the Leader of the Opposition anytime soon. Even though they both have expressed a desire to see the process come to finality soon, the signals coming from both camps indicate that they are very convinced with their own interpretation of the Constitution regarding such appointment.In his most recent comment on the matter, President David Granger said he sees no reason for any difficulty in finding suitable nominees for the post. In fact he was quoted by the media as saying there are lots of Guyanese who meet the new criteria set out by him to guide the Opposition Leader in compiling a new list of potential candidates, noting that the Constitution was written in a way to emphasise the qualities which he has asked for.After rejecting the initial list submitted by the Opposition Leader, the President had outlined the qualities that the nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship should possess. The new criteria state that the candidate should be qualified to be a Judge of the High Court, or should have been an attorney for a minimum of seven years. In the absence of those requirements, the President has said, any other “fit and proper person” could be considered, providing he/she is deemed to have wide electoral knowledge and is capable of handling electoral matters, since he/she is qualified to exercise unlimited jurisdiction in civil matters.For the President, that person should not be an activist in any form — gender, racial or religious; nor should that person have any political affiliation or belong to any political party in any form – overt or covert. The person must be able to discharge his/her functions neutrally between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants.Additionally, the person must be able to discharge the functions attached to the post without fear or favour; not allowing any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality. Of note too is that the person should have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence, which would enable him/her to discharge his/her duty as Chairman of GECOM.As expected, finding persons who satisfy these requirements has proven to be quite a challenge for the Leader of the Opposition. Certainly, while he may have good intentions, there are many problems with the President’s criteria; and while we do not intend to delve into detail with them here as they have already been ventilated in the media; we believe the focus of the Constitution regarding such an appointment was the integrity and the independence of the post holder.It is believed that the process is being unnecessarily dragged out for too long. It is hoped that the major political stakeholders here have learnt a lesson from this entire episode. We have seen the complications that have arisen from what in the normal course should have been a simple and straight forward process. It is quite evident the problem rests with the interpretation of the Constitution. There is therefore need for the process, and criteria to be satisfied for such a post, to be clearly spelt out in the Constitution. Accordingly, we suggest that either the Courts or politicians lead the process in correcting the grey areas in the Constitution. This is something that must be done to avoid future problems.That said, with National Elections due in 2020, it is necessary that the President and the Opposition Leader achieve common ground on this issue soon. Once the appointment is made, it will allow for the political situation in the country to settle itself; if not, it could exacerbate.Finally, the sooner the issue is sorted out, the better it would be for the new chairman to familarise himself/ herself with the entire electoral process and the running of the organisation (GECOM) which we know is very huge and complex.We therefore urge the President and the Leader of the Opposition to find a quick resolution to this problem; the nation has had enough of the back and forth.last_img read more

06Jan/20

Cheeta apes the masters in artwork

first_imgLANCASTER – The critics call Cheeta’s artwork “Ape-stract” for its strikingly modern look and, oh, because the artist, a retired Hollywood star, is a chimpanzee. Cheeta, who appeared in 12 Tarzan movies in the 1930s and ’40s with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, is spending his golden years with a paintbrush and canvas in a Palm Springs retirement home that bears his name and houses other nonhuman primates. At 75, Cheeta is the world’s oldest living chimpanzee, according to the Guinness Book of Worlds Records, and the star of an arts show that opens today in Lancaster. Cheeta’s works are featured in “Walk on the Wild Side – A Wildlife Art Exhibition,” which will run through Aug. 5 at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery. The furry star’s paintings will be displayed alongside 20 or so works by human counterparts depicting realistic wildlife art. Dan Westfall, who heads the Creative Habitats and Enrichment for Endangered and Threatened Apes (C.H.E.E.T.A) Primate Sanctuary, said he introduced Cheeta to art when the chimp moved to the sanctuary in 1992. But aside from buying supplies and showing him how to push a brush across the canvas, Westfall said Cheeta trained himself. “Most celebrities when they retire move to Palm Springs and take up golf. He doesn’t golf, so we just thought, maybe he’ll paint,” Westfall said. Cheeta doesn’t monkey around; he paints bright colors in bold strokes. Although no Michelangelo – Cheeta whips out a half dozen paintings in less than a half hour, Westfall says – he is an artist of note, at least within animal circles. Three Cheeta paintings hung 12 years ago in the National Museum of London. “There’s a lot of other apes that paint at zoos, but he’s the most famous one,” Westfall said. Westfall said Cheeta’s art recently appeared in a magazine alongside fellow abstractionist Jackson Pollack. “I liked Cheeta’s better,” Westfall said. Although Cheeta’s art has no underlying social message, it supports a cause – whether he knows it or not. Cheeta’s work can be purchased for a minimum donation of $125 at his own Web site: cheetathechimp.org. All proceeds benefit the sanctuary, which provides shelter and recreation for retired showbiz primates. Westfall said he’s already sold hundreds of Cheeta’s paintings. “They’re all bright and colorful,” Westfall said. “That’s what people like.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

06Jan/20

Chestnut wolfs down hot dog title

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world’s hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing yet repulsive triumph. Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes – a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island. “If I needed to eat another one right now, I could,” the 23-year-old Californian said after receiving the mustard yellow belt emblematic of hot dog eating supremacy. Kobayashi, the Japanese eating machine, recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and received chiropractic treatment due to a sore jaw. But the winner of every Nathan’s hot dog competition from 2001 to 2006 showed no ill effects as he stayed with Chestnut frank-for-frank until the very end of the 12-minute competition. Kobayashi finished with 63 HDBs – hot dogs and buns eaten – in his best performance ever. His previous high in the annual competition was 53 . The all-time record before Wednesday’s remarkable contest was Chestnut’s 59 , set just last month. The two gustatory gladiators quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the 17 competitors, processing more beef than a slaughterhouse within the first few minutes. The two had each downed 60 hot dogs with 60 seconds to go when Chestnut – the veins on his forehead extended – put away the final franks to end Kobayashi’s reign.last_img read more

27Dec/19

Details of slain clerk’s life emerge

first_imgThe story struck hard with Podinilame Dissanayake, who worked 16-hour days as a service station clerk when he first came to America. It was a tough few years of barely scraping by and sending money overseas to his wife and children before he could stand on his own. Dissanayake recognized Ediriweera’s struggle to earn a living. “It’s a difficult life,” he said. “He saw the dangers in the streets but still he went out because he had to earn a living.” Ediriweera’s landlord, John Michaelson, described the reliable renter as a man who came and went quietly and never divulged personal information. Without a television, telephone or radio, Ediriweera sat in a chair and read for hours. “I would only see him once a month to pay the rent,” Michaelson said. Searching for more answers, Leelarathna sent a story about Ediriweera’s death to a Sri Lankan newspaper, which posted it online. A man in Dubai read it and recognized the family name. By Wednesday, the Ediriweeras were on the phone with Leelarathna asking for details of the death. Leelarathna was stunned by what she learned. It turns out the man who for six years lived a thrifty and meager lifestyle in America came from a wealthy family that runs a successful Sri Lankan travel agency. Tour buses with the family name adorned on the side run through local streets. The convenience store clerk’s parents are dead, but his two brothers survive. Police are still verifying if he has children. The news has left Leelarathna puzzled. “He did not have to be here,” she said. “It was probably someone chasing after the American dream.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818)713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHATSWORTH – His existence was invisible to nearly everyone – until his brutal killing. Hiran Ediriweera was beaten to death with a baseball bat Oct. 13, his battered body found on the cold tile floor of the mini-mart where he worked the overnight shift. With no local family to grieve, a community of strangers has come forward to mourn the death of the reclusive man from Sri Lanka, who lived alone for years in a sparse room he rented on a tree-lined Van Nuys street. “We are still in the dark. Nobody knows anything about him,” said Aparekke Punyasiri, a Buddhist priest searching for information about Ediriweera. “He’s a fellow countryman and should not have been beaten to death like that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 tonight at the Arco AM/PM at Devonshire Street and Mason Avenue, where white candles and bouquets of flowers stand in memory of the man killed inside. The suspect, a parolee named Frank Erik Kaatz, has since pleaded not guilty to murder and remains in jail. When news reports of the grisly slaying spread, the clerk was referred to as Rohan Rameukwella, a name he used on immigration documents. But the name didn’t ring true to local Sri Lankans, who feverishly called and e-mailed one another to find someone who knew him. After coming up empty-handed, Hassina Leelarathna called the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives told her the victim used two names. Suddenly pieces of his life came together in her mind. “The man was living in fear and hiding,” she said. “He was working under an alias. His family is back in Sri Lanka.” last_img read more

21Dec/19

The Future of Universal Orlando (2016-2017 edition)

first_imgShare This!One of the most exciting aspects of a Universal Orlando vacation – besides all the thrill rides and the ever-more-expanding selection of butterbeer products, that is – is the constantly changing nature of the resort; with $500 million being poured into all three domestic Universal parks each and every year by parent company Comcast, there’s bound to be a few new additions practically every time you turn around.While terribly exciting, this can also make planning your next sojourn terribly frustrating. When is the optimal time to visit? What will give you the best bang for your vacationing buck? Will there ever be a time when construction walls won’t dot the landscape as far as the eye can see? (That one’s for your picky Aunt Millie.)While we can’t definitively answer questions that are so inherently subjective to both your and your family’s desires, we can sketch out the next several developments that will be popping up over the course of the next two summers.Enjoy, and please let us know when you think you’ll next be slipping past all those bulldozers and cranes.1. Hello KittyType: retail/meet-‘n-greetLocation: Hollywood, Universal Studios FloridaOpening: February 2016The only experience open thus far may also be the most limited one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun, worthwhile, or – most of all – super-cute.Occupying the former site of Lucy: A Tribute, Hello Kitty is, chiefly, a store carrying a wide selection of Sanrio-infused products, ranging from apparel to accessories to stationery to, but of course, collectibles. Most of these are standard Hello Kitty fare, but expect to see much more Universal-exclusive wares to arrive over the course of the year – along with a meet-‘n-greet experience with the titular feline and all her Japanese pals, to boot.The most intriguing aspect of the whole she-bang? The exclusive themed culinary offerings, which run towards the sweet and which keep up Universal’s newfound success in developing gastronomical delights that can’t be found anywhere else in the world (Harry Potter’s butterbeer and The Simpsons’s Duff Beer, we’re looking at you).2. Skull Island: Reign of KongType: attractionLocation: Skull Island, Islands of AdventureOpening: summer 2016An absolutely mammoth – seriously, you should see this thing in person – new dark ride that heralds the return of King Kong to Universal Orlando (he was last seen in Kongfrontation over at Universal Studios Florida back in 2002), this is the opening that looks to dominate all of Orlando for this summer. Universal has finally started to trickle out information about the attraction’s story, size, and scope, and each new morsel has us absolutely salivating for more – the combination of 3D projections with what is rumored to be one of the biggest audio-animatronic figures ever created just sounds too good to be true.Fun fact: Skull Island will be the seventh “island” at Islands of Adventure, inserted in between Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon on a swath of land that was originally earmarked as an expansion for JP. While it will be the smallest land at the park – it more than likely won’t even have a restaurant, even a quick-service one – it still promises to house one of the best attractions in all of Orlando, if not the entire Western hemisphere.3. The Incredible Hulk CoasterType: attractionLocation: Marvel Super Hero Island, Islands of AdventureOpening: summer 2016Image © UniversalThe Incredible Hulk Coaster, one of the most fun roller coasters anywhere in the country (take that, Cedar Point!), has been completely dismantled and is currently being systematically, painstakingly put back together again. The net result will be a smoother ride, restoring the experience back to its day-one feel all the way back in 1999. (The Floridian climate is none too kind on attractions, particularly the ones that operate nearly every day of the year for 17 years running.)Just in case that weren’t enough, however, Universal is throwing in what can potentially be an even bigger sweetener: a brand-new, redesigned-from-the-ground-up queue. What, exactly, this will entail is entirely unknown, but we should be looking at a modernized presentation of Dr. Bruce Banner’s backstory, at the least, or a tie-in with the box office-smashing Marvel Cinematic Universe, at the very most. (Yeah, our money’s on the former, too.)4. Sapphire Falls ResortType: hotelLocation: next to Royal Pacific ResortOpening: July 2016Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels don’t have tie-ins with one intellectual property or another – unlike Walt Disney World, which is able to absolutely nail it with the likes of the Art of Animation Resort – but that doesn’t mean their theming is threadbare or otherwise inferior; in point of fact, the majestic terraces of Portofino Bay Hotel or the retro immersion of Cabana Bay Beach Resort are hard to beat.The resort’s fifth venue, Sapphire Falls Resort, looks to double down on this trend. The hotel transports guests to a Caribbean getaway, replete with the ruins of a stone turret in the lobby to a towering waterfall cascading down into the tropical lagoon (which the main restaurant, Amatista Cookhouse, overlooks). Our favorite detail, though, has to be Strong Water Tavern, a bar that offers an unbelievable variety of different rums and your own rum specialist to walk you through them all.A couple of quick notes regarding Sapphire Falls, though: although it is the sister property to Royal Pacific Resort, its list of perks is decidedly different (concordant with its lower price point). While it still features water-taxi access to CityWalk and the parks, it doesn’t offer complimentary Express Passes, so be sure to factor this into your on-site considerations.5. Fast & Furious: SuperchargedType: attractionLocation: San Francisco, Universal Studios FloridaOpening: summer 2017Image © UniversalMuch like how Reign of Kong is a transplant of and massive expansion upon Universal Studios Hollywood’s King Kong: 360 3D tram experience, Orlando’s Fast & Furious: Supercharged looks to be a similar cloned upgrade of the tram tour’s climax. What, exactly, this will consist of is a giant question mark at the moment, but given how impressively detailed and in-depth Skull Island is looking to be, we have faith that Universal Creative will give a comparable dose of steroids to USH’s big-name addition from last year.There are two little tidbits we’ve been able to ascertain, however. First and foremost, the footprint for this attraction is going to be absolutely huge – it’s not only taken over Disaster: A Major Motion Picture… Starring You, it’s also subsumed Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue. Secondly, yes, this is most certainly going to be a screen-based experience, given recent permits that the company has filed with the city of Orlando. Make what you will of these two facts.6. Race through New York Starring Jimmy FallonType: attractionLocation: New York, Universal Studios FloridaOpening: summer 2017Image © UniversalRace through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is, quite easily, the most intriguing of the new attractions arriving at Universal Orlando in the foreseeable future – not for what the ride will entail, but for what its limitations are. Going into the slot formerly occupied by Twister… Ride It Out, its space is completely boxed in on all sides, thanks to the location of its show building and the little fact that Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit smashes through its second story.This left Universal with not very many options for what the replacement experience could be, but the decision to embrace The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for what is sure to be an attraction infused with comedy (not to mention multimedia synchronicity) could very well be the best of all possible alternatives. The fact that rumors point to a Soarin’-esque ride vehicle are only icing on the theming cake.7. Volcano BayType: water parkLocation: next to Cabana Bay Beach ResortOpening: summer 2017Image © UniversalThe final punch of Universal’s one-two-three salvo that is meant to fend off Disney’s long-in-development Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion at Animal Kingdom, this one looks to easily be the most expansive, the most impressive, and, quite possibly, the most revolutionary.Here’s the premise: a 200-foot, regularly-erupting volcano marks the centerpiece of a water park that will feature several attractions, some of which will be transplanted from the not-long-for-this-world Wet ‘n Wild Orlando (and some of which will reportedly crisscross through the volcano itself). The theming is said to be out-of-this-world for a water park, and rumors have held strong that tying the whole experience together will be Universal’s own version of Disney’s MagicBands, which will ensure that the entire park is queue-free.If even half of these items end up coming to fruition, guests are in for an incredible treat next summer.8. Cabana Bay Beach Resort expansionType: hotelLocation: Cabana Bay Beach ResortOpening: summer 2017Cabana Bay has proven to be incredibly successful since its debut two years ago, and the hotel’s upcoming expansion – adding two new towers and a total of 400 additional guest rooms to the south end of the property – stands testament to this. But it also reveals just how busy Universal believes Volcano Bay will be; these two towers will be adjacent to the upcoming water park, providing spectacular views of its central volcano and the perfect place for visitors to hang up their bathing suits at the end of a long, water-soaked day. (Since Volcano Bay won’t have its own dedicated parking lot, guests will have to either stay next-door or take shuttles from the main parking structure located next to CityWalk.)Are we expecting any major change-ups to Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s aesthetic, amenities, or other room features? In a word, no – this is a strict expansion, pure and simple, with no added surprises or frills. Still, given how wonderful the hotel already is, and given how much more value (no pun intended) will be added to it once the water park opens up, this is perfectly fine by us.last_img read more

17Dec/19

Neil Young Announces Collected Work With Dynamic Updates from the Web

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I’m here at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco where Neil Young, legendary rocker and the provider of the soundtrack to my early 20’s, is announcing a very cool project with Sun Microsystems. For the first time, Young’s entire collection of published media will be available for purchase, beginning today with the first of five volumes.Young’s collected works after more than 40 years of making music and film would be a massive enough project – but the most interesting part of the announcement is that the media will be delivered on Blu-ray Disks that will check for updates when new content is available and download it to your local device.See also our interview with Neil Young, done after his keynote presentation.New media of all sorts will be added to the collection over time; Young encouraged the use of the PS3 gaming device as the optimal way to capture and enjoy the collection. You can see Young’s website for the entire project here.Young said on stage today that the sound quality in available technologies has never been good enough to publish his collected works. That’s changed with Blu-ray, he says. He’s also excited about the way Java allows for sophisticated navigation through a large collection of content. The content is navigated through a filing cabinet GUI containing photos, vidoes and music. When music is played the screen displays a vinyl record being played. More recent content plays on top of more contemporary delivery technology, like CDs. There’s notes about songs and albums throughout the collection. It’s a strikingly classy interface.Neil Young famously sung that he’d never do product endorsements and some press asked if today would be the day he sold out. Arguably, that’s not the case – launching a new collection of his own legacy of work can hardly be equated with singing for a Pepsi commercial. Young said in a later interview that he’s been talking for 15 years about doing a project just like this.Continued belowBlu-rayAt the JavaOne conference three years ago it was announced that the Java software environment would be included in all Blu-ray Disc players as a mandatory part of the Blu-ray standard. Java powers the interactive menus on Blu-ray disks. While there’s been a morning full of stunning Java demos and it’s been presumed that Blu-ray has won the disk war against DVD – news from offsite is less cheery. Ars Technica is reporting that Blu-ray player sales dropped a whopping 40% between January and February. The format also carries some seriously annoying DRM with it.Will the collected works of Neil Young, with live updates, push some Blu-ray sales? It might. The ConferenceThe JavaOne conference is being broadcast live via startup UStream on this page. One of the highlights of the conference so far is the announcement that Java will now provide content owners and publishers free access to extensive user data in anonymous aggregate. The company is moving towards enabling data mining in a big way.Stay tuned for an interview with Neil Young on a wide range of topics as my next post.Disclosure: Sun is a client of my personal consultancy and paid my travel expenses to JavaOne. Despite that I feel a far closer connection to Neil Young than to Sun.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#web last_img read more

15Dec/19

What World of Warcraft Borrowed From FarmVille

first_imgTags:#Blizzard#Blizzard Entertainment#Clash of Clans#Farmville#Mists of Pandaria#Mobile Games#mobile gaming#Nintendo#video games#Warlords of Draenor#World of Warcraft#WoW The latest World of Warcraft expansion is a huge success, likely because it has a lot in common with the games you play on your smartphone. Since Blizzard Entertainment released it in 2004, World of Warcraft has been one of the most successful franchises in media, let alone video games. Even in June, when Blizzard estimated WoW had its lowest number of subscribers since 2007—6.8 million—the game still dominated the MMO playing field. In November, that number shot up to 10 million just days after Blizzard released WoW’s newest expansion, Warlord of Draenor. It’s no coincidence that a prominent feature of Warlords of Draenor strongly resembles some of the most successful—and addictive—casual games, like FarmVille and Clash of Clans. As mobile games increase in popularity, similar features in the WoW expansion provide insight on how the MMO has managed to stay relevant by adapting to the video game world’s changing surroundings.See also: Twitch’s Video Game Broadcasters Have A New Way To Make Money: Sell ShirtsIndeed, the most impressive achievement of World of Warcraft is its longevity; 10 years is an eternity for any video game franchise. Blizzard Entertainment biggest challenge is keeping its players interested in a game many have been playing for a decade, while attracting new players to replace those who leave. Blizzard succeeds in staying relevant by adapting to the changing expectations of its subscribers, while remaining true to the WoW universe it’s created.Engaging Players With Tasks And RewardsSimilar to Clash of Clans, Warlord of Draenor players gain control of their own strongholds, called garrisons. Within the garrisons are a number of plots of land which can be developed into different buildings, each of which grants the player a different bonus. Most of the buildings have a feature where the player spends some manner of currency, then when they come back to the building in two hours or so, there’s some building-specific loot waiting for them. This gameplay will sound familiar to anyone who has obsessively harvested virtual crops in a cartoon field.See also: Want To Learn About Game Design? Go To IkeaSeparate from spending virtual currency, each garrison has a command table, where the player sends out followers—which they can recruit and collect—to perform missions that have various rewards. The missions are extremely simple to do and most take between 30 minutes and two hours to complete, with some taking as much as 24 hours. As game designers know, such tasks are key to creating an addictive game. “The appointment dynamic is a famous game mechanic in which to succeed a ‘player’ must return at a predefined time to take a predetermined action,” Seth Priebatsch,  creator of mobile payment software company LevelUp, wrote in a 2010 article for the Harvard Business Review. “It’s simple and immensely powerful.”This mechanic is not new to WoW; Blizzard experimented with it by adding a personalized farm in Mists of Pandaria, the previous expansion, in which players could plant crops and return the next day to harvest them. Unlike the farm, however, the garrison is an essential part of both the plot and gameplay of Warlords of Draenor. “Every time you feel some kind of a progression, that drives you to do more,” Yulia Vakhrusheva, organizer of the Casual Games Association’s Indie Prize Showcase, told ReadWrite. A regular WoW player since 2008, Vakhrusheva said the new garrison system is definitely very similar to mobile games, and that the constant feedback and rewards is what players find so engaging. “Just like in farming, building and strategy social games, you can give the game a “task” and leave it for hours,” she said. “The player wants to return to the game the next day to get a reward, and this is what mainly attracts gamers—getting rewards they can use, be proud of, or ‘reinvest’ back into the game.”A fully upgraded Horde garrison in Warlords of Draenor.Adapt Or DieBlizzard has a history of adapting  features to WoW that are common in other successful games. In Mists of Pandaria, the game introduced a pet battling system remarkably similar to Nintendo’s wildly successful Pokemon franchise; companion pets that had previously served purely cosmetic purposes could now be caught, battled, and trained. As microtransactions appeared in more games, Blizzard also introduced an in-game store to World of Warcraft in 2013, where players can purchase special pets or mounts. Beyond having a popular game mechanic behind it, the rewards granted by the new garrisons in Warlord of Draenor might encourage players to stick around longer than previous expansions. See also: Call Of Duty Doesn’t Understand Grief—But Who Does?“You don’t need to put lots of hours to the game to get great gear that will make you raid-ready, you can just get it from the garrison missions,” Vakhrusheva said. “Back in the day, it was super hard to progress unless you put in tons of hours of gameplay. It was much more of a hardcore game. In 2014, it’s much more accessible to the mass market.”Perhaps the only thing missing from this equation is a cellphone app that lets players interact with their WoW garrisons remotely. So far no official Blizzard app for this exists, although Wowhead.com, an official fansite of the game, has released an app that keeps track of mission timers, so players know exactly when to return.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts richard procterlast_img read more

09Dec/19

Security at Cloud Scale

first_img1 https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/The-Cost-of-Malicious-Cyber-Activity-to-the-U.S.-Economy.pdf2 https://costofadatabreach.mybluemix.net/ I have a long history in balancing security needs and budgetary considerations in my former roles as CIO at Georgetown University and the U.S. Department of Defense Counterintelligence Field Activity. I know the challenges large organizations face at every level, which is why I am very excited for the release of the new Intel® Select Solution for Hardened Security with Lockheed Martin*. This solution marks the next level of hardware-based security that is essential for the future of cloud computing at scale, joining a number of other solutions in the Intel portfolio.Security investments are a crucial business decision. The Council of Economic Advisers reported that the cost of malicious cyber activity to the U.S. economy could be as high as $109 billion per year1, and IBM estimates that the global average cost per breach is $3.86 million.2 With so much at stake, no organization can afford to operate insecure infrastructure. Security risks have evolved to the point that software-only options simply aren’t adequate, and threats are now so complex that perimeter controls, like firewalls, aren’t enough.To improve security in the data center, IT needs to start at the processor foundation, take a holistic view of the organization’s risks, and establish controls, not just deploy random products. Security must be factored in at the beginning, and with this new Intel Select Solution we have made it easier for IT organizations do just that.Trusted LeadershipIntel and Lockheed Martin collaborated to deliver a hardened virtualization platform for enhanced data center security, featuring improved confidentiality via cryptographically isolated virtual machines. Our integrated approach combines hardware security controls and encryption acceleration with software optimizations and enabling solutions. This helps lay a secure foundation for data throughout its lifecycle: at rest, in flight, and in use.The solution helps increase virtual machine integrity at every level, combining Lockheed Martin’s Trusted Virtualization Environment with Intel® Resource Director Technology, Intel® Boot Guard, and Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions. Lockheed Martin is a trusted partner with decades of experience developing and deploying secure systems, and its contribution to the new Intel Select Solution underscores the high standard of trust customers expect in security infrastructure.The Intel Select Solution for Hardened Security with Lockheed Martin offers a new way to divide VM resources for consistent performance through partitioning and isolation, in addition to delivering trusted VMs with more protected runtime. Benchmarked and optimized for strategic workloads, the new solution is an integrated hardened, full-stack security solution that helps ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability for high-value data. The solution allows IT to consolidate multiple low-end or legacy servers into one partitioned platform, and offers increased agility to deploy and manage new instances in an agile cloud architecture. The Intel Select Solution for Hardened Security will be available from Mercury and Supermicro in the coming months with additional hardened security solutions coming from other partners, like HPE, soon.Keep a look out for an upcoming blog from my colleague, Garry Binder, that takes a deeper dive into the complexity of VM isolation and the various Intel technologies, such as 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, that are incorporated into the new Intel Select Solution in order to build from a silicon root of trust.At Intel, our goal is to help organizations secure their platform, protect their data, and do it with hardware-enhanced security that doesn’t negatively affect performance. With this new solution, organizations can now deploy security at cloud scale, everywhere it is needed, without sacrificing performance and agility. For more information read the product solution brief and visit intel.com/selectsolutions. For more information on how to accelerate your data insights and building your infrastructure, visit intel.com/yourdata.last_img read more