Tottenham’s new stadium shows why Chelsea should wait for a new home

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea’s new stadium project has been anything but smooth sailing. However, with London rivals Tottenham recently unveiling their new home, the powers that be may want to renew their plans to improve Stamford Bridge. Of course, anything Spurs can do, Chelsea fans will want to see their club do better. However, to match the new White Hart Lane, Roman Abramovich and his team will have to come up with something special.As well as being the second largest stadium in the country, White Hart Lane is, in simple terms, a state-of-the-art masterpiece. At the bottom of the “tech spectrum” are the two 325m² TV screens. Although these aren’t the most impressive pieces of kit inside, they’re nonetheless imposing and produce crystal clear images. Moving up the scale, “bottoms up” technology means staff can now pour 10,000 pints of beer per minute! Yes, even by the hardiest of drinker’s standards, that’s impressive.Spurs leading the way with hi-tech stadiumHowever, while these innovations are great, it’s the connectivity of White Hart Lane that makes it worth the £850-million price tag. In an effort to provide a “connected experience”, developers installed free Wi-Fi in all areas of the stadium. As well as providing internet access, this allows White Hart Lane to be completely cashless. Taking inspiration from online entertainment platforms, the designers wanted real payments to take place without any physical cash changing hands. Although new in the football world, online gaming sites have been using this technology for the last five years.At Genesis Casino in the UK, online gamers can make payments to their account using Boku. Known as a pay-by-mobile option, this process charges deposits to a user’s phone bill. The benefit of this is that they don’t need cash or even their credit card to make payments. By inputting their phone number, they simply have to authorise a charge to their phone bill and the deposit is processed. Now, this ease of payment has been implemented at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham have installed 878 contactless payment points around the stadium. Removing the need for cash, these terminals allow fans to pay for food, drink and even their tickets by tapping their credit/debit card or via Apple Pay.Embed from Getty ImagesWithout the money, it’s not worth pushing for a new stadiumOf course, Chelsea’s stadium plans aren’t all about technology. In May 2018, the club said any developments were on hold because of the “unfavourable investment climate”. Today, things aren’t much better. The current two-window transfer restriction means manager Maurizio Sarri won’t be able to bolster his side in the way he’d like. With only a place in the top five this season as a realistic goal, money may be even harder to come by next season. That being the case, a new stadium may have to wait.Indeed, with Tottenham showing what’s possible in terms of capacity, quality and technology, it would be a huge mistake for Chelsea to cut corners. By rushing a project that’s been talked about since 2015 and not being able to match one of its biggest rivals, Chelsea would attract a host of unwanted criticism. Therefore, even though Stamford Bridge may be in need of a refurb, it seems as though some things are best left until they can be done the right way. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

A’s Melvin makes lineup tweak in search of offensive mojo

first_imgDETROIT – Manager Bob Melvin is in search of a mojo modification.After opening the week — and a seven-game road swing — with two losses in Seattle, the A’s (19-25) have made their way East to Detroit for a four-game weekend series with the Tigers.First on the agenda in his effort to “change the mojo”? Getting first baseman Matt Olson into the three-hole for the first time this season.Olson, who’s hit .194 with two home runs and 13 strikeouts in eight games since returning from a hand injury …last_img

How to Name a Protoplanet

first_imgPallas has long been classified as an asteroid, but all of a sudden in the news media, everyone is calling it a protoplanet.  How did it get promoted?    The picture being painted of asteroid 2 Pallas is that of a planetary building block that failed in its attempt to grow into another real planet. called it a “planet wannabee.”  BBC News called it a “Peter Pan rock” that wouldn’t grow up.  And PhysOrg announced confidently, “Study of first high-resolution images of Pallas confirms asteroid is actually a protoplanet.”  That was the occasion; Hubble Space Telescope pictures of Pallas have been organized into a 3-D representation that shows the object is almost spherical.  Spectral data show hydrated minerals that might indicate the presence of water ice in its past.    On a related topic, New Scientist reported that studies of another asteroid, 24 Themis, reveal the possibility of water ice – a surprise, because the ice should be evaporating at rate of a meter a year.  Looking for a way to explain that, scientists think it may be leftover ice from a parent body that broke up.  The article turned that bad news into good news: a collision suggests that Earth might have received its ocean water from a stray ice-endowed asteroid or comet.    The BBC article explained the thinking behind the “Peter Pan” designation for Pallas.  “Theory holds that planets grow from aggregations of the dust and rock found circling new-born stars.  Collisions between clumps of material produce progressively bigger objects.”Question.  Why must our minds be forced into the bottom-up picture when interpreting images of space objects?  While it is true that objects of a certain mass can attract other objects and continue to grow, it is not true, despite the BBC claim, that dust and rock will aggregate into protoplanets.  And collisions are more likely to disrupt and fragment bodies than make them grow (think, for example of the recent discovery of the Phoebe Ring around Saturn: 10/07/2009, and what New Scientist admitted about Themis).  Why is it that the news media force these thought patterns on their readers with suggestive headlines and one-sided presentations?  Did they interview Pallas and ask it, “Tell us, why did you decide to stay an adolescent, and not grow up into an adult planet?”    Let’s think out of the box.  Think top-down.  There was a set of original planets, moons and bodies operating as a well-crafted system.  Since then, they have been perturbing each other, with collisions forming numerous craters.  Some collisions were violent enough to disrupt bodies into asteroids.  Others have been colliding and eroding to form planetary rings.  The top-down view has an advantage: it fits one of the best-known laws of science: the second law of thermodynamics.    With this view, we can change the terminology in the news reports.  Pallas is no longer to be seen as a planet wannabee.  It’s a casualty of the battlefield.  It isn’t a building block, but wreckage.  It’s not a protoplanet; it’s a post-planet.  It isn’t Peter Pan; it’s the Born Loser.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter member receives FFA jacket from sponsor

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, Beck’s Superior Hybrids of Atlanta, Indiana donated an FFA jacket to a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jacket was made available through a special project of the Ohio FFA Foundation. The Blue Jackets Program was founded to help new FFA members earn their first FFA jacket. Participating FFA members pledge to meet the Blue Jacket Program requirements and the jackets will be awarded to them.Requirements of the Blue Jacket Program include attending two FFA events, completion of 10 hours of community service, submission of satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, service on an FFA Program of Activities committee, completion of a high school agricultural education course, and attendance at 80% of the FFA chapter meetings. Additionally, the members selected agree to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude. This year there were 600 applicants statewide and 179 FFA jackets awarded.Selected from Miami East-MVCTC FFA was Sumsaar Thapa. Sumsaar is a first year FFA member at Miami East High School. She has attended numerous FFA activities including FFA Meetings, the National FFA Convention and is preparing for the Novice Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event. Sumsaar is the daughter of Nisha Panday and Sanjeev Thapa of Troy.last_img read more

Your Nude Photobucket Photos Can Still Get Fusked

first_imgTags:#security#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fruzsina eordogh A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Photobucket, that almost-obsolete image hosting site almost no one talks about anymore, became news again last week with a nude-photo privacy-breach scandal related to a long-known-about security problem in how it links to photos. Photobucket says a fix has been available to users for two years, but based on last week’s news it’s clear the problem is as bad as ever. Riding the increased interest in security flaws following Wired journalist Mat Honan’s “digital life destroying” hack (which wasn’t really a hack, just an exploitation of Apple and Amazon’s lax security measures), Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulis wrote about “fusking:” the practice of using guesswork – often aided by a simple script – to find links to photos that are not supposed to be available to the public.  Photos that are fusked, including those of underage girls in various states of undress, end up on 4chan, Notopoulis pointed out.Fusking isn’t new; it’s been around since 2002 and has typically been used for gaining access to pornography. The practice works by exploiting the fact some sites give their photos simple titles like image01 and image02 and so on. By fusking, someone gains access to the photos just by guessing the URL.That kind of image titling is an example of security by obfuscation, the idea that if you make something hard to see or don’t mention it publicly, then the information is secure. This works in theory until you remember computers are faster than humans at guessing things like URLS, which is precisely where fusking comes in.“Security by obfuscation isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” said Stuart Ross, a Web developer who built and the San Francisco based start-up “Having to guess a 25 character hash is difficult even for a computer, but having sequentially numbered file names is easy even for a human and I’d hardly call it security.”“Photobucket has offered users the option of scrambling URLs for the past two years to help prevent fusking,” wrote David Toner, Photobucket’s Marketing VP when reached for comment.The first publicly documented incidents of Photobucket fusking happened in 2008, and googling “photobucket fusking” reveals pages of forum posts and tutorials, including YouTube videos by young men ecstatic at having found sexually explicit photos of their female friends.Tonert declinded to comment on how long the company has known about fusking, but he did write the amount of users being fusked “is a very small percentage of the total user base.” “Right now, the company is in the process of reminding users again about the option to scramble their URLs to prevent fusking. If users have not scrambled their URL’s previously, they can do so in a few easy steps, which are detailed here.”Logging into Photobucket recently reveals an updated privacy policy, with the following statements:  “While Photobucket has security measures to help protect the information under our control, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. [W]e cannot ensure or warrant that any information you transmit to us will stay safe and secure and you do so at your own risk.”The site’s traffic has been falling for years despite its partnership with Twitter. In the image hosting and sharing Web race, Photobucket has unquestionably been crushed by Facebook, which has a much more secure way of storing photographs.Facebook’s security model (for photographs) is identity based, meaning it requires you to be logged in as a site user and your identity has to be granted permission in order to access that photo. Ross called this “a really good way” of doing security, adding the difficulty for Photobucket to implement something similar isn’t high, “if it is, they probably have larger infrastructure issues.”     Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Mobile Election Coverage Still Can’t Match TV

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#2012 election#airplay#Apple TV#iPad#streaming#television A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Call this the first Post-PC U.S. presidential election.Sure, in 2008 we had iPhones and Android was celebrating its first birthday, but the smartphone revolution was just beginning and the iPad was still a gleam in Steve Jobs’ eye.Online TV Has Come A Long WayWe’ve come a long way. But as radically as mobile devices are changing our relationship with media, the experience still has a long way to go before it matches the power and convenience of plain old TV.In 2008, I had a presidential-debate-watching party at my house. As somebody who has never seen the appeal of shelling out hundreds of dollars to a giant corporation for content in which I’m mostly disinterested, I needed a way to get the debate onto my HDTV without subscribing to cable or fidgeting with rabbit ears. Fortunately, was streaming the debates between John McCain and Barack Obama for free. I hooked up my MacBook to the back of my TV, fired up and got as close as I could to full-screening the video player. The picture wasn’t great, but it worked. This year, the debate live-streaming options were practically limitless. YouTube, Hulu, PBS, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, CNN and a list of networks and cable channels all offered their own streams, some of them with interactive, social media-fueled components and other bells and whistles. Most of these streams were geared toward desktop browsers, but plenty of outlets crafted their debate-night strategies with our second and third screens in mind. Apple has sold 100 million iPads and competing tablets are popping up constantly. The markets for smart TVs and streaming set top boxes is maturing more slowly, but technologies like Apple’s AirPlay and Google TV’s equivalent hint at an interesting future. It’s amazing how much TV has evolved in the last four years.      Mobile TV Still Has A Long Way To GoStill, as I learned when I sat down to stream the third debate earlier this week, the experience remains far behind the old-fashioned way of watching things on screens. Armed with my iPad and an Apple TV, I sat down on my couch to watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney argue about foreign policy. At first, it felt flawless. I just AirPlayed my tablet to the TV, launched the CNN iPad app and started watching.But the good times didn’t last. A few minutes in, the stream went black.I checked Twitter and I wasn’t the only one. Others were complaining about issues with CNN’s lifestream, and @CNNMobile tweeted at me and confirmed that they were having issues with mobile streaming. I switched to the Al Jazeera app, but couldn’t get the audio to play (which some people say is the best way to watch a presidential debate). I checked Hulu and the Huffington Post on the iPad, both of which were streaming the debate on their websites, but neither app had a readily-tappable link to the lifestream. At this point, I could have searched the App Store for another news app that was likely to be streaming the debate. But I wasn’t about to start hunting for apps, only able to make educated guesses about who would be streaming to the iPad and then waiting for downloads. The fragile magic of democracy was unfolding in real-time on television screens everywhere and I wasn’t going to miss another minute!Finally, I turned to the browser. NBC was live-streaming the debate on the Web in what was thankfully an iPad-friendly format. I full-screened it, leaned back and watched. Ultimately, the Web came through and worked like a charm. And if I had lined up a stronger arsenal of apps (or owned an XBox 360, or AirPlayed my MacBook to the TV, or used the WSJ Live app on Apple TV, etc.), I might have been able to avoid the hiccups. Still, I couldn’t help but picture my mother. What would she do if she were in my position?People in the technology industry might be accustomed to hunting for livestreams to tune into a live television event. My mother? She sees no reason to fiddle with such nonsense. With traditional TV, you just sit down, turn it on and watch. Internet TV doesn’t yet come close to matching that unquestioned ease of use.So what will watching the debates look like in 2016, when Mitt Romney is debating Joe Biden? Who knows, but given the progress in the last four years, streaming the debates to the Web and mobile devices should be smooth as butter, but getting it to work on your Google Glasses might have a few hiccups. Images courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Porsche Cayenne Limited Edition Platinum Diesel launched

first_imgPorsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche has come up with a special edition of its powerful Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Cayenne. Called as the Porsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition, it is priced at Rs 86.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The luxury SUV gets cosmetic changes on the outside and a few additions to equipment.The special edition Cayenne gets an exclusive Carrara White paint shade and is fitted with huge 19-inch Cayenne Design II wheels. Centre and side air intake grilles, rear spoiler lip, the side window strip and lower tailgate strip are all painted in Platinum Silver. Other colour options include Jet Black, Grey and Mahogany.From the inside, Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition gets a Sport Design steering wheel with paddle shifters and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system for in-car infotainment. Incidentally, the PCM also incorporates a navigation module.The vehicle’s upholstery gets two-tone partial leather material and a black-beige shade. Headrests come with Porsche badging and  Platinum Edition badging can be observed on the steel front door entry guards and floor mats.No mechanical changes have been made to this SUV. It is powered by the same 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, producing 245bhp which currently powers the Cayenne diesel.last_img read more

Spring Valley among 46 Sears and Kmart stores closing by November

first_img August 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Kmart store in Spring Valley is among 46 unprofitable outlets slated to start closeout sales this week, according to an announcement from the Sears Holding Corp.Five stores in California are among the 12 Kmart and 33 Sears stores slated to close by November. This includes the Kmart store at 935 Sweetwater Road in Spring Valley.The other California closures are Kmart stores in Los Angeles, Antioch, and Clovis and a Sears in Santa Cruz. Sears Holding Corp. owns both the Sears and Kmart chains.The 125-year-old retailer has closed hundreds of stores in recent years to improve its bottom line.“We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which is a critical component to our integrated retail transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed,” the company said in a statement.This latest announcement comes just days after Lowe’s announced it is closing all of is Orchard Supply Hardware stores five years after purchasing the chain out of bankruptcy from its previous owner, Sears Holdings Corp.The latest Sears and Kmart liquidation sales are expected to begin Thursday, Aug. 30. Updated: 8:30 AM Posted: August 26, 2018 Spring Valley among 46 Sears and Kmart stores closing by Novembercenter_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more