‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Sets New Guinness World Record

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Sets New Guinness World Record

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Game of Thrones is in its last season, however, the show is climbing the ranks when it comes to global demand: On the day of the series’ Season 8 premiere, the global demand exceeded the global premiere demand of every other TV show, for any season across all platforms and markets under measurement.Parrot Analytics, a firm that focuses on global audience demand measurement, collaborated with Guinness World Records to chart Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere’s demand and officially declared it as the most in-demand TV premiere, Deadline reported.Who will take the Iron Throne? Millions couldn’t wait to find out as @GameOfThrones comes to the final season https://t.co/ytVqQso5mY— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) May 3, 2019The firm’s methodology claims to leverage real-time, platform-agnostic, and global TV demand measurements. Parrot Analytics and Guinness World Records analyzed global demand for all series openers from April 2015 to April 14, 2019, the date of the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, to calculate the ranking.“Game of Thrones amassed a per capita global audience demand of 25.46 on 14th of April 2019, its Season 8 premiere day. Compared to its per capita global demand of 24.74 on the day of its Season 7 premiere, the latest and final season has premiered 2.9 percent higher globally,” Samuel Stadler, VP of marketing at Parrot Analytics, told Deadline in a press statement. “Premiere day demand has been particularly strong in the United States, United Kingdom, and France.”Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1, which highlighted Winterfell preparing for a battle with the Night King’s Army, generated millions of viewers, said a Guinness World Records press release. HBO confirmed that 17.4 million people streamed the episode on their subscription TV services, and their HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming apps, within 24 hours of the Season 8 premiere.“It comes as no surprise. Game of Thrones has its fans tightly clenched in its dragon-like grip, and excitement for this final series has seen phenomenal engagement across every platform,” Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said in the press release. “It has broken records since it first aired – for its viewership figures, Emmy wins, and even its status as the most pirated TV show! It looks like it’s going to continue breaking records right up to the final, undoubtedly devastating episode.”More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Photos‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview: One Last War to WinEmilia Clarke: Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Fight Will Be Bigger Than Winterfelllast_img read more

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Kitana

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Kitana

first_imgWho Are They?Kitana is the good and fair Princess of Edenia. Or rather she was until the fantasy realm was violently conquered by the villainous forces of Outworld. She then spent much of her life as the unwittingly “adopted” desert assassin daughter of the brutal emperor Shao Kahn, where her DNA was even stolen to create a monster clone “sister” Mileena. But Outworld’s struggle against Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat gives Kitana an opportunity for revenge against her “father.”Kombat KhronologyKitana was one of the major new characters in Mortal Kombat 2, giving the game more female representation beyond just Sonya Blade. And since then she’s remained one of the game’s most prominent female characters, the mold other fantasy women characters diverge from. She’s also become a bit of a love interest for Liu Kang in later games, with Mortal Kombat 11 especially playing up their bond both in the past and in the present as evil zombies.Koolest KustomizationsKitana’s face gets one of the better upgrades thanks to Mortal Kombat 11 now rendering the characters more like real people. So I go with her human form versus her rotting corpse form. As for moves, Kitana’s main gimmick is slicing foes with razor sharp fan blades. So I go for death by a thousand cuts with moves that increase how many fans I can throw out at once or summon around myself for a protective barrier.How Gross Is The Fatality?Kitana’s regal grace doesn’t make her fatality any less gruesome. She just doesn’t get her own hands dirty. Instead, she cut you open and uses her fans to summon a tornado that pulls your entrails out like a gory force of nature. Takes my breath (and everything else) away. Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide Stay on target There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Kitana. Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf last_img read more

Listing schedule for WWE Network for September 17, 2014

first_img Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook ROH announces Death Before Dishonor PPV and TV tapings for Las Vegas this September WhatsApp Twittercenter_img WWE Network live-stream schedule for 9/17/14:9:00 am ET – WWE Main Event: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.10:00 am ET – Monday Night War: 9/16/14. A controversial end to Bret Hart’s WWE career forever changes the fate of Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro.11:00 am ET – WWE Countdown: 9/16/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.12:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.1:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/16/14. A controversial end to Bret Hart’s WWE career forever changes the fate of Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro.2:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/16/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.3:00 pm ET – Legends House: 4/16/14. Eight WWE Legends reunite and get acquainted with their new neighbors. Back at the Legends’ House, tempers flare.4:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/10/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger.5:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/18/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro the fallout from Fall Brawl. Brian Pillman battles Ric Flair in the main event and more.6:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.7:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 6/29/10. Follow the career of the legendary Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat from his start in the Carolinas to becoming a fan favorite in WCW and WWE.8:00 pm ET – Legends House: 4/16/14. Eight WWE Legends reunite and get acquainted with their new neighbors. Back at the Legends’ House, tempers flare.9:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/10/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger.10:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/18/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro the fallout from Fall Brawl. Brian Pillman battles Ric Flair in the main event and more.11:00 pm ET – Legends House: 4/16/14. Eight WWE Legends reunite and get acquainted with their new neighbors. Back at the Legends’ House, tempers flare. WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Pinterest WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV last_img read more

Final 9/19 WWE Smackdown rating, number sees a drop

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ The 9/19 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew a 1.86 cable rating with 2.63 million viewers. This is down from last week’s 1.95 rating with 2.82 million viewers.Despite the drop in viewers, Smackdown won the night as the highest original cable program draing a 0.8 among adults 18-49.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 36.60%0:04Remaining Time -3:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday center_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Ben Roethlisberger WhatsApp Twitter Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership goes up, WWE remains at the No. 1 spot on Tuesday Videos Articleslast_img read more

Despite secondquarter sales drop Nautilus expects to bounce back

first_imgVancouver-based Nautilus posted its second-quarter results on Wednesday, which showed a continued trend of declining sales, although executives expressed confidence that measures are in place to reverse the pattern. Nautilus manufactures exercise equipment products such as Bowflex.The report comes a few weeks after Nautilus named a new CEO, Jim Barr, who was to begin on Monday.Net second-quarter sales were reported at $59 million, a decrease of 21.8 percent compared with the $75.5 million in sales reported in the second quarter of 2018. The biggest sales decrease was in the company’s direct sales segment, which saw a 40.2 percent year-over-year decline, due primarily to lower sales of the Bowflex Master Trainer.Retail sales dropped 4.4 percent during the quarter, which executives attributed to reduced orders in anticipation of new products being introduced in the second half of the year.Nautilus posted an operating loss of $85.2 million for the second quarter, compared with earnings of $1.2 million during the second quarter of 2018. The company attributed the reversal to lower sales and lower margins — gross margins for the second quarter were 29.7 percent, compared with 44.6 percent in the prior year.“As anticipated, our second quarter results were impacted by continued softness in the direct segment,” said Carl Johnson, chairman of the Nautilus board of directors and former interim CEO. “However, we believe the appropriate improvements are being implemented into our overall business to address this trend.”last_img read more

Weekly walking group on the road to recovery from drug alcohol abuse

first_imgRecovering from drug or alcohol addiction is like a long walk.The path that brings one to recovery in the first place can also feel like a long walk, so it’s fitting that Recovery Cafe Clark County has started offering recovery walks every Wednesday morning.The walks are about 30 minutes, and 1 to 1 1/2 miles around the Cafe on East Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. There are usually about four walkers each time.Olivia Zakit, who has 10 years sobriety from crystal methamphetamine, has felt her confidence build when she joins the weekly walks. Zakit was in a car accident last year and suffered a traumatic brain injury. So in addition to recovering from drug use, Zakit has been walking a path to recovery from her wreck.She’s enjoyed the unity and fellowship of the walks. Each walk ends with a stop at Black Rock Coffee Bar on East Fourth Plain (and drinks of coffee are paid for by the cafe).“It has helped me come out of my comfort zone and stop isolating,” Zakit said.Lyn Anderson, a program coordinator at Recovery Cafe Clark County, brought the walks to the cafe with the help of William O’Connor, another program coordinator. Anderson learned of the idea after visiting a Seattle Recovery Cafe.last_img read more

Working in Clark County Jason Young superintendent of operations at the Clark

first_imgJason Young’s reality can drastically change with the squawk of his walkie-talkie.When it’s on, the busy chatter of needs and problems are audible, each to be assessed and addressed by Young, this year’s superintendent of operations at the Clark County Fair.“We’ve got to start working on those fans soon – if you gotta pull someone off (of another duty),” he radioed to one of his employees. On Thursday, the day before the fair opened, the atmosphere was frenzied as employees hustled on foot or by motorized cart to get things in place. Livestock was making its way in, and the sun was beating down. People, and animals, needed the breeze the big fans could provide.And that was just one of an avalanche of tasks. Time was of the essence, since crowds would soon make their way through the gates to ride rides, buy food, look at exhibits and do all of the things people do when they go to a county fair.Young’s job — and he’s new to the role this year — is to make sure it all goes off without a hitch, though that’s not always possible.“His job is like, 59 percent craziness, and the other part is insane,” said Grandstand Coordinator Michael Kelley, who has worked at the fairgrounds for 16 years.last_img read more

NW Pipe sees strong quarter despite Texas warehouse fire

first_imgVancouver-based Northwest Pipe Company posted its second quarter results on Monday, detailing a strong bidding environment that propelled the company to a profitable quarter in spite of costs incurred from an April fire that heavily damaged one of the company’s buildings.“This is probably the strongest and best bidding environment that we’ve seen in many years,” said CEO Scott Montross.Net sales rose to $69.2 million, a gain of more than 140 percent compared with the second quarter of 2018. The company attributed those gains primarily to a 186 percent increase in tons of product produced, spurred by increased demand and the company’s acquisition last year of Ameron Water Transmission Group.Gross profit was reported at $8.2 million, compared with a gross loss of $1.2 million in the second quarter of the previous year. The profits were partially offset by a $3.2 million increase in production costs due to the fire.The accidental fire broke out during the weekend of April 20-21 at a coatings building in a Northwest Pipe facility in Saginaw, Texas. There were no injuries, but the building was heavily damaged – video and photos published by the Fort Worth Fire Department showed smoke billowing out of the warehouse with the entire roofline visibly on fire.In a conference call with investors and analysts on Tuesday, Montross and Chief Financial Officer Robin Gantt said the building is being repaired, but would likely remain out of commission until approximately December.last_img read more

Cybercrime a major global threat – Minister Chuck

Cybercrime a major global threat – Minister Chuck

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says cyber-crime is a major global threat that represents a clear and present danger to democracies and the rule of law everywhere.   He said there is an urgent need for the strengthening of international cooperation and the harmonization of policy and legislative instruments in the criminal justice system to combat the threat.  “Mobile fraud has increased by 173 per cent between 2013 and 2015, and while mobile transactions are growing, fraud is growing at an even faster clip. In 2015, 45 per cent of all transactions originated from the mobile channel, while 61 per cent of fraud attempts were made from a mobile device,” he noted.He said that cyber-crime costs are projected to reach US$2 trillion worldwide by 2019 and the cyber-security products and services market is expected to grow from US$75 billion in 2015 to US$175 billion by 2020.  “We are confronting a boundless and borderless threat and an unprecedented threat to the global economy and global security,” he stressed.Minister Chuck, who was addressing the 4th North American and Caribbean International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on November 3, said that in light of the challenges, societies cannot now afford for a fragmentation of cyber-crime laws, divergence of procedural powers, lack of access to extraterritorial data by law enforcement authorities, and ineffective international cooperation mechanisms.He said legal luminaries everywhere must be bold in considering options to strengthen the legal, institutional, investigative and prosecutorial mechanisms to combat cyber-crime.  “We must come together,” he stressed.  “We have to face the realities, the challenges and do what is necessary to ensure the protection of our communities.  We cannot afford for the criminals to beat us. That is something we should not even try to fathom, as the consequences would be too grave to even contemplate,” he argued.For her part, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, acknowledged that combating cyber-crime is challenging but expressed confidence that “together we shall not only persevere, we will also be victorious”.She noted that the conference provides an opportunity to examine a wide range of areas as it relates to the issue.  “Our objective is to ensure that cyber-crime does not continue to undermine good governance, democracy and the safety of our citizens,” Ms. Llewellyn said.The three-day IAP conference was attended by prosecutors and law-enforcement officers from more than 24 countries in the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and Europe.  The discussion focused on a wide range of topics relating to prosecution and ways to make the justice system more effective in addressing cybercrime.last_img read more

Donaco completes board renewal process with appointment Aruzes Yugo Kinoshita

first_img RelatedPosts In announcing Kinoshita’s appointment, Donaco pointed to his recent track record of having led Aruze to a 15% increase in revenues and 9% reduction in costs over the past 12 months.“During Yugo’s leadership of Aruze, the company has enjoyed significant success in operations and in product recognition,” it said.“Key achievements while at Aruze include restructuring the company’s corporate strategy to become one of the fastest growing gaming companies in North America, and implementing a global sales and marketing strategy that has resulted in significantly increased product adoption. Yugo also spearheaded a US$30 million finance deal and served as the company’s liaison with financial institutions.”Donaco, which also appointed former Silver Heritage Group Chairman David Green to the board in April, said its board renewal process was now complete following the appointment of Kinoshita. Company founders Joey and Ben Lim were recently voted off the board at an Extraordinary General Meeting. Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge Donaco to file multiple appeals after arbitrator rules in favor of Thai vendors in Star Vegas land lease dispute Load More Donaco’s US$190 million Singapore court case against Thai vendors delayed Donaco International Limited has added a third new board member in as many days with the appointment of Yugo Kinoshita, the Global Chief Executive Officer of Aruze Gaming America, Inc, as an independent non-executive Director of the Company.The latest addition comes after Donaco revealed earlier this week that it had appointed two representatives of Argyle Street Management Limited, which acquired a 19.25% stake in the company in July, to the board.last_img read more

What DVV Danayya could have earned Rs 100 crore by walking out

first_imgDVV Danayya at RRR movie press meetTwitterProducer DVV Danayya has made a shocking revelation that he was offered Rs 100 crore to give up SS Rajamouli’s upcoming movie RRR starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan, but he rejected this deal.SS Rajamouli has taken the Indian cinema to international level with his Baahubali film series. He is now busy with his next movie RRR, which is produced under the banner DVV Entertainment. DVV Danayya is making this movie with a whopping amount of Rs 300 crore, which is bigger than the budget of Saaho.The historical success of Baahubali 2 has generated a massive hype for the movie RRR and the people in the trade circle feel that it will be even bigger money spinner than Baahubali 2. Hence, there is a huge demand for its rights even before the film unit completed 50 per cent of its shooting.DVV Danayya held a press meet on March 14 to put end to the speculations about various aspects of RRR. Addressing the media, he revealed that a producer offered him Rs 100 crore to transfer this project to him. He could have earned this record sum much before he spent Rs 300 crore on its production.DVV Danayya is a passionate producer and he has bankrolled big-ticket projects like Bharat Ane Nenu and Vinaya Vidheya Rama in the past. He knows that producing a Rajamouli’s film is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and he did not want to lose this chance. Hence, he rejected this offer.RRR is carved based on the two profound Indian freedom fighters – Alluri Seetharamaraju and Komaram Bheem. It is a pure fiction that has been drafted on the idea of them meeting each other in Delhi and later becoming friends during their away time. Set in the 1920s, the film will have a British regime including then culture and lifestyle. It is a pan Indian story painted on a large canvas.Though based on the nationalistic characters, RRR is not a patriotic story and will not have any chauvinistic elements in it. The Junior NTR and Ram Charan starrer is a befitting tale of two intense people with intense emotions.RRR features Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt and Daisy Edger Jones as the leading ladies, while Ajay Devgn and Samuthirakani are seen significant roles. The movie is made in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously and RRR is common for all the languages. The film is set for release on July 30 2020.last_img read more

In Search of Gods Mathematical Perfect Proofs

In Search of Gods Mathematical Perfect Proofs

first_imgPaul Erdős, the famously eccentric, peripatetic and prolific 20th-century mathematician, was fond of the idea that God has a celestial volume containing the perfect proof of every mathematical theorem. “This one is from The Book,” he would declare when he wanted to bestow his highest praise on a beautiful proof.Never mind that Erdős doubted God’s very existence. “You don’t have to believe in God, but you should believe in The Book,” Erdős explained to other mathematicians.In 1994, during conversations with Erdős at the Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics in Germany, the mathematician Martin Aigner came up with an idea: Why not actually try to make God’s Book—or at least an earthly shadow of it? Aigner enlisted fellow mathematician Günter Ziegler, and the two started collecting examples of exceptionally beautiful proofs, with enthusiastic contributions from Erdős himself. The resulting volume, Proofs From THE BOOK, was published in 1998, sadly too late for Erdős to see it—he had died about two years after the project commenced, at age 83.“Many of the proofs trace directly back to him, or were initiated by his supreme insight in asking the right question or in making the right conjecture,” Aigner and Ziegler, who are now both professors at the Free University of Berlin, write in the preface.The book, which has been called “a glimpse of mathematical heaven,” presents proofs of dozens of theorems from number theory, geometry, analysis, combinatorics and graph theory. Over the two decades since it first appeared, it has gone through five editions, each with new proofs added, and has been translated into 13 languages. For some theorems, there are different perfect proofs for different types of readers. I mean, what is a proof? A proof, in the end, is something that convinces the reader of things being true. And whether the proof is understandable and beautiful depends not only on the proof but also on the reader: What do you know? What do you like? What do you find obvious?You noted in the fifth edition that mathematicians have come up with at least 196 different proofs of the “quadratic reciprocity” theorem (concerning which numbers in “clock” arithmetics are perfect squares) and nearly 100 proofs of the fundamental theorem of algebra (concerning solutions to polynomial equations). Why do you think mathematicians keep devising new proofs for certain theorems, when they already know the theorems are true?These are things that are central in mathematics, so it’s important to understand them from many different angles. There are theorems that have several genuinely different proofs, and each proof tells you something different about the theorem and the structures. So, it’s really valuable to explore these proofs to understand how you can go beyond the original statement of the theorem.An example comes to mind—which is not in our book but is very fundamental—Steinitz’s theorem for polyhedra. This says that if you have a planar graph (a network of vertices and edges in the plane) that stays connected if you remove one or two vertices, then there is a convex polyhedron that has exactly the same connectivity pattern. This is a theorem that has three entirely different types of proof—the “Steinitz-type” proof, the “rubber band” proof and the “circle packing” proof. And each of these three has variations.Any of the Steinitz-type proofs will tell you not only that there is a polyhedron but also that there’s a polyhedron with integers for the coordinates of the vertices. And the circle packing proof tells you that there’s a polyhedron that has all its edges tangent to a sphere. You don’t get that from the Steinitz-type proof, or the other way around—the circle packing proof will not prove that you can do it with integer coordinates. So, having several proofs leads you to several ways to understand the situation beyond the original basic theorem. If I were a religious person, I would thank God for all this inspiration that I’m blessed to experience. As I’m not religious, for me, this God’s Book thing is a powerful story.There’s a famous quote from the mathematician G. H. Hardy that says, “There is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.” But ugly mathematics still has a role, right?You know, the first step is to establish the theorem, so that you can say, “I worked hard. I got the proof. It’s 20 pages. It’s ugly. It’s lots of calculations, but it’s correct and it’s complete and I’m proud of it.” [embedded content]You’ve mentioned the element of surprise as one feature you look for in a BOOK proof. And some great proofs do leave one wondering, “How did anyone ever come up with this?” But there are other proofs that have a feeling of inevitability. I think it always depends on what you know and where you come from.An example is László Lovász’s proof for the Kneser conjecture, which I think we put in the fourth edition. The Kneser conjecture was about a certain type of graph you can construct from the k-element subsets of an n-element set—you construct this graph where the k-element subsets are the vertices, and two k-element sets are connected by an edge if they don’t have any elements in common. And Kneser had asked, in 1955 or ’56, how many colors are required to color all the vertices if vertices that are connected must be different colors.It’s rather easy to show that you can color this graph with n – k + 2 colors, but the problem was to show that fewer colors won’t do it. And so, it’s a graph coloring problem, but Lovász, in 1978, gave a proof that was a technical tour de force, that used a topological theorem, the Borsuk-Ulam theorem. And it was an amazing surprise—why should this topological tool prove a graph theoretic thing? If the result is interesting, then come the people who simplify it and put in extra ideas and make it more and more elegant and beautiful. And in the end you have, in some sense, the Book proof.If you look at Lovász’s proof for the Kneser conjecture, people don’t read his paper anymore. It’s rather ugly, because Lovász didn’t know the topological tools at the time, so he had to reinvent a lot of things and put them together. And immediately after that, Imre Bárány had a second proof, which also used the Borsuk-Ulam theorem, and that was, I think, more elegant and more straightforward.To do these short and surprising proofs, you need a lot of confidence. And one way to get the confidence is if you know the thing is true. If you know that something is true because so-and-so proved it, then you might also dare to say, “What would be the really nice and short and elegant way to establish this?” So, I think, in that sense, the ugly proofs have their role.Aubrey Wade/Quanta MagazineYou’re currently preparing a sixth edition of Proofs From THE BOOK. Will there be more after that?The third edition was perhaps the first time that we claimed that that’s it, that’s the final one. And, of course, we also claimed this in the preface of the fifth edition, but we’re currently working hard to finish the sixth edition.When Martin Aigner talked to me about this plan to do the book, the idea was that this might be a nice project, and we’d get done with it, and that’s it. And with, I don’t know how you translate it into English, jugendlicher Leichtsinn—that’s sort of the foolery of someone being young—you think you can just do this book and then it’s done.But it’s kept us busy from 1994 until now, with new editions and translations. Now Martin has retired, and I’ve just applied to be university president, and I think there will not be time and energy and opportunity to do more. The sixth edition will be the final one.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. Aubrey Wade/Quanta MagazinePaul Erdős has been called a “priest of mathematics.” He traveled across the globe—often with no settled address—to spread the gospel of mathematics, so to speak. And he used these religious metaphors to talk about mathematical beauty.Paul Erdős referred to his own lectures as “preaching.” But he was an atheist. He called God the “Supreme Fascist.” I think it was more important to him to be funny and to tell stories—he didn’t preach anything religious. So, this story of God and his book was part of his storytelling routine.When you experience a beautiful proof, does it feel somehow spiritual?It’s a powerful feeling. I remember these moments of beauty and excitement. And there’s a very powerful type of happiness that comes from it. We have these results from logic that say that there are theorems that are true and that have a proof, but they don’t have a short proof. It’s a logic statement. And so, why shouldn’t there be a proof in God’s Book that goes over a hundred pages, and on each of these hundred pages, makes a brilliant new observation—and so, in that sense, it’s really a proof from The Book?On the other hand, we are always happy if we manage to prove something with one surprising idea, and proofs with two surprising ideas are even more magical but still harder to find. So a proof that is a hundred pages long and has a hundred surprising ideas—how should a human ever find it?But I don’t know how the experts judge Andrew Wiles’ proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. This is a hundred pages, or many hundred pages, depending on how much number theory you assume when you start. And my understanding is that there are lots of beautiful observations and ideas in there. Perhaps Wiles’ proof, with a few simplifications, is God’s proof for Fermat’s Last Theorem.But it’s not a proof for the readers of our book, because it’s just beyond the scope, both in technical difficulty and layers of theory. By definition, a proof that eats more than 10 pages cannot be a proof for our book. God—if he exists—has more patience. This turned into a whole industry of using topological tools to prove discrete mathematics theorems. And now it seems inevitable that you use these, and very natural and straightforward. It’s become routine, in a certain sense. But then, I think, it’s still valuable not to forget the original surprise.Brevity is one of your other criteria for a BOOK proof. Could there be a hundred-page proof in God’s Book?I think there could be, but no human will ever find it. In January, Ziegler traveled to San Diego for the Joint Mathematics Meetings, where he received (on his and Aigner’s behalf) the 2018 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. “The density of elegant ideas per page [in the book] is extraordinarily high,” the prize citation reads.Quanta Magazine sat down with Ziegler at the meeting to discuss beautiful (and ugly) mathematics. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.You’ve said that you and Martin Aigner have a similar sense of which proofs are worthy of inclusion in THE BOOK. What goes into your aesthetic?Aubrey Wade/Quanta MagazineWe’ve always shied away from trying to define what is a perfect proof. And I think that’s not only shyness, but actually, there is no definition and no uniform criterion. Of course, there are all these components of a beautiful proof. It can’t be too long; it has to be clear; there has to be a special idea; it might connect things that usually one wouldn’t think of as having any connection.last_img read more

Introducing DataStax Constellation A cloud platform for rapid development of Apache Cassandrabased

first_imgAt the first day of Accelerate 2019, DataStax unveiled DataStax Constellation, a modern cloud platform specifically designed for Apache Cassandra. DataStax is a leading provider of the always-on, active everywhere distributed hybrid cloud database built on Apache Cassandra. DataStax Accelerate 2019 is a three-day event (21-23 May) happening at Maryland, US. On the agenda, this event has 70+ technical sessions, networking with experts and people from leading companies like IBM, Walgreens, T-Mobile, and also new product announcements. Sharing the vision behind DataStax Constellation, Billy Bosworth, CEO of DataStax, said, “With Constellation, we are making a major commitment to being the leading cloud database company and putting cloud development at the top of our priority list. From edge to hybrid to multi-cloud, we are providing developers with a cloud platform that includes the complete set of tools they need to build game-changing applications that spark transformational business change and let them do what they do best.” What is DataStax Constellation? DataStax Constellation is a modern cloud platform that provides smart services for easy and rapid development and deployment of Cassandra-based applications. It comes with an integrated web console that simplifies the use and management of Cassandra. DataStax Constellation provides an interactive developer tool for CQL (Cassandra Query Language) named DataStax Studio. This tool makes it easy for developers to collaborate by keeping track of code, query results, and visualizations in self-documenting notebooks. The Constellation platform is initially launched with two cloud services, DataStax Apache Cassandra-as-a-Service and DataStax Insights: DataStax Apache Cassandra as a Service DataStax Apache Cassandra as a Service enables you to easily develop and deploy Apache Cassandra applications in the cloud. Here are some of the advantages and features it comes with: Ensures high availability of applications: It assures uptime and integrity with multiple data replicas. Users are only charged when the database is in use, which significantly reduces operational overhead. Reduces administrative overhead: It makes your applications capable of self-healing with its advanced optimization and remediation mechanisms. Better performance than open-source Cassandra: This provides up to three times better performance than open source Apache Cassandra at any scale. DataStax Insights DataStax Insights is performance management and monitoring tool for DataStax Constellation and DataStax Enterprise. Here are some of the features it comes with: Centralized and scalable monitoring: It provides centralized and scalable monitoring across all cloud and on-premise deployments. Simplified administration: It provides an at-a-glance health index that simplifies administration via a single view of all clusters. Automated performance tuning: Its AI-powered analysis and recommendations enable automated performance tuning. Sharing his future plans regarding Constellation, Bosworth said, “Constellation is for all developers seeking easy and obvious application deployment in any cloud. And the great thing is that we are planning for it to be available on all three of the major cloud providers: AWS, Google, and Microsoft.” DataStax plans to make Constellation, Insights, and Cassandra as a Service available on all three cloud providers in Q4 of 2019. To know more about DataStax Constellation, visit its official website Read Next Instaclustr releases three open source projects for Apache Cassandra database users ScyllaDB announces Scylla 3.0, a NoSQL database surpassing Apache Cassandra in features cstar: Spotify’s Cassandra orchestration tool is now open source!last_img read more

GitHub services experienced a 41minute disruption yesterday

first_imgUpdate: Yesterday the GitHub team in a blog post stated what they have uncovered in their initial investigation, “On Monday at 3:46 pm UTC, several services on GitHub.com experienced a 41-minute disruption, and as a result, some services were degraded for a longer period. Our initial investigation suggests a logic error introduced into our deployment pipeline manifested during a subsequent and unrelated deployment of the GitHub.com website. This chain of events destabilized a number of internal systems, complicated our recovery efforts, and resulted in an interruption of service.” It was not a very productive Monday for many developers when GitHub started showing 500 and 422 error code on their repositories. This was because several services on GitHub were down yesterday from around 15:46 UTC for 41 minutes. Soon GitHub engineers began their investigation and all the services were back to normal by 19:47 UTC. The outage affected GitHub services including Git operations, API requests, Gist, among others. The experiences that developers reported were quite inconsistent. Some developers said that though they were able to open the main repo page, they could not see commit log or PRs. Others reported that all the git commands that required interaction with GitHub’s remotes failed. A developer commented on Hacker News, “Git is fine, and the outage does not affect you and your team if you already have the source tree anywhere. What it does affect is the ability to do code reviews, work with issues, maybe even do releases. All the non-DVCS stuff.” GitHub is yet to share the cause and impact of the downtime. However, developers took to different discussion forums to share what they think the reason behind GitHub outage could be. While some speculated that it might be its increasing user base, others believed it was because GitHub might be still moving “stuff to Azure after the acquisition.” Developers also discussed what steps they can take so that such outages do not affect their workflow in the future. One developer suggested not to rely on a single point of failure by setting two different URLs for the same remote so that a single push command will push to both. You can do something like this, a developer suggested: git remote set-url –add –push origin git@github.com:Foo/bar.git git remote set-url –add –push origin git@gitlab.com:Foo/bar.git Another developer suggested, “I highly recommend running at least a local, self-hosted git mirror at any tech company, just in these cases. Gitolite + cgit is extremely low maintenance, especially if you host them next to your other production services. Not to mention, if you get the self-hosted route you can use Gerrit, which is still miles better for code review than GitHub, Gitlab, bitbucket and co.” Others joked that this was a good opportunity to take a few hours of break and relax. “This is the perfect time to take a break. Kick back, have a coffee, contemplate your life choices. That commit can wait, that PR (i was about to merge) can wait too. It’s not the end of the world,” a developer commented. Lately, we are seeing many cases of outages. Earlier this month, almost all of Apple’s iCloud services were down for some users. On July 2, Cloudflare suffered a major outage due to a massive spike in CPU utilization in the network. Last month, Google Calendar was down for nearly three hours around the world. In May, Facebook and its family of apps Whatsapp, Messenger, and Instagram faced another outage in a row. Last year, Github faced issues due to a failure in its data storage system which left the site broken for a complete day. Several developers took to Twitter to kill their time and vent out frustration: Read Next Cloudflare RCA: Major outage was a lot more than “a regular expression went bad” EU’s satellite navigation system, Galileo, suffers major outage; nears 100 hours of downtime Twitter experienced major outage yesterday due to an internal configuration issuelast_img read more

Spacecraft that landed on comet finally wakes up

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — To scientists’ relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence, the European Space Agency announced Sunday.Philae became the first spacecraft to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. But the solar-powered probe came down with a bounce and ended up in the shadow of a cliff instead of in direct sunlight. Sponsored Stories Ulamec said the probe appears to have been awake for several days before it called home.Scientists will now work to change Rosetta’s orbit so that the link to the lander lasts longer and they can start sending commands for it to carry out new measurements. The next opportunity to communicate with Philae should come on Sunday night, Ulamec said.Scientists also hope that Philae’s restart will allow them to pinpoint where on the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer)-wide comet the washing machine-size probe landed. Its exact location has been a mystery.On Aug. 13, the comet will reach the point at which it is closest to the sun before swinging back out again. Ulamec said the lander should get enough sunlight to operate until October, when it will once again fall silent, possibly forever.___Follow Frank Jordans on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/wirereporterCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img As a result, Philae managed to conduct experiments and send data to Earth for only about 60 hours before its batteries ran out and it was forced to shut down its systems and go silent.Scientists had hoped the probe would wake up again as the comet approached the sun, enabling Philae’s solar panels to soak up enough light to charge the craft’s main battery. But there were fears its mission would be cut short.Those fears were dismissed at 10:28 p.m. (2028 GMT; 4:28 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, when the lander sent a signal back to Earth.“I’m not really surprised it happened, but if you wait for several months and then suddenly in the middle of the night you get a call saying, ‘We have a signal from Philae,’ it’s exciting,” said Stephan Ulamec, project manager at the German Aerospace Center, or DLR. “We’re very happy.”The brief burst of communication contained 300 packages of data that were relayed by the probe’s mother ship, Rosetta, which is orbiting the comet.“We only received data for about 85 seconds. These data are housekeeping and system data from the lander,” Ulamec said. But it was enough to tell scientists that the probe is doing well and getting sufficient sunlight to keep communicating. Comments   Share   Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home How do cataracts affect your vision? How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Go Inside John Harbaughs first meeting with Ravens rookies Heres the

Go Inside John Harbaughs first meeting with Ravens rookies Heres the

first_imgIt’s not often that the cameras are rolling during an NFL head coach’s first meeting with his incoming rookie class, all of whom are eager to get started in pursuit of their lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.As Ravens head coach John Harbaugh addressed a roomful of Ravens rookies, cameras captured his important message.“Here’s the awesome thing about football. Football is the only true meritocracy in this country. There are other meritocracies…like you work hard, and you’re successful right? But where is it more true than football?”“Because anybody can play football. I mean, if you’re going to play basketball, it sure helps to be six-ten and have certain skills. Now, you have to be talented to play football, and have certain skills, but ya know what? If you’re rough, and you’re tough and you’re willing to work hard, you can find your way onto a football team at some level.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix “Now, you all found yourself onto a football team at the highest level. I guess my point is that football players come in all shapes and sizes, all colors, all religions, all socioeconomic backgrounds, and from every corner of the country, and even Australia. They come from everywhere. That’s the beatiful thing. It is the ultimate team sport.”“In the end, the one true champion will be the team that plays the best together.”Hear more from John Harbaugh’s first talk with the team’s rookies in the clip.Go inside the meeting room to hear Coach Harbaugh’s first speech to the rookies when they arrived in Baltimore this week. pic.twitter.com/0zCCLj7v8o— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 6, 2017last_img read more

Higher staffing costs see profits fall at NATS

Higher staffing costs see profits fall at NATS

first_imgOlderGovernment launches first ever tourism sector deal in UK NATS has seen revenue slip to £886 million for financial 2019, down from £913 million last year.The figure comes despite an increase in airline traffic. The UK-based air traffic controller handled a record 2.54 million flights last year, up from 2.52 in 2018.Net debt also rose, from £72 million to £74 million, while capital investment fell to £157 million, down from £186 million. NATS chief executive, Martin Rolfe, said: “The group reported a profit before tax which was £34.6 million less than the prior year.  ADVERTISEMENT“This mainly reflected real price reductions to our en route customers, and investment in additional staff to meet the growth in air traffic volumes and to progress our technology change and airspace programmes.”He added: “This was an excellent year for service performance with the delivery of a safe and resilient air traffic control service, every day, against a backdrop of growing traffic and while introducing complex new technology into our terminal control operation.“We safely handled 2.54 million flights in the year, which was a record volume for the UK, and represented just under 25 per cent of all flights in Europe.  “While doing this, we completed the deployment of electronic flight strips, a major new electronic system which replaced a paper system.  “This followed a complex transition plan that we developed with airlines and airports to minimise the impact on their operations, and we received very positive feedback on the manner and timing of this deployment.“Our average delay per flight (for the 2018 calendar year) was 12.5 seconds, and included 4.8 seconds of delay specifically associated with this transition. “In spite of this our performance was five times better than the average delays experienced elsewhere across Europe.” NewerLondon City Airport consults on new masterplan for growthlast_img read more

In this Sunday April 1 2018 image from video N

In this Sunday April 1 2018 image from video N

first_img In this Sunday, April 1, 2018, image from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, claps with South Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-whan during a performance by a South Korean art troupe in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim clapped his hands as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang, highlighting the thawing ties between the rivals after years of heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear program. (Korea Pool via AP) SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clapped his hands and said he was “deeply moved” as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang. The concert highlights the thawing ties between the rivals after years of friction over the North’s nuclear program.During Sunday’s performance at the packed 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theater, North Korean concertgoers — most of the men in dark suits but some women in colorful traditional “hanbok” dresses — waved their hands from their seats when the South Korean stars joined together to sing a popular Korean song, “Our wish is unification.” After the two-hour performance ended, the North Koreans gave a thundering standing ovation.A South Korean artistic group, including some pop legends and the popular girl band Red Velvet, flew to Pyongyang over the weekend for two performances in the North Korean capital, one on Sunday and the other on Tuesday. How North Koreans would react to Red Velvet was a focus of keen media attention in South Korea.Kim, wearing a dark Mao-style suit, made a surprise visit to the performance with his wife Ri Sol Ju, sister Kim Yo Jong and other senior North Korean officials, including nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam. Kim Jong Un applauded during the event and shook hands with the South Korean performers. He also took a group photo with them after their performance, according to North Korea’s state news agency and South Korean media pool reports from Pyongyang.Kim “said that he was deeply moved to see our people sincerely acclaiming the performance, deepening the understanding of the popular art of the South side,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency said.Short South Korean media pool footage showed Kim clapping from the second-floor VIP stand as South Korean Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan bowed and greeted North Korean spectators looking on from the first floor.“We should hold culture and art performances frequently,” Kim told South Korean performers. Mentioning the performance’s title, “Spring comes,” Kim also asked the performers to tell South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the two Koreas should hold a similar event in Seoul in the autumn, according to South Korean media pool reports.Kim also talked about Red Velvet.“There had been interest in whether I would come and see Red Velvet. I had initially planned to attend a performance the day after tomorrow but I came here today after adjusting my schedule,” Kim was quoted as saying. “I thank you for this kind of gift to Pyongyang’s citizens.”It was the first time for a North Korean leader to attend such a South Korean performance in the North. During a past period of detente, South Korea occasionally sent pop singers to North Korea, but that stopped in 2005.The 26-second South Korean video clip showed a quiet audience when members of Red Velvet, wearing clothes less revealing than their normal stage costumes, danced and sang their popular hit song “Red Flavor.”Full video of their and other South Korean singers’ performances wasn’t immediately available. But Red Velvet said in a post-concert interview that the North Koreans gave them a big hand.Band member Seulgi said she cried when North and South Koreans sang together the song, “Our Wish is Unification.” Another member Yeri said she was “very” nervous when she exchanged handshakes with Kim Jong Un, but she said it was still “really, really an honour” to do so. The South Korean group includes prominent singers such as Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sunhee and Cho Jin Hee, who all previously performed in Pyongyang.The ongoing co-operation steps between the rivals began after North Korea took part in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. During the games, a North Korean art troupe performed in South Korea, and Moon and his wife watched it with visiting senior North Korean officials including Kim Yo Jong, who became the first member of the North’s ruling Kim family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.Some experts suspect Kim Jong Un may be attempting to use his outreach to Seoul and Washington as a way to weaken international sanctions and buy time to further advance his nuclear bomb program.Kim is to meet Moon at a border village on April 27 and President Donald Trump in May in separate summit talks.On Tuesday, the South Korean K-pop stars plan to hold a joint performance with North Koreans. Meanwhile, a South Korean taekwondo demonstration team also held a performance in Pyongyang on Sunday. NKorean leader Kim watches performance by SKorean pop starscenter_img by Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2018 7:19 am PDT Last Updated Apr 2, 2018 at 5:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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