Beauty & The Beast

first_imgAfter watching a rerun of the EMC World opening session I felt compelled to underscore the excitement we’re seeing from our customers regarding “The Beast” aka XtremIO 4.0!Of course bigger clusters, bigger capacities and bigger IOPS numbers tend to get all the fanfare at a launch event but, perhaps surprisingly, these capabilities are not the sole reason customers select XtremIO for their transactional workloads.Deep within “The Beast” is something of inherent beauty – an architecture that can start small and grow to over a petabyte. An architecture that scales out linearly and delivers consistent, predictable sub-millisecond latency. An architecture that enables data services to be inline, all of the time. And an architecture that enables incredible simplicity and ease of use.None of this beauty was created just for “The Beast”. But it is because of this beauty that we were able to create “The Beast”.But is this beauty only skin deep?Let’s recount recent history. When we first announced XtremIO, just eighteen months ago, much of the fanfare in the flash segment was around upstarts such as Violin Memory and FusionIO. Neither company was promoting an “array” as the best use for flash in the enterprise and their new model for storage promised the inevitable demise of all established storage vendors.As we sit today, recently confirmed by Gartner, EMC market share for All Flash Arrays now exceeds EMC market share for general purpose storage arrays. FusionIO is gone and Violin is on the ropes, ironically while trying to create an array. Sure, there are new pretenders – their pitch sounding eerily familiar to those of yesterday – but here at EMC we’re remaining incredibly focused on delivering against our roadmap and driving customer success.And we’re not done with flash. Not by a long way. Later this year we’ll release DSSD to market. We believe DSSD will once again change the game for flash in the data center. But this time for next generation in-memory database workloads and high performance big data analytics. There’s much beauty in DSSD too, but that’s another story.last_img read more

Lovers’ Leaps

first_imgTall tales form the Southeast’s most legendary high-elevation spots.Young and star-crossed lovers, determined to spend eternity together whatever the cost, cast themselves from a precipice to escape barriers to their marriage in life. So says the lore behind almost every Lovers’ Leap. The cast of characters usually includes chiefs, warriors, and maidens. These legends date back to early settlers, who made famous many a high cliff with tales of Native American-inspired romantic tragedy. Despite their dark lore, or perhaps owing to it, Lovers’ Leaps remain popular spots for their staggering views— worthy settings for any tale of passion.Lovers’ LeapHot springs, N.C.Historian Hazel Moore wrote Hot Springs of North Carolina about the history of the small town she grew up in. She includes a Lovers’ Leap legend written in 1906 by Sally Royce Weir about a Cherokee chief named Lone Wolf, who ruled beside the Tahkiostie (French Broad) River. He wanted his daughter, Mist-On-The-Mountain, to marry a powerful but old brave named Tall Pine.One day, Mist-On-The-Mountain fell in love with Magwa, a handsome young visitor to her village. When her father refused Magwa’s marriage proposal, Mist-On-The-Mountain traveled to the foot of the towering rock to meet Magwa, when Tall Pine, who had followed them, struck and killed the younger man. Mist-On-The-Mountain ran, but Tall Pine cornered her on the high cliff, where she heard Magwa’s spirit call to her. She leaped into the river to join her lover, and moments later a panther struck and killed Tall Pine before he could escape the lurid scene.Today a popular side path of the Appalachian Trail, this Lovers’ Leap hike rewards you at the top with sweeping views of the French Broad River 500 feet below. It’s a short hike at only 2.6 miles round trip, but like most Lovers’ Leaps, it’s a strenuous one, gaining 1,000 feet in elevation. You’ll find river birches, maples, and oaks shading the riverside path. Begin at the Silvermine Trailhead. Follow the river-side path until you see white blazes for the Appalachian Trail, and then orange blazes marking the Lovers’ Leap trail.Lovers’ LeapHAWKS NEST STATE PARK, ANSTED, WV.The popularly accepted legend for what is now Hawk’s Nest State Park was documented by George W. Atkinson in his 1876 book History of Kanawha County. It stars a Shawnee Indian chief who, like the father in the Hot Springs tale, disapproved of his daughter’s love for a young brave. Instead, the chief arranged for a marriage between his daughter and the chief of a neighboring tribe. The young maiden courageously refused the marriage, telling her father she loved a warrior in her own tribe. Angry, her father ordered her to stay in her tipi under guard until she consented, but she managed to sneak out toward dawn. She fled to the tipi of her true love, and they escaped together. Soon after, the chief and his warriors picked up their trail and cornered the two lovers on the cliff that overhands the New River. Rather than be separated in life, they embraced and made the fatal plunge.In what is today Hawk’s Nest State Park, this Lovers’ Leap stands nearly 500 feet above the New River Gorge. “It’s a short trail, but you’ll definitely get exercise,” says Gia Tyree, office manager at the park. “We call it ‘Nature’s Stairmaster.’” Despite the grim folklore, Tyree says people seek it out “to find a peaceful spot to take in the sights.” This trail starts at Hawk’s Nest State Park office and travels down steep wooden steps to the overlook.Lovers’ LeapBLOWING ROCK, N.C.This towering cliff shares a similar legend, but with a less harrowing ending. It is said that a Chickasaw chief journeyed with his daughter from the plains to what is now the Blowing Rock to hide her from a white man’s affection. One day the maiden flirtatiously shot an arrow in the direction of a Cherokee brave she saw in the distance. He came to her and they soon fell deeply in love. Then a reddening sky made the brave think it was a sign of trouble calling him to his own tribe. As the maiden begged him not to leave her, the brave felt so torn between love and duty, he jumped from the high rock. But when the maiden called to the Great Spirit to bring her lover back, the winds blew the brave up into her arms.At 3,000 feet above the John’s River Gorge, the Blowing Rock offers views from Hawksbill Mountain to Mount Mitchell. The winds from the John’s River Gorge blow so strongly that when it snows, you’ll see flurries rise toward the sky. This Lovers’ Leap offers a scenic overlook without a hike. From the Blowing Rock parking lot, follow the trail with 1200 feet of gradual climbing to the observation tower. •Lovers Leap SignMore Lovers’ LeapsRock CityLookout Mountain, Tenn.The story here is that young Native American lovers were forced apart because their tribes were at war with each other, so they jumped to their deaths in despair.SauteeNacoochee, Ga.Here, two young Native American lovers from opposing tribes were told they couldn’t be together, and when the brave was thrown from the cliff in punishment for their affair, the maiden jumped out of her father’s arms to join him.Noccalula FallsGadsden, Ala. Legend has it that a Cherokee maiden threw herself from the falls after her lover was driven from her tribe.Natural TunnelDuffield, Va.Locals tell the story of a maiden who fell in love with a brave when he rescued her from a bear, and when her father, the chief, refused to allow their marriage, the young couple jumped to their deaths from the pinnacle at sunrise.last_img read more

Long Island Weather Below Freezing Again This Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A slight chance of snow Monday afternoon is forecast to give way to another dangerously cold arctic blast this week on Long Island.Rain and snow showers with wind gusts up to 26 mph Monday will come before temperatures drop down from 28 to 15 overnight, setting the tone through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.“The core of this latest arctic air mass will be settling in tomorrow and will remain with us until Thursday,” said Tim Morrin, an Upton-based NWS meteorologist who added that wind chills may be below zero again Tuesday.The threat of hypothermia, icy roads and bursting pipes is expected to continue with the bitter cold brought on by the polar vortex for the third time this month.Temps are expected to hit a high of 20 Tuesday with another slight chance of snow comes after midnight into Wednesday morning, when highs will be near 24 and lows will drop down to 15 after sundown.Thursday could hit a high of 31 and Friday is forecast to go above freezing with a high near 35, although it is expected to drop down to 24 both nights.Another slight chance of light snow is forecast for Saturday night as temps hold in the low 30s.last_img read more

Why is the Cuomo Administration Automatically Deleting State Employees’ Emails?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-published with the Albany Times-Union and WNYC.New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration—which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in state history—has quietly adopted policies that allow it to purge the emails of tens of thousands of state employees, cutting off a key avenue for understanding and investigating state government.Last year, the state started deleting any emails more than 90 days old that users hadn’t specifically saved—a much more aggressive stance than many other states. The policy shift was first reported by the Albany Times Union.A previously unpublished memo outlining the policy raises new questions about the state’s stated rationale for its deletions policy. What’s more, the rules on which emails must be retained are bewilderingly complex—they fill 118 pages—leading to further concern that emails may not be saved at all.“If you’re aggressively destroying your email, it looks like you’re trying to hide something,” said Benjamin Wright, a Dallas lawyer who has advised companies and government agencies on records retention.ProPublica obtained the memo through a public records request.In the June 18, 2013, memo, Karen Geduldig, the general counsel of the state’s Office of Information Technology Services, described New York’s decision to automatically delete emails as a way to cut down on the state’s “enormous amount of email data.”But the state implemented the policy as part of a move to Microsoft’s Office 365 email system, which offers 50 gigabytes of space per email user—enough to store hundreds of thousands or even millions of emails for each state worker. The state’s version of Office 365 also offers unlimited email archiving.The Office of Information and Technology Services declined to comment on the record. An official in the office said even though the state can store large quantities of email, it can still be difficult to manage.“Just because you have a big house doesn’t mean you have to shove stuff in it,” the official said.Geduldig’s memo also pointed out that some federal government agencies and corporations automatically purge employees’ email. “Such a system will aid the State in improving its email management,” Geduldig wrote.But many states take a different tack.Florida, for instance, requires state employees to keep routine administrative correspondence for at least three years, and emails dealing with policy development for at least five years. Connecticut requires employees to keep routine emails for at least two years. Washington State requires workers to keep emails dealing with public business for two years, and emails to and from top officials for four years. Those states also do not automatically delete email.“It shouldn’t be an automatic process,” said Russell Wood, the records manager for the Washington State Archives. “There should be some point of review in there.”Emails that qualify as “records” are supposed to be preserved under New York’s policy. But determining which emails qualify and which don’t—a task left up to individual state employees—can be mind-numbingly complicated.The state’s rules include 215 different categories of records—including two separate categories dealing with office supplies.“We don’t think it’s plausible at all that agency personnel are going to meticulously follow” those rules, said John Kaehny, the executive director of the good-government group Reinvent Albany. If the rules for preservation aren’t followed, emails will be purged by default.The length of time emails are required to be kept varies by category. Any emails related to “human rights training,” for instance, must be kept for six years. Emails concerning “agency fiscal management” must be kept for three years. Emails about “the development of internal administrative policies and procedures” must be kept for a year, but emails “used to support administrative analysis, planning and development of procedures” can be deleted as soon as they’re “obsolete,” according to the rules.The governor’s office has its own rules detailing which emails must be saved, with 55 categories, from emails of weekly reports to emails “related to Native-American affairs.” Anything that doesn’t fall into one of the categories “should be deleted” once they’ve been opened, the governor’s office advises.There is no internal or external watchdog to make sure the rules are being followed, Kaehny said.The state also doesn’t have a standardized system for preserving emails that do have to be saved, according to the Office of Information Technology Services official. State workers can save their emails by printing them out, pasting them into Microsoft Word documents or placing them in a special folder in the email program itself.“Everyone does it differently, and some people are still learning how to do it,” the official said.Emails related to potential litigation and freedom of information requests are not supposed to be deleted under New York State’s policy. But Karl Olson, a San Francisco lawyer who has represented news outlets including the Los Angeles Times in freedom of information lawsuits, said that deleting emails after such a short period of time might mean they’re gone by the time reporters need to request them.“It may take a while for evidence of misconduct to bubble to the surface,” Olson said.Emily Grannis, a fellow with the nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said New York’s automatic deletion policy “strikes me as inconsistent with the goals of [freedom of information] laws, and to have such a short timeframe is particularly troubling.”Government agencies often adopt deletion policies to help protect themselves from potential lawsuits and freedom of information requests, said Mark Diamond, the chief executive of Contoural, a records management consulting firm. Getting rid of emails after 90 days, though, risks deleting correspondence that employees might need down the road. “I don’t think it’s a well thought-out strategy,” he said.Cuomo’s aides have also developed a reputation for using their personal email accounts to conduct state business—a move that can make it more difficult to seek the emails under the state’s freedom of information law. The Cuomo administration has denied that it does so, but a ProPublica reporter and others have, in fact, received such emails from officials.New York isn’t the only state that destroys unsaved email after 90 days.California’s governor’s office, for instance, has automatically deleted employees’ sent and received email after 90 days for more than a decade. But the office also requires employees to save far more than in New York, including official correspondence, memos, scheduling requests and other documents.If you have information about or experience with the state’s email deletion policy, please contact Theo Meyer at theo.meyer@propublica.org.Related articles: Read our coverage of how Cuomo administration officials have used their private email accounts for public business, and how the administration has denied that it does so.Justin Elliott contributed reporting.last_img read more

West Nile impairments can linger, study finds

first_img So far this year 388 cases of human West Nile virus infection have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The total includes 13 fatalities. Despite patients’ persistent symptoms, most returned to a reasonable level of functioning and independence, the researchers noted. The researchers emphasized the high prominence of fatigue among patients; 41 (84%) reported fatigue, and half of them had fatigue scores that resembled patients who have moderate to severe multiple sclerosis. According to the CDC, West Nile virus, a flavivirus, infected at least 2,949 people in 2005, causing 116 deaths. Although 80% of those infected will have no symptoms, about 20% will develop a fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and, occasionally, a rash on the trunk. One in 150 patients develops severe neuroinvasive disease, such as encephalitis, meningitis, or poliomyelitis, according to the CDC. Of the 49 patients in the study, 11 (22%) had been diagnosed with West Nile meningitis or encephalitis and 38 (78%) had been diagnosed with West Nile fever. Fifteen (31%) of the patients had been hospitalized. The fever group included all of the nonhospitalized patients and four who had been hospitalized. The retrospective cohort study, published in the Sep 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, involved 49 patients who were identified through North Dakota’s disease surveillance system. In 2003 when the disease had its largest spike in North America, North Dakota reported 617 cases. Paradoxically, patients who had more severe illness were not more likely than those with less severe illness to report more chronic symptoms. “On the contrary, some of the few statistically significant associations found in our study were higher rates of fatigue, word-finding difficulties, and excessive sleepiness in the nonhospitalized group of patients,” they wrote. The most common complaints reported by patients were fatigue, memory problems, extremity weakness, word-finding difficulty, and headache. The surveys revealed an overall sense of poor health in 24 (49%) patients, fatigue in 24 (49%), depression in 12 (24%), and moderate to severe disability in 4 (8%). Ten patients (20%) reported new tremor. Neuropsychological testing showed abnormalities in motor skills, attention, and executive function. No significant associations were apparent between any of the patients’ risk factors and the study findings. They theorized that fatigue alone may not explain the patients’ clinical and neuropsychological symptoms, which may be caused instead by subtle disease damage to the frontal-subcortical brain structures.center_img Aug 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – West Nile fever may not be the benign illness it’s usually considered to be, according to findings from a North Dakota research group. See also: The patients were assessed on average 13 months after they were diagnosed. Their medical records were reviewed, and they underwent a complete neurologic examination and took standardized surveys to determine their quality of life, functional ability, fatigue level, and depression level. Extensive neuropsychological testing was performed to gauge patients’ cognitive function. Patients who have had West Nile virus infections can continue to experience troubling symptoms, even a year after their illness, the researchers found. Carson PJ, Konweko P, Wold KS, et al. Long-term clinical and neuropsychological outcomes of West Nile virus infection. Clin Infect Dis 2006 Sep 15;43(6):723-30 [Full text] “This might suggest that West Nile fever is not a self-limited benign illness, as previously though, and may, in fact, be a subclinical encephalitis,” the researchers wrote. CDC West Nile virus 2006 cumulative case countlast_img read more

Niche market

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Fintech startup Cashlez takes off on bourse debut

first_imgPT Cashlez Worldwide Indonesia, the country’s first fintech payment startup to be publicly listed, proved a hit on its stock exchange debut on Monday, with the company seeking funds for expansion.The price of Cashlez’s shares, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code CASH, increased from Rp 350 (US$0.23), its initial public offering (IPO) price, to Rp 384 within four minutes after trading opened.The company will use more than half the Rp 87.5 billion raised from its IPO, conducted on April 27, to acquire PT Softorb Technology Indonesia, an IT solutions company, as part of its expansion strategy. The remaining funds will be used as the company’s working capital.Cashlez president director Tee Teddy Setiawan said during the virtual ceremony that the company, which offers a payment gateway to merchants, would remain focused on developing innovative products. “We have always focused on becoming a company that develops innovative, secure and easy-to-use products for our merchants,” he said on Monday. For its expansion, Cashlez plans to increase the number of merchants using its platform to 10,000 from 7,000 currently, many of which are small and medium enterprises (SMEs).“Cashlez is helping SMEs digitize amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company wrote in its press statement on Monday. The company has also set a goal to achieve a threefold increase its gross transaction value (GTV) this year, from 2019’s Rp 3.81 billion. Last year’s figure was also nearly triple its GTV in 2018.E-money transactions in the Indonesian retail market skyrocketed 173 percent year-on-year in January, according to a Bank Indonesia (BI) report.The positive performance of the startup’s listing contrasted with the gloomy market, with the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the IDX’s main gauge, falling into negative territory, plunging 2.73 percent in the morning and remaining in the red thereafter.The index had lost 24.94 percent of its value as of Thursday as a result of the market panic caused by COVID-19.The company became the 27th company to be listed on the IDX this year and the ninth company to do so with a virtual officiating ceremony, after the Jakarta administration extended its large-scale social restrictions to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. “As the first fintech payment startup to be listed on the IDX and an [alumni] of the IDX incubator, we really hope that PT Cashlez Worldwide Indonesia Tbk will become a reference for other startups that are not yet listed on the bourse [to enter the capital market],” IDX assessment director I Gede Nyoman Yetna said during the virtual ceremonyHe added that he expected the company to grow and improve its performance following its entry to the bourse.Topics :last_img read more

Thousands of Swedes got false positive COVID-19 result due to test kit fault

first_imgThe test kit has been widely exported to other countries, she added, but could not give further details.BGI Genomics, two of whose subsidiaries are on a US economic blacklist of companies implicated in human rights violations regarding China’s treatment of Uighurs, could not immediately be reached for comment.It received emergency use authorization from US authorities for its coronavirus testing kits in March and got an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization in May.The Swedish labs that evaluate the tests have adjusted their methodology. The agency could not say how many tests had been done using the kit but only a minority of cases appeared to be involved, when the virus is at very low levels.Sweden said the false results had only marginally affected statistics on infections.On Tuesday, the agency reported that since the first case of COVID-19 was identified, there had been 86,891 confirmed infections in Sweden and 5,814 deaths.Cases, intensive care admissions and deaths have been falling in recent weeks. The agency will present its strategy for easing some remaining restrictions on public events, such as football matches, next Tuesday.Topics : About 3,700 people in Sweden were told in error that they had the coronavirus due to a fault in a COVID-19 testing kit from China, the Public Health Agency said on Tuesday.The kit from BGI Genomics could not distinguish between very low levels of the virus and a negative result, the agency said.”The supplier must adjust the performance that is required for this test to be used,” Karin Tegmark Wisell, the head of its microbiology department, said.last_img read more

PFZW takes stake in Rabobank corporate-loan portfolio

first_imgThe €137bn healthcare scheme PFZW has invested an undisclosed amount into a €3.2bn Rabobank portfolio of corporate loans. The private risk-sharing transaction involved a stake in more than 500 corporate loans, mostly to Dutch companies.Rabobank and PFZW said the deal gave the pension fund access to a credit-risk portfolio that increased the diversity of its asset mix, as well as a “stable and robust” long-term return, but declined to provide further details.PFZW pointed out that it had some experience with similar risk-sharing transactions, adding that their added value had remained, even through the financial crisis. Rabobank said the deal would reduce its own credit risk, allowing it to free up capital for new corporate lending.Jan-Willem van Oostveen, PFZW’s manager of financial and investment policy, said the pension fund “really appreciated” working with banks with a good track record in corporate lending.“This collaboration shows how Dutch pension funds and banks together can stimulate investments in the Dutch economy,” he said.In the opinion of Tanja Cuppen, chief financial risk officer at Rabobank International, the new cooperation is a sign of the growing opportunities for Dutch pension funds to participate in the financing the local economy.Both PFZW and Rabobank declined to provide details about the ratio between local and foreign loans, or how both players were to share the credit risk.A spokesman for Rabobank said local loans were provided to large companies, and that loans to companies overseas would focus on food and agri business, one of the bank’s core sectors.According to Maurice Wilbrink, spokesman for PFZW, the expected duration of the transaction would be between five and six years on average.“We have agreed that, during the first three years of the transaction, Rabobank may replace the loans that are being paid off by new loans matching the agreed criteria,” he said.“After this three-year period, the loans in the portfolio pay off.”last_img read more

Deagon’s ultimate outdoor entertainment area

first_imgA new kitchen gives the house a modern take on things.Inside the house are classic Queensland features from polished timber floorboards, VJ walls and picture rails. There are three bedrooms, two with built-in wardrobes, and a shared bathroom.There is a carport, and two sheds also on the 405sq m block.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The front of the cottage has been given a facelift.“The windows, believe it or not, were what I fell in love with,” Ms Henwood said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“They’re traditional Queenslander windows … completely different from what I have at home.” Chill out in here this Australia Day — chuck some tunes on the TV and snags on the barbie.IT IS the little things we take for granted that draw interstate buyers to character homes.Hailing from Melbourne, the character of the quaint Queenslander cottage at 24 Albury St, Deagon, was what attracted Melissa Henwood.center_img Indoors are aspects of a traditional Queenslander.Ms Henwood and her partner spent time putting a modern flavour on the house, while maintaining character features and adding a giant entertainment deck on the back — which has an outdoor kitchen and a wall-mount for a television.“We increased the size, created a bigger outdoor living area, new front veranda and renovated inside completely,” Ms Henwood said.last_img read more