Raiders fans call for pregame rally, but history is not on their side

first_imgGot plans for Christmas Eve? Of course you do.Change them.That is the plaintive plea from a group called Forever Oakland. The group will be attending Monday night’s Raiders game against the Denver Broncos. But they’ll be front and center in and around the Coliseum parking lot all day, handing out signs and beseeching anyone who will listen that the Raiders a) should not move to Las Vegas, or b) at least leave their name, colors, logo and legacy behind, as the Cleveland Browns did in 1996 when …last_img

Hydrothermal OOL Chemistry Is Unlikely

first_img(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A favorite way for theorists to get around the lack of enzymes at the origin of life is shown to be implausible.Cells generate complex compounds by means of enzymes. These molecular machines can overcome large thermodynamic barriers that would prevent the natural formation of organic compounds that are useful or essential for life. Origin-of-life (OOL) researchers in the metabolism-first camp have looked to hydrothermal vents to provide the energy needed to leap these barriers without the help of enzymes, which could not have been present.A new paper in Nature‘s open-access journal Scientific Reports pours cold water on the idea. Specifically, molecules involving thioesters cannot be expected to form in any sufficient quantities at hydrothermal vents or anywhere else. Two favored thioesters, TAA and MTA, can be essentially crossed off the list of probable ingredients because their dissolution (hydrolysis) predominates over their formation.These compounds’ apparent chemical simplicity has made their prebiotic availability assumed, however, although the kinetic behavior and thermochemical properties of TAA and analogous esters have been preliminarily explored in other contexts, the geochemical relevance of these compounds merits further evaluation. Therefore, the chemical behavior of the simplest thiolated acetic acid derivatives, TAA and methylthioacetate (MTA) were explored here. Using laboratory measurements, literature data, and thermochemical models, we examine the plausibility of the accumulation of these compounds in various geological settings. Due to the high free energy change of their hydrolysis and corresponding low equilibrium constants, it is unlikely that these species could have accumulated abiotically to any significant extant.PhysOrg summarizes the dashed hopes of seeing complex thioesters emerge in a “primordial soup” when chemical kinetics are taken into account. For “different reasons in different contexts,” TAA and MTA are “implausible prebiotic reagants” to act as substitutes for today’s complex enzymes and co-enzymes, such as acetyl co-enzyme A. Being highly subject to temperature and pH, they lack the reactivity and stability needed. Plus, they break down into acids (like acetic acid) and thiols.The researchers also add that the results suggest “estimates of the ubiquity of suitable environments for the origin of life in and beyond our solar system may be somewhat overestimated, if these compounds are indeed crucial for jumpstarting early metabolism.“There are other serious problems. One is concentration. There wouldn’t have been enough hydrogen atoms, for one thing, nor carbon, sulfur and iron. Even then, production of desired MTA and TAA is swamped by the reverse reaction, such that concentrations would be “extremely low” and unlikely to participate in OOL pathways. Acetic acid found at vents today is most likely biogenic, “which leaves questions over its existence in the primordial conditions present during the emergence of life.”Adding insult to injury, the authors point to the fact that “Acidic oceans do not seem to be preponderant on icy worlds in our solar system where measurement has been possible,” such as Mars and Enceladus. The right acidity (pH) is necessary to supply the hydrogen for high-energy molecules envisioned as precursors to biomolecules. Even then, in laboratory conditions, they are only secondary products and are unstable.Advocates of the hydrothermal vent hypothesis include Michael Russell (JPL), Huber and Wächtershäuser, Christian de Duve and others. The same day the new paper came out (7/21/16), it was listed in Wikipedia‘s article on the origin of life after thiols were mentioned as possible precursors: “There are increasing concerns, however, that prebiotic thiolated (i.e.Thioacetic acid) and Thioester compounds are thermodynamically and kinetically unfavourable to accumulate in presumed prebiotic conditions (i.e Hydrothermal vents).”By the same logic, the researchers’ conclusions can be extended to any high-energy molecules whose activation energy strongly exceeds the free energy of dissolution. Simply adding heat or changing the pH may be necessary, but insufficient, to overcome the thermodynamic barriers. The enzymes in living cells are amazing molecular machines that routinely overcome these barriers at ambient temperature, often accelerating production by orders of magnitude against strong concentration gradients. They can do this because of their precise shape, coded for by genes in DNA.The origin of life is the Achille’s heel of scientific materialism. It takes a Mind that knows organic chemistry to overcome the thermodynamic barriers to spontaneous formation of useful complex molecules.But since the Darwinian Achilles has multiple feet, realistic scientists need to shoot all the heels. One film that does that is “Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels” produced by CMI. Worth watching. Origin of life is one of eight heels they fatally injure.last_img read more

Appointment of poll Observer illegal EC receives complaint

first_imgKolkata: The Chief Election Commissioner has received a complaint on Monday from an advocate who has expressed concern regarding the arbitrariness of the Election Commission over the appointment of Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak as the Special Observer for Bengal in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.The letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner highlights that the EC is empowered to nominate an Observer under Section 20B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and states: “The Election Commission may nominate an Observer who shall be an officer of the government to watch the conduct of the election or elections in a constituency or group of constituencies and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.” He states that it is “abundantly clear from the provision above, that a person who may be nominated as an Observer, ‘shall be an officer of the government’. The phrase ‘shall be’ as used in Section 20B of the Act is mandatory and has been used in the present tense and therefore, a retired IPS officer does not fulfill the mandatory requirement as laid down under Section 20B of the Act.” The letter further mentions: “Hence, under Section 20B of the Act serving officer of the government can only be appointed as an Observer and it is unequivocally clear that a retired officer is barred from being appointed as an Observer since he ceases to be an officer of the government after his retirement.” Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak who were nominated by the Election Commission have retired from government services in 2015 and 2018 respectively. They “cease to be an officer of the government and hence their nomination is patently illegal, null and void and contrary to the provisions of the Act”. In such a circumstance, all actions taken by them are “illegal, null and void ab-initio and hence any and all actions taken in pursuance of Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak’s recommendations are also void ab-initio and ought to be reversed and/or set aside immediately.” The advocate has demanded immediate steps to “remove Vivek Dubey from the position of Central Police Observer for the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand and Ajay V Nayak from the position of Special Observer for the state of West Bengal and to immediately reverse/set aside all actions taken pursuant to their recommendations by the Election Commission of India”.last_img read more

Twitter Sounds Off After NFL Network ESPN Suspends Former

Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Donovan McNabb are among the NFL players named in the sexual harassment lawsuit. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for #Culinary Kickoff/Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)Another sexual harassment scandal has been unleashed and this time it affects personnel at the NFL Network. Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, has filed an amended complaint against NFL Enterprises, according to Bloomberg. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Dec. 11, implicates current and former employees. They include on-air talent Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor of the NFL Network and ESPN’s Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis. Well women have now gone after NFL people on sexual harassment charges, when will it end, only after all men R accused, money dries up!— larry rea (@larrea07) December 12, 2017Others found the claims disturbing.Reading through the story on the sexual harassment lawsuit naming NFL Network executives and ex-players by former wardrobe stylist. Actually wanting to throw up reading this quote. THIS IS WHY WOMEN STAY SILENT.— Amy Campbell (@MsAmyCampbell) December 12, 2017 So how isn’t Marc watts suspended? Her story has to many holes in it. Can’t say I believe her as of now— Lord Brunson (@LordBrunson) December 12, 2017 As a female i agree..anyone can point and say your guilty and then their world torn apart. When you have proof its a different ball game. Gonna make men scared to socialize with a woman or be polite even..sad— Proud American (@Hebron4824) December 12, 2017 Just disgusting— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) December 12, 2017And more wondered if such allegations are making men guilty by default.The NFL Network suspensions show we have reached a tipping point in society. A tipping point where accusations by women outweigh due process. I’m not saying the accusations are false. They could either be true or false. Dangerous times when a persons sex automatically means guilt— Jake Highwell (@JakeHighwell) December 12, 2017 Each of the ex-NFLers has been suspended during investigations that have been launched as a result of the filing.Among Cantor’s allegations, she said Taylor sent her “sexually inappropriate” photos of him masturbating. USA Today reported that Hall of Famer Faulk is accused of “fondling [Cantor’s] breasts and groping her behind” and exposing his genitals. Evans, the suit claims, “constantly propositioned [Cantor] to have sex with him.” Warren Sapp, who was fired from NFL Network in 2015, allegedly “gave sex toys as a Christmas gifts three years in a row [and] showed [Cantor] nude pictures of numerous women he claimed to have slept with.”Cantor also alleges former NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger sent “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts” and put his groin against her before asking her to touch it.The filing also said ESPN analyst Davis “asked [Cantor] to have rough sex with him, and said that he wanted to choke [her] from behind until [she] begged him to stop.” McNabb allegedly explicitly texted the accuser multiple times to ask about a specific sex act.Sexual Harassment In Entertainment and MediaTracee Ellis Ross Schools Men on ‘Rules of Touch’ in Faux BookMatt Lauer Says He’s ‘Truly Sorry’ After Bombshell Sexual Harassment Reports Come to LightAmanda Seales Calls for Women to ‘Expose’ Sexual PredatorsAs the filing made headlines, some bashed the accuser.MONEY GRAB ALERT 🚨— GK_ALLDAY (@kene_gim) December 12, 2017 Yeah, I smell fear. You don’t have to be convicted in court to lose your job, dude. All you have to do is put your employer at risk or make them look bad and you’re out. I guess you’re next.— evilzenmuppet (@evilzenmuppet) December 12, 2017 read more

Virgil van Dijk is confident Liverpool will reach the last 16

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is confident that Liverpool can do what is necessary to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.The Reds go into Tuesday’s final Group C fixture knowing they must beat Napoli either 1-0 or by two clear goals to be certain of advancing from the pool having previously lost all their away games to Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint Germain.During Monday’s pre-match press conference obtained from the club’s official website, the Dutchman said:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“For sure. You want to play at the highest level. Obviously, you don’t want to be in the situation we could be in tomorrow where we could maybe get knocked out, but it is how it is and we are looking forward to it. We want to show them and show everyone in the world that we belong in the Champions League.“We should be confident as well with the situation we are in now. We are doing very well in the league and we need to show it in the Champions League as well, and hopefully, we can keep doing that after tomorrow.”last_img read more

Ed Sheerans GRAMMY Duet With Elton John GRAMMYs Greatest Stories

first_img The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance The pop singer/songwriter fondly recalls his first-ever GRAMMY performance, with a hand from his mentor; tune in to “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. on CBS.Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 22, 2017 – 9:00 am Ed Sheeran’s three trips to the GRAMMY stage as a performer have each been especially memorable in their own ways. He’s sung a duet with Elton John, run a victory lap with his smash-hit “Thinking Out Loud” and, most recently, given a rousing one-man band performance of “Shape Of You.” Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 22, 2017 – 9:00 am The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga The former, Sheeran’s first appearance as a performer at the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2013, came by way of a special request from his mentor John, who envisioned a special duet of Sheeran’s Song Of The Year-nominated “The A Team.””I help manage him, and I believe so much in this guy,” John recalls telling the showrunners of Sheeran’s talent. “[I said,] ‘He’s gonna be a huge star. What if I do a duet with ‘The A Team’? … And that’s how we got Ed onto the GRAMMYs.” Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green Ed Sheeran’s GRAMMY Duet With Elton John: “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Facebook Prev Next Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Twitter The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Watch Sheeran and other artists discuss the most memorable performances in GRAMMY history on the TV special “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special,” airing Friday, Nov. 24 from 9–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.”GRAMMYs Greatest Stories”: Christina Aguilera’s Intimate “Beautiful” PerformanceRead more Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green News Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga Ed Sheeran: GRAMMYs Greatest Stories ed-sheerans-grammy-duet-elton-john-grammys-greatest-stories Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Email The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance More “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories”last_img read more

Pi Day 2019 The best pizza and pie deals

first_img This is no mere one-topping deal; Pie Five is offering any of its specialty pizzas (BBQ chicken, Greek, etc.) for $3.14. However, if you want extras like cauliflower crust or vegan cheese, those will cost you extra. Your Pie: $3.14 pizzas 18 Photos Stop in at your local Whole Foods to get $3.14 off select pies. The varieties will vary by region. The Cheapskate Boston Market: Buy one pot-pie and a drink, get a second pot-pie free Kroger: Select pies for $3.14 Pi Day through time: From Linux to Einstein to Steph Curry See at Plated Other Pi Day deals Slice app: Save $7 on your first order See at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Blaze Pizza: Any regular pizza for $3.14 Available now through Thursday, you can get a one-topping medium pizza for $3.14 when you purchase a Howie Bread and apply promo code 19PI. If there’s a Kroger grocery store near you, stop in on March 14, when various bakery pies will be priced at $3.14 each. Pie Five Pizza: Any personal signature pizza for $3.14 Pie Five Pizza See at Your Pie This upscale restaurant does deep-dish and flatbread-style pizzas. To get the $3.14 deal, you’ll need to dine in on March 14. Pi Day pizza deals Share your voice Nope, this has nothing to do with pie. But it’s a combo that normally costs over $6, so we’ll take it. On Pi Day, use this coupon to get two breakfast sliders, a hash brown and a small coffee for $3.14. Ending today, meal-delivery service Plated is offering new customers free dessert — pie or otherwise — for a year with promo code PiDay. Obviously that means you’ll also need a Plated subscription. This promotion is letting you add a dessert to each delivery. Your Pie See at Whole Foods On Pi Day, the chain will offer $3.14 pizzas, along with various in-store games and giveaways.center_img BJ’s Restaurant Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Also known as a “BOGO,” this deal requires a coupon, which you can find here. It’s good only on Pi Day. White Castle: Breakfast Slider Combo for $3.14 Whole Foods: Save $3.14 on large bakery pies Have you found any other Pi Day deals worth mentioning? Mention them in the comments!Originally published on March 13, 2019.Update, March 14: Added new promotions.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tired of pizza chains? Slice connects you with all your local, independent pie joints. If you’re a newcomer to the app, you can get $7 off your first order (minimum $15.50) with promo code LOCALPI7. Plated: Free dessert for a year See at Hungry Howie’s See at Pie Five Pizza Comments 6 See at White Castle Welcome to Fun with Calendaring. May 4 is now widely known as May the Fourth, a lispy play on “May the Force be with you.” March 10 recently evolved into the Nintendo-centric Mario Day, because “Mar10.”And let’s not forget the best day in the whole wide world: March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day (because of the eponymous mathematical formula that begins with 3.14). What’s so great about that? All you have to do is say it out loud and it becomes “Pie Day.”Hence an abundance of deals and promotions centered around pizzas and baked goods. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, though this list is by no means complete. There may be local stores and restaurants offering discounts and giveaways as well, so check in with your local pizza joints, bakeries and the like.Don’t want to venture out? Delivery service Postmates is offering free delivery on your next order between now and March 17. Visit the Pi Week collection in the app and use code piweek at checkout. See at Slice See at Kroger Hungry Howie’s: $3.14 medium pizza with the purchase of Howie Bread Blaze Pizza BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: $3.14 mini one-topping pizza See at Boston Market Tags See at Blaze Pizza On Pi Day, the chain is offering any regular-size pizza for $3.14. You’ll need to download the Blaze Pizza app, create an account and access the deal in the Rewards section. Culturelast_img read more


first_img“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world… There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you… and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne WilliamsonFrom the day God created Eve, women have become change agents in a world of change. In honor of National Woman’s History month, it is our pleasure to acknowledge women who made a difference nationally and internationally. Women like Mae Jemison, Shirley Chisholm, Queen Elizabeth, Hattie McDaniels, Hilary Clinton, Michele Obama, Dorothy Height, Lena Horne, Toni Morrison, Gayle King, Diahann Carroll, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher.“And ain’t I a woman… If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them” Sojourner TruthLet’s look within our city at powerful and dynamic women  like: my mother Rev. Pauline Wilkins, Birdie Mae Leverette, Betty Holland Hines, Sheila Dixon, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Catherine Pugh, Cheryl Glenn, Joan Conway, Angela Gibson, Mary Pat Clark, Jill Carter, Dr. Pat Schmoke, Anne Parker, Veris Lee, Dr. Geraldine Waters, Sharon Pinder, Nancy Grasmick, Alice Pinderhughes, Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts, Judge Yvonne Holt-Stone, Dr. Marie Washington, Karmen Brown, Leyla “Gigi” Coleman, Candes Daniels,  Dr. Greta Burnett, First Lady Patricia Thomas, Ernestine Jones-Jolivet, Catherine Orange,  Alice Torrente, Jackie Washington, Zoey Washington-Sheff, Verna Jones-Rodwell, Marilyn Mosby, Agnes Welch, Rev. Cecelia Bryant, Rhonda Wimbush, Mildred Harper, Adrienne Jones, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Shelly Hettleman, Valerie Ervin, Delores Kelly, Clara Adams, Marcella Holland, Beverly Carter, Minnie Carter, Ursula Battle, Ruth Sheffey, Takiea Hinton, Dorothy Boulware, Helen McDonald and Nikita Haysbert. These women make a difference in our lives in the ministry, politics, law, education, entertainment, arts, business, medicine, community activism, and socially, they are the fabrics of our lives.Happy birthday  Winfield Kelly Clayton Tucker, Leslie Weems, Hassan Giordano, LaTonya Cobb-Queen, Diane Tunstall, Sheila Wise, Kendrick Tilghman and a special happy 50th birthday Yale Madison.My heart swelled when my youngest son Michael asked me to go to CineBistro with him on his birthday to see Black Panther. An avid moviegoer, he laughed when I said the last time I was at the movies was to see Get On Up. CineBistro is the ideal place for dinner and a movie. Unlike me, my three children are very low key when it comes to celebrations. “Neither rain nor snow…” stopped family and friends from celebrating Dr. Heyward Burrell and Natalie Grady’s birthday at Linwood’s in Pikesville. Guests enjoying delicious food selections from the menu including crabcakes, lobster tempura and liver and onions  were: Felicia Colbert, Tammy Colbert, Lauren Brooks-Jackson, Eugene Smith, his daughter Jackie Burrell Brown and his wife Katie Burrell.“I’m as restless as a willow in a windstorm. I’m as jumpy as puppet on a string. I’d say that I had spring fever, but I know it isn’t spring. I am starry eyed and vaguely discontented, like a nightingale without a song to sing. O why should I have spring fever. When it isn’t even spring… I haven’t seen a crocus, a rosebud, or a robin on the wing. But, I feel so gay in a melancholy way that it might as well be spring.” Frank SinatraThe March winds did not stop Bishop Josephine and Tommy Ridgley, and me from venturing to Harbor East for dinner at Flemings Restaurant to celebrate their birthday and our friendship. My 50 plus year friend Dr. Marie Washington and Jackie Washington joined us for a fun evening of good food and great conversation. The staff, and manager Mr. Hawkins at Flemings is superb, whether you stop in for dinner or cocktails you get the same attentive service.It was great visiting with retired educator and former school board member Jerrelle Francois, as she continues to recuperate at the beautiful Stadium Place 1010 E. Greenmount Avenue, Suite 108 Baltimore Maryland 21218. Jerrelle is overwhelmed with the love, prayers and cards she has received.“A ministering angel shall my sister be.” William ShakespeareGreat seeing my friend Selena Redd who is at the hospital everyday with her sister Jerrelle.“Ring my bell, yeah ring my bell” Anita WardCongratulations Trena Taylor Brown on your victory and ringing the bell. Sending bunches of flowers to Tanya Dennis, Donald Abrams and Rosa Pryor Trusty as they continue to recuperate.Sending our prayers to the family of fashion and etiquette trailblazer Willia Bland, golf pro Tai Mitchell, the Abrams family on the death of Lauretta Walden, Joanne Edwards on her mother’s death and to Brenda Baker and LaVerne Naesea on the death of their father music prodigy and historian, Liston George.What’s happening?Ms. Maybelle and Company present the 11th annual full figured fashion show, March 18, catered by Forum Caterers at the Patapsco Arena. For tickets, call 443-226-8895.Calling all Poets and friends, the Dunbar Alumni Association bull and oyster roast is, April 14 at the UAW Hall, 1010 Oldham Street. For tickets, contact your favorite Poet.The Howard County Chapter, Morgan State University Alumni Association, will have their 31st annual Caribbean cabaret- style day party on April 21, for tickets and vendor opportunities, contact Clarence Jeffers at“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie and the Friday Night Bunchlast_img read more

Comcast to Launch Amazon Prime Video on Xfinity TV in 2018

first_imgComcast and Amazon reached a deal to bring Prime Video to the cable company’s Xfinity X1 service — the first time Amazon’s premium streaming-video service will be available on a U.S. pay-TV service.Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The pact also makes Comcast to only pay-TV operator in the U.S. to offer Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube integrated into a set-top box environment.Comcast said it expects to launch the Amazon Prime Video app on X1 later this year. Customers will have to have a separate Amazon Prime membership to access the video service on X1. As of the end of June, X1 has been deployed to over 60% of Comcast’s 21.5 million residential video customers.With the Prime Video integration, Xfinity TV customers will be able watch Amazon Studios originals like “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (pictured above), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Sneaky Pete” and “Goliath” as well as live events and TV, titles available to rent or buy, or to watch with a Prime Video Channels subscription. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img For Comcast, the Amazon deal is a continuation of its strategy to be the single video-entertainment hub in the home — to keep cable customers in its guide, so they don’t have to switch over to a Roku or Apple TV streaming device.“Amazon Prime Video’s growing list of originals, movies, shows, documentaries, and kids’ programming will be an excellent complement to the overall X1 viewing experience,” Dana Strong, Comcast’s president of consumer services, said in a statement.Amazon Prime Video also offers past seasons of TV shows including “Mr. Robot,” “American Horror Story,” “Suits,” “The Americans,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Good Wife,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Dawson’s Creek.”On an a la carte basis, Amazon also offers Prime members the option to subscribe to over video channels, including Showtime and Starz. Xfinity TV customers can launch Prime Video by saying “Amazon Prime Video” into Comcast’s X1 Voice Remote or by opening the Prime Video app directly from the X1 apps menu.last_img read more

Keeping Passwords Out of the Hands of Hackers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Could your business be the next one hit by hackers hungry for passwords?After non-stop news of hacker break-ins at LinkedIn, eHarmony and other online sites resulting in millions of leaked passwords, you may be wondering if your business is any better prepared or protected. It’s a good question, given the risks. Stolen passwords that give intruders access to your systems can lead to costly scams and fraud, wreck your company’s reputation, prompt customer defections and spawn significant cleanup costs.Few companies store passwords properly, even though doing so usually isn’t difficult, security experts say. Most Web developers are not schooled in current best practices and fail to implement sufficiently strong security technologies. Often, they neglect security or plan to add it later, says Aleksandr Yampolskiy, chief technology officer at New York-based Cinchcast, a webcasting startup, and former head of security at Gilt Groupe, a luxury shopping site. “The problem is later almost never comes,” he says.If a weak password system is put in place early in a company’s life, it often remains untouched as the company grows into, say, a social-networking juggernaut. By then, the company’s technology infrastructure has become more complex and costly to retrofit, leading to still more delays.”Hopefully new companies starting out now will take a lesson from LinkedIn, and they’ll build their password storage correctly,” says Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode, a Burlington, Mass., Web security firm.Related: Free Tools for Improving Online SecurityLuckily, being an entrepreneur has advantages if you need to make password storage more secure. The task is “easier for small companies because they have less complex systems, they have less users to worry about,” says Johannes B. Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Technology Institute, a network-security training provider. Startups with a clean slate can accomplish it in five minutes.Here are some precautions you can take to fortify your company against password thieves:Secure your website.Most password thefts begin with an attack on the victim company’s website. Have your site checked by a Web security expert for software vulnerabilities and coding errors that create pathways to your password database, or scan it for flaws yourself and fix anything amiss.Store passwords safely.Should a hacker get into your site, your best defense is passwords that are strongly encrypted so that cracking them would be painfully slow or nearly impossible, Ullrich says. Companies should “hash” passwords using a strong encryption technology, or mash it with an algorithm, and store only the resulting “hashed” version. During that process, they should also add “salt,” or additional random data, to each password to further complicate efforts to crack them. It also helps to require users to set long and complex passwords, which can be significantly more difficult to guess than short or common passwords.Unfortunately, many companies hash passwords using obsolete encryption technologies, such as SHA-1 from the 1970s. (LinkedIn used SHA-1 without salt.) SHA-1, MD5 and other still popular technologies were cracked by hackers long ago and offer little protection, experts say.Related: Three Tech Tools for Keeping Sensitive Business Data SafeCompanies ought to be using encryption methods designed for passwords, such as the free open source Bcrypt, which runs passwords through an encryption algorithm many times so that cracking them can literally take years. While this can be time consuming, it only has to be done when a user creates or changes a password.Consider two-factor authentication. Some people argue that passwords have had their day and simply need to be replaced with something stronger. That something is “two-factor authentication,” which requires something you know (a password) and something you have in your possession. The second factor is often a device that provides a difficult-to-steal, one-time code that users enter along with their password.If your passwords unlock particularly sensitive information, you may want to consider putting two-factor authentication in place, Wysopal says.Thanks to Google, implementing two-factor authentication has gotten a lot easier for small companies in recent years. Google allows businesses to use OpenID to connect to its systems for free for authentication, which can include “2-step verification” with a text message to a smartphone. Or companies could implement this two-factor authentication themselves using the open source Google Authenticator.Related: How to Repair a Damaged Reputation OnlinePut it in writing and verify.When hiring a Web developer, include password security in your requirements so the developer will have to fix any problems. Ullrich suggests going further and requiring your developer to commit to addressing the top 10 Web application security risks identified by the non-profit group OWASP, which include insecure password storage.Also, make sure any third-party software you use, such as Web forms and content management systems, has a secure password arrangement. Hire a security expert, even if for a day, to review your password system and other site security measures and make sure they’re safe and sound. June 18, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more