Briefly suspicious round of balloting just a mistake

first_imgWASHINGTON – There were no hanging chads, but there was a bit of confusion in the balloting that led to John Boehner of Ohio being elected the new House majority leader. There were supposed to be 230 eligible GOP voters in the room Thursday – all of the voting House Republicans except Rep. Gary Miller of California, who did not attend. But when the first round of voting ended, the counters found they had 231 votes: 110 for acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt of Missouri, 79 for Boehner, 40 for John Shadegg of Arizona and two for Jim Ryun of Kansas. After an investigation, a Republican caucus spokesman explained, they remembered that Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in Congress, Luis Fortuno, could vote in the majority leader race. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Like Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting Democratic representative in Congress, Fortuno cannot vote on legislation and other matters on the House floor but is free to vote in his party’s caucus. That inflates the GOP’s numbers by one. The rest of the voting went smoothly. Shadegg and Ryun dropped out, and Boehner beat Blunt in a second vote, 122-109. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Neverware Breathes New Life Into Schools’ Aging Computers

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud computing#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters There was once a time when students may have had access to better computers at school than they did at home. But with the explosion of consumer technologies, that’s not the case. Arguably now many students carry more powerful computing devices in their pockets than sit on their desks at school.Schools struggle to keep up with continually changing technology. They simply cannot afford to replace hardware at the rate with which upgrades are released. And as such, the technology infrastructure of most schools is severely lacking.Jonathan Hefter has built something that could solve that.Hefter is the CEO of Neverware, a startup that addresses this huge gulf between schools’ existing hardware and the demands of new software. Neverware provides a virtualization platform, what he calls “the ‘last mile’ in cloud computing.” Virtualized desktops aren’t new. There are several prominent companies that are addressing this for enterprise customers. But even though some liken school districts’ technology implementations to ones in corporations, there are some substantial differences – budgets being the most obvious.Neverware is designed lean. In fact, Hefter is currently bootstrapping the endeavor (although he is starting to look for funding). But the emphasis on efficiency isn’t so much about Hefter’s resources, as the resources of the schools he’s aiming to support with Neverware.Neverware’s flagship product is the JuiceBox, a single server appliance that when connected to a LAN will power up to one hundred old machines with Windows 7. In case you haven’t checked the system requirements for Windows 7 lately, here they are: 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB hard disk space, and a DirectX 9 graphics device. So how old can those “old machines” be? Hefter says he “hasn’t found a desktop yet” that he can’t make run.The Juicebox generates a private, local cloud, something that addresses many of schools’ concerns about privacy, security, and reliability. Hefter uses the analogy of electrical versus gas-powered cars to compare the energy and environmental waste of the PC industry with the efficiency of the Neverware project. It’s a “single repository of computing power,” and with it, schools need only focus on updating one machine, not many. Currently Neverware is running in two pilot programs in schools in New Jersey, but Hefter says there are plans to go to market with JuiceBox in the next few months.last_img read more

Stop Blaming the Customers – the Fault is on Amazon Web Services

first_imgAlmost as galling as the Amazon Web Services outage itself is a the litany of blog posts, such as this one and this one, that place the blame not on AWS for having a long failure and not communicating with its customers about it, but on AWS customers for not being better prepared for an outage. It’s a tendency that displays a “blame the customer” mentality I’ve been seeing a lot lately. To understand why it’s wrong one has to understand what actually happened and what claims AWS made about it services.We covered the differences between availability zones and availability regions, and AWS’ lack of communication, in our previous coverage. Now that the dust has settled, it’s worth looking back at what happened. This timeline by Eric Kidd explains the series of events, and the various options different customers had. RightScale provides another good summary. What can we learn?What Amazon ClaimsHere’s what AWS claims about Availability Zones:Each availability zone runs on its own physically distinct, independent infrastructure, and is engineered to be highly reliable. Common points of failures like generators and cooling equipment are not shared across Availability Zones. Additionally, they are physically separate, such that even extremely uncommon disasters such as fires, tornados or flooding would only affect a single Availability Zone.In other words, AWS claimed that by putting your data in different availability zones, within one region, was redundant. As far as AWS’ customers were concerned, they didn’t have a single point of failure.Amazon Relational Database Service customers have the option of paying double the regular cost of the service for a multi-zone service: “When you run your DB Instance as a Multi-AZ deployment for enhanced data durability and availability, Amazon RDS provisions and maintains a standby in a different Availability Zone for automatic failover in the event of a scheduled or unplanned outage.”What Happened vs. What Was Supposed to HappenThe mass outage was due to Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service problems in a single Availability Zone. EBS instances can only live in one Availability Zone, but users should have been able to use their snapshots to create a new EBS instance in another availability zone. RDS depends on EBS, but RDS customers paying for multi-zone service should have had their databases failed-over to another zone automatically.However, the “control plane” for creating new EBS instances suffered congestion, preventing any ability to failover either manually or automatically. The current assumption is that it was overloaded by customers who’s initial EBS instance failed. Kidd calls this a “bank run.”The important thing here is that there actually was, unbeknownst to AWS customers, a single point of failure across zones: the control plane. This made AWS unable to fulfill its own failover promises. In fact, RDS customers ended up in worse shape than many others – it took over 14 hours to get many of their databases moved over, longer than those that were able to failover manually.Multi-Region Multi-Vendor DeploymentsSo why not place applications in multiple regions, just to be safe? It’s not that simple. First, AWS charges more for transfers between regions. But more importantly, it’s technologically more complex. Amazon Machine Instances (AMIs) can’t just been moved from one region to another. Justin Santa Barbara writes “The different regions have different features available, different AMI ids, I think reserved instances can’t be moved between datacenters – in reality failover between regions is not realistic.”Barbara writes that it may actually be easier to failover to an entirely separate cloud than to use regions as failover. I’m not sure that’s the case, but regional failover is certainly complicated. And based on the claims made about Availability Zones, would have seemed unnecessary before last week. After all, if each data center in the availability region is a discrete entity insulated from the failures of each other data center, then why would it be necessary add yet another data center in another region? Especially if doing so adds great expense?Chris M Evans recommends using multiple cloud providers. To his credit, he recommended this even before the AWS outage (one of the things that bothers me about the blame the customer crowd is that their wisdom about what customers should have done comes entirely after the fact). Again, however, this adds additional complexity – and with that additional complexity, additional costs and additional risks. To many customers it seemed natural to just live with having multiple Availability Zones instead of multiple providers.Even BigDoor CEO Keith Smith, concluded his widely cited piece on Amazon’s failure to communicate with customers by writing:We can spend cycles designing and building technical belts and suspenders that will help us avoid a massive failure like this in the future, or we can continue to rely on a single huge partner and also continue our break-neck pace of iteration and product development.I can’t tell you today which option we will choose. But I’m sure it will be the question on the mind of many startups across the country.George Reese of enStratus wrote for O’Reilly Media: “In short, if your systems failed in the Amazon cloud this week, it wasn’t Amazon’s fault. You either deemed an outage of this nature an acceptable risk or you failed to design for Amazon’s cloud computing model.”That misses the point. Accepting a certain amount of downtime is one thing, accepting 14 hours of downtime when you’ve already paid extra for redundancy is another. Yes, customers accept a certain amount of risk, but that doesn’t make it their fault when Amazon screws up.Why Didn’t Some Sites, Like SmugMug and Twilio, Go Down?What about the companies that had the good fortune to avoid outages? Aren’t they evidence that it’s the customers’ fault for not setting things up right? Not really. Both Twilio and SmugMug boast about their “design for failure” but the important thing is that neither company relied on EBS. Had these companies been dependent on EBS, they likely would have suffered a similar fate.What About Netflix?What about Netflix? Netflix, as documented by Adrian Cockcroft, does use EBS.Kidd writes about Netflix:Run in 3 AZs, at no more than 60% capacity in each. This is the approach taken by Netflix, which sailed through this outage without no known downtime. If a single AZ fails, then the remaining two zones will be at 90% capacity. And because the extra capacity is running at all times, Netflix doesn’t need to launch new instances in the middle of a “bank run.”It’s not clear how much Netflix uses EBS, but Cockcroft gave a presentation saying Netflix avoids it. This tweet indicates that Netflix is more reliant on S3, SimpleDB and Apache Cassandra than on EBS, but Cockcroft did note that the company was having EBS trouble during the outage.It’s also worth noting that Cockcroft tweeted that Netflix only runs out of one region.It’s The Customers’ Fault Because They Shouldn’t Have Been Using EBS in the First PlaceI love this argument – that it’s customers’ fault for using EBS in the first place. Mashery co-founder Clay Loveless makes this case.AWS has been offering the EBS service since 2008. It’s not considered a “beta” product. Why shouldn’t customers be able to rely on it? True it’s had issues over the years, leading some companies to decide not to use it. But AWS has happily taken money from customers for years now. If it’s a product that isn’t ready for product, AWS should have said so. (Unfortunately for customers, the EBS outage won’t count towards their SLAs.)What the “they shouldn’t have used EBS” argument comes down to is: customers are stupid for trusting AWS to provide the service promised. It’s saying that customers that paid for multi-zone RDS replication should have expected 14+ hours of downtime. If AWS itself were to tell its customers “You should have known better than to trust our service,” we would be up in arms – wouldn’t we?I keep seeing similar arguments. “We shouldn’t blame Dropbox for lying about its encryption, we should blame customers for trusting Dropbox.” “We shouldn’t blame Apple for not giving users control over their location logs, we should blame customers for expecting privacy.” I’m sick of it.It might in fact be true that we can’t expect vendors to provide customers’ what they promise. But that is squarely on the shoulders of vendors, not the customers. And I’m sick of “savvy” pundits putting down customers and excusing failure and bad behavior on the part of companies.Yes, things happen. AWS is run by humans, and humans make mistakes. AWS deserves some forgiveness . But let’s not forget who messed up.How to Fix the ProblemIn the short term, I suspect many customers will move away from using EBS and RDS. In the medium term, infrastructure-as-a-service providers need to come up with a standard system for sharing instances across clouds, whether that’s OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Eucalyptus or something else. Customers shouldn’t have to choose between trusting only one provider or committing to a complex and potentially unreliable multi-vendor solution. The days of vendor lock-in must come to end. Meanwhile, bloggers, analysts, journalists and other opinion-makers need to put the blame back where it belongs: on service providers that don’t live-up to their promises.(Lead image by Ian)Disclosure: Mashery is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. 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Hardik discharged, continues fast

first_imgPatidar leader Hardik Patel, who has been on a fast for the past 16 days, was discharged from a hospital here on Sunday, but he is continuing his hunger strike at home.Mr. Patel, 25, who heads the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), went on the fast on August 25 demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for Patidars and loan waiver for farmers. As his health deteriorated, he was first shifted to the Sola Civil Hospital by his supporters on Friday and later to the privately run SGVP Holistic Hospital. He had continued his fast in the hospital.Before being discharged, he told his supporters in a Facebook Live message that he would continue the hunger strike from his residence.He said he was firm on his demands, which include the release of PAAS member Alpesh Kathiriya, who was arrested on the charge of sedition.He alleged in a tweet that a police officer had threatened to kill him.In the tweet, he condemned the “attack” on media personnel on the road to his residence on Sunday. Some of them were roughed up and baton-charged by the police.He said the police deployment reminded him of British Raj and the scene appeared to be one from the “Wagah border”.last_img read more

Josh Richardson gets $42M deal to stay with Heat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat tries to get a shot off between Tobias Harris #34 and Marcus Morris #13 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 28, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Josh Richardson will go to Miami Heat training camp later this month with a new contract.Richardson and the Heat agreed Wednesday on a four-year extension that could be worth $42 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The fourth year will be at Richardson’s option, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The contract goes into effect in the 2018-19 season. Richardson will make about $1.5 million this coming season, and will likely be in the mix of candidates vying for the starting small forward spot with the Heat. The deal was not a surprise, given that Miami officials had indicated repeatedly that they had no plans on letting Richardson go elsewhere.Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, then 33 percent from beyond the arc last season — after missing training camp with a knee injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Heat begin this season’s training camp Sept. 26.Richardson turns 24 on Friday. He was the No. 40 overall pick by Miami in the 2015 NBA draft after a four-year career at Tennessee. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound championlast_img read more

Kentucky’s Players Take To Social Media To Thank Fans For Their Support

first_imgDakari Johnson Thank You KentuckyDakari Johnson Thank You KentuckyThursday, seven players from Kentucky’s 2014-2015 squad – Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles – all announced their decisions to turn professional this June. After the announcement – which you can see a clip of here – a number of them have taken to social media to thank Wildcats fans for their support during their stays in Lexington.Check out the posts from Booker, Johnson, Lyles and Aaron Harrison.Thank you #BBN pic.twitter.com/ajDQEmNyH5— Dakari Johnson (@SafariDakari44) April 9, 2015Thank You! pic.twitter.com/McbXHeV0yM— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) April 9, 2015#BBN for life https://t.co/i1c7mUzTPa— Aaron Harrison (@AaronICE2) April 9, 2015BBN, it’s been a privilege to put on the UK jersey for you this season. You have made me one of your own and I’ll never forget my time here.— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015To my brothers and coaches, no one can ever take away what we accomplished this year. Though things didn’t end like we wanted, we made— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015history. I feel like it’s time for me to take that next step, but know I’ll treasure my time here forever. #BBN, you’re the best. #Reload— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015If all seven players are taken in June’s NBA Draft, Kentucky will set a record for number of players drafted from one team.last_img read more

SSA Pacific Faces Penalties for San Diego Forklift Accident

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Marine cargo handler SSA Pacific has received citations for willful and serious safety violations following the investigation of a fatal forklift accident at the Port of San Diego.On January 3, a longshoreman was driving a forklift into a transit shed when he collided with a concrete support column and suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the forklift.An investigation by California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) found that the employee was not wearing a seatbelt and that the forklift had multiple safety devices disabled, including a seatbelt warning buzzer and mast interlock system designed to disconnect power from the hydraulic lift when the operator is unseated.Cal/OSHA issued six citations totaling USD 205,235 in proposed penalties to SSA Pacific, a division of Seattle-based international marine cargo handler SSA Marine.The citations issued included four serious violations for the employer’s failure to ensure that forklift operators use seatbelts, properly maintain and inspect forklifts, ensure operators were effectively trained and for improperly altering forklift safety features. A general violation was cited for the employer’s failure to establish and maintain an effective heat illness prevention plan.SSA Pacific was also issued a citation for a willful-serious violation as the employer failed to ensure workers perform a forklift safety check at the beginning of each shift and report unsafe conditions, a violation the company was cited for in 2016 following an accident inspection at the Port of Long Beach.last_img read more

BC legislation targets Trans Mountain say proponent and Alberta government

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsA case is being heard this week in the B.C. Court of Appeal that could have a big impact on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.That’s because the B.C. government wants to be able to refuse a pipeline coming through the province if it finds it could hurt the environment, human health or communities.Environmental legislation proposed by the government is specifically targeting the pipeline expansion and would significantly impact it, the project’s proponent and the Alberta government argued Thursday.The court is hearing a reference case that asks whether the government can amend its Environmental Management Act to create a permitting system for companies that increase the amount of heavy oil they’re transporting through the province.B.C. has argued the amendments are not intended to block the project. They are being made to protect the environment from spills and require companies to pay for damages.But a lawyer for Trans Mountain ULC said B.C.’s motive is to obstruct the expansion.“Trans Mountain will be directly and significantly impacted by the proposed legislation. Indeed, we say it is the target of the proposed legislation,” Maureen Killoran told a panel of five judges.Killoran said Trans Mountain, which has operated since 1953 and runs from the Edmonton area to Metro Vancouver, is the only pipeline that transports liquid petroleum to the West Coast and the only pipeline to which the legislation would apply.The proposed law presented more risk than private-sector proponent Kinder Morgan was willing to accept, prompting it to sell the pipeline to Canada for $4.5 billion last year, she said.Since the plan to triple the pipeline’s capacity was first proposed in 2013, it has been through the largest review in the National Energy Board’s history, a number of court challenges and faced protesters and blockades, Killoran said.The energy board ruled the expansion is in the public interest because the country cannot get all its available energy resources to Pacific markets, she said.First Nations, the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and environmental group Ecojustice have delivered arguments in support of B.C.’s proposed rules.The government of Canada opposes B.C.’s proposed permitting system because it says Ottawa _ not provinces _ has exclusive jurisdiction over inter-provincial infrastructure.The new rules would allow a provincial public servant with expertise in pollution management to apply conditions to permits, which B.C. says would be intended to address concerns posed by a company’s proposed activities.Peter Gall, representing the government of Alberta, said the permitting scheme is a “vague, amorphous” process that gives wide-ranging discretionary powers to a government official to do whatever he or she thinks is necessary to protect the environment.“We accept that the province genuinely wants to protect the environment,” he said. “The problem is … the province believes that the best, indeed the only, way to protect the environment is to stop the project.”Justice Harvey Groberman questioned why Gall would raise the motives of the legislation, given the argument that it interferes with federal jurisdiction should suffice.Gall said the court should not ignore the “reality of the situation” _ the B.C. government is committed to stopping the project.Premier John Horgan said while in opposition that he would use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the expansion. The court has heard that after his minority NDP government took power in 2017, it received legal advice that it could not block the project.Gall quoted Environment Minister George Heyman as saying that the government could not delay or obstruct the project through “anything other than even-handed consideration of permit applications.”-with files from the Canadian Pressnews@aptn.calast_img read more

Wolf of Wall Street film company to pay 60M settlement

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The production company behind “The Wolf of Wall Street” has agreed to pay the U.S. government $60 million to settle claims it benefited from a massive Malaysian corruption scandal.The settlement between prosecutors and Red Granite Pictures Inc. was approved Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.The case was part of an effort to recover more than $1 billion prosecutors said was stolen from 1MDB, a Malaysian-owned investment fund. The Department of Justice said the complex money laundering scheme was intended to enrich top-level officials of the fund, including some close to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.Money was diverted from the fund to buy properties in New York and California, a $35 million jet, art by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, and a $260 million yacht.Proceeds also went to fund movies by Red Granite Pictures, which was co-founded by the stepson of Razak.The funds financed the Martin Scorsese-directed “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which starred Leonardo DiCaprio in a film about the excesses of a crooked stock trader. The settlement also included forfeiture claims to the rights of “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Daddy’s Home.”The film production company said in a statement that it was happy to put the matter behind it so it could focus on filmmaking.The 1MDB case is the largest single action the Justice Department has taken under efforts to recover foreign bribery proceeds and embezzled funds and several other lawsuits are pending. Other countries including Singapore and Switzerland are conducting probes.last_img read more

NPSS full of pink for AntiBullying Awareness Day

first_imgSince 2008, over $1.2 million raised from t-shirt sales have gone to anti-bullying programs throughout the province including Boys & Girls Clubs, Red Cross RespectED Violence Prevention Program and Kids Help Phone.“We like to put the funds that are raised back into the community,” said NPSS Vice-Principal Jason Gill. “Whether it be the Women’s Resource Society or the shelters. It also goes towards the cost of the t-shirts for the school.”Gill and Petrucci were in agreement, that there has been a significant drop in bullying face-to-face and cyberbullying in schools over the last couple of years because of events such as Pink Shirt Day. T-shirts for Pink Shirt Day. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff. T-shirts for Pink Shirt Day. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff. Students looking at purchasing a pink t-shirt. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff. Students looking at purchasing a pink t-shirt. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff. To report bullying you can visit:www.erasebullying.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School held a Pink Shirt Day in partnership with the province today for Anti-Bullying Awareness.Pink Shirt Day was started by two students in Nova Scotia. The two teens got the idea after seeing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. They distributed pink shirts to all the boys in their school as a protest.“I like to support the event,” said Grade 11 student Marco Petrucci. “I try to purchase t-shirts and wristbands every year since it’s been around since I was in elementary school.”last_img read more