Giants buzz: Kikuchi sweepstakes, plan for Posey, A’s trades

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Mets shipped out top prospects for All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and veteran hitter Robinson Cano. The Nationals shelled out $140 million for free agent starter Patrick Corbin. The St. Louis Cardinals completed a massive trade, acquiring Paul Goldschmidt in exchange for three prospects from the Diamondbacks.So what are the Giants waiting for?CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing the photos on your mobile device.That’s a loaded question that can’t be answered succinctly, …last_img

Report Suggests LimeWire’s Closure Means Less Music Piracy, But Is That Really True?

first_imgIt’s an argument that the music industry likes to make: go after P2P file-sharing sites, sue them, shut them down, and as a result we’ll have less music piracy. But is that really the case?According to a study released today by the market research company NPD Group, a market research group, it is. The company contends that since a federal judge ordered that the peer-to-peer site Limewire shut its doors in the fall of last year, that the peer-to-peer filesharing of music – both the number of files downloaded and the number of users of the P2P sites – has declined.The NPD reports that the percentage of Internet users in the U.S. that are using P2P services for music has fallen from a high of 16% in the fourth quarter of 2007 to just 9% in the fourth quarter of 2010. The average number of files downloaded declined from 35 tracks per person to 18 tracks per person over the same time period. There are now roughly 16 million P2P users downloading music, 12 million fewer than in 2007.“LimeWire was so popular for music file trading, and for so long, that its closure has had a powerful and immediate effect on the number of people downloading music files from peer-to-peer services and curtailed the amount being swapped,” says Russ Crupnick, NPD’s entertainment industry analyst. While the NPD statistics make the actions against LimeWire seem like a win for the music industry, but it’s worth scrutinizing the argument closely. LimeWire was used by about 56% of those using P2P services, NPD reports, but that doesn’t mean that those users simply stopped file-sharing. After all, while Limewire was shuttered, other P2P sites reported an increased usage. Furthermore, over that same time period studied in the report – from 2007 to 2010 – a number of new options have become available for Internet users to get their music. Streaming and subscription services like Spotify and Pandora have changed the way that music is consumed online.The NPD study was gathered from self-reported data, which also makes its findings a little difficult to say much about. But no matter the origin of the data here, it’s a bit of a stretch to contend that LimeWire’s closure means less piracy. Less file-sharing? Maybe. Less piracy? I’m not sure. Regardless of the accuracy, it’s likely we’ll see these statistics invoked by those that argue that going after P2P websites is a good move for the music industry. Tags:#p2p#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts audrey watterslast_img read more

Super Selector set tells astrologer Ajai Bhambi stars are at war

first_imgSunil GavaskarEver wondered how the pundits’ picks are doing as compared to yours? If your dream team sometimes shapes up like a nightmare, remember even the experts can get it wrong.Our spy on the Super Selector set tells us the stars are at war. The Super Selectors among you have,Sunil GavaskarEver wondered how the pundits’ picks are doing as compared to yours? If your dream team sometimes shapes up like a nightmare, remember even the experts can get it wrong.Our spy on the Super Selector set tells us the stars are at war. The Super Selectors among you have scored 2,786 and more, but the gurus look grounded! Sunny Gavaskar’s Sunshine XI has totalled 1,957 points, Geoff Boycott’s side huffs and puffs at 2,072, Navjot Sidhu comes even lower down the order at 1,755. Curiouser and curiouser, astrologer Ajai Bhambi’s side is at 1,890… “The stars are not favouring me,” he says, and he’s referring to the planetary variety!Geoff BoycottIndia’s new pace bowling star will take the field later this week when South Africa and India open their three-Test series. Picking a Dream XI turned out to be tougher than Ashish Nehra had imagined. “Maybe I will have a softer corner for selectors after this!” he says, adding he did not feel obliged to pick his teammates. He has chosen seven Indians though, himself included. Now, that’s confidence!SMART TIPS TO PICK YOUR DREAM TEAMNever pick a player who isn’t a certainty in the national squad even if he’s your favourite dark horse – you can make only three changes and you don’t want deadwood.Pick batsmen who can bowl a bit and vice versa. There are a lot of genuine allrounders like Shaun Pollock and Grant Flower masquerading as bowlers or batsmen.     Ashish NehraNEW LOOTOther than the Grand Prize of a trip to South Africa and the ESPNStar commentary box, there are some more prizes for Super Selectors who finish close to the top. There’s a shining Maruti Suzuki Versa to be won for the top Indian contestant and a hamper of BPL home appliances for the four zonal winners.advertisement TOP FIVE SUPER SELECTORSNo.NameTeam NamePoints 1.Ganesh A. IyerDare To Play Them 2,9352.KalyanMega Stars 2,825 3.SaurabhShubh’s Blaster 2,801 4.RajdipHowzzatt 2,788 5.KarthikTrust Worthy 2,786 ” The first Super Selector winner ever is about to be named soon and these are the front runners. Are you playing yet?”  ASHISH’S XI Sachin Tendulkar150 Andy Flower95 Sourav Ganguly105Ashish Nehra125 Herschelle Gibbs85Zaheer Khan85 Virender Sehwag30Anil Kumble130 Yuvraj Singh25Mluleki Nkala20 Jacques Kallis150last_img read more

In Our Communities

first_img ADC AUTHOR A bill is advancing in New Mexico that would waive professional licensure fees for service members, spouses and dependent children, according to the Kirtland Partnership Committee, which has helped guide the legislation. It passed a House committee unanimously Tuesday and is moving through other committees ….Canada became the sixth country to send a delegation to visit the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, according to an Augusta Chronicle editorial. The cybersecurity facility is a partnership among the Army, academia, state and local officials, and the private sector. “When Augusta is producing useful, helpful answers to one of the world’s biggest emerging problems, the world will come to Augusta,” the editorial board wrote.Chief Master Sergeant Clayton Watson Jr. and Col. Mary Stewart at the New Mexico Capitol. Photo by Kirtland Partnership Committeelast_img read more

76 Mlnyrold Gondwanaland frog discovered in Western Ghats of India Scientists stunned

first_imgnew frog speciesVijayakumar/DineshIndian scientists have discovered a starry dwarf frog that is believed to be an entirely new genus and species, while surveying reptiles at a height of 1,300 meters in India’s southern Western Ghats in Kerala.Palaniswamy Vijayakumar who was among the first to spot the new species one night in 2010, initially thought that it was another species of frog. To his surprise, it turned out to be an entirely new species and could even be a new family with a lineage traceable to ancient Gondwanaland period when the sub-continent was part of the African continent before drifting towards Asia.The frog, which looked like any other frog, did not stand out as a different species, initially with its brown back, orange belly and starlike spots, which acted as camouflage against the dark hues and water droplets on the forest floor. It measured just 2 to 2.9 centimeters long that it “can sit on your thumb,” said Vijayakumar Palaniswamy, a biogeographer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”I had no clue I was holding onto a 50-million-year-old lineage,” said Vijayakumar. “It’s a unique, old lineage without any close relatives” said Vijayakumar, who is a member of the team that is working on to confirm through genetic analysis and anatomical comparisons to decide whether it belongs to a differently new species.Named starry dwarf frog, the DNA analysis, anatomy and geographic distribution of it stunned the team in the lab when they realised that they had stumbled upon a new species altogether. The frog belonged to sole known species of a lineage dating back 57 million to 76 million years, said researchers. Scientifically named Astrobatrachus kurichiyana, with a genus name that includes “astro” for the frog’s bluish-white starlike dots, and species name refers to local Kurichiyan people in Kerala. The report was published in PeerJ.last_img read more

BGB member goes missing in Teesta

first_imgA member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) went missing in the Teesta River while chasing smugglers in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The victim was identified as Lance Nayek Sumon Hawladar, 42, son of Hekim Ali of Habiganj district.Tipped off, a team of BGB men went to the bordering area near pillar No 144/3 in the upazila and chased a group of smugglers around 2:30 am, said commanding officer Lt Col Golam Morshed of Lalmonirhat BGB-15 Battalion.At one stage, Sumon slipped into the river and went missing, he said.A BGB rescue team launched a rescue operation to trace Sumon.last_img