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289 bulls sold at Red Bluff Bull Sale

first_imgRed Bluff >> Saturday’s bull sale at the Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale saw a packed house come to watch 289 bulls up for auction with a Hereford from Y Cross Herefords in Bonanza, Oregon the top seller in the first 100, selling at $10,500 to BK Ranches.“A few of the bulls got snowed in, but we have a great set of bulls,” said Sale Director Ron Anderson in introducing the sale.The event kicked off with the presentation of $16,000 worth of scholarships to 13 recipients out of 32 that applied in …last_img read more

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Nick Young to get his ring; what he’s been doing since the Warriors victory parade

first_imgThe last we saw Nick Young was at the parade celebrating the Warriors’ third NBA championship in four years. He was rocking the blazer-with-no-shirt look.Until he got warm and went undressed from the waist up.Young, (Swaggy P to his friends, and everyone seems to be his friend), returns to Oakland on Friday night to receive his championship ring prior to the Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers game at Oracle Arena. He averaged 7.3 points in 80 games in his only season with the Warriors.Swaggy is …last_img read more

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Managing the Costs and Complexities of a Cloud-Based Infrastructure

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news#Products#saas The complexities that come with cloud computing go way beyond interoperability issues.Cost is a significant factor as is performance. What’s emerging from these forces are new services such as Digital Fuel and Nimsoft that are designed to bring meaning to the costs and the performance issues that come with cloud computing.Digital Fuel is launching a a SaaS platform called IT Cloud Cost Management that provides a view into the costs that comes with cloud computing. Nimsoft, recently acquired by CA, provides performance management of a company’s cloud infrastructure and on-premise environments.Digital Fuel CEO Yisrael Dancziger says people are looking at cloud computing in a similar way to how they viewed outsourcing. They see it as a cheaper alternative.But over time, the costs to operate a cloud infrastructure will become increasingly complex as more factors become part of the equation. A company may have multiple cloud environments. Costs associated with security, compliance and other issues increasingly become factors to consider.Digital Fuel provides a dashboard environment to give visibility and predictability of the costs to a business. The service is intended to provide a method for billing business units for the costs of specific services. For instance, it calculates “what if” analysis of the costs associated with cloud computing.Nimsoft provides a performance a dashboard environment to view the actual performance of a cloud-based infrastructure and how it compares to on-premise systems. In April, the company launched an on-demand service for IT administrators to see a full view of services running in datacenters, hosted, remote and cloud based infrastructures. Services like Digital Fuel and Nimsoft represent a new generation of companies that offer management services for cloud computing.We expect these services will proliferate as cloud computing becomes increasingly mainstream. alex williamslast_img read more

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Instagram Looks in DaVinci Resolve: Part 1

first_imgDespite the shots differing in image quality, time of day, and likely the lensing and camera model, we can get them into the same world with just a single primary correction and continue tweaking with secondaries to edge them even closer.The Second Look – Pensive Yearning on the ShoreWhy won’t he text me back?Let’s continue to train our eyes by evaluating the second image just through the scopes. They show tons of purple and blue in the blacks and mids, and the highlights have been swung slightly yellow.I find the parade most useful for seeing where there’s a color offset, denoted here by me by the blue and red circles. The green circle in the vectorscope informs us that the image is skewing toward magenta.To achieve this style on our woman in the car, begin by pushing magenta-blue into the blacks. The image becomes a little milky, so it may be necessary to crush the blacks overall as the right level of magenta-blue is reached. Next let’s feed a bit of magenta into the overall image and swing the highlights a bit yellow, matching the values in our reference image. I dig this look.Hello, look number two.A comparison of the two images. Note that you may have to match different elements of the shot to make things line up. For this example, in the reference image, the girl’s shoulder is closer to the car woman’s face and the sky on the left matches the car woman’s shirt.The scopes readout of the above.The color wheels answer key. Note that this look was pushed more, particularly in the blacks, than the first example.In Part 2 of this post, we’ll look at a couple of Instagram looks that are a bit more subtle. Stay tuned!Show us your looks in the comments. Popular photo-manipulation apps like Instagram have built-in filters to jazz up normally mundane shots. These looks can be created in DaVinci Resolve, giving your video projects a hip, trendy feel.The more distinct looks are all about tinting sections of the image in unconventional ways. A look is imposed onto the image, giving it a deliberate aesthetic viewpoint that edges it away from normalcy. Contaminating the shadows, mids, or highlights with anomalous color creates highly stylized looks that are very much in vogue right now, thanks to Instagram. In this two-part post, we’ll look into creating several of them.The Reference ImagesWe’ll start with reference images of the palette we want and then impose that color scheme on a new photo. This will show us that a wide variety of looks can be dialed into a single shot given an array of reference material. Clients come into sessions wanting to see more extreme types of looks all the time, so it’s important for the colorist to be able to “read” the reference image and adapt it to the project at hand.Here are the looks we’ll be recreating (images courtesy of Shutterstock): The image we’ll be applying our looks to is a favorite of mine, an image of a smiling woman in a car. The image has a nice initial exposure with sharp focus and intact upper and lower registers.Let’s perform an initial balance on our image. The blacks are lifted in the original shot, so I’ve brought them down to around zero IRE and raised the mids to compensate for the resulting darkness. The whites in the background seem fine, but they’re a touch off so I’ve white-balanced for exact white. The image’s saturation feels fine, so I don’t affect that at all.Here’s the initial balance. It’s pretty basic; I haven’t touched the image too much aside from crushing the blacks and compensating for the darkness in the midtones somewhat.Approaching the Instagram-Style GradeVintage images are often characterized by their lack of color correction. The unprocessed nature of vintage images give them their distinct look, hearkening to a time before color correction and deliberate image filtration were so readily available to mass audiences.An image search for Polaroid images often yields the presence of color tints in the shadows and highlights. The overall image may have a color cast and natural vignetting could be present. Correcting to lessen these effects is the usual strategy, but in this case, we’re going to enhance them. Don’t worry, the irony that we’re now using color manipulation to get back to an uncorrected look is not lost on me.We’ll see that a big contributor to our modern Instagram looks are their tinted blacks, and to a lesser degree, tinted whites, and skewed midtones. Black is important because it provides a reference point for the eye. When you remove that reference, a lack of cognitive reconciliation occurs and the image becomes more complex to us from a color standpoint.Reverse-Engineer Your ReferenceWhen deconstructing these looks, it’s instructive to reverse-engineer them by looking for clues in your scopes. Knowing how to read scopes will give the look away, making it easier for us to recreate it. When the three channels of the parade view are at the same level in the whites or blacks, we say they’re balanced. A balanced image is a great starting point for most projects because they can be swung in many directions. If the values are raised in one or several of the channels, color contamination is at work. For our deliberately processed Instagram-style looks, this is what we’re going for. Let’s try it with our first image.The First Look: Texting in the SunDid someone say #beach?Let’s figure out what’s going on with the girl on the beach and apply them to the woman in the car. From our scopes, we see one of the biggest characteristics contributing to this look is the tonal quality of the blacks, which have been skewed towards always-popular cyan-blue. We can tell this by observing that the blue channel is elevated higher than the red and green channels. The whites are also cranked warmer, indicated by an increased red relative to the green and blue channels.The blue circle shows us precisely how much the blues are lifted. The red circles show us there’s a bias toward warm highlights.Grab a still of your beach girl reference image and set it against the woman in the car. The scopes will show their values side by side, allowing you to precisely match the two shots. Play around with the shadows until they’re matched to the exact tint of cyan-blue in the blacks. This already gets you pretty close to achieving the look. Remember when I said the blacks were important?Next dial in the highlights by introducing more red until the scopes from the two shots match. You will likely need to keep correcting for the shadows region as you play around with the mids and highs.Here’s the new look on its own.A side-by-side comparison.The scopes for the two images next to each other. One image ends and the other begins right at the center of the image, allowing us to match sections of the image with greater ease. When the traces in the scopes line up in the shadows and highlights, you’ve matched your shot.Here’s the answer key for where I wound up with my primary correction.last_img read more

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Sania and Vesnina in French Open doubles final

first_imgSania Mirza stormed into her first Grand Slam doubles final as she and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina defeated American duo of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in a thrilling three-setter in the semifinals of the French Open in Paris on Wednesday.Seeded seventh in the tournament, Sania and Vesnina beat their fourth seeded opponents 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in 105 minute semifinal contest at the Roland Garros.In the final, the Indo-Russian combo will face the unseeded Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka who beat third seeded pair of Vania King of United States and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 in another semifinal.This is Sania’s third Grand Slam final appearance in her career – the first two being in the mixed doubles in the Australian Open.Sania and ace compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi had won the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2009 while they were the losing finalists in the same Grand Slam tournament in 2008.Sania, who paired up with Vesnina only in February, had a strap around just below her left knee but did not show any apparent problem as she played some superb winning shots across the net.Sania and Vesnina broke their opponents early in the first set to race to 4-1 ahead before pocketing it 6-3 in 30 minutes.The second set was a longer affair with both sides breaking serves though Sania and Vesnina were broken thrice in their serves to lose it 2-6 in 38 minutes. In the deciding set, Sania and Vesnina broke their opponents’ serve in the first game itself and held theirs to take a 2-0 lead.advertisementHuber and Raymond held onto their next serve but Sania and Vesnina maintained their two-point lead at 3-1 by winning the fourth game. But in the sixth game, Sania and Vesnina were broken and the score was levelled 3-3.The Indo-Russian pair responded in a superb fashion by breaking their opponents in the seventh game to surge ahead 4-3 before holding serve to make it 5-3.Huber and Raymond held their serve in the ninth game to make it 4-5. But Sania and Vesnina held onto their nerves to ensure that they did not blow away their serve to take the third set 6-4 in 37 minutes and reach their first Grand Slam final together.Since their first pairing in February, Sania and Vesnina had won two titles — at Indian Wells in March and in Charleston in April.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Court rejects Vikas Krishan’s appeal

first_imgThe court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday rejected India’s appeal to overturn the decision of Vikas Krishan’s second-round bout in which the Indian was controversially eliminated on a protest by his American opponent.The world’s top sports tribunal ruled that the appeal was not maintainable as there was no provision to contest the decision of AIBA’s competition jury whose decision was final.”There is no provision in the AIBA technical and competition rules allowing for an appeal against the decision of the competition jury in relation to a protest. The decision of the competition jury is final and cannot be appealed,” the CAS said in a statement.”For this reason, your appeal letter cannot be considered and the appeal letter is hereby returned to you,” the statement added. Acting chef-de-mission of the Indian contingent Muralidharan Raja said that India would not pursue the matter any further.Vikas was ousted from the Games after AIBA overturned the result of his 69kg pre-quarterfinal bout against American Errol Spence which he had won 13-11 on Friday, following a review.last_img read more

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Asian Games: Sprint sensation Hima Das wins silver in women’s 400 m final (VIDEO)

first_imgAdvertisement VIDEO:Video Playerhttps://www.sportsindiashow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/GVw4jnR71UrOD8y5.mp400:0000:0000:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AdvertisementLast month Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first ever Indian athlete to have won Gold in the 400m final at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship. This time Hima Das has won a Silver medal at the ongoing Asian Games taking place in Indonesia by clocking her career best and also breaking the national record again which she clocked yesterday, with a time of 50.79 seconds.The Gold Medal, however, was grabbed by Naser Salwa of Bahrain who won the race with a scorching time of 50.09. Another Indian Nirmala finished fourth whereas Bronze medal was grabbed by Elina Mikhina of Kazakhstan.By clocking 50.79, Hima Das also became the first Indian to ever complete a race below the 51-second barrier.Hima Das also took the fifth spot in the 200m at the Youth Worlds in Nairobi. And she was sixth in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April.It was a known fact that Naser Salwa of Bahrain was going to give tough competition to 18-year-old Hima Das of Assam, as Naser has run sub-50 times five times this year, while the Assamese’s previous personal best was 51 seconds.With Hima being just 18-year old, only sky is the limit to what she can achieve in the field tracks and hopefully, she brings India her first Olympic medal in sprinting, a dream which Milkha Singh and PT Usha could never fulfill.Congratulations messages started pouring on Twitter for the young lady from Assam.Chief Minister of Assam Sri Sarbananda Sonowal also congratulated Hima Das on winning a Silver medal.Historic day for us as Hima Das bags Silver in the Women’s 400m event. India stands proud at her feat. Congratulations.#AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/h2b4qa8CAY— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) August 26, 2018Former Captain of Indian Hockey Team Viren Rasquinha also congratulated Hima Das.18 yr old Hima Das wins Silver medal in 400m (clocked 50.79s) and breaks her own NR which she had set in the semis of 51.00. Such a proud moment for India @asiangames2018. What an amazing athlete! — Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 26, 2018In the Men’s 400m race, Muhammed Anas won silver as well and fellow Indian Arokiarajiv fell short of the bronze as well.Qatar’s Abdalelah Hassan secured the gold medal in 44.89 seconds, whereas Bahrain’s Ali Khamis settled from bronze.last_img read more

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China, Vietnam to properly manage differences over SCS

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Sep 13 (PTI) China and Vietnam have agreed to “properly manage” their differences over territorial disputes in the South China Sea and “safeguard stability” after an international tribunal rejected the Chinese claims over the region on a petition brought before it by the Phillipines.The decision came after talks between Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang here.Phucs visit to China is the first by a top Vietnamese leader after the tribunal verdict on July 12.China had rejected the verdict by The Hague-based tribunal, which has said that “although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other states, had historically made use of the islands in the South China Sea, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources.”China is now persuading other claimants – Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei – to settle the disputes bilaterally, without approaching for international arbitration.State-run Xinhua reported that China and Vietnam have agreed “to properly manage maritime differences and further enhance bilateral substantial cooperation” after Phuc-Li talks last night.Li and Phuc witnessed the signing of agreements on economy and trade, production capacity, infrastructure and education, the report said, without giving details.Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters that the two leaders had a “good” conversation and the new government of Vietnam shows “positive willingness” to further develop relations with China.During the talks, Li told Phuc that the SCS issue is related to territorial sovereignty, maritime interests as well as national sentiment.advertisement”China and Vietnam need to work together to abide by agreements reached by the leaders of the two countries, safeguard stability in the South China Sea, and build consensus to advance bilateral ties and safeguard maritime and regional peace,” Li said.Phuc said Vietnam would like to properly resolve maritime issues with China in the spirit of equality and mutual respect and in a peaceful way, the report said.He suggested the two sides manage their differences, conduct maritime cooperation in areas of low sensitivity and maintain a stable situation in the South China Sea to prevent the maritime issue from casting a shadow over bilateral ties.Phuc is leading the largest Vietnamese delegation ever to China, consisting 32 ministerial officials and other delegates, Liu said.His visit to China comes in the back drop of this months visit to Hanoi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the two countries agreed to step up their ties form strategic partnership to a “comprehensive strategic partnership”.Officials here say by stepping up ties with India, US and Japan, the Communist Vietnam is trying to balance ties to increase leverage with China.Li also suggested that China, Vietnam carry out cultural and people-to-people exchanges and enhance cooperation in areas including defence and law enforcement. PTI KJV ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

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Automation’s critical role in developing secure IoT products

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech: compact DIN-Rail fanless Embedded Box PC for intelligent manufacturingNext DATA MODUL extends touch sensor portfolio with even bigger sizes CameronRobertson says: “What is it that is usually made top priority when launching a series of products or services? It has definitely got to be security even in this storage of IoT products. Developing them is easy but securing them is on yet another level. This pretty intense Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT July 31, 2019 at 8:39 am 1 thought on “Automation’s critical role in developing secure IoT products” Development teams are constantly challenged to assure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their IoT products. Well known vulnerabilities are continually left exposed in connected products. Developers often lack the expertise and time required to identify and close new vulnerabilities. Tools that help developers and security engineers accomplish their goal of secure IoT products are required.In the early days of software development, code was manually analyzed for quality defects and vulnerabilities. This type of code inspection is still used in agile peer review processes and potentially for high-value code within an application, but does not scale to meet the needs of modern technology. A report from McKinsey and Company noted for example that there are over 150 million software lines of code (SLoC) in a modern automobile. Attempting to manually review this code and still get the product to market on time would be impossible.Identify Security Requirements In order to define automated security tests, a team must first acquire an understanding of product threats. A threat model should be the first activity that any team undertakes. Threat models are often static documents that are rarely read, however, there are tools today that link threat model data with user stories and support the creation of automated tests that can be run throughout the dev process. Figure 1 shows an automated process for identifying device-specific security requirements.click for larger image Figure 1: Security Requirements Identification Process (Source: VDOO) One useful example is the Robot scripting library from WE45. The Robot Framework is used by Quality Assurance teams to create Behavior Driven Development (BDD) tests. WE45 has developed scripts that allow engineers to define misuse cases attached to user stories within a threat model and then link those misuse cases directly to automated tests. This is based on the use of additional tools such as YAML scripts, OWASP ZAP, and other SAST/DAST tools.Whether using a framework such as this or starting from scratch, teams must be able to build up a security requirements backlog. Security requirements can be derived from numerous sources. Product teams tailor requirements based on regulatory mandates, best practice guidelines, security technical implementation guides (STIGs) and of course threat models. These requirements are captured as either functional user stories or acceptance tests within the product backlog.This effectively creates a Security Requirements Traceability Matrix (SRTM) that can be used to support the creation and execution of automated security tests. Security user stories can be flagged as security stories within the backlog. Additionally, these stories should include metadata that allows linkages back to the source of the security requirement (for example an IA control number or a STIG identifier) and should also include metadata related to the automated tests derived from the requirement (e.g., an automated test ID). This allows automated frameworks or other tools to have full traceability back to the original requirement.Infrastructure or peer application emulators can also prove useful when needed to test new types of functionality enabled by the IoT. One example – an emulator previously developed to test a complex automotive cryptographic certificate management system supporting Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications. The test team defined mis-use cases at project inception and designed an emulator to automatically run through those mis-use cases. This worked by identifying functional security requirements for the system at the application layer and then building negative test cases into the emulator that test entire threads of functionality. For example, the tool could automatically and continuously attempt to initiate a certificate management transaction and then analyze whether appropriate access restrictions were in place and whether an event was written to the log file.Integrate Security into Product Design Once security requirements are documented, the product design phase can benefit from approaches such as model-based security testing (MBST). MBST can be used to validate that security requirements have been met within a product design. MBST is based on the formal modeling of requirements. Today’s product teams employ agile development methods which means that the design process is iterative over a series of development sprints. This allows designers to continuously re-evaluate the cyber security posture of their design based on feedback from security tools executed on code developed during the sprint.For example, a scan of an IoT product might find that read access to sensitive configuration files was not properly restricted within the device. The results inform the developer of the need to implement more restricting privileging within the file system. Tools can be setup to also automatically open an issue within JIRA to revisit the design of the access control model for the product in line with applicable industry best practice recommendations, such as “implement role-based access controls” and “require elevated privileges for access to sensitive data”, allowing the design team to make updates to the security architecture.The security tools that perform these scans during each sprint can be configured to run automatically. Open source automation frameworks such as Guantlt provide plug-ins directly with git to support pre-commit checks that automatically alert a developer on his or her desktop that basic errors have been introduced. This allows the developer to correct the mistake before committing.Continuous integration tools such as Jenkins, Bamboo, Travis, Buildbot, Thoughtworks and others can be setup to integrate security test tools that automatically run on each build. Jenkins for example incorporates the Warnings Next Generation Plugin that collects and visualizes issues collected by various security analysis tools. This includes code analysis and run-time application security tools. Tools are also available (e.g., CodeBurner) that effectively manage the execution and reporting of multiple static analysis test tools.Different security tools can be automated to identify known vulnerabilities. For example, static code analysis can identify and report on known signatures in code. These are useful for identifying issues such as configuration issues, hard-coded credentials, vulnerabilities in third-party libraries, and vulnerabilities mapped to CVEs.Binary analysis of IoT device firmware analysis can also be used to efficiently identify known vulnerabilities and there are tools available today such as VDOO’s Vision that can analyze IoT products based on Linux, Android and Widows platforms. Tools typically used to identify quality issues in code can also be run automatically within the CI and can support the quick identification of basic issues. These include findbugs, sonarqube and tools such as copy/paste detector (CPD) as examples.More in-depth testing can be incorporated into the CI to begin identification of potential zero-day vulnerabilities as well. These are vulnerabilities that are not yet known but may be found by a dedicated security researcher or bad actor. Tools based on symbolic execution are efficient at finding unknown vulnerabilities but may take hours to run for even small binaries. Symbolic testing analyzes programs to determine the inputs that cause a program to execute. Some tools such as VDOO’s Vision can be integrated into the CI environment to provide developers with both fast firmware analysis and more in-depth analysis capabilities aimed at identifying both unknown and known vulnerabilities.Know the Basics Although security automation is a powerful tool, it is not a panacea for secure development of IoT products. Development teams still require some minimum level of cyber security knowledge and expertise to identify unique product threats and interpret test tool output as well as to secure the integration of IoT hardware and software components. It is the responsibility of all developers to have at least a basic level of understanding of security issues associated with their products and each product team should have security engineering support that understand how to run and interpret automated security tool outputs.Brian Russell is a Security Advisor for VDOO and Chair of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group. He is also a Chief Engineer for Cyber Security Solutions at Leidos – a Fortune 500 Government Contractor where he has led Research and Development (R&D) for secure cloud systems, autonomous vehicles, permissioned blockchain networks, and cryptographic key management systems. Brian is an adjunct professor with the University of San Diego (USD) in the graduate Cyber Security Operations and Leadership Program and co-author of the book Practical Internet of Things Security. He is also a SANS Analyst. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. 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Turan & Barca’s 15 worst-ever signings

first_imgTransfers Arda Turan and Barcelona’s 15 worst signings of all time Last updated 1 year ago 23:05 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(46) Arda Turan Barcelona AA Transfers Primera División Barcelona v Celta de Vigo Barcelona Copa del Rey As the Turkey midfielder prepares to move back to his homeland, Goal takes a look at some of the least successful buys in Blaugrana historylast_img

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