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Abbeyknockmoy (Galway) are celebrating this morning after almost eleven hours of play they emerged victorious in the Boys 40×20 Div 1 Final when they overcame Breacach (Tyrone) by the slimmest of margins. In fact there was very little between all 5 clubs in the division with only 2 points separating all the teams, so final placing were decided on aces scored. In the main final Breacach had a commanding lead after the first game leading 21-6. Abbey backs were really up against the wall at this stage going into the final game but Mikey Kelly the Boys Div 1 skills winner really turned on the style and with some excellent shots. The large crowed was very excited as the game entered the final stages with both sides encouraging their players. The scores were all level with just a minute left on the clock but Abbey got the final few scores to win 27-24. This is in fact the first time a Féile Handball Boys Div 1 title has been won by a Galway club and it was really nice for it to happen in Moycullen.In the Girls 40×20 Div 1 Final Clogh (Kilkenny) came back from 11-21 down after the first game to overcome Micheál Breathnach (Galway) on a final score-line 32-23. This turn around was partly as a result of the excellent display of the Girls 40×20 Div 1 skills winner Amy Brennan who put in a stela performance in the final game.In the 60×30 event a very enjoyable day was had in Moycullen where Kilfane (Kilkenny) saw off Ballina (Tipperary) to win the Div 1 grade winning 42-10.In the One Wall Féile Boys competition was won by the Clogh Ballacolla (Laois) when they overcame Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) 48-24 while in the Girls final the Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) team defeated Oughterard (Galway) 47-21.GAA Handball would like to thank all the Galway venues for their hospitality and especially all the volunteers at each venue who ran everything so smoothly on the day. We also thank all the coaches, parents, the National & Local Féile organising committee’s, but most important of all we would like to congratulate all the players for contributing to such a brilliant day of Handball that will live long in their memories.Team Results – Galway Results In Bold40×20 Boys FinalsDiv 1: Abbeyknockmoy (Galway) dft Breacach (Tyrone) 27-24Div 1 (Plate): Kells (Kilkenny) dft Loughmacrory (Tyrone) 34-12Div 2: Fermoy (Cork) dft Ballydesmond 1 (Cork) 29-27Div 2 (Plate): Monaghan Harps (Monaghan) dft Moycullen 1 (Galway) 41-18Div 3: Kingscourt 1 (Cavan) dft Micheál Breathnach (Galway) 40-17Div 3 (Plate): Windgap (Kilkenny) dft Friary/Abbeyside/Ballinacourty 1 (Waterford) 27-16Div 4: Cullohill 1 (Laois) dft Claregalway (Galway) 28-25Div 4 (Plate): Conna 1 (Cork) dft Clooney-Quin (Clare) 27-24Div 5: Clogh (Kilkenny) dft Kingscourt (Cavan) 42-14Div 5 (Plate): Boherbue (Cork) dft Annaghdown (Galway) 31-22Div 6: Friary/Abbeyside/Ballinacourty 2 (Waterford) dft Coolboy (Wicklow) 32-32, 11-10Div 6 (Plate): Newport (Mayo) dft Inis Mór (Galway) 36-3140×20 Girls FinalsDiv 1: Clogh (Kilkenny) dft Micheál Breathnach 1 (Galway) 32-23Div 1 (Plate): Cullohill (Laois) dft St. Josephs (Wexford) 32-24Div 2: Kilkishen (Clare) dft Windgap (Kilkenny) 37-22Div 2 (Plate): Micheal Breathnach 2 (Galway) dft Inis Mór (Galway) 42-9Div 3: Garryhill (Carlow) dft Friary/Abbeyside/Ballinacourty (Waterford) 42-19Div 3 (Plate): Williamstown (Galway) dft Ballydesmond (Cork) 45-2460×30 Boys Finals Div 1: Kilfane (Kilkenny) dft Ballina (Tipperary) 42-10Div 1 (Plate): Castleconnor (Sligo) dft Castlebridge (Wexford) 42-16One Wall Boys FinalsDiv 1: Clough Ballacolla (Laois) dft Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) 48-24Div 1 (Plate): Oughterard (Galway) dft Millmount (Louth) 45-18One Wall Girls FinalsDiv 1: Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) dft Oughterard (Galway) 47-21Skills Results40×20 Boys Div 11st– Mikey Kelly (Abbeyknockmoy)2nd– Harry Delaney (Kells)3rd – Daniel Hanrahan (Galmoy)40×20 Girls Div 11st– Amy Brennan (Clogh)2nd – Éadaoin Nic Dhonnacha (Micheál Breathnach)3rd – Jodie Keeling (St. Josephs)60×30 Boys Div 11st– Sean O’Keeffe (Kilfane)2nd– Darragh Bourke (Castleconnor)3rd– Evan Carey (Ballina)One Wall Boys Div 11st– Joseph Gallagher (Mountbellew/Moylough)2nd– Ture Kleefeld (Oughterard)3rd – Kevin Hyland (Clough Ballacolla)One Wall Girls Div 11st– Emma Ryan (Mountbellew/Moylough)2nd– Aimee McAteer (Mayobridge)3rd – Kyla Sweeney (Oughterard) The John West sponsored national Féile na nGael Handball competition has once again proved to be an exceptional day of Handball as the counties top young Under 14 Handballers displayed great skills for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to all the clubs who travelled in their droves to all the venues across Galway. It was the second largest Féile of all time with almost 70 teams taking part in 40×20, 60×30 and One Wall grades with team numbers well up on the last few years. Whilst the main aim of this weekend is enjoyment and participation Saturday’s evening finals provided a fitting climax to the day. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Michael Holyfield was dominant in the pain, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. He only scored two baskets in the game but they were big. In the final minutes he finished off a pair of alley-oops to put the Islanders away. After a tight first half, the Lions led, 26-24. The largest lead for either team in the first half was three. Southeastern took its three-point lead, 6-3, on an Onochie Ochie jumper at the 16:06 mark. The Wildcats last led, 24-21, at the 4:01 mark on a Harrison Hawkins jumper, but Southeastern tied the game less than a minute later on Justin Lobell’s first career bucket. – Return to Top – – Return to Top – The Bears (1-19, 1-8), who lost to the Privateers by 20 points less than two weeks ago in New Orleans, had three players in double figures, led by Howard with 20 points, his 19th double-figure game in 20 games as a Bear. Junior guard Mike Martin added 15 points and junior center Jake Zuilhof overcame foul trouble to finish with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. The first half was a defensive struggle but the Bearkats managed to jump ahead 26-12 at halftime. Sam Houston held A&M-Corpus Christi to just two made baskets through the first eight minutes of the game. The Islanders only managed five made baskets and a pair of free-throws in the first half. Nicholls will travel to San Antonio for a 7 p.m. matchup with Incarnate Word on Tuesday before returning home to face Southeastern La. at 3:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day in Stopher Gym. Kevin Hardy spearheaded McNeese offensive attack, scoring 21 points in the loss. Guidry finished with team-highs in rebounds (13) and assists (three) to go along with 11 points. – Return to Top – On a night when the first 400 UIW students received t-shirts with senior Denzel Livingston’s #11 on them, Livingston had one of his best all-around games of the season with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks. Freshman Traylin Farris was no slouch either on the inside with a season high 20 points, including a pair of thunderous dunks, and six rebounds. Nicholls 70, McNeese State 59THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team capitalized on an inspired group performance and led by as many as 16 points en route to a 70-59 victory over McNeese State on Saturday night in Stopher Gym. Sam Houston was uncharacteristically bad from the free-throw line, hitting just 15-of-29 from the charity stripe. The Bearkats came into the game making 70 percent of their free throws. New Orleans was 27 of 75 (36 percent) and had just six assists in the game. ACU shot 34.5 percent from the floor (20-of-58), including 34.6 percent from three-point range (9-of-26). The Wildcats converted 3-of-4 from the free throw line (75 percent). Frye led Nicholls, scoring 13 of his career-high 19 points in the second half. He also added four rebounds and a career-high three steals in the win. Sam McBeath filled the stat sheet with a team-high six rebounds to go along with four points, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Liam Thomas finished with 12 points, five boards and a team-leading three blocks on the night. Young, who played only 17 minutes due to an injury early in the second period, dished out a career-high six assists to lead the team. A&M-Corpus Christi stormed back in the second half and shot 50 percent from the field, cutting the Bearkat lead to six on two occasions. One of those occasions was with 1:11 left to play, but the Kats managed to hang on. Sam Houston was outscored 47-41 in the second half. Sam Houston State 67, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Kaheem Ransom scored a season-high 19 points to lead Sam Houston State to a 65-59 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday at Johnson Coliseum. The win keeps the Bearkats firmly in second place in the Southland Conference. The Colonels shot 51.9 percent from the floor and 75 percent at the free throw line to finish 10 points over their season average of 59.9 points per game in conference play. Nicholls held McNeese to just 31.7 percent from the floor and 26.3 percent from three-point range. The Colonels dominated points in the paint (38-26) and finished with more bench points (23-13), assists (20-10), blocks (8-3) and points off turnovers (16-14) than the Cowboys. DeMarcus Gatlin was the Bearkats second-leading scorer with 14 points, while also totaling nine boards. Dakarai Henderson added 12 points off of the bench, burying four three-pointers. – Return to Top – It took the Islanders until the 3:02 mark to break into double figures. They shot just 23% in the first period, while the Bearkats hit 40% of their shots. Sam Houston led by as many as 16 points. But the Privateers (6-13, 2-8) fought back with repeated drives to the basket and eventually got back in the game. Kevin Brown’s pair of free throws tied the game at 67-67 with 1:57 left, setting up the wild final minutes. Central Arkansas 70, New Orleans 67Nicholls 70, McNeese State 59Sam Houston State 67, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59Southeastern Louisiana 65, Abilene Christian 52Stephen F. Austin 95, Houston Baptist 59UIW 78, Lamar 72 The win was a long time coming for a team that featured only one returnee from last year’s squad, along with a new coaching staff. How did it feel for the players? SFA dictated the game from the opening tip, opening on an 8-0 run and forcing six of the 21 Husky turnovers across the first three minutes of the game. UIW is back in action on Tuesday for Military Appreciation Night at home against Nicholls at 7 p.m. The Bears took their biggest lead of the season, 18 points, at the 4:00 mark of the first half, and settled for a 36-24 margin at halftime. After hitting 13 three-pointers in Tuesday’s 110-108 loss to Northwestern State, the Bears did not hit their first basket from beyond the arc until the 16:50 mark of the second half. UCA then knocked down two in a two-minute span to push its lead to 15 points. UCA was 4 of 7 from three-point range in the final 20 minutes. Up 14-6, Walkup pushed the Lumberjacks back up by double figures, netting his 12th point on a three-point play with 13:02 on the clock. A 4-0 run by HBU then narrowed the lead to seven points, before SFA responded with a 6-0 run to make it 23-10. The advantage for the Lumberjacks never waned below double-figures the rest of the way in taking a 47-27 advantage into the lockerroom. Southeastern shot 49 percent from the floor (25-of-51), including 35.3 percent from 3-point range (6-of-17). The Lions converted 9-of-14 from the free throw line (64.3 percent) and out-rebounded ACU, 37-31. The Cardinals (13-6, 5-4) have struggled to finish out games in recent weeks, but they played their best down the stretch against the Lamar Cardinals (11-12, 5-6). The visitors led for less than three minutes in the game, but led 69-66 with 4:52 remaining after a jumper by Donovan Ross. Farris and Kyle Hittle scored on back-to-back layups for UIW to reclaim the lead, but Tyran de Lattibeaudiere’s follow up dunk pushed Lamar back on top by one with 3:49 remaining. – Return to Top – The Bears, with their newfound confidence, have nine games remaining, beginning on Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. Upson gave Southeastern the lead for good early in the second half, 28-26, draining a jumper with 18:15 to play. The Lions would extend their lead as high as 16 points, but a Hawkins 3-pointer with 48 seconds left in the game brought the score to its final resting place. Southeastern Louisiana 65, Abilene Christian 52ABILENE, Texas – Senior center DeVonte Upson poured in a career-high 24 points and Southeastern Louisiana snapped a four-game Southland Conference losing streak with a 65-52 win against Abilene Christian at Moody Coliseum. The Lumberjacks will now hit the road for three straight games, starting with Northwestern State on Monday, Feb. 9. SFA and the Demons will meet in a 6:30 p.m. tip inside Prather Coliseum. UIW shot 50.9 percent from the field, made 5-of-15 from three-point range and were 15-of-22 at the foul line. Livingston just missed his fourth double-double of the season. Farris was 7-of-11 from the field and blocked a pair of shots. Hittle finished with 17 points and five rebounds while Walker tallied 11 points. The team committed eight turnovers and forced 13 while outscoring Lamar, 22-10 on points off turnovers. The Bears, who never trailed in the game, broke a 19-game losing streak by holding the Privateers to 36 percent shooting and withstanding a late rally by UNO that cut a 16-point lead to nothing with two minutes to play. UCA then got two free throws from freshman Mathieu Kamba, followed by a huge block by the Calgary, Alberta, native on the defensive end. Freshman guard Jordan Howard then made 1 of 2 at the line and junior center Jake Zuilhof pulled down a defensive rebound to give the Bears their final margin of victory. Out of the break a T.J. Carpenter triple ignited a 14-0 explosion over the opening 3:19 of the second period. Ja’Dante’ Frye put a punctuation mark on the run with a monster dunk in transition, assisted by Young. With 13:44 remaining in the contest, Luka Kamber connected on a shot from beyond the arc to put the Colonels up 47-31. McNeese lived at the charity stripe for the majority of the second frame and pulled within six points after a pair of Desharick Guidry free throws at the 4:04 mark; but the Cowboys would come no closer as Nicholls played keep-away and padded their lead over the final minutes. Cedric Jenkins added 14 points for the Lions. Daniel Grieves chipped in nine points and five rebounds. Zay Jackson and Jimmie Duplessis handed out five assists apiece. SFA held the Huskies without a made basket for 7:58 into the second half and led by as much as 45 points (74-29) en route to the 95-59 final. Hawkins led the Wildcats with 18 points. Austin Cooke added 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Walkup paced SFA against the Huskies (10-10, 5-5 SLC), finishing 13-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the foul line. The native of Pasadena, Texas, also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out a career-best five assists and tied another career-high with three steals. UIW did not score on their next possession, but Hittle picked up a crucial steal that led to a fast break dunk by Livingston with 3:19 to play. Livingston knocked down two free throws on the team’s next possession and then Jontrell Walker scored on a tough layup in the lane to make it a 5-point game. Hittle took a charge on the next defensive possession and then scored on a layup to clinch the game with under a minute remaining. The Lumberjacks outscored HBU 48-28 in the paint, 24-13 off turnovers, 19-13 in second chance opportunities and 8-4 in the fast break. Central Arkansas 70, New Orleans 67CONWAY, Ark. – The University of Central Arkansas Bears tasted victory for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon, taking down the New Orleans Privateers 70-67 in dramatic fashion at the Farris Center. UIW 78, Lamar 72SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Playing in front of their largest home crowd of the year, the University of the Incarnate Word men’s basketball team gave the fans something to cheer about in a 78-72 Southland Conference victory over Lamar University on Saturday night at the McDermott Center. The Colonels (7-13, 4-6 SLC) scored the opening points of the contest before trading baskets with the Cowboys (9-12, 3-7 SLC) over the first eight minutes of play. After a dunk by Travis Julien, Nicholls pushed their lead to five at the 11:24 mark. McNeese responded and tied the game after a Shaun Johnson layup with 7:57 remaining in the half. The Colonels punched back with an 8-0 run, punctuated by an explosive alley-oop dunk by Quinton Thomas off of a feed from Zach Young. The Cowboys answered with an 11-0 run of their own over the final 2:28 of the frame, taking a 27-24 lead at halftime. Parker and junior Clide Geffrard each finished with 16 points. Parker netted 6-of-11 shots, including two from deep, and a pair of free throws, while Geffrard established a new career-high on 6-of-10 shooting with a 3-pointer and three hits from the charity stripe. Southeastern returns to the University Center for a 7 p.m. conference matchup Tuesday against Central Arkansas. Lamar shot 52.6 percent from the field, made 4-of-15 from 3-point range and was 8-for-11 at the foul line. De Lattibeaudiere had 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to lead the team. Anthony Holliday scored 15 points and Dontavious Sears had 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench. The Bearkats will take a short break from league play to host Texas College Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum. Ransom had a great game on both ends of the floor, leading the Kats in scoring, and guarding A&M-Corpus Christi’s leading scorer John Jordan. The Islander point guard, finished the game with 15 points but scored nine of those points in the final 4:18 of the game. Stephen F. Austin 95, Houston Baptist 59HOUSTON, Texas – Junior Thomas Walkup netted a career-high 34 points and senior Jacob Parker became Stephen F. Austin’s all-time winningest player at the Division I level in a 95-59 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. – Return to Top – Parker recorded his 98th career victory for the Lumberjacks (19-3, 9-0 SLC) to surpass former teammate Desmond Haymon, who set the previous mark of 97 wins last season. Upson also hauled in a game-high nine rebounds as Southeastern (6-16, 3-6 Southland) extended ACU’s (9-14, 3-7 Southland) streak to seven losses in-a-row. A freshman from French Settlement, Louisiana, Lobell hit a 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining until halftime to draw the Lions even, 24-24.
kirill pertsev 1 Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Almost every description of P2P in the context of business infrastructure starts something like this: “P2P is notorious for…” This comes from many years of people associating P2P with illegal downloading, to the point that the terms are now almost synonymous. Such an association is inherently unfair, however, because no one equates TCP/IP and crime, despite the fact that TCP/IP is the protocol of choice for many cyber-criminals.Rather than resorting to out-dated and inaccurate definitions, let’s start from scratch and consider the following: what is P2P, really? What is it good for? How can we use it to save and earn money?What’s in a Name?P2P stands for “peer to peer.” Put simply, it’s one method of establishing communication between parties. Uploading information to Google Docs to share it with colleagues is not P2P, but sending the same information as an attachment to email is, despite the fact that mail servers are involved. In this context, P2P doesn’t mean “serverless communication” so much as “communication that is perceived to be serverless.” Like email, instant messaging (IM) is considered P2P technology because even though servers are used quite extensively, there is no explicit act of uploading data to an intermediate location. With both email and IM, servers are used behind the scenes, so to speak.Thus, “P2P” is as much a social term as a technical one. It connotes a grid or cloud of devices that are more or less equal, rather than a constellation of star-like servers with clusters of clients surrounding them. But from the purely technical point of view, there is a distinct difference between true P2P (in which data is not relayed through a server) and perceived P2P (in which data is relayed through a server, but we don’t see it happen).P2P and the CloudAs currently implemented, “cloud computing” is really just a new name for old-school client-server computing, except that the servers pretend to be redundant. Clients have little or no actual control over this redundancy and cannot even verify its existence. When a cloud-based service tells you that your data is stored securely, you have no choice but to trust it… or not.Compare that with a P2P file-sharing network. On a P2P network, every peer can tell who has complete or partial copies of a given file, what percentage of the file is stored locally, as well as many other details. Doesn’t that seem like a better example of cloud storage? If not, then what is?Even better, with this set-up you can easily control the level of redundancy: just add another client instance, have it share the same file, and you’ve increased your redundancy by one. However, you can’t reduce redundancy beyond the peers under your influence. If all peers don’t agree to remove a given file, no one can. There have been many ideas about implementing a kind of “delete button” for the web, but the closer we move towards cloud computing, the less likely such a scenario becomes.Cloud services are chosen for their convenience (being accessible from everywhere with simple tools) and reliability (with redundant storage in stable data centers). P2P technologies increase both factors: they increase convenience because there is no uploading or downloading to and from the cloud, and they provide directly controllable redundancy and, thus, cost control.In most cases, more reliability means higher prices, and not all data deserves the same level of service. With P2P platforms behind cloud services, developers could implement applications that allow multiple storage and processing schemes without much hassle. This is not always good for service providers, because flexible cost control means that customers can scale up and down freely as business and economic conditions demand. But for the industry as a whole, it is definitely a good thing because it stiffens competition and enables customers to better survive.What is perhaps more significant about introducing P2P technology into cloud computing is that the P2P cloud would truly be a cloud, not just a 15-year-old client-server technology with a new sticker. If you are inviting us into the cloud, then let us truly be a part of it, instead of remaining a client that we can neither see nor control.P2P as a Social ToolThe traditional Internet (Web 1.0) was built mostly like a television network. Websites were controlled by a small group of content producers (editors, media teams, individual owners, etc.), and millions of users were consumers of that content. The barrier to entry was far lower than it was in the television industry, but it was still mainly a one-way road from the website to the user. The Internet’s infrastructure reflected this: data centers, thick pipes that connected them, and subscriber lines that could download much faster than upload.Then Web 2.0 came along, and everything started to change. Today, most popular sites were created by ordinary users who care less about owning content than about sharing it with others. Developers created ecosystems and gave users tools to track each other and exchange content, and sites became service providers instead of content sources.What happened to the Internet’s infrastructure, then? Nothing. Imagine YouTube going out of business: the entire infrastructure for that video would disappear in a day, but the videos themselves would still exist, scattered among computers of individual users, stuck on cell phones, caught in caches, etc.Now take that one step further: instead of YouTube, we have a P2P network, full of videos and convenient tools to watch and upload them. Nobody can close this network or put it out of business. Sufficiently large P2P networks are invincible; if you don’t believe that, ask the MPAA and RIAA.Web 2.0 is P2P (in a social sense), done with Web 1.0 tools and old infrastructure. To unlock a box with a whole set of new services, we need to upgrade the infrastructure. Just as Gopher was replaced by WWW, and UUCP was replaced by SMTP, the current star-shaped web infrastructure will be replaced by a mesh-shaped cloud network. Data centers would still exist, but instead of providing bandwidth and servers, they would provide reliability and accessibility. (And a system of measurement would need to be established for both.)We can call this a “social Internet infrastructure”: an infrastructure that reflects new social behavior, that allows anyone to connect and share content with anyone else, while still enjoying sufficient privacy and security. It’s not so much a revolution as an evolution: another step in a process that has been occuring for some time already. It happened to the telephone system — does anyone remember having to call a phone station to be put through to another person? I’ve only read about it in books. It will happen to the Internet eventually, too.So, Show Us the MoneyWhat is P2P good for, then? To answer that, let’s first look at the potential benefits of an “ideal” P2P implementation, benefits that a business could use for competitive advantage or to implement an entirely new service.The most talked-about advantage of P2P is its ability to cut bandwidth bills. Imagine how much money companies like Dell, Logitech and Microsoft spend on downloads of products and services? Logitech’s generic mouse driver is over 30 MB in size, and the number of its mice being used around the world is countless. A Microsoft Windows service pack can be as big as 300 MB. Now think of how many computers run Windows? (Remember that Apple has less than 25% market share, if that helps.) There are also media distribution companies, web accelerators, distributed back-ups, the list goes on. And every one of these companies could dramatically reduce its bandwidth bill by using P2P. Properly implementing P2P content distribution isn’t easy; but when our industry had (almost) more money than it could spend, nobody cared to try it. Today, money isn’t just an issue; it’s the issue.Look at Skype. For it, implementing P2P was not optional but mandatory. Creating a free multimedia service for millions of people without spending tens of millions of dollars on “free” infrastructure wasn’t (and still isn’t) possible. With P2P, Skype was able to provide free phone access without actually subsidizing users (this is not 100% accurate, but accurate enough for this example). All the money it collects from paid users is profit, and yet its creators failed with Joost, not because no ones wants free television, but because Joost had a different infrastructure. People were not into sharing TV as much as they were into simply talking to each other. And then came YouTube, which was funded first by venture capital and then by Google.Another benefit of P2P is that it requires zero configuration. Skype is probably not the best IP phone around, nor was it the first; but you don’t have to be a telecommunications engineer to use it. You download the installer, run it, register yourself as a user, and off you go, from nothing to brilliant conversation in a few minutes.As with content distribution, implementing a P2P network that requires no configuration isn’t an easy task, but it dramatically reduces the number of users who drop off from being intimidated by the technology or feeling they lack the necessary skill. For many services, this is the difference between 100,000 users and 10 million users, or between going out of business as soon as venture money dries up and being profitable within a year.Zero-configuration P2P has to do with more than just P2P, though. It also implies being able to fully network with zero configuration: the ability to connect any device anywhere using any available connection. Unattended sensors, medical IT devices, military computers, none of these should require in-field configuration. The people who use them generally don’t have time to read instruction manuals. They should be able to open the box, insert batteries, and have a workable device within seconds. This is what zero configuration gives users: a choice, not just between high and low profitability, but between life and death.Even in the case of lower-profile applications, zero-configuration P2P can cut deployment costs tremendously — and well-implemented P2P platforms could reduce those costs to almost nothing. On such a platform, for example, setting up a new message-processing server for a financial system would be as easy as opening the box, throwing the server on the rack, plugging in the ethernet and power cables, and nothing else.Ubiquitous connectivity simplifies development costs. Message-passing platforms wouldn’t need to account for different types of hosts, relays, connectivity fall-backs, and so on. You would simply confirm that the peer is up and then send it a message. Done. Think of how many networked hosts out there are actually “gateways” between email and text messages, between Internet and Intranets, between X and Y technologies. When one networked device can securely connect with any other, many problems simply evaporate. Before TCP/IP took the world by storm, gazillions of networking technologies existed. No one remembers their names, not because they were inadequate, but because TCP/IP was everywhere, and it’s much easier to speak the common language than to teach others a “better” one.All of these factors are hopefully pushing cloud networking technologies towards commoditization, which would expand markets, decrease infrastructure costs, and allow companies to deliver better products more cheaply. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane: Being top means nothingby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are top of the table after a 2-0 win over Osasuna.But Zinedine Zidane isn’t getting carried away.”We’re leaders but it means nothing,” Real coach Zidane told the press.”What matters is that we keep going on this track. We have to believe in what we do.”We’ll have complicated times.”Zidane was asked if he was brave to rotate his starting XI, but his response was rather dismissive as he backed his squad.”No,” Zidane said abruptly, “I’m going to count on my 25 [players].”Brave about what? I’m going to count on everyone.”
Ex-Man City keeper Curtis Anderson: Why did I go to Charlotte?by Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland U17 World Cup winning goalkeeper Curtis Anderson admits he was wrong to leave England for the USL.Anderson cut his Manchester City contract short to join US team Charlotte Independence, but is now a free agent.He told the Manchester Evening News: “Right now, because I’m in the situation I’m in now I’m thinking I shouldn’t have done that, it was stupid. But if for example Jim McGuinness didn’t get sacked I’d probably still be there now and have played 25-30 games going into the play-offs and I’d be thinking it had been great and I’d come back in January and sign for a decent side.”But it’s not gone that way, it’s gone the complete opposite.”I’ve now not been paid for two months because I’ve not got a team. The money side of it is fine but even though I’m not standing still I’m not progressing how I want to at the minute and I’m now thinking if I’d have stayed at City until the end of the season I’d have got even more money because I’d have seen my contract out and then signed 100 per cent for a team in July and be signed to a team now.”I don’t regret it because I know I wasn’t happy in the end at City so I’d have had five months of training there every day knowing nothing is happening so when I saw the opportunity to play I didn’t think about the what ifs.”I guess that’s how I am as a person and I’ll always be like that. I jump into everything headfirst.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced actress Nia Long and San Antonio Spur’s assistant coach Ime Udoka as new champions in the fight against malaria.In their first activity as Nothing But Nets champions, Long and Udoka are asking fans and family to help protect children and refugees from the disease by donating to the campaign. You can make a difference and save a life by donating $10 to purchase a net for a child and family in need.“Ime and I wanted to find an organization that spoke to us on a personal level; we both have family members who have been affected by malaria and we are dedicated to giving back to those in need,” Long said. “It is inconceivable that children are still dying from a disease which is completely preventable and treatable. We are proud to partner with the Nothing But Nets campaign to help raise awareness. A simple bed net can make all the difference for a child and family to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.”Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa, to ensure vulnerable populations, including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict, are protected from the disease.“We are thrilled to welcome Nia and Ime into the ranks of Nothing But Nets champions working across the country and around the world to raise awareness, funds, and voices to protect families from malaria,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, Director of Nothing But Nets. “We’re committed to working towards the day when no child dies from a mosquito bite.”Today, there are more than 65 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million nets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.Now in its tenth year, the Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families from the threat of malaria.Fans can join Long and Udoka in saving lives with Nothing But Nets by visiting NothingButNets.net/NiaLong.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appeared to be pulling back Tuesday from a government shutdown over his $5 billion request for border wall funds, with the first signs of movement toward a possible end to the standoff.The White House set the tone early when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Trump — who just last week said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government — doesn’t want to after all. The president would consider other options and the administration was looking at ways to find the funding elsewhere, Sanders said.“The president has asked every agency to look and see if they have money that can be used,” Sanders said.It was a turnaround after days of impasse. Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.One option that has been circulating on Capitol Hill would be to simply approve government funding at existing levels, without a boost for the border, as a stopgap measure to kick the issue into the new Congress next year. The White House preference was for such a short-term package, said a person familiar with the negotiations.“We want to know what can pass,” Sanders said at a press briefing. “Once they make a decision and they put something on the table, we’ll make a determination on whether we’ll move forward.”The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been almost nonexistent since last week’s televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ offer. They had proposed keeping funding at current levels of $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall.The Senate’s top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating new proposals and talks were expected to continue. One idea could be a stopgap measure into February.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident there would not be a government shutdown Friday when funding for parts of the government expires.McConnell said a stopgap measure could be approved, though he suggested Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become House speaker when the Democrats take control Jan. 3, would not want to saddle the new year with a budget brawl.“If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year’s business next year,” McConnell said.Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have made it clear they are not interested in funding Trump’s border wall.During a meeting earlier Tuesday on Capitol Hill, McConnell had proposed $1.6 billion for border fencing, as outlined in a bipartisan Senate bill, plus an additional $1 billion that Trump could use on the border, according to a senior Democratic aide unauthorized to speak about the private meeting.Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal. Schumer called McConnell to reject it.“We cannot accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the president to implement his very wrong immigration policies,” Pelosi told reporters. “So that won’t happen.”Democrats also rejected the administration’s idea of shifting money from other accounts to pay for Trump’s wall.Pelosi will probably be able to quickly approve a longer-term measure to keep government running in the new year. She called it a “good sign” that the White House appeared to be backing off its demands.The White House showed its willingness to budge as it became apparent the president does not have support in Congress for funding the wall at the $5 billion level he wants. Sanders said Tuesday there are “other ways” to secure the funding.“At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government,” Sanders said on Fox News Channel. “We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration.”Sanders pointed to the Senate’s bipartisan appropriation measure for the Department of Homeland Security, which provides $26 billion, including $1.6 billion for fencing and other barriers. It was approved by the committee in summer on a bipartisan vote.“That’s something that we would be able to support,” she said, as long as it’s coupled with other funding.But House Democrats largely reject the Senate’s bill because it includes 65 miles of additional fencing along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has refused.It’s unclear how many House Republicans, with just a few weeks left in the majority before relinquishing power to House Democrats, will even show up midweek for possible votes. Many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.The standoff dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.Congress did pass legislation to fund much of the government through the fiscal year, until Oct. 1. But a partial shutdown could occur at midnight Friday on the remaining one-fourth of the government.About half the workers would be forced to continue working without immediate pay. Others would be sent home. Congress often approves their pay retroactively, even if they were ordered to stay home.Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are already funded for the year and will continue to operate as usual. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, wouldn’t be affected by any government shutdown because it’s an independent agency.___Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman in Washington contributed to this report.Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
Paris: Ethiopian Abrha Milaw upstaged two-time defending champion Paul Lonyangata to win the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Milaw clocked 2hr 07min 05sec, with Kenyan rival Lonyangata coming in third as 49,155 runners took to the streets of the French capital in cold, clear conditions. Gelete Burka produced a spurt of extra gas in the final kilometre to ensure an Ethiopian winner in the women’s race with a time of 2:22:48. France’s Clemence Calvin, who was only cleared to race on Friday after the last-minute lifting of a temporary ban for evading a doping test last month in Morocco, smashed the French women’s record. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhCalvin finished fourth in 2:23:41, bettering by 41 seconds the previous national record set by Christelle Daunay in 2010. It also bettered by almost three minutes her own previous best of 2:26:28 which she set when finishing second in the European championships in Berlin last year. “I stuck with it right to the end, I don’t care what my detractors think,” said Calvin. “There was only a very small minority of malicious people,” she added. “I have the courage of those who withstand a blow and are planted like the Eiffel Tower. I’m not afraid of anything or anyone.”
New Delhi: Delhi BJP Vice-President Shazia Ilmi on Monday held a press conference in response to a complaint filed by the Aam Aadmi Party objecting to her and Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari’s attendance as chief guests at a programme to be held on April 17. The complaint was filed to the Election Commission after the BJP leaders were invited to attend a programme at the India Islamic Cultural Centre as chief guests.Addressing the media, Shazia said that this complaint from the opposition shows their frustration as a reaction to the rising popularity of the BJP. She said, “The Aam Aadmi Party is so much afraid of this programme going to be held on April 17 that they have hatched a conspiracy with the opposition to stop it.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderShe added that the programme, held by the Talim Sansthan in association with Union Bank of India and the National Stock Exchange was to focus on better education for Muslims, empowering women, and other social issues. Shazia said that the organisation has held 35 programmes in the last five years and that all of them focused on socio-economic problems faced by economically weaker sections of the society. Insinuating that the Kejriwal-led AAP is fearful of defeat in the upcoming polls, Shazia raised doubts as to why the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is trying to bar them from attending the programme. “The Aam Aadmi Party is playing the politics of Muslim appeasement by giving communal color to an ordinary programme. This must be condemned,” she said.