Daily Archives: August 8, 2017

New Penske Acura Daytona Prototype to be unveiled in August

The new Acura Daytona Prototype international contender, with which Penske will contest next year’s IMSA SportsCar Championship, will be unveiled later this month

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Kimi Raikkonen: I've proved I'm still fast enough for top F1 seat

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen says he has proved he still has the speed to compete at the highest level in Formula 1 with his performances this season

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Nico Hulkenberg: Robert Kubica's Renault F1 test 'quite impressive'

Robert Kubica’s achievements in his first Formula 1 test in a 2017 car last week were “quite impressive”, says existing Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg

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Beauty On-the-Go: The Only 8 Products You Need in Your Bag

Sometimes it seems like we’re carrying our entire beauty arsenal in our handbags. That’s a lot of poundage. Instead of schlepping around all those unnecessary “necessities,” consider thoughtfully curating your makeup pouch. Which essentials do you need for touch-ups? What megastar products can you rely on in case of an emergency (of the beauty variety)? Which items can take you from day into night?

The key is to pick out your absolute must-haves, along with a few compact, multitasking products. We suggest starting with these eight on-the-go beauty products that’ll keep you looking fresh-faced and beautiful, no matter where your day takes you.

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COMMENTARY: "Right-Sizing" Proving Painful For Veteran Drivers

Kahne is out at HMS
Three of NASCAR’s biggest names are currently “at leisure” for the 2018 season; a fact that many observers struggle to understand.
Hendrick Motorsports confirmed today that Kasey Kahne has been released from the final year of his contract, freeing him to explore other opportunities for 2018 and beyond. Last week, Stewart Haas Racing declined to exercise its contract option on Kurt Busch, while Matt Kenseth currently has no ride lined up for next season, after losing his spot with Joe Gibbs Racing.
How do three proven drivers with a combined 85 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins and two series championships find themselves on the outside, looking in? And while we’re at it, how does Greg Biffle – a former Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series champion with 19 career MENCS wins — languish on the sidelines while drivers with a small fraction of his resume continue to compete every week?
The answer comes down to money, or the lack thereof.
“Kasey has worked extremely hard,” said team owner Rick Hendrick in announcing Kahne’s impending departure. “He’s a tremendous teammate and person, and he has been totally dedicated to our program since day one.”
Kurt Busch is a free agent…
All of that is unquestionably true. Unfortunately, Kahne is also a veteran driver who expects a certain level of compensation for his labor. And like Kenseth, Busch and Biffle, Kahne’s desired level of compensation makes him expendable in these changing economic times.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – who owns a top NASCAR Xfinity Series team in addition to his driving duties with Hendrick Motorsports – explained the realities of today’s NASCAR to NBCSports.com recently, saying, “You’ve got a guy who you think has got a lot of talent (and) a lot of potential, and a veteran who is established but wants three, four, five, six times the amount of money. You’re going to go with the younger guy, because it’s a better deal financially.”
…as is Kenseth.
Earnhardt said that in an era where sponsorship is increasingly difficult to come by, drivers can no longer write their own check when it comes to salary.
“The trickle-down effect is coming through in the drivers’ contracts and making a big difference in the decisions these owners are making,” said Earnhardt. “You can’t pay a driver $5 to $8 million a year, if you ain’t got but $10 million worth of sponsorship.”
And that, my friends, is the rub.
It’s not 1998 anymore. The days when a sponsor would happily stroke a check for $30 million per year are long gone, and they’re not coming back anytime soon. The number of sponsors willing (or able) to fund an entire, 38-race season can easily be counted on the fingers of one hand. And as sponsorship wanes, teams must respond by cutting payroll, slashing expenses and paring their operation closer to the bone than ever before.
End result?
Biffle: Still sidelined
A proven commodity like Kenseth finds himself jettisoned in favor of 21-year old newcomer Erik Jones, who will win races and contend for championships while cashing a much smaller paycheck than the man he replaced.
Busch has his contract option declined by Stewart Haas Racing, who will almost certainly attempt to ink a new pact with the former series champion, at a lower rate of compensation.
Biffle – who sources say was near the top of Richard Petty’s wish list when Aric Almirola was sidelined by injury earlier this season – gets passed over in favor of 23-year old Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, in large measure due to the gaping disparity in their pay demands.
And Kahne is let go by Hendrick Motorsports, likely in favor of young William Byron; a wildly talented 19-year old who will race competitively for less money than Kahne likely has scattered beneath his couch cushions.
NASCAR has recently come face-to-face with a difficult (though arguably long overdue) period of right-sizing. The days when mid-pack drivers owned their own private jets are long gone. The team owner’s helicopter went up for sale years ago, and the mountain chalet is now a luxury, rather than a necessity.

There is a leaner, meaner NASCAR on the horizon, and the transition will be uncomfortable for some. In the end, though, we will ultimately get back to what the sport was supposed to be about all along, racing instead of revenue

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Columbus’ Replica Ships Were Eaten By Termites

Columbus’ Replica Ships Were Eaten By TermitesTermite Control

It may be hard to believe, but the Spanish Government was furious with officials in the United States during the early 2000s. So what could possibly have come between America and the country of Spain? Why, termites of course. The Spanish Government had spent nine million pounds building replicas of the ships that Columbus used to sail to the New World. Since then Spain has blamed American officials for allowing the ships to become extremely expensive termite food.

The year 1992 was a significant year for both the United States and Spain. For those of you who recall your elementary school history, 1992 was the five hundred year anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the new world. The Spanish Government decided to celebrate the anniversary by building replicas of Columbus’s ships, and then sailing the ships to the United States. Once these replica ships arrived in the United States, the state government of Texas decided to accept the ships as a gift from Spain. To be more specific, the ships were leased to the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Unfortunately, by the early 2000s, a few of these replicas became termite hotspots.

Officials in Spain were hoping for the replica ships to become tourist attractions in America. Local government officials in Corpus Christi, Texas, however, failed to adequately care for the ships. By the time 2001 rolled around, termite infestations had rendered both the Pinta, and the Santa Maria worthless. The ships had become unable to float on the sea. These two infested ships were moved onto unsightly concrete blocks located on a portion of open land within a shopping plaza. The Nina was still in the water, but had fallen into serious disrepair.

At the time, the American lawyer for the Spanish Embassy in Washington, James Gold, had acknowledged the failure of Corpus Christi’s local government to properly care for the replica ships. In early 2001, the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau took over management of the ships. A representative of the visitors bureau had been quoted as saying “The termites are holding hands. That is the only reason the ships are still standing up”. The termites caused millions in damage, and a rift existed between America and Spain for years afterward. Who would have thought that termites could cause a major international fiasco?

In your experience, what is the most expensive thing that a termite infestation destroyed?

 

 

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Video: Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort

North Korea is one of the most secretive and isolated countries on the planet, making it rare that we ever get a glimpse inside. But, this video takes us to that strange and mysterious land to give us a look at an unexpected sight – a luxury ski resort tucked away in the mountains. It is a fascinating look at what it is like inside this unusual place, and things are just as surreal as you might…

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The guy responsible for making passwords such a pain now says he was wrong

passwords are like pants

If you’ve ever wracked your brain trying to think up a password with the requisite mix of numbers, exclamation marks and other special characters, we’ve got news for you:

You’re doing it wrong. 

Mind you, it’s not your fault. Security best-practice guidelines going back more than a decade have recommended resetting passwords every 90 days and creating cryptic strings of characters, rather than easy-to-remember words, as the ideal password strategy. 

But according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, the person responsible for this has had a change of mind.  

“Much of what I did I now regret,” Bill Burr, the 72-year-old author of the annoyingly familiar password rules, told The Wall Street Journal

Burr’s guidelines — first published in 2003 — suggested that to optimize security, passwords must be reset every 90 days, and contain a mix of an uppercase letter, number, and special character. Most passwords, by necessity, look something like this: Password1!. 

Burr told the Journal that most people make the same, predictable changes — such as switching from a 1 to a 2 — which makes it easy for hackers to guess. 

Now the National Institute of Standards and Technology has set new guidelines. Passwords should be long and easy-to-remember, and only need to be changed when there is sign of a breach. Long pass phrases work better because they can be super long and still easy to memorize.

While Burr’s candor is refreshing — considering all of the frustrating password reset emails he’s inadvertently responsible for — he’s not the first person to discredit the 2003 guidelines.

Last August, the Federal Trade Commission’s chief technologist, Lorrie Cranor, busted the myth, telling a security conference essentially the same thing: periodic changes make passwords less secure. 

Long live the universal password! 

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