Mubarak Resigns, Joy in Egypt

first_imgcurt hopkins Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Breaking#international#news#politics#web Today, after three weeks of intense protest, after a whole generation was mobilized, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak has resigned from 30 years of one-man rule. By all accounts joy was general over the whole of Egypt. Mubarak, like Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, tried various stalling methods, including the latest, handing off “most” of his power to his newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman. But none of it worked. The people of Egypt were done with him. What’s the tech connection? WHO ON EARTH CARES!?In the following weeks and months, people will reflect on the role Facebook and Twitter and other online tools played in mobilizing people, informing them of protest plans, getting their struggles out to the watching world. Some will call it a Facebook revolution, or the Al Jazeera revolution, others, more sensible, will shout them down. Some will call it a triumph of liberation technology, others will call it a triumph of a liberated people. It’s not that it doesn’t matter. We’ve covered the technical element of #jan25 extensively here at ReadWriteWeb. It’s just that it doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that we, not just the Egyptians, are now living in a world where difficult things are possible, where beautiful things are doable. That changes everything. The writer Delmore Schwartz famously said, “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities.” But when those dreams finally come true, you realize the responsibilities are just beginning. Right now, control of Egypt has devolved into the hands of the country’s military. Egypt’s military is well-regarded and trusted, unlike its police and security forces, who are reviled. But a military-run Egypt replaces one kind of a problem with another. The people on the ground in Egypt now have the unenviable task of securing a transition from protest to power. As the Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismark said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” There’s going to be a lot of people who are going to have to hold their nose and make an awful lot of sausage. Government is never as romantic as rebellion but without it rebellions are meaningless. If you watched and encouraged from the sidelines – on Twitter or Facebook – I kind of hope you stick around. The Egyptians are going to need cheerleaders more than ever. So let us at ReadWriteWeb say:We believe in you. You turned your dream into reality. Now you will turn your reality into a country worthy of those dreams.THANK GOD. THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO DIED FOR US TO LIVE IN FREEDOM. THANKS TO ALL EGYPTIANS WHO SLEPT ROUGH IN TAHRIR, ALEXANDRIA AND EVERYWHERE. THANK YOU ALL ON THIS PAGE FOR YOUR SUPPORT & YOUR AMAZING GREATNESS & HELP. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CALLED HIS LEADER AND HIS REPRESENTATIVE. THANK YOU TUNISIA. WE ARE ALLL EGYPTIANS. YOU ARE ALL EGYPTIANS. WE ARE ALL KHALED SAID 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Alexandria photo courtesy of Al Jazeera. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for Amarnath shrine

first_imgA fresh batch of nearly 2,500 pilgrims on Monday left for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said. The yatra commenced from the twin tracks of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag district on June 28. Till Sunday evening, 1,87,375 pilgrims had visited the cave shrine to pay obeisance. The yatra is expected to cross the two lakh mark either by this evening or tomorrow, depending on the rush of pilgrims, the officials said. They said the fresh batch of pilgrims including 537 women and 100 ‘sadhus’ left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for Kashmir in a convoy of 86 light and heavy vehicles and a motorcycle under tight security in the early hours. The officials said 715 pilgrims including 203 women, who have opted for the shorter 12-km Baltal route, were the first to leave the camp at around 0250 hours followed by 1,740 pilgrims including 334 women and 100 ‘sadhus’ who boarded 60 vehicles and a motorcycle for the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track. The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.last_img read more

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McGregor then Lomachenko, so who’s next?

first_imgVasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, punches a bag during a workout at a Manhattan boxing gym Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in New York, while preparing for his Saturday WBO super featherweight title fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)This is no longer funny. The morning after it was alleged Manny Pacquiao was in talks to fight Vasyl Lomachenko, the manager of the Ukrainian pound-for-pound star came up with a sweeping denial.“No, it’s not truth,” cried Egis Klimas.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Pasaol still feeling his way with new team Read Next “It can’t be just about money,” Klimas explained. “Pacquiao is legendary and very respectful, but he’s non-active. He’s done and Loma won’t take advantage. We’ve better route fighting active champions in our weight class.”Anyway, when Pacquiao called out mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor last November—“Stay fit my dear friend”—it could be purely out of fancy.There’s however honest urgency in the Lomachenko case.Pacquiao said he wanted to box because it’s his life.“I miss boxing,” he stated.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lomachenko’s manager didn’t have to elaborate. But after the rumor persisted, Klimas found it his duty to set the record straight.He said: “This is insane. No we are not fighting Pacquiao. He is an old man and Loma beating him takes us nowhere. They’d say he beat an old guy who was basically retired. We want to fight active champions dominating their weight class.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere loomed the promise of a great purse, after Pacquiao said on national television he was set and raring to clash with Lomachenko.The challenge had been readily turned down. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City As things stand, Pacquiao would most likely get his chance to return to action, possibly in April.The question is against who.Two possible foes—Amir Khan and Mike Alvarado—have been mentioned.Veteran promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao’s next fight would be a unique one.last_img read more

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TNT makes it

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Game time is at 5 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Eyes on the prize WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img But when asked what he thought of Game 1 of the series with the Kings, Racela stared blankly at reporters and said he needed five minutes to digest what they just achieved.“Our main focus today was how to win this game,” the rookie coach said. “Our efforts today was for that alone.”Jason Castro scored 31 points, 22 of them coming in the final two periods as he and Smith brought the Texters back to life. Smith fired 17 of his total in the final half and had four points in overtime, which was forged at 89-all.Baser Amer led the Bolts with 25 and Jared Dillinger had 20 points.The Final Four begins Saturday when powerhouse San Miguel Beer opens up against Star also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Joshua Smith finally came up with the numbers befitting his humongous frame and justified TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela’s decision to bring him over as the Texters enter what is expected to be a colossal Final Four series with Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Shooting 31 points and grabbing 27 rebounds, Smith was a big reason for the Texters’ 104-96 overtime win over Meralco in their KO game Friday night as TNT KaTropa advanced to the best-of-five semifinals starting Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“That’s basically the reason why we decided to change imports,” TNT coach Nash Racela said when someone pointed to the coming series against the Gin Kings, who defeated them in the elimination round while Donte Greene was still their reinforcement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We lost to Ginebra and Star and we won against San Miguel which didn’t have June Mar (Fajardo) then,” he went on. “We’re really hopeful that it will be different in the Ginebra series.”The Texters battled the Bolts through overtime for the second straight game, but pulled this one out to close out the hard luck Bolts, 2-1. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Bumblebee director on replacing Michael Bay I couldnt go bigger

first_imgIt must be tough to direct your first live-action film with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay looking over your shoulder. But for Travis Knight, director of Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, those two singular filmmakers weren’t just the movie’s producers, they provided the touchstones that inspired the film.”ET was my spirit animal in this movie”, explained Knight as I sat down with him in London to discuss Bumblebee. “I saw it when I was around 8 years old with my mom in a darkened theater and I was a big, blubbery mess at the end of it … On some levels Steven’s films from that era are responsible for me becoming a filmmaker.”And it shows: Not only is Bumblebee set in the 1980s, but the spirit of ’80s movies like ET and Short Circuit shine through in the adorable adventures of a girl and her robot buddy. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Now playing: Watch this: 1:34 Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies Knight’s previous filmmaking experience was as an animator, directing the stunning stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings.”Stop motion is probably the subset of animation that’s closest to live-action,” he says, “in the sense you’re physically shooting these things with real lights and real cameras, and there’s props and sets and costumes and hair.”But there were still plenty of new things to learn on this, his first live-action film.”A lot of times I was flying by the seat of my pants,” he says, laughing.Knight brought what he called “an animator’s discipline and planning” to the film, mapping out each sequence in detail.”I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry,” he says. “Animation is very organized and disciplined. You can’t shoot coverage, you can’t play around. But in live-action, you can play around, and sometimes you’ll create little magical moments.” Enlarge ImageJohn Cena provides several comic highlights in Bumblebee. Jaimie Trueblood He particularly enjoyed John Cena’s ability to improvise in the role of a burly secret agent pursuing Bumblebee.”John’s like a one-man ad-lib factory. We would do the scenes, and then we get to the end of the scene, I’m like, ‘All right, John, now let’s play a little bit,’ and he would always do something really unexpected. He’s just a very, very clever, funny man.”Eye candyA major criticism of Bay’s past Transformers movies is the fast-paced computer-generated action, an assault on the senses that’s often hard to follow. While it has plenty of action, Bumblebee tones down the CG carnage. But Knight insists this shouldn’t be seen as a criticism of Bay’s style.”It wasn’t in any way addressing any feedback from the fans,” he says. “It was just a story I wanted to tell. That last one [Transformers: The Last Knight] is one of the biggest movies I’ve ever seen — and I couldn’t go bigger than that. So let’s go the other way, let’s focus in on a small corner of this canvas and really get to know one of these characters. Let’s balance the emotions with the explosions … The core relationship mattered to me more than anything else. And if that didn’t work, none of the other stuff matters. It’s just bombast. It’s just eye candy.”Mixing the spectacular, visual effects-driven action with a character-led story was “a high-wire act”, but Knight credits writer Christina Hodson for striking the right balance.”She’s gained something of a reputation in Hollywood as this kinda badass chick writer with these cool, action movies,” he says, “When you talk to her, the films that she always references are cool action movies like T2 … But when I sat down and talked to her about the film and my vision of it, I realized very quickly she has a big soft gooey heart just like I do.”Knight’s next big project is 2019’s Missing Link, a new stop-motion adventure from his animation studio Laika. As for where the Transformers movies go next, Knight is sanguine.”It’s hard to say. I think at this point, candidly, they’re probably just waiting to see how people react to [Bumblebee]. If people vote with their wallets for these kinds of Transformer movies, then they’ll get these kinds of Transformer movies.”Bumblebee opens in Australia on Dec. 20, in the US on Dec. 21 and in the UK on Dec. 24. Spielberg was a producer on Bumblebee, as was Michael Bay — the man who resurrected Transformers by directing all five previous movies in the series.”From a director’s perspective he was a dream producer,” Knight says of Bay. “We sat down early on and it was great for me, director to director, to pick his brain, to get a sense of his philosophy on the Transformers. He was really respectful and recognized this was someone else’s movie, my take on these characters, and the best thing that he could do was to support me and protect me. He let me do my thing, and I’m really appreciative of it.”Bay gave Knight one memorable piece of advice for working on a mega-budget franchise movie surrounded by people from the studio, the toy company and elsewhere all pulling a director in different directions.”He said the one thing you have to do is protect the movie,” Knight remembers. “That was advice Jerry Bruckheimer gave him, and he passed it on to me — remember the movie you intended to make and protect it.”  I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry. Travis Knight, Bumblebee director Post a comment 0 Tags 77 Photos Filmmakers Bumblebee transforms from action-packed to adorablelast_img read more

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Malware Attacks On Olympics Could Have Come From Russia And North Korea

first_img Share Natacha Pisarenko/APSpectators watch the mixed doubles bronze medal curling match between Russian athletes and Norway at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Tuesday.Cybersecurity experts are confirming that a computer malware attack dubbed “Olympic Destroyer” hit select networks and Wi-Fi systems at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Friday, but they would not say for sure whether Russia or North Korea are to blame.Users with a @pyeongchang2018.com email address were targeted in the attack, which lasted less than an hour on Friday night, experts said.The Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG) confirmed the cyberattack caused a malfunction of Internet protocol televisions (IPTVs) at the Main Press Center, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News.Yonhap reports that POCOG was forced to “shut down the servers to prevent further damage, leading to the closure of the Pyeongchang 2018 website.”“Due to the shutdown of the website, spectators who purchased tickets to 2018 Winter Games events were unable to print their reservations,” Yonhap says.According to Wired, though “neither Olympics organizers nor security firms are ready to point the finger at the Kremlin, the hackers seem to have at least left behind some calling cards that look rather Russian.”The magazine writes that Cisco’s Talos division, which deals with cyberthreats, “points out that Olympic Destroyer’s disruptive tactics and spreading methods resemble NotPetya and BadRabbit, two pieces of Ukraine-targeting malware seen in the last year that the Ukrainian government, the CIA, and other security firms have all tied to Russian hackers.”Some have speculated that Russian hackers may have targeted the Olympics because the country’s athletes were barred from competing under the Russian Federation flag due to a doping scandal that dates to the 2014 games in Sochi.The malware “turns off all the services, the boot information is nuked, and the machine is disabled,” Talos research director Craig Williams was quoted by Wired as saying.However, the malware deliberately pulls its punches. The software designed to wipe computer files “intentionally holds back from inflicting maximum damage. Instead of deleting all the files on a computer, it only deleted those related to booting up, meaning an average tech could fix it with relative ease. Researchers have never seen that sort of restraint before from that kind of malware,” according to Talos, BuzzFeed writes.A separate hacking operation, dubbed Operation GoldDragon, has attempted to infect target computers belonging to South Korean Olympics-related organizations with three separate malicious tools, according to the computer security firm McAfee Inc. The spyware “would enable hackers to deeply scour the compromised computers’ contents. McAfee identifies those malicious tools by the names GoldDragon, BravePrince, and GHOST419.”McAfee traced the phishing scheme that provided entry for the spyware “to a remote server in the Czech Republic, registered with fake credentials to a South Korean government ministry. And they found publicly accessible logs on that remote server that showed victim machines were in fact connecting to it from South Korea, a sign of actual infections,” Wired reports.Although McAfee won’t say for sure, the company’s chief scientist, Raj Samani, says his working theory is that the spyware attack is a North Korean operation.“It is clear attacks are ongoing and are likely to continue throughout the duration of the games. What is yet to be determined is if actors are working simply to gain disruption, or if their motives are greater,” McAfee Advanced Threat Research senior analyst Ryan Sherstobitoff says, according to ZdNet.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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