21 Feb

As crashes mount, Hamlin should consider backing off

LOUDON, N.H. — Denny Hamlin’s Sprint Cup season has been an unwanted procession of alarming impacts that have forced a decision potentially as jarring as a 200-mph collision with a concrete wall.

It’s time for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver to weigh whether it’s worth continuing to race in NASCAR’s premier series this year.

The insurmountable reality of mediocre results and increasingly cringe-worthy crashes are screaming that it isn’t.

Hamlin has reached a self-proclaimed threshold where season-ending back surgery would make more sense than finishing out the string of a campaign tainted by portentous wrecks. The growing piles of mangled sheet metal carry a message that seems unmistakable: Sorry kid, this isn’t your year.

Since returning from the wreck at Fontana, Calif., that fractured his back and sidelined him for four races, Hamlin’s miracle bid for making the Chase for the Sprint Cup has dimmed at an accelerated rate. After courageously returning with consecutive top-five finishes at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, Hamlin started on the pole position June 2 at Dover International Speedway. A blown tire sent his No. 11 Toyota rocketing into the wall and triggered a significant downturn in his fortunes.

He has crashed the past three weekends — in practice at Sonoma Raceway and in races at Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway.

As physically taxing as the year has been, there are signs it has been as mentally draining, too.

According to David Smith’s MotorsportsAnalytics.com (a site that offers NASCAR analysis via sabermetrics-style advanced statistics), Hamlin’s terminal crash frequency (measuring the rate at which he is being eliminated from races by wrecks) is a series-high 0.31 this year. In the last seven years, the highest mark posted during a season is 0.25 (Ward Burton in 2007).

It’s worth pondering whether Hamlin, who was so focused and steady last season despite stumbles by his team, is pressing too hard to earn the victories needed for the Chase. A breather might help as much in clearing his mind as fully healing his body.

With each sickening thud, it’s more agonizing watching Hamlin walk gingerly from his battered Camry to a waiting ambulance, particularly when there seems little left at stake.

21 Feb

Compression Test For Cartons With Labthink Testing Instrument

Carton and boxes are widely used in different industries and during the transportation, the cartons and the boxes should bear the compression force and keep intact. Hence before using, the carton should be tested with compression testing instrument.

Labthink introduces the innovative testing instrument, PARAM XYD-15K Box Compression Tester is designed to measure the compressing resistance, shape change and stacking capability of cartons, beehive crates, plastic tanks (for edible oil and mineral water), paper tanks, paper cases and IBC tanks and other packages.

About Labthink:

Labthink, focusing on the laboratory testing instruments R&D and production and laboratory IT services, is dedicated to provide professional quality control solutions for customers in packaging, food, pharmaceutical, medical, daily chemistry, printing, adhesive, automotive, petrochemistry, bioscience, construction, new energy and other industries.

Labthink is an international enterprise headquartered in Jinan, China with administrative, sales and service branches in Shanghai, Guangzhou,Brussels and etc.,covering over 40 countries and regions.

Labthink, as a knowledge-based enterprise, advocates scientific research and integrates production-manufacturing with IT services. Labthink is devoted to share excellent testing technologies and advanced IT achievements with customers worldwide. Labthink instruments are now operating in more than 5000 laboratories of authoritative institutions and renowned enterprises. Labthink IT services, with the innovative mode of cloud computing online information management, actively promotes the information trends of Laboratories!

Labthink, as a knowledge-based enterprise, advocates scientific research and integrates production-manufacturing with IT services. Labthink is devoted to share excellent testing technologies and advanced IT achievements with customers worldwide. Labthink instruments are now operating in more than 5000 laboratories of authoritative institutions and renowned enterprises. Labthink IT services, with the innovative mode of cloud computing online information management, actively promotes the information trends of Laboratories!

Labthink, as a customer-focused enterprise, has an outstanding service system. The Labthink Global Customer Service Center provides customers with professional, prompt and sustained pre-sale, point-of-sale and after-sale services in Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and other languages. The Labthink Global Customization Center offers customized professional solutions to meet individual customer needs.

Labthink introduces the innovative testing instrument, PARAM XYD-15K Box Compression Tester is designed to measure the compressing resistance, shape change and stacking capability of cartons, beehive crates, plastic tanks (for edible oil and mineral water), paper tanks, paper cases and IBC tanks and other packages.

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21 Feb

Nail Care For Stringed Instrument Players

Most stringed instrument players prefer to use a plectrum, or pick, to provide the percussive force that causes the strings to resonate. A number of performers, however, prefer to use their naked hand. There are distinct advantages to using one’s hand. The same articulation and precision that can be achieved with a pick is possible, though it requires a great deal of practice. Those softer parts of the hand, the outside of the pinky and the pads of the fingers and thumb, can produce gentle, muffled tones. Of course, the entire hand can be used for the loudest passages, providing more volume than a pick can usually pluck out of the instrument.

For a ukulele or any plucked, stringed instrument player, the nails are one of the most important parts of the hand. In most cases, performers who use a finger-picking style will grow out the nails on their right hands to their preferred length. It’s important to note the term “preferred length”. There are any number of sources that will try to say what’s too long or too short where nail length is concerned. This is entirely up to the performer. Nail length affects how an instrument is played and its sound quality, so there is no choice to be made here that is not aesthetic and individual in nature.

One’s nails will increase in strength as they’re used. They may split and break at first, but keep them filed and trimmed and they’ll rapidly increase in the amount of work they can perform. Remember to keep the entire nail smooth. People tend to have ridges and depressions on the back of their nails. These can be filed down to make the smoothest possible surface. Nails should be trimmed and filed to eliminate bends and hooks.

To avoid splitting and breaking, it is ideal to use methods to help strengthen the nail itself. For instance, vitamin E oil can be applied to the nail. Daily vitamin use is also ideal for good nail growth as well as strengthening them. Vitamin rich lotion is also an ideal way to keep your nails strong and looking healthy.

If for whatever reason you have problems with nail growth and keeping them strong, you have other options to consider including acrylic nails and Lee Press On Nails (Yes, they are still available if you dont have any leftover from the 80s!). Both can be applied to the nails to provide you your ideal ukulele playing nail length as well as provide you with the strength you need to play effectively.

21 Feb

Where To Buy Furniture Online

You’ve probably been through all the different furniture stores. You’ve looked at every place within a 50-mile radius of your home. You want great furniture that is high quality but none of those stores have what you want. You can’t seem to find the right style or the right quality. Everything is either cheaply made or not your style. So how are you going to find the right furniture for your house? You don’t want to drive to any more furniture stores just to be disappointed. Well you’re in luck. You don’t have to drive anywhere, anymore because you can buy furniture online.

If you’re looking for fine furniture, it can be difficult to find. Many furniture stores carry cheap imitations of nice furniture but they don’t carry the high quality products. It can be difficult to find anything that even resembles fine furniture in a physical store. But if you go online, it’s simple. You don’t have to spend hours searching through stores just to find out they don’t have what you want. Instead, all you have to do is spend one hour going through their website. You also won’t be disappointed because there are millions of options for buying furniture online.

To buy furniture online all you have to do is search for what you want. You can choose to find company websites and then search their products for the exact furniture you want or you can choose to search what you want and then check out the various companies that show up as a result. You will be able to search for only what you want and not have to talk to a salesperson that wants to sell you something that you don’t want. It’s much simpler for you to find the furniture online that you want.

Not to mention you’ll find even more options. You wouldn’t be able to find near as many choices for the piece of furniture that you want if you were looking in real stores. However if you decide to buy furniture online you will be able to find all those choices. Not only that but you won’t have to settle for something that is ‘almost’ what you really wanted. You will be able to find the real thing. Then all you have to do is order and have it shipped directly to your house. No hours spent searching through stores and no more pushy salespeople. Finding exactly what you want has never been easier.

21 Feb

Unusual fancy dress costume secures first place

Fancy dress is always a hit at social gatherings and it can add a whole new dimension to them.

Sometimes, competitions are run to see which fancy dress costumes are the most effective, with prizes handed out to the winners.

Such a contest recently took place in Bushey, the Watford Observer reports.

Around 250 people attended the event at the King George Recreation Ground and, as well as a fancy dress competition, there was also a treasure-hunt style trail which saw visitors seek clues around the area.

Those pitting their fancy dress costumes against one another had to impress judge on the day mayor Linda Silver.

In total, around 50 youngsters took part in the battle, all dressed up in their various outfits.

The winner, Asher Gregory, had donned a headless man costume, which certainly got plenty of attention from the crowd.

Councillor Silver described the winning costume as “very unusual”.

She went to say she was pleased with the response the event got, adding: “All the children who took part were given lots of sweets and all enjoyed themselves. It was lovely to see so many children taking part.”

Second place in the contest went to Franki Pashias, who turned up dressed as Dracula.

Meanwhile, continuing the spooky theme, Katie Howes took the third spot dressed as a witch.

The celebration was arranged by Hertsmere Borough Council in conjunction with the Friends of King George Recreation Ground and Bushey Schools’ Consortium.

Secretary of the Friends Christina Bradley remarked: “It was great to see so many people in the park, enjoying the trail and having fun together.”

At this time of year, many people may be attending festive-themed fancy dress parties.

In order to source their clothing for the events, a large number of them might look online, as it can be fast and convenient as a means of sourcing such garments, along with the accessories needed to go with them.

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21 Feb

Tilera’s TILE-Gx72 Processor Sets World Record for Suricata IPS/IDS: Industry’s Highest Performance

Tilera® Corporation, the leader in 64-bit manycore general purpose processors, today announced it has achieved the highest ever single-chip Suricata performance, delivering 4x the performance, and 7x the performance-per-watt of a high-end x86 multicore processor. Suricata is the industry-leading open source Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (IDS/IPS) developed by the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) and supported by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to secure networks against next generation security attacks.

Sophisticated intrusion detection and prevention, such as Suricata implements, requires deep packet inspection and pattern-matching that taxes the capabilities of even the highest performance processors. The Suricata performance achieved on the TILE-Gx72 processor is double that of the previous record-holder, the TILE-Gx36, providing organizations with network security that scales with their networks.

“Tilera’s TILE-Gx processors are continuing to lead the market in Suricata performance and the impressive results with the TILE-Gx72 demonstrates the synergy between a massively manycore processor, coupled with Suricata’s multi-threaded implementation,” stated Matt Jonkman, president, OISF. “With the continuing rise of security threats and incidents, corporate enterprises, carriers and government organizations are adopting Suricata for their IDS/IPS and leveraging the TILE-Gx processor family coupled with the MDE development environment to achieve the best performance.”

The TILE-Gx72 is the world’s highest performance and highest efficiency processor with integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) features including eight 10Gb Ethernet ports, 24-lanes of PCI Express, four DDR3 memory controllers, and 23 Mbytes of on-chip cache. The wire-speed, programmable mPIPE front end processes 240 Mpps of bi-directional Ethernet traffic and improves the efficiency of network-heavy applications. With its exceptionally low power profile, several TILE-Gx72 processors can be populated in a single compact datacenter appliance, providing 576 cores of compute and 640Gbps of packet processing with 8 sockets.

The multi-threaded Suricata IDS/IPS application, version 1.4.0, was ported using Tilera’s Multicore Development Environment (MDE) version 4.1, a full-featured and standards based run-time Linux environment for TILE-Gx processors. The recent “live rule swap” update supports dynamic insertion of new threat signatures into Suricata and enables rapid response to threats such as Zero-Day Attacks.

“We track Moore’s Law with the tile-based architecture and significantly raise the bar with our TILE-Gx72 processor, incorporating twice the number of cores of our previous high-end processor. Tilera’s high-performance iMesh interconnect enables Suricata performance to scale linearly with the additional cores,” said Devesh Garg, president, and CEO of Tilera. “Once again, we are demonstrating that the TILE-Gx architecture provides a real-world advantage in scalable application performance, power efficiency, and overall compute density.”

The Suricata solution is available on all of Tilera’s TILE-Gx platforms, ranging from the TILEncore-Gx series of PCIe cards with multiple 10Gbps Ethernet interfaces, to the TILEmpower-Gx 1RU standalone appliance and the TILExtreme-Gx 1RU multi-socket platform with up to 288 cores of compute.

21 Feb

Preserve your Food with food sealing machine

One of the basic necessities of life that is food is perishable. Thanks to the sedentary lifestyle which a person is living up these days, it has been noted down that more intake of unhealthy food is consumed by the individual. This has related to many health issues like cancer and tumor. To help the person live a healthy life, it is always advisable to have food which is fresh and cooked well. If you are quite busy in your life and looking for easy to cook and store services fridge won’t be a better option. To get the best services, you need to buy food sealing machine. Continue reading

21 Feb

Why Use a Small Business Bank

One of the most important decisions a small business owner, or any business owner for that matter makes is what bank they are going to use. Small business banking provides a wealth of financial services beyond simple deposits, check writing, and withdrawal. Many small businesses need to establish a line of credit or perhaps even take out a loan. Another one of the many services that small businesses need to setup is credit card processing, payroll services, and automatic bill pay. A small company cannot function without the proper financial setup. In order to withstand the financial needs of a successful business, the company needs to set up an account with a bank that is familiar with small business needs.

In order for a bank to attract small businesses, they need to provide aggressive attractions and a wide variety of services. The bank must offer convenience. For example, many small businesses deal with cash and coin. Therefore, they will likely make many trips to the bank to deposit and withdraw money. A bank must also offer plenty of convenient ATM locations so that the small business can have access to their account at any time of the day or night when they need it.

Many banks charge fees ranging from credit card fees to ATM charges, wire transfer fees, and many other normal fees. As a small business owner, you should not find any surprises. Therefore, do not be afraid to ask the small business bank of your choice what fees they charge so that they are not caught by surprise. Make sure and choose a bank that is upfront about their charges, one that is capable of providing you with the lowest rates, the most feasible financial options, and the best in banking service so that you can run your business smoothly and efficiently.

Small business banks must also provide excellent customer service so that when a small business owner has a problem; bankers that can guide the business owner through their problems address the problem. There are many reasons why a small business owner would experience a banking problem such as transaction issues or a forgotten PIN. That is where the small banking specialists step in and take care of your worries so that they can get you and your account straightened out.

21 Feb

Some Tips for Preventing Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is one thing that people often worry about when eating food at a restaurant, especially if they have not eaten there before. While food poisoning is widely regarded as something that comes from food in a restaurant, or somewhere else outside of the home, keep in mind that food prepared within your own home can cause this problem as well. One benefit, though, is the greater degree of control you can have over the food prepared in your kitchen.

To reduce the risk of food poisoning, one must understand how the food poisoning process works. Coming down with a food-borne illness is a direct result of digesting food that has viruses, bacteria, and even parasites, which have developed on the food over time. While harmful bacteria and other “germs” are common in virtually any environment, a healthy immune system usually protects the body from becoming ill. When you introduce tainted food directly into the body, however, it becomes harder to combat.

Coming down with a food-borne illness typically leads to symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and even vomiting. Food poisoning symptoms can appear either within a few hours or can take up to a few days to manifest; any timeline will greatly depend on the food that was digested, as well as how your body handles it. With that said, here are a few safety precautions that one must take in order to avoid this type of poisoning:

Know the Risky Foods

If you cannot control the foods that are handed to you such as dishes at a restaurant, you must know which kinds of foods that can cause this sort of poisoning. Food such as undercooked meats, raw produce, and even seafood are notorious for carrying viruses and parasites. Avoiding these dishes altogether can reduce your risk of food poisoning a great deal, but may be considered an unreasonable precaution for meat eaters. It is important to consider both your appetite for risk along with your literal appetite when making choices. However, if you ever feel your food is undercooked, never be afraid to send it back.

Always Wash your Hands and Food Contact Surfaces

Before serving any type of food at home, always make sure that you wash your hands properly and with antibacterial hand soap. You should wash both before and during preparation, especially after handling raw meat, fish, and poultry. Not washing your hands between handing raw meat and lettuce used in a salad, for example, can easily cross contaminate the salad. You also need to sanitize cutting boards, countertops, pans, utensils, and other surfaces that encounter food.

Use a Thermometer

When preparing and cooking items such as meats, use a meat thermometer to ensure that the inside of the meat is at an appropriate temperature. When cooking foods such as fish and chicken, the temperature should always be higher than 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. By reaching these temperatures, you will kill the vast majority of live bacteria or parasites.

Always Chill Food

The longest that raw meats should stay out of a refrigerator is two hours. It is best to either thaw your meats in the microwave, or let them sit in the refrigerator until they are ready to be cooked. When thawing food at room temperatures, be sure to set it down on a plate away from any other types of food and make sure that it does not touch the countertop.

Check the Expiration Date

Although this may sound obvious, it is crucial that you check the expiration date on the meats that are going to be prepped. All grocery stores and butchers will place a date to use by on all labels. Be sure to glance at these labels before cooking. If the meat has expired, do not gamble and try to cook it – play it safe and toss it out.

By taking basic precautions and using your head, food poisoning can be prevented, especially in your own home. When eating outside of the home, try to avoid raw foods and inspect your meats before consumption. By being more aware of the food you consume, you can decrease your own risk of becoming ill from food poisoning.

21 Feb

Microsoft gets Rp 8.2 Trillion of Tablet Surface

Jakarta – Microsoft just earned revenues of approximately U.S. $ 853 million (about USD 8.2 trillion) of the Surface tablet sales. This amount is actually less than the abolition of Surface asset value, which does not sell, that is U.S. $ 900 (about USD 8.6 trillion).

This figure was revealed in the annual financial statements submitted to the Agency Microsoft U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “Even so, the number of units sold Surface tablet is not disclosed,” as reported by CNET site on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

From the report it is also not known how many tablets Surface Pro and RT are marketed. However, according to a Bloomberg report last March, Microsoft only sold about 1.5 million tablets Surface for both versions. For comparison, Apple sold 14.6 million iPad tablets in the second quarter last units only.

Since the beginning, Surface tablet sales did not ever reach the maximum. Surface RT were sold in October and Surface Pro in February received a cool reception from the market. Even at discount party towards the end of last year in the United States, only a few people who want to buy this tablet.

Earlier this month, Microsoft has lowered the sale price by 30 percent due to the slow sales volumes. And apparently, this discount can attract potential consumers because Walmart supermarket stores had stock tablet Surface inform if they are selling has run out.