Warriors-Rockets TV ratings: Series off to a solid start

first_imgA lot of eyes were on Sunday’s drama-filled clash between the Warriors and Rockets in Oakland.According to ABC, the game generated the network’s highest ratings for an NBA Conference Semifinals broadcast since 2011. The playoff contest, won by Golden State, delivered a 5.9 metered market rating — up 34 percent from last year’s comparable game. It peaked with an 8.1 rating in the final quarter hour, according to Nielsen.Not surprisingly, the game drew robust numbers in the Bay Area and …last_img read more

First day on job for South African beggar

first_img7 July 2015After months of begging for a job on the streets of Johannesburg, Joseph Phukubje said his first day at work was more than what he could have asked for.He reported for work at Locomute on yesterday. Locomute is a car sharing company that is the first of its kind in Africa.“Yesterday when I arrived I met the management team. They all wanted to know more about me. The team welcomed me and they also understood the situation that I have been through,” Phukubje said this morning.He enjoyed his first day. “The day was very interesting. Everything went very well,” he said.Getting cleanPhukubje said he was very excited about all the opportunities he had been exposed to and all that he was learning. After using crystal meth for a very long time, Phukubje has been trying to stay clean since he was promised a job last week.His new employer has offered to help him get clean. “They are taking me to Sanca [South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence] today so I can get medication,” Phukubje said.But the eager young man says he will be back at work later to continue with his duties.After having what others would deem a “normal day”, Phukubje, however, had to return to the dilapidated building on Marlboro Road in Sandton which he shares with other homeless people, most of whom use drugs.“Yesterday when I knocked off I went back to Marlboro but today I might not go back. I might get a room in Tembisa.” Another Good Samaritan might assist him with rent, he added.Good SamaritansHe has not, however, shared news of his first day of work with the people with whom he lives.“Most of them wouldn’t understand what is happening and I can’t say they have read what was written about me because most of them cannot read,” said Phukubje.His life all changed when he met a Good Samaritan by the name of Pamela Green as he stood at a street corner in Sandton with his CV and matric certificate in hand, begging for a job.“After I drove away from the [traffic light] that he was standing at, I actually kept my eyes on the rear view mirror. There was just something about him,” Green said last week.“A few negative events in my life [that] week had brought me to that robot and I was trying to figure out why all these events had taken place, and when I saw Joseph I kind of knew that that’s why I needed to be at the robot at the time and go and speak to him.”Watch Phukubje thank people for their help:A second chance at lifeShe turned around and went to speak to Phukubje. He told her how he had left his grandmother, mother, sister, and older brother to come to Johannesburg in search of a job after completing matric. His father was hardly ever present in his life.Things did not work out as planned and Joseph ended up living on the street.Green shared his story on her Facebook page and asked her friends to help get him a job. Within hours, the post had gone viral and job offers began pouring in. Days later, Phukubje landed a job.He said Green had given him a second chance at life. “There’s been a lot of changes since I met her. She has shown me a different point of life, a meaning to life and what I can live for. Actually I had given up on life, but she made me see it’s still too early and I am still young. I can have a second chance.”Meanwhile, the bright, well-spoken 22-year-old plans to study sales and marketing next year. Another Good Samaritan has offered to pay his tuition.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Joseph Lstiburek Surprises Passive House Conference Attendees

first_imgWhy did he say that? “I’m a conservation guy, not a renewables guy.” In the end, that’s what explains his interest in the Passive House program, I believe. The R-2000 program had unrealistic expectationsFollowing that introduction, Joe launched into the work he did in the early ’80s building superinsulated houses. He explained that he was using the Perfect Wall idea first published by N.B. Hutcheon (a Canadian, of course) in 1964. He discussed the R-2000 program in Canada and how it became a boutique program because of unrealistic expectations.He also showed a lot of photos of his early projects and the failures they had to work through. My favorite was the house where they were going to embed ducts in the slab and then had to fight to get them to stay down as they floated in the wet concrete. That must have been a fun day! It’s also one of the reasons that Joe loves scotch so much.The reason he was doing that work in the early ’80s, though, is that he did NOT quit the profession. In 1980, after hitting a low point in his life, he was living in his mother’s basement and ready to quit and do something different. Then he went to hear Amory Lovins speak in Toronto and got inspired to redouble his efforts. We’re lucky that he did because his work and his company, Building Science Corporation, have helped to blaze the trail for those of us who came afterward. Does he or doesn’t he?Joe and his colleague, Professor John Straube, have been critical of the Passivhaus program. In his article, Just Right and Airtight, Joe wrote, “The group that really has me confused are the Passivhaus folks who are pushing 0.6 ach@50Pa.” In the next paragraph, he wrote:“Have you any idea how difficult it is to get to 0.6 ach@50 Pa? The number doesn’t seem to be based on anything that makes any sense. It is less than half the R-2000 number [1.5 ach@50 Pa] that didn’t make any sense. What I have been more or less able to figure out is that the 0.6 ach@50 Pa doesn’t come from any energy conservation rationale directly; it seems to be based on the need to prevent moisture problems in highly insulated building enclosures. That is the argument for the number 0.6 ach@50 Pa as I understand it. Never mind that the number, in itself, makes no sense as you can easily design highly insulated building closures without moisture problems that are not anywhere that tight.”He didn’t really raise this issue in his talk, and I think that caught some people off guard. One person told me afterward he was disappointed in the talk because Joe seemed too nice toward the program. He wasn’t sure that Joe was sincere. I guess I can see how someone might think that if they know of his previous criticism and then hear the talk, but when I put it all in context, it does make sense. Comparing Passivhaus Homes to Other Low-Energy HomesJoe Lstiburek’s Airtightness GoalsSolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateThe History of Superinsulated Houses in North America A historical perspective on the Passivhaus standardFirst, the history. Joe went way back and started by saying that the igloo built by Eskimos was the first passive house. It uses ice, with an R-value of 2 per inch, but with very thick walls. It has an air-lock entry to minimize infiltration. It has minimal glazing. And, Canuck Joe said, it’s Canadian!Jumping to modern times, Joe discussed the history of energy efficiency and mentioned that that efficiency movement split into two camps back in the ’70s: those who pushed for superinsulated houses and the advocates of passive solar, or “mass and glass,” as Joe called it. (The passive solar camp has since turned into the renewables camp, with a great emphasis on converting solar energy into electricity with photovoltaics.)Back in the ’70s, though, that camp was focused on capturing the heat from the sun in all kinds of ways. Joe mentioned a few and said, “If you need something like rock-bed heat storage, you’ve made a mistake.” At the 2012 Passive House Conference in Denver, Dr. Joseph Lstiburek gave the keynote address for the opening plenary (or plenum, as Henry Gifford would say) session. His words, clever as always, added some nice historical perspective to what the Passive House folks are doing but also caught some people off guard.Read on, and I’ll tell you more about that. RELATED ARTICLES “We’re family”First, Joe is a conservation guy, and Passivhaus is an extreme conservation program.Second, Joe invited Katrin Klingenberg to speak at Building Science Summer Camp this year, and he gave an impassioned plea at the end of her talk not to let the Passivhaus program become a boutique program like R-2000 had.Third, I was hanging out with Joe and Kat the night before his talk (and drinking plenty of scotch), and I can tell you that he really does have a great interest in and affection for the Passivhaus program.You can find another clue to where he stands on this issue in a comment he made during the annual crawl space Twitterview at Building Science Summer Camp this year.Asked if Passivhaus is an asinine program, he responded, “No, you just need to keep the good parts of Passivhaus and change the bad parts. And it needs to evolve. A boutique program that impacts a few hundred homes doesn’t solve anything.”Joe concluded his talk by saying, “We’re family,” and he meant it.I’d like to hear more about where he thinks the Passivhaus standard should go, especially regarding the issue of air leakage, but the substance of his talk didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me, however, was that he gave his whole talk without a single F-bomb! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog.last_img read more

Xiongmai to recall 10,000 compromised webcams after U.S. attack

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Chinese webcam manufacturer Xiongmai has issued a recall of around 10,000 compromised webcams, which were linked to a serious U.S. cyberattack last week.The attack rendered major websites like Spotify and Twitter offline for hours. It took security experts a few days to figure out exactly what happened, as this is a new type of attack that takes devices with lacklustre security and uses them to overload websites with traffic.See Also: Could EyeSee’s eye-tracking tech help brands improve their pitch?Most consumer webcams have no security or encryption on the device, leaving them open to attack. Webcam owners tend to not change the password on the device, so hackers were able to gain entry quicker.Xiongmai has patched the vulnerability and blocked access to telnet. It has also prompted users to update webcam passwords to avoid another attack.“The reason why there has been such a massive attack in the U.S. and (one) is not likely going to be in China is that most of our products in China are industrial devices used within a closed intranet only,” said Liu Yuexin, Xiongmai’s marketing director to Reuters. “Those in the U.S. are consumer devices exposed in the public domain.”Liu also mentioned plans to move to a more secure operating system and add additional encryption to webcams, to avoid a similar attack in the future.“Internet of Things (IoT) devices have been subject to cyber attacks because they are mostly based on the Linux open source system,” he said. “Our R&D department had been looking to develop products based on other systems since 2015 and plan to do more in the future.” Tags:#China#cyberattack#hack#webcam#Xiongmai David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts last_img read more

PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles

first_imgFILE PHOTO – PH Chinlone team wins the 1st silver for the country during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZThe Philippines earned a podium finish in sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Philippines won the bronze medal in the men’s doubles event sharing the plum with Laos.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Myanmar won the gold while Malaysia settled for silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Centeno wins gold, Amit settles for silver anew in women’s 9-ball Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more