NBA: Shaq blames ‘the man upstairs’ for his poor free throw shooting

first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano O’Neal’s shooting was so bad that coaches resorted to the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy, where opposing players deliberately fouled him since he couldn’t make most of his free throws.The scheme continued long after O’Neal retired, with NBA commissioner Adam Silver placing a new rule to alter the tactic.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Shaq, Kobe reunite in hilarious video for NBA 2K18ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Shaquille O’Neal poses after the unveiling of his statue in front of Staples Center, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)At the peak of his career, retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was arguably the most dominant force the league ever saw, and was merely unstoppable inside the paint due to his massive size and sheer power.However, one thing that held him back was his porous free-throw shooting, averaging an atrocious 52.7 percent throughout his 19-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Cebu Ironman: Amelia Watkinson redeems self after subpar stint last year Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Shaq recently addressed his charity stripe woes to Nina Mandell of USA Today’s For the Win and said that it was all the work of the “higher powers that be.”“The theory is, it was the man way upstairs’ way of keeping me humble,” the 45-year-old Hall of Famer said. “Seriously. Because the way I played, the way I made everyone else around me better, all of the publicity I was doing—imagine if I was doing that and had shot 90 percent from the free throw line. I would have been arrogant. I’d probably be so arrogant. So it was just his way of saying ‘Hey, buddy, you’re just like everybody else.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The player-turned-analyst also downplayed speculations that he didn’t work enough on his shooting during his storied career.“I tried to make 200 a day,” Shaq revealed.  “And then when I got really big time and was able to build gyms in my house, I shot all the time. But there’s a difference between playing craps at your house with your boys and going to (a) casino and playing craps. When I’m by myself I shoot like Steve Kerr. But it’s just something about when I’m in a game, there’s pressure, I just tighten up.” Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Fruit Flies Not Evolving

first_imgA long-running experiment trying to get fruit flies to evolve has failed.  A research team forced selection on the flies to explore the limits of natural selection.  Only minor changes were detected after 600 generations.  The research team was disappointed and surprised; there was even less evolution in these sexual organisms than in similar experiments with microbes, like bacteria and yeast (but see 07/12/2010).  And all this was under ideal lab conditions.  Success is even less likely in the wild.    The Editor’s summary of a paper in Nature was titled, “Experimental evolution reveals resistance to change” and ended that the authors “conclude that unconditionally advantageous alleles rarely arise, are associated with small net fitness gains, or cannot fix because selection coefficients change over time.”  Nature this week published the results of a 35-year study by UC Irvine and University of Southern California (USC).  Here is the abstract:1 Experimental evolution systems allow the genomic study of adaptation, and so far this has been done primarily in asexual systems with small genomes, such as bacteria and yeast.  Here we present whole-genome resequencing data from Drosophila melanogaster populations that have experienced over 600 generations of laboratory selection for accelerated development.  Flies in these selected populations develop from egg to adult ~20% faster than flies of ancestral control populations, and have evolved a number of other correlated phenotypes.  On the basis of 688,520 intermediate-frequency, high-quality single nucleotide polymorphisms, we identify several dozen genomic regions that show strong allele frequency differentiation between a pooled sample of five replicate populations selected for accelerated development and pooled controls.  On the basis of resequencing data from a single replicate population with accelerated development, as well as single nucleotide polymorphism data from individual flies from each replicate population, we infer little allele frequency differentiation between replicate populations within a selection treatment.  Signatures of selection are qualitatively different than what has been observed in asexual species; in our sexual populations, adaptation is not associated with ‘classic’ sweeps whereby newly arising, unconditionally advantageous mutations become fixed.  More parsimonious explanations include ‘incomplete’ sweep models, in which mutations have not had enough time to fix, and ‘soft’ sweep models, in which selection acts on pre-existing, common genetic variants.  We conclude that, at least for life history characters such as development time, unconditionally advantageous alleles rarely arise, are associated with small net fitness gains or cannot fix because selection coefficients change over time.In other words, they looked for evidence of a “selective sweep” – the signature of a beneficial mutation becoming fixed in the population – and could not find it.  They did the selection artificially, forcing the fly embryos to evolve toward faster embryonic development.  Despite lots of mutations, they found the flies resistant to change.  Not only that, the flies underwent “reverse evolution” – they said, “forward experimental evolution can often be completely reversed with these populations, which suggests that any soft sweeps in our experiment are incomplete and/or of small effect” (a soft sweep meaning selection is acting on standing variation instead of new mutations).  Possibly any beneficial mutations were hindered by linked deleterious alleles (canceling out the benefit) or antagonistic pleiotropy (in which one good mutation to a gene can cause one or more bad effects elsewhere).  Either way, the evolution is like one step forward, one or more steps back.    There was even more bad news for neo-Darwinian theory: the lab situation was more optimistic than the wild, where adaptive evolution is expected to occur.  You can get a lot of variation and mutation to appear in genomes, but no unconditionally beneficial mutations.  Their last paragraph expressed surprise at this, with a subtext of disappointment:Our work provides a new perspective on the genetic basis of adaptation.  Despite decades of sustained selection in relatively small, sexually reproducing laboratory populations, selection did not lead to the fixation of newly arising unconditionally advantageous alleles.  This is notable because in wild populations we expect the strength of natural selection to be less intense and the environment unlikely to remain constant for ~600 generations.  Consequently, the probability of fixation in wild populations should be even lower than its likelihood in these experiments.  This suggests that selection does not readily expunge genetic variation in sexual populations, a finding which in turn should motivate efforts to discover why this is seemingly the case.This experiment was begun in 1975.  After 35 years and 600 generations, accelerated by artificial selection, the net evolution (in terms of adaptation and improvement in fitness) was negligible if not nil.1.  Burke, Dunham et al, “Genome-wide analysis of a long-term evolution experiment with Drosophila,” Nature 467, 587-590 (30 September 2010); doi:10.1038/nature09352.Natural selection is always presumed to be the wonder-worker that can produce eyes, ears, sonar, flippers, jaws, hearts, and brains with its gradual, step-by-step improvement of natural variation, without design (07/20/2010, 05/04/2010).  OK, where is it?  It doesn’t work theoretically (09/28/2010, 06/11/2010, 03/21/2010, 03/17/2003), it doesn’t work rhetorically (04/17/2010), it doesn’t work historically (08/05/2010), and it doesn’t work experimentally (09/22/2010).  It doesn’t work in the lab, and it works less in the wild.  Unless you include “reverse evolution,” (06/26/2010), it doesn’t work at all.  Game over, Charlie (05/14/2010).  Stop the hype (08/13/2010).(Visited 218 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

One Family, One Day, Geocaching in Six Countries

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”15 Countries in 24 Hours – One Big Day of GeocachingOctober 11, 2011In “Community”Are you crazy?!? No, I’m Radu! Geo-cycling through 16 countries in 5 months.November 13, 2017In “Community” Geocachers Mark and Donna with their two children Steven and BethA family of four took the idea of the ‘road trip’ and turned a traditional drive into a fast-paced geocaching adventure. Delta68 is the husband and wife team of Mark and Donna. The couple was vacationing in Europe this September with their two teenage children Steven and Beth.The family was all packed and set to return home to the United Kingdom when Mark made a realization. Their trip home from the Netherlands to England could yield caches in five, maybe even six, countries if they included Luxembourg. But the cache in Luxembourg was more than a hundred miles out of the way.Mark admits that he had to do a little convincing. After some negotiating, the family launched on their treasure hunt at 7 a.m. They began logging caches in country after country. Their first cache in in the Netherlands was GC233ZX Echt-Susteren en zijn kernen (Roosteren). The family then navigated to caches in Germany and drove out of the way of their departure city in France. They turned south into Luxembourg and Belgium.Family at their third cache in LuxembourgThey stopped for lunch in Belgium—now more than two hundred miles from Calais, France and their way back to England.Mark says, “I checked TomTom to see how long it would take to get to Calais … 5 Hours!! I asked Steven and Beth how I was going to break it to Donna. ‘Mum! We’re five hours from Calias!’ shouted Steven. That’s solved that dilemma. :-)”The family then drove 205 miles to log a cache in France. The long-haul set the stage to find geocaches in six countries. They just needed to return to their home in England.Delta68 and their two children traveled back to England before the day ended. One final cache in the U.K. sealed the geocaching achievement. They family logged caches in six countries in less than 24 hours.They set another record for a family best. Mark says, “We decided to continue straight home stopping off at GC27YDV Welcome to Warwick! just before midnight to set a new personal ‘maximum distance in a day.’Geocaching in six countries in one dayMark says the total distance traveled added up to 617 miles. He sums up the family’s geocaching feat as, “Certainly a memorable day.”Read more about the family’s adventure and see all the caches that they discovered, on their blog, Delta68’s Geocaching Blog.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

What Microsoft Did And Didn’t Buy With Its Nokia Acquisition

first_imgIn one fell swoop today, Microsoft is becoming an extremely different type of company. Microsoft is pushing hard to recreate itself as a “devices and services” company and today it took a very big step in that direction by buying, you guessed it, Nokia’s mobile devices and services division. Microsoft is paying $7.17 billion to bring Nokia into the fold, including the design, manufacturing and distribution of both smart and feature phones and the right to license many of Nokia’s patents, as well as the Nokia name and a host of mobile services. See also Microsoft Does Inevitable, Buys Nokia Smartphone Unit, Patents for $7.2 BillionWhat didn’t Microsoft buy with its $7 billion in cash? Nokia itself, including most of Nokia’s non-smartphone related property (cellular infrastructure and HERE Maps, for example). Many people will say, “Microsoft bought Nokia.” This is true because Microsoft did buy a good portion of the Finland manufacturing company, but Nokia itself will still exist independent of Microsoft.So, what exactly is Microsoft getting? Let’s break it down.What Microsoft Actually BoughtOfficially, Microsoft is buying Nokia’s “Devices and Services” business unit. That simple designation is the whole hog: everything from manufacturing and distribution, design, operations, sales and marketing teams and related support. That business unit comprises of approximately 32,000 people that will become Microsoft employees when the deal officially closes. Tags:#Microsoft#Nokia#smartphone#Windows Phone Nokia will continue to be a company outside of Microsoft and will retain rights to its brand and management thereof. If Microsoft were to buy all of Nokia, the acquisition cost would have been more than double what Microsoft paid for the devices side of the business and included many aspects of which Microsoft would wants no part. Eventually, Microsoft would eventually have to sell off those unwanted Nokia parts piecemeal. In this—better—arrangement, Microsoft will be able to license the Nokia brand for existing devices.The HERE Maps team will stay with Nokia. HERE Maps is a subsidiary of Nokia that employs about 6,000 people. Nokia will make HERE Maps available to Windows Phones and feature phones as part of a four-year license that Microsoft will pay for separately. This preserves a revenue stream for Nokia and also allows Nokia to sell HERE Maps and services to other companies.Microsoft didn’t acquire Nokia’s entire patent portfolio, either. It bought the design patents outright but will license Nokia’s 30,000 utility patents patents for 10 years.By not acquiring the entirety of Nokia’s patents, Microsoft was able to keep the acquisition cost of the Devices and Services down while preserving future assets for Nokia.  More specifically, Microsoft is buying Nokia’s Smart Devices unit. This includes the Lumia brand of smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system. Nokia shipped 7.4 million Lumia smartphones in the second quarter of 2013. The Smart Devices unit includes the manufacturing and design of the Lumia line along with the distribution, sales and marketing teams.Microsoft didn’t just buy the Lumia brand, it bought the people that actually put it together. This is extremely important for Microsoft because it could not possibly think to create its own manufacturing processes and supply chain on its own and hope to make a significant dent as a “devices” company any time soon. In this case, the processes that Microsoft is getting from Nokia are as important as the resources (the sales and revenue of Nokia phones). Nokia’s Mobile Phones business unit is also part of the deal. This is Nokia’s still robust (but shrinking) feature phone business and includes Nokia’s Asha line of cellphones. Nokia’s feature phone business sold 53.7 million units in the second quarter, second to Samsung worldwide. Nokia Lumia 920Microsoft could have done without the feature phones business unit of Nokia. Yet, to buy the manufacturing processes of Nokia, it had to take the feature phone and Asha units along with the smart devices unit. Microsoft sees the feature phone unit as a way to expand Microsoft services to millions of Nokia users worldwide as a way to “on-ramp” users to Windows Phones. Microsoft will be able to use Nokia’s brand on feature phones for 10 years.The acquisition is also a bit of a talent acquisition for Microsoft, as it is bringing in most of Nokia’s executive leadership team, including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop who will transfer to being Microsoft’s head of its Devices unit. Elop is still considered a candidate for the CEO role of Microsoft. In addition to Elop, Microsoft is will bring in Jo Harlow to continue leading Nokia’s Smart Devices team, Juha Putkiranta to lead the Nokia integration into Microsoft, Timo Toikkanenen to lead the feature phone Mobile Phone division and Stefan Pannebecker to lead the device Design team. Chris Weber, Nokia’s marketing head and former head of all of Nokia’s U.S. sales, will come to Microsoft and continue his role as Nokia sales chief.Microsoft also bought the rights to license Nokia’s robust patent portfolio for 10 years. Microsoft is specifically buying 8,500 of Nokia’s design patents, and will also make its patents available to Nokia for its HERE Maps unit. Nokia will also transfer its patent licensing agreements, including its big one with chipmaker Qualcomm, to Microsoft. Other patent agreements transferred to Microsoft includes those with IBM, Motorola Mobility (owned by Google), Motorola Solutions. Nokia also passes on patent agreements with Apple, LG, Nortel and Kodak to Microsoft.What Microsoft Didn’t Buy Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Three Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should Consider

first_imgBut, before you pull the trigger, here are three affordable and highly regarded — yet underappreciated — digital cameras you should consider.Fujifilm X-T3While they’re known for their photographic exploits and classic-film looks and style, Fujifilm has quietly released one of the best filmmaking cameras of the past year. With a 26.1 megapixel APS-C format sensor and internal 4K 10-bit video recording at 60 fps, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better specs without jumping up to a much higher price range.26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 SensorX-Processor 4 with Quad CPUUHD 4K60 Video; F-Log Gamma & 10-Bit Out2.16m-Point Phase-Detection Autofocus0.75 x 3.69m-Dot OLED Viewfinder3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD TouchscreenBluetooth and Wi-Fi; Sports Finder ModeWeather-Sealed Magnesium-Alloy BodyPrice: $1,399Lumix G95 (with 12-60mm Lens)At $1,199, including a stock f/3.5-5.6 12-60mm lens (here’s a great article on why you should use and love your stock lens), this micro four-thirds mirrorless Lumix is a surprisingly comparable alternative to Panasonic’s popular GH5 and GH5s options. A 20.3 megapixel sensor that pushes 4K UHD up to 30 fps with V-Log recording pre-installed for 12 stops of dynamic range, makes the G95 worth your consideration.20.3MP Digital Live MOS SensorVenus Engine Image ProcessorUHD 4K30p Video, Pre-Installed V-Log L5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 20.74x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder3.0″ 1.24m-Dot Free-Angle TouchscreenBluetooth LE and Wi-Fi ConnectivityLumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 LensPrice: $1,199Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIAnother solid micro four-thirds mirrorless camera on the market, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?) is one of the better low-light cameras for its price point, with great auto-focus technology and a comparable sensor size (20.4 megapixel) with 4K DCI up to 24 fps and UHD up to 30 fps.20.4MP Live MOS SensorTruePic VIII Dual Quad Core ProcessorMicro Four Thirds System2.36m-Dot LCD Electronic Viewfinder3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle TouchscreenDCI 4K/24p & UHD 4K/30p Video Recording5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image StabilizationDual F.A.S.T. 121-Point Autofocus SystemWeather-Sealed ConstructionPrice: $1,499.00Cover image via Fujifilm.Want more camera buying resources and filmmaking insights? Check out some of these articles:Industry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”Where to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)The Best Power Options for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KEfficiently Lighting and Shooting Product Shots for YouTube7 Tutorials on Adding The “Cinematic” Look to Your Videos Research demonstrates that in a crowded marketplace, sometimes your best options aren’t always the biggest, most expensive brands.Fujifilm, Panasonic, and Olympus are quality, big-name manufacturers, but it feels more and more like Canon, Sony, and Blackmagic dominate the digital filmmaking camera market.However, the fact of the matter is that we’re currently in the salad days of highly capable and highly competitive companies pushing out some great products at an absolutely insane rate. Gone are the days of year-to-year lulls between major announcements, and spec and price point breakthroughs — the game seems to be changing by the month.So, while the allure of the latest headline is strong, it’s in your best interest to do your research and consider every option currently on the market. In fact, here are some good resources to consider:The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Filmmakers and VideographersCamera Insights: The Best A-Cam and B-Cam Video Setups Or, take a look at some of these older-generation cameras.last_img read more

Eight killed as bus rams truck in Ahmednagar

first_imgAt least eight persons were killed and 13 more injured after a luxury bus collided with a truck along the Pune-Ahmednagar highway on Monday, October 22, 2018.The accident occurred at around 5.30 a.m. in the district’s Parner taluk, said police.“It appears that the bus, which was heading from Aurangabad towards Pune, attempted to overtake the truck at a high speed today morning. The truck was carrying iron rods that protruded outwards. As the bus driver lost control, it rammed into the carrier truck,” said an official from the Supa police station.He said that the intensity of the crash caused the bus to overturn and the truck to be derailed off the road. The front of the bus was mangled beyond recognition.The crash was further aggravated owing to the iron rods being carried by the truck. Eight of the passengers died on the spot, while the injured, trapped awhile inside the bus, were rescued by relief teams. They are undergoing treatment at a hospital nearby.Some of them are believed to be critical. The crash caused traffic to be held up for a few hours along the highway before cranes arrived and cleared away the debris.last_img read more