WordPress outage floods premium blogs with images of succulents

first_img We know you’re wondering, so no, it’s not a wild new succulent-based design direction, we’re just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight.— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) June 11, 2019 Comment Internet Rolling Stone, 9to5Google and VentureBeat were also hit by the outage. “Big day for succulents. #WordPress,” one person tweeted. TechCrunch tweeted about the situation, saying: “We know you’re wondering, so no, it’s not a wild new succulent-based design direction, we’re just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight.” WordPress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) June 11, 2019 Ok… something’s wrong with WP[.]com… like really wrongSites were down for 30 minutes, now some of them have default themes.Check out TechCrunch’s “new” look pic.twitter.com/LfItE6G9nI— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) June 11, 2019 Big day for succulents. #WordPress pic.twitter.com/PtoyKmbKU9— Kyle Frost (@kylefrost) June 11, 2019center_img All VIP Go sites were back up and running after about three hours.  A WordPress outage left some sites with an artsy shot of succulents. Artem Russakovskii ‏via TwitterSucculents were front and center Tuesday after a WordPress outage led some sites to revert to default themes. The outage, which occurred on WordPress’ VIP Go platform, caused premium blogs to show 503 errors or go back to WordPress’ default themes. In many cases, sites featured artsy shots of succulents before a fix was issued.Outlets such as TechCrunch, 9to5Mac and BBC America were affected.  Read more: The best website builders for 2019″Ok… something’s wrong with WP[.]com… like really wrong,” tweeted Catalin Cimpanu, a reporter at CNET’s sister site ZDNet. “Sites were down for 30 minutes, now some of them have default themes. Check out TechCrunch’s ‘new’ look.” The default themes may invoke some distant blogging memories. “WordPress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled,” tweeted Mike Murphy, tech editor at Quartz. The publication also appeared to suffer from the outage. Tags 1 Share your voicelast_img read more

Sensex down over 500 points on lowerthanexpected rate cut by RBI

first_imgIndian stock markets slumped by over 2 percent Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced its decision to cut repo rate (key policy rate, or interest rate) by 25 basis points. The markets had expected the apex bank to cut the rate by about 50 basis points.The S&P BSE Sensex lost more than 560 points at the closing hours, but marginally trimmed losses to end at 24,883.59, down 516.06 points, or 2.03 percent. The NSE Nifty settled at 7,603.20, a loss of 155.60 points, or 2.01 percent.At its first bi-monthly monetary policy review meeting Tuesday in the new financial year, the RBI cut repo rate from 6.75 percent to 6.50 percent, which is now the lowest in over five years.However, even additional measures by the RBI to allay fears about cash deficit in the system — such as announcing a Rs. 15,000 crore open market operation this week and noting that the new regime of marginal cost of funds based lending rates will improve transmission of rate cuts — failed to lift the markets’ dampened sentiments. The markets’ expectations were based on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley affirming his commitment to rein in fiscal deficit at 3.5 percent of the GDP in financial year 2016-17, retail inflation at around five percent and hopes of a better monsoon this year. The fall on the Sensex was led by Adani Ports, which plunged by 6.23 percent. Most of the Sensex losers were bank stocks, including ICICI Bank (down 5.45 percent), State Bank of India (down 5.38 percent), Axis Bank 2.89 percent and HDFC Bank (down 1.03 percent).The BSE Bankex plunged 591 points, or 3.21 percent, to 17,858. Other Sensex stocks that closed in the red included Bharti Airtel, BHEL, Tata Motors,  Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel and Infosys.Besides banks, other sectoral BSE indices that slumped included realty, auto and FMCG.On the NSE, the Bank Nifty dropped 3.06 percent. The fall was sharp in NSE PSU Bank index that fell 5.13 percent. The RBI retained its FY2017 growth forecast at 7.6 percent, broadly in line with the government’s projection of 7 – 7.75 percent.last_img read more

5000 more Rohingyas enter Bangladesh

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees who had just arrived wait for a place to stay at Bangladesh`s Balukhali refugee camp on 2 October 2017. The UN says more than 14,100 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition in wretched camps where half a million mainly Rohingya refugees depend entirely on charities for survival. Photo: AFPIn the latest influx, some 5,000 more Rohingyas entered Bangladesh through Ulubonia point of the Naf River under Teknaf upazila on Monday.Locals said the Myanmar nationals started gathering at the no-man’s land along the border since the morning. Later, they crossed the river into Bangladesh by hired boats. Nazir Ahmed, 55, son of Abul Hossain of Jabbarpara in Bhuchidang area in Rakhine State of Myanmar, said they entered Bangladesh through the Ulubonia point after walking on foot for five days.Meanwhile, members of Border Guard Bangladesh recovered 30,000 Yaba tablets and 80 cartons of cigarette searching the belongings of the Rohingyas who got down from boats at Shah Porir Dwip of Teknaf on Sunday night.A patrol team of the paramilitary force recovered the contraband items around 9:00pm. However, no one was arrested in this connection.Besides, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Monday feared that drugs and firearms might be smuggled into the country by some of the fleeing Rohingyas.Quader, also Awami League general secretary, expressed his apprehension while distributing relief materials among the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh amid persecution on them by the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine.He, however, said the law enforcers have been on alert so that the Rohingyas cannot get involved in criminal activities here.The ruling party leader also said the Rohingya crisis will be resolved through diplomatic efforts.last_img

Commuters suffer as 10km tailback on DhakaChattogram highway

first_imgA 10-km tailback was created on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Daudkandi upazila of Cumilla on Friday, causing immense sufferings to passengers, reports UNB.The tailback was created stretching from Meghna-Gumti Bridge in Daudkandi point to Munshiganj point from Thursday night as two trucks went out of order over Meghna Bridge, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi highway police camp.The OC said, police removed the two trucks from the bridge and the traffic started returning to normalcy slowly.last_img

CTA Names IBMs Ginni Rometty CES 2019 Kickoff Speaker After Backlash Over

first_imgIn her CES keynote, Rometty is expected to talk about how technology will improve how businesses operate and people work and live. Specifically, she’ll discuss Big Blue technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, according to the CTA. She’s scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom.“Ginni and her IBM colleagues represent some of the very best minds in technology today, and we look forward to kicking off CES with a deeper look into her vision for a world elevated by improved connectivity, more robust data analysis and more capable artificial intelligence,” CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement.CES 2019 is scheduled to run Jan 8-11, 2019, as the Las Vegas Convention Center and other Sin City venues. The exhibit halls will be organized in 24 product categories, including 5G connectivity, AI, augmented and virtual reality, smart homes, and sports. The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2019 next January — for the first time in three years — will feature a female keynote speaker.The CTA announced Wednesday that Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman, president and CEO, will kick off the annual consumer-tech conference in Las Vegas in an address on Jan. 8, 2019. Rometty previously delivered a keynote at CES 2016, the last time the trade show featured female keynoters.Rometty’s selection comes after a backlash against the CTA’s all-male keynote lineup for CES 2018, coming after no women were featured the previous year, either. Among the responses, Twitter organized an event with all women speakers at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Jan. 10, 2018, promoted under the hashtag #HereWeAre, which was the brainchild of chief marketing officer Leslie Berland. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Researchers devise a means to obtain abnormal grain growth in metal using

first_img More information: Abnormal Grain Growth Induced by Cyclic Heat Treatment, Science 27 September 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6153 pp. 1500-1502 DOI: 10.1126/science.1238017ABSTRACTIn polycrystalline materials, grain growth occurs at elevated temperatures to reduce the total area of grain boundaries with high energy. The grain growth rate usually slows down with annealing time, making it hard to obtain grains larger than a millimeter in size. We report a crystal growth method that employs only a cyclic heat treatment to obtain a single crystal of more than several centimeters in a copper-based shape-memory alloy. This abnormal grain growth phenomenon results from the formation of a subgrain structure introduced through phase transformation. These findings provide a method of fabricating a single-crystal or large-grain structure important for shape-memory properties, magnetic properties, and creep properties, among others. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. It’s the fineness of the grind Journal information: Science Citation: Researchers devise a means to obtain abnormal grain growth in metal using cyclic heat treatment (2013, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-abnormal-grain-growth-metal-cyclic.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Tohoku University and Kyoto University in Japan has found a way to cause abnormal grain growth in metal crystals using cyclic heat treatment. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they came up with the approach, how well it works and how it might be used in future applications. © 2013 Phys.org In the never ending struggle to develop more kinds of metals that are suitable for a larger variety of purposes, scientists have studied the very nature of metals to better learn how it is they perform the way they do under different circumstances. Creating them one way, for example, results in a highly bendable but relatively weak metal—creating them another way can produce just the opposite. As part of the research involving metals, scientists have discovered that metals hold their shape in ways that are very similar to ceramics—it’s all based on crystal formation and how the crystals bind to one another.With metals, crystals bond together where they interface, known in the trade as the Grain Boundary (GB). Treating the metal can cause changes to the boundary which in turn impacts the properties of the finished product. Unfortunately, working with metals is still oftentimes more art than science—how grain boundaries form and impact interactions between crystals is still not wholly understood. What is known is that applying heat can cause the GB to stretch, causing longer grain formation—the result is a metal that can better endure multiple bends. Unfortunately, adding heat can only go so far, which is why researchers continue to look for ways to change the GB to add more desirable properties to metals.In this new effort, the researchers tried a cycling method—applying heat, allowing for cooling, then reapplying for as many times as appears to be beneficial. They applied the heat cycling to a copper based shape-memory alloy (metal that has been developed to revert automatically back to its original shape under certain specified conditions). Doing so they found, resulted in what metallurgists call Abnormal Grain Growth (AGG) which is where some of the crystals grow to different sizes than their neighbors. When it occurs in beneficial ways, as it did in the researchers experiment, it can result in the development of much longer grains, which translate to more robust metals.The researchers believe their technique might be used to create alloys with longer service lives and also may serve as the jumping off point for a whole new line of research, dedicated to better understanding the relationship between grain size as it relates to GB and the way it is changed with heat. The microstructure of a Cu-Al-Mn alloy with simple isothermal heat treatment and cyclic heat treatment. Credit: Science 27 September 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6153 pp. 1500-1502 DOI: 10.1126/science.1238017last_img read more