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Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#news#web Several days ago, we called MySQL’s falling prey to Oracle one of the top 10 tech-related failures of 2009.It seems we’re in good company, as one of MySQL’s founders, Monty Widenius, the man who spent the past 27 years creating and working on MySQL, is using his personal blog to incite a mass letter-writing campaign to the European Commission in order to ensure the open-source future of the popular database. We’re not the only ones who questioned whether MySQL would “succumb to corporate lameness” after a takeover by a major closed-source competitor. In fact, Widenius speculates that Oracle could close or even kill all or parts of MySQL.Although the U.S. Department of Justice approved Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this fall, the EC chose to open an investigation into the matter. The DOJ saw no problem with Oracle’s acquiring MySQL and focused instead on Java licensing issues.Widenius, who split from Sun earlier this year after — and entirely because — MySQL was acquired by Sun, wrote in October about how MySQL could be shuttered.“The easiest way to kill MySQL would be to not sell licenses any more or make their prices “really high”. Another scenario is that the development resources are drastically reduced in some important areas. Then people would stop believing in the future of MySQL, which slowly will kill the product… It’s safe to assume that both Sun and Oracle understand this.”Now, Widenius says MySQL — hardly an underdog in the space — has grown and stabilized to the point that it “hurts Oracle every day… Oracle [has] to lower prices all the time to compete with MySQL when companies start new projects. Some companies even migrate existing projects from Oracle to MySQL to save money.”Although Oracle has made several statements about the future of MySQL, here’s what Widenius says the company has not guaranteed:that all of MySQL and its parts, modules and tools will remain under an open source licensethat MySQL license and support prices will remain the samethat new versions and submitted patches will be released consistently and in a timely mannerthat dual licensing will continue and that affordable commercial licenses will be availablethat MySQL will be developed as an open source projectthat Oracle will work with the existing MySQL user communitythat discrimination will not occur when MySQL patches compete with Oracle productsthat MySQL will continue to be developed in ways that make it even more competitive with Oracle’s main offeringIn other words, by omitting certain language, Oracle has left itself more than enough ammunition to kill MySQL, if not execution-style then certainly over a long, slow, painful process of throttling innovation and freedom (as in beer and as in speech). Widenius points to Oracle’s handling of the InnoDB acquisition in 2005 as a possible sign of things to come. “In the end,” he writes, “Sun had to fork InnoDB, just to be able to improve performance.”So, without a list of users, Widenius is issuing a call to the entire open source community to help save MySQL from Oracle by emailing the EC and stating that either Oracle is not a fit steward for MySQL or that Oracle must make certain guarantees to ensure its open-source competitor’s success. EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is a known supporter of open-source technology; if user emails reach her before January 19 and make a significant impression, her office could shut the deal down.As we’ve reported in the past, MySQL usage is expected to drop if the acquisition is complete. It seems that Oracle is putting a bad taste in the mouth of more than a few open-source geeks.What’s your opinion? Do you think Oracle should be allowed to take MySQL and do with it as they please? Do you think Oracle should have to make certain guarantees to ensure the longevity and success of MySQL? Or do you think MySQL should simply go to a good home, a.k.a. a nonprofit foundation, and remain a standalone competitor to Oracle’s offering?Vote below, and let us know your full thoughts in the comments. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Then we’ll raise the gain: Next we’ll pull the shadows back to the teal/cobalt color. We’ll have to do this using the offset control, which we’ll push teal/blue: Now we start to make the look more aggressive. We’ll switch to the Overall tab and raise the overall saturation to get those really rich colors in the example: Now you can see the reason we pushed blue instead of green into the offset for the shadows. When we add the bluish offset with the yellow/orange midtones and highlights, the shadows take on that greenish/teal color we want to emulate. It’s one of the things to consider when dealing with an offset/gamma/gain control instead of a shadow/midtone/highlight setup. You can real more about the different types of 3-way color correctors in this great post by colorist Alexis Van Hurkman.The next step in emulating the look is to start tweaking the shadows. At the moment, they’re way too saturated. We’ll jump over to the Shadows tab and lower the final shadows saturation: Now this really screws up the skintones, but we’ll address that in a minute. Before that, we want to make some tonal/contrast adjustments. We want to crunch the shot a bit, so we’ll lower the offset: In this post we’ll share a formula for getting a unique vintage look in Adobe SpeedGrade!I was recently asked by a friend to figure out the formula for the stylized vintage color grade seen in this music video:Looking at the video to break the grade down, it’s a very aggressive teal-and-orange look with varying intensities throughout, but it also has a vintage look with not-so-white whites and lifted, milky blacks. He needed the look created in Apple Color, but I thought it’d be a fun exercise to create the look in Adobe SpeedGrade for this post. Here’s the shot we’ll start with:I did all of this on an adjustment layer above the shot (which is a great feature of SpeedGrade). For more info on grading with adjustment layers see my previous post: Color Grading in Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects or SpeedGrade. I called the first primary “Look”:The very first step in creating the look is going to be getting those warm midtones, so we’ll push the overall gamma towards yellow/orange: Then we’ll raise the offset to make it even lighter in comparison to the edge vignette we created: Then we’ll do the same in the gain: Now we’re going to affect the inside of the window, so make a new layer and switch it to inside the mask (using the circle-in-rectangle looking buttons):We want the middle of the shot to be a bit more milky, so lower the contrast using the slider: The goal isn’t to make his skin normal. The goal is to make his skin yellow/orange instead of red. After that, an adjustment to saturation finishes the adjustment: Then we’ll raise the gamma a bit: Now we’ll raise the shadow offset a bit since lowering the shadow saturation darkened that tonal range a bit: Now we’re going to work on the vignette aspect of the look. Add a new layer, and make sure you switch the vignette/mask setting to outside, since that’s what we’ll be doing first (note the circle-in-rectangle button options at the top):Here is the window shape I used for this vignette:Now we’ll just lower the offset a bit to darken the edges: The last step is to create the clipped whites and blacks, but that’s not really an easy thing to do in SpeedGrade. The only way I found to do it was to create a LUT in After Effects using Color Finesse where I clipped the curves at the top and bottom. To save you time, download that LUT here.Once you have the LUT file, create a new LUT layer in SpeedGrade:The LUT layer is a special layer you can get to with the + button to the right of the new secondary button. Once you’ve gotten the layer, select the LUT:Doing that gives you the final look!It’s worth noting that this is a very aggressive look that is heavily dependent on you footage, production design, etc. and may need to be dialed back in darker shots. If you’d like to download the free SpeedGrade preset for this look, you can get it here. The offset shifts the while image in that direction, so we’ll push some warm tones back into the gain to get where we need to go: Now we’ll move on to correcting those skintones. Add a new secondary layer (I called it Skin Key):First we’ll pull a key on the skintones. Your qualifier settings will vary based on your footage, but here’s what mine ended up being:First we’ll push the offset a little bit towards yellow and away from red:
Monsoon of 2019 has been very different. After a two-week delay in arrival, its withdrawal from Mumbai and Maharashtra is also delayed and is likely to stretch into October. Light showers are expected to continue till then even as the days are getting sunny in Mumbai.This year, monsoon arrived in Kerala a week late and in Mumbai two weeks later than the projected onset date. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared on June 25 that monsoon had arrived in Mumbai and entire Maharashtra. So far, Mumbai has received 3603.7mm rainfall, or 143.35% of annual average. In the 24 hours leading upto 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, Mumbai received only 0.8mm rainfall. There was some scattered rain in Mumbai on Sunday. However, maximum temperatures remained on the warmer side, with Sunday recording 33.3 degrees Celsius. This is three degrees above normal.Normally, withdrawal of monsoon starts around September 1 from west Rajasthan. However, that has not happened so far this season and the weather conditions are not conducive for it to happen in the next few days. Some of the conditions that meteorologists look at include, absence of rain for five days straight, increase in temperature, and reduction in humidity. IMD has forecast very light to light rains for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad until Thursday and has forecast similar daytime temperatures for Mumbai.When asked about the withdrawal of monsoon from the State, K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director general, IMD, said, “There is depression formed in Arabian Sea, so withdrawal will not happen for next couple of days.”Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change) at private forecaster Skymet Weather said, “Withdrawal of monsoon is delayed this season. Right now, the easterlies are still active and humidity has not reduced and therefore, the weather conditions have not built up yet in west Rajasthan for withdrawal. It may happen in first week of October following which it will cover entire India including Maharashtra. In 2011, withdrawal had happened in late September and in 2010, it happened in October.”Akshay Deoras, a meteorologist and Ph.D. researcher at the University of Reading, U.K., who has been tracking the monsoon closely, said, “Withdrawal from western Rajasthan is expected to commence by September 27. However, the official declaration might happen only in early October due to which monsoon’s withdrawal this year will be delayed by a month from its normal date of September 1. Thereafter, we can expect a rapid withdrawal of the monsoon from parts of northwest and central India. In Maharashtra, rainfall activity will start terminating from early October and we can expect the withdrawal to start from the second week.”However, once monsoon withdrawal starts, it is expected to cover large parts of the country in one or two weeks.Meanwhile, an IMD press release issued at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday said a depression in the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast could intensify into a deep depression in the next 12 hours, and a cyclonic storm in 24 hours. This could result in lead to light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls over Saurashtra and Kutch.
Andy Murray had Centre Court rocking on Sunday, winning gold for the home team and beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final at Wimbledon.The result was a royal rout. Murray swept nine consecutive games, breaking Federer’s serve four times in a row.The victory marked a breakthrough for the Scotsman, who has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.For Federer, the drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment. Playing in the games for the fourth time, he sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but still earned his first singles medal.From the start, there was no doubting spectators’ loyalty. The retractable Centre Court roof opened shortly before the final, and Federer walked onto the sun-splashed grass to a standing ovation. Then Murray entered, and the roar tripled.At the far end of the All England Club, thousands of happy fans with grounds passes enjoyed a carnival atmosphere on the picnic hill known as Murray Mount while watching the match on a huge video screen.Federer wore red and Murray blue in the most colorful tournament ever held at Wimbledon. Their tactics were also in sharp contrast.Murray returned aggressively to repeatedly put on Federer on the defensive when serving. Federer tried to come forward more than in any match this summer, but Murray answered with a succession of crisp passing shots for winners.The fans loved it, waving Union Jacks of all sizes. “An-dy! An-dy” they chanted. They applauded when Federer won a point, but they roared when Murray won one.And the bounces seemed to go Murray’s way. One of his service breaks came when he hit winners that clipped the net cord on consecutive points. But then the net, after all, was British. Federer showed little frustration as the match slipped away. Instead, it was Murray tossing his racket in the second set when he made a rare error.Otherwise, the usually dour Scotsman had little to get upset about. When he netted an easy forehand on break point early in the match, he laughed at his mistake.Murray won with plenty of flair and a succession of spectacular shots. A lunging backhand pass in the corner had fans on their feet. And he erased a break point with an acrobatic leaping overhead, followed by an improbable reflex volley winner after Federer fired at him from point-blank range.Murray fell behind 15-40 serving in the opening game but rallied to hold, and from 2-all he took charge, winning every game until 5-0 in the second set.Federer struggled to hold but had his chances to break, including in the third game of the second set. He held six break points but Murray erased them all and won the game on the 20th point on an errant Federer backhand, one of many.advertisement
The first song from Priyanka Chopra’s much-awaited film Mary Kom is out.Ttitled Ziddi Dil, the song features Priyanka and is composed by Shashi Suman and sung by Vishal Dadlani. Ziddi Dil talks about the never-say-die spirit of Mary Kom that she displays during her journey of being a World Champion boxer. The song is penned by Prashant Ingole. Directed by Omung Kumar, it is slated for a September 5 release.The video shows journey of Mary Kom from a girl in Manipur to world champion boxer.Co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Mary Kom shows Kom’s journey from an athlete to a boxer, opposition faced by her father to take up the sport as a profession, training with men, her fearless nature, marriage and so-called end of her boxing career.Directed by Omung Kumar, it is slated for a September 5 release.