Undiscovered artists, take note! BitTorrent has your back.The once-torrent website has taken a new approach with their musical offerings, teaming up with artists to release content bundles and letting the artists decide the price. Several artists have taken advantage of this program, including a recent live release from funk artist, Lettuce.BitTorrent is taking things a step further in the music community, launching The Discovery Fund to help promote undiscovered artists with cash grants that range from $2,500 to $100,000. You can read their description of the program below:You create it. You own it. We back it.We back creators. We don’t buy content. Because fuck content. Because music and film is more than that. Because outside voices need to be heard. The BitTorrent Discovery Fund is an open initiative dedicated to supporting a diverse group of creators seeking global distribution for uncompromising, original work.Through this initiative, we’ll partner with 25 creators; providing cash grants and promotional resources to help artists unlock new fans and build impactful releases.To find the guidelines and apply, head here.
Seattle-area firmVentec Life Systems developed the first and only Multi-Function Ventilator – VOCSN – which combines a ventilator, oxygen concentrator, cough assist, suction and nebulizer into one unified respiratory system. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Ventec knew it had to increase production. The company was used to producing approximately 150-200 VOCSN critical care ventilators per month. However, increasing that number five times still wouldn’t be enough to meet demand. With PCs and servers from Dell Technologies and financing from Dell Financial Services, Ventec teamed with General Motors to produce VOCSN critical care ventilators at a GM facility in Indiana, employing about 1,000 people and taking giant steps toward filling the federal order of 30,000 VOCSN critical care ventilators, with additional ventilators to be manufactured after that order is complete. Learn more about how Dell Technologies’ Design Solutions is enabling customers and partners to redesign their business models and transform their production lines. Hamilton Bonaduz AG’s laboratory customers depend on the Switzerland-based firm for a variety of life-saving technologies, including equipment that automates testing for COVID-19, vaccine development and ventilators. COVID-19 prompted a surge in demand for Hamilton equipment from customers like global health care suppliers. Because of a close and longstanding relationship with Dell Technologies Design Solutions, Hamilton was able to upgrade its technology and lean on Dell Technologies consulting, custom imaging and support services. The result was successful fast-tracking of delivery, prioritizing COVID-19 and shipping Hamilton equipment within five days. Auto racing giant McLaren, a long-time Dell Technologies customer, is part of a group of UK-based Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms committed to producing ventilators for the UK. The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium has been working hard to answer the UK Government’s calls for additional ventilators in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in 10 weeks the consortium produced the number of ventilators that would have been produced in 10 years. The consortium is focused on two models of ventilators based on existing technologies and ability to be assembled with parts currently in production. Together, Dell Technologies and McLaren are providing consulting services to the consortium. Dell Technologies has also provided equipment for the ventilator assembly sites, including conferencing equipment, workstations, interactive monitors for production line monitoring and laptops to enable remote working for team members. Manufacturers of medical equipment knew that as COVID-19 spread, they’d have to increase production at unprecedented rates. Still, it was impossible to anticipate the scale of the need, which would force some companies to find new ways to manufacture equipment. It required others to fast-track the development of critical products focused on test automation and vaccine development. No matter the path, manufacturers would lean heavily on technology to get more equipment out the door and meet rapidly increasing demand.“From ventilators to liquid handling equipment and robotics, manufacturers depend on technology to produce the equipment and materials the world is counting on to fight COVID-19,” said Bryan Jones, senior vice president and general manager, Design Solutions, Dell Technologies. “These companies have seen huge increases in demand and are pushing to complete projects on extremely short timelines. I’ve been inspired by how so many manufacturers are looking at this situation in innovative ways, thinking about what’s possible rather than all the obstacles they have to overcome, with the ultimate goal of treating patients and saving lives. We, at Dell Technologies, are proud to work alongside them.”Dell Technologies has partnered with manufacturers around the world to get more life-saving equipment out the door faster. Here are just a few examples:In addition to meeting urgent demand from large customers, industrial giant Honeywell decided to convert some of its U.S. factories to produce N95 masks and hand sanitizer when COVID-19 hit. The company had to deliver on its commitments while enabling most non-manufacturing employees to work from home. On top of all this, Honeywell faced potential manufacturing delays because of plant closures in India and Mexico; a tornado that damaged a warehouse in Nashville, Tenn.; and delivery complications caused by closed borders. To support manufacturing production in new and challenging environments, Honeywell worked closely with Dell Technologies to have its office employees working from home within eight days by establishing VPNs, remote access and encryption for 30,000 desktops. Dell Technologies also fast-tracked the configuration and deployment of more than 3,000 laptops, as well as hundreds of workstations and desktops. In addition, Dell Technologies Design Solutions met aggressive timeframes for delivery of hundreds of workstations and servers globally to support remote work. Now, the companies are discussing continuous improvements to enhance the overall work from home experience for all employees.
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The skirmish between Chinese and Indian troops over a long-disputed border this month is being treated in New Delhi as the country’s worst diplomatic crisis in decades even as it is downplayed by Beijing.China is already locked in diplomatic combat over a host of disputes, from the United States and Australia to Taiwan and Hong Kong, and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. It is loath to engage on yet another front – especially one that could push New Delhi closer to Washington, some analysts say.The two sides were working to ease tensions, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Chinese media coverage has been scant. Beijing’s response also points to its interest in de-escalating a crisis over a stretch of border that is less politically important than other territorial priorities, such as claims to Taiwan and the South China Sea and its tightening grip on Xinjiang and Hong Kong.The contrast reflects the differences in two systems of government – India is the world’s biggest democracy, while China is ruled by the Communist Party and tightly controls its media – as well as the domestic realities of a dispute that has little political upside for the leaders of either country.Since the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers in hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley, in the worst combat losses on the de facto border with China in more than 50 years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strident nationalist, has faced heated calls for a strong response.Chinese President Xi Jinping is under no such public pressure. Topics : “Indians watch everything that China is doing, but most Chinese only have eyes for international issues related to the US or Taiwan,” said Zhang Jiadong, director of the Center for South Asian Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.Both governments would prefer to play down the clash, he said, but information from the remote battlefield leaking into Indian media forces Modi’s hand in a way that would not be possible in China.”The clash happened because troops from both sides have a different understanding of where the line of actual control lies,” he said.”This area is a barren hilltop with no economic or geostrategic value. From the Chinese government point of view, it is not worth destabilizing bilateral relations over this,” said Zhang.The border clash did not crack the top 50 searches on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Tuesday.Pressure differentialIn India, opposition leaders, former generals and diplomats have criticized Modi for failing to protect Indian lives and territory. Many have called for boycotts of Chinese goods. The story garners wall-to-wall coverage in domestic media.The perceived threat from China – which humiliated India in a brief border war in 1962 – has overshadowed India’s COVID crisis, in which the number of cases has crossed 400,000 with no sign of a peak.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India stands behind Modi, but he must bear responsibility.”We stand at historic crossroads. Our government’s decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us,” he said. Such language makes it harder for Modi to compromise without losing face, analysts say.Modi rode to power in 2014 vowing to turn India into an economic and military power, but China has pulled further ahead on his watch. Its economy is five times the size of India’s, with three times the military spending.Control Risks said in a note that Modi’s administration will likely employ economic measures against China to placate public pressure, instead of risking military conflict with a stronger adversary.
A little less than a year ago, I wrote a feature piece examining the plight of private schools — USC specifically — in college baseball. That plight is this: an NCAA Division I baseball team is allotted 11.7 scholarships to allocate amongst 27 players. If divided equally, that’s a little less than half of a scholarship per player, leaving the remaining half of tuition to be paid out of pocket. At a public school such at Cal State Fullerton or UCLA, that’s $5,500 or $16,000, respectively. At a private school, such as USC, that skyrockets to more than $22,000.Put yourself in the position of a recruit. USC baseball coach Dan Hubbs says his program can offer you a half scholarship to play for him. Pretty sweet, right? You’re getting some $90,000 in free education over four years. But your family will also have to pay that same amount out of their own pocket. Across town, UCLA baseball coach John Savage is also offering you a half scholarship to play for him. Now all of the sudden your family will “only” be asked for around $65,000.Or, think about it this way: your family can afford $25,000 a year for school. To play at USC you would require more than half of a scholarship. At Cal State Fullerton, that’s the entire cost of attendance out of pocket, freeing up that half scholarship for someone else.And so the question begs: is it possible for USC to be a national power in baseball anymore? Why would the average recruit choose to pay $90,000 for college when he could pay half that?As I approached various members of the baseball staff and the athletic department about the story — from then-head coach Frank Cruz to athletic director Pat Haden — I was met with some resistance. It would be hard for them to talk about this and not sound like they were trying to make excuses.In fact, that’s exactly what an online commenter called the story, “Nothing but excuses.” When you’re talking about the single most successful program in the history of the sport (USC baseball’s 12 national championships are the most all-time by double over Texas’ six), it’s hard to call it anything else. Plus, there are quite a few private schools around the country (Stanford, Rice, Vanderbilt) that are constantly among the top tier of college baseball teams, something that cannot be said about USC for at least the last decade.There are many reasons those schools have been more successful than USC, not the least of which is their respective endowments, which per student range from double to more than 10 times that of USC. And yet, their performance has slowed in recent years too.“Of all of the sports in college athletics, statistics show that baseball is the most difficult one for private schools to be consistently competitive in on a championship level,” Haden told me for that story a year ago.As Haden said, the numbers back that up. Rice was the last private school to win a College World Series, back in 2003. In the 10 series since then, private schools have made the CWS a total of 11 times, including just twice in the last five years. The last time more than one private school made it was 2008, when Stanford, Rice and Miami all made their way to Omaha. None have been back since.Yet, while the performance of those schools may not be what it once was, none have experienced the headfirst plunge in both success and national relevance that USC has over the last decade. Scholarship limitations do prevent the Trojans from being the superpower they once were, but those limitations alone don’t cause the program to suffer as it has. There is absolutely no reason they should continue to. Nick Burton has probably spent more time at Dedeaux Field over the last three years than he has in class. He plans to focus quite a bit on USC baseball in his column, “Any Given Saturday,” this semester. To plead with him to do otherwise, visit dailytrojan.com or email Nick at [email protected]