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17 сентября, 08:00

Early autumnal reds: spice and warmth for cooler nights

Chilly evenings call for a bolder, darker taste. These three wines will lift your spiritsDelas Crozes-Hermitage, France 2015 (£13.99, The Co-operative) Rather like wearing that new winter coat for the first time, at this time of year there is a pleasant novelty to autumnal food. The spicy soups and rich stews answer the early call of cosiness. There are wines, too, that go well with this seasonal shift; red wines of spice and warmth that match the dishes and the softly melancholic nights-drawing-in mood. With their mix of blackberries, cassis, violet and pepper, those made from the syrah grape in the area south of Lyon in France’s Rhône Valley have a pronounced autumnal lilt. This example from the reliable firm of Delas in the area’s largest appellation, Crozes-Hermitage, is beautifully vivid, supple and succulent.La Verdier Cairanne, France 2015 (£10, Morrisons) It’s a good 70-mile journey from Crozes-Hermitage to the village of Cairanne. The trip from the northern to the southern end of the Rhône Valley marks a seamless change in style. Here, the grenache grape variety makes its presence felt – usually in tandem with syrah (and mourvèdre and sometimes a cluster of other varieties, too) – and this generally brings wines that have much of the spice of their northern counterparts, but with more sweetly fleshy fruit, weight and heft. They’re just as effective with those same autumnal dishes, however, not least in this particularly polished example made for Morrisons by Boutinot, where the brambly jam fruit is seasoned with aniseed, rosemary and pepper. Continue reading...

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15 сентября, 19:00

Thomasina Miers’ quick and easy recipe for blackberry and pecan tart

The pastry is as much the star of the show as any tart filling will ever be – and that’s why, when time permits, I always go homemadeWhen I entered MasterChef way back in 2005, it was as if I had thrown down the gauntlet to my father. Ever since, the more I’ve discovered and cooked exotic ingredients, the more he has, too. I remember once going through his kitchen cupboards on the off-chance that he had a bottle of pomegranate molasses, only to be asked, rather snootily, why I didn’t make my own. Well, not all of us have the time to make everything from scratch, but when it comes to pastry, my father and I see eye to eye: once you’ve made shortcrust a few times, it’s a marvel of speed and efficiency, and the results are much more memorable than shop-bought substitutes. Flaky, buttery, crisp pastry is as much of a treat as any tart filling will ever be, though, irritatingly, my father still makes the best pastry I have tasted, and that’s including my chef friends. But stick to this recipe and I think you will, too. Continue reading...

15 сентября, 00:01

Hillary Clinton Is Sorry, Not Sorry

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I had vowed never to discuss Hillary Clinton’s emails again. Lord knows we’d all love to throw the bolt on that conversation and leave it to fester in the pantry. But by assigning a meaty chapter to the controversy in her new campaign tell-all, What Happened, Clinton has encouraged us to rethink the events that she insists helped sink her campaign.“The further we get from the election, the stranger it seems that this controversy could swing a national election with such monumental consequences,” Clinton writes. “I picture future historians scratching their heads, trying to understand what happened. I’m still scratching mine, too.”I’m no historian, and the future hasn’t quite arrived yet. But with Clinton having shown us where it itches, we’d be remiss if we didn’t drag our sharpened fingernails back and forth over her latest meditation on the emails, testing her latest interpretation of the campaign for consistency.In What Happened, Clinton calls her decision to use personal email while serving as secretary of state “dumb.” It was a “boneheaded mistake,” she relates. She’s sorry she set up a private email server and apologizes for making that decision. “I own that,” she writes, claiming that she “takes responsibility” for her actions. She says, as she did during the campaign, that given a chance to do it all over again, she would do it differently.But at the same time, she remains adamant in her retelling that she did nothing wrong. She broke no laws. She didn’t reveal national security secrets. Other secretaries of state used private email (though not anywhere near in the volumes Clinton did). The uproar over the emails was “nonsense,” she maintains. And the ongoing scandal that it fueled? “Even dumber,” she writes, because it “got more coverage than any other issue in the whole race” and “ballooned into an election-tipping controversy.”Clinton uses What Happened to replay the email apologies, non-apology apologies and the open defiance that typified her campaign. Her first email position, staked out in that March 10, 2015, presser at the United Nations, included no direct apology. She had “opted for convenience” by using one device for both personal and business communications, she said at the presser. “Looking back,” she hedged, “it would have been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone.”For the next five months, Clinton “either dismissed the controversy or joked about it,” as CNN reported, obviously hoping it would go away. “Everybody is acting like this is the first time this has ever happened. It happens all the time,” she said at an August 2015 Nevada campaign stop. “Nobody talks to me about it, other than you guys,” she said to a reporter. She praised the Snapchat messaging app, saying, “I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.” Asked by a reporter if she had wiped her email server, she joked, “What? Like with a cloth or something?”When these tactics didn’t kill the email story, Clinton shifted her stance. At an Aug. 26, 2015, Iowa campaign event, Clinton said, “I should have used two emails—one personal, one for work—and I take responsibility for that decision,” Clinton said. “I know people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why. I get it.”One of the enduring beliefs in politics is that “taking responsibility” can douse a burning controversy. When “taking responsibility” results in an offender making amends, it sometimes works. But when it merely signals the offender’s exhaustion, as in the Clinton case, it backfires. I suspect that the email controversy remained so hot for so long because people heard little regret in Clinton’s apologies aside from her regret that she had gotten caught bending the rules and people wouldn’t stop talking about it.Perhaps if Clinton hadn’t taken so long to get it or at least pretend to get it, the email fallout might have been contained. In What Happened, Clinton makes the excuse that she clammed up about emails after the story broke to “avoid ‘Gotcha!’ interviews at a time when I needed to be reintroducing myself to the country.” In other words, she wasn’t candid about the emails because candor wasn’t going to be good for her campaign—until she decided candor was the only way out.The deeper I read into What Happened’s email chapter, the more convinced I became that the press was right to pressure Clinton on the story. She believes what she did was dumb. She believes she owns what she did. She takes responsibility. With all that being true, the press was right to make a racket about it.Instead, Clinton uses the book to blame the press for not having accepted her apologies and for continuing to chase the story. She nods in agreement in her book when recounting the time Bernie Sanders called the email story nonsense. “If only the press had treated it that way,” she writes. Elsewhere in the book, she wishes that “fair-minded journalists” would have reconsidered the previous scandal reporting on her before “setting off on another scandal jamboree.” Instead, she writes, the “press was ravenous.”But who fed the press corps’ appetite? Clinton. She stonewalled the press on the emails for five months, and that will make any reporter hungry. When she confessed that she now understood why people cared about the emails—after saying only the press did—she encouraged reporters to be suspicious about her new view.From the moment the New York Times broke the email story in early March 2015, and then later when the State Department announced its release schedule, Clinton was put on notice that like a spring high tide, each new batch of emails would send uncomfortable news rising over her campaign seawall. According to a CNN timeline, the State Department released at least 14 batches of Clinton emails between May 22, 2015, and Feb. 29, 2016. (See CNN’s coverage on the other dumps here: June 30, 2015; July 31, 2015; Aug. 31, 2015; Sept. 30, 2015; Oct. 30, 2015; Nov. 30, 2015; Dec. 31, 2015; Jan. 7, 2016; Jan. 29, 2016; Feb. 13, 2016; Feb. 19, 2016; Feb. 26, 2016.) Did Clinton expect the press to ignore them? It’s her fault, not the press corps’, that she set up an independent server that made so much news. She’s the one who failed to manage the news crisis she knew would burn hotter with each new email release. And yet today, she disparages the coverage as an example of the press corps’ herd mentality: “The facts didn’t stop the hamster wheel of Washington scandal from spinning into rapid motion, as other media outlets sought to follow a story that must be important, because the New York Times had put it on the front page.”No journalist should apologize for covering the emails as news—for both the way Clinton handled them and their contents. They contained valuable information. We learned from the Clinton emails, for example, that her justification for a personal email server—that it would give her the convenience of one device—was a lie. As this McClatchy article notes, she used both a BlackBerry and an iPad on her system. The releases also show her buffing her image. They reveal that her campaign recklessly and knowingly exposed her communication to hackers. They showcase her questionable relationship with Sidney Blumenthal. They demonstrate that the State Department IT office didn’t know about Clinton’s email. They catch her sending classified information, something she originally denied. As Vox’s Jeff Stein wrote, they also instruct us on Clinton’s efforts to avoid public records laws. And they give us a nonpareil view of a secretary of state doing her job and of a politician jockeying for a presidential run.Clinton’s press critique would have you believe that the volume of coverage was not proportional to the news value contained in the stories, that the press turned the emails into a tempest in a thimble. The weakness in Clinton’s thinking, and that of her constituency, resides in the notion that news organizations operate (or should operate) Departments of Proportionality inside their walls. But the news doesn’t work that way, as I’ve previously written. The news, by its nature, is disproportional. Editors and reporters inevitably emphasize one set of events over another. Just because a newspaper reported a fire or car wreck yesterday doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t report on it today—especially if the arsonist and the driver are repeating their performances.When the press started reporting on the emails, it had no way of knowing what ultimate shape they would take by the time the State Department released the last one. In this, the story shares a lot with other unfolding stories: Nobody knows for sure whether a story was “overcovered” or “undercovered” until the news spigot runs dry. (The same holds for our current saturation coverage of the Trump Tower scandal.) In giving saturation coverage to the emails of the presumptive next president of the United States, the press did the right thing for readers. And readers come before Clinton in my pecking order.Clinton says she’s sorry for all the mistakes she made. Read the book, see who she blames, and then decide for yourself whether she’s sincere.******At the time the Clinton emails story was cresting, I predicted that Clinton would survive it all. This is why I should never predict anything. Send Clinton predictions to [email protected] My email alerts voted for Trump, my Twitter feed for Johnson, and my RSS feed for none of the above.

14 сентября, 02:32

FBI reveals broader use of grand jury subpoenas in Clinton email probe

A court filing discloses the bureau employed a legal tool to seek emails from accounts of some she corresponded with.

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13 сентября, 19:56

Does BlackBerry Have A Shot At Success In The Fleet Management Market?

BlackBerry entered the fleet management market last year, launching its Radar solution, as it looks to compensate for revenues declines in its smartphone and services access fee business.

13 сентября, 14:30

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for mushroom and herb tagliatelle | A kitchen in Rome

As wild porcini begin popping up all over woodlands local to Rome, there’s no better time to enjoy their signature earthy notes than in a bowl of pasta with herbs galore ...My brother was more or less the age my son is now – six – when my friend and I fed him mushroom soup. As eight-year-old foragers, we had found a cluster of mushrooms under a tree in the wild untended bit at the bottom of the garden. Seeing no red cap or alarming spots, we deemed them edible and picked them. We had also found a handful of blackberries and something suitably herby, so we put all three in warm water, stirred, then fed our soup to Ben behind the sofa. Ben went yellow and cried for mum, who asked us calmly what we had done while her eyes gave away her pure and absolute panic.It turned out they were only mildly nauseating, and Ben was fine. The adults, though, were not. So traumatised were they that they didn’t even shout. Instead, we were given the most earnest talking to. Did we know how serious this was? Had we any idea what could have happened? I did. Despite our sibling rivalry, I did not want to murder my younger brother; a crime sure to make the front of the local paper. We were made to promise we would never pick mushrooms again. As yet, I haven’t. Continue reading...

11 сентября, 15:50

Qualcomm Slips to a 52-Week Low: What's Taking It Down?

Intense competition in the mobile phone chipset market may hurt Qualcomm's (QCOM) profits. The company continues to face anti-competitive and unfair business practice charges.

30 июня, 16:40

Healthy Living: The One Thing Warren Buffett Gets Completely Wrong

The battle over healthcare reform continues... but in the meantime, Alexander Green has some thoughts on improving your health. Warren Buffett would do well to listen.

30 июня, 15:55

Why BlackBerry (BBRY) Isn't Done Growing Earnings Yet

If you are looking for a fast growing stock that is still seeing plenty of opportunities on the horizon, make sure to consider BlackBerry (BBRY).

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29 июня, 15:53

Should BlackBerry (BBRY) Be on Your Radar Now?

One company that looks well positioned for a solid gain, but has been overlooked by investors lately, is BlackBerry Limited (BBRY).

28 июня, 17:00

Сооснователь Mail.Ru Group Дмитрий Гришин инвестировал в игровой смартфон Wonder

Стартап, в который наряду с другими инвесторами вложился Grishin Robotics, работает над гибридом мощного смартфона и игровой консоли, ориентированным на геймеров

28 июня, 13:45

FTC's Anti-Trust Suit against Qualcomm Remains on Track

Qualcomm's (QCOM) proposal, forwarded in Apr, 2017, to dismiss the anti-trust lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was recently denied by the U.S. District Judge.

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27 июня, 17:30

BlackBerry готовит два новых смартфона

По словам Бласса, BlackBerry уже начала работу над несколькими новыми смартфонами. Девайсы получили кодовые названия Krypton и Juno. Однако никаких дополнительных подробностей инсайдер пока не рассказал. Поэтому сегодня сложно даже предположить, как будут выглядеть грядущие девайсы и сколько они будут стоить. Напомним, в сентябре прошлого года BlackBerry объявила, что впредь созданием устройств под её брендом будут заниматься сторонние производители, а сама компания сосредоточится на разработке программного обеспечения в области безопасности и "Интернета вещей". В конце того же года канадцы передали права на свой бренд китайской компании TCL Corp. В феврале 2017 года консалтинговая компания Gartner констатировала "смерть" бренда BlackBerry. Согласно отчёту, доля BlackBerry на рынке смартфонов в четвёртом квартале 2016 года составила всего 0,0482%.

27 июня, 16:51

Nokia on a Comeback Trail with Nokia 6 in the US, Next Month

Nokia Corporation (NOK) is on its way back to the US with the launch of Nokia 6 next month.

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26 июня, 17:16

Company News for June 26, 2017

Companies in the News are: BBRY,SNCR,BBBY,PTLA

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26 июня, 16:14

Why BlackBerry's Stock Tanked On Friday

BlackBerry published its Q1 fiscal 2018 results on Friday, June 23. While the company’s profits surged on account of the $940 million one-time arbitration award from Qualcomm, revenues fell significantly short of Wall Street expectations, due to a sequential decline in software sales.

26 июня, 15:58

Нелегальный интернет: какие сервисы заблокированы в разных странах мира

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Telegram, кажется, доигрался. Если ФСБ прямым текстом говорит о том, что мессенджер использовался террористами, то всё: под этим соусом его, скорее всего, заблокируют в России в течение нескольких ближайших дней. Причина проста: Павел Дуров, основатель сервиса, отказался сотрудничать с органами госбезопасности и предоставить им доступ к переписке. По этой же причине во многих странах мира заблокированы те или иные интернет-сервисы.Все дело в шифровании С незапамятных времен государство контролировало каналы связи: еще царская цензура вырезала целые слова и абзацы из писем Ленина из ссылки. С появлением телеграфа и телефона они тоже просматривались и прослушивались, и ничего не изменилось с появлением интернета. Каждый российский провайдер и оператор связи обязан за свой счет обеспечить беспрепятственное подключение к СОРМ («Системе оперативно-розыскных мероприятий»), чтобы органы госбезопасности и внутренних дел могли контролировать переговоры и переписку. Кстати, не всех подряд (на это не хватило бы ресурсов), а только подозреваемых в преступлениях. При этом органы должны получать доступ к незашифрованной информации — иначе стойкость современных ключей не позволит им узнать содержимое в течение нескольких лет. Именно поэтому в России запрещены многие средства шифрования вроде специальных мобильных телефонов, а еще можно вспомнить, как Blackberry разрешили работать в стране только в том случае, если почтовый сервер каждого конкретного клиента будет установлен у провайдера.

25 июня, 18:00

25.06.2017 18:00 : Мессенджер Телеграм в России могут заблокировать в ближайшие несколько дней

Об этом сегодня предупредил глава Роскомнадзора создателя сервиса. От Павла Дурова ведомство требует незамедлительно зарегистрировать мессенджер в России. Сначала публичная переписка руководителя Роскомнадзора и создателя популярного мессенджера, теперь угрозы заблокировать Телеграмм в интервью федеральному телеканалу. Александр Жаров ещё раз дал понять Павлу Дурову на этот раз через НТВ, где выступал: времени всё меньше. По его словам ведомство использует последнюю возможность для коммуникации и диалога. Время цитата «исчисляется днями». Ведомство продолжает ждать ответа. В случае отказа предоставить данные о мессенджере — блокировка Телеграма. Этим создателя сервиса, а вместе с ним порядка шести миллионов пользователей в России ведомство Жарова пугает с середины мая. А пару дней назад глава Роскомнадзора лично призвал Telegram предоставить данные. Тогда же чиновник предупредил: время до блокировки всё меньше. Основатель мессенджера ответил: в таком случае переписка российских чиновников в Телеграме перейдёт в облачные сервисы Apple iCloud и Google Drive, подконтрольные США. Какой в этом смысл с точки зрения национальной безопасности России? Со стороны выглядит как некий саботаж государственных интересов», отметил Дуров в соцсети В контакте, созданной им ранее. Глава Роскомнадзора там же на страничке ведомства вскоре признался: он сожалеет, что не получил ответа на вопросы к команде Telegram и Дурову. И даже заподозрил его создателя в лояльном отношении к террористам и преступникам, которые, как считает Жаров, также пользуются Телеграмом. Дуров в ответ сказал, что с начала месяца сервис заблокировал более пяти тысяч публичных каналов и групп, связанных с пропагандой терроризма. Роскомнадзор до этого внёс в реестр запрещенных сайтов мессенджеры, которые отказывались предоставить сведения о себе: это сервис-рация Zello, Blackberry Messenger и Line. Также была заблокирована социальная сеть LinkedIn. А в четверг Роскомнадзор на несколько часов остановил работу российского домена поисковика Google.