29 сентября, 17:14

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29 сентября, 16:48

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22 сентября, 13:01

Steel industry looks to jump-start Trump trade engine

Steelworkers from around the country descended on Washington this week to ask their legislators one thing: What’s happening with the Trump Administration’s Section 232 investigation? As a candidate, President Donald Trump talked tough on trade and told blue collar voters that he would bring back the steel jobs that left their towns. And, early on […] The post Steel industry looks to jump-start Trump trade engine appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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16 сентября, 04:29

The U.S. Military Wants the Ultimate Weapons: 'Stealth' Bullets

Michael Peck Security, But will it ever happen?  Noise-canceling headphones have become a familiar sight. Fastened over the ears of music lovers and airliner passengers, they use sound waves to cancel out the roar of outside noises such as jet engines. Now the Pentagon wants to use that same technology to develop a quieter rifle bullet that will prevent the enemy from determining the location of the U.S. soldier who fired it. The Department of Defense research project, titled “Active Noise Control for Small Caliber Ammunition,” aims to apply advances in noise cancellation to the battlefield. The solicitation notes that while noise suppressors fitted to a rifle can dampen the bang of a weapon being fired, “bullets traveling near or greater than the speed of sound generate a ballistic crack or sonic boom. This is the sound which is generated outside of the weapon and cannot be addressed by a simple weapon suppressor.” A round from a 5.56- or 7.62-millimeter rifle generates about 164 decibels for someone standing three feet away from the weapon (a vacuum cleaner generates about seventy decibels). The solicitation doesn’t advocate a specific technology. But whatever solution is offered by defense contractors will have to satisfy a series of questions: Will it allow the development of projectiles previously deemed too loud for use? Will the solution affect marksmanship training? Will it affect the ability of soldiers to give and hear orders on a noisy battlefield? What about how far the sound travels? Will a quieter bullet reduce the effect of covering fire on making the enemy duck their heads? The Pentagon admits there are several technical challenges. It wants a meaningful reduction in both the sound of the bullet being fired and the sound as it flies through the air. Yet the solution should not affect the ability of the projectile to accept electronics now being fitted to smart bullets. Perhaps most important, a quieter bullet shouldn’t result in a less lethal weapon. For now, the Pentagon isn’t interested in quieter pistol bullets, but it is interested in whether noise-canceling technology can be applied to larger crew-served weapons such as machine guns. Read full article

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14 сентября, 18:25

Такси-сервис Fasten запустил продажи франшизы на бренд «Везёт» в небольших городах

Российский агрегатор такси Fasten стал продавать франшизу на свой сервис в городах с населением до 100 тысяч человек. Об этом сообщает РБК со ссылкой на представителя компании.

14 сентября, 02:10

Discovery Of Another Democratic "Secret Server" May Have Prompted Imran Awan's Firing, Report

The mysterious case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz's now indicted former IT staffer, continues to grow more interesting by the day.  As we've noted before, Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, have so far only been charged with bank fraud and conspiracy though new allegations of wrongdoing seemingly surface on a daily basis.  Now, the latest revelation comes via an exclusive report from The Daily Caller which suggests that Awan may have been fired only after Capitol Police discovered a "secret server" being housed by the House Democratic Caucus. A secret server is behind law enforcement’s decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network.   Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.   The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.   Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.   Awan had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below. Fear among members that Awan could release embarrassing information if they cooperated with prosecutors could explain why the Democrats have refused to acknowledge the cybersecurity breach publicly or criticize the suspects.   According to the DC, the "secret server" was discovered when California Congressman, and chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Xavier Becerra asked to have his server wiped clean (you know, like with a cloth) in advance of his departure to take his new seat as Attorney General of California. On Jan. 24, 2017, Becerra vacated his congressional seat to become California’s attorney general. “He wanted to wipe his server, and we brought to his attention it was under investigation. The light-off was we asked for an image of the server, and they deliberately turned over a fake server,” the senior official said.   “They were using the House Democratic Caucus as their central service warehouse … It was a breach. The data was completely out of [the members’] possession. Does it mean it was sold to the Russians? I don’t know,” the senior official said.   Capitol Police considered the image a sign that the Awans knew exactly what they were doing and were going to great lengths to try to cover it up, the senior official said. The House Sergeant-at-Arms banned them from the network as a result.   The senior official said the data was also funneled offsite via a Dropbox account, from which copies could easily be downloaded. Authorities could not immediately shut down the account when the Awans were banned from the network because it was not an official account.   “For members to say their data was not compromised is simply inaccurate. They had access to all the data including all emails. Imran Awan is the walking example of an insider threat, a criminal actor who had access to everything,” the senior official said. Meanwhile, these latest allegations come after Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) appeared on Fox News yesterday to share his prediction that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a "significant" and "pretty disturbing" story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you're going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”   "I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one."   This all follows speculation that surfaced last week suggesting that even if the Awans were originally acting to protect/extort Debbie Wasserman Schultz, that may have all changed on April 6, 2017 when Imran seemingly led U.S. Capitol Police directly to her laptop.  Per The Daily Caller: A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.   U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop were a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”   The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.   The laptop was found on the second floor of the Rayburn building — a place Awan would have had no reason to go because Wasserman Schultz’s office is in the Longworth building and the other members who employed him had fired him. Of course, we're certain this is just more attempts to "criminalize behavior that is normal."

12 сентября, 18:40

Rep. Franks Predicts Awans Will Get Immunity For "Significant, Disturbing Story" About Wasserman Schultz

Last week the Washington Examiner reported that Hina Alvi, the wife of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's now-infamous former IT staffer Imran Awan, had struck a deal with federal prosecutors to return to the U.S. where she currently faces charges of conspiracy and bank fraud.  The deal with prosecutors mandates a return to the U.S. during the "last week of September 2017" and is structured so that she will not be arrested in front of her children.  Now, if you're the cynical type, then it might have struck you as somewhat odd that Alvi would agree to return from Pakistan, the place to which she successfully fled specifically to avoid the charges she now seems to be embracing. But, at least according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi's return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a "significant" and "pretty disturbing" story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you're going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”   "I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one."   Of course, this follows speculation that surfaced last week suggesting that even if the Awans were originally acting to protect/extort Debbie Wasserman Schultz, that may have all changed on April 6, 2017 when Imran seemingly led U.S. Capitol Police directly to her laptop.  Per The Daily Caller: A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.   U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop were a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”   The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.   The laptop was found on the second floor of the Rayburn building — a place Awan would have had no reason to go because Wasserman Schultz’s office is in the Longworth building and the other members who employed him had fired him. DWS's story on the now-infamous laptop has 'evolved' over the months...originally it was apparently her laptop back when she decided to threaten the U.S. Capitol Police Chief but later, after he stood his ground, DWS backtracked saying she had never seen the laptop and it never belonged to her. Wasserman Schultz used a televised May 18, 2017 congressional hearing on the Capitol Police budget to threaten “consequences” if Chief Matthew Verderosa did not give her the laptop. “If a member loses equipment,” it should be given back, she said.   Verderosa told her the laptop couldn’t be returned because it was tied to a criminal suspect. Wasserman Schultz reiterated that, while Awan was a suspect, the computer should be returned because it is “a member’s … if the member is not under investigation.”   She changed her story two months later, claiming it was Awan’s laptop — bought with taxpayer funds from her office — and she had never seen it. She said she only sought to protect Awan’s rights. “This was not my laptop,” she said August 3. “I have never seen that laptop. I don’t know what’s on the laptop.” For those who missed DWS threatening the cops for a laptop that apparently didn't even belong to her...it's good entertainment.   So what say you...big nothing burger or are the walls closing in on DWS?

12 сентября, 15:37

Is Fairmount Santrol (FMSA) Stock a Solid Choice Right Now?

Fairmount Santrol (FMSA) is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

24 июля, 17:25

Illinois Tool (ITW) Beats Q2 Earnings, Lags Sales, Ups View

Illinois Tool Works Inc's (ITW) second-quarter 2017 earnings were driven by share count reduction, benefits from enterprise initiatives and gain from acquired assets.

24 июля, 17:13

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24 июля, 10:18

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20 июля, 17:43

Pentair (PNR) to Report Q2 Earnings: Is a Beat in Store?

Pentair plc (PNR) will gain from industry strength, constant dealer wins and product innovations in second-quarter 2017. However, stronger dollar, cost inflation and lower oil prices remain concerns.

20 июля, 15:14

Can Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Beat Earnings Estimates in Q2?

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) is expected to benefit from improving market conditions, benefits from strategic initiatives and acquired assets in second-quarter 2017 earnings.

19 июля, 23:41

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19 июля, 23:12

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17 июля, 23:30

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17 июля, 08:32

Что «Яндекс», что Uber — все едино

Онлайн-агрегаторы заказа такси — российский «Яндекс. Такси» и международный Uber — подписали соглашение об объединении деятельности в России и на рынках нескольких стран СНГ. Общий бизнес оценивается в 3,7 млрд долларов. Контрольный пакет получит «Яндекс» (59,3%), 36,6% будет у Uber, оставшиеся 4,1% будут принадлежать сотрудникам. Сделка выгодна прежде всего Uber, что и сказалось на распределении долей в объединенной компании. Сервис, вышедший на рынок значительно позже «Яндекса», так и не сумел догнать соперника по охвату российских городов, не войдя, в отличие от него, даже во все города-миллионники. Кроме того, в активе «Яндекса» — разработанный им эффективный картографический и навигационный сервис, что делает сотрудничество с ним привлекательным для перевозчиков. Правда, считается, что сервис собственно поиска и заказа такси более совершенен у Uber.