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Selasa, 30 Juli 2013
Yannick LeJacq NBC News
5 hours ago
Microsoft has revealed the prices of two of the Xbox One's key accessories.
Microsoft revealed early Monday the prices for two of the key accessories for the upcoming next-generation Xbox One video game console ? the standalone controller, which will cost $59.99, and an official Xbox-branded wireless headset to support the consoles various chat and voice features for an additional $24.99. Like most video game hardware, the starting bundle that Xbox One owners receive will include a single controller, and Microsoft has said that the new device will not be compatible with current-generation Xbox 360 controllers.
For a point of comparison, Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console ? which at a starting price of $399.99 will debut for $100 less than the Xbox One ? comes bundled with an earbud-style headset but will only offer its motion-controlled camera peripheral, the imaginatively named PlayStation Camera, for an extra $59.99. Unlike the Xbox One's Kinect hardware, the PlayStation Camera is not a mandatory feature for the PlayStation 4 console. Additional PS4 controllers also cost $59.99, and the console is not backwards compatible with older versions of the PlayStation DualShock controller.
Regardless of whether or not a headset is contained in the starting console package, however, that most serious gamers will likely look to make a heftier investment in a high-end gaming headset like those offered by Turtle Beach, Tritton, or Astro if they're actually planning to use either console's chat capabilities for actual gameplay purposes. According to a report from the video game site Polygon, Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be compatible with the same headgear that currently befits the PlayStation 3. Microsoft, meanwhile, has been vague on whether or not gamers will be able to use their current headsets, which can run upwards of $200 for the best models, on the next-gen hardware.
This story was updated at 3:20 pm ET.
Yannick LeJacq is a contributing writer for NBC News who has also covered technology and games for Kill Screen, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. You can follow him on Twitter at @YannickLeJacq and reach him by email at: Yannick.LeJacq@nbcuni.com.
The role of the enterprise risk manager has finally become clear: close the gap between strategic level risks and the operational risks faced at the activity level. Despite being a relatively new corporate discipline, expectations for ERM value are already very high. A recent poll shows us why corporations are desperate for?ERM managers to be successful.
The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive of 23,000 corporate full-time employees within key industries and in key functional areas1?highlights some the challenges ERM is up against, namely, the inability of corporations to focus on and execute their highest priorities. Consider a few of their most stunning findings:
- - Only 37% have a clear understanding of what their organization is trying to achieve and why.
- - Only one in five was enthusiastic about their team's and organization's goals.
- - Only one in five said they have a clear "line of sight" between their tasks and their team's and organization's goals.
- - Only 15% felt that their organization fully enables them to execute key goals.?
- - Only 20% fully trusted the organization they work for.
If, say, a soccer team had these same scores, only four of the 11 players on the field would know which goal is theirs. Only two of the 11 would care. Only two of the 11 would know what position they play and know exactly what they are supposed to do. And all but two players would, in some way, be competing against their own team members rather than the opponent.
Getting an accurate pulse on strategic objectives is challenging, as these goals are cross-functional and effect oriented in nature, and as such are extremely useful for the board and senior executives, but are impossible to take action on without first breaking them down into root-cause, actionable, silo specific activities within an operational processes. This is where risk management plays a pivotal role.
To create value through ERM, organizations need to build a robust?risk taxonomy, which provides a holistic view of all information and relationships across the organization. The risk manager is responsible for setting the standards, practices and procedures for effective risk management and embedding them in all existing business processes. Formalized risk assessments allow risk managers to leverage existing activities in an objective, quantifiable, repeatable manner to show how risks and activities at the business process level are impacting business goals, along with the priority and importance of these risks, activities, and goals.
A formalized risk taxonomy framework is a mechanism to collect risk information at the activity level, where most operational risks materialize, and aggregate this risk information to a level and format senior management cares about. Watch our complimentary on-demand webinar, "Presenting ERM to the Board," to learn more about the value ERM can provide to your organization by aligning activity level risks to strategic goals.
1?8th Habit?by Stephen R. Covey, Harris Interactive poll of 23,000 U.S. residents employed full-time within key industries and in key functional areas.
DOHA, Qatar - Ecuador striker Christian Benitez died Monday, a day after playing in a match for Qatari club El Jaish, the team said.
The club said the 27-year-old Benitez, who moved from Mexican club America to play in Qatar this year, died Monday but provided no further details.
"The club would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family of the player," the club said in a statement. "His sudden departure is a big shock for each member of the technical and administrative staff. He was a player that over the short period he was here was regarded for his high moral character."
El Jaish played Qatar Sports on Sunday in the Sheik Jassim Cup, a warm-up tournament for the upcoming football season. Benitez, who also spent a season in England with Birmingham, was in the lineup.
The match was played in hot and humid conditions, which are typical of the Persian Gulf at this time of year.
"The player participated for the first time with the team during yesterday's match against Qatar Sports Club in the Sheik Jassim Cup without complaining of any health problems," the club said.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup and the searing temperatures have prompted many former football stars as well as FIFA President Sepp Blatter to call for the competition to be moved to the cooler, winter months. Blatter plans to ask FIFA's executive committee later this year to move it.
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Senin, 29 Juli 2013
US and Russia relations are in a nosedive over Eric Snowden, Syria, and Iran. One way to reverse that is for Presidents Putin and Obama to agree on missile defense at a planned summit in September. US-Russian cooperation in space can serve as a model.
By Kevin Ryan, Simon Saradzhyan,?Op-ed contributors / July 29, 2013Enlarge
Relations between the United States and Russia today remind one of the report from the well digger, ?We hit bottom and have started to dig.? Whether it?s over issues like leaker Eric Snowden or Syria and Iran, the US and Russia seem to end up on opposite sides of most major problems. But that trend could soon reverse ? at least regarding one contentious subject.Skip to next paragraph
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On Aug. 9, American and Russian defense and foreign ministers are expected to meet with their US counterparts in Washington. They will try to find ?deliverables? for a summit between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in September. The two leaders would meet in advance of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5-6.
According to Russia?s deputy defense minister, Anatoly Antonov, the August meeting will focus on missile defense, a thorny problem that has divided the two countries and scuttled new initiatives in arms control and security. The US maintains its proposed defense shield in Europe is only to protect against long-range Iranian missiles; Moscow objects, saying it could be used against Russia.?
In remarks at a NATO meeting July 24, Mr. Antonov may have signaled new Russian flexibility. He did not renew Russia?s long-standing demand for legally binding guarantees that US missile defenses won?t undermine Russia?s strategic nuclear forces. Instead, he called for a US-Russian document that would ensure that the Russian Defense Ministry's contributions to a cooperative project on missile defense would not be later used against Russia. ?We are simply bound to find solutions to the problems that are dividing us," Antonov said.
Over the years, US and Russian presidents have proposed various forms of cooperation in missile defense in order to build trust and improve security, but they have failed to find a way to implement their ideas. To strike a deal on missile defense, Obama and Putin should follow the example of their countries? cooperation in space as a model in carrying out that deal.
Space and rocket science were at the heart of US-Russian strategic competition during the 1950s and ?60s. No one then envisioned the two countries sharing a glass of Tang, much less sensitive space technologies.
But gradually, with permission and guidance from the top, the countries began opening up cooperation in space. When the Cold War ended and defense budgets on both sides declined, the realm of space exploration transformed from one of confrontation into one of cooperation. The reason was primarily economic. Russia and the US found that together they could afford to do what they could not do separately.
The political and technical realities of today preclude a fully joint US-Russian missile defense system. ?Nevertheless, even a modest level of cooperation could provide better and cheaper overall defense for both sides. The way in which the US and Russia changed their space competition into cooperation can serve as a model for changing the relationship in missile defense. Here are five steps the governments can borrow from space cooperation:
Set common goals. The US and Russia could not have achieved cooperation in space, if they had not agreed on common goals, such as building the International Space Station. Moscow and Washington should focus on a common goal of protecting against ballistic missile threats.
Synchronize bureaucracies. In 1992, Moscow created the Russian Space Agency, providing NASA a direct counterpart, greatly facilitating cooperation. Russia should do the same for the US Missile Defense Agency.
Establish legal frameworks. Beginning in 1992, legal agreements allowed for the first launch of a US satellite on a Russian rocket and docking of US shuttles at Russia?s space station. Similar agreements are needed to enable businesses from both sides to risk money in missile defense cooperation.
Ease technology-sharing restrictions. The US and Russia could benefit from technology sharing in missile defense if both governments would open the door for industry to pursue cooperation. This has already been done in space for some of the same companies that do missile defense.
Explore cost-cutting synergies. Hi-tech US and Russian businesses found ways to collaborate when freed to do so by their governments. They successfully cut costs while protecting national and industrial secrets. They can do the same in missile defense.
It?s always darkest before the dawn. This could be the time for the two presidents to really lead. Cooperation in space exploration proves that the relationship does not have to remain at the bottom of the well.?
Gen. Kevin Ryan is director of defense and intelligence projects at Harvard Kennedy School?s Belfer Center and former chief of staff for the Army?s Space and Missile Defense Command. Simon Saradzhyan is a research fellow at the Belfer Center and former Moscow correspondent for Space News.
The reports draw on evidence submitted to provide a wide ranging and balanced analysis of the EU?s ability to act, the impact that EU action has on the UK national interest and future challenges.
The Food Standards Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs worked on the Animal Health and Welfare and Food Safety report. This covers food safety, including feed, food labelling and food compositional standards. A separate report on health, also published today, covers nutrition and related matters.
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Going into his fight with Jorge Masvidal at UFC on Fox 8, "The Ultimate Fighter" winner Michael Chiesa was undefeated. Now, he has a loss on his record that he probably will think about for the rest of his career. Masvidal won with a D'arce choke at 4:59 in the second round.
Fighting in his home state of Washington, Chiesa started the fight well. In the first round, Chiesa knocked Masvidal to the ground, and looked close to finishing the fight first with strikes, and then with a choke. Masvidal recovered, returned to his feet, and managed a few shots of his own.
Later in the second round, Masvidal rolled Chiesa into a D'Arce position just before the clapper that announces 10 seconds left in the round sounded. Masvidal squeezed, and Chiesa tapped right before the horn sounded to end the second round. The fight was stopped, and Masvidal earned the win at 4:59 in the second round.
Chiesa stormed out of the cage as Masvidal celebrated his win. There was bad blood between the two before the fight as Masvidal complained about Chiesa's beard and Chiesa said he wasn't happy with Masvidal's smack talk. Between the bad blood, and Chiesa tapping with barely any time on the clock, he will want that fight back.