Aston Martin CEO claims Valkyrie will attempt a Ring record report says

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe idea that this 1,200-horsepower monster would show up to set a lap record on an open track day is bananas. Aston Martin The automotive world has been freaking right the hell out about Aston Martin’s technological tour-de-force: the Valkyrie. I mean, there’s every reason to. It’s got a naturally aspirated V12 that revs to more than 11,000 rpm and, combined with its hybrid system, makes nearly 1,200 horsepower.Since the technical details started trickling out about this world-beating technological terror, people have been clamoring for it to make an attempt at the Nurburgring production car lap record. The current lap record of 6:44.97 is held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and was set over a year ago.Well, friends, it’s time to get excited because Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer on Thursday told Australian publication Motoring that a renegade ‘Ring record was in the car’s future. He also stressed that while a record attempt would be made, the car was by no means designed for that purpose.Yeah, OK, Andy. We totally believe that you and Adrian Newey didn’t sit down over a few beers and giggle about how this impossibly exotic, expensive and fast Aston wouldn’t be made to smash lap records at racetracks. That’s like soooo totally plausible.In any case, Aston Martin’s record attempt won’t be anything like most of the efforts made by other companies if Palmer has his way. “We already know it will be [expletive] quick there,” Palmer said in an interview at the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans. “I’m thinking maybe we’ll do something cool – like turning up to an open session, something crazy like that.”So, yeah, it’ll show up at a random Touristenfahrten day and some guy driving a rented Renault Clio will soil himself as the Valkyrie blasts past at 10 times the speed of sound, bouncing off the rev limiter as it tries to beat not only the Lamborghini’s record but the overall lap record set by Porsche’s 919 Evo. We’re obviously 100% in favor of this. Aston Martin Driving the Aston Martin Valkyrie on the Red Bull F1… Comment Now playing: Watch this: The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V12 is an engineering marvel Share your voice More From Roadshow 12:41 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags 16 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Exotic Cars Hybrids Performance Cars Car Culture Aston Martin Lamborghinilast_img read more

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The CGI magic of Game of Thrones fiery finale revealed

first_img More than 300 artists worked on various CGI aspects of the show, including ships, castles and huge bloodthirsty battles. The dragon team alone consisted of almost 40 artists.This last season of Game of Thrones had a lot of close-ups of Daenerys’ dragon Drogon. Martin and the team worked hard to make sure Drogon showed emotion through facial expressions during so many moving moments, especially the shocking climactic death.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-6-drogon-dead-daenerysDrogon’s expression was a critical element of this scene. HBO “It was important to not over-animate the dragon or to humanize him too much,” Martin told me. “Drogon should always be a lizard, still stay the animal. Our guideline was how we see our own pets — we can read their emotions even though they can’t talk and have a different physiognomy. We had to tread a fine line.”Having worked on Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games, Martin has won two Emmys for his work on Thrones. As well as designing dragons and building the Iron Throne itself, his team were also responsible for building a mighty armada of menacing ships.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-euron-shipThis shot sails by entirely in CGI. HBO “As VFX artists, we love to start with something real like a filmed background plate, which we will enhance or augment or build on top of,” Martin said. “In this case the establishing shot was full CGI, but needed to match the set ship we see in the following shots. To avoid any guessing, we started by collecting as many real references as possible. We selected photos with a similar light situation, sails and rigging, as well as a similar framing and references for ocean and white water.”The hull of each ship was animated by digital artists, while the sails and water were created by special simulation software using algorithms to mimic the movement of real surfaces. “The sails and rigging react to the ship’s movement in relationship to the wind blowing,” Martin added. “The ocean is a fluid simulation with waves and white water created by the hull slicing through.”The Iron Throne goes up in flames. HBO Since this was the finale of Game of Thrones, Martin hopes fans paid close attention to Daenerys’ reaction upon finally seeing the Iron Throne. Pixomondo worked on Daenerys’ dream sequence in season 2, which foreshadowed her entering the throne room as snow fell around her. “So now, several years later, we could do the actual moment happening with lots of recognizable shots,” said Martin.Eagle-eyed viewers may spot a few differences between seasons 2 and 8, however. “The ceiling structure has changed a lot,” said Martin, “as the throne room got redesigned for the best visual impact on the sequence.”Needless to say, working on the powerful ending to Game of Thrones gave Martin quite a few memorable moments. VFX vendors like Pixomondo generally work in their offices rather than on set, but the show’s overall VFX producer Steve Kullback and VFX supervisor Joe Bauer invited Martin to the set for the end sequence. “That was special,” Martin said. “Having spent so much time upfront with this scene, seeing it all come together on the soundstage was a very rewarding moment. After eight years of raising the dragons and having had all these adventures with them and Dany, we could finally help to finish her journey.” 187 Photos 3:38 1 Comment Now playing: Watch this: Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown Game of Thrones HBO Filmmakers See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Tags The Game of Thrones series finale was a fiery CGI masterpiece.  HBO The ending of Game of Thrones ignited a firestorm of controversy among fans. But whatever you thought about the story, it’s fair to say the final season of HBO’s smash hit fantasy series was pretty spectacular. We took a look at how the unforgettable final scenes were conjured through the artistry of cutting-edge computer-generated imagery.Caution: spoilers ahead! game-of-thrones-spoilersIn the aftermath of one of the bloodiest battles ever seen in the show, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) faced her lover Jon Snow (Kit Harington) — who in turn found himself facing Drogon, a very angry dragon.In a new Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown reel from effects company Pixomondo, fans can see how CGI brought these gutwrenching moments to life. You can watch the video below, while to find out more, we talked exclusively to the company’s award-winning visual effects supervisor Sven Martin. TV and Movies Share your voicelast_img read more

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Technologys Daydream Is Becoming the Nightmare of BrickandMortar Retail

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » July 7, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Recently, Amazon announced that it would be buying Whole Foods for an astounding $13.7 billion. To those who have followed Amazon’s trajectory for a while now, this was an obvious next step in parallel with their grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh. To those who still see Amazon as nothing more than a technology company overextending itself, let me explain what this deal means.Related: The Winners and Losers in Amazon’s Whole Foods DealWe’re past the point of offline businesses looking to understand how to get online — a pain point from the mid 2000s — and we’re now entering an age where companies that started online are bringing their business offline. They’re jumping out of the computer screen and into real life.For big retail, and age-old companies that were behemoths before the internet, this is a nightmare. For tech companies and .com disruptors, this is a daydream come true. The internet is big. But when an internet company can move from the computer and into the real, physical world, suddenly that world just got exponentially bigger. Amazon buying Whole Foods is yet another step in this direction.Some see this sort of development as terrifying, threatening, even unfair. As someone who not only watched the first .com boom in 1999, but was building my business, Interline Brands, I can tell you that this sort of rampant growth isn’t new. It just looks bigger, faster and stronger because of the size of the companies. The internet expanded everything in its sight, but the underlying principles, changes, twists and turns are all familiar.This is why, if you are an entrepreneur in today’s day and age, this is the one thing you need to do in order to survive, thrive and not get swept up in the tide of the changing landscapes. You have to go all in and commit to being a “business bachelor” in the sense that you can’t be married to the way your business has always done things. You have to be willing to pivot and adjust as new trends reveal themselves and rules bend.In the past year, top retailers have closed hundreds of store fronts across the U.S. When Amazon announced its acquisition of Whole Foods, Kroger’s stock plummeted 13 percent. Along with it, shares of other retailers with grocery sections such as Target, Costco, SuperValu and Sprouts all plunged as well. You can see this as a looming cloud for your business, especially if you are in retail. Or, you can see this sort of behavior as an opportunity.Related: 8 Interesting Tidbits From Whole Food’s Town Hall Following the Amazon AcquisitionI have been building businesses for a long time. Build long enough, and each decade you’ll start to realize that while the variables may change, the underlying principles remain the same. My most recent company, LendingOne, provides real estate bridge and rental loans to non-owner occupied real estate investment property owners. Now, when I started down this road, I very well could have looked at what had been done already in these markets, followed a similar blueprint and been on my merry way. But any aware entrepreneur in today’s day and age knows that the waves are moving fast, and you can’t base decisions on where the ball was. You have to look hard for where the ball is going to be.Instead, I decided to structure the company with the same fundamental principles that are leading today’s booming startups. Our technology at LendingOne works similar to Uber. They don’t own any cars, and we don’t own any loans. If you’re interested, I tell the full story about how we came up with the idea for LendingOne in my book ALL IN: 101 Real Life Business Lessons For Emerging Entrepreneurs.So, the takeaway for today’s entrepreneurs is this: Don’t become blinded by the big numbers of today’s hottest companies.As the internet enters its next stage of maturity and begins bringing its online successes offline and into the real world, a lot is going to change. Acquisitions are going to be rampant, and they are going to be publicized accordingly. News is going to spread fast because of the internet, and shockwaves are going to be felt through parallel industries, as seen by Kroger’s stock price after Amazon’s announcement about acquiring Whole Foods.Related: With Whole Foods Purchase, Amazon Just Bought a Playground for Big DataThese things are important to take note of, but they should also be kept in proportion to your own business. What matters is that you keep your focus on what your business needs, where the trends are moving and remaining unmarried to the “way things have always been done” so that you can pivot accordingly.If you spend too much time wrestling with the fear of change, you’ll miss the wave. You need to know when to pivot, and do so quickly and effectively. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Ahead of EUs vote on new copyright rules EFF releases 5 key

first_imgThe Electronic frontier foundation is taking part in copyright week. Their motto, “Copyright should encourage more speech, not act as a legal cudgel to silence it.” According to EFF, copyright law often belongs in a majority to the media and entertainment industries, with little to no effect on other domains. Following this, EFF has teamed with other organizations to participate in Copyright Week. They talk about five copyright issues which can help build a set of principles for the copyright law. Participating organizations for this year include Association of research libraries, Authors Alliance, Copyright for creativity, Disco, Ifixit, Rstreet, Techdirt, and Wikimedia. For the year 2019, they have highlighted five issues and the whole week they will be releasing blog posts and actions on these issues on their blog and on Twitter. EFF’s copyright issues for this year: Copyright as a Tool of Censorship Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right essential to a functioning democracy. Copyright should encourage more speech, not act as a legal cudgel to silence it. Device and Digital Ownership As the things we buy increasingly exist either in digital form or as devices with software, we also find ourselves subject to onerous licensing agreements and technological restrictions. If you buy something, you should be able to truly own it–meaning you can learn how it works, repair it, remove unwanted features, or tinker with it to make it work in a new way. Public Domain and Creativity Copyright policy should encourage creativity, not hamper it. Excessive copyright terms inhibit our ability to comment, criticize, and rework our common culture. Safe Harbors Safe harbor protections allow online intermediaries to foster public discourse and creativity. Safe harbor status should be easy for intermediaries of all sizes to attain and maintain. Filters Whether as a result of corporate pressure or regulation, over-reliance on automated filters to patrol copyright infringement presents a danger to free expression on the Internet. This month EU is all set to vote on new copyright rules. These new copyright laws have received major opposition from Europeans. Per EFF, the Articles 11 and 13, also known as the “censorship machines” rule and the “link tax” rule, have the power to crush small European tech startups and expose half a billion Europeans to mass, unaccountable algorithmic censorship. Per the Article 13 of the law, online platforms would be required to use algorithmic filters to unilaterally determine whether content anyone uploads, from social media posts to videos, infringes copyright, and would penalize companies that allow a user to infringe copyright, but not companies that overblock and censor their users. The outcome will be censorship of massive proportions. The Directive is now in the hands of the European member-states. EFF urges people from Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg, and Poland to contact their ministers to convey their concern about Article 13 and 11. Read Next Reddit takes stands against the EU copyright directives; greets EU redditors with ‘warning box’ GitHub updates developers and policymakers on EU copyright Directive at Brussels What the EU Copyright Directive means for developers – and what you can dolast_img read more

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