Barca on cusp of La Liga triumph after win over Real Sociedad

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona are closing in on their eighth La Liga title in 11 years after Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba both scored in a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday. Victory means Barca only have to beat Alaves on Tuesday and then Levante next Saturday to be crowned champions at Camp Nou, while three points against Alaves will be enough on its own if Atletico Madrid then lose to Valencia on Wednesday. Whether in three days or seven, it is now surely only a matter of when rather than if Ernesto Valverde’s side successfully defend their trophy, despite Atletico keeping the gap to nine points after they edged past Eibar earlier on Saturday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We have to get it out of our heads that we are nine points clear,” Valverde said. “We now have three days until we play again and it will be difficult.” Wrapping it up early though would allow Barcelona the luxury of focusing completely on the Champions League, which could give them an advantage over their semi-final opponents Liverpool, who seem to be embroiled in a Premier League race to the finish with Manchester City. But this was no stroll, with Real Sociedad pulling level in the second half thanks to Juanmi’s equaliser, even if parity lasted less than two minutes. Lionel Messi might not have scored but it was his cute pass that teed up the excellent Alba to score the winner after Lenglet had earlier powered in a header from Ousmane Dembele’s cross.last_img read more

Moroccan Lawyers Call for Outlawing French Language in Courts

Rabat – The Head of the Bar Association in Rabat, Mohamed Barikou, issued a note on Monday, urging his lawyer colleagues to “dismiss all documents or files presented in the French language to every court and demand their translation in Arabic.”The note calls for lawyers in Rabat demand Arabic translations for all legal documents originally presented to the courts in French, to ensure the application of justice:“I invite you to dismiss all documents published in French language and demand for their translation in Arabic,” Barikou stressed, underscoring the application Rabat’s Administrative Court of Appeals’ latest decision, which launched on January, 31, 2018. Initially presented in June, 2017, the appeals court calls for a ban of the French language in all legal documents, describing its use by Morocco’s state institution as “illegal” and “unconstitutional, as it is not included in the country’s law.”The court also references the fifth article of Morocco’s Constitution, which recognizes Arabic as the official state language, and calls for the ban to be applied in line with a previous request conjointly made by National League of Arabic Language and former head of the Bar Association, Abderrahman Benamrou. read more

GE 1Q Earnings Snapshot

BOSTON (AP) _ General Electric Co. (GE) on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $3.59 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the Boston-based company said it had net income of 41 cents. Earnings, adjusted to account for discontinued operations, came to 14 cents per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 9 cents per share.The industrial conglomerate posted revenue of $27.29 billion in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $26.92 billion.GE shares have risen 29% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 17%. The stock has declined 32% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GE at Associated Press read more

Donaldson study predicts diesel fuel injection systems will require even higher efficiency

first_imgFollowing on from IM’s report on ever more stringent diesel particulate emission standards in the February issue, Donaldson, a leading, worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, has recognised Phillip Johnson, Director, Liquid Filtration, New Business Development at Donaldson for his work on Fuel Filtration Reality Check, a study that predicts by 2010 that diesel injection systems will require much higher efficiency filtration below 5µm and need to be significantly cleaner than the technology allows today. Johnson delivered the study at the 9th International Filtration Conference in November 2008 hosted by Southwest Research Institute® and was awarded the Peter Herman Award for Outstanding Technical Presentation. In the study, Johnson discusses how engine design and available fuel types have changed significantly in the past 20 years based on legislation, regulation and rapidly escalating oil prices. Yet, fuel specifications and fuel filtration have seen little change. He concludes that providing clean fuel throughout the distribution channel will become a prerequisite for diesel engine applications.Johnson also outlines the filtration industry’s need for new standards and new ‘systems’ technologies to measure fine particulate and other contaminants. “Stakeholders, such as fuel companies, distributors, suppliers, engine manufacturers and filter companies can no longer work in siloed environments within the supply chain to meet filtration requirements for engine manufacturers,” said Johnson. “Filtration solutions will need to take a ‘systems’ approach where we work in collaboration to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.”To read “Fuel Filtration Reality Check” in its entirety, visit  or request a copy at (952) 887-3034.last_img read more

Weir Minerals Cerasmooth addresses FGD wear

first_imgWeir Minerals has announced an upgrade to its polymer-ceramic composite for the Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) market, where mined limestone is ground and used used to remove sulphur dioxide from exhaust flue gases in coal fired power plants. Specially engineered for use in FGD applications, the new and improved Cerasmooth™ compound is designed to provide ultimate wear and corrosion resistance.“We are focused on the continuous improvement of our materials, which is why we have enhanced our existing formulation to improve component wear life and meet the ever more demanding market’s needs,” states Patrick Moyer, Executive Vice President of Engineering for Weir Minerals.Cerasmooth™ material was developed for the Warman® GSL pump series but can also be used for any acidic, light slurry application. The FGD application is very unique. It can experience wide variations in pH during operation and also contains erosive components in the slurry. This makes it difficult to select an optimum metal solution to cover the range of possible conditions. Materials used in this application need to be capable of handling these demanding and varying operating conditions.“At Weir Minerals, we provide value by delivering materials and solutions aligned to the industry’s needs, which is why we developed Cerasmooth material. The polymer matrix of Cerasmooth is almost impervious to the extremely acidic environments that can occur in FGD duties, and the ceramic filler provides outstanding wear resistance to the typical erosive particles in the slurry,” says Edward Humphries, Director of Research & Development for Weir Minerals.Cerasmooth™ compound has an equal combination of erosion and corrosion resistance, which work together to deliver optimum life in an FGD circuit, offering customers longer wear life than ever before. “Significant in-house wear testing has shown that up to 60% improvement over the previous polymer ceramic material offering can be obtained. This has been achieved by successfully improving the bond that holds the wear resistant silicon carbide grains in place during the wear process,” states Humphries.In addition, the uniquely formulated composite material boasts increased mechanical strength and improved strain characteristics. “Achieving flexible strength as high as double that seen in first generation materials,” says Humphries. By utilising Cerasmooth™ material, operators can significantly improve the service life of their pump compared to metal and rubber liners. Compared to a rubber lined pump, Cerasmooth™ compound has an increased ability to withstand the cutting damage that can be caused by pipe scale coming loose from the FGD circuit and passing through the pump.Cerasmooth™ material was developed through a rigorous process of testing various polymer binders and ceramic fillers to find the optimum combination to deliver the performance required.“Weir Minerals recognises the importance of material development for its customers and continuously produce state-of-the-art materials to improve component wear life.”last_img read more

What is it like to be a woman kidnapped by the Taliban

first_imgTHE TALIBAN KIDNAPPERS moved her to at least 13 homes, made her sleep on the ground, and kept asking where she’d been, what she’d done and whom she knew.Every few days, she would be given a chance to call her family.Still, the militants would push her only so far — they knew they needed to keep their bargaining chip in good shape.Fariba Ahmadi Kakar’s four-week ordeal ended this month after the Afghan government gave in to her captors’ demands to free some prisoners.In an interview with The Associated Press, the 39-year-old Afghan lawmaker gave a rare account of what it’s like for a woman to be held captive by the Islamist insurgents.“I wasn’t tortured. I wasn’t under constant stress. But I wasn’t free,” Kakar said.She’s also lucky to be alive.Since July, several prominent women have been attacked in Afghanistan.Among them: two police officers who were killed in the south, an Indian author living in eastern Afghanistan who was killed years after her memoir about 1990s life under Taliban rule became a Bollywood film; and a senator who was wounded in an ambush. These and other attacks on female leaders in recent years have generally been blamed on the Taliban, though the Afghan militant group, mindful of cultural sensitivities, usually does not admit to targeting women.Being a woman in the public eye is a special challenge in Afghanistan, where tribal and conservative Islamic mores have long subjected women across the social spectrum to violence and discrimination.The spotlight can be a shield, making men think twice about mistreating a woman and perhaps even guaranteeing that she’ll be assigned a bodyguard. At the same time, it can make a woman a more attractive target for insurgents hoping to spread fear and weaken confidence in the Afghan government.Kakar is one of 69 female lawmakers in the 249-seat lower house of parliament, and she’s never been naive about the danger she and other prominent Afghan women face. Still, her initial encounter with her kidnappers was so swift and shocking it’s still something of a blur today.Kakar, her four children, her bodyguard and her driver were traveling from southern Kandahar province to Kabul, the Afghan capital, when a handful of armed militants on motorbikes appeared ahead of them on the outskirts of Ghazni city. The gunmen made the driver turn off the highway onto a bumpy, dirt road that led to a small village.The militants put the group in the home of an Afghan Taliban family, separating the men from the women and saying little. Kakar, though, quickly began pleading with the captors to free her three daughters and son, ages 2 to 20.Kakar leads a privileged life compared to most Afghans, and she was deeply troubled by the poverty and ignorance around her. There were no beds to sleep on, the food was often “inedible,” and there was no sense of any government presence. When she needed medicine, she’d give the militants some of her own money so they could buy it for her.“The people in these villages don’t even know what vaccines are,” said Kakar, a former development worker whose constituency is in Kandahar city.The ordeal has left Kakar even more determined to pursue her political activism, especially in light of next year’s presidential election, which she says will be a “lie” when so many Afghans lack access to government services or basic information.I am even braver than before.I will defend Afghanistan, especially the women, until the last drop of my blood. All pictures: AP Photo/Rahmat GulRead: One killed, 18 injured in Taliban bomb at US consulatelast_img read more

Where to hide if a nuclear bomb is dropped on your city…

first_imgThis table shows that the optimum time to stay in a poor shelter before moving to a better but still inadequate one is 37 minutes. (Image: Dillon M. 2014 Determining optimal fallout shelter times following a nuclear detonation. Proc. R. Soc. A 2013.0693) One of the big advantages of the approach that this paper uses is that, to decide on a strategy, evacuation officials need to consider only the radiation levels near shelters and along evacuation routes — the overall pattern of the radioactive death-cloud does not factor into the models, and so decisions can be made quickly and in a decentralised way.Other researchers have analyzed other similar scenarios in papers, whose findings are summarised in the chart below: It’s the US Air Force’s 72nd birthday — here are 33 photos of it doing what it does best IF YOU FIND yourself in the vicinity of a recently detonated nuclear bomb, you might be wondering, “What should I do?”Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher Michael Dillon did some math to figure out the answer to that exact question. His findings were published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences.The scenario: You are in a large city that has just been subjected to a single, low-yield nuclear detonation, between 0.1 and 10 kilotons (that’s a little smaller than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima).Studies have shown that you and up to 100,000 of your fellow citizens can be saved if you keep your radiation exposure quite low. That requires you to find a good place to hide and wait until the rescuers can make their way to you.US government guidance suggests hiding in a nearby building, but not all of them provide much shelter from nuclear fallout.Poor shelters, which include about 20 per cent of houses, are constructed of lightweight materials and lack basements. The best shelters are thick brick or concrete and come sans windows. A bomb shelter, really.This infographic from a government guide to the aftermath of nuclear attacks gives a rough idea on what makes a building a good or bad place to hide from fallout:Click here for a larger image. So, hiding in the sub-basement of a brick five story apartment building will leave you exposed to just 1/200th the amount of fallout radiation outside; hanging out in the living room of your one story wood frame house will only cut down the radiation by about one-half, which, if you are next to a nuclear explosion, will not do much to help you.What do you do if there isn’t a good shelter right near you? Should you stay in a crappy shelter, or risk exposure to find a better one? And how long should you wait?The researchers developed models to determine your best options.Read more: The man who built Canopy Growth into the world’s biggest cannabis grower before being ousted told us why he picked pet-food CBD and psychedelics for his next ventures Choose Your Own Adventure: Nuclear Bomb Blast. There are three possible paths: 1. Find the closest shelter and stay there; 2. Find an initial shelter, then move to a better one; Or 3. Walk and find a better shelter instead of staying in a crappy one. (Image: Dillon M. 2014 Determining optimal fallout shelter times following a nuclear detonation. Proc. R. Soc. A 2013.0693.)If you are immediately next to or in a solid shelter when the bomb goes off, stay there until the rescuers come to evacuate you to less radioactive vistas.If you aren’t already in a bomb shelter, but know a good shelter is about five minutes away — say you can see a large apartment building a few blocks away that would have a basement — the calculations suggest hoofing it over there quick and staying in place.But if the nice, thick-walled building would take about 15 minutes travel time, you can hole up in the flimsy shelter for a bit, but you should probably leave for better shelter before the timer hits 30 minutes.And while you are hoofing it around your now-radioactive neighborhood, pick up some beers and sodas. A study in the ’50s found they still tasted fine after a blast.Here are some general guidelines based on how decent your first and second shelters are: Survivalists are buying underground doomsday bunkers to prep for the apocalypse. Here’s what they look like. Scott Disick just flipped another home in California, and it’s listed for $6.89 million — double its original price. Here’s a look at the transformation. For a larger image, click here. READ: Iran to start eliminating nuclear materials from 20 January1983: Govt nervous about British nuclear plans and wanted cover ‘if anything went wrong’last_img read more

Teenager pleads guilty to repeatedly slamming door into girls head

first_img 32,768 Views Friday 15 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/Sean Wandzilak Mar 15th 2019, 6:06 AM A DUBLIN TEENAGER who repeatedly slammed a door into a girl’s head and set fire to her hair will be sentenced later for this and for assaulting a passerby with a broken bottle.A witness told gardaí that Dylan Lynch (18) told him to take a video of the door banging the teenage girl’s head and share it with friends on Snapchat.The witness said he did this using Lynch’s own phone. He said the girl, who’d been drinking vodka with a group in Lynch’s bedroom, had looked “drowsy” when she was put sitting up.He gave an account of Lynch taking a deodorant can and lighter and creating a flame at the back of the girl’s head. Lynch then started cutting clumps out of the girl’s singed hair and throwing them out the window.Garda Sarah Hogan told Monika Leech, prosecuting, that girls who had been with the injured party eventually took her out of the house. The girl and her mother complained to gardaí the following day.Lynch, of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the teenage girl at his home on 21 July 2018.He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a former Tallaght Hospital lab technician and robbing his phone at Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght, on 16 April 2018.Garda Gary Duffy said Lynch hit the lab technician about five times in the head with a vodka bottle, which broke during the assault. At times the injured party had tried to run away, but Lynch caught him and resumed the attack.The man, in a victim impact statement referred to in court, described receiving nine stitches to his left temple, staples to a wound on the top of his head and having to get his right ear glued.Duffy told Leech that the man had passed Lynch and two girls while walking home from work. He had noted Lynch looking worked up and agitated and that he had two vodka bottles.When Lynch threw one bottle onto the road, the injured party turned to face him as he was afraid of being assaulted by the second. Lynch took this as a confrontation and began the attack.Another man, not before the courts, joined in at the end of the assault holding a switchblade and the pair robbed the injured party’s phone. After this, the victim was able to run for help.The court heard the attack had influenced his decision to move abroad to work.Duffy agreed with Sarah Jane O’Callaghan, defending, that her client had a very dysfunctional background and that there had been tragic and violent deaths in his family.He accepted a psychological report assessment that since Lynch has been in custody he has had “a maturing of his insight” and an attitude change to crime and victims. No Comments By Aoife Nic Ardghail Short URL Share14 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Sean Wandzilak Teenager pleads guilty to repeatedly slamming door into girl’s head 18-year-old David Lynch has pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 Une présentation au CES 2013 de Las Vegas

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S4 : Une présentation au CES 2013 de Las Vegas ?Une sortie prévue dans deux mois, un écran Full HD…Les révélations du journal Asia Economics sont aussi étonnantes qu’affirmées avec force par le quotidien. Si ces informations s’avèrent exactes, l’iphone pourrait avoir du souci à se faire !Comment remplacer le smartphone le plus vendu au monde actuellement ? Par un nouveau modèle, encore plus exceptionnel ! Une logique implacable dans laquelle s’est introduit Samsung depuis un bon moment, jusqu’a voler la vedette à celui qui était la référence jusqu’alors : l’iPhone.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Et par une indiscrétion de l’Asia Economics, on pourrait en savoir un peu plus sur le remplaçant du Galaxy SIII, simplement appelé Galasy S4. D’après ses sources, le quotidien croit savoir que ce futur smartphone incorporerait un écran d’une diagonale de 5 pouces affichant une résolution de 1920 par 1080 pixels.Sa densité à l’affichage, 441 ppi, surpasserait celle de l’actuel iPhone 5 (326 pixels par pouce), et il embarquerait une connectivité 4G LTE.Au niveau de ses composants interne, le journal évoque un processeur central Exynos qui serait doté de quatre cœurs.Samsung préparerait bien une arme de guerre contre l’iPhone 5, 5S ou 6, surtout si on rapproche ces données avec les premières rumeurs circulant sur le smartphone (dont un capteur APN à 13 Mpixels). Et, vis à vis de la véracité de ces informations, il se pourrait que l’attente ne soit pas longue puisque L’Asia Economics affirme que le Samsung Galaxy S4 serait dévoilé au prochain CES 2013 de Las Vegas, prévu pour le début du mois de janvier prochain.Le 22 novembre 2012 à 13:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Senators Introduce School Safety Legislation

first_imgThe STOP School Violence Act, reauthorizes and amends the 2001-2009 bipartisan Secure Our Schools Act to offer Department of Justice grants to states to help our schools implement programs and technologies that aim to STOP school violence before it happens. U.S. Sen. Murkowski: “There is no one, simple fix for addressing acts of violence, but a focus on prevention is imperative. In the aftermath of tragedy, we find ourselves looking back, identifying the signals for help that were overlooked. We need a more proactive approach to address the growing violence that we see in our society.”The bill would authorize $75 million for FY 2018, and $100 million annually for the next ten years, which may be partially offset from a DOJ research program called the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. Among those was U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): “It is a measure that will help us in identifying and training those to be observant of this signals that we see from those who are truly crying out for help.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A group of U.S. Senators introduced the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that funds school security improvements and invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-STOP-violence-act.mp3VmJennifer-STOP-violence-act.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

The Economist Hits Highest North American Circulation in Its History

first_imgMany publishers did not fare as well as The Economist in first half 2011, as ABC reported about 45 percent of U.S. magazines experienced a decrease in overall circulation from January-June. In first quarter 2011, PIB reported that ad pages were up 4.2 percent in year-over-year comparison. Weekly international news publication The Economist continued to see growth in circulation for the first half of 2011, with ABC reporting a 2.64 percent circ increase in year-over-year comparison. This marks the 60th consecutive 6-month period ABC reported a circ spike for The Economist.North American subs are now up to 844,387, the largest number in The Economist’s history. Digital subs are also up at 5,245; four times higher than last year’s number.center_img Globally, The Economist has 1.5 million subscribers, with a steady 3 percent increase of added subscribers year-over-year. This amounts to an overall 89 percent increase in subscriptions over the last decade. During fiscal 2011, which ended on March 31, The Economist saw 14 percent growth in its print advertising, up to $171.9 million. Digital advertising was even stronger, up 23 percent to $32.4 million.last_img read more

Kate Middleton insults Camilla Parker Bowles fans outraged by Duchess of Cambridges

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 17: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) arrive at Horse Guards Parade for the annual Trooping The Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. The annual ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday parade and dates back to the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesOld wounds may still not have healed between Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. A recent video shows an awkward exchange or lack thereof between Kate Middleton and Camilla Bowles.The video shows Kate Middleton in conversation with Queen Letizia of Spain. Camilla Bowles is seen trying to enter the conversation, but Kate Middleton doesn’t even seem to spare a glance in the Duchess of Cornwall’s direction.Perhaps, things aren’t as rosy between the Royals after all. It is known that Kate Middleton is the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of the second-in-line to the British Throne. And as such her Royal duties include diplomatic relations, and she fulfilled this role recently. But she may have stumbled with diplomacy while dealing with a member of her own family.  Kate MiddletonGetty imagesReportedly Kate welcomed European royals such as Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. However, a number of Twitter users claimed Kate was ignoring her relative outside of the service as she spoke to Queen Letizia. Twitter users voiced their displeasure towards Kate’s behavior, one was of the opinion that Kate’s behaviour was even more awful because Camilla tried to speak to her and Kate ignored her and excluded her from the conversation. While others praised the Duchess of Cornwall for always being friendly and welcoming.We have to say that in light of recent reports that Camilla was not exactly a fan of Kate Middleton in the early days of her relationship with Prince William and did not think her worthy of being a Royal. It might look like Kate may still be recovering from the apparent slight. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

15 Hot New Technologies That Will Change Everything

first_img The Future of Your PC’s Software64-Bit Computing Allows for More RAMIn 1986, Intel introduced its first 32-bit CPU. It wasn’t until 1993 that the first fully 32-bit Windows OS–Windows NT 3.1–followed, officially ending the 16-bit era. Now 64-bit processors have become the norm in desktops and notebooks, though Microsoft still won’t commit to an all-64-bit Windows. But it can’t live in the 32-bit world forever.What is it? 64-bit versions of Windows have been around since Windows XP, and 64-bit CPUs have been with us even longer. In fact, virtually every computer sold today has a 64-bit processor under the hood. At some point Microsoft will have to jettison 32-bit altogether, as it did with 16-bit when it launched Windows NT, if it wants to induce consumers (and third-party hardware and software developers) to upgrade. That isn’t likely with Windows 7: The upcoming OS is already being demoed in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. But limitations in 32-bit’s addressing structure will eventually force everyone’s hand; it’s already a problem for 32-bit Vista users, who have found that the OS won’t access more than about 3GB of RAM because it simply doesn’t have the bits to access additional memory.When is it coming? Expect to see the shift toward 64-bit accelerate with Windows 7; Microsoft will likely switch over to 64-bit exclusively with Windows 8. That’ll be 2013 at the earliest. Meanwhile, Mac OS X Leopard is already 64-bit, and some hardware manufacturers are currently trying to transition customers to 64-bit versions of Windows (Samsung says it will push its entire PC line to 64-bit in early 2009). And what about 128-bit computing, which would represent the next big jump? Let’s tackle one sea change at a time–and prepare for that move around 2025.Windows 7: It’s InevitableWhether you love Vista or hate it, the current Windows will soon go to that great digital graveyard in the sky. After the tepid reception Vista received, Microsoft is putting a rush on Vista’s follow-up, known currently as Windows 7.What is it? At this point Windows 7 seems to be the OS that Microsoft wanted to release as Vista, but lacked the time or resources to complete. Besides continuing refinements to the security system of the OS and to its look and feel, Windows 7 may finally bring to fruition the long-rumored database-like WinFS file system. Performance and compatibility improvements over Vista are also expected.But the main thrust of Windows 7 is likely to be enhanced online integration and more cloud computing features–look for Microsoft to tie its growing Windows Live services into the OS more strongly than ever. Before his retirement as Microsoft’s chairman, Bill Gates suggested that a so-called pervasive desktop would be a focus of Windows 7, giving users a way to take all their data, desktop settings, bookmarks, and the like from one computer to another–presumably as long as all those computers were running Windows 7.When is it coming? Microsoft has set a target date of January 2010 for the release of Windows 7, and the official date hasn’t slipped yet. However, rumor has the first official beta coming out before the end of this year.Google’s Desktop OSIn case you haven’t noticed, Google now has its well-funded mitts on just about every aspect of computing. From Web browsers to cell phones, soon you’ll be able to spend all day in the Googleverse and never have to leave. Will Google make the jump to building its own PC operating system next?What is it? It’s everything, or so it seems. Google Checkout provides an alternative to PayPal. Street View is well on its way to taking a picture of every house on every street in the United States. And the fun is just starting: Google’s early-beta Chrome browser earned a 1 percent market share in the first 24 hours of its existence. Android, Google’s cell phone operating system, is hitting handsets as you read this, becoming the first credible challenger to the iPhone among sophisticated customers.When is it coming? Though Google seems to have covered everything, many observers believe that logically it will next attempt to attack one very big part of the software market: the operating system.The Chrome browser is the first toe Google has dipped into these waters. While a browser is how users interact with most of Google’s products, making the underlying operating system somewhat irrelevant, Chrome nevertheless needs an OS to operate.To make Microsoft irrelevant, though, Google would have to work its way through a minefield of device drivers, and even then the result wouldn’t be a good solution for people who have specialized application needs, particularly most business users. But a simple Google OS–perhaps one that’s basically a customized Linux distribution–combined with cheap hardware could be something that changes the PC landscape in ways that smaller players who have toyed with open-source OSs so far haven’t been quite able to do.Check back in 2011, and take a look at the not-affiliated-with-Google gOS, thinkgos in the meantime. The Future of EntertainmentGesture-Based Remote ControlWe love our mice, really we do. Sometimes, however, such as when we’re sitting on the couch watching a DVD on a laptop, or when we’re working across the room from an MP3-playing PC, it just isn’t convenient to drag a hockey puck and click on what we want. Attempts to replace the venerable mouse–whether with voice recognition or brain-wave scanners–have invariably failed. But an alternative is emerging.What is it? Compared with the intricacies of voice recognition, gesture recognition is a fairly simple idea that is only now making its way into consumer electronics. The idea is to employ a camera (such as a laptop’s Webcam) to watch the user and react to the person’s hand signals. Holding your palm out flat would indicate “stop,” for example, if you’re playing a movie or a song. And waving a fist around in the air could double as a pointing system: You would just move your fist to the right to move the pointer right, and so on.When is it coming? Gesture recognition systems are creeping onto the market now. Toshiba, a pioneer in this market, has at least one product out that supports an early version of the technology: the Qosmio G55 laptop, which can recognize gestures to control multimedia playback. The company is also experimenting with a TV version of the technology, which would watch for hand signals via a small camera atop the set. Based on my tests, though, the accuracy of these systems still needs a lot of work.Gesture recognition is a neat way to pause the DVD on your laptop, but it probably remains a way off from being sophisticated enough for broad adoption. All the same, its successful development would excite tons of interest from the “can’t find the remote” crowd. Expect to see gesture recognition technology make some great strides over the next few years, with inroads into mainstream markets by 2012.Radical Simplification Hits the TV BusinessThe back of most audiovisual centers looks like a tangle of snakes that even Medusa would turn away from. Similarly, the bowl of remote controls on your coffee table appeals to no one. The Tru2way platform may simplify things once and for all.What is it? Who can forget CableCard, a technology that was supposed to streamline home A/V installations but that ultimately went nowhere despite immense coverage and hype? CableCard just didn’t do enough–and what it managed to do, it didn’t do very well. Enter Tru2way.Tru2way is a set of services and standards designed to pick up the pieces of CableCard’s failure by upgrading what that earlier standard could do (including support for two-way communications features like programming guides and pay-per-view, which CableCard TVs couldn’t handle), and by offering better compatibility, improved stability, and support for dual-tuner applications right out of the box. So if you have a Tru2way-capable TV, you should need only to plug in a wire to be up and running with a full suite of interactive cable services (including local search features, news feeds, online shopping, and games)–all sans additional boxes, extra remotes, or even a visit from cable-company technicians.When is it coming? Tru2way sets have been demonstrated all year, and Chicago and Denver will be the first markets with the live technology. Does Tru2way have a real shot? Most of the major cable companies have signed up to implement it, as have numerous TV makers, including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. Panasonic began shipping two Tru2way TVs in late October, and Samsung may have sets that use the technology available in early to mid-2009.Curtains for DRMPetrified of piracy, Hollywood has long relied on technical means to keep copies of its output from making the rounds on peer-to-peer networks. It hasn’t worked: Tools to bypass DRM on just about any kind of media are readily available, and feature films often hit BitTorrent even before they appear in theaters. Unfortunately for law-abiding citizens, DRM is less a deterrent to piracy than a nuisance that gets in the way of enjoying legally obtained content on more than one device.What is it? It’s not what it is, it’s what it isn’t–axing DRM means no more schemes to prevent you from moving audio or video from one form of media to another. The most ardent DRM critics dream of a day when you’ll be able to take a DVD, pop it in a computer, and end up with a compressed video file that will play on any device in your arsenal. Better yet, you won’t need that DVD at all: You’ll be able to pay a few bucks for an unprotected, downloadable version of the movie that you can redownload any time you wish.When is it coming? Technologically speaking, nothing is stopping companies from scrapping DRM tomorrow. But legally and politically, resistance persists. Music has largely made the transition already–Amazon and iTunes both sell DRM-free MP3s that you can play on as many devices as you want.Video is taking baby steps in the same direction, albeit slowly so far. One recent example: RealNetworks’ RealDVD software (which is now embroiled in litigation) lets you rip DVDs to your computer with one click, but they’re still protected by a DRM system. Meanwhile, studios are experimenting with bundling legally rippable digital copies of their films with packaged DVDs, while online services are tiptoeing into letting downloaders burn a copy of a digital movie to disc.That’s progress, but ending all DRM as we know it is still years off. Keep your fingers crossed–for 2020. Brought to you by PCWorld The Next Big thing? The memristor, a microscopic component that can “remember” electrical states even when turned off. It’s expected to be far cheaper and faster than flash storage. A theoretical concept since 1971, it has now been built in labs and is already starting to revolutionize everything we know about computing, possibly making flash memory, RAM, and even hard drives obsolete within a decade.The memristor is just one of the incredible technological advances sending shock waves through the world of computing. Other innovations in the works are more down-to-earth, but they also carry watershed significance. From the technologies that finally make paperless offices a reality to those that deliver wireless power, these advances should make your humble PC a far different beast come the turn of the decade.In the following sections, we outline the basics of 15 upcoming technologies, with predictions on what may come of them. Some are breathing down our necks; some advances are still just out of reach. And all have to be reckoned with.Memristor: A Groundbreaking New Circuit32-Core CPUs From Intel and AMDNehalem and Swift Chips Spell the End of Stand-Alone Graphics BoardsUSB 3.0 Speeds Up Performance on External DevicesWireless Power Transmission64-Bit Computing Allows for More RAMWindows 7: It’s InevitableGoogle’s Desktop OSGesture-Based Remote ControlRadical Simplification Hits the TV BusinessCurtains for DRMUse Any Phone on Any Wireless NetworkYour Fingers Do Even More WalkingCell Phones Are the New PaperWhere You At? Ask Your Phone, Not Your Friend25 Years of PredictionsThe Future of Your PC’s HardwareMemristor: A Groundbreaking New CircuitSince the dawn of electronics, we’ve had only three types of circuit components–resistors, inductors, and capacitors. But in 1971, UC Berkeley researcher Leon Chua theorized the possibility of a fourth type of component, one that would be able to measure the flow of electric current: the memristor. Now, just 37 years later, Hewlett-Packard has built one.What is it? As its name implies, the memristor can “remember” how much current has passed through it. And by alternating the amount of current that passes through it, a memristor can also become a one-element circuit component with unique properties. Most notably, it can save its electronic state even when the current is turned off, making it a great candidate to replace today’s flash memory.Memristors will theoretically be cheaper and far faster than flash memory, and allow far greater memory densities. They could also replace RAM chips as we know them, so that, after you turn off your computer, it will remember exactly what it was doing when you turn it back on, and return to work instantly. This lowering of cost and consolidating of components may lead to affordable, solid-state computers that fit in your pocket and run many times faster than today’s PCs.Someday the memristor could spawn a whole new type of computer, thanks to its ability to remember a range of electrical states rather than the simplistic “on” and “off” states that today’s digital processors recognize. By working with a dynamic range of data states in an analog mode, memristor-based computers could be capable of far more complex tasks than just shuttling ones and zeroes around.When is it coming? Researchers say that no real barrier prevents implementing the memristor in circuitry immediately. But it’s up to the business side to push products through to commercial reality. Memristors made to replace flash memory (at a lower cost and lower power consumption) will likely appear first; HP’s goal is to offer them by 2012. Beyond that, memristors will likely replace both DRAM and hard disks in the 2014-to-2016 time frame. As for memristor-based analog computers, that step may take 20-plus years.32-Core CPUs From Intel and AMDIf your CPU has only a single core, it’s officially a dinosaur. In fact, quad-core computing is now commonplace; you can even get laptop computers with four cores today. But we’re really just at the beginning of the core wars: Leadership in the CPU market will soon be decided by who has the most cores, not who has the fastest clock speed.What is it? With the gigahertz race largely abandoned, both AMD and Intel are trying to pack more cores onto a die in order to continue to improve processing power and aid with multitasking operations. Miniaturizing chips further will be key to fitting these cores and other components into a limited space. Intel will roll out 32-nanometer processors (down from today’s 45nm chips) in 2009.When is it coming? Intel has been very good about sticking to its road map. A six-core CPU based on the Itanium design should be out imminently, when Intel then shifts focus to a brand-new architecture called Nehalem, to be marketed as Core i7. Core i7 will feature up to eight cores, with eight-core systems available in 2009 or 2010. (And an eight-core AMD project called Montreal is reportedly on tap for 2009.)After that, the timeline gets fuzzy. Intel reportedly canceled a 32-core project called Keifer, slated for 2010, possibly because of its complexity (the company won’t confirm this, though). That many cores requires a new way of dealing with memory; apparently you can’t have 32 brains pulling out of one central pool of RAM. But we still expect cores to proliferate when the kinks are ironed out: 16 cores by 2011 or 2012 is plausible (when transistors are predicted to drop again in size to 22nm), with 32 cores by 2013 or 2014 easily within reach. Intel says “hundreds” of cores may come even farther down the line.Nehalem and Swift Chips Spell the End of Stand-Alone Graphics BoardsWhen AMD purchased graphics card maker ATI, most industry observers assumed that the combined company would start working on a CPU-GPU fusion. That work is further along than you may think.What is it? While GPUs get tons of attention, discrete graphics boards are a comparative rarity among PC owners, as 75 percent of laptop users stick with good old integrated graphics, according to Mercury Research. Among the reasons: the extra cost of a discrete graphics card, the hassle of installing one, and its drain on the battery. Putting graphics functions right on the CPU eliminates all three issues.Chip makers expect the performance of such on-die GPUs to fall somewhere between that of today’s integrated graphics and stand-alone graphics boards–but eventually, experts believe, their performance could catch up and make discrete graphics obsolete. One potential idea is to devote, say, 4 cores in a 16-core CPU to graphics processing, which could make for blistering gaming experiences.When is it coming? Intel’s soon-to-come Nehalem chip includes graphics processing within the chip package, but off of the actual CPU die. AMD’s Swift (aka the Shrike platform), the first product in its Fusion line, reportedly takes the same design approach, and is also currently on tap for 2009.Putting the GPU directly on the same die as the CPU presents challenges–heat being a major one–but that doesn’t mean those issues won’t be worked out. Intel’s two Nehalem follow-ups, Auburndale and Havendale, both slated for late 2009, may be the first chips to put a GPU and a CPU on one die, but the company isn’t saying yet.USB 3.0 Speeds Up Performance on External DevicesThe USB connector has been one of the greatest success stories in the history of computing, with more than 2 billion USB-connected devices sold to date. But in an age of terabyte hard drives, the once-cool throughput of 480 megabits per second that a USB 2.0 device can realistically provide just doesn’t cut it any longer.What is it? USB 3.0 (aka “SuperSpeed USB”) promises to increase performance by a factor of 10, pushing the theoretical maximum throughput of the connector all the way up to 4.8 gigabits per second, or processing roughly the equivalent of an entire CD-R disc every second. USB 3.0 devices will use a slightly different connector, but USB 3.0 ports are expected to be backward-compatible with current USB plugs, and vice versa. USB 3.0 should also greatly enhance the power efficiency of USB devices, while increasing the juice (nearly one full amp, up from 0.1 amps) available to them. That means faster charging times for your iPod–and probably even more bizarre USB-connected gear like the toy rocket launchers and beverage coolers that have been festooning people’s desks.When is it coming? The USB 3.0 spec is nearly finished, with consumer gear now predicted to come in 2010. Meanwhile, a host of competing high-speed plugs–DisplayPort, eSATA, and HDMI–will soon become commonplace on PCs, driven largely by the onset of high-def video. Even FireWire is looking at an imminent upgrade of up to 3.2 gbps performance. The port proliferation may make for a baffling landscape on the back of a new PC, but you will at least have plenty of high-performance options for hooking up peripherals.Wireless Power TransmissionWireless power transmission has been a dream since the days when Nikola Tesla imagined a world studded with enormous Tesla coils. But aside from advances in recharging electric toothbrushes, wireless power has so far failed to make significant inroads into consumer-level gear.What is it? This summer, Intel researchers demonstrated a method–based on MIT research–for throwing electricity a distance of a few feet, without wires and without any dangers to bystanders (well, none that they know about yet). Intel calls the technology a “wireless resonant energy link,” and it works by sending a specific, 10-MHz signal through a coil of wire; a similar, nearby coil of wire resonates in tune with the frequency, causing electrons to flow through that coil too. Though the design is primitive, it can light up a 60-watt bulb with 70 percent efficiency.When is it coming? Numerous obstacles remain, the first of which is that the Intel project uses alternating current. To charge gadgets, we’d have to see a direct-current version, and the size of the apparatus would have to be considerably smaller. Numerous regulatory hurdles would likely have to be cleared in commercializing such a system, and it would have to be thoroughly vetted for safety concerns.Assuming those all go reasonably well, such receiving circuitry could be integrated into the back of your laptop screen in roughly the next six to eight years. It would then be a simple matter for your local airport or even Starbucks to embed the companion power transmitters right into the walls so you can get a quick charge without ever opening up your laptop bag. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free The Future of Mobile PhonesUse Any Phone on Any Wireless NetworkThe reason most cell phones are so cheap is that wireless carriers subsidize them so you’ll sign a long-term contract. Open access could change the economics of the mobile phone (and mobile data) business dramatically as the walls preventing certain devices from working on certain networks come down. We could also see a rapid proliferation of cell phone models, with smaller companies becoming better able to make headway into formerly closed phone markets.What is it? Two years is an eternity in the cellular world. The original iPhone was announced, introduced, and discontinued in less than that time, yet carriers routinely ask you to sign up for two-year contracts if you want access to their discounted phones. (It could be worse–in other countries, three years is normal.) Verizon launched the first volley late last year when it promised that “any device, any application” would soon be allowed on its famously closed network. Meanwhile, AT&T and T-Mobile like to note that their GSM networks have long been “open.”When is it coming? Open access is partially here: You can use almost any unlocked GSM handset on AT&T or T-Mobile today, and Verizon Wireless began certifying third-party devices for its network in July (though to date the company has approved only two products). But the future isn’t quite so rosy, as Verizon is dragging its feet a bit on the legal requirement that it keep its newly acquired 700-MHz network open to other devices, a mandate that the FCC agreed to after substantial lobbying by Google. Some experts have argued that the FCC provisions aren’t wholly enforceable. However, we won’t really know how “open” is defined until the new network begins rolling out, a debut slated for 2010.Your Fingers Do Even More WalkingLast year Microsoft introduced Surface, a table with a built-in monitor and touch screen; many industry watchers have seen it as a bellwether for touch-sensitive computing embedded into every device imaginable. Surface is a neat trick, but the reality of touch devices may be driven by something entirely different and more accessible: the Apple iPhone.What is it? With the iPhone, “multitouch” technology (which lets you use more than one finger to perform specific actions) reinvented what we knew about the humble touchpad. Tracing a single finger on most touchpads looks positively simian next to some of the tricks you can do with two or more digits. Since the iPhone’s launch, multitouch has found its way into numerous mainstream devices, including the Asus Eee PC 900 and a Dell Latitude tablet PC. Now all eyes are turned back to Apple, to see how it will further adapt multitouch (which it has already brought to its laptops’ touchpads). Patents that Apple has filed for a multitouch tablet PC have many people expecting the company to dive into this neglected market, finally bringing tablets into the mainstream and possibly sparking explosive growth in the category.When is it coming? It’s not a question of when Multitouch will arrive, but how quickly the trend will grow. Fewer than 200,000 touch-screen devices were shipped in 2006. iSuppli analysts have estimated that a whopping 833 million will be sold in 2013. The real guessing game is figuring out when the old “single-touch” pads become obsolete, possibly taking physical keyboards along with them in many devices.Cell Phones Are the New PaperLog in to your airline’s Web site. Check in. Print out your boarding pass. Hope you don’t lose it. Hand the crumpled pass to a TSA security agent and pray you don’t get pulled aside for a pat-down search. When you’re ready to fly home, wait in line at the airport because you lacked access to a printer in your hotel room. Can’t we come up with a better way?What is it? The idea of the paperless office has been with us since Bill Gates was in short pants, but no matter how sophisticated your OS or your use of digital files in lieu of printouts might be, they’re of no help once you leave your desk. People need printouts of maps, receipts, and instructions when a computer just isn’t convenient. PDAs failed to fill that need, so coming to the rescue are their replacements: cell phones.Applications to eliminate the need for a printout in nearly any situation are flooding the market. Cellfire offers mobile coupons you can pull up on your phone and show to a clerk; now makes digital concert passes available via cell phone through its Tickets@Phoneservice. The final frontier, though, remains the airline boarding pass, which has resisted this next paperless step since the advent of Web-based check-in.When is it coming? Some cell-phone apps that replace paper are here now (just look at the ones for the iPhone), and even paperless boarding passes are creeping forward. Continental has been experimenting with a cell-phone check-in system that lets you show an encrypted, 2D bar code on your phone to a TSA agent in lieu of a paper boarding pass. The agent scans the bar code with an ordinary scanner, and you’re on your way. Introduced at the Houston Intercontinental Airport, the pilot project became permanent earlier this year, and Continental rolled it out in three other airports in 2008. The company promises more airports to come. (Quantas will be doing something similar early next year.)Where You At? Ask Your Phone, Not Your FriendGPS is taking off, as phone makers, carriers, and service providers have realized that consumers generally have no idea where they are, ever. A location-based service (LBS) takes raw GPS data that pinpoints your location and enhances this information with additional services, from suggesting nearby restaurants to specifying the whereabouts of your friends.What is it? LBS was originally envisioned as simply using old-school cell-phone signal triangulation to locate users’ whereabouts, but as the chips become more common and more sophisticated, GPS is proving to be not only handy and accurate but also the basis for new services. Many startups have formed around location-based services. Want a date? Never mind who’s compatible; who’s nearby? MeetMoi can find them. Need to get a dozen people all in one place? Both Whrrl and uLocate’s Buddy Beacon tell you where your friends are in real time.Of course, not everyone is thrilled about LBS: Worries about surreptitious tracking or stalking are commonplace, as is the possibility of a flood of spam messages being delivered to your phone.When is it coming? LBS is growing fast. The only thing holding it back is the slow uptake of GPS-enabled phones (and carriers’ steep fees to activate the function). But with iPhones selling like Ben & Jerry’s in July, that’s not much of a hurdle to overcome. Expect to see massive adoption of these technologies in 2009 and 2010.25 Years of Predictions:Our Greatest HitsPredicting the future isn’t easy. Sometimes PC World has been right on the money. At other times, we’ve missed it by a mile. Here are three predictions we made that were eerily prescient–and three where we may have been a bit too optimistic.1983 What we said: “The mouse will bask in the computer world limelight… Like the joystick before it, though, the mouse will fade someday into familiarity.”We hit that one out of the park. Mice are so commonplace that they’re practically disposable.1984 What we said: “Microsoft Windows should have a lasting effect on the entire personal computer industry.””Lasting” was an understatement. Windows has now amassed for Microsoft total revenues in the tens of billions of dollars and is so ubiquitous and influential that it has been almost perpetually embroiled in one lawsuit or another, usually involving charges of monopoly or of trademark and patent infringements.1988 What we said:”In the future you’ll have this little box containing all your files and programs… It’s very likely that eventually people will always carry their data with them.”For most people, that little box is now also their MP3 player or cell phone.And Biggest Misses1987 What we said: “When you walk into an office in 1998, the PC will sense your presence, switch itself on, and promptly deliver your overnight e-mail, sorted in order of importance.”When we arrive in our office, the computer ignores us, slowly delivers the overnight e-mail, and puts all the spam on top.1994 What we said: “Within five years… batteries that last a year, like watch batteries today, will power [PDAs].”Perhaps our biggest whiff of all time. Not only do these superbatteries not exist (nor are they even remotely in sight), but PDAs are pretty much dead too.2000 What we said: We wrote about future “computers that pay attention to you, sensing where you are, what you’re doing, and even what your vital signs are… Products incorporating this kind of technology…could hit the market within a year.”While many devices now feature location-sensing hardware, such a PC has yet to come to pass. And frankly, we’d be glad to be wrong about this one. The Future of Mobile Phones The Future of Your PC’s Software 15+ min read December 2, 2008 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The Future of Entertainment last_img read more

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A Broader Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Print Features A Broader Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion (Editor’s note: This select print feature originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of MReport magazine.)Sandra Thompson took time to speak with MReport about her work at the Federal Housing Finance Agency—where she serves as Deputy Director of the Division of Housing Mission and Goals—and about how the diversity landscape has changed in the housing and financial industry over the course of her 30-year career. Prior to joining FHFA she held senior leadership positions with the FDIC and Goldman Sachs. She values the opportunity to be a public servant, having said, “You can’t overstate the rewards that come from knowing that the work that you’re doing impacts millions of people and their finances every single day, whether it’s housing or banking.”M // What will be the focus of your work for policy development for the GSEs in 2017? THOMPSON // We’ve spent the past several years focused on Fannie’s and Freddie’s response to the housing crisis. These efforts included initiatives that supported home retention, availability of mortgage credit, and also strengthening some of their risk management practices. Next year, you’ll start to see our work pivot toward post-crisis opportunities, especially after offerings like HAMP and HARP come to an end. We’ll likely announce more details on a high LTV refinance option as a kind of a quasireplacement for HARP and a post-crisis modification to address life after HAMP. We’re going to probably complete some of the work that’s been on the scorecard for Fannie and Freddie for the past few years around alternate credit scores. We know that many institutions are starting to use or leverage technology in the mortgage process, and, as a byproduct, the enterprises can continue to think about how to best leverage technology in their business practices. We’re going to continue to work on the affordable housing needs of borrowers like millennials, seniors, retirees, workforce, and multigenerational households. We’re going to continue to promote liquidity in the housing market, as that is one of our statutory responsibilities. Along those lines, our primary focus is making sure that we have responsible access to credit by borrowers from all segments of the market.M // What steps are involved in the process of changing existing policy or adopting new ones? THOMPSON // Our first step when someone proposes to change a policy or procedure or adopt a new one is figuring out what the problem we are trying to solve is. Once we have adequately defined the problem, we establish a project plan. A project plan includes a charter, a scope, and timetables.Then we start collecting evidence, including any data that is available. We conduct stakeholder outreach, which I can’t emphasize enough—is crucial to solving any issue. We want to make sure we get ample feedback so that we understand the impact that this proposed policy change would have on all the stakeholders. The last thing we want to do is create a policy that has unintended consequences. Once we get all that input, we analyze the evidence and figure out some policy options. Often, there is just not a single solution to a particular issue. We weigh the pros and cons of different options and their impact on a range of stakeholders. Then we propose options and a recommendation that we socialize. I think we really go out of our way to develop a deep understanding of an issue in order to provide the agency’s director with a thoughtful analysis that will help him make the final policy choice. The mortgage and housing markets touch borrowers, investors, lenders, sellers, and servicers. There are so many participants in the process that you have to do thorough research and analysis on any issue to really understand the impact of any proposed solution on all of the stakeholders. In some cases, after policies are put in place, we conduct afteraction reviews to see if those policies have been applied in the way that we thought that they should.Sandra ThompsonM // What challenges have you faced as a minority woman in the housing and financial industry over the course of your career? THOMPSON // I was the first woman and first African American to be head of the risk management division at the FDIC, and when I joined Goldman Sachs in 1986, there weren’t very many women and there certainly weren’t very many minorities. At the management level in the private sector or in the federal government, you walk into a room and sometimes you’re the only female or you are the only minority. You have to get over that fairly quickly. It does register, or it did when I first dealt with it. Sometimes I would walk into a meeting and I would be the senior official there and most people did not expect that.M // How can women and minorities work to overcome similar challenges? THOMPSON // We need to take more risks, and we need to get out of our comfort zone. At times, women and minorities don’t speak up in meetings, perhaps because we feel like we have to have all of the answers. That is just not the case with non-minority men. I read an article where it said that women apply for promotions and opportunities only if they thought they met 100 percent of the qualifications for that particular job, and men applied when they met less than 100 percent of the qualifications. This isn’t my quote, but I find it to be my truth: Under-qualified and under-prepared men don’t think twice about leaning in, and over-qualified and over-prepared women will hold back. I think that minorities and women really only feel confident when they’re perfect or practically perfect. For example, we don’t usually answer questions unless we’re completely sure of our answers. Sometimes we let our non-minority or non-women colleagues take risks and we don’t. We take the safe route. I’ve been in meetings where one of two things has happened: An issue came up and I was thinking something and I didn’t say it, and the next thing you know somebody else says what I was thinking. Or the other thing that happens is I said what I was thinking and people acted like they didn’t hear it. Then another colleague, a non-minority, nonwoman, said exactly what I said, and it’s like a new revelation and the greatest idea ever. And I always end up thinking, “Why didn’t I say what I had to say?”M // Where do you think this need among women and minorities to be ‘perfect’ originates?THOMPSON // I don’t know if it goes to a fear of many nonminorities thinking you’re underqualified or you got the job not because of your qualifications but because of some sort of, I hate to use the term, “affirmative action,” but there’s some notion in there that really goes to the heart of our confidence that we need to get over. The competence is there, but I think the confidence is an area that we really need to focus on. My mentors at Goldman Sachs, Neil Levin and Howard Altarescu, and also John Bovenzi at the FDIC, really helped change my thinking. They taught me how to dismiss the mental noise and key in on the issues at hand. I learned to highlight the facts, understand and communicate the evidence so I could stay focused and deliver a databased presentation. They said that the rest would fall into place, and people would learn to rely on me and seek me out to work on projects. They said, “It’s important to remember that the worst thing that could happen is you’re wrong.” You don’t want to be wrong too many times, but you need to start somewhere and take some gradual steps.M // What advice do you have for women who are just starting in the industry who are trying to break in? THOMPSON // Take chances and be open. If you’re in an organization, I always recommend that people go on detailed assignments. You can get locked into a particular office or a particular division’s way of thinking. Broaden your perspective and understand the entire organization to the best of your ability. Understand where you fit in with your organization, and try to make yourself invaluable. Do something new; do something different. You might not like it, but at least you’ve tried it. and you can make an informed decision when you’re making your career choices. 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