Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?
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PRE-READING: Look at the title and think about the topic. Answer these questions: What do I know about the topic already? Why is it in the news now? What do I expect to learn from the article? Make a list of 10 words you predict will be in the article. WHILE READING: Set a time limit to read this article. An average reader can read at the speed of 250 words per minute. Note down your reading speed regularly to check your progress. SKIMMING: Within the time limit, read and summarize the main ideas of the paragraphs with your own words. Do not worry about unfamiliar vocabulary. THE HARRY POTTER PHENOMENON: THE FACTS This month finally saw the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, the final movie in the hugely successful Harry Potter movie franchise. Thus the cycle of seven books and 8 movies has been brought to a close. Here we look back at the global phenomenon by setting out some of the facts that have defined it. THE NOVELS * J.K. Rowling completed the … [Read more...] about The Harry Potter phenomenon (video included)
Flappy Bird may have seemed like an overnight hit that flew atop the pop-culture zeitgeist before the app's creator developed stage fright and pulled it offline. In reality, the comically frustrating game debuted a year ago in total obscurity, and not even Dong Nguyen, the Hanoi native behind the phenomenon, has been able to explain its meteoric rise. Tomorrow is the anniversary of Flappy Bird's release on the App Store. It took about seven months for practically anyone to find it. In December, Flappy Bird cracked the top 1,500 free games in the U.S. for the first time, according to researcher App Annie. Over the next month or so, the game shot up the U.S. ranks before the rest of the world — led by Canada, Australia and Japan — caught on. The data give a view into how apps that are a hit in one region can rapidly spread to the rest of the world. In this case, the U.S. was the early adopter, and once the game reached a certain inescapable popularity, the globalization of … [Read more...] about One year of Flappy Bird: how a little game from Vietnam became a fleeting global sensation
Short Story (05-10-2008) The Kapok tree at the entrance to the alley by Pham Thanh At the entrance to the alley where Aunt Gai's family lived stood a tall kapok tree. There was nothing special about it, except its random shedding of leaves and buds. "Three trees of this kind used to be here," Aunt Gai, Loan's older sister, explained to her niece Mien. "But two of them died a few years ago, one after another, after they lost their last buds and leaves." Loan's three-member family had been staying in one of her rooms on the first floor. The room had two windows. One looked out onto a wide expanse of thick elephant grass close to the meandering stream. The other faced the kapok tree. Every day after school, Mien went upstairs and hid in the attic to do her homework, read books or play with her dolls. During these moments to herself, she would stare blankly at the tree, the balconies outside, the corrugated roofs and the various shop-signs of the adjacent buildings. Living in her ivory … [Read more...] about The Kapok tree at the entrance to the alley
The security room of Poste Italiane headquarters in 2009, where they handle computer security, and fight phishing--the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity via email. A year ago, James Robinson played a trick on about 600 salespeople at a company where you wouldn't expect the employees to be easily fooled. Staffers at Websense Inc. got a generic-looking e-mail that encouraged them to click on a link to learn which product they could sell to earn a bigger bonus. The link led to an unfamiliar website that asked for their user names and passwords. "What came back to us was crazy, it was in the 60 to 70 percentile -- people were clicking on the link," said Robinson, security architecture and strategy officer at the San Diego-based company. Of those who clicked, 80 percent proceeded to obediently type in their log-in credentials, which is the kind of information that could allow a hacker to break into a … [Read more...] about How to fight an Internet risk technology can’t fix