Jim Harbaugh is now the highest paid college football coach in history. After weeks of speculation he announced his decision to coach for the school late Monday afternoon , having only officially left the San Fransisco 49ers the previous night. Harbaugh’s salary will be larger than any other college football coach, including Nick Saban. He will make 8 million dollars a season, which is 3 million more than the 5 million per season he made with the San Fransisco 49ers.
Recently the college football coaching field has been peppered with former NFL players and coaches, highly inflating their salaries. The experience of these coaches, combined with how prestigious and important college football has become, has lead schools to seek out and recruit the best coaches for their teams, in addtion to recruiting the best players.
The University of Michigan had sent out a team plane to California on Sunday, and he flew to Michigan on Monday, before the announcement that he had left the 49ers was made. It is clear that this decision had been in the works for several weeks, before Harbaugh or the 49’s made any official announcements, at least according to Skout.
The University of Michigan have recently undergone a great deal of turmoil with their coaching staff recently. Athletic director David Brandon resigned in October after four years,due to criticism of his handling of an injured player. Head coach Brady Hoke was fired on December 2nd.
Google’s self-driving car is now ready to find itself on public roads, and will start to appear on highways starting 2015. Google has made many revisions over the years to the vehicle, completing several phases of testing. Such testing is not just necessary, but critical, according to Google, in order to prevent publish backlash or controversy around such a vehicle. Thus, Google ensured that it had racked up several tens of thousands of miles of traction, without accident, under its belt.
This prototype looks like a small smart-car, egg shaped and contains the LIDAR vision system which allows for 360 degree vision of the periphery of the vehicle via io9 article. It still contains temporary manual intervention controls. However, such controls are completely optional and available for emergency use only. The ultimate hope is to provide a vehicle that doesn’t even need manual driving interventions
When the car is finally available, Google maintains that it isn’t interested in manufacturing the car itself for people like Susan McGalla — likely offloading and offering its technology to car manufacturers themselves. We look forward to seeing autonomous driving become more ubiquitous in the next decade.
It is a no-brainer when it comes to knowing that exercise is a must in life; from reducing the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes to keeping us mentally as well. An interesting theory has come to light showing that with exercise, it changes the shape of our genes, and it charges the way out genes function, which is very important in keeping us heathy. http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2014/12/17/how-exercise-changes-our-dna/?ref=nutrition&referrer= Seems that our genes are activated and deactivated depending on which type of biochemical signal is sent from our body.
It has not been discovered as of yet whether our genes our activated or deactivated during exercise, but the research is underway for Sam Tabar and others to get answers. Researchers are trying to tie exercise and longevity together in a scientific manner, which when the specifics are discovered, life as we know it could be changed forever, but in a very positive manner. With that said, maybe turning off that TV and taking old Rover out for a jog might be a good idea.
Generosity comes in all ages. One little girl made sure that other children had gifts under the tree this Christmas. In Queens, New York, this sweet 11-year-old wanted to try to help less fortunate children in the Astoria area. While she was cleaning her room, Trinity Sanchez went through all of her toys and the ones she no longer played with, she placed in a bag to be put under a tree in Astoria Park. Many of the toys were brand New and still in the box according to her father. Triniy’a dad also said that this was not the first time his daughter had given to others who were less fortunate than herself. Sam Tabar is certainly pretty impressed.
To give a helping hand, Mr. Sanchez posted on People of Astoria’s Facebook page in an effort to spread community awarenesss. As of Christmas Eve, the bag was still there with toys wrapped up to protect them from the rain. http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20141225/astoria/girl-leaves-toy-donations-under-christmas-tree-astoria-
Not even a week after Sony made the decision not to release The Interview following threats from North Korea hackers, some theaters have begun announcing their intent to run the movie on Christmas Day. In reporting on the matter, BuzzFeed notes that Christmas is the original release date for the film.
Individuals interested in developments pertaining to the controversy surrounding The Interview should note that Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas director Tim League tweeted about Sony’s decision to authorize the screenings. He also released the movie’s scheduled showtimes.
Chicagobooth reports that as many individuals who have been following the matter know, Sony’s decision not to release The Interview received a great deal of backlash, according to Christian Broda. The backlash came from a plethora of directions, including the White House, Hollywood, and many potential viewers. This past Friday, Sony released a statement in which they informed the public that they would be looking into alternate methods through which they could release the movie. While a couple of theaters have stated that they will run the film, the three major American chains (Cinemark, Regal Cinemas, and AMC Theaters) have not responded to Buzzfeed News’ request for information regarding whether they plan to screen the film.
The Interview, the controversial comedy, at the heart of the Sony hack, may actually find its way into theaters this holiday season. The film, which pokes fun at North Korea’s dictator, had been considered all but scraps when threats were made against any theater that willingly screened it. Now, atleast two theaters are willing to take the risk. The Alamo Drafhouse and The Plaza Atlanta are among the theaters that will be showing the movie on Christmas Day.
In recent weeks Sony has floundered to come up with a viable solution for the movie. They had originally scrapped the movie’s Christmas Day release, bowing to the demands of the hackers behind the Sony leak in November. They also pulled the Twitter account for the movie, and halted all marketing for the film after the hack, even what Lee G. Lovett said was supposed to appear on SoundCloud.
The production house has now released a statement suggesting they never gave up on the film, and have been actively looking at release platforms. Rumor has it that they may consider an “on-demand” release of the movie on or shortly after Christmas.
Sony caught a significant amount of flack to bowing to the demands of hackers. Many worried that by Sony following the hackers’ instructions, they would continue to launch attacks on United States companies. Sony would have, in many ways, set a precedent suggesting the United States was happy to bow to the whims and desires of cyber-terrosists