Colin Kaepernick Clocks 87-MPH 1st Pitch

Colin Kaepernick Clocks 87-MPH 1st PitchSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was at AT&T Park on Friday to throw out the first pitch for the San Francisco Giants’ contest against the Miami Marlins. On almost all occasions, an athlete throwing out a first pitch (and doing so well) wouldn’t be newsworthy.

‘Not wearing any gear’

Colin Kaepernick isn’t most athletes. Winding up with a cool, collected motion that has to be familiar to 49ers fans, Kaepernick tossed in one of the fastest first pitches you’ll ever see. According to the 49ers’ Twitter page and Kaepernick, the 25-year-old signal-caller’s throw came in at a whopping 87 miles per hour. Sergio Romo, not wearing any gear at the time, was the recipient of the toss.

‘Never really looked back’

For those who have followed Kaepernick’s journey to the top of the 49ers’ depth chart, seeing him toss a heater isn’t a surprise. The NFC champion quarterback, who spent his collegiate days under center at Nevada, was actually more highly touted as a baseball prospect in high school than he was as a football prospect.

Instead of sticking with baseball, though, Kaepernick went to Nevada, and the rest is history. Following his dream led him to become one of the most decorated quarterbacks in that school’s history and eventually took him all the way to Super Bowl XLVII as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. In fact, it is now quite clear that Kaepernick never really looked back after giving up baseball.

What can you say about Colin Kaepernick’s 87-mph first pitch? Impressive or not?

Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

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Internet Providers To Start Warning Customers About Illegal Downloads

Internet Providers To Start Warning Customers About Illegal DownloadsIt is about to get a bit more difficult to illegally download TV shows, movies or music online. The Copyright Alert System was announced last July and has been four years in the making.

‘Spot Illegal Downloading’

If you use AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon as your Internet service provider, you could receive the first of one of these notes starting in the next two months. The Internet provider is delivering the message, but the legwork is being done by the copyright owners, which will monitor peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.

They use a service called MarkMonitor, which uses a combination of people and automated systems to spot illegal downloading. It will collect the IP addresses of offenders, but no personal information. The IP addresses are turned over to the Internet providers, which will match up the address with the right customer and send the notification.

‘Mild punishments’

The warning system is described as a graduated response. First the Internet provider will let the customer know that their Internet connection is being used do download content illegally. The note will include information to steer them away from their life of crime, including tips on how they can download content legally. There will also be tips on securing Internet connections, just in case you were unaware that your neighbor was downloading season three of “Dexter” using your unprotected wireless network.

After the educational phase, the customers will be asked to acknowledge that they received the warning. If they continue to download content illegally, the alerts will threaten mild punishments, such as forcing the copyright violator to read “educational materials,” or throttling their Internet connection so that it is slow, making it harder to download large files. If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge.

Are you in favor of the Copyright Alert System? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions about this topic!

Source: CNN

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