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July 23 2014

16:01

纽约客:美国食物的超级革命

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  • 在过去十年间,硅谷的文化输出之一就是“生活黑客”(life hacking)理念,旨在寻找一些诀窍来将每天必做的事情简单化,从而节省出更多时间做自己想做的事情。莱因哈特的“明日之食”看来就是一个不错的解决方法。各地的生活黑客们开始亲自试验,并制定出自己的配方。红迪网(Reddit)上还有些人在争论放钙镁粉的合适剂量为多少。三个月后,莱因哈特发觉他的饮剂正是成立公司的好创意,“它带给我的价值远远超过任何软件应用。”他和室友们把软件思想搁置到一边,开始从事合成食品的生意。

     

  • 但是,从农场到餐桌一条龙式服务的精神完全忽视了工人阶级,而这个群体不得不靠低价食品产业生活并忍受它所带来的副作用—肥胖症、糖尿病,还有营养不良——这尤其的讽刺。
  •  我一边跟着莱因哈特转悠,一边开始为他的商业方案里可能存在一个的漏洞担忧:Soylent的配方就挂在网上,他要如何盈利呢?很难想象可口可乐会做这样的事。但是Soylent的投资人、也是Reddit网站的创始人之一的阿莱克西斯·奥哈尼恩(Alexis Ohanian)却说:“这是我所见过的最棒的营销方案,尽管他们自己不这么想。
  • 但是,Soylent让你意识到我们是如何在维持日常生存的名义下纵容自己的欲望的。
  • 我问这些Skurves,他们食用“Soylent”有无任何社会反响。他们看了看彼此,艾琳说,“第一周比较糟糕,因为你的屁实在太臭”

     

  • 莱因哈特提到,原来这个问题更严重。当他第一次将“全能营养源”的配方发布在网上后:他高估了硫磺的量。几周时间里,他和助手们放出一阵阵的硫磺气体。“我让一个爵士剧场立刻清了场有一次我清空了一个爵士剧场”,他回想道。

     

  • 莱因哈特又一次提及巴克敏斯特﹒富勒(Buckminster Fuller):“巴克有一个关于再生加速化的重要想法,某种跟鬼魂差不多的东西——是一种纯能量或者信息。
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July 19 2014

23:47
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July 18 2014

15:55

Global Opposition to U.S. Surveillance and Drones, but Limited Harm to America’s Image | Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project

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  • across the seven European Union nations surveyed, a median of 66% express a favorable opinion of the U.S., while just 39% feel this way about China.

July 17 2014

11:32

Spotify Chooses Ubuntu 14.04 LTS over Debian for Its 5,000 Servers

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  • “A while back we decided to move onto Ubuntu for our backend server deployment. The main reasons for this was a predictable release cycle and long term support by upstream (this decision was made before the announcement that the Debian project commits to long term support as well.) With the release of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS we are now in the process of migrating our ~5000 servers to that distribution,” said Noa Resare, a system engineer from Spotify, in the official Debian mailing list.
08:14

In China's Heartland, A Toxic Trail Leads from Factories to Fields to Food: e360 Gallery

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  • A chemical factory beside a rice paddy in Yixing in Jiangsu Province, another area of China where pollution has contaminated soil and crops. (Photo credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
00:23

金砖峰会确认中国核心 - 头版 - FT中文网

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  • “中国需要自然资源,而巴西有自然资源,”Insper商学院的达马斯表示。巴西还为北京提供了一个可靠的拉美基地,使其能够在该地区扩大影响力。在结束访问巴西后,习近平将展开他出任国家主席以来第二次拉美之行。去年他访问了哥斯达黎加和墨西哥。今年他将访问中国有能源利益的国家,特别是委内瑞拉和阿根廷,以及古巴。已经是中国一大借款人的委内瑞拉,正在寻求新的40亿美元信贷额度。

     

July 16 2014

14:05

Six Californias measure heading for 2016 ballot, backers say - SFGate

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  • The measure, a constitutional amendment, needs 807,615 valid signatures to qualify. Because the deadline has already passed for November, the plan could end up on the November 2016 general election ballot.

13:48

Silicon Valley’s Plan to Split California Into 6 States Just Might Succeed | Business | WIRED

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  • Leading the six-state push is Tim Draper, a wealthy third-generation venture capitalist known for his theatrics. He hosts the superhero-themed Draper University of Heroes, a kind of motivational cram session for would-be startup entrepreneurs, and once wore a Captain America costume himself on a magazine cover. Last month, he bought nearly 30,000 bitcoins auctioned off by the U.S. Marshals Service after authorities had seized them from online black market Silk Road. In short, he’s exactly the kind of guy with the time, money, and temperament to push a wacky-sounding ballot measure.

     

09:19

Practices « Menlo Innovations

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    • The Menlo WayTM is defined by JOY through the following practices:

       
       
         
      • pairing; no one works alone
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      • High-Tech AnthropologyR
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      • open and collaborative workspace
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      • high speed voice technologyTM
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      • daily stand up
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      • 40 hour work weeks
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      • pets and babies at work
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      • making mistakes faster
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      • doing the simplest thing that could possibly work
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      • origami project management
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      • work authorization boards; storycards, yarn, and stickers
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      • estimation without fear
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      • integrated quality advocacy
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      • test-driven development
08:45

Why is Xiaomi so bad at Android updates?

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  • Old versions of Android deprive users of a lot of new features put in by Google, the architects of Android. While that’s not such a major issue for phone geeks in China, where most Google services are blocked and the notion that Android comes from Google is so abstract that it has vanished into the ether, Xiaomi’s failure with major Android point updates will likely weigh on the minds of potential buyers right now in new markets across Asia and eventually Latin America. Xiaomi’s latest country launch was yesterday in India.

     

07:32

张晓刚:想当卡夫卡,却被当成沃霍尔 - 纽约时报中文网

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  • 天安门事件发生时,张晓刚人在重庆,但广场上发生的一切影响了他的艺术观。黄专在名为《张晓刚:一个现代叙事者的多重世界》的文章中引用了张晓刚当时写的一段话:“作为我,‘艺术’与‘生活’本来就是一个概念,如何去从事‘艺术’也即意味着如何‘活下去’……这种感受到了1989年的下半年,在血的事实面前,似乎凝固了……个人在强大的恶魔——命运面前渺小无力。”(张晓刚,《“1989—1991 回归人的世界》)1989年以后,他将视角从西方主题移向个体生命在历史与集体命运中的脆弱与偶然,这种思索,也使他后来成为西方语境选择阅读中国艺术时的一个意识形态化的代表。这一时期,他的作品主题聚焦死亡与哀悼,画面中出现头颅、断臂、扑克、蜡烛等寓言式的形象,传递出肃穆的气息。他与同时期的当代艺术家们探索的“政治波普”画风带有显著的意识形态色彩,在引起西方兴趣的同时却不被中国主流接受,很长一段时间不能在国内举办展览。

     

July 15 2014

15:38

Viewing how neurons work | Harvard Gazette

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  • For obvious reasons, Cohen said, it’s impossible to peer into neural circuits in the brains of living patients. The new tool, however, allows researchers to do the next-best thing. By using human-derived stem cells to culture neurons in the lab, scientists will be able to observe neurons that are genetically identical to those in a patient’s brain.

     

14:01

ASUS C300 Chromebook Now Available on Amazon for $249 | Androidheadlines.com

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  • Other highlights of the Acer C300 Chromebook include; 10-Hours incredible battery life, 802.11 A/C wireless for incredibly fast network connection, Intel BayTrail-M N2830 Dual Core 2.16 GHz processor (turbo up to 2.41 GHz), 16 GB solid state storage. 13.6″ HD LED display, 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card slot(SDXC), and Bluetooth 4.0.

July 12 2014

15:41

Free Minecraft Camp Launches July 14 | DML Hub

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  • Research shows that video games like Minecraft can improve math, coding, reasoning and other academic skills
  • “Minecraft offers incredible learning outcomes, and we know that not all kids have computers or Internet access to play the game from home or pay for summer camps, so we are reaching out to libraries and other organizations to host in-person sessions to give more young people the opportunity to take part,” Brown said.

     

  • Media Contact: Mimi Ko Cruz, mcruz@hri.uci.edu, 949-824-4587

     

July 11 2014

03:40

what_is_thinkgear [NeuroSky Developer - Docs]

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  • Both the raw brainwaves and the eSense Meters (Attention and Meditation) are calculated on the ThinkGear™ chip. The calculated values are output by the ThinkGear chip, through the headset, to a PC. 

      

    • Raw sampled wave values (128Hz or 512Hz, depending on hardware)
       
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    • Signal poor quality metrics
       
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    • eSense Attention and Meditation meter values
       
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    • EEG band power values for delta, theta, alpha, beta, and gamma
       
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    • and more… (some hardware models only)
  • This was our first consumer-developer released headset. It contains a ThinkGear ASIC chip. It streams data from the ThinkGear chip over a Bluetooth connection to any computer that can receive a Bluetooth serial stream (SPP). It also comes with standard Bluetooth A2DP audio and microphone capabilities. 

      
      

02:09

These high-tech headphones will livestream your next gig

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  • the company claims that with all of those features activated, you can expect around four hours of action from the 800mAh cell, getting bumped up to 18 hours when only the active noise cancellation is switched on. That may not be enough to broadcast your entire day, but it should certainly last for an entire set. The 1080p camera can capture 720p video at 30 fps, with Bluetooth streaming clocking in with 640p at 24 fps. If having all of that tech in one place sounds too good to pass up, SoundSight goes up for limited pre-order tomorrow at $349, with an official launch coming in next spring at the full $499 retail price.

July 10 2014

23:51

韩辛:忆《踱步》及陈逸飞 - 荐读 - FT中文网

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  • 逸飞,绝顶聪明能干,做了许多事,画了许多画。只是他自己画画的最高点还是和我们在一起的70年代。时至今日,当我画画的时候,还是会常常想到那时的他,想到他的《黄河颂》

July 09 2014

08:28

zerotier/ZeroTierOne

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  • The underlying protocol is peer to peer with managed anchor points ("supernodes") for instant-on communication, assisted NAT traversal, and relaying for users who cannot make P2P connections. All unicast packets are encrypted end-to-end using private keys that only you control. Multicast and broadcast work as they would on a normal LAN, except that traffic is throttled and intelligently prioritized on large networks to stay within bandwidth limits while preserving essential functionality (multicast triage algorithm). Its behavior is not unlike some enterprise-grade intelligent ethernet switches designed for huge wired networks such as university LANs.

      

July 08 2014

15:18
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