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February 17 2016

03:36

Review: The Idealist, an Aaron Swartz Biography by Justin Peters - Bloomberg Business

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  • As Peters reminds us, “Information wants to be free” was originally meant as a paradox, not a rallying cry. “Information wants to be free, because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and combine—too cheap to meter,” wrote social activist Stewart Brand in 1987. “It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away.”

02:21

分析:汇丰为何不把总部迁往香港? - 新闻与分析 - FT中文网

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  • 汇丰(HSBC)决定把总部留在伦敦的原因很多,其中多数原因必然涉及中国变化中的现实。自该行宣布正在审议是否重返其植根于的中国内地和香港以来,很多事情发生了变化。

     

February 16 2016

15:02

How BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Is Building A 100-Year Media Company | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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  • loved indie rock bands, he noticed "this weird thing where it’s like, the band that they love, they go to all their shows, but as soon as they have a record deal, ‘I don’t like them anymore.’ " There was a similar attitude among bloggers, he says, who had a "deeply tortured relationship with popularity. The mainstream media is somehow evil, bad, or selling out." Peretti didn’t share this angst. "With BuzzFeed, I always felt like, let’s have as big an impact as we can. Let’s grow this into something giant."
03:06

STEAM Initiative Integrates Art with STEM | The Quad

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  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

February 13 2016

04:01

Create cognitive plugins for Minecraft with Bluemix, Docker, and Watson, Part 1: Running Minecraft servers within Docker

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  • You can run Docker in a couple of different ways. It's possible to simply  start a container in Docker and begin using it, then start making changes  to the running container and save those changes as a new image file.  However, you'll remember that one of the reasons we're  interested in Docker is to avoid the problems created by making  manual changes, so that approach doesn't really help us! Instead, we're  going to use a different approach that Docker also supports, which is the  Dockerfile. A Dockerfile is a set of commands that builds up an image in a  repeatable way. That way, if you execute the Dockerfile on different  machines you always get exactly the same result. Think  of it like a "bill of lading" that tells you  what's inside your Docker image (and thus inside the containers  you're building).

February 09 2016

07:36

Block Exchange Protocol v1 — Syncthing v0.12 documentation

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  • BEP is used between two or more devices thus forming a cluster. Each device has one or more folders of files described by the local model, containing metadata and block hashes. The local model is sent to the other devices in the cluster. The union of all files in the local models, with files selected for highest change version, forms the global model. Each device strives to get its folders in sync with the global model by requesting missing or outdated blocks from the other devices in the cluster.

     

02:35

Watch "The Town That Was" Full Movie Online | Snagfilms

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  • In 1962, a trash fire ignites a seam of anthracite coal beneath the once-thriving mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania. The fire continued to rage unchecked into the mid-1980s: giant plumes of smoke and deadly carbon monoxide gases billowed from fissures in the ground, the local highway cracked and collapsed, trees were bleached white and petrified. It wasn't until a young boy nearly died after falling into a smoldering mine that the government was pressed into action. After estimating the cost of extinguishing the fire at over a half a billion dollars, the government opted to raze the town and relocate its residents. Today, eleven die-hards remain. Filmed over a period of five years with interviews ranging from former citizens to Congressmen, THE TOWN THAT WAS is an intimate portrait of one Centralian's quixotic fight for a town that has literally disintegrated under his feet. His unbowed determination and steadfast refusal to acknowledge defeat reveal a region and a way of life that has been almost forgotten.
       

February 08 2016

06:14

Alibaba Is Paying its Employees an Outrageous Amount - Fortune

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  • But this week, one skeptic, an Ohio insurance agent Bob Wittbrot who has been trying to discredit Alibaba on his anonymous investing blog titled Deep Throat since shortly after the company went public, highlighted an irregularity at the company that seems to hold water. Alibaba is paying its employees a whole lot in stock compensation—awards given to employees for joining the company and as annual performance bonuses—and those payments are increasing much faster than the company’s headcount, and even faster than its revenue is growing.

     

February 05 2016

08:56

Firefox OS Pivot to Connected Devices | The Mozilla Blog

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  • Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of Things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us.

     

03:45

如何把中国历史教科书翻译成英文 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览

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  • 这样的描述让我感到很不适应。根据我自己的教科书,以及小学以来的所有教育,中国共产党才是对日抗战中的“中流砥柱”。互联网上的争论没能给我提供更多信息——网民不出所料地分成了两派,一派坚定认为台湾的说法夸大了国民党的功绩,旨在污蔑中共,另一派则认为中共一直在利用教育“洗脑”。

     

01:51

Why Simple Brands Win

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  • They cut through the clutter by delivering what consumers want, when they want it, without hassle.
01:19

February 04 2016

15:42

San Francisco, then and now | US news | The Guardian

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  • June 1945: The lobby of the Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart with a mural representing early furniture craftsmanship. Twitter moved into the building in 2012.

     
09:55

Google could choose Qualcomm over Intel - Business Insider

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February 03 2016

01:26

Fun with a new data set: Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover camera data | The Planetary Society

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  • The website is a little bit difficult to use, but last week I managed to download all of the data from two of the cameras -- a total of 35 Gigabytes of data! -- and I've spent the subsequent week figuring out what's there and how to handle it.
01:15

电影《十年》预言香港黑色未来 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览

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  • 尽管认同影片描述的未来一片黑暗,但伍嘉良也让观众看到了希望的微光。在他执导的最后一则故事《本地蛋》(Local Egg)中,违禁书籍被下架。但很多书被放到了一个秘密的地方。在那里,一排又一排的年轻人借着钨丝灯发出的微弱灯光,贪婪地翻阅着那些书籍。

     

February 01 2016

16:21

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica

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  • Columbia was gone, and all seven of its crew had been killed. NASA refers to this most rare and catastrophic of events as an LOCV—"Loss of Crew and Vehicle."

     

04:35

Eating 'Healthy Fats' Could Prevent More Than One Million Deaths Worldwide

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  • The researchers also found that 537,200 deaths in 2010 were due to an excessive intake of trans fat, including those in processed, baked and fried foods as well as cooking fats used in certain countries.

     

January 31 2016

11:05

“中国特色民族主义”的弊端 - 头版 - FT中文网

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  • 首先,中国的民族主义带有浓重的儒家色彩。儒家作为一种伦理学说,它的核心之一是“礼”,包含一系列对群己关系和人际关系的规范。也就是个人必须非常清楚自己的角色应该是什么样的位置,承担什么样的义务等等。最有代表性的一句话莫过于孔子的“君君、臣臣、父父、子子”。这就是为什么,大陆人常常会把台湾(人)、香港(人)矮化为儿女,台湾(人)、香港(人)的许多行为看作是对大陆“母亲”的“不孝之举”。这种将台湾、香港、大陆放在家庭伦理中思考的视角就是儒家伦理规范的特点之一。

     

January 29 2016

23:17

中国承建印尼高铁项目被暂停 - 新闻与分析 - FT中文网

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  • 新加坡东南亚研究所(Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)的中国-东南亚关系专家赵洪表示,在国内习惯开了推土机就上的中国国有企业,在民主国家将需要采取不同的方法。

     

    “中国国有企业很容易从中国政府获得信贷,但它们需要更准确地了解当地社会,尤其是在地方政治非常复杂的印尼,”他说。

     

    政府贷款机构——中国国家开发银行(CDB)以优惠条款为印尼高铁项目提供四分之三的融资,而且不需要印尼政府的担保。

     

    雅加达政治分析人士保罗•罗兰(Paul Rowland)表示:“他们以为能够在两年多一点的时间里完成这个项目——这从来就是非常奇特的一厢情愿的想法。”

     

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