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July 28 2014

02:42

經濟學人:餘額寶「危險了」 - 中時電子報

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  • 餘額寶受熱捧的原因很簡單。大陸政府對存款利率設有上限,但阿里巴巴有效的突破了這一障礙,讓儲戶的錢得以直接進入沒有利率上限的銀行間市場進行投資。從儲戶的角度來看,他們的選擇是顯而易見的:要麼把錢存在銀行裡,一年期利率只有3.3%,要麼存在收益甚至高出兩倍的餘額寶裡。而且,餘額寶存錢和取錢要方便得多。

  • 阿里巴巴創始人馬雲去年曾放言,「如果銀行不改變,我們就改變他們」。從這個意義上說,餘額寶做到了。

July 27 2014

09:45

Internet of Things Explained: What People Can Expect from Samsung, Google and Apple : Trending News : Venture Capital Post

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  • Dropcam has recently announced a security feature that lets its cameras detect moving people in their homes.
  • The software will make the iPhone a do-it-all remote that can turn on and off anything in a person's house. These things range from lights, appliances, and even security systems. According to the Financial Times, Apple had already filed patents for such devices.
  • SmartThings sells $100 hardware hubs and provides a cloud platform to allow gadgets out on the market talk to each other on one application. Towards the end of 2014, SmartThings aims to offer paid apps similar to what the App Store offers.

July 26 2014

01:24

The End of Food - The New Yorker

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  • But how to make the funds last? Rent was a sunk cost. Since they were working frantically, they already had no social life. As they examined their budget, one big problem remained: food.
00:19

Minimalist Kids' Fashion Is on the Rise - WSJ

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  • ON HIM: Ketiketa Tulsi Shirt, $60, Sweet William, 718-218-6946; Wool Long Pants, $90, makieclothier.com; Champion Kids Sneakers, $35, keds.com. | ON HER: Leoca Paris Bianca Shirt, $116, Elegant Child, 718-336-1295; Riley Jeans, $88, Vince, 646-560-2897; Avarca Sandals, $75, riudavetsusa.com  F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Paula Knight, Hair & Makeup by Mary Guthrie/ABTP, Models: Jace/Generation Models and Eve, Cups & Teapot: Mud Australia, Table & Stools: Svan  

      
     
     
                                        

July 25 2014

16:17

GraphChi/graphchi-cpp

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    • Vertex-centric computation model (similar to GraphLab, Pregel or Giraph) ** Wrapper for GraphLab 2.1 API (Gather-Apply-Scatter model)
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July 24 2014

14:51

This Photo Says A Lot About MH17 Downing - Business Insider

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  • This is a sign the missile, most probably fired by an SA-11 system according to almost all reports to date, equipped with a proximity fuse, detonated on the right side of the aircraft not too far from the nose, scattering several fragments of shrapnel so fast that they traversed the plane from side to side: they entered through the right side of the airframe and got out from the left one.

     

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.

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