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February 09 2016


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

  • 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


Alibaba Is Paying its Employees an Outrageous Amount - Fortune

  • 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


Firefox OS Pivot to Connected Devices | The Mozilla Blog

  • 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.



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

  • 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”。



Why Simple Brands Win

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

February 04 2016


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

  • 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.


Google could choose Qualcomm over Intel - Business Insider


February 03 2016


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

  • 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.

电影《十年》预言香港黑色未来 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览

  • 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


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

  • 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."



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

  • 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


“中国特色民族主义”的弊端 - 头版 - FT中文网

  • 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


中国承建印尼高铁项目被暂停 - 新闻与分析 - FT中文网

  • 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。






    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。”


January 28 2016


A Google DeepMind Algorithm Uses Deep Learning and More to Master the Game of Go | MIT Technology Review

  • AlphaGo was developed by a team known as Google DeepMind, a group created after Google acquired a small AI U.K. startup called DeepMind in 2014. The researchers built AlphaGo using an extremely popular and successful machine-learning method known as deep learning combined with another simulation technique for modeling potential moves. Deep learning involves training a large simulated neural network to respond to patterns in data. It has proven very useful for image and audio processing, and many large tech companies are exploring new ways to apply the technique.


January 27 2016


Four key digital challenges for the music industry in 2016 - Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

  • As a music lover, you simply plug in their headset anytime you need music. That is basically for the bulk of the day as most music lovers work, eat and even play games on bingo sites like cheersbingo.com while enjoying their favourite tunes. Have you ever stopped mid game to wonder how artists get money from Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming services you use? The revenue sharing dispute has been around for a while.


January 26 2016


Pandora's revenue and user base are growing, but so are its losses - Fortune

  • “Monetizing free audio is a fantastically difficult problem to solve, and we are the only ones who have done it,” he said. “We intend to move aggressively to build on that over the coming year.”

Earphones & Headphones Market Worth $17.55 Billion By 2022

  • The global earphones and headphones market is expected to reach USD 17.55 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Surge in consumer demand for technologically advanced products is expected to fuel industry growth over the next few years. Increasing adoption of several smart devices such as tablets, smartphones along with portable music players may also positively impact earphones market demand.



Where can I get a free Seedbox?

  • Torrent + Dropbox = free Seedbox
     (It works I’ve tried it)
     (I haven’t tried it with Google Drive , but i think it should work)


    1. Take the file you want to share and put it in the “public” folder of Dropbox. You may want to create a system of folder organization if you plan on making many different files available, just to help maintain your sanity. You will see the Dropbox icon in your system tray have a little blue cycle icon indicating that a sync is in progress.


    2. When the Dropbox icon becomes a green check-mark again, your webseed is ready. You can right click your file and select Dropbox -> Copy Public Link to get the URL.


    3. Open up uTorrent and create a new torrent. Select your file. Add any public tracker (For instance: http://tracker.openbittorrent.com/announce). Paste the webseed URL from step 2 into the Web Seed box. Do not check Private torrent. Click Create and save as… and wait as uTorrent makes your .torrent file.


    4. Done! Give your .torrent file to a friend or post it to a website for millions to see and you can safely shut down your computer to go to work (or whatever), it doesn’t matter. Dropbox will seed your file for you, as long as there are no other seeds available. As soon as there are however, those seeders will prevent your Dropbox from being overwhelmed.


The Least Affordable Housing Markets Are in These Cities - Fortune

  • Hong Kong broke the record for the least affordable housing that the survey has ever measured with a median multiple of 19.0, up from 17.0 in last year’s survey, the previous record-holder. The second least affordable market was Sydney with 12.2, up 2.4 points from last year, the largest year-to-year increase in the survey’s 12 year history. Vancouver was next with a median multiple of 10.8.


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