Wednesday, December 24, 2014

largely

If the lower classes are having to work three jobs, it's because of the scarcity of housing, not self-driving cars. Most poor people's biggest monthly expense is rent. An oversupply of housing would go a long way towards helping them.

Of course, the landowning classes will never allow this. We haven't really moved on since the middle ages.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

John Milton, Paradise Lost (X.743–5)

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

To mould Me man? Did I solicit thee

From darkness to promote me?






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Saturday, December 13, 2014

hmmmm..

Take two groups of people. We'll call group A the "Bears", and group B the "Foxes".

The Bears had a strong natural interest and affinity for computers. They were tinkering and playing with them despite society's mockery that they were pathetic nerds. When they found out you could make great money, well, that was just a bonus.

The Foxes joined because they were told the industry was super rad and it paid really well. The Foxes were given advantages like additional Fox-only scholarships, special Fox-quotas in good engineering colleges, and lots of blogs praising Foxes and telling them how special they are, how they bring unique Fox-only insights to the table, and that The Bears have a conscious/unconscious agenda against them.

Now ask yourself, which group would you expect to have more longevity in the industry, the Foxes or the Bears? What would a company have to do to keep more Foxes? Maybe special privileges, like conferences the companies could send the Foxes to that would tell the Foxes how great they are, promotion programs to ensure more Fox visibility, quotas for Foxes in senior management, etc. But the Foxes are still leaving in higher numbers so clearly the industry has a bias against Foxes, so funding for Fox-only programs must increase, until the number of Foxes is equal to Bears (and if eventually there are more Foxes then Bears, that's just great!) What about the Bears? Well, the Bears better sit down, shut up, and remember that they are just Bears and there is nothing unique about a Bear. Some Bears internalize this and start advocating for the Foxes themselves.

And so it goes.







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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

moma bought a 3d printed dress

Nervous System's custom-fit dress is an intricately patterned structure of 2,279 unique triangular panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges, all 3D printed as a single piece in nylon.

The Museum of Modern Art has added the dress and the software that generated it to their permanent collection.



Kinematics Dress - 3D-printed gown in motion from Nervous System on Vimeo.






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Saturday, December 06, 2014

say we need a smartphone with a little bit more processing power...






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Friday, December 05, 2014

your favourite bird





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He founded xiph.org, created the Ogg container, and helped write Vorbis and Daala.

he's tired of explaining to people(about 24/192 sound) that..



With use of shaped dither, which moves quantization noise energy into frequencies where it's harder to hear, the effective dynamic range of 16 bit audio reaches 120dB in practice [13], more than fifteen times deeper than the 96dB claim.


120dB is greater than the difference between a mosquito somewhere in the same room and a jackhammer a foot away.... or the difference between a deserted 'soundproof' room and a sound loud enough to cause hearing damage in seconds.


16 bits is enough to store all we can hear, and will be enough forever.



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Some people buy $500 wooden knobs to make their volume pots sound better. (or was that a hoax? i can't tell anymore)


Some people buy small pyramids to elevate their cables off the floor, some people buy mats to put onto your CDs before putting the CD in a player (http://dagogo.com/millenniums-m-cd-mat-carbon-cd-damper-revi...), some people buy $1000+/meter digital interconnect cables (http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/transparent-referen...), some people buy $7200 power cords (http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/crystal-cable-absol...) and $350/m HDMI cables (http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/nordost-releases-fi...).


Self-styled audiophiles are, by and large, idiots with way too much money plagued by magical thinking. Developer bullshit has nothing on them.



and the best comment..



Oh sure, your rips may be perfect at the bit level, but how do you know that they're free of sub-bit quantization that isn't detectable by electronic circuits but can be heard by the human ear?


This sub-bit jitter and interference can travel along with a digital file and sneak right past your ordinary bit-level error detection and correction, no matter how lossless you make it. That's because these errors aren't visible in the bits. They occur at a deeper and more subtle level, in between the bits.


Even if you prove mathematically that two files contain the exact same bits, you can't prove that the human ear won't hear any difference, can you?







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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

butch walker - bed on fire





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your exchange mail admin can totally wipe your phone

but ms just bought accompli(http://ift.tt/1zItMtd) , but u can still use

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or

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...an entirely separate thing..for ppl who're doing billing in their apps.. apparently groupon uses https://killbill.io/ but yea, there's others like https://www.payola.io/ , http://ift.tt/1rRevSA , http://ift.tt/1rRevSC ...






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