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Pretty cool video about how the shutter system on DSLR cameras operates. The rolling shutter is a mechanical marvel. I always thought the shutter system was more like two sliding doors opening and closing, but instead is actually a moving gap of varying width and speed depending on camera settings.
The "D" in DSLR does not stand for dark magic. In fact, that snap of the shutter you hear when taking a picture is a wonderful symphony of mechanical engineering at work, and happens so fast that...
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It was strangely compelling to watch a video about what tech gear these guys were taking with them to CES 2015.
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When one looks at the data objectivity, it is easy to cut through all the political rhetoric and socialist propaganda. My favorite is the chart plotting the inverse relationship of gasoline consumption and VOC concentration (proxy for air quality). Instead of regulating fuel economy, why doesn't the government regulate and tax the negative externality directly? 
 
The truth is, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting richer, too. In fact, globally, the poor are richer than they have ever been in human history.
Here are 10 examples of popular, explosive narratives that, when considered through a more dispassionate lens, get defused.
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+A. Szeto Thanks for resharing.
h/t +Max Borders +Foundation for Economic Education 
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Happy 2014 #Festivus everyone! 
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Link to Wikipedia article:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus
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This kind of thing drives me crazy about government. Why should there be rules that dictate what milk sizes can be sold? Let the consumers decide. Basically, after reading the article, the only only reason why they don't want to allow choice is that the farm lobby fears that people will buy the 3L jug versus a 4L package. In effect they want to impose an economic rent.

#TooMuchRegulation #OverRegulation
The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has added 3-litre containers as the newest size of milk that may come to a store near you.
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Is it just me or does anybody see the resemblance of the Toyota Mirai front fascia to Darth Vader's mask? On a more general note, why must OEMs make their "advanced" powertrain vehicles appear so polarizing (e.g. Honda FCX, Honda FCEV concept )?

#ToyotaMirai #DarthVader
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Can really see the resemblance in that pic!  However it doesn't flow with the rest of the car...adding to the polarizing effect.
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Pretty insightful article that draws parallels for current giant tech companies to previous yesterday's leading tech companies, e.g. Google is the new Microsoft. Two of the most interesting assertions I thought were:

  1. Apple is the new Sony
  2. Blackberry is the new Apple

It will be interesting to see if history will indeed repeat itself in the next 5 years and what new companies will rise to become the next generation of tech giants.   
The 90s are back. They’re back in fashion, they’re back in music, and they are most certainly back in technology. In a way this makes sense; the top end of the Millennial generation was just...
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Another reason why I admire #Tesla as a company. They are a technology company that happens to make cars, not a car company that puts technology into their cars. Would a traditional OEM ever go back and provide upgrades for a previous generation product? Given the long development cycle of an automobile, the technology is at least 4 years old, a lifetime in consumer electronics timescales, by the time of SOP. It only makes sense that technology upgrades (HW and SW) be made available to customers to keep their vehicles current, especially for the millennial generation who are used to constant SW updates for their consumer tech. Tesla currently is a niche player, but I sincerely hope they will maintain high-tech culture as they scale in size.
+Elon Musk Please keep the great work. I can't wait to see what new innovations you will be announcing. 
Elon Musk Tweets ('Almost') 400-Mile Tesla Roadster Battery Upgrade On Christmas Day - Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave owners of its Roadster a bit of a present on Christmas Day: The Roadster will indeed get nearly 400 miles range potential he said[...]
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Yes, the transportation device to man mass ratio may be at an all time historic high, but so what? Based on what metric is Vaclav using? It seems to me that he's just using weight as a proxy to say that "we" are being too inefficient with fossil fuels and it's killing the environment. If that's what he wants to say, he just should just say it. Then it becomes a question of how do we solve the problem? In my opinion, if we can agree on the negative externalities (e.g. acid rain, particulate matter, smog) that we want to mitigate, then we use targeted tax penalties on those things. Yes, we can probably reduce most bad things by using vehicle mass as a simple proxy, but that unfairly penalizes high mass vehicles that may actually be minimal in the negative externalities we wish to minimize. For example, the Chevrolet Volt may is "heavy" when compared to a conventional car of the same class, but when the negative externalities are compared, I'd say hands down the Volt wins.
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PSA: Free Frozen soundtrack from Google Play.
Warning: Get at your own risk. You may be subjected to listening to endless repeats of "Let It Go" by your daughter!
Google Play Store has Frozen Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (MP3 Digital Album Download) for Free. Thanks goonie16 Note: You must be logged into your Google account to purchase this album.
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Since I always use my phone before going to bed, I'm going to try this app to see if it helps me sleep better. I'll report back with my experience in a week.

Troubles sleeping? Try Twilight for Android, Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux
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I tend to listen to classic stories read by Elizabeth Klett (http://elizabethklettaudio.com). I also listen to Slate Movie critic Dana Stevens' movie review podcast (http://tunein.com/radio/Slates-Spoiler-Specials-Podcast-p352729/).
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As much as WhatsApp has done to improve security and reliability of their globally-used messaging platform, the company still always finds itself dealing with problematic exploits. The latest shows how a simple text message with 2,000 characters could crash whoever's app it's sent to.
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