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Is the dress blue-and-black or white-and-gold?

Interestingly, when I first saw the photo it was clearly white-and-gold. However, looking at it again 30 mins later it appeared blue-and-black.

I suspect it has to do with how we internally white balance the photo. We quickly interpret the light area of the dress as either "blue" or "white" and everything else then follows (the dark area will either be black or gold respectively). It's hard to change that choice at will, so we're convinced of our interpretation.

And, for what it's worth, in reality the dress is likely blue and black, but I don't think that matters since we could have set up an identical shot using a white-and-gold dress and a different light bulb instead. www.amazon.co.uk/Roman-Womens-Detail-Bodycon-Dress/dp/B00SJEUIME

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cool#blue&black
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Remarkably, the responses from this external security auditor get even more absurd as the thread progresses...

"A security auditor for our servers has demanded the following within two weeks:
* A list of current usernames and plain-text passwords for all user accounts on all servers
* A list of all password changes for the past six months, again in plain-text
* A list of "every file added to the server from remote devices" in the past six months
* The public and private keys of any SSH keys
* An email sent to him every time a user changes their password, containing the plain text password"
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This was really depressing to read.
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Inspired logo design by loudspeaker company Sonos. It uses the Moire effect to give the illusion of pulsing when you scroll your screen.
Go ahead and give the page a wiggle. The pulsing effect you see, akin to a throbbing speaker, is the outcome of a new identity created for Sonos by Bruce Mau Design. It’s not clear if the illusion...
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How to do business with people in different countries.
These cultural caricatures are quite interesting, but there's so much variety from person to person within a given country that it's hard to know if they really generalize well.

There are some interesting contrasts. For example:
Australia: "A sense of humor is essential"
Austria: "do not be overly familiar early on, maintain distance and respect, and evince sophistication and erudition"
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Interesting that the USA graph looks like a 1960's space capsule.
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Percentage of household income spent on food.

There are quite a few confounding variables. Comparing Japan, South Korea, France, UK and US is perhaps somewhat reasonable. I wonder what it looks like for all the other OECD nations.
How much people in different countries spend on food THE discovery by European food shoppers that some of them have been eating horse in place of beef is, some...
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Well... Less than 10%is still very low.... I spend a lot on eating.....
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Really imaginative use of lighting that responds to the dancers' movements!

I remember my former officemate +Matt Bell experimenting with something similar. It's very fun to use!
 
We strongly urge you to take three minutes to watching this incredibly inventive dance performance that makes use of a fully interactive set that responds in real-time to a team of dancers.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/01/pixel-a-mesmerizing-dance-performance-incorporating-digital-projection/
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TIL: The dollar symbol $ is most likely derived from the word "Peso":
Peso -> Ps -> $.

The word "dollar" itself was adopted by English colonists in North America to describe a coin used in the Spanish American colonies. It only was later used to describe the US currency.

www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/words/what-is-the-origin-of-the-dollar-sign
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If you're interested in this kind of thing, I recommend you read "Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks" by Keith Houston.
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Anthem health insurer announced they had a major data breach: "obtained personal information from our current and former members such as their names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data."
To Our Members,. Safeguarding your personal, financial and medical information is one of our top priorities, and because of that, we have state-of-the-art information security systems to protect your data. However, despite our efforts, Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber ...
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Darn it!
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A pretty interesting interactive map of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks: www.cfr.org/interactives/GH_Vaccine_Map/index.html#map
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+1 for interesting post, -1 for general stupidity...sigh...
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Epic photos indeed!
 
Epic photos (best viewed on desktop).

I found myself trying to figure out how many strobes were used and where they were hidden.
Photographer Ryan Schude creates short stories in photo form.
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According to this study: people who watch no news are better informed than people who watch certain US news channels.
[Standard disclaimer about correlation not necessarily implying causation applies. And the lack of error bars might indicate further issues with the study...]

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2012/confirmed/
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I assume the obvious implication is that FOX News is doing the hard work of informing the least informed among us.  Would we judge a soup kitchen harshly because so many of its patrons are hungry?
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Popularity over time in American English books for:
persnickety vs pernickety
tidbit vs titbit
card shark vs card sharp
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Some of the ladybird statistics may be corrupted by "lady bird", as in President Johnson's wife.
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