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  • The most competitive schools often sell monetary debentures that give priority in the admissions process. Debentures can be issued to an individual or to a corporation to help secure spots for its rotating roster of expat managers. High demand has spurred a secondary market that trades debentures legally, with costs rising into the millions of Hong Kong dollars. A corporate debenture for Chinese International School sold on the website M for Membership, which also trades private club memberships, was listed for HK$4.95 million (US$631,500) in October 2010.

     

  • Anxious? Here are some tips on getting your child accepted into the school of your choice from Crown Relocation’s Simone Bannon, the relocation company’s team leader for Hong Kong destination services. – Apply to as many schools as possible. Plenty of families cross-enroll, so waiting lists may look longer than they actually are. – Apply early. Start doing your research as soon as possible and try to enroll a year in advance. – Do your research. Some schools give priority to certain nationalities or family backgrounds. Apply to the schools that fit you. – Visit the campuses. Start planning a trip for your child to see the schools and participate in face-to-face interviews as early as possible. – Be assertive. Schools want to see involved, enthusiastic and proactive parents. Call the school and check in — make sure they know who you are. – Consider alternatives. Home-schooling — or other schools — can be a viable option if your first choice is full. Transferring schools is quite common in Hong Kong.

     

  • Imagine a world where the smallest cut could kill you because doctors were powerless to treat an infection, and routine operations were too dangerous to perform. Sounds far-fetched, and yet it’s not as far as you might imagine. 

  • I still remember when I first heard the song by Peter Gabriel, “Solsbury Hill.” Something about that song—the lyrics, the melody, the unusual 7/4 time signature—gave me chills. Even now, years later, it still can make me cry.

      

  • “Music affects deep emotional centers in the brain, “ says Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University who studies the brain on music. “A single sound tone is not really pleasurable in itself; but if these sounds are organized over time in some sort of arrangement, it’s amazingly powerful.”

      

  • During peak emotional moments in the songs identified by the listeners, dopamine was released in the nucleus accumbens, a structure deep within the older part of our human brain.

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  • These factors explain why the global music industry is on the verge of the biggest shift in business models and behaviour since the rise of the CD in the 1980s. All stakeholders must identify transition streaming strategies that will see them through the interim period. They’ll have to take some facts into consideration:

     

  • Kepler-452b is about 60 percent larger than Earth and orbits its parent star, Kepler-452, once every 385 days — just 20 days longer than Earth orbits the Sun. Kepler-452 is also a lot like our own host star; it's roughly the same size and temperature and only 20 percent brighter. Kepler-452 is also 6 billion years old, approximately 1.5 billion years older than our Sun.

       

  • Most of space is just space.
     
  • We’ll be coming up on a new planet soon. Sit tight

  • “利润增加和业绩改善会带来升职,因此总存在一种(让数据变得更好看的)罪恶动机”。

  • All of that only matters if every scientist is on board. A month after the Napa conference, researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, announced they had used Crispr to edit human embryos. Specifically they were looking to correct mutations in the gene that causes beta thalassemia, a disorder that interferes with a person's ability to make healthy red blood cells.

     

  • The lawsuit festival began in earnest last November when Tencent, best known for its chat apps QQ and WeChat, sued rival Netease (link in Chinese) for 3 million yuan (about $450,000). Tencent claimed Netease was offering its streaming users access to 623 songs that Tencent claims it had licensed exclusively for its QQ Music service. Netease quickly counter-sued Tencent, for allegedly offering 192 songs licensed exclusively to Netease on its own streamer.

  • The point is: whenever there is a conflict between modern technology and the desires of our primitive ancestors, these primitive desires win each time. That’s the Cave Man Principle. For example, the caveman always demanded “proof of the kill.” It was never enough to boast about the big one that got away. Having the fresh animal in our hands was always preferable to tales of the one that got away. Similarly, we want hard copy whenever we deal with files. We instinctively don’t trust the electrons floating in our computer screen, so we print our e--mails and reports, even when it’s not necessary. That’s why the paperless office never came to be.

  • That’s the Cave Man Principle. For example, the caveman always demanded “proof of the kill.” It was never enough to boast about the big one that got away. Having the fresh animal in our hands was always preferable to tales of the one that got away. Similarly, we want hard copy whenever we deal with files. We instinctively don’t trust the electrons floating in our computer screen, so we print our e--mails and reports, even when it’s not necessary. That’s why the paperless office never came to be.

  • 4. If The Caveman Principle is true, can vendors capitalize on revenue opportunities by providing more (and better) face-to-face, or “high-touch” buying experiences?

     

  • The bank also must hire an independent third party to evaluate whether it properly identified and reported suspicious transactions involving exchanges of U.S. dollars and foreign currency during the second half of 2013.

  • Musk also said this was a good learning experience for the company, “This is the first time we’ve had a failure. So, to some degree, we became complacent. With all the successes in a row this is an important lesson and something we will take with us into the future.”

     

  • There are a dozen ways to make library management easier. Apps could take, say, a gigabyte of space, and automatically fill it with my most-listened songs.
  • You have my money, Spotify. (And you, Apple Music. You too, Rdio.) Just give me my music. The beach is way too quiet.

      

  • The Wi-Fi modules should incorporate an MCU that supports the 802.11 protocol stack, a full-featured TCP/IP Stack with the accompanied network applications, data security, and also provisioning methods for device configuration. The MCU is also responsible for exchanging data and control signals with the host system via U(S)ART, SPI, I2C, I2S, or SDIO interfaces.

      

  • A new feature to recently emerge allows Wi-Fi connection settings mass configuration technology to be built into modules for simplified out of the box configuration and rapid registration of devices on existing Wi-Fi networks. Called "ProbMe," it enables device manufacturers, system providers, and end users to simultaneously install, set up, and configure multiple Wi-Fi devices with minimal user input.

      

  • However, the "things" now being added to homes, offices, commercial spaces, and industrial facilities are quite small and don't have a display or convenient data entry capability to allow users to configure them. Thus, the devices need to be configured by a smarter device that can transmit the necessary configuration information to join the network.

      

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  • Bluetooth has its place in devices whose current draw must not exceed the capabilities of a watch battery. But even in small devices, Wi-Fi’s performance and ability to create ad hoc networks and Wi-Fi Direct connections can better the experience, even if it's at the risk of increasing power draw and battery size.

     

  • 当台北被冠以2016年“世界设计之都”(World Design Capital)的头衔时,“台湾制造”的标签终于被撕掉,而代之以更响亮的“台湾设计”。虽然台湾的制造工厂多年前已经纷纷倒闭,台湾人的生活水平也早已随着蓬勃兴起的电子产业而提高,但台湾作为大众市场制造商的形象却一直难以改变。事实上,在20世纪90年代,社会民主的到来和活力十足的经济发展在台湾迅速造就了一批设计师、艺术家、建筑师、珠宝师和音乐家。不过现在,新一股浪潮随之涌来,继而对文化基础设施的建设提出了更高要求。例如,由知名建筑师雷姆·库哈斯(Rem Koolhaas)和大卫·希艾莱特(David Gianotten)共同设计的台北表演艺术中心(Performing Arts Centre)计划于今年开放。同时,台湾出生的国际人才也开始回到台湾留下他们的标记:建筑师设计师季裕棠(Tony Chi)在2014年开放的台北文华东方酒店主导设计了三家餐厅;著名珠宝设计师胡茵菲(Anna Hu)刚刚在台北开了她的第一家店;在新加坡极富盛名的安德里餐厅(Restaurant André)的主厨江振诚(André Chiang)推出了Raw餐厅,将突破性的“bistronomy”法式西餐厅带入台北的街巷。

     

  • 他在上月创办了一份奢侈品杂志,不怎么谦虚地用自己的姓氏命名为《朗潘》(Le Pan)。这份杂志让人们得以一窥他的人生动力。杂志总共有176页,光亮的页面上印刷着关于礼仪、白马庄园葡萄酒(Cheval Blanc)品酒活动的特写文章,以及对“酒语者”和钟表匠的采访。其中一篇文章称商务机已不再是地位的象征,而是“必需品”。

     

  • Next time you’re in a Starbucks, ward off diet-derailing hunger by adding cinnamon to your coffee. Cinnamon is flavorful, practically calorie-free and contains powerful antioxidants that are proven to reduce the accumulation of belly flab. Pair that with an appetite-suppressing cup of caffeine, and you’re losing weight first thing in the morning.

     

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