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2 Mar 2015: For 2014 I set myself the goal of reading at least (on average) one book per week. I felt kind of like I was cheating when I read a kids’ book or a graphic novel that took me an hour, compared to some nonfiction books or novels that took weeks… But I guess it all balances out in the end! I managed to beat the goal, and now I’m gonna tell you about all of them. In a series of posts of which this is the first.

about 5 hours ago

This guide from Consumer Federation of America provides basic information to help you know your telemarketing rights and recognize when a telemarketing call might be a scam. Generally, these rights apply when someone is calling to try to sell or rent something to you or when a for-profit telemarketer calls  asking for a donation on behalf of a charity. This guide does not describe all of consumers’ telemarketing rights, just the main ones. It also does not include businesses’ rights when they get telemarketing calls, which are more limited. The links in the guide will take you to sources for more detailed information.

about 15 hours ago

Gothic underworld where all your actions have consequences. And did we mention it's free? Welcome. Delicious friend.

about 18 hours ago

Mar 2015: A startup is betting more than half a billion dollars that it will dazzle you with its approach to creating 3-D imagery.

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    Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.

     

  • I’m sitting behind a workbench in a white-walled room in Dania Beach, Florida, in the office of a secretive startup called Magic Leap. I’m staring wide-eyed through a pair of lenses attached to what looks like metal scaffolding that towers over my head and contains a bunch of electronics and lenses. It’s an early prototype of the company’s so-called cinematic-­reality technology, which makes it possible for me to believe that the muscular beast with the gruff expression and two sets of swinging arms is actually in the room with me, hovering about seven feet in front of my face.
  • He’s not just visible at a set distance. I’m holding a video-game controller that’s connected to the demo station, and at the press of a button I can make the monster smaller or larger, move him right or left, bring him closer, or push him farther away.

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Mar 01, 15

13 Jan 2015: What are the best foods to keep us satiated and not ransacking the fridge? “Fiber-rich carbs and lean protein foods are satisfying because they digest slowly, so they remain in the stomach longer and stabilize blood sugar levels, which help reduce sugar cravings,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, registered dietician and the creator of the renowned F-Factor Diet.

  • “The ideal meal to promote satiety should include a small amount of fat, a lean source of protein, and a variety of fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.”
  • Of the three food groups — protein, carbohydrates, and fats — protein is the most satiating. About 25 to 35 percent of protein calories are used as the body converts protein to energy; only five to 15 percent are used when carbohydrates are converted. “Researchers aren't quite sure, but a specific component in protein serves as a signal to stop eating,” says Glatter. “The mechanism is likely related to protein’s high thermic effect, which is the rate at which these calories are consumed as part of the digestion. It turns out that the digestion and absorption of protein takes more work or calories than the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and fat.”

     

  • Carbohydrates are the next most satiating foods. The satiating effect of carbohydrates depends on the type of carbohydrate being consumed. Whole grains (e.g. barley, brown rice, and whole wheat bread) are more satisfying than refined sugars and refined white flour. “Whole grains are more filling because they contain higher amounts of fiber. Unlike other foods, fiber is not digestible. Fiber adds bulk to foods, which helps fill the stomach, slowing the rate at which food is digested. As a result, you feel fuller sooner,” says Dr. Glatter.

     

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Mar 01, 15

Move over french toast! We’ve got a new favorite Saturday morning treat. It’s this syrup-soaked, frangipane-topped, crispy-edged ode to breakfast glory called bostock.

  • Given that it’s base is a buttery day-old brioche roll sliced into thick portions, bostock is already pretty rich to begin with. But then it gets soaked in an almond simple syrup and spread generously with frangipane almond cream. If you want, you can sprinkle some sliced almonds on top, too. Surprisingly, this isn’t overkill.
  • We first heard about bostock in a pastry book we reviewed a few months ago, Baking Artisan Pastries & Breads. And then it popped up again in the Tartine Bread book. In fact, once we started looking, we saw bostock everywhere, from personal blogs to Francis Lam’s column in Salon.com.
Mar 01, 15

28 Feb 2015: Even as Paul began modulating some of his positions—sensing that he was digging himself a hole so deep he could not escape—the aim of preventing Paul from winning the nomination in 2016 became ever more urgent in the eyes of the sprawling, influential network of defense hawks who have directed the GOP's foreign policy for two generations.

  • Rogers should have been used to it by now—accustomed to seeing lawmakers who lack top-secret clearances or relevant security experiences lash out against the muscular policies the Republican Party spent decades building. Members of the GOP's nascent libertarian arm had been emboldened in the aftermath of George W. Bush's presidency, by controversies over drone warfare and mass data collection—and were being encouraged by their Senate patron, Rand Paul, to make noise.
  • But on this day, sophomore Rep. Justin Amash wasn't just talking; he was threatening to amass enough votes to eliminate the NSA's core surveillance practices. That's when Rogers, a former Army officer and FBI special agent, stood to speak. "This isn't a game. This is real," Rogers said, his voice rising along with his indignation. "Are we so small that we can only look at our Facebook likes today in this chamber, or are we going to stand up and find out how many lives we can save?"
  • The personal rebuke of Amash—one of Paul's closest allies, who enjoys a huge following on social media—surprised even Rogers's closest allies. It reflected, they say, the anger and urgency Rogers felt to fight what he calls the "isolationist" wing of the GOP.

             

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Mar 01, 15

17 Mar 1966: Though I knew Einstein for two or three decades, it was only in the last decade of his life that we were close colleagues and something of friends. But I thought that it might be useful, because I am sure that it is not too soon—and for our generation perhaps almost too late—to start to dispel the clouds of myth and to see the great mountain peak that these clouds hide. As always, the myth has its charms; but the truth is far more beautiful.

Feb 27, 15

Feb 27, 2015: Google just revealed a wild proposal for remaking its main office space in Mountain View, California — rather than simply build more modern office buildings, Google is seeking to build some giant glass "canopies" with insides that can be rebuilt and repurposed easily depending on what the company needs. It's incredibly ambitious, and the company already admitted that some of the technology it needs to pull this vision off doesn't exist yet. And even if this does come to pass the way Google wants, the first of these buildings won't exist for another five years.

Feb 27, 15

Feb 27 2015: A car key fob is low-hanging fruit, in that it would probably require very little work to make a reality, at least in terms of technical changes required. But you can easily see how appliance makers, smart home platform operators, public transit corporations, airlines, hotels and more might start to see the benefits of setting up communication with a device worn by a fair portion of their clients and consumers – and a group that’s generally more free with their spending than other demographics, on top of that.

  • Cook told the Telegraph that he suspects an initial driver for sales will be that consumers want the Apple Watch as a fashion statement, and the company has clearly been hard at work setting up the accessory in that light. The watch is also incredibly accurate, Cook reminds us, able to keep time within 50 milliseconds of variation. But the apps are the real story, and in the end the Apple Watch is still a convenience accessory – with the opportunity to become even more powerful in that regard once it’s present in the real world in a sizeable population, which will drive integrations with more of the other devices that we use on a daily basis.
  • Cook offers the example of the Apple Watch replacing your car’s physical keys or dedicated fob in the Telegraph interview, and it’s a powerful use case to propose because it’s immediately apparent that if one already has an Apple Watch for the benefits of notifications and communication it offers, migrating the functions of other dedicated gadgets with similar radio and sensor loadouts to the wearable makes a ton of sense.
  • Smartwatches are already pretty abundant, but the difference an Apple Watch can offer isn’t limited to just Apple’s ability to take existing concepts and refine the hardware and software experience into something people are actually going to enjoy and find indispensable. It also has the power to effect complementary changes in adjacent industries, thanks to its ability to sell devices at great scale. A car maker might not currently see why they should offer Android Wear compatibility, for instance, but once there are even five million Apple Watches in circulation in the U.S., as a blind example, such functionality becomes a value-added selling feature for potential owners.

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Feb 27, 15

Feb 27 2015: Cook's automotive revelation came during an interview with the Telegraph in London, where the Apple chief stopped en route back to Cupertino. He had been in Germany and Israel, inaugurating the company's new research and development center in Herzliya.

  • It is unclear whether Apple intends to deploy technology that duplicates the functionality of current-generation keyless entry systems, or if it will seek to convince automakers to integrate Apple Watch compatibility in future vehicles. Some have speculated that the current spate of rumors surrounding the development of an Apple Car actually point to an expansion of CarPlay, with a new mandate to completely replace existing in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems.
  • Cook also let slip a few new Apple Watch tidbits, noting that the device's battery will last all day, and will require less charging time than an iPhone. The charger is said to use a "special magnet technology."
Feb 27, 15

Feb 2014: workspace where visual thinking – typically spread across sketchbooks and studio walls – fits onto your screen. Build your ideas, fast and focused, with Forge.

Feb 26, 15

26 Feb 2015: Apple has just announced its highly anticipated Apple Watch event; it's happening on March 9th. The company today invited media to a gathering taking place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It's here we're expecting to hear final pricing and availability details on the company's first wearable, and it's also a safe bet we'll get another demonstration of its features. The event's tagline is "Spring forward," an obvious reference to time — and a watch.

Feb 26, 15

25 Feb 2015: Du nuh nuh nuh nuh, Inspector Gadget is coming to Netflix. The absolutely amazing 80s gadget adventure show is being resurrected in CGI form along with the amazing 80s spy show Danger Mouse and three other kids' shows. The best part? This is happening very soon. Inspector Gadget premieres on March 27.

Feb 26, 15

25 Feb 2015: When we decided that February at LuckyPeach.com would be Dumpling Month, our first call was to the Cleaver Quarterly. The Cleaver is a print magazine devoted entirely to Chinese food, produced in Beijing by a trio of super-nerds—Jonathan White, Lilly Chow, and Iain Shaw. We knew that their Chinese-dumpling knowledge would make our stateside reporting look like a sad, slumpy, soup-just-leaked-all-over-the-bamboo-steamer xiao long bao. They started with a dumpling infographic they made for their most recent issue and built it out, giving descriptions for thirty-six (!) steamed, pan-fried, boiled, deep-fried, and sort-of dumplings that can be found in China and beyond. 

Feb 26, 15

Jul 2000 Jon Udell: The Web was invented so that scientists could use computer networks to collaborate -- that is, exchange documents, discuss them, coordinate work, create and publish collective knowledge. It was, in other words, supposed to be a groupware application. 2

Feb 25, 15

25 Feb 2015: This is going to be a two-part post—one on why machine intelligence is something we should be afraid of, and one on what we should do about it.  If you’re already afraid of machine intelligence, you can skip this one and read the second post tomorrow—I was planning to only write part 2, but when I asked a few people to read drafts it became clear I needed part 1.

  • Development of superhuman machine intelligence (SMI) [1] is probably the greatest threat to the continued existence of humanity.  There are other threats that I think are more certain to happen (for example, an engineered virus with a long incubation period and a high mortality rate) but are unlikely to destroy every human in the universe in the way that SMI could.  Also, most of these other big threats are already widely feared
  • SMI does not have to be the inherently evil sci-fi version to kill us all.  A more probable scenario is that it simply doesn’t care about us much either way, but in an effort to accomplish some other goal (most goals, if you think about them long enough, could make use of resources currently being used by humans) wipes us out.  Certain goals, like self-preservation, could clearly benefit from no humans.  We wash our hands not because we actively wish ill towards the bacteria and viruses on them, but because we don’t want them to get in the way of our plans.
  • (Incidentally, Nick Bostrom’s excellent book “Superintelligence” is the best thing I’ve seen on this topic.  It is well worth a read.)

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