Everytime when I stay in Ürümqi, which is the most West 'capital' in P.R. of China and almost two times zones to the west of Beijing, I have a very had time adjusting to the fact that they use Beijing time and do everything two hours later. Working hours are 10 to 14 and 16 to 20. Dinner is around 20:30. I find myself being confused and having to substract two hours from the clock to know what time of the day it is. And also having experienced a change in currency (Dutch Guilders to Euro), I expect it might take at least half a year to get used to the new times.
Here in the Netherlands, where we have as many bikes as inhabitants, electrical supported bikes, have become very common. Google for "elektrische fiets" for some images of these. The battery packs are either build into the frame or put under the luggage carrier at the back. We installed under the luggage carrier, it often is a battery pack that can be taken out. The electrical motors are build into the wheel and there is a small dial on the steering wheel with which you can control the extra support needed. To still have to padel yourself, but the electronics will add some extra power to it. Often these bike have a display showing you the battery status. From a first glance these bikes look like normal bikes. Both old en young people are using these kinds of bikes.
It seems that all the good solutions are commercial and that most of the freeware solutions are crappy, meaning that either the UI is difficult or that the output has many artifacts or is incomplete. Still looking for a good solution with which you can create a good 3D-model using a set of pictures, like PTGui, which allows you to tweak the results of the various steps and correcting mistakes made by the automatic steps.
Why this arms race? There can only be one reason: access to natural resources. Some natural resources (such as cheap fossile fuels) are on the decline, and China wants to keeps ite growing population happy, otherwise those in power might lose their position. The other superpowers also want to keep their positions. Cheap natural resources (ranging from water to fossile fuels to rare earth metals) are an essential fact for a healthy economy.
In his bio it is claimed that he found explicit formulas for n-particle motion in the space (in the framework of Einstein’s relativity theory). If that would be true, I guess it would have be known in the rest of the world as well, if he had.
If it is such an important article, why did he not find someone to translate it to English? He did get some related papers published in English. It seems that those are about approximations. Interesting non the less.
If you read the page, you will see that the results are from a simulation and not based on experiments in a real network. And the given performance only works under certain stable conditions. Some remarks seem to imply that if you are moving around (like with a mobile device) the results no longer apply. Still, I believe that machine learning techniques could out perform human coded algorithms, but probably not as much as the 'theoretical' results presented in this research/paper.
In the other news: 80 people missing in Canada after train exploded. Why is it that plain crashes always get so much attention, while it has been for a long time one of the safests means of transportation?
Usually when software is developed for a payment, the copyrights lie with the organisation paying the money, not with the developer, except when specified otherwise, which rarely happens. Many employment contracts even state that all software developed is owned by the company you work for, including software you develop in your private time. The reason for this being that you are not supposed to work (paid or unpaid) without written permission from your employer, and that there is often a thin line between what you do for your work and what not. In most cases employers don't mind you develop software in your private time and claim copyright, but there might be cases in which they might want to claim copyright, when for example, you develop some algorithm using knowledge you learned while working at your company that in someway could be profitable for your company.
It has been argued that one of the real reasons behind this bill is the lack of resources with the police to follow-up all the now already available means of tracking down offenders. Appearantly, it is much cheaper to use hacking tools than to do some old style research and detective work. Or at least that is the impression given by those marketing these hacking tools.
For a balanced view on the role of aluminum, read Aluminium and Alzheimer's disease.
ASTRON is the organisation that is also running LOFAR, which is basically a smaller version of SKA in a different frequency range. It is an interferometric array which requires a central system to process all the signals into one result. LOFAR is using a lot of dedicated hardware and a IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer for this purpose. Because all the signals are digitized at the receivers, this result is a very large stream of data, which are processed (but not stored) by a pipe-line of processors, each combining more and more signals, into one final image.
It would not surprise me, if the production of the bike causes more CO2 to be released than all the extra CO2 that is produced while using the bike. Also, one would also need to look at the life style effects of people who do bike and who don't to determine if cyclist do produce more CO2.
I just use a local start-up page (in HTML) for the most commonly used links, organized in the way I want. I sync this among my devices (with a small home build sync program). Haven't used bookmarks for a long time.
Hope that this could be turned into a non-violent game, a little like "Dear Esther", where you can just walk around and enjoy the scenery. It is now 64 square kilometer, but I guess that with generative techniques you could create virtually infinite worlds.