The Rise of Bikepacking, A Manifesto
Some say bikepacking is in that state of flux right now. It has captured the imagination of a new group of people who want to camp out on their bikes, ride trails, explore the world, and the venture into the great outdoors. And in doing so, it has piqued the interest of an ever-growing number of businesses keen to get in on the action.
business  cycling  marketing  blog-posts  language 
Leica M10: A classic reinvented
For pure sensor performance, the Leica M10’s 24Mp CMOS chip is in the same ballpark as recent Leica full-frame chips. Its odd behavior for both color and dynamic range is worth looking out for, and it’s fair to say that although sensor quality is good, it could be improved with better implementation. Compared to the top-performing full-frame sensors we’ve tested, the M10 lags a little behind at base ISO and throughout the sensitivity range, with image quality more in line with the best APS-C chips. So better image quality is available and the M10 isn’t cheap, but first-class engineering that meets the Leica standard never is. However, a digital camera with similar proportions to analog M cameras will be hugely appealing to Leica enthusiasts. Add to that compatibility with almost all Leica lenses ever made, as well as its simplicity of operation, and the M10 will be an attractive proposition to those who appreciate the quality of the Leica system.
reviews  sensors  cameras  leica  photography 
Firefly Bicycles ― All-Road
Cycling has seen a revolutionary shift in the last few years. To be sure, the style of riding is not new. What’s new is the popular recognition that hardline categories don’t always make sense. And that’s awesome.
cycling  bikes 
The Dopamine Economy
What have we really built today, with all this technology? At the root, if we go down to the essence of what it is? Every minute, every thirty seconds. Update, political scandal. Update, celebrity gossip. Update, outrage. Update, Black Friday sale starting early. Trigger. Surge. Release. Reward. Whoosh. High. Crash. Repeat. You’ve felt it and I’ve felt, so there’s no need to deny it. The little soaring adrenalin rush of finding a better deal, date, time, pleasure. We’ve built a dopamine economy. It’s profoundly addictive, deeply toxic for us as both people societies, and it’s high time to begin grappling with that. By dopamine economy, I mean this. We’ve gone beyond creating “consumers” — that was the mad men did: today, we’ve created addicts of the algorithm. People who desperately check their smartphones hundreds of times a day, whose fixated eyes never leave screens, who obsessively-compulsively spend more time in fantasylands than with their families, chasing the breathtaking adrenalin high of dopaminergic release.
blog-posts  psychology  netcritique  mobile  business  culture  addiction 
Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?
With people spending more time on social media, many rightly wonder whether that time is good for us. Do people connect in meaningful ways online? Or are they simply consuming trivial updates and polarizing memes at the expense of time with loved ones? These are critical questions for Silicon Valley — and for both of us.
facebook  netcritique  business  blog-posts  psychology 
Is Facebook (FB) bad for you? Facebook says it is, and the company has a solution
Yesterday (Dec. 15), a strange post went up on Facebook’s corporate blog. It was strange because it suggested that Facebook might, in fact, be bad for you. What solution can the social network provide? The same answer it gives to every question: namely, more Facebook.
articles  netcritique  facebook 
qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python and PyQt5 and free software, licensed under the GPL. It was inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl.
browser  linux  software  open-source  keyboard 
2017 Was Bad for Facebook. 2018 Will Be Worse.
Facebook is projected to boost sales by 46 percent and double net income, but make no mistake: It had a terrible year. Despite its financial performance, the social media giant is facing a reckoning in 2018 as regulators close in on several fronts. The main issue cuts to the core of the company itself: Rather than "building global community," as founder Mark Zuckerberg sees Facebook's mission, it is "ripping apart the social fabric." Those are the words of Chamath Palihapitiya, the company's former vice president of user growth. He doesn't allow his kids to use Facebook because he doesn't want them to become slaves to "short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops."
netcritique  articles  facebook  business  politics 
2 days ago
Play in mechanical disc brakes when held tight, normal?
my TRP Spykes do it too (MTB version of Spyre). I've heard on another forum, of someone taking shimano xt pads, which are a few mm wider than the TRP ones but use identical retention pattern; and griding them down to be a Perfect fit for the Spykes so no more wiggle. Related note, kind of an underwhelming brake isn't it? I can do about.... 2 endos, then need to readjust the pads before I can do another.
cycling  repair  forum-posts 
3 days ago
HAMR Hard Drives: Increasing Data Density and Drive Capacity
HAMR is a technology that over time will enable a big increase in the amount of data that can be stored on a disk. A small laser is attached to a recording head, designed to heat a tiny spot on the disk where the data will be written. This allows a smaller bit cell to be written as either a 0 or a 1. The smaller bit cell size enables more bits to be crammed into a given surface area — increasing the areal density of data, and increasing drive capacity. It sounds almost simple, but the science and engineering expertise required, the research, experimentation, lab development and product development to perfect this technology has been enormous. Below is an overview of the HAMR technology and you can dig into the details in our technical brief that provides a point-by-point rundown describing several key advances enabling the HAMR design.
storage  hdd  blog-posts 
3 days ago
Boone’s Instagram Presets
Step 1 - Download Export Preset Files at the link HERE.
Step 2 - Open Adobe Premiere Pro and launch the Export Settings dialogue box.
Step 3 - Change the Encoding Format to H.264.
Step 4 - Click on the Import Presets button, select the preset and save.
Step 5 - Repeat Step 4 for each preset.
[ https://fstoppers.com/education/download-these-free-instagram-export-presets-premiere-pro-182978 ]
premiere  video  instagram 
3 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Shoot 'em up — Cute 'em up
Cute 'em ups feature brightly coloured graphics depicting surreal settings and enemies. Newer, particularly Japanese, cute 'em ups may employ overtly sexual characters and innuendo. Cute 'em ups tend to have unusual, oftentimes completely bizarre opponents for the player to fight, with the Parodius franchise being an example.
wiki  games  language 
3 days ago
Steve Bannon learned to harness troll army from 'World of Warcraft'
In 2005, Bannon secured $60 million in funding from Goldman Sachs and other investors for Internet Gaming Entertainment, a Hong Kong-based company. IGE did not make games, but instead employed "low-wage Chinese workers" to play online multiplayer game World of Warcraft and earn in-game gold that could be traded for virtual goods, which in turn could be resold to players of the hugely popular PC game for real money […] Even though the business plan was a flop, Bannon became intrigued by the game's online community dynamics. In describing gamers, Bannon said, "These guys, these rootless white males, had monster power. ... It was the pre-reddit. It's the same guys on (one of a trio of online message boards owned by IGE) Thottbot who were [later] on reddit" and other online message boards where the alt-right flourished, Bannon said.
games  politics  usa  business  articles 
3 days ago
Tape Magnetism
Cassette tape offers a fantasy of freedom from the pitfalls of newer media.
storage  audio  history  blog-posts  music  concert 
3 days ago
Only the cheesiest and funniest examples of generic knock-offs.
subreddits  marketing  humour 
5 days ago
At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait
“I fundamentally reject the notion you need technology aids in grammar school,” said Alan Eagle, 50, whose daughter, Andie, is one of the 196 children at the Waldorf elementary school; his son William, 13, is at the nearby middle school. “The idea that an app on an iPad can better teach my kids to read or do arithmetic, that’s ridiculous.” Mr. Eagle knows a bit about technology. He holds a computer science degree from Dartmouth and works in executive communications at Google, where he has written speeches for the chairman, Eric E. Schmidt. He uses an iPad and a smartphone. But he says his daughter, a fifth grader, “doesn’t know how to use Google,” and his son is just learning. (Starting in eighth grade, the school endorses the limited use of gadgets.) Three-quarters of the students here have parents with a strong high-tech connection.
education  children  bigtech  articles  netcritique 
5 days ago
Tablets out, imagination in: the schools that shun technology
Parents working in Silicon Valley are sending their children to a school where there’s not a computer in sight – and they’re not alone.
netcritique  education  psychology  bigtech  children 
5 days ago
Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society
Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.
netcritique  articles  facebook  politics 
6 days ago
[darktable-dev] film emulation
the G'MIC film emulation tool (see http://gmic.eu/film_emulation/index.shtml ) is very nice for emulating the look of old analog films. I thought it might be useful to have something similar also in darktable. As far as I know there is also a pull request for a new module to create similar effects. There is apparently a need for such thing. The color look up module is a perfect tool tho realize this effect. I created (via a slightly tweaked version of darktable-chart) for all of the over 300 film emulation styles a corresponding darktable style that mimics the G'MIC film emulation via the color look up module. This might be useful for others too. Thus, I put it on github: https://github.com/rabauke/darktable-styles
film  emulation  photography  darktable  digital-imaging 
6 days ago
VR pioneer Jaron Lanier on dystopia, empathy, and the future of the internet
Empathy can be turned to terrible ends because people behave like jerks when they turn into tribes or packs. The problem with the online world today is that to maximize engagement, you need to maximize emotional engagement, and the emotions that are most engaging are the negative ones. I think a lot of people perceive a sort of arc of improving empathy and ethics in civilization. Recently, it’s been reversed. The Arab Spring turned into this terrible wave of terrorist nihilism. When women got together to try and improve their lot in the gaming world, it turned into Gamergate, which turned into the alt-right. Black Lives Matter preceded this normalization of racism and white supremacy that was just unthinkable a year before. All of these movements, that are so social media-centric, provide the fuel to the social media system. But to maximize the value of that fuel, it’s routed into negative purposes, so the people who are the most irritated by whatever is going on that’s positive are introduced to each other. The backlash is vastly more powerful than the initial attempt. My prediction is that #MeToo will create some kind of horrible social event through social media in about a year.
netcritique  articles  podcasts  interviews  future  socialmedia  politics 
6 days ago
WSL is currently a beta feature, but as we announced a couple of weeks ago, when we ship Fall Creators Update, WSL will become a fully supported OS feature: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/07/28/windows-subsystem-for-linux-out-of-beta/

This means that WSL will be included in the next LTSB.
windows  windows10  ubuntu  linux  reddit  forum-posts 
7 days ago
News.ycombinator.com: lwansbrough's comment on If your iPhone is slow, try replacing the battery
I bought my iPhone 2 years ago (iPhone 6, new) -- it's since been plagued by slowdowns that are incomprehensible to me as a software developer. How can something go from completely responsive to absolutely useless in 2 years with virtually no major changes to the OS? Scaling the CPU down with battery capacity seems like a great way to hand-wave away planned obsolescence accusations. I was curious about the results my phone would receive, so I bought the Geekbench app mentioned in the reddit post. Indeed, my phone scores max out at half of what it claims the iPhone 6 should benchmark at. I'm pissed. [ https://www.reddit.com/r/iphone/comments/7inu45/psa_iphone_slow_try_replacing_your_battery/ ]
apple  hardware  iphone  batteries  cpu  benchmarks  hackernews  forum-posts 
7 days ago
Spiders eat astronomical numbers of insects
Spiders feed on an estimated 400 to 800 million tons of insects and other pests annually; in comparison, all humans consume about 400 million tons in meat and fish.
insects  science  nature  stats 
7 days ago
The Light L16 — brilliant and braindead
As much as the L16 is an engineering marvel, it is a camera designed by computer scientists and engineers, and has little thought put in it for the actual photographer that will use it. In my opinion, it can be a downright terrible camera for photographers despite that it can often deliver great images in the right conditions.
cameras  reviews  photography  blog-posts 
8 days ago
Bitcoin’s insane energy consumption, explained
One estimate suggests the Bitcoin network consumes as much energy as Denmark.
bitcoin  blockchain  environment 
9 days ago
Uhhh... about bitcoin... it's actually ruining the planet. The bitcoin computer network currently uses as much electricity as Denmark. In 18 months, it will use as much as the entire United States. Something's gotta give. This simply can’t continue.
blockchain  bitcoin  tweets  environment 
10 days ago
Bitcoin was supposed to demonstrate the power of a true free market. Instead it's full of scams, rent-seekers, theft, useless for real purchases and accelerates climate change. Mission accomplished.
tweets  bitcoin  blockchain  netcritique  money  economics  environment 
10 days ago
Historic software — can your package manager handle this?
Are you sure that you will still be able to run your applications from today in 10 years time, when all the app stores and distribution repositories will long have forgotten about them and their dependencies? Are you sure you will still be able to access your work from today?
preservation  software  history  blog-posts 
10 days ago
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
It's as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working. And here, precisely, lies the mystery. In capitalism, this is precisely what is not supposed to happen.
work  history  politics  articles 
12 days ago
The digital hippies want to integrate life and work – but not in a good way
Data firms such as the rapidly expanding WeWork hope to blur the line between home and office. That won’t be any help to staff.
work  articles  netcritique 
12 days ago
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