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  • Nikon Z9 ?Dual-Stream? Tech Records and Displays Images with No Lag (2762 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 13:24:00 -0500Nikon Z9 ?Dual-Stream? Tech Records and Displays Images with No LagPetaPixel

    Nikon has published a short video that further explains the “Dual-stream” technology in its upcoming Z9 flagship camera, which it says will always assure an accurate reality-to-viewfinder experience.

    The Dual-stream technology is part of Nikon’s technology for what it bills as a “real-live” viewfinder experience in the Z9. The company says that the tech is only made possible thanks to the combination of the newly-developed stacked CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 7 image-processing engine, which allows photos to be displayed on the electronic viewfinder or LCD monitor (whichever is being used to monitor capture) as well as record that still-image data to a memory card at the exact same time.

    Nikon says this differs from other “blackout-free” shooting experiences from competitors as other implementations have some kind of a delay between what is seen and what is captured.

    “Unlike conventional blackout-free shooting that displays the same frame to prevent interruption of the finder image, this viewfinder continues to display the actual movement of the subject within the scene, so that every single moment can be smoothly and continuously confirmed with no skipped frames or loss of view,” Nikon claims.

    “Because this is achieved even when continuous shooting is repeated over a short period of time, it is ideal for scenes in which tracking of quickly moving subjects is required, such as during sports, allowing users to reliably capture the finest moments without missing any shutter opportunities.”

    The video above shows that the pixel array captures image data and moves it through to the camera’s circuitry and simultaneously then streams that data to two separate outputs, one to the viewfinder or LCD and one to the memory card.

    “Dual-stream technology processes data for live view and recording separately and in parallel, which makes the Real-Live Viewfinder possible,” the company further explains.

    The company says this particular implementation delivers a smooth view that reveals every single moment of the capture, including those previously missed by conventional electronic viewfinder systems or those that block the view due to a mirror in DSLRs.

    The video also shows a “competitor” camera that skips and repeats some frames side by side with Nikon’s implementation, though the company does not state which camera it is comparing the Z9 experience to.

    The Nikon Z9 features a 45.7-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor, 8K video capability, and is the first professional full-frame mirrorless camera to be released without a physical shutter. It is scheduled to become available to purchase by the end of the year for $5,500.

  • The new Nikon NX MobileAir mobile app is now available for download (1438 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 13:05:00 -0500The new Nikon NX MobileAir mobile app is now available for downloadNikon Rumors

    The new Nikon NX MobileAir mobile app is now available for download:

    About Nikon NX MobileAir:

    “An application that helps professionals deliver breaking news with the high speed and reliability essential for commercial photography
    NX MobileAir accelerates data delivery and makes it more productive, without the user needing to carry around a laptop. Connecting a Nikon camera with a smart device via USB cable, this professional application can automatically upload images to an FTP server simultaneously as you are shooting. Additionally, the application supports image-editing functions such as trimming and editing of IPTC metadata, improving the user’s work efficiency.” (Nikon product page)

    List of compatible cameras according to Nikon Japan: D5, D6, Z9, Z 7II, Z 6II, and Z 50.

    Additional information on the new NX MobileAir and NX Tether is available here:

    Nikon released new NX MobileAir smartphone app and NX Tether computer software

    The post The new Nikon NX MobileAir mobile app is now available for download appeared first on Nikon Rumors.

  • Next Windows 11 Update Brings Back Clippy (862 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 13:01:00 -0500Next Windows 11 Update Brings Back ClippySlashdot

    An anonymous reader shares a report: We're nearly two months out from the public release of Windows 11, and Microsoft is still slowly updating bits and pieces of the operating system that weren't quite ready in early October. Microsoft announced redesigned emoji back in July, and the next Windows update (version 22000.348, if you're tracking this sort of thing) adds those emoji to Windows 11. The new emoji remove the bold, black outlines from the Windows 10-era designs and change the colors and shapes of a few to make them match up better with Apple's, Google's, and Samsung's glyphs -- compare the new design for Spiral Shell to the old one, for an example. There are also a few cute Microsoft-specific touches, like a Clippy design for the paperclip emoji, though Ninja Cat appears to have been removed entirely.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • TIME Has Published its 100 Best Photos of the Year (3636 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:58:00 -0500TIME Has Published its 100 Best Photos of the YearPetaPixel

    TIME Magazine has published its annual selection of the 100 best photos of the year. The publication’s selection of images paints a picture of a year of recovery after 2020 that may not quite be what many hoped for.

    The TIME photo department’s selection of images is an unranked list that doesn’t name one particular image as best, but rather is just a series of photos that covers the most important and iconic moments of 2021. From George Flloyd’s familly cheering at the jury’s verdict, to the Taliban walking into Kabul, to Olivia Rodrigo in the West Wing, the photos distill a year down to a few select moments.

    TIME writes that while 2020 was “uniquely cursed” and “the worst year ever,” 2021 was one fraught with incomplete transitions and half-kept promises. The year got off to a rough start in the United States with the January 6 insurrection and assault on the capitol, and while the world sputtered back to life after coming to a near standstill the previous year, much of the planet has been held back due to limited supply and access to vaccines for the COVID-19 virus.

    In a period where news and reality are often questioned, TIME notes that this year marks a concerted effort at addressing the problem and there are those who seek to guard the value of the pixels photographers capture. Multiple organizations are joining together to protect the provenance of photos that are published through the Content Authenticity Initiative and Microsoft’s Project Origin.

    “The mottled, checkerboard of a year is one we can all witness in the 100 images TIME?s photo editors present here, unranked, as the best of 2021,” the publication writes in a forward ahead of the photos.

    Below are four of the covers TIME produced for the series of 100 photos that will be available on newsstands and to subscribers of the magazine:

    The full set of 100 photos can be viewed on TIME’s website.

    Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of TIME Magazine.

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  • How to Create and Sell NFTs for Free (4901 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:49:00 -0500How to Create and Sell NFTs for FreePetaPixel

    A lot of people have asked me in recent days how they can create and sell NFTs (non-fungible tokens), so I decided to write this tutorial on how you can mint (and hopefully sell) an NFT for free, with absolutely no gas fees or other costs to you.

    First, a disclaimer. There are many different platforms and blockchains on which you can mint NFTs and all of them have advantages and disadvantages. In this article, I will only focus on the OpenSea platform and the Polygon (MATIC) blockchain. This is because choosing these is one of the ways you can create NFTs without paying gas fees (which are necessary, and potentially quite pricey, if you mint an NFT on the Ethereum blockchain, for example).

    If you need to pay gas fees (the price required to conduct a transaction on a blockchain) when creating an NFT, you will need to sell the NFT for a much higher price in order to make any profit because you will need to at least cover the gas fees that were paid. That is not easy to do… for most artists, at least.

    Read also: What is an NFT and Why Should Photographers Care?

    Without further ado, here is a step-by-step tutorial on what you need to do:

    1. Connect an ETH Wallet to OpenSea

    First, you’ll need to connect an Ethereum wallet to OpenSea. It can be completely empty — you don’t need to own any cryptocurrency. If you do not already have a wallet, I would recommend using either MetaMask or Coinbase Wallet. Both work well, are popular, and are easy to use.

    Don’t forget to back up your recovery phrase while you are doing this step. You will need your wallet to confirm certain steps in this tutorial, so have it ready during the process.

    2. Create an OpenSea Collection

    NFTs on OpeanSea are created within a collection so you should first create a collection. To do this, click on your profile icon in the upper right, click My Collections, and then click Create.

    Most of the important things you will do will happen here.

    3. Set Up the OpenSea Collection

    Set up your first OpenSea collection. You can set images (including logo, featured, and banner), and you now pick a name for your collection, customize the collection’s URL, and add a description of your choice.

    You can also set the Royalty percentage fee here. This is the percentage you will earn from NFTs you create every time it is subsequently sold and changes hands. If you sell an NFT for $X, you will initially earn $X, but if the buyer then resells the NFT to someone else, you will make money again by earning a percentage of that new sale. I personally usually choose 10% as my Royalty fee.

    4. Pick the Correct Blockchain

    Next, select the correct blockchain for your collection. The opinions are the Ethereum blockchain and the Polygon blockchain. If you want to pay zero gas fees, choose the Polygon option.

    Finally, click Create. You will need to confirm the actions you take with your Ethereum wallet while setting up the collection.

    5. Begin Minting NFTs

    Now that you have set up a collection, you can start minting NFTs. Just click on your collection and then on Add item.

    You can now upload a piece of art (picture, music whatever) and mint it as an NFT. You can also choose how many copies you want to mint. If you have things like stats or unlockable content you get when you purchase the NFT, you also specify those things on this page.

    Once your NFT is minted, you can click on its page and click Sell to put a price on it. The price needs to be a minimum of $2 when using OpenSea. You can also choose how many copies of the NFT you would like to sell (if there is more than one copy).

    6. Profit!

    That’s it! You created your first NFT and paid absolutely nothing in fees!

    Now for another disclaimer: minting an NFT is much, much easier than actually selling one. You either need to have a following already or have a different way to get people’s attention.

    Reddit is one avenue you can take: there are numerous subreddits in which you can do giveaways to promote your collection — it’s a good way to start and the way that I achieved my first few sales.

    Thanks for reading this tutorial, and good luck with selling your own NFTs!

    About the author: ArtosisCurse is an NFT artist and the creator of The Crypto-Bears. You can find his collection and purchase his works here.

    Image credits: Header photo licensed from Depositphotos

  • How Erdogan?s Unorthodox Views Rattle Turkish Markets (457 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:28:53 -0500How Erdogan?s Unorthodox Views Rattle Turkish MarketsBusiness Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post

    Turkey?s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doesn?t like it when the country?s banks charge people relatively heavily to borrow money. That alone doesn?t make him unusual for a politician, given that cheap money can garner electoral support. What makes Erdogan extraordinary is his unorthodox argument for low interest rates and his determination to bring them about by wresting control of monetary policy from theoretically independent central bankers.

    How Erdogan’s Unorthodox Views Rattle Turkish Markets [Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post]
  • Active v. Passive? Why It?s Not That Simple Anymore (504 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:18:00 -0500Active v. Passive? Why It?s Not That Simple AnymoreBusiness Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post

    For the past five decades a radical idea has been eating away at the soul of the global asset management industry: What if you can?t beat the market? At least, not consistently. Then all the time, energy and ? most important ? money spent trying to do so is wasted. You?d be better off buying a so-called passive fund that holds all the stocks in an index like the S&P 500. This idea became an $11 trillion tidal wave of cash, bringing with it concerns about whether passive portfolios are distor

    Active v. Passive? Why It’s Not That Simple Anymore [Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post]
  • Film Studios are Struggling to Find Crews in Exploding European Market (2927 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:13:00 -0500Film Studios are Struggling to Find Crews in Exploding European MarketPetaPixel

    As Hollywood made the most out of production companies in central Europe during the pandemic, the industry in the region has now been left with large staff shortages and is struggling to keep up with the demand.

    Reuters reports that Hollywood picked central Europe for filming during the pandemic because the region kept its cameras rolling while most of the production was halted in the United States. Now, the area is one of the world’s largest hubs with around $1 billion a year generated from the United States-based movie and television businesses. The attraction of the region also lies in its lower labor costs, more generous tax incentives, and access to picturesque locations like countrysides and castles.

    The demand is so high that production companies struggle to find enough qualified staff to keep up with the needs of large clients like Netflix, Amazon, and Apple. Hungary’s state-of-the-art Korda Studio, which is one of the world’s biggest sound stages, has reduced its output and focused on fewer shots and movies to maintain quality. It has also had to come up with imaginative ways to achieve more with less.

    “Set directors and designers have to be smarter about shooting angles,” says Korda’s Chief Executive Gyorgy Rajnai. “Now we build a house with three sides instead of four. We save on resources, time, and people.”

    Other companies have had to turn to hire less experienced staff to fill the demand and at times have to turn down new work altogether due to lack of resources.

    Jonathan Olsberg, executive chairman of London-based film industry consultancy Olsberg SPI, says that “this is a fundamental global problem and we will be experiencing these shortages for years to come.”

    The film-industry giants also “suck up a lot of the local talent” which further increases the competition between production companies who are looking to hire with some resorting to poaching one another.

    Although this is not an ideal situation for the companies, it has created an appealing environment for those who are looking to enter the film industry or those who want to climb the career ladder faster.

    “If people keep their eyes open and want to work in the film industry, now is a pretty good time,” says Vojta Ruzicka who was worked for nearly 20 years as a logistics specialist and productions in Prague for big titles like Mission Impossible 4 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    For photographers in the region who may still be experiencing a downturn in demand for their work, now is an excellent time to consider moving over to movie production where many photography skills easily translate.

    Image credits: Header image licensed via Depositphotos.

  • A Three-Party Alliance is Set To Govern Germany (1299 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:01:00 -0500A Three-Party Alliance is Set To Govern GermanySlashdot

    Three German parties have reached a deal to form a new government that will end the era of longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Olaf Scholz, who is poised to replace her. From a report: Scholz, of the center-left Social Democrats, said he expects that members of the parties will give their blessing to the deal in the next 10 days. At a news conference, Scholz and other leaders gave some indications of how the coalition would govern. Among the first measures agreed: compulsory vaccinations in places where particularly vulnerable people are cared for, with the option of expanding that rule. That comes as Germany is seeing a surge in cases, and the political transition has somewhat hampered the country's response. Scholz also stressed the importance of a sovereign Europe, friendship with France and partnership with the United States as key cornerstones of the government's foreign policy -- continuing a long post-war tradition. The new government will not seek "the lowest common denominator, but the politics of big impacts," Scholz promised. Robert Habeck, co-leader of the environmentalist Green party, meanwhile, said measures planned by the government would put Germany on a path to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Chinese Photographer Slammed for ?Stereotypical? Dior Photo (3422 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:57:00 -0500Chinese Photographer Slammed for ?Stereotypical? Dior PhotoPetaPixel

    A photo of a woman holding a Dior bag by notable Chinese photographer Chen Man has sparked controversy in China, with netizens and multiple local publications claiming it furthers stereotypes common in the West.

    Man’s photo was on display as part of a fashion exhibition for Dior in Shanghai but was removed after it went viral and the photographer and the French brand faced blowback from Chinese citizens online as well as the Global Times, a state media publication controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Critics of the photo say that the image is “deliberate sweet talk” of Western stereotypes of Chinese people.

    The photo breaks with more typical photos found in China that feature large eyes (a modern beauty standard) and fair skin, and instead shows a woman with single eyelids, narrow eyes, and dark skin who is dressed in traditional Chinese clothing and holding a Dior bag. The Global Times went as far as to describe the model as one with “spooky eyes.”

    The Beijing Daily published an editorial that asserted the model had a “gloomy face” and “sinister eyes.”

    “For years, Asian women have always appeared with small eyes and freckles from the Western perspective,” the publication wrote. “The photographer is playing up to the brands, or the aesthetic tastes of the western world.”

    The photo appears to be a reference to Man’s earlier series for ID magazine called “Whatever the Weather” that she shot in 2012, which is made up of 12 photos of women from China’s various ethnic groups.

    While many have criticized the appearance of the model in the photo, some praised the photographer and her willingness to break with societal norms and use a model with darker skin.

    Dior removed the photo from the exhibition and clarified that it was not a commercial advertisement for the brand and that it had removed all references of it from all its online and offline platforms. In a post on Weibo, Dior also said that the photo was only part of an art project and that the company would continue to respect the feelings of the Chinese people, abide by Chinese laws, and cooperate with CCP authorities to review all work that would be displayed in public.

    “Dior, as always, respects the sentiments of the Chinese people… If any errors happen, [Dior] must be open to receiving feedback and correct them in time.”

    Some in China apparently do not take the apology as genuine, however, as they believe the company should have more strictly reviewed all the works that would be shown in that exhibition.

    Man also took the blame for the photo and issued an apology on Weibo.

    “I blame myself for my immaturity and ignorance [in my past works],” she writes. “I was born and raised in China. I deeply love my country. As an artist, I’m totally aware of my responsibility to document Chinese culture and showcase Chinese beauty through my work.”

    This is not the first time Dior has offended the Chinese. In 2019, one of its staff members displayed a map of China that did not include Taiwan; China sees Taiwan as part of the nation, while Taiwan has repeatedly rejected moves at unification.

    Image credits: Header photo by Chen Man.

  • The Colorful Winners of the 2021 AAP Photo Competition (392 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:45:00 -0500The Colorful Winners of the 2021 AAP Photo Competitionkottke.org

  • Virtual Real Estate Plot Sells for Record $2.4 Million (1193 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:17:00 -0500Virtual Real Estate Plot Sells for Record $2.4 MillionSlashdot

    A patch of virtual real estate in the online world Decentraland sold for a record $2.4 million worth of cryptocurrency, the buyer crypto investor Tokens.com and Decentraland said on Tuesday. From a report: Decentraland is an online environment -- also called a "metaverse" -- where users can buy land, visit buildings, walk around and meet people as avatars. Such environments have grown in popularity this year, as the pandemic caused people to spend more time online. read more Interest surged last month when Facebook changed its name to Meta to reflect its focus on developing virtual reality products for the metaverse. Decentraland is a specific type of metaverse that uses blockchain. Land and other items in Decentraland are sold in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a kind of crypto asset. Crypto enthusiasts buy land there as a speculative investment, using Decentraland's cryptocurrency, MANA. A subsidiary of Tokens.com, called the Metaverse Group, bought a patch of real estate for 618,000 MANA on Monday, which was around $3.27 million at the time of this Slashdot post, a Decentraland spokesman and a statement by Tokens.com said.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 86014821 (506 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:14:00 -0500Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    Twenty years after being dislodged from power by a U.S. invasion, the Taliban again took charge of Afghanistan in August, prompting the U.S. and its allies to expedite their planned exit from the country. The strict Islamic fundamentalists ? whose previous five-year rule was characterized by the oppression of women and minorities, and the harboring of international terrorists ? pledged to do things somewhat differently this time. Those vows met with skepticism among the world?s governments and m

    What the Return of the Taliban Means for Afghanistan  [Business Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post]
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    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:14:00 -0500Business Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post

    Twenty years after being dislodged from power by a U.S. invasion, the Taliban again took charge of Afghanistan in August, prompting the U.S. and its allies to expedite their planned exit from the country. The strict Islamic fundamentalists ? whose previous five-year rule was characterized by the oppression of women and minorities, and the harboring of international terrorists ? pledged to do things somewhat differently this time. Those vows met with skepticism among the world?s governments and m

    What the Return of the Taliban Means for Afghanistan  [Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post]
  • Sony: Global Chip Shortage ?More Serious? Than Expected (3000 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:06:00 -0500Sony: Global Chip Shortage ?More Serious? Than ExpectedPetaPixel

    Sony says that the effects of the semiconductor shortage are “more serious than expected” which has forced it to make decisions on what cameras and lenses it can continue to manufacture.

    Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent chip shortage, Sony continued to manufacture and stock what many would consider to be outdated cameras and lenses. Even years after they had been “replaced” by newer models, the company would continue to make those older models available to purchase new for several years.

    But the chip shortage has forced Sony to make the tough decision to stop the production of these kinds of cameras. Earlier this year, the company discontinued the original Alpha 9 as well as the Alpha 7R II, the latter after continuing to manufacture and stock the camera for six years.

    Earlier this week, Sony issued another notice and apology as it was forced to also halt the production of the Alpha 7 II, a6400, a6100, the ECM-B1M shotgun microphone, and the PXW-Z190 camcorder. Sony technically calls these temporary suspensions of production, but it’s not clear if or when it will resume manufacturing these cameras.

    “Currently, with regard to digital imaging products, parts procurement is delayed due to the effects of global semiconductor shortages,” Sony says. “Regarding the resumption of order acceptance, we will consider it while observing the status of parts supply and will inform you separately on the product information page. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. We will do our utmost to deliver the product as soon as possible, and we appreciate your understanding.”

    Nikkei (soft paywall) reports that Sony found the impact of the parts shortage to be more serious than expected, and in an attempt to alleviate the sense of shortage at stores, the company is narrowing its production of new products.

    The publication also reports that of the 159 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras listed for sale on one major camera retailer in Japan earlier this week, 67% were shown as “low stock” while 13% were listed as “out of stock.” That same sentiment carries over into the United States, where some new cameras and lenses are available to purchase, but many are on backorder.

    “There is a shortage of various parts such as power supply ICs and audio codecs as well as semiconductors,” a Japanese securities analyst tells Nikkei.

    “We are constantly struggling to deal with problems in the supply chain, including the suspension of factories due to the Coronavirus,” a major manufacturer executive added.

    While the digital camera market has been bouncing back since its colossal dip in 2020, the lack of product availability has curtailed a full recovery. Because of this, the camera industry feels trapped as the demand is there, but products simply are not.

    Image credits: Header photo licensed via Depositphotos.

  • Deal Alert: Westcott Cyber Week Sale (3402 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:04:00 -0500Deal Alert: Westcott Cyber Week SalePetaPixel

    It?s Cyber Week, and that means fantastic deals and a wonderful opportunity to stock up on photography equipment. Westcott is offering savings of up to $150 off some of its most impressive lighting gear and kits. These bargains are only available until December 3rd on the Westcott website, so you will need to get in quick.

    Full disclosure: This sponsored article was brought to you by Westcott.

    If you?re a video creator or you?re after a lightweight, portable studio light, we have the perfect deal for you. The Westcott Solix Bi-Color 1-Light Compact Kit is great for YouTube filming setups and studio photography. With adjustable color temperature and intensity, the Solix will complement other light sources and help you get the best light in any studio setting. At $110 off, you can have this easy-to-use lighting kit ? which also includes a softbox, magnetic barn doors, and carry case ? for just $249.90.

    Westcott?s FJ200 and FJ400 strobe backpack kits are designed for comfortable travel and ease of use, both in the studio and in the field. Thanks to the revolutionary FJ-X2m trigger, the lights are compatible with a vast range of cameras from major manufacturers, including Canon, Sony, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, and Panasonic. This week, grab one of these kits at up to $150 off to set yourself up with some serious lighting gear that won?t break the bank.

    Already got your lights? Add some umbrellas to your studio setup with up to $40 in savings. The Westcott Apollo Deep Umbrella gives even and direct light for impressive portrait shots and is designed for quick and easy setup on the go. Choose between a white interior for softer light and a highly reflective silver interior to maximize light output.

    Westcott is famous for its innovative and quality lighting gear. Its Cyber Week Sale is the perfect opportunity to set yourself up with all the lighting gear you need to stand apart as a photographer and video creator. Check out all the details below and head over to the Westcott website to take advantage of these specials while supplies last.

    Westcott Solix Compact Kit – Save $110 on this popular Continuous Lighting Kit.

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  • Wire gauge and user perspective (2589 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:36:00 -0500Wire gauge and user perspectiveThe Endeavour

    Wire gauge is a perennial source of confusion: larger numbers denote smaller wires. The reason is that gauge numbers were assigned from the perspective of the manufacturing process. Thinner wires require more steps in production. This is a common error in user interface design and business more generally: describing things from your perspective rather than from the customer’s perspective.


    When you order food at a restaurant, the person taking your order may rearrange your words before repeating them back to you. The reason may be that they’re restating it in manufacturing order, the order in which the person preparing the food needs the information.


    A rheostat is a device for controlling resistance in an electrical circuit. It would seem natural for an engineer to give a user a control to vary resistance in Ohms. But Ohm’s law says

    V = IR,

    i.e. voltage equals current times resistance. Users expect that when they turn a knob clockwise they get more of something?brighter lights, louder music, etc.?and that means more voltage or more current, which means less resistance. Asking users to control resistance reverses expectations.

    If I remember correctly, someone designed a defibrillator once where a knob controlled resistance rather than current. If that didn’t lead to someone dying, it easily could have.


    When I worked for MD Anderson Cancer Center, I managed the development of software for clinical trial design and conduct. Our software started out very statistician-centric and became more user-centric. This was a win, even for statisticians.

    The general pattern was to move from eliciting technical parameters to eliciting desired behavior. Tell us how you want the design to behave and we’ll solve for the parameters to make that happen. Sometimes we weren’t able to completely automate parameter selection, but we were at least able to give the user a head start in knowing where to look.


    Technical people don’t always want to have their technical hat on. Sometimes they want to relax and be consumers. When statisticians wanted to crank out a clinical trial design, they wanted software that was easy to use rather than technically transparent. That’s the backstory to this post.

    It’s generally a good idea to conceal technical details, but provide a “service panel” to expose details when necessary.

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  • Donald Trump is Publishing a Photo Book About His Presidency (2391 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:16:00 -0500Donald Trump is Publishing a Photo Book About His PresidencyPetaPixel

    Donald J. Trump is publishing a photo book that covers his four years as President of the United States. Titled, “Our Journey Together,” the book will include more than 300 photos along with captions written by Mr. Trump.

    The book is being published by Winning Team Publishing, which is a company co-founded by Donald Trump Jr. and Sergio Gor, who worked on the Trump re-election campaign in 2020. Despite the promise of 300 photos and captions, the exact number of pages the book will contain has not been revealed. It is not clear if the book was shopped to other publishers, but the New York Times reports that several industry executives said they had never heard of it prior to its announcement.

    Below is the description of the book as shown on the book’s website:

    Our Journey Together is a beautiful photo book which covers President Donald J. Trump?s successful time in the White House?a must-have for all Patriots. Every photograph has been handpicked by the President, as has every caption in the book, including those that are handwritten by him. Relive the unforgettable moments of President Trump?s time in the White House: building the southern border wall; cutting America?s taxes; confirming almost 300 federal judges and 3 Supreme Court justices; rebuilding our military; creating Space Force; dealing with Kim Jong-Un, President Xi, President Putin, and many other world leaders; and battling liberals on two impeachment witch hunts!

    According to Mr. Trump’s office, the book is set to be available on December 7 and is currently available for pre-order. “Our Journey Together” is available in two varieties: signed and unsigned. The unsigned version is available for $85, while a signed copy will cost $230. As a note, while the signed copy promises to be genuine, the publisher cannot accept personalized message requests in addition to the former president’s signature. In addition to being available directly through Mr. Trump’s website 45books, it will supposedly also be listed for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    The book precedes what is expected to be a more robust memoir by the former president, who has claimed he turned down two book deals “from the most unlikely of publishers” and that he is “writing like crazy” to create the “book of all books.”

  • Survey Shows Europeans Not Done Quitting Jobs (911 characters)

    Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:00:00 -0500Survey Shows Europeans Not Done Quitting JobsSlashdot

    Quit a day job to do TikTok full-time? Why not, say some Europeans. From a report: About one in 10 are considering leaving their main job in the next six months and instead earning money from social media, e-commerce or trading platforms, according to a Morgan Stanley poll of 12,500 people. "The received wisdom is that as Covid subsides, and with modest extra flexibility from employers, the majority of people will re-embrace their prior routines," a team of Morgan Stanley economists and equity analysts wrote in a note. "Our data suggest otherwise." With labor shortages already weighing on Europe's economic rebound, wage inflation will persist for longer if the Great Resignation -- the post-pandemic trend of people leaving the workforce -- carries on, the bank said. "It reveals a far greater potential risk of structurally higher wages," Morgan Stanley wrote.

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