## Posts Tagged ‘quote’

### Predicting asthma attacks in kids

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

https://cen.acs.org/environment/pollution/Predicting-asthma-attacks-kids/97/i32

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The Southern California team is building an informatics platform that integrates commercially available air pollution sensors as well as wearable environmental sensors developed by academic researchers. The project is part of the PRISMS initiative established in 2015 by the US National Institutes of Health. Information from the sensors, along with a person’s geolocation, physical activity, and health data, is wirelessly transmitted to the person’s smart watch and smartphone in real time. Participants use the smartphone to self-report symptoms and information related to daily activities. The informatics platform also uses the individual’s location to integrate weather, traffic, and air-quality data into the data stream.
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Sunday, November 24th, 2019

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René Descartes (1596–1650) is often credited with the invention of the xy-plane, but Pierre de Fermat (1601–1665) was probably the first inventor. In 1636 Fermat was working on a treatise titled Ad locus planos et solidos isagoge, which outlined what we now call analytic geometry.
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### The Physics Classroom Tutorial

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

https://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/circles/lesson-4/kepler-s-three-laws
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Kepler’s three laws of planetary motion can be described as follows:

The path of the planets about the sun is elliptical in shape, with the center of the sun being located at one focus. (The Law of Ellipses) An imaginary line drawn from the center of the sun to the center of the planet will sweep out equal areas in equal intervals of time. (The Law of Equal Areas)
The ratio of the squares of the periods of any two planets is equal to the ratio of the cubes of their average distances from the sun. (The Law of Harmonies)

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### Was E-mail a Mistake?

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Was E-mail a Mistake?
https://NewYorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/was-e-mail-a-mistake… Describes the benefits of synchronous over asynchronous interactions, in both machine & social settings. Meetings & calls can actually be more efficient than endless messaging!

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“We can acknowledge, with the benefit of hindsight, the reasonableness of the hypothesis that asynchrony in the office would increase productivity. We can also admit that this hypothesis has been largely refuted by experience. To use the terminology of computer science, it turned out that the distributed systems that resulted when we shifted toward asynchronous communication were soon overwhelmed by the increasing complexity induced by asynchrony. We must, therefore, develop better systems—ones that will almost certainly involve less ad-hoc messaging and more real-time coördination.

From this perspective, our moment in workplace history looks rather different. The era that will mystify our grandkids is ours—a period when, caught up in the promise of asynchronicity, we frantically checked our in-boxes every few minutes, exhausted by the deluge of complex and ambiguous messages, while applauding ourselves for eliminating the need to speak face to face.”
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Was E-mail a Mistake?
https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/was-e-mail-a-mistake

### The World Weather Watch Today | World Meteorological Organization

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

https://public.wmo.int/en/bulletin/world-weather-watch-today
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In January 2003, James Rasmussen provided a brief history of WMO’s World Weather Watch for the WMO Bulletin. He recalled that, in April 1963, “Fourth World Meteorological Congress approved the concept of the World Weather Watch (WWW) and set the World Meteorological Organization on the journey that dramatically changed and enhanced the development of meteorology and the atmospheric sciences”. The advent of the space age was the spark that ignited this seminal event. Following the launches of Sputnik by the USSR in 1957 and TIROS by the USA in 1960, US President John F. Kennedy addressed the United Nations General Assembly, seeking ways to exploit the peaceful uses of outer space. The rest is history—as recorded in Rasmussen’s article.

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### Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan – The Atlantic

Monday, November 11th, 2019

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“Is there even a choice about Amazon anymore? This is a question that haunts businesses far more than consumers. Companies such as Nike resisted Amazon for years; they poured money into setting up their own e-commerce sites. But even when Nike didn’t sell its products on Amazon, more Nike apparel was sold on the site than any other brand. Anyone could peddle Nike shoes on Amazon without having to explain how they obtained their inventory. Because Amazon Marketplace had become a pipeline connecting Chinese factories directly to American homes, it also served as a conduit for counterfeit goods, a constant gripe of Nike’s. Wired reported that, at one point during this year’s Women’s World Cup, six of Amazon’s 10 best-selling jerseys appeared to be knockoffs. To have any hope of controlling this market, Nike concluded that it had no option but to join its rival. (Amazon has said that it prohibits the sale of counterfeit products.)”
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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/11/what-jeff-bezos-wants/598363/

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

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As to reclaiming Google Voice numbers, I realize that there may be some confusion as to what constitutes use. Officially, “use” means that you perform one of the following activities within a six-month period:

Make an outbound call using the Google Voice number
Send a SMS using the Google Voice number

### An Online Voice Recorder? We Just Dropped the Mic 😎

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

https://www.rev.com/onlinevoicerecorder
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the Rev Online Voice Recorder!
…this brand-new tool allows you to record audio straight from your desktop or mobile device. No plug-ins or Flash needed. No
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### Why Is the World So Loud? – The Atlantic

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

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“Stéphane Pigeon, an audio-processing engineer based in Brussels, has become the Taylor Swift of white noise, traveling the world recording relaxing soundscapes for his website, myNoise.net, which offers its more than 15,000 daily listeners an encyclopedic compendium of noise-masking tracks that range from “Distant Thunder” to
“Laundromat,” a listener request. (White noise, technically speaking, contains all audible frequencies in equal proportion. In the natural world, falling rain comes close to approximating this pan-frequency shhhhhh.) Impulse noises, such as honking, barking, hammering, and snoring, are the hardest to mask, but Pigeon has tried: While traveling in the Sahara, he recorded “Berber Tent,” a myNoise hit designed to help snorees by harmonizing the gentle whoosh of wind, the burble of boiling water, and the low rattle of snoring.

Farther north on Flatbush Avenue, encircled by lowing horns and a wheezing Mister Softee truck, Kanuri used his sound-meter app to measure the ambient noise—a disappointing 75.9 decibels, lower than everyone had thought but still more than 20 decibels above the threshold at which, per a 1974 EPA report, we get distracted or annoyed by sound. (Decibels, which measure volume, are logarithmic: Turn up a sound by 10 decibels, and most people will perceive its loudness as having doubled.)

Desperate ears call for desperate measures, and the noise-afflicted go to elaborate lengths to lower the volume. Kanuri taught himself to code so he could analyze New York City’s 311 data and correlate noise complaints with elective districts; he hoped he could hold politicians accountable. … A Wisconsin man who’d re-insulated, re-drywalled, and re-windowed his home was ultimately offered sleeping medication and antidepressants. An apartment dweller in Beijing, fed up with the calisthenics of the kids upstairs, got revenge by attaching a vibrating motor to his ceiling that rattled the family’s floor. The gadget is available for purchase online, where you can also find Coat of Silence paint, AlphaSorb Bass Traps, the Noise Eater Isolation Foot, the Sound Soother Headband, and the Sonic Nausea Electronic Disruption Device, which promises, irresistibly, “inventive payback.”” “}}

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/11/the-end-of-silence/598366/

### Sonos, multiple homes

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

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Assuming that your Sonos systems in both locations are functioning properly, I would do the following:

– Delete the Sonos app from your controller device(s) in order to reset it completely
– Reinstall the app
– When you start the app at one of your locations, you should be presented with an option to ‘Connect to an Existing System’
– Choose this option and the app should discover your Sonos system and connect – When you start the app at the other location, you should again be presented with the ‘Connect to an Existing System’ option
– Choose this option
– In my experience, the controller app will subsequently automatically connect to the Sonos system present in its location