Author Archives: Paul

Professional software engineer, amateur photographer, /Mac/iOS guy, user of 'adult language', 37?, rock/blues/jazz fan, skeptic and raconteur. . . or, partially omniscient, witty, tech geek.

Donald Trump Jr., Sub-Master of the Universe

Matt Bai, writing at Yahoo News: Say what you will about President Trump, and I’ve said plenty; you can’t say he ever lacked for what New Yorkers call chutzpah. He had the brass ornaments to risk his modest inheritance, to plow through bankruptcies, to court public humiliation in pursuit of far-flung enterprises. I actually admire […]

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Aging Soviet Space Vehicles Still Impress

Eric Berger, writing at Wired: The Soviet Union’s Buran space shuttle program stands as one of the saddest episodes in aerospace history. After NASA began working on its space shuttle program in the early 1970s, the Soviet Union conceived of its own orbiter program, the eerily similar looking Buran shuttle. Ultimately, the vehicle made just […]

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Eclipse 2017: T-2 Months

If you’re anything like me, you heard about the 2017 eclipse over a year ago and thought “cool,” but haven’t really thought about it since. This week, some of the photography podcasts I listen to started talking about the eclipse and man, I’m really starting to get excited!

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Adjustments With A Restrained Hand

Photographer Brian Matiash, writing at Digital Photo Pro: You may be asking what all this talk about camera sensors and RAW file formats has to do with faithfully representing your image. The bottom line is that making even some mild tonal, white balance and color adjustments to the straight-out-of-camera image can pay back with massive […]

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Remember Chain Letters? Hackers Do

Ashwin Seshagiri, New York Times’ Tech Roundup: The victims have a choice […] Pay the hackers a ransom of one bitcoin, a digital currency worth roughly $2,365, in exchange for regaining access to the computer, or try to infect two new people on behalf of the attackers. That sucks.

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Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco

Carl Zimmer, writing for The Paper of Record: Dating back roughly 300,000 years, the bones indicate that mankind evolved earlier than had been known, experts say, and open a new window on our origins. The fossils also show that early Homo sapiens had faces much like our own, although their brains differed in fundamental ways. […]

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Trump decides not to invoke executive privilege, not that he could

John Dean, writing at CNN: As a leading student and expert on the subject of executive privilege, Mark J. Rozell, has written, it is an accepted doctrine when appropriately applied in two circumstances: (1) certain national security needs and (2) protecting the privacy of White House deliberations when doing so serves the public interest. Clearly, […]

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Thought of the Day

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Star Wars at 40

Star Wars, a film which has unfortunately come to be known as Episode IV: A New Hope, was released 40 years ago today. Although I didn’t see it on opening night, or even opening weekend, I did see it soon thereafter (you have to be able to get a ride when you’re eleven…), and I […]

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FCC: No punishment for Colbert’s Trump joke

The Associated Press: NEW YORK (AP) – There will be no fine for Stephen Colbert’s risque joke about President Donald Trump. A Federal Communications Commission spokesman said Tuesday that the agency received “thousands” of complaints about the late-night host’s May 1 show, so it reviewed the material as “standard operating procedure.” It’s the FCC’s job […]

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