Coding topics for 08/17/2017

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Blockchain Reading for 08/17/2017

  • “Blockchain has drawn the most attention for its role as a platform for cryptocurrencies: since its debut in 2008, it has helped spawn more than 800 of them, including Bitcoin. But cryptocurrencies serve mostly as fodder for speculative investments, toys for technologists, and instruments for money laundering. Blockchain’s deeper impact on global commerce will come from its use by businesses and financial institutions. Some are already employing it to digitize contracts, eliminate intermediaries in financial transactions, and make ledgers easier to audit. Because blockchain provides a distributed digital record that does not require trust or coordination between firms, it allows for secure, standardized transactions to occur almost instantaneously, even across borders.”

    tags: bc

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General Reading for 08/17/2017

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Best Food Reading for 08/17/2017

  • “Shrimp/prawns, so often overcooked in boiling water, are beautifully poached in butter—they remain tender, do not become rubbery, and develop an almost unfamiliar sweetness. What better pairing for buttery shrimp than butter-loving grits? One of the great regional American dishes, it is a specialty of low country, South Carolina.”

    tags: f shrimp

  • “This popular southwestern dish boasts rich bites of pork in a sauce dominated by green chiles. For our version, we used a combination of Anaheim and jalapeño peppers. To achieve the cohesive flavor and mild vegetal taste that we liked, we used canned, diced tomatoes and more than 2 pounds of chiles, along with 3 pounds of boneless pork butt—our preferred cut for its rich meatiness. To reduce the hands-on time, we started the pork with water in a covered pan to render the fat, then let the even heat of the oven cook the chili. Adding the jalapeños just before serving gave a fresh hit of heat. The chiles can be roasted and refrigerated up to 24 hours in advance.”

    tags: f

  • “The secret to a good Thai larb is the roasted rice powder, which adds texture and also thickens the dressings, helping them to stick to the chicken. Served with some raw vegetables, it makes for a great light dinner. You could also try this with pork, beef or turkey mince.”

    tags: f

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Best Food Reading for 08/16/2017

  • “Applebee’s wanted to lure millennials with dishes like barbecue shrimp in a sriracha-lime sauce; chicken wonton tacos; and a pork, ham and bacon sandwich. But that triple pork bonanza — and the rest of the company’s makeover — didn’t seem to catch on with customers. Sales at Applebee’s dropped more than 6 percent from last year.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 08/14/2017

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Best Food Reading for 08/14/2017

  • “Franklin Barbecue has no shortage of customers. More than seven years after it first opened, the Austin barbecue spot still draws hours-long lines and consistently sells out of the 106 briskets available daily. But, despite the high demand, proprietor Aaron Franklin has no plans to expand. On a recent episode of the Eater Upsell, he sat down with hosts Helen Rosner and Greg Morabito to discuss why there will only ever be one Franklin Barbecue.”

    tags: f

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Artificial Intelligence / AI Reading for 08/13/2017

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Coding topics for 08/11/2017

  • “At that event, Apple unveiled “ARKit,” a new, free set of software tools that anyone can use to build impressive new apps and experiences on the iPhone and iPad. The “AR” in “ARKit” refers to “augmented reality,” a technology that places interactive virtual objects and effects into your view of the real world, blending the virtual world with physical reality.”

    tags: coding

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Blockchain Reading for 08/10/2017

  • “The folks at Sony Education are worried that some schlubby kid that’s gonna fail gym could hack their school and change their grade to a pass. It’s why the company is teaming up with IBM to use blockchain to create a secure academic platform for storing records. The idea is that every scrap of data about your kids’ schooling goes into a record that can then be stored securely. No kid, you gotta learn to climb that rope or else you can kiss that scholarship to Harvard goodbye.”

    tags: bc

  • “The system is managed by Sony Global Education, and is built on top of IBM Blockchain using IBM’s Cloud and The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 framework. What’s particularly notable about the project is that Sony believes it can be expanded into other areas of digital asset management, including IoT, logistics, digital content, real estate and (more obviously) cryptocurrencies.”

    tags: bc

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