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Asian Enrollment in US Elite Schools Throttled

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It is no secrete that Asians are having a bamboo ceiling in the US. It starts early and persist into their careers. Elite schools in the US, aside from those in California (due to state law that banned consideration of race for college admission), seem to have artificially limited their Asian enrollment to about 15%. Recently, Harvard and U. North Carolina were sued for discriminating against Asians.

From this chart, it looks like even though Jewish Americans, also considered outperforming, are not really experiencing the same thing as Asians are experiencing. But historically, Jewish American were discriminated against. Asians may need to fight for their rights as Jewish Americans did. Jewish Americans are powerful force in the US academia. Perhaps that’s why nobody dare to say they need to limit them during admission. And most Jewish Americans are considered white. So perhaps it is the non-Jewish white Americans paying a price, or being less excellent. I don’t know what it is.

 

App developers have no special privileges

Daring Fireball: One Star Reviews Flood ‘Monument Valley’ Following Paid Expansion Release http://daringfireball.net/linked/2014/11/12/monument-valley

I don’t understand this mentality. I see this often: app developers complain that people don’t pay up. But what gives them the privilege to complain about this?

There are a lot of people doing great work & have family to support & they don’t get paid enough. There is no such thing as app developer privilege that allows app developers to be exempt from almost everybody’s desire to pay less for things, and not to get their money suckled.

People don’t pay for music. They pirate and stream. They go to YouTube. Musicians and workers in the music industry have families too. They do real work too. We scientists work more than most regular jobs, and we have families and ourselves to feed. Our work is more significant to humanity than these game developers. We don’t bitch nearly enough. Nor do we feel like we have such privilege that people must pay up!

苹果特色软件耀眼光芒一去不复返了。未来会怎样?

以前,苹果的软件和硬件都很有一套,但是整合的不够。那是那个时代的局限导致的。尽管如此,苹果总是制造出让人眼睛一亮的产品。我们就从Jobs回到苹果说起。彩色透明iMac,经典而又创新:别人都没有,抄都抄不像。

OS X来自NeXTStep,是个UNIX。这个优势给了苹果又是几年领先于微软的资本。但是微软基本上还是赶上来了。

OS X那时候是有很多独一无二的东西的。iLife:这个易用性,这个整合性,无人能比。那个时候,其他平台上根本没有可以媲美的照片管理软件,或简单易用但是还是很强大的业余音乐制作软件,或者能够轻松做出苹果级审美的iWeb网页制作软件,更不要说微软的MovieMaker和iMovie比起来就是小学生的作业。做音乐,玩摄影,做视频、家庭电影,还算是有点小资、文艺范儿的东西,远没有普及,那么你要是想做,想做的好,又不要太难,基本上Mac就是不二的选择了,不差钱的话。iTunes也是最好用的音乐管理软件,长期也是最佳的数码音乐购买平台。Aperture刚出来也是非常厉害的,鞭策了Adobe,不然也没有Lightroom了。.Mac和MobileMe的云同步,虽然不够全面,但是通讯录、书签等的同步,当时也是业界领先的。

现在呢?虽然iOS和OS X本来还算很优秀,但是苹果自带的软件已经越发缺乏光芒。iOS和OS X的最终在今年的整合,算是一步好棋,但是我们却快没有多少可以拿出来说,你要做这个那毫无疑问要选苹果了。唯一也许还能拿出来说的,让人吃惊的是,居然是一些网络服务:比如iMessage,FaceTime, iCloud Photostream (Photo library)。而网络服务除了这些产品的概念和易用性以及隐私保护很好以外,苹果网络服务的质量并不比其他公司好。

我们看看iLife:半死不活。iPhoto死了,新的还没出来,我们抢强烈怀疑发布Photos的时候,产品的功能可以覆盖iPhoto和Aperture的一切。iTunes,也许是为了继续做Windows版,感觉苹果已经把这个老的codebase玩不转了。虽然不时有小改进,但是真的臃肿,有些东西能感觉到有很重的历史包袱。Garageband虽然不错,但是毕竟是小众产品。其他自带软件,Mail虽然可以满足大多数人的需求,但也是bug不断。唯一算争气的也许是Safari,但是这个完全说明了苹果发力不均衡:只有苹果真的发力了的软件项目,才能做的好。

iWork就更说明问题了。iWork 09之后,到了13年才真的更新了:却丢掉了很多功能。虽然换来了网页版,OS X版和iOS版的兼容,却丢掉了很多功能满满加回来。有些功能可能永远丢失了吧。今天惊闻最新的iwork不能打开iWork 09版之前的iwork文件了。这是何等的坑爹?要不要对用户负责?我很多年前做的文件难道就要在不久的将来再也打不开了吗?用户还怎么对使用苹果的东西有长期支持的信心?而iwork虽然算是不错的Office软件,但是却没有以前苹果软件的光芒。Keynote以前甩了PowerPoint几条街,现在呢?感觉除了改改界面和风格,基本是原地踏步,苹果的精力都用开兼容自己不同平台,和支持OS和云的新变化去了,连自己的老文件格式都不兼容了,真是笑话。

我最近也遇到很多iCloud和iWork的bug。网络上的情绪也都是感叹苹果软件质量有严重下降,小毛病不断。我最近都用出Windows的感觉了。我还是要赞扬一下Yosemite的,OS X最近表现得比iOS好。

所以,目前的状况就是苹果特色软件的光芒不再。我只能希望苹果最近是在清理门户,洗牌之后也许能够走上正轨吧。但是我真乐观不起来。

有感很对大陆人对香港占中的批评

民主自由都是斗争才能获得,几乎无一例外。经济就算瘫痪几周又能如何?历史上任何重要改革和革命都是有短期代价的。难道国共内战不是破坏了稳定,导致经济停滞不前或倒退?所以这是FUD。一切要看长远利益和发展。

香港是中国少数或者唯一民众可以直接追求民主的地方,有较高的新闻自由和政治自由。这么多不享受民主的大陆人反对追求普选,不知是什么心理,斯德哥尔摩综合征吗?还是酸葡萄?大陆人无非是放弃自由换取可能做出有利自己决定的政府统治,这个政府做了很多好事,也做了很多坏事。但是政府根本是听不到屁民声音的,这难道是大陆人想要强加给所有中国人的吗?我只能说这很变态。

具体怎么选可以商量,但是必须由并不是民主选举产生的提名委员会来半数投票成为候选人,显然是非常不民主的。

希望这次能是全民的民主教育课。

Corporate BS

It is no secrets that corporations write BS. Chase has sent me a couple of times notification that they are changing the credit card reward program:

We are making changes to the Ultimate RewardsSM program to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

What they really mean is that they are taking away some benefits of the reward program or make them of less value to their customers. It is the opposite of customer needs. It is 100% of their needs.

rant more! Ice bucket challenge

It is a meme it is a fad it is something celebrities opportunists grab! I am sorry to be negative but we have a lot more issues in this world that is worth this much attention.

Got to give it to the original people who came up with this though. And this is just another viral thing…. more than Harlem Shake….

Good for this rare disease. Good for those who got some attention. At this attention grabbing Internet era. This is inevitable but we have to stay calm and move on.

删除了一些老的blogroll

很多人的博客已经荒废。我的博客即将10年。我写的不多了,因为现在要有观众都要社交网络。但是社交网络毕竟不是自己的,而是给别人挖去你个人信息用的,给商家给你发广告用的。

不过还是有几个博客还在有人写,我也很遗憾的没有经常追踪。我看我还是把别人的博客加到我的Feedly里面去吧。

剩女 家暴 婚姻法保护男性

这篇文章是常居中国的Leta Hong Fincher写的。她主要研究妇女问题。

基本上就是说越来越多的剩女在中国反抗婚姻,一方面是因为她们喜欢独生生活,另一方面是因为中国妇女权利难以得到保护。文章说,中国大约25%婚姻有家庭暴力,有些组织认为比例更高。如果你问一个妇女,你家里有没有家暴,她会说,“没有,当然没有”。如果你问,“你丈夫打过你吗?”那么答案常常是Yes。

中国法律定义家暴也比较含糊,法官基本不会判定是有家暴。

最后2011年婚姻法修改之后,认为离婚后,主要财产属于房产证上有名字的人。大约30%的房产证上有双方的名字。不过这个说回来,又是中国结婚往往要求男方有房的结果,所以这个法律也许是保护男方全资买房,离婚后丢掉一半吧?但事实上妇女权益也会因此受损,所以一定要求男方有房才结婚,是双刃剑。

一个北京女人告诉Leta:

“The institution of marriage basically benefits men, and when women are hurt, this institution doesn’t protect our rights. The most rational choice is to stay single.”

Nobody writes a blog any more.

Now that media, mainstream or independent, move to blogging; and individuals move to sharing on Facebook and Twitter and Weibo: Nobody writes blog any more!

I always wanted to post more to this blog, but in the end I didn’t. For these reasons:

– less audience; still have to link to Facebook to share.
– less convenient. Despite WordPress being open, the usability is not on par with other products.
– the gallery option is not powerful enough: Gallery3 integration, or NextGEN gallery are usable but not great.

So I am not sure the fate of this blog. I will try to post more…

Adjusting GD setting in Gallery3 to reduce noise and sharpness

I am going back to Gallery3 to host my own picture gallery online. Now with Facebook integration, I think it is the way to go again. And I have better control over the picture size etc.

But after installing and adjusting the settings, I notice the pictures turned out to be quite noisy on Gallery3. So I dig around and found a way to fix it by adjusting GD.php to reduce the amount of sharpen GD does to the resized images. Now the pictures look similar to Flickr.

Main part is to change this file:
gallery3/system/libraries/drivers/Image/GD.php

// Amount should be in the range of 26-10
$amount = round(abs(-26 + ($amount * 0.16)), 2);

attached a screenshot of the original article.

Fix Twitter Updates Your Facebook Status

I am quoting Fran Lupo from Facebook who found a way to fix twitter-facebook connection. If your twitter is no longer updating your Facebook status, this is a way to fix it. It worked for me.

Fran Lupo
Here is the fix – this is exactly what fixed mine….

The easiest way to fix this is by disconnecting and reconnecting the Facebook application to your Twitter account.

To do this:
1.From the Settings Menu on Twitter, visit the Connections tab.
2.Find the Facebook application and click the Revoke Access link below its name and sign out of Twitter.
3.Log into Facebook and visit your Privacy Settings from the Account drop down menu on the top right
4.At the bottom, click Edit your settings and then Edit settings
5.Find Twitter and click it…then Edit Settings then click Remove app
6.Sign out of Facebook and close all browsers.
7.Delete your history, cookies & temporary internet files. Do NOT perserve favories websites data.
8.Sign back into facebook.
9.Navigate to http://apps.facebook.com/twitter/ to install the app anew.
10.After you have done the above steps, make sure theupdate facebook box us NOT checked on the Twitter app page
11.then send a tweet from your twitter page (which won’t appear on FB)
12.then re-check the box on your facebook twitter app page and tweet again from your twitter account…

That should do it!

This is probably the best Time Machine migration How-to guide

I found this guide and I am doing it right now to move my Time Machine backup to Wireless again.

It is actually very straight forward and doesn’t need any third party software. I will report if I have success. This guide is only for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard though, since it is actually using Finder to copy all the Time Machine backup files, I guess it requires the Cocoa Finder in 10.6, and the 10.5 Carbon Finder just can’t do it.

I am doing this because my USB drive is very noisy. And with the latest Airport Extreme firmware update, it seems now it can do over 5MB/s copying, compared to 3-4MB/s before. I think it is worth a try. But a 500GB USB external hard drive probably is still too small for me. I am thinking of adding incremental back up also for important folders without Time Machine onto the 2TB hard drive I recently got. Macally Firewire 800 External Harddrive enclosure seems pretty solid, except that it has only one Firewire 800 port. Luckily my OWC one has two and they can be connected. The Seagate 2TB drive is a bit noisy when it started spinning, scary.

How to Boot Macbook5,2 into 64-bit kernel in Snow Leopard

1. Download this boot.efi file. This file has been patched to allow basically all capable-but-restricted-by-Apple Macbooks to boot into 64-bit kernel in Snow Leopard. In my case, this enables my Macbook5,2 to do so.

2. From where you saved this file, in terminal, do this:
sudo cp /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi ~/Desktop
(this step saves a copy of your original boot.efi to your desktop; unfortunately I lost mine!)

sudo rm /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi
NOTE! I did not test this and this is irreversible. Please make sure you made a copy of this file. If you cannot delete it this way, do it in Finder.

sudo cp boot.efi /System/Library/CoreServices/
Copy the patched file to where it should be.

3. cd /System/Library/CoreServices/

4. sudo chown root:wheel boot.efi
This changes the ownership of this file.

5. sudo chflags uchg boot.efi
This locks the file.

6. sudo bless –folder /System/Library/CoreServices/ –file /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi

7. One last thing is to add arch=x86_64 to file /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist to Kernels Flags section
For example:
Kernel Flags
arch=x86_64

You should be done by now. You may still need to hold “6” and “4” keys when booting. But it should work.

How to hack the boot.efi file comes from here. Basically Apple restricted all non-pro machines from doing so with this file. So that’s why we need to change it. What changed was:

From:
0x266E0:
38 47 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

to:
0x266E0:
38 47 01 00 00 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

Additional resources from here.

成都一名市民曾多次提醒司机公交车已冒烟

成都一名市民曾多次提醒司机公交车已冒烟
http://www.sina.com.cn 2009年06月06日02:08 红网-潇湘晨报
  李莉群是成都市动物园的一名员工,公交车燃烧时,她离车只有四步路,之前多次提醒公交车司机车辆已经冒烟,并参与了抢救行动。

  昨日下午3时,她在电话中对本报记者说,看到车烧起来的时候,自己吓得话都说不清楚了,还被119骂。

  本报记者曾鸣 长沙报道

  司机骂我们“瓜娃子”

  潇湘晨报:您是什么时候看到那辆车的?

  李莉群:七点半的时候,在陆军总医院那里,我说这车子怎么在冒烟,我就喊,赶快停下来,车子冒烟了。

  潇湘晨报:车停了吗?

  李莉群:司机没听,我骑着电瓶车,追了两(公)里多地,快到动物园的时候,一个小伙子用他的电瓶车挡住9路车,车才停下来。

  然后司机就骂我们,“管空事,瓜娃子!”(管闲事,傻孩子),接着又开走了,烟冒的越来越大,好多人喊,赶快停下来,接着又开了6分钟,车就烧起来了。

  119过了半小时才到

  潇湘晨报:车燃烧的时候,你离车多远?

  李莉群:四步路。我赶快打119,告诉他们汽车都烧了,你们还不来?119的人就骂我。

  潇湘晨报:119为什么也骂你?

  李莉群:因为我当时头是昏的,吓得讲不清楚。后来人越围越多,旁边一个女娃娃接过电话讲清楚了。过了半个小时119来的时候,我们都骂119是瓜娃娃,怎么过了这么久才到。

  边烧边炸车门打不开

  潇湘晨报:车厢里面是什么情况?

  李莉群:车子烧了一会,炸起来了,烧一下炸一下。车门打不开,我看到好多人影在里面晃来晃去,还有好多人用头去撞窗户。到处都是哭声和惨叫。

  一个六十多岁的老头子和那个小伙子去砸挡风玻璃,用石头和电瓶车的锁链,那老头子手上的血都打出来了,才把玻璃打碎。周围很多人也拿电瓶车的铁锁链去砸窗户。

  我看到四个人跑出来,一个70多岁的老伯伯,一个小伙子和一个娃娃……

  潇湘晨报:只跑出来四个人?

  李莉群:我只看到第四个跑出来,就晕过去了。我醒来的时候周围所有人都在哭,他们说只跑脱十多个。

  潇湘晨报:那司机跑出来了吗?

  李莉群:跑脱上了一辆小车走了,我没有看到他救火。

  潇湘晨报发

科幻电影美工是如何工作的?

先要有concept art。最后做成精美的3D动画。

今天看到这个James Clyne就是这样的一个人。他为很多电影做了concept art。包括Star Trek (2009), A.I., Transformer。

不过,我不认为他的作品是最好的。个人感觉他的作品太走形式,有些设计纯粹为了看起来有趣,但是实际上不符合现实,不符合工业设计的准则,未来绝对不是这样子的。