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Information is Beautiful

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/information-beautiful-media-hype-chart-2013-3

Via data visualization guru David McCandless of London-based Information is Beautiful, here is a breathtaking chart showing how badly the media tends to overhype “crises” that end up going nowhere (h/t @finansakrobat).

It plots number of stories (left axis) against actual resulting deaths (horizontal axis) over time.

While it’s a pretty harsh indictment of press hysteria, it’s also rather reassuring that the various diseases we were told would imminently wipe us all out proved relatively harmless:

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Friday, March 1st, 2013 digital No Comments

HMV goes bankrupt after 91 years in the disc-selling business

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/hmv-goes-into-administration/

HMV hits bankruptcy after 91 years in the discselling business

The first time we mentioned HMV on Engadget was back in 2009, when the British retailer discounted the PSP Go — ironically, one of the earliest devices to do away with disc-shaped media. As the picture above shows though, HMV’s history goes back much further than that. Its first store opened in 1921 under an elaborate neon sign featuring the company’s emblem of a dog listening to a gramophone beneath the words “His Master’s Voice.”

Fast forward to today and the old-school seller has suffered gravely from the same online shift that has affected many others. It has called in administrators after failing to negotiate new terms over its bank debt, and unless a buyer steps up to take over the chain’s 240 stores then as many as 4,350 people will be let go.

According to Metro, the many HMV gift vouchers that would have been given and received over Christmas are now effectively “worthless.” On the other hand, the British personal finance guru Martin Lewis reckons gift vouchers shouldn’t be thrown away as they may be redeemable one day, or there may be a chargeback option if they were purchased with a credit card.

[Image credit: London Express / Getty Images]

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Source: Martin Lewis (Twitter), Metro, Guardian

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 news No Comments

Sony LCD 3DTV Gets Disappointing First Look

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5561454/sony-lcd-3dtv-gets-disappointing-first-look

Sony LCD 3DTV Gets Disappointing First LookGary Merson at HD Guru has seen Sony’s new KDL-55HX800 LCD 3DTV live and in person. His first take? Even a slight tilt of the head makes you see double and lose the 3D effect. Uh oh.

Merson found a whole range of things to be troubled about in his time with the Sony: double-vision, color shift, relatively shallow depth. But the main issue—as Mark reported at this year’s CES—is that LCD and OLED screens just aren’t up to 3D. At least not in the way that plasma displays clearly are.

It’s also worth mentioning that the HX800 Merson viewed is actually the lowest end 3D model Sony offers, and in fact is technically a “3D-ready” set, meaning that it uses a separate sync transmitter instead of the integrated 3D functionality of the LX900 series. We won’t know how big, if any, a difference that makes until we’re able to compare the two side by side. But for now, the early returns suggest that plasma’s still the early king of 3D technology. [HD Guru]

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Sunday, June 13th, 2010 news No Comments

Homemade 16TB NAS dwarfs the competition with insane build quality (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/07/homemade-16tb-nas-dwarfs-the-competition-with-insane-build-quali/

From the man that brought you the OS Xbox Pro and the Cinematograph HD comes… a cockpit canopy filled with hard drives? Not quite. Meet the Black Dwarf, a custom network-attached-storage device from the mind of video editor Will Urbina, packing 16TB of RAID 5 magnetic media and a 1.66GHz Atom N270 CPU into a completely hand-built Lexan, aluminum and steel enclosure. Urbina says the Dwarf writes at 88MB per second and reads at a fantastic 266MB per second, making the shuttlecraft-shaped 12.7TB array nearly as speedy as an SSD but with massive capacity and some redundancy to boot. As usual, the DIY guru shot a professional time-lapse video of his entire build process, and this one’s not to be missed — it showcases some pretty spiffy camerawork as well as the man’s welding skills. See sparks fly after the break.

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