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How To Parallel Park Like A Hedgehog Between 2 Goldfish

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/ad-of-the-day-how-to-parallel-park-as-successfully-as-a-hedgehog-between-bagged-goldfish-2012-12

A clever new Volkswagen print ad compares the difficulty of parallel parking to how tough it would be for a spiky hedgehog to squeeze between two goldfish in vulnerable plastic bags. 

The ad points out that with the help of Volkswagen Park Assist, complicated parallel parking situations can now be easily dealt with.

Here’s the ad, created by DDB Tribal Berlin:

Volkswagen hedgehog goldfish

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Street View car fleet gets ready to conquer (and map) the world

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/15/visualized-google-street-view-car-fleet-gets-ready-to-conquer-the-world/

Visualized Google Street View car fleet gets ready to conquer and map the world

Ever wonder how Google can make such grandiose claims for the sheer amount of Street View imagery it collects? Here’s how. Google’s Masrur Odinaev has posted a snapshot of a central mapping car parking lot that shows dozens of the camera-equipped Subaru Imprezas amassed ahead of future runs. While it already represents more Street View cars in one place than anyone outside of Google would normally ever see, what’s most impressive is remembering that this addresses just a portion of the entire vehicle mix — aside from the local cars you don’t see in the photo, there are extra units worldwide providing street-level coverage alongside tricycles and underwater expeditions. Odinaev’s look reminds us just how much effort is needed to make Street View a common feature — and that there are are legions of Google staffers whose low-profile work goes a long way towards making our navigation easier.

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Visualized: Google Street View car fleet gets ready to conquer (and map) the world originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Oct 2012 02:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, October 15th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Scoot aims to be Zipcar of electric scooters, launches in SF

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/26/zipcar-of-electric-scooters/

DNP Scoot aims to be Zipcar of electric scooters, launches in SF

Aiming to be the Zipcar of electric scooters, Scoot Networks has officially launched in San Francisco after months of beta testing. Ideal for areas with problematic parking, the Chinese-made scooters are 100 percent electric with a 20Ah SLA battery each, and there’s even a dock built into the dash to charge most Android or iPhone models. With a screaming top speed of 30 miles per hour, they’re obviously meant for short trips and not for the highway. It costs $10 to sign up, $5 per month, then $5 per hour. You can also get a $10 per day deal or a $19 per month option that includes three workdays or overnights. Even though you don’t need a motorcycle license to rent one, the company does offer tutorials to get newbies comfortable with the vehicles. If you do have a license, you can opt for the $185 a month plan that lets you get your own personal scooter. A potential issue is that the battery on the electric scooter only lasts around 20 to 30 miles, but San Francisco might have enough EV-friendly parking spots to make that less of a problem. You can watch the company’s promo video after the break.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 news No Comments

It Now Costs Nearly $450 For A Family Of Four To Attend An NFL Game

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/sports-chart-of-the-day-it-now-costs-nearly-450-for-a-family-of-four-to-attend-an-nfl-game-2012-9

If a family wants to attend an NFL game this fall, it will cost them $443.93 according to Team Marketing Report’s “Fan Cost Index.” The FCI is based on the average cost for a family of four, including the purchase of “four non-premium tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size hats.”

This year’s average cost is up $16.51 (3.9%) from last year and up $76.62 (20.9%) since 2007. However, if we look at inflation-adjusted prices, the cost of an NFL game has been relatively unchanged since 2009.

Here are the year-by-year costs…

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 news No Comments

How a Small Studio Pulled Off a Major 3-D Film Using Energy-Saving Technology

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5583881/how-a-small-studio-pulled-off-a-major-3+d-film-using-energy+saving-technology

Despicable MeTraditionally, only the mammoth Hollywood studios could afford to work with 3D—it’s too expensive to build the necessary, air-conditioned 24 hours a day, server farms. The company behind Despicable Me decided to try something new, and cut the AC.

Illumination Entertainment, the company behind Despicable Me, decided to try something new. Instead of using air-conditioned server farms to render images, the company asked IBM to built a customized server farm using the iDataPlex system, a processing system that cuts down on energy use by 40% compared to traditional server farms.

The iDataPlex has two key advantages: a flexible configuration that doubles the amount of systems that can run in a single IBM rack and the ability to run an ambient temperature room (no costly air-conditioning required). The system has been on the market for over a year, but Illumination is the first studio to use it for animated film.

This doesn’t mean that any scrappy studio with a dream can now produce a high-end 3-D animated film. Illumination used a 330-person team of artists, producers, and support staff to produce 142 terabytes of data. And the rendering farm, which processed up to 500,000 frames per week, was built in conjunction with Mac Guff Ligne, a French digital production studio.

But the iDataPlex gives Illumination a leg up in the graphics rendering process. Illumination Entertainment’s server farm, for example, is the size of four parking spots. That’s half the amount of space the company initially allotted to the farm. “Oftentimes a small studio like Illumination really wants to put their energy behind creating as compelling of content as possible,” explains Steve Canepa, Vice President, Media & Entertainment Industry at IBM. “By minimizing the technological issues associated with building and managing the [rendering] environment, we allow studios to reduce the amount of time, energy, and resources necessary to create an underlying technological platform.”

It’s a compelling idea for studios—even major ones—that want to cut costs and look environmentally conscious at the same time. IBM is already working with a number of other studios to implement similar solutions. Canepa concedes that studios could build similar systems by purchasing off-the-shelf racks and processors, but the iDataPlex’s unique configuration of servers packs a lot of processing power into a small space—and that’s not easy to replicate. Don’t expect these rigs to be appearing in suburban garages anytime soon.

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