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756 EV cars sold in Portugal during 2016

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:46:24 +0000

I’ve just read that the Portuguese bought 756 (+17%) full electric vehicles during 2016 (mostly Nissan Leafs). That might seem a small number — as it is just 0,36% of the market — but it is a good clear sign of the future. Electric is both cheap and clean and with the arrival of the […]

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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies ★★★★

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:05:31 +0000

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies ★★★★ by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee This is a book the reflect upon. Well, not the book, but the ideas in it. The topics covered claim that we are living alongside a transformative force that will change the shape of the […]

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The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East 2★

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:44:12 +0000

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East 2★ by Robert Fisk This book could have been very interesting if it was reduced to one third of its size. At more than 1000 pages it becomes very boring to read through. My advice? don’t bother with this one, or just skim through […]

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Can Future Faraday FF91 win the EV market?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:06:06 +0000

Can the Future Faraday FF91† be it? One of my recent interests is Electric Cars. It is my belief that the combustion engine is going the way of the dodo. Personally I need to replace my almost 20 year old Rover in the next couple of years. The recent announcement of the Faraday Future FF91 […]

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Apple needs a new CEO, Tim Cook must resign.

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:48:22 +0000

Apple CEO, Tim Cook must resign and the company should shift towards a more aggressive development strategy. Apple at the present is just a company of incremental improvements of existing products and market expansion. There are no new products to come. No new directions to travel. The problem with apple started when the company stopped […]

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Reference: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: A Statistical Method for Reconstructing Large Historical Social Networks

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 23:20:04 +0000

by Christopher N. Warren; Daniel Shore; Jessica Otis; Lawrence Wang; Mike Finegold; Cosma Shalizi When you accidentally find a paper with Cosma Shalizi as one of the co-authors you know you have to read it. And this one is an interesting paper because of some research aspects that are of my interest. The abstract’s first […]

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American Elections

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:44:40 +0000

Vote Hillary Aftermath: You didn’t follow advice from a Portuguese low life like myself and now the world is a worse place to live in. You are super, america.

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The weirdest thing about Apple’s Touch Bar is that it might be really good

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:33:03 +0000

Finally, after so many nights, Apple showed something that might be important for the future of laptops. The Touch Bar. I haven’t written about Apple in a long time. The reason being that the past iterations of the Mac were, well, bland.  But now, I think that this hybrid approach to input in the laptop […]

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The problems of upgrading to Apple’s Mac OS Sierra

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:46:50 +0000

There you go again, apple releases a new OS and Dave starts bitching about how broken Sierra is. Here’s a list of things that stopped working and that I’m really upset about: I use a different keyboard layout called ColemaP. A slightly optimised version of Colemak. This keyboard layout relies on the Caps Lock key […]

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Se o arrependimento matasse: A AF-S 35mm f1.8 G é excelente

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:14:33 +0000

Há algum tempo disse aqui que achava que a lente AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f1.8 G da Nikon era um mau investimento. Na altura justifiquei essa opinião comparando-a com a 35mm f2 AF-D. A verdade é que não podia estar mais enganado. Dizer mal de uma lente nem sempre é fácil e se não metermos […]

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Is the Canon EOS M5 a danger to Nikon?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:48:38 +0000

And here we have the Canon EOS M5 It took Canon 4 iterations of the M camera to make finally something that on paper looks a great camera. Four, because There is no Canon EOS M4 as number 4 brings bad luck in Japan — It sounds like the word for death. Had Canon failed […]

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A final Portugal-França — a Vitória!

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:27:11 +0000

Não há muito a dizer neste último comentário. Apenas que GANHAMOS E SOMOS CAMPEÕES EUROPEUS. Mas ainda assim algumas notas: Como tinha pensado na última entrada, o cansaço acumulado da selecção francesa foi determinante. Fernando Santos acabou por fazer uma gestão dos minutos que ajudou Portugal (apesar dos 3 prolongamentos) a ter mais frescura física. […]

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A final Portugal-França — O Cansaço!

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:20:37 +0000

Um dos factores que muito se tem falado tem a ver com o cansaço do jogadores. Será que vai ser um factor decisivo na final do Europeu? A verdade é que Portugal e França são muito semelhantes na utilização de jogadores neste Europeu 2016 (com algumas diferenças). Portugal tem 3 jogadores com mais minutos nas […]

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Graphene Batteries. Maybe the future?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:30:57 +0000

I’ve been a bit sceptic about electric cars getting massive adoption in the next few years because of the battery technology. I believe that you’ll need at least a 10 fold increase in capacity per litter and cost before you’ll see massive adoption of the electric car. And politicians forcing electric cars on us won’t […]

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Quando se ganha é mais difícil dizer mal…

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:55:50 +0000

E mesmo vencendo é sempre possível melhorar. A selecção continua a mostrar alguma fraqueza, principalmente no toca a controlar o meio campo, mas se a solidariedade defensiva é notória o ataque é manifestamente parco. Uns dirão que é defeito outros que é feitio do Fernando Santos. Solidez e depois logo se vê o que se […]

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Facebook in Paris without a tablet

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:40:02 +0000

Facebook to translate posts into different languages AUTOMATICALLY Well, AUTOMATICALLY is the interesting aspect of all this. Not because the capability is there, but because it has some ethical aspects to it. Why should something be able to do that? What if I post a Portuguese poem? How is FB going to translate Shakespeare? Naturally […]

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Ao 5 empate Bayern 2–Resto do mundo 0

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:41:37 +0000

O Português é um tipo teimoso, que é incapaz de mudar de rumo mesmo que na sua frente esteja um iceberg, e chama a essa teimosia “persistência”, “acreditar”, “fé”. O Fernando Santos é um desses Portugueses. Tem uma fé inabalável numa forma de jogar que tem mostrado um futebol um tanto ou quanto chato, mas […]

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What does football, Brexit and my kitchen have in common?

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:57:15 +0000

After loosing to Chile (second time in a row), the second best player in the world doesn’t want to play anymore for his country at the age of 29 (after four lost finals). Maybe there was some problem with the money suitcase travelling to the Cayman islands, but in any case Argentina loses big time […]

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E ao quarto empate… Portugal ganhou.

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:03:03 +0000

Tudo neste último jogo foi diferente dos anteriores, apesar do empate — nos 90 minutos. No jogo do mata-mata não há espaços para recuperações milagrosas como as do jogo com a Hungria. Fernando Santos sabia-o e colocou uma equipa mais sólida defensivamente. Que antes de ganhar o jogo sabia que não o podia perder infantilmente […]

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JASP or not to JASP? Bayesian statistical methods for free.

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:01:27 +0000

There are two ways of doing statistical analysis. One that I call the Excel approach and the other that I call the Experts approach. You use the former if you are a mouse user, and like to point and click at things without understanding what is happening. You can also forego control too. And you […]

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The British Strike OUT. What a mistake they made!

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:47:38 +0000

Well, the chances where there, the clowns were out, the stupidity made them blind, and now BRITAIN VOTED OUT. This might be the biggest face changing in Europe since WWII and we all will have privileged seats to watch/or be part of/ whatever you prefer. The late Iain Banks, one of Britain best writers of […]

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Portugal e a tática do 3-3-3-3?

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:40:54 +0000

Pois é, e não estou a falar do resultado. Esta selecção mete-se em alhadas não porque quer, mas porque tem ali meia dúzia de nabos que nem num batatal saberiam apanhar a hortaliça. Foram 3 erros de defesas que deram origem a 3 livres e de 3 livres surgiram 3 golos Húngaros. Porquê tanta azelhice? […]

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O preço das casas sobe em Lisboa

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:50:19 +0000

Segundo um relatório — e ultimamente todo o jornalismo parece provir de relatórios. Será que ainda há jornalistas à antiga, que vão para a rua, que fazem perguntas? — mas como dizia, segundo um relatório, vendem-se mais casas em Lisboa e mais caras. Vendem-se e a cidade está mais cara. Se tanto dinheiro está a […]

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APFS might be the best new thing in macOS Sierra

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:00:12 +0000

I’ve long forgotten to watch Apple keynotes because honestly … they don’t present much these days and my time is very valuable to be sitting for 90 minutes watching promotional material. BUT, in the latest presentation of the future operating system there was something that catched my attention: THE NEW FILE SYSTEM. Apple has been […]

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Portugal e as contas do futebol

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:00:34 +0000

Depois do jogo de ontem fica patente que há algo de muito errado na PSICOLOGIA dos jogadores Portugueses. Não é possível ser sistematicamente a selecção que MAIS REMATA E NÃO MARCA. A probabilidade de isto ser um outlier começa a ser mais pequena que um feijão. Ainda por cima quando estes jogadores até não têm […]

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