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Some feedback to Financial Reporters

Posted in Economics on March 1st, 2009 by leodirac – Comments Off on Some feedback to Financial Reporters

I’m sure you know the US economy is in recession, which means the total amount of economic activity is declining. Last week you might have heard the official numbers on how fast it’s declining. The big story was that the economy is down 6.2%, and everybody agrees that’s a lot. Most everybody agrees on what it was that shrank — the GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, which is a strictly defined measure that attempts to sum up all economic activity within the country’s borders. But subtle differences in wording make it really unclear on actually how fast the economy was…

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Dinocams – The legacy of SLR cameras in the 21st century

Posted in Analysis, Gadgets, Geek, Travel on March 1st, 2009 by leodirac – 6 Comments

DSLR cameras make very little sense today. Modern imaging technology is rapidly turning them into dinosaurs. The forces keeping them alive are a combination of a physical legacy in hunks of glass, and aspirational marketing. I’ll explain, but first, what’s a DSLR and why don’t they make sense? Background on SLRs and DSLRs (If you what “f-stop” means, feel free to skip ahead to the next section.) SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. Practically speaking it refers to a camera where you can change the lens. You look through the same lens that actually takes the picture, letting you put…

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