Having recovered from my diversion into Bitcoin, including figuring out how to build Bitcoin Core with Visual Studio, I am on to my next technical investigation, how to extract HD video from a Tivo, edit it, and encode as an MP4. Stay tuned :)
This is so beautiful: The IBM 1620, an affordable "scientific computer" from 1959. Where by affordable we mean, $88,000, which would be $715,000 in 2015. Still looking at those old pictures, it was probably worth it.
Detroit News documents the decimation of one city block. I'm unclear on why news media use the phrase "predatory subprime lenders". These are businesses which makes loans to "subprime borrowers", people who would not otherwise be able to purchase property because they don't have a sufficient down payment or cannot afford the monthly payments. So the interest rate is high, to compensate for the risk. With such loans often the borrower can't afford the payments, doesn't have much or any money invested as a down payment, and hence abandons the property. Then the lender has to foreclose. This doesn't seems surprising or "predatory".
On deck this week: New Horizons mission to Pluto! You can warm up by watching this video from Wired. I can't wait!