HardwareThe most impressive thing about the new Mini is its selection of ports. There's Ethernet, a headphone jack and four USB-C connections (supporting Thunderbolt 3). It also sports a full-size HDMI port and two old-school USB-3 Type-A ports. Apple has been so aggressive about removing useful ports I was worried we'd see a box with nothing but a pair of USB-C inputs. The connectivity options make the new Mini easy to customize, with the option to add external SSDs, external GPUS or whatever else you might need. Unfortunately, shared controllers mean those Thunderbolt ports can only support two displays but add in the HDMI and you can run three 4K monitors from the Mini (or one 5K and one 4K display).Compared to previous Minis, you do lose the analog microphone input, but considering USB-based digital-analog converters are plentiful and effective, that's not a huge loss.I tested the entry-level $799 model, which comes with a quad-core, 3.6GHz Intel Core ii3-8100b processor, Intel UHD … [Read more...] about Apple Mac Mini review (2018): A video editor’s perspective
Over the summer, I had an epiphany. I have been trundling along as an aspiring journalist for almost four years. It isn’t exactly a growth field, I know, but I was pretty sure that’s what I wanted to do since I was a news junky. But the more I studied it, the more convinced I became that being a beat reporter might not be the path for me. But then, this spring, I wrote an article about the data scientists in our computer science department, and realized how awesome their work was! They were studying voting and polling data and analyzing it for trends. Over the summer, I took a free online course about data science, and I am totally turned on to it. It seems like journalism and data science have a lot in common. So, to say it plainly, I want to become a data scientist, but I don’t have the time to pursue that degree in college. What should I do? Am I making a mistake to shift from journalism to data science? Is there a way to study data science and turn my two … [Read more...] about Letter to the Editor: Doing the Data Dive
Susan Gerbic spent her career photographing babies at a department store in Salinas, California, just 100 miles south of San Francisco. Today, the retired 55-year-old has dedicated her life to something entirely different: Wikipedia. As a member of the skeptical movement, Gerbic is committed to promoting critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and empirical evidence—particularly when it comes to fringe ideas. In 2010, she started a Wikipedia project to “improve skeptical content” on the crowdsourced encyclopedia, by writing new articles about topics like people who claim to have supernatural abilities and improving existing ones about groups like those who believe the Earth is flat. Today, the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project has more than 120 volunteer editors from around the world, each of whom Gerbic has recruited and trained herself. They’re collectively responsible for some of the site’s most heavily trafficked articles on topics like … [Read more...] about The ‘Guerrilla’ Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories
THE use of photography in music and film is explored in this month's Belfast Photo Festival, which celebrates some of the finest contemporary photography from Northern Ireland and further afield. Brian Griffin’s POP presents a series of rare and previously unseen photographs of some of the most influential figures in the music industry between 1978-1987. A renowned album-cover photographer who has shot for Depeche Mode, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop and Billy Idol's iconic Rebel Yell, Griffin's exhibition showcases alternative images captured during the photo shoots for classic LPs. James Mollison’s body of work The Disciples, which will be presented as a large-format outdoor exhibition in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, is a highly entertaining take on contemporary music culture and the tribalism invoked by popular music stars. Other off-theme exhibition highlights include Air of the Anthropocene by Robin Price, which explores air pollution, and Ready? OK!, a group exhibition … [Read more...] about Pixar film editor looks forward to being special guest at Belfast Photo Festival
China's defunct Tiangong-1 space station is careening through low-Earth orbit right now, and is expected to reenter Earth's atmosphere sometime between March 30 and April 2. Most of the 9-ton (8,500 kilograms) space station will probably burn to bits in the atmosphere — but a few thousand chunks of hot, mangled debris are still likely to survive the trip and land on our planet's surface. Your odds of being conked on the head by any of this debris are low — about one in 292 trillion, or roughly a million times less likely than hitting the Powerball jackpot. Right now, the potential impact site of the space station covers about one-third of the planet, and a huge majority of that zone is water. "There are two reasons why you should not approach and touch a piece of space debris," Robert Z. Pearlman, a space historian and editor of collectSPACE.com, told Live Science. "The first is it is a health risk." Presumably, Pearlman said, the space station is carrying all manner of … [Read more...] about What Should You Do If You Find a Piece of China’s Crashed Space Station?