Summary of “Which NBA Coaches Are on the Hot Seat?”

Last season was the first in 46 years that no team in the NBA fired its head coach.
Regression to the mean makes us wonder: Who could go this season? Listed below are the coaches who might need to manifest greatness next season, broken up into categories.
Jeff HornacekO’Shaughnessy: Before Hornacek’s first season as head coach of the Knicks could even finish, Vegas had him as the third most likely to be fired in that same season.
Fred HoibergO’Shaughnessy: In May, the Bulls front office felt the need to confirm that Hoiberg will be welcomed back for a third season.
In Hoiberg’s two seasons, Chicago finished with worse individual records than any in Thibs’s five-season tenure.
The star just got injured for the season and Peter Parker is being forced to step in and lead the team to the title.
Above all, it’s crucial that they’re competent on defense - the Wolves were bottom-five in the league last season.
The light turbulence of last season is getting bumpier with Kyrie Irving asking for an out.

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Summary of “Three Potential NBA Lineups We Can’t Stop Thinking About”

It’s nice to know Thibodeau is thinking outside the box: Despite investing so much money in power forwards, he doesn’t need to play big and beefy with Taj Gibson alongside Towns or Gorgui Dieng in lineups that’ll suffocate floor spacing.
The writers at Wolves blog Canis Hoopus have done remarkable work covering the development of Wiggins, who after his third year is still an inefficient, high-usage player who plays apathetic defense.
A smaller role will mean fewer inefficient plays and more efficient chances for Wiggins, while his pick-and-roll opportunities won’t be forced on him.
Maybe the best version of Andrew Wiggins is one that allows him to shine within his defined role instead of as a do-it-all player; he might not meet the “Maple Jordan” hype he had in high school, but he can still excel as a two-way player.
The Celtics can play more traditional lineups with two bigs like Aron Baynes and Al Horford, or they can go small with Marcus Morris at the 5 and a trio of guards like Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier.
The additions of Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Semi Ojeleye created a stockpile of versatile wings alongside Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown, which will allow the team to play jumbo packages with five players all standing between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-10.
It’s a relatively basic play, but it comes at a crucial time in the game, with the Jazz down four points with about three and a half minutes remaining.
Houston RocketsMost Intriguing Lineup: Zhou Qi, Luc Mbah a Moute, P.J. Tucker, James Harden, Chris Paul.The James Harden-Chris Paul backcourt ignited debate on NBA Twitter as soon as news of the trade was announced; putting two ball-dominant players on the court at the same time seemed like a recipe for disaster.

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Summary of “How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup”

Businesses such as Lyft, Facebook, DoorDash, and thousands that aspired to be like them turned Stripe into the financial backbone of their operations.
Neither company will address the scope of the deal-which was only revealed by Stripe’s addition of Amazon’s logo to its website-but it could help Stripe greatly increase its trans­action volume.
Seven years in Stripe’s mission is less to send more books, vacuums, and grooming kits into the world than to “Increase the GDP of the internet,” Patrick says.
The brothers dropped out of college and in late 2009 started noodling on the idea that would become Stripe.
With Stripe, all a startup had to do was add seven lines of code to its site to handle payments: What once took weeks was now a cut-and-paste job.
Stripe won’t disclose the number of transactions it processes, but analysts estimate it’s getting close to handling $50 billion in commerce annually, which would translate to about $1.5 billion in revenue.
Stripe is also trying to make deals with Target Corp., Under Armour Inc., and other merchants to snag money available outside the startup scene, partnerships made more possible by the trust Amazon is showing.
At Stripe, Fowler oversees a quarterly publication, Increment, that collects stories on how engineers at other companies solved problems.

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Summary of “The Majestic Marble Quarries of Northern Italy”

Over the centuries, the strange geology of the marble mountains has produced an equally strange human community – strange even by the standards of Italy’s fractious regional subcultures.
The people there live in white towns, breathing white dust, speaking their own dialects, nursing their own politics.
Although the tools of extraction have changed over the centuries – oxen and chisels have given way to tractors and diamond-toothed saws – the fact remains: Large pieces of white stone, cut and hauled to distant places, function as a sign of wealth and power.
Like gold, marble is a special form of embedded wealth, visually striking and deeply impractical.
Follow Italy’s marble, and you follow the major movements of global wealth in human history, from ancient Rome to Victorian London to 20th-century New York.Photo.
Today Italy’s marble tends to move farther than it did before – not just 200 miles to Rome or 700 miles to London but 3,000 miles to Abu Dhabi and 4,000 miles to Mumbai and 5,000 miles to Beijing.
The centers of wealth have shifted, as they always will, and the marble follows, as it always has.
The famous white stone is now used not in small batches for art but in bulk for huge building projects: mosques, palaces, malls, hotels.

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Summary of “A Dozen Lessons about Business and Investing from Poker”

Gates played hand after hand against IBM in this business poker game and won every time.
“Mauboussin tells this story about poker: “Jim Rutt, who used to be the CEO of Network Solutions. He talked about playing poker when he was a young man.By day, he would learn about the different probabilities, and look for poker tells and pot odds, and all this stuff, and by night he would play. He played in progressively tougher games, and won some, lost a little. Eventually, his uncle pulled him aside and said,”Jim, it’s time to be less worried about getting better, and more worried about finding easy games.
The nature of investing is that a very small percentage of the people take money, essentially, in that poker game, away from other people who don’t know when prices go up whether that means it’s a good investment or if it’s a more expensive investment.
” “Playing poker in the Army and as a young lawyer honed my business skills.
” Munger is talking about investing here but he may as well have been writing about poker: “The primary problem with this bias is that people who should be buying index funds think they can be successful active investors.
“He took up poker with a vengeance. The games would last all night in one of the common rooms of Currier House, which became known as the Poker Room. His game of choice was Seven Card Stud, high low. A thousand dollars or more could be won or lost per night. Gates was better at assessing the cards than in reading the thoughts of his fellow players.”Bill had a monomaniacal quality,” Braiterman said.
” The process did have some significant befits according to Steve Ballmer who has said that Microsoft’s success in business was “basically an extension of the all-night poker games Bill and I used to play back at Harvard.
” If you don’t do the work, understand probability, manage your bankroll well, manage your emotions and understand the emotions of others, you are going to get your clock cleaned in poker and in business.

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Summary of “Tesla’s Solar Roof Is Actually Cheaper Than a Normal Roof”

Just under six months after announcing its Solar Roof, Tesla has finally put a price tag on those eco-friendly solar tiles that look like the real thing – and they’re actually really affordable.
Orders are now being taken for the Tesla Solar Roof at a price of $21.85 per square foot, which is nearly 20 percent less than the cost of a normal roof – even without factoring in the energy savings.
Back in November, Consumer Reports projected that the Tesla solar tiles would need to come in at $24.50 per square foot in order to compete with traditional roofing materials, something Tesla CEO Elon Musk was able to handily deliver – and then some.
“Tesla’s Solar Roof tiles are made of glass over a photovoltaic substrate as a replacement for traditional roofing materials – not an aftermarket add-on to the roof line, so they actually look like the ‘real thing” from the ground, allaying previous aesthetic hurdles to solar panel adoption.
Solar Roof is launching with four styles: Tuscan, Slate, Textured, and Smooth, with two of the styles – grey smooth and textured black glass – available to order now for installation, with the other two options coming in early 2018.
In addition to purchasing the Solar Roof, Tesla is packaging the system along with its forthcoming Powerwall 2.0 – a battery storage device with a built-in inverter that connects to your home’s electrical system, which will cost an additional $6,500 but could essentially take your house completely off the grid with 100 percent renewable energy, Musk promises.
In addition to the value proposition, Tesla’s Solar Roof is being touted as stronger than traditional roofing tiles, too – something that will be especially important to homeowners in sun-drenched yet wild-weather-prone regions like Texas and the Southwest, where flying debris could also be a hurdle to adoption.
What do you think of Tesla’s Solar Roof? Tell us in the comments.

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Summary of “More New Yorkers Opting for Life in the Bike Lane”

Daniel Kayton, a real estate broker, walked alongside a bike lane on First Avenue all the way from the East Village to Harlem last year to conduct an informal survey of whether it had harmed businesses and endangered pedestrians.
“You’re turning Manhattan upside down and inside out to accommodate a handful of bicyclists and activists,” he said.
“Ride your bikes, enjoy your life, but leave the rest of us alone.”
Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner, said that while her agency was sensitive to such concerns and had tried to minimize disruptions, expanding the biking infrastructure was vital to keeping pace with the soaring population.
“We can’t continue to accommodate a lot of the growth with cars,” she said.
New York is part of a booming bike movement across the country, as cities recognize the importance of biking to their transportation systems, invest in bike infrastructure and improve the safety of bike routes, said Matthew J. Roe, a program director for the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
More than a hundred cities have created protected lanes that place buffers between bicycles and cars, like ones lined with self-watering planters in Seattle.
In New York City, bike lanes have been created between curbs and parking spots – a model that has been widely copied elsewhere.

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Summary of “Coke Zero Is Gone Because We Live in a Grim Dystopia in Which Nothing Good Can Exist”

Today, citing flagging sales, exciting new product developments, and an apparent desire to be complicit in the ongoing collapse of Western civilization, Coca-Cola announced that it will cease distribution of Coke Zero in the United States beginning in August-dear God, that’s in less than a week.
In an unrelated story, if anyone needs me, I will be spending the day visiting every big-box store in a ten-mile radius while wiping tears from my eyes and buying as many containers of Coke Zero as my car can carry.
In its place, Coca-Cola will apparently begin selling some abomination called “Coke Zero Sugar,” or “Trash Knockoff Garbage Soda,” as it shall henceforth be referred to in my household.
The taste of Coke Zero Sugar, which uses a slightly different recipe than its predecessor and is already available internationally, is allegedly closer to that of Coke Heavy, and the company is pitching the rollout as “a reinvention of Coke Zero” with a “New improved taste,” since that strategy has worked so well for them in the past.
Coke Zero is the best of all the diet sodas, and it’s not close.
Diet Coke is a beverage that tastes like someone left a watered-down, room-temperature glass of store brand cola in an empty coffee tin for three days.
This is not a matter of opinion: In 2016, even as soda sales plummeted nationwide, Coke Zero sales grew 3.5% last year, compared to a 1.9% drop for Diet Coke.
Coke Zero is a perfect soda, and it’s being cruelly ripped from our collective arms with barely a week’s notice.

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Summary of “Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs and Ended Hegemonic Loudness”

What was apparent to sound engineers and studio wizards was that the volume had been reduced on every Spotify-hosted track.
What sound engineers have come to realize is that Spotify has reduced the LUFS index of everything on its platform from -11 LUFS to -14 LUFS, a number in line with that of competing musical platforms like YouTube, Tidal, and Apple Music.
“While trying to boost the sound, they ended up sacrificing its quality.”
“In country music, which includes mainstream artists, there’s many productions and mixes that are thoroughly distorted. You hear the sound of the muffled voice. The drums seem like the performer is playing with a toothpick. This is all a result of very compressed and limited audio. While trying to boost the sound, they end up sacrificing its quality.”
The race for the highest volume started in tandem with the emergence of the digital age of music, back when CDs became the main form of sound distribution.
By reducing the LUFS index, Spotify is telling the music industry that there’s no use in trying to sound louder than everyone else.
“When you lower the loudness of that sound, you have the feeling that it plays much lower.”
In other words, the songs with loudness above -14 LUFS sounds lower on Spotify compared to those that have been compressed below the magic number.

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Summary of “Netflix is on the hook for $20 billion. Can it keep spending its way to success?”

For the year, the stock is up nearly 50%. It closed Friday at $184.04, up $1.36 or 0.74%. But some industry experts are warning of a Netflix bubble that may burst if the company fails to produce enough hit series to keep attracting new subscribers.
Still, Netflix isn’t expected to dial down spending any time soon.
Some of the best-known shows on Netflix aren’t made by Netflix.
He said his “Underperform” rating on Netflix shares has been wrong in the past but believes the company’s lavish spending will eventually catch up to it.
Netflix, which declined to comment, has been canceling more shows in recent months, including expensive series such as “The Get Down” and “Sense8.” But the company said it has renewed 93% of its shows and it continues to greenlight new shows at a rapid pace, with a growing emphasis on foreign titles to cater to its overseas markets.
While Netflix continues to outspend competitors, industry watchers debate what type of content Netflix should be splurging on – prestige projects or blockbuster movies? Thought-provoking documentaries or more Adam Sandler comedies?
Netflix is spending big bucks on courting A-list Hollywood talent, including new projects with Martin Scorsese, Sandra Bullock and Will Smith.
Netflix is also spending big at festivals, especially Sundance, where it emerged this year as a major buyer along with Amazon.

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