Summary of “The Food Lab: How to Organize Your Refrigerator for Better Food Storage”

Organizing your fridge for maximum efficiency-in terms of food shelf life, food safety, and easy access to the things you reach for most-should be a top priority.
A fridge is basically just a big, cold box with a few shelves in it, right? Well, that’s true, but where you store food in the fridge can have quite an impact on its shelf life.
How you organize your food in the fridge should be based on how cold it needs to be kept.
As soon as you transfer food into a smaller storage container, label the container, using permanent marker on masking tape, with the date of storage as well as what’s inside.
Fridges keep food fresh for longer, but that doesn’t mean that harmful bacteria can’t multiply to dangerous levels given enough time.
To minimize risk, here’s a rule of thumb: The more likely it is that a food could make you sick, and the higher the final temperature you intend to cook it to, the lower in the refrigerator it should be stored, both to keep it cooler and to prevent cross-contamination.
To give you an idea of good refrigerator storage organization, allow me to take you on a little tour of my fridge.
In emergencies, thinner foods can be rapidly defrosted by placing them in a bowl of cold water under a slowly running tap, or, better yet, placed on an aluminum tray or pan, which will very quickly transmit energy from the room to the food.

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Summary of “The Technology Behind Good Coffee”

The staff at The Wirecutter and Sweethome, The New York Times’s product evaluation sites, seem just a little obsessed with coffee.
Does the equipment make a difference to the coffee?
Running a $20 bag of freshly roasted single-origin coffee through a blade grinder and a $30 drip machine is like listening to a symphony through a cellphone speaker.
If you’re just looking for a quick caffeine fix to get out the door in the morning, a cheaper coffee maker and a bag of preground Dunkin’ Donuts house blend tastes about the same regardless of how you brew it.
Even the best coffee maker will produce bitter or sour results if you start with unevenly ground coffee.
Most grinders aren’t consistent, so we borrowed a $2,700 Mahlkonig EK43 grinder and compared its grounds with that of some of the most popular coffee grinders designed for home use.
We found a $230 coffee grinder, the Baratza Virtuoso, delivered nearly identical results as the $2,700 grinder.
Not all the stuff you tested was for coffee nerds though, right? You did some testing for the average joe.

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Summary of “The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money”

Wait a minute – we know how to interpret our portfolio returns, don’t we? Those big money-management firms and mutual fund firms and investment advisors, they’re so helpful in telling us how much our hard-earned money is growing.
They’re called index funds and E.T.F.s, for exchange-traded funds.
BOGLE: The number comes out to around a trillion and a half flowing into index funds and a half a trillion flowing out of active funds, which is a $2 trillion shift in investor preferences.
The thing about the index fund – no sales loads, no portfolio turnover.
Over the past decade, according to The Wall Street Journal, “Between 71 and 93 percent of U.S. stock mutual funds either closed or failed to beat their closest index funds.”
BOGLE: You can buy an index fund of, an S&P 500 Index Fund, let’s say, for as little as 4 basis points, four one-hundredths of 1 percent.
There’s one growth fund, one value fund, a couple of bond funds, and it costs pretty much nothing.
Because if you read the entire rule, which I’ve read, it’s a governmental decision to allocate capital into index funds and E.T.F. funds that the government is deeming those things as being more efficient.

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Summary of “Tenants Under Siege: Inside New York City’s Housing Crisis”

What makes the crisis especially startling is that New York has the most progressive housing laws in the country and a mayor who has made tenants’ rights and affordable housing a central focus of his administration.
In view of this extraordinary level of regulation, it may seem surprising that New York faces a crisis in affordable housing.
These new tenants are the supposed “Gentrifiers” of Brooklyn: they may be Web designers, fund-raisers, editorial assistants, fashion industry aspirants, musicians with a couple of floating bartender gigs, line chefs, elementary school teachers, film or TV crew workers, or online journalists-people with the kinds of jobs that New York abundantly generates.
At the town hall meeting, the mayor, trying to explain why he hasn’t set aside more units for those near the poverty line, said, “There are swamps of people who make less than $40,000 a year. People who make $50,000 need help, too.” To a renter in the audience anxious about her future, he admitted, with a touch of sadness, that his housing policy “May not help you personally. New York may not be exactly the same city you’ve known.” But he claimed that he was doing all that was realistically within his power “To protect the character of New York.”.
The hard fact is that behind the wildfire of new construction, new restaurants, retail outlets, bars, music halls, caf├ęs, tech and media start-ups, and nearly full employment, real poverty in New York is on the rise.
Shouldn’t New Yorkers be given the chance to vote on a similar measure to fund affordable housing? What New York desperately needs is newly constructed buildings entirely devoted to households with incomes of $35,000 to $80,000, something a half-cent sales tax would abundantly provide.
The New York City Housing Authority, the government agency in charge of the city’s public housing, has a $17 billion deficit, the amount needed to repair and maintain its 2,462 buildings, some of which are more than seventy years old.
New affordable housing would no longer be contingent on giving tax exemptions to the builders of private, market-rate projects: luxury developers would be free to charge whatever the market will bear for all of their units, not just 70 or 80 percent of them, and the city, in turn, could collect from these developers the billions in property taxes that it now forfeits under 421-a. Housing built with money from a special tax fund would be 100 percent affordable.

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Summary of “Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role”

Mr. Scaramucci had boasted about reporting directly to the president, not the chief of staff.
While Mr. Kelly’s objection was the decisive factor in Mr. Scaramucci’s departure, people close to the decision said that Mr. Trump had quickly soured on the wisecracking, Long Island-bred former hedge fund manager, and so had his family.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and Jared Kushner, her husband, had pushed the president to hire Mr. Scaramucci, seeing him as a way to force out Mr. Priebus, the former national Republican committee chairman, and his allies in the West Wing.In that, Mr. Scaramucci was successful.
Mr. Spicer, a close ally of Mr. Priebus, resigned just hours after the news about Mr. Scaramucci’s hiring was made public.
Shortly after Mr. Scaramucci called Mr. Priebus a “Paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” – adding a more vulgar term to the beginning of the phrase – Mr. Priebus, too, offered his resignation.
Mr. Trump was initially pleased by Mr. Scaramucci’s harsh remarks, directed at Mr. Priebus and Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist.
Mr. Scaramucci’s swift departure is an early indication that Mr. Kelly intends to assert his authority over the operations of the White House, and that several of the big personalities there – including Mr. Kushner, Ms. Trump and Mr. Bannon – may be inclined to defer to him.
The president still values Mr. Scaramucci, according to people close to Mr. Trump and his family, and is hoping to find another, less high profile, position for him in the White House – although it is uncertain if Mr. Scaramucci would be willing to accept a demotion.

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Summary of “‘Nuclear winter’ forecasted for free agents in the summer of 2018”

“If you’re a team, you’re sitting there saying, ‘Well, I’m not going to negotiate off of someone else’s mistake,'” a general manager from a team not linked to any of those players told ESPN. “That was the problem. Players were going to try to hold teams and agents to these comparisons. We’re coming out of a bubble.”
“You had faulty logic all across the league. The league and the players’ association for a lack of smoothing, the teams that spent, the agents and players that thought that this was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that was never going to end. You had a lot of parties that were guilty of a gold-rush mentality. It’s always going to come to an end.”
This summer, only 14 teams entered free agency with cap space, and about $3 billion has been spent on free agents in this cycle, a figure that already includes $169 million extensions for James Harden and John Wall and eight rookie extensions signed before the Halloween deadline.
“The real story is the nuclear winter for free agents coming next year,” one team executive with authority to make personnel decisions told ESPN. “Teams planned the last two summers for the cap to be much higher. The fact that it went way down from the projections crushed teams.”
“It forced teams to spend all their money and gave free agents false hope of what’s to come,” one agent said.
“If you weren’t a free agent last summer, those deals aren’t ever going to come again. … They f–ed everybody. They f–ed the teams and f–ed the players.”
“Guys in the middle really get hurt. Unless you’re an All-Star or somebody that can be a finishing piece , it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough for free agents in that situation. If you’re not on a contending team, why would you spend just to get a roster piece?”.
Portland is a good example of a blueprint that teams could follow next summer and for the foreseeable future, as the albatross of bad contracts signed in 2016 could either be stretched to alleviate a team’s luxury tax penalty or traded to a team with cap space.

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Summary of “Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck. Here’s How to Move It Forward.”

To get computers to think like humans, we need a new A.I. paradigm, one that places “Top down” and “Bottom up” knowledge on equal footing.
Top-down knowledge comprises cognitive models of the world and how it works.
Deep learning is very good at bottom-up knowledge, like discerning which patterns of pixels correspond to golden retrievers as opposed to Labradors.
To a deep-learning system there is no difference between the reflection and the real thing, because the system lacks a theory of the world and how it works.
I say this as someone who has experience with both models, having worked on A.I. both as an academic researcher and as the founder of a start-up company, Geometric Intelligence, which was recently acquired by Uber.Academic labs are too small.
A full solution will incorporate advances in natural language processing, knowledge representation and inference.
Even the largest “Open” efforts at A.I., like OpenAI, which has about 50 staff members and is sponsored in part by Elon Musk, is tiny by comparison.
An international A.I. mission focused on teaching machines to read could genuinely change the world for the better – the more so if it made A.I. a public good, rather than the property of a privileged few.

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Summary of “NBA: Kyrie Irving trade talks show how much teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, value him”

As teams deliberate and deliver trade offers to the Cleveland Cavaliers, executives are pursuing insight into Irving’s character and habits, his leadership and late nights.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert downplayed talk that star point guard Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and said that he expects Irving to be at training camp.
There were approximately 20 teams that inquired with Cleveland upon the news of Irving’s trade request, league sources said, but far fewer have registered legitimate proposals.
Truth be told, the Cavaliers’ trade talks have been buoyed with teams getting back better, if not perfect, reports on Irving’s growth, league sources said.
The Heat are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces for an Irving trade, league sources said.
After six seasons and three Finals appearances, Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and out from under LeBron James’s shadow.
Cleveland turned down those deals before Irving’s trade request, and now the landscape on a package for him becomes far more complicated.
How far do teams want to go for him? Who’s Kyrie Irving without LeBron James? The answers promise to dictate the future of the Cleveland franchise, and even perhaps, the balance of power in the NBA..

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Summary of “The Inside Story Of SoundCloud’s Collapse”

SoundCloud declined to make Ljung available for this story.
With the March 2016 launch of SoundCloud Go, a $9.99 per month subscription service, SoundCloud was a late entrant to a ferociously competitive streaming music space and with an array of services that offered no differentiation from incumbents like Spotify and Apple Music.
SoundClouders were asked not to favorite tracks, a common way of saving music, from their personal profiles, or to put links to audio tracks in company emails.
With SoundCloud holding out for just under $2 billion, Twitter balked, sources said, put off by the heady price tag, music industry headaches, and the discrepancy between Soundcloud’s monthly visitors and its registered users.
In November 2014, SoundCloud closed a deal with Warner Music Group, giving the label an undisclosed cut of revenue from ads, a 3%-5% stake in the company and protection against past copyright infringement from the label.
Why would anyone would pay for SoundCloud if they already have Pandora or Spotify? “People went to SoundCloud for free music,” DJ Justin “3LAU” Blau told BuzzFeed News.
Two months later, with recently inked licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony locked down, SoundCloud was finally able to launch its SoundCloud Go subscription product.
With SoundCloud looking to close a $100 million round this summer, sources say the company’s board may be considering bringing on a new CEO. Whoever that is, former employees hope that person will be able to rediscover what made SoundCloud so special to them in the first place.

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Summary of “Why the feds took down one of Bitcoin’s largest exchanges”

This week, one of Bitcoin’s largest and most notorious coin exchanges was brought down by law enforcement – and police and prosecutors are now beginning to explain why.
There will continue to be demand for exchanges like BTC-e, and with feds directly targeting exchanges that don’t play by the book, the split between the two halves of Bitcoin is becoming starker and starker.
BTC-e, founded in 2011, always stood out as an anomaly among the major Bitcoin exchanges.
“Anybody who thought about this for a second understood that law enforcement was working on a case against BTC-e” While the Mt. Gox allegations are the most eye-catching, many of the charges that brought down BTC-e allege more straightforward money laundering.
Since 2013, it’s been clear that Bitcoin exchanges had to follow those same rules, and for the most part, exchanges have complied – and prosecutors haven’t been shy about filing charges against services that don’t.
In recent years, BTC-e has been the largest Bitcoin exchange not registered with FinCEN, a distinction that made it an obvious target for law enforcement, even without Vinnik’s alleged Mt. Gox involvement.
The language in the indictment about BTC-e’s “Criminal design” mimics the indictment against Liberty Reserve – an anonymous currency service taken down by law enforcement in 2013 – which also accused the online exchange of having a “Criminal design” and a system “Designed so that criminals could effect financial transactions under multiple layers of anonymity.”
“Exchanges will go one of two ways. Either they’ll clean up their act… or they’ll go fully underground.” Now that BTC-e is down for good, it could have a profound impact on the criminal ecosystem more broadly.

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