Whale of a ride: Why this techie and his teen daughter are traversing the U.S. on a tandem bike

John Carpenter and his daughter Olivia begin their cross-country tandem bike ride on the Burke Gilman Trail at Golden Gardens in Seattle on Saturday morning. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) A Seattle girl with a love and concern for endangered orca whales hopped on a tandem bicycle with her tech-savvy father Saturday morning to start a cross-country ride to raise awareness and money to aid the species. Olivia Carpenter, a 14-year-old freshman at Roosevelt High School, is taking on the big trip this summer with her father John Carpenter, the longtime IT manager at Madrona Venture Group. John and Olivia Carpenter hope to be in Boston by Aug 25. (GeekWire… Read More

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The Sony A9 inches the mirrorless camera market forward

Having a variety of prime, telephoto, macro, sport and the like, all with distinctive shooting characteristics is what give lenses their charm. However, Sony just took Nikon’s spot as number two in the full-frame camera industry — Canon holds pole position. Currently, only 24 full-frame E-mount lenses exist compared to the dozens that Canon has in each category. Still,… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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Pirates Hit With $15 Million in Damages For Stealing Research Papers

Dutch academic publisher Elsevier has been awarded $15 million in damages in a suit against Sci-Hub and LibGen, two portals that make academic research available online for free. The judgment was made in a New York district court and came by default, since the defendants have chosen not to engage with the legal process. One of those defendants, Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan, has told the piracy-news site TorrentFreak that there is no money to pay the judgment, and that she still has no intention of complying with a 2015 court order to take Sci-Hub offline. While several of its domain names have been seized, she says the site will remain… Read More

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