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daily 09/06/2013

    • Price is anyone’s guess at this point, but with the X-M1 costing $800 with kit lens, we should expect the X-A1 to cost around $500. It will also come in some flashy colors like blue and red.

       

    • But there are technical reasons too. At a certain point, the amount of steel needed to stabilize higher floors becomes too large to validate. And the cost of building safely habitable spaces that high above the earth—where wind and temperature are extreme—is also hard to justify. Elevators are another issue: the logistics of installing enough elevators to service super-high floors, along with elevators in the expansive floor plates down below, is a major challenge.

       

    • One of the reasons I’ve always had more respect for the Sears Tower (I just can’t call it the Willis Tower) than for the ones that immediately supplanted it for the world’s tallest. Despite being built in the 70s, it had the highest occupied floor until 2003. Today 1:32pm

    • Sigma’s new 18-35mm f/1.8 lens brings zooms where they have rarely ventured before with an unprecedented f/1.8 aperture. The future is bright. For $800, you’re getting wide-to-medium angle zoom lens for Canon, Nikon, or Sigma DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors. It has an 18-35mm focal range and an f/1.8 aperture. And it’s the aperture that really sets this sucker apart. At f/1.8, it boasts a spec previously found only in prime lenses and unusually wide for a zoom. That means the lens is more sensitive to low light than most high-end zooms, which top-out at f/2.8. In almost all cases, if you have regular need for a serious zoom lens, then this is what you want. The price is an extremely reasonable $800, and there is currently no lens out there quite like it. [More]

    • Opera 16 — which is based on Chromium 29, the engine that powers Chrome 29 (currently in beta) — comes with support for the W3C Geolocation API, a form auto-filler tool and opera:flags, a shortcut to settings that allows adventurous users to play with experimental features.

       

    • On Wednesday, Klinsmann expressed his annoyance with CONCACAF’s officiating selection of Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rodriguez.

       

      “I don’t doubt that Marco Antonio Rodriguez is a great referee,” Klinsmann said. “But at the same time, there is something I can’t get out of my head. I have eight players with a yellow card, and four days later we face Mexico. Truthfully, I don’t like this.”

    • Klinsmann repeated Thursday that he “didn’t call God to give us some snow.”

       

    • New Mexico State had the ball 47 plays in the first half and if we could not have substituted last week, we would’ve been tired at halftime,” Texas head coach Mack Brown said during his Wednesday press conference.
    • Instead of substituting on nearly every play, the Texas defense won’t be afforded the same opportunity against a BYU offense that often won’t trade players at all on a drive.
    • They had 97 plays last week. We watched the TV copy because it’s hard to tell on the video copy, but they’re snapping the ball 10-to-15 seconds every time and they’re not substituting at all.
    • In all, BYU had 18 drives and held the ball for just over 34 minutes of the game, numbers that left Brown a little bit stunned.

    • Last week, defenders were coming off the field at virtually every opportunity as defensive coordinator Manny Diaz decided to get a look at a variety of different combinations of players, but this week he will have to find drive-long combinations that can stop the base personnel grouping of BYU.
    • If the Horns can force three-and-outs on roughly half of the Cougar possessions, as Virginia did last week, the offense should be in a strong position to make plays, especially since defensive line depth for BYU is a bit of a concern from their standpoint
    • if the offense can get close to 90 plays, the BYU defensive line very well may tired out, giving the Horns a chance to take control of the game late.
    • We all vividly remember the systemic problems that arose in the banking industry, where capital became detached from the underlying transaction of risk
    • Capital invested in reinsurance—in which investors or companies provide capital to insurance companies, betting that most claims won’t be filed—has increased at a rapid clip since 2008
    • It’s little surprise that money is flowing into reinsurance, the business of buying up the debt of an insurance company.
    • Essentially, reinsurance is a bet that a segment of the companies or individuals being insured (by investors or other insurance companies) won’t file claims during a certain time period.
    • Low interest rates and monetary easing around the world have left investors desperate for yield
    • In a murky market environment, investing in disaster can seem like a smarter bet. Investing in reinsurance debt securities like catastrophe bonds (which bet that homeowners or companies won’t file claims that exceed a certain amount of money) can yield as much as 7% to 8% for three years, compared to the approximately 3% you might earn investing in US Treasurys now for the next 10 years.
    • Capital invested in reinsurance increased by 2% in the first quarter of 2013 alone, and increased by 11% over the course of 2012. Hedge funds and pension funds alone invested $35 billion in the last 12 months.
    • It’s also worth noting that the size of the global reinsurance industry is about a quarter of the size of the market for US mortgage-backed securities.

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