Steve Kerr explains why Alfonzo McKinnie is part of Warriors’ playoff rotation

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLOS ANGELES — For a man who has played in Luxembourg, Mexico, Toronto and Chicago, Alfonzo McKinnie had no idea where his next destination would be.He finally cemented his NBA future this season by impressing the Warriors after signing a non-guaranteed training camp contract in September.But McKinnie, 26, could have not have predicted his role in the NBA playoffs series against the Los Angeles Clippers as Golden …last_img

BlindType: Touchscreen Typing for the Maladroit

first_imgmike melanson Related Posts Worry not, you of the short and stubby fingers, you who lack a bit of dexterity in the digits, you who can’t seem to type on your iPhone and Android for the life of you – there is hope. No longer will you have to be angered that your attempt to type the letter “M” resulted in a backspace or “A” turned into a capital letter. BlindType, an input system currently in development for the iPhone and Android platforms, works to predict not only the word you intended to type, but the letters themselves.While we’d never recommend trying to type on your phone while driving, there are plenty of other situations where this app could be immensely useful. From sitting in the back of a bouncy bus to simply trying to type faster than the miniscule touchscreen keyboard normally allows, the app gives a much larger margin of error by not only using predictive text, but also adjusting the keyboard to the user’s “‘perceived’ keyboard and typing style”. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As you can see in the video, the keyboard is not static, but rather entirely relative to how the user types. The keyboard itself is even unnecessary, as the relative touch points are enough to predict the intended words. It can move on the touchscreen, adjust to different orientations and even change in size. While Kostas Eleftheriou was hesitant to describe exactly how this all worked, he told us that the system adjusts dynamically with every word typed, not just in the long term. “The average user will probably want to have their keyboard ‘locked’ into a fixed position, so the scaling and rotation that you see would be happening behind the scenes in order to provide industry-first prediction rates,” Eleftheriou told us in an email. “While the system offers many different settings, it will be totally ready to go out of the box without having to tinker with anything first.”While Android users may be able to enjoy the full potential of this app, on the iPhone it will unfortunately suffer the same fate (at least initially) as Opera Mini – a secondary interface that cannot be made default. We asked BlindType’s creators about this, and they admitted that Apple does not allow its keyboard to be replaced, as with Android, but that they will offer BlindType for both platforms “if nothing else to put pressure on Apple to finally allow this kind of thing.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Amazon#web last_img read more

Solar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old Debate

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img The oil price shock of 1973 sparked a burst of interest in “solar houses.” During the 1970s, owner-builders all over the U.S. erected homes with extensive south-facing glazing — sometimes sloped, sometimes vertical. Many of these houses included added thermal mass — concrete floors, concrete-block walls, or 55-gallon drums filled with water.Some of these houses had passive solar features, while others included active hardware: space-heating systems that circulated water or antifreeze through roof-mounted collectors, or arrays of solar air collectors connected by ductwork to insulated rock bins in the basement.Responding to a growing interest in all things solar, publishers came out with dozens of solar-house books in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It’s fun to re-read these old books — to see the photos of pony-tailed carpenters working on systems they claim will provide “free heat.” Once the warm glow of nostalgia fades, however, one begins to notice what’s missing from these books: any understanding of air leakage.Most of these “solar houses” were built with little attention to air tightness and were insulated with fiberglass batts. Moreover, descriptions of homes with extensive ductwork never mentioned the need to seal duct seams.While these early solar houses were being built, researchers in several locations were making pioneering discoveries about how air leakage affects residential energy consumption:The Saskatchewan Conservation House marked the beginning of the superinsulation movement in North America. Inspired by the Canadian researchers’ emphasis on air sealing, thick insulation, and triple-glazed windows, a Massachusetts engineer named J. Ned Nisson organized a multi-city speaking tour for Harold Orr and Rob Dumont. The popularity of these workshops helped spread the word about superinsulation techniques throughout the U.S.The following year, Gene Leger built a small superinsulated house with double-stud walls in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Leger’s house received widespread… last_img read more