2017年10月16日 星期一

tether, weak link, forge alliances, untethered, Oculus Rift

"This tells us that the heavy elements, like the gold or platinum in jewellery, are the cinders forged in the billion degree remnants of a merging neutron star."“這告訴我們,重金屬,如珠寶中的黃金或鉑金,是中子星合併時的十億度高溫所鍛燒殘餘物(灰泥)。”

MIT Technology Review
Today there are essentially just two competing headsets: Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive. Bring on a third.

A new headset design from Intel brings your hands into virtual spaces.

Out of this world: tethered by a safety cable, American astronaut Rex Walheim tinkers with the exterior of the ISS's Columbus Laboratory Module.

On March 18, 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 capsule and remained outside the spacecraft for 20 minutes, secured by a tether.

Verizon promises tethering for Droid
Tethering will not be available on the new Google Android phone when it hits stores on Friday. But Brenda Raney, Verizon Wireless's spokeswoman said it is ...
Europe's Leaders Pursue New Pact
Euro-zone leaders are negotiating a potentially groundbreaking fiscal pact aimed at preventing the currency bloc from fracturing by tethering its members even closer together.


On Feb. 7, 1984, space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered spacewalk.
Reminiscent of the recent stock market and real estate bubbles, escalating college prices are continuing to reach new heights. According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, average tuition in the past two and a half decades has risen by 440 percent, which is more than four times the rate of inflation. While higher ed costs remain untethered to economic realities, students with college loans to pay off continue to graduate into abysmal job markets. Under the circumstances, it's easy to make the case that something has to give. The commentary is in U.S. News and World Report.

Sweeping Message in President’s Speech at Cairo University
President Obama pledged on Thursday to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,” imploring each to drop their suspicions of one another and forge new alliances.

  1. 1〈鉄などを〉鍛えて(金属製品に)する((into ...));〈製品を〉鍛造する
  2. 2(一般に努力して)作り出す;〈計画・構想などを〉立てる;〈合意・親交などを〉結ぶ.
  3. 3〈話・うそなどを〉でっち上げる,捏造ねつぞうする;〈筆跡・署名を〉偽る;〈貨幣・小切手・書類などを〉偽造[模造,贋造がんぞう]する
    • forged note
    • ((英)) 偽造紙幣,偽札.
━━ [自動詞]
  1. 1偽造[贋造]する.
  2. 2(鉄などを)鍛える.
  3. 3〈馬が〉(速歩はやあしの際)後足の蹄鉄ていてつを前足に当てる.
━━ [名詞]
  1. 1(金属を鍛造する前に加熱する)炉,加熱炉,(鍛冶かじ屋の)炉.
  2. 2鍛冶[鍛造]工場,鍛冶屋(smithy).
  3. 3塊鉄炉,塊鉄工場(bloomery).
  4. 4思想[計画など]を練る所.
1279.中期英語 forgen<古期フランス語 forgier<ラテン語 fabricre 組み立てる;→FABRIC

weak link
noun [C usually singular]
a weak part, especially the weakest part of something:
They're a fairly good team - their only weak link is a relatively inexperienced goalkeeper.
A chain can only be as strong as its weakest link, so we must look at the least committed country to see if the alliance will hold.WSJ 將weak link 翻譯成"軟肋"是"莫名其妙":
The Battery Is Your Laptop's Weak Link
We talk about being mobile, part of a wireless world, untethered (OK, it's just me who says 'untethered'). But if, midflight and midsentence, you've ever cursed your laptop battery for giving out, or developed the habit, when you walk into Starbucks, of immediately peering under chairs and through people's legs for a power outlet, you'll know that the reality doesn't quite match the talk. Our laptops might be more portable than before, our connections might be faster and involve less cabling, but we know our batteries will let us down. We still need juice.


們 對無拘無束的移動辦公環境無不心向往之。但如果你有過在飛行途中或一句話寫到一半時筆記本電腦的電池突然“罷工”的經歷﹐或是每當步入星巴克 (Starbucks)咖啡店時都會習慣成自然地往椅子腿下瞄﹐透過人們的腿叢去尋找電源插座﹐你就知道理想和現實並不是那麼匹配了。我們的筆記本電腦可 能比以往更輕便了﹐我們的上網速度或許也更快了﹐能夠無線上網的地方也更多了﹐但電池卻拖了我們的後腿。我們依然離不開電源插座。

alliance 聯盟.
    1. A close association of nations or other groups, formed to advance common interests or causes: an alliance of labor unions opposing the bill.
    2. A formal agreement establishing such an association, especially an international treaty of friendship.
  1. A connection based on kinship, marriage, or common interest; a bond or tie: the shifting alliances within a large family.
  2. Close similarity in nature or type; affinity: the ancient alliance between mathematics and music.
  3. The act of becoming allied or the condition of being allied: the church, acting in alliance with community groups.
[Middle English, from Old French aliance, from alier, to ally. See ally.]


IN BRIEF: adj. - Not confined or restricted with a leash.

  • [téðər][名]
1 (動物の)つなぎ綱[鎖].
2 (体力・忍耐などの)限界
at the end of one's tether
体力[気力, 忍耐]が尽きて.
━━[動](他)〈動物を〉(…に)つなぎ綱でつなぐ;…を束縛する((to ...)).

    1. A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place, allowing a short radius in which it can move about.
    2. A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, especially for young children and astronauts.
  1. A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding one, especially an animal, in place, allowing a short radius in which one can move about.
  2. The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance: drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether.
To fasten or restrict with or as if with a tether.
[Middle English tedir, tethir, from Old Norse tjōdhr.]

Tethering is using a mobile device to gain Internet access for another device.[1]
Tethering works by connecting a device that can access the Internet, to another device that cannot. This can be done through Bluetooth wireless technology or cables (such as USB), allowing the device without built-in access to connect to the Internet, using the connected device as a modem.
Tethering has been used to gain access to the Internet since mobile devices started using their networks to give users Internet access, but has increased in prevalence due to Internet connectivity in modern cell phones and laptops. Initially, tethering was conducted primarily through USB or other cables. Since most modern cell phones are Bluetooth-enabled, however, wireless tethering through Bluetooth has largely replaced cable tethering.[citation needed]

bazillion, rescind, floodwaters, vindicate, Floodmaster, Pakistani

Obama says Pakistanis knew about bin Laden

The university has not yet decided whether to rescind the award, says Allan Dittmer, executive director of the awards, which are named for an alumnus, H. Charles Grawemeyer, who endowed the honors. Mortenson, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for the past couple of years, remains a very popular figure among the thousands who have contributed to the CAI and to his Pennies for Peace campaign, which encouraged American schoolchildren to contribute loose change toward the author's Afghan and Pakistani goals. President Obama gave $100,000 from his own 2008 Nobel Peace Prize award to the CAI. "A bazillion questions are surfacing, and I'm guessing those will be looked into very carefully," Dittmer told TIME. "We'll wait to see if he's vindicated, and if not we may have to make a tough decision."

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2066239,00.html#ixzz1KanWfPbx
漫畫來源: Ted Goff


It censors online expression, but it has also taken a hard line against fake news, hacking and deception.

Reviewed by KATIE ROIPHE
Cristina Nehring’s literary and historical enquiry into the nature of love is an ardent polemic for a more difficult, vital image of passion she feels we have lost.

All the papers lead with news that President Obama will announce new standards for automobile emissions and increase fuel-efficiency targets. The new regulations will mark the first time that the government will set rules on automobile emissions and combine it with fuel-economy standards. The rules would require new cars and light trucks sold in the United States to average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, four years earlier than required under federal law that was passed in 2007. The Wall Street Journal declares that the move "would accelerate the largest government-mandated transformation of vehicles on the American road since the late 1970s and early 1980s." The Los Angeles Times calls it a "potentially pivotal shift in the battle over global warming" as well as "a vindication of California's long battle to toughen standards."
For Mr. Zumthor, 65, winning the Pritzker, which is awarded annually to a living architect and regarded as architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, is a kind of vindication. “You can do your work, you do your thing, and it gets recognized,” he said in a telephone interview from Haldenstein, the Swiss village where he lives and works.

illing whales only way to measure weight loss: Japan
Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
JAPANESE scientists are claiming vindication for their controversial lethal research whaling with a discovery that Antarctic minke whales are fast growing ...

Last summer, when the prime minister handled a series of minor crises reasonably competently, he seemed able to turn floodwaters into wine. His long, scheming wait for the top job appeared to have been triumphantly vindicated.

past tense: vindicated; past participle: vindicated
  1. clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.

    "hospital staff were vindicated by the inquest verdict"

    • show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.

      "more sober views were vindicated by events"
verb [T]
1 to prove that what someone said or did was right or true, after other people thought it was wrong:
The decision to include Morris in the team was completely vindicated when he scored three goals.
The investigation vindicated her complaint about the newspaper.

2 to prove that someone is free from guilt or blame, after other people blamed them:
[R] They said they welcomed the trial as a chance to vindicate themselves.

noun [S or U]
The army's victory is being seen as (a) vindication of their tactics.


(flŭd''tər, -wŏt'ərpronunciation
The water of a flood. Often used in the plural.

Dresden University Trains Floodmasters

A heavy rain turned the Elbe River in Eastern Germany into a wild torrent in August 2002 and the damage done was gigantic. Back then, scientists said that floods like this don't occur more than once every 500 years.

Some people said cynically that the scientists were the only ones not to suffer - in a way they even benefited from the catastrophe. Research assignments brought in a lot of money. Academia also benefited from a new course of study called "Floodmaster" at the University of Dresden, a city that had been hit especially hard by the flood.

Living Planet travels to Dresden to find out what new skills aspiring floodmasters acquire in the course of their studies. (Reporters: Christian Forberg/ Andreas Ziemons)

就像 sushi master (參考本欄 link 到 reading) 可不要將 master翻譯成"大師" ......


n. an indefinite, enormous number. Ernie gave me a bazillion good reasons why he shouldn't do it.


  • 発音記号[risínd]
[動](他)〈法令・協定を〉廃止[破棄, 撤回]する;〈下級機関の決定・判決を〉取り消す.


  • 発音記号[pæ`kistǽni | pɑ`ːkistɑ'ːni]

[名](複 〜s, 〜)パキスタン人.

dressing, antiseptic, disinfectant, dressing station

UC Davis researchers find some antiseptics and disinfectants we use everyday may be harmful to our health.
UC Davis研究人員發現我們每天使用的防腐劑和消毒劑可能會危害我們的健康.
Disinfectants can inhibit cellular energy production and even lead to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease.

Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing-Station at Smol, Macedonia, September 1916 (1919, Art.IWM ART 2268)

dis • in • fect • ant
  1. 1(主として手術道具など無生物体用の)消毒薬,消毒剤.
  2. 2((俗)) ((おどけて)) ソース,調味料.
━━ [形容詞] 消毒に用いられる,滅菌[殺菌]効果のある.

an • ti • sep • tic
  1. 1殺菌の,滅菌の;殺菌力のある,消毒する,防腐(性)の. cf. ASEPTIC 1
    • antiseptic finish
    • 防腐加工.
  2. 2細菌のない,消毒[滅菌]された,無菌状態の.
  3. 3非常に清潔な.
  4. 4汚染のない.
  5. 5〈言葉などが〉冷淡な,人間味のない.
━━ [名詞] 消毒剤,防腐剤
    • apply an antiseptic
    • 消毒薬を塗る.

  • 《名詞》消毒剤


Pronunciation: /ˈdrɛsɪŋ/ 


1(also salad dressing)[MASS NOUN] A sauce for salads, typically one consisting of oil and vinegar with herbs or other flavourings:vinaigrette dressing[MASS NOUN]: sprinkle each salad lightly with dressing
1.1North American Stuffing:turkey with apple dressing
2A piece of material used to cover and protect a wound:an antiseptic dressing
3[MASS NOUN] Size or stiffening used in the finishing of fabrics:fabrics finished with dressing will work successfully when cut an inch wide
4fertilizing substance such as compost or manure spread over or ploughed into land:a dressing of blood, fish, and bone

dressing station
  1. a place for giving emergency treatment to troops injured in battle.
    "the family received a letter from Joe written in a field dressing station"