Incorporating a Limited in Germany for Bootstrappers

With all the craziness in the world going on at the moment, founders and start-up enthusiasts are looking which place is worth moving to. Some people are suggesting to consider Berlin. Sadly, Berlin is located in Germany, which means that bureaucracy is a thing you need to familiarize with. Papers need to be filled, deadlines need to be met and all of that in the lovely language of “Beamtendeutsch”, which means “German for public officers”.
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Benchmarking a Video Codec: MJPEG on Canon 5D Mark IV

When Canon announced their new 5D model, the Mark IV, there was a lot of controversy about its 4K recording capabilities. One of the things that are subject to discussions is Canon’s questionable choice of codec (4k recording only in MJPEG). I wanted to approach this problem from a semi-scientific standpoint and evaluate the codec’s quality in objective numbers. My aim was to compare natively encoded files from the camera and encode them into mp4/H.
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Opening Hours, a tale about over-engineering

OpenStreetMap collects the information at which time a place is open, e.g. when can I shop at that place. This is not uncontroversial in the community, as the data takes a lot of human effort to maintain. Another problematic thing about this is: We’re dealing with time here, and that’s a special kind of pain in software development, though there are good examples of dealing with time conveniently. Nevertheless OSM sometimes has unusual approaches, because it’s a data structure on the one hand and on the other it’s something that even non-geeks need to read and write without much thought.
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Lightroom on Multiple Machines

Lightroom has completely changed the way I work with photos, I really can’t imagine going back anymore. Especially the workflow for dealing with RAW files is what makes the difference. Imported pictures can be placed anywhere and can be opened without Lightroom, which is very nice as it doesn’t lock in the user. For me, I place all imported image data on my NAS with redundant spinning hard drives, while I keep the Lightroom Library, which keeps track of all files and non-destructive picture edits on my local SSD.
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A look on Apple Maps on iOS 10

After a rough start of Apple Maps in 2012, Apple has changed once again how their maps application works and looks. Since competition keeps us strong, I wanted to take a deeper look onto their newest iteration. Style The most obvious change in styling is the new font they switched to: Now everything is set in a slightly bolder variant of San Francisco. This gives it a distinct, unusal look, but improves overall legibility.
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