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Sophie Wrobel has been at 2 events

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Eric Enge19,798+David Amerland +Mark Traphagen and I are looking forward to discussing the rapid advances in semantic search. Google, Siri, and Cortana are all making advances, but Google is the clear leader in this space.Here is the YouTube link: Scaling the Semantic Web +Stone Temple Consulting has documented that in a study that will publish in the Digital Marketing Excellence Blog on Tuesday morning.  David is about to publish a post on a "reconciliation of identities across different social networks".Join us on Tuesday October 7th at 1 PM ET to talk about these new papers and more.  Say YES to get access to the video for live or later viewing.  I will also share the YouTube link here for mobile viewers.Please reshare the event or invite others.  Thanks for your help!Scaling the Semantic Web2014-10-07 19:00:00295 
Yifat Cohen69,905How Do You Rise To The Top?In 2008, at the age of 24, +David Garland took all of the Bar Mitzvah money he'd saved up and started a television show in St. Louis, Missouri on ABC with literally zero experience writing, producing or hosting a television show. The Rise To The Top TV show focused on entrepreneurship and aired for 36 episodes.HOW DID HE DO IT, AND HOW CAN YOU DO IT TOO?How did a kid with no experience managed to interview The Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, Two-time New York Times Best Selling Author +Tim Ferriss and creator of Wine Library TV +Gary Vaynerchuk, among others?YOUR 30 MIN. WITH DAVIDIn the tradition of my What's Your Story? Entrepreneurial Interviews, you get the last 30 minutes to engage in conversation with David and fill in your own gaps so that you get the answers you need to reach the same level of success.RSVP FOR EARLY INVITATIONSAnd to make sure I get your questions answered - start typing them here.FUN FACTS ABOUT DAVIDDavid is the Creator/Host of The Rise To The Top: The #1 Badass Show, Resource & Community For Mediapreneurs.Author of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper and super passionate about helping mediaprenuers (entrepreneurs who create media) grow their biz like a weed and dominate online. (Grab it here: http://amzn.to/P5g11D)David's interviews have been viewed over 6,000,000 times in over 100 countries.Creator of Create Awesome Interviews the #1 program to help folks create their own interview-based web show with hundreds of graduates creating shows on everything from NASCAR to healthy living.How to create and profit from your own interview-based web show?2012-09-13 18:00:00106 

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Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
Adel de Meyer2,802This #googlepluscircleshare  is a great group of people I love to have a part of my community. They are active engagers, share fun and interesting posts and can help to make your #googleplus  experience better :)I want to thank them all for being so awesome - thanks peeps! Please feel free to add them all to your circles too.Please +1 this post and share and comment - I will be sharing #elitecircles  with my community regularly, so if you want to be in it get sharing! :) #circleshare   #topsharedcircle   #socialmedia  2014-09-17 12:27:0138012614
Jack Humphrey21,216Here's a great little circle of Engagers shared by +martin shervington.  It's always a great service to share your best engaging followers and I appreciate Martin's continual sharing -  we should all do it often to help each other have an optimal experience here at G+! #sharedcircles  2014-08-22 17:38:5064003
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
Mike Elgan3,437,756Behold! The new League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!My League of Extraordinary Circle Friends is my hand-picked group of super charming super-sharers! I want you to do three things: 1. Click the "Add people" button below and circle this group (especially if you've circle this group previously -- doing this will update the group without duplicates). 2. Share this post with all your circles. 3. Share this post with people who are looking for awesome people to circle on G+. I've added four new people to the League.+Amira Elgan! Yes: She's my wife. And I've been trying to avoid adding her for a year. But her stream is perfect for the League so I've added her. +Noble Ackerson is a super nice and interesting guy, a super nerd and consummate glasshole -- he uses Google Glass to great effect to bring you into his world. In fact, the only bigger glasshole I know is... +Cecilia Abadie and Noble work at the same company, and Ceclia is another Glass user with a wonderful Google+ stream. +Andreas Katifes gives you a window into Greek scenes and Greek food that's so compelling you might accidentally quit your job and move to Greece. Welcome to the League, everyone! 2014-07-27 23:39:2625111240
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990617
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812
Lose Those Poundz1,283Health and Weight loss Circle V 1.0This is a super circle and in it I have put together a group of really interesting and active friends on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the *top Google+ users who share and reshare unique and original contents regarding weight loss and healthy eating.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with like minded people who share marvelous content:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be circled and added  to the next circle, do these simple steps:1 - Add this circle2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Plus 1 the post 4 - CommentIf you already have me in circle and want to be included in the next circle to be shared, don't be sad, just  leave a comment. Saying you wish to be included. More you share, more you get sharedHave fun! #circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedpubliccircles     #addpeople     #addcircle       #weightloss   #healthyeating  2014-07-11 04:13:23483206
Becky Collins12,812Small Business Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-08 05:12:1542311513
Doug Hyatt3,412(DH4)  HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:34:05401014
Doug Hyatt3,234Part 4  MANY NEW PEOPLE WHO WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   #photography   2014-06-29 13:03:00400104
John Nuntiatio38,202#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-15 06:01:32319368
Robert Connor8,877public circle share1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle  #morefollowers  #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer2014-05-28 11:24:43490171335
Harry Day305Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle·         +1 this circle·         Share this circle·         Add this circle to your circles·         Comment on this post#SpecialNew #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #veryimpcircle #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #fashoncircle #fashion #model #pinterest #women #sharedcircles #share2014-05-16 11:29:50433337
Анна Красота0very cool circle!#круги   #обмен  #кругляши #круглим   #круги #Google+   #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  2014-05-14 16:49:29401107
rudi firmansyah442please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. share the circle (include yourself)#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-12 18:26:34501001
fendy syahputra409please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. share the circle (include yourself)#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-12 05:34:44501114
John Nuntiatio36,016#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle 2014-05-09 20:16:39311233
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
John Nuntiatio28,623#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment  #news  2014-03-01 15:15:34459271929
Scott Lewis119,839*The Amazing Women Circle*So as today's Hangout from +STEM Women on G+ w/ +Jonathan Eisen started, I decided to go back through my "Amazing Women's Circle" and feature the fantastic people that enrich my life, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These brilliant women contribute regularly here on +Google+ and are a shining example of how it doesn't matter what sex or gender you are, everyone can do remarkable things.Please feel free to share this about and let me know in the comments if there are more Amazing Women I should add to this group! #STEMWomen   #GenderEquality   #Equality   #ScienceEveryday   #ScienceSunday  2014-02-16 21:06:57103251529
Mike Elgan3,022,401Drafting +Renata Sherwin into the League!Click "Add people" below to circle my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!" (And please SHARE with all your circles!)My Google+ charm offensive continues with the addition of one +Renata Sherwin into the League. Renata was an early Google+ superstar, then mysteriously vanished for awhile. Now she's back, bigger than life, and sharing her world and discoveries. Welcome to the League, Renata!!2014-01-26 18:46:493220625
John Nuntiatio19,970#sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share 2013-11-26 17:06:3046713517
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317
John Nuntiatio19,329#sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share 2013-11-17 16:29:574667310
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117
Johnny Huntington0#webdesign #sharedcircles #webdevelopment  Here is a great shared circle of Professional Web Designers.2013-11-04 13:45:45501003
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103
Kathryn Nokony7,394Here is a circle of dynamic Women from all walks of life #circleshare  2013-10-08 17:50:17422815
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682
Laura Milani1,520Topengagers Laura CircleHappy Saturday People !  May you have a great shopping day !This #sharedcircle has my top engagers for great ripples !Laura2013-09-07 15:57:562946214
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214
Mike Elgan2,555,670Please click 'Add people' below!It's still August. And that means the Blogs of August experiment is still picking up steam. We've got 166 dedicated bloggers now blogging primarily on Google+. Please click Add people to add this circle (even if you've already added it in the past) then share this post to "Public!*2013-08-28 04:19:0216515629
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000
Science on Google+69,339Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. Science on Google+ Database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRScience on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/uhJCNIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.2013-08-15 23:58:07292202753
Mike Elgan2,515,444More bloggers in the Blogs of August - Please 'Add people' again!I've added more bloggers to the Blogs of August circle since the last time you added this circle. Please add again to get the new people!Also: Please share this circle with all of YOUR circles. August is halfway done -- let's support Google+ blogging by adding, sharing and promoting the Blogs of August!2013-08-15 11:20:36148291535
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114

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2014-07-02 19:15:24 (32 comments, 6 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Don't have boring passwords! Check out this gif on how to create fun passwords that are hard to crack. #PasswordDay. Learn more at passwordday.org

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2014-09-30 12:11:09 (16 comments, 27 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Introducing my new book containing a year's worth of kid's experiments!
Available in English and German

I'm proud to announce that I've now published my first book - a book filled with illustrated experiments for preschoolers, one experiment for each week of the year. For the past two years, I've been doing weekly experiments with my kids, and compiled their favorite experiments into this book.

The book is divided into 12 chapters, each of which focuses on a particular theme and lasts for a month. The experiments are designed to inspire the kids to start asking questions, try out the impossible, and most of all have fun exploring natural phenomena! Some of the all-time favorites for inspiration:

- Homemade ice cream to explore how salt affects the melting point of water
- Racing toys to explore friction
- Homemade microscope to... more »

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2014-09-30 12:11:09 (16 comments, 27 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Introducing my new book containing a year's worth of kid's experiments!
Available in English and German

I'm proud to announce that I've now published my first book - a book filled with illustrated experiments for preschoolers, one experiment for each week of the year. For the past two years, I've been doing weekly experiments with my kids, and compiled their favorite experiments into this book.

The book is divided into 12 chapters, each of which focuses on a particular theme and lasts for a month. The experiments are designed to inspire the kids to start asking questions, try out the impossible, and most of all have fun exploring natural phenomena! Some of the all-time favorites for inspiration:

- Homemade ice cream to explore how salt affects the melting point of water
- Racing toys to explore friction
- Homemade microscope to... more »

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2014-05-07 07:45:23 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Next generation hardware: PCM is 12-275 times faster than Flash

With all the heavy demands on big data analysis in real time, we need all the speed that hardware can get. And with Theseus, the codename for a new PCM technology clocking in between 12x and 275x faster than conventional flash technology on a standard PCI card, it looks like we may be looking at the next generation of computer hardware here.

Even if it doesn't make its way to consumer devices right away, I'd expect that we consumers see its benefits indirectly in faster cloud services and deeper data processing when this new technology reaches market.

/via +André Fachat 

What is Project Theseus?

A team of Greek IBM scientists in Zurich have created a groundbreaking new memory technology, which combines flash with phase change memory (PCM) on a PCI-e card.

Initial tests have clocked 12x and 275x improvements. IBM scientist Ioannis Kolsidas explained, “The technologies are complementary, which is why the Theseus project is so important. We took two very different memory technologies and made them work on an existing PCI-e bus, which can be found on any PC or laptop today, taking it a step closer from demo to deployment."

Read about it here: http://bit.ly/1qakt4F___Next generation hardware: PCM is 12-275 times faster than Flash

With all the heavy demands on big data analysis in real time, we need all the speed that hardware can get. And with Theseus, the codename for a new PCM technology clocking in between 12x and 275x faster than conventional flash technology on a standard PCI card, it looks like we may be looking at the next generation of computer hardware here.

Even if it doesn't make its way to consumer devices right away, I'd expect that we consumers see its benefits indirectly in faster cloud services and deeper data processing when this new technology reaches market.

/via +André Fachat 

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2014-07-30 17:10:10 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Metadata: intelligence agencies goldmine

This article is a great eye opener - to exactly how invasive metadata is. Metadata is the unseen header information that accompnies every digital transmission, whether internet browsing, email sending, or even making a phone call from a normal telephone.

Supposedly, this is non-invasive because the content of the email, website, or phone call is not included. But... you'll be surprised just how much can be inferred from metadata, such as when you are at home, your probable religious and political affiliations, and so on.

English version of the article: https://www.bof.nl/2014/07/30/how-your-innocent-smartphone-passes-on-almost-your-entire-life-to-the-secret-service/

Metadata: intelligence agencies goldmine

This article is a great eye opener - to exactly how invasive metadata is. Metadata is the unseen header information that accompnies every digital transmission, whether internet browsing, email sending, or even making a phone call from a normal telephone.

Supposedly, this is non-invasive because the content of the email, website, or phone call is not included. But... you'll be surprised just how much can be inferred from metadata, such as when you are at home, your probable religious and political affiliations, and so on.

English version of the article: https://www.bof.nl/2014/07/30/how-your-innocent-smartphone-passes-on-almost-your-entire-life-to-the-secret-service/___

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2014-07-25 04:15:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Worth having a look at.

I was rather surprised by this presentation by Michael McCathren on loyalty marketing. I watched him tell his story all the way to the end of this 35 minute recording.
But here's the special part.  He played at the end. It moved me beyond words.  The story preceding that video established the base for the emotional impact, so please try not to skip ahead.
"Every life has a story."  ___Worth having a look at.

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2014-09-21 08:21:42 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Clean nuclear energy: should we rethink our nuclear policy?

Fast breeder (NPP) nuclear reactors are set to go into commercial production: Russia plans to go into production in 2015, while every other nation has plans to eliminate nuclear power plants.

But what fascinates me most is that the fuel for these plants is not radioactive when it leaves the plant, and furthermore can be manufactured from nuclear waste. With nuclear waste disposal already a problem, why not commission a few more of these plants to get rid of the current nuclear waste stockpiles that no one wants to bury? And with increasing energy demands, perhaps this could be a new source of clean energy?

/via +Charles An-y-man

Clean nuclear energy: should we rethink our nuclear policy?

Fast breeder (NPP) nuclear reactors are set to go into commercial production: Russia plans to go into production in 2015, while every other nation has plans to eliminate nuclear power plants.

But what fascinates me most is that the fuel for these plants is not radioactive when it leaves the plant, and furthermore can be manufactured from nuclear waste. With nuclear waste disposal already a problem, why not commission a few more of these plants to get rid of the current nuclear waste stockpiles that no one wants to bury? And with increasing energy demands, perhaps this could be a new source of clean energy?

/via +Charles An-y-man___

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2014-10-15 06:07:21 (7 comments, 16 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Have you updated your browser security settings?

The attached article contains a great explanation on how the latest disclosed attack on SSL v3, POODLE, works. The POODLE attack was discovered by a team of engineers at Google, and abuses the SSL handshake protocol to allow an attacker to decrypt targeted stored cookies, for example your Google authentication cookie, and thus steal your identity. This attack is nowhere near as critical as Heartbleed, but it is a good reminder that you should keep your browsing habits safe!

The short version of the confusion between SSL and TSL
SSL v3 was introduced in 1995 by Netscape. Do you remember Netscape? That was, in terms of internet development, a very long time ago... and internet security has come a long way since. Most modern security handshakes work via TLS, which has been improved several times since its introduction.... more »

Have you updated your browser security settings?

The attached article contains a great explanation on how the latest disclosed attack on SSL v3, POODLE, works. The POODLE attack was discovered by a team of engineers at Google, and abuses the SSL handshake protocol to allow an attacker to decrypt targeted stored cookies, for example your Google authentication cookie, and thus steal your identity. This attack is nowhere near as critical as Heartbleed, but it is a good reminder that you should keep your browsing habits safe!

The short version of the confusion between SSL and TSL
SSL v3 was introduced in 1995 by Netscape. Do you remember Netscape? That was, in terms of internet development, a very long time ago... and internet security has come a long way since. Most modern security handshakes work via TLS, which has been improved several times since its introduction. TLS was, like SSL v3, also first introduced in 1994 / 1995 by Mozilla, but Mozilla has survived and continued to improve it over the years.

To add to the confusion and myth that SSL makes things secure, there are some interesting naming conventions: TLS v1 has also identified itself as SSL v3.1, due to its similarities and large cross-compatibility with SSL v3. Also, many popular TLS implementations contain SSL in their names, notably OpenSSL, LibreSSL or PolarSSL.

So how do I protect myself?
The solution to the problem should be relatively simple: Disable SSLv3. Most servers support TLS. Any server administrator can do this, but not many have been willing to, as certain browsers (in particular Internet Explorer 6, which is also quite old and insecure!) do not support TLS. All other major browsers do support TLS, and even if server administrators don't want to turn off SSL support, you can protect yourself by turning this off in your browser, or by upgrading if you are one of those evil surfers using IE6.

You can test whether you are vulnerable with one of these tests:
 - Test your server: https://ssltest.com
 - Test your browser: https://www.poodletest.com

Some 'quick fix' instructions for selected popular browsers:

Firefox will disable SSL v3 starting from version 34, which should be released on November 25. If you're not an early adopter, you'll have to wait a while before getting the update - or you can do it yourself. Open up Firefox and go to the URL about:config . Then, find the security.tls.version.min Preference and change its value to 1. All done!

For Chrome, you'll need to modify the launcher. In Linux, you'll need to edit the /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop file. Edit all lines starting with Exec= to include --ssl-version-min=tls In Windows, right-click on the shortcut you use to start Chrome and choose Properties. In the exec parameter box, add --ssl-version-min=tls All done!

In Internet Explorer versions higher than 6, choose Settings > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Uncheck the SSLv3 box under Security . All done!

I have not been able to find any solution so far for Safari on OSX.

/via +Kristian Köhntopp and elaborated with information from various other net sources___

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2014-08-18 03:44:09 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Robotic waiters: no longer a sci-fi dream

Although you can't tell these waiters stories, you can expect them to bring you yqur order with speed and accuracy. Robots have been capable of doing many interactive tasks for quite a while now, so it's nice to see them finally take a step in finding applications, and not just a sci-fi dream.

This is the beginning of a new era, in which numerous mundane jobs will be replaced, and we need to earnestly start thinking about how to design our society to give humans a value contribution to society too - and a support and economic system that works together with very different sector distribution. We need to be able to manage digital expectations too as individuals, in order to survive in our changing society.

Think about that when you order your burger from a robot, or when a drone delivers your post, or when your car... more »

Robotic waiters: no longer a sci-fi dream

Although you can't tell these waiters stories, you can expect them to bring you yqur order with speed and accuracy. Robots have been capable of doing many interactive tasks for quite a while now, so it's nice to see them finally take a step in finding applications, and not just a sci-fi dream.

This is the beginning of a new era, in which numerous mundane jobs will be replaced, and we need to earnestly start thinking about how to design our society to give humans a value contribution to society too - and a support and economic system that works together with very different sector distribution. We need to be able to manage digital expectations too as individuals, in order to survive in our changing society.

Think about that when you order your burger from a robot, or when a drone delivers your post, or when your car drives you to work. Once legislators step out of the way, it's doing to be a very interestind and radically different world.

/via +Larry press___

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2014-07-08 07:32:40 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Put on your thinking cap, please: How can a cesarean birth cause epigenetic changes in DNA?

Catchy headline, sensational picture, and a big question of confusion on my brow: why should cesarian delivery be responsible for changes in genetic expression in the baby's DNA?

To be clear: the scientists claim that DNA methylation - which affects with what frequency genes are expressed - changes at a faster rate for babies delivered by cesarian section than for babies delivered naturally. The article suggests that this rate of methylation change may be responsible for further complications, in particular type-1 diabetes and immune system response - perhaps adding a bit more sensation and scare than necessary.

As a non-biologist and rational thinker, I'd suggest the more logical explanation to be: we know that babies are born on average after 9 months (10 if you count... more »

Put on your thinking cap, please: How can a cesarean birth cause epigenetic changes in DNA?

Catchy headline, sensational picture, and a big question of confusion on my brow: why should cesarian delivery be responsible for changes in genetic expression in the baby's DNA?

To be clear: the scientists claim that DNA methylation - which affects with what frequency genes are expressed - changes at a faster rate for babies delivered by cesarian section than for babies delivered naturally. The article suggests that this rate of methylation change may be responsible for further complications, in particular type-1 diabetes and immune system response - perhaps adding a bit more sensation and scare than necessary.

As a non-biologist and rational thinker, I'd suggest the more logical explanation to be: we know that babies are born on average after 9 months (10 if you count from impregnation), but variances of up to 3 weeks are considered 'normal'. Assuming babies are naturally born when they are 'ripe', a cesarean birth scheduled prior to the natural birth date would be an induced birth before the baby is fully mature, which would be a more likely cause for the higher rate of change than 'natural' births. And, if the baby in question should have been a latecomer, then one month of development time is a lot.

In other words: Maybe if hospitals changed their cesarean birth policy to 'cesarean birth will be performed when the birth pangs start' instead of 'cesarean birth will be performed upon appointment', the rate of DNA change would be identical to that in 'natural' births.

That said, I personally think that unnecessary cesarean complications are not beneficial, extremely costly, and I agree with +Matthew Strain that we should think twice before agreeing to a cesearian section.

#Geist #Health

/via +David Kokua ___

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2014-10-23 09:28:26 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Not fun: My house just short-circuited.

A break from the usual news, with something more personal that hopefully doesn't happen every day: Kabel-BW was supposed to show up and install a cable for a high-speed internet connection on my property. They showed up fairly late towards the evening, installed the cable, and... surprise, no more electricity in the house! The installer called me in and seemed not to understand how a fuse works - he told me that the fuse looked okay, the plastic coating was still hard and there was no switch to flip. He claimed he only bored one hole in the wall, didn't hit any power mains, and that maybe something else was wrong in the house, and then left.

I asked my neighbor (who is an electrician) to have a look. My neighbor came by and tried swapping out the fuse - the old fuse was burnt through, and the new fuse blew right away as well. I... more »

Not fun: My house just short-circuited.

A break from the usual news, with something more personal that hopefully doesn't happen every day: Kabel-BW was supposed to show up and install a cable for a high-speed internet connection on my property. They showed up fairly late towards the evening, installed the cable, and... surprise, no more electricity in the house! The installer called me in and seemed not to understand how a fuse works - he told me that the fuse looked okay, the plastic coating was still hard and there was no switch to flip. He claimed he only bored one hole in the wall, didn't hit any power mains, and that maybe something else was wrong in the house, and then left.

I asked my neighbor (who is an electrician) to have a look. My neighbor came by and tried swapping out the fuse - the old fuse was burnt through, and the new fuse blew right away as well. I interpreted that as somewhere, there was a short circuit.

After talking to customer service, who refused to do anything until an electrician had demonstrated that they were at fault, I commissioned an electrician in to look at the matter. After about an hour, he found the cause: The cable was mounted to the wall with several screws, and in mounting the screws, the installer had drilled through the main power supply for the house and inserted the screws into the power mains, causing a short circuit. The electrician removed the offending screws, and put up preliminary safety measures in place to secure the site and restore power.

So much for high-speed internet installation! But, that raises a few questions:

1) Why does a technical installer who works with cables containing electricity not know what a fuse is? I know that few houses actually have fuses these days (newer houses have circuit breakers, but older houses don't).

2) How can you short out the power main and not realize it? Usually a spark flies, and I'll bet one flew when the first screw hit the power main...

Image source: „Kurzschluss 12V20A“ von MdE (de) - Eigenes Foto. Lizenziert unter Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 über Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kurzschluss_12V20A.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Kurzschluss_12V20A.jpg

#kabelbw  ___

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2014-04-22 11:30:05 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Signs of dark and shady politics around network security

What bothers me is not that someone found, or even rediscovered, a backdoor to a DSL router. What bothers me is that the backdoor, after being found, seems to be intentionally left open. Now, I don't want to call conspiracy theory unnecessarily, but I'd guess there's quite a bit of network politics behind the decision to intentionally leave the backdoor open.

As to the consequences of owning a product with this backdoor? Well, to make it very simple, put it this way: an attacker could take over your wireless internet, do anything they want with it (even locking you out of your own internet connection), all without your password. On a few conditions: the attacker is smart enough to run a shell script, and either has access to your ISP or is in the vincity of your WLAN network. Sure, that may be better than... more »

Signs of dark and shady politics around network security

What bothers me is not that someone found, or even rediscovered, a backdoor to a DSL router. What bothers me is that the backdoor, after being found, seems to be intentionally left open. Now, I don't want to call conspiracy theory unnecessarily, but I'd guess there's quite a bit of network politics behind the decision to intentionally leave the backdoor open.

As to the consequences of owning a product with this backdoor? Well, to make it very simple, put it this way: an attacker could take over your wireless internet, do anything they want with it (even locking you out of your own internet connection), all without your password. On a few conditions: the attacker is smart enough to run a shell script, and either has access to your ISP or is in the vincity of your WLAN network. Sure, that may be better than leaving the backdoor wide open, but... is it really necessary to leave the backdoor open just a peep?

/via +Kristian Köhntopp ___

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2014-08-17 03:21:53 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Putting people first: a new model for market differentiation

I'm hopeful that, as markets become more saturated, we are going to see more of this type of company. Companies where the key strategic differentiator is putting people first.

I haven't fully analysed the Market Basket case, but it looks at first glance that the former CEO did something rare: he engaged workers, employees, and customers in dialogue to understand and follow through on answering their needs before competitors become aware of them. As a result, the whole community rallies behind its leader. This is how community leadership works, one of the cornerstones of successful digital media channel engagement. I'd say that with digital platforms on the rise, we are looking at a future where community leadership will increasingly become a market differentiator and channel for advance market research and... more »

Putting people first: a new model for market differentiation

I'm hopeful that, as markets become more saturated, we are going to see more of this type of company. Companies where the key strategic differentiator is putting people first.

I haven't fully analysed the Market Basket case, but it looks at first glance that the former CEO did something rare: he engaged workers, employees, and customers in dialogue to understand and follow through on answering their needs before competitors become aware of them. As a result, the whole community rallies behind its leader. This is how community leadership works, one of the cornerstones of successful digital media channel engagement. I'd say that with digital platforms on the rise, we are looking at a future where community leadership will increasingly become a market differentiator and channel for advance market research and hopefully one day also a status quo.

/via +Gideon Rosenblatt ___

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2014-09-07 06:15:02 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 


Just how universal is the helix?

Here is a very interesting discovery: under certain conditions, mini 'iron filings' (or more accurately, magnetite nanocrystals) line up to form helix shaped structures.

Perhaps the most well known helix is the double helix of DNA. But a helix also emerges when you take a strand and keep twisting one end until a spiral appears. This same shape strengthens twine, common thread, yarns, steel cables, and almost every sort of rope available - a rather sturdy structure that provides strength.

I wonder what sort of applications may arise from being able to cause helical nanostructure formations on demand. It is certainly an interesting discovery and the follow up results and applications will be interesting to watch.


/Via +Betsy McCall


Just how universal is the helix?

Here is a very interesting discovery: under certain conditions, mini 'iron filings' (or more accurately, magnetite nanocrystals) line up to form helix shaped structures.

Perhaps the most well known helix is the double helix of DNA. But a helix also emerges when you take a strand and keep twisting one end until a spiral appears. This same shape strengthens twine, common thread, yarns, steel cables, and almost every sort of rope available - a rather sturdy structure that provides strength.

I wonder what sort of applications may arise from being able to cause helical nanostructure formations on demand. It is certainly an interesting discovery and the follow up results and applications will be interesting to watch.


/Via +Betsy McCall___

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2014-10-14 20:28:24 (24 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

anonabox: Surfing anonymously just got easier

This is a very interesting kickstarter project - because it solves one of the things that many geeks forget about: making secure and anonymous internet access accessible to your average idiot.

The anonabox is an open-hardware, open-source box that contains, more or less, a pre-configured Tor access point. That means, connect the anonabox between your router and your computer, (or for wireless users, connect to the anonabox wireless network and turn off your router's wireless network) and you be surfing the internet over a secure, encrypted connection being sent over Tor.

Previously, using Tor involved installing and configuring some rather nerdy software, and blindly trusting that you didn't forget some configuration option along the way. For an average internet user, that's a world of difference in usability.... more »

anonabox: Surfing anonymously just got easier

This is a very interesting kickstarter project - because it solves one of the things that many geeks forget about: making secure and anonymous internet access accessible to your average idiot.

The anonabox is an open-hardware, open-source box that contains, more or less, a pre-configured Tor access point. That means, connect the anonabox between your router and your computer, (or for wireless users, connect to the anonabox wireless network and turn off your router's wireless network) and you be surfing the internet over a secure, encrypted connection being sent over Tor.

Previously, using Tor involved installing and configuring some rather nerdy software, and blindly trusting that you didn't forget some configuration option along the way. For an average internet user, that's a world of difference in usability. Kudos to the anonabox team for solving their installation hurdle! Now, let's see how much market entry will cost, and whether this will help to promote smarter, more secure internet usage.

/via +Danial Hallock ___

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2014-08-08 08:55:04 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

When will computers be able to think?

IBM's TrueNorth chip looks quite interesting: it's a neural network chip that operates at a fraction of the power that conventional chips use.

While it is by no means a human brain, and while chips with this sort of circuitry can't run your typical (deterministic!) apps and consumer goodies efficiently, it should lead to some fascinating applications in prediction models, simulations, weather forecasting, and perhaps even teaching computers emotional intelligence one day.

/via +Laston Kirkland 

When will computers be able to think?

IBM's TrueNorth chip looks quite interesting: it's a neural network chip that operates at a fraction of the power that conventional chips use.

While it is by no means a human brain, and while chips with this sort of circuitry can't run your typical (deterministic!) apps and consumer goodies efficiently, it should lead to some fascinating applications in prediction models, simulations, weather forecasting, and perhaps even teaching computers emotional intelligence one day.

/via +Laston Kirkland ___

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2014-04-29 08:21:26 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Shaping happiness: What role does technology play?

I admit that my experience lines up closely with the suggestion that children react upset to device-friendly parents. When nursing my kids, they'd be restless if I was looking something up on my smartphone instead of looking at them, and perfectly still when I'd focus my attention on them instead.

And I suspect there's a bit of that need for physical attention from other people that remains with us even in adulthood: attention fromm devices are a distraction from what we really want, namely attention from other people. And yet devices bring such great benefit to our livelihood and lifestyle quality through augmentation. So where do devices fit in long-term human happiness?

Balance and Harmony: True Happiness comes from Within.

Devices, like everything else material in this world, compose... more »

Shaping happiness: What role does technology play?

I admit that my experience lines up closely with the suggestion that children react upset to device-friendly parents. When nursing my kids, they'd be restless if I was looking something up on my smartphone instead of looking at them, and perfectly still when I'd focus my attention on them instead.

And I suspect there's a bit of that need for physical attention from other people that remains with us even in adulthood: attention fromm devices are a distraction from what we really want, namely attention from other people. And yet devices bring such great benefit to our livelihood and lifestyle quality through augmentation. So where do devices fit in long-term human happiness?

Balance and Harmony: True Happiness comes from Within.

Devices, like everything else material in this world, compose our medium for creative expression. We express ourselves in the tangible, physical world through emotion-carrying gestures, words, pictures, and senses. And we can do so through devices as well: they are symbols of status, media for conveying thought, and data collection and analysis tools. Although they play an important role in conveying information, happiness itself derives from emotion - the consumption and emotional reaction to tangible expression - which, to engage the entire mind, needs to engage not just all the senses, but also emotion, provoke thought, and raise questions.

Perhaps technology will, one day, be able to do all of that. And perhaps it will, one day, augment and fuse with our minds. But until then, we still have our own individual quests to balance the different material inputs to create for ourselves success and happiness in our lives and in the lives of others.

#Geist  

/via +The Creativity Post ___

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2014-04-07 07:30:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Why approaching big data collaboratively leads to big insights

The Financial Times claims, "“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not." I disagree. Big insights have arrived too, but not along traditional channels. Big insights don't occur in statisticians' reports. Big insights occur in crowdsourced data analyses.

Crowdsourced data analysis occurs in open tools that let leaders put their data into the public - and let anyone have a stab at applying a plethora of analysis techniques to generate visual and statistical analyses. Some of these analyses are more insightful than others; the particularly insightful analyses spark yet others to add more insight to the analyses. This is a collaborative approach to statistical analysis, which matches the collaborative approach that social media paradigm imposes on us. And this is where the real 'biginsi... more »

Why approaching big data collaboratively leads to big insights

The Financial Times claims, "“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not." I disagree. Big insights have arrived too, but not along traditional channels. Big insights don't occur in statisticians' reports. Big insights occur in crowdsourced data analyses.

Crowdsourced data analysis occurs in open tools that let leaders put their data into the public - and let anyone have a stab at applying a plethora of analysis techniques to generate visual and statistical analyses. Some of these analyses are more insightful than others; the particularly insightful analyses spark yet others to add more insight to the analyses. This is a collaborative approach to statistical analysis, which matches the collaborative approach that social media paradigm imposes on us. And this is where the real 'big insights' take place today, and will increasingly do so in the future: in collaborative data analysis platforms - one that spontaneously comes to mind is www.manyeyes.com , though there are a few others out there as well.

/via +Francois Demers and +M Sinclair Stevens ___

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2014-10-25 10:31:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Paper-strips for testing infections

This is an amazing invention if it can be commercialized and easier to use: a paper strip that changes color if an igfectious disease is present. The researchers demonstrated that they can use the paper to build in sensitivity for ebola: smear ebola on the paper, and it turns purple within an hour. At 4 cents a strip, these paper tests could make a real difference reducing the need and cost for 24 hour genetic tests.

On the other side, these tests need a minimum amount of lab skills to carry out - you first have to extract the viral dna or rna. That isn't exactly as easy as dipping the stripinto a urine sample. But who knows, maybe this problem can also be eliminated to create cheap, universal genetic tests?

/via +Jack Mason

Paper-strips for testing infections

This is an amazing invention if it can be commercialized and easier to use: a paper strip that changes color if an igfectious disease is present. The researchers demonstrated that they can use the paper to build in sensitivity for ebola: smear ebola on the paper, and it turns purple within an hour. At 4 cents a strip, these paper tests could make a real difference reducing the need and cost for 24 hour genetic tests.

On the other side, these tests need a minimum amount of lab skills to carry out - you first have to extract the viral dna or rna. That isn't exactly as easy as dipping the stripinto a urine sample. But who knows, maybe this problem can also be eliminated to create cheap, universal genetic tests?

/via +Jack Mason___

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2014-05-22 11:00:03 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Healthy dieting: is it all a sham?

There are a lot of so-called 'health products' tailoring to people with sensitivity towards particular compounds, such as gluten. But practice suggests that gluten-sensitive people can recover their ability to eat gluten without severe reactions, and what's more interesting, this practice is also backed up by research now that indicates that the sensitivity does not exist.

That said, while partial dietary intolerance seems to be psychologically induced, that does not mean that all dietary intolerance is bogus, nor does it mean that eating everything you see is healthy. There still are conditions, such as particular forms of inborn metabolic disorder, which can result in legitimate dietary intolerance. There also still is a higher nutritional value in alternate grains as opposed to a completely wheat-based diet.

In short:... more »

Healthy dieting: is it all a sham?

There are a lot of so-called 'health products' tailoring to people with sensitivity towards particular compounds, such as gluten. But practice suggests that gluten-sensitive people can recover their ability to eat gluten without severe reactions, and what's more interesting, this practice is also backed up by research now that indicates that the sensitivity does not exist.

That said, while partial dietary intolerance seems to be psychologically induced, that does not mean that all dietary intolerance is bogus, nor does it mean that eating everything you see is healthy. There still are conditions, such as particular forms of inborn metabolic disorder, which can result in legitimate dietary intolerance. There also still is a higher nutritional value in alternate grains as opposed to a completely wheat-based diet.

In short: trust your gut when it comes to judging your diet.

/via +Dirk Reul 

#Geist   #Nutrition   #Health   #FoodIntolerance  ___

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2014-07-28 13:17:42 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Small, high-charge, long-life rechargeable batteries

Perhaps this sounds too good to be true: Batteries that are even more compact than ever, with a higher charge capacity than ever possible before. At least, given current mobile device batteries, it would seem that this is just a dream.

But according to this article, that could change: their latest research shows that this may be possible by putting a pure lithium anode into a protective carbon sheath, which protects it from instabilities. They're not quite there - they only retain 99% capacity after 150 charge cycles, as opposed to 99.9% that commercialization would need - but their research looks quite promising.

Full journal article: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nnano.2014.152.html

/via +Susan Stone 

Small, high-charge, long-life rechargeable batteries

Perhaps this sounds too good to be true: Batteries that are even more compact than ever, with a higher charge capacity than ever possible before. At least, given current mobile device batteries, it would seem that this is just a dream.

But according to this article, that could change: their latest research shows that this may be possible by putting a pure lithium anode into a protective carbon sheath, which protects it from instabilities. They're not quite there - they only retain 99% capacity after 150 charge cycles, as opposed to 99.9% that commercialization would need - but their research looks quite promising.

Full journal article: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nnano.2014.152.html

/via +Susan Stone ___

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2014-05-07 07:36:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Why tokens will be more valuable than passwords

With two-step authorization / authentication on the rise, simply having a password isn't sufficient to steal money, or data. But luckily for criminals, there seems to be something else, which, if it can be intercepted by a smart enough hacker, could allow them to achieve the same results - without that annoying need to posess some piece of hardware. That something else is authorization tokens.

But the dynamics of token interaction are somewhat different. They have limited validity - meaning attacks are likely going to target more diverse groups of individuals in one-off attacks, as opposed to ammassing victims for repeated attacks. That's going to be a niusance to crime-fighting organizations. Implications of a token theft are also more layered: the attack can only go as far as the token's permissions do. Assuming that... more »

Why tokens will be more valuable than passwords

With two-step authorization / authentication on the rise, simply having a password isn't sufficient to steal money, or data. But luckily for criminals, there seems to be something else, which, if it can be intercepted by a smart enough hacker, could allow them to achieve the same results - without that annoying need to posess some piece of hardware. That something else is authorization tokens.

But the dynamics of token interaction are somewhat different. They have limited validity - meaning attacks are likely going to target more diverse groups of individuals in one-off attacks, as opposed to ammassing victims for repeated attacks. That's going to be a niusance to crime-fighting organizations. Implications of a token theft are also more layered: the attack can only go as far as the token's permissions do. Assuming that there is no exploitable vulnerability in the underlying authentication and authorization technology.

It could be interesting watching for the first token-attacks.___

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2014-06-23 11:36:48 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Do you know the working environment around where you live?

I'd like to draw your attention to two things, that may be related, or independent:

1) Corruption. You may be surprised, but corruption is more widespread than you'd think. Check out Ernst & Young's full report at: http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/2012_TI_CPI/$FILE/2012%20TI%20CPI.pdf

2) Worker's rights. Do you know your rights? No? Maybe it's time to do some homework. And: knowing your rights is not the end of the story. There is a large gap between knowing your rights and enforcing your rights. I'm not sure how accurate this chart is in the latter, especially given how the corruption in many countries 'exceeds' the rights in those countries.

Have a look where your country stands - you may be surprised! And most importantly: do you know the worker's... more »

The Worst Places On The Planet To Be A Worker

A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation, an umbrella organization of unions around the world, sheds light on the state of workers' rights across 139 countries. goo.gl/3j6wuK

The ITUC Global Rights Index ranks 139 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected, in law and in practice. goo.gl/kjjJrG

“Countries such as Denmark and Uruguay led the way through their strong labour laws, but perhaps surprisingly, the likes of Greece, the United States and Hong Kong, lagged behind,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow. “A country’s level of development proved to be a poor indicator of whether it respected basic rights to bargain collectively, strike for decent conditions, or simply join a union at all.”

Key findings:

*In the past year, governments of at least 35 countries have arrested or imprisoned workers as a tactic to resist demands for democratic rights, decent wages, safer working conditions and secure jobs.

*In at least 9 countries murder and disappearance of workers were commonly used to intimidate workers.

*Workers in at least 53 countries have been dismissed or suspended for attempting to negotiate better working conditions.

*Laws and practices in at least 87 countries exclude certain type of workers from the right to strike.

goo.gl/kjjJrG International Trade Union Confederation
goo.gl/M1A0SW The Huffington Post  | By Kevin Short___Do you know the working environment around where you live?

I'd like to draw your attention to two things, that may be related, or independent:

1) Corruption. You may be surprised, but corruption is more widespread than you'd think. Check out Ernst & Young's full report at: http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/2012_TI_CPI/$FILE/2012%20TI%20CPI.pdf

2) Worker's rights. Do you know your rights? No? Maybe it's time to do some homework. And: knowing your rights is not the end of the story. There is a large gap between knowing your rights and enforcing your rights. I'm not sure how accurate this chart is in the latter, especially given how the corruption in many countries 'exceeds' the rights in those countries.

Have a look where your country stands - you may be surprised! And most importantly: do you know the worker's rights in your country? ... I'm proud to see that Germany ranks fairly well on both charts. 

#Geist   #workersrights   #corruption  

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2014-04-18 08:15:42 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Public policy needs to evolve with society, not maintain former status quos

Dear governments around the world, and especially Belgium's,

this is not the way to deal with innovation. Technology can and inevitably will bring benefit to society. It's your job to make sure that the way it does so is in interests of your people, making daily life more comfortable and raising their standards of living, while creating an environment fostering innovation in all industries. Blocking innovation doesn't do that. Blocking innovation to retain and revitalize business models that lack the flexibility to adapt, and where the owning companies refuse to innovate themselves, does not achieve that goal.

The long-term repercussions are fatal for your economy; the short-term repercussions are annoyance to your citizens. This doesn't sound like a very good political strategy to me. But... more »

Idiocy rulez...___Public policy needs to evolve with society, not maintain former status quos

Dear governments around the world, and especially Belgium's,

this is not the way to deal with innovation. Technology can and inevitably will bring benefit to society. It's your job to make sure that the way it does so is in interests of your people, making daily life more comfortable and raising their standards of living, while creating an environment fostering innovation in all industries. Blocking innovation doesn't do that. Blocking innovation to retain and revitalize business models that lack the flexibility to adapt, and where the owning companies refuse to innovate themselves, does not achieve that goal.

The long-term repercussions are fatal for your economy; the short-term repercussions are annoyance to your citizens. This doesn't sound like a very good political strategy to me. But what do I know, as much as I'd like to think that Germany and Belgium share a number of common cultural points in terms of how we value and wish to maintainthe modern infrastructure and conveniences that we currently enjoy, perhaps Belgium is so different from the rest of Europe?

Thank you for reading,, and I hope you reconsider.

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2014-05-12 11:35:15 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Looks like a new interaction pattern is turning to convention

Like it or not, it looks like bottom-right-for-actions is turning into the newest standard interaction pattern, and it isn't just Google. I'd characterize it with:

1) Mminimalist mainscreen
Everything is hidden away. You have to hover, touch, and interact with little icons to get to whatever content you want, or whatever you want to do. And an all-mighty search assistant is always one click away should you be too lazy for all that hovering and waiting.

2) Flat, round icons
Personally, I detest these because I often can't tell whether they are buttons I can click on or just pictures that I can't. But it seems that they are the latest style, and probably here to stay for another year or two.

3) Top/left: Categories
You're probably familiar... more »

Looks like a new interaction pattern is turning to convention

Like it or not, it looks like bottom-right-for-actions is turning into the newest standard interaction pattern, and it isn't just Google. I'd characterize it with:

1) Mminimalist mainscreen
Everything is hidden away. You have to hover, touch, and interact with little icons to get to whatever content you want, or whatever you want to do. And an all-mighty search assistant is always one click away should you be too lazy for all that hovering and waiting.

2) Flat, round icons
Personally, I detest these because I often can't tell whether they are buttons I can click on or just pictures that I can't. But it seems that they are the latest style, and probably here to stay for another year or two.

3) Top/left: Categories
You're probably familiar with these ever since you've known the web (Yes, even back in the lynx days!). Categories at the top or left of the page help you navigate according to the structure that the web page designer feels are important for you. Somewhere around the top, there is also the holy search box conveniently at your disposal.

4) Bottom/right: Actions
This one is the newbie. It seems that bottom/right corner is being reserved for actions. Which sort of makes sense, as you typically want users to take action after reading the website content. But, like all changes, it will take a while for users to adapt. Let's see how this change takes up in the market.

/via +Martijn Vreugde ___

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2014-08-17 03:45:12 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Something which I think the great minds in this community might have some great ideas about. Is anyone here familiar with the Market Basket story?

Putting people first: a new model for market differentiation

I'm hopeful that, as markets become more saturated, we are going to see more of this type of company. Companies where the key strategic differentiator is putting people first.

I haven't fully analysed the Market Basket case, but it looks at first glance that the former CEO did something rare: he engaged workers, employees, and customers in dialogue to understand and follow through on answering their needs before competitors become aware of them. As a result, the whole community rallies behind its leader. This is how community leadership works, one of the cornerstones of successful digital media channel engagement. I'd say that with digital platforms on the rise, we are looking at a future where community leadership will increasingly become a market differentiator and channel for advance market research and hopefully one day also a status quo.

/via +Gideon Rosenblatt ___Something which I think the great minds in this community might have some great ideas about. Is anyone here familiar with the Market Basket story?

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2014-07-02 19:15:24 (32 comments, 6 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Easy-to-remember, secure passwords!

This is a brilliant animated GIF that should not only brighten your day, but also inspire your next password.

Passwords comprise an extremely notorious authentication mechanism. Let me explain why: you usually get a new password every time you 'forget' your password - thus making the password completely unnecessary, as you can just 'forget' it every time you need to log in, you don't actually need to remember your password anymore. You only need really need your email password.

That said, if you have to pick a password, at least have some fun doing so, and cuten up your passwords! Or, for the more geeky folk, you could try writing your favorite equations into that password field instead... the additional security comes from (1) more characters to brute-force, (2) multiple 'sets' of words, phrases, emoji, etc. to... more »

Don't have boring passwords! Check out this gif on how to create fun passwords that are hard to crack. #PasswordDay. Learn more at passwordday.org___Easy-to-remember, secure passwords!

This is a brilliant animated GIF that should not only brighten your day, but also inspire your next password.

Passwords comprise an extremely notorious authentication mechanism. Let me explain why: you usually get a new password every time you 'forget' your password - thus making the password completely unnecessary, as you can just 'forget' it every time you need to log in, you don't actually need to remember your password anymore. You only need really need your email password.

That said, if you have to pick a password, at least have some fun doing so, and cuten up your passwords! Or, for the more geeky folk, you could try writing your favorite equations into that password field instead... the additional security comes from (1) more characters to brute-force, (2) multiple 'sets' of words, phrases, emoji, etc. to combine, and (3) combining 'sets' increases the number of possible passwords attacking algorithms need to sift through. This still, however, does not help against phishing, data theft, or other such possible measures.

/via +John Foster

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2014-04-23 06:44:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Intellectual Property: The latest weapon in protecting Biodiversity

For a long time, we've seen how companies such as Monsanto use intellectual property rights to patent crops, driving biodiversity downwards and creating repurcussions - some intentional, some not - on our ecosystem. And individual court battle against those companies have been futile in terms of limiting their wide-reaching power.

This approach, however, looks quite interesting, and may have a chance against those large companies. It pits their opponent's strongest weapon - intellectual property - against them.

What I'd like to see grow out of it:
- A citizen-science kit allowing everyone to help collect and sequence existing "wild" and "common domestic" plant genomes under a public, GPL-like license.
- An EFF-like organization that helps finance and provide legal support for... more »

Plant breeders release first Open Source Seeds

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely. …

These days, seeds are intellectual property. Some are patented as inventions. You need permission from the patent holder to use them, and you're not supposed to harvest seeds for replanting the next year. …

Sociologist Jack Kloppenburg, also at the University of Wisconsin, has been campaigning against seed patents for 30 years. … He says turning seeds into private property has contributed to the rise of big seed companies that in turn promote ever-bigger, more specialized farms. "The problem is concentration, and the narrow set of uses to which the technology and the breeding are being put," he says.

Kloppenburg says one important goal for this initiative is simply to get people thinking and talking about how seeds are controlled. "It's to open people's minds," he says. "It's kind of a biological meme, you might say: Free seed! Seed that can be used by anyone!"

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/17/303772556/plant-breeders-release-first-open-source-seeds

See also: http://www.opensourceseedinitiative.org/___Intellectual Property: The latest weapon in protecting Biodiversity

For a long time, we've seen how companies such as Monsanto use intellectual property rights to patent crops, driving biodiversity downwards and creating repurcussions - some intentional, some not - on our ecosystem. And individual court battle against those companies have been futile in terms of limiting their wide-reaching power.

This approach, however, looks quite interesting, and may have a chance against those large companies. It pits their opponent's strongest weapon - intellectual property - against them.

What I'd like to see grow out of it:
- A citizen-science kit allowing everyone to help collect and sequence existing "wild" and "common domestic" plant genomes under a public, GPL-like license.
- An EFF-like organization that helps finance and provide legal support for enforcing that license and pushing policy makers to ensure that consequences for potential lawsuits lean towards protecting greater biodiversity.

There are, however, some interesting legal technicalities that could arise: What happens when a "GPL" seed is accidentally cross-pollinated with a "copyrighted" seed, because, well, most farmers cannot control the bees or the wind?

It'll be interesting to see if this movement can take root.

#Geist  

/via +John Kellden 

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2014-10-15 00:50:54 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Coal vs. nuclear showdown: weighing out radioactive impact of coal

Coal power plants produce radioactive ash - which is released into the environment. This ash releases more radioactivity into the surrounding environment than a nuclear power plant - meaning if you live next to a coal plant, you are exposed to more radioactive particles and have likely ingested more radioactivity than if you lived next to a nuclear power plant. The same applies if you live near a landfill that receives coal ash, or get your tap water from the drainage basin which that landfill feeds.

Certainly, this does not cover the 'what if' situation around a nuclear meltdown. But it does raise the question, what is the environmental and human health impact costs of the two technologies? Could a shift to green technology meet our growing energy demands with a guaranteed minimum power consumption... more »

Coal vs. nuclear showdown: weighing out radioactive impact of coal

Coal power plants produce radioactive ash - which is released into the environment. This ash releases more radioactivity into the surrounding environment than a nuclear power plant - meaning if you live next to a coal plant, you are exposed to more radioactive particles and have likely ingested more radioactivity than if you lived next to a nuclear power plant. The same applies if you live near a landfill that receives coal ash, or get your tap water from the drainage basin which that landfill feeds.

Certainly, this does not cover the 'what if' situation around a nuclear meltdown. But it does raise the question, what is the environmental and human health impact costs of the two technologies? Could a shift to green technology meet our growing energy demands with a guaranteed minimum power consumption condition?

/via +Vlad Markov___

2014-05-02 09:59:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There are a few that I think would be really nice, but maybe they are too big to request,

1) To have the calculator built into the entry when I enter/edit an amount instead of a link where I have to open the calculator app first, and then remember the sum to retype it into the entry box.

2) To be able to 'build your own report' (e.g. how other tools do it like this one does https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=psv.apps.expmanager )

3) How do I delete a favorite? (I just re-organized my favorites after creating a new list, and I can't figure out how to remove the old favorites from the list).

There are a few that I think would be really nice, but maybe they are too big to request,

1) To have the calculator built into the entry when I enter/edit an amount instead of a link where I have to open the calculator app first, and then remember the sum to retype it into the entry box.

2) To be able to 'build your own report' (e.g. how other tools do it like this one does https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=psv.apps.expmanager )

3) How do I delete a favorite? (I just re-organized my favorites after creating a new list, and I can't figure out how to remove the old favorites from the list).___

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2014-09-29 09:04:10 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

How intelligent is Artificial Intelligence?

Quite a hilarious, and at times disjointed, conversation - these cleverbots seem to have limited memory and thus a limited capacity to construct a flowing conversation. However at times they do seem to have deeper moments, as demonstrated in this video.

Suppose, now, that artificial intelligence does have a bit more memory and a bit more thinking capacity than cleverbot - for example, by powering it with Watson, or some other supercomputer thinking machine. How would the conversation sound like then, and more importantly, would it still be distinguishable from a human conversation?

I think we are getting close to being able to build comparable conversation partners. Though perhaps an actual intelligent philosophical conversation is probably still some way off...

/via +Gideon Rosenblatt

How intelligent is Artificial Intelligence?

Quite a hilarious, and at times disjointed, conversation - these cleverbots seem to have limited memory and thus a limited capacity to construct a flowing conversation. However at times they do seem to have deeper moments, as demonstrated in this video.

Suppose, now, that artificial intelligence does have a bit more memory and a bit more thinking capacity than cleverbot - for example, by powering it with Watson, or some other supercomputer thinking machine. How would the conversation sound like then, and more importantly, would it still be distinguishable from a human conversation?

I think we are getting close to being able to build comparable conversation partners. Though perhaps an actual intelligent philosophical conversation is probably still some way off...

/via +Gideon Rosenblatt___

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2014-06-24 07:31:18 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Changing prices multiple times a day in a walk-in store?

Media Markt - a huge electronics chain in Germany - is going to change their prices multiple times per day to reflect market demand. This will get interesting - especially when they have paper advertisments running at the same time.

It's not as if the electronics branch is the first to adopt this model: we all know how gasoline stations adjust their prices on a regular basis. The only difference is that consumers won't have billboards outside of electronics outlets with the prices of all their products; they'll have to resort to mobile apps instead to stay on top of the pricewatch. 

Anyone in the Netherlands seen this? How does their trial work for you?

Changing prices multiple times a day in a walk-in store?

Media Markt - a huge electronics chain in Germany - is going to change their prices multiple times per day to reflect market demand. This will get interesting - especially when they have paper advertisments running at the same time.

It's not as if the electronics branch is the first to adopt this model: we all know how gasoline stations adjust their prices on a regular basis. The only difference is that consumers won't have billboards outside of electronics outlets with the prices of all their products; they'll have to resort to mobile apps instead to stay on top of the pricewatch. 

Anyone in the Netherlands seen this? How does their trial work for you?___

2014-05-02 14:40:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Deleted transaction comes back to life....

Start: synchronized lists across two devices.
I have disabled automatic sync and it only syncs when I press the sync button.
I copied a transaction from one list to another. Then I deleted it from the original list.
Now I ran sync.
I ran sync on the other device.
I added some additional transactions on the other device and synced.
I opened the first device and noticed the 'deleted' transaction had appeared again. :(

Can I delete it for good, do you think?

Deleted transaction comes back to life....

Start: synchronized lists across two devices.
I have disabled automatic sync and it only syncs when I press the sync button.
I copied a transaction from one list to another. Then I deleted it from the original list.
Now I ran sync.
I ran sync on the other device.
I added some additional transactions on the other device and synced.
I opened the first device and noticed the 'deleted' transaction had appeared again. :(

Can I delete it for good, do you think?___

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2014-07-07 08:54:54 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Conquering your emotions

Stories play a large role in society - they are not only deeply intertwined bits of culture, history, and life, but they also shape our values and thoughts. So much so, that they can put you back in control over your emotions - and turn disheartenment back into inspiration. It seems, then, that the secret of shamanic 'medicine' is not mere ritual, superstition, and tradition: it is applied psychology with a different colored ribbon.

#Geist

/via +M Sinclair Stevens 

When did you stop dancing?
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves."
~ Gabrielle Roth ___Conquering your emotions

Stories play a large role in society - they are not only deeply intertwined bits of culture, history, and life, but they also shape our values and thoughts. So much so, that they can put you back in control over your emotions - and turn disheartenment back into inspiration. It seems, then, that the secret of shamanic 'medicine' is not mere ritual, superstition, and tradition: it is applied psychology with a different colored ribbon.

#Geist

/via +M Sinclair Stevens 

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2014-04-08 20:30:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Wearable computing will make your smartphone look outdated

Imagine a wearable chip embedded in an armband, which can do everything your smartphone can do with the same speed, but with a battery life of one month between recharges and is much smaller and flexibler. Does that sound impossible? Ineda claims otherwise, and their newly unveiled chips look pretty nice.

This technology has a lot of potential applications, in anything from home patient care for elderly to digitalizing your home to replacing your smartphone. While the chip is just the beginning - actual devices and uses will still need to be developed incorporating it - it is certainly a very, very promising technology and an exciting development!

Is this Indian company the Intel of the wearable era?

An Indian startup called Ineda Systems has developed a chip for wearable computers that can run for 30 days without recharging. The company emerged from stealth mode today. And they’ve got some big backers, including Samsung and Qualcomm. 

Join me, plus co-anchor +Jason Howell and guest co-anchor +Natali Morris as we discuss the news of the day, plus interview +Steve Gibson (Gibson Research Corporation) and +Don Clark (The Wall Street Journal). 

Watch now: http://twit.tv/tnt/981

#India   #Ineda   #TechNewsToday   #TNT  ___Wearable computing will make your smartphone look outdated

Imagine a wearable chip embedded in an armband, which can do everything your smartphone can do with the same speed, but with a battery life of one month between recharges and is much smaller and flexibler. Does that sound impossible? Ineda claims otherwise, and their newly unveiled chips look pretty nice.

This technology has a lot of potential applications, in anything from home patient care for elderly to digitalizing your home to replacing your smartphone. While the chip is just the beginning - actual devices and uses will still need to be developed incorporating it - it is certainly a very, very promising technology and an exciting development!

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2014-05-12 07:10:14 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

"Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry."

 - Richard Feynman

Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alma_philippinesimages/7346953270/sizes/o/in/photostream/

"Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry."

 - Richard Feynman

Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alma_philippinesimages/7346953270/sizes/o/in/photostream/___

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2014-09-30 12:11:09 (16 comments, 27 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Introducing my new book containing a year's worth of kid's experiments!
Available in English and German

I'm proud to announce that I've now published my first book - a book filled with illustrated experiments for preschoolers, one experiment for each week of the year. For the past two years, I've been doing weekly experiments with my kids, and compiled their favorite experiments into this book.

The book is divided into 12 chapters, each of which focuses on a particular theme and lasts for a month. The experiments are designed to inspire the kids to start asking questions, try out the impossible, and most of all have fun exploring natural phenomena! Some of the all-time favorites for inspiration:

- Homemade ice cream to explore how salt affects the melting point of water
- Racing toys to explore friction
- Homemade microscope to... more »

Introducing my new book containing a year's worth of kid's experiments!
Available in English and German

I'm proud to announce that I've now published my first book - a book filled with illustrated experiments for preschoolers, one experiment for each week of the year. For the past two years, I've been doing weekly experiments with my kids, and compiled their favorite experiments into this book.

The book is divided into 12 chapters, each of which focuses on a particular theme and lasts for a month. The experiments are designed to inspire the kids to start asking questions, try out the impossible, and most of all have fun exploring natural phenomena! Some of the all-time favorites for inspiration:

- Homemade ice cream to explore how salt affects the melting point of water
- Racing toys to explore friction
- Homemade microscope to see what a cell is

The book is available in English and German on amazon.de or directly from the publisher:

http://bit.ly/experimentsw___

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2014-05-21 12:03:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Searching for the 'fountain of youth'

Indeed, aging and nutrition are linked - but there may involved than we may think. How do tortises or fish live over 150 - and some over 200 - years?

Yes, aging is encoded into our animal DNA. But with life spans expanding, old age turns out to be less fun than one might imagine. It can be partially slowed by dietary restriction - a practice that requires severe self-control. For the rest of us, there may yet be hope: it appears that rapamycin helps to achieve the same result too, with a diabetes-like side effect. Eliminating that side effect would bring us one step closer to finding a medical version of the "holy grail" and the "fountain of youth", which could further extend life spans and improve life quality for the elderly. The other question, of course, is... would you take the cup?

#Geist #Aging ... more »

Searching for the 'fountain of youth'

Indeed, aging and nutrition are linked - but there may involved than we may think. How do tortises or fish live over 150 - and some over 200 - years?

Yes, aging is encoded into our animal DNA. But with life spans expanding, old age turns out to be less fun than one might imagine. It can be partially slowed by dietary restriction - a practice that requires severe self-control. For the rest of us, there may yet be hope: it appears that rapamycin helps to achieve the same result too, with a diabetes-like side effect. Eliminating that side effect would bring us one step closer to finding a medical version of the "holy grail" and the "fountain of youth", which could further extend life spans and improve life quality for the elderly. The other question, of course, is... would you take the cup?

#Geist #Aging #Health   #Nutrition  
/via +David Pearce ___

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2014-04-14 07:29:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Digital Marketing: Putting AR to work

Thinking back to the Mentos and Coca-Cola commercial, this type of advertisment is another great way to raise sales, this time for Haagen-Daas. With smartphones as popular as they are, I'd bet there will be a small surge in sales, because people just want to try it out themselves, and see what figures come with each flavour of ice cream!

That's one way to use augmented reality #ar tech

Pretty Stupid Yet Insanely Cool Smart Phone Ice Cream App!___Digital Marketing: Putting AR to work

Thinking back to the Mentos and Coca-Cola commercial, this type of advertisment is another great way to raise sales, this time for Haagen-Daas. With smartphones as popular as they are, I'd bet there will be a small surge in sales, because people just want to try it out themselves, and see what figures come with each flavour of ice cream!

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2014-07-08 10:16:08 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Self-driving trucks

Instead of just self-driving cars, why not self-driving trucks? Daimler is currently testing their self-driving vehicles, and this opens the door to a considerable distribution and logistic improvement.

The impact of self-driving trucks could be considerable in several respects:
1) faster delivery chains, with online purchases, and other goods delivery chains to be on the road 24/7 instead of with pauses and shifts
2) solving the problem of hiring drivers for this rather boring and poorly paid task
3) reducing truck accidents - which are not too unfrequent, as anyone who commutes regularly on the freeway knows!

Daimler's program, called 'highway pilot', hopes to bring their self-driving trucks to market in 2025. Their biggest hurdle, however, is not technology, but rather bureaucracy: how much effort will it take to get... more »

Self-driving trucks

Instead of just self-driving cars, why not self-driving trucks? Daimler is currently testing their self-driving vehicles, and this opens the door to a considerable distribution and logistic improvement.

The impact of self-driving trucks could be considerable in several respects:
1) faster delivery chains, with online purchases, and other goods delivery chains to be on the road 24/7 instead of with pauses and shifts
2) solving the problem of hiring drivers for this rather boring and poorly paid task
3) reducing truck accidents - which are not too unfrequent, as anyone who commutes regularly on the freeway knows!

Daimler's program, called 'highway pilot', hopes to bring their self-driving trucks to market in 2025. Their biggest hurdle, however, is not technology, but rather bureaucracy: how much effort will it take to get conservative governments to accept driverless trucks, and who takes the blame when something in the complex logistics chain goes wrong?

Official press release:
http://www.daimler.com/dccom/0-5-7171-49-1716137-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html___

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2014-10-17 13:53:04 (18 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Declining creativity: a worrying educational trend

Let me highlight a worrying quote from the linked article:
"... the creativity scores had also been going up in the same way as their IQ equivalents until the 1990s, upon which these scores have consistently dropped in American children."

What happened in the 1990s, and why has creativity fallen consistently since? What kind of society do we want, and what kind of children do we need to solve the world's problems and build a decent future for themselves? With routine work being increasingly replaced by technology, the future is going to need creative, analytical people who can solve problems. Why has this been neglected, and what do we need to bring this back on the rise?

Is it now the onus of parents to teach children to rediscover how to ask questions? To teach them that it is okay to not conform... more »

Declining creativity: a worrying educational trend

Let me highlight a worrying quote from the linked article:
"... the creativity scores had also been going up in the same way as their IQ equivalents until the 1990s, upon which these scores have consistently dropped in American children."

What happened in the 1990s, and why has creativity fallen consistently since? What kind of society do we want, and what kind of children do we need to solve the world's problems and build a decent future for themselves? With routine work being increasingly replaced by technology, the future is going to need creative, analytical people who can solve problems. Why has this been neglected, and what do we need to bring this back on the rise?

Is it now the onus of parents to teach children to rediscover how to ask questions? To teach them that it is okay to not conform to the masses? To teach them to not be afraid to sow the seeds of discussion, to speak up and question (teacher) authorities, and to teach them to deal with injustice and inequality early on in life?

Destroying a system and rebuilding a new one is never easy. And while I think that there is great value in learning those lessons of diplomacy, tact, inequality, and injustice early on in life, I am not so sure that children are emotionally ready to take on those burdens when the first year of school arrives. Is there a better model around?

#Geist #Learning #Creativity  #Education

/via +O'Neil Godfrey ___

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2014-05-26 09:21:02 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Neonics and Bees: setting facts straight

I already have a wild beehive in my garden (the bees live in an old tree stump), but I'm thinking of starting a second beehive for the kids to watch the bees at work.  There's a sale this week for insect hives, which is perfect timing... and I can assert that my bee population is still fairly healthy.

We do not know with certainty if neonics killed the bumble bees - and assuming neonics are responsible for their death, we do not know how or why it killed the bees.

It's also a great chance to draw attention to the facts surrounding neonic use and its effect on insects:

1) Neonic usage above a particular concentration is lethal to insects.
2) It has been shown that certain neonics have harsher consequences than others. Some of the 'milder' neonics break down into the 'harsher' neonics over timew... more »

The Case of the Vanishing Bees

That's what happened one June morning at a Target parking lot in Portland Oregon in 2013. A pest-control company (unbeknownst to Target) had sprayed neonictinoids on surrounding Linden trees to protect them from aphids; but nobody warned the bees to stay away. In the end, an estimated 50,000 bumblebees perished. http://ow.ly/x4N6V

The tragedy wiped out as many as 300 bumblebee colonies, robbing the area's trees and flowers of a key pollinator species. And it shows why stomping out the use of neonics is paramount to the survival of bees. You can read more about this case here >> http://ow.ly/x4N6V___Neonics and Bees: setting facts straight

I already have a wild beehive in my garden (the bees live in an old tree stump), but I'm thinking of starting a second beehive for the kids to watch the bees at work.  There's a sale this week for insect hives, which is perfect timing... and I can assert that my bee population is still fairly healthy.

We do not know with certainty if neonics killed the bumble bees - and assuming neonics are responsible for their death, we do not know how or why it killed the bees.

It's also a great chance to draw attention to the facts surrounding neonic use and its effect on insects:

1) Neonic usage above a particular concentration is lethal to insects.
2) It has been shown that certain neonics have harsher consequences than others. Some of the 'milder' neonics break down into the 'harsher' neonics over time within the insect's body.
3) There is a statistical linkage, but no conclusive evidence or scientific consensus on whether chronic sublethal neonic concentrations have a lethal effect on insect populations.
4) To make the claim that neonics kill bumblebees, we need to first see repeatable research demonstrating what the medical reason behind a lethal effect of sublethal neonic concentration penetration is, as well as how much the required concentration to induce the lethal effect is.

Disclaimer: I am no expert on insectology or on toxicology. In my opinion, it is irresponsible to use a chemical that has a potentially disasterous effect on the ecological system - in particular pollinators - as long as the safety of that chemical is not scientifically proven.

For the scientifically inclined, this report presents what, in my opinion, is a rather unbiased overview of the current opinions and studies available:
http://www.olyrose.org/articles/are-neonicotinoids-killing-bees_xerces-society1.pdf

/via +Adam Black 

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2014-10-07 06:33:31 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Containing Ebola: a spark of success, where Governments have failed

Of course, it is difficult to blame governments for mismanaging the Ebola outbreak. The outbreak is a combination of many things, among others: fragile infrastructure, cultural and educational limitations, limited resources, and fear.

Yet this inspirational story suggests that not all hope is lost. It seems that at least one company has succeeded in successfully quarantining Ebola as it showed up in their community through a combination of determination, innovation, and investment. Granted, they have resources and cooperation which most governments and communities did not, but their relentless methodology and handling of the Ebola cases which did show up is considerably different than in other treatment cases. Take, for instance, the first US Ebola case, who was 'accidentally' sent home, and recalled for... more »

Containing Ebola: a spark of success, where Governments have failed

Of course, it is difficult to blame governments for mismanaging the Ebola outbreak. The outbreak is a combination of many things, among others: fragile infrastructure, cultural and educational limitations, limited resources, and fear.

Yet this inspirational story suggests that not all hope is lost. It seems that at least one company has succeeded in successfully quarantining Ebola as it showed up in their community through a combination of determination, innovation, and investment. Granted, they have resources and cooperation which most governments and communities did not, but their relentless methodology and handling of the Ebola cases which did show up is considerably different than in other treatment cases. Take, for instance, the first US Ebola case, who was 'accidentally' sent home, and recalled for treatment as things started going from bad to worse - a drastic contrast to immediate quarantine of the patient and family involved, with the effect of containing the virus before an outbreak could spread.

Perhaps we need to turn the order of handling the Ebola outbreak upside down. Instead of putting investment first and wondering why the invested money seems to be falling into a black hole, why not open up policies surrounding how foreign aid can be disbursed and channel some of it into following through with such innovative suggestions?

/via +Charles An-y-man ___

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2014-08-30 18:16:53 (22 comments, 15 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The latest side effect of antibiotics: food allergies

Antibiotics are without a doubt good: imagine where we would be if not for the discovery of penicillin. But they are not only brutal to unwanted bacteria - the good bacteria in your digestive track is destroyed as well. And it seems that one side effect turns out to be the inability to break down certain foods - a food allergy.

With that reason in mind, a cure may be around the corner: build back your stock of good bacteria. It seems to work for mice; will it next work for primates and humans too?

#Geist #health

/via +Daniel Ely Rankin

The latest side effect of antibiotics: food allergies

Antibiotics are without a doubt good: imagine where we would be if not for the discovery of penicillin. But they are not only brutal to unwanted bacteria - the good bacteria in your digestive track is destroyed as well. And it seems that one side effect turns out to be the inability to break down certain foods - a food allergy.

With that reason in mind, a cure may be around the corner: build back your stock of good bacteria. It seems to work for mice; will it next work for primates and humans too?

#Geist #health

/via +Daniel Ely Rankin___

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2014-08-25 07:07:04 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Dissecting love

Love is certainly one of the most intricate emotions we have. A beautiful division of five stages of love and how they progress.

#Geist

A nice piece from +YES! Magazine on love. 

A visitor from another planet might think that we earthlings—and Americans in particular—were obsessed with chasing love. If you asked the sages of ancient India, however, they’d probably say that love is not what we’re actually chasing. Instead, we pursue the intense but fleeting emotional high of “falling in love,” which generally doesn’t last very long.

So how do we keep the life-giving flame of love alive? The ancient thinkers of India, who devoted a great deal of attention to this problem, recognized and honored the power of sex and romance to jump-start our flagging emotions. But the important question for them was, where do we go from there? How do we harness the intoxicating power of falling in love to create a happiness that endures even after the initial flame dies away?

#love  ___Dissecting love

Love is certainly one of the most intricate emotions we have. A beautiful division of five stages of love and how they progress.

#Geist

2014-10-09 19:32:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

How does a malware-driven botnet operate?

Wayne Huang, a Proofpoint security researcher, has been able to peer at how a (Russian) cybercrime group has built and used a large network of 500,000 infected computers. And the results are quite interesting.

There isn't anything particularly novel in the attack approach: "Modern threats frequently use an integrated system of legitimate but compromised websites, obfuscated redirects, “traffic redirection system” (TDS) filters, exploit kit hosting sites, and malware hosting sites." This combination is quite effective and extremely flexible, and ensures that infected hosts can be abused in multiple ways.

Perhaps most interesting is that the cybercrime group did actually use infected hosts in several ways, among others:
- financial identity theft
- selling internet traffic routing through affectedmac... more »

How does a malware-driven botnet operate?

Wayne Huang, a Proofpoint security researcher, has been able to peer at how a (Russian) cybercrime group has built and used a large network of 500,000 infected computers. And the results are quite interesting.

There isn't anything particularly novel in the attack approach: "Modern threats frequently use an integrated system of legitimate but compromised websites, obfuscated redirects, “traffic redirection system” (TDS) filters, exploit kit hosting sites, and malware hosting sites." This combination is quite effective and extremely flexible, and ensures that infected hosts can be abused in multiple ways.

Perhaps most interesting is that the cybercrime group did actually use infected hosts in several ways, among others:
- financial identity theft
- selling internet traffic routing through affected machines
- renting out the botnet

That's quite a lot of commercialization possibilities. And with that scale, quite a lot of potential income on the dark web. The kind of income that makes you stop and think: is this a situation that you created to willingly live in? Surely there must be a more incentivized way to reduce cash and keep everyone out of trouble!

Get all the details from the Report here:
http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2340876/proofpoint-analysis-cybercrime-infrastructure-20141007.0.pdf___

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2014-04-25 10:56:20 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Anyone up for an organic chemistry mod?

For those who've missed the news yesterday - this game is a superb example of good gamification. Play it a bit, and you'll have fun and be able to recall the fusion pathways afterwards.

I've been playing around with the game yesterday and have an addition mod for my son, just some finishing touches tonight and then I'll post it. But I think what would be even more valuable is to build up the subjects which are despised by many, many students... such as organic chemistry. 

My first thought was to pick a few metabolic pathways and see how things go. But, probably most courses don't start with cellular metabolism. So, I'd like to humbly ask you for your opinion:

1) Would you be interested in playing / testing such a game?
2) Which reaction groups would you be interested in seeing first?more »

Anyone up for an organic chemistry mod?

For those who've missed the news yesterday - this game is a superb example of good gamification. Play it a bit, and you'll have fun and be able to recall the fusion pathways afterwards.

I've been playing around with the game yesterday and have an addition mod for my son, just some finishing touches tonight and then I'll post it. But I think what would be even more valuable is to build up the subjects which are despised by many, many students... such as organic chemistry. 

My first thought was to pick a few metabolic pathways and see how things go. But, probably most courses don't start with cellular metabolism. So, I'd like to humbly ask you for your opinion:

1) Would you be interested in playing / testing such a game?
2) Which reaction groups would you be interested in seeing first?
3) Are there other subjects that might be interesting and worthwhile - for example, particle physics, raising awareness to the problems of ozone depletion, etc?___

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2014-06-20 07:08:50 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Explanation behind 'warm winters', and 'cold summers'

+John Baez has an written an excellent, easily-understandable article on why 'warm' and 'cold' weather patters cycle every frew years.

The one thing missing from his map: El Nino affects Europe too. It is what is responsible for the very cold winters in Germany - and I certainly don't look forward to a biting winter, should the El Nino prediction for 2014 hold true!

Have a look:

http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/el-nio-project-part-1/

El Niño Project

El Niño is the biggest unpredictable aspect of the Earth's weather system.  It causes floods here, droughts there, it happens roughly every 3 to 7 years, but it's very hard to predict more than 6 months before it happens.  The last really big one, in 1997, unleashed a blast of global warming as heat stored in the Pacific Ocean entered the atmosphere!   Now we're waiting for the next.

This February, a paper caused a stir by predicting that an El Niño will start in late 2014 with 75% probability.  It used ideas from 'network theory' - the math of systems made of many interacting parts.  It claims that before an El Niño, sea temperatures in a large patch of the Pacific become highly correlated, going up and down in synch.

It could be right, it could be wrong - but the cool part is, the ideas in this paper are pretty simple.   So the Azimuth Code Project wants to check the calculations, study the ideas, and maybe do better.   This is a little band of programmers and scientists working with me on network theory and global warming.   Right now the people taking the lead are David Tanzer, a software developer who works for financial firms in New York, and Graham Jones, a self-employed programmer who also works on genomics and Bayesian statistics.

I hope some of you will join in!  I'll be writing blog posts explaining what we do as we do it - and you can also read what we're doing, and help out, on the Azimuth Forum.  We're just getting started, we're not experts on this topic - so this will be a bit like a reality TV show, with science rather than sex as the main source of drama.

My first blog post:

http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/el-nio-project-part-1/

is a very basic intro to how El Niño works, why it's important, and what we want to do.  More details will follow, but if you can't wait, you can read our discussions on the Azimuth Forum:

http://azimuth.mathforge.org/discussion/1358/3/experiments-in-el-nino-detection-and-prediction/

To join these discussions, join the forum:

http://www.azimuthproject.org/azimuth/show/Forum+help

This is gonna be fun!___Explanation behind 'warm winters', and 'cold summers'

+John Baez has an written an excellent, easily-understandable article on why 'warm' and 'cold' weather patters cycle every frew years.

The one thing missing from his map: El Nino affects Europe too. It is what is responsible for the very cold winters in Germany - and I certainly don't look forward to a biting winter, should the El Nino prediction for 2014 hold true!

Have a look:

http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/el-nio-project-part-1/

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2014-07-25 04:41:26 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Space debris isn't just a security threat, its a symbol of how we are still incapable of making peace.

It seems to me that the biggest obstacle to cleaning up Space debris is not going to be developing technology, which the USA and Switzerland among other nations have been on for some time, but rather preventing politicians from misconstrue the efforts as an excuse to attack each other. I wonder if we will ever grow up?

/via +Betsy McCall 

Space debris isn't just a security threat, its a symbol of how we are still incapable of making peace.

It seems to me that the biggest obstacle to cleaning up Space debris is not going to be developing technology, which the USA and Switzerland among other nations have been on for some time, but rather preventing politicians from misconstrue the efforts as an excuse to attack each other. I wonder if we will ever grow up?

/via +Betsy McCall ___

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2014-10-10 06:01:30 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Look! The TTIP is public!

Do you wonder what exactly is going on in the TTIP Agreement, which rumors have taking all sorts of tangents in closed-door discussions? Those days are at an end - the document is now declassified and available for everyone to look at.

The TTIP itself is based on the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), another closed-doors-negotiation document that hasn't made it to public scrutiny in the last five-or-so years in which it has been under negotiation. There have been a lot of rumors concerning how demands in negotiation could affect consumers, including:

 - The right to privacy and the 'liberalization' of European laws
 - Loosening of food labeling restrictions, e.g. regional protection for names on certain foods or labeling requirements for meats containing hormone injections
 - Loosening of production standardre... more »

TTIP document declassified - negotiating mandate for talks on EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnerships is now public

EU governments have chosen today to make the TTIP negotiating mandate public – something We've been encouraging them to do for a long time.

You can find the document here http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-11103-2013-DCL-1/en/pdf

More about TTIP http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/

#transparency #ttip #classifieds
#trade___Look! The TTIP is public!

Do you wonder what exactly is going on in the TTIP Agreement, which rumors have taking all sorts of tangents in closed-door discussions? Those days are at an end - the document is now declassified and available for everyone to look at.

The TTIP itself is based on the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), another closed-doors-negotiation document that hasn't made it to public scrutiny in the last five-or-so years in which it has been under negotiation. There have been a lot of rumors concerning how demands in negotiation could affect consumers, including:

 - The right to privacy and the 'liberalization' of European laws
 - Loosening of food labeling restrictions, e.g. regional protection for names on certain foods or labeling requirements for meats containing hormone injections
 - Loosening of production standard restrictions and consumer protection standards
 - Impact on worker wages and working conditions

The document is now up for criticism, and I'd expect that some more detailed analysis on major topical blogs, and possibly an increased amount of electronic communications headed towards Brussels, to take place within the next 24 hours.

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2014-07-29 08:02:36 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Cause for worry: dual standards in remote transaction security

A comment by +Carmelyne Thompson triggered an interesting thought: remote banking holds security to dual standards. Actually, it isn't just banking, but also most business and most official transactions. And given that we live in an increasingly digital world, that is quite worrying.

Let me give you a simple, harmless example: You want to perform a remote transaction, say changing your address at a bank. You have three options:

(1) Online banking: it runs over an encrypted connection, with full mandatory activity logging, and is authenticated  with an online password, and authorized with the security measure of the bank (multiple passphrases, single-use hardware-generated transaction access number, etc).

(2) Telephone banking: it runs over an unencrypted connection, recording is optional,a... more »

Cause for worry: dual standards in remote transaction security

A comment by +Carmelyne Thompson triggered an interesting thought: remote banking holds security to dual standards. Actually, it isn't just banking, but also most business and most official transactions. And given that we live in an increasingly digital world, that is quite worrying.

Let me give you a simple, harmless example: You want to perform a remote transaction, say changing your address at a bank. You have three options:

(1) Online banking: it runs over an encrypted connection, with full mandatory activity logging, and is authenticated  with an online password, and authorized with the security measure of the bank (multiple passphrases, single-use hardware-generated transaction access number, etc).

(2) Telephone banking: it runs over an unencrypted connection, recording is optional, and it authenticated and authorized with a single 4-digit passcode.

(3) Fax banking: it runs over an unencrypted connection, and requires merely that the sender has a photocopy of your signature handy to affix to the correct location on a letter. Fax quality is so high, that even a photocopy or printout of a such letter with pixellized signature copy would suffice.

... The same applies for other official requests, often with even more lenient acceptance standards, such as submitting tax documents, or issuing business purchase orders.

Perhaps - if security is really a concern - it is time to put the axe to some of these alternate transaction methods, or at least to bring authorization and authentication up to par with digital standards?

(Photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arabani/4297542257/sizes/m/in/photostream/ )___

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2014-08-07 10:28:52 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Looking for more SEO? Turn on HTTPS

This is an interesting little tip: Google is planning to increase the weight of websites running HTTPS in their search ranking algorithm.

The reason they cite is security. Even if a website is not hosting any personal or private data, HTTPS makes it harder for attackers to take down the site. 

At the same time, it raises another question: who would you pick as a certificate issuing authority? Who is going to pick up the role of the 'free, validated, good-guy certificates that are widely-accepted'? Hm.. maybe a new business idea!

/via +John Hardy 

Looking for more SEO? Turn on HTTPS

This is an interesting little tip: Google is planning to increase the weight of websites running HTTPS in their search ranking algorithm.

The reason they cite is security. Even if a website is not hosting any personal or private data, HTTPS makes it harder for attackers to take down the site. 

At the same time, it raises another question: who would you pick as a certificate issuing authority? Who is going to pick up the role of the 'free, validated, good-guy certificates that are widely-accepted'? Hm.. maybe a new business idea!

/via +John Hardy ___

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2014-04-14 09:41:58 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Data, data everywhere - and which belongs to you?

Open data, ubiquitous technology, and contextual personalized augmentation lead to one very enriched user experience.  This app takes publically available data on webcams and other camerad devices, combines it with your current location, and augments your visual perception of the world with it. The result: data, put in context in real time, letting you make more informed decisions on what behaviour may be acceptable where.

I'm not saying that you should change your behaviour depending on whether a camera is watching or not. But there isn't anything wrong with being more aware about what information is being captured when: at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own data, and with technology moving more and more into everyday applications and locations, from RFID tags on clothing to webcams and Google Glass,... more »

Data, data everywhere - and which belongs to you?

Open data, ubiquitous technology, and contextual personalized augmentation lead to one very enriched user experience.  This app takes publically available data on webcams and other camerad devices, combines it with your current location, and augments your visual perception of the world with it. The result: data, put in context in real time, letting you make more informed decisions on what behaviour may be acceptable where.

I'm not saying that you should change your behaviour depending on whether a camera is watching or not. But there isn't anything wrong with being more aware about what information is being captured when: at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own data, and with technology moving more and more into everyday applications and locations, from RFID tags on clothing to webcams and Google Glass, this presents an excellent opportunity to understand the consequences - and learn how to interact with - an interconnected world to obtain the outcomes you want.

/via +Panah Rad ___

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