Panel discussion on recent developments in technology.
01’05” FlirtFM Acknowledgement
01’22” Fergal Gallagher in New York http://startup.ny.gov/
08’53” Rochester Institue of Technology https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/rochester-institute-of-technology
10’10” Capital Gains Tax Ireland http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/cgt/
11’10” Shutterstock http://www.shutterstock.com/
11’45” Trustev https://trustev.com/
13’10” Carplay http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/03/03Apple-Rolls-Out-CarPlay-Giving-Drivers-a-Smarter-Safer-More-Fun-Way-to-Use-iPhone-in-the-Car.html
16’00” Apps-tention https://twitter.com/johnbreslin/status/441193556871368704/photo/1
17’53” Pebble https://getpebble.com/
18’30” WhattsApp http://www.whatsapp.com/
26’05” Stephen Howell Academic Engagement Manager at Microsoft
30’10” Project Siena http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/projectsiena/default.aspx
32’06” Jack Harty http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/jack-harty/15/92b/1b9
51’10” Cool Tech
Tether Cell http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tethercell-control-battery-operated-devices-from-your-smartphone-or-tablet
52’43” Blackphone https://www.blackphone.ch/
54’21” Phonebloks https://phonebloks.com/en/goals
60”00 End of Music.
“In a country smaller than West Virginia and with a population the size of Oregon’s, there exist 142 municipalities, two highly autonomous entities, 10 cantons, a special district, a national government and an internationally appointed high representative to oversee them all. It amounts to approximately 180 ministers, 600 legislators and an army of about 70,000 bureaucrats.” This infestation of faux-governors has had one over-arching product: impunity for the political-criminal elite. “What the war didn’t destroy,” they wrote, “has been wrecked by Mafioso capitalism, practiced with equal zeal across ethnicities, in which private initiative is expressed in the form of corruption and cronyism. The political system’s primary function is allowing wealth to be amassed by the leaders of political parties, fully united, despite their presumed cultural and ideological differences, in their commitment to impoverish the people they lead.” Finally, it seems, the Bosnian people have had enough.
At 6 foot six, Garrick stood, literally, head and shoulders above the crowd, but his manner, like his formidable intellect, was inviting not imposing. In his classic trench coat or blue blazer, he looked like a model foreign correspondent, but he reported like an all-terrain-vehicle. If that meant mud on the coat or scuffs to the blazer, so be it. He had faith in good editors and good cleaners. He made sure you knew how much he loved his wife Gertje. He covered more big stories in more storied places than almost anyone of his generation, but like all the best newsies, he cherished the next one, not the last, biggest or best ones.
Transcript, context, and related artwork: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/17/dfw-leadership-debbie-millman/
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His logic? Investors need to see management that is ready to shed blood, if that’s what it takes, to “succeed.” Of course, the investment in one executive that displaces 7 to 10 workers could only count as a prelude to success to people who have no investment in the quality of the product, only in the return to… them. This is the world, of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%. It is not the world of journalism which exists only to inform its customers.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the birthday of Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev - the man whose ground-breaking work led to the creation of the modern periodic table of elements.
Here’s a fun look at his contributions from Lou Serico and TED-Ed:
It was on this day in 1884 that the first part of the first edition of The Oxford English Dictionary was published. In those days, it had a much wordier name: A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by The Philological Society. Eventually,the title was simplified to The Oxford English Dictionary.
The dictionary had been conceived decades earlier by a group of London scholars who belonged to the Philological Society, an organization that studied language. They were disappointed in the quality of available dictionaries. They formed an “Unregistered Words Committee” to find words that were missing from dictionaries, and intended to create a dictionary of those words. As they did their research, they came up with a list of seven major issues they found in existing dictionaries, issues like “history of obsolete senses of words often omitted,” “inadequate distinction among synonyms,” and “insufficient use of good illustrative quotations” — all areas in which the Oxford English Dictionary would eventually excel.
The London committee found so many missing words that they realized a book of those words would be much longer than the dictionaries that already existed. So they expanded their vision and opted to create a new, definitive dictionary. It would address all seven areas where they found modern dictionaries lacking, and would include a comprehensive list of words from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. In 1858, the Philological Society officially approved the project.
The first editor died of tuberculosis after a year. The next editor became obsessed with finding examples of word usages in literature, and since many old texts were out of print, he started a press just to publish historical texts. He published a lot of books and recruited more than 800 volunteers to read through those books and others for quotations. Unfortunately, this process took 20 years, without any progress made on the dictionary itself. In 1878, the Oxford University Press agreed to take on the project, and it was assigned to yet another editor.
This new editor, James Murray [pictured above], inherited thousands of slips of paper with quotations on them provided by readers. But he found that under the past editorship, readers tended to focus on obscure words; for example, readers had collected just five examples of the word abuse but more than 50 of the word abusion. Within a few weeks of being hired, Murray wrote and published a document called “An Appeal to the English-Speaking and English-Reading Public,” and had 2,000 copies distributed. He asked volunteers to read through whatever books they preferred — possibilities included works of literature, science, philosophy, historical texts, and cookbooks. When they found an interesting word, they should note it down on a 4”x6” index card with an example of the sentence in which it was used. Thousands of volunteer readers had submitted more than a million quotations by the time the first installment of the dictionary was published.
When the Oxford University Press took on the project, they estimated that the dictionary would be four volumes long, 6,400 pages, and take 10 years to complete. Five years after Murray took over as editor, on this day in 1884, the first edition was published — but it only covered from “A” to “Ant.” The project timeline was revised. Ultimately, the Oxford English Dictionary was 10 volumes long, 15,490 pages, and took 70 years. It was published in its final form in 1928.
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One key difference: While most web apps are created to be containers for data, news apps are both the container and the data. The developer who makes the app is usually deeply involved in analyzing and preparing the data, and every app is closely tied to a particular data set. (via How to Make a News App in Two Days, as Told by Six People Who Tried It for the First Time - ProPublica)