Maury embarked in crowdsourcing data in 1842 when, as a lieutenant, he was placed in charge of the Depot of Charts and Instruments of the Navy Department. Sailors followed a strict routine and were systematic in recording very specific observations around the clock. Ships were mobile weather stations, accumulating a standardized set of weather variables with the strictest regularity at 15 minute intervals. As much as sailors emphasized these routines, once a voyage was completed, the logs were practically viewed as rubbish.
But when Maury saw the Navy’s stockpile of old ships logs, he quickly realized the collective information could improve navigation. Maury developed a method to systematically extract key information from each log book. Today, in an era of climate change, the information from old logs are valuable again
It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that many of the "social innovations" brought on by the Internet are hardly new ... after all, we are fundamentally social creatures.
Probably too much is being written on the Apple/Samsung verdict, but my guess is Microsoft sent Tim Cook (Apple's CEO who happened to be celebrating his first full year as CEO yesterday) an awfully nice bottle of wine last night.
It may be the total cost to a phone marker for Windows may be comparable to or even less than the "free" Andorid due to licensing fees from Apple and Microsoft - and potentially others. Not to mention the Microsoft UI offering a very nice counterpoint to Apple's.
It may well be that it comes down to Google having to indemnify the phone makers who lose suits if it wants them to continue using Android.
A relevant question for those who value companies and buyouts is how much would Motorola be worth today compared to what Google paid?
A report on bicycle use in Japan - not at the levels of Denmark or the Netherlands, but much greater than UK use, which is greater than US use. In the US the bike is mostly seen as a recreational toy. But the bike turns out to be an extremely efficient mode of short range transportation - assuming it can become culturally relevant and local infrastructure supports it.
...The truth is that cycling in Japan’s cities is fairly idyllic when you compare with UK cities. It’s not as good as the Netherlands, nor is it apparently anywhere near as safe as the Netherlands. But Japan seems to have achieved a comparable cycling culture to the Netherlands albeit in a very Japanese way. It’s a culture where your mum, dad, kids, friends, boss and customers ALL get about by bike. The result is that Japan doesn’t have ‘cyclists’. It has people who use a bike when it makes sense. And for most urban trips, a bike makes a lot of sense to a lot of people.
On first blush the claim is there is a lot of tax dodging going on through Cayman Island investments. The existance of things like that could be very harmful to Mitt - which could explain why he won't release his tax forms for a reasonable historical period. The ball is in his court - if he doesn't publish them it may be reasonable to suspect he really is hiding something nasty..
No - sadly racism is still very much alive and the race card is being played again. I've seen too much of it with friends who don't have the right skin color (very strange as biologically the concept of "race" doesn't make sense. It is a visual/cultural label we use to divide people)