Ok. So this is some pretty serious stuff. I read stuff like this all the time but because it has a very technical slant I don't normally pass it on.
But this is a subject that everyone needs to learn something about.
First, think of where you get your news from. In Malaysia the internet has caused some real changes in this since the mid '90 s. The primary published newspapers are all owned by persons or groups with strong ties to the ruling party. As a result the general public only get news that the rulers want you to hear/read. This pretty much the same all over the world.
With the arrival of the internet things changed. And the shape of that change wasn't always anticipated. Now, with blogs and social media and high speed global networks anyone could become a news source. And since physical location was no longer important draconian laws such as ISA lost much of their effectiveness. That is probably why they were repealed to be replaced with a more modern version. This too is the same the world over.
The problem though is that even though the cost of entry on the internet is low the reach to the desired audience is actially controlled by the same group as controls the news papers. Some filtering here and there and access to dissenting views is either barred or is so slow as to make it useless.
This is what Net Neutrality is about. Making it illegal for carriers (think Telekom Celcom etc)to block or impede acces to information that is in itself not illegal. This would mean that child porn could be blocked because it is illegal but opposition viewpoints could not.
Ruling governments are generally not interested in dissent so they will not likely support a full implementation of Net Neutrality.
But this all just back ground to the article.
The French and Europeans in general are also concerned with data neutrality and what they are calling Platform Neutrality. This can be a long and generally boring discussion but it is important for Malaysians to be on board with this discussion. If it is ignored we risk imperial and economic domination which will be far more damaging than colonial domination ever was.
As this is the season for celebrating Malaysia's liberation from colonial domination it is a good time to look at keep the country free from undue foreign interference.
Although fluctuating from year to year, coffee production has been on an overall steady upward trend, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner. World coffee production during the 2013/14 crop year was just slightly over 9 million tons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The vast majority of coffee production—more than 3 tons for every 4 tons grown—is exported, flowing from developing countries (like Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia) principally to industrial ones. The largest consumers in 2013/14 are the European Union (consuming nearly a third of the world’s total), the United States, and Brazil.
As a coffee lover - real coffee black no sugar fresh ground French press - i found this interesting. My experience in Malaysia has always been positive. I believe most coffee grown here would come close to qualifying for 'fair trade' status. I believe most is of the robusta type. I don't favour the local method (kopi campur) of serving it. My personal favourite is from Muar. But the northern varieties are also very nice.
Wow! This one really has me excited. I read this and I can immediately envision the opportunities. I can also see the problems and for some of them I can imagine solutions.
A service like this is already feasible for a city like Singapore and it only requires the political will to make it work in Kuala Lumpur. I think it will take a long time before it could be rolled out to say Rembau (N.S.) but if it were the possibilities for reviving kampung life are huge. Imagine a shuttle bus round trip Rembau/Seremban on a daily basis for say RM20 using a congestion free highway. As I said... the possibilities are boundless.
And it is much easier to imagine in the cities.And all theae people who want to continue to drive around in their big expensive single passenger cars (plus driver) can pay lots for the privilege of a congestion free highway and ample parking space.
I saw this in action in Atlanta (Georgia, U.S.A.) about 15 years ago. I was on vacation visiting my daughter who was on training with her company. An on-demand (subject to availability) free shuttle service was provided feom the condominium complex to malls and frequently visited locations with a 10 km radius of the rsidence. My daughter even used it to commute to and from work.
Open your mind. Engage your imagination. And read.
I find this interesting as a highlight of one difference between Malaysia and Canada. By law in Canada communications must be in bith French and English when send out using taxpayers money. Generally this means that a Cabinet Minister who uses his or her office to maintain a social media account must have all postings in these two languages. No exceptions. And also they cannot use these accounts for political purposes.
I seem to on a topic that won't quit. Another example of quantum shifts in (or should that be paradigm shifts) in career opportunities. Tecnology is destroying many traditional occupations but is creating in their place many new ones. And the flexibility of the new ones in terms of where you work, your working hours, even days is much greater. But the uncertainties are also much greater.
This is scary reading and is at the extreme of climate change reporting. But it is possible. When I combine this with the rapid changes in communication and automation I feel that the current state of advanced education (beyond SPM) renders it a waste of time for my grandchildren. It is training for jobs that won't exist. And, perhaps, society as we know it won't exist. Scary stuff. Trust in God. All others pay cash.
It's been three years since the United Nations Environmental Programme asked Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, and the Nigerian government to clean up the oil spill in Ogoniland, but that has not happened for a surprisingly long time. Adeola Akinremi and Solomon Elusoji visited Ogoniland and report that its people are a living sacrifice amid a barren landscape of devastated forest and farmland, ruined livelihoods of farmers and fishermen amidst the massive damage to the environment
A long article about economic colonization, local corruption, and bureaucratic double speak used to cover up the lack of any real action to correct a wrong. It should be read as a cautionary note for the river projects in Sabah and Sarawak and the ongoing rape of the environment in the forest reserve behind the communities bordering MRR2. once the damage is done and pockets have been lined and profits taken the burden falls on the local inhabitants to clean up and try to move on.
The Guardian (blog) Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream The Guardian (blog) The digital revolution has given rise to a growing youth media sector in the UK; the 200 platforms at the Youth Media Summit had a combined audience of almost...
Europeans are coping with paying their monthly energy bills as prices continue to soar.
A survey by a European retail group Kingfisher found that “[h]omeowners in Europe are more worried about energy bills than paying the rent or mortgage,” reports the BBC. Kingfisher surveyed 17,000 European households and found that many families are worried they won’t be able to pay their soaring energy bills.
(HealthDay)—The Ebola virus currently raging in West Africa has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's most deadly illnesses. But experts stress that early and intense medical care can greatly improve a person's chances of survival.
In an excerpt from his upcoming book, The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas, author David...
David Collet's insight:
This compliments another article I scooped concerning failure.
If an idea is truly innovative it will likely fail. Because we are all strongly resistant to change. But that doesn't mean you stop being innovative. Failure is part of the learning process.
People who know me have heard this story. Probably more than once. But I think it is worth repeating.
I worked for Bell Canada in the IT Department. It was a good company to work for at the time. My main responsibility was to innovate. Tough job description. But the money was good and my budget was liberal. Each year I would try out perhaps one new idea a month. Not really a heavy load but enough. Of those typically 10 or maybe 11 would fail. But the ones that worked and were accepted (which is my definition of success) always paid my salary, budget costs, a nice annual bonus and provided a hefty margin for Bell. So they let me keep doing it.
In my experience this article is spot on. Innovation is something you need to force feed people. It seldom is something that is going to be stolen - until you have proven its worth.
I have too many opinions on this subject but I don't wish ti bore anyone. Nor do I wish to detract from the article. It is a New York Times opinion piece and you may have to register to read the entire article but I think you will find it worthwhile.
If you have children just starting on-line (for me grandchildren) there is usefull advice about dealing with cyber bullying.
But the piece is primarily targetted at an adult audience. Discussion on-line is a usefull way to expand your horizons but it comes with dangers that you don't experience in face to face exchanges.
I sm pretty thick skinned an sufficiently arrogant that I mostly ignore negative comments. But this piece offered some advice that will cause me to mend my ways a bit.
Poachers slaughtering Africa's elephants and rhinos with impunity are often shielded from police by powerful connections, but a group of conservationists has turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.
Notice that this is not just about wildlife poaching. Illegal logging activity is also covered. In Malaysia, we all need to good neighbours to our environment. Even if that means casting light on illegal activity.
Saudi youth fight IS propaganda Al-Monitor A song was recently released by fighters from the Islamic State (IS) under the name, “Oh headscarf, where are you?” Saudi youths responded angrily to this song, know locally as “al-Sheilah” (the headscarf).
As tablet and smartphone adoption grow, video viewing is increasingly occurring via mobile platforms. According to a new eMarketer report, tablet and smartphone video viewers tend to be young. This is a signal that content owners who cater to millennials and young adults should prioritize their mobile video programming, if they haven't already done so.
This is for youth entrepreneurs. It also follows up on a post I made yesterday with a comment about education. The future will see much more marketing being done through You Tube or whatever the flavour of the day is. And the format is dramatically different. Attention spans are much shorter. Interests are much more varied.
If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?
When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.
And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.
Debates about net neutrality may center today on prioritization of video streams, but they will soon encompass data streams that power everything from entertainment to vital domestic functions. According to a new eMarketer report, once the internet truly becomes the internet of everything, the stakes in the prioritization game will only go higher.
You may yhink this has nothing to do with you. Your wrong. The hidden part of this is the cost of the loss of neutrality. Suddenly service providers - typically telcos - can charge more for 'premium' serivces. Then a new 'kampung' is created for anyone who can't or won't pay for premium bandwidth. Slow data speeds don't work when you need an essential service. After all. We are all paying for the building of the infrastructure. We should all get to enjoy equal benefits once it is built.