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The “Starting a FabLab Reference List” post has been mildly popular the past few years, time to write an update. Most noble excuse is that the book “FabLab. Of Machines, Makers and Inventors” is finally available to order from the publisher.
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Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on earth. They can live for 45 minutes without air and over a month without food. Cutting their heads off won’t even kill them—at least not immediately. Their bodies can live on for several days without their heads.
Even the courts are struggling to understand the legal and ethical issues of advancing technologies.
The company priced its share at the upper end of its range at $38 and didn't leave a cent on the table.
You can make a case either way. On the one hand, apps like Airpnp, which launched in New Orleans last year, now have listings for hundreds of toilets around the world. Presumably, they could be useful if you're stuck in a crowd (say, at a street festival) and other options, like public bathrooms, aren't available. On the other hand, Airbnb for toilets? It sounds like a joke just writing it down.
Airbnb’s recent revamp of its Web site and mobile application points to how the brand is prioritizing showing versus telling as well as community for today’s always-on travelers.
"One priority is to shape our actions in such a way that they start to reconfigure these systems on a bioregional scale. In food, advanced prototypes are already being tested. The Food Commons, for example, launched in the US in 2009, is the the world’s first prototype for a designed regional food system. The Food Commons platform features the physical, ﬁnancial and organisational elements of an infrastructure that’s designed to connect myriad small to mid-sized enterprises: farms; food processor; distributors, retailers. The platform helps these foodshed actors to collaborate by providing advanced communications tools, community-based economic models, and scientific knowledge about sustainable agriculture. For Professor Larry Lee, founder of The Food Commons, “the Food Commons represents a whole new cloth; it’s woven from threads of several successful organizations, business enterprises,and disciplines”." (http://www.doorsofperception.com/most-read/a-whole-new-cloth-politics-and-the-fashion-system/)
Email newsletters, old-school artifacts that were supposed to die with dial-up connections, are not only still around, but very much on the march.
The residents of Rio have had enough. Fed up with high inflation and rip-off prices ahead of this year’s World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, they have set up a Facebook page called “Rio $urreal – Don’t Pay” dedicated to “exposing and boycotting the extortionate prices being charged by bars, restaurants and shops”. It has quickly gathered close on 150,000 supporters, and is growing fast.
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Yet, if anything, the global IT community may have ultimately learned more about community contribution models and commercial open source support than anything else.
Google is playing catch-up on cybercrime with Project Zero The Conversation But this collaboration will go even further in protecting our individual and collective security and privacy online: it will slow the activities of intelligence agencies...
Whilst browsing one of my favourite blog writers Lucky Jimm I came across reference to a 25 year old community in Tuscany (Italy) in the Valle degli Elfi
This tremendous hacking of the company's workforce represents 14 percent of the total.
“We must put people and their wellbeing at the centre of our economic and political life,” they wrote. The signatories acknowledged the contribution of women and rural workers, and voiced support for “the biodiversity” of “for-profit corporations, cooperatives, productive not-for-profit entities, ethical or sustainable banks and businesses, social business, and so on”.
There are times when things go terribly wrong for Airbnb users.
There are many facets to discussing and understanding the potential role in the world of digital money such as Bitcoin. A great deal of the discussion focuses on what I would describe as “policy issues” – e.g. what market and policy mechanisms are needed to ensure price stability, combat financial crime, ensure tax compliance, and provide adequate protections to consumers holding these assets. While important, these issues are distinct from a more imperative discussion around the essential characteristics of the underlying asset itself.
The CEO of 3D Robotics—and former editor in chief of Wired—describes how open source models are diving innovation and transforming business.
Markets enhance the efficiency of allocation of resources - such as human labour - between competing projects, while technological innovations enhance the productivity of our use of those resources, the ability to produce more with less.
= The concept of “a wild law,” which grants equal rights to nature, is based on the idea that humans do not have an explicit right to destroy our natural environment. Under wild law, natural ecosystems’ rights supersede the interests of any one species (including humans). 
This entry is about the forthcoming book "Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy" co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens. The scholarly book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2014 and here you may find a working draft of it. Thank you all for contributing to its writing with comments and suggestions.
What it's all about: http://goo.gl/jcX9C5 Increasing impact of existing projects and programs. Getting new initiatives off the ground and keeping them there. Building a collaborative stewardship ecosystem to better take care of physical, digital and community assets.
Sharing has been monetized – from Task Rabbit, which allows you to pay people to go grocery shopping, to websites where you can rent a puppy for the weekend. But goodwill is best left off the shelves.
We should be in no hurry to regulate Uber et al. Some decisions are necessary now, to protect consumers, but they must have rigid sunsets.
BitTorrent peer-to-peer downloads are widely associated with content piracy, but there's nothing inherently sinister about the technology.