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‘Open-source doesn’t offer constant innovation, lowered costs and collaboration?
‘Open-source doesn’t offer constant innovation, lowered costs and collaboration?
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Peer to peer is a different model, in which everyone becomes a server. The server role is distributed to users; instead of simply taking files, peer to peer makes it a two way street – you could now give back. In fact, giving back (known as “seeding” nowadays) is critical to the success of peer to peer networks (which is exactly why downloading without seeding – or leeching – is looked down upon as a cardinal sin in filesharing circles).
Facebook and Internet portals such as Google and Yahoo increasingly provide Americans their gateway for news, but the bulk of voters who catch up on current events daily turn to traditional sources, particularly local television stations, according to a nationwide poll.
The new hot topic for entrepreneurs these days is crowd funding, which is anticipated to at least supplement, if not replace, the slow and mysterious process of current Angel and venture capital investors. The problem is that crowd funding means something different to everyone, and even I have been confused by the different ways the term gets used.
How do you keep pace with one of the fastest growing economies? Juliana Grizzi, a supply chain project leader in PepsiCo's Brazil office is answering this question while taking on the challenge to improve the region's increasingly complex supply chain and distribution process. She's looking at how food and beverage products are being distributed to figure out the best, most creative and effective way to get customers and consumers what they want.
Via the P2P Foundation blog, a statement of support for public rather than private control over money creation came this week from the most unlikely of sources: the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An IMF Working Paper named “The Chicago Plan Revisited” makes the case for the long-dormant reform proposal, which called for "the separation of the monetary and credit functions of the banking system, by requiring 100% reserve backing for deposits." It's the sort of radical, yet painfully commonsense solution, that institutions such as the IMF have long opposed. More analysis can be found at PositiveMoney.
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CouchSurfing his outgrown its humble roots to attract some serious money from investors. But what should the free travel site do with the money?
"One of the traditional roles of the economic anthropologist is to point out that the standard narrative set out in economic textbooks – the one we all take for granted, really, that once upon a time there was barter; that when this became too inconvenient, people invented money; that eventually, this lead to abstract systems of credit and debt, banking, and the New York Stock Exchange – is simply wrong. There is in fact no known example of a human society whose economy is based on barter of the ‘I’ll give you ten chickens for that cow’ variety. Most economies that don’t employ money – or anything that we’d identify as money, anyway – operate quite differently. They are, as French anthropologist Marcel Mauss famously put it, ‘gift economies’ where transactions are either based on principles of open-handed generosity, or, when calculation does take place, most often descend into competitions over who can give the most away. What I want to emphasise here, though, is what happens when money does first appear in something like it’s current form (basically, with the appearance of the state). Because here, it becomes apparent that not only do the economists get it wrong, they get it precisely backwards. In fact, virtual money comes first. Banking, tabs, and expense accounts existed for at least 2 thousand years before there was anything like coinage, or any other physical object that was regularly used to buy and sell things, anything that could be labeled ‘currency’.
Columnists Suzanne Moore and Peter Hitchens rarely see eye-to-eye on anything, but they do seem to agree that Twitter tends towards a leftwing mob mentality
Robin Good: Zoom.us just launched a new cloud-based free HD videoconferencing service integrating full screen-sharing and other rea-time collaboration capabilities.
The service allows you to start conferencing immediately with up to 15 other users live, while supporting both Macs, PCs andmobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Zoom also integrates with both Google’s Gmail and Facebook, making it possible to easily access contacts from both of these services.
Zoom.us doesn’t offer all of the features that other video-conferencing and real-time collaboration tools may offer, but it’s free and has capabilities such as high-definition 720p video as well as the ability to do screen-sharing.
Review on eWeek: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/VOIP-and-Telephony/Zoomus-Offers-Free-CloudBased-MultiPart-Video-Conferencing-781093/ ;
Find out more: http://zoom.us
App store download: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zoom.us-cloud-video-meetings/id546505307
Wikispeed supposedly managed to develop and build a working 100+ MPG, street-legal roadster in three months.
It is worth reading the entire article, but I have below excerpted some of the quotes from me with some additional commentary. The piece begins by discussing the news that a company is developing technology for the 3D printing of meat. It goes on:
3D Printing may emerge as an another significant buisness competitive advantage. Are we ready to tap into it?
In my last post, I gave readers an introduction to peer-to-peer lending (also referred to as p2p lending or social lending). Today, we are going to assume the investor is ready to get started — so here are some guidelines for all new investors to think about as they take the plunge into p2p lending. These guidelines apply to investors in either Lending Club or Prosper, the two main players in the industry.
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In January 2012, two controversial pieces of legislation were making their way through the US Congress. SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, were meant to crack down on the illegal sharing of digital media. The bills were drafted on request of the content industry, Hollywood studios and major record labels.
Internet openness is all the rage these days. From call signs on buildings to Declarations of Internet Freedom, an important sector of informed users is catching on to the relevance of keeping the Web open. This openness movement has been prompted in part by the perceived and real threats coming from governments, businesses and regulators against the Internet.
There used to be a time when, if you wanted money to create public art, produce your invention, or start a company, you had to appeal to higher authorities. Big banks, wealthy relatives, local governments--they had the green, and we the humble innovators had to prove we were worthy of it.
A gift. It is a simple gesture of care. Like an open palm, it is an invitation to connect ... But can it be more than that? Can gifts restructure our monetary system?
"We also need a more general recognition and a flexible system of legal protection for commoning activities and for the products of collective creativity: the state and institutions must take an active role in supporting commoning and to support the creation of new Commons.
"Last month Global Integrity announced that it was launching the OpenGov Hub in Washington, D.C. . The hub, which is a joint project with the Development Gateway, aspires to bring together “disparate but likeminded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace.” In Chicago, too, Tom Tresser is seeking to set up the Civic Lab as a “store front civic hacker space where educators and activists will meet, share, do research, teach and create tools for civic engagement.” These hubs seem to be popping up in tandem with the emergence of an increasingly robust opengov and civic hacking ecosystem.
BitTorrent sites are always one step ahead of the media companies.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2012) — Northwestern University scientists have connected 250 years of organic chemical knowledge into one giant computer network -- a chemical Google on steroids. This "immortal chemist" will never retire and take away its knowledge but instead will continue to learn, grow and share.
The recent book, Race Against The Machine, has caught the imagination of a growing body of readers. It’s an important book, but it doesn’t go far enough in highlighting the root causes of the unemployment we are experiencing.
Guardian columnist George Monbiot argues that a world after capitalism is not a communist state but an advanced form of social democracy where the distribution of wealth is more stringently regulated. Animation by Yann Ponns, Alban Connell, Moet Suzuki and Mohamed Ali