Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

How Software Ate the Point of Sale


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis C. Madrigal:

Why paying for stuff is so complicated now …

theatlantic 2018/07 point-of-sale

Discarded cash register




(WP Science) – Avi Selk:

In the beginning, the rules of the space bar were simple. Two spaces after each period. Every time. Easy.

That made sense in the age of the typewriter. Letters of uniform width looked cramped without extra space after the period. Typists learned not to do it.

But then, at the end of the 20th century, the typewriter gave way to the word processor, and the computer, and modern variable-width fonts. And the world divided. …

wp 2018/05/04 space

Movable type



(Guardian Healthcare) – John Naughton:

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is ahead of the game again, spying an opportunity for big data to transform the healthcare system. …

theguardian 2018/feb/04 healthcare-amazon


Walmart Is Teaming Up With the Amazon of Japan


(Slate Tech) – Christina Bonnington:

Partnering with Rakuten is a too-little, too-late attempt to chip away at Amazon’s dominance. It’s still a good idea. …

slate 2018/01 walmart-rakuten


Why You Should Visit St Helena


(Independent::Travel) – Julia Buckley:

Hikers and old people” have traditionally visited St Helena, but the island’s first airport is opening it up to a new type of traveller. …

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Saint Helena on the Globe

It’s a Start


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

I’m not going to praise Time magazine, since they’re just another tool of the conservative establishment, but they did make a wise choice in their selection for their Person of the Year cover, “The Silence-Breakers”, all the women who have started a wave of change against a culture of harassment. …

pharyngula 2017/12/06 start

Person of the Year 2017 TIME magazine cover

German Hardware Giant’s Ultra-Secure IoT


(Economist) –

Bosch is to position itself as a trusted custodian of data. “Orwell’s 1984 is kindergarten compared to the IoT-world. When it comes, and people re-evaluate privacy, Bosch will be prepared,” says Peter Schnaebele, its head of smart homes. …

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News Business Sinks Ever Closer to Rock Bottom


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis Madrigal:

A consortium of newspaper publishers are preparing to take the unusual step of begging the nation’s legislature for the right to collectively negotiate with Facebook and Google. …

theatlantic 2017/07 533079

The New York Times on a mobile phone

Faster In-Flight WiFi


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis Madrigal:

Companies are vying to bring better Internet to the skies, but the path to success is almost unbelievably complicated. …

theatlantic 2017/06 flying-wi-fi

Inmarsat-5 satellite coverage

How Google Took Over the Classroom


(NYTimes Tech) – Natasha Singer:

The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and
free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting. …

nytimes 2017/05/13 google-education

Pupils with Chromebooks