Archive for the ‘Business’ Category



(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. …

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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

Why Flights Take Longer Now Than 50 Years Ago


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The main reason is that for most people, the main concern is the cost of travel not the time taken. It is only a very few for whom cost is not a factor and where time becomes important. But there are reasons, based on aerodynamics and the design of engines, that make the cost per passenger mile of flying most economical at speeds of 500-550 mph (800-885 km/h). The main cost in flying is not the cost of the plane but the fuel used per trip and between speeds of Mach 0.8 and Mach 1.2 (where Mach 1 is the speed of sound) is what is known as the transonic range where air drag rises dramatically. So it makes sense to stick to speeds below Mach 0.8. …

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