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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Are you thick or what? No, really, how else can you explain why you invest vast sums of money on daft schemes that nobody wants?

The Autowende has begun — Medium

Once in a while a new technology comes along that profoundly changes the way humans relate to energy and transport. Wheels, steam engines and airplanes are all step changes that put humanity on a new trajectory.

Aandeelhouders zijn geen directeuren – dat geldt ook voor politici

Het rapport van de parlementaire enquêtecommissie over het Fyra-debacle legt bloot dat de verzelfstandiging van publieke diensten aan het eind van de vorige eeuw ondoordacht heeft plaats gevonden en onverstandig was.

The End of the Internet Dream

Earlier this month Jennifer Granick was the keynote speaker at Black Hat 2015. This is a modified version of the speech she delivered. A video of the speech is also available. Twenty years ago I attended my first Def Con.

Religion for the Nonreligious

The mind is certainly its own cosmos. — Alan Lightman You go to school, study hard, get a degree, and you’re pleased with yourself. But are you wiser?

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate

Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution. Avoid procrastination. So elegant in its simplicity.

Seriously, Don’t Use Icon Fonts Cloud Four Blog

Icons are everywhere. These “little miracle workers” (as John Hicks described them) help us reinforce meaning in the interfaces we design and build.

The Space Doctor’s Big Idea

There once was a doctor with cool white hair. He was well known because he came up with some important ideas.

Writing Great Unit Tests: Best and Worst Practices

This blog post is aimed at developers with at least a small amount of unit testing experience. If you’ve never written a unit test, please read an introduction and have a go at it first.

Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

TWENTY-FOUR years ago this month, my wife and I married in Barcelona, Spain. Two weeks after our wedding, flush with international idealism, I had the bright idea of sharing a bit of American culture with my Spanish in-laws by cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner. Easier said than done.

Elf lessen van Beatrice de Graaf, de hoogleraar die Nederland de weg wijst na Parijs

Als er de afgelopen roerige week één iemand de weg wees in het nationale terrorismedebat, dan was het Beatrice de Graaf. De hoogleraar internationale betrekkingen schoof overal aan om de aanslagen in Parijs te duiden. Pauw, Pauw van 14 november.

DRAM’s Damning Defects—and How They Cripple Computers

Not long after the first personal computers started entering people’s homes, Intel fell victim to a nasty kind of memory error. The company, which had commercialized the very first dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) chip in 1971 with a 1,024-bit device, was continuing to increase data densities.

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TIFU by using Math.random()

Like most good TIFUs this didn’t happen today. It actually happened about two years ago. It is, however, still relevant. More significantly, it’s not just me who screwed up. Math.random() in the V8 Javascript engine is screwed up, too.

Teaching Children to Talk, Not Text

My children, young American teenagers, don’t have cellphones yet. They think I’m monstrously out of touch with the century into which they were born. I think I’m conflicted and all over the place on this issue.

Mass Surveillance Isn’t the Answer to Fighting Terrorism

It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends.

Kevin Cole: My open source story

I am just a fan boy, and my story's often told... Apologies to Paul Simon. I imagine my story or some slight variation of it is fairly common.

I was held hostage by Isis. They fear our unity more than our airstrikes

As a proud Frenchman I am as distressed as anyone about the events in Paris. But I am not shocked or incredulous. I know Islamic State. I spent 10 months as an Isis hostage, and I know for sure that our pain, our grief, our hopes, our lives do not touch them. Theirs is a world apart.

Exploring the open development method

A "snake oil salesmen" is a phrase that conjures up images of stuffy old men with bowler hats, bushy mustaches, and tailored pinstripe suits peddling bottles filled with "cure-all" liquids. Although prevalent a few centuries ago, the snake oil profession is now lost to the annals of history.

The Observers’ guide to verifying photos and videos on social media networks

Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria – or, in fact, pretty much any story that’s in the news, is an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media networks in particular are inundated with photos and videos that are either doctored or taken out of context.

A few words on privilege…

I’m a hugely privileged person. Almost all the advantages that can be bestowed upon someone in our society have been bestowed upon me. I was brought up in a family for which money wasn’t really an issue.

Encountering Strangers in Public Places: Goffman and Civil Inattention

To live in the city is to live in the presence of strangers. For those of us living in cities, passing strangers on busy streets is unremarkable. We rush to our next appointment, preoccupied with our own thoughts, navigating through the crowded sidewalks.

What Happens To Your Brain When You’re Pregnant?

My friend recently asked me: “Why have I become so forgetful since I became pregnant?” I told her I didn’t know, but that I’d look into it. She then followed with: “I was going to ask you to explain something else to me, but I totally forgot what it was.”

Hospitals are patient zero for the Internet of Things infosec epidemic

As I have often noted, medical devices have terrifyingly poor security models, even when compared to the rest of the nascent Internet of Things, where security is, at best, an afterthought (at worst, it's the enemy!).

Your Unhashable Fingerprints Secure Nothing

Passwords are crap. Nobody picks good ones, when they do they re-use them across sites, and if you use even a trustworthy password manager, they’ll get hacked too. But you know what’s worse than a password? A fingerprint.

Linus Torvalds: Perfect Security in Open Source Linux OS Is Impossible

Does Linus Torvalds fail to take security in the Linux kernel seriously, and is the world doomed because of it? That's what the Washington Post suggests in a recent article about security in the open source OS.

The benefits of lossless audio formats

In this article, I focus on music in digital formats. Moreover, because I am a Linux kind-of-guy, I'm going to take a Linux kind-of-perspective on this topic. Most people have heard of the MP3 format.

Fijn, een nieuwe app voor in de trein. Nu nog een nieuw economisch systeem

Even leek het alsof het jaar 2008 de geschiedenis in zou gaan als een 1989, een 1968 of zelfs een 1929. Alles zou veranderen. De Franse president Nicolas Sarkozy werd gefotografeerd terwijl hij Das Kapital van Karl Marx onder zijn arm droeg.

Let’s Run the Numbers – Nuclear Energy vs. Wind and Solar

by Mike Conley & Tim Maloney April 17, 2015  (NOTE: This is a work in progress. It will be a chapter in the forthcoming book “Power to the Planet” by Mike Conley.

Why computer programmers need to stop calling themselves engineers already

I’m commiserating with a friend who recently left the technology industry to return to entertainment. “I’m not a programmer,” he begins, explaining some of the frustrations of his former workplace, before correcting himself, “—oh, engineer, in tech-bro speak.

Linux-compatible places to get high-quality digital music

I'm sitting in my living room listening to Thievery Corporation's Babylon Rewound on the home stereo. A lot of this glorious music is coming from the general vicinity of the speakers, but there is a significant part coming from hard to my left, about two meters to the left of the leftmost speaker.

Why people under 35 are so unhappy

This post originally appeared on Wait But Why. Say hi to Lucy.

Conclusie Fyra-enquête. De omissie van de Fyracommissie

Het Fyra-eindrapport mag dan helder en snoeihard zijn, het parlementaire onderzoek mist een cruciale analyse. Het onderwerp marktwerking is bestudeerd noch beoordeeld. Ook de aanloopfase (1988-1999) naar de aanbesteding is zwaar onderbelicht gebleven.

Ten Good Rules for Bad APIs — Pointer IO — Medium

We’ve all seen the presentations, meant to read the books, cursorily scanned the articles, and pretended to listen to respected and knowledgeable software architects talk on and on and on about how to create better APIs, what API design is, patterns for good APIs, blah blah blah blah blah.

Scientists Discovered Why High Intensity Interval Training Can Match Endurance Training

Scientists have always struggled to understand exactly how short, few minutes, intense interval exercises can produce similar effects to much more time consuming endurance trainings.

De concurrentie in de zorg wordt duur betaald

Het is overstapseizoen! En de marketingmachine van de negen zorgverzekeraars in Nederland draait weer op volle toeren. In de laatste maanden van het jaar is het mogelijk om een andere zorgverzekering af te sluiten.

The amounts of sugar in food and drink

It seems as though no other substance occupies so much of the world’s land, for so little benefit to humanity, as sugar. According to the latest data, sugarcane is the world’s third most valuable crop after cereals and rice, and occupies 26,942,686 hectares of land across the globe.

Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China's Ghost Cities

In recent years, China has undergone a period of urban growth that is unprecedented in human history. The number of square kilometers devoted to urban living grew from 8,800 in 1984 to 41,000 in 2010. And that was just the start. China used more concrete between 2011 and 2013 than the U.S.

Onderzoek wijst uit: 48 procent van de economen zijn spugende lama's

Op bezoek bij een grote Amerikaanse zakenbank kreeg de vermaarde econoom Campbell Harvey een opmerkelijk resultaat onder ogen. Een analist had een ontdekking gedaan waar iedere beurshandelaar van droomt.

Open Source and Its Lost Ideals

Mention the year of the Linux desktop, and you are guaranteed to get a laugh. The six words have become a catchphrase, with the implication that it will never happen. But, even more importantly, the laughter indicates a change in attitude.

Why Every GPS Overestimates Distance Traveled

Runners, mariners, airmen, and wilderness trekkers beware: Your global positioning system (GPS) is flattering you, telling you that you have run, sailed, flown, or walked significantly farther than you actually have. And it’s not the GPS’s fault, or yours. Blame the statistics of measurement.

BEPS, de koning en de ethiek van belastingen. Volg BEPS deel #1

Ik ben niet voor de monarchie, begrijp me goed. Nee, eigenlijk ben ik daar tegen. Niet zozeer omdat een koningshuis in democratische zin tekortschiet. Een president is ook niet alles. Nee, er is iets anders aan de hand.

Wanbeleid nekt ABP

Het ABP staat er slecht voor, tenminste sinds de start van de kredietcrisis. Al jaren kan het de pensioenen niet indexeren, terwijl die indexatie wel sinds jaar en dag onderdeel uitmaakt van de pensioenbelofte aan ruim een miljoen verplicht aangesloten ambtenaren.

Erik Meijaard: Indonesia's Fire Crisis — The Biggest Environmental Crime of the 21st Century

Checking the list of the worst man-made environmental disasters ever, Indonesia’s fires are probably the biggest global environmental disaster of the 21st century.

What Is Social Anxiety?

People today might not actually be avoiding social interaction any more than they did in past decades, but they’re certainly more vocal about it.

Views on bias can be biased

The scientific method is supposed to be objective. A scientist comes up with a hypothesis for how they think something works. Rigorous testing takes place. The scientist looks at the resulting data objectively, and determines whether the original idea was right or wrong.

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