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Verbeter de financiële sector en begin een bank. Deel #3: De marktpotentie

‘Is er wel een markt voor bankrekeningen die geen rente geven?’ Het is een vraag die ik al vaak heb gekregen tijdens het oprichtingsproces van een nieuwe bank. Een full reserve depositobank die geen leningen verstrekt, om precies te zijn.

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Recently, Bic launched a campaign to “save handwriting.” Named “Fight for Your Write,” it includes a pledge to “encourage the act of handwriting” in the pledge-taker’s home and community, and emphasizes putting more of the company’s ballpoints into classrooms.

Editorial: The Rise Of The "Cheap" Smartphone Is Finally Here - And That Makes Me Happy

As I sit here in a hip Los Angeles coffee shop across from the seemingly never-ending whooshes and rumbles of LA traffic on a busy boulevard just outside the door, I wonder if $4 is a reasonable price for the latte now sitting in front of me.

How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

This is Part 3 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1. Pre-Post Note: I started working on this post ten weeks ago. When I started, I never intended for it to become such an ordeal.

Alleen symptoombestrijding kan het milieu redden

Hoe zou het toch zijn met Boyan Slat? U weet wel, die opgeruimde Delftse student die een geweldig idee had om de oceanen te reinigen van de ‘plastic soep’ die overal rond drijft.

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.

Pulp, fictie & uitroeptekens

Deze week pakt RTL (wederom) uit met een jaren-90-filmspecial. Maar zo speciaal is dat niet: als je het filmaanbod wekelijks bekijkt, voeren de jaren-90-films eigenlijk altijd de boventoon.

How the 'PayPal Mafia' redefined success in Silicon Valley

The "PayPal Mafia" is no mafia at all. It's a diaspora. That's how David Sacks, former COO of PayPal and current CEO of Yammer, described it. The ominous "they" in this story is eBay, and eBay is partly responsible for both the success of PayPal and why the founders walked away from it.

How Dom Pérignon Got Its Name

Champagne is somewhere up there with the caviar and Porsche's of the world. We've all heard of it before, some of us even know the exact region in France where it's created. But very few of us know the history of Champagne and the key figures who have helped make it one of the world's premier goods.

Muzikaal medicijn

Kippenvel, elke keer als je dat stukje van dat ene liedje hoort. De wetenschap zoekt, ook op Lowlands, een antwoord op de vraag wat muziek met ons doet. Je IQ met een paar punten opkrikken? Luister naar Mozart! Dat resultaat van Amerikaans onderzoek haalde een paar jaar geleden alle kranten.

Mooi, lelijk, mateloos, meeslepend Amerika

Bij zijn afscheid van Amerika zoekt Arie Elshout, in de babylonische berg materiaal die hij in vijf jaar correspondentschap verzamelde, naar een geheime waarheid over het land vol onverklaarbare dubbelzinnigheden. Sinds hij overleed, is Amarillo Slim niet meer weggeweest uit mijn werkkamer.

How The Sensors Inside A Fitness Tracker Work

Just a couple years ago, fitness bracelets were basically glorified step counters worn on your wrist. Now, they’re doing everything from measuring your heart rate on a run to warning you to get out of the sun. And they’re everywhere.

Bad comments are a system failure

So why can’t you fix them like any other bug?Internet comments are awful. Recently sites [like Popular Science, Bloomberg Business, , Mic, The Week, re/code, The Verge, and now The Daily Dot] have been giving up on hosting local comments altogether.

An Absurdly Complete Guide to Understanding Whiskey

What really makes whiskey taste like whiskey? If flavor truly just came down to a simple formula of distilling ratios of grains plus time spent in a barrel, then there wouldn’t be an infinite range of tastes, profiles and qualities.

Microresonators: Transmitting 40 Communication Channels with One Laser

Interconnections in powerful computers and linking "blades" in data centers will increasingly rely on optical communication links. Currently, this still requires an individual laser with individual control circuitry for each channel.

Exclusive: Russian antivirus firm faked malware to harm rivals - Ex-employees

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former em

Don’t be afraid of robots—be afraid of becoming one

Our fantasies about becoming cyborgs are getting ever closer to reality.

How Sex Isn’t The Only Form Of Infidelity In Relationships These Days

It’s 5:30 am, and your alarm goes off. You open your eyes, and your mind starts racing. Meetings, conference calls and project deadlines all loom. Why is there always so much to do and never enough time to get it done?

Our Truth is Why Twitter is Struggling — Medium

On Facebook, for instance, a Christian evangelical can rest easy that every tidbit of information that they want to see will be tailored to their preferences: traditional marriage, Dave Ramsey quotes, any headline from the Drudge Report, and every happy moment produced by their closest friends.

Teaching Machines and Turing Machines: The History of the Future of Labor and Learning

Thank you very much for inviting me here today. Once upon a time, as a graduate student, I imagined the University of Wisconsin Madison to be “a dream job.” And so I chuckle that it likely took me dropping out of a PhD program to end up here, speaking to you today.

Teaching CSS

To my surprise, my daughter asked me if I would teach her how to build a web site today. She more or less wants a blog to keep track of what is going on at a recess club she made at school: regular notes, calendar, things like that. I had her draw out on paper what she wanted to build.

Phil Spencer is obliterating the distinction between Xbox and PC, and he's just getting started

The pieces are still in play, but as we watch them moving around the board, the strategy becomes clear: Microsoft no longer sees a distinction between gaming on Xbox One and Windows PC. And it doesn't want you to see one, either.

10 Stop Neutral Density Filter Review

Please note that sample pictures and additional information will be added to this review. Part 1, presented below, is focusing most intently on filter selection (it matters). Neutral density filters reduce the amount of light reaching the camera's imaging sensor.

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

You may have heard about Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon before. In fact, you probably learned about it for the first time very recently. If not, then you just might hear about it again very soon.

Welcome to The Internet of Compromised Things

Every time you use WiFi, ask yourself: could I be connecting to the Internet through a compromised router with malware? It's becoming more and more common to see malware installed not at the server, desktop, laptop, or smartphone level, but at the router level.

How to Compare the Size of Fortunes Across Time Periods

Comparing the wealth of our contemporaries is hard enough. When Forbes ranks its annual 500 richest people, the publication not only has to sift through mountains of data, it also must decide what even qualifies as wealth.

“PING SUSP PHONE”—An Oakland shooting reveals how cops snoop on cell phones

Officer Eric Karsseboom merely wanted to find a four-door, white Dodge car on the evening of January 21, 2013. Instead, someone else found him.

Too Much Too Soon? What Should We Be Teaching Four-Year-Olds

The first day of school is a momentous event in the life of a child. For many it is a day filled with pride and excitement. For others it is more stressful; they may cling to their parents, unused to being parted for so long.

Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens

Since Steve Jobs’s death, in 2011, Elon Musk has emerged as the leading celebrity of Silicon Valley. Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors, which produces electric cars; the CEO of SpaceX, which makes rockets; and the chairman of SolarCity, which provides solar power systems.

A true crime tale of comic books, corruption, and a $9 million vanishing act

Published in 1940, it’s a milestone in what’s known as the Golden Age of comic books: the debut of the first bonafide superhero team, the Justice Society of America.

Alexander Pechtold, je bent een onnozele clown

Dat was lachen, he? Nederlands militairen hebben na alle bezuinigingen zo weinig materieel, dat ze het zelfs moeten stellen zonder munitie tijdens oefeningen. Volgens krantenberichten moeten ze bij sommige oefeningen zelf ‘Pang! Pang!’-geluiden maken. Dat vonden jullie hilarisch.

On Monolithic Repositories

When companies or organizations deploy version control, they have to make many choices. One of them is how many repositories to create.

Het idee dat de euro kan redden werd bedacht door de nazi's

We schrijven heel, heel lang geleden. Het was de tijd waarin de bomen nog liepen en de dieren nog spraken. In de plakkerige hitte werkte een ijverige mier de hele zomer lang om zijn voorraad aan te leggen voor de winter. De krekel werkte niet. De krekel was namelijk een genieter.

A Halt and Catch Fire Interview with Lance Totten – Part 2

Did you catch Part 1 of our interview with Halt and Catch Fire Set Decorator Lance Totten? When the ’80s design knowledge is this good, you can’t contain it in one interview…which is why today we present Part 2! For the past two seasons, Lance has brought his expertise to the beloved AMC dr

An Interview with Halt and Catch Fire Set Decorator Lance Totten

Today I’m thrilled to share Mirror80’s latest interview: a chat with Halt and Catch Fire Set Decorator Lance Totten. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Lance has brought his design vision and flair for detail to HCF for the past two seasons.

Inside the sad, expensive failure of Google+

Create a social network or risk everything. That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the social network's chief architect, Vic Gundotra, in meetings with the company's top brass.

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job

"There's a lot that's scary," he says, running down the list—the melting sea ice, the slowing of the conveyor belt. Only in the last few years were they able to conclude that Greenland is warmer than it was in the twenties, and the unpublished data looks very hockey-stick-ish.

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