Global migrations over the last 20 years

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.

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    How Google Glass could also fail


    The first and simplest thing to notice with screens in general is perhaps ultimately the most important, may be this: people tend to watch.
    If Google Glass should fail to catch on, if it ends up on the “meh” list in the Sunday Times Magazine, if most people decide they just don’t want this climactic iteration of the screen after all, there will be many reasons given. Those privacy (Glass wants you every waking second, cannot be hided) and safety concerns will likely be paramount because they are publicly definable “issues,” so evident, so debatable.
    But if people also say “I just don’t like it, I don’t like the experience,” it will be because, in fashioning the ultimate personal screen, Google violated the very conditions that made screens so compelling in the first place: the containment of the frame, the placement of the screen on a device—an entity among others—a placement that allows us to look upon the screen from beyond.[atlantic]

    Thomas thus reasons that usability as comfort here, exceeding security and privacy on Maslows scale of needs. That is different from the general perspective of self-Transcendence it currently has.

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      Norwegian Skydiver Captures Falling Meteor on Film


      This is the first time in history that a meteorite has been filmed in the air after its light goes out. [more]
      Update: Seems to be stone of parachute.
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        Finally good EU news for Net Neutrality?

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        Today the European Parliament voted on the Telecoms Single Market proposal, a major legislative achievement protecting net neutrality that will have a crucial impact on how European users experience the internet for generations.

        The net neutrality advocacy organization Access praised the passage of the amended proposal in a blog post. “The text adopted today introduces comprehensive measures preserving the open internet by providing a clear and binding definition of network neutrality,” the organization says. “It also provides safeguards against different forms of network discrimination by prohibiting the blocking or throttling of content and services, while also preventing anti-competitive commercial agreements. The adopted provisions ensure that traffic management measures are conducted only when necessary, proportionate, temporary, targeted, transparent and in accordance with the law.” [Wired][boingboing]

        Neelie Kroes soon will hand-over the European digital agenda to her successor. She leaves with an important legacy now. Those parties, yes those individuals, that gave amendments and approved them made this especially happen. Success should be celebrated.

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          Donald Rumsfeld: The Unknown Known 

          Errol Morris’ documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, comes out next month.

          When I first met Donald Rumsfeld in his offices in Washington, D.C., one of the things I said to him was that if we could provide an answer to the American public about why we went to war in Iraq, we would be rendering an important service. He agreed. Unfortunately, after having spent 33 hours over the course of a year interviewing Mr. Rumsfeld, I fear I know less about the origins of the Iraq war than when I started. A question presents itself: How could that be? How could I know less rather than more? Was he hiding something? Or was there really little more than met the eye?

          Morris got nothing from Rumsfeld, opposed to Fog of War, so what is there to know?
          Read this and this for at least some understanding. [via brilliant]

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            Don’t publish at Nature – Here’s why


            It’s immensely troubling to discover that one of the biggest science publishers out there, Nature Publishing Group, has started telling academics that they need to get a “waiver” from their university’s open access policies. It seems to be an effort to punish authors at institutions that adopt open access policies.
            Some other questionable games, including getting anyone having a paper published in Nature to waive their moral rights. Nature actively does not want its authors to be able to insist that their names always be associated with their work. Why? Does NPG imagine reusing articles it is given to publish in other ways, without providing proper attribution? It remains the only conceivable reason for this bizarre clause.

            Nature seems to be attacking two separate, but fundamental values in academic publishing: both attribution and open access to knowledge. [techdirt]

            Academics, don’t support such enterprise. You’re killing education, innovation and your own interests here. Universities should tell the professors that there will be no waivers, then hand them a list of other reputable journals that don’t require such bullshit. Nature won’t have much of a reputation if no one publishes through them.

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              Flash Boys – Markets rigged?


              High programmed trading is allowing for rigged markets according to Michael Lewis bestseller Flash Boys. See also the discussion here. Again, maybe the jumping of queues as mentioned in Tegenlicht, “special order types” are an even bigger problem. Where’s the solution?

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                Zeecontainers worden strandpaviljoen

                OOSTKAPELLE- Het is een vrij uniek concept in Zeeland: een strandpaviljoen opgebouwd uit zeecontainers. Op het strand in Oostkapelle verrijst deze zomer een paviljoen dat uit drie zeecontainers bestaat.

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                  Islamic States: Execute Atheists


                  We’ve seen before how Saudi pundits find it easy to conflate atheism and terrorism, but now it’s official: Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism laws say outright that nonbelievers and others who commit thought crime are the same as violent terrorists.
                  Article 1: “Calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.” Since the entire system of government is based on Wahhabi interpretations of Islam, non-believers are assumed to be enemies of the Saudi state.[patheos]
                  note: In 13 countries around the world, all of them Muslim, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution under the law. – The Freethought Report 2013 [huff]

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                    Waar is de Henry Ford van de 2010s at Davos?


                    Droeg het bedrijfsleven in 2000 nog voor 10% bij aan de Nederlandse schatkist, in 2013 was dat nog maar 4%. Terwijl inwoners zuchten onder torenhoge hypotheekschulden, als gekken afbetalen op gezonken onroerend goed en ook nog eens moeten opdraaien voor de publieke kosten van een bancair privéfeestje, zit het grootbedrijf op een historisch ongekende berg spaargeld met bonussen voor de top en paar aandeelhouders. Welkom bij de woede hierover.
                    Eigenlijk zou de Henry Ford van de eenentwintigste eeuw allang moeten zijn opgestaan. De achturige werkdag van vijf dollar waarmee Ford honderd jaar geleden in een klap het arbeidsloon verdubbelde, was gebaseerd op het proto-Keynesiaanse inzicht dat omzet en winst koopkrachtige vraag vereisen. Alleen als Ford zijn mensen goed betaalde, konden ze zo’n zwart T-Fordje kopen. Daarmee stond hij aan de basis van ons naoorlogs sociaal contract en redde hij het kapitalisme van Marx’ voorspelling. Anno 2014 staan we voor dezelfde vraag: hoe kunnen we kapitalisme dienstbaar maken aan de burgers? Het antwoord is niet ingewikkeld. Betaal fatsoenlijke lonen, kom je belastingplichten na, ruim je rotzooi op, hou je aan democratische normen en stop de race naar de bodem. Dat is geen ideologie. Dat is welbegrepen eigenbelang. Reformisme uit eigen kring of revolutie – meer smaken zijn er niet.[ftm]

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