Monday, April 21, 2014
Some people can hold a grudge until it dies of old age, then have it stuffed and displayed on their mantle.
Probably has more to do with current disputes that pre-war injuries.
China Court Impounds Japanese Ship in Unprecedented Seizure
A Shanghai court ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship owned by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd. (9104) as compensation for the loss of two ships leased from a Chinese company before the two countries went to war in 1937.
The 226,434-ton Baosteel Emotion was impounded on April 19 at Majishan port in Zhejiang province as part of a legal dispute that began in 1964, the Shanghai Maritime Court and Mitsui OSK said in notices on their websites.
What indeed. Interesting article.
What happens to the internet after the U.S. hands off ICANN to others?
This weekend, hundreds of people from dozens of countries will gather in Singapore to discuss the future of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a multinational organization that oversees the address book of the internet thanks to a contract issued by the U.S. government.
The contract expires in September 2015 and the U.S. Commerce Department announced last Friday that it would eventually transfer key internet “domain name functions to a global multi-stakeholder community.” Some Americans worry this will cede “control” of the internet to nations that will impose regulations that change the basic open character of the internet and make it less hospitable to American interests.
Without vast research we get half-vast legislation.
It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use
… The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion of biofuels has ignited a fierce debate as to whether they’re of any environmental benefit at all.
The IPCC was quite diplomatic in its discussion, saying “Biofuels have direct, fuel‐cycle GHG emissions that are typically 30–90% lower than those for gasoline or diesel fuels. However, since for some biofuels indirect emissions—including from land use change—can lead to greater total emissions than when using petroleum products, policy support needs to be considered on a case by case basis” (IPCC 2014 Chapter 8).
The summary in the new report also states, “Increasing bioenergy crop cultivation poses risks to ecosystems and biodiversity” (WGIII).
Perspective. Can there be such a thing as “Too good an idea?” (If you take a small loss on each transaction, you can not make up for it with greater volume.)
Square’s deal with Starbucks is costing the payments startup millions
Square lost at least $20 million as a result of its partnership with Starbucks in 2013, according to a report in the WSJ, which doesn’t paint a very rosy picture for the mobile payments company.
Two years ago, the coffee king invested $25 million in the white-hot start-up, and as part of the deal, Square was also able to handle all of its credit card transactions.
All-in-all, the deal seemed pretty good for Square, which was also getting free publicity for its application. But it doesn’t seem so simple now. In addition to the losses, the WSJ also reported that Square’s fee on each Starbucks transaction amounted to 2 percent last year, which falls below the 2.75 percent it charges many others.
In all, sources told the WSJ that Square recorded a loss of roughly $100 million in 2013, and that over the past three years, the startup has burned up more than half of the roughly $340 million it has raised in venture capital.
The report is the second in recent weeks that suggests the company is running out of time.
Square has reportedly put its IPO plans on hold and is considering a sale. The WSJ says Square has been in preliminary talks with Apple, Google and PayPal, according to multiple sources.
This is also why you can't easily buy wine/beer/liquor over the Internet. Perhaps we should look at all the laws that assume some institution is indispensable, and repeal them.
… I read James Surowiecki’s recent column about the regulatory barriers that geek chic car company Tesla is facing as it tries to set up its own showrooms in New Jersey and many other states, and I became a lot less confident that we in the U.S. are doing a great job of letting innovation flourish without counterproductive meddling and stonewalling.
Surowiecki quotes Yale economist Fiona Scott Morton as saying that “There isn’t a rational argument for why a new company should have to use [existing] dealers. It’s just dealers trying to protect their profits.” So why is it the case in 48 states today that “direct sales by car manufacturers are restricted or legally prohibited, and manufacturers are often prevented from opening a dealership that would compete with existing ones?” Because that’s how today’s auto dealers want it, and they’re organized and affluent enough to sway the lawmaking process. Opensecrets.org, for example, lists the National Auto Dealers Association as #19 in its list of ‘Top All-Time Donors’ to candidates, parties, and leadership PACs.
… They’ll work hard to, as my friend Tim O’Reilly puts it, protect the past from the future.
For my student App developers. People like to chat for free.
NTT launches browser-to-browser chatroom with avatars
… WebRTC Chat on SkyWay makes use of WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications), a peer-to-peer communications platform using HTML5 that allows video and audio conferencing if you have an up-to-date version of Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
NTT's SkyWay chatroom works with the Chrome and Opera browsers. Users have to point their browser to the SkyWay site, create a chatroom and invite friends. No registration or downloads are needed.
… NTT Communications, which calls SkyWay the first service of its kind in Japan, said the browser-to-browser service offers an encrypted, private communications channel where only the start and end points of a conversation are stored on a server. The company is offering the website as a one-year free trial.
… Backed by major players such as Google and Mozilla as well as startups, WebRTC is being touted as a game-changer for Web-based communications and a threat to apps such as Skype.
This might also work for my poetry writing students!
Need Help Songwriting? Try These 4 Tools For Inspiration
… If you’re feeling stuck and need a bit of help, these tools and apps may help you get your muse back.
For the student tech folder.
– is a new, revolutionary keyboard, powered by patent pending technology that makes typing on any device fast, accurate and so easy you can type without even looking. Download and install Fleksy once and it will automatically be available on all other Fleksy enabled apps. Long tap or double tap on the screen from any Fleksy enabled app to switch between keyboards.