Great look inside a controlled sandbox of the context- and location-aware internet of things. Can this scale to all of us everywhere? I think its within our capabilities, but it won’t be simple.
This is properly brilliant. Crank up your sound and use Chrome to see it work well. Just your computer speaker and microphone needed.
Must read on the purpose of ISIS.
Tl;dr a real threat to the region based on a strict interpretation of the prophet’s writings. Not the only available interpretation, but definitely Islamic. Having declared a caliphate, the scripture requires certain elements that will only increase the killings and destruction.
Some useful numbers on the watch industry before the Apple watch appears.
As a sidebar, it explains why there are so many watch shops in Hong Kong: we buy 20% of the world’s watches by value (or did – they are surely mostly for China, and this will drop thanks to the corruption creak down).
It really stinks when a government has to engender terrorist plots to keep us worried. The defendants clearly have some unpleasant views, but don’t seem likely to have acted on them until the confidential informant got involved.
Well worth reading this talk about the turn of the 20th century Hong Kong. A quote of relevance to the Lunar New Year:
A respectable Chinaman must begin the New Year free from debt, so that amongst the trades people there is great activity, collecting in their accounts, and discharging their own liabilities. The last day of the year the Chinese streets are lined with stalls, selling goods of all descriptions; and the tradition is that they will make alarming sacrifices in order to draw in the money. But this is a delusion and a snare, as they are quite well aware of the universal love of making a cheap bargain among all nationalities, and so they prepare goods specially; they even make quantities of crockery to appear thousands of years old, with innumerable cracks, and bits chipped off, to beguile the curiosity hunter. The streets are thronged with purchasers; everyone buys a pot of flowers, for it is a good omen amongst the Chinese to have plants in flower at that season, and the flowers said plants are everywhere in gorgeous profusion of blossoms.
FYI This speech was given to the Manchester Geographical Society at Finchwood, Marple, on Saturday, June 30th, 1900, at 6 p.m.
Landmark begs to differ in a splendidly kitsch way.
“Fifty Shades Of Grey” by review in haiku.
Whip-smart this is not
Not very titillating
A bit like torture
Very much looking forward to seeing insights coming from a number of projects trying to get a data-driven handle on terrorism around the world. Hopefully this will allow us all to push back on some of the sillier political and media reports.
First off, a definition. Terrorism is:
The threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.
If only we could drop religious from the list: it is a subset of social, after all.
Radicalization suffers from a lack of data,” said Patrick James, a researcher at the center. “And that’s a problem — it’s hard to form an effective response to something if you don’t have an empirical basis for studying it. You can’t distinguish between people who are likely to commit violence and people who aren’t. That’s the real golden goose we’re trying to get.