Friday, August 22, 2014

What I am reading 8/22/2014 - Google is still evil and according to UW it's still getting warmer

io9 - Stop Complaining About Gentrification Unless You Know What It Is -
Gentrification is a form of immigration, though almost nobody calls it that. People who gentrify are usually new transplants to a city, changing it to suit their particular cultural needs and whims. That's why the criticism of gentrification often sounds like a distorted version of anti-immigrant sentiment: "They have changed our neighborhoods; their shops and homes are repulsive; we no longer feel welcome here." The difference is that the people we call immigrants are usually not rich. Gentrifiers are.
Not an article I would really expect from a Gawker site, and I don't agree 100% but actually pretty good. 

The Hacker News - Google Map Tracks Your Every Move.  Check Your 'Location History" to Verify It -

GOOGLE TRACKS YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO

Today, with the help of these sensors, Google is tracking our every foot steps and placing a red dot on its map to keep track of users’ records, Junkee.com reports.

 “You can yourself check your every move from here. You just need to log in with the same account you use on your Smartphone, that’s it. The map will display all the records of everywhere you've been for the last day to month on your screen,” Elizabeth Flux, editor of Voiceworks magazine wrote.
Before you start freaking out and running thru the streets like Charleton Heston denouncing Soylent Green - You can turn location tracking off.  Still a little creepy but much less so when you have a measure of control.

Yahoo Finance - Dramatic Shifts in Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies to Change Their Global Production Strategies -
The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing expands on earlier BCG research into changes in direct manufacturing costs among the world's 25 largest goods-exporting nations since 2004. That research, released in April, found that several economies still often perceived as low-cost manufacturing nations -- such as China, Brazil, Russia, and the Czech Republic -- are no longer much cheaper than the U.S. In some cases, they are estimated to be even more expensive, according to the new BCG Global Manufacturing Cost-Competitiveness Index. The index also found that the competitiveness of historically high-cost nations, such as the U.S. and the UK, has significantly improved
Everyone who reads this blog - both of you - know I have been bangingthis drum a long time, so no real surprise.

University of Washington - Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean -

New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published Aug. 22 in Science.
Subsurface ocean warming explains why global average air temperatures have flatlined since 1999, despite greenhouse gases trapping more solar heat at the Earth’s surface.
Well it's nice to finally have n answer so we can settle the science again. 

Bloomberg - Celebrating Greenspan's Legacy of Failure -
On this day in 1987, Alan Greenspan became chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. This anniversary allows us to take a quick look at what followed over the next two decades. As it turned out, it was one of the most interesting and, to be blunt, weirdest tenures ever for a Fed chairman.
Bonus io9 - io9's Official Back To School List of Must Read Books -






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