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Hi Lincoln. Nice post. Does a good job of explaining the idea. I'd love to see a post on how the reputation system is decentralized. 
I'm excited to announce that I've accepted the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at The World Table, and I want to tell you why. For two decades, I've worked in information technology, including lead...
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Thanks, Phil. We're working one up. :)
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Our Kickstarter campaign funded last Friday at 131%! That was pretty exciting. We've put up a way to pre-order Fuse on JoinFuse.com for those who missed out on Kickstarter. 
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A Mass Extinction of Bees

Three days ago a new paper was published in PLOS ONE presenting the first evidence for a massive extinction event among bees near the K/T boundary (that is the boundary where non-avian dinosaurs, pterosaurs, etc went extinct). The paper is #openaccess  and can be found here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0076683

This is particularly interesting because of the evolutionary history of bees and flowering plants. The very first angiosperms (flowering plants in the technical sense) probably originated in the Late Jurassic or so. The first eudicot plants, the group of flowering plants that includes a large proportion of our food plants and ornamentals, probably arose in the mid-late Cretaceous. Bees, which are tightly associated with eudicot plants as symbiotes (particularly as pollinators) arose at a similar time. Because eudicot plants are thought to have taken a hit at the K/T boundary, it stands to reason that bees might as well.

The authors built a molecular phylogeny, calibrated against time (see below) for bees in the clade Xylocopinae. Their tree suggests a mid-Cretaceous origin for the group, and also that it diversified rapidly for a time, suddenly lagged, and then began splitting again after the K/T. This implies either a "long fuse" diversification event, or a major extinction event near the K/T boundary. The authors prefer the extinction event explanation, based on historical biogeography and specifics of their ecological diversity.

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"Given the close relationship between eudicots and bees, one might expect that any extinction events affecting eudicots would also impact on bees and vice versa. Rapid and simultaneous extinctions in both bees and their host plants would have affected plant-pollinator dynamics in ways that could shape subsequent ecosystems in very important ways [29]. For example, extinction of plant-specialist (oligolectic) bees would have impacted strongly on their dependent hosts, whereas loss of generalist (polylectic) bee pollinators would have had more diffuse effects [30], [31]. In both cases, large reductions in the numbers of both eudicots and their pollinators would have introduced a strong stochastic element to how ecosystems subsequently reassembled."
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Thought of #telehash  and +Jeremie Miller while reading this. #telehash  has an advantage over NDN in that it requires no centralized registry, but has the goal of not relying on IP numbers for addressing. 
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Doesn't render fonts correctly on Firefox 23.0.1 running on OSX 10.8.4 and videos don't play at all.  Classify this as "work in progress".
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December's CTO Breakfast will take place on December 17th (not Dec 5th). As we did last year, we will take a field trip to Startup Ogden (http://www.startupogden.com/) at Alex Lawrence's invitation.

We're going to start at 8:30 to give everyone a little extra time to get there.

I will be riding FrontRunner from the American Fork station. I plan on leaving on the 6:37 train that gets into Ogden at 8:22. It's a short walk from the Ogden Hub to Startup Ogden.

If you'd like to join me for a little "Geeks on the Train" as part of CTO breakfast, either come to American Fork for the 6:37 departure or plan on catching that same train as it heads north. Here's the schedule:

http://www.rideuta.com/ridinguta/routes/schedule.aspx?abbreviation=750&dir=0&service=4&signup=126

We'll be headed back down on FrontRunner when we're finished. This should be a fun morning. We had a great time last year.

Alex has invited anyone who comes to stay and co-work at Startup Ogden for the day. I may stay for a little after the breakfast and hold "office hours."

You're also welcome to just drive, of course. The train is just an added bonus.
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A great breakfast and drinks for all. We'd welcome you to stay for the day and work and hang out with our community here. Thanks for coming up again!
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We're working on the API and backend funcitonality for Fuse already. This video shows a prototype app we use to test and interact with the API. We're focusing on trips right now.
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I launched my first Kickstarter project today: Fuse, an app, cloud, and gizmo to connect your car to the rest of your life. Take a minute to watch the video and pledge your support if you can. We need your help to make this all real.
Fuse gives your car a voice, connecting it with your world. Your car, your data, your way.
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+Phil Windley  We would love to promote  your Kickstarter campaign www.PromoteMyCrowdFunding.com . We are experienced and  above all we like your campaign 
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This is pretty darn cool. If you don't think 3D printing is going to change the entire world, you're not paying attention. 
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Ok... I'm paying attention now.
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#ifihadglass  I would write an endpoint for CloudOS/Notification Event API http://bit.ly/11VEUGT and http://bit.ly/XlsXWk so I could monitor my personal cloud in real time
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Continuing my experiments with thermostats...
The Internet of Things requires active participants--devices and services that are not just listening, but also talking. I've created a daemon that serves as a framework for linking to multiple connec...
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Phil Windley is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Kynetx, an early stage company providing context automation services. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on reputation, digital identity, large-scale system design, and programming languages. Phil writes the popular Technometria blog and is a frequent contributor to various technical publications. He is also the author of the book Digital Identity from O'Reilly Media.

Prior to joining BYU, Phil spent two years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah, serving on Governor Mike Leavitt's Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. Before entering public service, Phil was Vice President for Product Development and Operations at Excite@Home and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc. an early creator of electronic commerce tools. Still active in business, Phil serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards for several high-tech companies. Phil received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. of California, Davis in 1990.

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Bought a $3000 patio set and paid an additional $80 and $110 for covers. The covers came late and had retail price stickers on them for $39.88 and $99.88 respectively. When I called to ask about it, I was told they wouldn't do anything about it. "We have to make money too!" they said. Might be, but if you're going to buy something somewhere else and pass it on at a higher price, you ought to remove the stickers. This left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The table set is great, the experience and service, not so much...
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