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Born to Launch: Agile Coach | Senior Project Manager | CSPO | Consultant
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Actually it does not exactly look like "2001: A Space Odyssey" — but it is a beginning...  
While not photon torpedoes, Astronaut Reid Wiseman shared this video of two small satellites being deployed from the International Space Station. The pair of Planet Labs Dove satellites were deployed Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the first of the latest series of NanoRacks CubeSat deployments from the station. By next Monday, 16 CubeSats out of the 28 on tap for this series are expected to be deployed from the station. The CubeSats were among the nearly 3,300 pounds of science and supplies delivered to the station in July by Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo vehicle.

Image Credit: NASA
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Get the cars really into the web (not only the marketing buzz)!
Join the Automotive Ontology Working Group. Now. 
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Ein Renegat der kritiklosen Apple-Mania meldet sich zu Wort (und verursacht eine lebhafte Diskussion)
Really, Google is evil now? Let's Get Real. How About Apple?

I just came across this story:

Google’s Broken Promise: The End of "Don’t Be Evil"
BY MAT HONAN
JAN 24, 2012
<http://gizmodo.com/5878987/its-official-google-is-evil-now>

I have to confess that I find the furor to be overblown.

Collecting data isn't evil. It's the currency of the future, a currency that we provide in order to buy useful services, many of which can ONLY be provided if that data is aggregated and analyzed and made relevant. There are evil things that you can do with that data, but just collecting it isn't evil. I wish people would avoid the linkbait headlines unless they have evidence that Google is actually doing bad things with that data.

If you want an example of a company that is doing "evil", consider Apple. I was horrified when I heard Mike Daisey, author of the one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," talking on This American Life about working conditions in the factories that make the iPhone and iPad, and Apple's tepid monitoring of those conditions. When a company has $98 billion in cash, and profits of tens of billions of dollars each quarter, does it really need to squeeze every last cent out of manufacturing costs?

The account of how Apple's factories substituted n-hexane, a neurotoxin with well-documented long term adverse health effects, for alcohol to wipe those shining screens clean, gaining a miniscule advantage in drying time but exposing workers to a lifetime of disablement, nearly brought me to tears.

That's evil. Of course, Apple never promised to do no evil, so they get a free pass.

Journalists should listen to this episode, and then write about that, please:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory

Update: The point of this post was not to excuse Google by saying Apple is worse. It was to draw a distinction between the potential for harm (Google is collecting all this data, and that could be bad) and actual harm (Apple - and just about every other company making cheap electronics - is countenancing incredibly bad labor practices that do real damage to people, right now.) There are many things that Google does that I consider as violations of its "Don't be evil" mantram (including profiting from ads from content farms, spammers, IP thieves, et al), but collecting and analyzing user data isn't one of them. I'd be delighted to hear about and spread the word about actual violations of user privacy on Google's part that are causing actual harm. But alarmism about what they might do, given how much data they have, isn't a case of actual harm, and doesn't make Google "evil".
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Es gibt für das house of user jetzt eine eigene Google+ Seite. Wer Interesse hat, möge doch bitte auch diese Seite zu seinen/ihren Kreisen hinzufügen. Würde mich freuen!
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Für alle, die mal darüber nachdenken wollen, ob sie lieber schnell essen oder strategisch denken ;-): das Marshmallow Experment der Stanford University, zuerst durchgeführt von Walter Mischel in den 70ern.

Mischel versprach in seinem Test vierjährigen Kindern einen Marshmallow, aber gleichzeitig versprach er ihnen einen zweiten Marshmallow, wenn die Kinder warten konnten, bis er wieder in den Raum kaum. Also, in meinen naiven Worten, schnelle Triebbefriedigung vs. strategisches Denken oder die Kontrolle der unmittelbaren Bedürfnisse für vielleicht 15 oder 20 Minuten (so viel Zeit hat sich nämlich der Moderator mit seiner Rückkehr gelassen). Hier die Ergebnisse:


"Those who could wait the fifteen or twenty minutes for the experimenter to return would be demonstrating the ability to delay gratification and control impulse.
About one-third of of the children grabbed the single marshmallow right away while some waited a little longer, and about one-third were able to wait 15 or 20 minutes for the researcher to return.

Years later when the children graduated from high school, the differences between the two groups were dramatic: the resisters were more positive, self-motivating, persistent in the face of difficulties, and able to delay gratification in pursuit of their goals. They had the habits of successful people which resulted in more successful marriages, higher incomes, greater career satisfaction, better health, and more fulfilling lives than most of the population."
[Quelle: http://www.sybervision.com/Discipline/marshmallow.htm]
Kids Marshmallow Experiment
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