The Meaning Of Google Fiber Disclosure: I am long GOOG, AAPL, MSFT. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. It's official. The company announced that 180 of 212 "fiberhoods" had gotten $10 deposits from potential customers, so it will begin the process of "overbuilding" phone and cable networks. This blows away competing offers from AT&T (T) (an $89 bundle for U-Verse), Comcast (CMCSA) (top speeds of 105 Mbps) and Time Warner (TWC) (70 Mbps and you need to buy their TV offering), all of which offer asynchronous speeds, meaning faster downloads than uploads. The speeds being offered here are synchronous, not asynchronous. AT&T apologist and blogger Scott Cleland has been apoplectic about Google for a long time now on his Precursor blog, accusing the company of being a thief and unaccountable monopolist.
Noticias - Muere la hermana mayor de internet This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs. André Broessel was a finalist in the World Technology Network Award 2013 with the globe’s design and afterward produced this latest version, called Betaray, which can concentrate diffuse light such as that from a cloudy day. André Broessel’s latest invention looks like something out of a superhero movie. In reality, though, it’s a stand-alone solar energy generator. But Broessel’s invention may be more than just aesthetically pleasing. “We can squeeze more juice out of the sun,” Broessel says. Source: NewsDiscovery
Randall Lee Reetz Paxos (computer science) Consensus protocols are the basis for the state machine approach to distributed computing, as suggested by Leslie Lamport and surveyed by Fred Schneider. The state machine approach is a technique for converting an algorithm into a fault-tolerant, distributed implementation. Ad-hoc techniques may leave important cases of failures unresolved. The principled approach proposed by Lamport et al. ensures all cases are handled safely. The Paxos protocol was first published in 1989 and named after a fictional legislative consensus system used on the Paxos island in Greece. It was later published as a journal article in 1998. The Paxos family of protocols includes a spectrum of trade-offs between the number of processors, number of message delays before learning the agreed value, the activity level of individual participants, number of messages sent, and types of failures. The topic predates the protocol. Client Acceptor (Voters) Proposer Learner Leader Non-triviality Safety Liveness(C;L)
WorldFuture 2012 Conference Highlights This conference is concluded. Download the WorldFuture 2012 Final Program Order conference audio and handouts from IntelliQuest Media The Society's recently concluded WorldFuture 2012 conference lived up to its billing as a gathering of futurists from around the world, an expo for cutting-edge start-ups, and an international media event. Below is a small sampling of the standout coverage the we received Brian Bethune, senior writer, Maclean's : The future, as we’ve all noticed and someone, surely, has already said, ain’t what it used to be. Amanda Kwan from the Globe and Mail speaking to attendee Kel Smith: Most people are surprised when they find out how much innovation is happening among people who have a physical disability or a child with a cognitive challenge or who live in poor communities – people Kel Smith, founder of technological-accessibility company Anikto, calls “digital outcasts.” Reporter Katie Daubs from The Toronto Star : “Futurist” is a tough title to define.
This solar panel printer can make 33 feet of solar cells per minute Whatever oil and gas true believers want to think, the world is doing this solar power thing. It’s getting cheaper and cheaper to make solar panels, and the panels are getting more and more effective. For example: A team in Australia just built a gigantic printer that spits out solar cells at a rate, Gizmodo reports, of about 33 feet every minute. It’s not even particularly complicated technology, according to the researchers. [The printer system] utilizes only existing printer technology to embed polymer solar cells (also known as organic or plastic solar cells) in thin sheets of plastic or steel at a rate of ten meters per minute. This particular type of cell isn’t the most efficient, but it’s the type that lends itself to uses where you need a little flexibility — solar windows, bags, or tents, for instances.
Happy Birthday, Louis CK! 23 Timeless Truth Bombs He Gave Us Today is Louis C.K.'s birthday. Louie's had a good year: He decided to take a well-deserved break from his brilliant show "Louie" to recharge his batteries, and got a role in a Woody Allen movie. The importance of vacation and rest is just one of the lessons Louie has taught us over the years. Also on HuffPost: