Brain-computer interface gives lock-in sufferers a way to communicate

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"Noninvasive brain-computer interface enables communication after brainstem stroke" (Science Translational Medicine) reports on the successful use of a brain-computer interface to allow an individual with “lock in syndrome” (conscious and aware, but unable to move any part of his body) to spell words and carry on dialogue with his family.

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"When it comes to digital, I think the facts speak for themselves. In the last decade, 40% of the Fortune 500 has been replaced. Over 90% of companies lack suitable digital skills, and, 53% of senior execs say the top cultural barrier to transformation is competing priorities. (Sources: WTF Business, Digital Talent Gap Report and eMarketer.)"

4 Attitudes Toward Digital Disruption | Ian Patterson | GREG VERDINO (via gerdfeed)

Adobe ebook DRM secretly builds and transmits a dossier of your reading habits

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The latest version of Adobe’s Digital Editions, a DRM system widely used for ebooks, gathers enormous amounts of sensitive personal information about its users’ reading habits and transmits them, in the clear, to Adobe.

Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader used a network monitor to watch…

If it’s free, you are the product. 

Rare footage of the 1914 Martian conflict

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The History Channel’s created a bizarre secret history of a war against Martian invaders that’s an allegory for WWI. The accompanying video has a spooky resonance and plausibility that is not to be missed.

I’m fascinated by the centennial of WWI; for a long time, the consensus was that…

Farms, factories and film sets: startups bring big data to inefficient industries

If the middlemen add no value, and are responsible for 60-70% of retail market, then for sure, eliminate them. The North American retail shopping experience for food is ridiculous. The shear amount of waste so that people have variety is immoral.

I feel for those who work in industries like the food middlemen, but with wages stagnant for a decade and the cost of everything increasing, some will pay a price anyway.

I’m Agile But My Contract Isn’t: How to Align Contracts with Agile Software Development Teams

It’s a struggle to be “agile” and flexible when most corporations are still stuck with time/budget/features as fixed constraints. This is why there is so little money in most web production work. There are some great ideas in this posting, but it always seems to come down to accepting two constraints or losing the contract.

Microsoft’s ‘RoomAlive’ transforms any room into a giant Xbox game

I wrote about this last year for Moveable Online’s blog, it’s nice to see that Microsoft hasn’t given up on the living room. 

Custom Framing is a Racket

"Why I took on building a better way to frame any poster, print or photo"

Stories like this excite me more about the lowered barrier to entry for technology and business more than the usual tech/business banter we read daily.

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Innovation comes in all shapes. “With this doodad, you’ll never have to tie your shoelaces again” (via CNET)

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Innovation comes in all shapes. “With this doodad, you’ll never have to tie your shoelaces again” (via CNET)

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Fake ‘NYPD’ drone signs hit New York

From Waging Nonviolence:

Several weeks ago, a 28-year-old Army vet, who had worked with drones during two tours in Iraq and is now a radical art student in New York, came up with a creative act of protest to raise awareness around the growing use of drones domestically by police forces across the country.

According to an article in last week’s New Yorker, over the course of several nights, the veteran (who remains anonymous) and a few friends posted eleven unusual street signs around New York City, which is apparently investigating using drones as a law enforcement tool.

Designed to look exactly like official street signs, the fake NYPD signs had several different messages: “ATTENTION: Drone Activity in Progress,” or “ATTENTION: Local Statutes Enforced by Drones,” or “ATTENTION: Authorized Drone Strike Zone, 8am-8pm, Including Sunday.” […]

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