Jerktech: Silicon Valley’s most shameful export

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Jerktech is the very apt epithet for the class of “disruptive” startups that sell things that don’t belong to them, like parking spots and restaurant reservations, simply raising the prices of them and making access to public resources a factor of your disposable income.

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June Full-Time Jobs Plunge By Over Half A Million, Part-Time Jobs Surge By 800K, Most Since 1993


Something tells us that the fact that the BLS just reported June part-time jobs rose by just shy of 800,000 the biggest monthly jump since 1993, will hardly get much airplay today. Because remember: when it comes to jobs, it is only the quantity that matters, never the quality.


Full Story: ZeroHedge

Part time vs full time jobs

emergentfutures:

June Full-Time Jobs Plunge By Over Half A Million, Part-Time Jobs Surge By 800K, Most Since 1993

Something tells us that the fact that the BLS just reported June part-time jobs rose by just shy of 800,000 the biggest monthly jump since 1993, will hardly get much airplay today. Because remember: when it comes to jobs, it is only the quantity that matters, never the quality.

Full Story: ZeroHedge

Part time vs full time jobs

Wreck of the Edro III, Sea Caves, Paphos by Polis Poliviou http://flic.kr/p/oaU1qv

Wreck of the Edro III, Sea Caves, Paphos by Polis Poliviou http://flic.kr/p/oaU1qv

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Solitude in Red (by Ting Hay)

alcyere:

Solitude in Red (by Ting Hay)

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#Self driving cars

stoweboyd:

A radical breakthrough in engine design:

Jason Cammisa, No crankshaft, no problem: Toyota’s free piston engine is brilliant
Electrically driven cars are the future. But until we have cheap, 1000-mile batteries, we still need range-extending fossil-fuel engines. Those devices don’t need to turn wheels, just generate juice. The simple solution is to strap a generator to a piston engine, as BMW did with the two-cylinder range extender in its i3 EV. But if the engine never turns a wheel, there’s no need for it to rotate anything. Why not cut out the middleman and use the piston’s reciprocating motion to generate electricity? That obviates camshafts and most other rotating parts, too.
Toyota recently showed a prototype engine that does just that. It’s called the Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG). “Free” refers to the fact that the piston isn’t attached to a crankshaft; instead, as the piston is forced downward during its power stroke, it passes through windings in the cylinder to generate a burst of three-phase AC electricity. The FPEG operates like a two-stroke engine but adds direct gasoline injection and electrically operated valves. It can also be run like a diesel, using compression rather than a spark plug to ignite its fuel mixture.
Toyota says this mechanically simple engine achieves a claimed thermal-efficiency rating of 42 percent in continuous use. Only the best, most complicated, and most expensive of today’s gas engines can come close to that number, and only in specific circumstances.

stoweboyd:

A radical breakthrough in engine design:

Jason Cammisa, No crankshaft, no problem: Toyota’s free piston engine is brilliant

Electrically driven cars are the future. But until we have cheap, 1000-mile batteries, we still need range-extending fossil-fuel engines. Those devices don’t need to turn wheels, just generate juice. The simple solution is to strap a generator to a piston engine, as BMW did with the two-cylinder range extender in its i3 EV. But if the engine never turns a wheel, there’s no need for it to rotate anything. Why not cut out the middleman and use the piston’s reciprocating motion to generate electricity? That obviates camshafts and most other rotating parts, too.

Toyota recently showed a prototype engine that does just that. It’s called the Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG). “Free” refers to the fact that the piston isn’t attached to a crankshaft; instead, as the piston is forced downward during its power stroke, it passes through windings in the cylinder to generate a burst of three-phase AC electricity. The FPEG operates like a two-stroke engine but adds direct gasoline injection and electrically operated valves. It can also be run like a diesel, using compression rather than a spark plug to ignite its fuel mixture.

Toyota says this mechanically simple engine achieves a claimed thermal-efficiency rating of 42 percent in continuous use. Only the best, most complicated, and most expensive of today’s gas engines can come close to that number, and only in specific circumstances.

emergentfutures:

Foothill grad earns degree entirely online


A Berkeley-bound student who earned his associate’s degree entirely online is among nearly 1,000 students who will graduate from Foothill College Friday, June 27.

From his home in Mendocino — or occasionally sitting in a Mendocino café or library — James Sommermann completed 23 Foothill classes online in music, English, statistics, Spanish, psychology, anthropology and geology.

He will enter the University of California at Berkeley this fall with hopes of double majoring in music and English.

Foothill offers all-online associate’s degrees in 18 subjects as well as an array of all-online “certificates of proficiency.” College officials said they have no way to track the number of students earning all-online degrees but that online classes accounted for about 27 percent of last quarter’s enrollment.


Full Story: paloaltoonline

emergentfutures:

Foothill grad earns degree entirely online

A Berkeley-bound student who earned his associate’s degree entirely online is among nearly 1,000 students who will graduate from Foothill College Friday, June 27.

From his home in Mendocino — or occasionally sitting in a Mendocino café or library — James Sommermann completed 23 Foothill classes online in music, English, statistics, Spanish, psychology, anthropology and geology.

He will enter the University of California at Berkeley this fall with hopes of double majoring in music and English.

Foothill offers all-online associate’s degrees in 18 subjects as well as an array of all-online “certificates of proficiency.” College officials said they have no way to track the number of students earning all-online degrees but that online classes accounted for about 27 percent of last quarter’s enrollment.

Full Story: paloaltoonline

emergentfutures:

Iraqis use Firechat messaging app to overcome net block




Iraqis have been turning to an app which allows group messages to be sent between phones, without the need for an internet connection, in an effort to circumnavigate government restrictions.
About 40,000 users downloaded Firechat last week, compared with 6,600 over the previous few months, the company says.
The internet has been blocked in some Iraqi provinces, as authorities seek to prevent militants from communicating.
Access to social media sites has also been severely restricted.
Firechat allows users to take part in group chats with between two and 10,000 people, without the need for an internet connection.
Using a technology known as “mesh networking”, messages can be sent to people within the immediate vicinity, as long as they too have the app installed. However, discussions are not private, and can be seen by anyone in the area.

Full Story: BBC

HT: Tim Rayner @timrayner01

emergentfutures:

Iraqis use Firechat messaging app to overcome net block

Iraqis have been turning to an app which allows group messages to be sent between phones, without the need for an internet connection, in an effort to circumnavigate government restrictions.

About 40,000 users downloaded Firechat last week, compared with 6,600 over the previous few months, the company says.

The internet has been blocked in some Iraqi provinces, as authorities seek to prevent militants from communicating.

Access to social media sites has also been severely restricted.

Firechat allows users to take part in group chats with between two and 10,000 people, without the need for an internet connection.

Using a technology known as “mesh networking”, messages can be sent to people within the immediate vicinity, as long as they too have the app installed. However, discussions are not private, and can be seen by anyone in the area.

Full Story: BBC

HT: Tim Rayner @timrayner01

newyorker:

David Margolick on how Mad magazine’s 1960s anti-smoking crusade could have saved tobacco companies billions: http://nyr.kr/1rEl0c1

“The truly prescient invention was the ‘smoke simulator’: a cork-tipped Pyrex tube containing small amounts of water, which, like the metal rod, would be inserted into a cigarette. Once the cigarette was lit, the cork at one end of the tube (edible, of course) popped out, and the water inside became steam.”

Image courtesy Jasperdo’s Flickr page.

newyorker:

David Margolick on how Mad magazine’s 1960s anti-smoking crusade could have saved tobacco companies billions: http://nyr.kr/1rEl0c1

“The truly prescient invention was the ‘smoke simulator’: a cork-tipped Pyrex tube containing small amounts of water, which, like the metal rod, would be inserted into a cigarette. Once the cigarette was lit, the cork at one end of the tube (edible, of course) popped out, and the water inside became steam.”

Image courtesy Jasperdo’s Flickr page.

(Source: newyorker.com)

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Design Crush
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J.D.Salinger, Once a Week Won’t Kill You