Category Archives: Did you Know?

The standby / Power button

A powerful symbol

Did you know that the symbol for power / standby mode used on most electronics today has existed since 1973?  At the time, it was included in a standard created by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for use on various electrically powered equipment.  Originally this symbol was meant to be used for  “Standby” mode.  It wasn’t until 2004 that its current more generic “Power” meaning was adopted in a standard released by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  The symbol is composed of two superimposed numbers, 1 meaning on, and 0 meaning off.

Standby
The Standby / Power symbol

 

Introducing the World’s First National Digital Currency

Ecuador is on track to become the world’s first nation to create its own digital currency. The country’s central bank announced last week (link in Spanish) that it would begin distributing the yet-to-be-named currency in December.

Backed by liquid assets, the currency will initially rely on demand to dictate how much will enter the marketplace, the bank explained.

Introducing the World’s First National Digital Currency – CityLab.

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson

Algorithms have consequences.

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But I’m not quite sure that without the neutral side of the Internet—the livestreams whose “packets” were fast as commercial, corporate and moneyed speech that travels on our networks, Twitter feeds which are not determined by an opaque corporate algorithms but my own choices,—we’d be having this conversation.

-Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina)

via What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson

Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist

The first Man Booker prize longlist to include American authors has divided headline writers into those who prefer “Commonwealth writers edged out” and those who have chosen “Donna Tartt snubbed”.

Of the 13 novelists on the longlist, four are American—Siri Hustvedt, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler and Richard Powers—six are British, two are Irish and just one is a Commonwealth writer, from Australia. This means there are no Caribbean or African authors up for the award…

First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker prize was, until this year, open only to novels by writers from Britain and the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe. At the end of 2013 entry was opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in Britain.

The judges considered 154 novels, of which 44 were by authors who are now eligible under the new rules. Commonwealth submissions totalled 31 this year, compared with 43 in 2013.

All the Booker Prize longlisters are below:

Man Booker prize 2014: Longlist, long faces | The Economist.