Great quotes for Africa & developing economies

‘Yes, it is possible to transcend the dysfunctional money and banking system and to take back our power from bankers and politicians who use it to abuse and exploit us. We do it, not by petitioning politicians who are already bought and paid for by an ever more powerful elite group, but by using the power that is already ours to use the resources we have to support each other’s productivity and to give credit where credit is due.’
Author Thomas H. Greco

‘There is enough for everyone’s need, but not everyone’s greed’ – Ghandi

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Money-Go-Round

This is worth a read about perceptions of money. See this article written by Allan Cameron on his blog http://newwayparadigm.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/297/

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Something, somewhere went terribly wrong…

Evolution of ManFacebook is proof of how we have evolved. The parallel is that it conjures up that “Eureka Moment”; where the hunter returns his dead prey and the community all dances and celebrates around the fire. Now we are left with “selfie” posts admiring ourselves. Something, somewhere went terribly wrong…

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Don’t Hire A Chief Data Officer Unless You’re Serious About Becoming A Data-Driven Company

As we are roaring into the digital age, management considerations are required to address the management of data, which is one of the factor which drives companies.

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There’s a lot of discussion in the business world right now about chief data officers (CDOs). It’s centered primarily around two questions: When should a business hire a CDO? And, What should this person do?

No organization should seriously consider hiring a new C-level executive without fully understanding the strategic purpose of that role. Yet that’s exactly where many companies are today: They have come to realize that data is a critical business asset, and they’re not managing it effectively. They are desperate to have someone swoop in, take control of everything data-related and make it all better.

This approach is wrongheaded. The CDO should not be expected to assume the entire “data problem” for an organization. If you think differently, you’re not ready to hire a CDO.

How will you know if you are ready? When your business is prepared to execute a formal big-data strategy and…

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Facebook Announces Fifth Data Center, Located In Fort Worth, Texas

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Facebook just took the wraps off its fifth data center, with this one landing in Fort Worth, Texas. Like most things at Facebook, the center already has its own Facebook Page.

The Fort Worth location joins the four existing centers in Oregon, Iowa, North Carolina, and Sweden. Like its immediate predecessor in Iowa, the data center will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. To make this happen, Facebook announced it is helping bring 200 megawatts of new wind energy to the Texas grid by way of a 17,000 acre site about 90 miles from the data center.

Facebook is well known for optimizing its data centers to be highly efficient.

For example, the company’s new designs ditch the cluster of machines commonly seen in data centers, instead replacing them with single server pods all connected to one high-performance network. Like the Oregon location, the center will be cooled using outdoor air…

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Tablet Edition

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Google’s new mobile operating system is now available to consumers, as new Nexus hardware (starting with the Nexus 9) begins to make its way into the hands of pre-order customers. Version 5.0 of Android continues the candy naming tradition with “Lollipop,” and despite the fact that ‘L’ is just next in the alphabet, something about the name seems to resonate with the bold new design direction Google has introduced for this generation of its software. Lollipop’s playful, animation-rich aesthetic, which Google calls “material design,” feels fresh and alive, with an internal logic that should mean both longtime and new Android users can get accustomed to their new surroundings quickly – for the most part.

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It’s possible that design is the most significant part of Android 5.0. Lollipop marks Google’s full commitment to its material design principles of user interface creation, which take cues from real-world materials to present the…

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RT: Time for a ‘new world order?’ No, it’s already here

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Bryan MacDonald is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He wrote for Irish Independent and Daily Mail. He has also frequently appeared on RTE and Newstalk in Ireland as well as RT.

Published time: November 01, 2014 21:31

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Putin has called for a “new world order,” with the aim of stabilizing the globe. He believes the US is abusing its role as global leader. What’s not being widely reported is the fact that the pillars of the old order have been crumbing for years.

It used to be all so simple. The world was split into two camps – the West and the rest. And the West was truly the best. Twenty years ago, six of the world’s biggest economies were part of the pro-Washington world.

The leader, the US itself, was so far in front that its total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was more than…

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Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

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Spectrum has posted some amazing video of a “transparent” car created by Japanese researchers. The car uses projectors, cameras, and special mirrors to reflect what’s outside the car onto the surfaces inside. The resulting images allow you to see what’s going on all around the vehicle, even behind you and in blind spots.

Created by Susumu Tachi and Masahiko Inami of the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University, the project is designed to help drivers stay aware of their surroundings. The technology isn’t new – this sort of video camouflage has been around for a while – but by shrinking it down and sticking it into a car you can do a sort of reverse camouflage. Instead of hiding objects with light, the projector renders the Toyota Prius in the video “transparent.”

Will we ever see a real version of this in cars? The creators write:

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Descent ‘feathers’ deployed just before Virgin Galactic space plane’s crash

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed Friday after special tail “feathers” meant to increase drag deployed early, BBC reports. One pilot unlocked the feather system, but it then deployed without a command.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting the investigation into the doomed flight, has not yet stated if the feathers caused the crash. On Friday, scrutiny was placed on the never-before-flown mix of fuel Virgin Galactic has used. The Wall Street Journal reported SpaceShipTwo’s fuel tanks and engines were recovered “largely intact,” making an explosion less likely.

“If there was a huge explosion, it didn’t occur, I didn’t see it,” Mojave Spaceport CEO Stuart Witt, who was at the scene during the crash, said at a press conference Friday.

The pilot that died in the crash has since been identified as Michael Alsbury. He was a pilot for Scaled Composites for 13 years. He flew SpaceShipTwo during its first-ever powered flight…

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