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Just the way the smart home has single-purpose devices as opposed to overall intelligent systems, the development of intelligent roads, athletes and any other system made up of multiple components will feature single-purpose sensors for years before we ever get to unified systems– if we ever get to unified systems. This is unfortunate for consumers who will have to wrangle many apps and also because having multiple platforms can slow the pace of innovation, but thankfully sensors are getting cheaper and we can at least fulfill some of the promise of the internet of things while we wait for an eventual standard or service to unify things to arrive.

Interesting thoughts about sensors and the Internet of Things standardization and growth. (from: We will drown in sensors before we ever build a true internet of things — Tech News and Analysis)

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There’s data tied up in paper records that goes all the way back to the lat 1800s,” says Theodore Allen, a graduate student at the University of Miami and IEDRO volunteer. “So rather than working on observations from 1960 to present, we can work on things from 1880 to present.” With that kind of information, climate scientists can make their models far more reliable. The problem is that nobody wants to spend the time and money it takes to scan and input 100 million pieces of pieces of old, musky, often disorganized paper. “You’ll show up to a place and you need dust masks on for days at a time,” says Allen. “You’re crouched over running through dusty, dirty weather records in a damp room. It’s not very glamorous.

The Quest to Scan Millions of Weather Records - The Atlantic

Everyone always wants to know the answer to the same question, ‘How long do CDs last? What’s the average age?’ " Youket says. But "there is no average, because there is no average disc.

How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever : All Tech Considered : NPR

The future — of news, of storytelling, of knowing — has to, in some way, address this. The methods by which we filter and evaluate and accumulate information need to be transparent and readily interrogated. Not because openness is a panacea — it isn’t — but because knowing something is an iterative process which depends upon collaboration, and collaboration can’t happen in a dark room.

Byron the bulb: how the velocity of journalism is changing | The Verge (via thisistheverge)

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It’s dangerous to assume that numbers tell the whole story. It’s better to think of data not as a smoking gun, but as a trail of breadcrumbs. Metrics can point you toward problem areas or alert you to a potential issue that you might not have otherwise noticed.

We definitely agree with this statement in a pretty good article about metrics pitfalls: 5 Measurement Pitfalls to Avoid. (via analyticisms)

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General Electric plans to announce Monday that it has created a “data lake” method of analyzing sensor information from industrial machinery in places like railroads, airlines, hospitals and utilities. G.E. has been putting sensors on everything it can for a couple of years, and now it is out to read all that information quickly. The company, working with an outfit called Pivotal, said that in the last three months it has looked at information from 3.4 million miles of flights by 24 airlines using G.E. jet engines. G.E. said it figured out things like possible defects 2,000 times as fast as it could before. The company has to, since it’s getting so much more data. “In 10 years, 17 billion pieces of equipment will have sensors,” said William Ruh, vice president of G.E. software. “We’re only one-tenth of the way there.”

What Cars Did for Today’s World, Data May Do for Tomorrow’s - NYTimes.com

There is something distasteful about charging by the byte. The idea of freedom of information is sullied by a price tag on an icon, a taxi-meter ticking away on the corner of the screen.

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Later this month, Toronto-based Arctic Fibre will announce major investment from several New York private equity funds. Soon after, the company will begin elaborate marine surveys, now feasible because of the iceless weeks in late summer. They’re the final step before laying fiber optic cable along the Arctic Ocean floor. And if climate and commerce permit, by the end of 2016, Arctic Fibre will have built a single, nearly 10,000 mile-long undersea network connection between Somerset, in England’s southwest, and Ibaraki Prefecture, on the east coast of Honshu. At a cost of $620 million, they will have threaded internet through the Arctic Circle. It’s the latest, and maybe the most ambitious project in the global push to establish fiber optic redundancy, the need for which became glaring six years ago when several cuts of undersea cable in the Mediterranean Sea slowed or even stopped internet traffic across much of Asia.

How One Company Is Building An Internet Connection Through The Arctic Thanks To Climate Change

Pretty much everything you do on the Internet these days is a potential data set. And data has value. The posts you like on Facebook, your spending habits as tracked by Mint, the searches you make on Google – the argument goes that the social, economic and academic potential of sharing these immensely detailed so-called “high dimensional” data sets with third parties is too great to ignore. If that’s the case, you better hope there’s a pretty surefire way to scrub data sets of our personal information before release. Cavoukian and Castro worry that we’ll be so scared off by incidents where data has been poorly de-identified – and mistake those scenarios for examples of why de-identification doesn’t work – that we’ll decide not to share our data at all.

Sticky data: Why even ‘anonymized’ information can still identify you - The Globe and Mail

The motion refers to 14 distinct searches and seizures of Ulbricht’s computers, equipment, and online accounts. Beyond the initial tracing of his alleged servers in Iceland, investigators performed several of those surveillance operations with “trap and trace” or “pen register” orders that don’t require the “probable cause” standard necessary to convince a judge to sign off on a warrant; The warrantless surveillances ops included asking Comcast for information related to Ulbricht’s alleged IP address in San Francisco. And even in the cases when investigators did get a warrant before performing their searches—as in the case of a Samsung laptop believed to belong to Ulbricht as well as his Gmail and Facebook accounts—Ulbricht’s defense argues that those warrants were unconstitutional “general warrants” that allowed a wholesale dump of his private data rather than allowing the search for a specific piece of information.

Feds’ Silk Road Investigation Broke Privacy Laws, Defendant Tells Court | Threat Level | WIRED