Archive | Europe RSS for this section

I Know Where You Were Last Summer: London’s public bike data is telling everyone where you’ve been [vartree.blogspot.co.uk]

This article is about a publicly available dataset of bicycle journey data that contains enough information to track the movements of individual cyclists across London, for a six month period just over a year ago.

I’ll also explore how this dataset could be linked with other datasets to identify the actual people who made each of these journeys, and the privacy concerns this kind of linking raises.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that there is a publicly available Transport For London dataset that contains records of bike journeys for London’s bicycle hire scheme. What may surprise you is that this record includes unique customer identifiers, as well as the location and date/time for the start and end of each journey. The public dataset currently covers a period of six months between 2012 and 2013.

What are the consequences of this? It means that someone who has access to the data can extract and analyse the journeys made by individual cyclists within London during that time, and with a little effort, it’s possible to find the actual people who have made the journeys.

via The Variable Tree: I Know Where You Were Last Summer: London’s public bike data is telling everyone where you’ve been.

Robert Skidelsky revisits the Luddites’ claim that automation depresses real wages. [project-syndicate.org]

Robert Skidelsky revisits the Luddites' claim that automation depresses real wages. - Project Syndicate

The Luddites’ rampage was at its height in 1811-12. An alarmed government sent in more troops to garrison the disturbed areas than were then available to Wellington in the Peninsular War against Napoleon. More than a hundred Luddites were hanged or transported to Australia. These measures restored peace. The machines won: the Luddites are a footnote in the history of the Industrial Revolution.

Historians tell us that the Luddites were victims of a temporary conjuncture of rising prices and falling wages that threatened them with starvation in a society with minimal welfare provision. The Luddites, however, blamed their misfortune on the machines themselves.

via Robert Skidelsky revisits the Luddites’ claim that automation depresses real wages. – Project Syndicate.

Web TV – TV Digital Educativa

Web TV - TV Digital Educativa

Los nuevos ambientes de aprendizaje están diversificando la oferta formativa, dando lugar a experiencias innovadoras. Los entornos virtuales de formación generados mediante LMS, extendidos en la educación formal y que promueven diversidad de experiencias de e-learning, han de ser revisados. Mientras, la evolución del software social permite nuevas formas de interacción y comunicación más horizontal, generando otros entornos como redes sociales y comunidades virtuales. Como sistema integrador entre el entorno virtual institucional utilizado para distribuir cursos y este entorno más informal que ofrecen redes sociales y comunidades virtuales de aprendizaje, aparecen los entornos personales de aprendizaje.

Web TV – TV Digital Educativa.

Of weaknesses of social plateforms in political debates | Des faiblesses des plateformes sociales dans les débats politiques « plerudulier

I won’t beat about the bushes for long: Only one week away from second round of presidential elections taking place in this country I can’t say I’m that impressed by social plateforms for relaying anything but noise in the debate.

Je ne vais pas tourner autour du pot longtemps: à seulement une semaine du second tour des élections présidentielles qui auront lieu dans ce pays, je ne peux pas dire que je suis impressionné par les plateformes sociales qui n’ont fait que relayer du bruit dans le débat.

Of weaknesses of social plateforms in political debates | Des faiblesses des plateformes sociales dans les débats politiques « plerudulier.

BBC Radio 4 Programmes – Material World, 19/04/2012

BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Material World, 19/04/2012

BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Material World, 19/04/2012

BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Material World, 19/04/2012

This week, new research number crunching millions of bits of data on breast cancer has allowed scientists to reclassify the disease into 10 different subtypes. They say this is a huge break though which will lead to new treatments and improve outcomes for women with the disease. The lead author of the Cancer Research UK study Carlos Caldas explains its impact.

The maths of politics. Stand up Mathematician Matt Parker and professor of theoretical physics Andrea Rapisarda look at the role mathematics plays in elections and the way politicians behave. Andrea argues political decisions would be improved if politicians were selected at random rather than elected, but Matt sees the mathematical flaw in electoral systems, which he likens to rolling a dice – one where the voters hardly ever get the outcome they wish for.

Its 40 years since British scientist Godfrey Hounsfield invented the CT scan. This multilayered use of x ray imagery has revolutionised the diagnosis of internal health problems and is used worldwide. We speak to Liz Beckmann, one of Godfrey Hounsfield’s former colleagues and the co author of a new book on his life and work, out this week; ‘Godfrey Hounsfield: Intuitive Genius of CT’

via BBC – BBC Radio 4 Programmes – Material World, 19/04/2012.

BBC News – Meeting the ‘new homeless’ on Greece’s freezing streets

In the heart of central Athens, a stone’s throw from the city’s glorious ancient sites, another face of today’s Greece is on show.

Hundreds weave their way around the small, bare courtyard of the municipal soup kitchen, queuing patiently.

Visitors have gone up by a quarter in the past few months as homelessness here reaches new heights.

“This centre was founded years ago to face the problems that exist in every big city – people addicted to drugs, alcohol and so on,” says Dimitra Nousi, the director of the project.

“But suddenly it became somewhere that has to face the poverty of the crisis.

“It’s a completely different phenomenon – we’re still shocked about it.”

via BBC News – Meeting the ‘new homeless’ on Greece’s freezing streets.

EU budget: what does the European Union spend and where does the money come from? | World news | guardian.co.uk

Where does the European Union get its money from‚ and how does it spend it?

With an annual budget of over €122bn, the EU is an economic power in its own right, more significant than many countries. So, how do those finances break down? This latest detailed data – from 2010 – shows where the hard cash goes – and where it flows from. As part of our Europa series, we wanted to look at how the figures break down.

Extracted from the EU budget site, we’ve gone for the most detailed recent numbers.

Most of the EU’s money comes from member nation contributions, €108.5bn in 2010. It’s not completely straightforward – especially if you use the UK as an example.

Où va l’Union européenne avoir son argent, et comment faut-il dépenser?

Avec un budget annuel de plus de € 122bn, l’UE est une puissance économique de plein droit, plus importante que de nombreux pays. Alors, comment ces finances se répartissent? Les dernière données détaillées - à partir de 2010 - montrent où les espèces sonnantes et trébuchantes vont - et d’où elles proviennet. Dans le cadre de notre série Europa, nous avons voulu voir comment les chiffres se décomposent.

Extrait du site de budget de l’UE, nous avons opté pour les numéros les détails les plus récents .


La plupart de l’argent de l’UE provient de contributions des États Membres, 108.5bn en 2010. Ce n’est pas tout à fait simple - surtout si vous utilisez le Royaume-Uni comme un exemple.

via EU budget: what does the European Union spend and where does the money come from? | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Piracy is part of the digital ecosystem | Monday Note

Take a look at the figures below, which shows the peak bandwidth distribution between the US and Europe. You will notice that the paid-for Netflix service takes exactly the same amount of traffic as BitTorrent does in Europe!

via Piracy is part of the digital ecosystem | Monday Note.

European Union retailers to be required to accept e-waste without charge, says Parliament — Engadget

Not sure what to do with your old, outdated electronics? If you live within the European Union, getting rid of your e-waste may soon be as easy as dropping by the local electronics shop. In an effort to increase electronic waste collection from four kilograms per capita to 20, the European Parliament has approved plans that would require electronic retailers with a retail space of 400 square meters or larger to accept e-waste for disposal, free of charge. The new rules will be implemented over the next seven years, and are part of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive — a measure that also aims to limit illegal e-waste exports to developing countries. Between keeping your house uncluttered with old gadgets and keeping developing nations clean, what’s not to like?

Ne savez pas quoi faire avec vos vieux appareils électroniques obsolètes? Si vous vivez au sein de l’Union européenne, se débarrasser de vos déchets électroniques pourrait bientôt être aussi facile que de se rendre au magasin d’électronique local. Dans un effort pour augmenter la collecte des déchets électroniques de quatre kilogrammes par habitant à 20, le Parlement européen a approuvé les plans qui exigent que les détaillants électroniques avec un espace de vente au détail de 400 mètres carrés ou plus d’accepter les e-déchets et de les éliminer, gratuitement. Les nouvelles règles seront mises en œuvre au cours des sept prochaines années, et font partie de la directive Déchets d’équipements électriques et électroniques - une mesure qui vise également à limiter l’envoi illégal de déchets électroniques vers les pays en développement. Entre garder votre maison débarrassée  de ses anciens gadgets et garder les nations en développement propres, qu’est-ce qu’on ne peut apprécier?

via European Union retailers to be required to accept e-waste without charge, says Parliament — Engadget.

Fruit and vegetable consumption by poorer families falls 30%, figures show | Society | The Guardian

The average UK household bought about four portions of fruit and vegetables a day at the end of 2010, while households in the lowest tenth of incomes were buying only 2.7 portions, figures by Defra show. Photograph: Cymru/Alamy

Lower income families in the UK have cut their consumption of fruit and vegetables by nearly a third in the wake of the recession and rising food prices, to just over half of the five-a-day portions that the government recommends for a healthy diet.

Un ménage moyen au Royaume-Uni a acheté environ quatre portions de fruits et légumes par jour à la fin de 2010, tandis que les ménages aux revenus des 10% les plus bas en ont seulement acheté 2,7 portions, ce que montrent les chiffres par le Defra.

Familles à faible revenu au Royaume-Uni ont réduit leur consommation de fruits et légumes de près d’un tiers dans le sillage de la récession et hausse des prix alimentaires, à un peu plus de la moitié des portions de cinq-par-jour que le gouvernement recommande pour une alimentation saine.

via Fruit and vegetable consumption by poorer families falls 30%, figures show | Society | The Guardian.

Le think tank de l'hôpital public

Just another WordPress.com site

Patrice Maktav

Trash Poète / Actor / Singer / Storyteller / Novelist / Song Writer / Monster / Freak

Soir Américain

Nous ne sommes pas une parodie de French Morning

Bertrand Calenge : carnet de notes

promenades dans les bibliothèques au XXIe siècle

Pierre Levy's Blog

Various thoughts and papers in french and english

TIME

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews

Page Six

Celebrity News, Gossip & Fashion

Lost in London

Blog sur Londres: pépites, adresses, découvertes et autres trésors.

On Web Strategy | Dion Hinchcliffe

Notes on Internet and Business Convergence

Sylvain Deville

Academic research, materials science, publishing, science communication, and chocolate

Pierre GEHANNE Barneville-Carteret Perspectives

Barneville - Carteret, une bien jolie station. Sous le soleil ou sous la pluie, dans le vent ou les embruns, je sens vraiment que je vis!

Des fois jsuis parano

Délires névro-psychotiques

Eduk Actus

L'actualité piquante en éducation

Explorations of Style

A Blog about Academic Writing

What an Amazing World!

seeing, feeling and exploring places and cultures of the world

marco toselli

@marcotose

Nicolas Le Gland

Yet another WordPress.com blog

no handed

Cathy Hope

Sciencesenviro - Les sciences et l'écologie vulgarisées pour tous

Les sciences et l'écologie vulgarisées pour tous

My 2¢

Learning Theory in Educational Technology

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 38 other followers