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How the River Thames was brought back from the dead ©BBC

Sixty years ago, nothing could survive in the Thames – but today it is home to seals, porpoises and even the occasional stray whale

Source: BBC – Earth – How the River Thames was brought back from the dead

Email won’t go away any time soon | L’email ne s’en ira pas de sitôt | plerudulier

How many times have I read how dreadful email is killing business, how much time was wasted just to be able to empty one’s inbox; I may even have contributed every now and then.

Email is to remain for quite some time simply because of the way we work. If you have ever viewed presentations or tutorials of Slack which is meant to literally kill emails you may have realized that the demo scenario is systematically a unique project everybody seems to be working on at the same time. In the real life it doesn’t work that way : everybody is assigned to work on sets of projects which one rarely shares with anybody else.

Source: Email won’t go away any time soon | L’email ne s’en ira pas de sitôt | plerudulier

Smart forms in place of data bases ? | Des formulaires intelligents au lieu de base de données ? | plerudulier

Let me be clear on this «smart form» thing and what, in my mind, it represents : one knows what a pdf form is: «Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, in…

Source: Smart forms in place of data bases ? | Des formulaires intelligents au lieu de base de données ? | plerudulier

Bis Repetita Placent | plerudulier

I’m pretty confident I wrote, in the past, about us (in the company) using a social media : Yammer. Boy! the post dates from 4 years ago, how time flies ! At that time I was considering using…

Source: Bis Repetita Placent | plerudulier

The Financial System is Unstable !!!

The Connectivist

Triple-Dip-RecessionIn 2005 the then newly appointed at Tilburg University professor Hans Blommestein [(OECD) asked me “are very large and complex interconnected financial systems stable or not ?”. The banking world had always ASSUMED that more interconnections between their (several types of) banks and with insurance companies would make the total ‘network’ of organizations more stable, since the them current thought was that small disturbances would even out and risks could be shared when misfortune did happen in one of their investments. But from the signals from the field Blommestein was not so sure anymore if that assumption was right, so he asked me as experienced computer network architect if this was true or not. He expressed worries about the SYSTEM INSTABILITY of the banking system [1]. 

1. Sure the financial system does fluctuate and can do so suddenly and violently. As do stock markets. “Volatility” can be staggering as…

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The Black Chamber | The Economist

IT WAS a shocking disclosure that made headlines around the world. An American intelligence professional revealed the existence of a secret American bureau, which obtained, decoded and read the private messages of nearly 20 foreign governments. He disclosed methods of surveillance and subterfuge, describing a clandestine world of pilfered telegrams, forged wax seals and invisible inks. Laws had been broken and the privacy of many intruded upon. Telecommunications companies had co-operated secretly with the government. America’s past and future enemies learned how their encrypted messages had been read. When in 1931 Herbert Yardley spilled the secrets of America’s eavesdropping programme, he may well have endangered national security. But, unlike Edward Snowden, he was no mid-level whistleblower shocked at the excesses of a lawless surveillance state.

Source: The Black Chamber | The Economist

This simple negotiation tactic brought 195 countries to consensus – Quartz

Negotiations are difficult by nature. Managing negotiations between 195 countries in order to arrive at a legally binding agreement, on the other hand, is nearly impossible. This was the problem that United Nations officials faced over two weeks at this month’s climate-change summit in Paris. To solve it, they brought in a unique management strategy. The trick to getting through an over-complicated negotiation comes from the Zulu and Xhosa people of southern Africa. It’s called an “indaba” (pronounced IN-DAR-BAH), and is used to simplify discussions between many parties.

Source: This simple negotiation tactic brought 195 countries to consensus – Quartz

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