Japan Has More Car Chargers than Petrol Stations

The figure shows that in the relatively brief time since electric vehicles were introduced, the infrastructure to support them has become bigger than what the oil industry built over decades in the world’s third-biggest economy — at least by this one measure.

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An article from Bloomberg here which leads with that eyebrow raising statistic. The key point is the speed of adoption and exponential growth. In a week which saw the UK Government begin trials of driverless cars and rumours emerge around Apple’s potential ambitions within automotive this convergence of intelligence and efficiency is fascinating to watch.

As someone who worships at the alter of Ray Kurzweil it’s exciting to be living in a world which seems to be on the brink of the biggest change in mass transportation in over 80 years.


Cyber Attacks – A Live View

This is a fascinating and frankly quite sobering real-time view of all the cyber attacks targeting the US from Norse, the ‘live-threat’ intelligence company.

“Every second, Norse collects and analyzes live threat intelligence from darknets in hundreds of locations in over 40 countries. The attacks shown are based on a small subset of live flows against the Norse honeypot infrastructure, representing actual worldwide cyber attacks by bad actors. At a glance, one can see which countries are aggressors or targets at the moment, using which type of attacks (services-ports).”

In the light of the Sony / North Korea episode you really see what the US are up against in terms of threat prevention.


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Longreads Best of 2014: Business Writing

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in specific categories. Here, the best in business writing.

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Max Chafkin
Writer focusing on business and technology.

Schooled (Dale Russakoff, New Yorker)

This piece explores the failed attempt by Mark Zuckerberg and Corey Booker, among others, to fix Newark’s schools—and in doing so makes clear just how hard education reform is. Most shockingly, it exposes the huge sums of money spent by the city and its supporters on education consultants who managed to extract huge fees without, apparently, doing a whole lot. It’s pretty hard to make a dense story about education reform read well, but Russakoff amazingly manages it, while managing to be fair and incisive.

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The Case for Slow Programming

Originally posted on Nature...Brain...Language...Technology...Design:

My dad used to say, “Slow down, son. You’ll get the job done faster.”

I’ve worked in many high-tech startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now 52, and I program slowly and thoughtfully. I’m kind of like a designer who writes code; this may become apparent as you read on :)

Programming slowly was a problem for me when I recently worked on a project with some young coders who believe in making really fast, small iterative changes to the code. At the job, we were encouraged to work in the same codebase, as if it were a big cauldron of soup, and if we all just kept stirring it continuously and vigorously, a fully-formed thing of wonder would emerge.

It didn’t.

Many of these coders believed in thefallacy that all engineers are fungible, and that no one should be responsible for any particular…

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