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A (so far) suckless printer at a good price

Doc Searls

This is a one-time thing. (So the unit can know, for example, the wi-fi access point security code. Great price, but I feel a bit cheated.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The cost of connectivity.  Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high.  Not future-proof. 

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Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it’s come at a price: it’s good-enough but not optimal for any one application. Hopefully, that’s what the blockchain will now help us do.

Reflections on the Longevity of Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of August, IBM announced the latest member of its mainframe family, the zEnterprise EC12.  As pointed out in the announcement, the new system is a result of more than $1B in R&D investments over the past four years, resulting in major improvements in performance, security, availability and other key enterprise features. 

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

That might be a solution to the problem, one solution, but the problem is cost and access. Did you see cost in there to students? Maybe.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There is a lot I find appealing about it, in particular, its potential impact on the really critical issue of jobs in the digital economy.  Web 2.0

Measure what’s important

Jay Cross

share price x number of shares) is $295 billion. Business people love the security of numbers: they feel objective. Tom Stewart.

Social learning: the freedom to act and cooperate with others

Harold Jarche

Tweet “ Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy “  - Article #7 of The Cluetrain Manifesto, 1999. This is revolutionary.  It is a sea change.

The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Reducing cash in transaction flows can help lower operating costs for businesses and the government”; and. The results were not surprising. 

The Untethered, Hyperconnected Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With digital platforms, cloud and other such capabilities, the cost of experimentation is much lower than in the past, whereas the cost of missed opportunities is very high.  There is bad-legacy , which costs too much to support and constrains innovation.  But lots of questions remain as to what those implications might be. 

There isn’t enough money to keep educating adults the way we’re doing it

Clay Shirky

Interest in using the internet to slash the price of higher education is being driven in part by hope for new methods of teaching, but also by frustration with the existing system. The draft ended too, reducing the ranks of future GIs, while the GI bill was altered to shift new costs onto former soldiers. Then the 1970s happened.

The Exodus

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Somehow, the price to acquire it jumped from $6 million to $12 million at the last minute. Not surprisingly, it also ran into overruns costing millions of dollars. It actually costs the government money to have a forestry industry in the province. It costs a lot of money and takes a lot of courage to pick up stakes and leave.

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Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There is no person needed to take our money, and nobody needed to watch over the car while we're gone (if security is required it is centralized using surveillance cameras). Technology has a huge opportunity cost in the form of more effective non-technology interventions. They do nothing to enhance security. That's it.

En Route to the Cashless Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Square Register is an iPad app that enables merchants to accept payments, generate digital receipts and manage their menu items and prices.  Shifting the bulk of the poor’s financial transactions into digital form is the catalytic change that can strip the majority of cash processing costs out of the system and make ongoing costs predictable.

How B Corps Just Might Eliminate the Foolishness of Maximizing Shareholder Return

Dan Pontefract

For comparison sake, according to the United States Social Security Administration, the median wage in the U.S. What is a B Corp? percent.

Social Business in the Age of the Customer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Why is it that many of the same companies that have successfully reengineered their processes, reduced their costs and increased their productivity over the past twenty years are having a tough time implementing social business strategies? What is the primary responsibility of a business?  its partners and customers. 

A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Chief technology officers loved its emphasis on security.  Lately, the latter kind of stories seem to predominate. IBM barely survived. .

Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Who is ultimately responsible for the security of the data in question?  CIOs are indeed embracing cloud, but they are being cautious. 

The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Even more to the point, as noted in previous points, students are assuming more of the cost, and we have the astonishing situation in which states fund a minority of the costs of state universities. Again, though, the problem here is the employment of education-centered language - that learners "will secure their learning outcomes".

From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, NY Times columnist David Brooks posted an OpEd on The Evolution of Trust. First is middle-class stagnation.  Trust was face to face.

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There are also social equity issues surrounding the transportation costs, which are a burden to many of the city’s residents.  For example, lowering the costs of public transportation addresses the social equity issues, but could result in serious overcrowding.  Let me discuss a few.  . Sussman calls this evaluative complexity. 

Why I'm Voting NDP

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The issue is apparently costing the NDP support in Quebec. It allows the government to monitor all aspects of a person's life and share this information with a wide range of security agencies, including those in the United States, revealing personal income tax details, credit histories, travel and vacation plans, and more. Maybe not.

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Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: A report from Egypt

David Weinberger

Egypt’s net foreign reserves have fallen from $36 billion in 2010 to $22 billion, its credit rating has been downgraded, prices continue to rise and the budget deficit to swell. The rise in the cost of borrowing would lead to further contraction in the economy. We knew exactly what we wanted: a better livelihood for all. They got none.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Company-wide training modules by a Lead Courseware Developer at a Security Products Corporation. This time it is succeeding because of the price, the voice quality, and the integration with PPT. This means a faster time-to-market and lower cost than human narration. Obviously, cost and time are a major factor here.

The many and varied risk factors in Facebook’s IPO

Ross Dawson

Our competitors may develop products, features, or services that are similar to ours or that achieve greater market acceptance, may undertake more far-reaching and successful product development efforts or marketing campaigns, or may adopt more aggressive pricing policies. Our business is highly competitive.

The Passing of an Era

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They will have to provide good value for customers, which likely means that prices will continue to drop and business models will be under pressure. The IBM Personal Computer  was announced on August 12, 1981.  The announcement helped launch a phenomenon that changed the way we work, play and communicate.  Mainframes survived. 

Ask not what your company can do for you,?

Martijn Linssen

Not much use to crank up revenue if cost outweighs it as a result: you spend more time and energy and get back less money in return. Coffin.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 2011

Nancy White

Workshop Pricing : $790 CAD + HST(12%). August 2010 Workshop was Sold Out –  Register early to secure your spot at a great price!

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Why Do Firms Exist?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.  Thus, firms came into being to make it easier and less costly to get work done. Why isn’t everything done by the market?’”

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College , whose research focuses on the topic, defines inclusive innovation as looking at “how socially and economically disenfranchised communities can be served through low-cost or resource constrained innovation.”. Three such advances particularly stand out. 

New CEO Studies: Nuances of Narcissism, Flattery, and Opinion Conformity

Bob Sutton

I got my copy of the Administrative Science Quarterly in the mail the other day.   But the quality is always very high.). 

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Dysfunctional Competition, the Knowing-Doing Gap, and Sears Holdings

Bob Sutton

  And even when they know what needs to be done for the effectiveness of the organization as a whole, they often don't do it -- because helping others (or contributing to the greater good) undermines their income, stature, and job security. People treat insiders (rather than outsiders) as enemies.  retail services. circular.

Leveraging the Passions of Fans

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

First, the AIL team has to secure the support of the right sponsors and partners for the study.  What do we mean by fan ?  The Fans. Passions.

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

Against that background, though, they were worried about a much more practical matter: When, they asked, would online video generate enough money to cover their current costs? At this point, any additional complexity is pure cost. On the Editor’s Desk » The challenges of complexity - could security collapse? Twice!)

How to Get the Most out of a Conference

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But be careful - they may also work within constraints, such as the cost of a hotel room. that leave only tantalizing glimpses. Keeping track.

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No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment

Martijn Linssen

Projects take up 20-30% or even less of an applications lifecycle, so thats only a small portion of the cost. knowledge lock-in. Hi Martijn.

[avignon] [2b2k] Robert Darnton on the history of copyright , open access, the dpla…

David Weinberger

No one argued with that. [ At what cost? ] And we all agree we need international cooperation, especially to fight piracy. Parliament rejected the guild’s attempt to secure the licensing act in 1695. The price of academic journals rose ten times faster than the rate of inflation in the 1990s. The Brain costs $23,000.

A Year in Photos

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There are still security problems and so barriers and barbed wire can be an inconvenience. paid the man a fair price. Ah yes.

Interop: The Book

David Weinberger

E.g., the Facebook IPO has been spun about the stock price’s ups and downs. Observations: this level of interop comes with costs and risks: identity thefts, security problems, etc. John Palfrey and Urs Gasser are giving a book talk at Harvard about their new book, Interop. (It’s really good. NOTE: Live-blogging.

Generations, Social and Enterprise: adopt vs adapt

Martijn Linssen

There pensions will cost the the organization but anyone waiting in the wings can calculate that in advance). Do we adapt to our suppliers?