Things that made my day this week:
Quantum computing explained for different skill levels
A video on Sony’s old school copy protection for the original PlayStation. It is the height of ingenuity. I had a couple of CDs with black faces like a PlayStation disc (a Sisters of Mercy Japanese import disc and a limited edition disc by Yello that I picked up secondhand). The black coating was a ruse from a copy protection point of view; except that it may have concealed the real copy protection system (if you had a microscope good enough to see it). More here:
An amazing video of Hong Kong’s tram system. Get Lost in Hong Kong on a 3-Minute Trolley Adventure
My friend Stephen is travelling at the moment and passed through Bozeman, Montana. I tried to explain who Mystery Ranch and Dana Gleason was, and how they came to make the best backpacks in the world. But in the end, I sent this link to him as it explains it all so much better: Interview with Mystery Ranch Founder Dana Gleason – Dana Design Founder Returns to Outdoor Industry | The Field
Sailor Moon’s Moonlight Densetsu as played on traditional Japanese instruments | Sora News 24 – and yes it is as good as it sounds.
Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy? | The New Yorker
Nestlé: Betting on big brands | FT – smarter approach to FMCG marketing than 3 G Capital’s subsistence farming approach at Heinz-Kraft
Big Four risk losing public trust, says KPMG | Business | The Times – chairman of KPMG has admitted that Britain’s largest accounting firms risk eroding public trust in the profession after a series of scandals and must re-evaluate their business models to prevent conflicts of interest – Carillion feels like an Enron-lite type scandal. I may see an Arthur Andersen moment in the disaster capital shitfest that will play out in the shadow of Brexit
High Fidelity Raises $35 Million For Blockchain VR Venture | Fortune – just for that headline which looks like tech fridge poetry
LADYMAX – Rimowa distribution in tier one Chinese cities – LVMH getting their money’s worth allegedly taking back control of distribution. restricting it and jacking prices up by 20% (original post in Chinese)
China’s Technology Transfer Strategy: How Chinese Investments in Emerging Technology Enable A Strategic Competitor to Access the Crown Jewels of U.S. Innovation Michael Brown and Pavneet Singh – China is executing a multi-decade plan to transfer technology to increase the size and value-add of its economy from its base as the world’s 2nd largest economy. By 2050, China will be 150% the size of the U.S.2 (with the goal of being double the US economy by that time and decrease U.S.’ relevance globally). This technology transfer to China occurs in part through increasing levels of investment and acquisitions of U.S. companies which are at record levels today. China participated in about 10% of all venture deals in 2015 up from a 5% average participation rate during 2010-2016. China is investing in the critical future technologies that will be foundational for future innovations across technology both for commercial and military applications: artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, augmented and virtual reality, financial technology and gene editing. The line demarcating products designed for commercial vs. military purposes is blurring in these new technologies. Investments are only one means of technology transfer which also occurs through the following licit and illicit vehicles where the cost of stolen intellectual property has been estimated at $300 billion per year. (PDF)
PwC hangs up on landlines in shift to ‘mobile first’ culture | Business | The Guardian – makes sense given the amount of under-used IP telephones that lie around in offices now
WhatsApp groups can now be restricted so only admins can send messages | VentureBeat – which could take out a lot of SMS gateway offerings for marketers, enterprises etc
M&C Saatchi beefs up presence in ‘influencer marketing’ | Financial Times – The rise of influencer marketing, which Mr Kershaw calls “performance marketing” because recommendations can have a direct and measurable impact on scales, complements traditional advertising (paywall)
Luxury Car Buys Want to Declutter & Human-Centric Design | auto connected car news – This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
Things that have made my day this week:
Season 3 of The Bureau on Amazon. It is one of the most well written series I have watched in a long time.
A brass band who cover Rage Against The Machine….
This amazing episode of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert featuring Rakim (of Eric B & Rakim)
With Amazon delivering analytical data like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a lot more sites signing up to Amazon’s affiliate marketing scheme, even if they don’t want to sell anything for the beast of Seattle.
This week I have mostly been working my way through John Kelly’s Mystery Train for my listening pleasure. The original run of it in the mid to late 1990s was legendary and thankfully Irish state broadcaster resurrected it. Kelly just nails music selection.