It's Time

The single biggest problem with UTC is that the decisions to add seconds are made by a committee a few months in advance of the change. And this results in time becoming unpredictable because it is never possible to know if we are dealing with a corrected or uncorrected time.
An approximation to correct measure, leap seconds an deltas in the net by Phillip Hallam-Baker, on Sat, 31 December 2016 21:32 UTC.
This would enable manufacturers to build devices with built in correction tables for a design life of one century which should meet everyone's needs.
Worth a read, at the IEFT Mail Archive. Quoted from  Predictable Internet Time.

News From The Fields

Why is Artificial Intelligence an ISOC matter?.

A question raised in the conversation on the topic for a draft policy paper developed on Artificial Intelligence which is high on the G20 agenda.

Internet Society [Member Number: 36154].
The goal of this paper is to explain a complex issue and also to offer a set of principles and recommendations to ensure AI services and products are developed and implemented in an ethical way. This is intended to be introductory and not an in-depth technical piece; ISOC is aiming to release it at the G20 Ministerial, later in April.
How much transparency may we get, do machines dream of electric sheep and all that current topics we as digitalized humans talk and care about.

There is a draft, a proposal on the AI subject, its  implications and how ethics may play a rule in the forthcoming future, or don't.

The current AI draft is available here in Box and is open for comments until 29 March: Here

If you wish to take part of this unique moment of democracy and human collaboration, if you have something to say about ; Please, read the draft and submit your comments to Carl Gahnberg and Ryan Polk

From this yours truly, Internet Society [Member Number: 36154].

Web Awards 2017

WEBAWARDS 2017

The 21st annual International WebAward Competition Call for Entry has begun. Adding an "award winner" to your profile starts with meeting the entry deadline. 31 05 2017

See you there!

PESTLE

An acronym for Political, Economic, Social, Technology, Legal, and Environmental, which are the ingredients needed for your business cocktail receipt. Serve it chilled, not stirred.
Collecting the technical indicators, the attribution details, and applying PESTLE-type analysis to these situations is key to determining if your business can make an appropriate choice for mitigating impact of the attack, given the company’s goals, current condition, and business operations.
Rob (Kraus) explians the method and the measure for a succesful PESTLE flavour and taste in his essay entitled Here’s What Industry Experts Say About Making Threat Intelligence Actionable

There is a mutual agreement with most of the explained in the article, experience with stakeholders included, fragrances from an early past. Two scenarios; the atomic level and the holistic level. What do YOU know that might benefit  MY company. So we help one each other. Products and services.

Worth a read. Worth a taste at The Recorded Future Blog.  Fresh delivered in the bar. Before the desserts.

Lights, camera, action

Intelligence takes this process a stage further by interrogating data and information to tell a story (a forecast, for example) that can be used to inform decision making. Crucially, intelligence never answers a simple question, rather it paints a picture that can be used to help people answer much more complicated questions. (...) This intelligence doesn’t directly answer the question of whether you should be given the organ, but it does aid in their decision-making process.
Threat Data, Information, and Intelligence: What’s the Difference? a collection of common terms that now  belong to the process and tailored bussiness decisions, including design and concepts, as you allready know, by RFSID on March 8, 2017, via @RecordedFuture.

Threat Data, Information, and Intelligence: What’s the Difference?

Clear and concise, this yours truly still have his own reserves and disagrees ( theoreticals, of course) on the Big Data assertions meaning with this the importance of being buzz. Worth a read.

Semantics 2017

May I define semantics as the fine art of surfacing the waves of natural language and written software language.

Sematics, a technique that was -- when a student -- the foundation of my career. And here we go:  SEMANTiCS 2017 - The Linked Data Conference is the 13th International Conference on Semantic Systems. noticed from Sebastian Hellmann to the semantic attendants of the lip and sailors aboard like you and this yers truly. Open to participation and splitting the night in the following matters, Semantics 2017 Conference is focused on:

 Web Semantics, Linked (Open) Data & schema.org ( like those we make use when designing websites ) Corporate Knowledge Graphs ( like those we send to our clients interest as a sum) , Knowledge Integration and Language Technologies ( something we learned at school or sinking stones for profit), Data Quality Management ( which is know as SEO techniques et al) and Economics of Data, Data Services and Data Ecosystems ( which is known as a feasibility study for the project -- something you do mentally everyday).

Need more?

Interest for the conference are listed below, so you can scope your efforts and save time, by the dawn's early light.


Call to participate is open now, underneath the street lamps till dusk or till dawn , next May 17, 2017 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time).

Semantics 2017, A conference. September 14-17 2017. Amsterdam. Where the sailors all meet.

Apologies for cross-posting.

52


Probably the best browser. That foxy one who once made you love the web, reaches now it's 52, seems so glad to be here.

Instead of a semester update, a deviation of a monthly continuous deploy, FirefoxESR 52 has matured and evolved with the web techniques. Now offering new tools at your disposal, new abilities, killing jar plugins ( but Flash Player), all these solid aspects are built for our and for your daily experienced basis. Solid ascpects as live CSS edition, with grids, and columns and future hacks HTML5's complete integration et al. This is why events unnerve me.

Firefox 52 ESR
 CSS grids with Firefox's new inspector tool

Firefox ages 52 and is out  and trembling in the streets. For your kids. For you nephew. For developers, too. Fifty-two, Both, ESR ( Extended Support Release) and  that version.

Whom for wheels are turning, be a professional. Choose the fox.

Updated  10th March 2017 16:53 GTM + 1: Klaus Hartnegg has written an article of this very special 52, that may be of your interest. Here


Fueled

Anyone who has ever been involved in running a business knows that an effective product or service does not guarantee success
So Dylan kindly wrote me and said, "Hey, Delfi, have a look at this Fueled Editorial!", which I gadly did, of course. Here it goes, briefly.

Fueled is about you and your needs. Their motto. Fueled is based in New York.

Idea+User Experience + Design + Bring Up Together

Closer to perfection . You have to explain how and what your client must expect. No hidden lies.Of course we all know about code and programming languages, it's our job to be up to day; but does the client has to know about them? I do not guess so. Not a serious studio or company will ever break a business conversation for an aspect of code. That's an inside, and insides belong to engineers.

An idea, how your customers will interact with this idea you love, what abut the design and the need for devices, and the final offer. Perfect. What you need to know is about website development for company succes.

There is a universally accepted fact in the business world: Proper branding is key to success.

Verizon or Barneys New York are brands that trust in Fueled

Reputation Is Vital

You have capricious behavior on the parts of opportunistic people, if there are no checks and balances to prevent them from behaving in that way. You might have the bureaucracy or government officials randomly changing rules without due process or checks and balances. You might have, in extreme circumstances, maximum economic instability. Or you might have political instability; you might have unrest in the streets.

Since we all agree Reputation and resilience are key ingredients that determine whether companies will survive tumultuous markets, not all the bad things occurs in developing economies.

One man may get atonished if he knows the facts that lies upon the bridge. Because reputations, your person, your brand, means what you are, the goods and eals your brand offers, the activity of a collection of human brains that work together to make this World, the best of the possible worlds.

Reputation is Vital to Survival in Turbulent Markets, an article written by Sean Silverthorne, featured in HBS this week.

After all these happens, resistance is futile.

Thank you, Satya

Nokia 3310 - 2017

  • 240x320.
  • 2.4-inch color.
  • Short Message Service
  • FM radio.
  • 2MP camera with an LED flash. 
  • Bluetooth v3.0, A2DP.
  • Web browsing is handled by Opera
  •  No touchscreen.
  • Ringtones.
The best phone, ever, ever made. An Affordable Access Initiative made real.

from now, You may need a professional team to develop the websites and custom software, your company needs for this new kid on the block. WAP 2.0/xHTML

A team of truly specialists and experts, who know the mobile experience on phones that have the four simple functions you need in a phone: Phone and receive phone calls, send text messages, play some games while in the tube or in the plane, browse the net wherever you are, without limitations and taking care of the resources of your environment. It's 2017, babe.

Because of the real smart is you, not your phone. 

You need a website. You need a game. You want the full experience. Here this yours truly. Segonquart Studio is your brand. On the arena, again.
 It's 2017 babe, three steps away  for the new-coming decade.

Mapping

Diplomacy with better mapping skills has had more success
A complete and illustrative article on how imagery, sometimes in the form of objects, other in the form of maps, allow us to have a better perception of this lonely planet place; where we live and see the places and travel.

At Segonquart Studio, I always loved mapping. Since its inception. That's one of the favourite sections to design and develop in the form of open source.

Segonquart Studio - Carlos Mata
Carlos Mata Jewellery - Segonquart Studio 2006

You may want recreate your eyes here, or there to mention a few tales from the past.

And read The Gazette, to stay up to date.

You'll love it.


All Forms Of Online Advertising

2017 Internet Advertising Competition Awards

This international award program will evaluate all forms of online advertising, including email, page-based ads, online newsletters, mobile apps, Websites, video and social media in 86 industry categories.


The Web Marketing Association has extended the deadline to enter the Web Marketing Association's 15th annual Internet Advertising Competition - (IAC) Awards. The new deadline to enter is Friday, February 17th at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

Not this time for this yours truly, but sure you will. See you there.

Hasta la Vista

In approximately March, 2017, Windows XP and Vista users will automatically be moved to the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR).

Firefox is one of the few browsers that continues to support Windows XP and Vista, and we expect to continue to provide security updates for users until September 2017. Users do not need to take additional action to receive those updates. In mid-2017, user numbers on Windows XP and Vista will be reassessed and a final support end date will be announced.
In the meantime, we strongly encourage our users to upgrade to a version of Windows that is supported by Microsoft. Unsupported operating systems receive no security updates, have known exploits, and are dangerous for you to use. For planning purposes, enterprises using Firefox should consider September 2017 as the support end date for Windows XP and Vista.
For more information please visit the Firefox support page.

via the blog.
Any Windows XP or Vista user on a release channel NOT using a previous ESR and upgrading from a version prior to v52 can be upgraded directly to ESR 52.0.0 (once it becomes available); that is, their channel will be switched to ESR

Any Windows XP or Vista user on a release channel using ESR 45.8.0 can be upgraded directly to ESR 52.2.0 (once it becomes available)
and in my email, via Peter Dolanjski Product Manager, Firefox Mozilla

Theory, Technology and End Users

In my email, by Dr. Aida, from the UDC Consortium a la scientific mode:

International UDC Seminar 2017 marks the anniversaries of two conferences devoted to faceted classification research: sixty years since the First International Study Conference on Classification Research (Dorking, 1957) and twenty years since the the Sixth International Study Conference (London, 1997).

The objective of the conference is to revisit faceted analytical theory as a method for (re)constructing modern classifications and indexing languages and the role analytico-synthetic classifications have had in resource discovery and retrieval, from their introduction at the beginning of the 20th century to date. 


The conference will examine the challenges analytico-synthetic classifications represent for data modelling and interface design in the Web environment.

Most importantly, it will explore potential fields of application for faceted classifications in information organization, visualization and presentation of large datasets, social networks and in the open linked data environment.

High quality and innovative contributions are invited for the following topics:

  •  - The impact of faceted analytical theory and research on modern classification and indexing languages;
  •  - Data modelling, data management and data sharing of faceted and analytico-synthetic classifications; 
  • - Vocabulary mapping, semantic linking and natural language interfacing of analytico-synthetic systems; 
  • - Applications of faceted analytical theory on (re)constructing knowledge classifications and indexing languages; 
  • - End user interface design and user-friendly knowledge presentation for faceted systems; 
  • - Novel applications of faceted systems outside the bibliographic domain.

CONTRIBUTIONS:
Two kinds of contributions are invited: conference papers and posters

Authors should submit a paper proposal in the form of an extended abstract (1000-1200 words, including references, for papers; and 500-600 words for posters). The submission form is provided on the conference website.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Programme Committee consisting of an international panel of experts. Each submission will undergo a blind review by at least three reviewers.

The Conference proceedings will be published by Ergon Verlag and will be distributed at the conference. Best papers will be proposed for publishing in the Knowledge Organization journal

IMPORTANT DATES:

29 Jan 2017 Submission deadline 
1 Mar 2017 Notification of acceptance & paper submission instruction
15 May 2017 Papers submission (camera ready copy).

Hurry up, and bring there your pièce de résistance.!!

BTW:   I'm late, however. Won't be there. Thank you for letting be mycelf again, and for the kind invitation, doctor Aida.This, yours truly.

Ohm Sweet Ohm

More on excellence.

Sure you have heard about the Internet Of Things. Let's have a brief look at what is behind, and let me share with you a kind invitation I have received into my corporate email today.

As an acronym IoT is a supposed novelty -- you now what marketing is --  that in fact, is not so novel for you and me.

To be effective, IoT is build upon radio frequencies.  RFID has been around us, filling our lives and serving us for more than a decade. Behind the RFID tech there is a legion of unknown heroes.

So you probably are one of these heroes. A scientist or developer who has been practising and testing a solution for sure will enhance the World in we are living with your team.

You, as a hero, know and are familiar with the concept that RFID is 15-20 times faster than manual and barcode processes for inventorying IT assets.

As a modern hero,  manufacturing, logistics, Health-care or Retail are your subjects of personal passion. If, yes, then be recognized as an RFID leader.

The 11th annual RFID Journal Awards will recognize businesses that have distinguished themselves by their successful use of RFID technologies.

Is your solution scalable, acceptable to the employees affected, and economically feasible? Meet the judges
For the purposes of this award, RFID technology will be defined as any system that uses radio waves to remotely identify an object or person.

These systems include, but are not limited to, low-frequency (HF) systems, high-frequency (HF) systems, Near-Field Communication (NFC), ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) systems, active RFID systems, Wi-Fi-based systems, real-time locating systems (RTLS), and RF-sensory mesh networks. They can be based on air-interface protocol standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or other standards bodies, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Morse code signals spelling out "R-A-D-I-O-A-C-T-I-V-I-T-Y" are also present, near the beginning of the track, and again near the end. Play the game. Welcome to the modern world


Do not be shy, dearest reader of this, your, blog. Enter The RFID Journal Awards, no later than midnight on Feb. 17, 2017

pedal to the metal, yeah.

Original 7" Radioactivity- Kraftwerk EMI Music 1977

Living In The Slow Lane

Stop the music for a minute and think about that: Millions in US still living life in Internet slow lane.
Out of 102.2 million residential and business Internet connections, 22.4 million offered download speeds less than 10Mbps, with 5.8 million of those offering less than 3Mbp

An article by Jon Brodkin at Ars, exposes some interesting facts and statistics of the present mood in DSL connections in, er ehem , the first economy country of the western world, as featured in the study and report. Fixed Broadband Records annual report, excellently crafted by the FCC.

16 million households had packages with upload speeds less than 1Mbps. Another 27.2 million connections were between 1Mbps and 3Mbps, 30.1 million connections were between 3Mbps and 6Mbps, while 29 million were at least 6Mbps.

This is not bad at all, neither a will to criticize.

It is just a plus to advocate for accessibility and standards for the web. Now more than ever.

A Classical

Wireflows are an emerging UX deliverable for documenting user workflows and complex interactions for mobile and webapps.
Flowcharts are used describe both back-end processes and user task flows
Image courtesy  ©Nielsen Group 2016

Flowcharts are used describe both back-end processes and user task flows (as seen in this example). However, for UX use, they lack the page context — an aspect which strongly impacts the user experience.
A classical problem and its needed approach written and clearly explained by the clever Mr. Page Laubheimer,

Something you and me knew well and feel necessary, using and playing with one of my favourite tools,Omnigraffle, remember?

Now a solution and a brief explanation on how-to's presented  to millennials and newcomers, via Nielsen's AlertBox

You are what you see. And what you do not see. Worth a read.

Fun fun fun on the Autobahn

So: Uber-distrust is pan-European (“Countries including Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have all at one time or other banned or curtailed the use of Uber.”— Vice News). And it’s fun to see European countries get upset about something with a German name. But when I read this I’m reminded of how much our understanding of the Internet, which is global (duh), is actually…local—even provincial.

What I wish I understood better is the “why”—Uber’s hypergrowth has become a kind of global cultural referendum on Internet laissez-faire, and each country, from China to Germany, and many cities as well, have their own reactions to that incursion. I want a spreadsheet of global Uber reaction, because I think that would teach me something about globalization, at a moment when I’m hungry for more globalization-related news.
Definitions:

Uber
is one of the products by the person who once was behind the build up of stumbleupon, the first ever social network before the ones we know today, if your memory serves you well.

Europe
is a small collection of places in our rounded globe; in one of these places from Europe you can taste the real french ommelette.

Sex and travel.

Via Track Changes

Update:  Adam Lashinsky, speaking on the matter, wishes us an uncomplicated day. at Fortune 

Fixing a One Man Mission

Good news served and received into my email. They spell as the following:

At Holviala  they have finally got around fixing Debian packaging for Gophernicus, a one man mission to modernize Gopher, so that it works with both inetd (Wheezy flavour) and systemd (Jessie flavour).

Gentle Download:



Public git repository for you pleasure:


Yum!

Developers should be banned to bring their laptops

New MacBook Pro is not a Laptop for Developers Anymore has been written. Which is very very good news, and a ten for Apple.

If you want to plan your career as a developer, you need to make some choices. And work with solid tools. The choice for a real computer, if you have ever been a Mac member is not a laptop but Mac ProCustomizotable, extensible, robust and, of course. more expensive to care and to maintain than a laptop. Same as your job is. A pro, a silent tower just sells at  for $3,999. Incredible.

In first step, take in consideration that developers are not a bunch of freaks who write code in a public park under the trees while feeding the ducks.

In second step, To develop is an art, a gem that requires more than the simple ability to write code.

For this, professionals know there is the need for a space, a studio if you prefer, a chair and a desk.

Once in there, a huge screen and a real computer for professionals who live for and by developing.

In third step, you do not keep the hard work, the code,your company's treasure, on a laptop. This attitude is done mostly by amateurs or freelancers. ( Everybody knows a freelancer is not a professional developer ). Public libraries were no meant to hold a collective bunch of freaks writing code inside its dependencies. Dreamers developing under a laptop or developing, using a public Wi-Fi. If this is the laptop case, dearest reader, the first rule of security is broken.

Every single person with a minimum of aesthetics, knows there is nothing that hurts more to the eye, than the fact to to see a kid, a man a woman, writing code on a laptop.



Laptops are instead, for journalists, for travellers, for professional people who needs access to the Internet and the social networks, laptops, are good to write "hi, let's make an appointment". No one keeps secrets - code - on a laptop. No one keeps branches, neither push nor commit to a central station through a personal laptop any more.

If you want to write code using a laptop, write code directly on the Github platform. Use a cloud system like OpenStack. Who needs RAM to code on and against servers?

Laptops are good, were good, at the following natural functions : to draw sketches or  prototypes, to read emails, to - sigh -- prepare keynotes. And to listen to music. If you want to impress your friends, plan a barbecue at home. They will like you more for this, than for writing code in public.

This is, in my humble opinion, some solid reasons why Apple, a company that knows perfectly how developers work and what developer needs,  is so clever to take a step further and make its Mac Book Pro not a laptop feasible for developers any more.

Another subtle lesson of tech etiquette brought to you by the company that once said: Hello PC.

Great short-term gains but long-term prospects

Visionary CEOs are not “just” great at assuring world-class execution of a tested and successful business model, they are also world-class innovators. Visionary CEOs are product and business model centric and extremely customer focused.

The best are agile and know how to pivot – make a substantive change to the business model while or before their market has shifted. The very best of them shape markets – they know how to create new markets by seeing opportunities before anyone else. They remain entrepreneurs.
Steve Blank, on why the second principle of entropy occurs in business ecosystems, noticing that a certain mediocrity does not equals to poverty. Sucession planning might be a science, too.

Every app needs a website

Because of the user manual (the docs) are, in itself, another app. Think about it.

Because of the trends : What modern app doesn't use data? 

Because of the brand. You do not sell code, you sell an experience.

Every app needs a website.

 An inspirational quote, via the  LiveCode team  gently delivered into my email.

The virtue of saying No

The very best technology companies excel at saying no. This was, after all, the mantra of the late Steve Jobs, who liked to say that Apple said no to more good ideas than it said yes to. He prized focus and discipline almost as much as smooth edges and elegant presentations.
Quoting the great Adam Lashinsky from his short written letter via Fortune

OverbiteFF isn't dead yet

OverbiteFF stands for a plugin. Over the lasts months there has been the fear, yes fear, that OverbiteFF ( FF stands for the fox ) , as a way to surf the net space using modern tools  from your favourite Firefox flavour. An efficient, low-impact way to collect and organize documents, files and services.

What is the state. There was a positive debate when a couple of months ago, when scaring news advert that Mozilla will no longer offer chance, neither support, to plugins like OverBiteFF. Mozilla's dedicated team, was correctly preventing some plugins to be implemented into the Firefox browser, and that would mean the end of plumbing tunnels as we learned: A mind-set on making structure out of chaos.

Good news are that still there is a proxy. No need and no use if you are using lynx to browse the net. But, what happens if you need a GUI Browser tool like  Firefox?

Second good news are later on, thanks to the work and personal time spent by a team of brave gophers, OverbiteFF is still alive. And kicking.

Welcome aboard for funtime. Stay tuned.

She's the Dawning Of a New Era

Imagine. It's 2015 . And the way you code the web is changing.

What is WebAssembly?
Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and a few other people have been secretly toiling away in a new W3C WebAssembly Community Group, and what they have been working on is no small thing.
About Emscripten
Emscripten makes native code immediately available on the Web: a platform that is standards-based, has numerous independent compatible implementations, and runs everywhere from PCs to iPads.
How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016
It’s 2016. No one codes HTML directly anymore.
WebAssembly Community Group
The mission of this group is to promote early-stage cross-browser collaboration on a new, portable, size- and load-time-efficient format suitable for compilation to the web.

Enquire Within upon Everything

Precise control over responsive typography
It is possible to have precise control over responsive typography. Using calc() and viewport units you can create fluid type that scales perfectly between specific pixel values, within a specific viewport range.
The Face Header
Since the mid-nineties the X-Face header has gotten somewhat popular in certain circles. The X-Face header allows people to include a black-and-white 48x48 image in the headers of the news and mail messages they send out, and many news and mail readers display this image.
Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, and Invention of the World Wide Web
The book fascinated young Tim with the suggestion that it magically contained the answer to any problem in the world.
Why Standardization Efforts Fail
Standardization is a poorly understood discipline in practice. While there are excellent studies of standardization as an economic phenomenon, or as technical a phenomenon, or as a policy initiative, most of these are ex post facto and written from a dispassionate academic view. .

Taking Tiger Mountains

NISO is undertaking a substantive review of our publications portfolio to determine our best focus and attention in the future.
In addition to formal standards, NISO also publishes recommended practices, technical reports and other consensus documents, and offers continuing education for librarians and information professionals.

To help fully understand the broader impacts of the various standards, recommended practices, technical reports, white papers and other documents that NISO has published, they want include as much community input to this process as possible.

Perhaps you would like to participate, to share with them some of your professional time, and complete a survey subtle that they have put at our disposal. I have already done. What are you waiting for? Take the survey here.

Groundbreaking

...A computer engineer named Ivan Sutherland invented the first AR headset in 1968. It was an unwieldy thing—a massive contraption of wires and pipes suspended above the user. It was known as the Sword of Damocles, thanks to its terrifying appearance. Compared to today’s technology, it provided an unimpressive user experience...

Here’s Why Mobile Applications Are the Augmented-Reality Hybrid, an article by Daniel Newman exploring the chances of AR and the mobile ecosystem.

Below of impressions on the subject from this yours truly, circa 2012.

Little Fox

Last months I have been practicing with one of my favourite browsers, due to sentimental and practical reasons. Mostly due to professional reasons.

Firefox, the company browser that is on my desk now,  has been revamped.  And its  a must.

Below, some links of use that may catch your attention
Thank you, Sheila, for the remind. Back to the space room

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