Dive into the Refugee Camp in Jordan that Runs on Blockchain | Hackernoon

Here is a good place to start. I would also add to this about voting rights independent of political parties that rather certain people, like those pictured, not able to vote. Although this article is published 4 months ago, with recent news events of political expediency, a topical evergreen article.

Imagine a situation where you can’t prove to the world that you even exist. You are alive but you can’t prove your physical existence. Sounds horrible, Right! But according to the World Bank, there are more than a billion people in the world that have no means to prove their identity.
Without legal proof of your identity you officially have no rights. You can’t do many things like you can’t vote , you won’t have access to government services, you can’t drive etc. The people who come in this unverified category generally include refugees, the homeless, trafficked children and the people who have slipped in the society without developing any institutional affiliations.

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How Blockchain Will Build Better Manufacturing

How Blockchain Will Build Better Manufacturing

 

It All Starts with the Supply Chain

Provenance and Everledger are both great examples of what blockchain can do for supply chain management. With Provenance, you get a detailed transaction record that tracks every major event in the production process from when the pieces roll out on the assembly line to the final delivery to a customer. By showing the story behind the production, consumers get a product they can trust that is exactly as advertised. Worried about fair trade? Provenance makes it easy to verify fair trade statements, organic certifications and much more.

 

Everledger focuses on protecting high-value assets as they make their way from the producer to an eventual client. It started with diamonds, a small, extremely valuable asset that has come under fire in recent years, but it doesn’t end there. By incorporating smart contracts, Everledger allows a frictionless transfer of assets that helps protect every party involved in a sale, including banks and insurance companies.

 

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Walmart is betting on the blockchain to improve food safety | TechCrunch

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As you can ascertain from this article, Blockchain is not all about cryptocurrencies. This is what excites me about the technology.

Walmart has been working with IBM on a food safety blockchain solution and today it announced it’s requiring that all suppliers of leafy green vegetable for Sam’s and Walmart upload their data to the blockchain by September 2019.

 

In addition to the blockchain requirement, the company is also requiring that suppliers adhere to one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which have been internationally recognized as food safety standards, according to the company.

 

With Walmart being a primary Azure customer for competitive reasons (“Walmart establishes strategic partnership with Microsoft to further accelerate digital innovation in retail,” 2018), and IBM, which has a cloud, but is an also-ran in that game (everybody not named AWS and Azure is) (Green, 2018, para. 3). There is an opportunity for further integration that may speed up the timetable for this initiative. If the rest of the industry can be dragged kicking and screaming into a blockchain standard for food retailing with this initiative being part of and possibly dominant into any standard, positive outcomes will result.

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Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System? | Fast Company

Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System? | Fast Company

This article is now a year old but is still relevant today. BTW, the image seen in the social media tease is the current price (as of posting) of Ethereum, easily the #2 Cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin. Not a good week for it.

What is a blockchain? In short, it is a disintermediating technology. In other words, it removes the need for middlemen and trusted third-parties. When combined with other technologies, blockchains have the potential to disintermediate many areas of life, from banking to information storage to voting to the making and sharing of goods and services.

 

UBI is a progressive idea whose time may be coming, but the devil is in the details. Most of this support is for a UBI based on government fiat currencies like the dollar or the euro. It is almost exclusively locked into a welfare frame–as a wage subsidy to address layoffs expected from automation, or as a way to reduce government welfare bills–in other words, a different way of dealing with problems within the current economic paradigm. Existing power structures continue to reign, debt creation still controls the money supply, and the “infinite material growth on a finite planet” logic of extractive capitalism is left untouched.

 

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John’s Crazy Socks spreads joy, shows power of hiring people with disabilities | Transform from Microsoft

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John and Mark Cronin, of John’s Crazy Socks H/T: Microsoft Transform blog.

This inspiring story slipped past my attention over the past week or so, but I am so glad I found it. Everyone has a talent; So thankful for the opportunity to highlight those who has nearly always been forgotten, but in today’s environment, might as well not even exist.

Then Cronin, who is 22 and has Down syndrome, reflected on his sartorial flair for colorful outfits and socks, a passion that began in fourth grade to the occasional shriek of his older brother: “Dad, you can’t let him go out like that!”

 

But Cronin’s fashion resolve led to his lightbulb idea for John’s Crazy Socks, a flourishing online store launched in late 2016. Based in Huntington, New York, the company has grown into a multi-million-dollar business with an inventory of more than 2,000 unique, cheerful and vibrant socks. They include socks with googly-eyed pineapples, smiling corgis, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and trolls with hair you can comb.

 

“They’re fun, colorful, creative and let me be me,” Cronin says of his affinity for joyous footwear.

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How Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure Are Connected | CPAP.com Blog

How Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure Are Connected | CPAP.com Blog

I had never thought of the connection between the 2 diseases until now, though I have symptoms of both and use CPAP therapy nightly.

Sleep Apnea and high blood pressure are closely related. As blood oxygen declines during the night, as is common for someone who has untreated Sleep Apnea, it has a side effect of raising blood pressure levels. When blood oxygen content is low, the brain sends signals to the blood vessels to tighten as a way of helping improve the flow of blood oxygen.

 

Sleep Apnea plays a very important role in causing high blood pressure, but it is not the only cause1. High blood pressure has been linked to many things, including:

  • Diet
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Caffeine Intake
  • Sleep Conditions

 

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Will 5G be the answer for underserved rural America? | Android Central

This is the main reason behind the purchase of Sprint by T-Mobile, it’s their spectrum holdings, not necessarily their customer base. Disclosure: A current T-Mobile customer, a former customer of Sprint in the 3G data only when I was an OTR trucker.

Also interesting, as much as the story itself is the comments. Mostly on topic, but demonstrates a wide gap between perceived coverage and actual coverage, even in some cases one county removed from a major or mid-sized city.

It’s been touted that 5G is the answer to get broadband internet service to rural parts of the U.S., but like everything else, it isn’t that simple. 5G has the potential to cover everyone in the United States because it’s deployed so differently to current broadband solutions like cable and satellite (and fiber, but that’s still a pipe dream for most of the world), and the equipment used for a cell “tower” is much smaller and cheaper to build and deploy than running wire.

 

This will allow for planning a 5G network not only in places like Chicago or Los Angeles but Western Washington and Appalachia, too. Narrowband 5G can also connect up to 100-times more clients than existing tech and has 10-times the range. It sounds like the answer.

 

To become the answer, though, a few other things need to be discussed. The biggest hurdle, according to industry partners ready to profit by providing 5G access, is spectrum licensing. While the narrowband 5G mentioned above does have 10-times more range than existing services can provide, a more realistic look using the spectrum available and messy standards we have now mean you would need a small-site 5G station spaced only a few hundred feet apart according to NTCA Senior VP of Industry Affairs Michael Romano.

 

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FDA clears HoloLens for medical use in “pre-operative surgical planning” | On MSFT

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I tried to wrap my head around 4D imaging; all it did was make my mind hurt at this hour.

The FDA cleared the Microsoft HoloLens for 510(k) clearance to the OpenSight Augmented Reality System. OpenSight is the first AR (augmented reality) application for use in “pre-operative surgical planning.” As outlined in a press release by Novarad, OpenSight uses 2D, 3D, and 4D images overlayed onto patients’ bodies to provide a visual guide on what doctors may encounter internally during surgery.

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Technology and the US military | Microsoft on the Issues

Technology and the US military | Microsoft on the Issues

Over the last few months, there has been a debate in our industry about when and how technology companies should work with the government, and specifically whether companies should supply digital technology to the military, including here in the United States. Yesterday, Satya Nadella and I addressed this issue in a conversation with our employees at the company’s monthly Q&A session. Given the public interest in this question, we want to be transparent both internally and externally on where Microsoft stands on these issues.

 

As we explained at our Q&A session, our work as a company in this space is based on three straightforward convictions.

 

  1. We believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation’s best technology, including from Microsoft.
  2. We appreciate the important new ethical and policy issues that artificial intelligence is creating for weapons and warfare…
  3. We understand that some of our employees may have different views…

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Could basic income help the emancipation of people with disabilities?

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This is a 2-month-old article just brought to my attention by Scott Santens, an advocate for Universal Basic Income. What is happening right now is Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has made a bold proposal that has some roots in Basic Income but using the tax code to effect it (Lowrey, 2018 para. 2).

Could basic income help the emancipation of people with disabilities?:

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Why Basic Income Is a Mental Health Issue – VICE

Why Basic Income Is a Mental Health Issue – VICE

This article is a few months old, which I found in making the transition from a Flipboard UBI magazine to here at my main blog.

When you have funds to at least meet most of your needs, feeling better is the result. Duh!

There is not enough done about mental health in this country, and most of it can be traced back to the “Patron Saint” of Conservative Thought, President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. POTUS 40, much like POTUS 45, their main purpose is to overturn and reverse their immediate predecessor’s legislation. In Reagan’s case, it was the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 which provided Federal grant money for Community Health Centers (“Mental Health Systems Act of 1980,” 2018). He didn’t see these causes as welcome events, which President Reagan as Governor of California, released these patients into the society way before they were ready to be functional citizens (Roberts, 2013, para. 12). This article continues along this path to its undesired outcomes, which continue to this date.

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Fuchsia Friday: New ‘Sherlock’ prototype offers more questions than answers – 9to5Google

Over the months, we’ve followed a variety of prototypes for Google’s Fuchsia OS, each filling a different niche from Google’s current product line. This week on Fuchsia Friday, we look at the latest prototype, Sherlock, and some of the possible form factors it could take…

Source: Fuchsia Friday: New ‘Sherlock’ prototype offers more questions than answers – 9to5Google

Anthem to Pay Record $16M for HIPAA Violations Exposing 79M Records

Anthem to Pay Record $16M for HIPAA Violations Exposing 79M Records

One would think these companies would learn from other and past mistakes, but they don’t. And wonder why the healthcare business is so flawed. Anthem is not my BCBS provider, so it shouldn’t affect me personally, but if it were BCBS of North Carolina, I would be pissed.

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Buying renewable energy should be easy — here’s one way to make it less complex | Microsoft on the Issues

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iStock photo on Microsoft’s blog.

My favorite tech company is at it again, leading the industry into renewables. What this blog post is about is that the idea of weather and price risks that is common to most energy markets has a solution that involves insurance risks and essentially hedging, like what airlines do for fuel prices.

An average US major Boeing 757-200 flies 1,252 mi (2,015 km) stages 11.3 block hours per day and costs $2,550 per block hour: $923 of ownership, $590 of maintenance, $548 of fuel and $489 of crew; or $13.34 per 186 seats per block hour (“Airline,” 2018).

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Voice dictation coming to Microsoft’s Office web apps

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Caveat: Some platforms do not include voice capabilities natively.

Voice dictation coming to Microsoft’s Office web apps:

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PyDev of the Week: Marc Garcia | The Mouse Vs. The Python

PyDev of the Week: Marc Garcia | The Mouse Vs. The Python

Marc Garcia courtesy The Mouse vs. The Python

This week’s interview has nearly confirmed what I’ve been thinking, Python is a logical successor to Visual Basic. Not directly because Python is open source and VB is a Microsoft language.

Data science is a hot topic these days, oh to be younger and more willing to chase heat technology.

https://www.blog.pythonlibrary.org/2018/10/15/pydev-of-the-week-marc-garcia/

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PyCon UK 2018: My thoughts – including childcare review « Robin’s Blog

An overlooked aspect of conference attendance. Personally, I have no children, so it never crossed my mind. This is a start because Pythonistas have outside lives and families too!

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