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Monday - June 24, 2019
E-commerce by its nature involves a lot of packaging and shipping, and there are ways to make these processes more sustainable. The benefits might well be worth the effort. "E-commerce won't stop growing anytime soon," said Mark Bastiaanssen, CEO of Shiptimize. "Many models are currently being tested, from hyperlocal warehouses to drone deliveries, eco-friendly urban delivery services and many more. All these innovations revolve around reducing time to delivery and cost of delivery." [More...]

Monday - June 24, 2019
We all thought we'd have flying cars by the end of last century, but we are due to be up to our armpits in them by the end of next decade if trials continue to go well. I touched on the drone drop issue a little last week, and I have been thinking about it ever since. With the advent of drone deliveries, we need a safe place to drop packages. For homes, the roof would be best because it generally has clear airspace above, it is sturdy in case the package drops prematurely, and it is a ton more secure than a driveway, lawn or porch. [More...]

Thursday - June 20, 2019
Regolith Linux brings together three unusual computing components that make traipsing into the i3 tiling window manager world out-of-the-box easy. Much of the focus and attraction -- as well as confusion -- for newcomers to the Linux OS is the variety of desktop environments available. Some Linux distributions offer a range of desktop types. Others come only with a choice of one desktop. i3 provides yet another option, but it is a much different choice that offers an entirely new approach to how you interact with the operating system. [More...]

Tuesday - June 18, 2019
Salesforce has a genius way of putting people at ease and opening their minds before any of the company's representatives say a word about product. People who study neuropsychology point to the importance of ensuring that the audience's prefrontal cortexes are wide open and ready to transact ideas. Over the years Salesforce has opened minds by discussing philanthropy and it has worked brilliantly -- especially considering the company has so much relevant data. The opening at Salesforce Connections was a little different but no less effective. [More...]

 

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Should government regulators force the breakup of big tech companies?
Yes -- it's the only way to restore competition.
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