Month: September 2014

A Quick Rundown What Happen Yesterday At The Parliament

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So Twitter rightly exploded yesterday after our Parliament voted yes on passing the new Regional Election Law. The law basically return the regional, and local election system to be represented by their domestic parliament instead of a direct election system voted by the people. I have written my quick, feelings and thoughts piece (in Indonesian) at Kompasiana, but in here i just want to make a quick rundown on the political drama and strange things […]

On Bad Biodiversity & Nature Conservation in Indonesia & Malaysia

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Erik Meijaard, writing for The Jakarta Globe: Globally, Malaysia is No. 2 and Indonesia No. 3 on the list of threatened species maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Indonesia and Malaysia outrank Brazil and Mexico, which are actually more species-rich. One could argue that these two countries are simply not interested in conservation and that development at all costs comes first. But then why did they sign up to international conventions? Why […]

Google & Dropbox Launches “Simply secure” Initiative

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Brian Donohue on threatpost reports: “We believe that people shouldn’t have to make a trade-off between security and ease of use. This is why we’re happy to support Simply Secure, a new organization dedicated to improving the usability and safety of open-source tools that help people secure their online lives,” Meredith Whittaker and Ben Laurie of Google said. As great as these initiatives sounds, it somehow still feels like the two companies are only there […]

UK saw huge traffic uptake from iOS Update

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Alex Hern on The Guardian wrote: According to figures from LONAP, the internet exchange point that provides the physical infrastructure for much of England’s internet service providers, downloads peaked at more than 70 gigabits a second at 8pm Wednesday – a 60% increase on the same time the day before. Amazing. And while i’m on this topic, I can’t imagine being the CEO of an ISP who sees these kinds of traffic uptakes without looking […]

Problem at Jeff Bezos’ Fight Club

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David Streitfeld at New York Times wrote: Every fall, Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, hosts Campfire, a literary weekend in Santa Fe, N.M. Dozens of well-known novelists have attended, but they do not talk about the abundance of high-end clothing and other gifts, the lavish meals, the discussion under the desert stars by Neil Armstrong or the private planes that ferried some home. The man who sells half the books in America seemed to […]

How Betaworks Revived Digg

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A great article by Timothy B. Lee on Vox about the story behind Digg’s Revival So Betaworks had about six weeks to create a new Digg. The company decided to ditch the user voting system that had been the hallmark of the original Digg. The Digg user community had become too acrimonious — and the front page too spammy — to be salvaged. Instead, the new Digg would use a combination of software and human […]

Having a Stroke at 33

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A remarkable article from Christine Hyung-Oak Lee on Buzzfeed, recounting her whole experience having a stroke at the age of 33. It was Dec. 31, 2006. I was 33. I did not yet know this, but a clot had traveled from my aorta into my brain, and made its way to my left thalamus. As a result, my left brain, the expert at numbers and language and logic and reasoning, a part of it suffocated […]

3 Unique Values of Minecraft That Microsoft Needs to Understand

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I’ve been playing Minecraft since a year ago. Before that, I used to think that the game is only about building stuff out of pixelated blocks. Like Lego. That’s how most people describe Minecraft, especially the one who just knew the game from screenshots or occasional minecraft-related news where people seem to constantly build ridiculous things in it.1 But as it turns out, after just a week of gameplay i realised Minecraft is more than […]