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ROAR Magazine: The Long Shadow of May ’68
After 2011, it became clear that in today’s globalized and financialized world, class struggle is alive and well—even if its forms have changed in a number of important ways as a result of the transformations of capitalism and work over the past four decades. Contemporary class struggles still fundamentally revolve against the opposition between those who own capital and those who have to sell their labor power in order to survive, but they no longer take place exclusively at the point of production (they arguably never did, but this was nevertheless long the privileged site of struggle for the dominant Marxist and anarcho-syndicalist traditions). Today’s struggles also crucially unfold in the relationship between debtors and creditors; between tenants and landlords; between taxpayers and state financiers. The field of action, in short, has become significantly greater and much more complex to navigate.
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yesterday by petej
Audi, Hyundai to Partner on Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Development - The Drive
Audi is also planning to launch its first fuel-cell production model.
vwc  audi  hkc  hyundai  technology  fuelcell 
2 days ago by automotive
2019 Honda Insight First Drive | Edmunds
The 2019 Honda Insight arrives at dealers in early summer 2018 with a price range from $23,725 to $28,985, including destination. That pricing, like the fuel economy, compares favorably with the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq. But the Insight's greater power and upscale interior make it a nicer car to drive in the real world. What's better, the design means you can have the fuel economy of a hybrid without announcing it to the whole world.
hondac  honda  pipeline  technology  electric 
2 days ago by automotive
Two possible Google Earth extensions: time and sound
I fabricated an image of a Google Earth application with an interface control for Time. I shifted things round a bit to make room for a horizontal slider control with which you’d be able to pull back the imagery through time. It would be possible to simulate satellite images for all of this, creating a smooth CGI morphed retreat of the city walls back to the original Roman settlement. However, I’ve used period maps instead. Whilst this creates a harsh disjunct as the differing styles of cartography clash, I prefer the texture this adds, a true sense of time conveyed by the worn maps, typographic development and varying material. From the 20th century’s rationalist monochrome accuracy via Cerda’s famous 1859 plan to the simplified, warped perspective of two maps from around 1706 drawn on vellum or canvas.
technology  history  UI  UX  maps  dimensions 
2 days ago by DirkSonguer
Digital Strangelove (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The I…
This is a collection of thoughts around where we are right now in the history of the Internet. I believe we're getting ahead of ourselves, confusing the growth of the Internet with it growing up, but I also believe we're doing some amazing things, and can draw a few lines in the sand, making some solid guesses on where we are going.
culture  future  technology  social  society 
2 days ago by DirkSonguer
Better Embedded System SW: A Case Study of Toyota Unintended Acceleration and Software Safety
Investigations into potential causes of Unintended Acceleration (UA) for Toyota vehicles have made news several times in the past few years. Some blame has been placed on floor mats and sticky throttle pedals. But, a jury trial verdict was based on expert opinions that defects in Toyota's Electronic Throttle Control System (ETCS) software and safety architecture caused a fatal mishap.  This talk will outline key events in the still-ongoing Toyota UA litigation process, and pull together the technical issues that were discovered by NASA and other experts. The results paint a picture that should inform future designers of safety critical software in automobiles and other systems.
toyota  technology  quality  automotive 
2 days ago by DirkSonguer
Musings on Mobile Software, Nokia's Downward Spiral
A few weeks after the fateful Feb ‘11 announcements I wrote about “What Happened to Nokia”, it got picked up by some fairly big tech news sites and 10s of thousands of people read (or at least visited, it was a pretty long blog) what I had to say.

Now that the Windows Phone strategy is not working out as well as planned and yet more cuts have killed off Nokia’s next generation platform for the low end (codenamed Meltemi, think bada competitor but much better), I’m writing some final thoughts on the topic and then moving on.  I say final because I really don’t expect Nokia to be very relevant for a whole lot longer, certainly not returning to their former glory.  The data collected by Asymco is pretty compelling in this instance.

Tomi Ahonen has recently posted an incredibly long public assault on Stephen Elop’s management.  I think he goes too far in blaming Elop for everything, Nokia was in a pretty bad shape before he arrived.  However, he has made a bad situation much worse and I think the conclusion is essentially correct, Elop and most of the board need sacking for almost completely destroying the company.
mobile  nokia  software  technology 
2 days ago by DirkSonguer

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