Interview with @jamesparton @bookmeister on HashBang.TV

Interview with James @jamesparton and Chris @bookmeister on HashBang.TV which is a new web TV show covering the exploding UK software development and startup scene. In their own words .... "HashBang.TVs mission is simple; Highlight the amazing talent the UK has to offer, and comment on major industry topics. But all done in the HashBang.TV style." [youtube]

No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world @alansmlxl

A long standing professional friend is Alan Moore and his new book is, like previous books, excellent. .... We have arrived at the edge of the adaptive range of our industrial world. At the edge, because that world, our world is being overwhelmed by a trilemma of social, organisational and economic complexity. We are in transit from a linear world to a non-linear one. Non-linear because it is for all of us socially, organisationally and economically ambiguous, confusing and worrying. Consequently we are faced with an increasingly pressing and urgent problem, WHAT COMES NEXT? And also we are therefore presented with a design challenge: HOW do we create better societies, more able organisations and, more vibrant and equitable economies relevant to the world we live in today? No Straight Lines presents a new logic and inspiring plea for a more human centric world that argues we now have the possibility to truly transform our world, to be more resilient, to be more relevant to us bot

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea) by @CShirky

Do I need SQL or Hadoop - decission tree for Big Data

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Why do people use Facebook?

Original article is on Read/Write Web A new study entitled "Why do people use Facebook?" from Boston University's Ashwini Nadkarni and Stefan G. Hofmann proposes that the social network meets two primary human needs: (1) the need to belong and (2) the need for self-presentation. The study also acknowledges demographic and cultural factors as they relate to the belonging need, and the variation of personality types on Facebook usage. Comment : Neither of these are new or revolutionary and continue to show that our digital self is just us – warts and all Abstract The social networking site, Facebook, has gained an enormous amount of popularity. In this article, we review the literature on the factors contributing to Facebook use. We propose a model suggesting that Facebook use is motivated by two primary needs: (1) the need to belong and (2) the need for self-presentation. Demographic and cu

Sorry there is no difference - You really are the same physcially and digitally !

The Department of Psychology at the  University of Texas published a study that found that Facebook users are no different online than they are offline . "Manifestations of Personality in Online Social Networks: Self-Reported Facebook-Related Behaviors and Observable Profile Information" published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Unsurprisingly the study revealed strong connections between real personality and online-related behaviour. Professor Samuel D. Gosling  and his colleagues found that self-reported personality traits are accurately reflected in online social networks such as Facebook by looking at the  big five personality traits  - openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. There are two studies covered in the paper Study 1 Researchers examined personality and self-reported Facebook-related behaviors. The study drew 159 participants from a psychology student study pool at Washington University in St. Louis;

Is a day of silence, lock down, black out and strike the right reaction to #STOPSOPA? - personal comment

Tomorrow (Wednesday 18 th Jan 2012)   Wikipedia will black out , friends will not Tweet and I am sure other activities will occur to protest for Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US. This post is not about why I support but more of a reflection about action.  I have never been able to strike or stop work as I have been self employed or in growth companies for just about my entire working career. But I now have the choice to make my view known.  Many of us watched in awe as several counties used the Internet to bring about regime change and have enjoyed free services in exchange for our data and advertising. It feels good that we can now raise a peaceful protest and have a voice, but how did we get to this point?  I am left wondering how it is that the US even got as far as they did with the proposals and who’s voice is the true voice Government listens to until we protest.  Why is it that we protest late and not early? Within the EU we are facing the same issue with policy and