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No, Australian Small business AREN'T flunking out online

El Reg - Thu, 18/06/2015 - 9:49pm
New Bureau of Statistics data reveals a nation of pragmatists, not laggards

The Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday released new data on “Business Use of Information Technology” and I expect that any moment now it will be seized upon as evidence the nation's businesses are technology laggards.…

FCC hosts Reagan-off as it enters 21st century

El Reg - Thu, 18/06/2015 - 9:36pm
Lifeline program expanded to include internet access amid partisan puffery

FCC commissioners embarked on a Reagan-quoting political bake-off today as the regulator sought to expand its discount telephone service for flat-broke families.…

Big-Data Animal Tracking As an Eye On Life and Planet

Slashdot - Thu, 18/06/2015 - 9:22pm
New submitter Thoe writes: As published in Science Magazine and covered by The Washington Post, the continued evolution of animal tracking through various technologies combined with Big Data analytical techniques is driving a push into the "Golden Age" of remote tracking of animals and the environment. From the abstract: "The unique perspective offered by big-data animal tracking enables a new view of animals as naturally evolved sensors of environment, which we think has the potential to help us monitor the planet in completely new ways. A massive multi-individual monitoring program would allow a quorum sensing of our planet, using a variety of species to tap into the diversity of senses that have evolved across animal groups, providing new insight on our world through the sixth sense of the global animal collective." (Full disclosure, yes, my brother is one of the publishers.)

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