Dervaes lives on a micro-farm in the middle of Pasadena, where she and her family depend mostly on the land to live. What they have: a chicken coop, dwarf goats, edible landscaping and a front-porch farmstand. With just one-fifth of an acre to work with, she, her siblings and her dad have been able to make a living growing vegetables and hosting workshops. Last year, they produced $60,000 worth of sales on their property.
“The backyard is the most wasted space in America. It’s been a learning process,” Jules Dervaes, the patriarch of the family, says. “To consistently produce a large amount of food for 10 years without depleting the soil has been difficult.”
The operation is called Urban Homestead, and it’s a city farm with an educational focus. Produce is sold on the front porch or online, and workshops, from making bone broth to fermentation, are held inside the house.
“We’ll invite a select number of companies to an exotic Mediterranean islandwhere they can escape the mental noise of the day-to-day and focus on the things that really matter. Your co-founding team will be connected to the biggest names in the industry, receive 1:1 mentorship and training, have the opportunity to pitch to international investors, get connected with international media, and will embark on an investors roadshow pitching in five different cities at the end of the program.”
Hundreds of millions of particle collisions take place every second, at the heart of LHC's detectors. The sensors generate about one petabyte of data every second, an amount no computing system in the world could be able to store if it was generated for any prolonged period.
Most of the data is discarded quickly, as sophisticated systems select what could be of interest for the scientists and filter out the clutter. Then, tens of thousands of processor cores go even further and choose just one percent of the remaining events - information which then gets stored and is later analyzed by physicists.
The datacenter can save 6GB of data per second at the peak rate of the LHC. However, this gigantic machine doesn't run 24/7. "We're expecting about 30 petabytes per year of LHC run two - that would represent something like 250 years of high-definition video," Frédéric Hemmer, IT department head, told ZDNet.
Buying Minecraft allowed Microsoft to deploy billions in cash parked overseas (and far from the U.S. taxman). Forbes identifies Spotify, Shazam, Soundcloud and other acquisition candidates for US companies looking to use their international cash reserves.
In an on-stage interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of products, laid out new details of Project Loon, the company’s outlandish-sounding plan to provide wireless connectivity via hot-air balloons. Each helium-filled balloon will carry a solar-powered LTE antenna and is designed to hover at the edge of the atmosphere, beaming down wireless signals. The balloons are each designed to provide Internet access to an area about the size of Rhode Island, so with enough of them working in tandem, the company will be able to eliminate the need for costly cell towers in the developing world, says Pichai.
Zuckerberg said Facebook’s primary attempt to expand online access is Internet.org, an initiative to establish basic standards for Internet service around the world. In practical terms, that means Facebook has assembled a collection of low-bandwidth apps—such as Wikipedia, health-research tools, and Facebook itself—that it can package and give away to regional carriers for use on the phones they sell. Zuckerberg said he has spent much of the past year traveling to evangelize for the program and to persuade people who have never gone online “why they would ever want to be on the Internet.”
Approximately 52 percent of container ships that leave Asia for the East Coast today opt to traverse the arguably less secure Suez Canal, which cuts through Egypt to connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas. The Panama Canal’s upgrade may soon bring the bulk of intercontinental traffic its way. The expansion will shake up shipping patterns and make trade more efficient by requiring less time, fuel, and money to get more products to U.S. ports--just as the original canal’s opening did in 1914.
Infor hosted its annual innovation summit at its HQ in New York, and while there were plenty of Powerpoint slides across the day and a half (and I will post my thoughts on Deal Architect) that accented Infor’s wide portfolio of industry solutions and customers, I allowed my mind to drift every so often and enjoy the diverse aesthetics of the event
Celebration of Design and Color
It helps to have a captive design agency, and it shows in the stunning interior of the HQ as I have blogged here before. SL Green Realty Corp is making significant improvements to the outside - to restore the façade of the historic building and to build a bocce court on the rooftop.
The breakfast bar the in-house chef served led me to text my wife photos – she would have devoured the fruit selection. I took time to enjoy the burst of colors.
Celebration of Music
From the antique cello in the executive area and the breakout sessions in the huddle rooms named after music greats, to the jazz music (with pianist Eric Lewis) the guests enjoyed over dessert and coffee at the Southgate at the Marriott Essex House, music always seemed to be in the air
Celebration of People
Charles Phillips (CEO), Duncan Angove (co-President), Pam Murphy (COO) and Riaz Raihan (Chief Solutions Officer) were a small subset of the execs who presented and their early education at USAF Academy, U. of London (UK), U of Cork (Ireland) and S.P. Jain (Mumbai, India) reflects the diversity of talent Charles has pulled together.
Ziad Neimeldeen, Chief Scientist shared a slide on the types of skills at Infor's Dynamic Science Labs near MIT in Cambridge, MA.
I was impressed at the wide range of analysts, bloggers and journalists Infor invited to the event - below is a quarter of the list on the stunning two story digital display that dominates the lobby.
Thanks to the analyst relations team at Infor for a thoughtful agenda that allowed us to enjoy a feast for many of our senses.
The centerpiece of their work is a smartphone- and tablet-based diagnostic tool called Cellscope, which has been customized to identify a range of problems. One group is using it to diagnose tuberculosis in respiratory tract sputum and malaria in blood. Another is diagnosing eye injuries and diseases. Others are developing Cellscope applications to detect parasites, cancers and diseases that impact agriculture.
Their innovation turns a phone into the image capture and analysis component of a system that uses bright-field and fluorescence microscopy to identify disease-causing organisms in patient fluid samples. They have created another phone attachment with a lens and LED bulbs to scan the eye for signs of injury or disease.
Combining the hardware and software with cellular connectivity also opens up the possibility of telemedicine to bring the diagnostic power once cloistered in hospital labs to regions lacking doctors, clinics and infrastructure. “With these platforms, you can test a patient in one place, transmit the data to another place and get a diagnosis from a distant expert,” says Fletcher.