News: Ideas Aren’t Intrinsically Valuable — executed ideas can be valuable, and Chinese hardware makers can execute faster than American ones. This shows up as Kickstarter products show up for sale in Shenzhen before the Kickstarter closes. (via BoingBoing)
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The World is Getting Better and Nobody Knows It — In Britain, only 10% of people thought that world poverty had decreased in the past 30 years. More than half thought it had increased. In the United States, only 5% answered (correctly) that world poverty had been almost halved in the last 20 years: 66% thought it had almost doubled.
Chaos Monkey 2.0 — it’s a sign of the times that a complex and useful piece of software in today’s world is one which randomly turns off services.