i do not have to do anything.

i can just stop and do absolutely nothing that no one would ever even know about … kinda like i do now, but without even using a keyboard.  i don’t think it would really matter much one way or the other.  would it?  so, why do i type?  why do i bother doing anything?  i’m still not sure why.  are you sure why you do what you do?  yet,  sometimes i think i do know why i’m doing something and it does matter, or i just pretend i think that and sometimes that is good enough.

i know that mostly i type because it helps keep my mind quieter some nights.  i have so many thoughts and it doesn’t seem like they go away until i let them go, and this has always been my favorite mode.  i just litter the cloud, mostly.

Japan considers regulating, taxing Bitcoin

Gigaom

In the wake of the MtGox collapse, Japan is looking into regulating Bitcoin — including a possible tax on the cryptocurrency, according to a report Tuesday.

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said that the finance ministry and national tax agency are looking into ways to govern Bitcoin transactions. Officials think that purchases made with the digital currency should be taxed according to existing consumption and corporate tax laws, said the Yomiuri Shimbun, although the report did not cite any sources.

The move would mean Bitcoin would be treated not as a currency, but as a commodity, like gold. Money made from trading the currency online could be taxed, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

The U.S. is taking the opposite approach — for now. Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that the U.S. federal reserve can’t regulate Bitcoin because it operates outside of the banking system. She did…

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Why the internet of things is big data’s latest killer app — if you do it right

my thoughts … if we automate too many acts in our life, we need to be sure to use that efficiency to expand our compassion or I really don’t want to live on a planet with a bunch of super auto pilot humans!

Gigaom

Every year, nearly 2 million people contract infections while staying at the hospital, and inadequate handwashing is a big cause. It turns out we might be able to help fix the handwashing problem with help from intelligent sensors, and a Huntsville, Ala.-based sensor-network company called Synapse Wireless is working on just such a system for its hospital-industry customers. However, the trick to pulling it off isn’t just having the right sensors, it’s also having the right tools in place behind the scenes, on the servers that act as the sensors’ brains and tell them what to do.

Essentially, Synapse’s system is like a real-time monitor, reminding people to wash their hands when there’s not a malpractice lawyer hanging around to do it for them. A very simple implementation might go like this: When a nurse enters a room, a sensor on the name badge will send that information to a server, which…

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UK Advisor Involved In Britain’s Internet Filter Arrested For Child Porn

sigh. child pornography is rampant. the trafficking of child sex slaves is a thriving industry. the obligation we have to ensure a protective future for our children is to put their needs as a priority rather than an after thought.

TechCrunch

A top British Prime Minister advisor, who helped design the country’s controversial Internet filtering program, has been arrested for possessing child pornography. Patrick Rock was arrested at his home a day after Prime Minister David Cameron’s office learned about the investigation.

“This is an ongoing investigation so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but the Prime Minister believes that child abuse imagery is abhorrent and that anyone involved with it should be properly dealt with under the law,” said a spokesperson.

Britain has come under fire for its Internet filtering program, which can inadvertently block sensitive culture topics that overlap with common porn terms. The program accidentally “led to the creation of filters that not only cover hardcore pornography, but hate speech, self-harm, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, dating, nudity, violence, gambling, social networking, file-sharing, games and more,” explained Wired UK.

Despite the embarrassing arrest, there is no announced…

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A day at Singularity University, where the future belongs to glowing plants and robotic elephants

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Men and women in suits and sweatshirts mill about, speaking in a mash of languages. It’s midway through the week at the Singularity University executive program, a seven-day institute offered several times a year where, for $12,000 a ticket, participants get a crash course in fields like biotechnology, neuroscience and robotics.

“Burning Down the House” blares over the speakers, prompting everyone to settle into their chairs. Inventor and serial founder Saul Griffith takes the stage. He wears a beard, jeans tucked into boots and a shirt the color of an ice cream sundae. It’s difficult to tell if he’s about to chastise the room or give a speech. He announces that he hasn’t prepared anything, so he’s just going to give a tour of his desktop.

Singularity University Saul Griffith Saul Griffith presents a robotic arm sling. It has no hard parts, yet it can improve strength and bring control back to people who…

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Yahoo Buys Social Data Visualization Firm Vizify, Will Shut It Down

so, you buy up all the different ways to look at data so you can control the view … clever.

TechCrunch

Today Vizify announced that Yahoo has acquired it, adding yet another small company to the purple acquisition machine. Vizify helped its users better visualize and graph their social lives in the format of a personal website of sorts.

Vizify, a company founded in 2011, had raised $1.46 million in its life. Given that its last round of funding came in 2012, the timing of the exit-ish makes sense. The company would likely have needed to either raise more money, or find a new home. Yahoo has very welcome arms these days.

Yahoo will shut down what the company built. The company will issue refunds to paying users. It is also not accepting more new user signups. Vizify is essentially no more.

The price of of the acquisition was not made known, though we are looking into the matter. Given the size of the company in question, its past funding, and its…

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