Innovation

Our Obsession With Smartphones Reduces Our Brain Power, Says Study | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/our-obsession-with-smartphones-reduces-our-brain-power-says-study/ The brain has a finite pool of attention resources – the “limited-capacity” cognitive resources. It seems that lots of smartphone use diminishes a person’s working memory capacity and “fluid intelligence” – the ability to solve novel problems independent of already stored information, which is called “crystallized intelligence”.

Happy 150th Canada: The Technologies | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/benchtalk/4458549/Happy-150th-Canada–The-Technologies?utm_content=bufferf5ea8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer Here’s a short list of technologies, not all electronic, that hail from the Great White North. Look also at some of Canada’s more famous engineers. 

Why the last thing open source needs is more corporate oversight – TechRepublic

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-the-last-thing-open-source-needs-is-more-corporate-oversight/ Well-intentioned people keep proposing solutions to open source governance and revenue models. They’re wrong. Here’s why. According to a new Black Duck survey, developers can’t get enough of open source, ramping up open source adoption by 60% last year. Why the uptick? A whopping 84% cited superior cost savings, ease-of-access, and no vendor lock-in. Open

What to know before you open source your project

https://opensource.com/article/17/6/what-know-you-open-source-your-project?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY Before your company makes a project open source, make sure you’re ready for all your new responsibilities to the community that forms around it. It’s the ecosystem, stupid With so much innovation happening in open source projects, why not take advantage of it across your product and supply chain?

Great DevOps engineers follow these five laws

https://opensource.com/open-organization/17/5/5-devops-laws “A good engineer is a lazy engineer,” some will say. And to a certain extent, it’s true: Laziness is a great quality if you’re automating repetitive tasks.” Banish the phrase, “I don’t know” . But saying, “I’ll have to do some research,” or “I know someone that might be able to point me in the

You Cannot Learn What You Think You Already Know

http://lifehacker.com/you-cannot-learn-what-you-think-you-already-know-1796095391?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” -Epictetus, Discourses, Book II, ch. 17 What It Means Be it a skill, craft, or just general knowledge, to improve yourself is to learn. But you cannot learn if you believe there is nothing left for you to learn. What if

Apple co-founder Wozniak: Motivation is more important than knowledge

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/12/apple-co-founder-wozniak-motivation-is-more-important-than-knowledge.html The most important ingredient to becoming successful is having motivation, says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. “If somebody is motivated and wants to do something, wanting — it’s emotional. That’s the person that is probably going to go out and find a way to actually get it done.” The Internet has made it possible for anyone with the

Radiators powered by excess computing energy are heating homes for free

https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/radiators-powered-excess-computing-energy-are-heating-homes-free_en.html Is this stupid or ingenious? French company Qarnot has developed small devices known as Q.rads, tiny remote computers that when networked together have the capacity to provide a cloud computing service to companies. The heat generated by the Q.rads, which are situated in residential and public buildings, is then used to heat the buildings,

People with creative personalities really do see the world differently | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/people-with-creative-personalities-really-do-see-the-world-differently/ As Pablo Picasso put it: Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. The idea that some people see more possibilities than others is central to the concept of creativity. Psychologists often measure creativity using divergent thinking tasks.  The aspect of our personality that appears