Links for July 13th through July 14th

These are my links for July 13th through July 14th:

  • Bus rapid transit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Bus rapid transit (BRT) is a term applied to a variety of public transportation systems that use buses to provide a service that is of a higher speed than an ordinary bus line. Often this is achieved by making improvements to existing infrastructure, vehicles and scheduling. The goal of these systems is to approach the service quality of rail transit while still enjoying the cost savings of bus transit. The expression BRT is mainly used in North America; in Europe and Australia, it is often called a busway, while elsewhere, it may be called a quality bus.
  • Comments Dead, Twitter Holds Smoking Gun - At the recent Real-Time CrunchUp 2009, Khris Loux, CEO of one of the web's largest commenting services, announced the
    "death of the comment". This declaration was extremely significant as Loux's JS-Kit is currently installed on over 600,000 sites. He blames the death on social media sites like Twitter and Flickr and the rise of "parallel channels away from [the] product". In essence, dialogue has moved from a singular destination to a series of parallel but separate social networking channels. - I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT, TWITTER IS A LOVE/HATE THING.
  • Approval by a Blogger May Please a Sponsor - NYTimes.com - When Ford Motor flew her to Detroit this year for a test drive of the Fusion hybrid, she says, she expressed her true assessment on her blog, saying that she thought the vehicle would work for a family with teenagers, but would not fit the needs of her three children and a dog.

    “I still wrote my honest opinion,” said Mrs. Presnal, who did not receive a fee from Ford, but had her travel expenses paid. “If you don’t, in the long it’s going hurt your credibility.”

  • Chinese Steel Inquiry Broadens Beyond Rio Tinto - NYTimes.com - It now includes accusations of widespread bribery in business dealings, as well as allegations that the four workers paid for detailed government trade and manufacturing data to give Rio Tinto executives an edge in iron ore negotiations with Chinese state-controlled steelmakers. - WAIT, BRIBERY IS NORMAL BUSINESS PRACTICE THERE!
  • China Seeks Dominance in Clean Energy - NYTimes.com - China has built the world’s largest solar panel manufacturing industry by exporting over 95 percent of its output to the United States and Europe. But when China authorized its first solar power plant this spring, it required that at least 80 percent of the equipment be made in China.

    When the Chinese government took bids this spring for 25 large contracts to supply wind turbines, every contract was won by one of seven domestic companies. All six multinationals that submitted bids were disqualified on various technical grounds, like not providing sufficiently detailed data.

    This spring, the Chinese government banned virtually any installation of wind turbines with a capacity of less than 1,000 kilowatts — excluding 850-kilowatt designs, a popular size for European manufacturers. - HAHA, TYPICAL TACTICS BY CHINA, REMEMBER WE FEED THEM OUR MONEY FOR CRAPPY PRODUCTS, LET'S STOP THAT AND BUILD IN THE USA!

  • China Risks Apple’s Reputation by Letting Factories Flout Law - Bloomberg.com - Apple Inc., which relies on Chinese manufacturers for its iPhones and iPod music players, found 45 of the 83 factories it audited last year didn’t pay proper overtime and 23 provided less than minimum wage, according to its 2009 progress report on supplier responsibility. The Cupertino, California-based company required them to adjust practices to ensure correct payments, it said in the report.
  • Neural Network Prediction of NFL Football Games - Neural Network Prediction of NFL Football Games - Here's how he did it. Got a high accuracy rate but nothing on point spreads
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