links for 2010-03-03

  • The GTFS transit feed specification defines a common format for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information. This document explains the types of files that comprise a GTFS transit feed and defines the fields used in all of those files.
  • I wasn't there at TED–full disclosure, I'm a TED dropout.
    So I didn't actually hear Bill Gates' talk on climate change and energy.
    All I did was read the report of the speech as described on the web. Gates was quoted as saying, "We need energy miracles."
    Bill Gates is flat out wrong. (Again. I have a tendency to see Mr. Gates as getting things wrong, starting with much about Microsoft and including his apparent theory of how to create social change. But that's not today's topic.)
    The fact is, we don't need energy miracles and calling for miracles gives the wrong impression about how to go about solving our serious energy policy dilemma.
    Yes we do need to make big changes in our national energy policy.
  • A good naming scheme is scalable, unique, and easy to remember. The purpose of these naming schemes is to name network computers, but it can also be used to name projects, variables, streets, pets, kids, or any other project where unique names and rememberable names are required.
  • Galileo is de Europese versie van het Amerikaanse (militaire) GPS-systeem. Veel precieser, en veel nieuwere en interessantere toepassingen! Ze worden dezer dagen gedemonstreerd in Brussel.
  • Star-trackers!!!
  • Ogden's Basic, and the concept of a simplified English, gained its greatest publicity just after the Allied victory in the Second World War as a tool for world peace. Although Basic English was not built into a program, similar simplifications have been devised for various international uses. Ogden's associate I. A. Richards promoted its use in schools in China. More recently, it has influenced the creation of Voice of America's Special English for news broadcasting, and Simplified English, another English-based controlled language designed to write technical manuals.

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