Thursday, February 22, 2018

First LFT presentation and training

First training and public presentation to refer to lft-Australia as the inverse of the prisoner's dilemma and their applications we did it with ourselves and with farmers. How some of the farmer succeeded and how some of them failed for lacking of cooperation.

Monday, February 19, 2018

How to Find All Files Containing Specific Text on Linux | Linux Quick Tips

You can use the Grep command with a few options to achieve this:

$ grep -Ril "specific_text" directory

  • R option search recursively in subdirectories and in symbolic links
  • i option is for case-insensitive search
  • l option will print only the name of the files instead of printing the matching lines

How to Find All Files Containing Specific Text on Linux | Linux Quick Tips

The sudden death of the website | TechCrunch

The sudden death of the website | TechCrunch

You may not know me or even my company,
LivePerson, but you’ve certainly used my invention. In 1995, I came up
with the technology for those chat windows that pop up on websites.
Today, more than 18,000 companies around the world, including big-name
brands like T-Mobile, American Express, Citibank and Nike, use our
software to communicate with their millions of customers. Unlike most
startup founders who saw the birth of the internet in the mid-1990s, I
am still CEO of my company.
My longevity in this position gives me a unique perspective on the
changes that have happened over the past two decades, and I see one
happening right now that will radically transform the internet as we
know it.

When we started building websites in the mid-’90s, we had great
dreams for e-commerce. We fundamentally thought all brick-and-mortar
stores would disappear and everything dot-com would dominate. But
e-commerce has failed us miserably. Today, less than 15 percent of
commerce occurs through a website or app, and only a handful of brands
(think: Amazon, eBay and Netflix) have found success with e-commerce at
any real scale. There are two giant structural issues that make websites
not work: HTML and Google.

The web was intended to bring humanity’s vast trove of content,
previously cataloged in our libraries, to mass audiences through a
digital user experience — i.e. the website. In the early years, we were
speaking in library terms about “browsing” and “indexing,” and in many
ways the core technology of a website, called HTML (Hypertext Markup
Language), was designed to display static content — much like library

But retail stores aren’t libraries, and the library format can’t be
applied to online stores either. Consumers need a way to dynamically
answer the questions that enable them to make purchases. In the current
model, we’re forced to find and read a series of static pages to get
answers — when we tend to buy more if we can build trust over a series
of questions and answers instead.
The second problem with the web is Google. When we started to build
websites in the ’90s, everyone was trying to design their virtual stores
differently. On one hand, this made them interesting and unique; on the
other, the lack of industry standards made them hard to navigate — and
really hard to “index” into a universal card catalog.

Then Google stepped in around 1998. As Google made it easier to find
the world’s information, it also started to dictate the rules through
the PageRank algorithm, which forced companies to design their websites
in a certain way to be indexed at the top of Google’s search results.
But its one-size-fits-all structure ultimately makes it flawed for

Now, almost every website looks the same — and performs poorly.
Offline, brands try to make their store experiences unique to
differentiate themselves. Online, every website — from Gucci to the Gap —
offers the same experience: a top nav, descriptive text, some pictures
and a handful of other elements arranged similarly. Google’s rules have
sucked the life out of unique online experiences. Of course, as
e-commerce has suffered, Google has become more powerful, and it
continues to disintermediate the consumer from the brand by imposing a
terrible e-commerce experience.
I am going to make a bold prediction: In 2018, we will see the first major brand shut down its website.

There also is a hidden knock-on effect of bad website design. As much
as 90 percent of calls placed to a company’s contact center originate
from its website. The journey looks like this: Consumers visit a website
to get answers, become confused and have to call. This has become an
epidemic, as contact centers field 268 billion calls per year at a cost
of $1.6 trillion.

To put that in perspective, global advertising spend is $500 billion,
meaning the cost of customer care — these billions of phone calls — is
three times more than a company’s marketing expenses. More importantly,
they create another bad consumer experience. How many times have we been
put on hold by a company when it can’t handle the volume of incoming
queries? Websites and apps have, in fact, created more phone calls — at
increased cost — and upended digital’s promise to make our lives easier.

There is something innate to our psychology in getting our questions
answered through a conversation that instills the confidence in us to
spend money. This is why there is so much chatter about bots and AI
right now. They tap into an inner understanding about the way things get
done in the real world: through conversations. The media are putting
too much focus on bots and AI destroying jobs. Instead, we should
explore how they will make our lives easier in the wake of the web’s
massive shortfalls.

As I have discovered the truth about e-commerce, in some ways it made
me feel a sense of failure from what my hopes and dreams were when I
started in the industry. I have a lot of hope now that what I call
“conversational commerce” — interactions via messaging, voice (Alexa and
so on) and bots — will finally deliver on the promise of powering
digital commerce at the scale we all dreamt about.
I am going to make a bold prediction based on my work with 18,000
companies and bringing conversational commerce to life: In 2018, we will
see the first major brand shut down its website. The brand will shift
how it connects with consumers — to conversations, with a combination of
bots and humans, through a messaging front end like SMS or Facebook. We
are already working with several large brands to make this a reality.

When the first website ends, the dominoes will fall fast. This will
have a positive impact on most companies in transforming how they
conduct e-commerce and provide customer care. For Google, however, this
will be devastating.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Free Software Foundation receives $1 million donation from Pineapple Fund — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software

Free Software Foundation receives $1 million donation from Pineapple Fund — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software:

The anonymous Pineapple Fund has donated $1 million worth of Bitcoin
to promote and defend free software, computer user freedom, and
digital rights.

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) announced it has received a record-breaking
charitable contribution of 91.45 Bitcoin from the Pineapple Fund,
valued at $1 million at the time of the donation. This gift is a
testament to the importance of free software, computer user freedom,
and digital rights when technology is interwoven with daily life.

"Free software is more than open source; it is a movement that
encourages community collaboration and protects users' freedom," wrote
Pine, the Pineapple Fund's founder. "The Free Software Foundation does
amazing work, and I'm certain the funds will be put to good use."

"The FSF is honored to receive this generous donation from the
Pineapple Fund in service of the free software movement," said John
Sullivan, FSF executive director. "We will use it to further empower
free software activists and developers around the world. Now is a
critical time for computer user freedom, and this gift will make a
tremendous difference in our ability, as a movement, to meet the

The anonymous Pineapple Fund, created to give away $86 million worth
of Bitcoin to charities and social causes, "is about
making bold and smart bets that hopefully impact everyone in our

The FSF believes free software does impact everyone, and this gift from
the Pineapple Fund will be used to:

  • Increase innovation and the number of new projects in high priority
    areas of free software development, including the GNU Project;

  • Expand the FSF's licensing, compliance, and hardware device
    certification programs;

  • Bring the free software movement to new audiences;

  • Contribute to the long-term stability of the organization.

Pineapple Fund - Wikipedia

Bitcoins for charity?

Pineapple Fund - Wikipedia

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Driverless Future Threatens the Laws of Real Estate - Bloomberg

A Driverless Future Threatens the Laws of Real Estate - Bloomberg

But now, the dawn of the driverless car—promising a utopia of
stress-free commutes, urban playgrounds and the end of parking
hassles—threatens to complicate the calculus for anyone buying property.

estate might be the industry that is most transformed by autonomous
vehicles,” said David Silver, who teaches self-driving engineering at
Udacity Inc., an online university that has enrolled more than 10,000
students who want in on the transport of the future. “It could change
real estate from a business that is all about location, location,

It may take a while: The earliest examples of
driverless services—buses, taxis and delivery vans—have already arrived,
but widespread consumer adoption might not be here for a decade. And
almost half a century passed from Henry Ford’s 1908 Model T, the first
car for the masses, before suburbs designed for drivers took hold. And
that’s why investors like Ric Clark, chairman of Brookfield Property Partners LP, the world’s largest real estate investment company, admit they’re involved in little more than guesswork.