We've spent the week talking about catalyzing direction and what leaders in open organizations do differently. A lively Twitter chat with Thomas Cameron, Charlene Li, Marten Mickos, Marco Bill Peter, and many others provided outstanding takeaways. Let's look at a few of them to see if we can derive any best practices or new ideas.read more
The British men fighting with pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine
UTV Media agrees to sell its television stations to ITV for £100m.
The search for a British man missing in Australia after failing to return from an evening swim has been called off, New South Wales Police say.
Quartz describes an MIT study with the surprising conclusion that at least in some circumstances, an algorithm can not only sift numbers faster than humans (after all, that's what computers are best at), but also discern relevant factors within a complex data set more accurately and more quickly than can teams of humans. In a competition involving 905 human teams, a system called the Data Science Machine, designed by MIT master's student Max Kanter and his advisor, Kalyan Veeramachaneni, beat most of the humans for accuracy and speed in three tests of predictive power, including one about "whether a student would drop out during the next ten days, based on student interactions with resources on an online course." Teams might have looked at how late students turned in their problem sets, or whether they spent any time looking at lecture notes. But instead, MIT News reports, the two most important indicators turned out to be how far ahead of a deadline the student began working on their problem set, and how much time the student spent on the course website. ... The Data Science Machine performed well in this competition. It was also successful in two other competitions, one in which participants had to predict whether a crowd-funded project would be considered “exciting” and another if a customer would become a repeat buyer.
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A light aircraft has crashed into a residential area of the Colombian capital, Bogota killing five people and injuring seven.
Election countdown in Tanzania +++ President Alpha Conde wins elections in Guinea +++ Ghana chokes under tons of uncleared waste
The Duke of Cambridge is to deliver a speech on the illegal ivory trade for broadcast on Chinese state TV, as the country's president arrives in the UK for a state visit.
The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg on an email urging ministers to keep quiet on airport expansion.
Tensions build as thousands of migrants heading north through Balkan states find their route to Western Europe stalled by new controls.
Ubuntu Phone Music App is the perfect example of platform convergence. It's pretty much the same code running on the phones and on the desktop, but that doesn't mean that it can't be improved, tremendously.
More parents will be able to ask for their children's passports to be cancelled as part of a new counter-extremism strategy to be revealed by David Cameron.
Developing nations are crying foul over the latest draft of a global climate agreement to be inked in Paris. A rift has opened between developing and developed countries on how to share the task of curbing emissions.
The mother of champion Australian surfer Mick Fanning says a South African KFC advert which makes light of his attack by a shark is "disrespectful".
Several thousand protesters have marched through the streets of the Montenegrin capital, demanding the resignation of PM Milo Djukanovic and the formation of an interim government. Police have responded with tear gas.
Ichijo writes: Several years ago, Slashdot reported that the Amiga community had developed a way to restore old, yellowed ABS plastic to like-new condition, and they put the recipe for the gel, dubbed Retr0bright, into the public domain. Since then, it was discovered that the effect of the gel is only temporary, and plastic treated with the gel soon reverts to its original yellowed state even when efforts are made to block it from additional UV light. Now, Amiga enthusiast Philippe Lang has created a new Kickstarter campaign to design and build new, improved molds for Amiga 1200 housings and do a licensed production run using anti-UV ASA plastic in the original color plus black, transparent, and 9 other colors. His team is also investigating the feasibility of producing new Amiga 1200 keyboards if this campaign succeeds. This follows a successful production run by Commodore 64 enthusiasts of new C64c housings using the original injection molds and new C64 motherboards designed to modern standards and production methods. And a new Amiga 1200 clone motherboard is also in the works.
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n this tutorial we are going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to install Citadel on a CentOS 7 VPS. Citadel is an open source messaging and collaboration platform.
The epic quest to reach the loneliest place on the Arctic ice
China's economy grew 6.9% in the third quarter, official figures show, the weakest growth since the global financial crisis.