Towards Innovation and Productivity Improvement in Service Industries April 2007 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Commerce and Information Bureau, Japan

……”(6) Initiative to improve investment efficiency, productivity and competitiveness through the effective use of software (initiative by the government) Japanese companies, including those in service industries, generally tend to develop their own software, spending unnecessary costs for IT investment that does not lead to either differentiation or the creation of value added. They tend not to make “aggressive IT investment” that lead to an increase in value added or an expansion of the market. In order to improve investment efficiency of IT and link it to productivity growth and greater competitiveness, it is critical to start sharing software and to share the successful cases for strategic use.”

new research in residency program in Beijing DCF

# The DCF moves studio to downtown Beijing

The new Studio is a courtyard minutes from the Yonghegong / Lama Temple.
New contact details available here http://burb.tv/view/Meta:Contact

# Opening party Saturday July 28

Are you in Beijing, then drop by for food and drinks 17.00-21.00
Area map and description here http://burb.tv/view/Meta:Contact

# This summer the new RinR – Researcher in Residence program will start

Researchers and designers investigating China’s urban landscape are
invited to live and work in the DCF courtyard for 3 to 6 months.
Details to follow.

Online Auction to Support KET’s Defense Fund

Info@obeygiant.com
Subject: Online Auction to Support KETs Defense Fund
Date: Thu 26 Jul 2007 03:16:37 GMT+02:00

Online Auction to Support KET’s Defense Fund

Shepard has joined many of Alain Ket Mariduena’s friends in supporting his on going battle with the NYC courts by presenting an Art Benefit for Alain Ket’s Legal Defense. Art will be auctioned off on July 26th and an event will be held on August 1st in NYC with proceeds going towards the defense fund.

Alain Ket Maridueña is a publisher, writer, Hip Hop historian, activist and graffiti artist from New York City. He was charged in New York City courts (Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan) on counts of felony criminal mischief, possession of graffiti tools, and X., all relating to a search performed on his home in New York City in late 2006.

Alain Maridueña’s arrest had come in the context of a growing anti-graffiti sentiment in city government due to the growing gentrification of New York City and as part of the Mayor Bloomberg’s quality of life push, one started by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Alain’s arrest appears to be politically motivated attack for his involvement with Marc Ecko and Ecko’s successful lawsuits against the city of New York in order to hold a graffiti event and repealing a spray paint sales ban to 18 year olds. Many consider the charges against Alain excessive.

Alain’s court cases are ongoing and his family and friends will be raising funds to pay his legal defense, setting up public events to educate people about the incarceration of artists, and providing financial, logistical, and legal support to Alain throughout his proceedings.

For more information visit http://www.supportket.org and http://www.thewallsbelongtous.com

RISK list: iPhone security flaw

RISKS-LIST: Risks-Forum Digest Wednesday 25 July 2007 Volume 24 : Issue 75

Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 09:18:43 +0100
From: “Chris Leeson”
Subject: iPhone security flaw

I suppose it was inevitable – someone has found a security vulnerability in the iPhone:

Dan Goodin, “Jesus Phone” needs an exorcist; security flaw means demonic
possession for Apple iPhone, *The Register*, 24 Jul 2007
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/24/iphone_security_vulnerability/

If a person visits a malicious website, then the phone can be infected with malware. Not a direct attack (in other words, launchable from the person sitting next to you), but I expect that is coming…

I remember the days when the only thing you could do with a mobile phone was ring people…

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Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:16:36 +0100
From: Tim Panton
Subject: Risks of purism

In RISKS-24.74 PGN rightly casts doubt on the validity of ‘proof by simulation’.

I’m a fan of well designed simulations. In a former life I was involved in the testing of a control system for a chemical plant.

We created a faithful simulation of the plant, then arranged for our simulator to output voltages that mimicked the sensors that were in the real plant. We then plugged these outputs into the control system and went through a series of tests.

The results were totally unexpected. It failed, in some cases the simulated plant responded too slowly. We assumed that the problem was the simulation or the interfaces. After much study we concluded it wasn’t. The control system was at fault, and in a subtle way, the control blocks covering the most time critical loops had been spread over multiple processors and the
inter-processor communication was introducing a significant delay. The manufacturer ‘re-optimized’ the loops and the problem was fixed.

Used appropriately simulations (or stimulations ?) can tell you things you couldn’t easily find any other way, so should be in the toolbox of any serious tester.

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Volume 13, Issue 30

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Scottish Billionaire Pledges £1 Billion for Charitable
Efforts in Britain and Africa (7/20/07)

Scottish billionaire Sir Tom Hunter has pledged to donate
£1 billion, or roughly US$2 billion, during his lifetime to
charities in Britain and developing nations, the Times of
London reports.

Hunter, who made his fortune in the sportswear industry and is
Scotland’s richest man, said the funds would be drawn from his
investments in shopping centers and profits from his private
equity partnership, West Coast Capital, and would be distributed
through the Hunter Foundation. He has already committed £100 mil-
lion, and the time frame for donating the rest will depend on the
success of West Coast Capital. Hunter also said the foundation
would focus on three issues in its grantmaking: poverty allevia-
tion in Africa, the prevention of young people becoming “NEET”
(not in education, employment, or training), and leadership
development. To accomplish its goals, the foundation will create
strategic partnerships and work with local governments.

“There is more great wealth in fewer hands today than ever
before in history,” said Hunter, who was knighted in 2005 for
his service to entrepreneurship and philanthropy. “My own per-
sonal belief is that with great wealth comes great responsibil-
ity. Therefore, you’ve got to take care of these things if
wealth creation is still going to be seen as a positive force
by the rest of the population.”

Foster, Patrick. “The Businessman Who Plans to Give Away £1Bn.”
Times of London 7/18/07.

http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10008142/story

The Hometown Advantage Bulletin

The Hometown Advantage Bulletin
Issue #38 – July-August 2007

From: home_town_advantage@topica.email-publisher.com
Subject: Hometown Advantage Bulletin – July-August 2007
Date: Tue 24 Jul 2007 17:10:42 GMT+02:00

News:

Jul. 19, 2007
Arizona Bans Tax Breaks for Retail Development
Independent business owners were instrumental in advocating for the new law, which will put an end to the multi-million dollar subsidies that are routinely given to chain retail projects in the Phoenix metro.
http://www.newrules.org/retail/news_slug.php?slugid=361

In other media:

“Green” Wal-Mart: An Oxymoron?
by Neal Pierce, Washington Post Writers Group, Jun. 24, 2007
Wal-Mart has been harvesting kudos for its dramatic “green” promises. But author-activist Stacy Mitchell has tossed a firecracker into the Wal-Mart-environmentalist lovefest.
http://www.postwritersgroup.com/archives/peir070624.html

Resources:

Wal-Mart Maps
See which states have the most Wal-Mart stores and the most Wal-Mart square footage per capita, as well as a map of the 246 outlets Wal-Mart has abandoned.
http://www.newrules.org/retail/factsheets.html#maps

Big-Box Blight: The Spread of Dark Stores
A growing number of towns are inundated with chronically vacant big-box stores and shopping centers. Here’s how to prevent big-box blight in your community. This is the latest fact sheet added to ILSR’s Big Box Tool Kit.
http://bigboxtoolkit.com/images/pdf/bigboxblight.pdf

New Supercenter Traffic Study
Projections of the likely traffic impact of Wal-Mart and Target supercenters are significantly underestimating the actual volume of traffic, according to a new study.
Browse other key studies in the Big Box Tool Kit library.

Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses
“If you think the argument against the astoundingly fast spread of big box stores across America is simple or easily dismissed, try reading this.” — Ridenbaugh Press. Email us for information on multiple-copy discounts. Upcoming speaking events: Portsmouth, RI; St. Petersburg; and Miami. Also see the DVD, “Stacy Mitchell Talks about the Big-Box Swindle.”
Reviews, synopsis, and more: http://www.bigboxswindle.com

Thinking Outside the Big Box: California Workshops
Jeff Milchen of the American Independent Business Alliance is giving presentations in northern California this week. Not to be missed. See the schedule: http://amiba.net/presentation_schedule.html

Additions to the New Rules web site:

Two new ordinances in Fairfield, Connecticut, ensure that the city’s neighborhood business districts will be populated by small-scale, independent stores.

Cranston, Rhode Island, has proposed an ordinance that stipulates that development projects involving retail stores of 75,000 square feet or more must pass an economic impact review in order to be approved. If it passes, the ordinance, which is modeled on Maine’s new Informed Growth Act, would be one of the most comprehensive municipal big-box impact review laws in the nation.

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