Ghost towns live longer

Ghost towns live longer

Ta prohm in grob-angkor. Image: erik-jan ouwerkerk

The eerily edifying demise of cities

Those who separate the urban architectural scenes of video and computer games from the unity of time, space and action will consider them to be pure fantasy. The city of the future is at "factory fifteen" compiled from billowing honeycombs of housing that contradict any rational tectonics. The residential order is open upwards and to the underground. In the light of antique lanterns cows rest as representatives of absent residents. The townhouse seems to have swallowed the moon, which illuminates the pale night blue of the wall folds. One city away, the residential silos of the conceptual artist daniel dociu rise up like houses of cards made of mirror-like cracked glass, into which they can crash at any time. And the tower of babel is built in ever new variations. What is raised on one side collapses on the other.

Kietzbote brings packages from the microdepot to the house

Kietzbote brings packages from the microdepot to the house

Kietmboten prevail the suppliers in a berlin pilot project, which were no matter which parcel service providers via the last mile to the addressee. Since this week you are traveling in charlottenburg-wilmersdorf and bring the packages when the addressees would wish you. The logistics companies deliver their packages to a microdepot, from there they will be moved on load rackets or handcarts.

Addressees do not send the senders to the senders, but the kiezboten delivery address. If a package has arrived, the addressees with a smartphone app can determine the time window in which they want to be supplied from the kietmen. Previously, you must register for the service.

Less car traffic in the district

In the research project kopkib (customer-oriented parcel delivery by the kiezboten) of the university of applied sciences for technology and economics berlin involved are the online handler zalando se, the wheel logistics company cycle logistics cl gmbh and the research department of logistics consultation 4flow ag. First of all, they want to test the encouragement and conditions for a service on the last mile, which should provide that the vans of dhl, ups, hermes co. Not all have to drive himself through the neighborhood, but only control a central point from which the goods are distributed environmentally friendly.

Death of a visionar: lee kun hee developed samsung to technology giants

Death of a Visionar: Lee Kun Hee developed Samsung to technology giants

Advanced and criticized, universality and yet as eccentrics vomited: lee kun hee was one of the most advisable and most powerful economic drivers sudkoreas. Only rarely dear the richest man of the country interview. Also rar were his public appearances. His backment was in strong contrast to the meaning of samsung as a large mixed group of the country, whose undisputed chairman and leading visionar he was a long time. Lee died on sunday in a hospital in seoul, as samsung announced. He was 78 years old.

1987: samsung build on the sony competitor

The ambitious lee already sat down the goal of expanding samsung to the world group. Under his line, the group flagship samsung electronics developed for the world-growing manufacturer of memory chips. In addition, the technology line today is a large producer of smartphones and televisions.

The rise of samsung to the high-tech company had his beginning in 1974, when there is still under lele’s father and group primer lee byung chull with the superscript of hankook semiconductor in the semiconductor business. Lee kun hee had the leadership of the chaebol – as sudkorean family companies overall – after the death of his father 1987. His vision: samsung should offer the forehead as a technology group of coarse japanese companies like sony. The son cremated samsung radical around: "we need a second start to catapult ourselves in the top ten of the technological top companies in the world", he explained then. In 1988, samsung brought his first mobile phone to market.

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Cyberspace installations: do-it-yourself narrative composition for the 90s

One of the most dramatic lessons i’ve learned from developing complex hypermedia narratives for cyberspace (like my forthcoming grammatron) instead of creating a traditional manuscript bound for print-reality, is how the narrative artist of today is totally dependent on the development of new network technologies as well as the skills and talents of other collaborators working in the field. Composing in networked-narrative environments inevitably leads one to recognize that his/her forms are constantly metamorphosing depending on what new ensemble of participants the hypermedia team consists of as well as what new technologies are being integrated into the web-development scene. This sort of co-dependency on emerging technologies raises some interesting questions, like, "will all hypermedia narrative projects, no matter how politically-correct their content may think itself to be, endorse the development of commercial products emerging out of the new media industry?"

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Grohe: nuclear power is the legacy of the socialists

Grohe: nuclear power is the legacy of the socis

The cdu secretary-general tries desperately to justify the government’s change in nuclear policy

The cdu is in serious trouble with the extension of the operating life of nuclear power plants, the fukushima disaster and merkel’s sudden change of course before the state elections. This has become even stronger with the move into opposition in baden-wurttemberg. The fact that seven nuclear power plants could be shut down without any problems with the moratorium and now eight nuclear power plants are off the grid with krummel has not exactly strengthened the black-yellow energy policy with the extended nuclear bridge.

Bavarian prime minister seehofer is now pushing for the fastest possible phase-out and decommissioning of the old reactors, while federal environment minister rottgen is demanding that the old nuclear power plants had to be protected against an airplane crash, which would also amount to a final decommissioning of the old reactors. Fdp secretary general lindner wants to shut down the eight reactors now shut down, justice minister leutheusser-schnarrenberger supports demand. Other fdp politicians see this as undermining the moratorium and do not want to go along with such a turnaround, in which they agree with parts of the cdu. Josef schlarmann, president of the cdu/csu’s association for small and medium-sized businesses and the economy (mit), is also pushing back against merkel’s course of accelerating the phase-out of nuclear power plants. Naturally, part of the business community is also against shutting down all the old reactors; bdi president hans-peter keitel warns against an overhasty decision and criticizes rottgen in particular.

Thinking from the bed

Thinking from the bed

Carl spitzweg: the poor poet (neue pinakothek). Image: the yorck project/cc0

Where do we get the decision to get out of bed every morning??

From the conviction buried in our bowels of the finiteness of our life.

The end of the “patrol-based approach”

The end of the'patrouillengestutzten ansatzes'

Graphic: eu commission

New eu border security systems relied on billion-dollar, high-budget technology. But also "intelligence means" are used for pre-clearance activities

Denmark wants to push ahead with the european union’s rigid migration policy. The government in copenhagen currently holds the eu presidency and has set several corresponding priorities in its presidential program. In addition to the change of the schengen border code, the implementation of the "electronic entry and exit system" as well as the "program for privileged frequent travelers" operated. The eurosur border security system, which will cost hundreds of millions of euros, is particularly pleasing to the arms industry.

Hdr photography

From michael freeman

HDR photography

The hdr technique promises, with the help of an exposure series the brightness circumference of a motif complete – without eating lights or accumulated shadows – to the photo. How to work in detail what problems appear and how to repel, the photographer is explained by the photographer michael freeman based on numerous successful examples. He does not dislike hdr-typical backlight and night scenes, but shows how almost "normal" photos with hdr technology can be further improved. As a practitioner, he does not blend from spectacular effects and keeps the goal of a possible photographic appearance of the result always in view.

Freeman is based on the hdr programs photomatix, fdrtools, pfstools and easyhdr as well as the hdr functions of photoshop, allowing their settings and evaluates the results of the tonemapping called contrast reduction. The latter rarely supplies perfect results right. Therefore, the preparation of the individual photos and the post-processing are dedicated relatively much space. Hdr workflow with seven case studies as well as instructions for hdr stitching (summarizing gross pictures from individual images) round off the practical part. Sometimes even two programs have (freeman’s favorites are photomatix and fdrtools) sequentially act on the same hdr image. Photoshop is used almost exclusively for post-processing of the reduced hdr image.

Vulnerabilities of the book are in the rather wide-based theoretical part, because the completions often remain out of focus and sometimes even faulty. Value is trying to find a uniform terminology for hdr-typical effects and problems. Under the dash serves his book but professionals and laymen, the tips and concrete instructions for these still very labor-consuming but worthwhile technology. (rst)

Expert: “chrysler will disappear”

In ten to 20 years, an indian and two chinese car manufacturers are located next to toyota, hyundai kia, volkswagen, gm and ford to the dominant manufacturers in the world. "Chrysler will have disappeared," says industryskenner ralf kalmbach from the company consulting roland berger to the technologie magazin technology review in its current ie 9/2008.

With the entry of manufacturers from developing courses in the automotive industry, the industry has changed fundamentally. The indian automaker tata show with his nano that a car with a surbaceable basic functionality and little comfort must cost only 1700 euros. Production costs the manufacturer saves, for example, by using simple technology and components that have already developed suppliers already developed. For example, bosch has developed a motor control based on a motorcycle system, which has been developed on a motorcycle system and has been further developed with a surbaceable effort – despite low costs, it throws a considerable profit for the supplier. Even in safety, according to kalmbach there are rough smears. But "a tata nano does not replace a vw polo, but a two- or tricycle. The security gain for the customer is enormous despite the simpler technology ".

The cost efficiency of the indian manufacturer has consequences for the established auto industry. Because already many customers are no longer ready to pay a lot of money for a car. "In the past, the suppliers were gagged, but the overall process did not optimize. Now the established manufacturers can learn from cheap producers that they no longer need to do everything – instead you can take standards and save resources where there is a supplier’s development anyway."

Logistics multi order 500 rivergas trucks from iveco

The jost group, one of the large pan-european transport and logistics companies based in belgium, has ordered 500 heavy-trucks of type iveco stralis np (natural power). They are operated with incremented natural gas (lng). Lng is present at times in heavy long-distance traffic than the only true alternative to diesel fuel. By 2020, the jost group wants to increase the river-dash-operated portion of its truck fleet to 35 percent.

The stralis np is according to iveco the most sustainable heavy duty cars for long-distance traffic. The first 150 vehicles will be delivered to the jost group in 2018, until 2020 will then drive all 500.

For this purpose, the jost group is building a separate lng petrol station network in central europe (especially in germany), with up to three gas stations in the gross belgian.