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  1. Free SCV
    March 24, 2011

    Hopefully the same crowd sourcing can be applied to politics and daily voting of important contract law binding proposed laws before snuck into office. I read above about “could be applied to other things, real time, from everyone” and all I could think of was voting beside politicians on important decisions and new/old laws.

    Course I think of it a lot:

    This mapping of areas by users has been done for pot holes in Europe (easy fixes, called in by residents)
    http://www.mysociety.org/ – Main Site
    http://www.mysociety.org/projects/ – Projects
    http://www.mysociety.org/projects/fixmystreet/ – Fix My Street pot hole thing

    http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/fubkl/i_just_got_into_a_korean_hotel_i_heard_the/ – Originally a speed test from an awesome fiber hotel in Korea turning into comparing speed test results for around the world with each other, comparing prices of net. Romania, Swede, Netherlands, Japan, S Korea, and N American Universities all got fiber, 100x faster then cable/dsl, often in same city as N American residents…

    ….I believe in the swarm! Just shows a Canuck how badly our ISP’s are soaking us for poor service AND now removing unlimited plans for cell phone style rates! Lovely!

    …but by seeing the damage from all the people, you can better act on the problems.

    Perhaps you wouldn’t have to worry if water is safe to drink, food is ok to eat, or if it’s alright to live near the nuclear plant if the people of the world, not wanting Japan’s fate upon already problem dissasters, simply downvoted nuclear energy production for wind and solar…..not ALLOWING their taxes to go towards mutants, health problems, and not knowing if you can have kids or not. It’s a lot of power but too messy and too hard to dispose of (safely, burying it in the ground doesn’t count to reverse the damage, simply containing it till the next quake in that area ruins everything)

    Sorry, Slashdot brought me here, these are my thoughts on nuclear and crowd sourcing stuff. I just wanna vote down problems /w a system built for someone as ignorant as me to help contribute to our people. :)

  2. hot tubs
    March 25, 2011

    It is important to be aware of Japan’s problem about nuclear radiation. We must be aware of negative effects of radiation to our health. This blog will help us to be educated about the situation of nuclear radiation in Japan. I hope this radiation will be controlled and no life will be destructed.

  3. rchoetzlein
    March 26, 2011

    The title of the article seems a bit misleading, giving the impression that there is a community of large numbers of people recording radiation data, when in fact none of the examples provided are really crowd-sourced.

    The first is by the company Minlab, a network which has only about 10 actual locations, some of which were setup by the company itself. The second graphic is from STUBBY web, a project to automatically collect data from various web sources. The last graphic is from the Japanese government, which has several sensors throughout the country.

    Although public efforts to measure radiation would be interesting, none of these sites necessarily implies a large increase in human or community efforts to gather radiation data.
    A better title for the article might be Sensor Networks, or Data Crawling for radiation levels.

    • David
      March 27, 2011

      Not quite right – the RDTN map uses aggregated data from Pachube.com – some of which is from data webscraped by users, but much of which is actual devices pushing data in realtime.

  4. rchoetzlein
    March 26, 2011

    I should mention: On the other hand, the fact that academic groups, individuals, and companies go to the extra effort to accumulate, map, and present data to the public is a useful and valuable contribution. However, these efforts usually represent a small number of people with engineering skills, rather than a crowd-sourced effort.

  5. richelleoa
    April 4, 2011

    They dropped the second bomb because, amazingly, the Japanese STILL refused to engage in surrender negotiations after the first bomb was dropped.

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