The Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came to Rule the World
This article chronicles how ARM Holdings arose from the ashes of Acorn Computer and Apple's Newton flop. It's a nice pleasant read, and while it doesn't go into much detail, the short discussion of the strengths and weakness of Qualcomm, Intel, and ARM are reasonably accurate. I feel that a lot of investors don't understand how the core competencies of these three companies are really quite different, so it can be a helpful primer in that regard.
Medals Per Capita
Tired of hearing about how many Olympic medals were won by all the big countries? This site ranks gold medals and total medals per capita. The Sochi winner from this point of view: Norway. For the financially minded, you can also rank medals by GDP, in which case Slovenia is the 2014 winner.
Rolls-Royce Drone Ships Challenge $375 Billion Industry: Freight
First, the military invented drone planes. Then Google made drone cars. Now Rolls-Royce wants to build drone ships. My first thought was that drone ships would be an inviting target for pirates, but the article indicates otherwise, since pirates are more interested in hostages for ransom than theft of goods. Apparently there is potential money to be saved by eliminating the bridge structure and other supporting systems for the crew, such as water, sewage, and air conditioning. And in theory, computer controlled ships could be safer by avoiding human error from fatigue. Personally, I don't see this technology coming soon, but I feel that eventually it's going to happen.
How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures
Parts of this article are hilarious, such as the "Anglo-Dutch Translation Guide", which you may have seen elsewhere. But there is also a serious discussion of linguistic nuance, such as the explanation of how direct cultures use upgraders while indirect cultures use downgraders. I had never heard these terms before, but it didn't take much reflection to recognize that I am generally a huge user of downgraders. How about you?
The Brain's Inner Language
This article and the accompanying video both suffer from lack of focus, jumping from one topic to another far too quickly. Still, the topic was interesting enough to suggest a quick read.