The Growth of Peer-to-Peer Product-Service Systems

From car-sharing to online dress rentals, solutions that provide services without requiring ownership offer a means to reduce consumption and environmental impact. There's now growing interest in a somewhat different type of product-service-system: rather than consumers renting services from businesses, several websites are facilitating rentals (or free loans) of products between individuals.

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Public Private Property (PPP) is a proposal for effective sharing of physical goods.

The name PPP ("Public Private Property") is choosen because the private owner keeps the good's property rights and/but decides to establish public co-usage's terms for it.

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'Pay it forward' pays off

One person's generosity spreads first to three people and then to the nine people that those three people interact with in the future, and then to still other individuals in subsequent waves of the experiment.

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Tim Berners-Lee with an update on open data

If people put data on the Web - government data, scientific data, community data - whatever it is, it will be used by other people to do wonderful things in ways they never could have imagined.
Tim Berners-Lee, TED, February 2010

Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web, comes back to TED a year after his call for open, structured data with a quick update. Spoiler alert: things are looking good - and they're only going to get a lot better. But you already knew that, right?

[via infosthetics]
World Progress Report - 4 days left to order

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Banning Internet Explorer

Whenever I work on a html/javascript experiment I usually test it on Chrome. Once I'm done, I test it on Firefox and Opera. There is no Safari for Linux so I don't have an easy way for testing it so I usually assume it works as it's very similar to Chrome. The interesting thing is that the same code usually works directly on the other browsers. Just special cases like adding custom css properties (like -webkit-transform, MozTransform, OTransform...).

Of course, that's not the case with Internet Explorer. And to be honest I never really tried to make anything work on it. I believe that browser has made humanity lose a lot of time and money so making my experiments work will be like helping it to stay alive.

But I wasn't showing any error message. My experiments will just not work and people will mention it and complain. I really didn't want to add Javascript browser checks in each experiment either. However, there was a much simpler and efficient solution, add a rule on the .htaccess to redirect all the request from that browser to this page.

By banning all the request of that browser, not only I'm happier when developing but also I may move some of these users to a better browser, and at the same time, other developers won't have to suffer from these users.

Imagine if all the major websites did this. Wouldn't that fix the problem?

If you find the move interesting and you would like to stop supporting IE too, this is the code you'll need to put in you .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/projects/ie/index.html$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /projects/ie/index.html [L]

Just change the /projects/ie/index.html parts with wherever you put your own message/page.

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On the Commons is a citizens’ network that highlights the importance of the commons in our lives, and promotes innovative commons-based solutions to create a brighter future.

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Most important books about sharing in 2009?

How to Share a House: A Case Study

Funny to see how in the United States people plan so much ;) Apart from that, a great read.

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Four Degrees of Sharing

further on to the shareconomy!

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