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  • A Stock Exchange for Your Personal Data
    Technology Review describes what I think superficially is an intriguing idea, of enabling truster operators, brokers, to help those more or less concerned about privacy negotiate prices for their data appropriate to their respective stances. The problem is I don’t think it takes into account longitudinal affects, that is how data may get shared and re-shared well beyond the initial point of exchange. I am concerned at trying to solve issues around controlling data using a market mechanism, especially given how easily a lot of seemingly rational models in the lab are entirely overturned by actual behavior in the real world.
  • 3D Printed Electromechanical Computer
    There is something immensely delightful about the use of bleeding edge home 3D printing that MAKE points out in its use to resurrect an earlier form of computing. Since we don’t yet have personal scale printers that can printer mixed materials with the sophistication of electronic circuitry, this can also be thought of as a clever hack, to still produce an object capable of at least rudimentary computation.
  • Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi • The Register
    While the Intel Next Unit of Computing detailed in this article on The Register isn’t directly comparable to the Pi in either its form factor or intended market, I do think it is a pretty strong signal that the Pi is yet another category creating innovation, like the OLPC for netbooks and the iPhone for the modern smart phone. I am excited to see what competition for this new class of computer does in terms of enabling more widespread, accessible and bottom up innovation.
  • Event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the mysterious Voynich manuscript, Boing Boing
  • Mozilla Opens Doors on New $3 Million Data Center, Wired Enterprise at Wired.com
  • Study explains how retailers stop Linux from entering the market, The H Open Source: News and Features

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  1. ConFigures says

    I was so pleased when I was able to buy a home computer pre-loaded with Linux (Ubuntu) from Micro Center a few years back (in-store, even; walk in, pay, carry out). Now they don’t seem to offer that any more, probably due to the issues that study explains.



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