- Report on massive savings open source could have netted
I tend to focus more on the aspects of free access to knowledge and tools and give less credence to arguments around open source based primarily on issues of cost. However, not only is the dollar amount discussed by this report and story staggering but it seems like the opportunity costs in terms of time to start using the compared systems is also considerable.
- Is balance the right point to push for when reforming copyright?
At Techdirt Mike Masnick seems to do a better job quickly sifting through this question than the paper he cites. I had a recent discussion with a friend who felt liability reform is a better goal and I think that jibes well with what Masnick reminds us, that the goal of copyright is to maximize the content created.
- B&N pushing for ebook lending is the wrong battle
This NYT Bits article discussing a hinted feature of the booksellers own dedicated reader device. When rumors of this device started surfacing, I checked out the existing ebook store that is already compatible with a bunch of devices. Unfortunately, the titles are saddled in DRM, even apparently the public domain titles. If B&N want to enable secondary uses like book lending and sharing, they need to fight publishers over the necessity for DRM in the first place rather than quibbling over restricted capabilties.
- Yale physicists measure persistent current
The effect in question is one they are trying to understand better with regards to its effecting in ever shrinking electronic components. The breakthrough apparently came with a shift in how the measurements are made, using a mechanical system, nano scale cantilevers. With more and more research going into driving scale smaller and smaller, this sort of measurement is just going to be that much more important for fueling future computing performance.