- New culture minister in Brazil undoing free culture, software work of predecessor
One of the things I really dug about Brett Gaylor’s documentary, Rip! A Remix Manifesto was the story of the amazing developments in education thanks to the then minstor Gilberto Gil. As theis P2P Foundation post notes in quoting Pedro Paranagua, little has changed yet but more broadly things don’t look promising given the background of the new appointee. Here’s hoping the letter writing campaigns have the intended effect of preserving Gil’s legacy.
- Another process for producing large quantities of entangled particles
If memory serves, the first research rig to pull of this trick was based on photons, being described as a machine gun to boot. Scientific America links to a Nature article detailing work done at the University of Oxford based on phosphorus doped silicon, already a material of interest for studying quantum computing. Being able to scale up the production of entangled qubits may be key to expanding register sizes to something approaching what we already have in classical computing.
- Beta of new interface for the Wayback Machine
Mark at BoingBoing shares the announcement of the new version in testing. He’s got a kicky snapshot of Boing Boing from back in the day. I encourage you to check out the beta, the navigation panel when you are viewing historical versions of sites is excellent. You get a condensed and navigable view of the timeline of snapshots the Internet Archive has preserved. Maybe it is unrelated, but the quality of the snapshots also seems improved over the last times I’ve taken the Wayback Machine for a spin.
- Universal memory may replace both flash and DRAM, EE Times
- Researchers discover a better way to build ad-hoc networks, ReadWriteWeb
- Australian government denies Microsoft bias in OOXML choice, Slashdot
- Release date set for Duke Nukem Forever, The Register
- Another well substantiated rebuttal of the plausibility of mind uploads to computers, io9