- Arguing for open source as a better enabler of innovation
Simon Phipps at Computer World UK offers what I think is a well reasoned argument that open source supports more innovation. In short, the idea is that rather than an inventor bearing the accumulating support costs of past developments, opening their technology allows the support load to be more creatively distributed. Having to worry less about supporting an evolving product or set of products frees energy and time to be spent on pushing forward, expressing greater creativity.
- Software that begs what distinguishes good art from bad
Rebecca Rosen at The Atlantic has a quick write up of a new program from Xerox that sounds like a classifier whose parameters have more to do with the technical aspects of images that feed into our critical discretion. This effort is still a far cry from gauging emotional content and response, nuanced symbolism, ambiguity, any number of other criteria that inform a critic’s assessment of a piece. I think this would be useful even within our individual, growing digital photography collections, to help us choose the pictures most worthy of preservation and further tagging, not to mention sharing.
- Pirated software hard drive on display as art
The Register pointed to this piece on exhibit whose title, “5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte”, refers to the insane damages now awarded for individual instances of infringement. Everything about the work questions the reality of digital copies versus the fabricated legal myths including the price tag, set to just the material cost of the drive. At least until some admirer pieces it, I wonder if the art work could effectively respond to infringement claims with a fair use defense, as a pretty clear criticism, even indictment, of the widening normative gap in copyright.
- Terahertz wireless chip will bring 30Gbps networks, ExtremeTech via Slashdot
- Technology once protected our privacy, now erodes it, Ars Technica
- After five years of development, peer-to-peer search engine YaCy hits 1.0, The H Open