- Vulcans vs. Apes
This is a continuation of the thought process by Jonathan Ellis I discussed in the last news cast. The model he describes to identify the two distinct classes of programmers is a little less inflammatory. It still makes a tremendous amount of sense out of some of the conflicting views amongst developers, especially if one naively (and incorrectly) assumes experiences and drives are homogeneous amongst us.
- A new study on the economics of copyright
As Glyn Moody explains in this Computerworld UK piece, the UK’s Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP) has commissioned a new study to survey the material current literature and the need for further research specifically in the area of hard facts about the economics underlying and affected by copyright. He doesn’t say how this differs from the Gowers Report except the implication is this will be more deeply empirically based. The need for this sort of work cannot be understated. The GAO here in the US pretty much universally lambasted all studies produced to date as being unverifiable and suspect in both methods and findings.
- US ITC is investigating HTC’s allegations Apple infringed its patents
- Ubuntu not targeting tablets after all0
- Public media unites to launch joint online platform
- Vietname, Google clash over required surveillance in net cafés