- An example of empiricism trumping theory
Slashdot linked to an article on ACM queue explaining how an in the trenches developer was able to prove a hunch that the potential performance of a well known algorithm was estimated as an order of magnitude off of optimal. It is not an indictment of pure theory but a reminder that hunches should be followed and experiments can lead to surprising insights even in the face of overwhelming received wisdom to the contrary.
- Apple rejecting applications using a regex library
Via Hacker News. This seems to contradict the story about Apple relaxing its license, slightly, although the section cited differs from the earlier story. Said license is still under NDA so unless EFF manages to free the latest version, its hard to say what is really going on here. Banning the use of a 3rd party regex library seems overreaching, even for Apple, any way you look at it though.
- Empirically studying the danger of software patents
Glyn Moody shares a related bit of research to the economics of copyright study he mentioned yesterday. This is a doctoral thesis rather than a government commissioned investigation and is limited more to perceived threats and their impact of motivation. Still, it is a step in the right direction to grounding the often overblown rhetoric, on both sides, of the software patent debate.
- Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference kicked off today
Google is participating big time, being behind the CFP collaboration for a social networks bill of rights draft. Check it out if you are in San Jose, CA. I believe it has been in DC in the past and I am still kicking myself for not going. I do hope it will make its way back to the capital.
- Profile of public domain advocate, Carl Malamud
- Possible voting machine fraud in South Carolina
- Book on UK’s secretive intelligence outfit, GCHQ
- An analysis of Lieberman’s cyber-security bill
- The problem with quantum lithography