October 2, 2006

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John Blau[Edit][Delete]: Sony Launches GPS for Cameras, PC World [Edit][Delete] October 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Excellent. GPS for cameras. Too bad it had to come from Sony. Is it going to have some DRM attached to it? Will it write some sort of rootkit (it does require a software install - and yes, I am still made at Sony about that, since they've never altered the corporate philosophy that led to the fiasco). [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Paul Ellerman[Edit][Delete]: Thinking About Networks, Thoughts on Training, Teaching and Technology [Edit][Delete] October 2, 2006
[link: Hits] Two-part discussion of my recent excursion into the topic of groups and networks. Part One and Part Two. To the second part, which looks more closely at the diagrams I used, I have attached a longish comment. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Yueh-Min Huang, et.al.[Edit][Delete]: Standardized Course Generation Process Using Dynamic Fuzzy Petri Nets, ScienceDirect [Edit][Delete] October 2, 2006
[link: Hits] I don't link to items requiring subscription access (which thus means many journal articles). But NRC librarians see fit to distribute this content to researchers nonetheless (utterly no distribution of open access content, of course). What am I missing by not covering the journal articles? Well, a lot of stuff like this article. I looked at it and exclaimed, "Oh! So that's what I was supposed to be inventing!" And the sad part is, it probably is. They probably thought I would find automated course generation (and the subsequent licenses and patents it produces) to be an appropriate reserach program. And when I demur, because I see so clearly the problems with this approach (which I have documented ad nauseum in this newsletter), I am considered not unreasonable, but much worse, unproductive. To me, this illustrates the problem with these journals - not only are they hidden from view, thus preventing any criticism from outside the paradigm, they are, by that fact, utterly and relentlessly conservative, to the detriment of the discipline they purportedly serve. [Tags: , , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Maria Glod[Edit][Delete]: Students Rebel Against Database Designed to Thwart Plagiarists, Washington Post [Edit][Delete] October 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Well this is a good point. How can anti-plagiarism services operate without ignoring copyright? "They object to Turnitin's automatically adding their essays to the massive database, calling it an infringement of intellectual property rights." It's a good point, as is the presumption of guilt implicit in use of the service. "It's like if you searched every car in the parking lot or drug-tested every student." As more and more students learn of the double standards employed in their education, one has to ask what they will learn: whether such double standards ought to be avoided, or whether they are the norm in law, life, and everywhere...? [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Janna Quitney Anderson and Lee Rainie[Edit][Delete]: The Future of the Internet II, Pew [Edit][Delete] October 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] It's hard to believe they didn't ask me to contribute! LOL. Then again, it's the Pew Internet and American Life Project. And it's not like I would have differed substantially from the main thrust of the report, though I wouldn't have worried one whit about 'refusenik' terrorism (I mean, really now, come on, let's get serious). It would have beed nice to see a wider perspective in this report, but that's not the Pew way (which is as much about shaping opinion as it is about reporting it). [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

Where they are able to form networks of meaningful and rewarding relationships with their peers, with people who share the same interests or hobbies, the same political or religious affiliations - or different interests or affiliations, as the case may be.

This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods, freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealth or influence.

This is what I aspire toward, this is what I work toward. - Stephen Downes