October 27, 2006


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Cory Doctorow[Edit][Delete]: Copyrighted Fabric: No Selling the Stuff You Make From It, Boing Boing [Edit][Delete] October 27, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Another example of the sorry state our society is finding itself in, as anything and everything must be monitized. It is worth noting that the blog post caused the company to reword their requirement into a request. Related: Interviews with students on copyright. "Education efforts are seen as phony and unconvincing, lawsuits as unlikely, and even college-supplied access to legal music services may perpetuate a view of media as free, offering little educational value." Hence, leading people to think of them like this. [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Press Release[Edit][Delete]: IBM Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Amazon.com, IBM [Edit][Delete] October 27, 2006
[link: Hits] Seriously, I don't care at all what one large corporation does to another, and in the long run, it makes no difference. And after its one-click patent lawsuits, Amazon deserves what it gets. But the significant here is that this latest patent fight illustrates that there is utterly no point developing commercial software or online services unless you are a billion dollar company. Be as innovative as you want, you'll still be dinged with a ridiculous lawsuit for "Presenting Applications in an Interactive Service" or "Storing Data in an Interactive Network" or even "Ordering Items Using an Electronic Catalogue." Of course, none of these frivolous patents should ever have been granted. Via Mitch Weisburgh, who refers to this article on innovation. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Arthur Sale[Edit][Delete]: The Acquisition of Open Access Research Articles, First Monday [Edit][Delete] October 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] One of the things that has surprised me about open access is the indifference of most professors. This is why it has been argued, "Mandatory policies are now widely recognized as the only way to achieve close to 100 percent of content in institutional repositories." Even with mandatory compliance, it can take up to three years to begin to get the content into the repositories. But once established, according to this paper, the process works smoothly. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Peter Suber[Edit][Delete]: HHMI is Considering An OA Mandate, Open Access News [Edit][Delete] October 27, 2006
[link: Hits] Peter Suber adds up the numbers. "The HHMI hasn't yet adopted a policy. But if we count its mandate proposal in the mandate column, and do the same for the mandate proposal at Canada's CIHR, and if we count the new semi-mandate in Austria as a mandate, then the HHMI proposal is the eighth OA mandate this month. There are the four new mandates from the RCUK, the expansion of the existing mandate at the Wellcome Trust, the Austrian policy, the CIHR draft, and now the HHMI. We've never had a month like this." The tide is turning and the web with it. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Daniel Lemire[Edit][Delete]: What is Infinite Storage?, October 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] The answer? Next year some time, from the look of things. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Sloodle - 3D Learning Management System, October 27, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Well I guess it had to happen. Or, at least, to be proposed. This page is the development wiki for Sloodle - 'Second Life With Moodle'. "Imagine a Moodle course that, if you wanted, could turn into a proper 3D interactive classroom with all your Moodle resources available to your students in the virtual world." This is very doable, since you can import external objects (such as videos) into Second Life. To me, the greater challenge will be fusing an open source LMS into a commercial 3D environment. But hey, it might work! Then Blackboard will say it invented it. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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