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by Stephen Downes
June 25, 2010

Why I Am Joining the Secret Revolution
Mike Caulfield explains why he's joining the Secret revolution. "What will save higher education in the end, is we keep plugging away, day after day, at making the case with individual faculty, and helping those that want to join the Secret Revolution. Maybe that's naive. But everything I see locally here says the strategy works. It a race against time, certainly, but it's a race worth running, and it's the best option we've got." Mike Caulfield, Tran|Script, June 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

This Looks More and Moore Sciento-illogical Email This Entry
James Moore may deny calling opponents of copyright reform "radical extremists" but here's the video. In fairness, he's trying to argue that the bill strikes a middle ground. But it does not, argue opponents (including me). As Linda Murray writes, "Putting [locks] on a pedestal and giving them all the power really overwhelms everything else they've done," she says. "The way they've treated [digital rights management] gives it too much power for anyone to say there's balance." And Moore's own rhetoric has changed a lot - in a direction directly contrary to the bulk of the public consultation. CBC notes that the copyright debate has turned ugly. And Copyfight doesn't pull any punches. Alan Wexelblat, Copyfight, June 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Neuroscientists Can Predict Your Behavior Better Than You Can
So near to a neuroscience of learning - and yet, so far. "To really understand the relationship between the brain's responses to brands and persuasive materials and desirable outcomes, you actually have to measure the outcomes that are desirable and not just say what should work," he said. "There are many folks claiming to be neuroscientists who have read a little introductory neuroscience, and that is not enough expertise. It's almost infinitely more complicated than that." Stuart Wolpert., Science Daily, June 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

Google Remotely Flips the Kill Switch on Questionable Android App
It's one thing when you run anti-malware software top clean your computer, and quite another when it is run remotely, without your knowledge or explicit consent. But that's the difference between the computer market, where people own their own machines, and the mobile phone market, where manufacturers can and will delete applications they don't like. Google is the latest to flex its manufacturer's muscles, removing two applications from users' Android phones. Stan Schroeder, Mashable, June 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

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