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YouTube Fights Horrible Commenters by Naming Names
Ryan Tate WiredJul 24, 2012

I've always felt one of the major objectives of Google+ is to get people using their real names online. This serves Google much better when marketing advertising, and can be used as the basis for a future e-commerce network, for example, by tying Google+ identities to existing mobile phone accounts. It will be marketed as something else, of course - in this case, it is being marketed as a way to make YouTube users accountable for their comments. YouTube comments are notoriously vile, but this may have a lot more to do with the immaturity of the commenters than to their anonymity. And I don't think Google cares about the contents of the messages as much as it does selling to - or for - their senders.

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9-Year-Old Who Changed School Lunches Silenced By Politicians
Maryn McKenna WiredJun 15, 2012

Take a few moments to look at the Never Seconds blog before it disappears. It was created by a nine-year old student to document the appalling food served at his school cafeteria. Martha Payne of western Scotland received wide publicity for he effort and after the blog went viral the food at her school began to improve. My favourite bit of the blog are the meal ratings and in particular the 'pieces of hair' count. Why mention it now? Her school has decided that it will no longer allow its food to be photographed, so Payne is being forced to shut the blog down. The school is sending exactly the wrong message, of course. "If you’d like to tell the Argyll and Bute Council, who made the decision, exactly how idiotic they’ve been, their webpage is here. (And they are @argyllandbute on Twitter.)"

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Clive Thompson on 3-D Printing’s Legal Morass
Jeanine Poggi, E.J. Schultz WiredJun 07, 2012

This didn't take long - almost as soon as 3D printing was introduced for the masses we are reading about concerns about copyright and the potential for lawsuits. "Observers predict that in a few years we’ll see printers that integrate scanning capability — so your kid can toss in a Warhammer figurine, hit Copy, and get a new one. The machine will become a photocopier of stuff. This has all the makings of an epic and surreal legal battle. You thought Hollywood and record labels were powerful lobbyists, crushing Napster and suing file-sharers? Wait until you see what the manufacturing industry can do."

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Employee or Employer: Who Owns the Twitter Followers?
David Kravets WiredFeb 08, 2012

A headline like that just makes you feel like property, doesn't it. The people who talk about the dehumanizing aspects do have a point, I think. Today: Total:942 [Comment] [Direct Link]

7 Essential Skills You Didn't Learn in College
Various Authors WiredOct 19, 2010

I think I'll just run the Metafilter coverage and wash my hands of it. "Wired article based on the New Liberal Arts Previously on Metafilter, here and here, but now being published in Wired, not just Snarkmarket. Part of a cyclical trend in some corners of the smart set to suppose that college needs a complete reinvention. Look, the New Liberal Arts. These starry-eyed future watchers bring up the very old proposal that higher education is outdated, outmoded and not preparing our students for their lives in the future. They may get their wish, but they might not like the new world without liberal arts 1.0." Today: Total:564 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Six Reasons Why I'm Not On Facebook
David Rowan Wired[Sept] 20, 2010

I can understand why people would not want to be on Facebook. But this article from Wired defies credulity. Take the first reason, for example: "private companies aren't motivated by your best interests." Well, maybe not. But we can hardly expect that to be a concern of someone who is publishing an article in Wired. And once we think about it, private companies are implicated in just about everything we do, but we don't stop doing them. Or take this reason: "information you supply for one purpose will invariably be used for another." Well, another big surprise there. Again, all companies do this. We don't like it, but we don't stop doing business with them because of it. Finally, the last reason: "why should we let businesses privatize our social discourse?" Well, isn't this exactly what Wired magazine has done here? Indeed, it's basically impossible to engage in any social discourse not mediated by private enterprise - even this website runs on a service provider in Houston (and I've been very happy with them). Again - there may be excellent reasons to avoid Facebook. But these aren't them. Today: Total:1383 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Report: Teens Using Digital Drugs to Get High
Ryan Singel WiredJul 15, 2010

It's hard to believe, but there's a moral panic over kids "using digital drugs." The trend, known as "i-dosing", involves lying on your back, closing your eyes, and listening to trance-inducing sounds such as Gates of Hades. An Oklahoma newspaper was quick to sound the alarm, not so much because it's harmsful but because it's a "gateway drug." "'The bigger concern is if you have a kid wanting to explore this, you probably have a kid that may end up smoking marijuana or looking for bigger things,' Woodward said." I see what they mean. After reading this item I started listening to Tangerine Dream again - I've been hooked ever since seeing them play Stratosfear in the 1970s in Ottawa. Today: Total:1063 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Dec. 18, 1878: Let There Be Light - Electric Light
Priya Ganapati WiredDec 18, 2009

Nice article documenting the invention of the light bulb by British scientist Joseph Swan. "After the initial demonstration to the members of the Newcastle Electric Society, Swan did another presentation in February 1879 with more than 700 people in the audience. His lamp then burned for about 40 hours... Swan still had a trump card. He had first filed a patent for his idea in 1861 and revised it in the next decade when he improved the design. The patent was strong enough for Edison Electric to go for a merger with the Swan Electric Light Company." The lesson, of course, is that while credit often goes to the loudest self-promoters, invention is most often the result of a collection of related work in a community of practitioners. Today: Total:761 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Epicenter The Business of Tech Google Targets E-Readers With Web-Based ‘Editions'
Georgina Prodhan WiredOct 16, 2009

The biggest question I've had regarding the Kindle has been, "Why do we need one?" After all, we can get that obscure content format, known as the "book", on the internet. Google, it appears, agrees with me. "The Web search giant said Thursday it would launch Google Editions in the first half of next year, initially offering about half a million e-books in partnership with publishers with whom it already cooperates, where they have digital rights." Today: Total:1133 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics
Brandon Keim Wired[Sept] 25, 2009

Obviously this is an early prototype, and we shouldn't infer too much from it, but it demonstrates that it is at least possible to infer higher level hypotheses from simple principles and observation. Today: Total:486 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Clive Thompson on the New Literacy
Clive Thompson WiredAug 30, 2009

I think this is incredibly important and wish Wired hadn't disponsed of it so briefly. "Young people today write far more than any generation before them. That's because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves text... It's almost hard to remember how big a paradigm shift this is. Before the Internet came along, most Americans never wrote anything, ever, that wasn't a school assignment." Not just that, though. The New Literacy that I describe is multi-modal, involving much more than just text. And our range of critical thinking and reflection is expanding as well (as the need for that increases). Via elearningpost. Today: Total:1205 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Balance Your Media Diet
Jason Lee WiredJul 20, 2009


You have to wonder where the writers of Wired are getting their ideas from when 'learning' or 'education' do not occupy even one percent of their media pyramid. Raj Boora offers an alternative - but still no learning. CJR complains that news is still broccoli. The Washington Post notes that the food pyramid is no longer hierarchal. Salon, meanwhile, says "don't blame education for scientific illiteracy, blame politics and pop culture - i.e., 100 percent of the Wired diagram. Says it all, I think. Today: Total:1998 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Genius Index: One Scientist's Crusade to Rewrite Reputation Rules
Guy Gugliotta WiredJun 15, 2009

This is a pretty good discussion of the idea of ranking publications by the prestige of the journal in which they are published, as compared to the amount of reaction and subsequent work (and references and links) they generate. It's mostly about the h-index created by Jorge Hirsch (not the first nor even necessarily the best of the citation ranking systems, but Wired really likes to trump up one person as though he 'invented' the field) but provides good background and history as well. Today: Total:946 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Glue Goes Mainstream With New Internet Explorer Plugin
Scott Gilbertson WiredJun 08, 2009

This is an interesting concept. "Glue is very different than most social network's you've likely used - Glue is entirely browser-based. With Glue there is no destination website, your network lives inside your browser, and is always available as you browse the web. Using some semantic web special sauce, Glue will pop up a small toolbar at the top of the page whenever you land on a site that Glue tracks." Most of the sites are destination sites like site like Amazon, Last.fm, Netflix or Wikipedia, so Glue still focuses, in its own way, on the centralized services. Still, there's some there there. Today: Total:942 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online
Kevin Kelly WiredMay 26, 2009

I think that it is a mistake to conflate online cooperation (see below, as well) with collaboration or collectivism. And it is not helpful to use a term describing a form of economic organization - 'socialism' - to describe cooperation and sharing. That is not to say that there are not overlaps, and Kevin Kelly does a good job identifying them. But new socialists, just like old socialists, believe that society as a whole, typically represented by government, should ensure a certain equity of wealth and opportunity. It's not clear that Kelly's version of socialists believe any such thing. Today: Total:10045 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Facebook's E-Mail Censorship Is Legally Dubious, Experts Say
Ryan Singel WiredMay 07, 2009

Same old story. When you have a centralized service, hosted by a private company, the rules are different. "Now legal experts say Facebook may have gone too far, blocking not only links to torrents published publicly on member profile pages, but also examining private messages that might contain them, and blocking those as well." The tone of this article questions whether Facebook may have broken U.S. wiretapping law. But the more relevant question to most of us is whether Facebook ought to be interfering in our private messages at all. Today: Total:23752 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time
Clive Thompson WiredFeb 26, 2009

The One Laptop Per Child project will most likely be remembered for the revolution in computing it caused rather than for the computer itself. "Jepsen's design trickled up. In the process of creating a laptop to satisfy the needs of poor people, she revealed something about traditional PC users. They didn't want more out of a laptop-they wanted less." It's also worth noting that this was a case where an investment in education (not military or space) resulted in wider social and technological spin-offs. Today: Total:1015 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street
Felix Salmon WiredFeb 25, 2009

I found this a fascinating read. There are lessons in this for educators (the same lessons as before, but people are paying more attention now). Note well the formula that was at the core of the meltdown: "It was a brilliant simplification of an intractable problem. And Li didn't just radically dumb down the difficulty of working out correlations; he decided not to even bother trying to map and calculate all the nearly infinite relationships between the various loans that made up a pool." The lesson is, you can't reduce complex things to simple formulae. Getting some is often not better than getting no answer at all. Today: Total:1586 [Comment] [Direct Link]

India's $10 Laptop: Neither $10 nor a Laptop
Charlie Sorrel WiredFeb 05, 2009

In fact, it's a small computing box, into which you need to plug in a keyboard and monitor. The Times of India calls it a damp squib. The Hindu has a photo. MediaNama makes it clear that this is a storage device. "Four publishers Macmillan, Tata McGraw Hill, Prentice-Hall and Vikas Publishing have been engaged to upload textbooks and content for students." Not useful? We'll see. Today: Total:682 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Classmates.Com User Sues; Schoolmates Weren't Really Looking for Him
Ryan Singel WiredNov 13, 2008

I signed up for Classmates when it first came out and have endured a steady barrage of email come-ons from them ever since. I never paid them money, though, because I learned to mistrust the sort of things they were claiming. Others weren't so lucky. "Once he'd parted with the $15, Michaels learned the shocking truth: No one he knew was trying to contact him at all. Classmates.com's come-on was a lie, and he'd been scammed." The site is the sort of thing that could have been a good idea, but which attempted to 'monetize' before developing a genuine user community, and has had to resort to increasingly desperate tactics to engage sceptical members. Today: Total:19893 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004
Paul Boutin WiredOct 27, 2008

Am I an old fuddy-duddy because I'm still blogging like it's 2004? or, as Terry Freedman suggests, is the Wired article declaring blogging dead a mess of muddled thinking? More the latter, I think. I don't see Facebook and Twitter replacing the space where I can publish my newsletter or opine at length on a topic. I don't care 'where the buzz' is. I care about what I want to do. Today: Total:1022 [Comment] [Direct Link]

First Beam Circles Large Hadron Collider Track
Alexis Madrigal Wired[Sept] 10, 2008

Congratulations to the managers and supporters of the Large Hadron Collider, which shot its first bean of protons today (the fun really begins a bit later, when they collide beams at nearly the speed of light). Pure research like this is so much more fun to read about than the usual excesses we find in the news. Today: Total:1154 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Aug. 19, 1839: Photography Goes Open Source
Randy Alfred WiredAug 19, 2008

People ask me all the time how people who create can be compensated for their work. How about this story, describing how the secret of photography was given to the world (one wonders what would have happened had it remained a closed, patented process): "Arago used the buzz to lobby the French Parliament to grant pensions to Daguerre and Isidore Niepce, so they could make all the steps of the new process public and France would 'then nobly give to the whole world this discovery which could contribute so much to the progress of art and science.'" Today: Total:1049 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Adobe Media Player Launches, A Buggy But Promising App for Desktop Video
Michael Calore WiredApr 10, 2008

The Adobe media player is now available for download. Personally, I thought YouTube worked just fine. But the player, of course, is mostly about locked-down commercial video. "The player is capable of on-demand streaming, live streaming, progressive download, and protected download-and-play right now." Today: Total:1095 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Algorithms Are Terrific. But to Search Smarter, Find a Person
Brendan I. Koerner WiredApr 03, 2008

Wired Magazine dedicates an article to Jeremy Brosowsky, a man who, in 2006, came up with the idea of writing 100 word summaries of articles and making them available to subscribers. According to th article, many people now use such services, instead of search engines, to keep up with events in their field. I think it's a great idea! Maybe I should start up a newsletter where I write 100 word summaries of articles. Gee, if only I had thought of it before 2006, then maybe I would have been profiled in Wired. But still, maybe I should... oh, yeah, right. I guess I'd need to, you know, know someone at Wired to get any credit for the idea. Today: Total:7584 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Why No One Is Using Your Application or Website
Scott Gilbertson WiredMar 19, 2008

The nice and simple explanation for why so many content management systems fail. Scott Leslie explains in more detail. "People like simple-to-use tools. If you give them simple, easy to understand tools, they will use them... You will not need to provide help documentation, training sessions, or PD release time. They will just use them. You will probably be threatened by the results." Today: Total:1091 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Chickensaurus Skeleton
Kevin Kelly WiredFeb 25, 2008

This is something that would probably have changed my whole outlook on anatomy and biology. What a project! This would have been so cool... (now I'm resisting the urge to go out and buy a whole chicken, because, you know, I'm still the kid that caught frogs and built rafts and tree forts and made my own world almanacs and drew maps and flags and whatever...). Today: Total:1168 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Why (And How) I Just Canceled All My Music Subscriptions
Eliot Van Buskirk WiredDec 28, 2007

Although it was obvious to me (and presumably to readers of OLDaily) that signing up for a DRM-enabled music rental service would be a bad idea, we get confirmation of that in this article, in which the author finds that unsubscribing is not an easy process. "The digital music scene has largely evolved past DRM." Today: Total:911 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Beware These Six Lamest Social Networks
Mathew Honan WiredAug 30, 2007

This article published in Wired has resulted in the Stop Cyberbullying network on Ning being, in Andy Carvin's words, "flooded with a number of new users who were vandalizing the community in extremely obnoxious ways." I don't know what it is about writers who fling misogynist derogatives about as though they are funny, but I do know that the editors who pass such material through to the publisher have sacrificed any sense of journalistic integrity. Again. Today: Total:845 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Slap in the Facebook: It's Time for Social Networks to Open Up
Scott Gilbertson WiredAug 09, 2007

Here's the big problem with Facebook: "When entering data into Facebook, you're sending it on a one-way trip. Want to show somebody a video or a picture you posted to your profile? Unless they also have an account, they can't see it. Your pictures, videos and everything else is stranded in a walled garden, cut off from the rest of the web." Gilbertson also follows up with clarifications in Monkey Bites. I am also unhappy with Facebook applications sending questions to all of my friends - questions I did not ask. Today: Total:681 [Comment] [Direct Link]

How Madison Avenue Is Wasting Millions On a Deserted Second Life
Frank Rose WiredAug 01, 2007

"There was nobody else around." He teleported over to the Aloft Hotel, a virtual prototype for a real-world chain being developed by the owners of the W. It was deserted, almost creepy. "I felt like I was in The Shining." Related: Karl Kapp describes a session in ProtoSphere (click under 'solutions' to find the unlinkable Flash page describing ProtoSphere). Dig the shirts and ties. Today: Total:1237 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Don't Tell Your Parents: Schools Embrace MySpace
Robert Andrews WiredApr 19, 2007

As Graham Attwell notes, the numerous errors in the coverage are unfortunate. Me, I'm surprised Wired has an 'education' section (when did that happen?). But the coverage of ELGG can do only good, even if Dave Tosh is demoted to 'Project Manager'. Today: Total:1043 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Myth of Superman
Neil Gaiman and Adam Rogers WiredMay 25, 2006

Today's article in Wired tells a story about Superman. "His real-world origin is more humble: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two Jewish kids from Cleveland, created him as a character in a newspaper comic strip. But the strip didn't sell, so they reformatted it and flipped it to a publisher hungry to buy content for one of the first comic books... It's a classic American success story on a couple of levels. Two outsiders create a new art form, and Superman 'an alien in a strange land' takes off."

Wired is reiterating the myth. The reality, though, is more illustrative. The story of 'Superman' probably begins with Nietzsche's Ubermensch and the name is popularized in Shaw's Man and Superman. Canadians know that Joe Shuster was born in Toronto and moved to Cleveland as a child. He and Siegel first introduced the super character as a villain in "the Reign of the Superman" in a role reminiscent of Nietzsche: "He determines what is good and what is evil, not allowing religion or society to determine these things for him."

To 'flip' (as Wired puts it) the comic in the 1930s (as today) meant giving it away. "A common practice at the time of Superman's first appearance was for the publisher to retain all rights to the character." The pair sued DC Comics twice, once in 1946 and again in 1978 in an attempt to recoup some of the hundreds of millions the publisher made from the idea. The settlements were paltry, less than they would have made as employees. "Joe Shuster, nearly blind and very bitter about his treatment from DC died in 1992 just short of his seventy-eighth birthday."

If it is, as Wired says, "a classic American success story," then it is a sad commentary on how the creative talent is treated in a world of publishers and copyrights. But in reality, the classic American success story is a myth. Today: Total:1230 [Comment] [Direct Link]

We Are the Web
Kevin Kelly WiredJul 28, 2005

Kevin Kelly looks back on the emergence of the web, the launch of Netscape, and how his magazine - Wired - took it all in. "Wired offered a vision nearly identical to that of Internet wannabes in the broadcast, publishing, software, and movie industries: basically, TV that worked." Something very different happened, though. "What we all failed to see was how much of this new world would be manufactured by users, not corporate interests." Kelly maybe didn't see it, but many of writers did, creating a vision of the future that was eventually expunged from the pages of Wired by the time it was sold to Conde Nast. The vision was always there. But maybe, now, Kelly sees this. "Every few centuries, the steady march of change meets a discontinuity, and history hinges on that moment... Three thousand years from now, when keen minds review the past, I believe that our ancient time, here at the cusp of the third millennium, will be seen as another such era." I believe this. I really do. Via Couros. Today: Total:367 [Comment] [Direct Link]

God's Little Toys
William Gibson WiredJul 08, 2005

William Gibson gets it, which is why he has added so much to our culture. "Our culture no longer bothers to use words like appropriation or borrowing to describe those very activities. Today's audience isn't listening at all - it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record..." And, "'Who owns the words?' asked a disembodied but very persistent voice throughout much of Burroughs' work. Who does own them now? Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do. All of us." Today: Total:356 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Why You'll Really Want WiMax
Frank Rose WiredOct 20, 2004

I read this item on the bus home from Fredericton last night touting, in Wired's usual restrained style, the next big thing in wireless access, WiMax, or the 802.16 wireless specification. Operating at below 11 Gigahertz, WiMax doesn't require line-of-site and can reach distances of 30 miles (50 kilometers) at 75 megabits per second (by contrast, the standard 802.11b wireless card runs at 11 megabits, and your ethernet local area network runs at 100). But don't throw away your landlines just yet; according to an article published by Reuters, WiMax is just hype - for now. "WiMAX enthusiasts sometimes claim that it will 'kill' Wi-Fi. Nothing could be further than the truth." Maybe not - there's nothing really broken with the 802.11 WiFi protocols. But for all the things that Wi-Fi won't do - like reach into your car - WiMax shows a world of potential. Today: Total:327 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Point. Shoot. Kiss It Good-Bye.
David Weinberger WiredOct 19, 2004

Todd sent me this item from Wired looking at the difficulties surrounding the finding of a photo once you've taken it. Large image libraries, such as the Bettmann Archive (owned by Corbis), employ metataggers, but assigning metadata is more of a dark art than a science. "If, for example, Fraser doesn't recognize one of the figures in a cocktail party scene as Serena Williams and instead tags it "Nightlife," customers searching for photos of tennis stars won't find it, and it might as well not exist." The article looks at automated metatagging, and makes some worthwhile suggestions, but misses some key points: first, that context is going to be crucial to the creation of metadata, and second, that the creation of metadata will have to be a massively distributed, not centralized, enterprise. Today: Total:433 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Some Like It Hot
Lawrence Lessig WiredMar 05, 2004

The message in this article is that "every important sector of big media today - film, music, radio, and cable TV - was born of a kind of piracy. The consistent story is how each generation welcomes the pirates from the last." Until now, that is, as new regulations may stall the innovation that led to the creation of the music, film and television industries. Today: Total:423 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Eagle Is Grounded
Thomas Goetz WiredJan 29, 2004

I think this is exactly right: "In the face of new CRLFtechnologies and competition, the U.S. is toughening patent CRLFand copyright protections... if it's not careful, the US CRLFwill drive its intellectual property offshore..." The core CRLFof the observation here is that patent and copyright policy CRLFtoday is increasingly a type of trade policy, responding to CRLFforeign competition by making it more difficult to compete. CRLFBut while U.S. industries rest under the new protective CRLFumbrella, they risk being left behind by other nations. Today: Total:384 [Comment] [Direct Link]

To: The Next Head of the Motion Picture Association of America
Chris Anderson WiredJan 07, 2004

This advice for the incoming MPAA head could equally well apply to publishers of educational material. Paraphrased: You've got time to prepare, but not as much as you think. The Napster for your industry is already here - it's called BitTorrent. If you clamp down on downloads you risk alienating your audience. But if you provide good value they are less likely to turn away from you. What is good value? People want their digital media the way they want it: every way imaginable. Think $5 a movie, unlimited use. Today: Total:305 [Comment] [Direct Link]

101 Ways to Save the Internet
Paul Boutin WiredDec 31, 2003

Good fun, a light read, and some good sense. Today: Total:337 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Open Source Everywhere
Thomas Goetz WiredOct 16, 2003

Despite some scaremongering and red-baiting by traditional publications such as Forbes, open source as a business model has taken hold in the software world and is expanding to other domains of enterprise, most notably medicine and publishing. This comprehensive article takes a sympathetic look at the success of open source in various areas of endeavour and suggests that the movement is permanent and revolutionary. "In 2003, the method is proving to be as broadly effective - and, yes, as revolutionary - a means of production as the assembly line was a century ago." Today: Total:343 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Iron Fist, The Invisible Hand, And The Battle For The Soul of Open Source
Bruce Sterling WiredAug 29, 2003

Bruce Sterling warns, "The denizens of Open Cultures want their connected collectivism to liberate the world from regulations, markets, and intellectual property. But what if victory only clears the way for corruption of their beloved culture?" But aside from the limp observation that a gangster won't be receiving any money for recording an average album, I don't see the grim consequences here. Where is the corruption: the previous, royalty-driven world would have made sure the gangsters were paid. Sterling writes, "When I listen to Ceca, I have to wonder what dark passions and ancient evils have been held in check by the grim totalitarianism of the profit motive. We may yet find out." Well, yeah. But compared to what the profit motive has historically unleashed, I don't think we have much to worry about. Today: Total:335 [Comment] [Direct Link]

MIT Everyware
David Diamond WiredAug 26, 2003

This light read documents the impact of MITs Open CopurseWare project through the eyes of its users in the developing world. The 'Top 10' list of courses at the end of the article is fun. Leading the list? A philosophy course. Remember just a few years ago when people said philosophy is useless? They don't say that any more (and that is why you should make sure people can study even those fields which appear economically useless - think of it as insurance against paradigm shift). Today: Total:388 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Would You Like Wi-Fi With That?
Paul Boutin WiredAug 14, 2003

This short article makes an important point. It is difficult to sell WiFi (wireless internet) connectivity; instead, many businesses are offering it for free. "Wi-Fi isn't a luxury or even a commodity. It's a condiment." There will be a day in the not-too-distant future when free wireless broadband access is just something you expect to find in a store or restaurant, just like heat or lighting. Think about that. Today: Total:343 [Comment] [Direct Link]

BLOG SPACE: Public Storage For Wisdom, Ignorance, and Everything in Between
Steven Johnson WiredJun 27, 2003

I have talked recently in a couple on online seminars about the changing role of teachers. This article hints at the direction in which that role will evolve. "What happens when you start seeing the Web as a matrix of minds, not documents? Networks based on trust become an essential tool. You start evaluating the relevance of data based not on search query results but on personal testimonies. You can research ideas or breaking news by querying the 10 people whose opinions on the topic you most value..." Today: Total:461 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Sky Dayton's Long Road to Internet Nirvana
Brendan I. Koerner Wired[Sept] 20, 2002

What will the future of wireless access look like? Don't bother with Nicholas Negroponte's Being Wireless article, in the same issue, containing almost no content (except a borrowed metaphor). This article is about Boingo, a company planning to deploy tens of thousands of wireless nodes in cities and airports across the U.S. In addition to pointing to some of the political and economic issues involved in such a venture (as well as giving you an idea of the scale of the project), the article also dances around the issue of fee-based versus free wireless access. As an aside, I must say, this is the best issue of Wired to roll off the presses for some time. Still nothing like the vintage years, though. Today: Total:369 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Unplugged U.
Josh McHugh Wired[Sept] 20, 2002

Quite a good article about the deployment of a wireless network at dartmouth University, including an insider account of many of the hijinks that resulted, including the remote hacking of the carillon and a sorority's mysterious 222 Mbytes of data streamed per day. The article also introduces outsiders to the term "Blitz Mail" and - oh yeah - mentions the use of wireless in classes. A great read (though the sensitive will want a warning about the language). Today: Total:342 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Lawrence Lessig's Supreme Showdown
Steven Levy Wired[Sept] 19, 2002

Quick biography of copyright opponent Lawrence Lessig offered as he begins to prepare a case against the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Today: Total:375 [Comment] [Direct Link]

College Seeks Security in Thumbs
Anonymous WiredAug 06, 2002

Let's face it, the loss of a thumb is much less likely than the loss of a password. And nobody is going to guess my thumbprint. And I don't have to rotate it every three months. So I can think of many reasons why I would prefer to use my thumbprint rather than a PIN or password to access personal data. And though the article raises questions about the use of thumb prints evoking thoughts of 'Big Brother' I have no illusion that I will be giving away any more personal privacy than is already spirited away through the usual channels. The only question is: are the thumb-readers reliable enough? Today: Total:347 [Comment] [Direct Link]

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