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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Pirating Is OK, But Plagiarism Is Truly Evil

Danny O’Brien made the point that copying isn’t such a big deal any more, but that plagiarism is almost universally condemned.
One reason for this could be the environment that originated the open content ethos. In an academic environment, using someone else’s work to support your own conclusions is encouraged, but using it without [...]

Dealing With Too Much Information

The idea that telepathy will be like drowning in a sea of voices is by now a cliché in SciFi. Nobody knows whether we might someday develop such mental powers, but right now we already have a form of techlepathy provided by the Internet.
While email and IM allowed one-to-one conversation, people are now using websites, [...]

Constant Flux Now Available As Microblog

I’ve finally given in to the urge to microblog. Find me on Twitter.
UPDATE: Found a nice plugin to display my tweets on the blog. Check out Twitter for WordPress.

You Should Host Your Own Exocortex

I remember a time when it was widely believed that Internet shopping would never happen, because people were too afraid that their credit card details will be stolen. People were paranoid about their personal data.
Yet today we put our personal details on Facebook, our creative work on Blogger and send our most intimate messages through [...]

Is Blogging Dead?

Everybody knows that print media is in trouble, but Bruce Sterling thinks blogging is dead too. He said so on his blog. (Oh, the irony!)
For some uses, better tools have become available. People who blogged to keep up with their friends are turning to Twitter and Facebook. Social microblogging will only become more popular when [...]

Internet No Good, We’re Starting Over

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project is a research project that investigates alternative network infrastructure designs.
This is not Internet2. This is a more radical departure from established network designs, a bold experiment in seeing what is possible.
Some people might wonder what the point is. Sure, we’re about to run out of IP addresses, [...]

Steampunk from 150BC: The Antikythera Mechanism

The mechanism was salvaged off the coast of the island of Antikythera in 1900. Ever since then, people have been wondering what the heck it was for. I mean, here’s a device made in 150 BC, of a complexity that wouldn’t be seen again for a thousand years.
Early speculation on the device’s nature thought it [...]