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A Correlation for the 21st Century. Detecting Novel Associations in Large Data Sets. Data mining without prejudice. Bits or pieces? Same Old Song | Media Piracy | The American Assembly. The current SOPA/Protect IP debate has many antecedents and will probably have many sequels. The underlying positions haven’t changed much, and probably won’t in the future. To illustrate, let’s play a game with this mystery quote: Several of these analyses of alleged harm to the recording industry… were presented and debated during hearings on copyright… At each hearing, X presented the results of the most recent analysis done for the recording industry by his firm… [As] in his earlier testimonies, he stated that continued [copying] had grave implications for the viability of the recording industry.

Noting that recording-industry releases were down by almost half since ****, and that industry employment had declined… X stated that further growth in [copying] would cause further decline in these industry indicators. So who is X and what is the timeframe? [pause, for those coming via permalink] Did you guess: Alan Greenspan in the early 1980s? (source: Michael DeGusta) Fact-Fiction-Cloud-Computing. Do Common Cloud Assumptions Hold Up to Scrutiny? COLUMBUS, Ohio [Nov. 16, 2011] – The Cloud. The name conjures images of an obscuring mist always out of our reach. The reality of cloud computing can seem just as mysterious.

Before hurtling into this nebulous IT frontier, it is important to separate hype from reality. Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, closely examined the validity of some commonly held beliefs about the cloud and today offered its summary of those findings. “Cloud computing is a powerful and important tool for today’s businesses, but like any tool it must be used properly to realize its true benefit,” said Blake Carlson, vice president of global IT markets, Emerson Network Power's Avocent business. Everyone is moving to the cloud. Fiction—but maybe not for long. Why the holdouts and stragglers? Moving to the cloud means I no longer have to worry about downtime. State of the Data Center 2011. Peace and Conflict Monitor, Open Source, Dynamic Systems and Self-Organization Footer.

Source: Ino Fleishmann Introduction The intention of this article is to explain and compare the ideas of open source with systems theory, particularly regarding self-organized, self-regulating, dynamic systems and strange attractors. In so doing, it is important to first define what the term ‘open source’ means. What is Open Source? It is not so easy to define ‘open source’. The core idea of open source is rooted in this limitation. As mentioned before, the Open Source Initiative defines open source as much more than just having access to the source code of the program: “The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community”.1 Its definition includes 10 points, including: - Free Redistribution - Integrity of the Author’s Source Code - No Discrimination against Persons or Groups - License Must Not Be Specific to a Product.

No Copyright Intended. On October 26, a YouTube user named crimewriter95 posted a full-length version of Pulp Fiction, rearranged in chronological order. A couple things struck me about this video. First, I'm surprised that a full-length, 2.5-hour very slight remix of a popular film can survive on YouTube for over six weeks without getting removed.

Now that it's on Kottke and Buzzfeed, I'm guessing it won't be around for much longer. But I was just as amused by the video description: "The legendary movie itself placed into chronological order. These "no copyright infringement intended" messages are everywhere on YouTube, and about as effective as a drug dealer asking if you're a cop. How pervasive is it? Judging by his username, I'm guessing crimewriter95 is 16 years old. He's hardly alone. YouTube's tried to combat these misconceptions with its Copyright School, but it seems futile. Under current copyright law, nearly every cover song on YouTube is technically illegal. IBM launch Intelligent Water for Smarter Cities. Intelligent water is the latest addition to the IBM Smarter Cities portfolio. in the world’s cities are growing at an astounding rate.

For the 1st time in history, over 50% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Over 1 million people are moving into cities every week, and it is estimated that by 2050 70% of people on the planet will live in cities. This unprecedented growth in urban populations makes the provision of basic services like transport, security, water etc. increasingly complex. This is irrespective of whether the city is a mature city or a developing one. It was against this backdrop that IBM launched its Smarter Cities product. At the core of this offering is its Intelligent Operation Center (IOC) which takes inputs from systems throughout the city and depending on the input, raises alerts, kicks off workflows, or displays the information on any of a number of dashboards which can be configured to display differing information based on a user’s login.

OwnCloud: An open-source cloud to call your own. Want your own personal cloud? Check out ownCloud. Everyone likes personal cloud services, like Apple's iCloud, Google Music, and Dropbox. But, many of aren't crazy about the fact that our files, music, and whatever are sitting on someone else's servers without our control. That's where ownCloud comes in.

OwnCloud is an open-source cloud program. You use it to set up your own cloud server for file-sharing, music-streaming, and calendar, contact, and bookmark sharing project. As a server program it's not that easy to set up. According to ownCloud's business crew, "OwnCloud offers the ease-of-use and cost effectiveness of Dropbox and with a more secure, better managed offering that, because it's open source, offers greater flexibility and no vendor lock in. OwnCloud enables universal access to files through a Web browser or WebDAV. "In a cloud-oriented world, ownCloud is the only tool based on a ubiquitous open-source platform," said Rex, in a statement. Related Stories: Zittrain in Technology Review: The personal computer is dead. Credit: Phil Farnsworth The following op-ed by Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain appeared in the Nov. 30 edition of the Technology Review.

[Click here for audio.] In addition to his HLS professorship, Zittrain is faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He is also a professor of law at the Harvard Kennedy School, and professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Zittrain is the author of the 2008 book “The Future of the Internet—And How To Stop It.” by Jonathan Zitttrain The PC is dead. The transformation is one from product to service.

For decades we’ve enjoyed a simple way for people to create software and share or sell it to others. Choosing an OS used to mean taking a bit of a plunge: since software was anchored to it, a choice of, say, Windows over Mac meant a long-term choice between different available software collections. The content restrictions are unexplored territory. Big Data in 2012: Five Predictions. Post-PC Computing And The Next Tech Revolution. This post originally appeared on O’Reilly Radar (“You say you want a revolution? It’s called post-PC computing“).

It’s republished with permission. By Mark Sigal “You say you want a revolution, Well, you know, We all want to change the world.” — The Beatles I loved Google engineer Steve Yegge’s rant about: A) Google not grokking how to build and execute platforms; and B) How his ex-employer, Amazon, does. First off, it bucks conventional wisdom. How could Google, the high priest of the cloud and the parent of Android, analytics and AdWords/AdSense, not be a standard-setter for platform creation? Second, as Amazon’s strategy seems to be to embrace “open” Android and use it to make a platform that’s proprietary to Amazon, that’s a heck of a story to watch unfold in the months ahead. But mostly, I loved the piece because it underscores the granular truth about just how hard it is to execute a coherent platform strategy in the real world. Let me answer that for you: No one. Enter Apple. Related: The Post-PC Era Starts To Make Sense. The return of the operating system.

Source: Brian Proffitt – IT World. In recent days, if not months and years, I have been arguing that Linux may soon become much more prevalent on the desktop PC, because as applications move to a software-as-a-service model handily served up by the now-ubiquitous browser, the underlying operating system would matter less and less. I am not alone in this line of reasoning. My colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols wrote about this very same phenomenon just today. Computing, he argues, is about to become a commodity, not just at the hardware level, but at the operating system level, too. Except now I beginning to wonder if this future of IT is really what’s going to happen. (That ka-chunk you just heard was my brain switching gears.) It’s not that I can’t see a commoditized, SaaS-y future for users: I can, as HTML5 and better connectivity make it possible to deliver robust apps on browsers.

“The answer may lie in seemingly trivial places. Why, hello Windows 8. Doomsaying? Tapping into a world of ambient data. More data was transmitted over the Internet in 2010 than in all other years combined. That’s one reason why this year’s Web 2.0 Summit used the “data frame” to explore the new landscape of digital business — from mobile to social to location to government. Microsoft is part of this conversation about big data, with respect to the immense resources and technical talent the Redmond-based software giant continues to hold. During Web 2.0 Summit, I interviewed Microsoft Fellow David Campbell about his big data work and thinking. A video of our interview is below, with key excerpts added afterward. What’s Microsoft’s role in the present and future of big data? David Campbell: I’ve been a data geek for 25-plus years. It’s a neat thing to have one part of the company that’s processing petabytes of data on tens and hundreds of thousands of servers and then another part that’s a commercial business.

What’s happening now seems like it wasn’t technically possible a few years ago. Related: What happens when you turn a middle school library into a hackerspace? Guest article by Thomas Maillioux above: David designs an animation for his LoL Shield with LoL Shield Theater Editor’s note: Several months ago I put a call out on this blog for a DIY electronics blogger, and I couldn’t believe how many funny, friendly, fantastically qualified people from all over the world responded.

One such person was Thomas Maillioux, an unconventional librarian in France. He told me about his work to bring hackerspaces into the libraries of public schools in metro-Paris to teach kids about electronics, programming, design, and even 3D printing. He graciously accepted my invitation in broken franglais to tell his story here on the blog.

I hope you enjoy! What happens when you turn a middle school library into a hackerspace? By Thomas Maillioux A hackerspace at school I was lucky enough to work through the 2010 school year with a bunch of brilliant, curious pupils at the Evariste Galois middle-school in Epinay sur Seine in the northern suburbs of Paris. What now? Go Daddy Has Lion's Share of IPv6 Address Space. The surprising results of an IPv6 census conducted by the Measurement Factory and sponsored by Infoblox are that the lion's share of actual working IPv6 nodes are being hosted by Go Daddy. I know, any excuse to plug their spokesmodel Danica Patrick is shameless, but what is really going on here? In their census, the number of active IPv6 addresses went from 1.27% of all overall IP addresses in the 2010 sample to 25.4% in the 2011 sample.

And more than 80% of the v6 addresses are being hosted by Go Daddy. Go Daddy's Chief Technology Officer, Dave Koopman, told us that "Go Daddy sees IPv6 enabled services as critical to the continued growth of the Internet. Go Daddy has completed Glue records, /32 allocations from ARIN, RIPE and APNIC with transit to all of our data centers worldwide, and most recently, as noted, our entire 30MM+ customer DNS system is running on IPv6 dual stack. Infoblox suggested some next steps to help improve IPv6 penetration: Recursivity. Making Text Mining Accessible to Any Developer & Non-Expert. On the back of what I wrote the other week about machine intelligence , I think another important step is democratizing use of machine learning & intelligence software: making it accessible to people and companies that don’t have a PhD or deep pockets to hire one. This has thus far been the domain of experts and laborious manual work. I think this has to change.

In that spirit, I’m launching TextMinr - Text Mining as a Service , and we’re accepting applications for Beta users as of now. The plan is to expose large parts of the underlying technology that drives GreedAndFearIndex in the shape of REST API’s and a web console/dashboard, so that others can innovate on top of it and make use of state-of-the-art text mining and natural language processing technology without having to spend years learning how it all works. You can sign up for the Beta that will be available soonish right now, all we want in return is your feedback. So if your interest, please do sign up ! Facebook is gaslighting the web. We can fix it. Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users' ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web. The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming, and the net result is that Facebook is gaslighting users into believing that visiting the web is dangerous or threatening.

In this post I intend to not only document the practices which enable this attack, but to also propose a remedy. 1. You Cannot Bring Your Content In To Facebook This warning appeared on Facebook two weeks ago to advise publishers (including this site) that syndicate their content to Facebook Notes via RSS that the capability would be removed starting tomorrow. Facebook's proposed remedy involves either completely recreating one's content within Facebook's own Notes feature, or manually creating status updates which link to each post on the original blog. 2. 3.

How to Address This Attack Further Reading. What we could do with really big touchscreens - O'Reilly Radar. Will big touchscreen displays—bigger than tablets—usher in new kinds of creative composition? I don’t hear much talk about Microsoft’s Surface computers, those industrial strength touchscreens-on-a-tabletop. But maybe the idea was about $10,000 too expensive and a few years ahead of its time.

Hear me out while I play connect-the-anecdata-points and argue that 10-inch tablets are just the start of the touchscreen publishing revolution. I’ll bet that large, touchscreen canvases are coming, and I think they’re going to change the kinds of documents we create. But first a quick bit on why on earth we need larger compositional spaces. Last week in my digital publishing tools webcast I previewed a handful of apps and online software that let people create “media mashups”: compositions that break free from the rigidly sequenced vertical layouts that many writing tools impose.

Etc. Rigid layout structures like that are, of course, great for mainly-prose narrative. Decreasing prices The way I work. Technology and the Great Stagnation: Has All the Low-Hanging Fruit Been Picked? UX Week 2010 | Adam Mosseri | Data Informed, Not Data Driven. Why embedded systems are "terrifyingly important" A primer on the Smart Grid for laymen. Technology and the Baroque Unconscious. Stop Making Apps. Master Data Management (MDM) vs. Sensemaking.

Misleading Metaphors That Drive The War On Online Sharing. Solving the Shakespeare Million Monkeys Problem in Real-time with Parallelism and SignalR. Changing the World with Open Data. Wave Glider, a Floating Robot, Seeks to Network the Oceans. Internet outages scares global business. The Public Library, Completely Reimagined. Ambient Connectivity – How 19th century business policies keep us from communicating. Card Case: The new payments app that foretells a world without cash and credit cards. GoInstant and The Dawn of the Completely Shared Web: Manifesto from TC Disrupt Finalist and Digital Sky Funding Recipient. CyberTracker GPS Field Data Collection System - Home.