Brewster speaks here in his Open Content Alliance capacity, but of course we know him from Archive.org and the emerging Open Library
Note: at ibiblio.org, we’re involved in several projects with Brewster and his various organizations.
Talking Biz News
Information about business journalism from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and Chris Roush, associate professor and director of the Carolina Business News Initiative.
Weblog for Midcareer Copy Editors
Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and hosted by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. (UPDATE Andy Bechtel writes: The Midcareer Copy Editors blog, like the institute itself, has been on hiatus.)
Blue Highways Journal
Carolina Community Media Project director Jock Lauterer blogs about his travels across North Carolina doing his “Community Journalism Roadshow.”
The Editor’s Desk
Andy Bechtel is an assistant professor at the School. His blog is a discussion of writing and editing of all sorts, with an emphasis on the concerns of the newspaper copy desk
“Facebook is becoming a different place as it attempts to mass-market itself,” says Fred Stutzman, a University of North Carolina grad student who researches social networks. “Do I want to be friends with my uncle?”
Interestingly enough, Doug’s “Screenagers” (revised and renamed “Playing with the Future“) is subtitled “Lessons In Chaos From Digital Kids”; as “Playing” it was subtitled “What We Can Learn from Digital Kids.”
There is a good article on the ConnectU vs Facebook suit, “Who Owns the Concept if No One Signs the Papers?” by Jason Pontin. Pontin contents, citing some smart lawyers, that ConnectU will lose as it had no contract and no NDA or non-compete with Facebook’s Zuckerberg. Lessons here for young entrepreneurs.
John Mackey, granola baron of Whole Foods, and his sock puppetry get the attention of Christopher Caldwell in the Sunday Magazine as he writes “Not Being There” about online identity and anonymity. Just what are the rules and social norms when it comes to identity and anonymity on the Net? If you were born before 1970, you don’t really know says Caldwell — so tell me.
Went out to Saxapahaw to take in the Farmer’s Market and Django Haskins show. This is Django solo and non-electric for the most part. The Farmer’s Market has really grown and expanded. The winery across the road has a nice selection and a tasting table. Several folks are selling locally made cheeses. And there was a taco truck! Not with tacos but with BBQ Joint BBQ and Gumbo. Yummmm! Heather was nice enough to give us an SXPHW sticker to go with out Cackalacky one. Sally has pictures here.
Django’s set list:
A new song that begins “Face like a window”*
Ready to Go*
Never Felt Better There won’t be any more (written by Charlie Rich – only non-original in the set)
Blood and Oil
State Road Valentine
Green Grass of Elsewhere
Get to Love
Don’t be afraid of love
Groklaw reports (and, as usual, has the actual decision) that SCO Group has just lost virtually everything left of its lawsuits against IBM and Novell over Linux.
According to the ruling issued today by U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball:
* Novell is the owner of the Unix copyrights. As a result, SCO’s suit gainst Novell for “slander of title” is dismissed.
* Novell also has the contractual right to waive any claims of misuse of Unix by IBM (which Novell has repeatedly done). As a result, much if not all of SCO’s suit against IBM will shortly be dismissed.
* SCO must pay Novell at least some of the license fees paid under its SCOSource program by Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and other licensees.
No reaction from IBM or SCO, but SCO will presumably appeal.
From Joe LaSala, Novell senior vice president and general counsel:
“In the spring of 2003, Novell set out to ensure that SCO’s groundless claims would not interfere with the development of Linux. Today’s court ruling vindicates the position Novell has taken since the inception of the dispute with SCO, and it settles the issue of who owns the copyrights of UNIX in Novell’s favor. The court’s ruling has cut out the core of SCO’s case and, as a result, eliminates SCO’s threat to the Linux community based upon allegations of copyright infringement of UNIX. We are extremely pleased with the outcome.”
Bruce Klein asks a bunch of folks the question above is a brief survey that looked like this (once I filled it in):
+Paul, quick question… when do you think AI will surpass human-level intelligence?
caveat: AI isn’t attacking the full spectrum of known human intelligence.
In the case of simple to nearly complex logic. AI is there. In the case of
social and emotional and situational intelligences, perhaps never or at
least not until we understand those intelligences well enough to model
that said here’s a stab at general intelligence and AI
+[ ] 2010-20
+[X] 2020-30 (complex logic)
+[ ] 2030-50
+[ ] 2050-70
+[ ] 2070-2100
+[ ] Beyond 2100
+[ ] Prefer not to make predictions
+[X] Other: see caveat above
David id McConville writes to alert us that he is giving a presentation at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center about collaborations between media artists, scientists, and educators to use visualization tools for encouraging big picture thinking TODAY at Noon. NASA: Committee for Education & Public Outreach – Calendar for more.
If you can’t get to Goddard today, you can still watch or listen to David’s talk:
Last night was the Community Night Out in Chapel Hill, Sally and I started up at the Carolina Car Wash where Carrboro meets Chapel Hill and walked with what began as a small group through the Northside neighborhood. The group grew dramatically as we strolled through the neighborhood toward the Hargraves Center. News and Observer reporter Meiling Arounnarath captures a bit of the walk in this article (see the Chapel Hill section) Communities have a night of resolve along with several quotes from me.