You’ve probably seen this video of Cmdr. Chris Hadfield singing “Space Oddity” on the ISS by now. It’s touching and inspiring, but it’s also sad; sad because Space Oddity (the single) was rushed to market in June 1969 to coincide with the first moon landing. Forty-four years ago we were walking on the moon; today, we sing the same song while dawdling in orbit, which people were doing in the early 60s. No humans have set foot on the moon for 41 years (and counting).
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Edit: Oh well, that’s that. Looks like the media lobby got their way. I look forward to seeing how this plays out.
The W3C (the consortium that governs web standards) is entertaining a proposal by American corporate interests (in the form of cartels lobby groups like the RIAA and MPAA) to implement DRM in the HTML5 specifications. The web currently runs mostly on HTML4; HTML5 is the new version with added features (this site is coded in HTML5).
Anyhow, the media lobby wants to add ways to encrypt or block content directly in the HTML, the most basic level of a website. The Free Software Foundation is trying to stop them. Why?
“The citadel of TV profits” is an excellent metaphor that vividly illustrates the current (outgoing) business model of the big networks. It can’t rightly be called a monopoly, but at the very least it’s a semi-collusive aristocracy that have bought for themselves an almost unassailable position. Continue reading
It’s well-known by now that the move from print to the internet hasn’t been an easy one for the news industry, but Dutch publication De Nieuwe Pers has found a great way to use this new medium – users can pay either €4.49 a month for access to the entire newspaper, or €1.79 to subscribe to individual columnists. Continue reading
It’s been quite a while that we’ve known Google uses social signals (shares, Likes, +1s, etc) as a factor to determine search rankings, and another study seems to confirm this. Out of all the measured factors, social shares had the strongest correlation with high rankings (0.37, on a scale of -1 to 1).