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Algorithmic efficiency in the face of inelegance

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Seed magazine published a wonderful crossover article between the worlds of biology and engineering "Algorithmic Inelegance" The complexity of developmental regulation isn't a product of design at all, and it's the antithesis of what human designers would consider good planning or an elegant algorithm. It is, however, exactly what you'd expect ...

The legal limits of creativity explored: Recut Reframe Recycle

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Danah Boyd points out that the center for social media has released an informative paper entitled Recut Reframe Recycle concerning the boundaries of fair use (fair dealing in Canada) in digital media. Types of use they point out: • Parody and satire • Negative or critical commentary • Positive commentary • Quoting to trigger discussion • ...

Android – one step closer to freedom of communication

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Like most heavy cellphone users I have a love hate relationship with both the device and the wireless service. Love because it gives me freedom from a physical location and thus is an essential business enabler for entrepreneurs. Hate because it restricts my freedom in many ways that ...

Can the web help fight corruption?

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Lessig turns his keen insight and trademark presentation style towards the analysis of corruption as he steps away from 10 years of focusing on intellectual property issues and their impacts on culture, creativity and innovation. I wish him luck as he will have the full force of the ...

The Web as operating system

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Alistair, who has been writing recently at GigaOM, puts together the most lucid synthesis I have seen on the topic of the "Web OS." Big Internet companies are making themselves the OS of the web 2.0 world. In addition to the fundamentals — operating a web application, storing data, handling logins ...

Can code be bad for the planet?

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Alistair has an interesting post on Earth2Tech, the thesis of which is that inefficient coding practices can lead to environmental harm. I almost misled myself into thinking AC is blaming virtualization and SaaS/IaaS (infrastructure as a service) on creating such inefficiencies. Rather, he skipped past the obvious environmental benefits of server ...

The world’s on fire

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The funds that Sarah McLachlan would have spent to produce a music video are donated for more practical uses, and the video is instead used to help us visualize just how much of a difference $150,000 can make to those less fortunate than us: I'm a long time fan and proud ...

Infreemation: just the facts

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Apologies to RSS subscribers who will no doubt be affected by my blog consolidation. I'm pulling in all of the posts from and rebranding this blog Infreemation. Why the consolidation? Most of what I write in both blogs is about information: technology, policy, analysis, visualization. I haven't been making ...

Owning the rainbow: why spectrum can and should be freed

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Lessig's presentation on the control of US airwaves is brilliantly clear, as usual:

An inconvenient graphic – visual analytics

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Some graphics from An Inconvenient Truth have been posted to Flickr. Copyright has most certainly been violated here but I suspect Gore would prefer the message spreads and perhaps this will inspire more folks to check out the movie. This graph showing a sharp rise in CO2 has generated a lot ...