From Wired via Thomas Roessler: Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday. I hope nobody thought their behaviour on youtube.com […]
“A genetic theory of homosexuality.” by William Saletan in yesterday’s Slate suggests an inevitable analogy. The article reports on recent work (pdf) addressing the ‘if homosexuality is genetic, why hasn’t it died out?’ debate, which suggests that the ‘gene for male homosexuality persists because it promotes—and is passed down through—high rates of procreation among gay […]
Echoing recent discussion of Semantic Web “Killer Apps”, an “are Topic Maps dead?” thread on the topicmaps mailing list. Signs of life offered include www.fuzzzy.com (‘Collaborative, semantic and democratic social bookmarking’, Topic Maps meet social networking; featured tag: ‘topic maps‘) and a longer-list from Are Gulbrandsen who suggests a predictable hype-cycle dropoff is occuring, as […]
Just found this interesting presentation, Map-Reduce-Merge: Simpli?ed Relational Data Processing on Large Clusters by Hung-chih Yang, Ali Dasdan Ruey-Lung Hsiao, D. Stott Parker; as presented by Nate Rober (PDF) Excerpts: Extending MapReduce 1. Change to reduce phase 2. Merge phase 3. Additional user-de?nable operations a. partition selector b. processor c. merger d. con?gurable iterators Implementing […]
I’m in Cork, mainly for the excellent Social Network Portability event on Sunday, but am also staying through Blogtalk’08 which has been great. I’ve uploaded my slides from my talk (slideshare in Flash, included inline here, or a pdf). I have some rough speaking notes too, maybe I’ll get those online. I have no idea […]
I’ve just installed Alan J Castonguay’s WordPress OpenID plugin on my blog, part of a cleanup that included nuking 11000+ comments in the moderation queue using the Spam Karma 2 plugin. Apologies if I zapped any real comments too. There are a few left, at least! The OpenID thing appears to “just work”. By which […]
The practical guide for journalists, 105 page PDF from UNESCO and Reporters Without Borders (2002).