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Sunday, November 25, 2001

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Professor Lawrence Lessig builds industrial strength attorneys for a living. He is also one of the best thinkers on the Internet today. Any time you get a chance to read his stuff, make the time.

Why tech innovation is under threat
read here - go there
Source: C|Net.com

Open Source and Private Industry

Here is an interesting view on Open Source and Universities.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Before computer whiz Steven E. Brenner accepted his tenure-track research post at the University of California-Berkeley last year, he demanded that the school's intellectual property police leave him alone.
 
Brenner prevailed. He's now one of the few experts in the emerging field of bioinformatics with the freedom to distribute his work, software used in gene research.

Computer scientists push to publish code powering genetic research
read here - go there
Source: SiliconValley.com
Hattip: Slashdot.org

Open Source in Europe

two items across the radar this morning.

European Union gives green light to open source
read here - go there
Source: theinquirer.net

UK Gov agency threatens to dump 500,000 Windows desktops
read here - go there
Source: theregister.com

Current Opinion

No RAND for Me

The web works because HTML is an open system.

The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.

The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-proprietary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.

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