Friday, October 03, 2008

Citizen Journalism has not failed...

Duncan Riley says:

Sarah over at ReadWriteWeb leads with the idea in the headline: “Steve Jobs Had No Heart Attack…And Citizen Journalism Just Failed,” Silicon Alley Insider’s Henry Blodget, who should be able to see a scam a mile away, writes that “Citizen journalism apparently just failed its first significant test.

It hasn’t. What we’ve seen here is likely a traditional stock scam, and an execution failure from a leading media company. It says absolutely nothing about citizen journalism at all.

I agree. The whole idea of citizen journalism was people reporting on issues, with a self correcting eco-system, where people will weed out scams and the like. Which is exactly what happened, so why would it be a failure?

An open source win!

Bruce perens writes:
An appeals court has erased most of the doubt around Open Source licensing, permanently, in a decision that was extremely favorable toward projects like GNU, Creative Commons, Wikipedia, and Linux. The man who prompted that decision could be described as the worst enemy a Free Software project could have. This is the story of how our community was able to benefit from that enemy.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Some Python 2.6 notes

From the release notes:

Python 3.0 adds several new built-in functions and changes the semantics of some existing built-ins. Functions that are new in 3.0 such as bin() have simply been added to Python 2.6, but existing built-ins haven’t been changed; instead, the future_builtins module has versions with the new 3.0 semantics. Code written to be compatible with 3.0 can do from future_builtins import hex, map as necessary.

A new command-line switch, -3, enables warnings about features that will be removed in Python 3.0. You can run code with this switch to see how much work will be necessary to port code to 3.0. The value of this switch is available to Python code as the boolean variable sys.py3kwarning, and to C extension code as Py_Py3kWarningFlag.

Mozilla and hypocrisy

Right, but what about the experiences that Mozilla chooses to default for users like switching to  Yahoo and making that the default upon ...