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+ - Why The "Star Trek Computer" Will Be Open Source and Apache Licensed

Submitted by psykocrime
psykocrime (61037) writes "The crazy kids at Fogbeam Labs have a new blog post up, positing that there is a trend towards advanced projects in NLP, Information Retrieval, Big Data and the Semantic Web moving to the Apache Software Foundation. Considering that Apache UIMA is a key component of IBM Watson is it wrong to believe that the organization behind Hadoop, OpenNLP, Jena, Stanbol, Mahout and Lucene will ultimately be the home of a real "Star Trek Computer"?"

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 133

by psykocrime (#43238459) Attached to: Post "Good Google," Who Will Defend the Open Web?

Then it's very disingenuous of you to post the article as if you were a third party when you are not.

Disingenuous? I don't quite see that. At the end of the day, what I said stands or falls on its merits (or lack thereof)... who submitted it to /. is actually pretty irrelevant. Anyway, I'm not going to stop and take the time to create a whole new Slashdot account just to post something today, when I have one I've been using for years.

I suppose you could quibble that I could have used the word "we" in the article description, and that would be something of a fair point. But I just have a habit of writing in a detached, 3rd party voice like that. I don't remember where it came from, but it's the way I've tended to write when referring to organizations in general.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 2) 133

by psykocrime (#43237857) Attached to: Post "Good Google," Who Will Defend the Open Web?

OP here...

Evidence for abandonment of the "open web" - cancelling Reader and the CalDAV API.

AND abandoning OpenSocial, not implementing any relevant open standards in G+, not developing Android in an open fashion, and probably a few dozen other examples that I can't remember offhand.

Evidence for support of the open web: Chrome, GWT, open sourced jscompiler, V8, tons of random libraries and developer tools, SPDY, extensions to SSL, HTML5 rich snippets in search, etc.

Yeah, nobody is saying that Google haven't done some amazing things in the past. Or even that they don't still do *some* good things. That's what makes this whole situation even more disturbing! When an organization that you have trusted and looked up to for a very long time begins displaying behavior which suggest that it can no longer be trusted, it is very troubling. And ever since the big re-org at the top and since the advent of G+, Google have definitely been displaying markedly different behavior.

In the end, this is less about Google per-se, than it is about being a warning and a "call to action". As many posters on this thread have said, and as I said in the blog post... at the end of the day, the ultimate defender of the Open Web is US. All of us. A motley collection of individuals, small companies, big companies, medium companies, standards bodies, non-profits, etc. But WE, as in grassroots activists, solo hackers, startup founders, etc., need to pull our heads out of our collective bums and start making a lot more noise and taking action, or we'll wind up with a Web which is good for nothing but shoveling ads and government propaganda down our throats and spying on us.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 133

by psykocrime (#43237729) Attached to: Post "Good Google," Who Will Defend the Open Web?

Because this is a complete troll piece to begin with, and adding Microsoft to the list just makes it blatant.
Then toss Microsoft into a list of "good guys".

MS aren't seriously listed as "good guys" they are only on the list because it was initially written in something of a "stream of consciousness" fashion, listing companies that jumped to mind, pro or con and then sometimes (as in the case of Microsoft and Facebook) immediately disqualifying them from the "good guys" list.

Nowhere is evidence given for Google "abdicating their position as such a champion," it's simply stated with the hope we accept it as a given.

Anybody who reads the news and is paying attention to what has been going on lately realizes that Google has changed. Are they completely "evil" now? No, but it's quite clear that openness is less important to them than in the past. They've all but declared war on RSS, they never implemented OpenSocial in Google+, G+ doesn't support any of a whole raft of standards that you'd use when building a social network if you cared about openness, Android has *never* really be developed in the open... it's "open source" but Google do everything and then throw code over the wall to the world. Now, don't look a gift horse in the mouth and all, and I'd rather have an Android code dump than no Android code at all. But the point is that there is a pattern present, where Google are showing less and less interest in Open Web principles.

Who owns Fogbeam Labs, anyway?

I do, along with my cofounders.

They claim to be "Open Source 2.0" (what does that even mean?)

We do? If so, that's a mistake, if you'll point out where you saw that, I'll fix it. You're right "Open Source 2.0" is a meaningless term. OTOH, we DO mention producing "Open Source Enterprise 2.0" products, where "Enterprise 2.0" is a widely used term (I happen to HATE it, but it's out there and we don't have much choice but to go with the flow on this one) that sort-of means something to people in the Enterprise space.

and very new.

Yes, we're a startup. Most companies were at one time. :-) I however, as an individual, have been doing this stuff a long time. Go through my /. comment history if you don't believe me.

Google

+ - Post "Good Google", Who Will Defend The Open Web?

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psykocrime
psykocrime writes "The crazy kids at Fogbeam Labs have started a discussion about Google and their relationship with the Open Web, and questioning who will step up to defend these principles, even as Google seem to be abdicating their position as such a champion. Some candidates mentioned include Yahoo, IBM, Red Hat, Mozilla, Microsoft and The Wikimedia Foundation, among others. The question is, what organization(s) have BOTH the necessary clout and the required ethical principles, to truly champion the Open Web, in the face of commercial efforts which are clearly inimical to Open Source, Open Standards, Libre Culture and other elements of an Open Web?"
Electronic Frontier Foundation

+ - Is The Hacker Ethic Compatible With A For-Profit Company?->

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psykocrime
psykocrime writes "Fogbeam Labs look at the relationship between the Hacker Ethic and for-profit companies, with a nod to Google's recent "War on RSS", as well as Cory Doctorow's "The Coming War On General Purposes computing". The Free Software Foundation, Red Hat, Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are organizations who appear to be on the right side of the issues, but out of that group, only Red Hat is a for-profit company. Where are all the for-profit companies that are imbued with the Hacker Ethic?"
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Comment: Re:Without power? (Score 2, Insightful) 813

by psykocrime (#40527673) Attached to: After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?

> Seriously, though, it seems to me that infrastructure spending is one of those no-brainer things that shouldn't even be a question.

Of course it's a question; why should it be any different just because it's "infrastructure?" If there is demand for it, let the free-market provide it... nothing dictates that "infrastructure" be provided by some entity that maintains a monopoly on the use of force. Note too that "free market" includes voluntarily assembled co-operatives and communes. Communal activity for common good is one thing... forced participation in some initiative, at the point of a gun barrel, is something quite different.

Comment: I am, now. (Score 1) 818

by psykocrime (#40289271) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

I just switched to KDE about 3 weeks ago. My old laptop had finally decayed to the point that I felt justified in buying a new one, and
so I bought a new Toshiba, and slapped Fedora 16 on it. After about 15 minutes of Gnome 3, I had had enough, and switched my default environment
to KDE. It took me less than a day to feel pretty comfortable with KDE, and I couldn't be happier with it as things stand.

Sadly, the only *real* reason I stuck with Gnome as long as I did, was because it had always been the default on RH based distros, and I was just too lazy
to invest the energy to switch and learn a different environment. Well, that and at one time there was sort of a perception that KDE was less "mainstream" somehow because their libraries were GPL licensed. But since KDE went LGPL and as the new versions have improved since the 4.0 release (as I understand it), I don't see any reason to favor Gnome any more.

Label me a convert. KDE all the way.

Comment: Dear Government: You can't win. (Score 1) 242

by psykocrime (#38169762) Attached to: Police Encrypt Radios To Tune Out Public

Dear government:

Don't waste your time. We will crack your codes, root your servers, publish your secret documents, and ensure the transparency that is prerequisite to a free and open society.

No matter what steps you take to attempt to hide the corruption and cronyism that dominate this country, we will defeat you. We, the cyberpunks, cypherpunks, crypto-anarchists, techno-libertarians and hackers, will not only evade and defeat any technological measure that you attempt to use against us, but we will actively subvert any such mechanism and use it to further the cause of freedom and liberty.

If you listen to us, we will listen to you. if you track our whereabouts, we will track yours. If you attempt to destroy our systems, we will destroy yours. We will not allow you to control the free flow of information and use secrecy and fear as tools to oppress the people.

#cryptoanarchism #technolibertarian #cyberpunk #cypherpunk #fuckthepolice

Government

Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions 650

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-benjamins dept.
theodp writes "Washington's proposed state income tax not only prompted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to spend $425,000 of his own money to help crush the measure at the polls, it also inspired Microsoft to launch a FUD campaign aimed at torpedoing the initiative. 'As an employer, we're concerned that I-1098 will make it harder to attract talent and create additional jobs in Washington state,' explained Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith. 'We strongly support public education, but we're concerned by key details in I-1098. This initiative would give Washington one of the top five highest state income tax rates in the country. I-1098 would apply this tax rate to all income, including capital gains and dividends, and would not permit any deductions for charitable contributions.' Nice to see a company take a principled stand, backed by a CEO who's not afraid to put his money where his company's mouth is, right? Well, maybe not. Just three days after the measure went down in flames, Ballmer said in a statement that he plans to sell up to 75 million of his Microsoft shares by the end of the year to 'gain financial diversification and to assist in tax planning.' Based on Friday's closing price of $26.85, the 75M shares would be valued at approximately $2 billion. All of which might make a cynic question what was really important to Microsoft — public education, or a $2B state income tax-free payday for its CEO?"
Red Hat Software

+ - Red Hat gets closer to releasing RHEL 6->

Submitted by Julie188
Julie188 (991243) writes "Red Hat released the second beta of its Enterprise Linux 6 on Wednesday and declared it on track for an unspecified release date. (October?) A number of features are going to make enterprise users happy. But the spotlight is fully on KVM virtualization, now that Xen won't be an included hypervisor option. One Linux developer says that Red Hat ditched Xen because the project leaders (i.e. Citrix) were creating too much work for the distro makers by not including Xen in the kernel. If so, wouldn't the solution be rather simple, for Xen.org to submit Xen for inclusion in the Linux kernel? Xen creator Ian Pratt says no. Looks like he wants to be the VMware of Linux virtualization, making KVM equivalent to Hyper-V."
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