SocialWorm writes: "Google has just announced work on OCRopus, which it says it hopes will "advance the state of the art in optical character recognition and related technologies." OCRopus will be available under the Apache 2.0 License. Obviously, there may be search and image search implications from OCRopus."
"I can understand why Jason Clement at Carat said, 'We had essentially pulled all of those big advertisers off of the ad networks [Google, Yahoo] by the end of the year.' After all, the media buyers need to demonstrate that they are using their hard-earned intuition to actually earn their commissions.
"But if I were one of those 'big advertisers,' I'd think really hard about whether Jason is doing me a service...
SocialWorm writes: "Jeff Atwood has posted an analysis of The Economics of Bandwidth over at Coding Horror. The surprising result is that, under most conditions, it's possible to send large amounts of data by FedEx or UPS cheaper than over the Internet. Specifically, he estimates that the cost of sending a hard drive in the mail is only 80% of that of sending the equivalent over a T3. Perhaps this indicates that it's time for a full RFC 2549 implementation."
SocialWorm writes: "The economist James D. Miller has speculated in his blog that a bill recently introduced in the U.S. senate will have a terrible chilling effect on political blogs. The bill would make "anyone promoting what the plaintiff sees as [a] 'deceptive' public argument" liable. Miller suggests that since traditional media has the financial and legal resources to fight the lawsuits such a law would bring, bloggers will be the hardest hit."
SocialWorm writes: "With a love of computers, it's easy to develop a sedentary lifestyle. I've been trying to think of ways to combat this lately, and been considering different activities that would be a good complement for coding most of the day. So far, I've come up with bowling and archery as possibly free-time activities, as they both involve looking further away and stretching the hands and wrist in a not-typing sort of way. Does anyone else have a good idea for activities that are good for people who spend on lot of time with computers?"
SocialWorm writes: "Video of a speech at Google with Mike Pinkerton about Mozilla's Camino project has just been made available on Google Video. The description says it covers 'the past, present and future of Camino development, along with lessons learned from Mozilla and the open source community.'"