I am the CADT; and advice on NEEDINFOing old bugs en masse

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[Attention conservation notice: probably not of interest to lawyers; this is about my previous life in software development.] Someone recently mentioned JWZ’s old post on the CADT (Cascade of Attention Deficit Teecnagers) development model, and that finally has pushed me to say: I am the CADT. I did the bug closure that triggered Jamie’s rant,…

Summarizing “hacker legal education” crisply and cleanly

James Grimmelman is a better writer than I am. I already knew this, but in this commentary on Biella Coleman’s (excellent) Coding Freedom, he captures something I have struggled to express for years in two crisp, clean sentences: Hacker legal education, with its roots in programming, is strong on formal precision and textual exegesis. But…

Thoughts on the CC Summit

Oliver's Tattoo (cropped), by Oliver Keyes, used under CC BY-SA

I was lucky enough to attend the Creative Commons Global Summit in Buenos Aires last week, including the pre-conference session on copyright reform. Like Wikimania, there is simply too much here to summarize in coherent chunks, so here are my motes and thoughts during my return flight: Maira Sutton of EFF summed up my strongest…

Final(?) Wikimania 2013 idea and notes dump

Luis at Victoria Peak, the morning after

More random, more-or-less stream-of-(un)consciousness notes on the last few days of Wikimania: The cab driver who got me to the airport had (at least) five cellphones. Two were mounted on each side of the steering wheel, and then a fifth appeared from somewhere else half-way through our drive to the airport. Two were Android(-ish?) smartphones,…

Wikimania, Day 3

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Soooo much. As with the first two days, these are fragmentary notes as much for my benefit as for anyone else’s, so take with bullet points of salt: The lion dance in the opening ceremony was exactly as advertised – a good way to wake up. It was nice to hear the French issue called…

Random notes on Wikimania, Day 2

I’m pretty sure this is a cold, not jet lag. Not sure which would be better/worse. More notes: Continue to hear Wikidata licensing concerns; need to work on communicating about that. Multimedia round-table is well-attended (to the point of people sitting on the floor), even as someone points out that the day when “multimedia” was…

Notes on day 1 of my first Wikimania

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Collected bullet points from day 1 of my first Wikimania: Hong Kong is intense. I am used to, and like, big cities, but HK feels like a scale different even from, say, Cairo, New York, Delhi, or Bangalore. Had great fun last night walking around with a few friends, ended up at Temple Spice Crab…