September, 2006

  1. Two quick business links

    Nice post about the relative security of startups and non-startups, and how often you’re going to fail as a manager, particularly in a startup. Scary post about the ethics (or lack thereof) in business school. Pretty clear correlation between that and the gigantic mess at the top of our corporations (like HP.)

  2. what fsf got wrong

    The FSF got some things wrong in this process as well. (But I had dinner in between posts.) The FSF has failed to convince people that patents are a threat. The FSF folks apparently believe (1) that patents are a threat to free software projects and (2) that patents are immoral. These are distinct issues.…

  3. what the kernel guys got wrong

    I just posted about what the kernel guys really want. They are saying some other non-substantive things, but most of these are either solvable or just plain wrong. Virtually everything they are saying about license proliferation is wrong, except for the obvious statement that license proliferation is bad. We’re all agreed on that. GPL v3…

  4. former classmate wins a Genius Grant

    I can’t exactly say I knew him well (hardly at all) but the other Luis in a lot of my CS classes at Duke, Luis von Ahn, won a MacArthur genius grant. He’s the dude who co-invented the captcha and more recently the predecessor to Google’s Image Game. Very cool for him, and nice for…

  5. Some GNOME things that excite me

    Some GNOME-y things that are impressing or exciting me today: Fernando Herrera (of bug-buddy and other fame) is coming to Boston Summit. Rock. So should everyone else, of course. (I’ll be there for drinks and dinner :) The Build Brigade has reached a significant milestone, with the integration of jhbuild and buildbot. Combined with the…

  6. Red Hat voting followups

    There have been quite a few followups to my voting post. A couple of the most common themes: Why do we need electronic voting anyway? It is inherently insecure.  I think a lot of people, first off, tend to forget how insecure and exploitable paper ballots are- Chicago, Mexico City, and lots of other places…

  7. A mess o’ tech-and-law links

    Some bits before I head out for the weekend: Microsoft’s new media player is going to allow sharing of files wirelessly with your friends. Of course, to make it RIAA-safe, they’ll wrap it in their own DRM when it leaves the device- regardless of the copyright status of the file. It is sort of Grokster…