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Archive for February, 2004

The Scientific Process Bastardized For Political Purposes

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2004 @ 5:39 pm in General | Comments Off

Aaron has a great piece on anti-truths and blatant lies. Today, the news gets even more worrisome: 60 top scientists including 20 Nobel Laureates report that the Bush Administration is heavily distorting scientific fact for political benefit. Instapundit complains every other day about how universities stifle free speech, but doesn’t say a word about how [...]

How Quickly We’ve Come to Assume The Creative Commons

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 @ 11:43 am in Policy | Comments Off

Larry Lessig points to a discussion about the pros and cons of the project he chairs: The Creative Commons. As a member of the Creative Commons’ Technology Advisory Board, I’m a tad biased, of course, when I claim that these worries are unfounded. But hear me out. This particular anti-CC sentiment stems from the belief [...]

Rewriting History

Posted: Monday, February 9th, 2004 @ 9:02 pm in General | Comments Off

It’s one thing to make mistakes. We all make mistakes, and I probably make more than my share. It’s a whole different thing to refuse to admit one’s mistakes. I admit it, I read Instapundit to find out what others are thinking. Most of the time, I simply disagree with Glenn Reynolds. He has one [...]

Thoughts on Darl: Beliefs vs. Tactics

Posted: Wednesday, February 4th, 2004 @ 1:31 pm in Free Software | Comments Off

I attended Monday’s presentation by Darl McBride of SCO. You can even see me asking Darl a question about SCO going after end-users (I’m the guy with the EFF t-shirt at the bottom-center of the picture). For a few months, I’ve been asking myself whether SCO truly believes their own story, or whether they’re simply [...]

Advertising in 2004: Using Social Mores to Steal Brain Cycles

Posted: Monday, February 2nd, 2004 @ 2:16 pm in General | 1 Comment »

Matt Haughey has the straight story on Janet Jackson’s Superbowl show-and-tell. Yes, clearly a staged controversy to hype Janet’s new album, to make Justin into a bad boy, to make CBS a bit “hipper” with the young crowd. It’s cheap, but it gets people talking. And, after all, Janet’s not to blame, since it was [...]