Why federally funded software should be open... →
The open access movement for government funded research has had a groundswell of support this year and has won legislative victories in UK and Europe, with strong petitions in the US. It’s also gotten a lot of press. Many of us have known about the related issues around open licensing for government funded software development for a long time. Open Source for America just fired a first...
Peter Thiel's CS183: Startup - Class 1 Notes Essay
via Praveen Joe blakemasters: Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 1 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s entirely. CS183: Startup—Notes Essay—The Challenge of the Future Purpose and Preamble We might describe our world as having retail sanity, but wholesale madness. Details are well understood; the big picture...
Alice and Bob go to Washington →
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The Foucault/Habermas Debate →
The Human Macro-organism as Fungus →
Observe lower social organisms - bees, for example. A hive of bees is not a collection of individuals but, rather, a simple macro-organism. The beings that comprise this macro-organism are completely dependent on one another - for nutrients, defense, etc. Bees are, however, quite limited: Their ability to transfer information lacks the subtlety necessary to create a truly complex being, and...