Archive for July, 2012

An Unintentional Reminder of What Journalism Is About.

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I got hoaxed :-).

Congratulate Bradley Kuhn by joining our mini-campaign for the Software Freedom Conservancy!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Update 2012-08-02: Thanks Brian Fitzpatrick, Jim Blandy, Jen Mankoff, Roland McGrath, Justin Erenkrantz, and Noah Friedman for congratulating Bradley by donating to the Conservancy after reading this post. Other readers who join them, please let me know! I hesitate to call it a “mini”-campaign… might that be too limiting? Let’s see how far it can […]

OSCON 2012 Interview with Mac Slocum of O’Reilly Media.

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Mac Slocum of O’Reilly Media interviewed me last week at OSCON 2012 about open source software in the U.S. government — I enjoyed the conversation a lot: It ties in with the presentation Gunnar Hellekson of Red Hat and I gave the next day: US Government v. Open Source: A History and Lessons Learned(slides available there) which […]

Calculating the social derivative of follower numbers.

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Identica, Twitter, and similar services tell you how many people are “following” you. Of course, it just means “are subscribed to you” — it’s not like they’ll follow your orders or something. Though I haven’t tested that hypothesis. Anyway, let’s call that number F. Now, I wonder if any services present an interesting (and in some situations […]

Which of these two apps is not like the other? Answer: Just open source them. Please.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

It’s happening, right on schedule: First the Stop-and-Frisk Watch app was released, to help citizens monitor the New York City Police Department as it implements its policy of stopping people in the street for melanin posession. But even though it’s a public-interest app, Stop-and-Frisk Watch wasn’t open source. Now the ACLU has released the Police […]