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Monday, April 30, 2007

More good news. Supreme Court weakens obvious patents.


Sunday, April 29, 2007

Kaleidescope ruled legal. Am I wrong or should it not take 2+ years for clarity on these things. That's two years of peak market for DVDs in which electronics manufacturers held off for lack of legal surety. Now we're moving into the next format. Technology moves faster than law.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

WHO to "wikify" next ICD revision.
I once read an article (in Time, IIRC) on the rise of the DSM in psychology. The gist of it was that classification defines how disease is understood, that something so simple as a diagnostic manual caused massive changes in the way the world thinks about mental illness as a whole and in its particulars. I don't think it's too much of a leap to say that definition defines how disease is treated, studied, and funded as well. Thus the fact that the WHO is opening up its process to a wider audience is truly laudable. It's not that the 'power of the people' will cause millions of individuals to run in and fix the issues (known and as-yet-unknown) with ICD-10, it's that there are experts everywhere who have a little snippet of knowledge but wouldn't be consulted in a traditional process. And there are experts everywhere who happen not to be known for their groundbreaking research on the pathogenesis of whosywhatsis but nevertheless have their part to play.
That said, while it's not surprising WHO chose to restrict the experiment's openness, it's not clear that they will reap the same results because of it. There's a tricky balance between self-filtering by erecting hurdles and biasing who participates (in this case, to experts who would have been consulted anyway).


Friday, April 13, 2007

The economics of open source. And they mean "economics." There are demand curves, average cost curves, and at first glance it looks like they're used correctly.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New social Firefox plugin. Looks really interesting, and anything that Web 2.0 away from, well, the web is good in my estimation. Too much data is being stored on random servers owned by random companies.