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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The article I've spent nearly two years on is finally out, 700+ million draws from the binomial distribution later.

The WaPo article is probably the best. It also showed up in:

Majid and Chris have been doing most of the quoting, but I've been handling some of the radio coverage. The SoCal NPR affiliate's public affairs show recorded my ramblings live for ten minutes or so. Exciting stuff.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Please don't make all research results CC-BY. AFAIK, collections of data are not subject to copyright under US law (the original case had something to do with phone books), but IANAL. Claiming that copyright applies to them, even if your intent is to make the results available, just normalizes the claims of malicious actors who would like data assemblages to be subject to copyright.

For alphabet soup clarification, check out the IAD.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

"When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied." Wisdom for the content industries.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Israel introduces Fair Use. Good to see at least one developed nation moving in the right direction in their copyright legislation.