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Against Software Patents

At the behest of the Free Software Foundation, I just sent this email to Bilski_Guidance@uspto.gov to express how bad an idea software patents are. If you agree, send a similar missive (or steal mine, or FSF’s): Software should not be patentable, because software is math. Adding a computer to do that math is an obvious […]

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On Software Patents

There’s been a lot of linking to Stephen O’Grady’s piece on software patents lately, and I thought I’d do the same but provide my own twist on these arguments. The area of “software that should be patentable” exists between a floor defined by “algorithms and math” and a ceiling of things that are overbroad and […]

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iTunes is a Network Application

Jeff Atwood thinks that iTunes is Anti-Web: Is it so unreasonable to expect links in your browser to resolve to, oh, I don’t know, web pages containing information about the thing you just clicked on? Is there anything more anti-web than demanding users install custom software to display information that could have just as easily […]

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Good Idea, Bad Idea

Good Idea Setting up a family tree on Geni. It’s like a little Facebook for your relatives. You click and add your siblings, your parents, their siblings, etc. Then you can post what’s new, share photos, plan events, and all that fun stuff. Bad Idea Doing this when you’re my coworker from Hungary, whose wife […]

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Lazy Decision Making

We recently cleaned out my parents’ garage so that it could be torn down to make room for an intergalactic expressway a storm drain. Amongst the millions of childhood memorabilia was this book, which was the first taste I got of computer programming. It taught us Apple BASIC, and we used it to program our […]

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Music Pricing

Apple put out a press release last week saying that iTunes is now the number two music retailer in the US, behind only Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart, for it’s part, is making rublings: Wal-Mart stirs CD pricing pot with multi-tiered plan – Yahoo! News: Wal-Mart… has proposed a five-tiered pricing scheme that would allow the discounter to […]

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The Paradox of Choice

From TED: (Via Daring Fireball.) Interesting talk that challenges the basic building blocks of, well, everything.

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Flying Squirrel Suit

(Via Slashdot.) I’m torn between thinking that this is the coolest thing ever and knowing that if I were to do it, I would flip out and plummet to my doom.

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REST, née Semantic Web

I keep hearing about the Semantic Web, and it occurs to me that I still don’t undersand. Isn’t this just REST? In the semantic web, you put up a document and name some parts of it, using RDF. Those parts are the “things they’re about,” which is what’s important. Then you link different things together […]

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Are Features The Enemy?

The Software Conspiracy: If a computer magazine publishes a roundup of word processors, the central piece of that article will be the “feature matrix,” a table showing what word processing programs have which features. With just a glance, the reader can quickly see which word processors have the richest sets of features, and which have […]

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