If you work on software projects of any size this paper by Fred Brooks, and his book “The Mythical Man Month” should be considered required reading. The experience it’s drawn from is almost 40 years old now, but still entirely relevant to the industry today.
The Lib-Dems have put together a bill that would repeal many of the restrictions recently imposed on our civil liberties. It’s unlikely to get very far, but seeing them all listed together is scary. Support it if you care for such things.
noun • /ˌparəˈlipsis/ • the rhetorical device of emphasizing or drawing attention to something by professing to say little or nothing about it, or affecting to dismiss it (usually with such phrases as not to mention, to say nothing of, etc.); an instance of this.
from ancient Greek παράλειψις < παραλείπειν — to leave on one side, pass by.
“Whereas in the industrial epoch, the ability to cloister oneself off from the hoi polloi was a mark of power; in the post-industrial, networked economy, being surrounded by as many people as possible, all seeking your attention, is the ultimate manifestation of rank.”—
Facebook Connect finally becoming remotely useful. Its interesting in terms of how potentially open/closed facebook could be. Would comments made in facebook flow back? If not, then would all your data just be stored in facebook only?
Good questions. Also, do we want facebook to be the central repository of our online identity?
“It turns out that Ma.gnolia was pretty much a one-man operation, running on two Mac OS X servers and four Mac minis. A clear lesson for users is not to assume that online services have lots of staff, lots of servers and professional backups, and to keep your own copies of your data, especially on free services. ”—ma.gnolia’s data appears to be unrecoverable.
Thankfully, it sounds like Orlowski’s adult supervision stepped in at this point. I’m sure this is doing a fantastic job of drawing attention to The Register, but it’s hardly gaining a reputation for article quality or accuracy off the back of it.
Paul Carr (the guy who ranted about le web, then was a bit remorseful and by the way has a book out about social media) ends up having a rather heated debate with Orlowski and publishes it on his blog. While both are clearly quite excitable chaps, it strikes me that Orlowski is blatantly trolling here and looking to get a rise out of Carr…
“Cuba has an important resource - lots of people who have never learned to use Windows. And here you are, destroying that resource, gratuitously. If you are not ready yet to switch these clubs so that they teach people free software, at least you should shut them down until they can.”—RMS on Cuban Computer Clubs for Kids. Almost a good read until he starts getting technofascist.