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Four short links: 3 August 2011
Just Say No To Freegal -- an interesting view from the inside, speaking out against a music licensing system called Freegal which is selling to libraries. Libraries typically buy one copy of something, and then lend it out to multiple users sequentially, in order to get a good return on investment. Participating in a product like Freegal means that we’re not lending anymore, we’re buying content for users to own permanently so they don’t have to pay the vendor directly themselves. This puts us in direct competition with the vendor’s sales directly to consumers, and the vendors will never make more money off of libraries than they will off of direct consumer sales. What that does is put libraries in a position of being economic victims of our own success. I would think that libraries would remember this lesson from our difficulties with the FirstSearch pay-per-use model that most of us found to be unsustainable.
Radi -- a Mac app that can produce pretty much any kind of visual content for the web. Images, animations, vector graphics, video clips, realtime visual effects, JavaScript programming.... (via Hacker News)
Cost of Computing in Coal (Benjamin Mako Hill) -- back-of-the-envelope estimation of the carbon costs of running an overnight multicore Amazon number-crunching job. Thinking about the environmental costs of your crappy coding might change the way you code, much as punched cards encouraged you to model and test the program by hand before you ran it. How many tons of coal are burnt to support laziness or a lack of optimization in my software?
Friction in Computer Human Symbiosis (Palantir blog) -- Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process. (via Tim O'Reilly)
amazonec2  bigdata  business  copyright  energy  environment  graphics  humanaugmentation  libraries  media  music  from google
august 2011 by matt.the.ogre
Bionic Legs, i-Limbs, and Other Super Human Prosheses You'll Envy
"What is the obsession with looking human?" he says. "You think the only beauty is human?...30 years from now that amputees will give a shit about human beauty? They won't. Their limbs will be sculptures"
Prosthetics  HumanAugmentation  Design  Beauty  Humanity+ 
january 2010 by imranx
My New Sense Organ
My world’s Euclidian consistency is becoming questionable.
Locative  Neuroscience  HumanAugmentation 
november 2009 by imranx

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