Archive for May 8th, 2007

Wiki as file system

May 8, 2007

Those of you who are using GNU/Linux, apparently, can mount Wikipedia as a file system on your computers; what are you waiting for?

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Some not to be missed books you haven’t heard of yet

May 8, 2007

It seems to me that there’s frequently neither rhyme nor reason to which books garner tons of readers and which are read by only a few, devoted as they may be. Somehow, books in the latter category don’t seem to register on the radar of public awareness. This is a shame, because in this large group of books, you’ll find some of the most splendid reading (and writing) around.

Thus begins an essay at NPR, which goes on to recommend five or six such must-read books which have not got the public attention they deserve. There are excerpts too from almost all the recommended books. Take a look, and happy reading!

Can I oppose copyright while supporting open source?

May 8, 2007

Yes, you can–unless, you use GPL style copyleft license;or, at least that is how I understand the arguments of Karl Fogel at QuestionCopyright.org; via /. Note that this kind of copyright is essential for us to have open access argument plays a crucial role in open science arguments too, as seen in this blogpost.