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Four short links: 30 April 2012

A/B Testing in Rails, Open Source Groupware, Is the Internet Innovative, and Patent Art

  1. Chanko (Github) — trivial A/B testing from within Rails.
  2. OpenMeetings — Apache project for audio/video conferencing, screen sharing, whiteboard, calendar, and other groupware features.
  3. Low Innovation Internet (Wired) — I disagree, I think this is a Louis CK Nobody’s Happy moment. We renormalize after change and become blind to the amazing things we’re surrounded by. Hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people work from home, collaborate to develop software that has saved the world billions of dollars in licensing fees, provide services, write and share books, make voice and video calls, create movies, fund creative projects, buy and sell used goods, and you’re unhappy because there aren’t “huge changes”? Have you spoken to someone in the publishing, music, TV, film, newspaper, retail, telephone, or indeed any industry that exists outside your cave, you obtuse contrarian pillock? There’s no room on my Internet for weenie whiners.
  4. Context-Free Patent Art — endlessly amusing. (via David Kaneda)
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  • Matthew Fredrick

    Re: #3: Hear, hear! Well said; I couldn’t believe the ignorance in that article.

    Add to your list a stunning increase in communication between long-disconnected family, friends, and school/work buddies via social networks (yes, there are flaws, but ask the “you” of 15 years ago how you’d do such a thing).

    Perhaps the most amazing change provided by the Internet is in the third world, where truly revolutionary access to information and ideas is changing people’s lives in ways so dramatic that they were literally unthinkable 15 years ago.