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Four short links: 9 October 2012

Four short links: 9 October 2012

ID-based Democracy, Web Documentation, American Telco Gouging, and Stats Cookbook

  1. Finland Crowdsourcing New Laws (GigaOm) — online referenda. The Finnish government enabled something called a “citizens’ initiative”, through which registered voters can come up with new laws – if they can get 50,000 of their fellow citizens to back them up within six months, then the Eduskunta (the Finnish parliament) is forced to vote on the proposal. Now this crowdsourced law-making system is about to go online through a platform called the Open Ministry. Petitions and online voting are notoriously prone to fraud, so it will be interesting to see how well the online identity system behind this holds up.
  2. WebPlatform — wiki of information about developing for the open web. Joint production of many of the $BIGCOs of the web and the W3C, so will be interesting to see, as it develops, whether it has the best aspects of each or the worst.
  3. Why Your Phone, Cable, Internet Bills Cost So Much (Yahoo) — “The companies essentially have a business model that is antithetical to economic growth,” he says. “Profits go up if they can provide slow Internet at super high prices.” Excellent piece!
  4. Probability and Statistics Cookbook (Matthias Vallentin) — The cookbook contains a succinct representation of various topics in probability theory and statistics. It provides a comprehensive reference reduced to the mathematical essence, rather than aiming for elaborate explanations. CC-BY-NC-SA licensed, LaTeX source on github.
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Four short links: 15 October 2009 Four short links: 15 October 2009

Four short links: 15 October 2009

Open Access, Right to Broadband, Machine Learning Textbook, Javascript Performance Art

  1. Open Access Week — world-wide, dedicated to raising awareness of open access to research. (via Creative Commons Aotearoa).
  2. 1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal RightStarting next July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection.
  3. The Elements of Statistical Learning 2ed — classic book (I have the 1st edition) that is now available as a free PDF download. (via Hacker News)
  4. vi in Javascript — yup, someone’s written a vi clone in Javascript. (via monkchips on Twitter)
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