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Four short links: 14 September 2011

Four short links: 14 September 2011

Web Stack Catalogue, DIY Microscopes, Open Source Covenant, and Moore's Law Redux

  1. StackParts — catalogue of different parts of the open source web stack, from Joshua Schachter. He’s looking for helpers.
  2. DIY MicrosocopesKeeling’s lowfi contraption, featured in MAKE magazine and virally spreading across science classrooms the country over, is bringing microscopes not just to eye level, but street level. Blowtorch and pipette glass makes for a Leeuwenhoek microscope.
  3. The Covenant — Lexis Nexis are open sourcing their Hadoop-alike. They want to dual-license, requiring contributor copyright assignment, but copyright assignment and dual-licensing have a bad rep in the open source world because companies can subsequently abandon the open source component. Bruce Perens crafted a covenant: each copyright assignment of a patch can only happen if the company agrees not to abandon the open source project for three years. This document is a good read, though, for a lot more of the thinking behind the agreement. Unfortunate name, though: The Covenant were the villains in the Halo game.
  4. Ben Hammersley on The Future — Moore’s Law means anything that is dismissed on the grounds of the technology-not-being-good-enough-yet is going to happen. In a fantastic talk (I linked to Ben’s notes), this sentence jumped out. I hadn’t really appreciated this before, but it is absolutely true.
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Strata Week: The effort to digitize Palin's email archive

Strata Week: The effort to digitize Palin's email archive

Dealing with Sarah Palin's emails, privacy legislation, and a new Hadoop competitor

In the latest Strata Week: Sarah Palin's 24,000-page email archive gets digitized, location tracking bills are proposed, and LexisNexis gets into the big data game with an alternative to Hadoop.

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