Businesses can learn much from Open Source thinking, both when it comes to increasing corporate efficiency and to making people happy at work. A while back I even wrote about an Open Source project that was optimized for fun (-O fun). So if you want to learn a little about … Continue Reading ››
If you stand up for too long you may pass out, as this video demonstrates. Am I a bad person for finding this hilarious? The band Arctic Monkeys became hugely popular by giving their music away. This make more sense to me than, say, signing your music over to a record company for … Continue Reading ››
I wouldn't mind seeing my colleagues row past my desk some day. Nonzero, one of my top 10 books, has a great website with lots of excerpts from the book. In this great interview, Ward Cunningham, creator of the wiki, says that the power of collaborative development has only just begun to … Continue Reading ››
McEwen [the owner] believed that the high-grade ore ... was present in parts of the 55,000-acre Red Lake stake -- if only he could find it... Eventually, the group's attention turned to the Linux … Continue Reading ››
The OScar Project is an attempt to design a car using an Open Source, web-based approach. Anybody can contribute to the concept and design at the website. I loved this quote from the site:
You can't treat a car like a human being. A car needs love. - Walter Röhrl
To get results you must get a really good CEO. To get a really good CEO, you must pay a very high salary. That's established wisdom. And it's wrong! James Surowiecki wrote the excellent book The Wisdom of Crowds that showed how heterogeneous groups of people can be better at making decisions than individuals or groups … Continue Reading ››
I'm writing this blogpost on my laptop in the Firefox browser as usual, but this time... IT'S RUNNING ON LINUX. Penguins rejoice! I've been wanting to install linux on my laptop for a while because lately it's been running slower and slower - a typical syndrome for PC's running Windows. All the usual windows remedies gave … Continue Reading ››
When you look up Encyclopedia Britannica in Wikipedia you get this excellent article. When you look Wikipedia up in the Encyclopedia Britannica you get this:
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Wikipedia is an organism. Encyclopedia Britannica is an artifact.
Nature had researchers blind-test articles in Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica looking for errors. The result:
The exercise revealed numerous errors in both encyclopaedias, but among 42 entries tested, the difference in accuracy was not particularly great: the average science entry in Wikipedia contained around four inaccuracies; Britannica, about three. ... Only eight serious errors, such … Continue Reading ››