Tag: The New Bureaucracy

  • People more drunk at weekends, researchers discover

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    A parody from 2000

    It’s open season on Wikipedia these days. The project’s culture of hatred for experts and expertise has become the subject of widespread ridicule. Nick Carr christened it “the cult of the amateur”.

    But what has professional academia done for us lately? Here’s a study from the University of Amsterdam to ponder.

    New Scientist reports that researchers for Professor Maarten de Rijke at the Informatics Institute have been recording words used by bloggers, in an attempt to find interesting or unusual … Read More

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  • Google outspooks the spooks with Total Information Awareness plan

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    Google wants to mirror and index every byte of your hard drive, relegating your PC to a “cache”, notes on a company PowerPoint presentation reveal.

    The file accompanied part of Google’s analyst day last week. Google has since withdrawn the file, telling the BBC that the information was not intended for publication.

    The justification for this enormous data grab is that Google would be able to restore your data after a catastrophic system failure.… Read More

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  • Wikipedia founder admits to serious quality problems

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    Encouraging signs from the Wikipedia project, where co-founder and überpedian Jimmy Wales has acknowledged there are real quality problems with the online work.

    Criticism of the project from within the inner sanctum has been very rare so far, although fellow co-founder Larry Sanger, who is no longer associated with the project, pleaded with the management to improve its content by befriending, and not alienating, established sources of expertise. (i.e., people who know what they’re talking about.)

    Meanwhile, criticism from outside … Read More

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  • On Computers, Creativity and Copyright

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    “We’d run out of ironic things to say”
    Neil Tennant

    Creative Commons is an intriguing experiment to granulize the rights a creator has over his or her work, and to formalize what today is largely spontaneous and informal. What we rarely see when it is discussed, is a genuine attempt to answer the question “Why is it needed?”

    For a very self-consciously idealistic “movement” this, absence of an explanation is surprising.

    Behind the scheme is the recognition of a very … Read More

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  • Never Hurd of the new HP boss?

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    There’s a theory that British Prime Ministers, and England football managers, alternate between being bishops and bookmakers. A risk-taking rascal is succeeded by a dull, safe pair of hands, until the public clamor for the rascal once again.

    By replacing the high-profile Carly Fiorina with the low-impact Mark Hurd from NCR, Hewlett Packard would appear to be following that script. The appointment of Hurd seems to signal that the board thinks HP’s core business is sound, and requires an administrator … Read More

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