Chuck Jones draws attention to a story on the Apple website that explains how iPads are used for research at Pompeii. ?Dr. Steven Ellis ? credits the introduction of six iPad devices at Pompeii with helping his team solve one of the most difficult problems of archaeological fieldwork: how to efficiently and accurately record the complex information they encounter in the trenches.? I looked up the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (PARP:PS) of the University of Cincinnati: ?Through the full range of archaeological inquiry ? archaeological excavations, structural and artefactual analyses, and geophysical surveys ? we are revealing the dynamic structural and social history of an entire Pompeian neighborhood.? On the Apple site, points out that ?[a]lthough portable computers offer a paperless solution, field archaeologists rarely use them in the trenches because their size, input limitations, battery life, and sensitivity to dirt and heat make them impractical in the harsh conditions of a dig.?
Today, 89 prominent Internet engineers sent a joint letter the US Senate Judiciary Committee, declaring their opposition to the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA). The text of the letter is below.
Readers are encouraged to themselves write the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to reject this bill.
With all of this talk about copyright trolls and spamigation, it is easy to get confused. Who is suing over copies of Far Cry and The Hurt Locker? Who is suing bloggers? Who is trying to protect their anonymity? Who is defending fair use? What do newspapers have to do with any of this? In order to cut through the confusion, here?s a concise guide to copyright trolls currently in the wild, with status updates.
Anil Dash hits one so far out of the park it attains orbit in this response to a silly Malcolm Gladwell column that decried Internet activism as incapable of achieving meaningful change. It’s all must-read stuff, but here’s the bit that made me want to stand up and salute:
My article for CNET News.com this morning analyzes the ?leaked? net neutrality bill from Rep. Henry Waxman, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I put leaked in quotes because so many sources came up with this document yesterday that its escape from the secrecy of the legislative process hardly seems dramatic. Reporters with sources inside Waxman?s office, including The Hill and The Washington Post, expect Waxman to introduce the bill sometime this week.
from Mashable! by Jennifer Van Grove