09 avril 2019

If Pirating Grows, It May Not Be The End of Music World

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. If Pirating Grows, It May Not Be The End of Music World
Something to note well: Instead of predicting that China will change as it engages with the global economy, "The business model for the record industry worldwide is moving toward resembling what we see in China today." And what we see in China today is that some 95 percent of all music sales are of pirated CDs, where music is not seen to be worth more than a few cents a song, and where music sharing is widely practiced (and not likely to change). More...

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7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking
If you just don't get things like tagging, folksonomies or del.icio.us then this quick two-page (PDF) guide is just the thing for you. More...

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Exploring Single Sign-on

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Exploring Single Sign-on
This item lists several other single sign-on initiatives, such as A-Select, Lasso and CAS. All three require some sort of 'identity service provider' (as Lasso calls it). It also mentions my own mIDm proposal in passing, which does not require a third party. Scott Wilson, meanwhile, has created a Zope version of mIDm. More...

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Hollywood Creates Boy Scout Merit Badge on Copyright

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Hollywood Creates Boy Scout Merit Badge on Copyright
Propaganda with a capital P. One by one, our social institutions are being subverted by the copyright industry. That it's this easy to do should be sufficient to give people pause. More...

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You Own Nothing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. You Own Nothing
Michael Robertson - founder of the Linux company Linspire (formerly known as Lindows) - explains why he funded a $200,000 prize for the first person to install Linux on a Microsoft Xbox. More...

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mIDm - Self-Identification the World Wide Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. mIDm - Self-Identification the World Wide Web
Yesterday I wrote that authentication is not needed and not desired - self-identification would do the trick. Today I would like to explain how a system of self-identification would work. Moreover, I provide in this article some samples of working code and a demonstration that prove that the sort of system I am describing is possible. More...

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SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #85

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #85
This month's issue of the newsletter has, in addition to its usual wealth of resources, two articles worth a read. The first recommends that authors of articles self-archived on their own site include any publication information on the article page itself. Good point. The second article looks at the problems publishers have tracking readers of self-archived articles and looks at a (bad) solution offered by Adobe whereby the PDF would report back to the publisher whenever a document was opened by a reader. More...

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Authentication and Identification

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Authentication and Identification
On the one hand, we have the assertion that I am a certain person. That is 'identification'. It is the specific process of attaching an identity of a presence - either a physical presence, or in the context of our current enquiry, a virtual presence. And on the other hand we have the verification - the means of proof that what I say is true, that there is sufficient evidence for my claim. That is 'authentication'. In this paper I argue that we we don't need authentication, that authentication won't work, and that people don't want it. What will work? What do people want? Identification. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 3, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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SkillSoft Releases Dialogue Virtual Classroom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SkillSoft Releases Dialogue Virtual Classroom
Skillsoft has released a live online classroom environment called Dialogue. Though it is intended for use with an LMS, it can also be used as a stand-alone application. Depending on pricing and functionality (they should really provide a demo on the website) it could offer competition to products like Symposium and Elluminate. More...

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Real-Time Sharing Of Microsoft Office Documents

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Real-Time Sharing Of Microsoft Office Documents
Robin Good reviews two recent applications designed to enable the real-time sharing of Microsoft office documents and applications. Instalcoll and Conferall, both commercial products, support the sharing of PowerPoint, Excel and Word documents. More...

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