09 septembre 2019

Second Life Goes Open Source ...Sort Of

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Second Life Goes Open Source ...Sort Of
There's more on this, but I want to get it in: Linden Labs, the company that owns Second Life, is (in a sense) open sourcing its viewer. As Alfred Essa points out, that's a long way from open sourcing the platform itself, which is what we really need. I have long wondered why we can have a network of open source 3D realms, where we can jump from one realm to the next at will. That's what the old intermud protocol was supposed to be all about. It's almost tempting to try to resurrect some old MUD code to see whether a 3D layer could be added. More...

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Pedagogy defines School 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Pedagogy defines School 2.0
Perspective on the concept of School 2.0 (yes, another 2.0) that has been going around, not to be confused with e-learning 2.0, which is something very different. "What is School 2.0? It’s a school that defines learning and knowledge not by seat time, or hours spent on a project, but by what is experienced, created, and communicated." Well, sure, but how old is this? What makes it 2.0? According to Jeff Utecht, the right (presumably Web 2.0) technology needs to be in place. Why? "We can not change our pedagogy and adapt these new taxonomies and new theories if we do not have the tools to do so." Maybe there's a story here - but I want to see a story that isn't just a retread of constructionism or problem-based learning. If it does not essentially involve a network, then it isn't new. More...

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We're Back, Sort Of

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. We're Back, Sort Of
After a website move that was far more interesting than desired, I have enough of the site working again to send out newsletters. I hope - there's no way to really test the sending of thousands of emails without actually doing it. So I'm keeping today's newsletter short and sweet. (Update: I'm having horrible email problems, as the setup for Sendmail here on EV1 is broken - the reverse DNS lookup fails (!) and consequently it can only send (when it sends) one email a minute or so.) Many of the website links don't work yet, but you'll see everything coming back online over the next few days (the first thing I'll be working on is comments, so if they're not working yet, try again in a day or so). In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the sleek new design. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web January 12, 2007 [Link]. More...

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Visa Halts its Service for allofmp3.com

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Greg Sandoval[Edit][Delete]: Visa Halts its Service for allofmp3.com, CNet News.Com [Edit][Delete]CNET News.com [Edit][Delete]CNet News.com [Edit][Delete]CNet news.Com [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
The Russian service allogmp3.com offers MP3 downloads at popular music for discount prices - usually about 15 cents per song, rather than the usual 99 cents. It pays royalties on this music to the Russian equivalent of royalty collection companies, however, the music industry has refused to accept these payments. The dispute is not over whether artists are being paid but rather about control. That's what the article means by 'unlicensed'. But it's not illegal in Russia and Visa may need to think twice about its actions here, as people depend on it to guarante transactions, not to act as some sort of self-appointed arm for a sectarian view of copyright law'. More...

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Malcolm Gladwell on Neural Networks That 'Solve' Complex Problems

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dave Pollard[Edit][Delete]: Malcolm Gladwell on Neural Networks That 'Solve' Complex Problems, How to Save the World [Edit][Delete]How To Save The World [Edit][Delete]How To Save the World [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
Some light discussion with some interesting examples on the use of neural networks to solve problems. Pollard describes their use to predict the success of popular songs and movies. While this is typical of the current use of neural networks, it is pobably a bit much to expect specific recommendations - such as "how to design a health care system." They don't work that way. The phenomenon described part way through the article - 'clustering' - is the result of a separate analyis. And it is very much a gloss to say, 'change this variable and you get the result you want'. More...

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The Podcast: Asking Questions About the K12Online Conference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Bud Hunt[Edit][Delete]: The Podcast: Asking Questions About the K12Online Conference, Bud the Teacher [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
I had an interesting listen this morning to this conversation between Bud Hunt and Ed Tech Talk's Dave Cormier. Recorded before my comments posted on Half an Hour yesterday, but after my initial reaction in this blog, the discussion explores whether the conference process distorts the blogging ethos. Of significant note to me, and something that should give people pause, is the association of the conference with a grad credit program offered by Plymouth State and Shanghai American school. Is it any surprise that Jeff Utrecht, who is one of the Techlearning bloggers I mentioned, is managing the course? I wonder whether the people who were talking about this being a "volunteer" effort offered for "free" would care to comment on the money changing hands here. More...

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The NOSE: Information Technology in Higher Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alfred Essa[Edit][Delete]: The NOSE: Information Technology in Higher Education, The NOSE [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
More on the Blackboard patent case. Consider this well: "Can Blackboard sue a user for patent infringement? The answer is yes. According to Professor LaFrance, part of Blackboard's strategy 'probably is to discourage universities from developing their own system...because the threat of litigation could cause some universities to terminate those efforts.'" Essa also talks with John Mayer, Executive Director of CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). More...

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Sakai - Blackboard Patent

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Sakai - Blackboard Patent, Sakai [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
Sakai has commented about the Blackboard patent in its most recent newsletter. "We feel this patent is a hindrance to the free flow of innovation and communication in higher education technology." As well, Sakai Board Chair Joseph Hardin wrote to me in an email October 18, "It is important to note that we are working with the Software Freedom Law Center, along with Moodle and ATutor, and the SFLC is rather well known for upholding the interests of open source and free software developers, supporters and users. More...

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Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mark Glaser[Edit][Delete]: Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos, MediaShift [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
In case you haven't noticed. What you should take away from this is that you should not be paying for image libraries any more. Though I imagine that the managers of commercial image libraries are trying to find a way to make photo sharing illegal. Watch for it - a few pre-emptive lawsuits in the U.S. about the representation of a corporate logo on a CC photo, or something like that. Something that could chill the whole marke. More...

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Technology's Impact Depends on Values

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Sonia Arrison[Edit][Delete]: Technology's Impact Depends on Values, E-Commerce Times [Edit][Delete]E-Commerce Times [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
I believe this: "Technology leaders should use all the tools they can to promote freedom and prosperity throughout the world, but they should remember that the values they help foster may be more important in changing the world than the gadgets they make." My values are slightly different from the author's, but no matter, the point is right. More...

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