28 janvier 2020

IBM/Second Life Virtual World Collaboration

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. IBM/Second Life Virtual World Collaboration
Linden Labs has taken what was probably the only path open to it - the development of open standards that will allow for interoperability between 3D virtual worlds. This virtually guarantees a robust open source virtual world server (and corresponding client(s)). The list of technologies that will be developed is impressive: 'universal' avatars, security-rich transactions (for the exchange of assets in and across virtual worlds), platform stability, integration with existing web and business processes, and open standards for interoperability with the current web. More...

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Google: Why Jaiku and Not Twitter?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google: Why Jaiku and Not Twitter?
Google has acquired Jaiku, a microblogging ste remarkably like Twitter (though as one commenter notes, "Twitter seems to essentially be a communication/microblogging tool. Jaiku, on the other hand, seems to deal in what they call presence management i.e. consolidating the multiple activities/identities that one has around the 'net and collecting them all in one place.") What Twitter has, though, is users, which is norally what makes it a good acquisition. But Twitter was co-founded by Evan Williams, the creator of Blogger, which was acquired by Google. More...

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In Some Schools, iPods Are Required Listening

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. In Some Schools, iPods Are Required Listening
While iPods are being banned in some schools, they are being given out in others, especially as an aid to language learning. This is a good idea; learning a language typically requires developing 'an ear' for the language, and a good way to acquire that it so listen to it constantly. More...

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Facebook Usage

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Facebook Usage
Survey of what people do when they're on Second Life. Which is, mostly, to look at people's profiles and to look at pictures. What this tells me is that people are still in the 'browse' stage of Facebook - similar to the way people used to explore home pages in the early days of the web. This means that Facebook needs to evolve, because the browsing stage will end, and if there isn't something to engage people, they'll go elsewhere. More...

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iPhone Turned Into Pocket-Sized Hacking Platform

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. iPhone Turned Into Pocket-Sized Hacking Platform
I was having a conversation the other day with Rod about mitigating risk, and he made some comment about getting the lawyers to say there's no risk. "The lawyers will never say there's no risk," I said. "There's always a risk. And when there's a risk, they always advise that we take no action." And so organizations - especially government organizations - are scared into cowering before this threat or that threat, letting the scam artists run free. The same thing with security. We now hear that the iPhone could be "a perfect spying device" because hackers might use it to record and send video. Well, yeah, it could be used this way - but how many actually are being used this way? I heard from the lawyers the other day that open source might be considered "inducement to violate patents." Oh no, risk! How many cases based on that have ever taken place? Um, we'll get back to you. More...

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Putting More Social Into Our Social Software

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Putting More Social Into Our Social Software
Post outlining the addition of new social software features to Blackboard. Interesting because of the discussion of the terminology. The term 'social software' is apparently new to Blackboard users, but 'resource sharing' is something they can identify with. More...

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We Can't Teach the New Literacies Soon Enough

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. We Can't Teach the New Literacies Soon Enough
We really need to take a different perspective on the typical 'posed on Facebook' story. Let me explain. Suppose I robbed a bank. Then suppose I took pictures and video, and posted them on Facebook. Time passes. Then, one day, I am denied a job because an employer saw my Facebook page. Now, the question. Where did I go wrong? Should I have been advised, "If you rob a bank, don't put it on Facebook?" Of course not. The advice should be, "Don't rob a bank." Well and good. But you may argue, the kids that went out drinking did nothing wrong. Quite so. Then why are they being punished for it? Should we be telling them, "What you did is perfectly legal and appropriate, but you could be fired for it?" What kind of message is that? I think we need to take Facebook out of the equation and to stop recommending Facebook hypocrisy. More...

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Piggy Bank

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Piggy Bank
Google has a mashup editor. Microsoft has a mashup editor. Yahoo has a mashup editor. And then there's Piggy bank, which is open source. "Piggy Bank is a Firefox extension that turns your browser into a mashup platform, by allowing you to extract data from different web sites and mix them together". More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Facebook
The question is not only, can Facebook survive its new mass popularity, but also, can we survive Facebook? Canadians, especially, have taken to the site. "If, as Marshall McLuhan said, the medium is the message, then perhaps we Canadians are being changed by simply using the site as frequently and intensely as we have been in recent months." I'm not worried. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 08:24 - - Permalien [#]

27 janvier 2020

Simplon.co lance une formation gratuite dédiée aux personnes autistes dans les métiers de la Data et de l’IA

Simplon.co et Microsoft s’unissent à Compéthance pour proposer une formation dédiée aux personnes avec trouble du spectre autistique sans déficience intellectuelle. Plus...

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