Archive for May 2014

IP Law

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Diary of a Corporate Sellout

What we didn’t anticipate was how giving up ownership sells the community instead.

Building an online community is like throwing a big party. You build the house, decorate it, and send out some invites. But it’s the people that show up that make it special.

When you sell the house, you’re not just selling a house. You’re selling everyone inside.

via Diary of a Corporate Sellout — The Message — Medium.

also i like the reference to the blog dedicated to just the sellout and closure of said communities

Non-recurrence on each vertical

Unlike in music where you buy the umpteenth track or album of your favorite singer or favorite type of music, buying yet another personal management application, calendar or weather app makes little sense (except perhaps in certain games categories). In reality, pure content (literature, music, videos, games) all have an advantage which does not exist in the world of apps which tend to freeze consumption of comparable items (network effect, winner takes all).

via The App Stores are not “long tail”.

The “Work For Hire” Doctrine Almost Never Works In Software Development Contracts

The problem is, work for hire “magic language” is ineffective in most technology contracts and may, in fact, be detrimental to the company.

It is important to remember that, like all other authors (and absent contract language to the contrary), independent contractors own the copyright in all software and other works of authorship they create. The fact that a company pays for the work doesn’t affect the independent contractor’s ownership of the copyright.

via The “Work For Hire” Doctrine Almost Never Works In Software Development Contracts | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

What Smartwatches need

Expanding the Input Expressivity of Smartwatches with Mechanical Pan, Twist, Tilt, and Click – YouTube.

css is getting pretty wild


Social dopamime hit

The social web amplifies what is essentially human nature, and most (if not all) of us want a momentary titilation, a quick dopamine hit that comes from a listicle or some random set of photos. We all for a few brief seconds want to feel happy by watching a video on Upworthy. And we like, share, retweet or favorite what we know is essentially, the non-essential. Whether it is Mickey-D or Shake Shack, we know it is not good for your body, but we still chow down on that stuff.

via Why is Mike Hudack so mad at media? | Om Malik.

Go with the flow

I had learned in the past that you don’t hire people based on their résumés. Instead, put out an invitation, and see who shows up. That’s one reason open source projects are so useful. I think every serious programmer should be part of one, and every university should sponsor one. Because they attract a lot of people, and you get to try working with all of them. And if there’s someone you work with very well, and no one really understands why this happens, then just work with them. Don’t question the logic of it, go with the flow

via Brent’s story of UserLand.

The Future of Silicon Valleys

In Mr. Andreessen’s view, there shouldn’t be 50 Silicon Valleys. Instead, there should be 50 different kinds of Silicon Valley. For example, there could be Biotech Valley, a Stem Cell Valley, a 3-D Printing Valley or a Drone Valley. As he noted, there are huge regulatory hurdles in many of these fields. If a city wanted to spur innovation around drones, for instance, it might have to remove any local legal barriers to flying unmanned aircraft.

via Marc Andreessen on the Future of Silicon Valleys, and the Next Big Technology –

the sysadmin as tinkerer

When I’m asked to describe sysadmins, I often describe them as people who are very good at solving problems.  I still think that this is true.  Now I think it’s the side effect of something more central.

Sysadmins are tinkerers.  They might be buttoned-up tinkerers who always have a backup of whatever it is that they’re working on so that they can revert to a known good state.  They might be inveterate tinkerers who will have an idea and just try it out, and rely on their tinkering skills to be able to get themselves out of a jam.  In either case, they’re tinkering to get it to work better.  “Better” can mean anything from using less power to integrating with another application to giving more meaningful alarms.

via the sysadmin as tinkerer | go ahead, mac my day.