I had really not considered all that goes into ad serving since, oh probably 1999. I used to work on some ad serving technology back then, but I have not thought much recently about the way that tech had matured and become so much more… evil.
Fostering participation in FOSS | opensource.com is about female participation in open source, specifically Google Summer of Code. Google is congratulating itself on getting participation up to a whopping 8.3%. I guess we can’t complain. Yesterday I calculated the “women in Apache Software Foundation leadership roles” at about 2.3%.
Excellent collection of vector graphics for web site building. There are thousands of them.
Using the White House petition system, the People asked to “Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research”. A few days ago, the White House responded, and took it a bit farther with “Increasing Public Access to the Results of Scientific Research“. So, they’re proposing not just access to the journal articles but also the data. The recommendation follows the NIH model (requiring open access to data) but sadly, applies only to research of more than $100m.
To that end, I have issued a memorandum today (.pdf) to Federal agencies that directs those with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to make the results of federally-funded research publically available free of charge within 12 months after original publication.
I got a legitimate belly laugh from this site today. I hope it doesn’t go away (or get fixed) — here’s what happens when you use HTML +1 or proportional size tags for your fonts and forget to close them. Each font gets progressively larger, “until the greatest website in the world is achieved” as BoingBoing put it on their coverage of this awesome piece of work.
Rep Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) is sponsoring a bill to make it no longer a felony to breach a tech contract, such as a “terms of service” that no one ever reads. Support it.