Links for 14th February 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Forget Micropayments — Here’s a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content

    "To start with, publishers have to get over the idea that they are going to get paid directly by the user. For the vast majority of a news publisher's content, there can be no barriers before an article asking the user if he wants to pay a penny or a nickel, or buy a $2 monthly subscription, to read on. The user must be given the option of whether to pay for a Web site's content (by financially supporting the site), or read it for free. I'm betting this one will be a tough pill to swallow for many industry executives with traditional media mindsets, but it's critical because it fits the culture, indeed the nature, of the Internet. Traditional micropayment schemes for online news content — "pay up or go elsewhere" — fight it, and thus are doomed to fail, in my view."

    Tagged with: journalismmediaeconomicsbloggingstrategymicropaymentsbusinessmodel

  2. Should Mars be treated like a wildlife preserve?

    "Since the current policy promotes sterilisation of equipment that could potentially come into contact with water, it effectively protects potential Martian life, says NASA's planetary protection officer Cassie Conley. But Conley agrees that the ethics of Mars exploration should be discussed. "We're not sure that life is present on Mars, but we do know we have dramatically screwed things up by transferring life around on Earth," Conley says. She said irresponsible exploration could produce the Martian equivalent of Australia's rabbit problem, wherein rabbits shipped to the country for hunting in 1859 then bred exponentially and stripped the land bare."

    Tagged with: Marsspaceecosystembiospherepreservationconservationlifeethics

  3. Introduction to network culture

    "Unlike digital computing and the postmodern society associated with it, network culture is predicated on connection. […] In this ability to turn everything into quantifiable, interchangeable data, digital culture is universalizing. Gere cites the Turing machine—a hypothetical computer first described by Alan Turing in 1936, capable of being configured to do any task—as the model for not only the digital computer but also for that universalizing nature of digital culture.[1]

    Under network culture, in contrast, connection is more important than division. Today, information is less the product of discrete processing units and more determined by networked relations links between people, between machines, and between machines and people."

    Tagged with: ubicompeverywarenetworkdigitalculturesocietynoospheresingularity

  4. flashbake

    "This is the home page of the flashbake project, a seamless source control tool for ordinary people. Automated backup is nice unless you have files for which you want to view an incremental history. Source control is great for that history but most tools expect the author to manually commit their changes along the way. A seamless source control solution combines the convenience of automated back up with the power of source version control." Source control for writer types. Hmmm; I can think of some interesting ways to use this…

    Tagged with: writingbackupautomationtoolsversioncontrolflashbakegitjournalmanagement

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