Monthly Archives: February 2012

Vote early and often–legally

This is part of a series I intend to write on the issues of civics: How should government work? How does government work (or not)? What can we do about it? These essays are intended to form the basis for … Continue reading

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Great news from Sonora, Mexico

Today’s post is a straight press release from OLPC about the plan for saturation one-to-one computing in the state of Sonora, Mexico, and about deployments elsewhere in Mexico. Now we need to talk to them about digitizing and softwareizing Spanish-language … Continue reading

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The Nation calls; I answer

Chris Hayes of The Nation (That famous Liberal bias you can’t find anywhere else) tweeted: chrislhayes Can someone write an awesome, definitive 8-10k magazine article about the current natural gas boom, fracking and climate? kthxbai and I tweeted back: Ed … Continue reading

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Open, shmopen

Open APIs Are the New Open Source By Jay Lyman LinuxInsider 02/14/12 5:00 AM PT There was a time 10 years ago or so when open source was “good enough” — that is, it served as a viable, often lower-cost, … Continue reading

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Grants for college textbook replacements

I received this announcement on the Internet Society‘s Public Software mailing list. The Saylor Foundation provides online college-level courses at no charge, but also without college credit. (The Open Education Resources University (OERu) project is working on creating a system … Continue reading

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TED naysayer bashes OLPC

The TED talk Aleph Molinari: Let’s bridge the digital divide! presents a useful though not outstanding addition to the array of computer-based education initiatives, but unfortunately Molinari promotes his program by gratuitously bashing one-to-one computing in general, and the OLPC … Continue reading

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“Creation Science” in Indiana

SENATE BILL No. 89 in Indiana reads, in full, The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation. Because of the strength of … Continue reading

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