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#maydayus led by +Lawrence Lessig is a SuperPac using money to rebalance a system corrupted by ... money. (Brilliant.) Soon Mayday will identify specific interventions and take action. This is about to get really interesting! I urge my friends and colleagues to consider donating, or at least watch one of Lessig's talks, and think it over.
What if we didn't have to accept our contemporary plutocratic system? What if we could change it?
https://mayday.us/
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Victor Kane, as always, providing great documentation. :)
 
Part I of a series of articles sharing the AWebFactory.com website dev log http://awebfactory.com/node/493 An Eclipse IDE development environment for your Pantheon Project
This is the first of a series of articles which will log the revamping of the AWebFactory company website and its migration to Pantheon, the "Cloud Platform for Drupal", which will not only ...
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Holler at ya #drupal! Does anyone want to work with me on Pantheon? If so, we're hiring for a lot of positions. I just did my first ever job post to gdo. :)
This is my first time posting a Job to GDO. Some of you may know my start-up Pantheon. We're actively moving the project forward as quickly as possible and need people with a passion for Drupal gr...
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I got a quote in Tech Crunch! (Also worked like crazy for months on this awesome feature)
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This is what you get when I can commission cartoons to explain my ideas. ;)
 
An Infographic is worth a thousand words. The #drupal developers road to server hell: http://ow.ly/jFLz4
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My most tony-robbins-esque photo yet!
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I saw a guy in a Toronto IKEA wearing one of those.

Hey, wait--that was me. . . .
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Funny. True. Sad.
 
hehehe...
(if you're not familiar with "Who's on First?", then you might not get this one...)


COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.
ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 9%.
COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.
COSTELLO: You just said 9%.
ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.
COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.
COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 9%…
COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?
ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.
COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.
COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.
COSTELLO: What point?
ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.
COSTELLO: To whom?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.
ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer
in the ranks of the unemployed.
COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment rolls, that would count as
less unemployment?
ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?
ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how you get to 9%. Otherwise it would be 16%. You don’t want to read about 16% unemployment do ya?
COSTELLO: That would be frightening.
ABBOTT: Absolutely.
COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?
ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
ABBOTT: Correct.
COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
ABBOTT: Bingo.
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an economist.
COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!
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Can't agree with this more. It's hypertension-inducing just how poorly our government (still!) understands the challenges and opportunities of the information economy. Stopping #SOPA is a must, but there's a lot of work to be done beyond that to lobby and educate and change the underlying consciousness.
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I was pleased to see the measured tone of the White House response to the citizen petition about #SOPA and #PIPA

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#/!/response/combating-online-piracy-while-protecting-open-and-innovative-internet

and yet I found myself profoundly disturbed by something that seems to me to go to the root of the problem in Washington: the failure to correctly diagnose the problem we are trying to solve, but instead to accept, seemingly uncritically, the claims of various interest groups. The offending paragraph is as follows:

"Let us be clear—online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, and threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation's most creative and innovative companies and entrepreneurs. It harms everyone from struggling artists to production crews, and from startup social media companies to large movie studios. While we are strongly committed to the vigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights, existing tools are not strong enough to root out the worst online pirates beyond our borders."

In the entire discussion, I've seen no discussion of credible evidence of this economic harm. There's no question in my mind that piracy exists, that people around the world are enjoying creative content without paying for it, and even that some criminals are profiting by redistributing it. But is there actual economic harm?

In my experience at O'Reilly, the losses due to piracy are far outweighed by the benefits of the free flow of information, which makes the world richer, and develops new markets for legitimate content. Most of the people who are downloading unauthorized copies of O'Reilly books would never have paid us for them anyway; meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of others are buying content from us, many of them in countries that we were never able to do business with when our products were not available in digital form.

History shows us, again and again, that frontiers are lawless places, but that as they get richer and more settled, they join in the rule of law. American publishing, now the largest publishing industry in the world, began with piracy. (I have a post coming on that subject on Monday.)

Congress (and the White House) need to spend time thinking hard about how best to grow our economy - and that means being careful not to close off the frontier, or to harm those trying to settle it, in order to protect those who want to remain safe at home. British publishers could have come to America in the 19th century; they chose not to, and as a result, we grew our own indigenous publishing industry, which relied at first, in no small part, on pirating British and European works.

If the goal is really to support jobs and the American economy, internet "protectionism" is not the way to do it.

It is said (though I've not found the source) that Einstein once remarked that if given 60 minutes to save the world, he would spend 55 of them defining the problem. And defining the problem means collecting and studying real evidence, not the overblown claims of an industry that has fought the introduction of every new technology that has turned out, in the end, to grow their business rather than threaten it.

P.S. If Congress and the White House really want to fight pirates who are hurting the economy, they should be working to rein in patent trolls. There, the evidence of economic harm is clear, in multi-billion dollar transfers of wealth from companies building real products to those who have learned how to work the patent system while producing no value for consumers.

P. P.S. See also my previous piece on the subject of doing an independent investigation of the facts rather than just listening to the appeals of lobbyists, https://plus.google.com/107033731246200681024/posts/5Xd3VjFR8gx
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Building a better internet
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  • Pantheon Systems, Inc
    Founder, 2009 - present
  • Chapter Three
    Partner, 2006 - 2012
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Entrepreneur, provocateur, bicyclist, internetista. Also sometime public speaker and long-blog rambler.
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    1997 - 2001
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