Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Links, and plenty of them

I've decided that due to my spectacular unreliability about posting individual links as I find them on here, I'm going to try putting up a raft of them at the same time. I'll do my best to hand out hat tips to the nice people who found them for me, as often as I can remember who that is. I'm hoping this will make things a little easier to find, and mean I keep a more reliable record of what I'm reading and a few brief thoughts on it. Fingers crossed you will find it interesting too, since thats about 80% of the purpose, so here goes:

First up is James (of the Campaign War Room) and his piece Creating an effective war room. This got picked up by Zen Pundit and is a really useful look at what it actually takes to run a war room in the political sense. Its a spectacularly overused term, and its good to have a set of criteria for what actually constitutes a war room, as opposed to what you read in the papers is a war room.

Hat tip to John Robb at GG for this piece in the New Yorker on Cyberwar. An excellent look at the sort of problems which are occuring as civilian and miliary staff try to figure out what the threat actually is, and more importantly, how the heck can they get all the money which will come from 'fixing' it?

IO9, a website which gets all too little credit for some of the more serious pieces it features, has a look at the way in which the Committees in the US House of Representatives are connected, and how those connections differ under Republican and Democratic leadership. Its an interesting look at how network theory can be applied to real world insitutions, and reveal things which would not otherwise be obvious. This is interesting not because the different structures arise from the top, but rather that it arises almost autonomously, and reflects the different ways in which the two parties do business.

German publishing company Springer Verlag are taking a shot at going in the opposite direction to the majority of the publishing industry, by allowing libraries to purchase DRM free books for distribution. My favourite line from the company comes in their statement, saying "Some of our competitors are afraid to do this, but we say, free the content" As the publishing industry knee jerks its way into the same problems as the music industry, its nice to see at least in this small area someone is being smart.

The Times is doing its best to lie manipulate statistics to show that their business model really is working, honest. What is clear is that somewhere around 105,000 people have, at some point paid at least £1 to access the Times website. Not really a win by anyones definition. But bless them for trying to put a positive spin on things.

The third round of the trial of Jammie Thomas-Rasset starts today. Rasset is the first person to make it to court due to the RIAA charging people with filesharing and so far, all its done is confuse the hell out of the legal system and demonstrate that there really is no consensus as to whether people like Rasset have committed a real crime or not, and what their punishment should be. Ars Technica has a great writeup and follow the story closely.

Small Wars Journal have a comprehensive selection of links about the Franco-British military pact which has emerged in recent days. More skilled minds than mine will give their view, but its an interesting topic.

I'll be closely following this series by Mountainrunner, a blogger who I've only recently been introduced to, but who is increasingly a staple of my reading habits. He intends to "explore our world of disappearing boundaries – from geographic to linguistic to time to organizational – that create new opportunities and challenges to agenda setting and influence" over a series of posts. I really want to do a full writeup of the first, but for now, I'd say go and check it out and see what you think.

And finally, David Betz has written a piece which deserves to be read just for the title alone. Strategy and the Singularity notes that the UK Strategic Defence Review has a line which reads: "Further game-changing technologies, such as artificial intelligence, advanced web applications, and possibly quantum computing, will become mainstream in the next twenty years." This seems a little far fetched of the writers, but Betz does raise some interesting points about what this might imply. Well worth checking out.

And thats all for now, I hope you found this list useful, it certainly will be for me.
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