Ross fact checks Carr fact checking Wikipedia

Third he claims that the media took a narrow survey and implied broad
implications for quality with high-level coverage.  This is somewhat
true, and, well, what mainstream media does.  And what Carr did with
his first claim.  But the articles did link to the actual study.

Ross is fact checking Carr who is fact checking Wikipedia in what appears to be a drawn out mission to discredit it as a reference source. Okay Nick, we get it… you don’t like Wikipedia, think it’s flawed. Got it, move along.

Two things bothered me about the Carr post, first it would have been better in the discussion pages that are attached to every Wikipedia entry, and secondly, he didn’t provide any links to the source material he is quoting.

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Master of the 3 ring circus

“Jobs then segued into how 40 percent of all autos sold in the US
included integrated iPod support as an option,”

I’d like to see the fact base on that claim… perhaps he means “4 out of 10” automobile manufacturers have ipod support as an option on some models.

The new Mac Minis are nice, but it’s a shame that the price had to increase by 50%… hopefully you get a keyboard for $600.

UPDATE: Dave pointed out that the price increase was not 50%, my apology for the error.

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Google and the DOJ

It’s interesting that Google has the support of the ACLU in their recent dispute with the DOJ about the subpeona for keywords and search results. I found this statement from the ACLU to be rather ironic:

“It’s never been a principle of law that people can read your e-mail as long as they don’t know who you are,” Jim Dempsey, CDT’s policy director, told

I guess the ACLU doesn’t use Gmail.

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BoingBoing blocked

Censorship is breaking out all over the place, and when BoingBoing gets blocked you really have to wonder what the hell is going on.

Last week, we reported that Boing Boing was blocked
by entire countries including the United Arab Emirates, and by many
library systems, schools, US government and military sites, and

Today, we’ve learned that Internet Qatar, the sole ISP in the State of Qatar, has also banned BoingBoing.

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Web 3.0 Wiki

My more observant readers likely noticed an interesting link on my sidebar titled “Web 3.0 Wiki“. The more curious of you clicked on that link only to be directed to a login screen, at least before today you did.

The original idea for this was born out of the simple question “what is web 2.0 for business users”. I have not quite found the answer to that question but I have discovered that many of the consumer web2 services have great applicability behind the firewall. One of the more obvious examples is style tagging for intranet content, something you can get with the plugin for Movable Type.

I have been tinkering with this for a couple of weeks and having tried several versions I’ve opted for a simple catalog approach. Please help me build this out by adding categories, providing company descriptions, and by adding new companies and projects. Two more sections I will be adding are actual production case studies and a blogroll focusing on the topic.

Lastly, thanks to Socialtext for hosting the public wiki.

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Are VCs the Real Chasm In 2.0?

I think the answer’s simple: VCs. VCs are great are crafting value
propositions for enterprise software and semiconductors. They
understand those industries very, very well.

But they
distinctly don’t understand media and culture, and so they can’t craft
value propositions (or build the right relationships, etc) for their
portfolio companies – and that’s when they invest in the right
companies to begin with.

The short answer is: Yes

I was on a panel recently focused on web 2.0 in the enterprise and I made the comment, about 2/3 of the way through the panel, that it was interesting that all of these smart people were in the room expecting the software vendors to tell them how to implement web 2.0 when in fact the entire point of web 2.0 is to enable a high degree innovation and creativity in how it gets deployed. In other words, it’s  up to the enterprise in question to find the right mix of software and application in order to realize value.

There was a comment in the above blog post that caught my attention. Michael respectfully disagreed with my statement on this and to be quite honest I think his logic was accurate as to why I was wrong to say what I did. However, as Ross pointed out in the same panel, Socialtext “sells features, customers figure out the benefits” and that I very much agree with and this is why I think it’s accurate to say that not only are venture capitalists caught in the chasm, but traditionally trained marketing people as well (full disclosure, since leaving Ventures I have been part of a traditional marketing organization). Therefore, under the filter of traditional marketing I was wrong to suggest what I said, but considering that traditional marketing may not be appropriate for web 2.0 at this stage I’m still going to say it.

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Multicore software lags hardware

With all of the noise being made about multiple core CPU’s right now it is easy to forget that there is a massive development effort underway to bring developer tools to market so that the power of these new chips can be realized.

Octopiler is intended to become just such a compiler—one that can take
in a sequential program that’s written to a unified memory model, and
output binaries that make efficient use of the massive, heterogeneous
system-on-a-chip that is the Cell Broadband Engine.

If we draw a line from where we are today with developer tools to where we need to be we can see an intersection point roughly in the space of fabric computing. We’ve been looking at fabric computing largely as a problem of writing to a cloud of servers when in fact it’s far more likely that developers will be writing to a cloud of processor cores, something current generation tools don’t handle very well.

There is likely another opportunity for startups in the area of debugging tools, which are currently not very easy to use in multicore processor implementations because of the prevalence of process abstaction. Another quality problem for multicore systems lies in concurrency, which by their very nature multicore processors are intended for.

Off the cuff I’d have to say that there is a strong sector play to be made in developer tools providing someone can get out of the gate with a tool that is targeted to developers working exclusively on new generation hardware platforms, whether they be PS3, Apple Core Duo, or Intel’s boxes.

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Interesting to see how Google can frustrate the best efforts of the best marketing organizations. Take a look at this screenshot, and witness the sponsored link for the Nike promotional site Would you be interested in “exploring Bode’s philosophy” after reading any of the returned search results? Whatdayathink Nike spent on Bode, $7, 10, 20 million?