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Hocher Einheit: Obama und Net Neutrality

Earlier I’ve been writing about Net Neutrality, the main focus in my Telecommunications Course this fall, and Obama, because I’m following this mans escapades on the Internet.

A good friend of mine, Jarle Christensen, has recommended this video, where these to areas gets in sync. Or as you might say: reach Hocher Einheit!

Is Net Neutrality going to be an issue in the election? 🙂

(For you Danes out there: FCC is the equivalent to the combination of the Danish Radio- og TV-nævn and Telestyrelsen)

Digital products as public goods rather than private goods

Brett Caraway, ph.d. student at RTF, UT, has produced three research questions in his current work:

1. To what extent does the public have an understanding of actual copyright law?

2. What norms or principles inform the individual’s decisions with which he or she confronts copyrighted material?

3. What are the trends in the behavior of end users? To what extent are they utilizing peer-to-peer networks? To what extent are they utilizing copyright safe networks (like iTunes)?

I have a remark to #2:

I think there might be a tendency among people to see digital products, such as music, film, text, software, as public goods rather than private goods.

Digital products practically share the same characteristics as public goods, which are recognized by being non-rival and non-excludable. This means that consumption of the good by one individual does not reduce the amount of the good available for consumption by others; and no one can be effectively excluded from using that good.

Digital product can be copied practically without costs, and therefore a digital product is practically non-rival. A digital product can be distributed over the internet, making the digital product practically(?) non-excludable (And Sharon Strover (course instructor) could probably comment on this in reference to digital divide/digital inclusion (an EU-term)!)(And if it was up to ISP‘s then they would probably – this is there (short-term?) incentive – make the internet able to exclude, NetNeutrality Now!).

But the point is that a digital product is so similar to a public good, and that people are somewhat/somehow aware of this, therefore ignoring the normal rules (stated in law!) of the capitalistic system.

Maybe unable to scope the consequences of undermining the capitalistic system. But then again, should the capitalistic system be so omnipotent? Especially regarding cultural, non-rival public good products?

(See also gift economy)

And here is a real story:
A friend of mine (this is how all my stories on illegal content start) was called up by her internet provider, Grande Communications, they said – over the telephone – that her subscription was to be annulled, because – as of this moment – she was downloading illegal content through a peer2peer connection. So, had Grande Communication been informed by a “industry represent”. She of course did not at all know of any of this. But then she said “hold on” went into her sisters room, and yes, she was for sure downloading Weather Man, the newest film with Nicolas Cage, and twenty other films were in queue.

Hm. Grande Communication let her go if she made a digital signature on a text, where she promised not to ever download illegal content again.

Mugison – Murr Murr

Research on Facebook as web 2.0

My good friend Thomas has announced his undertakings on research of Facebook. It is in Danish, but because it might be helpful for my current study mates at RTF, UT (and myself) I here translate the program declaration (a bit revised):

1) What is Facebook? – with help from the five heuristics from Heap, Gallant & Boone. What makes facebook web 2.0?, what is web 2.0?
2) How do people build identity on Facebook?
3) A comparision between MySpace and Facebook.
4) The conception of privacy. Which data is the user obligated to inform and how are they asked/motivated to do it (default settings) (Using Goffmans (or Meyrowitz´) theory of interaction.
5) Potential for development – What can Facebook as virtuel community be able to do in the future?

Current bibliography :
“Heap, Boone & Gallant: Five heuristics for designing and evaluating web-based communities.
Hirschorn: About FaceBook.
Lampe, Ellison, Steinfield: A (face)book in the crowd
Lampe, Ellison, Stenfield: The benefits of facebook friends
Boyd: Friendster and publicly articulated social networking
Mazer, Murphy & Simonds: I´ll see you on facebook
Acquisti & Gross: Imagined Communities
Donath: Identity and deception in the virtual community
Goffman: Presentation of self “
quoted as it is on the post.

The research project is very similar to the studies we are doing in the course Research on web 2.0 at RTF, UT.

Sharon Strover has started a bibliography for the course, which is continuously being developed by the students.

Import the xml-file in the magnificent (open source) bibliography tool Jabref.

Win-win-win-win-situation: Lavenergihuse.

»Det er jo en win-win-win-win-situation: win for husejeren, som får større komfort og mindre energiregning; win for kommunen, som skal tænke i færre store investeringer i energiforsyning; win for klimaet og endelig win for det danske bygge-erhverv, som vil blive voldsomt opgraderet på energirigtige byggeløsninger, hvilket kan give nye markeder og forretningsmuligheder,«

tilføjer Miljømedarbejder Christian Poll, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening, i samtale med ing.dk.

Det drejer sig om ændringen i Planloven, der har gjort det muligt for kommunerne at stille krav om, at nybyggeri skal opføres efter lavenergistandarderne gennem lokalplanerne for udstykninger.

Lavenergiklasse 1 dækker huse, der har et varmeforbrug på maksimalt 35 kWh/m2 om året, mens

lavenergiklasse 2 er huse, hvor forbruget ikke mĂĄ overstige 50 kWh/m2.

Det giver en energibesparelse pĂĄ henholdsvis 50 og 25 procent i forhold til minimumsstandarderne for almindeligt byggeri.

Sagen er bare den at kommunerne ikke er aktive på omraadet, læs artiklen på ing.dk.

Rockwool-fonden kører ogsaa projekter med lavenergihuse.

Forskellige entreprenører arbejder med lavenergihuse: Seest Huse, Trelleborgs 0-energi-hus, Skovbo Huse.

My drinking profile

So I just finished a obligatory questionnaire from the University on my drinking habits, and this beneath was what ended the survey:
(I felt like more this whole thing was a moral lesson, more than it was an interest of getting to know the drinking habit on the university. Though kind a neat feature to tell the respondent about the results of the survey)

(I should say, my numbers are probably exaggerated)

Your Drinking Profile

Your Drinking Pattern

You drink 90.3 standard drinks per month.

In a typical week you drink 21 standard drinks.

These are the average number of standard drinks Information Icon you reported drinking in a typical week and month. Also listed is the percent of your income that you spend on alcohol and the total spent per year on alcohol.

Health, social and academic problems can occur when people drink too much. Current research indicates that adult men who drink five (5) or more standard drinks and adult women who drink four (4) or more standard drinks on any given day within a two-week period are at higher risk for these types of problems.

Standard Drinks

Because alcoholic beverages vary in strength, we have converted your drinking pattern into standard “one drink” units. In this system, “one drink” contains one-half ounce of pure ethyl alcohol and is equivalent to:

  • 10-12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol) or
  • 4-5 ounces of table wine (12% alcohol) or
  • 1.25 ounces of 80 proof liquor (40% alcohol) or
  • 1 ounce of 100 proof liquor (50% alcohol)

 

The Cost to You

You spend $2600.00 per year on alcohol, which means…

Pie ChartYou spend 18% of your spending money on alcohol.

 

If you had that money now, you could have purchased about 2626 music downloads! Or…

You could purchase a plasma screen TV or go on a cruise!

could purchase a plasma screen TV or go on a cruise!

 

How do you compare to other US men?

Pie Chart88% of American men drink less than you.

This tells you what percent of US men drink less than you in a typical week. If this number were 60, for example, it would mean that your drinking is higher than 60% of American men (or that 40% drink as much or more than you).

How much is too much? Current research indicates that college men who drink five or more standard drinks, and college women who drink four or more standard drinks on any given day within a two week time frame are at higher risk for health, academic, and social problems. For some people, however, even 1-2 drinks per day would be too many. Pregnant women, for example, are best advised to abstain from alcohol altogether because even small amounts have been found to increase the risk to the unborn child. Other health problems (such as liver disease) make even moderate drinking unsafe. Other people find that they are unable to drink moderately, and having even one or two drinks leads to intoxication.

Your total number of drinks per week (21) tells only part of the story. It is not healthy, for example, to have 12 drinks per week by saving them all up for Saturday. Neither is it safe to have even one or two drinks and then drive. Consuming small amounts (1-2 drinks) frequently is a lower risk than consuming large amounts (more than 4 or 5) infrequently. Smaller amounts are unlikely to increase tolerance or cause health problems for most people.

How much is too much?

Your drinking profile only tells part of the story and your drinking behavior is important.

It is not healthy, for example, to “save” all of your drinking for the weekend. Consuming small amounts (1-2 drinks) frequently is actually less risky than consuming large amounts (4-5 drinks) infrequently. For some people, however, even 1-2 drinks would be too many. Some people even find that they are unable to drink moderately and having 1-2 drinks can make them drunk or sick.

Some people should avoid alcohol entirely. For example, pregnant women should avoid alcohol because even small amounts can harm the unborn child. Other health problems (such as liver disease) make even moderate drinking unsafe.

It is never safe to drive after drinking any alcohol.

Possible Medication Interactions

Many medications can interact with alcohol, leading to increased risk of illness, injury, or even death. It is estimated that alcohol-medication interactions may be a factor in at least 25% of all emergency room admissions. Less serious interactions may often go unreported or unrecognized, but still present risks or problems.

British telecom operator builds own windmills to get green energy

That is an example of corporate social responsibility.

From ing.dk [danish]

But kind a smart if they anyway are in the bussines of building towers around the country just to get a decent coverage on the mobile phones. Why not put some wings on the towers?

NO to the Microsoft Office format as an ISO standard, sign petition

NO to the Microsoft Office format as an ISO standard, because

  1. There is already a standard ISO26300 named Open Document Format (ODF): a dual standard adds costs, uncertainty and confusion to industry, government and citizens;
  2. There is no guarantee that anybody can write software that fully or partially implements the OOXML specification without being liable to patent lawsuits or patent license fees by Microsoft;
  3. This format conflicts with existing ISO standards, such as ISO 8601 (Representation of dates and times), ISO 639 (Codes for the Representation of Names and Languages) or ISO/IEC 10118-3 (cryptographic hash);

Sign the petition here, (also see more on why to sign!)

Bordwell til RTF 29. oktober

David Bordwell holder foredrag paa RTF 29. oktober.

Er der nogen af jer medievidenskabere der sidder med indebraendte spoergsmaal – f.eks. til hans neoformalisme, saa skal jeg gladeligt kanalisere og vaere jeres orale medie.

Why Internet kills my discipline: From Net Neutrality to fine girls farting

So you start off with getting to know the basics of Net Neutrality, and end up with fine girls farting:

Net Neutrality

Ask a Ninja Net Neutrality

Mythbusters ask a ninja

Mythbusters on pretty girls farting

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