Daily Archives: April 26, 2008

Yochai Benkler: Open-source economics

Law professor Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization. By disrupting traditional economic production, copyright law and established competition, they’re paving the way for a new set of economic laws, where empowered individuals are put on a level playing field with industry giants.

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Felton, California, will go Totally Linux

i-61dadb9c68f2f211888e5e03ecfc21e8-linux_cut.jpgOn July 4th, a significant percentage of Felton, Calif., will go Microsoft-free for one week…maybe an entire month. Maybe for good. The arrangements have been made and the news is going forth in Felton. Businesses and home users alike are excited about one of their own — Larry Cafiero of HeliOS Solutions West in Felton — joining a committed group of volunteers into their town to show them a better way to operate their computers. For a week…maybe a month…If things go right, we can start talking about forever.

This is part of the LINdependence 2008 project. Details can be savored here.

The Ultimate Blogging Pants


Designer Erik De Nijs, has stitched together this eye catching pair of “Beauty and the Geek” jeans. These “modern shaped trousers which are often worn by youngsters..” are the perfect solution for Googling quick exits while running from the fashion police. Built into the knees are a pair of crotch rocking speakers, around the back you have the added convenience of a back pocket for your “mouse”, and for you gamers, there is a joystick controller located just behind the front zipper. As usual, there are additional pics after the jump.

Check them out HERE.Hat Tip: Ginny

Meltdown at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The Chernobyl Meltdown happened on this day in 1986. i-e2a7f324b13ae36293e04a2119b58d06-chernobyl_hydroceph.jpg

On 26 April 1986 at 01:23:40 a.m. (UTC+3) reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant located in the Soviet Union near Pripyat in Ukraine exploded. Further explosions and the resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area. Nearly thirty to forty times more fallout was released than Hiroshima. The plume drifted over parts of the western Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Northern Europe, and eastern North America. Large areas in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people. According to official post-Soviet data, about 60% of the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus. *

From the UN’s Chernobyl site:

Recent research has shown that people in the Chernobyl region still lack the information they need to lead healthy, productive lives. Information itself is not in short supply; what is missing are creative ways of disseminating information in a way that induces people to change their behavior. Moreover, propagation of healthy lifestyles is at least as important as providing information on living safely with low-dose radiation. To improve the population’s mental health and ease fears, community activists will be mobilized to deliver truthful and reassuring messages to dispel the misconceptions surrounding Chernobyl. *

Chernobyl Legacy (Film) SitePhotos by Robert KnothThe Chernobyl Forum Publication (PDF)