April 12th, 2012

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Rizzoma

I shared this on FB a few hours ago, because it was the easiest way to do so, but folks here might be interested: I just came across Rizzoma, which is essentially an open-source successor to Google Wave. Still in fairly early beta and somewhat limited, but good to see -- if they can do a good job, it might reduce my sense of needing to try the CommYou project again. They seem to be focusing in on the collaborative-project use cases: not really where my focus for CommYou was, but probably a savvy analysis of the sweet spot of the Wave-style features.

It currently requires a Google ID to log in (like CommYou, they seem to be working with other peoples' social networks instead of trying to build their own), and currently requires Chrome to use, although both of those are on their roadmap to widen.

I've created a sandbox thread to play in. Y'all are welcome to come noodle around in it, and we can collectively get an idea of what the feature set currently looks like...
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Big IP isn't quite as important as it would like to believe

Very good article in Ars Technica today, on the subject of the new government report on Intellectual Property. It makes fine reading if you're interested in the subject.

The short of it is that the government produced a report that the Big Content groups like the MPAA are trumpeting as proof that the economy hinges on strong intellectual-property protections. But the Ars article deconstructs the details, and demonstrates that it says nothing of the sort -- indeed, that it shows that the Big Content industries aren't anywhere near as economically critical as they'd like to believe.

Some of the exaggerations turn out to be almost comical. For example, in its attempts to define as much of the economy as possible as "IP-intensive", it winds up including the industries that depend on *trademark*, but don't give a damn about patents or copyright. So the grocery industry winds up getting defined as "IP-intensive".

Anyway, the article winds up questioning the value of the report, once it has torn to shreds a lot of the trumpted assertions. It makes a fine antidote to the MPAA's paranoia machine...