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Open source business model
March 17th, 2006 under OSS, rengolin, Technology. [ Comments: none ]

The Economist have published recently a very interesting article about the open source economic model: Open, but not as usual

It’s a great article and shows many sides of this new business paradigm (not just a developer utopia) and, of course, I have some thoughts to share (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this! ;)

Some say that the open source revolution has already happened, what (IMHO) has not. The open source revolution is not only free beer nor only free speech, it’s about the free augmentation of everyone’s thoughts, without any licence or copyright to block people of sharing knowledge around.

Open source for software is about sharing code and help augmenting good ideas and killing bad ideas much faster than any company could do, even the biggest ones.

Open source for music is about writing music and letting other people play it whenever they want, so the feedback about your work is maximized at a level you would never get it by yourself.

Open source in science is about collaborating for a new great discovery instead of fighting for a stupid Nobel prize.

Open source for manufacturing is about letting poor countries produce tools for recovering their people of sickness the same countries that keep manufacturing secrets created.

Open source, in it’s most pure form, is about synergy of human thoughts at the highest level possible, and that’s far from happening on today’s earth.

Of course, with the internet, with open source development, with open source hardware, with open source medicine and with open source we are well served for the 21st century, but we’ll always need more!

“It’s the end of the line” happens so often, and quite a few times on great minds, that people are beginning to disregard such comments, and that’s a good thing. We know so few of such a small subset of our universe that saying we know all about something is so stupid that it often makes me laugh.

So, no, it’s not “just that”, the open source is not yet dormant, waiting for a sunny day to show it’s face. And for that I don’t mean open source software only, I mean the free and wireless world of instant communications between all minds, without any lock or constrain to fade the power of the synergy between our thoughts.

The human race will be just another one on this net, as I believe we can se the power of all minds, including our 100-neurons-worms that should help us with some more boring thoughts like “what’s the secret of the universe (…)?” and let us concentrate on the real questions like “which one is better, the red or the blue hat?”

UPS and the end of the world
March 15th, 2006 under Fun, rengolin, Thoughts. [ Comments: 1 ]

Talking to a friend, Marcao, we agreed that the quantum physics have a real world example of the macro-scale Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle: UPS.

If UPS delivery your packet on time, it’ll be on the other side of the globe. If it happens to get to it’s destiny, it’ll be near the end of the universe (in time, not in space).

We also achieved a new dimension on uncertainty principle: the packet it self! If, for any yet unknown reason, UPS manages to deliver the packet on time and at the right place, it won’t be you packet!!

We also achieved the macro-scale non-locality: if you received the wrong packet, some one got the wrong packet as well. When you have interference on the same slitted entity, one change to the left on A will change to the right on B, so, if you received the cheaper packet, you’re sad and who received the more expensive packet is happy! See? Isn’t that obvious ?

So, I’d like to call your help to open a foundation: “Let’s keep UPS the way it is”. You could think it’s bad but I’m thinking about the safety of the world, check it out:

If UPS, as it is the quantum macro-scale proof of everything we have discovered in the past century, for some et unknown reason be able to deliver the right packet, at the right time and to the right person, the whole universe could collapse into a singularity and die, or he could prove quantum physics to be wrong, thus producing an even bigger chaos on earth.

So, earth or the universe, doesn’t matter, we are earthlings, we don’t care, right ? As all ends lead to the completely destruction of the human race, please, join me on this effort to keep the world safe!!

Live search
March 15th, 2006 under rengolin, Technology, Web. [ Comments: none ]

After working for Yahoo you start to look at search engines in a different way…

You probably noticed microsoft’s new Live search with some nice new concepts on web search interface, but nothing really revolutionary.

I’m not the best person to talk about any MS products so please check also what slashdot is talking about it http://slashdot.org/articles/06/03/08/1433235.shtml

Anyway, I have some impressions myself:

Search features:
– Couldn’t find image search, what’s something really important for search engines these days.
– News search is poor, worst than yahoo (images) and google (images and categories).
– the Live.com idea of adding searches and feeds to “my live” is very old and much more flexible on google (ig) and yahoo (my).
– No image, video, shopping, business, local, maps, nothing…

– Web results are fine but still worse than google and yahoo
– scientific results are crap (perceptron, alpha helix, drosophila melanogaster, dna sequencing, etc)
– technical results are crap (acpi linux, sql server, windows, DBI, STL, rsync, etc)

– Nice to have all-in-one page and also nice to use home/pgup/pgdn buttons and mouse scroll on the result page, but also it’s bad because it’s not searchable.
– The sponsored matches tool is funny, it changes when you scroll down the page
– The verbose level gauge is cool
– Add to live.com doesn’t work, you have to click on the plus signal
– A reload on any page will lead you to the home page, that erally sucks.
– Ajax is cool, but would not make the tool cool just by itself! It needs more content!

In a nutshell, it’s just like all stuff microsoft does: it’s a beautiful way of doing not so well the same thing others are already doing very well. And, of course, a big marketing budget to make people believe it really is a new revolutionary thing.


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