Michael Giberson Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal included a story on HOT lanes and other ways commuters can buy through congestion, “American Idle: On the Road.” One excerpt: In the early years of the nation, entrepreneurs built toll roads, offering travelers a faster carriage ride in return for money. Now, the concept of the toll road … More Speed as a for-profit service
Lynne Kiesling I like Peter Klein’s review in the Independent Review of Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks. Apart from giving a good overview of the Benkler work, Peter offers some original insights that are worth thinking about. For example: To ensure open access to the networked economy, Benkler favors a public-ownership network infrastructure, loose … More Klein’s review of The Wealth of Networks
Michael Giberson From Regulation 2.0: Frustrated by a federal appeals court ruling that the FCC had no authority to second-guess Comcast’s treatment of customers and under pressure from the Obama Administration to impose a net neutrality regime (whatever that truly means) on the broadband industry, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is now asserting the commission’s right … More FCC and internet regulation: “lobbyists on both sides are already shopping for new vacation houses in Aspen”
Michael Giberson David Pennock hears another another tick of the clock in the countdown to web sentience. [In 2003] we trained a computer to answer questions from the then-hit game show by querying Google. We combined words from the questions with words from each answer in mildly clever ways, picking the question-answer pair with the … More Fish leg counts: What the web knows and doesn’t know
Michael Giberson When Tim Berners-Lee created the Web in 1991, it was with the aim of better facilitating scientific communication and the dissemination of scientific research. Put another way, the Web was designed to disrupt scientific publishing. It was not designed to disrupt bookstores, telecommunications, matchmaking services, newspapers, pornography, stock trading, music distribution, or a … More Why hasn’t the web revolutionized scholarly publication?
Michael Giberson At the Freakonomics blog they mentioned Walk Score, a website that will calculate walk-ability for an address based on number of nearby stores, parks, and other useful places. They admit that there scoring formula doesn’t get everything, but it did a reasonable job comparing my new address in Lubbock, Texas and my old … More Walk score: comparing my new and old neighborhoods