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News.com Has A Story on a paper from computer scientist Ross Anderson that used an analysis equating finding software bugs to testing programs for the mean time before failure, a measure of quality frequently used by manufacturers. Under the analysis, Anderson found that his ideal \"open-source\" programs were as secure as the \"closed-source\" programs.
Not 100% library related, but it goes well with Ben\'s Great Story.
An interesting and simple overview of the security and copyright issues shaping the future of the Web:
Today, the Internet is messy, dangerous ground. Viruses and system break-ins are on the rise, while vested interests battle over what isn\'t allowed.
Millions of corporate dollars are fueling a fight to control what consumers can view or listen to, how many times, in what format and over what type of connection. Lawyers are suing, lobbyists are lobbying and policymakers are grasping to figure out what role government should play.
Some clueless reporter has just posted an article on NewsForge about the ALA convention. You can tell by the title, \"Quiet Revolution\", that it\'s going to be goggle-eyed at the prospect of librarians wielding anything more technological than a stapler.
Well, actually, it\'s not that bad. But I felt I had to castigate the author for such a dumb title. And I figured that a dose of humility would be welcome along with such a blatant bit of self-promotion: I GOT PUBLISHED! WOO-HOO! And now back to the usual Fair and Unbiased Reporting you\'ve come to expect from this bunch.
Gary Price writes \"Institute of Museum and Library Services
Survey Results Released: The Status of Technology and Digitization in the
Nation\'s Museums and Libraries
From the news release, \"A federal report quantifies, for the first time,
how computers, software, and information sharing technologies are changing
the work of museums and libraries. The federal Institute of Museum and
Library Services surveyed more than 700 professionals in libraries and
museums of all types and sizes about their technology use and digitization
activities.\" Announcement/Summary of Key Findings available Here or Here [PDF].\"
jen writes \"The pen is mightier than the computer! \'Copy-proof\' CDs cracked with marker pen
on how technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music\'s elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the
rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker. \"
Ever wonder how to combine faceted classification, regarded as a \"bottom-up\" metadata system, with the hierarchical navigation that\'s typically considered a \"top-down\" structure -- thereby giving (unsuspecting) users much more power over their browsing?
Well, now there is FacetMap, a solution so simple that we can take any metadata you\'ve got, and turn it into a browsing system right there on the servers. Every page is generated when you request it, in order to display the efficiency of our unique technology.
Wired has a nice little story on RFID technology. Although originally designed for security, these \"tags\" which are a combination of microchip and radio antenna, have a number of benefits within the library. Self-checkout is quicker and a shelf can be easily scanned to check its contents. Also check-out(ouch!) UK Bookstores\' plans for RFID
Here\'s A Fun One from News.com on teenager\'s natural affinity for instant messaging, video games, movies, open source, and eBay and how those abilities be understood and applied to lifelong learning.
According to Seely Brown, there is a new kind of digital divide now, and it is the divide between faculty and students.
\"The real catch for me is not that this is an end in itself. I\'m not arguing that we should never have text qua print text. I\'m suggesting that this may be a powerful way in for kids in terms of appreciating more their vernacular, in order then to be able to open up experiences, get a more expressive medium...and then build on that.\"
Sections of the retooled Library of Congress Web site are available for examination - the finished site will be unveiled at ALA\'s 2002 convention, according to an article in the new Library of Congress Gazette (only available online to LOC employees, unfortunately.)