Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

January 23, 2013 12:00 am
"In this sense, the decision to mothball the tech would be a violation of the developers’ ethical principles. But the argument is about more than whether putting the tech back in the hands of the public is the right thing to do. “The biggest issue we saw with all of the commercial election software we used was that it’s only updated every four years,” says Ryan. It was these outdated options that convinced team Obama to build all the campaign tech in-house. If the code OFA built was put on ice at the DNC until 2016, it would become effectively worthless. “None of that will be useful in four years, technology moves too fast,” said Ryan. “But if our work was open and people were forking it and improving it all the time, then it keeps up with changes as we go.”"
April 4, 2012 1:31 pm
Obama’s Technology Innovation: How the president can use the intellectual property his campaign is creating. - Slate Magazine

Some behind-the-scenes stuff on the Obama reelection team. I’m happy to see technology being considered so important, however I feel from a regulatory perspective policy should be created to make all IP developed for purposes such as these open-sourced after the campaign, barring they deal directly with a security matter. It’s really the only fair way in my opinion, given the public nature of it’s creation and to further serve the nation’s well being. However, one of the commenters brings up an excellent point that is missed in the article, that being the 2014 elections. Like the article says, current regulations allow certain methods of transfer for IP between campaigns and given the benefit the president would receive from having a house/senate majority of their party they certainly have incentive to hold out for these campaigns.

January 21, 2012 5:05 pm
"Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake"

Chris Dodd, Hollywood Lobbyist

It’s horrifying that they are actually so entitled they believe statements like this are perfectly fine to make in public.  They honestly think buying off politician’s is socially acceptable. Scum.

(Source: techdirt.com)

November 14, 2011 10:40 pm
Community Things.: A campaign to save Community

greendale101:

We can do this, guys. Other shows have been able to save themselves from television Purgatory, and from what I’ve seen of the fanbase, we can too.

If you have the funds, buy any Community merchandise you can. Buy episodes on iTunes and Amazon, get mugs, shirts, DVDs, etc. Write…

Come on America, did we learn nothing from Arrested Development!?!