Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-03-27

  • MIT Media Lab Changes Software Default to FLOSS* — MIT MEDIA LAB — Medium

    Kind of insane that there was ever a need for ‘permission’ to release their own work.

  • This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free. – The Washington Post

    “There are many ways to argue that copyright infringement is not theft, but even if it is, it is justified in this case,” she said in an instant-message interview via Google. “All content should be copied without restriction. But for education and research, copyright laws are especially damaging.”

  • What I learned from Om and Hossein

    These two people who I only know because they blog, are right — but then I thought — no I don’t agree. And yes, it’s something I’ve been struggling with, but for me the struggle is over. I write my blog not because I want to write a “good” blog post, or even one that’s read by a lot of people. And my own self is not scattered, it’s right here, and as long as I live it will continue to be here. And my online self doesn’t exist for the benefit of others, it’s here to help my real self develop his thinking and create a trail of ideas and feelings and experiences that I can look back on later. 

  • Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism | Motherboard

    Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive.

  • Why does HTML think “chucknorris” is a color? – Stack Overflow

    How come certain random strings produce various colors when entered as background colors in HTML? For example: