New Project

Here’s the thing: with the book almost finished, and XFML moving towards a stable spec fast, I am starting a new secret project. It’s gonna be all about (surprise!) metadata.

I’m not a real programmer myself (although I’ve build a CMS or two in my time), so I’m looking for someone to work with me on this with PHP and XML skills. If you’re interested, drop me a line at If things work out as planned, this little project is gonna kick some serious ass. || technology and culture, || technology and culture, from the trenches: “Over the course of past week, I’ve seen a lot of explanations both here and around the net of exactly what we were raising money for.
I think the clearest way I can put it is: you just purchased

I wish I had put it this way to begin with, but even I was a little (probably more than a little) muddled about what the exact transaction here was. Simply put, it was this: If you collectively contribute enough money for me to live on for the next few months, I will contribute my equity in and ownership of, do a lot of legal work, and what we’ll end up with is a nonprofit organization that will own and operate the site in perpetuity, and hopefully become a strong base of support for collaborative media in general.”

Interesting approach, and maybe a model for popular yet free sites?

Business 2.0 – The Technology

Business 2.0 – The Technology Secrets of Cocaine Inc.: (via Slashdot)

“Colombian cartels have spent billions of dollars to build one of the world’s most sophisticated IT infrastructures. […] A high-level DEA official would go only this far: “It is very reasonable to assume that people were killed as a result of this capability. Potential sources of information were compromised by the system. […] The drug lords have deployed advanced communications encryption technologies that, law enforcement officials concede, are all but unbreakable. They use the Web to camouflage the movement of dirty money. They track the radar sweeps of drug surveillance planes to map out gaps in coverage. They even use a fleet of submarines, mini-subs, and semisubmersibles to ferry drugs — sometimes, ingeniously, to larger ships hauling cargoes of hazardous waste, in which the insulated bales of cocaine are stashed. “Those ships never get a close inspection, no matter what country you’re in,” says John Hensley, former head of enforcement for the U.S. Customs Service. Most of the cartels’ technology is American-made; many of the experts who run it are American-trained.High-tech has become the drug lords’ most effective counter-weapon in the war on drugs

Colombian Cartels built (10 years ago) an advanced data mining application that was used to sniff out traitors.
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