Alexander Cameron of Digital TX has written an neat analysis of why he thinks the big media companies are heading for a fall. Interestingly enough this is one of the few pieces I have read about this topic that doesn't start from a copyright and DRM = bad, peer2peer = good point of view, or the other way round. It is a cool look at the forces acting to negate the old saying 'content is king'. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in this issue, although I wouldn't unreservedly endorse his conclusions.
One of the main bodies that will affect the future of the Internet in the USA is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). CNet's News.Com has just published an interview with Democrat FCC commissioner Michael Copps. The interview makes for interesting reading about the way in which he thinks about Internet regulatory issues. With the debate on 'Net neutrality' hotting up in Washington, the interview is well worth looking over, if you can take the vomit yellow design of the CNet site.
And a couple of pieces for the programmers out there from the 'acmqueue' online magazine.
The first is a fascinating mini-history of the Object Management Group's CORBA technology (for the non-techies, it's a method of getting programs on different machines to talk to one another). I haven't personally ever had to use CORBA but I knew programmers didn't like CORBA. However, I had no idea what the genesis of the problems was. As a discussion on how not to create standards this is a must read. Recommended.
The second piece is called 'The Fallacy of Premature Optimization' by Randall Hyde. Basically it is a re-look at the whole issue of optimization in the light of how people have taken Sir Tony Hoare's famous quote, 'premature optimization is the root of all evil' as an excuse to eschew all optimization. As with all polemics, it goes a little overboard in the opposite direction, but it is nevertheless a timely reminder that optimization does have a role and it is worth thinking about at the design stage.
From Winding Down
by Alan Lenton
July 2, 2006