Tim O’Reilly: Towards a global brain

The concept of the global brain has been around since the beginning of the last century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_brain).  I remember back in the early 1980’s, my mother-in-law, Jane Howard Edmonds, was promoting the concept by sharing a VHS video tape on the subject with her friends and family.   Since then, the concept has become closer to a reality as described by Tim O’Reilly.


The problem with publishing scientific articles with the traditional publishing companies is

1. Usually, the Federal government (e.g., NSF, NASA, NIH, etc.) pay for the research.
2. The University pays the salary of the researcher who writes the paper.
3. The researcher submits the paper to the publishing company and the Science Editor (usually a volunteer) finds reviewers (volunteers) to review the paper.
4. The Researcher pays the publishing company to publish his or her paper.
5. The University pays the publishing company for a subscription to access the journal article.
6. The taxpayers that paid for the research cannot access the journal article without paying for an expensive subscription.

Does something appear to be wrong with this picture?  Why do we need the publishing company??  Other than the production of hardcopy books, they really are not necessary.  And the Direct Publishing/Print on Demand movement has shown that it is possible to publish hard copy documents and make them available to a mass market.

The following links provide detailed information related to the problems with the old publishing model and ideas for moving toward more open access.

PR pitches broadband plan in DC

PR pitches broadband plan in DC

This issue is near and dear to my heart.  I live in the Llanos Tuna area of Cabo Rojo where we do not get Choice or PRT (Claro) internet.  We use HughesNet, a satellite-based  internet service, but it does not meet our needs, and is too expensive.  We have tried various cell phone-based approaches (Open-Mobile, Claro, Centenial) but we do not get good reception.  Not only that, the cell-phone approaches are slow and do not provide unlimited data downloading, as do Choice and PRT.  HughesNet allows us only 425 Mbytes per day, which we exceed frequently.  Downloading movies is out of the question.  If we exceed the amount then we are basically shut down for 24 hours!!  We do get some restore tokens each month, but if we use them up we have to pay $7 for additional restore tokens.  Every night before I go to bed I pray that someone will bring decent internet to my neighborhood. I will now focus my prayers on the success of the Puerto Rico’s Broadband Strategic Plan. 🙂

How to prevent Google from tracking you

How to prevent Google from tracking you | How To – CNET

This is very cool. Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Evidently a panoptickclick score of 33 means that your identity can be determined. My iPhone rating was 19.1 and my laptop browser was 21.5.

New Start up in Puerto Rico: Fides HIGH TECH

New Start up in Puerto Rico: Fides HIGH TECH

Fides High Tech is a start-up company based in Puerto Rico dedicated to provide technology solutions to a wide range of markets. Founded by ten professionals in the engineering and technology fields, Fides High Tech has the advantage to be able to provide expertise in a wide range of industries and different type of technologies. Our vision is to become leaders and pioneers who empower markets and communities towards technology that was previously unattainable, promoting the advancement and progress of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the world.

Fides is defined as: promise, assurance, word of honor, engagement.