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As I've seen quite a bit of chatter on library-related e-mail reflectors, it is perhaps best to mirror the new signage the TSA just put out for holiday travel. I'm attaching the PDF here so it will distribute outward as a booklet as far as iTunes is concerned in the podcast feed. Podcast feeds can handle more than just audio and video files...
You can find more signage and the government PSA we'll likely be airing here: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/holiday_travel.shtm
Somehow we survived last week's re-transmission of an old-timey Thanksgiving special. This week's episode brings a zeitgeist update and a news miscellany. A book review was planned but that is being held back for a later episode.
Possible bank holiday for wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
RISKS Digest hitting Facebook
WIRED on Facebook censoring links in their new messaging system
The Register on Facebook's new messaging system being similar to a business unified inbox
Deutsche Welle on privacy concerns with the Facebook messaging system
CNET's Caroline McCarthy on the launch of the Facebook messaging system
The Register on Sir Tim Berners-Lee and threats to the web
Essay by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on threats to the web
The Register's Andrew Orlowski on Facebook's messaging system
CNET's Maggie Reardon on a new satellite broadband system
National Review Online on NPR surviving a de-funding attempt
Ars Technica on the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act
The current text of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act currently before the US Senate
Richard M Stallman on how the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act is part of the war on sharing
Richard M Stallman referring to the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act as a blacklist for the Internet
Shortwave America blog seeing the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act as a possible tool for content isolationism
Ars Technica: "Why Don't Americans Want Broadband?"
This week's episode is shared between LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast and The Burning Circle. There was supposed to be an interview with Blake Carver of LISHost that did not air due to a lack of sufficient recoverable audio after a telecommunications disruption incident.
This week's episode runs down the zeitgeist at LISNews while also talking about news in the Ubuntu realm of Ohio. An essay is presented by Producer Gloria about funding of public institutions. A news miscellany is also presented.
Easter eggs found in Google Maps
Techworld Australia on Ubuntu leaping from Xorg to Wayland
Ars Technica on the jump to Wayland
Michael Geist on Fair Use in the UK
BBC News on Burma falling off the Internet
Craig Labovitz at Arbor Networks about Burma falling off the Internet
The Register on NewScientist's discussion of in-flight communications
NewScientist on in-flight communications
The Greenstone & Koha integrated LiveCD is released!
The Open Respect Project
LISNews is celebrating its 11th birthday. The podcast is getting set to celebrate its 3rd anniversary in a few weeks. As always it seems to be my perennial worry in production comes down to infrastructure.
We've had some major backbone failures recently. Our cable broadband provider had a major outage event Monday that has us offline for a while. The only other alternative locally for broadband is asynchronous digital subscriber line and even that has reliability issues locally. In the 17th of 50 states in what should arguably be considered a first-world nation, access to the Internet is hardly reliable at all. While there was an attempt in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to ameliorate such digital divide issues through the provision of grants, that entire funding program was scrapped to provide the funds to shore up local education agency budgets in the United States reportedly to prevent teacher layoffs.
For now we have GPRS service on a prepaid basis as a stopgap recovery measure in the event of a back-end failure. That is only a stopgap patch and is not a permanent fix. Air cards and the like are available out here but the network connectivity is at least two generations behind what you might find in your average urban metro. There are areas within easy driving distance that are some of the most remote on the planet with no cellular carriers providing any coverage at all.
For Internet-based transmission of multimedia content, this area is hardly optimal. It also highlights the possible failure of the vision of a cloud-based future. For a cloud-based future to truly work, wide-area saturation of minimal access levels would be necessary. Radio waves handle that easily through physical propagation that follows simple laws of physics which makes broadcasting possible. With a network of networks like the Internet, signals do not necessarily have the same metaphorical landscape to propagate across that the ionosphere provides radio waves. Radio waves can move at the speed of light under optimal conditions. While the Internet can open new means of communicating, it does not provide the same relative uniformity the physical world around us has been able to in terms of communications medium.
Three years of podcasting has been interesting. The fourth year is appearing to be one of new challenges that have to be faced. We spent the summer of 2010 preparing for the loss of effective Skype access by improving our communications links. Skype is great...when you have a fast enough data link to support it. With the way our local infrastructure is starting to fall apart, we just do not have that anymore. Between now having to keep costs down let alone scheduling complications that we previously did not have, there are real reasons there have not been as many interviews as previously.
Keeping the program published on a regular basis is the next challenge we have to face. We'll be continuing to price alternative means of accessing the Internet and, if necessary, taking steps to begin alternative links. Time will tell where things progress.
This week's episode brings a quick note on the Yemen situation and what it means for librarians, a zeitgeist review, and a news miscellany.
Yahoo News on USPS stopping mail inbound from Yemen to the United States
Andy McCarthy at National Review Online about the Yemen situation
BBC News: "Yemen terror alert: Obama says explosives found"
US Department of Homeland Security on the Yemen situation
The Voice of America report John Brennan's take on the Yemen situation
Deutsche Welle on the Yemen situation
Caroline McCarthy at CNET on Facebook gobbling up drop.io
BBC News on the broad broadband outage in the UK
Declan McCullagh at CNET on the changing nature of WikiLeaks
The Independent on the WikiLeaks civil war
Yahoo News on Cablevision & Fox settling
Buzz Out Loud 1339 where listeners are called upon to cut cable and go to Over The Air television only
The Register on possible net censorship in the UK
The Westminster Hall debate referenced by The Register
Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)
Even though the audio refers to this as episode #125, it is actually #126.
Due to a staff shortage, this week's episode is a quickie with a zeitgeist review and a fast miscellany that seems to focus on WikiLeaks.
Upcoming Ballot Issues
SLAW on Library and Archives Canada lacking a digital archival strategy
The Toronto Star on Library and Archives Canada lacking a digital archival strategy
UK Deputy Prime Minister calls for investigation of allegations in WikiLeaks document dump -- Deutsche Welle
120 member task force to protect informants identified in WikiLeaks document dump -- The Voice of America
Almost 400,000 documents dumped by WikiLeaks -- The Register
Submissions to WikiLeaks suspended for now -- WikiLeaks itself
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki claims WikiLeaks document dump meant to harm his chances of re-election -- The Voice of America
Embarassing confirmations in the document dump -- Instapundit
Generation Y not into texting -- The Register
This week's somewhat (still) delayed episode brings a zeitgeist review, a news miscellany, an essay, and a notice of a possible future event.
WikiLeaks readying new document dump -- AP
No Swedish Green Card for Julian Assange -- Reuters
No Swedish Green Card for Julian Assange -- BBC News
Radio crosses borders that block the Internet -- Radio World
BBC World Service could lose half its staff -- Media Network blog at Radio Netherlands Worldwide
BBC World Service to lose radio dramas in 2011 -- Media Network blog at Radio Netherlands Worldwide
Canon introduces new copier that can selectively block jobs due to keyword recognition -- IT.com.au
German Chancellor Angela Merkel claims multiculturalism has failed in the Federal Republic of Germany -- AP
A tardy tax office imperils Des Plaines libraries -- Chicago Sun Times
Driving directions from ALA national headquarters to Des Plaines city hall
Due to circumstance beyond our control and by decision of the Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions, episode #125 of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast shall be delayed in its release until 2130 Eastern Time on October 18th. To convert this to your own local time, please consult TimeAndDate.com at this link: http://timeanddate.com/s/1v87
We apologize for any inconvenience caused hereby.