Tragedy of the Commons

October 23, 2007

I probably going to get burned at the stake for this post but here I go. Now I’m on both sides of the fence when it comes to an ISP blocking ports for BitTorrent or P2P programs. The main reason is I work for a small internet company (SkyTex Wireless) and well we block these ports to sites like and Limewire. The reason isn’t a concern over people downloading illegal content but, it’s more of a move to ensure the quality of our network. We do this because when people start downloading torrents or use Limewire it hammers our access points and our servers. Now this wouldn’t be that big of a deal if it didn’t affect all the other people on that access point, the same goes for Comcast, by allowing people to download torrents (which download and upload at the same time) it takes away from the other users that are trying to use the internet by giving the person downloading the torrent more bandwidth over the average person browsing the web. So how is it fair that someone downloading torrent illegally or legally more priority over someone just browsing the web? Like the heading says it creates a tragedy of the commons because one person’s actions affect everyone else around them. While this works for the company it affects the user because they are being told what they can and can’t do. Companies shouldn’t have the right to control what a person can look at or download. Even though I work for a company that does just this I don’t think its right but, the company is just looking out for its self so it can survive.


No Sharing

October 16, 2007

Copyrights are set in place so that another individual or company can turn a profit off of an artist’s work. That seems to be the main point behind a copyright. The problem with this is that you can’t “share” an artist work by letting a friend have a copy of the work without breaking the law. So it comes to the point where you are not allowed to share with friends or family unless the copyright holder gets more money for the work. This can be seen with the lawsuits against Kazaa and Limewire. The reason they got sued by the big record label is that they are infringing on the copyright laws by letting users share with one another.

“We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright … is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties,” wrote Justice David Souter

The courts aren’t saying that Limewire can’t let people share the music but, for providing a program for the users to use to distribute the music free. Limewire now has a filter that allows users to search for copyright works only. Back to my point though is it fair to the people to not be able to share? No, it’s not fair that something that is created by one person cannot be shared by another person. This does have an effect on the market that the work is coming from, for example the music industry is hurting right now do to the sharing of music. How does an industry overcome this? The industry needs to step up to the way technology is changing the way we live and communicate. One step in the right direction is iTunes where you can get songs or albums online without infringing on the copyright.

No Paper, No Knowledge!!!

October 1, 2007

No diploma from a credited school then you are not worthy enough to contribute to the or even wiki no matter how much knowledge you have on a subject if you don’t have a degree related to it then you know nothing. All of Keens statements from his book suggest that the “monkey” is not a reliable source to post information for users to read and that the only people that should be given authority to write about something like pykrete are scientist who can break down the chemicals that make it such a great material. He also goes on to say that newspapers can do better research and interviews than that of some “Monkey” because they have money to pay so called “Experts” to go out and get the truth. Did Assignment Zero not do this with out being funded? In Assignment Zero you had “Monkeys” going out and doing the research and interviews with out receiving a reward. Sure Assignment Zero didn’t last long but it wasn’t because it wasn’t funded but the fact there were to many “Monkeys” working on the project that it became unorganized. To further back my point Keen says:

anyone can contribute and because there are no centralized gatekeepers

He refers to “gatekeepers” but for what reason? As we talked about in class the “Gatekeepers” keep knowledge in and only allow it to be shared by a select few. Who are the select few? People who pay way to much money to get a piece of paper that declares them to be smarter than everyone who doesn’t have a degree. Here he is on the Colbert Report and clearly suggest this Colbert Report with Andrew Keen. This is also on youtube so I guess someone “stole it”.

Small Town

September 27, 2007

I added to the wiki about the town I’m from which surprisingly has a wiki. So I just added some history information about how the town came about. I did get the information from a local website so I didn’t just make every thing up. Leonard, Tx

Lost Interest

September 20, 2007

It can be hard to maintain the interest of a large group of people over a course of several months as the people behind Assignment Zero found out. The project had potential but there just need to be a way for the people to vote on the topics then go out and do the research and interviews. They seemed to lose their main base of journalist after six weeks due to the fact that those people were just getting assignments from a editor on a few of the topics they had to chose from. If it were set up with some kind of voting system for people to decide on what topics were of interest then they journalist base probably would have grown instead of shrink.

After roughly six weeks — halfway through its run — Assignment Zero reached its nadir. Most of the initial volunteers were gone, the majority of topic pages were deserted and communications between staffers, volunteer editors and the few contributors that remained were uneven, resulting in frequent misunderstandings.

Public Entertainment

September 17, 2007

People have a desire to be able to watch every step that someone takes or the things that they will do to win a competition. This can be seen in the popular TV series Big Brother where not only are you able to watch the contest when the show airs but also on the web. They put cameras through out the whole house so that you can watch their movements from sleeping to eating lunch. The TV show has used panopticon to create on of the most viewed shows and make a large amount of money from it.

Hazardous Fashion

September 11, 2007


Some people considered wearing “crocs” as a fashion statement, whether it be to make fashion statement or just because they look cool. Well apparently there is some danger to wearing them. One recent incident includes some people in Japan who hurt their selves when they didn’t pick up their feet while exiting off an escalator.

Supposedly some forty people in Japan have been injured wearing the shoes on escalators, including a five year old girl who is said to have lost three toenails and suffered a broken toe when her ugly ass shoes got caught in the escalator. – Engadget

Some of the blame should be put on the people involved for not picking up their feet which seems to be pretty common sense when on an escalator. It sounds like they are just looking for some kind of lawsuit to make some money but that is just my opinion. There have also been cases where “crocs” have been banned from hospitals. A few of the reasons for them being banned are the holes in the shoes allow needles to fall through or they build up static electricity which can run equipment by static shock.

A patient’s vital respirator and two other key pieces of equipment were knocked out by static electricity caused by the hugely popular footwear. – The Sun