Saturday, April 30, 2005

Evening Links

Seth Finkelstein has some interesting thoughts defending Google's new "TrustRank" effort to evaluate the credibility of news sources.

Open-source developer Edd Dumbill is dissatisfied with how the GNOME developer community is overly reluctant to make decisions about using higher-level programming languages. This article is useful as an insight into the problems that sometimes plague projects developed by communities even if you aren't a Linux type. OSNews discussion.

Americans want bloggers to have the same protections as journalists, according to survey. A bill currently in the federal House judiciary committee is trying to create a quasi-journalistic immunity but it does not include bloggers, at least not explicitly.

Ezra Klein endorses controlled nuclear proliferation, at least compared to the alternative which is unrestrained weapons development. This is a pretty heretical notion in foreign policy circles but one I think will catch on. I'm glad, too, because I think the ability of Pakistan and India to nuke each other now probably will avert their desire to invade each other. I'm not sure controlled proliferation is a good policy in all cases, but it's a proven fact that nuclear nations do not attack each other.

Michelle Malkin surveys several state governments' efforts to require photo identification in order to vote. If Republicans were smart, they'd make more of an issue of Democratic opposition to such sensible laws.

Bits: BBC launches big RSS effort. Virus takes down Reuters's internal IM system which was based on MSN Messenger. Samsung to release combo hard drive/flash disk for mobile systems to reduce power consumption. Steve Jobs bans all of publisher's books from Apple stores after it prints unauthorized biography. In-depth look at Wikipedia's Wikinews project.