County-level data showing military equipment given to state and local law enforcement agencies through the Defense Department’s 1033 program. The data was received from the Defense Department in May 2014 as an Excel file, and includes transfers since 2006.

Want to know if your county has a crap-ton of military surplus gear? Check out this FOIA-extracted database on Github.

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I am very happy to announce the release of the Simple Webcomic Theme V4. I am especially happy to say that it has even been officially accepted into the tumblr theme garden!

After more than 2 months of work, I have ironed out all the creases of my first two attempts. I have added more customisation features, improved social aspects, and made it mobile-friendly to boot.

Getting to the finish line was rather hard, so I would like to thank the helping hands of Zirta, Johnathan Bigelow, and Kamaleshwar BN. A big thanks goes to Yale Stewart, whose JL8 artwork on the example site really brings it to life.

You can install it from: https://www.tumblr.com/theme/39018
You can see the example site here: http://webcomictheme.tumblr.com/
You can find the GitHub repository here: geoneo1/SimpleWebcomicTheme

A final note: I will be leaving the previous two versions live as they have lots of active installs. But if you are using an old version, please, please switch to the new theme. It’s much better in every way, honest. And I am more than a little embarrassed of my original code, so the less I see of it, the happier my conscious will be.

Thank you.

[social sandbox] one fish, two fish, reddit fish, blue fish

Hello everyone,

WE HAVE A NEW SOCIAL INTERN!

Kate Parkinson-Morgan (twitter) joins us. Her intro post on Tumblr is here. Welcome Kate!

POST ON GITHUB

Former NPR employee Jeremy Bowers often posts recipes on Github. Are you working on a story or series or show that the open source community should know about? It’d be interesting to try posting it on Github — or to create a repository on Github of stories that may be of interest to that community. Intrigued by this idea? Email me. 

IS REDDIT A FAILED STATE? 

Wright Bryan sends along this Verge article. An excerpt

"Reddit wants to be a techno-libertarian’s wet dream, but in practice it’s a weak feudal system that’s actually run by a small group of angry warlords who use "free speech" as a weapon. Reddit is mostly a nice place filled with nice people who run nice little communities, but there’s virtually nothing keeping them safe from bullies like “John,” a 33-year-old man who brazenly dispersed stolen private photos and then cried foul when The Washington Post published information about him. Reddit’s government is more interested in protecting John than the women he harassed.”

VIDEO ON FACEBOOK IS GROWING AND GROWING

Wright also sends along this Recode article about Facebook’s video growth. It’s serving up a billion video views a day. Buzzfeed had 130 million Facebook video views in June. That percentage increased 130 percent from June to July and 200 percent from July to August.

THE GUARDIAN ADOPTS A MEMBERSHIP MODEL

This is intriguing. The Guardian is letting folks become members  It’s an event-based model. This is really smart. If members receive a discount for events, then they’ll likely pay the cost of a newspaper subscription (or more), feel like they’re connected to The Guardian, feel like they’re contributing to something bigger, and meet other people like them. 

THE BUSINESS OF PODCASTS

Kerri Hoffman at PRX write about ways to monetize and grow your podcast, over at Transom. 

PRODUCT HUNT

I thought it was very interesting that Alex Blumberg submitted his new podcast Startup to Product Hunt. Product Hunt is a site that features new startups. I think it’s smart for Alex to post here — because his podcast is about startups, he went where his audience could very well be. 

AND FOR FUN

You can now encrypt messages in Kim Kardashian images

Mel 

Extending Reporter

It’s been nearly 6 months since the release of Reporter. We’ve been thrilled by the response so far and are working hard to ensure that Reporter adds the features you’ve been requesting. We are currently integrating iCloud backups and preparing for the release of iOS 8.

One of the most exciting developments has been watching the ways in which our users are weaving Reporter into their code. Below is a list of projects we found on GitHub that integrate Reporter:

Week 35

Articles

Controls/Tools

Business

UI/UX

Special Mention

Editor de Texto Sencillo en Java

Editor de Texto Sencillo en Java

Como parte de una tarea de la universidad llevada un poco “mas allá”, desarrollé un sencillo, pero funcional editor de texto en lenguaje de programación Java con NetBeans. JD Text Editor, como lo he llamado actualmente se encuentra en su versión 1.0-alpha. Posee las funciones básicas de un editor de texto, por ejemplo:

  • Una barra de menú en la parte superior con dos menús.
  • Un área de texto grande…

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Konzepte für den Gegenwartsdiskurs. Heute: Post Open Source Software (POSS)

von Ben Kaden (@bkaden)

In einem kleinen Beitrag gestern im Fu-PusH-Weblog tauchte ich ein wenig in die Welt der Lexpionage, also dem Aufspüren neuer Wörter ein, was eine der heitersten Facetten der Diskursbeobachtung darstellt und zugleich dank der Sprachschöpfungskraft (oder, wie Mikhail Epstein womöglich sagen würden: semiurgischen Potenz) wunderbarerweise unabschließbar scheint. (vgl. Kaden 2014a)

Die Entwicklung der menschlichen Kultur schöpft immer neue Phänomene, die natürlich ihre Bezeichnung brauchen. Linguistic Capitalism und Post-Internet sind entsprechende Beispiele, die bereits in diesem Tumblr gespiegelt wurden. Der Post-Digital-Scholarship gelang sogar der Schritt aus dem Tumblr in die Berliner Gazette (Kaden 2014b). In wenigen Wochen gibt es in Lüneburg eine Konferenz, die das Konzept in aller Breite entfalten wird.

Ebenfalls in diesen Zusammenhang gehört ein Konzept, dass im September 2012 auf Twitter erstbenannt wurde (https://twitter.com/monkchips/status/247584170967175169) und die Entwicklung von Software im Zeiten von Github beschreibt: Post-Open-Source-Software (POSS). Jeremy Malcolm beschrieb gestern in einem Artikel über die Idee der Creative Commons, was damit bezeichnet wird:

„the phenomenon of so-called POSS (Post Open Source Software), whereby developers simply commit their code to openly available code repositories like Github, and express their disdain for copyright law by deliberately refraining from choosing a license. Unfortunately, this practice casts the reuse of the code into a legal grey zone. Code that is not clearly licensed can be confusing for would-be users, because the default assumption is that most copying and reuse will be infringing if the author hasn’t permitted it.” (Malcolm, 2014)

 Es handelt sich also der Idee nach um bewusst lizenzlosen Programmcode, was der Twitterer James Governor (@monkchips) initial als „fuck the license and governance” kumulierte. Der Gedanke, überhaupt einen Anspruch auf Anerkennung der Programmierleistung im Sinne einer Werkschöpfung zu erheben, wird danach gänzlich verworfen. Das ist sehr  radikales Commons-Verständnis, dem sogar CC Zero noch zu sehr die alten Muster der Lizenzierung und Copyrightability spiegelt. Luis Villa verwies darauf, dass ähnliche Ideen auch im Bereich von Musik und Kunst zu entdecken sind:

„The pushback against licensing isn’t specific to software, either – at least some sharing musicians are deliberately spurning Creative Commons (via Lucas) and Nina Paley has been obliquely making the same point about the licensing of her art as well.” (Villa, 2013)

Allerdings ist die Nicht-Lizenzierung nicht automatisch mit einer Protest- oder Widerstandseinstellung gleichzusetzen. Donny Berkholz verweist in einer Analyse aktueller Lizenzierungspraktiken im Open-Source-Bereich in einem Nebensatz auch auf ein „lack of licensing education“. (Berkholz, 2013)

Kontextualisiert liest sich die Aussage jedoch folgendermaßen:

„Regardless of whether this trend is due to a true rejection of the permissive culture, as Luis Villa suggests, or whether it’s a function of lack of licensing education, the shift from 50% unlicensed single-developer projects to below 25% unlicensed projects with 15 or more contributors cannot be ignored.” (Berkholz, 2013)

Unabhängig davon, ob hier willentlich oder versehentlich nicht-lizenziert wird, zeigt sich, dass die Idee der Lizenzierung im, wenn man so will, Mindset eines großen Teils besonders der auf Github aktiven Open-Source-Programmierer keine primäre Antriebskraft darstellt. Und allein dieses Einstellungsmuster unterläuft bereits die ansonsten dominante Idee einer umfassenden Verwertungskultur.

Richard Fontana, der das POSS-Phänomen ebenfalls intensiv beobachtet und analysiert hat, gelangt allerdings zu einer anderen Einsicht:

„The picture one gets when looking at these cases is not so much that explicit licensing is not occurring, but rather that it is occurring publicly, later than project launch and at the point at which the project begins to attract significant interest.”

Dort wo Code relevant wird und auf eine Nutzung (oder Nutzerbarkeit) zustrebt, wird auch wieder die Lizenzfrage gestellt.

Wo und wie POSS-Phänomene wirklich substantiell sind, bleibt also schwer zu beurteilen und dass der Status der Nicht-Lizenziertheit im Rahmen der existierenden Urheberrechts- bzw. Copyright-Regime vor allem Verwirrung stiftet (Radcliff, 2013), erhöht die Komplexität der Angelegenheit zusätzlich in nicht unwesentlichem Umfang. Sollte freilich hinter den POSS-Codes auf Github tatsächlich eine anarchistische „fuck-the-license“-Programmiererzelle stecken, dann könnte genau diese Verwirrung, nun ja, Programm sein.

(Berlin, 24.10.2014)

 Quellen: 

Danny Berkholz (2013) The size of open-source communities and its impact upon activity, licensing, and hosting. In: Donnie Berkholz’s Story of Data. 22.04.2013. http://redmonk.com/dberkholz/2013/04/22/the-size-of-open-source-communities-and-its-impact-upon-activity-licensing-and-hosting/

Richard Fontana (2013) Post open source software, licensing and GitHub. In: opensource.com. 13.08.2013. http://opensource.com/law/13/8/github-poss-licensing

Ben Kaden (2014a) Das Vermaschen der Worte: Über Lexpionage und die Frage der passenden Benennung. In: Fu-PusH Weblog. 23.10.2014. https://blogs.hu-berlin.de/fupush/2014/10/lexpionage/

Ben Kaden (2014b) Wissenschaft nach dem Internet: Was ist eigentlich Post-Digital-Scholarship? In: Berliner Gazette. 18.09.2014. http://berlinergazette.de/post-digital-scholarship/

Jeremy Malcolm (2014) Where Copyright Fails, Open Licenses Help Creators Build Towards a Future of Free Culture. In: Electronic Frontier Foundation, eff.org. 23.10.2014. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/where-copyright-fails-open-licenses-help-creators-build-towards-future-free-culture

Mark Radcliffe (2013) Unlicensed FOSS: Major Mistake for Developers. In: Law & Life: Silicon Valley. 01.01.2013. http://lawandlifesiliconvalley.com/blog/?p=708

Luis Villa (2013) Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture. In: Luis Villa, lu.is/blog. 28.01.2013. http://lu.is/blog/2013/01/27/taking-post-open-source-seriously-as-a-statement-about-copyright-law/

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