Went to OSCON last week. Got sick. Not sure if the two were related. ;-)
I spent the better part of today analyzing the last Debian project leader results. Very interesting. Martin Michlmayr won a Condorcet-tallied election in a very close race between him, Bdale Garbee (the incumbent), and Branden Robinson. Looking at the analysis, probably the most surprising observation is that Branden Robinson would have won had San Francisco's rules for Instant Runoff Voting been used. The full details are over on my posting on Electorama.
Just posted an article about campaign finance reform to Kuro5hin. My contention is that it's a big ol' red herring, and that we really need to get rid of the two party system.
At any rate, we'll see what others think...
I started an interesting discussion over at the MPEG4IP list (well, interesting to me). The MPEG4IP project is a group that is working on end-to-end MPEG-4 interoperability, per the ISMA specification. I started by asking about widening the scope of their project to doing H.263/MP3/RTSP/RTP interop. Still early, but I think there's some definite possibilities there. While I don't agree with the tactic (promoting MPEG-4), the spirit of the project is a good one. They seem very interested in talking about interoperability using whatever means possible. The thread concerns asking them to widen the scope of things.
I just posted an article titled HTTP and MP3: The Only Streaming Media Standards That Matter at a new community site for streaming media called Ubergid.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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