Saturday, May 10, 2014

What I am reading 5/10/2014

Wired - Why Oracle's Copyright Victory Over Google Is Bad News for Everyone -

“An API is a description of what the software is going to do,” Cantrill tells us. “You can think of the API as the plot as opposed to the novel. If you’re saying that that abstract notion of the plot is copyrightable, then everything is derivative.”

The Times of India -  Beijing to the US by train: China outlines plans to connect world by high speed rail network -

The 'China to Russia plus the United States' line proposed by the Chinese Academy of Engineering would start in the north east of China, travel up through Siberia, across the Bering Strait to Alaska and down through Canada before reaching the contiguous US, The Beijing Times reports.

Hawkins Ventures - What is an appropriate level of basic income -

All of the information we laid out above gives us confidence that $12,000/year is an appropriate amount of Basic Income. Remember, we are aiming for “what we think the minimum standard that everyone should be given if you are unemployable”. We approached the issue from the bottom up and arrived at $12,000. This number has shown to not be too much or too little.  This level of Basic Income has shown to provoke the correct incentives. It is also a moving target. We know that the landscape will change through technology and innovation. As society progresses and grows, the amount of Basic Income needs to be reevaluated. 

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