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In today's featured Weblogs N. Alex Rupp argues that "we have a responsibility to ourselves and to one another not only to write software for our economic progress, but also for social and ethical progress." In Total Government Awareness, Software and Ethics, Rupp reports that:
Earlier this summer, Lawrence E. Rosen, the general counsel for the OSI responded to a letter of mine inquiring about the potential for a non-military Open Source license that "Software is not viewed by the open source community as a valid way to address political or moral issues."
Rupp provides an example of a project by the Computing Culture Group at MIT's Media Lab, that he says addresses social and ethical concerns. He says the Open Government Information Awareness project
is an effort to turn the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) inspired "Total Information Awareness" project on its heels and point it back at the US government. In this information-inspired age the idea of a "Civilian Information Agency" which conducts espionage on its own government is a chapter right out a Niel Stephenson novel.
In the Also Today section, we begin with a discussion of how big is too big. Is it easier to understand a single long method or a method made up of many smaller private methods. Join the discussion in the Javapedia page BeautyOfSmallMethods. The Java class loader is kind of like electricity. You depend on it but probably don't think too much about it until something goes wrong. In his Java tech tip Unloading and Reloading Classes, John Zukowski shows you how to write a custom class loader that allows you to discard an old class and load a newly compiled version. Like many tips, I really could have used this a year ago.
From the Java Today News Page, news editor Steve Mallett, has gathered the following News Headlines .
- OWL Flies as Web Ontology Language
- XPlanner 0.4 released
- ZOE 0.4.5 Released
- XUI Version 1.0.3 Alpha Released
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