Mon 21 Dec 2009 06:55:46 PM PST
MLP: Open access, or fat and stupid?
I know, some of you are probably still wondering why we need open access for scientific research. Here's a good example. Without open access, you get what the people who to tell you about science want to tell you. For example, here's SweetSurprise.com. File under you-know-what. Now throw in every marketing site, taxpayer-funded crop promotion program, wannabe food guru, Mainstream Media nutrition trends piece, and quack diet. Worthless.
Open access gets you the straight-up Science. How about Consuming fructose-sweetened, not glucose-sweetened, beverages increases visceral adiposity and lipids and decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight/obese humans, from the Journal of Clinical Investigation. So knock off the HFCS if you haven't already, and support open access science.
I have the "distinction" of contributing a couple of items on the "list of dumb things to check" by Tom Limoncelli et al.
Red Hat open-sources SPICE: a remote desktop protocol fast enough to be practical for video conferencing.
Danny Sullivan runs into Google's spam blog problem. Great technology company, but hosting people's original content (or not-so-original content, which is the problem here ) requires staffing up an abuse team.