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Four short links: 23 February 2010

  1. SMS in Disaster Response -- Haitians SMS urgent needs to 4636, where they're translated through crowdsourcing and acted on. All based on the Uhsahidi SMS engine.
  2. Inside Open Source's Historic Victory -- open source developer wins against someone who took his work, added it to an open patent application, and then sued the open source developer for violating his patent.
  3. What's Wrong with Confidence (Pete Warden) -- the lean startup approach and the scientific method. Good read, with two magnificent quotes: "Strong opinions, weakly held, and Confidence is vital for getting things done, but it has to be a spur to test your theories, not a lazy substitute for gathering evidence.
  4. If You're a Pirate -- the user experience of legitimate DVDs is shite. That's not the only reason that people pirate, but it sure ain't helping.

Don't be the product, buy the product!

Schweinderl