Home > Standards Blog

Advanced Search 

Welcome to ConsortiumInfo.org
Saturday, October 25 2014 @ 11:05 AM CDT

Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

Embedded Linux Consortium, R.I.P.

Open Source/Open StandardsNothing lasts forever. Not you. Not me. And certainly not consortia.
Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

Standards Numerology: The Magic Number is "13"

Open Source/Open StandardsWhat do 13 nations concerned with Open ICT Systems and 13 European companies wanting to roll the U.S. and Japan in middleware have in common? They both made major announcements this week.
Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

Stock Analyst Eats Own Foot

Open Source/Open StandardsWhat's important about a standards story? Well, that depends on your audience, doesn't it?
Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

Semantic Web Week (Part II)

Semantic & NextGen WebThe profile of the Semantic Web continues to rise with an increasing number of interesting and diverse articles in the press and on line. Here are some more.
Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

(Looks Like its) Semantic Web Week

Semantic & NextGen WebIt seems that this is the week that the Ontologists and the Anarcho-Populists are taking to the streets to debate the One True Way to the Next Generation of the Web.
Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

NextGen Internet: This Time, No Clean Slate

Semantic & NextGen WebLast time around, DARPA had a clean slate to work with when it commissioned the Internet. Building the Next Generation of the Internet will be like a design competition to renovate a building that's in use, with a Zoning Board to satisfy, a hostile Neighborhood Association, and who knows what else.
Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

Whither the Wilderness?

Not Here but There: A Wilderness Journal

Last Friday meant leaving the out of doors behind and returning home, but it also meant being reunited after two full weeks with the New York Times at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, which softened the transition. As I sat on the plane home, I saw an article on page that provides an appropriate theme upon which to end this series blog of entries.

The article is entitled Top Official Urged Changes In How parks Are Managed, and reports that a deputy assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior (and also a political appointee of the current administration) named Paul Hoffman has submitted 194 pages of suggested revisions to the policy document that governs the operation of the Nation’s national parks.

Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

Wild Horses

Not Here but There: A Wilderness Journal

One night this trip, I camped on a high plateau about a quarter mile from a generous spring that maintains its flow throughout the summer. The plateau is riddled with horse trails, so I decided to walk down to the spring early the next morning to see if I could find them drinking at the break of day.

There are tens of thousands of wild horses in Nevada (not to mention a smaller number of wild burros), the descendants of stock that escaped from Spanish explorers and settlers in the 1600s. Like antelope and deer, they compete for the grass that cattle eat. But unlike antelope and deer, they are not game animals, and thus are seen by many as a nuisance that competes with more desirable animals for available forage. Others, both local and from away, admire their beauty and spirit.

Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

Flakes

Not Here but There: A Wilderness Journal

If you spend any amount of time hiking in the Southwest, you will inevitably happen upon a scatter of lovely, multicolored stone flakes lying in the dust. In some areas, obsidian will predominate, and in others yellow jasper, but most often you will see a beautiful mix of red and yellow jasper, various colors of chalcedony and quartzite, light colored cherts, black obsidian and red petrified wood. What you are looking at are the remains of prehistoric tool manufacture.

Native Americans roamed the entire Southwest for at least 12,000 years, and perhaps longer. They were skillful at utilizing the materials at hand, superbly talented at creating flaked implements, and had a love for using the most attractive materials available in the process. One assumes that as they roamed throughout the landscape, they not only went out of their way to visit those places where suitable material was abundant, but also kept an eye out at all times for good quality material when it appeared wherever they went.

Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version

The Karma of Cheatgrass

Not Here but There: A Wilderness Journal

Cheatgrass is an innocuous looking grass up to 18 inches foot high that is omnipresent in the Great Basin, in particular, and in the Southwest in general. At higher elevations, it is a wispy occasional presence, while in the wide valleys between the mountain ranges it predominates, either filling in between the sagebrush, or forming wide homogenous meadows, often commanding all available space as far as the eye can see.

Yesterday, I drove the 118 miles from Battle Mountain south to Austin (both in Nevada), which prides itself on being the most isolated town in the lower forty-eight, with 100 miles, more or less, separating it from the closest towns at each of the cardinal points of the compass. Most of the time, I saw an endless carpet of golden cheatgrass, sweeping up to, and over, the mountains to either side. From the inside of a car, it looked attractive. But in fact, cheatgrass sucks the moisture from the soil, wiping out all other species, and forming vast, sterile monocultural deserts where little native wildlife can thrive. These vast savannahs of dried grass also become a fire hazard that ignites like a match upon any random lighting strike. Today, I drove through a modest thunderstorm that touched off five fires within sight that spewed huge clouds of opalescent smoke into the sky.