But as we use the Internet for “free,” we have to remember that if we’re not paying for something, we’re not the customer. We are in fact the product being sold — or, more specifically, our data is.
So here’s a tricky question: Who owns all that data?
While nothing ground breaking is in this article, it’s probably one of the better summaries of the complex space around that question.
As confirmed yesterday I’m going to be presenting my Android development talk from CPOSC (with a few tweaks for the local audience) at the Poughkeepsie Chapter of the ACM this month.
Mon, Jan 17 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Ulrich Room, Dyson Hall, Marist College ): Poughkeepsie ACM Talk: Solar System in your Pocket – Developing Android Applications
It started with a simple discussion after a local astronomy meeting trying to figure out which moons of Saturn we were looking at. This seemed like the perfect first Android application, building an astronomy simulator that would let me answer that question wherever I was. Little did I know that trying to do this would take me on a Journey through most of the major subsystems and interfaces in the Android SDK.This talk will take you along on that journey of writing your first Android application.
It will touch most of the major concepts involved in mobile development for Android, and many of the interfaces you’ll need to write you first application. Most importantly it will give you a list of things *not* to do when developing for the mobile space.
Sean Dague has been an open source software engineer in the IBM Linux Technology Center for the last 10 years. His spare time is split between the outdoors, amateur astronomy, and random bits of open source hacking. Dinner before the event at the Palace Diner at 6pm.
The talk will cover some of the basics of android development, focusing specifically on how it’s a different programming model from what you might be used to. I use my Where is Io application, and what I learned along the way, as a roadmap for the talk.
This picture is of the partial solar eclipse that just occurred. That sun spot at the top of the Sun isn’t a sunspot, it’s the International Space Station in transit. It crosses the surface of the sun in less than a second, so this is all about getting the math and timing right to get this shot. Amazing stuff, which you can read more about at NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.