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Ridesharing 3.0: Forget About UberScreenshot from 2017-06-16 11-09-31sandhawke

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:30:11 +0000

[Most] solutions [to the Uber problems] are pushing water uphill, because people actually like the service. I have another solution: let’s rebuild the service without any major company involved. Let’s help software eat the world on behalf of the users, not the stockholders.


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Back to Bloggingsandhawke

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:32:10 +0000

As I remember it, about ten years ago, I started this blog for one main reason. I had just watched a talk from the CTO of Second Life (remember them, when they were hot?) about his vision for how to expand by opening up the system, making it decentralized.  I thought to myself: that’s going […](image)

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:17:56 +0000

I have an idea that I think is very important but I haven’t yet polished to the point where I’m comfortable sharing it. I’m going to share it anyway, unpolished, because I think it’s that useful. So here I am, handing you a dull, gray stone, and I’m saying there’s a diamond inside. Maybe even […](image)

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The Web is like Beersandhawke

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:28:09 +0000

Lots of people can’t seem to understand the relationship of the Web to the Internet. So I’ve come up with a simple analogy: The Web is to the Internet as Beer is to Alcohol. For some people, sometimes, they are essentially synonymous, because they are often encountered together. But of course they are fundamentally different […](image)

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NSA Certifiedsandhawke

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:53:22 +0000

The world of computing has a huge problem with surveillance. Whether you blame the governments doing it or the whistleblowers revealing it, the fact is that consumer adoption and satisfaction is being inhibited by an entirely-justified lack of trust in the systems. Here’s how the NSA can fix that, increase the safety of Americans, and, […](image)

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Fix 303 with client-side redirectssandhawke

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 20:12:27 +0000

I am trying to stay far away from the current TAG discussions of httpRange-14 (now just HR14). I did my time, years ago. I came up with the best solution to date: use “303 See Other”. It’s not pretty, but so far it is the best we’ve got. I gather now the can of worms […](image)

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RDF Steps Carefully Forwardsandhawke

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:53:45 +0000

18 months ago, when Ivan Herman and I began to plan a new RDF Working Group, I posted my RDF 2 Wishlist. Some people complained that the Semantic Web was not ready for anything different; it was still getting used to RDF 1. I clarified that “RDF 2” would be backward compatible and not break […](image)

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Elevator Pitch for the Semantic Websandhawke

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:03:40 +0000 invited people to make video elevator pitches for the Semantic Web, focused on the question “What is the Semantic Web?”. I decided to give it a go. I’d love to hear comments from folks who share my motivation, trying to solve this ‘every app is a walled garden’ problem. In case you’re curious, here’s […](image)

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Can we use Lean Startup methods to build the Semantic Web?sandhawke

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:17:20 +0000

I’m disappointed in the pace of development of the Semantic Web, and I’m optimistic that the Lean Startup ideas can help us move things along faster. I’ve been a fan of Eric Ries and the Lean Startup ideas for while, but last night I was lucky enough to get to see him speak, and to […](image)

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Simplified RDFsandhawke

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:24:46 +0000

I propose that we designate a certain subset of the RDF model as “Simplified RDF” and standardize a method of encoding full RDF in Simplified RDF. The subset I have in mind is exactly the subset used by Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol (OGP), and my proposed encoding technique is relatively straightforward. I’ve been mulling over […](image)

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