Dismay as BBC Gets E-learning Go-ahead. No bias in this headline! The BBC has won the right to provide free digital educational resources to schools, as it should. The thought of making it illegal for a government to provide resources to its own schools is ridiculous. Sure, industry calls it "anti-competitive," but by this logic any government service (into which industry decided it would like to offer its services) is anti-competitive. Sorry, it doesn't wash. Industry doesn't have the right to prevent a people, acting through their government, to provide for themselves. By Richard Agnew, NetImperative, January 9, 2003 [OLDaily]
Not all government services are this lucky. For instance, PubScience was killed because members of the Software & Information Industry Association lobby didn't like competing against it.
[...] Topics are great for aggregate blogs that assemble posts about coffee shops, Austin events, or other specific subject.
Threadneedle is better for aggregating a human conversation, whose topic meanders under a named thread.
A topic-focused blog won't get you a human conversation (that would be ai-complete). A human conversation won't get you a subject-organized index (not without editing after the fact).
She's also thought up a perfect application of blogchannels: Book-specific blogchannels, which could be coordinated with AllConsuming. Or would they actually compete with AllConsuming? Anyway, can't wait to see that happening. Phillip's working on it.