Linklist: December 17, 2911

Eric S. Raymond: SOPA and the oblivious: “A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything away from you – including your Internet freedom.”

USA Today: In-flight dating? Using social media to find a seatmate: “In what could be fodder for a flight from hell – or potential membership in the Mile High Club – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is launching a “meet and seat” service early next year that will let passengers tap their social media accounts and pick seatmates based on similar interests.” [And they cannot guarantee me an aisle or window seat? Or keep my family together?]

The Scholarly Kitchen: Measuring the Wrong Things — Has the Scientific Method Been Compromised By Careerism? : “Perhaps we’re measuring the wrong things — number of publications, number of citations, impact factors of publication outlets — as a way of measuring a scientist’s productivity, which we then reward with money, either directly or indirectly. Perhaps we should measure how many results have been replicated. Without that, we are pursuing a cacophony of claims, not cultivating a world of harmonious truths.”