Archive for 2011/03/04
Although there are tens of thousands of articles on Julian Assange in the world’s newspapers and magazines, no mainstream journalist so far has grasped the critical significance of the cypherpunks movement to Assange’s intellectual development and the origin of WikiLeaks.
Cypherpunks saw themselves as Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe. It must have been more than a little gratifying for a self-educated antipodean computer hacker, who had not even completed high-school, to converse on equal terms with professors of mathematics, whiz-kid businessmen and some of the leading computer code-writers in the world.
pulls employees closer to one another, builds relationships
The phone was one thing. Pulling it out in social settings is dicy, but at least you can slip it out and slip it back in. Tablets, on the other hand, cast a shadow over who you’re sitting next to. They have a presence in the room. You hold them with both hands. You can glance at a phone—it’s harder to glance at a tablet
The ‘research’, as China would like their people to think of it, is part of an initiative to improve Beijing’s public transportation system.
The corporate wrangling over Web video standards, already a technically and legally complex matter, is getting a lot more complicated with the arrival of a Justice Department antitrust investigationPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Google
More than than 80 percent of all PlayStation 3s worldwide connect to the Internet, and Sony has tallied more than 70 million PlayStation Network accounts worldwidePosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The studios announced yesterday that “Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace” will be coming to theaters on February 10 in all its 3D glory. Purists will be happy to hear that Lucasfilm is guaranteeing that the conversion to 3D is “being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.”
The Force is strong with ‘Clone Wars’ writer
A former UK Labour party Minister (MP), Lord West, has called for a crackdown on broadband ISPs and internet email hosting firms that abuse Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) style technology to snoop on private customer emails without consentPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Filtering, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
In particular the BBC reports that some providers, such as freemail operators, have used similar techniques to inject adverts into private messages, which in fairness is also used to support the services “free” status
A coalition of 19 US congressmen is now demanding an investigation into a “campaign to sabotage and discredit critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce”Posted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Is copyright law really the insurmountable obstacle to the creation of search engines and content aggregators in the UK?Posted: 2011/03/04 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Google, Public Policy
The European Commission has ended an investigation into the major Hollywood studios after they changed contract provisions on installing digital kit at cinemasPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Eurocrats reckon the changes will make it easier for small, independent films to get decent distribution
O2 has begun enforcing an opt-in policy for access to grown-up internet content, redirecting customers to a company called Bango to prove their age with a credit cardPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection
The trend in online music is certainly moving towards streaming, and ISPs are keen to offer something – well, anything – in the hope it builds up loyalty and reduces customer churnPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution, The Cloud
But there are strings attached when your music is in the cloud
The Google Review – or to give its official title, The Intellectual Property Office’s Independent Review of IP and Growth – has come under a sustained firePosted: 2011/03/04 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Google, Public Policy, Stats / reports
There is nothing like a recession to focus attention on growth and jobs, and IP is a much bigger part of the economy than music industry-bashers like to acknowledge
Australian Federal Police has warned a group of Australian parliamentarians that the country’s planned National Broadband Network (NBN) will “make it harder” for them to “track people downloading and sharing child pornography”Posted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
The AFP has warned the parliamentarians that too many service providers and service bundling are the problem. Triple-play services (with TV, Internet and broadband under a single account) are particularly terrifying, apparently.
Why the current mass litigation approach to dealing with P2P file-sharing infringement is so damaging: it pits those with money and legal expertise against those who may have neither, and even attempting to clear your name can cost huge amounts of cashPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
Let’s say your SSD is a pirate, and your data is buried treasure. If you tell an SSD pirate to make his buried treasure disappear, all he really does is burn the treasure mapPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Tech Evolution
Apple is reportedly working out deals with the Big Four music labels to let users re-download their purchased music an unlimited number of times. A deal could be announced mid-year, and may come as part of the rumored MobileMe revamp.
The alleged owner of Channelsurfing.net has been arrested and faces up to five years in prison for providing links to TV streams online. Here’s how the US government tracked himPosted: 2011/03/04 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy
Newly unsealed court documents show that Brian McCarthy, the 32-year old alleged operator of Channelsurfing.net, got the complete treatment—investigators dug into his domain name registrar, his ISP, his Gmail account, his ad brokers, and the Texas driver’s license database. They even sent a surveillance team to the Deer Park, Texas home where McCarthy lived with his parents
NL-ix is the fourth largest internet exchange point in the world, offering services to 270 participants
NL-ix will continue to operate as an autonomous organization within KPN
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/internet/2460275/kpn-neemt-internetknooppunt.html