Archive for 2011/08/23
A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to four months in jail for a brief riot-supporting post on FacebookPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
United Airlines today announced its cockpits will go paperless by swapping out printed flight manuals in favor of Apple’s iPadPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
If avoiding evil means pleasing customers, that’s just smart business. And that’s why Google is winningPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
SugarSync offers a free generous 5GB storage allowance and works to sync and backup across multiple platforms. They released a new BlackBerry version that you should install nowPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
A small taste of the chaos that can be caused when code gets smart enough to operate without human interventionPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Tech Evolution
Nintendo’s games are so excellent that the company would dominate any space it enters, or so goes the conventional wisdom. But Nintendo’s games are excellent only because the company takes several distinct and unique approaches to making them so. One example: The company crafts its hardware and software in tandem; abandoning this practice would be throwing the baby out with the bathwaterPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
The Justice Ministry announced its decision to allow the controversial Google Street View service to run in IsraelPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Google
I’ve lived in Silicon Valley for a little over thirteen years now, and the one thing I’ve learned is that nothing is permanentPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
Don’t feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work—turns out it may actually improve your performancePosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The battles seen in the US over software patents could spread to the UK and the rest of Europe if the unitary patent is allowed to come into forcePosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
This customer – no one will say who – is moving from Dell EqualLogic iSCSI and HDS Fibre Channel disk arrays to all-flash arrays. A person familiar with the deal said: “[I] think it is the first European Union company to go all-silicon”Posted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
“It’s one of the most ambitious projects that’s been undertaken at eBay for a very, very long time,” vice president of search and experience technology Hugh Williams tells us on the phone. “I’d argue it’s on the scale of any major search engine re-write a company has done”Posted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
Williams’ eBay project is a complete rewrite of the piece of software that’s been hardwired into eBay’s annual $9.2bn business for nearly 10 years: its search engine.
It is surprising that thieves don’t target data centres more often. All that expensive kit and copper is worth a pretty penny, not to mention all the data that’s on itPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness
The FA-300 Series is an all-flash array, with dual active-active controllers linked by 40Gbit/s InfiniBand, looking after a pool of virtualised, 2-bit, multi-level cell flash. Pure Storage claims it is “10x faster and … 10x more space and power efficient, at a lower per gigabyte price than disk-centric arrays, including performance disk, flash retrofits and flash/disk hybrids”Posted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
It also provides, the company says, consistently low latency of under 1 millisecond, partly by ensuring individual SSDs only write or read at any one time and not do both.
Domain www.ministerpresidentrutte.nl claimed well before Mark Rutte was sworn in as Prime Minister of The NetherlandsPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Litigation, Public Policy
Copy of the original letter to site owner of MinisterPresidentRutte.nl:
“Since several years it is our custom to provide government officials with their personalized domain names associated with their profession, to enable swift and effective communication. When trying to register ministerpresidentrutte.nl (…) we observed that you are the site owner since 28-03-2010. (…) We would like to finalize (the domain transfer) within 2 weeks”
Domain MinisterPresidentRutte.nl has been registered well before Mark Rutte was sworn in as Prime Minister of The Netherlands http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rutte (14th October 2010). Should the current site owner be allowed to keep it, or does he need to transfer it to the Prime Minister?
Dutch language article:
Dutch State heading to Court to claim the domain http://www.ministerpresidentrutte.nl. The domain is currently redirecting to whistleblower website klokkenluideronline.nl
Dutch language news article:
Corbett had also sent a letter home to his students, indicating that “Discussion will be quite provocative” and “My goal is to have you go home with something that will provoke discussion with your parents.”
And provocative they were.
So why wasn’t MP3tunes completely victorious? When EMI notified MP3tunes of specific infringing files on sideload.com, a music search engine operated by MP3tunes, the company removed the listings from search results. However, MP3tunes did not remove the corresponding files from users’ lockersPosted: 2011/08/23 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Jurisprudence
Judge Pauley ruled that this failure to act despite specific knowledge of infringing activities meant that MP3tunes lost DMCA immunity for those specific files. And he ruled that without the protection of the DMCA, MP3tunes was secondarily liable for helping users infringe the specific works EMI had notified MP3tunes about.
The judge also found MP3tunes founder Michael Robertson personally liable for sideloading some of EMI’s copyrighted music to his own MP3tunes music locker from infringing websites.
“There is a lot going on in the brain,” Eagleman said. “You’re not just passively tracking the river of time. You’re actively constructing it”Posted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness
A hardware-modification web site is offering a $1,500 cash bounty for the first person to successfully port a full version of the Android operating system over to HP’s TouchPadPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness
ESPN and Google has partnered up to show microdata in baseball searches. Sounds nerdy. And it is! But it’s incredibly useful for a sports fan, whenever you search for a player, team, etc., you’ll get a little blurb with relevant scores, stats, etc. tied to the ESPN resultPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
This “CD sales” infographic from Digital Music News, with 30 years of data shown in 30 seconds, really hammers the point homePosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Google is gradually rolling out a new Gmail people widget that lets you view recent Google+ posts within GmailPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models
Amazon, Dropbox, Google and You Win in Cloud-Music Copyright Decision – MP3tunes cloud music service didn’t violate copyright laws when it used only a single copy of a MP3 on its servers, rather than storing 50 copies for 50 usersPosted: 2011/08/23 in Education / Awareness, Jurisprudence, New Business Models
Court says MP3tunes protected by DMCA