- Flossie restored: Early computer back to life in Kent, BBC News
- Dutch Government Proposes Cyberattacks Against… Everyone, Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Your tax dollars at play: Defending federal funding for games, Ars Technica
- Why admins should know how to code, InfoWorld via Slashdot
- Rights? You have no right to your eBooks.
In a post to his blog at ComputerWorldUK, Simon Says…, Simon Phipps digs a bit more into the Kindle story on which I commented yesterday. The nefariousness isn’t exactly as most of the coverage has made out, in particular there isn’t a remote deletion of the user’s library as original represented but it still points out the risks of putting up with anyone else’s locks. I should say that the experience of Linn also is a reminder to back up your purchases, whether they are DRM encumbered or not, in case of a device or drive failure such as was the original source of the trouble as it turns out.
- Getting Started With RTL-SDR
Gnat, in his Four Short Links on O’Reilly Radar, include this howto on ThePowerBase. In case what you were wondering what to make of the lower cost, software defined radio to which I recently linked, this should serve as both a good survey and a way to get started if you are interested enough to start hacking. What I want most out of this particular area of building and experimenting are improvements over the off-the-shelf radio gear and software stacks we are stuck with when it comes to WiFi, a space that has moved pretty slowly for one that should be more heavily influenced by Moore’s Law.
- UN calls to expand internet surveillance, BBC News
- Oct. 23, 1995: First Computer-Network Wiretap, This Day In Tech at Wired.com
- EE 4G data caps that are broken in 5 mins
Slashdot‘s link to this PC Pro piece suggests that not just fixed broadband access issues encountered in the US are now being replayed in the UK, but also mobile. Previously it was the move by ISPs to squash grass roots broadband networks, now it is the insanity of capping higher speed mobile services at such a low rate that any usage that would better match that improved performance would exhausted the cap in jaw droppingly short time spans.
- Trent Reznor Talks To Techdirt About His Unconventional New Record Deal, And Why He Still Loves DIY, Techdirt