- First glimmerings of holographic video displays
John Timmer at Ars Technica discusses some pretty impressive research considering how little holography has advanced for anything other than trivial applications. The system these researchers are building may seem crude but most of the equipment being used, including the network connection, are pretty close to consumer grade. The potential is enormous though I have to imagine free standing holography is a further horizon beyond these re-writing but otherwise fairly constrained displays.
- History of computing and elections from 1952
Wired has re-printed an article from around the time of the last US elections by Randy Alfred. In it, he explains how Univac, one of the earliest computers, was tasked with predicting the presidential election in 1952. The forecast put together by the machines and its operators was remarkably accurate but the TV folks they initially approached were too skeptical to air it at the time, only admitting to discounting the computer’s results well after they were obviously correct.
- Patent database is up and running
Rogue archivist, Carl Malamud, has the good news at O’Reilly Radar. The joint effort between the USPTO, the White House and Jon Orwant at Google has resulted in a new, open database that supplants feeds that formerly required substantial subscription feeds. As Carl explains, this was no easy chore given vested interests in the revenue streams from the old, closed system. A huge win for restoring a critical piece of our informational commons here in the US.
- Five years of Linux kernel benchmarks, Slashdot
- Group trying to get back scatter airport scanners banned, Techdirt
- Google and Facebook to face tougher EU privacy rules, Reuters, via Groklaw
- New beta of Firefox 4 mobile released, Mozilla, via Hacker News
- USB dead drops, embedding the dark net in architecture
Slashdot and BoingBoing covered this project by Aram Bartholl over the weekend. He’s cemented USB sticks into walls and other fixtures at a handful of locations, with plans to set up more such dead drops. The idea is that rather than passing storage containers hand to hand, file shares can simply plug in and copy onto and from the drives what they want. The project seems more like an art installation than an IT effort, a way of weaving asynchronous, anonymous sharing into public spaces.
- Mobile mesh for wireless telephony
Duncan Geere cross posted this article to Wired and Ars Technica, it is about research that really is quite similar to other mesh network plans about which I’ve read. Why not make the cutely named body-to-body connections simply provide IP protocol carriage with telephony being just one application carried? I would think the growth of smart phones is what is crushing networks more so than mere phone calls. It will be interesting to see if this work which was done at Queen’s University in Belfast can make better progress on the challenges of making a mobile device based mesh as good as or better than the fixed mobile networks we have now.
- Facebook bans apps that sold user info to data brokers
Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb has the details of some positive privacy news from the dominant social network. I do wonder if this practice would have persisted if the Wall Street Journal had not exposed it, though. Also, why isn’t Facebook built in such a way to make this sort of thing much more difficult, if not outright impossible?
- Users sue Google, Facebook, Synga over privacy , Slashdot
- Justice department rules isolate gene sequences should not be patentable, Techdirt
- Google sues US government for only considering Microsoft solutions, Techdirt
- Researchers claim better quantum tunneling, EE Times
- KEI letter to European Parliament regarding ACTA, KEI
- US says it will basically ignore anything in ACTA it doesn’t like, Techdirt
- Prominent law professors urge Obama to end ACTA endorsement, Techdirt
- Scholars say ACTA needs Senate approval, Wired
- India concerned how ACTA changes previous trade agreements, Techdirt
- How ACTA changes secondary liability into criminal aiding and abetting, Techdirt
- Google, et. al. respond to Paul Allen with motion to dismiss, sever, Groklaw
- OOo community council members resign, The H
- Hadopi already sending out 240K first strike notices per day, Techdirt
- Secretive negotiations over three strikes regime in Denmark, TorrentFreak
- EFF urges EU authorities to repeal Data Retention Directive, EFF
- Facts, figures on South Korea’s three strikes system, Michael Geist
- Court orders LimeWire to shut off P2P service, Ars Technica
- FTC ending its inquiry into Google’s WiFi data snarfing, Ars Technica
- Could a $105 defense stop copyright-troll lawsuits?, Wired
- Impressive uptake of HTML5 based video playback, ReadWriteWeb
- Oracle claims Google directly copied Java code, Slashdot
- EFF files suit against Justice over push to broaden surveillance laws, EFF
- Using the cloud to deliver security, ReadWriteWeb
- Facebook private pages still accessible, The Register
- New programming language with security baked right in, Slashdot
- Flaw allows bypassing of iPhone lock code, Wired
- Security and privacy app for Facebook debuts, ReadWriteWeb
- Rise of the small botnet, Slashdot
- Firefox zero day under attack at Noble Prize site, Zero Day
- Mozilla patches critical Firefox zero day flaw, The Register
- Critical vulnerabilities in Firefox 3.5, 3.6, Mozilla Security Blog
- Facebook worm ported to OS X, Zero Day
- New credit card flash attack may be responsible for up to $500K stolen a month, The Register
- Adobe Reader drive-by zero day flaw actively under attack, The Register
- Inside Google’s anti-malware operation, Slashdot
- Hiding back doors in hardware, Slashdot
- Cracking complex 14 character passwords in 5 seconds, CIO Zone, via Hacker News
- Great Australian firewall is back, The Register
- Microsoft expands licensing program for NGOs, Slashdot
- Google won’t resume its Street View WiFi data collection, ReadWriteWeb
- Google admits to snagging emails, passwords with Street View WiFi snafu, Slashdot
- ACLU says net neutrality is necessary for free speech, Slashdot
- Jammie Thomas’ third trial is imminent, Ars Technica
- Judge Davis refuses request for “reasonable damages” jury instructions in Thomas-Rasset case, Recording Industry vs. The People
- Thomas-Rasset moves for court to consider constitutional due process issue, Recording Industry vs. The People
- US Senators ask USPTO to examine ACTA, Michael Geist
- Mom seeks judgment against Universal in “Dancing Baby” case, EFF
- Judge tells Righthaven it’s fair use, Ars Technica
- China halting rare earth mineral shipments to the US
Slashdot links to a cluser of stories around China’s trade decision against the US, following a similar decision regarding exporting these critical minerals to Japan. A bit of recent listener feedback has me mulling over post-abundance computing, this seems to be suggestive of future concerns. Like news of limited recycling of these materials, I also wonder at the positive possibility of making the production of electronics more environmentally responsible and durable.
- DOSBox to get emulated 3D accelerator card
I used DOSBox to get an old game I still had on CD-ROM working a couple of years ago. Slashdot has news of the developers looking to add a “complete and faithful” emulation of the core chipset of the old 3dfx Voodoo Graphics card. I had one of those and it figures into some very fond memories of LAN parties back in the madness of the height of the dot-com bubble back in the nineties.
- Bendable memory from nanowire transistors , Technology Review
- Feds forced to admit it is legal to photograph federal buildings, BoingBoing
- Google rolls out Chrome 7, Slashdot
- TV interview with Captain Crunch from 1983
Lauren Weinstein digitized this video from his personal tape collection. This fascinates both for the effort he put into extracting the material from a mouldering medium and the subject of the interview. As Weinstein notes, this was before the term “hacker” had taken on the darker connotations common in today’s media usage.
- New Berkman Center report on circumvention tool usage, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
- Firefox add on to replace Flash with native video playback, Linux Journal
- IP4 address space close to finally running out, Ars Technica
- Google to offer more transparency, control over location data, Google Public Policy Blog
As I predicted, I was not able to get enough work done on the stories I had bookmarked for tonight’s news show. As busy I as I was volunteering yesterday and grinding on my interviews notes for this week, I still had these links I wanted to share.
- Remembering Benoit Mandelbrot
I was incredibly saddened to read news of Mandelbroit’s passing over this weekend. His study of fractals is thoroughly bound up in my own readings on complexity. It’s a topic I find as endlessly fascinating as the ability to infinitely zoom in on the fuzzy forms he characterized without ever hitting a limit to the detail. In this blog post, Rudy Rucker, another icon in my readings on universal gnarl, presents his personal memories on first meeting Mandelbrot. Seems very fitting to me.
- Google secretly tests autonomous vehicles in real traffic, ReadWriteWeb
- Offering censorship as a product feature
From Slashdot, this is concerning for its potential for abuse and the obvious privacy implications. A recent patent grant to Apple for a similar notion in the iPhone, covered by ReadWriteWeb, hints this may become a trend. This is like the problem of hard drives full of copies in junked photocopiers but now with a network connection. An even greater fear for me is that competitors will feel compelled to also offer this feature, worse even possible one-upping the original.
- VoIP attacks in Australia lead to huge bills for victims, Slashdot
- Malware forces Firefox to save passwords, The Register
- HTML5 draws concerns over risks to privacy, Slashdot
- Using location tracking to help fight identity theft, ReadWriteWeb
- Another study revealing poor password practices, Slashdot
- Microsoft patches a record 49 security vulnerabilities, Krebs on Security
- Facebook rolls out security changes, ReadWriteWeb
- Java update closes 29 security holes, Krebs on Security
- Vulnerabilities in Xpdf affect several open source products, The H
- Microsoft looks to courts for botnet takedowns, Slashdot
- Home WiFi network security failings exposed, Slashdot
- New site aims to be iTunes for exploit info, code, Slashdot
- Google rolls out phishing URL alerts for admins, The Register
- IBM and Oracle agree to Java pact , New York Times Bits Blog
- Telnet like tool for HTTP
Via Nat’s Four Short Links at O’Reilly Radar. He remarks it looks like a useful teaching tool, which it no doubt is. I think it actually has more utility than just pedagogy. A lot of application development consists of plumbing together HTTP based services and having something a little more friendly than telnet and wget to explore and test is very useful for that end too.
- Is passing query string data in referral URLs a privacy violation?, Techdirt
- IBM’s plans for the Cell processor, Slashdot
- Microsoft patents GPU-accelerated video encoding, Slashdot