I recommend you subscribe to the podcast of the USC Center for Public Diplomacy’s speaker series. I’ve listened to the talk given by Michael Ayres, an IP lawyer at Toshiba who is involved with CSS and AACS. I am looking forward to the talks by Bruce Sterling and Bruce Schneier.
Security alerts to be aware of this week include some wackiness over a possible zero-day exploit in Firefox, a bug in URL handling of Skype’s OSX client, and a well research weakness in Linux’s binary format handling.
The Hacker Word of the Week this week is Handwave.
In this week’s news, a couple of e-voting stories about problems with implementations in Brazil and Ron Rivest’s proposal for a new voting protocol, network neutrality threatened in Norway, some think Google’s new code search is just a big hacker tool, and knowing multiple programming languages may have disadvantages.
Following up from previous news, here’s a nice link to some videos produced for the recent Day against DRM and a stay of execution from the WIPO broadcast treaty.
The feature for this week is an Inner Chapter on the practice of Idiomatic Programming.