TCLP 2007-05-06 News (Comment Line 360-252-7284)

This is news cast 96.

First, an apology for not forewarning the listeners of the risque nature of the bonus song, First of May, at the end of last episode. I have added appropriate warnings to the feed and the audio itself for any who have not yet downloaded or haven’t listened and want to re-download.

Also in the intro, I share my family’s experience with Free Comic Book Day.

This week’s security discussion centers on Bruce Schneier’s questions about the eventual shape of the security industry and Dan Kaminsky’s response. Dan takes issue mostly with the overly simple prediction that IT will become a utility like water or electricity.

The big news story this week is the kerfuffle over the wide spread distribution of the AACS processing key. I’ve written about the AACS cracks, previously, but with the publication of the key, developments have become much more high profile and in some cases inflammatory. Fred von Lohmann has a solid discussion of the legal issues at play. One blogger offers a counter opinion on the value and risk of spreading the key. Ed Felten considers the psychological factors behind the widespread activity. The licensing authority offer course has a response. Things really came to a head on the social news site, Digg, when users staged a revolt that ultimately persuaded Digg’s founder, Kevin Rose, to put his company at stake in the argument. The debate definitely has reached across the entire Internet, even the Tiki Bar (thanks Paul Fischer for the link). Felten has another commentary, this time on the Digg user revolt. I add my two cents, for what they are worth.

The only other story I had time for was MIT researchers demonstrating an effective attack against quantum cryptography.

Following up this week, the RIAA lays claim to royalties for all artists used by Internet radio and even though the OLPC’s XO will support Windows, no one on the project is working on it.

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