- NYT coverage of Neuros open source hardware
Excellent coverage of open source hardware but also emphasizes Neuros’ excellent business case for open, that it allows devices to track fast moving markets, applications.
- Bunnie Huang reviews OLPC XO
Excellent examination of the hardware choices for goals of being rugged and easily serviced.
- New open content publisher
A distributor dedicated to open formats, believe folks will pay for unencumbered formats, in particular popular open digital comic book formats.
- 3rd party facilitator for CC+ rights
Addresses the needs of creators who wish to give away some rights and commercialize others.
- Palm drops IBM JVM
Sounds like Java on Palm was an actively used platform, even if not recognized as such, so this seems like a telling mistake.
- Sony’s DRM-free offering not so impressive
When they announced this, they must have known the Amazon deal would be announced shortly, otherwise this is just embarrassing.
- FCC looking into Comcast filtering
Important question to be asked is if the filtering as just for reasons of quality of service management, why weren’t they more forthcoming?
- Congress looking into FCC
This seems to have been spurred by continuing issues, in particular the GAO report on FCC rule making that was release last year.
- Examination of supposed flaws in CC licenses
Photography is not as unique as the author claims and the so called CC complaints are wider moral issues or unrelated concerns like rights of publicity.
- And GPS speed governors
I would prefer to see this used exclusively as a punishment for recidivists but specifics of its deployment are still hazy.
- Physics of information
Highly recommended for anyone interested in quantum computing, information or cryptography, fun and very listenable.
- AT&T considering copyright filtering at the network level
ISPs and network operators filtering is not a new idea but has been and always will be a bad one.
- UK invites citizen review of DNA database
Despite The Register’s usual cynicism, I have to agree that this seems more like a PR exercise then a legitimate attempt to garner useful review, input and oversight.
- Shrinking, packaging Peltier coolers
Sounds like a novel product but not one likely to be seen generally unless it proves itself well, then one of the large chip makers will likely snap it up.
- Donald Knuth’s 70th birthday
Plenty of links if you are unfamiliar with Knuth.
- Bottom up free muni WiFi in San Francisco
- Free muni WiFi effectively encourages competition from monopoly
- Divorce case hinges on free speech, defamation in the world of blogs