Quick News Links for Week Ending 3/2/2008

  • Increasing costs of computer intrusion in financial sector
    The report in question is not a public report, maybe its exposure will yield some pressure on affected industries to work harder towards effective solutions.
  • Privacy fears over DNA tests
    The risk of loss of insurance is eroding the value of targeted care based on genetic testing.
  • NYT article on rise of girls in user content, at least among the young
    This doesn’t seem to correlate with any improvement among adult women in science and engineering. Seems to have more to do with norms and expectations than aptitude.
  • Long Tail’s author launches latest book, Free
    The books, however, is not Free. More fodder for advocates of free and open content, regardless.
  • Small guy wins copyright infringement case
    The forgery by the defendant is a bit unusual, but otherwise, the plaintiff was right to expect a verdict in his favor. Whatever issues there are with copyright, it is the law of the land and rights holders should expect it to work for them at a basic level, regardless of questions of over reaching.
  • Is InfraGuard a privacy threat?
    The concern may be a bit overstated but the incremental adoption of the program into the DHS is a little concerning as is any possible creep in its original remit as a consequence. The response is gone, so cannot speak to those details.
  • Global effects of local YouTube censorship
    A simple oversight, even if at the behest of a questionable act of censorship. It does raise the question, again, of whether the naive trust of the internet needs to be changed, though the article does suggest the current checks and balances are working, bad naming or routing can be disregarded based on human discretion.
  • Pakistan lifts YouTube ban
    The quick change of heart may in part be because of the huge attention the mistaken world-wide block brought about.
  • Blackboard wins suit
    Desire2Learn will undoubtedly appeal but this is a set back in time and effort for them and SFLC on what really should have been clear to teh judge as an invalid patent, based on something obvious to anyone skilled in the arts.
  • Australian indecency filters start trials
    If the Pakistan/YouTube story has shown anything, a government doesn’t necessarily need an explicit censorship filter. If the government decides to censor, there are other ways. Doesn’t excuse an ill informed trial of a technology that has never been successful before.
  • Running Linux on a Wii
    The initial hack seems somewhat involved but this was true of other proprietary systems. No doubt running homebrew Linux will get easier now that the initial proof of concept is done.
  • A new digital right in Germany
    Seem to be extending right of basic human dignity to an individuals computer systems. This in the course of striking down an attempt to expand police powers over said info systems.
  • Are DRM and CC compatible?
    Really about Sun’s continuing work on their “open” DRM system, DReaM, and their attempts to properly deal with fair use and CC licenses.
  • Is a second, safer internet the answer to security woes?
    Not a new idea and Ars rightly points out the flaw, that it is not the network but issues with the intelligence at the edges, that is the applications.
  • “Powerless” cooling fan
    Details are scant other than it is essentially a Stirling engine. Does this more effectively address the need for cooling or does it only address the green questions at the expense of chip longevity?
  • End Software Patents Project launches multiple new initiatives
    Clearly the Blackboard loss hasn’t slowed the efforts down.

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