- RIAA seeking royalty double standard
Wants an unsustainable flat rate for everyone but itself. Wants to reserve a simple percentage rate for itself.
- Better Netflix recommendations through psychology
A fascinating look at the Netflix prize and some food for thought on how psychology may couple with predictive math to improve the technology of recommendations.
- More publishers dropping DRM on audio books
Hopefully yet more competitive pressure on the number one player, Audible, now owned by Amazon. Amazon has said they’ll drop DRM from Audibles offerings if there is enough public outcry.
- Explanation of OLPC mesh by project tester
Interesting story about real world testing of the OLPC mesh implementation in an environment close to the target ones.
- Most expensive version of Ghosts sells out
Even factoring for NIN’s popularity, this is amazing. Hopefully it will encourage more artists, new and established, to experiment.
- Should RIAA investigators have to disclose evidence?
Taken with the Atlantic v. Brennan ruling, a win for Lindor in this case could slow or kill the RIAA suits.
- Microsoft releases research operating system
This is not a prototype, future version of Windows, it is a pure research effort seeming to focus on reliability and security through more rigorous coding, compiling. This is an area where Microsoft has struggled in the past.
- New report on broadband adoption
Predicts a huge growth, based on cheaper cable upgrades and better expansion of fiber. Remains to be seen if this improves consumer choice, competition for consumers.
- Schneier refutes the transparent society
His rebuttal is based on a notion he has advanced before, the imbalance of power between governments, corporations and individuals.
- Mobile carrier allowing FBI covert access
Whistle blower uncovers evidence of a back door possibly used by the FBI. Carrier so far unnamed.
- Posting a public URL is not a hack
The irony, of course, is that by MobiTV trying to halt publication of this “secret” but un-secured URL, they are drawing for more attention to it.
- Horrifying ethical breach by shareware author
This probably happens more often than we like to admit. It is another good argument for favoring open source, where something like snarfing user’s gmail credentials would be far harder to hide.
- Heathrow adds biometrics to a single terminal for domestic flights
This is like installing a thousand foot high segment of impenetrable wall–that is only two feet wide.
- Montana governor demonstrates why states aren’t buying REAL-ID
If you needed more evidence about how poorly considered REAL-ID is.
- In supporting the iPhone, BBC frees iPlayer from DRM
Once again, the attraction of a particular platform proves greater than the desire to control innovation or prevent piracy.