- 10 ways to improve your coding
All good advice, things I personally have already learned. Worth a read for those looking to move on to full mastery of object oriented programing.
- Crypto locks for chips
The problem of chip piracy makes sense with the understanding that many chip makers are now fabless. The detailed description of the EPIC anti-piracy system also makes sense.
- Will security kill computing in the cloud?
If it has not already, I rather doubt it will. A good question, though, that service providers haven’t answered well in terms of how well your data is, will be protected.
- Telling compatibility, standards issues with MSIE8
Good technical details, a short list that points to an expectation that MSIE8’s standards mode won’t be any better than past attempts.
- Banning questions about security makes us less safe
Cites public peer review as only way to figure out if security works. Stifling criticism is at extreme odds with this practice, therefore the current climate is working against real improved security.
- Conflicting approaches to multiple core design, programming
The opposing views seem to be on many general purpose cores versus many specialized cores and how each approach will affect the difficulty of programming.
- Industry push for filtering turns into ISP law suits
Most recent case of industry, here represented by IFPI, trying to sue an ISP, in this case in Ireland, into filtering. Many are predicting this will become more common. Cites cases in Israel and Denmark as well.
- RateMyCop censored by GoDaddy
Draws attention to debate over public criticism. Site operators appear to be addressing legitimate safety concerns and nothing they do can stop abuse in either direction. Public servants should not be above criticism by those they serve.
- Legal, moral questions around new targeted ad service
Lack of information on Phorm’s technology leave these questions unanswered. It is unclear whether form represents the improvement in privacy it claims or it runs afoul of existing laws. The failure to disclose more clearly raises the moral questions.
- Brin defends transparency after Schneier’s rebuttal
Unfortunately, they disagree on first principles, so Brin’s rebuttal is just a restatement of his original position. I suspect there is a fertile middle ground we simply are not exploring as a consequence.
- Using fake petitions to track information flows
A clever hack to attempt to track information flow via email, a particularly knotty research problem.
- REM climbs on the download bandwagon
Using a peculiar distribution channel, rather than simple downloads like others. But still an endorsement of these kinds of experiments.
- BBC closes iPlayer DRM loophole
The fix was to fingerprint the browser more specifically to more accurately identify iPhones.
- And iPlayer cracked again
And the latest crack is to better emulate the iPhone to the new browser finger printing.
- Industry willing to consider an ISP based levy for legal P2P
Many questions remain, though. Could users who don’t download opt out? Would industry continue to pursue filtering and law suits?
- Interview with NBC lawyer on filtering, P2P
Mostly a snapshot of an industry in transition. No one wants to be accused of supporting technology that they claim today is used only for infringement, but they don’t want to get left behind by innovation, either.
- A Congressman who can code
Democrat Bill Foster won a special election in Illinois. Not just a coder, but a physicist and plenty of examples of him apply his math, science and coding skills to solve practical problems.
- Researchers getting ready to pass Turing test
Not a general reasoning AI but an interactive model of a single personality potentially able to fool a human into thinking it is human.
- More research on parallel programming with FPGAs
This is the latest development with RAMP, that I’ve discussed before.
- Boucher may try to merge FAIR USE, PRO-IP
Part of Boucher’s ongoing concern for the protection of fair user, generally. A tentative, though not confirmed, plan would be to attach Boucher’s bill as an amendment to PRO-IP.
- Home brew antenna outperforms commercial competitors
Enthusiasts started with an old, mediocre antenna. Using modern computer modeling techniques, they have tweaked it to outperform newer antennae. They have released all their work under GPL3.