Week in Review for 11/9/2008

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  • Cross browser, cross domain AJAX
    This looks like a clever hack to circumvent the same domain origination policy. That is a frustrating limitation with good reasons to circumvent. I am a bit concerned that this can be used for attacks, too, though same origin clearly is just not a sophisticated enough answer any more.
  • Security minded OpenBSD 4.4 released
    OpenBSD deserves much credit and support. This release includes a new version of OpenSSH which is worth the price of buying a disc, tee shirt or making a donation alone.
  • Unencumbered video codec, Theora, hits 1.0 release
    This is an important milestone for Xiph’s newer codec. Nokia had made claims against it but has yet to put up or shut up. The run up to 1.0 is based on a bit stream freeze and much work to speed up and stabilize. 1.1 is already planned with compression improvements with full backwards compatibility.
  • New X server under development for Linux
    Wayland, the new server, is apparently a completely new code base. It is not just a re-write but a streamlined server taking advantage of modern developments and targeted more at users’ needs today, rather than the full panoply of X capabilities.
  • IBM tries to increase online security with new USB device
    This is a dedicated device with secured keys it uses to talk directly to the remote server. It has an onboard display used to confirm transaction details against the browser session and help the user spot man-in-the-middle attacks. It looks like the setup cost is low and new sites can be added over time.
  • US court rules hashing is searching
    This establishes important privacy limits, at least in the affected jurisdiction. Keeping the scope of hard drive searches narrow has been troublesome to say the least.
  • MPAA already lobbying president elect Obama
    This shows that the entertainment industry is not relying on the market alone. We knew this based on their use of the law and architecture, represented by their various law suits and DRM respectively. To preserve consumer rights and a sane balance, NGOs need to be prepared to operate politically, as well.
  • WB experiments with competing against Chinese movie pirates
    This is apparently the latest effort in a trend. This offering still comes laden with DRM but they are releasing closer and closer to the theatrical release date and the price keeps dropping. That is promising that they will eventually get they need to be more daring in their experiments.
  • Sandisk claim massive flash storage speed up
    The speed of flash has been highly asymmetric, with writes taking a noticeably long time. This is do to addressing issues and the need to erase before write. Sandisk acquired this new solution which appears to be mostly software based and tries to address both of these traditional limitations.
  • Songbird 1.0 first release candidate is out
    It looks good but I still cannot get podcast support to work reliably. Judging by their forums, I am not alone and the answer remains they’ll have a fix “real soon”. How can this be a release candidate with such a major feature still not up to snuff?
  • Debating the role of Obama’s CTO
    The question is whether the office will be a coordinator working on the nuts and bolts of technology used by government agencies or a policy advisor weighing in on how to legislate and government in an increasingly technology mediated world.
  • Bill Joy suggested for national CTO post
    If the role is to set tech policy, this sounds like a decent choice. Even given the bias through business relationship that Doerr has towards Joy.
  • Copyright Alliance asks for reconsideration of Cablevision ruling
    Of course they are. The ruling allowed on operator to continue offering a remote storage based DVR service. In this instance, I do believe a market solution would be better, that the studios should be backing their own compelling VOD plays rather than trying to constraint other innovators.
  • Drop.io service adds API for third party development
    The service looks like a simple, wide open drop box for files and rich media. The addition of the ability for third parties to build on it just makes it that much more attractive.
  • Microsoft readying app store-like software distribution
    A few tech pundits out there are exercising their right to tell us they said so. Until it is launched, lets reserve judgement. Ballmer also rejected using WebKit in future versions of IE but apparently likes the idea of using some open source somewhere in the browser to alleviate maintenance costs.
  • FTC to hold hearings on future of IP
    This may be part of a larger series. It looks pretty broad in scope, look at all aspects of IP in the market. It will consist of three panels look at respectively business models, changes in remedies laws, and changes in the broader doctrines.
  • Do digital natives make bad jurors?
    This is just another version of the internet is making us stupid myth. It does suggest that maybe courts could look at some modest experimentation with bringing newer technology into the court room, which would be interesting to see how it affects participation across the board.
  • United Features finally embraces RSS
    It requires registration but I think is well worth it as you can generate a custom feed. All feeds include the comic itself, setting it apart from the other syndication site I am aware of that uses feeds but still required a click through.
  • Humorous idea for using EULAs for good
    EULAs and Faustian compacts, what more need be said?

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