Quick News Links
- Released docs show feds can tap cells without help
Documents received under a FOIA request show that a previously known technology, triggerfish, may not be as limited as civil libertarians thought. Laws prior to the Patriot Act also apparently did not cover use of this technology.
- Open bug tracking for closed software
This is a good example of hackers routing around limitations. Apple apparently won’t open their own system because ofconfidentiality concerns.
- New releases from Adobe across the board
The focus here is on tooling and integration. It looks like their open source, Flex builder is evolving nicely and with the addition of a complementary cloud offering, is pushing even mor einto where other technologies, such as JSON and AJAX currently rule.
- Nabaztag maker launches a home RFID reader
The initial offering seems thin though there is clearly hacking potential, both through official APIs and no doubt through homebrew efforts.
- How scale can affect community dynamics
Anderson ties this to zero or near zero cost of distribution. There may be a correlation with the examples he suggests but I am not convinced that is causative. Wikipedia, for instance, Ithink has to do more with scaling social phenomenon, made possible by the low friction of the network, rather than the lack of friction in and of itself.
- Will growing developer use encourage Apple to better cater toprogrammers?
Motivated hackers have brought most of GNU to OS X. Combined with Apple’s focus on their own tools and APIs, I am not so optimistic that developer adoption will affect Apple’s strategic priorities.
- OLPC G1G1 through Amazon has started
I really want to participate, this year, but the timing for m epersonally could not be worse. Hopefully with Amazon’s involvement, this offer will be made more regularly.
- Google Docs adoption still quite low
I think this emphasis that SaaS only has a clear advantage where collaboration and certain forms of sharing matter. For traditional document production, I think their is inertia around desktop suites like MS Office and OOo.
- Cloud adoption overall at over two-thirds according to one study
The implication is a sort of application of Mead’s Corollary to Moore’s Law but at the scale of processors and networks. The cheaper processors can be provided and the more capacious bandwidth is, the more likely folks are going to experiment with moving applications into the cloud.
- Net neutrality advocates to head Obama transition team
I’d say that their stance on issues of broadband penetration and access appears at least as important as network neutrality.
- Rucker on the early days of cyberpunk
I am looking forward to Rucker’s memoirs. Really what this excerpt says to me is how Rucker’s imagination and mind have stayed loose, limber and gnarly from those early, heady days right into his current work. Did I mention he is one of myfavorite authors and thinkers?
- TN governor signs campus network filtering law
Despite failures at the federal level, the RIAA is clearly still pushing the states. One can only hope this win by the RIAA will demonstrate over time the losing proposition of filtering, in terms of cost and effectiveness.
- High cost of campus network filtering in TN
And there’s your capital cost at the outset, 13 million dollars. I expect that total cost to climb more so as the filter operates.
- New features mean more freedom at Magnatunes
This is a shift from album sales to a subscription model, all you can download. Pricing remains flexible and as far as recurring models go, I like the no commitment aspect.
- NASA tests deep space IP network
This has been years in the planning, including help from Vint Cerf. The key difference from standard TCP/IP is the fault tolerance, that packets are handled in more of a store and forward mechanism. The success of this technology is apparently key to more vehicle autonomy, especially in multiple vehicle missions.
- Australian ISP agrees to test filter to prove its stupid
I heard a representative from this ISP being interviewed on Search Engine. I hope he proves his point.
- EFF, coalition release policy roadmap for next president, Congress
The focus of the roadmap seems to be in restoring fourt hamendment protections online. Not surprisingly, it leads off with direct scrutiny on the warrantless wire taps that the EFF is fighting with other efforts.
- Are some purposefully trolling P2P for infringement?
This hardly surprises me and I find the notion of intentionally releasing protected works into P2P networks credible. My question is whether this is a money making scheme or an attemp tto exaggerate the message sent by the result law suits and settlements.
- Four suggestions for fixing the FCC
All but the last are actually calls for improving transparency in the FCC through better adoption and use of online tools. I do like the last point, though, about making complainers view the actual program about which they are complaining. Too bad it is largely unenforceable.
- Contemplating a world wide grid
This reminds me of the compute cycle exchange described years ago in Greg Egan’s “Permutation City”. Sounds like it could be used for very similar tasks, with an equally low barrier to entry. Bonus, it is based on open source code.
- What Obama can and should do about telecom immunity
Obama has three options that are similar to the recommendations the EFF and others made when the FISA Amendments Act was first being considered.
- Adobe releases C/C++ to Flash compiler
More open source work from Adobe and seems pretty consistent with their bevy of releases at their user conference, MAX.
- Google adds ability to edit search results
It is unclear whether user edits will be fed back in to affect search more generally or kept private to a particular user. Either way, this seems like a response to Wikia and Mahalo.
- New Neuros box supports streaming media
This seems like a nice complement to Neuros’ other set top offerings. The Link is all about delivery of streaming content while their other products are more like traditional PVRs and media servers. I doubt it allows for capturing streams, though, as this would run afoul of those services’ ToS.
Quick Security Alerts
- Security updates for Safari, Firefox
- Microsoft to offer free security tools
- Worm attack on DoD prompts banning of removable media