Linux is Bloated, Opposing Views on FCC’s Neutrality Plan, Injecting WebKit into MSIE, and More

  • Linus describes Linux as bloated, huge
    According to the Register, this was during a discussion of code stability and release quality on a panel at LinuxCon. It cites some small trend toward dropping performance that prompted Linus’ remarks. He does, however, feel that the kernel is stable and that bug hunting is proceeding well, despite the overall scale and complexity of the code base.
  • Full text of Genachowski’s speech on net neutrality
    If you want to read it for yourself, I am currently planning on discussing the chair’s announcement and the first round of analysis and commentary this weekend in my next newscast.
  • FCC policy on net neutrality may end unlimited data plans
    This Wired piece points out some of the challenges to the FCC’s plans for network neutrality. Especially for wireless carriers, the pressure for network management, and for all carriers the additional costs imposed by regulation and enforcement may have adverse affects on prices and services.
  • FCC net neutrality stance doesn’t necessarily preclude network management
    Cory calls attention to an exception that could form the basis of a nasty loophole. The problem is that to date no one has put forward a mutually acceptable definition of reasonable network management. Operators want that to include monitoring and possibly disconnection. I am discouraged that they haven’t really embraced more consumer friendly technology like Pando and P4P.
  • PK calls for Senate to reject anti-net neutrality amendment
    Public Knowledge points out an amendment to a Senate appropriations bill that could completely derail the FCC’s new policy making efforts around network neutrality. Looking at the sponsors of the amendment, this looks like it is possibly the result of lobbying by the carriers.
  • First of a series of videos representing the creator’s view in copyright
    A nice bit of media produced by Alex Curtis at Public Knowledge. Made all the better for the first creator being Nina Paley, about whom I spoken and written often. Well worth the watch.
  • Next part in EFF’s series discussion online tracking, privacy
    This piece focuses in on how tracking is actually undertaken. A good, clear explanation that is technical but not to the point it is hard to understand for the typical web user. Again I like that the piece concludes with steps you can take in edition to the nice bit of education.
  • Quantum computer factors small number
    Schneier has the link as well as a pointer to his past discussion of quantum computing and cryptography. While the input is a trivially small number it is more important for bearing out that Shor’s algorithm will work as predicted on a real quantum computer.
  • Google releases plugin that swaps WebKit into MSIE
    According to Ryan Paul’s coverage at Ars, the motivation behind this may have more to do with older versions of Microsoft’s browser than their current, more cooperative stance to standards. He also notes similar, but less ambitious efforts. I thought of Tamarind, a project to get Mozilla’s JavaScript interpreter into MSIE via Flash. The Google plugin includes the rendering engine as well as the JavaScript interpreter, apparently all simple enough to trigger with a metatag in a given web page.
  • Scribd responds to filter aspect of recent complaint
    Wired recaps the odd suit as well as Scribd’s response to its strangest claim, that it was infringing by inputting a copy of the author’s work into its filter for catching infringement. Scribd is backed up by the EFF on this particular point, as well as by common sense.

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