Audio of Court Proceedings, Dissecting Lily Allen’s Fevered Piracy Arguments, and More

  • Microsoft objects to Google Chrome Frame on security grounds
    According to the Zero Day blog at ZD, Microsoft says they think the plugin increases the opportunities for malware to attack the browser. I don’t see how it is any worse than Flash, really, with which the Redmond giant seems perfectly fine despite repeated and prolonged exposures from problems with Adobe’s plugin.
  • Using debate with Lily Allen to teach
    In case you missed the full back and forth, Mike Masnick has been interacting with UK musician Lily Allen over the p2p file sharing debate. In his latest piece on this, he takes to heart a very constructive comment about turning the situation into a teaching moment. This post is also a good one for back tracing the full story on Techdirt.
  • More on Lily Allen’s anti-piracy meltdown
    Corry actually reminds me that the story started with a TorrentFreak interview with Mike Masnick, among others. Cory’s BB post also adds his perspective, focusing on the constructive takeaway rather than piling on Ms. Allen.
  • Limited reform of the states secret privilege
    The EFF has a nice bit of analysis on the Obama administration’s announced reform of how it will use the states secret privilege that lets it pull evidence from a court case if it would interfere with state secrets. The only problem is the vague wording around the rules that will limit the privilege and that those rules will be enforced by the executive branch itself which will undoubtedly make the planned checks more of a rubber stamp than even a speed bump.
  • Pilot program to add audio to PACER to be extended
    Nate Anderson at Ars has details about this program that has been underway since 2007. He also discusses some of the concerns around too much open-ness that is limiting some courts from participating. He nicely dovetails it too with the kerfuffle around the RECAP Firefox plugin to free up the documents normally locked behind PACER’s paywall.
  • Shuttleworth offers usability testing to Linux app developers
    I think he is especially on to something with the rule on developers being present during the offered tested, namely they have to keep quiet. There is nothing quite so informative as focusing solely on observing users trying to puzzle out the design choices you may have undertaken in too strong a development vacuum.

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