More on Palm’s Handling of Open Source Apps, Privacy as a Social not a Technical Problem, and More

  • jwz on Palm’s app store changes
    His post is a bit of cold water. I am not sure on what basis he calls the alternate app store a 2nd class citizen, I am guess he is assuming that Palm will not promote or offer links to that store as much as their main catalog. Mostly I think he is right in pointing out that despite announced intentions, Palm didn’t fix his original problem and their proposed solution is still months away and more than a little vague.
  • Test of Australian disconnect law reaches court
    At Ars, Nate Anderson has the story. This issue is made a bit stickier by a liability safe harbor being today through the law to ISPs implementing a reasonable termination policy. Good on iiNet for challenging the film industry to provide proof rather than allegation before exercising such a policy.
  • Interview with Brian Kerighan
    This interview covers a lot of ground, exploring Kernighan’s thoughts on his role in the development and popularization of the C programming language, advice to young programmers, and comparing his experiences to the current state of programming.
  • Privacy as a social problem, not a technical one
    Professor Felten quotes from and comments on an excellent piece by Bob Blakley. It urges the re-framing of privacy not as a technical, control oriented issue but more of a social, transactional one. Felten urges caution in following this reasoning too far but generally this seems like a fruitful way to think about how to more responsibility build systems respecting user privacy.
  • Google’s other public library of orphan works
    This Wired piece by Kevin Poulsen would seem to urge some strong caution around Google’s curatorial capabilities for their newer project, Books, based on the poor experience of accessing the historical Usenet posts within their Groups project. Sadly, it seems like the issues preventing mining of this geek trove are unlikely to be fixed any time soon.

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