DMCA Hall of Shame, Direct Retinal Displays, and More

  • Defining reasonable network management
    In this Freedom to Tinker post, Professor Felten identifies why the reasonable network management exception in the FCC’s rules are problematic as they depend on a circular definition. He reminds us, though, that the FCC is still seeking comment to improve the definition and promises to evaluate the standard on a case by case basis.
  • Direct retinal displays coming as soon as next year
    I have more questions than there are available details around the announcements from a couple of vendors. First, the resolution seems smallish so I am curious for the first hands on tests. Second, I am curious whether the display could not only be used to add a more reasonable display to a portable media player but also could be adapted for the sort of augmented and virtual reality displays made popular by cyberpunk fiction.
  • Amazon adds MySQL support to its cloud
    This move makes a great deal of sense of applications built to use existing RDBMSes rather than requiring re-tooling for Amazon’s older persistent offering. Many questions are already being bandied about, though, like why not PostgreSQL which is arguably a much more mature and scalable system and how will continually running a MySQL instance affect the metered charges of AWS.
  • GAO concerned over bandwidth demand induced by ill teleworkers
    Cecilia Kang at Post Tech discusses a report from the GAO looking at a possible consequence of the Fed urging H1N1 infected works to work from home. This smells like the Internet meltdown meme we’ve seen recur year after year though there are some more credible details to consider especially if a large portion of agencies require teleworkers to use VPNs during the entire work day.
  • Jon Stewart explains net neutrality
    Via Alex at Public Knowledge, done in The Daily Show’s usual humorous and acerbic fashion. Well worth a watch if you are drowning in the rhetoric from both sides of the debate.
  • EFF announces its DMCA Hall of Shame
    This seems like a brilliant idea, one aimed at using shame to hopefully adjust norms as well as humor to help educate. It appears to be part of a larger free speech project, as well, and quite distinct in its goals and execution from the Chilling Effects site.
  • Another critique of computer science curricula
    Spolsky’s core contention is nothing new and really a fact of life for managers and leaders hiring CS grads straight out of school. I think most of us understand there will be a cost in “seasoning” such new hires. I think he misses something larger that an academic course will never impart by its very nature, time management when development is your full-time daily activity. He’s not wrong with the night before cram theory but setting finer deadlines won’t help something that is a function of splitting student’s focus over multiple courses per term and the inevitable distractions of collegiate life. It’s apples to oranges with a full time job.

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