A Directory of Public Participation, Microsoft Patents sudo, and More

  • A directory of public participation
    Via Nat’s Four Shot links for today, on O’Reilly Radar. The project is open to limited browsing but the ultimate plan looks like being fully open to contribution, too. Some good information in their FAQ, already. Wonder if I can get an alpha invite?
  • Brazil to allow private copying, mashups
    Glyn Moody has the link and some initial comments. This is amazingly enlightened and I hope that the distinction between private and non-private use can be kept a bright line as they go forward with this policy. Even only Hollywood didn’t have a death grip on the American legislative body, I’d hold out a hope we might be able to follow suit.
  • MPAA shuts down municipal wifi over infringement
    As Mike Masnick explains at Techdirt, it seems to be just a single access point or a small mesh, though one at a courthouse. This goes so far beyond even the bogosity of a three strikes policy it is ridiculous. Worse, that the MPAA won’t even cop to this being an overreaction and entirely unfair to the majority of users who use this service.
  • Microsoft patents sudo
    PJ has an excellent analysis, complete with some justifiable snark. The novel elements, adding a GUI, aren’t even novel as there have been GUI front ends for sudo on Linux for years. I love how the community has already responded and pushed back the date of the prior art here a decade or more.
  • Individual reports self to anti-piracy group
    Torrentfreak has the details of what seems like a bit of activism motivated by frustration. The anti-piracy group in question has promised a response but hasn’t said much else so far. They admit to not dealing with reports of infringement in quite this manner. There have been days when I myself have been tempted to bate a lawsuit in the hopes of possibly sparking more concrete reform.
  • Mozilla’s new plugin framework gets a gallery
    RWW has the details. This should accelerate adoption and no doubt incent more developers to consider using JetPack as an alternative to the more heavy weight extension system. I like that there is an interactive tutorial built into the about:jetpack page itself that makes it pretty easy to get started.

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