Vintage Music Piracy Device, The War for the Web, and More

  • Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge
    Michel Bauwens posted this announcement at the P2P Foundation blog. In looking over the site to which he links, the details of the charter reads like my own personal laundry list of ideal goals in this arena. The members so far is a liberal mixture of groups and individuals.
  • The war for the web
    At O’Reilly Radar, the site’s namesake, Tim himself, pulls together some recent and not so recent stories from around the web to continue the discussion of appliancized devices and walled gardens. This is an interesting variation on Zittrain’s hypothesis in his last book, but O’Reilly looks at potentially escalation competitive pressures between giants, rather than the direct constraining of consumers by those same giants in the name of security.
  • Interactive tutorial for advanced JavaScript
    Jon Gruber at Daring Fireball links to this tutorial by John Resig. I am increasingly enjoy these sort of browser based, interactive sandboxes that vastly lower the cost to simply experiment with something new. In this instance, the tutorial is also an advanced peek at Resig’s forthcoming book.
  • Two new projects and a tour for the Web Foundation
    As RWW points out, the well known and respected creator of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is on tour through Africa as part of fund raising for the Web Foundation that he founded last year to work on issues of the digital divide. The two specific partnerships this drive is meant to help are around re-greening efforts and youth education.
  • Vintage music piracy devices
    I really love stories from the history of copyright that can help illuminate the discusses and challenges with which we grapple today, in the midst of this digital revolution. These diagrams that Cory shared on Boing Boing of 19th century record duplicators is genuinely novel to me, showing not just the practice and norms of piracy stretching back but also the technology.
  • Clarifications on Microsoft’s “sudo” patent
    Trusty Ryan Paul has done some excellent investigation, including reading into the body of the patent, something which I wouldn’t have had time. In addition he contacted the sudo maintainer to get his opinion. The results he posted at Ars is that the patent probably has no bearing on the command line tool itself but may on the more recent development of the user interface for PolicyKit and similar GUIs used in the Linux desktop.
  • Service provider backing up source search
    RWW has a pretty good profile of an outfit aiming to become to search what Red Hat is to Linux. Search here however refers to custom search, behind a prospective company’s firewall, not general web search. While the increasing traction of projects like Lucene, of which I am a user and a fan, is excellent news, I was hoping this piece would be discussing a moral successor to Wikia, bracketing Google and Bing in its sights.

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