Disturbing Details of UK Digital Economy Bill, First Look at Chrome OS, and More

  • Simulating a cortex more complex than a cat
    Another incremental step along the way in model the machinery of the human mind, according to Jon Stokes at Ars. The article highlights the uncertainty of the researchers in how the simulation actually works as it grows to this point of complexity and beyond. Its quick to point out that the model is still useful even while researchers grapple with the emergent phenomenon.
  • A plan of action to halt the ACTA juggernaut
    According to this great bit of analysis at the EFF, it is possible to rein in the secretly negotiated nightmare. The four points laid out are largely legislative actions so now is the time to start communicating with Congress critters and lobbying hard for these measures to be introduced and passed.
  • Leaked info on intellectual monopoly enforcement in UK bill
    Cory has broken the story of leaked details of the Digital Economy Bill. It is even worse than we suspected, beyond the three strikes and the DPI mentioned in earlier stories. The secretary of state would get unprecedented power to make new policy, becoming as Cory put its, a Pirate-Finder General.
  • UK Digitial Economy bill to include invasive copyright filtering plan
    The Register has an exclusive on discussions with vendors and ISPs on the necessities to implement a deep packet inspecting filtering system as part of the intellectual monopoly enforcement measures in the Digital Economy Bill. Three strikes and deep packet inspection, what next?
  • British readers, contact your MPs
    The EFF already has an action alert, asking you to call about the troubling sections of the Digital Economy Bill. The post has some suggestions for what to say and information on how to contact your MP.
  • More details of the S. Korean “fair trade” agreement
    This is the agreement on which ACTA is apparently being modeled. The FLOSS Weekly episode I called out recently with Jim Killock and Danny O’Brien give me the first glimpses of how bad this agreement is. Mike Masnick’s piece at Techdirt fills in more of the gory details.
  • EFF looking to bust podcasting patent
    Go, EFF, go! I don’t have anything to offer on the prior art front, other than podcasting had to existing prior to June of 2005 since that is when I started. I hope Dave Winer and Adam Curry contact them soon, if not already. Or better yet, the EFF is working to track them down.
  • Chrome OS now open source
    Not surprisingly, this mirrors the Chrome/Chromium model for the browser. For what I’ve been absorbing through people live blogging and tweeting the OS event, I am not entirely impressed. It really does seem to be the bare minimum OS to launch a browser and everything else comes from the network. The only theory I’ve seen advanced that makes sense of this is as a breaking function to free the log jam in broadband competition and innovation. I remain, as usual, skeptical.
  • More details on Chrome OS
    Wired pretty much confirms what I had been gathering throughout the day. Sounds like yet another tilt at the network computer windmill. I hope Google is successful but I rather doubt it.

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