- Latest Canadian copyright reform effort flawed but fixable
Professor Geist has a good analysis of the draft that was just put forward. The biggest flaw is the insistence on anti-circumvention and DRM. Otherwise, many of the other compromises are reasonable even of fair dealings is not all some had hoped for, still falling short of US fair use.
- Virtualization based OS to implement disposal VMs
ZDNet has some more details on Rutkowska’s Qube OS. I wrote about her latest efforts a couple of months ago. The new detail is that not only can applications be spun up in separate, transparent virtual compartments but those VMs can in turn be disposable, decreasing the chance of any security risk from them lingering after an application is done.
- Nanoscale electronic-biological transistor
Slashdot links to a bit of research that sounds like something out of early cyberpunk. The practical reality is that the interface would be most useful for medial applications, not computing. The transistor would allow feedback inside and outside of the cell, for instance help regulating delivery of drugs at the smallest scale.
- Maryland one of twelve states banning recording police officers
I saw this via @joabj on Identi.ca. It is a variation of the legal reasoning I’ve seen in other cases where cops have actually pressed suit against citizens who made video recordings of them on the job. We clearly need a better solution to enable freedom of speech and video as self defense than allowing this interpretation of wiretapping laws to go unchecked.