- Commodore 64 reborn as high end PC
Cory at BoingBoing links to what has become of the Commodore brand, a pretty fitting homage. It isn’t just the hardware that has been painstakingly replicated but also this system houses its own emulator of the original OS and a modern OS inspired by the original. It also is capable of booting other OSes and I’d expect a netbook remix distro of Linux would suit it nicely.
- State Department spending millions to train foreign judges about intellectual monopoly
Mike Masnick at Techdirt has this story which I find horrifying. As he points out, many of the countries in question are not obligated to observe US copyright law and have perfectly serviceable laws and officials of their own. I just have to wonder how the State Department could be using that funding to better ends, like making good on its lip service to fighting online censorship.
- Free software project tackles distributed web app hosting
Neither the H Open nor the project site for Unhosted have a lot of technical detail, yet. The goal is laudable but it is unclear how this feat will be achieved. There are projects out there already from which they could raw guidance and inspiration, no doubt, to evolve beyond distributed, encrypted file systems to something more generally useful.
- French national assembly approves internet censorship law, Techdirt
- Not just usage based billing, but per app and per page, Slashdot
- Experts skeptical of feasibility of UK’s porn blocking plan, BBC
- Clarification around UN discussions for improving Internet governance, Ars Technica