- Mozilla rejects WebP image format, Google adds it to Picasa
Ryan Paul at Ars Technica clearly explains Google’s move to try to advance a new image format based on techniques from its On2 acquisition. Oddly there is no explicit mention of the license and patent situation though I infer it is comparable to WebM. Having worked on data compression systems the criticisms leveled by Mozilla’s Jeff Muizelaar are very familiar. I would also amplify his remark that Google would serve the web better by investing in making existing formats, like JPEG better. Of course, this is far from the first time the search giant has backed its own homegrown initiative over existing, well accepted efforts.
- BT admits to snooping on customer
What the The Register describes only bothers me in as far as the monitoring of customer networks and devices is involuntary. The problem is really easily repaired by improving procedures so that customer support has to get verbal assent to make a scan. A tech savvy user could easily insulate themselves regardless by adding a NATing router between BT’s equipment and their network, enabling firewall rules block any attempts to scan. I’d probably be able to work up more spittle if this situation weren’t so easily corrected or prevented with or without the ISPs cooperation.
- Computers with recyclable cases
Recompute sounds very familiar reading through Shawn Powers brief description at LinuxJournal. I have to agree with the worry over the cardboard cases being potential fire hazards. I am pretty sure I’ve seen marketing material at one of the big PC vendors about post-consumer recycled plastics in their cases so the idea is gaining traction. The case is likely the least of our worries though in terms of low impact, sustainable materials.
- New, CC-licensed e-book on the architecture of 24 open source projects, Slashdot
- Doctors and dentists squelch patience criticism with copyright grabs, Ars Technica
- IPv6 traffic is low but no one knows by how much, NetworkWorld via Slashdot
- Use spurious self reporting of anti-piracy contingent to quantify losses to draconian IP enforcement, Techdirt
- France attempts to “civilize” the Internet; Internet fights back, Ars Technica