- How Mozilla’s plan for a mobile OS extends its open web app thinking
Glyn Moody at The H Open makes a pretty good argument that the recent announcement that Mozilla is going to look into building a mobile OS that marries a stripped down Android kernel with a UI layer made up of open web technologies is actually continuous with early explorations into open web apps. Moody goes so far as to call this the organization’s next Mozilla moment which is to say that success isn’t necessarily the only viable end game so much as agitating for more openness in the mobile space, even beyond the limited dimensions of freedom Android provides.
- Could quantum computing kill copyright?
Ben Jones at TorrentFreak considers an angle to quantum computing that is definitely novel, its potential impact on the landscape of digital media and copyright law. The notion that drives his thought is how the potential speed up for certain kinds of parallel computation may make the thought experiment, Quinn’s Symphonic Conundrum, something approaching reality. While I am on the fence of exactly for what quantum computing will be provably better than classical, I think its advent is indeed a useful opportunity to think through the policy-technology dynamic more proactively than usual.
- Firebug 1.8.0 brings Firefox 5 support
The H Open points out the most significant aspect of the latest release of the venerable and powerful web developer toolkit, Firebug, that it improves compatibility with the first of Mozilla’s speedier releases, version 5. Newer versions of Firefox have slowly been improving the built-in tools for web developers but still have a ways to go. If you don’t know about Firebug and are doing any non-trivial web development work, you need to check it out immediately. This version contains other improvements that look useful for working on browser applications that make heavy use of network requests.
- First 3D printed, snap together UAV, University of Southampton via Slashdot
- Teaching creative writing with programming, ReadWriteWeb
- Adobe launches HTML5 web animation tool, Edge, ReadWriteWeb
- AT&T to limit data speed for heaviest users, Hillicon Valley at The Hill