Bletchley Park Receives Lottery Grant, China Finally Starst Blocking Tor, and More

  • Android hacker routes around Googles cease and desist
    At Ars, Ryan Paul explains what I expected Cyanogen to do, here. He has pushed the burden of grabbing the proprietary bits onto the end user, though he provides some conveniences in his distribution for doing so. The need for this continues to make Google look a bit hypocritical in touting the openness of Android and their attempts to otherwise foster community contribution and collaboration.
  • China starts block Tor nodes
    The Register has the details. I suppose it was only a matter of time. The Tor project has some mechanisms to make access to the network more resistance to centralized blocking. Check out the project page for more details if you are able to run a bridge relay.
  • Bletchley Park receives some serious funding
    According to The Register this is actually the second chunk of funding the historical site has received recently. I love the history around the park and its role in the birth of modern computing so am cheered to see it finally getting the funding it sorely needs to maintain itself for posterity.
  • More details on Bletchley’s lottery grant
    Cory points at the ambitious funding goal which puts the grant into perspective. I understand his skepticism of the lottery and how at odds it is to the pursuits undertaken at Bletchley, but the grant is less than a twentieth of the funding goal so maybe we can be one-twentieth less irked at the scammy nature of lotteries in this case.
  • Tips for apprentice programmers
    James Turner offers some solid advice in this O’Reilly Radar piece that also discusses a new O’Reilly book, “Apprenticeship Patterns” by David Hoover. I am pretty sure I have covered all five of these to some extent or another in my Inner Chapters series, but they certainly bear repeating.
  • Latest “We Are Creators Too” video from Public Knowledge
    I missed episode 2, covering remix artist Elisa Kreisinger. This one features filmmaker Jonathan McIntosh.
  • Apple rejects an application for its political agenda
    This RWW pieces gets right to the rub of why this is ridiculous. The likely fallout of Apple approving this app would have been losing a few sales, perhaps, but potentially spurring more application development in response and hence maybe even some more total app sales. I suspect the app store may ultimately collapse under its own weight because whatever policies, if any, governing approvals are no doubt torturous, vague, and internally inconsistent. They’d have to be.
  • Dodd introduces Senate bill to repeal telco immunity
    According to the EFF, this bill does in fact duplicate the provision I’ve already discussed in the JUSTICE Act. Practically speaking this doubles the chances of repeal, as the provision in the larger bill runs the risk of getting cut as a compromise to achieve some of its other goals.
  • The problem with vague laws
    Schneier points out a book that looks to treat this subject quite well. I’d say this is one of, if not the, largest problem facing legislators these days and certainly fuels my growing exasperation with their sometimes willful technology illiteracy.
  • Canada grants right to repair, enabling auto makers, hackers
    Actually, according to this Globe and Mail story, it is meant for independent garages. Canada does not yet have a DMCA/EUCD like law though bills have been advanced repeatedly. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is strong precedent for the US following Canada’s lead on these kinds of policies; usually it is the other way around.