Following Up for the Week Ending 7/25/2010

feeds | grep links > Framework for Badging Non-Profits, YouTube Experiments with Embeddable HTML5 Video, and More

Following Up for the Week Ending 7/11/2010

Following Up for the Week Ending 6/20/2010

Following Up for the Week Ending 6/13/2010

Following Up for the Week Ending 6/6/2010

feeds | grep links > Future Firefox Will Sync, Canadian Copyright Provably Pushed by US, Fonts with Feelings, an Open WebM Converter, and France Considers Outlawing Anonymous Blogging

  • Firefox Sync to be built into future version of the browser
    I want to say I had read this suggestion before though I cannot find evidence of commenting on it previously. Ryan Paul has some details of a move that makes good sense given comparable features included or closely bundled with competing browsers.
  • Canadian copyright firstly motivated by satisfying the US
    Many have suspected that efforts like C-60 and C-61 were politically motivated, bowing to pressure from the US. Professor Geist links to a paper with some analysis that bears out this interpretation, including some quotes that make the prime motivation starkly clear.
  • Microsoft patents fonts with feelings
    I am at a loss for words or understanding of this patent that Slashdot explains. First, how is this even patentable? Are the animations described automated in some way, using natural language processing to associate some stock animations to words based on their meaning and context? Second and more importantly, who the hell would actually use technology like this? It would be like having Clippy assaulting every paragraph you push through the silly thing producing text/sprite hybrids that would constantly induce eye bleeding.
  • Miro releases converter to help make WebM video
    Cory at Boing Boing has the news, that of a bit of software from the fine folks who make the wonderful Miro player. Now we have Miro’s converter alongside the recent VLC release candidate. The standard appears to be taking off fast from a technology stand point. It should make whatever comes out of the patent rumblings all the more interesting if it ever comes to a head.
  • French senator proposes outlawing anonymous blogging
    Mike Masnick at Techdirt has the story, though there is not much more to it than the headline. I don’t know how strong free speech traditionally is in France but the stated reasons, ease of suing, seem a rather poor argument against the inherent value of being able to speak anonymously.

Following Up for the Week Ending 5/31/2010

feeds | grep links > Problem Privacy Bill in Canada, VLC Update Supports WebM, RIAA Case Reaches SCOTUS, and Japan Considers Censorship to Deal with Child Porn

  • Canada’s not very privacy friendly privacy refrom bill
    Michael Geist has all of the pertinent details. Cory at Boing Boing likened this to the US’s PATRIOT Act but it actually reads like a subset of the US law, focusing in on handling of disclosures and some coordination between companies and law enforcers. As such, the consumer protections are indeed very disappointing, much like the erosion of civil liberties by the PATRIOT Act.
  • VLC release candidate drops, with WEbM, VP-8 support
    This should prove less disruptive than a nightly build of a browser. Now all I need to do is find some content to try with VLC and put claims for and against WebM/VP-8 to my own test.
  • RIAA case makes it to the Supreme Court
    I hadn’t heard of this case before reading this Wired article by David Kravets. At issue is the lower court ruling the defendant, a teenager at the time, qualified for the innocent infringer exemption to the minimum statutory damages. The Supremes haven’t agree to hear the case, it merely has made it into their hopper for a decision to proceed or decline to hear it.
  • Japan moves towards blocking child porn online
    Slashdot has a link to the story where the truly critical element is that mere possession is not illegal in Japan. As ticklish as it is to talk about problematic censorship when it is being considered under the auspices of preventing exploitation of this kind, a less fraught solution would be to criminalize possession.

TCLP 2010-05-23 News

This is news cast 214, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, thanks to new monthly donor, John Taylor Williams and his wife, Mia. Thank you to fellow Flattr beta testers who have been flattring my posts. I should have an update on how this service compares to donations and ads at the end of the month. My Balticon schedule is up, if you are going to be there, come and say high. Better yet, join me for the unofficial FLOSS and Tech Geek BoF. There will be no news show that Sunday but should be feature casts before and after the weekend.

This week’s security alerts are Chrome’s private mode leaks info and FTC looks into privacy concerns with digital copiers.

In this week’s news opening of VP-8 video codec becomes so much more including news event Microsoft will support it (kind of) and YouTube will switch to it for larger videos going forward, a technical analysis of VP-8 now that it is open, Facebook’s urge towards social utility will invite regulation, and an early, official history of NSA computers.

Following up this week The Pirate Party steps in to host The Pirate Bay and EFF issues a strong criticism of Google’s latest privacy mistake.


Grab the detailed show notes with time offsets and additional links either as PDF or OPML. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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