- DuckDuckGo search engine errects Tor hidden service
Slashdot shares news that DuckDuckGo has made it easier to use their search engine without leaving the privacy preserving penumbra of the Tor network. Previously, the search engine set up a dedicated exit node which actually allowed searchers to keep their search traffic encrypted. Tor’s hidden services eliminate the need to start on the regular, unencrypted network at all before switching over to access services via encrypted traffic.
- Competition produces vandalism detection for Wikis, Slashdot
- An open response to the USPTO, Groklaw
- Samuelson’s latest call for copyright reform
Groklaw, among others, also linked to this short article at the SFGate to which Cory linked in his discussion of Boyle’s and Jenkin’s new copyright comic book. It is a very accessible explanation of why reform is needed, prompted by the disruptions digital copying has wrought and the ensuing norms. It concludes with a brief recap of suggested areas for change that Samuelson has explored more fully in her academic writing.
- Meego on Android hardware, Make
- Ubuntu 9.04 approaches end of life, The H
- Pew Research Center report on trends in technology journalism, ReadWriteWeb
- Censored maps hard-wired into Chinese iPhones, ReadWriteWeb
Apologies once again for a sparse link dump. Spent a good portion of today’s allotted blogging time hacking on tjhe second of three scripts critical to completing the migration of my podcast production entirely to Linux. More posts on the problems and solutions I’ve developed soon.
- T-Mobile claims right to censor text messages, Wired
- Providing wireless in the world’s most remote, dangerous places, Slashdot
- Patent office agrees with EFF’s arguments on C2 VoIP patent, EFF
- Wikipedia introduces article feedback tool, ReadWriteWeb
- Some countries want to ban “Information Weapons”, Slashdot
Another day of light posting between mental heavy lifting while coding for $employer and burning much of my usual end of day hour on a personal hacking project. The latter is an itch that had started to drive me insane, automating my podcast feed management to both reduce the amount of manual work around that task in my podcast work flow and to move the step entirely over to Linux. I’ll post more details of how I manage this later, including links to source.
- Makerbot 3D scanner
Bruce Sterling at Wired points out a new offering from the desktop printing and home fabrication innovators at Makerbot, a desktop 3D scanner. While it is likely to have similar limitations as its printer counterpart, it along with free and open source 3D design software completes the trifecta for not just ginning up your own tangible parts and goods but to designing and customizing them in the first place.
- 3D printing commercial air craft parts, Make
- IBM patents choose your own adventure movies, Slashdot
- Adobe releases 64-bit Flash, including Linux version
I’ve only had some minor trouble with Flash under Linux but this beta, as Slashdot points out, should eliminate all kinds of jiggery-pokery most 64-bit Linux users have to go through. I wish we didn’t have to keep supporting Flash, either with official builds or via free and open one offs but for online video it is still effectively king.
- Diaspora releases source code
The link is directly to their site which also includes a simple screen shot. I haven’t had time to download and test but have read elsewhere that this is really pre-alpha quality code. I would suggest holding off unless you are willing to help test and maybe even send along patches.
- Law suit over another post-cookie tracking technique, Wired
Apologies for the paucity of posts today. I am feeling brain drain from a technical presentation at the $employer today. And my mind is still spinning on re-working my audio workflow under Linux now that my mixer is working.
- FSF calls on government to stop pushing Adobe Reader, The Register
- Mozilla slips in a stability beta, re-ordering betas slightly, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/15/moz_suspends_firefox_updates/
- Humorous how-to on reading a patent, BoingBoing
- Babbage’s debugger
Via Hacker news, this blog post summarizes a paper the grandfather of computing wrote in contemplating the problems troubleshooting his early designs for purely mechanical computers. Despite its similarities to a sequence diagram, it is perhaps akin to the sort of mental contortions early coders went through in converting machine code to binary, as Babbage’s notion and examples deal with the lowest level of his proposed machinery.
- Latest leaked ACTA draft, BoingBoing
- More on latest ACTA leak, Techdirt
- Analysis of latest ACTA leak, Michael Geist
- ACTA secrecy is all US’s fault, Ars Technica
- MEP demand fundamental rights for citizens in ACTA deal, Open Rights Group
- European Parliament all but rejects ACTA, Slashdot
- European Parliament passes anti-ACTA declaration, Ars Technica
- MEPs try again to force ACTA transparency, The Register
- Righthaven sues senate candidate Sharron Angle, Techdirt
- Sony releases mandatory PS3 update in response to jail break, Ars Technica
- Courts may require warrants for cell phone location records, EFF
- More on debated standards for cell phone location records, Wired
- UK informal consultation on net neutrality, Open Rights Group
- AT&T claiming historical arguments made for non-neutral net, Ars Technica
- EFF’s e-book buyer’s privacy guide, version 2, EFF
- FSF sides with Google over Oracle, Open Source
- Moving forward on white spaces, Google
- Autodesk wins on issue of sale or license on appeal, Wired
- Broadband access becomes a voting issue in Australia
Nate Anderson at Ars Technica has the details of how the issue shaped the new coalition government. Where majorities are more contentious and often require this sort of alignment, the story makes sense. Here in the US, I still doubt that broadband access or similar tech policy concerns will ever have this kind of impact.
- Android, Linux kernel fight continues
- CERN looking to leverage patents where it hasn’t in the past
I am kind of saddened by this New Scientist article to which Groklaw linked. It mentions MIT actively managing a considerable portfolio, what I would consider a positive example of a regarded research institute balancing the drive to reap the benefits of its efforts directly. The idea of the web being bound up in patents, had CERN taken this approach from much earlier, is troubling to say the least.
- More details on yesterday’s police raids in Europe
TorrentFreak has more on the coordinate efforts by police, of which outages at the Pirate Bay may have been incidental. It is tough to judge as they’ve withheld or redacted some information to protect their sources. Claims are still being made by others, not by TorrentFreak, that the Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks were being targeted.
- Single atom setup acts as transistor for photons, Scientific American
- Civic Commons code sharing initiative looks to lower government IT costs, O’Reilly Radar
- Indian e-voting researcher released, Freedom to Tinker
- UK Pirate Party guide to the Digital Economy Act, TorrentFreak
- Net neutrality now law in Chile, Slashdot
- First test of Righthaven suit, considers innocent infringement, Techdirt
- Second newspaper chain joins Righthaven operation, Wired
- Google, Yahoo concerned over C-32 enabler provisions, Michael Geist
- James Moore on private copying levy, Michael Geist
- Microsoft v. i4i could head to Supreme Court, Globe and Mail
- More calls to gut DMCA safe harbors due to burden of policing infringement, Ars Technica
- H.264 royalty waiver extension prelude to a video patent war?, Slashdot
- Progress to bringing memristors to market, Wired
- No private net neutrality agreement, yet, Ars Technica
- FCC responds to Google/Verizon neutrality proposal, Ars Technica
- Plan for national free wireless plan finally comes to an end, Ars Technica
- White space plan to be finalized this month, Ars Technica
- Hurt Locker file-sharing subpoenas begin, Slashdot
Paul Allen’s company, Interval, holds four patents against which they are filing complaints against eleven high profile technology companies. The list, not surprisingly, doesn’t include Microsoft.
The patents revolve around three main concepts: browser use for navigating through information, managing a user’s peripheral attention while using a device, and alerting users to items of current interest. They collectively address the general concept of presenting searched-for information to a user along with related news articles, media (such as music or videos), status updates from friends, or data (such as stock or weather info).
As Jacquie Cheung points out, this move is very consistent with the practice of patent trolling. Interval, like other ventures by Allen, doesn’t really produce anything yet still holds several patents. The suit is based solely on holding these patents, not on any actual inventions produced and sold.
Hopefully the suit will be thrown out. Most of the claims seem pretty obvious, obviousness being a foil to patents. Much will depend, of course, on the timing of the patents. What seems obvious now may not have been when the applications were made.
- Apple seeking to patent spyware and traitorware
I have to agree with the incredulous tone in EFF’s analysis of Apple’s patent application. This goes well beyond anti-theft measures, none of the included techniques are worth it for a phone no matter how expensive or the risk of a breach of personal info. Simple encryption would be a more suitable solution for the latter and insuring the device if it is that important the former. I am really far more concerned about the potential privacy implications than Apple using this as some sort of spite based DRM to increase the pain of jail breaking a device despite it now being authorized under the DMCA section 2101 rulemaking.
- Jury invalidates one of EFF’s “Most Wanted” patents
- Google Marketplace DRM cracked
As the Register explains, the break was relatively simple predicated on the ease of de-compiling Java bytecode. To be more specific, as they clarify if you read the article, the DRM itself actually has not be broken but the application code that uses the simple affirmative or negative response from the platform can be re-engineered to essentially ignore the secure check. Each app would then have to be broken in turn but the break would hold for all copies of the cracked version.
- The RIAA may have hurt its own arguments against innocent infringement
- RIAA pushing to eliminate DMCA safe harbors
Mike Masnick at Techdirt does an excellent job digging out what might otherwise be a confusing claim made in the course of this story, that the RIAA doesn’t think the DMCA is working. Clearly, what they think is a failure is the small and flawed free speech safety valve of safe harbors from liability for ISPs. Their reasoning tends to the absurd, that because the trade association cannot monitor enough traffic to reach whatever its current goals are in curbing infringement through DMCA takedown requests, they think the law should be re-written to directly deputize ISPs to do their enforcement work for them.
- Google opens Chrome app store to developers
The Register has more details on a move from Google that has been puzzling me. From their description, what “installing” a web app in Chrome will do is allow a traditional web application to customize Chrome’s, er, chrome with its own icon and such as well as getting some higher privileges to access the browser’s resources. I suppose the security implications aren’t very different from other kinds of add ons, many of which already integrate with web services. I do wonder if the lower barrier to entry than a proper extension might make auditing for securing harder just because of increased volume.
- Java based Flash player
- Legal analysis of Oracle v. Google
- SCOTUS told P2P users can be “innocent infringers”