feeds | grep links > Data That Fades, More on the Shift to Parallel Computing, and More

feeds | grep links > Vulcans vs. Apes, Study on the Economics of Copyright, and More

feeds | grep links > OH Supremes Pierce Jurisdictional Boundaries, MS Sneakily Installs a Firefox Add-On (Again), Ubuntu for Tablets, LLDB as Fast as GDB, and More

  • Top court says businesses may sue residents of other states in Ohio over Internet comments
    HT Chris Miller. I thought there was a pretty strongly established practice, at least for some types of complaints, of a case being heard where the defendant is located. Or am I confusing that with weapon choice and duelling? At all events, expect cases like these, fighting over who has jurisdiction over an interaction that takes place exclusively online. Is there any good precedent for the defendant in Virginia to contest the ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court?
  • Microsoft sneaks a Firefox extension into an update–again
    As Emil Protalinski at Ars Technica explains, at least this time the notes on the update are targeted at an issue with an extension itself. The problem is that the knowledge base article doesn’t exactly say so in as many words. Worse, if the add-on or extension is not present, the update installs it. It does so without permission which is simply insult on top of the injury of “fixing” software that isn’t event install.
  • Canonical working on an Ubuntu version for tablets
    Via Slashdot. Makes sense and seems consistent with the version targeting netbooks. I am consistently impressed with screenshots of that version, makes me wish I had a netbook to give it a spin. Hopefully the tablet version will be that polished and whizzy.
  • The flip side of Apple’s relationship with Open Source
    Via Glyn Moody on Identi.ca, The H has a piece balance some of the criticisms I leveled about Apple’s poor handling of their (entirely legal) re-use of the Readability project’s code. I’ll give on the competitive pressure front but not so much on the enabling, the much belabored example of KHTML/WebKit. I suspect Google would have still created a browser if WebKit had evolved at Apple’s behest. They might have even adopted and helped improve Mozilla’s components which I would argue would have been better for the state of open web standards.
  • Can privacy, social media and business get along?
  • LLDB, relatively new sub-project of LLVM, already as fast as GDB
    Slashdot has the details and links to the projects’ pages. If the scripting languages being ported and built on top of LLVM can access and benefit the debugging capabilities LLDB brings to the table, then I think the argument goes well beyond Clang/LLVM replacing GCC into LLVM driving the velocity of a lot of language and tool development more broadly.

What if Google Released a Chrome OS Tablet?

Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb has some conceptual designs of what such a device might look like. I am not sure I agree with her contention that a Chrome OS tablet would be better for open applications than iPad. The rest of the article does consider what Chrome OS will do better, in particular accessing the full web, warts and all.

What we do not know is whether Chrome OS will really provide much in the way of native application support. All this is speculation on top of speculation as no machines running the cloud OS have yet to be released. And Google hasn’t said they’ll make a tablet, just that if they did, this is what it might look like. I’d say odds are pretty good–remember when Google said they weren’t going to produce their own phone?

I guess one tantalizing possibility is that if device makers pop out tablets capable of running Chrome OS, they’d also be capable of running Android or Moblin or some other OS. So maybe the iPad will bring one blindingly bright silver lining, incentive for the rest of the market to finally deliver tablets for all segments of the market that want them.