- Researchers urge Google to let data fade away
Via Slashdot. The idea at its core is not entirely new, more of a slightly different tack than outright deleting, or “forgetting” data after a set time span. The attraction in this scheme, and hence increased possibility of Google and others exploring it, is that the data retains some value even as it degrades.
- A deeper look at the shift from clock performance to multiple cores
Via Hacker News. This is a pretty deep look into the end of performance gains driven by clock speed and the shift over to adding cores. Of course, the free lunch in the article’s title is the set of easy assumptions inherent in programming for essentially serial architectures. This resonates with the trend I’ve been following that demands that we crack the nut of how to effectively and safely programming concurrent systems.
- Build your own tablet for $400
- Filmmakers want a DMCA exemptions, which will be unlikely
- IBM’s question answering system
- Canadian bill proposes cell phone unlocking right
- Vulcans vs. Apes
This is a continuation of the thought process by Jonathan Ellis I discussed in the last news cast. The model he describes to identify the two distinct classes of programmers is a little less inflammatory. It still makes a tremendous amount of sense out of some of the conflicting views amongst developers, especially if one naively (and incorrectly) assumes experiences and drives are homogeneous amongst us.
- A new study on the economics of copyright
As Glyn Moody explains in this Computerworld UK piece, the UK’s Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP) has commissioned a new study to survey the material current literature and the need for further research specifically in the area of hard facts about the economics underlying and affected by copyright. He doesn’t say how this differs from the Gowers Report except the implication is this will be more deeply empirically based. The need for this sort of work cannot be understated. The GAO here in the US pretty much universally lambasted all studies produced to date as being unverifiable and suspect in both methods and findings.
- US ITC is investigating HTC’s allegations Apple infringed its patents
- Ubuntu not targeting tablets after all0
- Public media unites to launch joint online platform
- Vietname, Google clash over required surveillance in net cafés
- 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.
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.