Alex Golub has a brilliant critique of Lawrence Lessig’s recent OSCON speech — complete with the song that Lessig should have sung. Even Lessig commends it. And here’s Alex’s followup note, with a very pointed comment on Lessig vs.… Read the rest
Businesses are starting to use weblogs — those impromptu lists-cum-journals — as powerful tools for knowledge management and communications.
Businesspeople might be forgiven for rolling their eyeballs when the word “weblog” is mentioned. After all, most media coverage to date has focused on weblogs (a.k.a.… Read the rest
A startup spam-filtering company is using haiku in email headers as a way of stopping spam. The idea is that you can set up your email program to reject all email that doesn’t contain this haiku in the header… but if spammers try to use the haiku, they can be sued for copyright and trademark violation.… Read the rest
An excellent profile of Bruce Schneier in the September Atlantic , by Charles C. Mann, explains why the current administration’s approach to increasing national security is misguided. Some quotes:
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Encrypting transactions on the Internet, the Purdue computer scientist Eugene Spafford has remarked, “is the equivalent of arranging an armored car to deliver credit-card information from someone living in a cardboard box to someone living on a park bench.”
Books with sneaky shrinkwrap licenses? You know the kind — by opening this package, you agree to blah blah blah. Software packages have long had this kind of language slapped all over them, in an effort to keep you from doing certain things (copying, reselling, reverse engineering).… Read the rest