2016 Jan 27, 9:15 2015 Mar 23, 9:04 2011 Dec 4, 2:28
“One in three people in Switzerland download unauthorized music, movies and games from the Internet and since last year the government has been wondering what to do about it. … The overall
conclusion of the study is that the current copyright law, under which downloading copyrighted material for personal use is permitted, doesn’t have to change.” Wow, that sounds like almost
reasonable and understandable copyright law.
2011 Nov 17, 12:58 2010 Dec 17, 9:16
2010 Jul 1, 3:33
"By charting the production of new books, new music albums, and new feature films over the last decade, the authors tried to see whether creative output went up or down in correlation with
file-sharing." They find that creative output is going up while piracy also increases. But this is correlation not causation. They can't say there wouldn't be more creative output with less
piracy. Regardless, still an interesting statistic.
2010 Apr 21, 6:47
"After years of secrecy (and the occasional leak), a draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) treaty has finally been released by negotiators. We've delved deep into the treaty,
highlighting its numerous problems. Indeed, there's a lot not to like about the treaty: Internet disconnections, anticircumvention prohibitions, and even the ability for rightsholders to get
injunctions if they can show infringement is imminent."
2009 Dec 20, 1:38
The really traditional socratic method: "You ask people hard questions. Then they kill you."
2009 Mar 25, 4:51
The Bad Science guy has a spot on the news on the topic of the poor reporting of science in the news.
2008 Nov 9, 11:29
I finally replaced my old regular cell-phone which was literally being held together by a rubber band with a fancy new G1, my first Internet accessible phone.
I had to call the T-Mobile support line to get data added to my plan and the person helping me was disconcertingly friendly. She asked about my weekend plans and so I felt compelled to ask her the
same. Her plans involved replacing her video card so she could get back to World of Warcraft and do I enjoy computer gaming? I couldn't tell if she was genuine or if she was signing me up for
I was with Sarah in her new car, trying out the phone's GPS functionality via Google Maps while she drove. I switched to Street View and happened to
find my car. It was a weird feeling, kind of like those Google conspiracy videos.
The phone runs Google's open source OS and I really enjoy the application API. Its all in Java and URIs and mime-types are sort of
basics. Rather than invoking the builtin item picker control directly you invoke an 'intent' specifying the URI of your list of items, a mime-type describing the type of items in the list, and an
action 'PICK' and whatever is registered as the picker on the system pops up and lets the user pick from that list. The same goes if you want to 'EDIT' an image, or 'VIEW' an mp3.
I wanted to replace the Google search box gadget that appears on the home screen with my own search box widget that uses OpenSearch descriptors but apparently in the current API you can't make home screen gadgets without changing parts of
the OS. My other desired application is something to replace this GPS photo tracker device by recording my location to a
file and an additional program on my computer to apply those locations to photos.
2008 Jun 10, 4:52
"...we were able to generate hundreds of real DMCA takedown notices for ... nonsense devices including several printers and a (non-NAT) wireless access point."
2008 Apr 9, 12:51
"Matt Mason's keynote on The Pirate's Dilemma, his book on how to compete with piracy... Mason discusses why piracy can be an opportunity as well as a threat, how pirates innovate outside of the
marketplace and how legitimate businesses can respond."
2008 Jan 2, 4:41
Cory Doctorow the always entertaining and informative speaker talks on new business models, DRM, etc. FTA: "Cory Doctorow is an activist, a writer, a blogger, a public speaker, and a technology
person. He speaks about "Digital Rights Management" at LIFT0
2007 Dec 27, 3:54
Jack Black on piracy. Another humorous piracy related video on youtube. Who would have thought?
2007 Nov 6, 7:34
Humorous TED talk based losely on the topic of 4AM.
2007 Oct 3, 2:55
Similar to the previous piracy ad parody but this is what the ad would look like if it were technically accurate.
2007 Oct 3, 2:50
Parody of anti-piracy ads you may have seen at the beginning of movies recently.
2007 Jul 14, 12:15
How hackers bugged the largest Greek cell provider and listened to government and military officials.
2006 Sep 25, 10:15 2006 Sep 25, 9:57