has written an excellent overview of the issues surrounding the introduction of digital TV which has been published in TidBITS this week. Quote: “Hollywood suckered the tech companies in with this promise and then sprang the trap. No, you won’t get a set of objective criteria out of us. From now on, every technology company with a new product will have to come to us on its knees and beg for our approval. We can’t tell you what technology we’re looking for, but we’ll know it when we see it. That’s the ‘standard’ we’re writing here: we’ll know it when we see it.”
: “The most harmful lie you can tell about the Web is that permission is a prerequisite for linking. There is no copyright interest in controlling how people reference your work.”
blogged Howard Rheingold’s talk at Reboot earlier this week. I have been fortunate to have many electronic dealings with Howard over the years, so I’m sure this talk was as terrific in person as it reads. I have to figure out how I can get to more of these events.
from Cory Doctorow in Boing Boing: Let’s put Verisign to death. I’m on board for sure, at least to the extent that I have an influence anywhere (which is not that great).
remember bOING bOING the magazine? It was wonderful, eclectic, fun. Back in the day, it was one of the things that heralded that something new was coming. I wasn’t sure what it was. But I think of it, and Mondo 2000, and a few others as this sort of canary in a coal mine in reverse. The atmosphere was changing, and instead of dying, this canary was thriving.
Anyhow, I love Cory Doctorow’s blogging over at boing boing the website. Cory’s one of those people I virtually bump into all the time, though we’ve never met. I went over to a great friend’s place once while I was in Ottawa, my friend who most closely approaches the ideal of the evil genius (though he’s not really evil at all). And he’s telling me about this new friend of his Cory… the same guy who I had asked that week (by email) about a DSL config problem I was having. Coincidence.
So anyhow I’ve been enjoying his and Mark Frauenfelder’s work/fun for ages now. And it bugs me a bit that somehow boing boing the website has seemingly become identified simply as Cory’s personal weblog. Cory has a personal site: it’s at craphound.com. Boing Boing is, as far as I can tell, a collaborative project including a weblog, a guestlog, and a directory, plus archives of Mark’s illustrations and lots of other fun stuff. To identify that with just one person is misleading and, I think, somewhat of an insult to the other contributors.
I’m sure I’m making too big a deal of this, but whatever. Misattribution has always gotten to me.