Wired.com has published an interesting piece about the need for a “fixer” movement not just a Maker movement: We Need a Fixer (Not Just a Maker) Movement.
Casio Makes World’s Smallest Fuel Cell, With a Possible Catch. Are laptops that can run for 16 hours on the way?
: New Salvo in Piracy, Privacy War. “The music industry’s trade association is asking a federal district court to force an Internet service provider to turn over private information for a subscriber, heating up the legal war between technology and entertainment companies.”
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.”
Cringely on Palladium
, Microsoft’s newly announced “secure” OS. He pretty much nails it in my opinion. Most disturbing is the unspoken question: has Microsoft purposely kept thier current offerings vulnerable to drive demand for such a system? If you’re not up to date on Palladium, here’s a quote from the article: “…the real purpose of this stuff, I fear, is to take technology owned by nobody (TCP/IP) and replace it with technology owned by Redmond. That’s taking the Internet and turning it into MSN.”
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