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"Canadian DMCA" Rising From the Dead 211

Posted by kdawson
from the once-more-to-the-barricades dept.
mandelbr0t writes "The Canadian Conservative government is preparing to reintroduce amended copyright legislation on Thursday (we discussed the rumor some weeks ago). Most sources say that the proposed legislation is very similar to Bill C-61, generally dubbed the 'Canadian DMCA.' It still includes definitions of 'technological protections' and criminalizes 'circumvention' of those protections. Bill C-61 died in the summer of 2008, facing massive opposition from the Canadian public. Once again, it's time for Canadians to get politically active; ORC ran a large campaign with the last attempt, and will likely be updated soon with the new proposed legislation." Read below for more of the submitter's thoughts on the coming battle.

+ - Is Debian's Dunc Tank Project Harming Debian?

Submitted by mpapet
mpapet (761907) writes "According to the Debian Weekly News dated Oct 30th, the Dunc-Tank project where funds are raised for Debian Project Managers appears to be a factor slowing the release of Sid.

Debian developer Jörg Jaspert posted this opinion of the Dunc-Tank project that was signed by several other Debian devs. The summary:

"So, to summarize DTs effects on Debian: It has demotivated a lot of people who now either resigned, simply stopped doing (parts of their) Debian work or are doing a lot less than they did before DT was started. The freeze got delayed and getting the release out on schedule has become nearly impossible. We are unable to see any good virtue in this "experiment"." There are a number of other very interesting comments regarding Dunc-Tank in the post making it a very worthwhile read."

+ - Another CableCard Shortcoming: No Streaming to PCs

Submitted by
Julie Jacobson
Julie Jacobson writes "There's a debate about whether it's better to use a Media Center Extender (Xbox 360) to extend a Media Center Edition (MCE) PC to remote TVs, or to use a full-blown Media Center PC for the job. After all, a low-end MCE doesn't cost that much more than an Xbox 360. Well, Vista with CableCard changes everything because you cannot stream CableCard content to remote PCs on the network. You can only stream to Extenders like the Xbox 360. Blame it on the cable industry. They're just plain mean."

Are More Choices Really Better? 309

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the how-to-hit-the-off-switch-let-me-count-the-ways dept.
A. Bosch writes to mention that Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek software has a commentary that examines the need for choices in software. From the article: "This highlights a style of software design shared by Microsoft and the open source movement, in both cases driven by a desire for consensus and for 'Making Everybody Happy,' but it's based on the misconceived notion that lots of choices make people happy, which we really need to rethink." With software steadily becoming more sophisticated, are more choices really necessarily better?

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.