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Comment Re:Stresstest (Score 5, Interesting) 1486

"Begin Intellectual Property Reform: rather than just the usual extension of copyright terms, Obama's staff recognizes the "need to update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated." That includes "opening up the patent process to citizen review [to] reduce the uncertainty and wasteful litigation that is currently a significant drag on innovation."

"Obama's running mate has been criticized for supporting current policy on copyright, but an exposure of government policy to sources of light outside of the lobbyists currently illuminating the dark caves of Washington is likely to change things dramatically."

What an Obama Presidency Means for Technology

Comment Re:No need (Score 1) 393

GW Bush probably didn't personally torture anyone either. The problem is that his administration's policies allowed torture camps and supported torture as an ineffectual "intelligence gathering" method, just as Bush's administration promoted the idea that the markets would do better without the rule of law.

Bush furthered the deregulation policies of Phil Gramm and Alan Greenspan, particularly in the area of derivatives, first with Enron and then in the housing market.

While banks were giving suspect loans, they were driven to do so by the insatiable, unregulated derivatives market, which expected that layers of wealth could be extracted from a bubble that would never burst, because it involved real estate. That was disastrously wrong, and has now pulled the pin on the entire credit market.

Don't revise history to blame the poor trying to get a house; it was deregulation: an attempt to have markets without the rule of law.

What Prop 8 Means to America

Government

Submission + - Tech issues the next president will face (roughlydrafted.com)

DECS writes: A presidential debate on technology policy organized by Wired magazine the New American Foundation turned into a simple interview after John McCain's chief economic policy adviser (the man who called McCain the inventor of the BlackBerry), Douglas Holtz-Eakin, failed to show. Barack Obama's representative, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, did attend and offered some perspective of what technology issues the next president will face related to universal broadband, information privacy, open government, net neutrality, the use of white space, and other topics. Former FCC Chair Reed Hundt: Issues the next president faces in technology
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Road to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 64-Bits (appleinsider.com)

DECS writes: "AppleInsider published a detailed historical overview of the progress toward 64-bit systems in Road to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 64-Bits, explaining how the 32-bit Mac OS X kernel can access 8GB of RAM in the PowerMac G5 and 32GB of RAM in the modern Xeon Mac Pro (it uses the same technology as Microsoft's Datacenter and Enterprise versions of Windows). Also looks at the problems facing platforms migrating to 64-bits, and how Apple has incrementally built out support for 64-bit hardware and 64-bit software compatible with 64-bit Linux in Tiger and Leopard, and what's on the horizon for next year's Snow Leopard."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - MobileMe uses Wide-Area Bonjour to push messages (appleinsider.com)

inCider writes: "AppleInsider is running a series examining the internals of Apple's MobileMe, which just replaced .Mac in a clumsy rollout that left many users inconvenienced and irritated. The first segment, Secrets of the Cloud looked at the hardware and software Apple uses to run the service, which the company keeps a huge secret. The second installment talks about how Apple uses Wide-Area Bonjour and ad hoc IPSec connections, the same technologies behind Mac OS X Leopard's "Back to My Mac" remote file and VNC screen sharing, to deliver push calendar and contact updates from the cloud to desktop Mac clients (Windows clients only sync data from the cloud at regular intervals). This seems to be a novel approach to doing push messaging. A followup article promises that compares MobileMe's price and features to hosted Exchange Server accounts, RIM's Blackberry Enterprise Server, and more consumer-oriented web services offerings from Google."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Cocoa for Windows + Flash Killer = SproutCore (roughlydrafted.com)

DECS writes: At WWDC, Apple unveiled an update of .Mac renamed Mobile Me and billed as "Exchange for the rest of us," clearly targeted at iPhone users, many of whom are new to the Mac platform. But the big news behind the scenes is that Apple's .Mac group built its new Mobile Me web apps using SproutCore, the company's open source (MIT license) JavaScript framework with a complete application stack based on MVC and making extensive use of Cocoa-style bindings, localization, offline storage, and other features. As RDM describes, that makes SproutCore essentially a free "Cocoa for the Web," allowing developers to deploy sophisticated, cross platform thick client web apps on Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 6/7, and Mobile Safari on the iPhone, all without requiring a proprietary plugin runtime such as Flash or Silverlight because everything works in simple HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Cocoa for Windows + Flash Killer = SproutCore.
Microsoft

Submission + - Zune Sales Still In the Toilet (roughlydrafted.com)

Legalizeit writes: Microsoft's thorn-in-the-side Daniel Eran Dilger of RoughlyDrafted says Zune Sales Still In the Toilet after unearthing secret sales figures for the Zune from a Microsoft spokesperson: just over 2 million since its launch in Oct 2006. In comparison, "Apple has sold roughly 76 million iPods during that same period, more than doubling the installed base of iPods since the Zune's debut." Microsoft didn't make a dent in the iPod empire, and now it's twice as far behind as when it got started.
IBM

Submission + - IBM Launches Pilot Program for...Migrating to Macs (roughlydrafted.com)

DECS writes: IBM's Research Information Services has launched an internal pilot program to study the possibility of moving significant numbers of employees to the Mac platform. The study has already found an enthusiastic response from participants and is helping to drive Mac support for IBM's business applications. An internal IBM document obtained by RDM revealed participants feedback, including the comments "It has been easier learning the Mac than learning Vista," "This can free us from the Windows stranglehold," and "I think that Mac users can be productive in IBM. However, if I had to recommend a non-Windows setup, I would recommend Linux on a ThinkPad." IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs

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