frdmfghtr writes: Computerworld is running a story where experts are saying we need to renew the discussion about legislating back doors into smartphones and other devices using encryption.
FTA: ""We've reached the point [of] no access for [investigating] agencies, even with a warrant in their possession," Hayes said. "Apple and Google don't have the key — that's the problem. The keys to decrypt a phone are stored locally, and the companies no longer hold the keys. They say, 'Sorry, we can't help you.'""
frdmfghtr writes: Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article: "Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the world around them and the information they're bombarded with; it can also help people assess the reliability of various sources of information."
frdmfghtr writes: Cult of Mac is running a story where the reporters of the Chicago Sun-Times are being given training in iPhone photography, to make up for the firing of the photography staff. From the CoM story:
"The move is part of a growing trend towards publications using the iPhone as a replacement for fancy, expensive DSLRs. Itâ(TM)s a also a sign of how traditional journalism is being changed by technology like the iPhone and the advent of digital publishing."
frdmfghtr writes: Tivo has sent out an email message, confirmed by the website, that the free version of Tivo Desktop for Windows will no longer be available after June 5, 2013. The paid version has been discounted, but there's nothing on the website stating why the free version is going away. Has anybody else seen anything on the reason for this announcement?
frdmfghtr writes: CNN is running a story where the UK PM is proposing banning social media "when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality." FTA: "Free speech is central to our democracy, but so is public safety and security," said Ivan Lewis, the shadow secretary of culture in the House of Commons, according to London's Guardian newspaper. "We support the government's decision to undertake a review of whether measures are necessary to prevent the abuse of social media by those who organize and participate in criminal activities." and "Open-Web and free-speech advocates immediately objected to Cameron's language. "It may be tempting to smother that kind of speech when a government feels it is under siege, as Britain seems to feel that it is," wrote Matthew Ingram of tech blog GigaOm. "But doing this represents nothing less than an attack on the entire concept of freedom of speech, and that has some frightening consequences for any democracy.""
frdmfghtr writes: I recently was going to post a comment on a discussion board, but first I had to log in. No big deal, except my options were to use a Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, Yahoo, GMail, or AOL login. There was no option for a site-specific user ID.
Why is there a trend to go to unified login IDs? While I can see the convenience in having a single ID and password for multiple sites, it also becomes a single point of failure. Besides, isn't having different passwords for different sites basic security common sense?
frdmfghtr writes: According to a boxee blog entry, Hulu will no longer be supported. From the post: "two weeks ago Hulu called and told us their content partners were asking them to remove Hulu from boxee. we tried (many times) to plead the case for keeping Hulu on boxee, but on Friday of this week, in good faith, we will be removing it. you can see their blog post about the issues they are facing." Reading the hulu blog post, the only "issue" I see facing hulu is that content providers have (once again) shot themselves in the foot, switching off a media conduit they should have been promoting.
frdmfghtr writes: 9to5Mac is reporting on a new treaty amongst G8 nations that would turn customs officials into "Copyrigt Police.". FTA: "Officials will be able to levy fines or seize goods even in the absence of any complaints by rights holders. And searches will be allowed even without a lawyer present. And ISPs will be forced to hand over personal information on any alleged copyright infringers — no actual proof will be required. And, to make it even more Orwellian, ACTA will be unaccountable to any existing trade organisation, effectively meaning the RIAA and other such bodies will run a public/private international police force with the right to search, fine and confiscate property without any accountability. Local Canadian privacy advocates point out that governments have been privately negotiating these new proposals without consultation, and that the proposals revealed yesterday only surfaced due to the application of freedom of information type laws."
frdmfghtr writes: Reuters is reporting that Antigua, in a WTO ruling, can lift US copyright on films and music. FTA: "A World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitration panel granted Antigua's request to levy trade sanctions on U.S. intellectual property, for instance by lifting copyright on films and music to sell it themselves, prompting concern from Washington.
The WTO panel said Antigua was entitled to compensation of $21 million a year from the United States for being shut out of the U.S. online gambling market."
frdmfghtr writes: InformationWeek is reporting that the MSN Mobile website will start placing banner and text ads on mobile browsers. FTA: "The software giant claims that the introduction of mobile ads will enhance the experience for customers: "Microsoft is continuing to make significant investments in the MSN Mobile portal. By incorporating advertising on MSN Mobile, we are allowing advertisers to extend their existing campaigns from PCs to games and now to mobile phones, further delivering on our vision to extend advertising across multiple platforms and devices," said Joanne Bradford, MSN's corporate VP and chief media officer, in a statement." There you have it folks — evidence that the advertisers are the customers, not the end users.
frdmfghtr writes: Adobe and Yahoo! are experimenting with ads in PDF documents. FTA: "The text-based ads are displayed in a panel adjacent to the content with no moving or flashing elements. Each time the PDF is viewed, ads are matched by Yahoo to the content." Next up: AdBlock Plus for PDF?