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Wireless Networking

UK Bill Would Outlaw Open Wi-Fi 250

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from ZDNet about another troubling aspect of the UK's much-maligned Digital Economy Bill: "The government will not exempt universities, libraries and small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice released earlier this week. This would leave many organizations open to the same penalties for copyright infringement as individual subscribers, potentially including disconnection from the Internet, leading legal experts to say it will become impossible for small businesses and the like to offer Wi-Fi access. 'This is going to be a very unfortunate measure for small businesses, particularly in a recession, many of whom are using open free Wi-Fi very effectively as a way to get the punters in. Even if they password protect, they then have two options — to pay someone like The Cloud to manage it for them, or take responsibility themselves for becoming an ISP effectively, and keep records for everyone they assign connections to, which is an impossible burden for a small cafe,' said Lilian Edwards, professor of Internet law at Sheffield University." Relatedly, an anonymous reader passes along a post which breaks down the question of whether using unprotected Wi-Fi is stealing.

Comment Re:Bonjour (Score 1) 98

While virtualXTC rarely trolls, this may be one of those cases.

Whether the two companies can really be lumped together is up for debate, but they frequently provide a slick application that works very well. Most of the automatic updates improve security and reduce bugs.

It is good to be aware that many successful commercial ventures do take this approach, and it is even better when we keep them honest about it. How many of us really want to give up on all products from either of these two companies?

Adobe Download Manager Installing Software Without Consent 98

"Not all is worth cheering about as Adobe turns 20," writes reader adeelarshad82, who excerpts from a story at PC Magazine's Security Watch: "Researcher Aviv Raff has found a problem in ADM (Adobe Download Manager) and the method through which it is delivered from The net effect of the problem is that a user can be tricked into downloading and installing software using ADM without actual consent. Tonight Adobe acknowledged the report and said they were working on the issue with Raff and NOS Microsystems, the company that wrote ADM."

Submission + - App Removed From App Store At Competitor's Request (

rwenderlich writes: Apple is currently following a policy where if a competitor complains about your app, your app will be automatically removed from the store in 5 days — whether or not the complaint is valid. Today yet another app was removed for this reason. This is an example of why having a single gatekeeper in charge of software distribution can lead to significant problems for developers.

The Apple Tablet Interface Must Be Like This 278

kylevh writes "On one side, there are the people who think that a traditional GUI—one built on windows, folders and the old desktop metaphor—is the only way to go for a tablet. In another camp, there are the ones who are dreaming about magic 3D interfaces and other experimental stuff, thinking that Apple would come up with a wondrous new interface that nobody can imagine now, one that will bring universal love, world peace and pancakes for everyone. Both camps are wrong: The iPhone started a UI revolution, and the tablet is just step two. Here's why." There are lots of cool UI ideas in there, even if it is entirely speculation. It's worth a read just to think about what the future could be like.
The Courts

Submission + - Supremes lift corporate election spending limits (

SnapShot writes: The logical conclusion of the insane idea that corporations are citizens, the five conservative supreme court justices have lifted campaign spending limits by corporations. On the plus side, at least the voting machine conspiracies will go away. Why would a corporation bother when it can just spend a few hundred million on the Congress that they want?

Submission + - Streaming Video Summer Courses at Harvard/Standord (

Jan Ozer writes: "Campbell, CA- Digital Media Academy announces two one-week streaming production courses to be taught by Jan Ozer of The two hands-on courses, to be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA (July 20-24) and Harvard in Boston, MA (July 27-31), will cover streaming production from set design to encoding using equipment from vendors like Sony, Bogen and Photoflex, and production software from Adobe and Apple. Class sizes are limited to ensure active participation for all students.

The course will be offered in two sections and students can take either or both. The first three days — Producing Video for the Web- focus on pre-production, including lighting, background and clothing selection, then production, including camera configuration, shot selection and framing for streaming and finally editing, with an emphasis on color correction, audio sweetening and pre-compression optimization. Each learning module incorporates significant hands-on activities, with students planning the shoot, creating the set, setting lights and mics and shooting the video.

The last two days — Web Video Compression & Delivery- concentrate on streaming encoding and delivery. Modules include a research-based review of best practices used on broadcast and corporate web sites that details the codec and video configuration used by these organizations.There will also be an overview of streaming distribution options ranging from self-hosting, to UGC sites like Vimeo and YouTube, to Software as a Service sites like Ooyala and Brightcove to full service content delivery networks.

Students will encode into H.264, VP6 and WMV formats for streaming or progressive download to Silverlight, Flash and QuickTime Players using tools like Apple Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder or Sorenson Squeeze and Telestream Episode Pro. Students will create simple Flash and Silverlight players and upload videos for viewing on the web.

For more information:"

Comment Re:Some More Numbers (Score 1) 1137

Thank you for digging through to find the link to the calculator. The calculator does not seem to include parking costs associated with getting to public transit. While getting to a station under human power is excellent, many people with 25 mile commutes each way (APTA estimate) do prefer driving to the station. As a member of the public who prefers public transit, I want to see more rational estimates and better researched reporting on such reports.


How can one possibly save $12,600 per year? The inflated estimates of 15,000 miles per year at only 23.4 miles and $2.039 per gallon costs only $1,310, and a high parking rate of $460 per month results in additional costs under $5600.


Submission + - Commuting costs by car vs. train? (

grepdisc writes: Newspapers in Boston are fawning over a report by the American Public Transportation Association that taking public transportation saves money over driving. How can one possibly save $12,600 per year, when the inflated estimates of 15,000 miles per year at only 23.4 miles and $2.039 per gallon costs only $1,310, and a high parking rate of $460 per month results in under $5600. Is the discrepancy made up of tolls, repairs, the cost of buying a car and ignoring train station parking fees?

Submission + - How newspapers can sell out the internet (

grepdisc writes: On today's NYT Letters page David Denby (film critic for the New Yorker) suggests how ISPs can cut newspapers a slice of 'special' user content fees with the only mentioned drawback being, 'Web sites, I suppose, would also have to stop freely linking to one another.'

Submission + - The Internet Archive Demands Same Rights as Google (

Miracle Jones writes: "Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive has jumped on Google's "Authors Guild" settlement and asked to be included as a party defendant, claiming that they ought to get the same rights and protections from liability that Google will receive when the settlement is approved by federal court. From the Internet Archive's letter to Judge Denny Chin: "The Archive's text archive would greatly benefit from the same limitation of potential copyright liability that the proposed settlement provides Google. Without such a limitation, the Archive would be unable to provide some of these same services due to the uncertain legal issues surrounding orphan books." Who deserves the rights to out-of-print literature more? Google or Kahle's internet library?"

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