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Submission + - Safeguard Justice! (.sj)

howcome writes: Norway has two unused TLDs: one for the Svalbard and Jan Mayen (.sj) and one for Bouvet Island (.bv). I have an idea for how to use them to enhance privacy: when opening these domains for registration, we require registrants to follow certain rules. For a start, we could require files to be stored in Norway (to ensure Norwegian jurisdiction, which is slightly better than som other places) and mandatory encryption. Further, there could be restrictions on cookies (time-outs?), and standardized URLs for deleting personal information (e.g., Maybe we should require registrants to provide legible user agreements rather than today's confusing legal documents which we all claim to have read and understood. I've written up the idea in an article and there will be an open hearing (in Norwegian) on in September. I need help formulating more concrete proposals which balance meaningful privacy enhancements with creating compelling domains for registrants. Can the names of remote arctic islands give us shelter?

Submission + - Opera Reader: Paging the web (

howcome writes: "Around 2000 years ago, the Romans developed the codex. Different from scrolls – the previously accepted literary format – the codex had pages that were bound together into what we today call books. Browsers have since brought scrollbars back. Today, Opera released a labs build of its Opera Reader. With a few CSS3 extensions, common web content can be paged. Perhaps all those wonderful books in Project Gutenberg finally will look good in browsers?"

Comment Re:One Problem... (Score 1) 320

In Opera's implementation, the author does not specify the size of the output medium or where page breaks go. The browser will automatically lay out the content it finds room for given the constraints of the device. If there isn't room for all the content, new pages will be created. These can be accessed with PgDn/PgUp, gestures, or by controls added through JavaScript.

Comment Re:jQuery Mobile (Score 1) 320

True, is possible to split content into pages by way of JS. And JS libraries mean that not everyone have to write that code. But I challenge you to write a script that emulates the kind of layouts we are seeing here: Each row is a series of pages from the same article.

Submission + - IE8 breaks web standards promise

An anonymous reader writes: An article in The Register tells the story of how Microsoft's interoperability promise for IE8 was broken in less than six months. In March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default. Note the last word: default. Microsoft argued that, in light of their newly published interoperability principles, it was the right thing to do. This declaration heralded an about-face and was widely praised by the web standards community; people were stunned and delighted by Microsoft's promise. This week, the promise was broken.

Submission + - OOXML protesters outside ISO meeting

howcome writes: "Steve Pepper, the chairman of the committee handling OOXML in Norway called on users all around the world to "Raise a storm of protest!" against OOXML. Steve addressed a crowd of 150 protesters in the streets of Oslo, just outside an ISO meeting. From his speech: "We are not here because we want to discredit the ISO. We are here because we want to defend ISO's integrity ... What we are against is the way in which what has always been an open and democratic organization, where each country has one vote, has been subverted by a large multinational corporation.""
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Submission + - Wikipedia Founder Introduces Open Source Wiki Mags

KingJawa writes: Wikipedia blew away Encyclopedia Brittanica, but can the model be used to upset the magazine industry? Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, thinks so. His company, Wikia, today announced three open-source magazine-style sites where users can write about news, opinion and gossip — one magazine wiki each for politics, entertainment, and local interests. Each open-source magazine hands total editorial control to the readers, allowing them to read, write, edit, and dictate the editorial feel for each topic.

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