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The Internet

Submission + - Law Professor's Opinion of Viacom vs YouTube

troll -1 writes: Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford, has an op-ed in the NY Times entitled Make Way for Copyright Chaos which references the Viacom vs YouTube case. What's interesting about this article is that it gives some historical perspective on copyright law and the courts. Up until Grokster, Lessig says the attitude of the courts was, "if you don't like how new technologies affect copyright, take your problem to Congress." But in the Grokster case the court seemed to rule against the technology itself, cutting Congress out of the picture. He also explains that Viacom is essentially asking the Court to rule against the safe harbor provision of Title II of the DMCA which apparently protects YouTube and others against liability so long as they make reasonable steps to take down infringing content at the request of the copyright holder. Lessig doesn't give us any insight into who's going to win but he does conclude that "conservatives on the Supreme Court have long warned" about the dynamic of going against Congress when it comes to copyright.
The Internet

Submission + - Net neutrality in Canada now in serious risk.

Oshawapilot writes: "A editorial piece in todays Toronto Star newspaper points towards some disturbing movements on the Net Neutrality front in Canada.

With a Minister Of Industry making such troubling statements as "[Maxime] Bernier believes that consumers are best served by giving the dominant telecom companies maximum regulatory freedom" along with several questionable decisions on the Internet front, one must wonder if this government minister either fails to grasp what he is dealing with, or is in the pockets of big-telecom in Canada.

With 84% of the internet connections in Canada being controlled by only a few companies, this should concern Canadians, and be a wakeup call to all those who concern themselves with Net Neutrality.

With some ISP's in Canada already subjecting their customers to content or application discrimination, is a full blown attack on Net Neutrality that far away on this side of the border?

Does the government care? Or even understand?"
The Media

Submission + - Guy makes over 20,000 dollars on youtube begging

David Henderson writes: "Im not sure if you guys would be interested in something like this. I found this guys site yesterday on a forum, hes made 20k by begging on youtube and his website. He calls himself the youtube millionaire. His site is Im just starting college in journalism so im kinda always on the lookout for new stories,lol.... I just have a passion for it. Anyways hope you guys can use this. Thanks"

Submission + - Court Documents Show Microsoft's Tiger Envy

phillymjs writes: "PC Pro is reporting on another juicy e-mail nugget from the Sent Items of Jim Allchin, (nyud link, PDF) courtesy of Iowa's Comes v. Microsoft trial. It's a lengthy e-mail conversation from late June, 2004 — in which several Microsofties ooh and ahh over features of the yet-unreleased Mac OS X 10.4. IMHO the award for best quote goes to Lenn Pryor, who said, 'It is like I just got a free pass to Longhorn land today.'"

Submission + - MS copies feature, then patents it

jbgreer writes: "Michael Kölling, a senior lecturer at the University of Kent and one of the developers of BlueJ, an educational development environment, realized last year that Microsoft had copied one of the BlueJ features into Visual Studio. Flattery, right? Recently he was informed that Microsoft has filed a patent describing the very same feature. For more details, read Michael's blog entry."

Submission + - Google Defuses Googlebombs

John C. Worsley writes: "Google announced today a modification to their search algorithm that minimizes well-known googlebombing exploits. Searches on "miserable failure" and their ilk apparently no longer bring up political targets. From the article:

"By improving our analysis of the link structure of the web, Google has begun minimizing the impact of many Googlebombs. Now we will typically return commentary, discussions, and articles about the Googlebombs instead.""

Submission + - Google releases "Testing on the Toilet"

Extra Reading Material writes: Today Google released "Testing on the Toilet", a previously internal program where testing advice is plastered to Google bathrooms in weekly episodes. From the official release: "We've decided to share this secret weapon with the rest of the world to spread our passion to other developers, and to provide a fun and easy way to educate yourself (and the rest of your company) about these important tricks and techniques." Apparently Google has also chosen to allow comments on the blog in order to start discussions about the episodes.

Submission + - Microsoft PR Paying to "Correct" Wikipedia

Unpaid Schill writes: "Over on the O'Reilly Network, there's an interesting piece about how Microsoft tried to hire people to contribute to Wikipedia. Not wanting to do the edits directly, they were looking for an intermediary to make edits and corrections favorable to them. Why? According to the article the article (and I am not making this up), it was apparently both to let people know that Microsoft will not "enable death squads with their UUIDs" and also to fight the growing consensus that OOXML contains a useless pile of legacy crap which is unfit for standardization. In an unrelated note, does anyone happen to know what the going rates are? I think I'm being underpaid."

Submission + - Stanford & Microsoft Criticize Extended Valida

An anonymous reader writes: Stanford University and Microsoft Research published a study [PDF] that evaluates Extended Validation SSL Certificates, which went live last week. The study finds that the IE7 browser's extended validation interface does not help users identify a number of common phishing attacks. In fact, when users are trained on interpreting the EV indicators, they are more likely to classify both real and fake web sites as legitimate. One problem is that IE7's interface and documentation teaches users to expect a phishing warning on all spoofed pages, and not all phishing attacks will trigger the warning. The authors will present the study next month in the Usable Security workshop, at the Financial Cryptography Conference.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Finally against the Patriot Act 5

Liberals and libertarians have been decrying the Patriot Act for years now, and even though that time period has seen me go from "conservative" to "stark raving mad anarcho-capitalist" I still haven't really felt like there's been anything to get upset about. So far, I hadn't heard real evidence that civil liberties of non-terrorists had been curtailed in meaningful ways.


Submission + - Sling streams iTunes content to TV

Vitamin_Boy writes: Sling has a new product out, the "SlingCatcher." It sends video from the PC to the TV and does it for $200. Oh, and it apparently works with iTunes. Will this undercut Apple's iTV? This Ars Technica article thinks it might: "The SlingCatcher, on the other hand, is media-agnostic. It doesn't care what codec videos are encoded with, nor whether or not they have been purchased from an approved online store. It is designed to take video output and stream it, which means that you could use the SlingCatcher with video purchased from other online services, such as the iTunes Store or CinemaNow. In this way, the SlingCatcher may turn out to be a one-size-fits-all solution in a field populated with specialty products."

Submission + - Fortune Names 100 Best Places To Work For 2007

s31523 writes: "Love your job, hate your job? Find out how your company ranks according to Fortune's list of the 100 best places to work for 2007. I figured Microsoft would have made it higher than the 50 spot especially with things like, "free grocery delivery, dry-cleaning service, and valet parking". Interesting to see what perks each company has, especially to mine, which is definitely not on the list."

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