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09.05.11

Links – Web Stats, Mego Petrospective, Tracking Company Busted, MPAA Exposed.

Posted in Site News at 1:30 pm by Guest Editorial Team

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  • Internet Explorer market share slips, even as IE9 usage grows

    IE has steadily lost market share over the last two years …

    Techflash puts as nice a spin on the situation as Microsoft could want, babbling on about Vista 7 and wonderful “experiences”. Robert Pogson astutely notices the growing difference between Net Applications and everyone else’s data,

    NetApplications hides its sample and indeed has just made the umpteenth wiggle to their data-analysis to try to keep that other OS over 90% share on the desktop… Clearly, they are not operating in the same universe [as wikipedia] with such divergent results.

  • Cablegate

    • Wikileaks Sabotage

      As a perhaps unintended consequence of Domscheit-Berg’s sabotage of Wikileaks, a large collection of US cables has leaked without the Wikileaks redaction to remove names of individuals. The person Snorrason who is quoted as blaming this on Wikileaks itself is one of Domscheit-Berg’s associates.

    • Wikileaks confirms AFACT acted as a front for the MPAA in the iiNet case

      AFACT and MPAA worked hard to get Village Roadshow and the Seven Network to agree to be the public Australian faces on the case to make it clear there are Australian equities at stake, and this isn’t just Hollywood “bullying some poor little Australian ISP.” …

      Direct link to Cable

      AFACT/MPAA have hired Australia’s top copyright lawyer, Michael Williams of Gilbert & Tobin, to represent them in
      this case. Williams, well-known to the Mission and highly
      respected in the Australian legal community, was the lawyer
      behind the successful Cooper and Kazaa IPR cases in
      Australia. … Ellis did not want to begin by tangling with Telstra, Australia’s former telecom monopoly and still-dominant player in telephony and internet, and a company with the financial
      resources and demonstrated willingness to fight hard and
      dirty, in court and out.)

      As usual, if you actually fight, you win.

  • Finance

    • US authorities to sue big banks over sub-prime crisis

      The agency overseeing the remains of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seeks billions of dollars in compensation from banks … including Bank of America, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, as early as Friday.

  • Anti-Trust

  • Censorship

  • Privacy

    • Using remote tracking software to find stolen laptop may have violated federal wiretap statute

      It is one thing to cause a stolen computer to report its IP address or its geographical location in an effort to track it down. It is something entirely different to violate federal wiretapping laws by intercepting the electronic communications of the person using the stolen laptop.

      The company was obviously staffed by bored people looking for titillation. That they occasionally catch thieves is no assurance that they won’t be spying on other people, such as this inadvertent receiver of stolen property, or the laptop’s owner. Non free software always has the power to spy and can not be trusted.

    • Cory Doctorow, Google Plus forces us to discuss identity.

      The first duty of social software is to improve its users’ social experience. Facebook’s longstanding demand that its users should only have one identity is either a toweringly arrogant willingness to harm people’s social experience in service to doctrine; or it is a miniature figleaf covering a huge, throbbing passion for making it easier to sell our identities to advertisers. Google has adopted the Facebook doctrine at the very moment in which the figleaf slipped, when people all over the world are noticing that remaking ancient patterns of social interaction to conform to advertising-driven dogma exposes you to everything from humiliation at school to torture in the cells of a Middle Eastern despot. There could be no stupider moment for Google to subscribe to the gospel of Zuckerberg, and there is no better time for Google to show us an alternative.

  • Civil Rights

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • The Problem with Medical Patents

      So great is the perceived threat to medical research that a group of American doctors and scientists have issued a protest saying: “The use of patents or exorbitant licensing fees to prevent physicians and clinical laboratories from performing genetic tests limits access to medical care, jeopardizes the quality of medical care, and unreasonably raises its cost.” Once a patent has been issued on a drug or discovery, scientists must pay outrageous licensing fees in order to do further research in the given area, thus preventing the development of cures due to lack of funding.

    • Copyrights

      • Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Monopoly

        Sarkozy believes that the right to an intellectual monopoly – the right to *exclude* people from knowledge – is absolutely equal to the fundamental right to freedom. … Sarkozy seems to regard supporting his fat-cat chums in the copyright industries as more important that truly helping the broader culture French culture, or even – heaven forfend – supporting universal ideals like freedom.

      • The war on sharing takes a nasty turn in Finland. Police raided a man and confiscated his computers. He later paid 900 euros and ten days of wages to avoid court costs and delays.

        In addition to getting police involved in minor file-sharing cases, CIAPC are also sending out pre-settlement letters to alleged infringers. In 2010 the group sent out around 100 letters and have promised to double that in 2011.

        Music is the target of this extortion but the laws apply equally to journals and other more serious material.

      • No Copyright Law: The Real Reason for Germany’s Industrial Expansion?

        Did Germany experience rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century due to an absence of copyright law? A German historian argues that the massive proliferation of books, and thus knowledge, laid the foundation for the country’s industrial might. … Höffner has researched that early heyday of printed material in Germany and reached a surprising conclusion — unlike neighboring England and France, Germany experienced an unparalleled explosion of knowledge in the 19th century. … The market for scientific literature didn’t collapse even as copyright law gradually became established in Germany in the 1840s. German publishers did, however, react to the new situation in a restrictive way reminiscent of their British colleagues, cranking up prices and doing away with the low-price market.

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2 Comments

  1. Jose_X said,

    September 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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    The Robert Pogson link is broken. It points right back at this same page.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The link has been mended.

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