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Links – DRM Graveyard, Microsoft’s Candidate, Apple’s Shunning, Corruption

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  • Microsoft mouthpieces confirm the death of Silverblight.

    to be abandoned after the launch of Silverlight 5, expected later this month. This information comes from multiple sources cited by the usually well-informed Mary Jo Foley.

    There were unofficial announcements more than a year ago but Microsoft boosters continue to push the dead tech.

  • Science

    • New malaria discovery.

      “Our findings were unexpected and have completely changed the way in which we view the invasion process,” said study author Dr Gavin Wright, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. “Our research seems to have revealed an Achilles’ heel in the way the parasite invades our red blood cells.”

      This is distinct from other encouraging results and may be more effective.

  • Health/Nutrition

    • Panel Emphasizes Safety in Digitization of Health Records.
      Poorly designed, hard-to-use computerized health records are a threat to patient safety, and an independent agency should be set up to investigate injuries and deaths linked to health information technology, according to a federal study released Tuesday. [The report] comes as the government is spending billions of dollars in incentive payments to encourage doctors and hospitals to adopt electronic health records. … [and] evaded the issue of regulation by not calling on the Food and Drug Administration to be responsible for the safety of electronic health records.

      It’s too bad they don’t take the same view towards non free software as the FDA takes to patent medicine. The parallels are obvious, unknown and often harmful ingredients promoted by quacks and advertisers who violate privacy and damage the reputation of everyone involved.

  • Security

    • Apple Punishes Researcher Charlie Miller For Finding Potential Security Flaw

      A former security researcher for the National Security Agency, Miller has become famous in security circles for finding bugs in popular Apple products … He developed an application that he believed could download malware onto iPhones and iPads. To prove this, he disguised his app as a stock ticker program and got it approved for distribution in Apple’s App Store. … Apple revoked his app developer license … He was also suspended for one year from Apple’s developer program. …

      There is no security when you have to beg for a license to make things or even to run the device you own.

  • Cablegate

    • NYT hangs Wikileaks out to dry.

      While the NYT piece makes it seem as though all of this is somehow a natural course of events and nothing to be upset about, the reality is that both Assange and WikiLeaks have been the targets of a sustained attack by the U.S. government and companies like PayPal and Visa.

      The author of this article should be ashamed of smearing Assange and Birgitta Jonsdottir as responsible for bad publicity instead of being victims of smear attacks. Protest groups should not expect or depend on help from corporate media.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

  • Finance

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

  • Censorship

  • Civil Rights

    • Rep. Steve King Says Asking Hospital Patients Their Immigration Status Would Not Be Going ‘Too Far’

      Portions of the nation’s most harmful immigration law went into effect last month in Alabama, causing widespread fear and panic among the state’s Latino population. It requires school officials to verify students’ immigration status, prompting thousands of frightened Latino students not to show up for school. The new law even makes it a felony for utility companies to provide water in undocumented immigrants’ homes.

      King seems to have been raised in a some kind of police state.

    • Apple Crops In Washington At Risk Because Of Other States’ Extreme Immigration Laws

      Washington apple growers could have had one of the best apple harvests in the state’s history — if not for the lack of workers. Orchard owners say a federal immigration crackdown and extreme anti-immigrant laws in states like Alabama and Arizona have scared off many of their workers.

      Maybe it’s time to improve pay and working conditions on farms and welcome immigrants as citizens and good neighbors.

  • Education Watch

    • Studies shows that US Charter Schools don’t do as well as traditional public schools.

      On average, charter schools are not performing as well as their traditional public-school peers, according to a new study [CREDO, 2009] that is being called the first national assessment of these school-choice options. … Even though a swarm of urban school colonizers from Gates, Walton, and the New Schools Venture Fund helped set up the parameters for this study [Mathematica, 2011] in order to get the most favorable outcome, and even though the Gates “research” hothouse, the Center for Reinventing Public Education co-authored the study, there’s enough bad news for charter proponents that mirrors years of previous research

      Though fake research was unable to hide the problems, bad media might. The differences in math were particularly stark, which is not surprising because there are serious problems with the Everyday Math program. Seattle Education details media spin to misinterpret or bury the bad news.

    • Schools in states that adopted Gates/Broad pomoted “Race to the Top” are now failing in predicted ways.

      “I’ve never seen such nonsense,” he said. “In the five years I’ve been principal here, I’ve never known so little about what’s going on in my own building.” Mr. Shelton has to spend so much time filling out paperwork that he’s stuck in his office for long stretches. … Will, morale is in the toilet … This destroys any possibility of building a family atmosphere. It causes so much distrust.

  • DRM

    • A Digital Handcuff Graveyard

      “What happens to the music you paid for if that company changes its mind?” It was one thing when it was a theoretical question. Now it’s a historical one. Rhapsody just had the next in a line of DRM music services to go.

      This article uses industry propaganda terms like piracy and consumer, but it’s a nice history.

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