☞ Android Angles

Google’s Six-Front War Big-risk strategy in play here. Let’s hope their plan is visionary and strong, as there’s no doubt that the technology industry needs the disruption. BBC to survey UK mobile coverage The BBC have an Android app that gathers signal strength data the whole time. I can’t think of anyone else I would […]

☞ Links Without Links

Why PROTECT IP Will Fail: Cultural Acceptance, Not Fear Of Punishment, Makes People Abide By Laws The key lesson from prohibition, ignored by policy hawks, is that “it is cultural acceptance of legal norms, not fear of punishment, that makes a free society a law-abiding one”. join.me – Free Screen Sharing and Online Meetings Interesting […]

☞ Dis Harmony

Project Harmony Considered Harmful Bradley Kuhn of the Software Conservancy is clearly opposed both to Project Harmony’s work products and sponsors. In short, Project Harmony is a design-flawed solution looking for a problem. Open Minded: Peace and Harmony between FOSS contributors and lawyers Stephen Walli of the Outercurve Foundation seems happy with the results. The […]

☞ Terms, Use and Clouds

The Dropbox Blog – Changes to our policies (updated) Dropbox got lots of bad publicity when they first changed their terms of service and included a broad “all your work belongs to us” clause in it. But I’ve not seen any further coverage since they have clarified the ToS to say that they are only […]

☞ Free vs Culture?

Shouldn’t Free Mean The Same Thing Whether Followed By ‘Culture’ Or ‘Software’? An excellent point being made here; if it is morally wrong to prevent someone expressing new software based on a previous work, why is it morally OK to prevent someone expressing a new song, picture, book or other creative work based on a […]

☞ Corporations and Power

USTR New Exclusive Right for Copyright Holders: Importation Provision in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) USTR continues its covert mission to extend copyright and its control ever wider without any reference to the protection of culture or citizens. Giving corporations more unassailable rights is so obviously a problem that it’s no wonder they want […]

☞ Misguided

UK looks to US on piracy blocking Ed Vaizey’s views at outrageously uninformed if this report is correct. He seems to think that flawless blocking is possible and that its benefits outweigh its disadvantages. He also seems to be speaking from notes written by the media and proprietary software industries. Exceptionally disappointing lack of insight. […]