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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Deep Link This
dontlink.com/ refuses deep linking bans enthusiastically, finding and linking to sites offering policies against that policy.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 5:53 PM

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

A Glimpse of Metropolis
The trailer for Kino's restored version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis is now online. If this is playing anywhere near you, don't miss it.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 1:39 PM

Record companies press the backbone
A group of major recording companies filed suit to block a Chinese download site. What's interesting about this, as Ray Ozzie notes, is that the IP holders are acting against major chunks of the net, and at a global level.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 8:49 AM

Friday, August 16, 2002

My December will be booked
I was never a fan of Quake III, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein was one of the worst games I've played in a long time. Doom III certainly looks interesting, but Unreal II is enough to make me hope to be laid off again in December. Unreal had the best story of any first-person shooter I'd played up to that point. The single player game was atmospheric and scary as hell, and the multiplayer was phenomenal. I'll be first in line to plunk down my money on the sequel.

posted by Douglas Roberts @ 12:11 AM

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

20th anniversary of email protocol
Twenty years ago, a critical basis of email protocol was designed.

(Thanks, BoingBoing via Howard)

posted by Bryan Alexander @ 2:29 PM

TCPA from both sides
Read the views on the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA) from two very different viewpoints:the industry that is proposing and supporting it (PDF format), and Ross Anderson, author and researcher who doesn't seem nearly as enthusiastic about TCPA and Palladium (Microsofts hardware entry in the TCPA arena). Ross gives a good plain-english expanation of what TCPA is and the potential effect on digital rights management.
posted by Douglas Roberts @ 1:36 PM

Friday, August 09, 2002

Mindjack Needs Writers!
As Cory mentioned on Boing Boing, Mindjack is looking for new writers to contribute to our magazine and weblog. If you think you're up for it, send an email to: editor@mindjack.com.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 2:56 PM

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

von Lohmann has a good article on digital rights management (DRM).
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 3:18 PM

Monday, August 05, 2002

How the US Mail met email
The truth is out: American postal service nearly becoming an email provider. Nice story for the history of the internet, and a nearly pure exemplum of paradigm shift.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 1:32 PM

Friday, August 02, 2002

new robot doll pushes the edge of robotics, AI, and creepiness
Smart Cindy, who looks like a generic Barbie clone, can apparently read text and ELIZA-like conversations. Developed by Manley Toy Quest, Cindy was noticed earlier this year, and apparently draws on recent experiments with chatbots and the like.

Welcome back, Talking Tina. Kleist's dream of nightmare puppets is about to come true.

posted by Bryan Alexander @ 11:36 AM

Mixed reports on the DMCA and intellectual inquiry
Politech carries a report that the HP company has vowed not to apply the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to threaten researchers. Although the DMCA provides clear, stiff penalties for those writing about circumvention, including code-breaking, and HP initially threatened SnoSoft, who probed their work, HP now says they won't bring suit against those who try to crack HP products - for research purposes.

At the same time, this is an all-too-rare sign of intellectual freedom in the DMCA age. Although some educators are aware of the DMCA's powers to chill expression and research, and libraries (perhaps the most ancient threat to copyright power), are beginning to make the world aware of their critical role, Siva Vaidhyanathan finds academics giving in all over the place.

posted by Bryan Alexander @ 11:08 AM

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