“The Internet at this stage started to change the world as we knew it. It wasn’t boring in any shape or form given the standards of the time. If we were to time travel back: yes, the web may have been boring by todays standards, but students of history know better than to judge history strictly by modern eyes.”—The web in 1996 wasn’t as bad as Slate makes out
We have to replace practices that come from a time when lines drawn on a map represented real boundaries between markets, and not limit innovation because the world has changed in ways that were not properly anticipated by rights holders…
…When will the content companies realise that I am not an IP number, I am a free man—and a potential customer, no matter where I am in the world.
“I hate to hear about “partnerships” between government and business, or between government and other organizations. When there is a partnership between an ant and an elephant, who do you suppose makes the decisions?”—Thomas Sowell : Random Thoughts - Townhall.com
“Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking. This marks the first formal public statement by Apple about its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking.”—Jailbreaking Now Illegal: Blame The Pirates | Bwana.org
“A little online sleuthing finds that I’m not the only one who figures that if Cash4Gold has this much money to spend on TV ads, someone’s getting the short end of the stick, and it’s probably the people sending in their family heirlooms to be melted into ingots. The folks at Cockeyed.com put Cash4Gold to the test, rounding up a bunch of old rings, necklaces, and earrings, and taking them to a regular pawn shop to be appraised. The offer: $198 for the lot. They then sent the items to Cash4Gold and waited for a check in the mail. It arrived within a few days as promised… in the amount of 60 bucks.”—Beware Cash4Gold and other gold-buying ripoffs : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech
Open the latest version of Google Earth, switch to “Mars” and search for “Meliza”. Click on the small robotic icon and you’ll be able to chat with Meliza, a friendly relative of Eliza, one of the first chat bots. A message informs Earthlings that “Meliza is using an account on a different planet. There may be translation errors.” The chat bot has some predefined text related to Mars and it can’t answer to many questions, but it’s always ready to rephrase your messages.
I’ll admit that, for the longest time, I was exasperated by the Twitter hype…
Then my eyes were opened. A few months ago, I was one of 12 judges for a MacArthur grant program in Chicago. As we looked over one particular application, someone asked, “Hasn’t this project been tried before?”
Everyone looked blankly at each other. Then the guy sitting next to me typed into the Twitter box. He posed the question to his followers. Within 30 seconds, two people replied, via Twitter, that it had been done before. And they provided links.
The fellow judge had just harnessed the wisdom of his followers in real time. No e-mail, chat, Web page, phone call or FedEx package could have achieved the same thing. I was impressed.
“After 8 years of bashing President Bush during wartime, the Far Left Hollywood hypocrites are finally ready to rally around the Commander and Chief. Their video starts by stating “They say that the job of President of the United States is one of the loneliest jobs in the world.” …For some reason this didn’t bother them when Bush was president”—Gateway Pundit: Hollywood Hypocrites Finally Ready to Support Their President
“If you receive an unsolicited e-mail communication claiming to be from the IRS, forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may also be forwarded to the FDIC at email@example.com.”—State Attorney General Notification
24 is all about drama. Bauer looks at the Senator, and says (and I paraphrase) “Don’t give me that smug look. These people who try to attack us don’t play by your rules. I did what I had to do in order to protect the people of this nation and I will answer to them.” Bauer is quite unrepentant in his beliefs that while he did break the law, he did it to protect the citizens of the country and he does not apologize for it.
Spam fighting would never be the focus of an episode of 24. It’s not quite that glamorous. But the philosophical issues Bauer brings up are valid—if anti-spam fighters start engaging in dubious tactics to shut down nefarious spam operations, how apologetic should they be? Should they (we) even sink to a level of questionable ethics?