Facebook Expected To Go Public Next Week
It can be argued that these guys are behind "Noo Meejuh" being an everyday household concept, but I still don't have a facebook account :-)
If anything I'm surprised this hasn't happened already given the size of the company, the talent they attract, etc.
Maybe this will make them innovate and change their game a bit, but for me they seems somewhat like a one-trick-pony and G+ seems to have stolen their trick. /G
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
Nothing lasts forever. Good luck in your future adventures, CmdrTaco! You've wasted a lot of my time over the years. :-)
Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?
If asked, say it wasn't you. Done.
Sprint Revealed Customer GPS Data 8 Million Times
The problem with this kind of tool, and really it boils down to all the increasing surveillance options available to law enforcement (trust me, my ass is fully violated, I live in the UK) - they make it trivial for anyone interested with the correct clearance to go to town and infringe on someones rights. This kind of tool rarely has the correct AAA criteria set up for it (nor does any of the increasing computerised government systems), so more and more of our personal data is being shipped wholesale, without our permission, into the hands of people who are either incompetant or not suitable to handle it.
These kind of tools need peer-review as to their use, and an accountable audit procedure.
Internet Traffic Shifting Away From Tier-1 Carriers
As an ISP, you have 3 things:
- stuff you provide on your own network (ISP email, webspace, etc)
- paths to other networks via peering agreements (IX's etc)
- paths to other networks via transit providers (your so called Tier 1's)
All that is happening here is that the amount of traffic pushed over peering links is getting bigger, mainly because a switchport at an IX is way cheaper (and faster, better latency etc) than going via your transit over the internet for it.
No conspiracy here, move along.
Google & Others Sued Over Android Trademark
At least, they'd recently bought them when I saw their office in 2005. So the guys complaining that Google aggressively pursued the name, well, it was already there, and was probably some kind of assertion exercise that opened up the can of worms.
Google Brings 3D To Web With Open Source Plugin
The 3d web doesn't work. What "problem" are they trying to fix? That's the main reason it keeps failing.
Scientists Reverse Muscular Dystrophy In Dogs
... Is that they end up regressing, will someone just bite the bullet and fix upstream?!
Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence From Apple
Regardless of the trolling and fanboyism, I for one would like to wish him well and hope he gets better in due time. Enjoy your rest, Steve, and get well soon!
Warner Music Pushing Music Tax For Universities
Yay misinformation. Is Best Buy participating in extortion when they say "you need to pay for this item to bring it home, or we will arrest you"? No. Why? Because it is illegal to steal. Infringing upon copyright by distributing music without permission is also illegal, and the copyright holders have every right to ask for compensation (fairly).
Biggest fallacy in all these pro-RIAA arguments. Copyright infringement is NOT theft. No matter how many times you say it.
10 Years of Translated Bin Laden Messages Leaked
To be honest, I don't think any of this is at all surprising.
Sure, the 9/11 conspiracy theorists will be able to make a new bunch of YouTube videos, but all the sane people realise that going to war was a sham anyway.
The office of the POTUS chose to ignore relevant information presented to them by other departments, and that there was some other agenda for the war in Iraq, that we are unlikely to find out for a long time if ever.
As the parent said, I think it may have more immediate implications for allies of the US who went to war based on the judgement of GWB etc. But then again, this kind of stuff on the Internets rarely gets looked at.
Speaking as a Brit who had similar bullshitting fed to them by our own Government regarding this issue...