Kethinov writes "My Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free and open internet, expand the protections of the Fourth Amendment to digital communications, and protect against the introduction of any further SOPA-like bills. Since these are issues Slashdotters care deeply about, I wanted to open up the bills for discussion on Slashdot. Is my Congresswoman doing a good job? Is there room for improvement in the language of the bills? If you're as excited by her work as I am, please reach out to your representatives as well and as them to work with Rep. Lofgren. It will take a big coalition to beat the pro-RIAA/MPAA establishment politics on internet regulation." Link to Original Source top
Why Microsoft Shouldn't Copy Apple's iOS Walled Garden
Kethinov writes "Will the computers of the future be tools for freedom or for censorship? An insightful Ars Technica editorial examines this question in depth, concluding that Apple's walled garden approach to iOS is fundamentally flawed and thus Microsoft should reconsider their plans to apply the same model to WinRT. The authors are careful to present a nuanced analysis that adequately weighs the competing interests of security, convenience, and user freedom, ultimately concluding that Mac OS X and Android offer better models because while their walled gardens are on by default, they offer supported mechanisms to opt-out if desired, thereby offering users the same security and convenience benefits without sacrificing user freedom in the process." Link to Original Source top
Kethinov writes "Ars Technica has an insightful editorial criticizing enterprise IT backlash against Mozilla's new update policy. From the article: 'Now that Mozilla has released Firefox 5, version 4, just three months old, is no longer supported. Enterprise customers aren't very pleased with this decision, and are claiming it makes their testing burden impossible. We're not convinced: we think Mozilla's decision is the right one for the Web itself.'" Link to Original Source top
Kethinov writes "Ars Technica writes one of their most negative reviews of a game in a long time referring to Duke Nukem Forever as "barely playable" and "one of the worst games from a major studio in quite some time. The jokes border on hateful. The graphics are a blurry mess. The shooting is unsatisfying." Their verdict? Skip this one." Link to Original Source top
Kethinov (636034) writes "Go is a new programming language from Google that aims for performance that is nearly comparable to C, but with more expressive syntax and faster compilation. What it won't do, however, is liberate the coding masses from bracist tyranny. Google's Go is yet another take on C." Link to Original Source top
Kethinov writes "Nine Inch Nails has once again released the sources in Garageband format for three of their tracks from their new album Year Zero. Like the previous times before, the full source for 'Capital G', 'Me, I'm Not', and 'My Violent Heart' can be downloaded here in Garageband and other formats. You can download user created remixes here. Trent Reznor claims that he plans to release the entire album this way." top
Kethinov writes "Multichannel is reporting that Sci Fi's Stargate SG-1 will end with season 10. Quoth the article, "People close to the production of Stargate SG-1 said Sci Fi Channel canceled the series on the eve of its 200th episode, which aired last Friday night, making the show the first cable scripted series to reach such a milestone.""
I just published an in-depth analysis of Trent Reznor's latest experimental business model. Cutting through all the gushing, the model has one critical flaw. As progressive and wonderful as it is, it's still fundamentally based on a broken consumer-cost business model. Despite the album being legal to redistribute for free, Trent's still asking $5 to get it from him. This contradictory policy is explored in depth in my article, as are the effects of the discrepancy.
I just posted a critical analysis of the RIAA's file sharing litigation and the economics of the situation based on recent events and other editorials on the subject. In short: the RIAA's business model is old and busted. They'll have to modernize, or someone will take their place no matter how much litigation they throw at the problem.