Libya Blocks Internet Access As Citizens Protest
http://nic.ly/ is down (and not resolving) as a result of this, and at least a couple of the root servers for .ly (dns.lttnet.net and dns1.lttnet.net) are down, although out-of-country resolution is still functional (although, it's not clear to me if they're simply running off of caches).
I suspect bit.ly is pretty happy they've been pimping j.mp lately. :)
Libya Takes Hard Line On Link Shortening Domains
Thankfully, ana.ly still works. :)
Cryptome Hacked; All Files Deleted
ComputerWorld actually linked to Encyclopedia Dramatica?
Yeah, this is going to go well. :)
Secure Communication Comes To Android
Why would I be offended? I can run Android on my iPhone now. ;-)
The Fashion Industry As a Model For IP Reform
Yep. Basically, they're buying exclusivity.
Twitter recently bought Atebits, which produced the Tweetie 2 twitter client for the iPhone. Previously, Tweetie 2 was a $2.99 app. Upon acquisition, Twitter released an updated version, renamed it simply "Twitter", and gave it away for free.
You should see some of the negatives reviews that were left. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth, some of it angry that they paid for something that became free (ignoring the value they received in the meantime), but a lot of it sounding like, "I paid for this app because not everyone had it, now anyone can get it? Lame." (That's almost a direct quote from one of the complaints.)
Exclusivity is a tangible item to some people; it's what makes collectors spend ridiculous amounts to find that last item for their collection, or buy $24k Rolex watches. I might personally think it's ludicrous, but there you go.
Vast Asteroid Crater Found In Timor Sea
What, no Google Maps link? :)
Software SSD Cache Implementation For Linux?
My primary Linux laptop is an Inspiron 1721, with two mirrored drives.
Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language
And how big was the runtime you needed to actually execute it?
How To Hire a Hacker
Banging rocks together gives me that beat, yo. I'm a rapper.
iPhone Straining AT&T Network
Specifically, turn off data roaming. (Wi-Fi is fine.)
A trip to Canada in January netted me a $3k phone bill. $3k to use Rogers. There's a few Canadians snickering at the thought right now. ;)
For others in this situation: a call to customer support saying, basically, "OMG three thousand WTF?!" got me retroactively switched for the month to an international data roaming plan; I ended up paying the difference in cost to upgrade, which was still a few hundred, but after you've seen the $3000 phone bill, a few hundred bucks looks pretty good. I also learned very clearly: turn off data roaming, or make arrangements in advance to switch to an international roaming plan (wouldn't have been practical in this case, but would have been for a planned trip).
Apple Working On Tech To Detect Purchasers' "Abuse"
however the idea of sensors inside your portable devices detecting what you do with them might raise eyebrows even beyond the tinfoil-hat community
Bought an automobile in the last few years? Then you're probably already living with this.
Google Reveals Chrome Hardware Partners
Interesting. 64-bit Flash has been working just fine for me, albeit slow and memory-hungry.
But that's a "feature" of the 32-bit version too. ;)
Handset Vendors Plug Micro-USB Charge Ports
Excellent point. Just to head off other people talking out of their ass (wishful thinking, I know), the pinout for the iPod/iPhone connector ought to be required reading before commenting on what it can and can't do. That connector provides interfaces for USB and Firewire, audio in/out, video out (composite and s-video), serial, and dedicated power.
It's not an ideal situation, but a single cable covers just about every possible use case. That's a big deal, ergonomically, and it means Apple can standardize internally on an interface across multiple product lines.
It's unfortunate: the knee-jerk reaction to "we need a universal charger" will miss the opportunity to standardize on a SINGLE interface cable for mobile devices, rather than using USB for power and data, a headphone jack for audio output, and who knows what proprietary arrangement for audio input and video output.
Black Holes From the LHC Could Last For Minutes
My wife had no idea what I was talking about when I made a comment about that a week or two ago. Ahh, "Vignettes". ;-)
Game Developer Asks To Hear From Pirates
There's an excellent point hiding here. There is value in "getting the needle in the arm", so to speak. Take an online game like Fantastic Contraption (something I lost a lot of time to recently): you can play 20 increasingly-difficult levels for free, and if you liked it, you can give the guy $10 and get access to additional content. I had no problem parting ways with $10 after the amount of entertainment I got out of it, especially when I consider how much it might have cost to spend that same amount of time at the movies, etc.
Of course, this model depends on what you're selling actually being desirable.
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