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john83 (923470) writes "The Irish Times reports that publication of a new children’s story by a Dublin publishing house has been criticised by The Zürich James Joyce Foundation, which owns the original manuscript of the story. In a statement, the foundation said it “never permitted, tolerated, condoned or connived in this publication, and it rigidly dissociates itself from it”.
The Dublin publisher, Ithys, said the unpublished works of James Joyce were in the public domain as of January 1st. The attempt by “the Zürich Joyce Centre” (sic) proprietarily to assert some right on the document was “preposterous”. “The said centre has no rights in law in the copyright of the papers donated (given free) by Dr Jahnke.”
The stated goals of The Zurich James Joyce Foundation include "... keeping alive the memory and work of the Irish writer James Joyce..."
john83 writes "Global Warming is the subject of a lot of debate these days, and some scientists have tried to consider fixes more drastic (and unfathomably expensive) than banninglight bulbs. "At the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) meeting last fall, Roger Angel, an astronomer and optics expert at the University of Arizona, produced a highly detailed — and highly futuristic — proposal for a sunshade huge enough to cut incoming sunlight by 1.8 percent. That, he says, should counteract the warming expected from a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide." Story.
NIAC has previously brought us such ideas as magnetised beam plasma propulsion which was discussed on Slashdot." top
john83 (923470) writes "The Register is running a story about the new Irish RFID passports. Unlike the US equivalents, they don't have a layer of foil in them to provide at least a minimal level of protection from skimming, so people's personal data is quite exposed. Digital Rights Ireland have criticised the move:
The technology the Department of Foreign Affairs chose to protect the information in the chip from being read remotely (eavesdropped) by anyone within 5 metres (15 feet) is called Basic Access Control (BAC).
Basic Access Control is used by other countries, such as the Netherlands to protect their RFID Passports from eavesdroppers. However, a Dutch security testing lab called Riscure has examined the reliability of BAC and found that it is quite possible for a determined eavesdropper to break the control with a handheld reader, and an ordinary PC from within 5 metres. (Slides outlining this attack method)
john83 (923470) writes "Bruce Byfield has interviewed Linus Torvalds (that's the guy behind the Linux kernel, you philistine!) over on linux.com. Torvalds discusses his relationship with the GPLv3 drafters and his reasons for not supporting the licence. He's quite critical of the licence, saying "... if you actually look behind all the nice words, it's just a polite way of saying, 'We want to hijack the code of those projects that use the Apache license, too, and turn that code into GPLv3." At the same time, he insists that he is, as the article puts it, "a GPLv2 supporter, not a GPLv3 basher"."