Congress To Create Internet Blacklist THIS WEEK

27 September 2010

Demand Progress: Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated this week would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be […]

U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

27 September 2010

This is the worst kind of Big Brother bullshit: Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a […]

Evercookie

24 September 2010

I am intrigued: evercookie is a javascript API available that produces extremely persistent cookies in a browser. Its goal is to identify a client even after they’ve removed standard cookies, Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects or LSOs), and others. evercookie accomplishes this by storing the cookie data in several types of storage mechanisms that are […]

Developer of Minecraft on How Piracy Works

17 September 2010

A whole lot of truth packed into a short post: I won’t bother analyzing why people copy games and other digital media, as that’s really a moot point. We’ve got an amazingly effective way of distributing culture that is extremely beneficial for humanity, but it clashes with our current economical models. Piracy will win in […]

Try Diaspora

16 September 2010

If you were the kind of person who might like to see how Diaspora is coming along, and why wouldn’t you, then you can do so at my Diaspora-powered site, Radicle.me. Go nuts. Bug reports should go to Diaspora’s github account. Why Radicle? From Wikipedia: In botany, the radicle is the first part of a […]

Fighting The Wrong Fight

14 September 2010

Excellent piece by Elia Freedman: We have been distracted by ridiculous arguments and fabricated “wars” for too long. We have been distracted by thinking that Google is Microsoft and Apple is Apple in a doomed fight already fought 20 years ago. But that is not the fight we should be caring about at all. The […]

Burnbit

14 September 2010

Creates a torrent out of any web-accessible file, posts it for the world to see. As a prerequisite for this being 2010, they have an embed code as well, which (sadly) creates it’s own HTML attributes. I think Burnbit_file is going to be a hard sell to the HTML5 Working Group, guys.

Compromising Twitter’s OAuth security system

10 September 2010

Ryan Paul for Ars: Twitter officially disabled Basic authentication this week, the final step in the company’s transition to mandatory OAuth authentication. Sadly, Twitter’s extremely poor implementation of the OAuth standard offers a textbook example of how to do it wrong. This article will explore some of the problems with Twitter’s OAuth implementation and some […]

Amateur Hour

09 September 2010

Jesper of Waffle Software on the new, published, App Store rules: […] I don’t think it’s unfair for Apple to have a list of the applications produced for its platform that it believes is decent and upstanding, and which it is proud to be associated with. I just don’t think that that list should be […]

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