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Links 1 through 10 of 4998 Hamish MacEwan's Bookmarks

"Of course, this is all rather inconvenient for those network equipment vendors who are pitching complex policy-management and charging solutions, based around DPI boxes trying to work out traffic/app types and concoct complex, processing-intense approaches to billing for them. Never mind that such methods have severe deficiencies, because apps/content can evolve on the basis of days/weeks - much faster than telco processes can change billing business rules and implement them to fit."

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"Their writing is witty and erudite; they explain clearly and eloquently the importance of freedom and the dangers of restricting freedom"

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data furnace
n. A computer installed in a home or office to be used as both a server and the building's primary heat source.

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"The debate over whether supporting the Adobe Flash plug-in on mobile devices is a feature or not is over. Last night, ZDNet got hold of a leaked Adobe announcement: It’s abandoning its work on Flash for mobile. It’s not a huge surprise that it came to this, since Adobe had been struggling to optimize the performance, and the tide has been turning toward HTML5."

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"It's okay! Calm, calm. It's me, Dan O'Brien, and I'm
conducting a small experiment on behalf of humanity.
About a fortnight ago, we were kicking around a few
ideas at Need To Know HQ, and decided that what we'd
love is a WEEKLY E-MAIL NEWSHEET that included a
summary of the more interesting of the weeks' tech
media, pointed up nodules of info that perhaps we
would have missed, kept us up to date with the
general UK net scene, and included a few cranky
selections of what we liked to call entertainment."

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"Today, Amazon unveiled something radical: the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

You get to download one Kindle book a month, with no due dates, free, if you’re an Amazon Prime member and a Kindle owner."

The suggestion that Kindle/iPad mirrors the IE/Netscape contest is awry, but this is a big deal for many other reasons.

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"20 years ago today, Bram Moolenaar released vim to the public. From the article:'The Vim text editor was first released to the public on November 2, 1991—exactly 20 years ago today. Although it was originally designed as a vi clone for the Amiga, it was soon ported to other platforms and eventually grew to become the most popular vi-compatible text editor. It is still actively developed and widely used across several operating systems.'"

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"But the most striking result was from a third experiment. By mining public sources, including Facebook profiles and government databases, the researchers could identify at least one personal interest of each student and, in a few cases, the first five digits of a social security number. All this helps to explain concerns over the use of face-recognition software by the likes of Google and Facebook, which have been acquiring firms that specialise in that technology, or licensing software from them."

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"We’ve been arguing about copyright and the Internet for at least 16 years now, and the arguments keep going back and forth over well-defined ground, wearing deep grooves in the discourse.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century: copyright policy ceased to exist. Because every copyright policy that we make has a seismic effect on the Internet, and because you can’t regulate copying without regulating the Internet."

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Although the proposal comes with the endorsement of the Indian government, and can expect to pick up support from South Africa and Brazil within the UN General Assembly, it is perhaps best described as a government fantasy Internet model.

The suggested model broadly assumes that all the current complex Internet governance mechanisms can be neatly contained with in a box with a UN label stamped on the sideThe suggested model broadly assumes that all the current complex Internet governance mechanisms can be neatly contained with in a box with a UN label stamped on the side. Governments would be put in the position of receiving the wisdom from advisory groups and then deciding the best way forward. That is the governmental model that has been in place for over 100 years, so it is understandable that government representatives are persuaded of its viability."

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