The excellent Kung-Log is getting a revamp, a new name, and eventually a Windows version – and it’s going into beta soon.
Once again, Think Secret gets the scoop: Mini iPods, coloured iPods, and much more coming at Macworld San Francisco.
Shirky: The RIAA Succeeds Where the Cypherpunks Failed. Clay explains how the long-term effects of the RIAA’s war on filesharing will include the standard use of encryption by all.
Jude Robinson posted (to haddock) a cute little workaround for a certain notorious CSS bug in IE. We told him to put it on a web page so everyone else could see it. He refused. So instead of simply copying out his technique and posting it ourselves, we decided it’d be far more fun to just keep linking to this pic of Jude Robinson until he changes his mind.
We’ll keep you informed.
Apple’s FileVault encryption scheme in Mac OS X 10.3 is really rather good, and there’s an excellent article over at MacDevCenter.com: with lots of details. Recommended if you’re considering using it. I’ve been using it since I first installed 10.3 on the iBook, and have had no problems with it – but others have had problems, and it’s worth checking Apple’s support boards if you’re unsure.
There’s a bit of a spat going on over the design of Gawker Media’s Fleshbot. To cut a long story short, Noel Jackson gave Nick Denton a clean CSS version of the site design, for free. Gratis. No cash involved. Noel then got a bit annoyed that Gawker used the style sheet, without telling him and without his permission, on its other sites. Nick then posts IM transcripts showing that it was, in fact, a gift and therefore his to do with as he pleased. End of story. Noel comes over as a bit naive, and Nick as well within his rights.
Except that, as far as I can see, he isn’t close to being within his rights. One of the oblligations of being an editor was learning all about copyright, its uses and abuses, which means I have a pretty good working grasp of how it works. And Gawker is, in my opinion, jumping headlong into a potential lawsuit.
Why? Because in UK law, if there’s no explicit contract, copyright is assigned only for “first use”. For example, I write a piece for Joe Bloggs with no contract. Bloggs has the right to publish it first, but after that the copyright is mine to do with as I please, and if Bloggs wants to use it again it has to ask me again – and that means that Bloggs can’t legally publish it in any other medium, without my permission. What applies to writing applies equally to code.
In this case, “first use” was pretty clearly for Fleshbot, and any use beyond that is subject to Jackson’s permission as the copyright holder. Also note that as the author, Jackson has a moral right to be identified as the author and as the copyright holder. And, importantly, he has the moral right to agree to any changes that are made to it (exceptions to this are newspapers and magazines, but not as far as I can see, code).
To absolutely no one’s surprise, Ian Huntley has been convicted of the murder of the two children that, he admitted, had died in his home – and who’s bodies he also admitted trying to dispose of. It’s a horrible case, although everyone should at this point be reminded that 80% of child murders are carrried out by members of their own family.
But already, there are calls for changes in the way that adults are screened when applying for work with children. Huntley, as has now been revealed, had been previously accused of having sex with a minor, plus three seperate accusations of rape. Unsurprisingly, the headmaster of the school where Huntley worked believes there has to be a change in the way applicants are screened in order to prevent this happening again. Never one to fail to jump on a populist bandwagon, Home Secretary David Blunkett has already ordered an enquiry”.
And yet Blunkett will already know that there is no chance of preventing people like Huntley. who have never been been convicted of an offence, from getting a job with children. Any such law would immediately be challenged on the basis that it contravenes article 6 of the European Human Rights convention, where it states that “in the determination of his civil rights and obligations… everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing.” The implication is clear: you cannot deprive someone of a civil right without a trial or hearing, and depriving someone of the possibility of employment on the basis of nothing more than an allegation against them would clearly violate this.
Yes, the hidden agenda behind being gay has been exposed by those daring folk at Whistleblower magazine. It’s all really about corrupting the nation’s youth, destroying the nuclear family (“that is the foundation of Western civilisation”) and molesting children!
Or read one of the other, fantastic issues of Whistleblower. About, for example, how the founding fathers of the US didn’t actually mean what they said in the constitution about seperation of church and state (and that Mr Jefferson certainly didn’t mean it when he said “Christianity…(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man.” or referred to the Bible as a “dunghill”). Or perhaps the issue on how piercing is corrupting our nation’s youth. Or how the UN is trying to implement a worldwide gay rights agenda (do you see a theme emerging?)
If it weren’t so serious, you’d have to laugh. But with someone in the White House who will tie aid to abortion, perhaps the time for laughing isn’t now.
Steve Jobs is not a good interviewee. Despite having more interesting things to say than the average computer mogul, most of his interviews fall into the category of “limp”: he talks about whatever product Apple has just released, usually rehashing what’s on the press release in a somewhat short-termpered manner.
All of which makes the interview he’s done with RollingStone.com much more of a rarity: a Jobs interview that’s actually worth reading. Highly recommended.