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permalink.gif No sanity for the DMCA

Fri Sep 05 16:43:56 BST 2003  Permalink 

Garage door makers battle over DMCA. Open and shut case [The Register]

Quoting from the above:

Can you imagine a world where every electronic item you possess would legally have to be accessed using a piece of equipment from a particular manufacturer? Well, you nearly had to.

There is some sanity in the world then. ®

You know I kind of wish they there hadn't been.  I wish the judge had upheld the DMCA and established this precedent.  Let people live with for a while with the consequences of allowing corrupt or inept politicians to pass such laws.

Maybe then the whole of the DMCA could be addressed (and the issue of patents along with it)?

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permalink.gif The Lost Generation

Fri Sep 05 14:13:53 BST 2003  Permalink 

The Lost Generation - Middle class Kids. Stuart sent me this. It is the best piece I have seen yet on why so many of our kids are in trouble [Robert Paterson's Radio Weblog]

Very interesting.  I don't have children so I have no genuine frame of reference but what I read here seems worthy of serious consideration to me.

permalink.gif As ye sow...

Fri Sep 05 12:29:35 BST 2003  Permalink 

US 'offers UN greater Iraq role'. President Bush is ready to cede some power in Iraq in exchange for more troops from other countries. [BBC News | World | UK Edition]

permalink.gif Gimme the money

Fri Sep 05 12:12:30 BST 2003  Permalink 

$6bn seized in global drugs raids. Police investigating Colombian drug traffickers find cash, drugs and bonds worth up to $6bn in London. [BBC News | World | UK Edition]

It remains to be seen whether these bonds are genuine but if they are then the question becomes; Who gets to spend them?

permalink.gif Aggregator as hub

Fri Sep 05 10:40:17 BST 2003  Permalink 

Intranet aggregators. I spent most of the week visiting small and large companies. The more I talk with "real people working in real companies" (meaning: not nerds spending their whole days hacking), the more convinced I am that a news aggregator is the ideal center for any Intranet.

The basic idea is merge to the same server contents coming from:

  • internal sources (accounting, trouble ticketing, exiting document management applications, other data bases: we should be able to get a feed from any internal app)
  • k-logs (every member of the group has one)
  • external news sources (general news, weblogs, specialized sources, scraped pages)

The output of the aggregator should be both html that people can browser with their browser and more feeds which could end up in personal aggregators or funneled in other applications.

Centralized aggregators should not necessarily mean that every user has to read all feeds. There should be both the kind of personalization allowed by personal aggregators (deciding which feeds to subscribe to) but also added vaue services that would allow users to discover additional sources of information and anyway give different relevance to different kind of information snippets that are displayed on the page.
[Paolo Valdemarin: Paolo's Weblog]

Paolo has put it succinctly. The aggregator becomes the organisational hub gathering information from all sources and using personalisation and intelligence to filter & recombine information in useful ways before presenting it either as views or as feeds for other consumers.