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Four short links: 30 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 29, 2013

Why YouTube Buffers (ArsTechnica) — When asked if ISPs are degrading Netflix and YouTube traffic to steer users toward their own video services, Crawford told Ars that “the very powerful eyeball networks in the US (and particularly Comcast and Time …

The Kirtsaeng ruling: What’s your opinion?

By Joe Wikert
March 19, 2013

Wow. I’m very surprised by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Kirtsaeng vs. Wiley case. I figured it would go the other way. Here’s a nice summary of the majority opinion from the Supreme Court (you’ll find more detailed analysis here): …

The complex world of copyright, licensing, and piracy

By Joe Wikert
October 23, 2012

Our TOC theme this month is “legal” and I thought it would be interesting to have a conversation with Bill Rosenblatt covering a variety of topics in the legal realm. Bill is a recognized authority on intellectual property in the …

Fair use: A narrow, subjective, complicated safe haven for free speech

By Jenn Webb
April 24, 2012

Litigation and intellectual property attorney Miles Feldman addresses issues of fair use, including the deciding factors courts consider, research tools to determine the status of works, and Creative Commons licensing.

Fair use: A narrow, subjective, complicated safe haven for free speech

Fair use: A narrow, subjective, complicated safe haven for free speech
By Jenn Webb
April 24, 2012

Litigation and intellectual property attorney Miles Feldman addresses issues of fair use, including the deciding factors courts consider, research tools to determine the status of works, and Creative Commons licensing.

Never, ever "out of print"

By Jenn Webb
April 11, 2012

In a recent interview, attorney Dana Newman tackled issues surrounding publishing rights in the digital landscape. She said changes in the current model are needed to keep things equitable for both publishers and authors.

Never, ever "out of print"

Never, ever
By Jenn Webb
April 11, 2012

In a recent interview, attorney Dana Newman tackled issues surrounding publishing rights in the digital landscape. She said changes in the current model are needed to keep things equitable for both publishers and authors.

Unglue.it seeks to set ebooks free

By Joe Wikert
March 5, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Gluejar president Eric Hellman talks about how the Unglue.it platform can be used for ebook distribution.

Unglue.it seeks to set ebooks free

Unglue.it seeks to set ebooks free
By Joe Wikert
March 5, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Gluejar president Eric Hellman talks about how the Unglue.it platform can be used for ebook distribution.

Open source sweeping software firms, bolstering SaaS (interview with Black Duck)

Open source sweeping software firms, bolstering SaaS (interview with Black Duck)
By Andy Oram
April 28, 2010

Free and open source software is profiting from its own maturity, the economic recession, and the comfort level of developers for using the software, and nowhere is open source more important than in Software as a Service.

Four short links: 2 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 2, 2010

Visualising Time Series Data in Tweets -- builds sparklines from Twitter Data tweets. GPL Inadequate for Open Source Voting Software -- the GPL prohibits "additional restrictions", but the US Government has requirements for its voting software that fall into that category. An interesting read. The solution will be a new open source license (sigh) but one that meets their...

Four short links: 14 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 14, 2009

Twenty Questions about GPLv3 (Jacob Kaplan-Moss) -- twenty very challenging questions about the GPLv3. foo.js is a JavaScript library released under the GPLv3. bar.js is a library with all rights reserved. For performance reasons, I would like to minimize all my site’s JavaScript into a single compressed file called foobar.js. If I distribute this file, must I also distribute...

Southern California Linux Expo: freedom in a service economy, and more

Southern California Linux Expo: freedom in a service economy, and more
By Andy Oram
February 22, 2009

This evening's SCALE blog covers Bradley Kuhn's keynote on Software as a Service, Jono Bacon on security, Red Hat's counsel on patents, and much more (with ample indulgence for my own opinions).

Free software meets corporate needs, including Software as a Service

By Andy Oram
January 22, 2009

The computer field has evolved to the point where we see even more value from free and open source software. As for Software as a Service (SaaS), it has proven a great boost to free software--and vice versa. But I suspect the main driver that will elevate free software to world domination is an economic consideration I haven't seen anyone discuss.

Creative Commons needs your donations

Creative Commons needs your donations
By Andy Oram
December 13, 2008

Creative Commons is more dependent than ever before on the funds of individuals. More and more people these days are grabbing pictures, text, and other random goods they find online and using them in their own presentations or creative efforts; some of us even build businesses on open contributions. All of us should be promoting the Creative Commons, which has provided licenses to support such sharing in 50 countries and is working with people in many more.

Clinical Psychology Cover

By Harold Davis
July 11, 2008

Here's the cover of the 7th edition of Prentice Hall's Introduction to Clinical Psychology textbook. The image is my composite of a spiral stair and a chambered nautilus shell. You can read the back story of the composite Spirals image here. Introduction to Clinical Psychology cover, image by Harold Davis. Briefly noted: this is a publisher with on-staff photo researchers....

Encryption in Flex Applications 3 - NitroLM SWF Encryption

By Andrew Westberg
April 2, 2008

NitroLM (Nitromation License Manager) is a commercial product developed by Simplified Logic, Inc. (SLI) for managing users, products, notifications, and source code protection for applications. It started off as an internal tool to protect SLI’s 3D engineering design and...

Encryption in Flex Applications 2 - SWC AS3 Library Encryption

By Andrew Westberg
April 2, 2008

In this article, we’ll go over an example using Interfaces, Factories, and Encryption to protect code in a SWC library from being easily decompiled.

Encryption in Flex Applications 1 - Simulate EncryptedLocalStore

By Andrew Westberg
March 31, 2008

In the RIA world, Flex and AIR applications have really taken off. With that has come increased adoption by Fortune 500 companies and new enterprise-level apps taking advantage of the Adobe Flash platform. Application and data security should always be a concern of the Flex/AIR developer. The level of paranoia the developer should implement must be weighed against the goals of the project.

How I Used Flickr To Power My Blog and Got 1,496,603 Visits

By Harold Davis
January 27, 2008

Why do I show my work on Flickr? There are a number of reasons, but they boil down to 1,496,603. Let me explain my affair with Flickr. When I started Photoblog 2.0 in May 2005, I made the decision to serve my photos out of Flickr. This means that the several thousand photos in my blog are sitting on Flickr's...


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