Copyright Accord Missing Key Players

An article on CNet details some of the varying opinions about the future of copyright protections and enforcement.

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p>In particular, conspicuously absent from the announcments by the BSA and RIAA yesterday were the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association).

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Chimera config changes increase speed

From Mikel:If you've used Chimera on the Mac, and you haven't tweaked it already, you must enable pipelining.1) Quit Chimera2) cd ~/Library/Application Support/Chimera/Profiles/default/<random>.slt/3) Append these lines to 'prefs.js' user_pref(\"network.http.pipelining\", true); user_pref(\"network.http.proxy.pipelining\", true);4) Restart ChimeraThe perceived speed difference is incredible (although obviously it's limited to sites where pipelining would help).

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Good ACM article on reverse-engineering

Admittedly, I should probably have read it before today, but I am still digging out from too much travel.

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p>For those with access, you're looking for "Legally Speaking:Reverse Engineering Under Siege" in the October issue of Communications of the ACM. (If you're not a member, consider joining at the ACM website).

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p>The article basically outlines the DeCSS case as an issue of the protections of trade secrets and their application in the face of the Internet and existing Patent/Copyright law.

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RIAA Hacking You Back

The Register has an article about the RIAA using a group of hackers to create a "monitoring hydra" to report to the RIAA what music you may have on your PC.

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p>Ed. Note:CNET now reports that an spokesperson from RIAA is calling this a HOAX. I'm leaving the rest of the article up, since it is still interesting.

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First Monthly MovieFest set for Sunday 1/19 14:00

I've set the date for what will be a monthly series of movies shown at the house. Friends are encouraged to RSVP, so that we will know that there is sufficient seating.

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p>If you have suggestions for future movies, please drop me an email and I'll try to put them on the scheudule.

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p>We'll be starting the presentations off with a classic John Cusak film, "Better Off Dead".

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p>Also, please sign up for the site to guarantee access to future movie information. I don't necessarilly want to publish all of this stuff for the world to see.

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Apple objects to California/Microsoft settlement

As announced yesterday, Microsoft has reached a tentative agreement with the State of California to settle outstanding anti-trust claims made by the state against the company.

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p>Apple Computer has taken the bold step of opposing this settlement on the grounds that it may actually benefit Microsoft, due to the manner that unclaimed rebates are handled. Their proposal is to make Microsoft donate all unclaimed rebates in the form of unencumbered cash to the schools of California.

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p>For more info, check out the C|Net article.

Apple's choice of KHTML over Mozilla

An excellent article on CNet details Apple's choice of the KHTML web back-end as well as describing the Mozilla reaction to it.

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PalmSource to move from Graffiti to Graffiti 2

According to an article on Brighthand, PalmSource will stop putting Graffiti into future PalmOS systems in deference to Graffiti 2 (which is based on Jot--I think that's the same one as Windows CE uses).

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p>The problem is a judgement against the company and in favor of Xerox.

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Humor: New missile system sent back to the drawing board

OK, it's not real, but it makes you wonder...

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SCO Refutes claims that it intends to charge for Linux

SCO has released a press release today that refutes claims made in an earlier article by Linux Business Week (and referred to by this site).

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p>Text of the press release is in the body, but basically it says they have no desire to take legal action against fellow Linux vendors. Then, they go on to castigate the press for publishing unfounded rumors with a big headline.

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p>Oddly enough, their last statement is "We've made no decisions, formed no programs and announced nothing about this". I can't quite tell if that means they've not decided whether to attack the community or not or just that they've made no decision to go on the offensive. Certainly, it could have been a more vehemet "we're not going to do it" for my money.

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