Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack - Slashdot - Here’s the reality: sony blaming Anonymous means they want to try to get gov’t involved to protect them from a falsely claimed “terrorist” organization.
In reality there were no plans from anonymous about stealing credit cards numbers. This is a hilarious sidetrack from Sony.
You know what the statistics are for business downtimes? They say that 90% of businesses that have their service down for 3 DAYS go out of business. Imagine how much this will hurt Sony overall and the answer is: probably enough to run them out of business. Good riddance.
Groklaw - Nokia says about Symbian: “We’re Open”. The New License Shows Otherwise. - Yup. Analysis by Groklaw shows that Nokia is playing the MS game, the “we’re open! openness! OPENNNNN” game that MS is heavily fond of, while the reality is that it’s more locked down the windows and about as much as apple.
Nice knowing ya Nokia, we know you sold out, and now you’re out. goodbye.
Some airports are now using “full-body” digital x-ray machines to electronically screen passengers in airport security lines. Do you think these new x-ray machines should or should not be used at airports?
Note that there’s nothing about how someone will see you naked. Note that there’s nothing about the health concerns some have raised (which, frankly, are probably blown out of proportion). Note that there’s nothing about the compulsory genital groping should you refuse to be seen naked. Most people don’t follow these issues, and without knowing the details, when you present the question as it’s been presented in this poll, it should come as little surprise that most people agreed. Try asking the same people whether or not they approve of being scanned by a machine that presents TSA screeners a naked image of their body, and see what the results would be then.— 81% Of Americans Support Naked Airport Scans… If You Leave Out The Naked Part In Asking The Question | Techdirt - yup, a misleading study again, done by CBS. I can only question whether CBS is lacking integrity or was paid to put this out there.
Furthermore, von Engelhardt and Maurer (2010) provide an important clue to choosing this mix. They point out that the existence of CSS code increases OSS output and vice versa. To see why, consider an all-OSS world in which each company offers consumers exactly the same shared code as every other company. By definition no company can then compete by writing more OSS code than its rivals. This lack of competition suppresses code production for the same reason that cartels suppress output.
[PJ: This statement reflects misinformation. Their premise, contrary to real-world facts, is that if everyone uses the same code, it’s a cartel, and no one will write new code. The assumption is that large companies are writing the code, in a kind of joint work. But in reality, Linus doesn’t work for IBM or Sony or any company, and Linux wasn’t ever under the control of any company or group of companies, and it still isn’t. Plus Linux is just the kernel of GNU/Linux systems, and on top of the kernel there are thousands of applications, which vary widely from distribution to distribution. Even the kernel can vary. In fact, a recent war over what applications should be put on Ubuntu’s live CD happened precisely because there are so many applications in OSS that are not identical but do more or less the same thing, it’s actually hard to narrow down to just a few.
So that premise is simply factually wrong. Perhaps they’ve never actually used Open Source? But anyone in the FOSS community knows that new code gets written for the simple reason that people want their software to do exactly what *they* want it to do, and look the way they want it do, and that results in enormous variety because people are a varied lot. And the licenses allow anyone in the world to write, modify and share. That, historically, results in faster innovation. How could it not? Never in the history of FOSS has there ever been stagnation in development. Any government tempted to listen to contrary advice would do well to try out the top 20 or so distributions, and you will see what I mean. Perhaps it would be best if governments didn’t try to set policies until they at least get their facts right. And may I inquire why there should be a quest for “balance” between FOSS and closed, proprietary, locked-in systems? Why shouldn’t governments just use what they find most meets their needs? I know Microsoft argues for a kind of “balance”, but they make money from such a pitch. Instead, the authors suggest this: “Detailed analysis suggests that the best solution would be to tax OSS firms and use the funds to provide tax breaks for CSS firms.” They suggest that taxpayers subsidize firms like Microsoft? Are they kidding?] -— Should governments promote open source software? | vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists - article with comment from PJ - read carefully, this is very significant for IP.