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EFF Wins Protection for Time Zone Database

Software engineers around the world depend on the time zone database to make sure that time-stamps for email and other files work correctly no matter where you are. However, last September, Astrolabe filed a lawsuit against Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert – the researchers who coordinated the database’s development for decades – because the database includes information from an atlas in which Astrolabe claimed to own copyright. But facts – like what time the sun rises – are not copyrightable…

Posted 1855 days ago in Geek

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

A top-down, centralized, international regulatory overlay is antithetical to the architecture of the Net, which is a global network of networks without borders. No government, let alone an intergovernmental body, can make engineering and economic decisions in lightning-fast Internet time. Productivity, rising living standards and the spread of freedom everywhere, but especially in the developing world, would grind to a halt as engineering and business decisions become politically paralyzed within a global regulatory body…

Posted 1857 days ago in Geek

Meetings: Where Work Goes to Die

Excellent points here. I once saw Jason Fried (37 signals) speak at a conference, and he said much the same thing…

Posted 1864 days ago in Geek

Joel Spolsky on the Reverse Management Pyramid

In tech startup land, we all understand instinctively that we have to hire super smart people, but we forget that we then have to organize the workforce so that those people can use their brains 24/7. Thus, the upside-down pyramid. Stop thinking of the management team at the top of the organization. Start thinking of the software developers, the designers, the product managers, and the front line sales people as the top of the organization…

Posted 1865 days ago in Geek

If You Want to Stay Safe on Facebook, Don’t Use It

I was once at Facebook headquarters at Palo Alto, and I saw on one of the network engineer’s tables a Narus pamphlet. Narus is the company that did interception with the NSA and AT&T in the US. Those two companies and Narus did the analysis of the illegal wiretapping of the entire American population’s phone calls and data travelling through AT&T data centres. Facebook’s looking at the same solution. It should give you some idea about what Facebook is…

Posted 1866 days ago in Geek

Path Uploads Your Entire Address Book to it’s Servers

I’m curious as to how this slipped past Apple’s app approval process, as it directly violates the stated privacy rules.. “Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers…”

//EDIT// Apparently Hipster does this as well, in the form of “an email param that includes a comma-separated list of email addresses”…

Posted 1871 days ago in Geek

Indian Court Forces Facebook + Google to Censor Content

This is quite a reversal for the two Internet giants; both Facebook and Google have previously said they can’t and won’t censor content in the country. Before today, the companies have always argued they can’t be held legally responsible under the law for content posted by third parties, regardless of how offensive someone may find it. India is Facebook’s third-fastest growing market, after the U.S. and Indonesia…

Posted 1872 days ago in Geek

JobPoacher

Nice (anonymous) way to put out feelers for that new employment opportunity..

Posted 1873 days ago in Geek

Silicon Valley’s Productivity Secret

Snippets is a management process that scales because transparency means that individual engineers can manage themselves and individual engineers can manage each other without having to go through a middleman. It’s the disruptive power of peer-to-peer for management centered around atomic units of work…

Posted 1879 days ago in Geek

Tech Firm Poaching Agreements

Today, a lawyer for the plaintiffs briefed Bloomberg about the case, and according to that attorney, even more dirty laundry will be aired from here on out, as a decision in the case yesterday requires the defendants to produce even more documents revealing the extent of the “no-poach” arrangement, and whether it was a matter of individual informal agreements or a larger conspiracy…

Posted 1881 days ago in Geek

I Hope SOPA Passes

Protest schemes that don’t cost the participants any inconvenience, hardship or money remain the most popular, despite their ineffectiveness..

Posted 1890 days ago in Geek

White House Official Response to SOPA/PIPA

The White House comes out against SOPA/PIPA (in it’s current form) in an official response to an online petition.. completely rejecting ANY form of DNS blocking, etc…

Posted 1895 days ago in Geek

Saul Williams @Triple Rock on March 19, 2012

Just got tickets for dynamic (+ bizarre) poet / musician Saul Williams performance at Triple Rock in Minneapolis on Monday, March 19 2012. Tickets on sale through link.

Posted 1896 days ago in Audio

Android Design

This is an incredibly useful site for application designers + developers – the best I’ve seen – does an excellent job of explaining (and showing) designers the differences between what android users expect, vs iOS/iphone users…

Posted 1897 days ago in Geek, Visual

Small Teams are Dramatically More Efficient

QSM found another explanation for the huge cost differential between small and large teams. The defect rate for the large teams was five times greater than for the small teams. Defects consume time in discovery, documentation, and repair. That effort is obviously necessary, but doesn’t contribute directly to creating the desired software, and therefore inflates cost without any benefit to the schedule…

Posted 1898 days ago in Geek

Reddit to go Dark on Jan 18 to Protest SOPA

We’ve seen some amazing activism organized by redditors at /r/sopa and across the reddit community at large. You have made a difference in this fight; and as we near the next stage, and after much thought, talking with experts, and hearing the overwhelming voices from the reddit community, we have decided that we will be blacking out reddit on January 18th from 8am–8pm EST…

Posted 1899 days ago in Geek

Hackers to Put Their Own Internet into Space

There’s more than one way to stick it to The Man… a team of German hackers are building a hacker-owned-and-operated space program, complete with a constellation of communications satellites beaming uncensored Internet to users on the ground…

Posted 1903 days ago in Geek

New Rational Calendar Proposed

Time is eternal, but methods of tracking it are not — and so a Johns Hopkins University astronomer wants to replace leap years and floating dates with a sleek and standardized system for the world…

Posted 1911 days ago in Geek

The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish…

Posted 1912 days ago in Geek

Solar Trade War

[US + China] A solar trade war could undermine decades of international innovation and stall the global adoption of advanced solar technology…

Posted 1917 days ago in Geek

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