>> PREVIOUS NEWS <<
In a bitter-sweet double reversal of fortune, it sounds like
the attempt to sneak software patents by the Europarliament
next week has been averted, while the delayed EUCD is
spinning backwards in time to the present. There still maybe
a slim chance of stopping the SOFTWARE PATENTS LEGISLATION
from arriving at Brussels in such bad shape: Ian Clarke (off
of Freenet) has put up a non-anonymous, non-distributed CGI
script that lets businesses write up exactly how devastating
the new patents will be to them, and passes them onto the
relevant authorities. It's not quite FaxYourMEP, but it'll
help. Meanwhile, anonymous sources say that the UK
implementation of the EUCD is pretty much marked up. Any
changes there are don't have much to do with consumer
rights: we'll be seeing what damage *that'll* be wreaking on
the tech community after this short break.
- full details on the shenanigans
- should have patented contactyourrepresentative when we had the chance
- some MEPS could do with a bit of help with tech issues
Talking of non-anonymous, PHIL MARLEY wrote in last week to
point out that the mystery NTK reader who wrote to their MP
and got questions asked in the House about STAND wasn't a
mystery, and had in fact mailed us a month ago to tell us
what he'd done. Cheers, Phil! Your name has now been given
its rightful place on the Internet. There may be a prize.
- also, it looks like the police won't be running the Internet
And while we're digging through the news feedback slushpile,
we're still getting folk asking if we're going to fork the
Jargon File, or set up the Jargon Wiki, or join them in some
anti-ESR outback militia who are - as we speak - tooling up
with daisies and big hugs outside his house. Well, as so
many noted on slashdot, euro-weenie anti-capitalist
crypto-communist running dogs like us are the last people
you'd want to take over. But maybe, we'd suggest, at least
for new entries, a couple of citations each would provide
more context. After all, it's what ESR requests from outside
contributors. And it'd be a good filter on what might
otherwise look like his own coinages.
- or you could just rename it "Dude, you've just described hacking!"
- as he's saying about everything these days
>> ANTI-NEWS <<
berating the obvious
interminable GLASTONBURY sessions now provided with 26 hours to
... at the end of a string of beers, there is:
http://www.ntk.net/2003/06/27/nullbeer.png ... poorly chosen
domains are the new google typos: http://www.twatravel.com/ ...
ORDER OF PHOENIX now available on Web, reels MSNBC, notes that
1.8MB file is "about the size of a few digital music files":
http://www.msnbc.com/news/930285.asp?cp1=1 ... "discreet maths"
advised at Ncipher: http://www.ncipher.com/careers/jobs.html ...
STEVE JOBS announces G5 "twice as quiet" as G4. What, only
-3db? ... REGISTER flashes back to the Apple IIGS:
http://www.ntk.net/2003/06/27/doh16bit.jpg ... come now, they
don't look *so* bad: http://www.ntk.net/2003/06/27/dohgoogle.png
... and google typos are to be merging with BBC mistakes:
>> TRACKING <<
sufficiently advanced technology : the gathering
Kevin Burton's RSS aggregator NEWSMONSTER stomps towards 1.0
and a place as one of the first respectable Java 'n' Mozilla
cross-plaform apps. It sits in that barely-used Moz sidebar
and grinds through RSS feeds, spitting them out as local
HTML on an hourly basis. There are some kinks to being an
in-browser aggro: you sometimes wish you could pop that
sidebar somewhere more convenient. The semantics of a "read"
blog entry are a bit strained (entries don't dim like a
newsreader; their link changes colour like a browser). But
there are synergies, too: being able to subscribe to a feed
just by right-clicking on the page is great. Integration
means you can bang through your n^2 subscriptions that much
more quickly. And given Newsmonster is already sitting in
the kitchen sink, there's no harm in slapping in features
like Technorati and Feedster searches. The Pro version
($29.95) currently gets you more the promise of ambitious
future featres than actual implementations right now -
mainly because Burton's not turned on his much-awaited
reputation system. But if you think of your payment as more
of a Streetperformer Protocol tip-on-future-development, it
seems a fair price.
- the source version is also the Pro version, btw
- "micropayments: still in the future"
>> MEMEPOOL <<
ceci n'est pas une http://www.gagpipe.com/
"Brandon Trinity hopes his songs bring a little joy to
everyone who listens": http://www.listentothefuture.com/ ...
top trumps for bad people: http://snurfer.org/cgi-bin/cctrumps.pl ...
two slightly distorted versions of the CD audio standard:
but who wins in a fight? http://www.illusionary.com/GNOMEvKDE.html ...
what is supposed to happen in the office when you go home:
www.divstivs.plus.com/iconwar/ ... camwhoring if you only have a pen:
... what *actually* happens in the office when you go home:
http://members.chello.nl/~s.ferris/images/Dsc00065.jpg ... let
the bitter internecine geek clan wars begin!: http://londongeek.org/
>> GEEK MEDIA <<
get out much less
FILM>> Eliza "Faith from Buffy" Dushku and friends run into
West Virginia's most meticulous Texas Chainsaw/ Deliverance
re-enactment society, in brutal woodland chase horror WRONG
TURN ( http://www.screenit.com/movies/2003/wrong_turn.html :
people jump from a tall tower into a nearby tree; people shoot
arrows at others, including some in a tree)... Jim Carrey bids
to be hailed the god of overacting comedy in BRUCE ALMIGHTY
( http://www.capalert.com/capreports/brucealmighty.htm : this
movie has problems but cheapening of God and believers is NOT
one of them; [no] mention of God's Son nor any mention of our
need for redemption through the precious blood of Jesus)...
otherwise Laurence "Morpheus" Fishburne enters a Matrix
resembling an African-American version of "2 Fast 2 Furious" -
but on motorbikes - in BIKER BOYZ ( http://www.bbfc.co.uk/ :
contains single use of strong language and moderate violence)
... and the full address of the killer website actually turns
out to be the - slashdot-inspired? - "www.feardotcom.com" in
long-delayed Natascha McElhone "The Ring" ripoff cyberbollocks
FEARDOTCOM ( http://www.screenit.com/movies/2002/feardotcom.html :
it's possible the film could inspire some kids to look for
websites that purportedly show live deaths or torture, etc;
another dead body shows bare breasts)...
>> SMALL PRINT <<
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