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The Web for Beginners
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:54 am EST, Dec 13, 2009

The web is a man with strange thumbs.

The Web for Beginners

EFF representing Memestreams again DMCA attack from TI
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:07 pm EDT, Oct 14, 2009

The EFF is representing Tom against TI their DMCA takedown filed against Memestreams.

The crux of this letter from the EFF to TI was the same point many of us were discussing on Memestreams the very day the DMCA notice was served: The TI signing key that was cracked does not protect access to copyrighted material. This is not the same thing as using DeCSS to decrypt the contents of DVDs on a unauthorized and unlicensed devices. That would be circumventing an encryption method (CSS) used to protect copyright material (the film on the DVD). That *would* be a violation of the DMCA. Just go ask 2600 about that...

But that's not whats happening in this case.

The TI signing key allows software written by anyone to run on TI hardware that someone owns. The TI hardware checks the signature (created by signing key) of any software it tries to run. Now that the signing key has been published anyone can run new, non-TI software on TI hardware they have ownership of.This is not a copyright issue in anyway, shape, or form. The DCMA does not apply. This (among other things) is what the EFF is asserting.

Frankly, that's fairly obvious, cut and dry. Having been on the receiving end of a DMCA threat and the countless other cases where baseless DMCA claims are used to shut smart people up, I'm optimistic that the EFF will prevail.

But that's not what's interesting.

What *is* interesting are the legal issues around private keys. Is a private key a trade secret? A 3rd party, through no illegal act, who independently discovers the a trade secret can utilize or publish that secret. Only we aren't talking about the Coca-Cola formula here. Public and private keys are mathematically linked. You can derive a private key, given a public one. It just can be very very (infinite grains of sands on a beach) hard. Or not. As in the TI case. You can't patent a private key, that kind of makes it public. ;-) So what do we do? Does there need to be some new kind of IP protections beyond traditional ones like patents, trademarks, and trade secrets? Are massive efforts to compute a mathematical value legal? Is it based on what that value protects or unlocks? Is it based on the intent of the people who derive the value? Homebrew software developers vs. Blueray crackers?

While I hope this matter is resolved quickly for Tom's sake, I would like to see some of these other legal issues addressed.

EFF representing Memestreams again DMCA attack from TI

Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:13 am EDT, Jul 29, 2009

There are two types of schedule, which I'll call the manager's schedule and the maker's schedule. The manager's schedule is for bosses. It's embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals.

When you use time that way, it's merely a practical problem to meet with someone. Find an open slot in your schedule, book them, and you're done.

But there's another way of using time that's common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can't write or program well in units of an hour. That's barely enough time to get started.

When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon...

Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule

ATDC is Hiring Bioscience Peeps
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:36 am EDT, Jul 17, 2009

Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute (EII) ATDC seeks a candidate to serve as a Manager of ATDC Venture Catalyst to manage the day-to-day operation of the ATDC Biosciences Center. For more specific information about EII, visit For more specific information about ATDC, visit Salary for this position will be commensurate with education and experience. For this position, Georgia Tech offers competitive benefits including vacation accrual rate of 21 days per year, sick time accrual, plus one week vacation during the Christmas and New Year holidays, choice between two pension plans, several supplemental retirement savings plans, medical/dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and many additional benefits. For an overview of Georgia Tech�s benefits, visit the Office of Human Resources (OHR) web site and navigate to the �Benefits� section.

ATDC is Hiring Bioscience Peeps

Ajaxian » jQuery Visualize: Updated accessible charts and graphs
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:44 pm EDT, Jul 10, 2009

Scott Jehl has released jQuery Visualize, the plugin that groks HTML tables and generates lovely charts from it, all from a simple $('table').visualize(); (lot's of options for you to twiddle too if you want).

This is damn cool!

On a side note, when will Firefox get a "right click open in Excel" for HTML tables? That is one of the only reasons I open IE anymore.

Ajaxian » jQuery Visualize: Updated accessible charts and graphs

I'm all up in your supercomputers laughing at your datas...
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:15 am EDT, Jun 28, 2009

I'm all up in your supercomputers laughing at your datas...

A Small Orange: Atlanta Coworking Survey
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:43 pm EDT, Jun 26, 2009

Someone might actually open a coworking space here for startups. Take their survey.

A Small Orange: Atlanta Coworking Survey

Retina Blur
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:05 pm EDT, Jun 22, 2009

Dear Richard,

When you name a song after a disease, one I was just told that I may have, you make it harder to find information about that disease when your song's search-engine-optimization beats the actual disease's information. Which is a douchebag thing to do, Richard.

Maybe name your next Song 'Pancreatic Cancer,' or 'Cirrhosis of the Liver' and you might up the mortality rate by making it harder to get good information about all kinds of diseases!

Obviously as a musical artist you may not have thought the SEO implications through, but I would encourage you to do so in the future. A less technically apt person suffering from this symptom might not be able to filter your song, and this is probably not the market you're trying to reach with your music.


Retina Blur

Today's Harvest
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:02 pm EDT, Jun 20, 2009

Today's harvest.

Today's Harvest

Vibram FiveFingers: Classic - Male
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:55 pm EDT, Jun  7, 2009

Male Version - This patented FiveFingers design takes a minimalist approach to barefooting. Non-marking Vibram TC1 performance rubber soles protect your feet and provide a sure grip over a variety of terrain. A thin, abrasion-resistant stretch polyamide fabric fits low on the foot—for comfort and quick drying.

Vibram FiveFingers: Classic - Male

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