Tuesday , August 4 2020

Culture and Society

WiFi Marches On: From the First Amendment to Iraq

First, Cory Doctorow presented comments to the FCC (on behalf of the EFF) asking it to allocate unused TV frequencies to unlicensed use under the same terms as the 2.4GHz spectrum in which WiFi runs: The First Amendment calls on government to eschew regulation of who may speak and how …

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Diet Doctor Knocks Noggin, Expires

Dr. Robert C. Atkins, 72, the low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet guru, died several days after suffering a severe head injury during a fall: Atkins died Thursday at the New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center after falling on an icy sidewalk April 8, said his spokesman, Richard Rothstein. He underwent surgery to remove …

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Edward Felten Interview

Interesting Slashdot interview with Fast Eddie Felten, Princeton computer science prof, purveyor of the Freedom to Tinker blog, DRM cracker, and pro-tech/information freedom gadfly: Some legal issues, some technical issues, a little personal insight… This is what Professor Felten gives us here. Some excellent questions rose to the top in …

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42% of Americans Still Offline

New study finds surprising number still in another century: More than half of nonusers said they don’t want Internet access or don’t need it, a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found. It’s not just a matter of not being able to afford a computer or a …

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Madonna Not Digging the P2P

Madonna’s disembodied voice enquires of file sharers, “What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” as they try to download a copy of her “American Life” single via Kazaa or other sharing services. But Madonna isn’t only thwarting file sharers: companies trying to launch legitimate online music services are asking …

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OMG, Administration Email Chats Begin

The Bush team has joined the chat generation, beginning an ongoing series of email Q&A’s between the public and members of the administration last night with Andrew H. Card Jr., President Bush’s chief of staff. However, as the Washington Post cautions: Those who join the chat should not expect a …

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New Jazz Thing

Blogs are blooming with the spring like flowers and bloomy things and stuff. Slicing the bloggy pie into ever finer specialties, radio station KSDS (Jazz 88 San Diego, 88.3 FM) has a jazz blog: The hunt is on for people who are blogging about Jazz, Music, Art, and Radio! Each …

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New Music Copyright Based Upon “Free” Software Model

Harvard Ph.D. candidate Derrick Ashong thinks he has a better way: Ashong, a Ph.D. student in Afro-American Studies and Ethnomusicology, is also CEO of ASAFO Productions, a talent agency that represents new, up-and-coming musical performers – like the funk/harmony/R&B group Ashong himself sings with, Soulfege. But ASAFO Productions does more …

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Dave, Bill and William

Dave Pell, an interesting if overly self-deprecating fellow, has switched his news links and commentary email newsletter to a web-based format, transforming himself simply by a change in technology, into a blogger, voila! His latest essay is a penetrating if somewhat meandering look at the meaning of his favorite reality …

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31 Flavors of WiFi

Arik Hesseldahl has a cogent explanation of the various WiFi’s out there now and coming down the pipe in Forbes: Finally, down the road, Wi-Fi will likely have to speed up again–as there will come a day when 54 megabits per second simply isn’t fast enough. A new IEEE group …

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