Gmail now knows who you want to e-mail
by Josh Lowensohn April 17, 2009 2:15 PM PDT
Related What other fun things can Google do?
Google Maps Now Show Views From Webcams
by Erick Schonfeld on April 16, 2009
The latest layer to be turned on in Google Maps is one for webcams. Just click on the “More” button on the top right of each map right next to the “Traffic” button. When you do that, it shows you thumbnails from different public Webcams around the world as tracked by Webcams.travel.
You don’t see an actual video, just the most recent still image captured by the Webcam.
This seems a bit far out, but then I'm having trouble seeing any other use for Twitter and its ilk. (Are they recommending using Twitter to communicate or Twitter-taping users to find terrorist wanna-bes?
Social-media tools could support security
Published: April 16, 2009 at 7:31 PM
WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- National Defense University researchers are encouraging the U.S. Defense Department to develop a strategy to use social media to strengthen national security.
… "If you work in national security, some of these things happening in other countries may affect your job or mission. What's happening over the past couple years is people in other countries are using Facebook, Twitter and blogs to organize. In some cases, even when government security knew it was happening, they were overwhelmed by the amount of people who show up."
This is interesting. Someone actually got it right?
Looking Back at Copyright Predictions
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday April 17, @01:48PM from the 20-20-hindsight dept.
Techdirt has an interesting look back at some of the more interesting predictions on copyright. The article looks at two different pre-DMCA papers and compare them to what has happened in the world of copyright.
"The second paper is by Pamela Samuelson, and it discusses (again, quite accurately) the coming power grab by "copyright maximalists" via the DMCA, entitled The Copyright Grab. It clearly saw the intention of the DMCA to remove user rights, and grant highly questionable additional rights and powers to copyright holders in an online world. Samuelson lays out many concerns about where this is headed -- including how these proposals appear to trample certain fair use rights -- and in retrospect, her fears seem to have been backed up by history. Samuelson, by the way, has just written a new paper that is also worth reading pointing out how ridiculous current copyright statutory rates are -- an issue of key importance in the ongoing Tenebaum lawsuit, which (thankfully) the judge in the case is going to consider."
Related? This could have been a Liberal theme, but the RIAA was there first with big contributions.
Swedish Pirate Party Gains 3000 Members In 7 Hours
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday April 17, @05:33PM from the unintended-consequences dept. Politics
An anonymous reader writes
"Due to outrage over the verdict in The Pirate Bay trial, the Swedish Pirate Party has gained 3000 members in less than 7 hours. It is now bigger than 3 of the 7 parties represented in the Swedish parliament. 'Ruling means that our political work must now be stepped up. We want to ensure that the Pirate Bay activities — to link people and information — is clearly lawful. And we want to do it for all people in Sweden, Europe and the world, continues Rick Falk Vinge. We want it to be open for ordinary people to disseminate and receive information without fear of imprisonment or astronomical damages.'"
Never point out the flaws in a politician's reasoning – wait for some 12-year-old to do it for you.
YouTube's legal end-run irks Korean officials
by Stephen Shankland April 17, 2009 3:23 PM PDT
Google's advice on sidestepping a South Korean law against anonymous YouTube video postings and comments doesn't seem to be sitting well with some of the country's authorities.
Google, citing free-speech concerns, on Monday said it will comply with the Korean law--but by prohibiting uploads and comments rather than by requiring people to verify their identities. And it told people they could work around the constraint by visiting another country's version of the video-sharing site.
Now the backlash is beginning to set in, according to one Korean media report.
"Korea Communications Commission network policy official Hwang Cheol-jeung says that the commission will be examining whether or not Google has engaged in illegal activities in any of the various services it operates in South Korea," the Hankyoreh reported Friday, saying that could include many more Google activities than just YouTube.
[“You made us look dumb. Now we must look for something so we can get even. We've been too lazy to do this before, and we're probably not smart enough to find anything, so we'll have to make something up.” Bob]
A tool for addressing my fans... Just as soon as I get some. Or perhaps I could record a seminar...
ProCaster.com - Showcase Who You Are
Procaster is a unique desktop application that is completely integrated with the Mogulus streaming service, an online video broadcast solution. This solution stands as a player that you can use to start streaming live. Linear and on-demand content can be streamed as well.
… This solution allows users to broadcast live, and broadcast virtually anything at that. Games, webcams and desktops are fully accounted for. This tool is very simple and it can be used by many people.
Ethics and the White hat Hacker Club
Teen Twitter worm writer gets job, spreads new worm
by Elinor Mills April 17, 2009 2:02 PM PDT
The teenager who takes credit for the worms that hit Twitter earlier this week has been hired by a Web application development firm and on Friday released a fifth worm on the microblogging site, he said.
… Mooney is not the first hacker to have parlayed online stunts into profit.
… Rowland said he plans to help guide Mooney away from pranks and toward a promising career as a white hat hacker.
Tool for my website students
DoInk lets you draw, animate in your browser
by Josh Lowensohn April 17, 2009 5:49 PM PDT
DoInk is a free online drawing and animation tool that runs right in your browser. You can treat it like Microsoft Paint and use it to do just a quick doodle, or take advantage of its layer cloning and vector-based designs to create relatively advanced animations.
Toys for my students. (I want the USB Panic Button)
How to hide your tracks at work
by Don Reisinger April 18, 2009 6:00 AM PDT
We all spend some of our time at work doing things that have nothing to do with our job. We surf the Web. We play games. Sure, we all need our downtime, and the enlightened manager knows that. But still, we'd rather just surf in private than deal with the raised eyebrows.
That's why we need ways to ensure that when our boss surprises us or sneaks up behind us, she'll think that we're actually working. Here's a list of apps and services that help.