"The concept of anarchism has always appealed to me"
says a senior ranking London Police Commissioner on Urban 75
(posting as 'Brian the Commander'). "Say nothing on the web you wouldn't say on the office notice board" runs the popular wisdom, and Scotland Yard is set to call him to heel
But which serves us best - Dixon of Dock Green, slavishly following Police Federation convention, or Descartes of Dock Green, letting it all hang out?
posted by RichLyon
on Feb 22, 2002 -
Can the opening of a countires 'cyber-borders' contribute to the liberalisation (small 'l') of the society?
Iran has a rapidly increasing
population, as well as a rapidly increasing online percentage, they have sports sites
(they seem to like soccer), portals
and the 'IranMania'
Can un-censored access to the internet help build tolerance
posted by asok
on Feb 22, 2002 -
"...The Copyright Office followed almost to the letter the RIAA's wish list."
The final nail may be about to be driven into the coffin of online music streaming in the US, as the Copyright Office issued its notice of proposed rulemaking on the issue. The proposed rules are extremely favorable to the RIAA, to the point where many streamers are saying they'll simply have to shut down. Even worse, any ruling will be retroactive to 1998, and streamers will have to pay the announced rate on everything they've streamed since that year.
posted by aaron
on Feb 20, 2002 -
Corporate censorship in China
(via slashdot). I guess censorship and collusion in the repression of people is okay if you're making profits for your shareholders. An eye-opening look into the way that corporations are helping to facilitate censorship on the Internet in China. AOL and Yahoo's attitudes to what I thought were universal human rights is nothing short of sickening.
posted by pixelgeek
on Feb 18, 2002 -
Is Comcast modifying your packets?
With the transition from @home to Comcast it seems that Comcast is considering the possibility of intercepting your port 80 web traffic and inserting ads or selling your browsing history to marketers. According to Federal law isn't monitoring and altering your traffic illegal or does that not apply to large corporations? With a possible AT&T/Comcast merger this is a little scary.
posted by suprfli
on Feb 11, 2002 -
Click and pay?
Imagine if one company held the right to collect a fee each time an Internet user clicked on a Web site link...
posted by Spoon
on Feb 11, 2002 -
The guy who wrote Your CSS Bores Me
(previously linked and discussed here
) has decided to accept his own challenge. For the month of February, he will be applying a different stylesheet to the index page of his site, with no manipulation of the HTML document itself. This is one to watch, if you're also a code geek.
posted by Su
on Feb 5, 2002 -
Attack of the Luddites?
A group from my high school visited Mendocino High School in the early 1990's to see how they were implementing internet access, as we were getting ready to do the same. We were, frankly, jealous of their "fat pipe," their all-wired classrooms and their much-vaunted community support. Things are apparently much different now. "Wireless Free Mendocino has been instrumental in defeating attempts to bring cell phone and a high-speed Internet service to the town's 1,000-odd residents. Now the group is trying to force the high school radio station to remove its antenna from the school roof -- a move that could sound the death knell for the struggling student outfit."
posted by Lynsey
on Jan 23, 2002 -
AOL's Netscape sues Microsoft
for damage done to its Netscape Internet browser by violations of antitrust law found in a separate government case against the software giant. "I don't see this case as primarily about money. I see it as primarily about injunctive relief,'' said Steve Salop, a Georgetown University law professor.
posted by hitsman
on Jan 22, 2002 -
What is the future of online news.
Will subscription eventually win through? Is there a viable business model that will allow independent publishers (such as Salon) to survive, or will we see further media consolidation? Where does blogging fit into this spectrum?
posted by RobertLoch
on Dec 19, 2001 -
Is it just me or does AdCritic.com
suck now? I remember a year or two ago it was a great place to check out the latest, funniest commercials. It's been months now since I've even been able to successfully view a commercial there, and their Top 10 Lists never change -- and usually only feature ads that contain allusions to women's underwear. Did "new management" take over?
posted by robbie01
on Dec 15, 2001 -
Watch where you link.
The recent court findings in the DeCSS case apparently included the ruling that linking to a site containing illegal material -- even if it's just to report that fact to others -- is not protected as free speech (and possibly illegal). [NYTimes link; login: metafi/metafi]
posted by mattpfeff
on Dec 14, 2001 -
A pyramid scheme for web traffic?
ExitBlaze apparently sends traffic from one member's site to another's (or, no doubt, to other sites they must sell hits to): Bob doesn't know it but a pop-underwindow displaying an ExitBlaze member's site has just shown up underneath the main browser window.
And Bob owes it all to you!
posted by mattpfeff
on Dec 11, 2001 -
(once one of the world's largest Internet gaming networks) is created. Makes money. BeTech buys Kali to impress investors. BeTech stops paying for upkeep. ISPs get peeved. No more Kali. Or is there?
Is this a funeral or a phoenix? And is there anything else on the 'Net about this? I'm coming up with bupkus.
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 9, 2001 -
Been to a USGS site today?
What about your favorite national park site
? Probably not, since all are part of the U.S. Department of the Interior
, whose external network connections have been severed due to electronic security concerns raised by the court in the case Cobell v. Norton
(formerly Cobell v. Babbitt).
With no external email or access to the Internet could you do your job? How dependent is your workplace on electronic information access? (Since all their websites are down, I have no direct link to post. A copy of the memo was sent to the members by the admin of a USGS email distribution list.)
posted by carobe
on Dec 7, 2001 -
Why Don't People Read Newspapers from Other Countries?
The early promise of the Web was that it would create a smaller world. Yet, most individuals read their local newspaper or their favorite national newspaper online. For example, most people I speak to are surprised that there are English newspapers in Pakistan- there are at least two good ones- Dawn
and The Friday Times
. I see a lot of posts on MeFi from UK papers such as The Guardian and also from Australian papers. How about the English newspapers from the rest of the world? Have we stopped browsing?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Dec 4, 2001 -
unhappy with web users who are unnecessarily drawn to your site in the pursuit of non-existent content? does it bog down your bandwidth? solution? write a metadata tag that specifically excludes certain terms from search engine hits by the simply defining them as non-words.
posted by bwg
on Dec 2, 2001 -
Excite turns out the lights.
For the last four years Excite's portal page
has been my daily stop for news, stocks, showtimes, weather, etc. But they've been turning off services for weeks, and now the whole portal seems to be dead. Are free news portals soon to be quaint memory? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6
on Nov 29, 2001 -
PrintCafe sues idiot.
Literally. They are suing several individuals who posted anonymous comments on F---edCompany's message boards. So far, all they have are the aliases the comments were posted under, namely "Ex-DLJ", "sucky-me", and "idiot!". Apparently that's all they're going to get, since Pud says here
, "FC servers contain no logs
". Also of note is item number 4 on this page
of the letter Pud received.
posted by Potsy
on Nov 28, 2001 -
"The Web, left to its own devices, would be the exact opposite of that: It's like a giant city with no neighborhoods; it needs these kind of meta-filters
, these second-level kind of things, whether it is Yahoo or Google or Slashdot, to rein in that chaos and turn it to something more organized." From the second page
of an interview
with the author of Emergence
, Steven Johnson (also co-founder of Feed
posted by adrianhon
on Nov 28, 2001 -
As usual, when it's the U.S. turn, they play by different rules
How come Russian and Scandinavian hackers can be charged under U.S. law for activities done in their home countries, yet when an American company gets a very reasonable request (IP tracking that it is done for web banners anyway) from a judge overseas, the U.S. grabs the free speech / local law argument.
posted by magullo
on Nov 8, 2001 -
Want to Link to Auto-Zone?
Well make sure you read, fill out, and sign this form, then fax it back to Auto-Zone's legal team. A search on Google
reveals that many companies have "Linking Agreements." Mostly large companies looking to protect themselves, presumably in part from being linked from 'the wrong sites'... is this a right that a website owner has, or should have?
posted by cell divide
on Nov 7, 2001 -
? *gasp* Well, according to this ZDNet article, it's a movement. With price hikes and a souring economy, some people can't justify the cost. Could you let it go?
posted by hotdoughnutsnow
on Nov 7, 2001 -
aggregates the latest news coverage on tomorrow's elections and highlights Tuesday's weather in Virginia
, New Jersey
and New York City
. All of the forecasts say it's going to be a wonderful day -- sunny and mostly sunny -- as voters go to the polls. But here's the real question: Does this favor Democrats or Republicans?
posted by flip
on Nov 5, 2001 -
Design for a Web Filtering Service. Phil Agre
, an associate professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the editor of the rather popular mailing list called The Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE)
. In his latest email to the group, Phil picks up the issue of community web filtering and announces that he started a yahoo! group
on the topic. The prime goal of the group will be the design of software to power what he calls a webfilter, "a cross between a discussion
list, a weblog, and a bookmark file".
posted by HeikoH
on Nov 5, 2001 -
The Idea Line
is a Java-based timeline of net artworks, arranged in a fan of luminous threads. Each thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of technology. Note - requires some patience as it streams in slow even over my company T-1.
posted by willnot
on Oct 29, 2001 -
FBI Seeking to Wiretap Internet
"FBI has plans to change the architecture of the Internet and route traffic through central servers that it would be able to monitor e-mail more easily." (via InstaPundit)
posted by Mick
on Oct 27, 2001 -