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crypto and public policy

Archive for August, 2003

SCO vs. Ethical Software

Posted: Sunday, August 31st, 2003 @ 1:40 am in Free Software | Comments Off

Imagine, for a second, Ford accusing Toyota of stealing their clever headlight technology. Toyota responds “bull, that is ridiculous,” then Ford turns around and declares “okay, then, before the courts make any decision on the validity of our claims, we’re going to discredit you in the press, take cheap shots like calling you ‘thieves’, and [...]

Can So Many People Be Wrong?

Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2003 @ 2:53 am in General | Comments Off

I’m back from a summer traveling in Europe and South America. Having spent more than half of my life living outside the US, I have some amount of perspective on what people think of this country and how those feelings have evolved over time. And I must say, it’s not a pretty picture. I vividly [...]

Owning Up to What I Said: Mike Hawash

Posted: Wednesday, August 6th, 2003 @ 5:05 pm in Policy | 6 Comments »

Hopefully I won’t have to link to Fox News too often, but it appears that Mike Hawash just pled guilty to charges of attempted terrorism. Mike is an Intel employee, originally from Lebanon but since naturalized and perfectly integrated into American society. He was said to be a material witness, a cause which allows law [...]

Is There a Geek on the Plane?

Posted: Monday, August 4th, 2003 @ 4:02 pm in General | 1 Comment »

I tend to pick my flights – especially the long ones – according to the plane model. Boeing 777s and Airbus A300s tend to be newer purchases with the latest and greatest in per-seat entertainment technology. So, given that my Paris/New-York flight this weekend was a Boeing 747 for large summer travel capacity, I was [...]

Zittrain: Copyright Good in Theory, Bad in Practice

Posted: Monday, August 4th, 2003 @ 3:53 pm in Policy | Comments Off

Jonathan Zittrain writes about copyright, and why it’s so broken right now when, in theory, it could be great. As usual, he’s clear, points to incredible examples, and makes you smile along the way. This is great stuff for anyone who wants to understand why so many of us techie/law people are frustrated with copyright [...]