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14 Apr 2014

The Authors Guild Enters a Parallel Reality Copyright Law

I used to say to our audiences: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it!"
- Upton Sinclair, I, Candidate for Governor: And how I Got Licked, (1935), p. 109
In November, the Authors Guild suffered a
crushing defeat in their long running suit against Google's book scanning project, with a broad decision agreeing with Google that the scans are protected by fair use. Not surprisingly, they're making a last ditch appeal to the Second Circuit. While I see no realistic chance of them winning, not least because Judge Chin who wrote that decision is now a well respected member of the court to which they are appealing, it's always interesting to see how they think they'll get the court to reverse. Having read their brief, all I can say is, it's really strange.

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13 Apr 2014

Open Source software is the worst kind except for all of the others Internet

Heartbleed, for anyone who doesn't read the papers, is a serious bug in the popular OpenSSL security library. Its effects are particularly bad, because OpenSSL is so popular, used to implement the secure bit of https: secure web sites on many of the most popular web servers such as apache, nginx, and lighttpd.

A few people have suggested that the problem is that OpenSSL is open source, and code this important should be left to trained professionals. They're wrong. The problem is that writing and testing cryptographic software is really, really hard.

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07 Apr 2014

Yahoo addresses a security problem by breaking every mailing list in the world Email
DMARC is what one might call an emerging e-mail security scheme. It's emerging pretty fast, since many of the largest mail systems in the world have already implemented it, including Gmail, Hotmail/MSN/Outlook, Comcast, and Yahoo.

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26 Mar 2014

A little whois help ICANN
For a long time, the easiest way to look up the WHOIS information for a domain has been to use whois-servers.net, which has kept a list of a lot of WHOIS servers that you can look up in the DNS. To look up something in, say blah.tld you point your WHOIS program at blah.whois-servers.net. Many open source WHOIS clients will do that automatically, or with a flag. But with all the new TLDs added every week, they're falling behind.

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19 Mar 2014

New TLD update ICANN
Here's a chart showing the ten largest new TLDs and the number of domains in each one, going back five days. It's updated every day around 3 AM New York time, so visit early and often.

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