Today’s News

All the news that's fit to rant aboutI‘m back, just in time for Marriage Protection Week. Wait ’til I tell my wife. Maybe I’ll write a poem for her like President Bush did for Laura.
Ford started the first assembly line on this day in 1913. USSR’s Luna 3 satellite shows far side of the moon for the first time in 1959. The MPAA started rating films in 1968. And it’s Election Day in California. Allow a little extra time for voting; the 135 candidates for governor are in random order on the ballot. I sent in my absentee ballot last week voting against the recall. No matter what you think of Gray Davis, the recall process just doesn’t work, as we’ll learn when Arnold is elected and then recalled within six months. And now the tech news…

  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday instructed the FCC to reconsider its policy requiring DSL providers to open their networks but exempting cable modem providers. The ruling could mean that cable companies will have to offer other ISPs access to their broadband service. The FCC will appeal.

  • Micrsosoft reveals planned changes in Internet Explorer in response to Eolas patent victory. Users will be prompted each time an ActiveX control is to be loaded. Content providers are encouraged to provide data in non-ActiveX form, as well. Well it’s about time – ActiveX is a proprietary standard that leaves out all non-Windows users. It’s insecure, to boot.
  • Here’s one way to beat Linux. Microsoft is working with Phoenix to put DRM and other parts of Windows into the BIOS.
  • ICANN stands up to Verisign, and wins, at least temporarily.
  • US Supreme Court hands RAMBUS a victory in fraud case. The company still faces civil charges from the FTC over not disclosing its pending patents to memory standards group. The group unwittingly incorporated RAMBUS technologies into the standard and now RAMBUS is demanding royalties from makers of DDR and SDRAM.
  • Sony shows PSX in Japan. Available later this year in Japan, the product may debut elsewhere by next year. The $720 PSX combines Tivo-like functions with a PS/2 and DVD player.
  • Charter sues recording industry over P2P subpoenas.
  • New Thinkpads have built-in shock protection.
  • Survey says, only 50,000 blogs are updated daily and most bloggers give up within one year. Perseus Development Corp. randomly surveyed 3,634 of the estimated 4.12 million blogs online and found that two-thirds hadn’t been updated in over two months. Over one million blogs only contained a single day’s posts. Active blogs were updated on average every 14 days. Only 106,579 of the hosted blogs were updated on average at least once a week. Fewer than 50,000 were updated daily. There’s lots more in the report – it’s interesting reading. QOTD: When’s the last time you updated your blog.

20 Replies to “Today’s News”

  1. RE: Marriage Protection Week
    Will this act uphold my right to marry a complete stranger in a mass wedding held in a football stadium?
    Bad Dubya! Baaaaaad!!

  2. I can honestly say I was updating my blog before I moved half way across the country. 🙂 I’m starting to get back into the groove I had before and I updatd it last night.

  3. I can honestly say that I update my blog at least every weekday, though it gets tiring and I may give it up after a year (which is coming up in November).

  4. Oh great… Just what we need: the government sticking its hand in marriages.
    I’ve always thought Bush was an idiot, and that poem proves it!

  5. I have a blog and I update it about 3 times a week. Sometimes, there’s just nothing to blog about. I find it very relaxing to express my opinions on the web, where anyone can read them. Not that they WILL, but they can if they want! I think its a healthy way to express your opinions.

  6. Leo, I beg of you, please stick to tech news in your blog. You are great with tech news but unfortunately that acumen does not seem to cross over into the realm of politics.
    Your reasoning for being against the recall is that “the recall process just doesn’t work.” Why have you made such a statement? Well, because in your words “we’ll learn when Arnold is elected and then recalled within six months.” One of the many problems with your statement is that it is very unlikely that Arnold will actually be recalled in 6 months. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of the recall either (or of Arnold for that matter), but your reasoning on political issues seems to be a bit haphazard.

  7. On Marriage Protection Week–“By supporting responsible child-rearing and strong families, my Administration is seeking to ensure that every child can grow up in a safe and loving home.” Do you think the Prez sent this to his brother, cuz you know he’s done such a good job with his kids! 😉

  8. Martin,
    The name of this site is Leoville – not Techville. It’s Leo’s blog and he’ll put whatever he wants on it. I enjoy a few non-tech anecdotes as 1) its interesting to hear political perspectives from non-political analysts, 2) it adds another dimension to the person we tune into even if his reasoning isn’t exhaustively elucidated. Asking him to keep it tech-only is like asking him not to discuss his family or what books he’s reading at home *on his own site.*

  9. Laura should have kept mum to spare this latest embarassment. “Dubya’s a poet and the nation doesn’t know it”? That poem was abominable. It is exactly what I expected from him though. You would think a librarian would have higher intellectual standards for their mate. Oh well.

  10. Leo… ScreenSavers and your Blog missed a critical point of the Active Content IE story. It’s not just ActiveX controls affected… Flash and Acrobat are also affected by this change… Every call to a Flash file uses and tags, and these tags are affected by the patent.
    It’s going to be a major pain for any sites with Flash files… but work for web developers like me!!!
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate/
    Download the IE test and try a site with a lot of Flash on it, like http://www.flashkit.com – watch what happens!
    Here is a page that describes the code changes that will be required…
    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/activecontent/articles/devletter.html
    And here is Macromedia’s webpage on the issue…
    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/activecontent/

  11. That blog survey was crap. They ramdomly surveyed only around 3,600 blogs, and drew almost all their demographics from LiveJournal(you know, the one where you have to either know someone or pay to get in?). Very unscientific. I was disappointed, to say the least. I’ve seen more compelling research done by undergrads.

  12. Libs so desparate they have to attack a personal poem penned from a husband to his wife. Nice.
    Oh well, maybe if they had some IDEAS they might offer them too.

  13. L = Liberal
    E = Educated
    O = Oaf
    Let me help you out with your reason for not liking the recall. The person being recalled is a democrat. If it were the other way around, your reaction would be something like Power to the people!
    Question for all the other people who blog. Who actually reads your blog? Do you think people care about what you have to say or do you do it for another reason?

  14. LOL, good one, Suzie! I also love how it’s presumed that gay couples are incapable of having a “safe and loving” home.

  15. Sorry – the tags I posted got lost… here is the sentence affected.
    Every call to a Flash file uses <OBJECT&rt; and <EMBED&rt; tags, and these tags are affected by the patent.
    If it were just what you’d consider ActiveX, it wouldn’t be so bad… but this will affect millions of sites.

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