June, 2005

  1. Mon, 27 Jun 2005

    Since Robert brought grokster up, and I’ve been reading the opinions and commentary on the opinions for about two hours now, I guess I’ll blog my simplified reading of what the case means. As pgo readers should know by now, IANAL, but that seems worth saying again since this will be the most pseudo-lawyerly thing…

  2. Sun, 26 Jun 2005

    Only one day left to vote in the LJ annual popularity contest aka ‘reader’s choice awards’. I’ve in the past said ‘I don’t care about these things’, but I finally came around when I realized that many newbies (including the media, sadly) look to these things for cues about the state of the software. Even…

  3. Sun, 26 Jun 2005

    Fascinating how lucky Free Software got, in a lot of ways. We got fairly good before we got popular (so hard these days); and our rock stars were skilled creators of Free Software first and rock stars secondarily- for a long time they led mostly by example. Outside Gilberto Gil and Lessig (who despite being…

  4. Sat, 25 Jun 2005

    Today I’m at the summit for iCommons, the org for promoting/organizing Creative Commons at the international level. Very cool meeting so far; the energy is really quite spectacular and the international flavor is like GUADEC, except better funded (thanks to Soros) and better spoken (more lawyers, less geeks.) They are having fun with flickr; there…

  5. Fri, 24 Jun 2005

    Another great tidbit from today, very, very badly paraphrased from Charles Nesson: The non-profit, in the basically rhetorical environment of the web, has a competitive advantage, because it has clarity of purpose and message, which means that the information it conveys is trusted and liked.

  6. Fri, 24 Jun 2005

    Still enjoying iLaw; pictures soon. This morning’s lectures are on software (copyright and patent). Jonathan Zittrain is speaking right ATM, and he captures the distinction between FSF and proprietary software fairly succintly: So, you’re in a hallway at MIT, and you have a great idea. ‘Eureka!’ The instinct at MIT at the time was ‘Eureka!…

  7. Wed, 22 Jun 2005

    Seb has packaged gtk 2.7.0 for Ubuntu; I’m happy, but waiting for others to package it for FC4 and SUSE 9.3 users. A bunch of us locked ourselves in my living room yesterday and looked at Summer of Code proposals. We actually got Seth out of bed by 10am, and kept going until nearly 9pm.…

  8. Mon, 20 Jun 2005

    If you live in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, or Wisconsin, and you want to be able to record TV in the future at your own discretion (instead of the movie industry’s) run, don’t walk, to the EFF. They are trying to sneak…

  9. Mon, 20 Jun 2005

    Two quick announce-type-thingies for planet: Evangelia Berdou, who has attended the past several GUADECs, and is generally cool, besides being a student at LSE :) posted an announce about her research to foundation-list. Looks like she’ll be emailing quite a few of us. If you get it, return it to her, please! I’ve been talking…