Weekend Link Roundup, Sunday March 8th

  • B-Live Share and Groove Armada
    Clever viral marketing campaign rewards you with free music if you recruit your friends to Bacardi's marketing site. Yes, that link is indeed trying to recruit you, but at least you get a free Groove Armada track until midnight tonight :-) If the financial markets can do Ponzi schemes why not the music market?
  • Sydney software dev faces lawsuit for iPhone app
    "Developers who write useful applications with government data should get awards not lawsuits."
  • Open the Path - free filesystems?
    "After spending some time ensuring open standards for our documents, do we need to start paying attention to filesystems. the question is what should government do, if anything at all." (Aslam works for the South African government)
  • Economist calculates optimum term of copyright: 14 years!
    An old link but it remains vibrantly relevant. It seems the case that copyright has been extended far beyond what would be justified by its benefit to society is clearly demonstrated here. We are long overdue for a reset, and the arrival of the internet is the perfect opportunity to realign the social contract behind copyright.
  • Fight against terror 'spells end of privacy'
    I wonder if anyone in our establishment in the UK has actually seen "V for Vendetta" or read "1984" as anything but a guide-book?
  • Brian Kahin: Microsoft Roils the World with FAT Patents
    Much to agree with in this hard-hitting piece. No matter how it's dressed, this is about chilling the use of Linux in embedded applications.
Comments:

Its funny the excuses railcorp were using, that service disruptions would not be updated to the app and would reflect poorly on their reputation. Railcorp have a reputation for being corrupt, inept and inefficient...a reputation which in the publics eye could barely get any worse. Another case of public servants looking for something to do other than their actual job.

Posted by Ché Kristo on March 08, 2009 at 04:43 PM PDT #

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