I've been surfing around this morning, checking out various lists of top stories in technology for this year and predictions for next year. Technology Review includes municipal Wi-Fi, silicon photonics, social machines (social media/Web 2.
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It's seems normal that the year in technology ends with a critical Windows vulnerability. George Ou is setting the record straight on the critical WMF vulnerability, including the worthless fixes and the real fix, which results in Explorer being unable to display thumbnail images.
I was really glad to see Dave Winer say that, in his opinion, the problems that he and other people are having with their iPods and iTunes are DRM-related. Dave: It is the real culprit and your issues are real evidence of why the "R" in DRM stands for "restrictions" and not "rights.
While doing a little last minute Christmas shopping last week, I noticed a book called Spychips. The subtitle of the book is "How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.
Yesterday, Salesforce.com posted a more complete explanation and a mea culpa for its Dec.
Phil Wainewright writes about the salesforce.com service outage that happened this week.
Under the questionable rubric of "Web 2.0" (see my treatise on the uncomputer), there have been a lot of events that, if you ask me, run incredibly counter to this new culture of open API provision and mashup development.
Or even better, the uncomputer. When I think about what today's operating systems are -- Windows, OS X, Linux, etc -- I mostly seem them as collections of application programming interfaces (APIs) that give developers easy access to resources (displays, networks, file systems, user interfaces, etc.
Worth reading: Roland Piquepaille posted his year end summary with his top 10 little-known science stories of the year on his ZDNet blog. Here's his list, but there are many more little-known or weird science posts on his blog, such as a scarf that changes color according to what you wear, biopaper for organ printing and nanoarmor of the future.
Worth watching: During the When 2.0 workshop Will Wright, chief Electronic Arts designer, gave a fascinating talk about games and time [watch the video].