Corey Doctorow: Until now, lawmakers have been reluctant to speak out against [the Broadcast and Audio Flags]. A combination of expert lobbying and technological ignorance has made Congress suicidally willing to consider proposals to break America's televisions....
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Is that enough acronyms for you? In this context, BPM is Business Process Management.
Now that Salesforce has experienced two public outtages in as many months (see yesterday's coverage and then the coverage from last month), the very fair question of whether or not the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that drives that and other solutions is ready for the mission critical needs of enterprises is worth asking. After all, if Salesforce.
Wow. Yesterday, Berkman Center fellow David Isenberg publicized his request for a mashup that allows the public to create its own coverage map for the cellular services.
By way of ZDNet reader Derek Flickinger comes the low down on why just about every monitor on the market is about to become obsolete (for HD movie playback). Including many of those big screens hanging on your walls (oops).
Yesterday I posted about a salesforce.com outage that company founder and CEO Marc Benioff called "minor," lasting only about 30 minutes.
Internet Explorer for XP SP2 beta 2 is now out in the wild for the universe to bang on. The official launch will be sometime later this year along with Windows Vista.
Ingrid Marson of ZDNet News UK reports on Linux developer Alan Cox's take on GPL 3:Cox told ZDNet UK that he thinks that many of the changes in GPL 3 are sound: "The majority of it looks very sensible, such as letting copyright information be displayed in an About box rather than relying on command line instructions (as is the case in GPL 2). Some of the more contentious stuff has sensibly been made optional.
Reuters on ZDNN: Internet giant Google is in talks with digital music service Napster over an "extensive alliance" that could include an "outright acquisition," according to a Tuesday report in the New York Post, citing anonymous sources....Google has been in discussions with Napster to offer a digital music service, rather than start one on its own, the Post reported.
Berkman Center fellow David Isenberg has a great idea for a mashup: A mashup that lets people add cellular dead zones (not-spots) to a Google Map? I know several places where I lose service predictably every time I drive there.