November 20, 2011
The French developer Applidium reports that Siri could be run from any device, were it not for a single line of code that authenticates the iPhone to Apple. That is, Apple could license the use or Siri for your car, or your fridge, or your shoes. Hat-tip: Gizmodo.
November 16, 2011
"The Great Firewall of America"
Rebecca MacKinnon has a sobering piece in today's New York Times:
China operates the world’s most elaborate and opaque system of Internet censorship. But Congress, under pressure to take action against the theft of intellectual property, is considering misguided legislation that would strengthen China’s Great Firewall and even bring major features of it to America.
The legislation — the Protect IP Act, which has been introduced in the Senate, and a House version known as the Stop Online Piracy Act — have an impressive array of well-financed backers, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Motion Picture Association of America, the American Federation of Musicians, the Directors Guild of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Screen Actors Guild. The bills aim not to censor political or religious speech as China does, but to protect American intellectual property. Alarm at the infringement of creative works through the Internet is justifiable. The solutions offered by the legislation, however, threaten to inflict collateral damage on democratic discourse and dissent both at home and around the world.