Saturday, October 16, 2021

GitHub DMCA takedowns and software developers


DC Circuit

Ian Corzine gives exposition on the subject oh GitHub DMCA takedowns, generally outside copyright law, and of concern to open-source software developers.

There is still safe harbor available for the service provider.

There has been an important case involving RIAA.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Netflix and its Keeper Policy

disney 2012

Joshua Fluke talks about Netflix and the Keeper Policy. Reminds me of when I was in the hole in 1981 after a cultural misperception. 

He looks at Netflix’s team handbook. They have a “selflessness” paragraph.  They have unspecified vacations.

No mention of vax.   

Thursday, September 30, 2021

delay ios updates if need for stability?

 Small post on delaying an iphone update if you can't afford any instability -- like alone in a remote location, or expecting a hospital stay. Best link for now.  

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Rossmann on why people don't want to return to their old jobs as pandemic hopefully recedes


Provincetown MA 2015-8

Why workers aren’t going back to work, according to Louis Rossmann (June 19).

He talks about trading off what you really want to do, for a stable paycheck. 

But as employers got less reliable, it made more sense to go your own way.

Rossmann talks about his experience in 2008, when he was 19.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Louis Rossmann discusses Biden's employer mandate (>100 employees)


Near Louis's company in Chelsea, 2021-6

 Louis Rossmann discusses Biden’s “vaccine mandate” for employers with over 100 employees.

What if some are contractors?  What if some are part-time?  What if many work from home.

Will this cause disruptions for employers?

Mr. Clinton the Cat sat out the video.

Monday, September 13, 2021

What are the Microsoft "optional preview updates" all about?


storm  PA

Microsoft has started issuing  previews of “optional updates” (or "cumulative update previews") late in the month with planned feature changes, not of a security-related nature.

But experts suggest not doing these until the normal second Tuesday update, because there is some risk of undetected bugs. 

I have noticed that once in a while, even a restart takes longer than expected, and the reliability monitor will show an unscheduled, usually small, update. 

On one 2016 ASUS laptop I am having issues with an Intel update install which always fails. I don’t know if this is related:  Update (9/14):  This link seeks more appropriate. 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Trump's mystery Internet IP space reclaimed by Pentagon


Pentagon, 2004

Here is a curious story by Craig Timberg in the Washington Post about the control of 175 million IP Internet address spaces.

The Trump administration had turned it over to a Florida company during the last hour of the Trump administration on January 20, 2021, for maybe nefarious purposes (like 2024?)

Harvard 2015-8

The Pentagon has taken them back, so private entrepreneurs or startups won’t be able to use them.

Just one other question to ponder:  Would a startup to do detailed data tracking of climate change make sense?  I am trying to float this question around among some Harvard students.