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Friday, April 21, 2000
Thursday, April 20, 2000
NECP is embroiled in controversy because some IETF leaders say one likely use of NECP - as an interception proxy - violates the Internet's fundamental design. ... Interception proxies violate the IP standard by breaking the end-to-end nature of the communications technology and causing interoperability problems.
The key to the Internet's extraordinary innovation is that it doesn't allow a term like "allow." It's architected to disallow it. The Internet is built on a principle called "end-to-end." First described by Net theorists Jerome Saltzer, David Reed and David Clark, end-to-end means the network does not choose how the network will be used. Control, or intelligence, is placed at the "end." The network is to be kept simple, incapable of discrimination. What is allowed in the Internet is what users demand. The innovations that are permitted are those that users find useful. No central or strategic actor gets to decide how the network will evolve.
You must be determined to create massive economic results in the next 10 minutes. Ready? Then read on.Via Zeldman.
Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Yale University, one of three schools named along with Napster in a lawsuit filed by rock group Metallica earlier this week, has told students it will ban use of the company's software on its college networks.Next month they will ban VCRs, and hopefully by 2001 there will be no cassete recorders on the Yale campus.
The flaw lets a malicious Web site operator use a script to open a new browser window. That window opens with the computer owner's security safeguards. Because IE normally lets the local user find files on the hard drive as well on the Web, the maliciously scripted window can display any file on a person's computer.
alpha transparency, which allows one to do nifty effects like drop-shadows and anti-aliasing against any background, but with the exception of Mac MSIE 5.0, the Big Two are still locked in the dark ages of GIF-style binary transparency or worse. Netscape Navigator doesn't do any sort of PNG transparency, and Windows MSIE treats any palette index that isn't completely opaque as completely transparent--depending on your image, say goodbye to most of it! (To make up for that, it doesn't support 32-bit RGBA transparency at all.)Navigator doesn't do any transparency! Until there is wide (nearly complete) browser support for at least GIF comparable features, PNG will never take off.
Is there any hope? Perhaps just a little. Microsoft's just-released MSIE 5.0 for Macintosh has, from all indications, perfect PNG support.
Tuesday, April 18, 2000
"If you get these e-mails for a month, Patrick Bateman becomes a part of your life," says Tara Kole, manager of new media and acquisitions for Lions Gate. "You can't not see the movie after that kind of involvement."Unless of course you hate Patrick Bateman and his psycho schtick.
"The dot-com generation will get squeezed by more skilled baby-boom managers and aggressive Generation Y newcomers. Former dot-com managers will end up working for their elders and their juniors," he said.Why, that's crazy talk!
With XML playing an increasing role in linking information stored in databases to Web sites, the W3C is touting the XML-friendly XForms as a tool for making forms a more flexible and useful part of that link.Sounds good to me.
At least one Unisys licensee already has indicated that it plans to limit its use of GIFs, adopting a free alternative known as PNG (pronounced "ping") for distributing graphics files to customers. Accuweather, which sells meteorological data to news outlets and other organizations, said in a memo to its customers on Friday that the switch to PNG would take full effect May 12, although Accuweather will continue to hold the rights to use GIFs on its own Web siteHere comes the the png revolution! Well, not really.
Sites like CallTheShots.com, Octopus.com, Quickbrowse.com and Yodlee.com make it easy for people to combine content from multiple Web sites on a single page. Some of them have yet to fix on a business model, however, and none has thoroughly explored the legal questions their technology raises.I haven't tried any of these services yet, but they look interesting.
1 : to make known especially publicly or formally : ANNOUNCEI can't believe 1) That I didn't know the first definition of this word, and 2) That the first and second definitions seem to be at odds with each other. Is there a word for that? A word that has two opposite definitions?
2 : to communicate delicately and indirectly : HINT
Can information gathered online, where people often fabricate identities and personalities, be considered scientifically sound?I shall now attempt to answer the question: no.
Have you got what it takes to be a Big Fast Finger round town? Or are you a bit of a limp clicker?
Monday, April 17, 2000
Here are my original comments on it.
In Cleveland ... Chuck Finley struck out four Rangers in the third inning. Finley has now recorded four strikeouts in one inning three times ... and he's the only pitcher to do that more than once. That, my friends, is a freak stat.
Remember the browser wars? It's been almost five years since Bill Gates declared Netscape's browser a threat to Microsoft, and a competitor with the potential to undermine Windows and commodify personal computer operating systems.
Ready or not, the record companies are under pressure to make their music available over the Internet. They need to be responsive to investors, to take advantage of a potentially huge market opportunity, and to head off the persistent problem of online music piracy.I hope that the record labels die. Soon.
Here's the Microsoft Security Bulletin.
The music industry is about to undergo a change that is, at the very least, 10 times more important than the launch of the compact disc. Everything will change. And if that's not enough, once the bandwidth is available, the movie and book industries will be next.Well, maybe this can stop it: crapster.
Link by way of calamondin.
Sunday, April 16, 2000
Netscape 6's Gecko rendering engine, however, does a fine job of displaying Web pages identically across Linux, Windows, and Macintosh.