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Work relationships: it’s really very simple

March 13, 2007

Noisy furnitureA round table today. Excellent stuff: all about work relationships. And if you assume that all the things they’re assuming are right, then we will all work from home, and have complex, consensual relationships with other workers in distributed enterprises.

Or, alternatively, if you think they’re assuming too much, we’ll all end up adopting survival tactics to ignore our stupid cow-orkers.

Wally? or Utopia? I think I know which…

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Oh, no! Not the death of digital rights management!

January 27, 2007

You’d be hard put to it to write this unless you were absolutely forced to: Advert-supported music? Spiral Frog and DRM fade!

With SpiralFrog under a cloud and legitimate DRM in question, things look bleak for everybody except iTunes.

Can this be serious? Apparently so – lots and lots of supporting reports…

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Martin Geddes

January 26, 2007

ETel Conference 2007 • February 27, 2007 – March 1, 2007 • San Francisco Airport Marriott

Martin Geddes is author of the popular telecom strategy blog Telepocalypse, as well as chief analyst at STL and co-instigator of the Telco 2.0 initiative (www.telco2.net) — helping network operators and vendors make money in an all-IP world.

Emerging Telephony – a conference

January 26, 2007

The Emerging Telephony conference is “looking for ideas” says NewsWireless:

The O’Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference may only be a month away (Burlingame, California) but the organisers are still open to ideas, as well as registration. The web site says: “Share your ideas about what you think are the most important issues in telephony. Want to suggest a particular speaker, project, or topic for ETel 2007? Send a note to the program committee at etelchair@oreilly.com, or post a note on the ETel 2007 wiki.”

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Voting machines and fraud arrive in UK?

January 26, 2007

What’s the best tactic to cope with voting machines, as they arrive in the UK? At  newswireless.net, Wendy Grossman says”Vote early, vote often…”

‘It is of course true that election fraud has existed in all eras; you can “lose” a box of marked paper ballots off the back of a truck, or redraw districts according to political allegiance, or “clean” people off the electoral rolls. But those types of fraud are harder to cover up entirely. A flawed count in an electronic machine run by software the vendor allows no one to inspect just vanishes down George Orwell’s memory hole.’

Another classic “net.wars” column from Wendy.

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The NHS “data spine” explained, and a warning…

January 19, 2007

Big Brother databases? Always scary. Here, Wendy Grossman at
Newswireless.net cosiders a Spineless future.

One thing you should not rely on is that the data will be unidentifiable, even if the NHS confirms that it will be “anonymized”. Years ago, Latanya Sweeney showed just how unreliable this is by analysing supposedly anonymized data from the health system in the state of Massachusetts by matching it against publicly available motor vehicle rolls. With only a few database fields she was able to identify almost all of the individuals in the medical data.

But, says Wendy:

Opting out has turned out not to be so simple, despite the fact that according to Ross Anderson, who has been working on medical privacy for well over a decade, most GPs are unhappy about the forced uploading of patient data to a centralised database. That being the case, as Phil Booth notes in the No2ID forum on the topic, if you want to opt out treat your GP as your ally unless he proves otherwise.

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Portable wii next?

January 18, 2007

They aren’t predicting a mobile version of the Wii game console yet! but newswireless.net thinks rival Sony’s PSP may be ripe for crushing:

People “think I’m crazy” says games developer Gabe Newell of Valve. They certainly think he’s crazy at Sony, where the Playstation Portable (PSP) is going to suffer from any backlash aimed at the PS3 console.

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Rupert Murdoch and a UK mobile brand?

January 18, 2007

Why would Sky suddenly get aggressive about letting UK cable viewers take Sky TV programs? Could it be something to do with a plan to go quad-play? The only bit they haven’t got, right now, is a mobile virtual network operation… or so thinks Guy Kewney at newswireless.net

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Vibrator in phone keypad!

January 17, 2007

No, it’s not disgusting. It’s “how to feel the keys on a touch-screen “…

“a vibration system which tells you you’re pressing “real keys” when you touch the images of keys on a phone without a keyboard.”

Neat.

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Negroponto denies any commercial interest

January 13, 2007

One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organisation with the goal of
providing children in developing nations with laptop computers, today
announced that “contrary to previously published reports OLPC has no
plans to make the XO laptops available for sale to the general public.

Mad story: details at newswireless.net with links to a couple more.

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