Contributed by Ross McDowall, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of December 4th…
Canadian Industry Minister refuses to defend Canadian DMCA in public
Canadian Minister of Industry Jim Prentice refuses to be interviewed about the forthcoming Canadian DMCA that his Ministry will be bringing down. Last week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio show Search Engine solicited public suggestions for questions to put to the Minister about his copyright bill, but the show has been informed by the Minister's office the he will not schedule an interview with the show to defend the proposal. The Canadian DMCA follows the USA off the copyright cliff, instituting even more draconian provisions than were present in the USA's 1998 law. Since then, the US has seen the bankrupting-by-lawsuit of technology companies, lawsuits against tens of thousands of fans, a general trammeling of fair use and consumer rights (pity the poor schmucks who bought Microsoft "PlaysForSure"
- Reminder: Xbox 360 dashboard update is now available
- BioShock DLC available, adds plasmids, achievement points
A cross-platform instant messager program, based on Mozilla and Pidgin.
A Preview of HTML 5
A List Apart article by Lachlan Hunt, going over a couple upcoming features.
Alternatives to the default Aqua icons for OSX.
Adobe Releases Flash Update Incorporating H.264
Adobe has released Flash Player 9 Update 3 which includes support for H.264 video, support for which was announced in August.