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iPad Flash Refusal

The best decision made with the iPad is the refusal to to use or enable Adobe Flash. The rest of the iPad is the continuation of the Apple is God control meme. As Mike Copeland at Brainstorm Tech notes, it is all about control and money.

“If Flash were allowed on the iPhone or the iPad, software developers would have free rein to sell apps directly to consumers, bypassing Apple’s shops and Apple’s cut of the sale. If Flash were on the iPhone, you could watch Hulu and play games on Mini-Clip rather than buying movies from iTunes or buying games from the App store.”
Source: Brainstorm Tech

Flash is the most notorious piece of spyware in existence compromising your privacy with every animation or movie played.

Flash is a virus program masquerading as a helper application. It does not just process video for compression and playback but creates a cornucopia of spyware hidden to the standard privacy settings in your browser. Flash cookies are spyware. The animation characteristics of Flash is too small a percentage given the primary usage is video playback. You can clear your text cookies, but Flash Cookies remain and merrily spy and report to every site their are scripted for. Not just first party but third party sites as well.
John Nack who is an Adobe employee brings out the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people argument” in defense of Flash as being blameless.
when he talks about how wonderful Flash is. He goes on to entertain us in how much standard compliance there is with Flash. That being the current save the world H.264 video codec.

H.264 and Standards
The H264 codec is being bandied about as the new open standards video darling, but it really is not. It is encumbered by patents requiring the payment of royalties which does not qualify it as an open standard. The HTML 5 Working group seems to have forgotten open standards in their discussion and or implementation of an open video standard.

I thought that we had the RAND discussion back in 2001. Back then I wrote:

The W3C is currently exploring RAND as a method of allowing commercial entities to incorporate proprietary or closed technology to be adopted into the Recommendations that are known in the web development community as THE STANDARDS.

RAND stands for “reasonable and non-discriminatory”

The Danger with “reasonable and non-discriminatory”

They are neither. They sound good, and seem to be fair, but they are not. Poll Taxes ‘were reasonable and non-discriminatory’.
The theory was that if you couldn’t pay to vote you were a second class citizen. Excluding women from voting was reasonable and non-discriminatory. Same Deal. Times have changed and both of these propositions are no longer reasonable or non-discriminatory.

I see this RAND business as a coercion attempt on the part of private companies to subvert the work of the W3C and to control the web through license intimidation.

This is a preliminary document outlining a mechanism for including intellectual property, patents of questionable validity and proprietary code and software components into the W3C Standards as Recommendations.

The W3C is a world wide resource. If it is to remain the authority that we have made it, we cannot allow it to be blackmailed by private companies looking to bleed every developer, business, and user from Boston to Bangladesh.

The only thing that has changed since I wrote that is time has gone by. And your privacy is at greater risk than at any time ever.

With Apple you know that you are getting screwed, but you know that your partner is clean and have made that decision. Flash is like getting fucked in an alley by a wino with various STD’s.

Robert B. Parker, Mystery Writer, Has Died at 77

Bummer. I really liked Spenser and Hawk.

Robert B. Parker, Mystery Writer, Has Died at 77 – ArtsBeat Blog – NYTimes.com.

Typepad: Tacky, Tacky, Tacky

I moved my remodeling for geeks blog from Typepad on Oct. 16th 2009. You don’t have enough time for me to go through the myriad reasons for this. Suffice to say that Typepad is real tacky even after I left.
Here is a current screen shot of the old URL the headlemur.typepad.com

Basically they are sucking every bit of google juice they can. They are also spying on everybody who lands there with a Quantcast cookie as well. You can view source in your browser over there and see for yourself. Using the 1pixel gif dodge.

Start Quantcast tag
script src=”http://edge.quantserve.com/quant.js” type=”text/javascript” /script script type=”text/javascript”

a href=”http://www.quantcast.com/p-fcYWUmj5YbYKM” target=”_blank”
img src=”http://pixel.quantserve.com/pixel/p-fcYWUmj5YbYKM.gif?tags=typepad.core” style=”display: none” border=”0″ height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”Quantcast”

End Quantcast tag

I wonder who is making money on this?
Tacky Tacky Tacky


UPDATE: 1/19/2010

Finally deleted it after only 3 months.

Publicy: Spin, Rinse, Repeat…

Publicy is the latest buzzword to attempt to describe how the internet works. Stowe Boyd posted this, Secrecy, Privacy, Publicy, which he says,

The fundamental core of social tools is that the individual comes first: our rights and responsibilities in social tools are not derived from membership in groups (in general), but are unalienable. The baseline rights are privacy-tinged — what to include in your profile — but in general one’s stream obviates the profile. And then, the major social angle in social tools is deciding who matter: who to follow. That is a public choice, and this is the primary bond that makes a social matrix from individuals.

Jaysus Christo! “The fundamental core of social tools is that the individual comes first” What planet is this happening on? Every ‘social’ tool on the planet has its core in page views and tracking. Privacy tinged? WTF! There is no privacy on the web, robot.txt or no. If it is on the web, it is in somebodies database, being sliced, diced, and served up to anybody with a checkbook.
Take anyone of the large social networks like My Space, Ning, or my personal favorite Facebook. There is nothing on any of these services that promote privacy longer than 20 seconds after you post. Even needing to be on Facebook to see profiles and interact has been kicked to the curb with the drive toward profitability. With data mining tools, even obscurity through crowds like 350 million usernames is no longer any figleaf.

Being on the web allows you to share with everyone else here. There is no club, group or address that allows you privacy out here. Secrecy? Yes you Can. Two folks can keep a secret, if one of them is dead. Three folks is a social network.

There is a countervailing trend away from privacy and secrecy and toward openness and transparency, both in the corporate and government sectors. And on the web, we have had several major steps forward in social tools that suggest at least the outlines of a complement, or opposite, to privacy and secrecy: publicy.

The problem with this argument is that we already have an open internet. We already have privacy and secrecy in omission. Don’t post it, and you can keep it close. The trend toward openness and transparency on the part of corporate and government sectors should be a no brainer, but look at the flip side. Companies and governments have made lots of money by keeping folks in the dark and feeding us bullshit.
However even if you are not an active participant, blogger, member of a social network, tweeter or email list member, the mere act of viewing web pages begins the tracking process that will dump you into some marketeers database and even though you may not be an active participant, you will be sliced, diced and served ads. With geo location and smart phones not only will you be tracked in time, but also in space. Because at the end of the day, it is all about the Benjamins. Getting a text two blocks from a store with a money saving coupon, or posting your latest purchase on your social network site. Getting tweets while you are walking through the grocery store, asking you to buy the latest new product?

A little more publicy than I want. Your mileage may vary.

VRM Quote of the Day

“I don’t want you to fix this issue for me, I want you to fix this issue for everyone.”
Tara HuntHPC

Copyright Notes FOR Artists

Copyright is the entity allowing creative artists to make a living from their work. Distributors/Publishers are the middlemen that can help or hinder you in making money from your work. Assigning all your rights to a single entity is a recipe for suicide.

Monopolies have no incentive to work hard for you. Think I am wrong? Just ask your cell phone company.
Nina Paley writes this at Techdirt:

Middlemen will only have monopolies if artists keep granting them. They’re not going to give them up on their own. It falls on us artists to simply refuse to grant these monopolies in the first place. A copyleft license sends a clear, simple, and non-negotiable message to middlemen that they need to innovate and compete to profit from the work. Only we artists can supply the incentives they need to do their jobs well; and we can only do that by refusing monopolies.
The Problem Isn’t Middlemen, It’s Monopolies | Techdirt.

If a middleman says they need exclusivity, run away.