Note to self: keyboards don't like coffee spills.
Off to get a replacement for my Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000. And I am really tempted to get a Logitech slim keyboard.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including "attempts" to commit piracy.
"To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated," Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.
The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries, and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with prerelease piracy.
Here's our podcast on the topic.
The IPPA would, for instance:
* Criminalize "attempting" to infringe copyright. Federal law currently punishes not-for-profit copyright infringement with between 1 and 10 years in prison, but there has to be actual infringement that takes place. The IPPA would eliminate that requirement. (The Justice Department's summary of the legislation says: "It is a general tenet of the criminal law that those who attempt to commit a crime but do not complete it are as morally culpable as those who succeed in doing so.")
* Create a new crime of life imprisonment for using pirated software. Anyone using counterfeit products who "recklessly causes or attempts to cause death" can be imprisoned for life. During a conference call, Justice Department officials gave the example of a hospital using pirated software instead of paying for it.
* Permit more wiretaps for piracy investigations. Wiretaps would be authorized for investigations of Americans who are "attempting" to infringe copyrights.
* Add penalties for "intended" copyright crimes. Certain copyright crimes currently require someone to commit the "distribution, including by electronic means, during any 180-day period of at least 10 copies" valued at more than $2,500. The IPPA would insert a new prohibition: actions that were "intended to consist of" distribution.
I will stop here... It's too much bull stuff coming out of there. I mean, they have other pressing issues at the moment, such as a whole war going on, unemployement, internal medical aid and more. And they propose life for copyright infringement? Wholy... The values are distorted somehow somewhere...
The information in the site is in a format that is easy for novices and non-technical users to understand.
If you want to get a bit more information or need some Windows Vista Help, check his site.
How many more 419 scam e-mails will be landing in your inbox from now on?
In short it's a service that allows you to call a number from your mobile phone, dictate a task, reminder, contact details or appointment and have the information sent to your mobile as a SMS - and the SMS can also come as a vcal or vcard attachment so it's automatically entered on your phone's database. You also receive an e-mail with a wave file and your recording, for the records.
Just now I read that Jott has received some funding. Jott seems to be very similar to aangel, except that it doesn't seem to send the SMS, but it allows jotted messages to be sent to yourself, or to a group.
Aangel is just another example of mobile services that are developed outside the U.S. but are not known outside their original market.
I first noticed Jott on Scobble's "Killer app for cell phones: Jott" post.
By the way, I hear Aangel is in negotiations with Telecom New Zealand. They currently offer the service only to Vodafone customers, but they may extend access to the service to Telecom users as well. Stay tuned.
You see, some of the "tools" were removed, and a robust 64 bit server was added.
A bit of history: Groove founder, Ray Ozzie, created Lotus Notes. After Microsoft's acquisition of Groove Networks Ray Ozzie replaced Bill Gates as Microsoft's Chief Architect. This is no easy task.
But this post is just to say that I'd really like to see a Groove Windows Mobile client. And after some searches I found this is not completely a crazy idea. An article on Infoworld says
HOW DO YOU PORT 5 million lines of Win32/COM code to the Pocket PC? That was the dilemma that Groove Networks faced when considering how to bring its ultrasecure peer collaboration technology to mobile devices.
The first release, due later this year, will wrap SOAP/WSDL interfaces around the core elements of the Groove architecture: accounts, identities, contacts, shared-space membership, and presence. It will also encapsulate the most common tools used in shared spaces: Discussion, Files, and Calendar. To export access to these Web services, a SOAP server runs alongside the Groove client.
In fact, another article on Infoworld tells us that
Indeed, Groove will use a PDC keynote to demonstrate alpha code of a Groove application running on a Pocket PC device.
Microsoft gets a sexy new pervasive application built with the just-shipping .NET Compact Framework, and Groove goes mobile with rapid development tools that leverage .NET's SOAP services-processing architecture and Pocket PC 2002 support for Windows Messenger, VPNs, and 802.11b wireless.
This was back in 2002. Since then a lot changed... I am not sure we will see a Groove client for mobile devices now.
First some informaton on this beta. Players will have access to Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta from Wednesday 16 May 2007 5am PDT through 6 June 2007 11:59 PM PDT.
The Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta will only work on Xbox Live and only allows Matchmaking play. You will not be able to play any custom of offline games.
The following will be included in the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta:
- Three new multiplayer maps: Snowbound, High Ground and Valhalla;
- New weapons sch as the Magnum M6G Pistol, Assault Rifle MA5C ICWS, Brute Spiker Type 25 Carbine, Spike Grenades, Spartan Laser WAV M6 GGNR, Machinegun Turret AIE 486H HMG and Missile Pods (you can see some of the guns in my previous post);
- The Mongoose M274 ULATV is a fast two-man ATM for transport across the battlefield and while it doesn't come with any weaponry the passenger is free to use any equipped weapons;
- Several new equipments such as the Bubble Shield, Portable Grav Lift, Trip Mine and Energy Drainer;
- Improved Matchmaking and Party System;
- After each multiplayer game players will be able to save a film of their last match and watch it locally or upload it. While this is limited to a first person real-time playback only during the beta, the final version will allow full control of the camera. The Save Film option can be played back on HD 1080p and Dolby Digital 5.1. A long game may use about 6 MB of space and Microsoft is making 25 MB available during the beta.
The download is about 900 MB and wll be available from the Marketplace if you have a beta code, or through the Downloads section when you insert the Crackdown game.
A new Party Up feature allows games to vote and party up at the end of each game, so they can continue to play as a single party in future games.
Below are some pictures I snapped during the session today:
I also managed to take a couple of pictures of the upcoming Halo 2 for Windows Vista:
All very exciting, but I am really waiting for Shadowrun for Windows Vista, which will allow PC gamers to interact and play against and with people online on Xbox Live.
There are reports - and even a review! - on liveside.net.
Initially it will allow users to store 500MB online, but since this will be a beta I imagine this limit will be higher in the actual service, and probably you could even purchase additional storage.
The review doesn't say how this service interacts with FolderShare a folder synchronisation and sharing tool acquired by Microsoft a couple of years ago. FolderShare promised lots because of its delta sharing capabilities, though Microsoft removed that functionality because it was based on open-source in the original software.
Windows Live Folders allows you to create private, public and shared folders. Everything is done through the browser.
It looks interesting but it probably requires lots of management, otherwise you will end up filling it fast. My Canon D-SLR currently holds a 2GB SD card, and have two 1GB spare cards. If I take a full card of pictures Windows Live Folders wouldn't have enough space to store it. But for people with office documents this could be ideal.
The login page has been down for a while, but it should be open to beta testers soon.
As usual, we can only draw conclusions when the beta is completed and the final product emerges.