And that rather puts the lie to Linden Labs not being able to block access to whichever viewer they want--as long as that viewer internally self-identifies. Blocking Ajax means they could block other viewers, especially damaging ones like Neillife--if they wished to block them.
In ebook reader news, Amazon is a slow and subtle creature--they filed a patent for a device that was likely executed only in diagrams at that point, and filed it for the US alone--which meant they never had to inform anyone developing similar devices that they might be in violation of upcoming patent law.
Now? They have their patent. And they can start going after offenders against said patent--which didn't exist when they applied for the patent.
Sneaky, Amazon. Very very sneaky.
Internet history lesson: anything that can become Fun, and a fad, will. Witness:
Around noon on July 6th, 2010, Amanda Palmer sent this out on her Twitter feed:
amandapalmer i don't usually hop on the youtube train. this one MUST be seen. DOUBLE RAINBOW ALL THE WAY AGHHHH http://bit.ly/rainbowmanThis resulted in someone auto-tuning the audio into a song, which she mentions three hours later:
amandapalmer oh my god. DOUBLE RAINBOW AUTOTUNED. man, this shit happens FAST. thanks everyone for link http://bit.ly/RainbowAutotunedWau. Just wau.
Meanwhile, the battle rages on for net privacy versus net transparency. The latest battleground? Battle.net, of all places. Blizzard, the company behind World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and the upcoming Diablo III, has stated their firm and unwavering intent to stand behind RealID, the certification program that links your real life information to your game accounts in all Blizzard games.
Why is this a bad idea? I spoke with one of my friends who plays WoW, and is having to deal with the repercussions of the effect. She lays out her home situation, for instance. She trusts herself, and those she friends; okay, fine. She trusts her first partner, and those he friends; also fine. She more or less trusts her other partner, but he's known to friend on whim, and she's not sure she trusts those impulses.
Move it farther out. Now, friends of her friends, friends of her first partner's friends, and friends of her second partner can also see her real name. Move farther out still, and their friends can see her real name, and she has no idea who those people even are.
What can be gotten with just a first and last name? Well, in the US:
* home address
* home phone
* parents' names
* childrens' names
* childrens' and parents' ages
* spouse, if any
With a little financial expense and/or hacking ability:
* Driver's license number
* Car insurance number
* make and model of vehicle
* high school records
* college records
* college papers, if any were published or stored
* library card number
* rental history with library, videostore, grocery story, pharmacy...the list goes on
With a cop or private investigator involved:
* court history and/or criminal record
* military service record
* medical records
* psychological records
* vacation spots, plans, time share ownership
Yet Blizzard seems to think this is just fine and dandy.
Count me out. No Diablo III for me, that's my final decision. But it reflects a worrying trend that's on the rise.
In the meantime, trying to build, trying to review, trying to do a lot of things, but between summer heat and the grid refusing any form of stability, I'm rather stuck. Expect more tomorrow. Between spates of attempting-to-build, I did hit Operation Squeegee with a small vengeance (over $1000 as of yesterday! They're not RFL figures, but we are SO pathetically grateful for ANYTHING, and even that little will save birds, help keep the fight going, and inspire people, I swear to God), so expect pictures and product reviews tomorrow.
Noticed a few people had put out freebies for the event. Pondering making up a freebie thing. Not sure if I will or not, but hey.
And that's the news of the day, off for more battle with the grid.