Four short links: 3 January 2011

RSS, Copyright Terms, RFID Security, and Server-Side Javascript

  1. RSS is Dying and You Should Be WorriedIf RSS dies, we lose the ability to read in private.
  2. What Could Have Been Entering The Public Domain on January 1, 2011? — a list of the works that won’t be entering the public domain in the US because the copyright term was extended in 1976. Think of the movies from 1954 that would have become available this year. You could have showed clips from them. You could have showed all of them. You could have spliced and remixed and made documentaries about them. (You could have been a contender!) Instead, here are a few of the movies that we won’t see in the public domain for another 39 years …. This list will be viewed two different ways by different groups, reinforcing instead of changing their views: copyright minimalists will say “what a tragedy” but copyright maximalists will say “look at these great works we protected, they’re still earning money for their creators therefore they’re still valuable and thus worth protecting”. (via Bill Bennett on Twitter)
  3. ProxClone — cloner for proximity cards, cost of parts around $30. (via Hacker News)
  4. 2011 Is The Year of Server-Side Javascript — explanation of why the author will be doing back-end coding in Javascript this year. Good to see an honest assessment that it’s still early days for server-side Javascript: Most of the libraries out there are young, buggy and incomplete. I got Node.js to segfault a few times. There’s no killer framework on the same caliber as Rails, nor anything that comes close to ActiveSupport and a decent standard runtime library (hmm … that gives me an idea). But then, it’s not much different than what Ruby was five years ago, or Java back in the late 90′s. We’ve all got to start somewhere.
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  • The RSS article comes off like a junkie worried their dealer is planning to stop carrying their drug of choice. The author needs to get a grip on reality and adapt to it.

    This is the Internet, where “there’s more than one way to do that.” Even Outlook and OS X Mail can read RSS feeds.

    If RSS becomes irrelevant, too bad. The fans of Gopher, Telnet, and dozens/hundreds/thousands of other technologies will exclaim “Been there. Done that,” to the RSS-ophiles, before muttering about the superiority of their own particular tech fetish.

  • The link “What Could Have Been Entering The Public Domain on January 1, 2011?” reads like a petulant, expectant heir, scrutinizing every expenditure his grandparents make, under the belief that the grandparents are foolishly squandering HIS inheritance.

    I especially like the over-the-top hysteria in the comments like the inability to take an existing work (like the 12 volume “A Study of History”) that they won’t be able to study, slice & dice, mash-up and do whatever they want to with…

    “Under the pre-1978 copyright law, you could now teach history and politics using most of Toynbee’s A Study of History (vols. 7–10 were first published in 1954) or Henry Kissinger’s A World Restored, or stage a modern adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s A Time to Love and A Time to Die for community theater.”

    Yup – since someone owns the copyright it is IMPOSSIBLE to to teach history or politics using Toynbee’s “A Study of History”…