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Friday, July 27, 2001

Sklyarov Remains Jailed

Dmitry Sklyarov remains in custody after attempts by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to get him freed failed. Sklyarov was jailed for allegedly violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by presenting information on Adobe's encryption scheme. Protests are being staged in cities around the world. I'm hoping that this goes to trial so that the DMCA's constitutionality can be challenged. The EFF and others should be able to provide enough support to send this to the Supreme Court if necessary. The last thing that DMCA supporters wanted was a martyr. They seem to have created one. Thanks Slashdot.

Palm Spins Off OS

Palm announced that it is going form a wholly-owned subsidiary for its OS business. Many have been wondering when Palm was going to do this. Hopefully we'll see more innovation on the software side of things now. Thanks Visor Central.

Q3A v1.29g Release Tonight

ShackNews has gotten word from id Software of a pending release of a new Quake 3 Arena version 1.29G patch. Steve has a list of fixes, but I'll wait for the release (5pm CST) to post the list.

A.T. Hun comments: They had better fix the names with spaces bug, although I don't see it on sCary's list.

UPDATE by A.T. Hun id's Robert Duffy updated his .plan with word that the patch has hit their FTP and some mirror sites. Note that this is once again a beta patch. Here's a few links for you:UPDATE #2 by A.T. Hun I played for a little bit and have not been able to reproduce the names-with-spaces bug yet. The Linux version also applies your r_gamma setting to the menus so they aren't so dark any more. Good stuff so far!

Thursday, July 26, 2001


I bought a Toy Story CD-ROM for my son's birthday and tried to install it today. It insisted on installing an old (2.something) version of QuickTime, which of course hosed my QuickTime 5 installation. Plus the CD insists on being run in 256 colors. Whoever wrote this should be shot directly in the head.

The Master comments: Heh-had that same problem with Reader Rabbit-it installs spyware too. Unfortunately, Kid software is somehow considered a bottom-feeder market, so nobody puts in the time to make good installers or to support newer PCs.

The Death Knell for RAMBUS

ZDNet is reporting that Intel is dropping rebates for PC makers who make PCs with P4s and RDRAM. Intel's official line is that RAMBUS' RDRAM has dropped in price enough that the rebate is no longer necessary. However, since Intel is coming out with an SDRAM chipset for the P4, you have to wonder how much they are going to push RDRAM from now on. At the very least we won't be forced to use a more expensive technology that doesn't deliver comparable performance. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: So, when is Intel going to let us FINALLY sing: "ding, dong the witch is dead"?

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