Reuters: Yahoo, RIAA reach pact on music performance broadcasts. "The pact, however, does not include downloadable music, which is the lion's share of the music experience of Santa Clara, Calif.-based company's visitors. It is also one of the issues at the heart of the recent court battles being waged by companies like Napster and MP3.com."
News.Com: MP3.Com ruling could cost $118 million.
Tim Paustian reports progress on the carbonization of Frontier, for Mac OS X.
John VanDyk: Metadata Plugin for Manila, v1.5. "The main new feature is the ability to add, delete and edit multiple templates in Manila using only your Web browser and your brain."
David Brown is making great progress connecting Zope and Radio UserLand.
Nicholas Petreley: "People are already addressing the issue of free software the right way. Instead of subverting an existing system of commercial software, they are creating new, open source software and publishing it. Others are trying to find ways of making money by selling and supporting this free software."
Thank you. However I still think there's subverting going on. Open source advocates are inches away from finding the bug in their advocacy, giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming they didn't want to hurt commercial developers. There's a lot more to commercial software than Microsoft. They'll have no credibility with me until they start acknowledging that, consistently, and update their philosophy to include all flavors of software. While bringing their logic to music, clean up the act at home, in software. The world is a lot more complex than they have been saying it is. Petreley, as usual, is leading, but I want him to say more about this.
8/25/00: "A responsible doctor does community service work, a lawyer does pro bono work for causes he or she supports. Commercial software developers, people who do it for money, often also give away their work for the same reasons other professionals do. It's a way to *spend* money to make the world a better place, to help people, to make new friends, to be positive, to give back."
The link to my RSS piece is gone at O'Reilly. On the rss-dev list, they're still referring to the Namespaces+RDF spec as "RSS 1.0". I think that we've tried reasoning with them long enough. Let's move forward. If there are ideas for RSS 0.92, and a process for upgrading, developing tools, specifications, and evangelism, that would be excellent. If not, as far as I'm concerned, RSS 0.91 is fine as-is. And we can re-open discussions about 0.92 at any time in the future.
We're getting back to full-paced work on Radio UserLand. Brent just released a new feature, boilerplate, that allows you to save the current selection and paste it into other outlines later. I'm going to use this to save rule sets for formatting outlines. I also want to work on improving upstreaming, and am soliciting input from Radio UserLand users.
Joakim Ziegler: Structured editing and the death of wysiwyg.
Survey: If the US presidential election were held today, who would you vote for?
AP: Pop.Com Closes Before It Opens. "The whole business climate changed,'' Howard said. "It used to be you staked a claim, went out with an IPO and the public would back you. That's the not the case anymore.''
News.Com: European pot site on back burner. "Customers can set up an anonymous profile on the iToke site through their phone or Web browser, then order up to 2 grams of pot (worth about 20 euros or about $17) from the site to be delivered within 30 minutes."
NY Times: Minor Leage Mouth. "Before W. makes any more snide cracks about the major leagues, he should remember he's in them."
We need more major league assholes in the press. Too much footsy being played, and too many spoiled brats who think that any criticism is too much, not just in political reporting, in all reporting.
Micah Alpern: "Last night I watched the rebroadcast of the hour long interview with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes with Mao Tse-Tung, the Leader of the Communist Party in China. Wallace didn't pull any punches."
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