29 jul. 2006

The DADVSI law (the French DMCA) is revised by the Conseil constitutionnel, and we’re fucked (because, beside being hostile, it was also poorly written).

Now I’m waiting for the Ministère de la culture to declare that, since their law wasn’t written right, they’ll rework it to make sure the no-jail policy is enforced. Yeah, any minute now, I’m sure.

On the other hand, maybe that last straw could motivate people to organize and sustain a complete boycott of all CDs and DVDs? One can dream.

 

Microsoft to use Xbox tactic on Zune, unapologetically selling the device (and, presumably, the music, too, if the rumors about swapping iTunes tracks for free is to be believed) at a loss for the first five years. The decision was quite expected; the coming clean about it wasn’t as much, but isn’t surprising; bear in mind, however, that this strategy has merely managed to get the Xbox to survive for five years, not kill the PlayStation — at all.

 

Helicon Focus [via] creates a picture with infinite depth of field from several photographs of the same subject (kind of the focusing equivalent of HDR — and the ideal companion to the plenoptic camera). The examples are pretty impressive, and certainly clearer than my description.

 

Google Earth Mac facelift.

 

Using Google Images as a visual translator.

 

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