Sunday, September 18, 2005

Macworld Expo Boston cancelled (MacCentral)
MacCentral - IDG World Expo on Friday said that have cancelled Macworld Expo Boston and will insteadfocus their efforts on a single conference and expo in San Francisco. Theevent, which has been a mainstay of East Coast conferences for almost 20years, has been axed just twoyears after returning to Boston from New York City.

IBM jumps into ESB camp with SOA rollout (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - IBM has jumped on the bandwagon. In a comprehensive SOA products-and-services push last week, Big Blue joined a list of companies offering products labeled as ESB (enterprise service bus).

Top 10 DVD Rentals -- Week Ended September 11 (Reuters)
Reuters -"Crash"was the leading DVD rentaltitle in the United States for the week ended September 11,according to Rentrak Corp., which collects retail data for theindustry.

BEA seeks open source accommodation (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - At face value, it might appear that BEA Systems has its work cut out for it competing with free, open source alternatives to its own commercially available WebLogic Server application server platform.

Google to Put Copyright Laws to the Test (AP)
AP - Tony Sanfilippo is of two minds when it comes to Google Inc.'s ambitious program to scan millions of books and make their text fully searchable on the Internet.

Gartner: VoIP Security Uncertain in EBay/Skype Deal (TechWeb)
TechWeb - In another twist on the eBay/Skype deal, a research firm cautions big businesses should steer clear of the combined companies'technology. The problem: lackluster VoIP security.

IBM preps'BI-lite'productivity app (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - IBM next month plans to release a new software product designed to bring business intelligence-style data views to the masses. The goal is to make it easier for workers to transform business objectives into accomplished tasks that align with an organization's larger strategy.

Survey: Broadband Prices Up, DSL Down (AP)
AP - The price gap between cable broadband service and phone carriers'digital subscriber lines widened to an all-time high in August, according to a survey by SG Cowen.

Internet Oversight Board OKs New Domains (AP)
AP - The Internet's key oversight agency approved a domain name for the Catalan language Thursday while deferring final action on creating a red-light district on the Internet through a".xxx"suffix.

Database Seeks to Lower Firefighter Deaths (AP)

"ThisAP - It's a scene that plays out in firehouses every day: Firefighters return from a blaze or rescue call and talk about a close call that could have injured orkilled someone. The International Association of Fire Chiefs wants firefighters nationwide to learn from such stories through the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System.

Henri Bergius has incorporated code from myWeblog Pinger Library for PHPinto theMidgard Content Management System.

This represents a Sally Field moment for me, the first time that any code I've written has made its way into another project thanks to an open source license. I'm going to celebrate my increased geek cred by buyingsomething like this.

Senate Testimony Signifying Nothing

Andrew Hyman, a conservative attorney who has been promotingJohn Robertsvigorously since his selection by President Bush,abandoned the judgein response to his answers during the first day of the confirmation hearings:

It now appears very possible to me that President Bush has nominated a pro-Roe vote in place of an anti-Roe vote. It appears from this morning's testimony -- and I could be wrong about this -- that Judge Roberts will probably affirm the so-called right to obtain an abortion all the way up until viability, even though 72% of women in the United States have consistently said that abortion should generally be illegal months before viability.

Read the entire discussion, one of the most fascinating I've found on the Roberts hearings, and you'll find that conservatives have no more idea than liberals what we're getting for the next 30 years. With a voice as soothing as an NPR host, Roberts has shown that he's expert on constitutional law, quick-witted, and intelligent enough to give the American public absolutely no clue as to his judicial philosophy.

He's alsoextremely personable. After hearing his encyclopedically vague answers for three days, I like Roberts so much I resent myself for wanting to know anything about him.

Throughout the hearings, Roberts has relied often on the rationale that he can't provide his opinion on matters that might be revisited by the court. He even used it to avoid discussingBush v. Gore, a case in which the Supreme Court explicitly stated it was not setting a precedent. Here's theexchangeabout the case with Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl:

KOHL: I asked you what your opinion of that decision was at that time.

ROBERTS: Well, that's an area where I've not been -- I've not felt free to comment whether or not I agree with particular decisions or...

KOHL: Well, it's not likely to come up again.

ROBERTS: Well, I do think that the issue about the propriety of Supreme Court review in matters of disputed electoral contests, it is a matter that could come up again. Obviously, the particular perimeters in that case won't, but it is a very recent precedent.

And that type of a decision is one where I thought it inappropriate to comment on whether I think they were correct or not.

If the nationno longer expects candorfrom Supreme Court justices, the Judiciary Committee should adopt the format ofWhat's My Line?, with blindfolded senators asking a series of yes-no questions of the nominee to determine his identity. The winner could receive afederal highwaynamed in his honor and three ethical violations to be named later.