Quickies of the day

Since the process of blogging is still much to convoluted for quick
spontaneous posts, I’ll just keep collecting the interesting links for
the day in this Quickies format, and publish once a day. Or something
like that.

  • John Levine has an interesting
    analysis
    of the two Microsoft patents
    that’s been slowing down work on Sender
    ID
    . Of particular interest is that they try to patent spam filters
    (application number 20040181585, claim 48 and 49) (Via LawMeme)
  • Cedric Beust solicits job
    applications
    for Google. ”If you are reading this weblog, you are
    probably the kind of developer Google would like to hire […]”
  • Charles Miller has high
    praise
    for the Mac app Quicksilver. It sounds
    cool, I wish I could try it out. It’s very probable that I get a
    {Power,i}Book as soon as I start law school (gotta wait for that student discount). If you don’t know about
    the unix tool screen, you should
    check out his
    praise
    of that too. As a bonus, suggests that at least one of the
    star wars prequels should have been directed by Joss Wheadon. That
    would have been real interesting.
  • Xeni Jardin of Wired writes
    about
    experiencing zero gravity, thanks to newly started flight
    service Zero-G. Only $2950 +
    whatever it costs to get to Fort Lauderdale. I’m seriously tempted.
  • It looks that my favourite plucker
    converter
    , JPluckX,
    has been abandoned by it’s author, Laurens M. Fridael, in favour of Sunrise. However, this section
    in the faq worries
    me:

    Sunrise is a temporary project, made available for the
    purpose of letting users test the desktop tool for my upcoming offline
    web viewer, which will be a commercial product. Once my viewer reaches
    public beta state, the Plucker support will be removed
    entirely.

  • Slashdot links
    to a
    report
    from PriceWaterHouseCoopers, and says that it paints a
    picture of software patents as a threat to Europe’s innovative
    software industry. Now, I’m as much against software patents as the
    next raving lunatic open source-zealot, but first: The report mentions
    patents in like three places, and only one of them explicitly
    critizises software patents. In fact, the slashdot blurb contains the
    entire quote, so if you’ve read that, you don’t need to download the
    90+ page report. Secondly: If you compare the US software industry
    (has SW patents) with the EU software industry (does not yet have real
    SW patents), which of the two is more innovative and competitive?
    Honestly? I just think there’s better arguments to be made against software patents.
    As an aside, the report makes extensive use of the acronym
    ICT, which I’ve never heard of before. A quick googling seems to
    indicate that it stands for ”Information and Communication
    Technologies”, which I guess is a superset of plain ol’ IT. Has this
    acronym been around for long? In what circles?