The case for Video Piracy

Now here is an interesting article defending video piracy, from Intelligent Life, a sister-magazine of The Economist.  It’s a case study of the movie The Man from Earth, an independent movie shot on a budget of $200k.  The illegal copying of the movie boosted it to 5th place on IMDB, thereby significantly increasing sales revenues.  The producer Eric Wilkinson thanked the community for the illegal copying and managed to raise additional funds via PayPal.

It’s nice to see that somebody influencial accepts the fact that the traditional business model of the film and music industry is antiquated and eventually has to change.  Whether Hollywood is going to embrace this approach is to be seen.

Düsseldorf JUG ist jetzt RheinJUG

Die Düsseldorfer Java User Group hat jetzt einen neuen Namen und ein neues zu Hause. Dank der großzügigen Unterstützung von djinn.it haben wir ein professionelles Logo und einen entsprechenden Auftritt bekommen, ab jetzt unter rheinjug.de! Ein herzliches Dank an Heiko Sippel.

Bloat!

Interesting commentary over at InfoQ in regard to keeping the line-of-code count low.  It’s based on a  Steve Yegge post in regard to his 500-LoC-Game that he now considers unmanagable.

I disagree with his idea that fewer LoCes are preferrable to Design Patterns – at least, this statement cannot be generalized.  But I agree with the basic idea.

I actually see the problem he addresses as much in Knowledge Management as in Programming.  Many businesses have huge problems organizing their knowledge, and the data in question is mainly unstructured.  Something to think about…

Treffen mit James Gosling

"It’s just a Bag of Code"

Bezeichnung von Android und die Antwort auf die Frage, wie die strategische Zusammenarbeit zwischen Google und Sun aussieht. Überhaupt war die Antwort recht zynisch. Laut James haben Google und Sun seit zwei Jahren miteinander gesprochen, aber jedes Geschäftsmodell von Google beinhaltete eine Übernahme von Sun’s Kunden. Er bezeichnete Google abfällig als "advertising agency".

"It involves other people’s patent lawyers"

Antwort auf die Frage, warum Sun mit JAM das Rad neu erfindet, statt auf OSGI zuzugreifen.

"Powerpoint has a broken Workflow"

Kommentar zum Thema OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office. Sun wurde kritisiert, die OpenOffice-Plattform zu vernachlässigen.

"Linux on Phones is a Device Driver Framework"

Antwort auf die Frage, ob es ein Java-Betriebssystem geben wird. James antwortete, dass es zum einen solche Ansätze schon gegeben hat. Er sieht da aber kein großes Potential, weil der Aufwand, Treiber zu programmieren, einfach viel zu groß ist. Die eigentliche Frage ist, wie viel von dem unterliegenden Betriebssystem noch für den Nutzer sichtbar ist – und bei Linux auf Handys wird das so gut wie gar nicht sein.

"Vista crippled OpenGL"

Das sind keine Neuigkeiten aber der Grund, warum Java 7 unter Vista so langsam ist. Auch bei Apple ist das Problem ein ähnliches, da es dort eine eigene OpenGL Implementation gibt, die Sun Schwierigkeiten macht. Da viele Teile von Apples Graphics-Subsystem proprietär sind, muss Sun auf Apple warten und kann die Arbeit der Anpassung nicht selbst machen.

"I don’t know how to answer politely"

Antwort auf die Frage, ob Swing und SWT komplementär sind oder konkurrieren. Laut James war IBM an der Entwicklung von Swing beteiligt, machte dann aber plötzlich eine 180-Grad-Wendung und erschien mit SWT. Laut James haben AWT und SWT die selbe, schlechte Architektur (was ich bezweifle, aber mal nachforschen werde). Die Konsequenz: SWT läuft gut unter Windows und überall sonst ziemlich schlecht. Laut James hat SWT genau die selben Probleme wie AWT. Nun ja, was Performance betrifft, ist das sicher nicht der Fall.

"You have given us not having to learn Visual Basic"

Danksagung eines Teilnehmers an James.

Global Warming und die Worte und Taten in der Politik

Immer wieder werden die Bürger aufgefordert, ihren Teil der Verantwortung zu übernehmen um Global Warming zu verhindern. Und während die Politiker den moralischen Zeigefinger erheben, lassen die CO2-Generierung in einem ganz anderen Maßstab zu:

"Germany, for example, is making it easier to build new coal plants by granting them free emissions permits, even though it aims to reduce emissions to 40% below the 1990 level by 2020. Enel hopes to persuade the governments of Bulgaria and Romania to do the same. In America, the most prominent proposals for regulations to reduce emissions all involve generous hand-outs to the coal industry. For a supposedly dying breed, advocates of coal-fired generation still seem to have plenty of clout with Europe’s and America’s politicians."

Eindhoven

Yesterday we made a daytrip to Eindhoven in the Netherlands.  It’s a cute little city, just 1.5 hours away from Düsseldorf.  They have a fabulous Museum of Modern Art, and the Glow Exibition was still going on, which had some spectacular installation.  It’s a great destination for a day trip!

Under construction…

Ich bin am umstrukturieren, daher sind in Moment ein paar Links kaputt. Das wird in den nächsten Tagen in Ordnung gebracht.

Help in Burma / Myanmar

The following information has been taken from the Interdependence Project’s Newsletter.

Below are a few very concrete ways you can help the situation. The basic rule of interdependence is this: every action matters. Please take the small time and mental effort necessary to make a difference. Please forward this widely.

With Compassionate Wishes,

Cassie M., Ellen, Cassie P., Ethan, and the Crew
The InterDependence Project

http://www.theIDproject.com


1. There are upcoming protests planned for Sat. Oct. 6th.

For more information: http://www.uscampaignforburma.org/
(this website contains disturbing images and news of what’s actually going on.)


2. Take part in a letter writing campaign sponsered by Amnesty International.

(if you participate then visit their website- http://web.amnesty.org/pages/mmr-270907-action-eng and check the box that says- Yes, I have taken this action)
You can copy and paste this sample letter into an e-mail or a document to print out:

Dear Minister:
I am deeply concerned by the reports that hundreds of monks and other peaceful protesters, including well-known comedian Zargana and member of parliament Paik Ko have been detained.
I strongly urge the Myanmar authorities to release them immediately and unconditionally, unless they are to be charged with recognizably criminal offences. I call on the authorities to ensure that, while they remain in custody, all the detainees are held only in official places of detention, and are given immediate access to lawyers, their families and any medical treatment they may require. I also call on the authorities to ensure that the detainees are not subjected to torture or any other ill-treatment.
I call on the authorities to ensure that all people in Myanmar are able to peacefully exercise the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly without fear of harassment, intimidation or arbitrary detention, in line with international human rights standards.

Yours Sincerely,

Please send appeals to:
Foreign Minister Nyan Win
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Naypyitaw
Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 1 222 950 OR +95 1 221 719
E-mail: [email protected]
Don’t forget to sign as a member of the Interdependence Project!


3. Please sign an online petition to Chinese Officials:

http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/uscampaignforburma/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=730&t=HomePage.dwt

Chinese action is crucial to pressuring the military dictatorship!


4. Please Sign the petition that will appear in ads in the Financial Times and the South China Morning Post tomorrow.

There are 500,000 signatures already from around the world and they are aiming for a 1 million.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/u.php

avaaz.org is a new international grass-roots group.

Reincarnation regulated

In the long tale of Chinese-Tibetan relations, the Chinese authorities decided to regulate reincarnation.  While this sounds bizarre at first glance, it makes sense for their pursuit of controlling the Tibetan people.  While according to Buddhist believe (almost) everybody is reborn, only few important religious leaders are looked for – like the Dalai Lama.  By regulating reincarnation, the Chinese will probably try to control this search process, probably with the goal of nominating the next Dalai Lama themselves.  The Slashdot discussion has some insightful comments.