Fair Use Computer Game
Jun 20, 2002

mpawlo writes "As reported by Greplaw, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) together with Privacyactivism has released an interactive video game designed to educate players about their privacy and fair use rights. The game is focused on digital rights management technologies, online spyware, and data profiling servers. We have seen similar games in Sweden from the Anti-piracy Bureau and Flash movies from BSA in the US, however striking a different tune. Play Carabella." --- Cute idea.

Ugh. Don't you hate it when "your side" does something stupid that makes you cringe? Look, you can't do something cool on purpose. I personally guarentee that the number of people who will actually choose to play this game for any reason other then analysis will number in the low zeros.

It's another case of confusing correlation and causation... there are good video games, so video games can be cool. But the opposite doesn't work; because video games are cool does not make all video games cool. In fact, that crap literally hasn't worked in over 20 years.

Clear Thinking
Jun 19, 2002

I was going to write my Metaphors rant, which focusses on the do's and don'ts of metaphor usage, esp. as relating to the Internet, but I found myself really wishing I had a prerequisite piece. So here it is: A piece on what I mean by the term Clear Thinking, which I use a technical term with a specific meaning to me.

I'm finally starting to get some synergies going in my essays.

McLuhan Lives!
Jun 17, 2002

When I first read Meg Hourihan’s piece on blogging, I said to myself— SWEET! Of course, this wasn't the hegemonic response. Stavros was the first to blast it, followed closely by Jonathon.

You see, in my opinion, what she was writing about is really the continuum transfunctioner of blogging. To be tiresomely McLuhanesqe, the medium is the message.

You may be somewhat unfamiliar with the terminology used in this post, but despite, or perhaps because, of it, I think it makes some valid and interesting points.

Get Well Soon Dave
Jun 17, 2002

Get well soon, Dave.

XWT - XML Windowing Toolkit
Jun 15, 2002

You don't "install" web pages; you simply visit them. Why should applications be any different? ... Existing HTML/JavaScript developers can be productive immediately developing XWT user interfaces. This is because XWT visual layout is specified using a dialect of XML which is extremely similar to HTML tables, and because interactivity is scripted in industry-standard ECMAscript (JavaScript). No special tools are required -- just a simple text editor and a zip archiver.

The XWT Engine is packaged as both an ActiveX control and a Java applet, so you can access XWT applications from all major platforms (Win95/98/ME/NT/2k/XP, Linux, Solaris, MacOS X) without installing any additional software.

I just noticed this link in a Slashdot comment. A cursory over-view of the reference manual shows many good ideas for a small-scale, RAD app builder. Haven't played with it at all, so I don't know how good it is in practice.

Oddly, considering the subject matter, the site does not seem to have a "Click Here to Try It Out!" sample.

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