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與資訊、科技相關的新聞連結和評論

電子紙書

兩三年前就已經看過這方面的訊息,也在科學人雜誌上看到電子紙的報導(頁面存檔),覺得他們的技術真是很讚,昨天在 CNET 的新聞網上看到了產品報導(http://taiwan.cnet.com/news/ce/0,2000062982,20089114,00.htm,頁面存檔),我很高興終於有一些消費性的實體產品 LIBRI’E 要上市了,而不是只有早期大公司或廣告商使用的廣告看板產品。不過光看產品的圖片,和我在科學人雜誌上所看到的,以及想像中的產品仍有差距。原本預期會有五六張紙可以翻頁,但似乎實體產品 LIBRI’E 只有一面。 LIBRI’E 內部採用了 E Ink 的 link:技術。 延伸閱讀:

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Next Steps for Advertisers 廣告業者的下一步

Spam 一直是困擾很多使用者的問題之一,也很讓一些人降低了使用 email 的意願。 Anti-spam & Do-not-call 上周三美國參議院通過反垃圾郵件法案,對這些發 spam 的人和公司採取了行動,希望讓這些在網路上到處收集電子郵件地址,然後大量寄發廣告信的行為能夠有效遏止。另外美國對於電話行銷的部份,也有了新的發展,民眾只要在資料庫中登錄後,廣告業者就不能對其進行電話行銷。法院已經判定此項計劃。 接下來呢?如果 anti-spam 和 do-not-call 這兩項法案能順利執行,那麼濫發電子郵件的廣告商還有什麼管道能打廣告? 手機的簡訊?

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Linus Torvalds 及 Alan Cox 致歐盟總理的公開信

Subject: Open Letter on Software Patents from Linux developersDate:Sun, 21 Sep 2003 13:31:12 -0700 (PDT)From:Linus Torvalds Open Letter to the Honourable Pat Cox, the President of the European Parliament,members of the European Parliament: Dear Mr. Cox, We have been following with growing concern that Europe has beenextending patentability to computer programs. Now European Parliamentis about to vote on a directive that could put a stop to thisdevelopment, or make it worse, depending on how it is amended by theParliament. US experience shows that, unlike traditional patents, software patentsdo not encourage innovation and R&D, quite the contrary. In particularthey hurt small and medium-sized enterprises and generally newcomersin the market. They will just weaken the market and increase spendingon patents and litigation, at the expense of technological innovationand research. Especially dangerous are attempts to abuse the patent system bypreventing interoperability as a means of avoiding competition withtechnological ability. Standards should never be patentable! Likewise,patents should never be used as means for preventing publication ofinformation – the whole idea of patents is to provide time-limitedmonopoly in exchange for publication of the invention. Software patents are also the utmost threat to the development ofLinux and other free software products, as we are forced to

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Against Software Patents

Due to the directive validating Software Patents that will be voted this 1st of September at the European Parliament, we have decided to protest. Please close your websites too (http://swpat.ffii.org/group/demo/index.en.html)! We support the real demonstration that took place in Brussels on Wednesday, the 27th of August. The rally started around noon in front of the European Parliament and was followed by a press conference inside the Parliament. If you were near Brussels, you had to be there! Close your websites and go http://wiki.ael.be/index.php/OnlineDemoPartnersWebsites to sign up.

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MS JLCA 2.0

MS 在七月十五日的新聞稿(頁面存檔)中宣佈 JCLA 2.0 工具釋出。新聞大意如下: MS今發表 Java Language Conversion Assistant(JLCA)2.0 版,它是提供給 Java 發展人員轉換建立 MS .NET 技術應用程式的工具,此工具可將 Java 語言原始檔中的語法和函式庫呼叫轉換成 C# 語言。藉由 JLCA 2.0,發展人員可將 JSP/Servlet 應用程式轉換為 ASP.NET。 然後接下來就是一堆 blah blah 在說 .NET 有多麼多麼地好之類的話。當然,微歡的新聞,說的話很明顯地是往自己臉上貼金。 個人認為 Sun 和其他 Java 擁護者應要早日推出更好的工具可讓 ASP.NET 轉換到 JSP/Servlet 架構,一起來一較長短。尤其是微軟現在動作頻頻,它的各個產品都下了功夫宣傳及打擊對手,包括 Windows 2003、XBox 和全套型軟體 Office System 等,而且又推出了 JLCA 新版,比之前的 1.0 版擁有更強大的功能,因此 Java 和 OSS 陣營更應該要多加點油。 東西再好,也要讓人知道,讓人識貨才是。

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