For the first week in June, 2012: The Julian Assange Show, California Location Privacy Act makes progress, millions of passwords leaked, IPv6 Launch Day, WordPress 3.4 RC 2 is out, and a public domain films from the 50s.
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- Things are really taking off on the discussion around the surveillance state. Found a show on RT this week hosted by Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. RT releases a lot of new shows under an Attribution free culture license. There most recent episode is, “Cypherpunks: Episode Eight, pt. 1″, with the guest Jacob Appelbaum from the Tor project. And others episodes with people from Occupy London and New York. The video is done using the free video codec Theroa and audio done with Vorbis, so the video will play right in a free software web browser. This is how to do it, and you can access the videos at assange.rt.com
- The California Location Privacy Act, SB 1434, has passed the California Senate with a bipartisan vote of 30 to 6, and is now headed to the California Assembly. It will require law enforcement to get a search warrant to be able to obtain location information from any electronic device.
- Judge Stephen Smith, in a paper called Gagged, Sealed & Delivered: Reforming ECPA’s Secret Docket, has estimated that over 30,000 electronic surveillance orders have been made in 2006 that is more than the entire output from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court. Late in the paper he asks, “When so much is done out of public view, how can we know when it has gone too far?” The public nor Congress are able to accurately assess the bread and depth of current electronic surveillance activity.
- Several million leaked SHA-1 password hashes were released on a Russian site by an anonymous security breacher this week. Many of them have been cracked. According to a report by Dan Goodin from ArsTechnica: a LinkedIn official has confirmed the break-in, and the company has notified users and implemented enhanced security measures that include salting their hashes. Last.fm has also reported that the have had passwords leaked, and have sent out an email to all of their users. The point with these types of security breaches isn’t to gain access to these sites accounts, but to obtain the email and password combinations that likely are used for more important accounts online.
- The Internet has run out of space, all of the 4.3 billion IP addresses were assigned as of February 2011. This week on June 6th, 2012 at 0000 UTC, major websites permanently enabled IPv6, a new version of Internet Protocol that has something around 50 billion billion billion addresses per person on earth.
- WordPress 3.4 is release candidate 2 is available. Andrew Nacin writes on the WordPress.org blog, “Our goal is to release WordPress 3.4 early next week, so plugin and theme authors, this is likely your last chance to test your plugins and themes to find any compatibility issues before the final release.(…)” I’ll be updating AWE to make sure it works with the latest version this weekend.
- In response to a question two weeks ago about examples of public domain works: Any films made before 1923 are in the public domain which include many silent films, I’ve been told by multiple employees at the Downtown Los Angeles Public Library. Movies after 1964 have had their copyright automatically renewed by the “Copyright Renewal Act of 1992″. And there are several movies made during the 50s that have entered into the public domain, as their copyright was not renewed. Here is a list of the ones that I have found from the Film Superlist Volume 3 1950-1959 published in 1989, collected by attorney Walter Hurst. I’ve gone through and removed thirty films that have a renewed copyright since the publication, according to the online records from 1978 to present. In the United Corporations of America, public works enter the private domain. Here are the last that remain in the public from the fifties, some of them are available on archive.org: Africa Screams, Badman’s Gold, Bandit Island, The Beast of Hollow Mountain, The Bigamist, Behave Yourself, Borderline, Bride of the Gorilla, The Bushwhackers, Creature From Haunted Sea, Cyrano De Bergerac, D.O.A., Decameron Nights, F.B.I. Girl, Fabiola, Felix In Outer Space, Go For Broke, The Great Rupert, Harlem Follies, The Hitch-Hiker, Indestructible Man, Indiscretion of an American Wife (a.k.a. Terminal Station), The Inspector General, The Invisible Woman, The Jackie Robinson Story, Jail Bait, Jesse James’ Women, KaraMoja, Killers From Space, The Last Time I Saw Paris, La Cabeza De Pancho Villa, Lumber Jerks, The Man on The Eiffel Tower, Mr. Imperium, The Naked Hills, One Too Many, Outlaw’s Son, The Pace That Thrills, Radar Men From The Moon, Rage At Dawn, Red Planet Mars, A Run For Your Money, The Snow Creature, A Tale of Five Women, The Torch, Two Dollar Bettor, Unknown World, Woman on the Run, and Yellowneck.