Jaani's Linklog

The Linklog is a data feed from various social bookmarking sites that I frequent. It contains short entries deemed interesting but — whether because their subject matter is not directly related to the themes of this website (internet law and technology regulation) or simply for reasons of convenience — not justifying a full weblog entry. The format is simple: a title with a link to the aggregator source, and a one-line description.

Note that neither the titles nor descriptions are my own — they remain, with any associated errors, the work of the people who submitted each item to the feed from which each was derived.

The World's First Hybird Train Hits the Rails

The world’s first hybrid train, which is fuel efficient and reduces emissions, made its inaugural trip from Paris to the French Champagne region on Tuesday.

Slashdot's CmdrTaco Looks Back at 10 Years of 'News for Nerds'

Slasdhot turns 10 this month. The influential “news for nerds” site famous for swamping unsuspecting websites with boatloads of traffic turns 10 in October, and parties are popping up all around the country. Without the influence of Slashdot there would be no Digg. Let’s pay respects.

Newfound ancient African megadroughts may have driven evolution of humans

From 135,000 to 90,000 years ago tropical Africa had megadroughts more extreme and widespread than any previously known for that region, according to new research.

When Google acquisitions go wrong: the disappointing story of Urchin

Just because the big G rolls up with a truckload of cash doesn’t mean that newly acquired companies are about to get a jolt of productivity. Such is the case with Urchin, whose software and support lies mostly dormant nearly three years later.

Google acquires Jaiku

Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it’s more difficult to keep track of everyone when they’re running around at warp speed. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired Jaiku…

10 Most Brilliant Inventions of 2007

R&D Magazine has sponsored the “Oscars of Inventions” for 45 years. These research and design awards are coveted by government as well as private industry inventors. The 100 winners selected by R&D Magazine for 2007 are stunning innovations - resourceful, effective, inspiring.

How the RIAA tasted victory: a perfect storm which might not be repeated

It’s reasonably clear that the RIAA chose to head to trial with a case it knew it would win. Let’s look at each element of the plaintiff’s case against Jammie Thomas so we can piece together what made this one so ideal for the RIAA.

Thomas to appeal RIAA's $222 000 file-sharing verdict

Jammie Thomas has decided to appeal last week’s verdict that she willfully infringed on the recording industry’s copyrights. Her appeal is expected to focus on the question of whether making a file available for download on a P2P network is “distribution” as defined by the Copyright Act.

An Essay by Einstein -- The World As I See It

“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family…”

How to write an Adventure game

Bit-tech.net continues their feature examining how computer games are written and designed by looking specifically at adventure games. With exclusive, in-depth interviews from Dave Grossman (Lucasarts, Sam and Max) and David Cage (Quantic Dream, Fahrenheit, Indigo Prophecy), the article is a fresh look at the process of how games are designed.

Led Zeppelin promoter wishes eBay would 'drop dead and die'

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith has branded eBay the “biggest rip-off merchants in the world” after tickets to the forthcoming Led Zeppelin gig appeared for sale. “I have begged them to take [the tickets] off and they have basically told us to fuck off. So I will do everything I possibly can to ruin their lives.”

iTunes Store Mistakingly Leaks Stargate Atlantis Episode

Apple has made a huge mistake by offering the fourth episode of the popular science fiction TV-show “Stargate Atlantis” instead of the season premiere via its iTunes store. Soon after the episode leaked it spread to BitTorrent and other P2P networks.

Apple v RIM: You're missing the point

Unremarked on by every commentator is the following fact: RIMM added 1.45M new subscribers last quarter. In the entire world. In over 120 countries, served by 300 carriers. In other words, throughout the globe, on every carrier, in every country, RIMM added 1.45M new users (not replacement handsets or upgrades for existing users …

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il: "I'm an Internet Expert"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il called himself an ‘’Internet expert’’ during summit talks with South Korea’s president this week, a news report said Friday. The reclusive leader made the remark after South Korean President asked that South Korean companies at an industrial park in the North Korean city of Kaesong be allowed to use the Internet.