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Rick Boucher, Guest Blogger on

Congressman Rich Boucher is guest blogging on Lawrence Lessig's blog this week. Congressman Boucher is fairly rare amongst politicians in that he actually seems to understand many of the issues related to intellectual property rights. He is working to amend the DMCA to restore fair use rights to digital media, and is the author of the Digital Media Consumer Rights Act. His opening entry is a request for comments regarding the Induce Act, and the discussions are quite interesting, including postings by Andy Greenberg which I thought were enormously clear and which apparently have struck a chord with Boucher.

I'll be reading throughout the week.


Sketchpad: A man-machine graphical communication system | Lambda the Ultimate

Ivan Sutherland and SketchpadIvan Sutherland's thesis on Sketchpad may be one of the most famous and innovative papers in the history of computer graphics. LtU reports that there is a new electronic version made available as a PDF file. It's great to see papers like this made more widely available.


danny bot: the film

Danny and MasterGave me a chuckle. Thanks to td and tdl for pointing me at it. danny bot: the film


Tough Weekend for Would-be X Prizers

There were two failures of launch vehicles this weekend. The 48 inch launch vehicle of Armadillo Aerospace crashed, leaving what was described on their website as "$35,000 of rocket is now a whole lot of primo Armadillo Droppings". Why the failure? Ran out of propellant. Doh! I'm told there are pictures and video on their website, but since Slashdot is running this story, I suspect it will be several hours before I'll be able to have a peek.

Eric Meier and Phillip Storm of Space Transport Corp, a much more modest and low budget affair, also had a vehicle failure when their rocket engine exploded at 100 feet. The parachute failed to deploy, and the rocket crashed to the ground.

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