Tom Lachecki

(Tomalak Geret'kal)

Is Solution For Entertainment Industry In Law After All?

Briefly exploring the world of the music business and how record labels don't tend to embrace on-demand access to music across the internet. Is the solution really to sit back and allow unfettered access to IP?

Society Demands Privacy In Public, Pisses Me Off

If like me you lament the passing of the days when Facebook was just a tool used by twenty-somethings to post photos and have the odd flirty wallpost conversation with friends, you'll be at least partially as saddened as I to see it in the big news once again. And, once again, it's over "privacy".

Yo Mama Is So Politically Correct, Someone Filed A Debian Bug Against Her

Here's a Debian bug thread I ran into on the interweb today. It's quite old, dating back to 2002, but I think the discussion still holds very much real-world relevance to the prevailing view of society.

Are Legality and Morality Fixed Concepts, Really?

If it's immoral and illegal to send the latest episode of Heroes to your friend, the Pirate Bay ought to be at least partially responsible for facilitating that transaction.

Facebook RFC

On the one hand, Facebook users are on a free service and shouldn't expect any realistic right to say what should or shouldn't be on it. On the other, Facebook users are responsible for Zuckerberg's entire income and have made him worth a LOT of money. So can you consider the use of a social network an indirect form of payment?

Retentive "European Directive On Data Retention" Comes Into Force In UK

The European directive that requires Internet Service Providers to log their customers' communications came into force in the UK today, and means that details of user emails and internet phone calls will be stored by ISPs for twelve months. On paper, Directive 2006/24/EC is not such a bad thing. In real life, though, the fact of the matter is that the European Directive on Data Retention is highly controversial.

Trial By Proxy

I explore the foibles of DNS lookups with proxy servers in Firefox 3, and try to determine why they cause my browser to hang intermittently.

There's No Place Like Homes

Today in "Why New Facebook Sucks"…

An Open Letter To The Internets

I have yet to figure out why so many people are doing this at the moment, but there's an epidemic of omitting terminating regular expression delimiters.

Just What Doesn't IE6 Content-Accept?

Today at work I discovered a flaw in our framework that was really pretty obvious from IE6, but hadn't been noticed at all pre-testing because nobody expected it.

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