Google’s explanation for leaving China was that they didn’t want to bow to Government censorship any longer. This courageous and bold move was tarnished by the fact, that Google already censored some of its search results in many other countries by request from and on behalf of local governments, but also for the sake of cultural localization. A newly released tool sheds some additional light on this widespread practice.

A jury of the District Court of Utah has just issued its verdict in the SCO Group vs. Novell trial w.r.t. the ownership of Unix copyrights. According to Novell:

Operative branches of intelligence agencies are, by the nature of their mission, often involved in operations of questionable legality, including targeted killings in foreign countries. That’s certainly not news, and surprises nobody. Even if we put legality issues aside, and skirt the question of legitimacy, those killings also raise questions of ethics, when performed in an amateurish way that puts innocent bystanders in harm’s way.

This is part 5 of a fast paced C++ tutorial for programmers familiar with high level languages like Perl and Python.

Fellow blogger Marco Fioretti wrote a nice little short story about a music label’s CEO confessing his worst fears to a psychanalyst. I love the style, even though the cute dialog is pretty naive.