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Written on 21st August, 2014 in Apple, and iOS.

Using the tel URI scheme you can launch a telephone call in a native iOS application without having to prompt the user. This functionality is actually written about in Apple’s developer documentation says:

When a user opens a URL with the tel scheme in a native app, iOS does not display an alert and initiates dialing without further prompting the user.

Phone Links from Apple URL Scheme Reference.


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Written on 6th August, 2014 in Copyright, Public Domain, and Photography.

Photographer’s claim is that the photo isn’t in the public domain because the he did all the setup and all the monkey did was take the picture.

Wikimedia’s claim is that for the photographer to claim copyright, they “would have had to make substantial contributions to the final image, and even then, they’d only have copyright for those alterations, not the underlying image”. And because animals aren’t people and don’t have civil rights then the images fall under the public domain.

TODO insert pun about monkey business and copyright.

Update (21 August, 2014 at 3:10pm)

The U.S. Copyright Office says that the photograph is unprotected by intellectual property.

The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit

Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (PDF Copy of the Report).


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Written on 25th July, 2014 in Python, and Email.

A Python library (from Mailgun) to extract message quotations and signatures.

Usage

>>> from talon.signature.bruteforce import extract_signature
>>>
>>> message = """Awesome.
... 
... ---
... Myles Braithwaite"""
>>>
>>> text, signature = extract_signature(message)
>>> print text
Awesome.
>>> print signature
---
Myles Braithwaite


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Written on 3rd July, 2014 in CASL.

Yet Faber’s initial experience is precisely what one might expect: as companies shift to opt-in lists with customers who explicitly consent to receive messages, they are more likely to open the emails and to click on the links. I asked Faber about the experience to date and he indicated that the company’s list has unsurprisingly slimmed down, but that it is much more qualified, will grow back over time, and offers a more engaged audience, which he prefers.

The Benefits of Consent by Michael Geist.


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Written on 25th June, 2014 in API, Gmail, Google, and IMAP.

Interesting move by Google.

The idea of plugging into email contents is not new, and many outside applications already leverage mail if users allow it. But Google is creating a new application programming interface, or API, to make it easier for outside developers to plug in. It will replace IMAP, a common but complex way for applications to communicate with most email services, limiting the number of apps that can work with Gmail. Google Opens Gmail, Making It More of a Platform for Developers by Alistair Barr and Rolfe Winkler for The Wall Street Journal.


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Written on 18th June, 2014 in TrueCrypt.

I am sorry, but I think what you’re asking for here is impossible. I don’t feel that forking truecrypt would be a good idea, a complete rewrite was something we wanted to do for a while. I believe that starting from scratch wouldn’t require much more work than actually learning and understanding all of truecrypts current codebase.

I have no problem with the source code being used as reference.

Anonymous Source

(via Hacker News)