The online reaction to the actual closure, as opposed to last week’s announcement of same, was an odd one. On Twitter, there was a melancholy humor:
Miller attributes this popularity in part to the fact that Washington was one of the first states to have an anti-spam law, and along with California, it provides for some of the strictest penalties. The Washington law allows spam victims to recoup up to $500 for messages that are sent without permission or that contain false or misleading information.
People didn’t just suggest changes to Lee’s Twitter patent license. It was forked 53 times: by Arul, by a computer science student in Portland, by a Belgian bicycle designer. These forks can now evolve and potentially even merge back into Lee’s agreement. The experiment also inspired Fenwick & West, one of Silicon Valley’s top legal firms (and GitHub’s law firm) to post 30 pages of standard documents for startups to GitHub earlier this year.
Marketplace will offer 3 million plus songs for sale, including more than a million DRM-free MP3s. No word on encoding bitrates for the MP3s. Music videos will also be for sale, and podcast selections, including video podcasts, have been beefed up. Music is still available as a al carte downloads, or as a monthly all-you-can-listen $14.99 subscription service.
There are some really fun projects in this book – hacking a slot car racer, for example. And the discussions on integrating an Arduino into an electronic toy are well done – there’s even a tutorial for controlling the toy (via the Internet) using a shield. Fun stuff.
Unocal OKs buyout: Unocal shareholders on Wednesday approved its more than $17 billion purchase by Chevron, concluding a deal that had been threatened by a richer bid from Chinese producer CNOOC until U.S. political opposition triggered its withdrawal.
According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study, nearly four in ten, or 38%, of U.S. jobs could be taken by artificial intelligence within the next 15 years.
4) Seek to inspire, not just motivate. As social media helps shift power to individual citizens and employees, leadership itself must shift with it. That requires moving from coercive or motivational leadership that uses sticks or carrots to extract performance and allegiance out of people to inspirational leadership that inspires commitment and innovation and hope in people. The most effective 21st-century leaders – those in the C-suite, on the football field and in other realms – understand the value of leaving behind a command-and-control leadership style in favor of a connect-and-collaborate approach. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin now has two Super Bowl rings to show for his leadership transformation; leaders of truly social enterprises will adopt a similar game plan.
What is it about talking animals that fascinates us? And by us, I mean me. I’ve always loved books involving critters, whether they behave more like real animals who just happen to talk (as in Watership Down) or like small furry people (think Secret of NIMH). And, of course, there are plenty of books in which animals are just completely anthropomorphized, where they’re living in a basically human world, wearing human clothes, doing human things. Mouse Guard by David Petersen falls somewhere in the middle: the mice behave like people, walking on two legs and wearing clothes, writing books and building cities, but they’re still mice. Tiny creatures in a world filled with much bigger things like snakes and owls and weasels who are decidedly not friendly.
Fox, the Google exec leading the project, pitches Duplex as a win-win. Google users will be freed from having to make phone calls to plan their outings; restaurants without online booking systems will gain new customers. “Those businesses lose out because people say ‘Unless I can book this online I’m not going to book,’” he says.
In isolation, any one of these events could seem like an outlier: just one person getting his due. But taken together, so many and in succession, they suggest something bigger. A conversation about sexism in science broke open this year. Sharp organizing and social media are sparking real change. What was once whispered privately in laboratories and offices is being discussed publicly, loudly, and clearly.
Wired: Easy to learn; great for non-gamers; scoring track adds a great twist.
Girls were reluctant to inform their parents, said Whitney Roban, the survey’s senior researcher, because the teens are “worried they’ll be blamed for what happened (and) that parents will take away their Internet connection.”
For buyers who are interested in an electric vehicle but don’t want to wait around for the Model 3, several great alternatives are available now at a similar price point. Some have shorter ranges while others lack the latest driver assistance features, but if you’re interested in an electric car that won’t take as long to arrive, these EVs are worth a look.
“Even the people that are (buying and selling) for profit have an abiding love of UO,” she says. “The only way you can actually make money doing that type of thing is to really know the game. How else would you know what’s a good deal?”
“Hyperlinking does not itself involve a violation of the Copyright Act,” ruled U.S. District Judge Harry Hupp. “There is no deception in what is happening. This is analogous to using a library’s card index to get reference to particular items, albeit faster and more efficiently.”
Pith.li isn’t the first company to offer a tool for highlighting and annotating the web. There’s Evernote and Genius and soon Internet Explorer will come with a highlighting tool bundled into its browser. You can “screenshort” text and post it to Twitter if you please. Pith.li is, however, the most simple tool I’ve used yet.
In the case Kahle v. Gonzales, argued at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Brewster Kahle is arguing that he should be permitted to make “orphaned works” – works whose copyright holder can no longer be located – available for free on his website.
Legends of Zork, which is being published by Activision, is currently in beta with no official release date yet disclosed. Prospective players can join the beta at the game’s official website, as well as sign up for automated updates on Legends’ development status.
Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic publishes another message from the intelligence leadership, this one directed at the intelligence agencies themselves. Start compiling “a list of accomplishments and examples of success to offer,” it advises. If that’s not enough, The Cable‘s Josh Rogin, finds the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security – you know, the guys who hired Blackwater, DynCorp and Triple Canopy to protect diplomats? – in a similar state of panic. “Employees are reminded that they must neither confirm nor deny information contained in this, or any, media publication.” After years of dealing with the bureau, I can testify that their employees don’t need any reminder of that.
Deathrace 2000 movie still from MoviesOnline.
It’s not a joke, because there’s no discernible humor in it. It’s just annoying! Annoying is fun one day a year, right? (Two if you count Talk Like a Pirate Day.)
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