Linky Thursday #2
[C1] Successive extentions and alterations of copyright law have limited our access to over fifty years of culture.
[C2] Is the monopoly of copyright a lost cause? It’s sure seeming that way, though it’s hard to gauge all of the implications of that.
[C3] Pirates are complaining that the software they are illegally downloading takes up too much space.
[C4] WordPress spends considerable money complying with DMCA takedown notices, some of which are not legitimate. They’re demanding $10,000 for a false notice.
[C5] The laws surrounding child pornography are problematically broad. “Possessing child porn in digital form is against a law that isn’t realistic in the digital world.”
[C7] Good to know: Fictional products cannot violate trademarks.
[L1] A reporter wanted to take some pictures of ugly buildings (at least he thinks they’re ugly, I think brutalism is pretty cool) but is harassed by law enforcements. As I’ve said, rights informally ignored are worse than rights formally denied.
[L2] Richard Nixon is often used as a punching bag in discussions about the Drug War, but it turns out that may not be so accurate.
[L3] Gouging in New York prison phone call pricing causes people to lose parental rights.
[L4] The Organ Detective, Nancy Scheper-Hughes has made a mission out of tracking down the organ trade market.
[T1] As software has come to control ever-increasing parts of our lives, it might behoove us to start coding better.
[T2] Some people avoid Gmail because they don’t want Google having access to their private lives. The problem is, whether you use Gmail or not, they already have access to most of them.
[T3] Thank goodness, it turns out that tablets are not going to take over computing after all. As I’ve said previously, it would say something atrocious about our society if that revolution had occurred.
[T4] We’re tempted to scoff when we hear that there are people who still subscribe to AOL, but it turns out they have their reasons, and they’re not bad reasons.
[T5] With the release of Microsoft Office 365, Joanna Stern wonders if we really need Microsoft Office anymore. Microsoft is acting less cocky about it than they used to. Alas, no mention of OpenOffice or LibreOffice.
[E1] The case for universal basic income, with empirical evidence!
[E2] Ever wonder why it’s expensive rather than bargain hotels that charge for WiFi?
[E3] Maybe sunk costs aren’t sunk after all?
[E4] Will Davies makes the case against competitiveness.
[E5] It’s a win for fliers that we can use electronics during takeoff and landing. It’s a loss for SkyMall.
[R1] Michael Peck writes about the Soviet plan to demoralize the French. I suppose it could be a sign that I am somewhat removed from the Cold War (having come of age as it was winding down) that I find uncompelling the notion that this would have had much effect.
[R2] Moscow has an army of online trolls at its command. Daisy Sindelar wonders how much they matter.
[R3] Vladimir Putin is more the symptom than the disease, and we may miss him when he’s gone.
[R4] Every Russian novel ever written.
[S1] We’re going to start giving planets cooler names.
[S3] Japan has declared war! Against astronaut litter.
[S4] Saturn moon Enceladus has a sea about the size of Lake Superior, now a top candidate for life.