I've been having a recurring argument lately about the morality of "attribution" and how bad it is to make money off of someone else's creation. But take this (terrific) Economist ad (the ads in London are about 1000x more clever than their American counterparts, and about 10x more clever than their Canadian cousins). It is clearly making money off of Scrabble, so should it give them a cut? How about attribution? "The Scrabble tile and Scrabble are Registered Trademarks of Hasbro, Inc."? The whole point of the ad is that there's no text EXCEPT the text on the tiles; it would, IMO, substantially weaken this piece to add an attribution line. Should they have to, anyway? This is what Lessig means when he talks about If Value, Then Right thinking. If there's some value in something, then someone must have a right to it. But would giving Hasbro a piece of the action encourage Hasbro to make better games? Will not giving them a cut discourage them from making more games in the future?
Microsoft is hiring former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder to provide legal window dressing for their AnyVision technology, which the company says complies with the ethical principles stipulated during the facial recognition company’s Series A.
Between all of our apps, streaming devices, Bluetooth speakers, and energy-sucking decorations, paying for utilities each month can be…brutal. In fact, the average household spends roughly $70 a month on the water bill alone. That number might not seem terribly significant, but when you add it up, that’s $840 a year — a pretty significant […]
Seems like no matter what kind of wireless earbud you buy, you’re sacrificing something: Sound for longevity, battery life for durability, the list goes on. Finally, it seems like the tech is starting to come together for the full package in a few newer models. Case in point: These PaMu Slide Bluetooth 5 In-Ear Headphones. […]
If you’re doing any kind of data work, chances are you’re working in Excel. This venerable platform has evolved beyond its roots as a workhorse spreadsheet creator into an essential tool for data analysts and other high-level number crunchers. Want to brush up on this year’s version of the software? There’s no quicker way than […]