Larry Lessig's magnificent book The Future of Ideas is now available as a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licensed download. Future of Ideas is a grim and prescient look at the way that corporate interests have rigged the system so that they can own more and more of our thoughts, ideas and conversations -- from banning you from taking pictures of your car and distributing it to pulling down youtubes of toddlers dancing to copyrighted music. Seven years after its publication, Future of Ideas is still as relevant as it was the day it was printed.
This marks a milestone for Lessig as well: now that Future of Ideas is online, all of Larry's books are now free CC downloads.
Last year, the EU adopted the incredibly controversial Copyright Directive (it passed by only five votes, and afterwards 10 MEPs said they'd got confused and pushed the wrong buttons!): now, EU member states have to create rules that require online platforms to filter all user-generated content and block it if it matches a secret, unaccountable […]
Back in 2017, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) approved the most controversial standard in its long history: Encrypted Media Extensions, or EME, which enabled Netflix and other big media companies to use DRM despite changes to browsers extensions that eliminated the kinds of deep hooks that DRM requires.
Canned air is a big help in dusting tight spaces, particularly keyboards, shelves or servers. But the first thing you should know about canned air is that it’s not air at all. More likely, what’s blowing out of that bottle is fluorocarbons or other mildly toxic substances. Luckily, there’s an easy alternative: The X3 Hurricane […]
With the rise of the gig economy, it’s easier than ever to either make extra money or work on something you’re passionate about. If one of your passions happens to be photos—taking or editing them—you’ve got lots of options for jumping in, including starting your own business. Seriously. Even with no prior experience, you can […]
The gym is a responsibility for most of us, not a calling. We go because we need to shore up damage from a sedentary lifestyle and bad eating choices. So as we dutifully work to battle gluttony and decay, all we want is some help to make those hours of sweating a little less painful. […]