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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

Mrs. Grundy Photographers? (66 comments)

This looks like a trojan horse to allow Getty to gain a wide foothold around the web in a way they can control. There is nothing to stop them — in fact it's in their TOS — from adding ads to the iframe at some point. They will then be in a position of monetizing their images in a different way than licensing them, which mean they probably will not need to share revenue with the photographers.

Getty is currently owned by the Carlyle Group, which makes me wonder if this is part of a grand strategy to break the company up into sellable pieces. Having a segment with a internet-friendly, sharing, youtube-esque, business model and no existing liability to contributors is probably pretty attractive to them.

But my guess—nobody wants their nasty embedded frame on their site and this will be a dud.

about 5 months ago
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Vega Older Than Thought: Mature Enough To Nurture Life

Mrs. Grundy What do we know? (130 comments)

In the entire history of the universe we have seen one example of life forming. It boggles the mind that from this one sample scientists think they know when, how, and where life can and can't form in the universe.

about a year and a half ago
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Spectrophotometer Analysis of Crayons

Mrs. Grundy Re:For the geeks... (40 comments)

Thanks ak_hepcat.

Mrs. Grundy (a.k.a. @markmeyerphoto)

more than 2 years ago
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White House Claims Copyright On Flickr Photos

Mrs. Grundy Re:Does this fall under Public Domain? (169 comments)

Kathy, I am a photographer and I am very familiar with copyright. I have also done a lot of work under federal contracts so I'm familiar with copyright in that context as well.

Your post has a headline, "White House Makes Full Copyright Claim on Photos." This is very simply untrue. Think of the ways people assert copyright: using the © copyright symbol, registering works with the copyright office, filing an infringement suit, etc.. I don't mean to say you need to do this to have a copyright, but to say that the White House is making a claim to copyright without doing any of the things we normally do to claim copyright things is misleading at best.

Claiming that works like the ones on Flickr cannot be used for commercial purposes is not claiming a right, but rather stating a fact. The statement is unnecessary, but it seems the White House decided it would be a good idea to remind people of the facts in light of recent events.

The only part that is a little baffling is the statement that the images may not be modified. It's also strange that this is not on the http://www.flickr.com/people/whitehouse page but only under individual images. I'm not sure what they are basing this on, but is certainly does not constitute a "Full Copyright Claim." It seems that the headline and article is written, not to illuminate or inform, but rather to garner attention and be provocative regardless of the facts.

more than 4 years ago
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White House Claims Copyright On Flickr Photos

Mrs. Grundy Re:Does this fall under Public Domain? (169 comments)

If you look at the actual statement on their Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/people/whitehouse/) you will see that they aren't making a copyright claim. They state why the photos have been uploaded (for news purposes—purposely vague I imagine) and then go on to indicate that certain uses are prohibited—basically commercial use. There are more reasons that copyright to prohibit commercial use. Appropriating a person's likeness for advertising, promotion, etc. for example is not a copyright issue, but instead comes from privacy torts. There is no reason to believe that if the White House wanted to go after someone for using an image inappropriately that they would use copyright infringement as the basis for their case. The original article misread the language and assumed the White House was claiming copyright ownership.

more than 4 years ago
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Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment

Mrs. Grundy There are tools that can help (451 comments)

It's a real shame that email encryption never really hit the mainstream.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows drains MacBook's battery: who to blame?

Mrs. Grundy George Szell would not approve (1 comments)

There is a story about the famous conductor George Szell, who once while conducting looked down at one of the cellists and said, "Madame, God has seen fit to put that beautiful instrument between your legs and all you can do is scratch it."

I feel a little like this when I see Windows booting up on a Mac. If the question is, 'who's to blame,' the answer is users who run Windows on a Mac and corporate goons who can't or won't figure out how to allow OS X to work within their infrastructure.

more than 4 years ago
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Comcast the Latest ISP To Try DNS Hijacking

Mrs. Grundy Re:Serious question (352 comments)

Not at all--it is GCI. More importantly, the reason I am still with them is that I, like many, many people, live in a market with no serious competition. That is the real problem.

To be fair, their service, other that this REALLY annoying DNS business has been decent.

more than 4 years ago
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Comcast the Latest ISP To Try DNS Hijacking

Mrs. Grundy Re:Serious question (352 comments)

My ISP does this. They also have an 'opt-out' option, but you know what that does? It still doesn't send an NXDOMAIN response like it should. Instead it redirects me to a site that is serving the standard windows site-not-found page. A horrifying experience for this mac/linux user.

So I set up my own DNS server, which fixed the problem and sped up my internet connection since the ISP's DNS server was really slow.

more than 4 years ago
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FSF Files Amicus Brief In RIAA Case

Mrs. Grundy Focusing too much on the minutia? (73 comments)

I understand slashdot's obsession with the RI...really I do. But, don't you think stories like this that aren't really even news are getting a little too much attention? There is no decision, no new case, no new theory--not even the filing of an amicus curiae brief, just a petition to file an amicus curiae brief. Next we'll be hearing what the lawyers are eating for lunch.

more than 5 years ago
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How a Router's Missed Range Check Nearly Crashed the Internet

Mrs. Grundy No more routers...think of the children (196 comments)

I'm sure nobody here would argue with me if I suggested that the internet would be a much safer place without routers.

more than 5 years ago
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Some Of Australia's Tubes Are About To Be Filtered

Mrs. Grundy Just boycott the asses pleases (339 comments)

Please, if you use one of the ISPs in this program, send a very strong message and dump them as soon as the filters go live. Tell them that you are quite capable, thank you very much, of filtering your own content.

I guarantee that if this gains traction it will not stop at porn. Welcome back to the Middle Ages.

more than 5 years ago
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Euro Parliament Wants "Red Button" For Shutting Down Games

Mrs. Grundy Let's teach kids to make hardware mods early (167 comments)

Seriously.

1. phillips head screwdriver (to open case)
2. wire cutter (to cut leads to switch)
3. wire nut (to short circuit around switch)
4. profit?

The really clever kids will find a way to install a software patch that makes any game say "Show us your tits!" every time the button is pressed.

When I was a kid, my parents had a 'red button' called a leather belt. It was much harder to hack.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 RC1

Mrs. Grundy Standards (319 comments)

I don't really care about their tabs, 'Awesome Address and Search Bars,' privacy or really anything else while they still only score 20 on the Acid3 Web standards test. IE has historically been such a pain in the ass for the entire world because of poor adherence to standards. The article says Microsoft takes standards seriously but the test says otherwise.

more than 5 years ago
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Practical Django Projects

Mrs. Grundy The book may be out of date soon. (151 comments)

I'm just finishing up a project with django. It is a lot of fun, quick, and useful. It is very well designed. One issue, however, is that it is still changing rather quickly. Things in version .95 or .96 can be substantially different than the current development version. This isn't unusual for such a young project, and since the documentation is quite clear and useful it's not a problem, but is something you may want to consider before you plunk down your hard-earned cash on a printed book.

about 6 years ago

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When did transformative use become a defense against copyright infringement?

Mrs. Grundy Mrs. Grundy writes  |  1 year,21 days

Mrs. Grundy (680212) writes "Almost every major copyright case in the last twenty years has hinged on whether the accused infringer has used the original work in a transformative way. Transformative use has been especially prevalent in cases where technology creates novel uses of existing work such as Perfect 10 v. Google. But neither the word "transformative" nor the concept of transformative use is found anywhere in the U.S. statute that defines copyright and fair use. Photographer Mark Meyer outlines the legal history of transformative use as a defense for copyright infringement tracking how the idea started from a short journal article and became the law of the land."
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Modeling Color Spaces With Blender

Mrs. Grundy Mrs. Grundy writes  |  about a year ago

Mrs. Grundy (680212) writes "When creative professionals want to visualize colors in three dimensions, they often use dedicated and sometimes expensive software. Photographer Mark Meyer shows how, with the help of its Python scripting interface, you can create graphics of color models in Blender, which is free, open-source, and much more flexible than software dedicated to specifically to graphing color. He demonstrates plotting in XYZ, LAB, and xyY space, and also includes the Blender file to show how it's done."
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Photographers, you're being replaced by software

Mrs. Grundy Mrs. Grundy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mrs. Grundy (680212) writes "CGI software, even open-source software like Blender, continues to improve in quality, speed and easy-of-use. Photographer Mark Meyer wonders how long it will be before large segments of the photography industry are replaced by software and become the latest casualty to fall to outsourcing. Some imagery once the domain of photographers has already moved to CGI. Is any segment of the photography market safe? Will we soon accept digital renderings in places where we used to expect photographs?"
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The company with a rolodex that includes everyone

Mrs. Grundy Mrs. Grundy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mrs. Grundy writes "If you have ever wondered how you can dial a phone number and be instantly connected to another phone on a different company's network, you may be surprised to learn that one company, NeuStar bears the sole responsibility for maintaining and operating the database that routes all phone calls in North America. The New York Times is running a short interview with the chairman and chief executive of this company that I (and I suspect most people) have never heard of yet plays a central role in every phone call we make. From the interview: "NeuStar is the North American numbering plan administrator. If a telephone company needs the telephone number for one of its end users, they've got to come to NeuStar." The article touches on how they headed off the potential problem of running out of ten-digit phone numbers and how they work as middlemen between the various service providers, none of whom would trust the other to manage this important data."
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Amazon's new e-book reader scheduled for October?

Mrs. Grundy Mrs. Grundy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mrs. Grundy writes "The New York Times is reporting that Amazon is on track to release its new e-book reader, the Kindle next month. Like Sony's reader it will use an e-ink screen, but it will include wireless network connectivity, a keyboard, and a web browser. It will also be tied to an Amazon e-book store which critics have complained use a proprietary e-book format from Mobipocket (an Amazon subsidiary) rather than an open format. Some photos leaked last year make it look a little like a device from 1985, but maybe they've updated the design since then."
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Mrs. Grundy Mrs. Grundy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mrs. Grundy writes "The USA Today is reporting that Verizon was offered a chance to be the exclusive distributor of the Apple iPhone. The details from the failed negotiations shed some light on the business agreement Apple hopes to get from cell phone carriers. Verizon balked at giving Apple a percentage of monthly fees and over where the phone would be distributed — including cutting WalMart, a Verizon distributor, out of the loop. The article also reports that Apple wanted to play a more prominent role in customer service than Verizon was comfortable with."
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Mrs. Grundy Mrs. Grundy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mrs. Grundy writes "Wikipedia has started automatically adding rel="NOFOLOW" to all external links in an effort to combat link spam. Since wikipedia pages are hip-deep in high page rank they attract the unsavory sort of character hoping to gain a little love from Google on their coattails. By making pages NOFOLOW they essentially deny conferring any page rank points from google and hopefully reduce the incentive to spam the pages with offtopic links. This topic has come up before and the community voted to remove the NOFOLLOW business in 2005. Will this move actually reduce link spam or is even the potential clickthrough valuable enough without the boost in Google's ranking? And how does the value of ranking sites based on links change as more and more popular sites start tagging (eh...labeling) their links NOFOLLOW?"

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