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What's Wrong With the TV News

bbc Re:Who the hell is (536 comments)

Charlie seems like a nice guy but if he can do that kind of reporting, why is he just doing fluff on the morning show...

Dunno. Maybe he has children that want to be fed, or some such inane reason.

News is demand driven. People like the fluff. They hate the stuff that requires them to think. And I don't think this is limited to just the "stupid" people. So if Charlie were to do serious news and hard-hitting questions, he would suddenly, very rapidly, find himself without viewers, and as a result without a job.

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35 Dutch museums in Wikimedia photo contest

bbc bbc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bbc writes "The Wiki Loves Art photo contest (Dutch) that takes place in the Netherlands for all of the month June has managed to convince over 35 museums to participate. Amateur photographers will be allowed into museums where for once the regular no-photo rules don't apply, so that people can take pictures of public domain objects that can be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles. A similar contest held in the USA and the UK earlier this year produced over 8,000 CC-licensed photos. Among the Dutch museums to participate are the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the Van Gogh museum (Amsterdam) and the ING Art Collection. The museums may have local rules on top of the competition rules, so please check with the museums before you back up that truck with all the high grade lighting equipment onto their parking lots."
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Dutch copyright trolls attack blogger

bbc bbc writes  |  about 7 years ago

bbc writes "You've heard of patent trolls, companies that solely exist to exploit patent portfolios? A new type of "troll" has emerged: Cozzmoss is a Dutch company that buys up copyrights to works in order to claim hundreds of euros in "damages" from those that duplicate these works without permission. In the past weeks two non-commercial entities, a blogger and a foundation, have come out with their stories. The latter party had actually gained permission from the newspaper whose works they were redistributing, but in the case of the infringing article the paper had omitted to warn them that they did not hold the copyright. These cases are remarkable because in both instances the alleged infringers clearly lacked the financial ability to go to court, and the "damages" were small enough that settling would prove cheaper. This sort of trolling could be a gold mine for the unscrupulous, because it exploits the gap between what's legal and what's decent. Decent would have been to ask to take down the article first, because as the second example indicates, the infringer could have acted in good faith."
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Project Gutenberg volunteers partial IMSLP hosting

bbc bbc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bbc writes "Project Gutenberg has volunteered to host all it legally can of the IMSLP's catalog. The Canadian provider of free public domain music recently caved to legal threats from an Austrian sheet music seller. On the Book People mailing list Project Gutenberg's founder Michael Hart wrote: "Project Gutenberg has volunteered to keep as much of the IMSL Project online as is legally possible, including a few of the items that were demanded to be withdrawn, as well as, when legal, to provide a backup of the entire site, for when the legalities have finally been worked out.""
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bbc bbc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bbc writes "When programs talk to each other, they need to share a common language before they can initiate the conversation. PhD student Jurriaan van Diggelen developed a system called Anemone that will let agents learn each other's languages during the conversation. The problems that he foresees for such a system are words that an agent doesn't understand, and concepts that an agent doesn't understand.

Van Diggelen will defend his thesis called Achieving Semantic Interoperability in Multi-Agent Systems on March 21 in Utrecht."
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bbc bbc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bbc writes "David Harris announced today that both development and distribution of Pegasus Mail will be discontinued starting immediately. Hardly any good e-mail clients exist, but Pegasus has consistently belonged to that club for 17 years. Its worst offenses are its quirkyness, and the strange preference of its developer to work on expanding HTML support instead of working on real features. For the past 9 years I have been able to live with that. It's been awhile since I lamented the death of a computer program."

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