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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

tiltowait Also on YouTube (326 comments)

The webm video kept sticking for me (right around the part about sacrificing convenience . . .) so I found the TEDx Talks video.

about 5 months ago

AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

tiltowait Another AOL example, phone booth (406 comments)

Here's a similar gem, made by Steve Case in 1997, in response to gripes from people unable to connect to swamped AOL servers after their switch to unlimited hours:

Just as you would be sensitive about using a public phone booth if others were waiting in line to use it . . . try to show some restraint at night during the next few months when we're in this transitional mode.

In other words, it's your fault for trying to use what you've paid for.

more than 2 years ago

NIH Restricts Use of Chimpanzees in Labs

tiltowait Third worst thing I've ever seen... (119 comments)

Was a university's primate research laboratory. They were doing studies on addiction. So you had these metal cages, not much bigger than the monkeys, just stacked together in a room.

more than 3 years ago

McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

tiltowait So certain are you... (722 comments)

Assuming you guys are talking about McCain's 2008 Presidential campaign, that was indeed before the Santelli rant, which happened on 2/19/2009.

more than 3 years ago

Study: Fair Use Drives Large Part of US Economy

tiltowait Re:Low estimate (70 comments)

Yes, point taken... "My entire profession" should be "Libraries" above.

As a reference librarian, my main goal is to be Bablyon 5. I'd love it if we succeeded in creating a powerful enough search and retrieval tool with an intuitive interface that negated the need for library user instruction. My career mission is to work towards this ideal. It would, just as how B5 succeeded in its mission so much so that it was no longer necessary, make a large part of what librarians now do obsolete.

more than 3 years ago

Study: Fair Use Drives Large Part of US Economy

tiltowait Low estimate (70 comments)

I'm a librarian. My entire profession would not exist if not for similar provisions.

more than 3 years ago

George Lucas to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars?

tiltowait Dancing with vacuum cleaners... (296 comments)

Remember all the outrage over colorizing Casablanca in the 1980s? There were even congressional hearings that warned of the dire consequences of unmitigated technology (someone even imagined at the time dead actors being re-inserted in new movies, unthinkable at the time). Sounds crazy....

more than 4 years ago

NC State Stands Up to RIAA

tiltowait Re:Not State, but State University. (180 comments)

Hmm, does that mean that the RIAA is willing to take on the 11th Amendment and go through state government to sue students? Something tells me the campus lawyer has this ace up her sleeve when advising students to refuse settlement offers.

more than 7 years ago



[Ponies!] Vatican to Digitize Prohibited Archives

tiltowait tiltowait writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tiltowait (306189) writes "[in case you want to queue up something for tomorrow... :o] Hot on the heels of their successful iPhone app and drive-through confessional, the BBC News reports that the Vatican has announced plans to digitize their pornography collection and make it available online to paying subscribers. Given what the church has planned for the project's profits, here's hoping they learn lessons from the the New York Times paywall loopholes. Is anyone in on the Indulgentia beta?"
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tiltowait tiltowait writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sparrowhawk (306189) writes "Greetings from Baltimore, where the 13th National Conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries is drawing to a close. To coincide with the conference, some sweeping changes have been announced by none other than the Library of Congress regarding how they handing the cataloging of materials. Can te slashdottit system be used as a new pedagogy for authority control?"

tiltowait tiltowait writes  |  about 8 years ago

tiltowait writes "from the smart-bomb dept. The New York Times reports on the requiem for everyone's favorite Google bomb:

Now a favored online tactic to mock the president — altering the Google search engine so the words "miserable failure" lead to President Bush's home page at the White House — has been neutralized.
It looks like they just pulled the results, since other link bombs still work. But is the de-listing of jewwatch and martinlutherking.org far behind?"

tiltowait tiltowait writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tiltowait writes "With the potential rise of Citizendium and the continued media circus surrounding Wikipedia's foibles, it's a good time to review the current state of Wikimania and consider what these disruptive technologies mean for the future of "authoritative" information sources. If you've ever wanted for a general overview of Wikipedia or needed something to point to when asked, "Wikipedia? Isn't that just a bunch of lies?" then the 1-hour screencast titled "Why Wiki?" is for you. The online video is my perspective on the pros and cons of Wikipedia and how it stacks up to traditional publication formats.

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tiltowait tiltowait writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Yesterday Slashdot published a submission of mine. It was a rambling link-stuffed question that mentioned LISNews.com and asked about data havens. I'm not sure the question came across accurately based on the responses, but there were a few good ones. I made a few responses in the thread, which hopefully won't go unnoticed.


tiltowait tiltowait writes  |  more than 11 years ago With all due respect to this, I'm frustrated about a submission that was rejected. I was sure when I submitted it would be accepted. Turned out it was, but only in the form of a duplicate submission a week later pointing to the same story I submited to LISNews.com. As a knee-jerk reaction I whined about it, and the comment was pretty quickly slapped by the editors. Oh well, I'll live. :)


Libraries Are 31337

tiltowait tiltowait writes  |  more than 12 years ago My essay Librarians: We're Not What You Think (which is pretty much an annotated index to the ODP category Librarians in Society) was first linked to here and has since been published by Slashdot.

Slashdot stripped out the title elements and CSS formatting (of course), but I didn't want to have my paid host slashdotted. I also used my spam e-mail account - for some reason I get more virus spam to my slashdot email address than all others combined.

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