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  • Jul Tue, 2011 @ 11:25am

    Re: Doublethink

    Naild eet!

  • Apr Sun, 2011 @ 06:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Are you reporting on a report in DUTCH that YOU CAN"T READ

    You copypasted it? Did you ask for permission from the rights holders? You've just stolen a billion euros from those poor dutchmen :(

  • Feb Wed, 2011 @ 04:22pm

    LOL. There was another example of the Streisand Effect here in Mexico two days ago. There had been some silly rumours on Twitter going around that the President Felipe Calder?n drinks a little too much. (I wouldn't jump to conclusions myself about their truth or falseness, but what happened later is suspicious.)

    Some congressmen from one of the opposition parties displayed during the session a big banner that read "You wouldn't let a drunk drive your car. Why do you let one run your country?". A journalist called Carmen Aristegui, while reporting this incident in her radio program, asked the Presidency to give a statement on the truth of such accusation. She was fired!

    What's Streisandish here is that the firing brought the alcoholism gossip to a whole new level, even turning #Aristegui into a worldwide trending topic for a day, and a Mexican trending topic for two and a half. I guess censorship never fails to backfire.

    PS. The government denies having a hand in this issue, but at the very least, there is a certain chilling effect on free speech even if it's a free decision by a privately owned broadcasting company.

  • Feb Wed, 2011 @ 05:50am

    No comment, just this:

  • Feb Sat, 2011 @ 07:01am

    Re: ReMixing is not creating

    I've seen remixers that "take other's expressions, rearrange and call them their own" and make stuff from a totally different and new sound-world, and I've seen musicians that start from scratch and make totally generic stuff with nothing new. And it also happens the other way round. This is not about what technique is used but about how much creativity is put into rearranging and transforming the building blocks of the past.

    Watch this and then come back to tell us it's not creative.

  • Jan Thu, 2011 @ 08:03am

    Re: Difficult...

    Basically the scientists at universities do the research. The scientists at universities do the peer review. Then the publishers sell the books to the universities.

    Is it me or the publishers could be taken out of the equation completely? The money spent by universities on buying the journals could pay for the peer review, pay for the online hosting of all the publications (to give free access to other universities) and to fund more research!

  • Jan Mon, 2011 @ 08:32am

    The problem is when all IP is lumped together in one senseless mega-category. The folks who defend the anti-competitive and censorship-happy effects of patent and copyright always take advantage of this misconception.

    Trademark, geographical indication signs and proper authorship attribution protect customers from being victims of a fraud and companies and artists from someone else abusing their hard-earned reputation.