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Friday, 21 February 2020

Does Copyright apply to AI-generated works?

quote [ The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants.” What is left open to wide interpretation is the role of human intervention. In the case of AI, so the argument goes, there is human intervention in the design of the algorithms, in their training, and in their post-algorithm curation. ]

Thanks to a monkey selfie we got bot copyright laws.
[SFW] [do it yourSElf]
[by Paracetamol@8:17amGMT] [1 comment]

Flywheel owners found out that their bikes were bricked through Peloton

quote [ Flywheel users are left reeling with how the company handled news of its bikes shutting down. ]

Who likes to ride the bikes exercise
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The Computer Scientist Responsible For Cut, Copy, and Paste, Has Passed Away

quote [ The advent of the personal computer wasn’t just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making them accessible and usable, even for those lacking a computer science degree. Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might not be a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but his contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use are the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing. ]

Make you copy, cut, paste and click on me
[SFW] [obituaries] [+2 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine

quote [ You might call me an Amazon super-user.

I’ve been a customer since 1999, and rely on it for everything from grass seed to birthday gifts.

There are Echo speakers dotted throughout my home, Ring cameras inside and out, a Fire TV set-top box in the living room and an ageing Kindle e-reader by my bedside.

I submitted a data subject access request, asking Amazon to disclose everything it knows about me

Scanning through the hundreds of files I received in response, the level of detail is, in some cases, mind-bending. ]

Everybody is paying attention to Facebook & Google, all while shopping away their information on amazon.com
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+1 Underrated]
[by XregnaR@3:22pmGMT] [1 comment]

Naming the Universe

quote [ How the quick thinking of internationally minded astronomers avoided stamping the solar system with petty European rivalries ]

The power of the universe knows my name
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Let Them Eat Tech | Dissent Magazine

quote [ A new generation of Democratic Party politicians burst onto the national scene at the height of this crisis. These “New Democrats” or “Atari Democrats” went to great lengths to distance themselves from the party’s traditional associations with the industrial manufacturing sector and its powerful labor unions, shifting their focus to relentless high-tech growth instead.
[…]
By the time Bill Clinton returned to Whiteville in 2016, the area had long since attained the broadband internet access it once sorely lacked. But, if anything, the economic fortunes of the community had only worsened since his first visit sixteen years earlier. ]

That was interesting. And a global problem that one.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@10:06amGMT] [1 comment]

Let There Be Light: One Artist's Mission to Resurrect Old World Stained Glass

quote [ The glorious stained-glass windows that illuminate the historic Gothic cathedrals of Europe are monuments to illiteracy. To be sure, one purpose of the glass in landmark cathedrals like Canterbury and Chartres was to flood cold naves and transepts with rays of warming light. ]

I came here to see the stained glass
[SFW] [people] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:02amGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 17 February 2020

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

quote [ when employees analyzed the data, they discovered something amazing. Even as hundreds of thousands of users expressed their disapproval of News Feed, their behavior indicated the opposite. People were spending more time on Facebook. Even the anger against News Feed was being fueled by News Feed, as the groups organizing against it went viral because Facebook told you when your friends joined the uprising.
[…]
Zuckerberg seemed to take a lesson from his first public crisis, possibly the wrong one. He had pushed out a product with serious privacy issues—issues his own people had identified. Yes, a crisis did erupt, but quick action and a dry-eyed apology defused the situation. People wound up loving the product. ]

Pretty close account. Indicates that, since 2016, the man seeks a way out.
[SFW] [people] [+1 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@8:21amGMT] [6 comments]

The Artist Trying to Explain Kentucky's 'Meat Shower' of 1876

quote [ A historical head-scratcher inspired the world’s worst jelly bean flavor. ]

Eat the meat before it gets sour
[SFW] [food & drink] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [0 comments]

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