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Comment: Re:They Should Lose Public Protection (Score 1) 225

by mcsnee (#45831129) Attached to: Public Domain Day 2014

I don't recall writing that, though I agree with its broad outlines.

But yes, Disney and others who lobby Congress to extend copyrights beyond all reason have contributed to the problem of orphan works. Orphan works come about when, for example, copyright law extends protection of works whose authors are already dead.

Your comments suggest that you don't really have an idea of the scope of the problem or how it comes about. Every original work--not just entertainment--that is fixed in a tangible medium is copyrighted, automatically, and thus automatically protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The level of protection for pre-1976 works is a little different, but still far out of scale with the problem copyright tries to solve--namely, providing a sufficient incentive to authors to ensure the flow of new creative works without placing unnecessary restrictions on free expression.

Comment: Re:Sounds good. (Score 3, Interesting) 614

I can't speak for anybody else, but I watched a bunch of educational programming when I was a kid. Yes, Sesame Street--but also Mr. Rogers, the Electric Company, and Square One spring immediately to mind. Oh, and I bet I could still whistle the theme to "Voyage of the Mimi." Maybe I'm not typical, but I think all of those shows were pretty valuable. Given the choice, I would probably STILL watch half an hour of Square One over half an hour of Survivor's Next Top Idol.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 83

by mcsnee (#42336921) Attached to: How Much Are You Worth To an Online Lead-Gen Site?

I can't speak for "the medical field," but better schools do indeed mean more job opportunities in the legal field. This is not to say that a JD from a top law school is the guaranteed job it was five or ten years ago--or that it's impossible to get a job if you didn't attend a prestigious school--but firms certainly do look at where you went to school as a primary indicator of your value and ability.

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 2) 2987

by mcsnee (#42291365) Attached to: 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

... 0 dead in mass stabbing.

Sure, nutjobs are the problem, but guns let nutjobs translate nutjob impulses into mass death with the press of a finger. And many of the same people who advocate free, easy access to guns are the same people who suggest that government funding for things like mental health assessments and treatment is a huge waste of taxpayer money and an invasion of personal liberty.

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

by mcsnee (#42291239) Attached to: 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

The logical outcome of that thinking, of course, is that as long as there continue to be more and more widely publicized shootings (this is the second this week, by the way--third if you count the guy who shot himself inside a federal courthouse during business hours yesterday), it becomes less and less possible ever to discuss the politically addressable contributing factors to those shootings.

On the other hand, I assume that's the effect you're going for.

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+ - The Science of Roadkill

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Sarah Harris writes that roadkill may not be glamorous, but wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau says dead critters carry lots of valuable information providing an opportunity to learn about wildlife and pinpoint migratory patterns, invasive species, and predatory patterns. "We're looking at a fine scale at patterns of animal movement — maybe we can pick up migratory patterns, maybe we can see a phenology change," says Garneau. "And also, in the long term, if many of these animals are threatened or they're in a decline, the hope would be that we could share this information with people who could make changes." Garneau turns students out into the world to find dead animals, document them and collect the data using a smartphone app RoadkillGarneau and she has already received data from across New York, as well as Vermont, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida and Colorado. Participants take photos of the road kill, and the app uploads them through EpiCollect, which pinpoints the find on the map. Participants can then update the data to include any descriptors of the animal such as its species; sex; how long the dead animal had been there; if and when it was removed; the weather conditions; and any predators around it. "People talk a lot about technology cutting us off from nature," says Garneau. "But I found that with the road kill project, it’s the opposite. You really engage with the world around you — even if it is a smelly skunk decaying on the side of the road.""

+ - Orphaned works and the requirement to preserve metadata-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Orphaned works legislation promises to open older forgotten works to new uses and audiences. Groups like ASMP think it's inevitable. But it comes with the risk of defanging protection for current work when the creator cannot be located. Photographer Mark Meyer wonders if orphaned works legislation also needs language to compel organizations like Facebook to stop their practice of stripping metadata from user content in order to keep new work from becoming orphans to begin with. Should we have laws to make stripping metadata illegal?"
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+ - Fun-powered SOcket ball provides 3 hours of light from a 30 minute soccer game

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An dochasac (591582) writes "From the why-didn't-I-think-of-that department: Harvard students Hemali Thakker, Julia Silverman, Jessica O. Matthews and Jessica Lin received grants from the Clinton Global Initiative University to develop a prototype of a soccer ball that generates electricity to illuminate homes in the developing world. Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman went on to found a company called Unchartedplay to manufacture this SOccket ball and try to organize sponsorship for the balls to be sent where they are needed the most."

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