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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 289

Easy.
You take an old copy from the public domain, invest time and money, make it beautiful, and republish it.
Now, your work is copyrighted.

Some other guy can take an old copy and make it beautiful, but not yours. That's protected by copyright. He would have to invest again. And then compete against you.

So it's even better than in the case of books. With books, after they are in the public domain, it's a free for all, very low barriers to entry. With stuff that needs to be restored, it's even more lucrative for the republisher, because they get a new copyright, less competition.

Also, note that this only covers the 70-90 years of undigitized stuff. Todays works won't need _that_ kind of work done to be republished.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 289

Very interesting point, in theory. Luckily, that kind of thing has been studied, and it=s the other way around. Copyrights hinder availability, and entering public domain is an incentive for publishing.
Look at this, it was a study on Amazon availability of books : http://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/copyright-stagnation.html.
This shows that books seem to get republished as soon as they enter the public domain, and for a long time after that too.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 5, Insightful) 328

by orasio (#49538939) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

Is killing an American hostage worse than killing a non American hostage? For practical purposes, we know it is, and even the Italian guy is from another NATO country, so not an American but an ally.
But I just would like to know if there's any difference on paper in your responsibility, when you kill non hostile local civilians vs your own civilians / allies .

Also, about the title, drones don't kill people. Some force did, or some guy behind the controls, but the drone itself, no matter how autonomous it might be, doesn't kill people.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 325

by orasio (#49493443) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

OK, I get that, I'm not sure that's more prevalent, and I was just providing a counter example. In Uruguay, spending on technology for education is a lot wiser at the government level, than it is at the private level.

I think that the market and the private interests are overrated. There are lots of cases where markets just don't work, and private interests add up against the common good. In those cases, people spending other people's money can end up with a better result, even accounting for corruption or lack of accountability.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 325

by orasio (#49493399) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

And about our education system...
In Uruguay, it's not really better than the US system. It's more egalitarian, but not that good.
Public Universities are free, but poor kids can't really use them. If you are poor, chances are you will drop out of uni after one or two years, because you are unprepared in the first place.
There are some student aids, but they don't meet demand. Also, high school results are worse in poor neighborhoods. Private schools are popular because of this, but they don't achieve better results, if you compare within the same economic bracket of population.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 325

by orasio (#49493331) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The OLPC is getting old, but it's WAY cooler than an IPAD.
It has a keyboard, and is suitable for kids holding them for hours.
Kids use them on the doorstep of someone with wifi, or even the school on weekends.
They don't really get stolen, because there's no market for them, and they "die" if stolen.
You can use them in the sun, because they have suitable screens.
There's a dedicated network of local content, curricular and otherwise, even textbooks, tailored for it.

No way you can replicate all this, just by buying a crapload of consumer products. You need to create a tailored solution, thinking about the kids you are trying to reach. For instance, if they were doing this from scratch, it would look closer to a Lenovo Yoga or something like that, but with padding for kids, dedicated LTE or something close, and all textbooks included, something for teachers, something in that line.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 4, Interesting) 325

by orasio (#49487709) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

Here in Uruguay, they got the OLPC. There is no market, and it works great.
All kids in public school have their own, you see them using them on the streets, public squares. It has its application in classes, and most importantly, it was instrumental in connecting all schools with quality internet service, allowing for remote classes, that kind of thing. It was a success in many regards.

Private schools, on the other hand, are subject to market forces and stuff, but are usually pretty poor in their decision making. For example, my kids goes to a private kinder, and their usage of computers is pretty dumb, they still have a computer lab kind of thing, mainly because they weren't wise enough to get a complete solution. Public spending was a lot better around here.

Comment: Re:Broadband speed and cost vs other countries (Score 2) 142

by orasio (#49477941) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?

Just think about it.
This is not an economic problem. It's a problem with regulation, strategy, or whatever.
Wherever you live, you have roads to get there. Roads are thousands of times more expensive than fiber, and they need constant maintenance, investment, and rebuilding. You also have electricity virtually everywhere, or you wouldn't care so much about internet access. Internet access is chump change compared to the rest of infrastructure that you keep building and maintaining.

The problem must be somewhere else, not in the level of difficulty, or the cost. Maybe the strategy, the regulation isn't working, but it's not because it's hard.

Comment: Re:Technology in Education (Score 1) 99

ipads are most useful if you want to consume content. Not much to experiment with them, at least not with the Ipad itself.

3D printers are tools, awesome tools. They have nothing in common with Ipads, you can do stuff with 3D printers. Think of them as the logo turtles of today. They show kids a tangible application of programming, physics, math.

Teachers have the opportunity to choose to use that for teaching, or just let them tinker with cool stuff.
  And I mean single teachers, they can just print a mechanical assembly, or an atom model, or a dna model, a geometric shape . With already existing, easy access easy to use, and most importantly, easy to share tools.

Compare that to the authoring you can do with an ipad (or a classroom full of ipads) by itself. You _might_ be able to sketch something, but the tools are just not there, or available.

Comment: Re:Double tassel ... (Score 1) 216

by orasio (#49439905) Attached to: Senate Draft of No Child Left Behind Act Draft Makes CS a 'Core' Subject

I've know really smart mathematicians who couldn't be made to understand computer programming. And, likewise, I've known some awesome CS people who struggled with math.

Are you sure?
It's hard for me to imagine an awesome CS person who struggles at math. CS is mostly math, or pretty close. Computability, regular expressions, automata, formal proofs, all of those are needed, in my book, to be awesome at CS, and I think you should be at least decent at math to grasp those.

Comment: Re:ad blocker? (Score 1) 358

by orasio (#49437277) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

There is a way to expand the model to the internet.

Say you pay a youtube subscription, and you get ad-free youtube, and for the same price, or for an additional, you get ad-free adsense.
That means you won't ever see an adsense ad again. The sites will still have the adsense code, and google will just micro-pay, based on your usage of their site, from your subscription money.

Doesn't look like a bulletproof strategy to me, but something like that might end up happening.

Additionally, those who don't use adsense would be at a disadvantage, because youtube subscribers won't be able to make ads go away.

Of course, the privacy implications of all this are huge, because you would be essentially logged in everywhere, and that's another service that google would be able to provide.

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