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Piracy

Submission + - Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax (nytimes.com)

GLMDesigns writes: "When the Betamax videocassette recorder hit American living rooms in 1976, consumers, for the first time, could tape their favorite TV shows and watch them later. Hollywood hated it. ... The decisions had enormous implications for the media economy. The VCR gave way to the DVD player and the digital video recorder. Videotape gave the kiss of life to the low-budget independent film. From “Rip. Mix. Burn.” to YouTube, every step of the evolution of digital media has been affected by that decision."

Submission + - Incompetent People Too Ignorant to Know It (lifeslittlemysteries.com)

GLMDesigns writes: "Researchers tested people and then followed up by asking the subjects how they felt they did.

"For people at the bottom who are really doing badly — those in the bottom 10th or 15th percentile — they think their work falls in the 60th or 55th percentile, so, above average," Dunning told Life's Little Mysteries. The same pattern emerges in tests of people's ability to rate the funniness of jokes, the correctness of grammar, or even their own performance in a game of chess. "People at the bottom still think they're outperforming other people.""

Privacy

Submission + - What Wikipedia Won't Tell You (nytimes.com)

GLMDesigns writes: "According to Cary H. Sherman, a chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America we have all been mislead about SOPA. I quote:

Misinformation may be a dirty trick, but it works. Consider, for example, the claim that SOPA and PIPA were “censorship,” a loaded and inflammatory term designed to evoke images of crackdowns on pro-democracy Web sites by China or Iran. Since when is it censorship to shut down an operation that an American court, upon a thorough review of evidence, has determined to be illegal? When the police close down a store fencing stolen goods, it isn’t censorship, but when those stolen goods are fenced online, it is?

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