Dave in Woodstock

One of the reasons I moved to Woodstock is that I want to try for once being a software developer in an artistic context.
I’ve always seen software as a creative thing, like writing, painting or sculpting, but the rest of the world can’t seem to process this idea. I’ve tried doing my thing in Madison, Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Seattle and New York City. Everywhere I go I get blank stares when I say I create software as an individual. But where do you work? I work for myself. Who do you sell it to? I don’t sell it.
I do make money, from time to time, by selling something I’ve created, but most of what I create doesn’t make money, the opposite, it costs me money to make. It’s been that way ever since I was in my 20s and left Madison for Silicon Valley to make my fame


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France delays signing of Internet pledge amid U.S. pressure

France delayed the planned signing of a pledge by Internet platforms to fight hate speech online amid pressure from the United States, a French minister said, adding that he was still hopeful the U.S. will join the initiative.


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Android 10 and the end of whimsy

When I first heard about Google’s plan to ditch the Android dessert naming system, my reaction was pretty minimal.After all, the name of an Android version doesn’t really mean that much. It’s what’s inside the Pie, the Oreo, the Ice Cream Sandwich that counts. So Android Q won’t be Quindim, Quince, or Queen of Puddings (sigh — if only). It’ll simply be “Android 10” instead. So what?To read this article in full, please click here


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It’s Time to Stop Copyright’s Violation of the U. S. Constitution

The jurisdiction in which it makes the most sense to reform copyright law so that it supports, rather than deters, access to research and scholarship is the United States. After all, the country’s Constitution empowers Congress “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The only other thing the Constitution seeks to “promote” is the country’s “lasting Welfare.”
Yet U.S. copyright law today violates this constitutional imperative. The evidence that copyright law is not promoting the progress of science comes from the federal government, academic community, legal profession, and publishing industry. It has been mounting over the last two decades, and while I plan to spend the coming year building a case for legal reform, let me sketch out some of the indicators of the law’s misalignment with the Constitution.
In the year


Original URL: http://www.slaw.ca/2019/08/23/its-time-to-stop-copyrights-violation-of-the-u-s-constitution/

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Dave-by-email, day 1

I wish I had more on the home page for what will be for many their first Scripting News by email. A few comments. It’s a bit of a loop-close because my blogging used to go out via email for years before I went exclusively web. Once RSS was up and running it seemed counter-productive to keep pushing the email channel, and for a while it made sense until Google dominated and then shut down their RSS app. Then email resurged.
In May 2017 I rebooted the original style of blogging on Scripting News, with intermixed titleless posts and and longer titled posts, all on one page, archived daily and monthly. It’s now stable, so it made sense to bring back the email.
I remember when I turned off the email, Doc Searls said I shouldn’t do it. I never forgot that. Glad Doc is in the initial group of


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The ten best console racing games of all time

Enlarge / It’s never a bad time to bust out your wheel—here’s the T-GT wheel. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) Welcome to Ars Gaming Week 2019! As a staff full of gamers and game-lovers, we’ll be serving up extra reviews, guides, interviews, and other stories all about gaming from August 19 to August 23.

Have your gaming tastes changed as you age? Mine have. Back in the early days, before starting an accidental love affair with the car, I’d play anything. In fact, I don’t even remember my first racing game, although Outrun is probably a safe guess considering my age and where I grew up. But as I’ve gotten older and time for gaming has become scarce, that’s all gone, and I exist on a diet that’s almost exclusively racing. Console racing at that. Blame fear of having to learn something new if you like.
So when I was asked to write


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Microsoft promotes ‘full-Chromium’ Edge to Beta, touts enterprise skillset

Microsoft this week pushed the “full-Chromium” Edge one step closer to a production release with the launch Tuesday of a Beta build for macOS and all supported editions of Windows, including 7 and 10.”Beta is the third and final preview channel which will come online before launch,” wrote Joe Belfiore, a top Windows executive, in an Aug. 20 post to a company blog. “Beta represents the most stable preview channel, as features are added to Beta only after they have cleared quality testing in first the Canary channel and then the Dev channel.”To read this article in full, please click here


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