December 2023

Court of Appeal ruling will prevent UK museums from charging reproduction fees—at last

Those © symbols on UK museum websites and catalogues are now redundant if the original work of art is out of copyright

#uk #art #law

Web CGI programs aren't particularly slow these days

#web #programming

We can't save the world with electric cars

Going electric does not solve our problems, it only deepens them. As engineers, we must say the opinion of the professionals in the industry is contrary to the mainstream, and for good reason, Zsolt Horváth and Tamás Ignácz write.

#cars #energy #environment

Cory Doctorow: What Kind of Bubble is AI?

#generative ai #economics

Polish Hackers Repaired Trains the Manufacturer Artificially Bricked. Now The Train Company Is Threatening Them

After breaking trains simply because an independent repair shop had worked on them, NEWAG is now demanding that trains fixed by hackers be removed from service.

#trains #security #law

Deep in the Wilderness, the World’s Largest Beaver Dam Endures

The largest beaver dam on Earth was discovered via satellite imagery in 2007, and since then only one person has trekked into the Canadian wild to see it. It’s a half-mile long and has created a 17-acre lake in the northern forest — a testament to the beaver’s resilience.

#animals #environment #canada

Scientists Have Reported a Breakthrough In Understanding Whale Language

Researchers have identified new elements of whale vocalizations that they propose are analogous to human speech, including vowels and pitch.

#animals #language #science

LA Times Reporters Who Demanded Unbiased Reporting Banned From Covering Gaza

Thirty-eight journalists at The Los Angeles Times were banned from Gaza coverage after signing an open letter.

#journalism #war

Dieselgate, but for trains – some heavyweight hardware hacking

#trains #security

Mostly Harmless

About the use of videogames as military propaganda and how that makes everyone responsible, from developers to journalists.

#games #war

Goodbye, real electronic lab kits?

The archetypal STEM toy killed by our obsession with STEM toys.

#toys #education

My brushstrokes against AI-art

#computers #art