Eric Cantor: ”You know, I as a gentleman care very deeply about women.”
SiDiM is a DRM system in the works that will change words slightly in an effort to detect piracy:
Reports about the work first popped up on German blogs this week, with one blogger revealing examples that include changing wordings like “invisible” to “not visible” and “unhealthy” to “not healthy.” Other examples included sentences in which the order of words was changed, or in which hyphens were added to words.
The idea behind SiDiM is similar to the way rights holders have been trying to protect music and video for some time. Instead of trying to lock down copies through technical measures that prevent copying, so-called fingerprinting measures simply add markers to a work that make it possible to identify the original purchaser. In theory, this prevents people from sharing their works for the fear of being caught.
However, in music files, these types of changes are a lot less notable than a machine rewriting a book, which is why it’s unlikely that authors and literature friends would embrace SiDiM. The system is currently in testing, and Fraunhofer secured some state funding to run these tests and even got a subsidiary of the German book publisher’s association to join.
Rdio - I love you, but please make better use of my screen.
I listened to this sporadically and out of order when it first came out. Lately, I’ve been listening to the entire thing in order. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. I’m hoping that there will be new episodes available by the time I complete what’s currently available.
I love it. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Subscribe.
Imagine that you are approaching this space station inside a small spaceship and there are vehicles coming and going during your time there, and there are robot arms, and thrusters and movement, and the world soaring by underneath, and it’s under construction.
‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was all about a space station under construction, and international consortia that are trying to figure out how to live there. They didn’t get all the details right, but the idea is exactly the same.
I was absolutely struck with the similarity between Clarke and Kubrick’s vision of how that might look and the reality of where we are right now [for] this little Canadian kid in the same lifetime. — Retiring Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Can I be alone in my longing for inarticulacy, for a cinema that refuses to join all the dots? For an arrhythmia in gesture, for a dissonance in shape? For the context of cinematic frame, a frame that in the end only cinema can provide, for the full view, the long shot, the space between, the gaps, the pause, the lull, the grace of living.
Perhaps it is to do with memory and the sense that we are increasingly being pulled into a vast orchestrated project of amnesia. We discovered cinema in the same moment in history when we rediscovered - through Freud - the significance of our dreams. Now we are displacing and distorting - with our passion for genetics, neuroscience, cognitivism - the ineffable element of the dream within the machine. Our dreams are the place where we can remember that which we never realized we knew. And the prism through which we can reflect these visions - the trick of the light, that alchemy of smoke, of mirrors, so much more than the sum of its parts - is what the cinema is.
The state of cinema IS a dream state. No known address. Occupied, dictated, created by no one. When it comes to moving goal posts, what art form could be described as more flexible than film? As ever, it’s all up for grabs. And evolution, as ever, is the name of the game. — Tilda Swinton, The 49th State of Cinema address, SFIFF
It’s true. The surveillance tech is called Google and Facebook.
My friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low —
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona)
“I think that he’s a moron and he proves that stupid has no specific political affiliation.”
- Gabriel Gomez, MA GOP candidate
Insiders, Outsiders and The Surveillance State -
Traditionalists tend to focus on forming and sustaining their own “little platoons” in freedom from governmental interference; they want to be allowed to stay outside the main stream of American culture, at least to some degree. The genuine left is more focused on how to help those people who are forcibly excluded from that main stream, who, far from worrying about how to stay out, can’t figure out how to get in. But these are general tendencies. Traditionalists can also care about the forcibly excluded, and leftists can promote the flourishing of pockets of difference.
Our ideas about what constitutes a good society may be too different for us to make common cause in the arena of electoral politics, but we should at least listen to one another more often — and explore conversations that could tell us just how far a shared commitment to civil liberties can take us.
The passion is for humanity. The passion is for people. The passion is for the 18-year-old version of myself. The passion is for the kids at my shows. I need to do more. I need to be able to give people more of what they want that currently is behind a glass. I don’t believe that it’s luxury to go into a store and not be able to afford something. I believe luxury is to be able to go into a store and be able to afford something.
I sat down with a clothing guy that I won’t mention, but hopefully if he reads this article, he knows it’s him and knows that out of respect, I didn’t mention his name: this guy, he questioned me before I left his office:, “If you’ve done this, this, and this, why haven’t you gone further in fashion?” And I say, “I’m learning.” But ultimately, this guy that was talking to me doesn’t make Christmas presents, meaning that nobody was asking for his [stuff] as a Christmas present. If you don’t make Christmas presents, meaning making something that’s so emotionally connected to people, don’t talk to me. —