OAKLAND, Calif. — DRM, or digital rights management, is typically understand as a software issue. The ability to copy and access music files or documents is tied down by software specifications, ensuring — at least in theory — that only the person who bought them and/or owns the rights can open and use them.
A report in AllThingsD recently noted that a professor in Austria figured out a way to use hardware to bypass a software limitation. Employing the Mindstorms robotics kit for Lego and an iSight camera for Mac, Peter Purgathofer set up a simple way for a machine to automatically click through a Kindle and copy what it sees. Once the data is captured, optical character recognition software then extracts the text thanks to the iSight’s high resolution and — voila — problem solved.
“It ended being a reflection on the loss of long-established rights when you buy an e-book,” said Purgathofer to AllThingsD. “You make a copy of that book, but at eye-level, so that the result is not a stack of paper, but another e-book.”
Legos have been seeing a bit of a resurgence as of late amongst makers and hackers. Last year, F.A.T. Lab created “Free Universal Construction Kit,” which allows you to connect lego with nine other popular construction toys.
Another video that made the rounds recently was a prosthetic leg made entirely of legos. Christina Stephens, producer and star of the popular Amputee OT YouTube channel, posted video of herself piecing together blocks around her leg for a snug fit. The project started as a jocular dare that she took seriously. “The joke’s on you,” she told the joker, “I went home and did it.”
And then of course there are the Lego architectural studio toys, which famously come with no manual. Obviously priced for grown-ups with disposable income, the minimalist set of clear and white blocks is like the simple minimal palette of foamcore or other modeling materials that architects use.
Now all we need is an actual tower made of Legos, and … there we have it, 113 feet and 11 stories later.
The Roman-era burial ground is located in Anazarbus (modern Anavarza) in the country’s southern Adana province.
Those with a Didion-shaped hole in their hearts can also bid for portraits of the author, her books, and other personal items.
The Brooklyn organization is now accepting new project inquiries for its fee-based fabrication services in printmaking, ceramics, and large-scale public art.
The union seeks a minimum wage of $20 by the end of 2024; the museum offered only $16.
Blurred Boundaries invites the viewer to recognize the ways in which queer art is not separate or other, but is actually always all around us.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Francis De Erdely had an intuitive grasp of the inner worlds of people who were coping with a sense of displacement in their daily lives, which he conveyed in his art.
Curator Amber-Dawn Bear Robe brings together historic and contemporary Native clothing designs at Santa Fe Indian Market.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
As the Uru-eu-wau-wau face continued incursion by Brazilian farmers, they take an active role in this documentary about them.
Arriving amid increased anti-Asian racism and continuing discourse about the inhumanity of its prison system, this documentary is a strong historical gut punch.
A “show within a show” at the Whitney Biennial pays homage to the visual and literary art of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, whose life was cut short through an act of brutal violence.