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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.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
What is the relation between possessing a person, possessing their image, and dispossessing their progeny
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.
We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…