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Trivial Posts #26: Fast Scripts, Slow Games, And A Martian Graveyard

Another week, and another collection of internet links that have made me stop and think during the last week. Hopefully they’ll make you do the same. Never forget you can sign up to have this posted out to you every week, subscribe to the newsletter version here. When Reality Shows Meet Reality As the reality TV season kicks in on prime-time Saturday night television in the United Kingdom, ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ and ‘The X-Factor‘ are set to dominate the schedules and the social media chat. It’s also a time where the power of the producers and scriptwriters of the shows can be seen impacting the

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Why would you publish a book yourself?

Cory Doctorow: But, as with any arts venture and any entrepreneurial effort, the realistic odds are that you’ll be one of the people whose efforts fail to shake the world. The realistic odds are that you’ll earn more working a regular job in an office than you will trying to invent fictional worlds and then invent new ways of selling them. There’s only one good reason to do that kind of thing: because it makes you sane and whole and happy.

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Yet Another Big Initiative To Re-Educate Us About DRM launched at CES.

Repeat after me… again. DRM does not work. Regular users are inconvenienced when they cannot move media files to another device. Anyone with Google will download a DRM free copy of your media. DRM makes your media look less attractive to people. DRM is not more convenient. When did adding restrictions make a better media file type? DRM will be broken in a matter of hours or days, especially if you are a massive multinational-multi company conglomerate. The biggest problem in the 21st century will not be piracy, but obscurity (Cory Doctorow). If people are using computers to copy 1’s

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Some Thoughts on Creative Commons

Over on the Creative Choices Blog, I’ve posted some thoughts on the use of the creative commons licence. It’s very much a primer article, nothing in depth or controversial, but your thoughts would be much appreciated on it… Looking around the web, you’ll see a lot of sites branded as CC. Now this isn’t some insidious marketing for the Creative Choices site, but rather Creative Commons, a form of licence that many people use on their work. At its most basic form, it allows people to share what they create, and let others work with it without them having to

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