The problem, according to Los Angeles-area entertainment lawyer Ethan Kirschner, whom The Wire also spoke with, is that DeGeneres might not own the copyright on the photo. “Historically,” Kirschner told me, “it’s always been the person who pressed the shutter who’s technically the person that owns copyright.” In part, that’s a function of the age of the art of photography; the idea that everyone has his own camera in his pocket is a fairly new one. When the courts were trying to figure out who gets copyright, they “had to assign copyright to someone; they gave it to the person that literally pressed the button.”
We’ve just published a handy description of the data written to the Reporter App Dropbox folder. Take a look if you’ve been curious about how we’re saving your data so it can be easily read and build upon.
“Big data is still supported by old methods of inquiry and discovery. Hypothesis formulation requires creativity and domain familiarity. No shortcut here.”—Juan Huerta, one of my coworkers at PlaceIQ, details 6 best practices for making the most of raw data.
“This just goes to show that if you want to succeed in this world you don’t have to be much cleverer than other people, you just have to be one day earlier than most people. This is all that it takes.”—
Manhattan Project scientist Leo Szilard, who fled Germany at the initial hint of Nazi violence and encouraged Einstein to write the letter to Roosevelt which would launch the beginning of nuclear fission research.
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.
Wait, fraud aside: 12 people was a sufficient sample size for publishing something this sensitive?
In 2013 we grew by more than 70 (bit over 5x) and ended the year in the black.
In a little over month we’ve announced our Rentrak partnership (which allows us to tie TV viewing behaviors to mobile audiences), revealed a great round of funding, struck another agency partnership, and have literally outgrown our office (we move into our second floor in about a month).
And there’s so much more brewing we can’t wait to share.
“The great products really come from secret development. You put small teams of great people on them and they aren’t bothered by other people commenting on what they’re doing while they’re doing it. A whole new category of products doesn’t happen very often. It might happen once a decade. Sometimes you have to wait for one of those to come about.”—
Felton still has a Narrative lifelogging camera clipped to his lapel and a Fitbit in his pocket, but he feels like these gadgets only tell part of the story. “Fitbit is missing when you got married or bought a car,” he says. “That context is missing and these events have such a huge impact on your activity.” In building Reporter, Felton and Breunig hoped to add a customizable human input to lifelogging. The app’s workflow has been manicured so thoughtfully that it takes just moments to report. Logging events and activity has long been a preoccupation for Felton, who got his first chance to bring his ideas to life at scale while at Facebook.
“So to my mind, the big question is not what Healthbook will look like but whether Apple will make it easy to get our data out of it. If they do, this will be a massive game changer for the quantified self, health, and wellness markets.”—
“Snow is inherently nostalgic. It encourages you to travel back and think about your life. I think it’s something about the way it blankets reality, sort of erasing the present one dead pixel at a time. And that makes room for the past”—Tomer Hanuka, discussing his first cover for The New Yorker.
We knew the full-body scanners didn’t work before they were even installed. Not long after the Underwear Bomber incident, all TSA officers at O’Hare were informed that training for the Rapiscan Systems full-body scanners would soon begin. The machines cost about $150,000 a pop.
Our instructor was a balding middle-aged man who shrugged his shoulders after everything he said, as though in apology. At the conclusion of our crash course, one of the officers in our class asked him to tell us, off the record, what he really thought about the machines.
“They’re shit,” he said, shrugging. He said we wouldn’t be able to distinguish plastic explosives from body fat and that guns were practically invisible if they were turned sideways in a pocket. We quickly found out the trainer was not kidding: Officers discovered that the machines were good at detecting just about everything besides cleverly hidden explosives and guns.
The only thing more absurd than how poorly the full-body scanners performed was the incredible amount of time the machines wasted for everyone.
Meanwhile, the glossary sidebar has no less than 5 code words for attractive female passengers.
The ’60s were the height of the gimmick sitcom, the show that had at its center some larger-than-life, high-concept idea. One of the top shows on TV when Get Smart debuted on NBC in the fall of 1965 was also one of the best gimmick sitcoms, Bewitched. And the two programs that led into Get Smart that fall were Flipper—the lovely tale of a boy and his dolphin—and I Dream Of Jeannie—basically Bewitched but with a genie. This was also the era of The Monkees and Gilligan’s Island and My Favorite Martian, shows that sometimes seemed as if they’d been thrown on the air because network executives were frantically trying to keep the very scary real world from intruding on the small screen. Thus, Get Smart came to airwaves during one of the few times when it could reasonably be called one of the more realistic comedies on television. It didn’t take place in the reality viewers were used to, but it took place in a sidelong version of that reality, one where the endless posturing of the Cold War was more than a little ridiculous.
Janko Roettgers takes a look around at the wreckage:
The evidence is all around us: A few days ago, Yahoo announced that it was shutting down Intonow, the social TV service it had acquired three years ago. The announcement came on the heels of i.TV discontinuing the GetGlue service and brand which it acquired late last year in favor of its new tvtag app.
And just today, social TV company Viggle bought Dijit, better known for its NextGuide app. Dijit of course had acquired social TV pioneer Miso a year ago, just around the time when Viggle tried — and failed — to buy GetGlue.
Dizzy yet? I haven’t even mentioned Matcha, Tunerfish, Screentribe, Twelevision, Otherscreen, BeeTV, Numote or Philo yet — all startups that tried and failed to revolutionize TV by making it social. Some got acquired and eventually sidelined, others just fizzled and ran out of cash. Part of this is simply how the startup world works — for every success, there are a bunch of failures.
But there’s more to it: from the very beginning, standalone social TV apps were a solution in search of a problem.
“Google is selling its Mobility unit to Lenovo for about $3 billion, according to a person briefed on the matter. Google’s Mobility unit includes handset technology that the search giant acquired when it bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2011.”—Via NYTimes
Edward D. Wood, Jr.:Why, if I had half a chance, I could make an entire movie using this stock footage. The story opens on these mysterious explosions. Nobody knows what's causing them, but it's upsetting all the buffalo. So, the military are called in to solve the mystery.
Editor on Studio Lot:You forgot the octopus.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.:No, no, I'm saving that for my big underwater climax.
“The idea is to not create just a miniature golf course, and a restaurant and bar but to create an experience.”—In San Francisco, they call the mini golf courses, “interactive kinetic sculptures.” (Via SF Weekly)
“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BAE Systems Advanced Technologies a $4.5 million contract last week to develop battlefield electronic systems “capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner.” The DARPA Vanishing Programmable Resources program — VAPR — aims to eliminate electronics, such as sensors, that end up scattered around a battlefield and become easy pickings for an enemy.”—Actual planned obsolescence. (Via Defense One)