Offline Filesharing: Digitale Astlöcher mit USB und WLAN

In New York hat Aram Bartholl aus dem Technik-Kunst-Labor Eyebeam fünf USB-Sticks im öffentlichen Raum vermauert. Die Sticks fungieren als Tote Briefkästen (“dead drops”), bzw. Digitale Astlöcher und sollen Filesharing offline und anonym ermöglichen – oder letzteres soweit, wie es der öffentliche Raum zulässt. Aus einer ähnlichen Motivation heraus ist ein kleines Skript entstanden, welches WLAN-Router mit dem Linux-basierten Betriebssystem OpenWRT in ein Schwarzes Brett verwandelt: brettpost. Es[…]

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About | Scan Tailor

Scan Tailor is an interactive post-processing tool for scanned pages. It performs operations such as page splitting, deskewing, adding/removing borders, and others. You give it raw scans, and you get pages ready to be printed or assembled into a PDF or DJVU file. Scanning, optical character recognition, and assembling multi-page documents are out of scope of this project.

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Toolmaking technique 55,000 years older than we thought

Pressure flaking is a retouching technique that was used by prehistoric toolmakers to shape stone tips. They pressed the narrow end of a tool close to the edge of a piece they were working on to create rectangular, parallel marks; these are considered the hallmark of pressure flaking. This technique allowed them to more finely control the final shape and thinness of the tool edge than direct percussion could, and yielded sharp, thin, V-shaped tips with straight edges. The earliest evidence for p[…]

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Getauschte Songs sind 15,00 € wert

Das Landgericht Hamburg hat die Vorstellungen der Musikindustrie, was illegal in Tauschbörsen eingestellte Musikstücke wert sind, zurechtgestutzt. Die Richter sprachen für zwei Musikaufnahmen jeweils 15 € Schadensersatz zu. Die Musikindustrie hatte 300 € pro Titel gefordert. Der heute 20-jährige Beklagte stellte im Juni 2006 über den Internetanschluss seines Vaters, ohne dass dieser davon wusste, zwei Songs in eine Internettauschbörse zum Download bereit. Bei den Liedern handelte es sich um „Eng[…]

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Freedom of information legislation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Freedom of information legislation are rules that guarantee access to data held by the state. They establish a “right-to-know” legal process by which requests may be made for government-held information, to be received freely or at minimal cost, barring standard exceptions. Also variously referred to as open records or (especially in the United States) sunshine laws, governments are also typically bound by a duty to publish and promote openness. In many countries there are constitutional guarantees for the right of access to information, but usually these are unused if specific support legislation does not exist.

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Freedom of information – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Freedom of information (or information freedom) refers to the protection of the right to freedom of expression with regards to the Internet and information technology (see also, digital rights). Freedom of information may also concern censorship in an information technology context, i.e. the ability to access Web content, without censorship or restrictions.

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