Daily Archives: 2021-01-22

Programming Language Creator or Serial Killer?

Source: Hacker News

Article note: From the people who brought you "Tenured or Homeless?"
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Google: We’ll shut down Australian search before we pay news sites

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: ...As much as I'm not a fan of gigantic tech monopolies, this law is a threat to the open internet and flexing to shut it down is probably the best thing they can do.
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, criticized the Australian proposal.

Enlarge / Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, criticized the Australian proposal. (credit: Oliver Berg/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Google says it would have "no real choice" but to shut down its search engine in Australia if Australia passes a new law requiring Google to pay news sites to link to their articles. This would "set an untenable precedent for our business and the digital economy," said Google's Mel Silva in Friday testimony before the Australian Senate.

News organizations around the world have been struggling financially over the last decade or two. Many have blamed Internet companies like Google and Facebook that—in their view—have diverted advertising revenue that once went to news organizations. Some in the news industry argue that Google benefits from including news stories in its search results and should compensate news sites for the privilege of doing so.

So last year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposed a new mandatory arbitration process designed to correct a supposed power imbalance between tech giants and Australian news sites. Under the new framework, news sites can demand that tech platforms (initially Google and Facebook) pay them for linking to their stories. Google and Facebook are required to negotiate "in good faith" toward a payment agreement.

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When your professor is dead, but teaches anyway

Source: Boing Boing

Article note: Cue academic administrators salivating at the idea of one-time-expense course content packs instead of paying for instructional faculty. Side thoughts: * What about canceled instructors? Remember how Walter Lewin's lectures were the recommended best physics lectures until he turned out to be creepy? If we can use dead people's content, surely we can use canceled peoples? * I'm pretty sure being dead would not significantly affect the teaching practices of about 1/4 of the faculty I dealt with.

A real-life example leads to questions on education, labor, and economic worth. Aaron Ansuini made a surprising discovery with all kinds of implications.

HI EXCUSE ME, I just found out the the prof for this online course I'm taking *died in 2019* and he's technically still giving classes since he's *literally my prof for this course* and I'm learning from lectures recorded before his passing


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