Copyright enforcement and the Internet: We just haven’t tried hard enough?

Is effective Internet copyright enforcement even possible? “We won’t know,” writes blogger Kevin Drum, “until we try.” But Congress has been “trying” for two decades, with ever-larger costs to consumers and taxpayers….


9 Old-Timey Animal Photos You Won’t Believe Are Real

In the old days, concepts like safety, animal rights and sanity weren’t as well-defined as they are now.

And while there’s no question that we treat animals better today than we did a few decades ago, sometimes what’s good for the animals is bad for the field of insanely badass photography.


How A Rice Cooker Saved Me From A Lifetime Of Prostitution

Cooking is hard, or so I was brought up to believe.

I wasn’t told this, but rather deduced it from two facts: 1) My family was full of people who’d spent decades cooking for each other, and 2) almost none of them seemed to be very good at it. So — what was the point? If a lifetime spent grimly oozing sweat over cast iron cookery and tending to grease blisters might dome to no more than my great-grandmas juiceless pot-roasts, why even try? Might


Could Microsoft and Roku Finally Kill the Cable Box?

It’s been a thorn in the back side of couch potatoes for decades: the underpowered, clunky, and expensive cable set-top box.

Could Microsoft and Roku finally put a stake in its heart?


Income inequality is bad for rich people too

Japan, which made a conscious decision to impose the costs of its post bubble hangover on all members of society to preserve stability, has gotten through its lost two decades with remarkable grace.

The US seems to be implementing the polar opposite playbook, and there are good reasons to think the outcome of this experiment will be ugly indeed.


Aging Superheroes are Awesome, Depressing

In some stunning artwork by Dylan Collard and Gilles Barbier, we get a look at what superheroes might look like many decades down the line as they get old.


Google Doodle Celebrates Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd Birthday

Charlie Chaplin wasnt just the greatest star of the silent film era; he also wrote, directed and produced more than 80 movies in a career that spanned decades and included such masterpieces as The Kid, The Gold Rush and Modern Times.

He scored many of his pictures as well, and on at least one occasion served as an on-set hairdresser.
Chaplin is also one of my creative heroes. Despite being an art-obsessed high schooler preemptively bored by an


Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in Revolutions

Few Americans have heard of Mr.

Sharp. But for decades, his practical writings on nonviolent revolution ” most notably From Dictatorship to Democracy, a 93-page guide to toppling autocrats, available for download in 24 languages ” have inspired dissidents around the world, including in Burma, Bosnia, Estonia and Zimbabwe, and now Tunisia and Egypt.


What determines the length of words?

Why are some words short and others long? For decades, a prominent theory has held that words used frequently are short in order to make language efficient: It would not be economical if the were as long as phenomenology, in this view.

But now a team of MIT cognitive scientists has developed an alternative notion, on the basis of new research: A words length reflects the amount of information it contains.


The 404 discuss why they trust rodents more than meteorologists

Every year the citizens of Punxsutawney, Philadelphia gather around a small hut in Gobbler’s Knob (pause) to witness a 100-year old marmot predict the future, and this year it looks like Spring is on its way.

Old Phil may be losing his eyesight, because we also happen to be in the middle of the largest storm in the last few decades, according to a less-credible operation called NASA.


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