Ohio State University dépose une marque sur « THE »septembre 10, 2019
« The Ohio State University » is apparently the full name of Ohio State, and to remind everyone of it, they’re selling a line of clothing emblazoned with the stark word « THE, » and so they’ve asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to give them the exclusive right to sell t-shirts, baseball hats and hats with the word « THE » on them. This is stupidly generic and unlikely to survive a challenge or even examination. Doesn’t THE university have a law-school that could prevent this kind of public embarrassment?
My latest Locus Magazine column is DRM Broke Its Promise, which recalls the days when digital rights management was pitched to us as a way to enable exciting new markets where we’d all save big by only buying the rights we needed (like the low-cost right to read a book for an hour-long plane ride), […]
Library of Congress releases 11,700 freely usable photos of « roadside America, » taken by John Margolies
For decades, architectural critic and photographer John Margolies obsessively documented roadside attractions: vernacular architecture, weird sculpture, odd businesses and amusements. By his death in 2016, his collection consisted of more than 11,000 slides (he published books of his favorites, with annotations).
After the EU Copyright Directive passed with a slim majority that only carried because some MEPs got confused and pressed the wrong button, the government of Poland filed a legal challenge with the European Court of Justice, arguing that the Directive — and its rule requiring that all online discourse be filtered by black-box algorithms […]
Ask any camper from the greenest Boy Scout to Bear Grylls: If there’s one thing you need on any survival kit, it’s a trusty knife. Here are six of our current favorites, all of them sale-priced, durable enough for any situation and small enough to carry anywhere. BLITZ Mini Tactical Pocket Knife This stubby, folding […]
Got a favorite podcast? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority: According to a 2019 CBS poll, most Americans have listened to one, and nearly a quarter of them tune in on a regular basis. That’s a lot of ears, and believe it or not, there’s a lot of niches left to fill. […]
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, prepare for some tough love – because there is absolutely no reason not to own one. They can cook almost anything with little to no effort, they save space and they’re super easy to clean. If you do have a pressure cooker, prepare to level up. There’s a […]