• Creative Commons Licenses and Fair Use

    by  • August 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I’ve been watching episode 272 of This Week in Law and one of the guests is Sarah Pearson of Creative Commons. I hear this bit and I immediately rewound and listened again. Check it out:

    So basically, if your use of a CC-licensed work would fall under Fair Use, you don’t have to follow the license! At least, not according to the folks at Creative Commons. Mind blown.

    Well, I’m going to continue to follow the license in spirit every time (i.e. attribution at a minimum,) from the sounds of it I don’t have to all the time.

    Friday Video: Cybersecurity as Realpolitik

    by  • August 22, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Power exists to be used. Some wish for cyber safety, which they will not get. Others wish for cyber order, which they will not get. Some have the eye to discern cyber policies that are “the least worst thing;” may they fill the vacuum of wishful thinking. Presented by Dan Geer at Black Hat USA 2014.

    Suppress sponsor offers from Java

    by  • August 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Java Suppress sponsor offersThose of us that still have a need to install and update Java, are generally annoyed by the need to uncheck additional offers as part of the installation process. (I’m talking about you Ask Toolbar!) But, with this latest Java update there’s a new setting hiding within the options labeled “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java.” Find it in the Java control panel at the very bottom of the Advanced tab. Check it, and the next update won’t “offer” you anything you don’t want or need.

    To find the Java Control Panel:

    • Windows 8.x/7/Vista:
      Start, type java, click Configure Java.
    • Windows XP:
      Start > All Programs > Java > Configure Java

    Turn YourTube videos into GIFs

    by  • August 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    This one’s way to much fun to save for a Tuesday tech tip. Find a YouTube video and change the url from www.youtube.com to www.gifyoutube.com and press enter. Then choose the starting point in the video, set your length (up to 10 seconds,) click “create gif” and shortly, voilà!