My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.
* Talkingheadz Podcast:
* Can Web 3 Help Democracy?
* Fully Charged: The future of energy over the next 300 years
* Keynote, Cybersummit 2020, Nov 26 https://www.cybera.ca/cyber-summit-2020/
* Keynote, Cologne Futures, Nov 27 http://medienpolitik.eu/
* Beaverbrook Lecture: How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, Nov 30, https://www.mcgill.ca/maxbellschool/channels/event/2020-beaverbrook-annual-lecture-part-ii-cory-doctorow-325538
* Teach-In Against Surveillance, Dec 1, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/teach-in-against-surveillance-tickets-128926228821
* Keynote, NISO Plus, Feb 22-25, https://niso.plus/cory-doctorow-to-keynote-at-niso-plus-2021/
I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:
My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."
Get signed books from @darkdel: https://www.darkdel.com/store/p1840/Available_Now%3A_Attack_Surface.html
#1yrago Mayor Pete: Obama should have left Chelsea Manning to rot in prison for 35 years https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/2020-candidate-pete-buttigieg-troubled-by-clemency-for-chelsea-manning
#1yrago High prices and debt mean millennials don’t plan to stop renting, and that’s before their parents retire and become dependent on them https://www.businessinsider.com/more-millennials-planning-to-rent-forever-cant-afford-housing-2019-11
#1yrago “Out of Home Advertising”: the billboards that spy on you as you move through public spaces https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/digital-billboards-are-tracking-you-and-they-want-you-to-see-their-ads/
#15yrsago EFF brings class-action against Sony! https://web.archive.org/web/20051128173308/https://www.eff.org/news/archives/2005_11.php
#10yrsago Florida’s dirty “rocket docket” courts are a gift to fraudulent lenders https://web.archive.org/web/20101113164353/http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/232611
#10yrsago How TSA screeners feel about junk-touching https://flyingwithfish.boardingarea.com/2010/11/18/tsa-enhanced-pat-downs-the-screeners-point-of-view/
#10yrsago Who owns your mortgage, the mind-croggling flowchart edition https://www.zerohedge.com/article/just-when-you-thought-you-knew-something-about-mortgage-securitizations
#1yrago How to recognize AI snake oil https://memex.craphound.com/2019/11/21/how-to-recognize-ai-snake-oil/
Fuck, Nintendo could cash in by selling t-shirts and Funko toys. There are a million ways that the company could thank its most loyal customers for keeping the flame burning for DECADES. Instead, they're extinguishing the flame.
By pissing on it.
They could have parent-child tournaments where each team had one adult and one kid, and play required that they triumph in both a 20-year-old game and a modern update.
The existence of a viable 20-year-old product is a tiny miracle. Almost all creative works - books, games, music, movies - vanish after 10-15 years. The exceptions are the stuff that fortunes are made of.
Nintendo seems incapable of taking yes for an answer. A company that cared about profits - rather than soothing the ire of vindictive lawyers in suicide vests - would figure out how to harness this customer devotion, rather than punishing it.
They could license Slippi, or hire its developer, or incorporate it into a reissue of SSBM. They could sponsor the competition and use it to launch a mega-pack of beloved retro games. They could incorporate Dolphin into new consoles.
A grassroots of Nintendo customers have put in thousands of hours of unpaid software development hours, hundreds of thousands of hours of unpaid marketing, millions of hours of unpaid tournament play - and Nintendo's response is to terrorize them with legal threats.
I love the idea that the company has "no choice," as though an affronted lawyer is holding the entire executive team hostage with a suicide vest that'll blow if they don't sign off on the legal threat. Oh, you poor, defenseless, powerless things!
Slippi has allowed players to engage in competitive SSBM matches without risking life-threatening viral infections. The alternative to using Slippi is effectively abandoning SSBM.
All that was true before the pandemic. Now, with the world in lockdown, SSBM tournaments have only grown in popularity. The Big House was about to host one of the largest of these tournaments when Nintendo shut them down with a copyright threat.
In its statement to Kotaku, the company said it had "no choice" but to shut down the tournament because Slippi "requires use of illegally copied versions of the game" (this is categorically untrue).
Super Smash Bros. Melee is a 20-year-old Nintendo game with a huge cult following; it's considered one of the best fighting games of all time. Nintendo abandoned it years ago, but the fans have kept it alive.
Fans used Dolphin (an emulation environment that can simulate the Gamecube and Wii) and mods from Slippi that let users play head-to-head over the internet. This combo has enabled many gamers to turn pro, winning esports contracts.
Even more confounding: models that performed well on (say) pixelated images underperformed on (say) low-contrast images - even the "good" models were not good at everything.
Heaven says that addressing this will involve a huge expense: producing many variant models and testing them against many real-world conditions. It's the kind of thing Google can afford to do, but which may be out of reach of smaller firms.
By Cory Doctorow
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