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For those who care about the ‪#‎copyright‬ War and the future of ideas this is Aikido at its purest form, gg sensei Lessig.  

"""Liberation will pay Lessig an undisclosed sum for the damages it caused with the wrongful takedown. The money will go towards supporting the EFF’s work on open access and the label will also “adopt new policies” that respect fair use."""
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Le problème, c'est que si l'on n'est pas avocat, on s'incline généralement dans ce genre de situation.
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Happy to report that a video game succeeded for the first time to make me cry, like a powerful book or movie can eventually achieve but without their limitations (“Brothers: A tale of two sons”, still 4€ on Steam sales for a short while). 

For me it delivered a new and unique experience that only an interactive medium can achieve. Like TotalBiscuit I really hope it gets noticed as an example of how video games could mature in a new form of art and storytelling. 


In the game you control both brothers and “play”/”progress” together in real-time complementing each others strength and weakness. Near the end it has become a second nature to play “as one”, like a family or friendship. 

When the older brother dies he didn’t just died in the story for me; I felt the loss in my own body as I suddenly had a hand without purpose. That kinesthetic loss is not replicable in a book or movie.

Finally, when I was confronted to save my father I knew I couldn’t swim to reach him (I was grabbing the back of my older brother before to swim). I was stuck until I reached the emotional rage to pretend he was still with me (what would we have done as one?)... and triggered “his” keys which gave "me", the little brother, the courage to face his fear of swimming...

Needless to say I now have this talented swedish studio on my radar (Starbreeze studio).

► WTF Is... - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ?

#videogames #life
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Hello. Is there a way to select TED videos (on by spoken language (the language the talk was given in).

I'm aware of the translation page but it leads to translations in the chosen language,  
I'm asking this because TED content is inspiring and therefore motivating for language learners (especially with the quality of the subtitles and transcripts tools on
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good post-thanks
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This Roddenberry speech (short mp3)
Happy 47th birthday Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry is the only one to my knowledge who have managed to literally hack the TV industry for so long from its owners intent. What a brilliant mind even if you have zero interest in the Star Trek universe.

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np, thnx!
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Hacking my brain with emotiv style

I just ordered the last early research edition available out of 750 on Kickstarter. That one left was calling me! honestly ...

Planning to get my feet wet I by tinkering/developing neurofeedback “relaxation”  with sounds (especially with my binaural recordings)  knowing that I never succeeded to commit to “normal” relaxation/meditation and that certain sounds or voices have an effect on me.

This summer I also stumbled on people researching/experimenting with ASMR while surfing on Youtube (50 0000 people on r/asmr reddit).

Beyond the weirdness it rings a bell with me. I find courageous that some decent people are doing peer to peer experimentations despite the social judgment and knowing that this kind of “intimate” settings would be difficult to reproduce in labs. 
There’s probably some potential for neurofeedback here that I intend to “explore” if I feel comfortable along the way.

Looking forward to the gear and kit to arrive in march 2014.

  #life    #relaxation #ASMR #kickstarter
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About voxels. Great interview. Few people seem to realize how game changing voxels and horizontal progression are in a huge persistent world. It's difficult to grasp without experiencing. For the first time I see a potential for the MMO genre to grow again and It's well possible that the demographic will change too. Currently the most common answer I receive from MMO gamers to the question why they play is ... "to kill time". Let us just have one MMO with a different answer... it's about time...

Everquest Next Interview with David Georgeson Director of Development
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Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised about this game as well! Horizontal progression, I believe we talked about this, about 1 and a half years ago. Seems somebody listened to us (and probably a whole lot of other people).
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For those who like street photography this is the slow-time-freeze power I want! So many questions pops in my head when I look at those 3 videos.
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What is street photography,
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Beautiful research with potential on helping change education and us  (don’t let you down by the playful title). I only share this video 'cause of my damn empathic and social brain °°...  cf video  :p 
(Damn a new book on my reading list oO)
/SNL (#social #neuroscience love)
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My comment to,

Youtube is designed as an arena style entertainment experience, making 1 billion+ users anonymous emperors. Is it that surprising its comments section is considered the most hateful hub of humanity?

Sorry for that strong intro but I would like to raise awareness again about why the “thumb down” button (below each Youtube video) directly promotes hate and decrease intellectual/original/unconventional User Generated Content on Youtube (I don’t have yet an informed opinion on the new commenting system).

The thumb down has a very strong popular symbolic (only 17 seconds, please watch to understand what I mean after),
Commodus Gives a Thumbs Down

The new commenting system won’t change that hate inducing behavior if the “thumb down” is still done anonymously without the requirement to see the video itself or leaving a comment. The “thumb down” doesn’t belong to the feedback category (that I value a lot) but is of another nature.

Google is aware of this when it changed the “red” color (in the like/dislike bar) to “grey” (a welcomed improvement) but somewhat cleaning the blood doesn’t change the nature of an arena. 
Other video websites had the ethic to not do it or removed it (Dailymotion, Vimeo...) and “-1” or “dislike” is considered unacceptable on main social networks (Facebook, Google+), why not Youtube?

Beyond that “hate culture” what concerns me the most is the consequences for the people who had the courage or wished to create content and conversations beyond “entertainment”. I saw many come and gone, broken as the weak social animals they are. I tried to convinced others interesting people but the “hate” argument always came back. Heck even me I don’t have the courage to put myself in the Youtube arena.

Google will always answer: if you don’t like it don’t use it, no one forces you.

It sounds fair at first.  But without serious competition, and being the first to reach critical mass, Google defines that new and powerful medium that is video literacy. That’s real power with global consequences.
I beg you Google to re-think again your stance on the thumb down button. 

Thanks for everything you’re doing right.
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I am also going back and forth between the No Thumb Down and Yes Thumb Down. I do believe you make a strong argument to at least change the system a bit. Let us see if this will happen in the future. However Daniel, I think you are a bit short sighted as to the impact of a 'no view-one click' thumb down action. It will be very hard (if not impossible) to measure such a statement since they are not posting, therefor it might very well be true that some authors will not post due to the Thumb Down effect. And as a conclusion this will not show up on a mass scale, because those said authors do not post anything. It is a bit like the chicken and the egg story. However liking or disliking anything should, in my opinion, always be on the basis that you have understood what the author tried to explain. If that is not the case, you should refrain from clicking either way. Unfortunately internet can be a an anonymous place where you do need a thicker skin than in most situations in real life. 
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Awww... found another sleepy Google Street car in Strasbourg (France), do I have a special super power ? :)

First time  was in 2008, also in a small residential road,

Second time this evening when I walked around my flat (not the same part of the city as previous pic),

So want to look at the internals of that beast, reminds me of my OpenStreetMaping days,

Love Google Street Map project (and walks, and sea!). Since I’m currently interested in Japan I go for a Street drive from time to time. I sometimes see things which makes me wonder ....for example, what the hell is this foot doing here? (probably a cultural thing I haven't understood yet xD)

Nighto GoogleStreetCar ^^

#streetview   #googlemaps   #strasbourg   #japan   #feet
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I don't think it is a special power, you just get out too much! :)
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French earthling and Meta explorer with a passion for learning, technology, science, virtual worlds, game design, interactive arts... what else?!

I fit the “Renaissance soul” or “scanners” type, people with a constant need for learning and discovering but who can’t happily settle and specialize in a unique discipline. In the mess of my interests two recurring themes emerge:

> What it takes to create “worlds”: either real (science, astronomy), fictional (books, movies) and synthetic (online video games, MMOs, persistent worlds: G+ posts
> How technology impacts individuals & society and how it open possible futures.

I particularly feel at home at interfaces. I love connecting dots and recognizing patterns, understanding or at least attempting to feel the world as a whole, at “Meta” scales. 

"Play is the highest form of research" (Albert Einstein)

"When lots of us project our fantasies on abstract things realities can be created " (E. Castronova)

Software engineer IRL, this a personal account.

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