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Geert Jan Bex
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Passionate about science, photography, and a skeptic beyond recovery
Passionate about science, photography, and a skeptic beyond recovery

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UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own | Ars Technica
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/12/you-may-soon-need-a-licence-to-take-photos-of-that-classic-designer-chair-you-bought/#p3

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The EU is a bizarre institution: a proposal to guarantee Freedom of Panorama in all member states has been turned on its head. If the modified proposal becomes law, a photographer has to ensure he has the right to include public buildings or artwork displayed in public places  in his pictures, if they can be used for commercial purposes.
Sharing photos on social media poses a problem since some services (e.g., Facebook) reserve the right to use content for commercial purposes.
If you oppose this proposal, there is a petition on change.org you can sigen:
https://www.change.org/p/european-parliament-save-the-freedom-of-photography-savefop-europarl-en
More information provided by the member of EU parliament who drafted the original proposal can be found on her webstie:
https://juliareda.eu/2015/06/fop-under-threat/

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Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/VAjjY_xGWvU/sir-terry-pratchett-succumbs-to-the-embuggerance-aged-66

Terry Pratchett has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. His first book I read was Pyramids, which I stumbled upon in the public library. Probably it was a translation. I was hooked, and on each trip to England I tried to find one of his new books that wasn't available yet in Belgium.

I've spent many hours reading and indeed rereading his novels. Making fun of the phantasy genre, or casting his very particular spell on Shakespeare, but always holding up a mirror to present day society, he wrote books you would find something new in every time.

"Science of the Discworld" is of course in a category by itself.

Pratchett will live on in his work, and in the mind of his readers. 

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Should You Buy a Cheap Camera Lens or an Expensive One? | Gadget Lab | WIRED
http://www.wired.com/2014/06/hi-lo-dslr-lenses/

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For #caturday  
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for #portraittuesday  curated by +Laura Balc and +Tana Teel as well as for the #breakfastclub  curated by +Gemma Costa 
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