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Sunday 28 April 2013

How Google hides free copies of public domain books while directing people to pay-for reprints

Google has been allowed to scan hundreds of thousands of out-of-copyright books from libraries around the world and supposedly this is a wonderful free resource for all of us. But, over the last year or two, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find the free versions while Google Books presents reprints to buy.

Here’s an example… (more…)


Filed under: Computing,consumer,Net & technology,Photography — GS @ 5:59 pm
Thursday 18 November 2010

My early photography and the twin-lens reflex camera

There wasn’t any money to buy proper photographic equipment when I was growing up. So it wasn’t until I got a part-time job after school that I was able to fund my interest, which was primarily in film-making by then rather than still photography. (more…)


Filed under: Photography — GS @ 10:51 am
Monday 16 August 2010

Manchester Local Image Collection

I’m a huge fan of the Manchester Libraries Local Image Collection which puts 80,000 archive photographs at our fingertips online.

A week I ago I discovered some changes had been made which meant the hundreds of links that I have from my website to theirs didn’t work anymore. But I’m glad to say that after I alerted them to the problem they fixed it.

The Image Collection has been integrated with the site’s shopping cart system, making it easier to buy a high-quality print. An 10″x8″ print costs £7.


Filed under: Buildings,History,Manchester,Photography — GS @ 3:55 pm
Wednesday 14 July 2010

Home Secretary Theresa May announces scope of anti-terror law review

BBC Democracy Live


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:20 am
Thursday 8 April 2010

Good news for photographers as ‘orphan works’ clause is dropped

Last night the government was forced to drop clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill. This badly-thought-out legislation would have given publishers the freedom to use ‘orphan works’. In other words, any photograph belonging to a photographer who the publisher claimed could not be traced. (more…)


Filed under: Photography,Politics — GS @ 12:13 am
Friday 6 February 2009

CCTV is threat to freedom says House of Lords / Jail for photographing police?

CCTV camera in Manchester city centre

‘The steady expansion of the “surveillance society” risks undermining fundamental freedoms including the right to privacy,’ according to a House of Lords report published today.

Read more at The Guardian

Meanwhile the British Journal of Photography reports that a new law, due to be introduced this month, ‘is expected to increase the anti-terrorism powers used today by police officers to stop photographers, including press photographers, from taking pictures in public places.’


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:04 am
Saturday 15 November 2008

Keys copied from photos on Flickr

‘At a computer conference in Alexandria, Virginia, Stefan Savage, a computer security expert who led the “Sneakey” project, surfed the photo-sharing website Flickr and found pictures that clearly showed peoples’ keys, even if personal information in the shots had been blurred out.

In one demonstration, the team cut duplicate keys after analysing images taken on a mobile phone. In another, they used a telephoto lens to take pictures of a set of keys on a cafe table from the roof of a university building.’

The Guardian: Copying keys from photos is child’s play


Filed under: Crime,Photography — GS @ 7:52 am
 
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