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22 May 2018

Thoughts on Copyright

I’m a published author, and I think that the original copyright term of 14 years with the option to renew once for 28 years total was perfectly reasonable. At most, 25 years with one renewal for a total of 50 years is still fair.

I’m borrowing from my culture to create; it’s only fair that what I create should become part of the culture so that others can build upon it. And if I can’t turn a profit on a novel in 50 years, then to hell with it.

Life of the author is excessive, IMO. Life + 70-90 years is outrageous, since the monopoly on a work no longer benefits the creator, but descendents who had no hand in its creation.

19 January 2018

Leaving the Cult; or, Getting Free of Toxic Tech Culture

Valerie Aurora’s post on leaving a toxic tech culture is absolutely brilliant, and everybody who works in tech should read it.

That’s right, everybody. Not just people working in Silicon Valley or for a startup. Everybody. I’ve worked for twenty years as a developer without ever setting foot in the Valley, but the attitudes Ms. Aurora decries are not local to SV.

They’re everywhere.

14 January 2018

TIL: 1 in 8 new adults in Japan are not Japanese

I just saw a moderately interesting article in the Japan Times courtesy of @wintermute@cybre.space.

Reiji Yoshida reports that in Tokyo, 1 out of every 8 young women celebrating their coming of age in Japanese culture are not Japanese citizens. Nor were they born into Japan’s dominant Yamato tribe.

It must feel strange to work hard to fit into a given society and culture, but not be acknowledged as part of that society or culture or be counted as a citizen.

Not that the USA is consistently better in this regard, but we are long overdue for a national discussion on what it even means to be an American. It won’t be pretty.