In This Episode: Update on the Brazilian State Museum fire: social media to the rescue! Another month, another new EU law: copyright — will it affect those outside the EU? Game “Loot Boxes”: is that gambling?
This Week’s Hosts
- Leo Notenboom, “Chief Question Answerer” at tech education site Ask Leo!
- Gary Rosenzweig host and producer of MacMost, and mobile game developer at Clever Media.
- Kevin Savetz, web site publisher and Computer Historian at Atari Podcast.
- Longer Bios on the Hosts page.
- In the warmup, Gary tried SpotHero for parking, and Kevin uses ParkingKitty, a parking app for Portland, Oregon. Kevin interviewed Bruce Artwick, creator of the first flight simulator. Leo was the subject of a profile in the Microsoft Alumni Network discussing his volunteer work at the Washington State Animal Response Team, and he feels it captured WASART well. Randy was out this week.
- Leo had a follow-up to the Brazil Museum fire discussed last week. Sure enough, photos people were taking within the museum is helping recover, in a sense, digital versions of some of what was lost. Sure enough: Wikipedia Has Received Thousands of Images for Their Archive of Brazil’s Museum Fire Losses.
- Kevin tried to get his head around the EU’s Article 13 copyright law, and Leo wonders how (and if) it will affect those of us in the United States (ZDnet and EFF and EFF.
- Gary thought it was fascinating how “Loot Boxes” in games may now have some legal implications. They are random items you can earn in games, but sometimes you can buy them as well. Since luck is involved, and money, some experts think that they should be considered gambling and regulated as such. (TechCrunch).