Public Domain Day: what could have entered it in 2015 and what did get released

Every year, January 1st also marks works from around the world that would be entering the public domain thanks to the copyright laws in theirs respective countries.

Public Domain Reviews put a list of creators whose work that are entering the public domain. http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/class-of-2015/ (Kandinsky! Whooh!)

Center of Study for the Public Domain put a list of some quite well-known works that are still under the extended copyright restriction: http://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2015/pre-1976

John Mark Ockerbloom from the University of Pennsylvania pointed out that EEBO is now out and, among other things, promoted several arternatives to http://everybodyslibraries.com/2015/01/01/public-domain-day-2015-ending-our-own-enclosures/

The sound version of a Google (old) reCAPTCHA

Last month, Google announced the new no-captcha reCAPTCHA that is supposedly more accurate and better at preventing spams. We’ll see how this goes.

In the mean time, plenty of websites that employ Google’s reCAPTCHA still use the old version like this:

Google old recaptcha

The problem with this reCAPTCHA is that it fundamentally doesn’t work with screen readers (among other things, like forcing you crossed your eyes trying to figure out each character in the string.) Some people pointed out that reCAPTCHA offers the sound version (see that little red speaker?) that should mitigate the problem.

Here’s the link to sound version of a Google reCAPTCHA: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9074989/google-recaptcha-audio.mp3

This example was taken from the PubMed website and happened to be set as a string of numbers.

Enjoy!

p.s. what is this a about PubMed using inaccessible reCAPTCHA? There are other ways to employ non-captcha security techniques without using that kind solution. :-/

p.p.s. In case you’re curious, I could not decipher two out of the eleven (if I counted it correctly) numbers said in that recording.

How to run Minecraft on Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

I got this message when running Minecraft on Yosemite, and when I googled I found that this is common problems.

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Some references say that the latest JDK should be installed while the earlier ones should be uninstalled. I have uninstalled the earlier and installed the latest JDK but the problem persisted.

So I followed this reference to make it work.

These are the steps:Install ant

  1. Download Java Application Bundler
  2. Download Minecraft.jar from here *after clicking “Show all platforms” and choose that one under “Linux and Other
  3. Create a file named build.xml and type this code in
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  4. Organize my file like this
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    *Notes: at this point, the dist folder is empty, it will contain Minecraft.app after I run ant command*
  5. Open terminal and run ant like this
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  6. Now the dist folder will contain Minecraft.app in it. Move it to Applications folder

And it works!

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My next step is to make canarymod and scriptcraft work to make mods on Minecraft. Wish me luck.


“Thief of Time”

For something to exist, it has to be observed.

For something to exist, it has to have a position in time and space.

And this explains why nine-tenths of the mass of the universe is unaccounted for.

Nine-tenths of the universe is the knowledge of the position and direction of everything in the other tenth. Every atom has its biography, every star its file, every chemical exchange its equivalent of the inspector with a clipboard. It is unaccounted for because it is doing the accounting for the rest of it, and you cannot see the back of your own head.*

Nine-tenths of the universe, in fact, is the paperwork.

*Except in very small universes.

Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

(that paperwork statement feels so true in so many things…)

Komunikasi Prasangka Buruk

:: Sejak awal era handphone, tahun 2000-an, saya melarang diri saya sendiri & istri untuk berkomunikasi hal penting melalui SMS. Karena terlalu rentan salah paham. Untuk hal penting & urgent, hanya boleh via telpon. Untuk hal penting namun tidak urgent, maka nanti saja setelah saya kembali di rumah, agar bisa dikomunikasikan langsung / face-to-face.

Selanjutnya saya melarang untuk dikontak saat jam kantor – kecuali jika ada emergency. Karena jam kantor itu adalah waktu kerja, haknya kantor. Bukan untuk saya pakai ngobrol ngalor ngidul. Dan, kalau saya dikontak pada saat sedang fokus ke pekerjaan, maka fokus tersebut akan menjadi buyar. Dan butuh waktu untuk bisa fokus kembali = membuang-buang waktu di kantor.

Kebalikannya juga saya berlakukan untuk diri saya sendiri. Setiap saya ada keperluan menelpon istri saya di rumah, saya selalu minta maaf terlebih dahulu. Karena, saya berasumsi bahwa dia sedang sibuk – dan telpon saya ini akan mengganggu dia. 

Setelah minta maaf, lalu saya bertanya, apakah sedang sibuk? Jika ya, maka saya akan menutup telpon. Jika tidak, baru saya lanjutkan pembicaraan saya. 

Saya tidak mau sok tahu & berprasangka buruk menganggap bahwa "hanya" ibu rumah tangga maka pasti banyak waktu lowongnya. Saya tahu bahwa justru seringkali ibu rumah tangga itu yang pekerjaannya malah lebih banyak. 

Transkrip chatting terlampir merupakan satu contoh komunikasi berbasis prasangka buruk. Si istri berprasangka bahwa si suami ini banyak waktu lowong di kantor + malas berkomunikasi dengan dia. Padahal, jelas bahwa si suami ini jabatannya cukup tinggi + sangat sibuk. 

Jika dibiarkan, maka, suatu hari mereka berdua ini akan mengalami cekcok besar. Karena prasangka buruk akan menyebabkan miskomunikasi. Miskomunikasi akan menyebabkan mispersepsi. Dan kedua hal ini adalah sumber dari nyaris semua masalah di suatu pernikahan.

Beberapa tips berkomunikasi jarak jauh (SMS / BBM / Whatsapp / dst) :

(#) Jangan berasumsi bahwa pasangan kita memiliki banyak waktu lowong di kantornya.

(#) Jangan berasumsi bahwa pasangan kita pasti selalu memegang handphone nya.

(#) Jangan berasumsi bahwa pasangan kita pasti selalu memegang handphone nya dan selalu memperhatikan layar / notifikasinya.

Satu lagi hal yang ironis dari transkrip terlampir, yang melakukan kesalahan adalah sang istri, yaitu berprasangka buruk. Namun, dia justru menganggap yang salah adalah suaminya. Satu lagi contoh miskomunikasi & mispersepsi.

NB: nama asli & berbagai detail di transkrip terlampir sudah saya ubah, untuk menjaga identitas ybs.

Semoga kita bisa berkomunikasi dengan baik dengan semua orang, terutama dengan pasangan kita.

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Mommy : sibuk melulu
Mommy : tadi pagi nggak telp ya
Mommy : bb juga lama jawabnya
Mommy : cape dech …
Daddy : Aku tlp rumah tapi gak diangkat
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Mommy : dasar klu tidur susah dibangunin dan nggak dengar apa2
Mommy : Daddy jgn dibaca aja bb nya :( 
Daddy : Sorry lagi rapat di BNI ada jakarta banking expo
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Daddy : Okd ntar take offnya jam 21.30 honey
Mommy : Daddy suka lupa hub i Mommy
Mommy : tear 
Mommy : :'( 
Daddy : Bukannya gitu honey tadi abis rapat ama direksi trus ada perubahan target bgt selesai cari taxi eeh ketiduran bangun dah smp bandara
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