DailyDirt: Toys Are Too Cool For Kids

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Technology has come a long way in the last few decades. Just about every computer (or smartphone) we use now is vastly more powerful than the primitive electronics that helped put astronauts on the surface of the moon. Gadgets are getting so cheap that toys are becoming impressively advanced. Here are just a few examples. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
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Filed Under: augmented reality, imagination, iss, kackel dackel, robots, scale models, sesame street, toys
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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Feb 2012 @ 7:55pm

    Aracnoid!

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 29 Feb 2012 @ 11:22pm

    XCKD Non-Free

    Just want to point out that XKCD is licensed CC-BY-NC. Is this site “commercial”?

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      Michael Ho (profile), 1 Mar 2012 @ 1:26am

      Re: XCKD Non-Free

      I don't see how linking to an XKCD comic violates how Randall Munroe would want his work distributed...?

      Munroe even says: "You can post xkcd in your blog (whether ad-supported or not) with no need to get my permission."

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        Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 1 Mar 2012 @ 2:25am

        Re: XCKD Non-Free

        It doesn’t matter what Munroe says, what matters is what the licence says:
        You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You ... in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.

        Now, this site is run as a commercial business, is it not? After all, you have a big “Reasons To Buy” header at the top, and you regularly mention the paid work you do for clients.

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          Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Mar 2012 @ 4:20am

          Re: Re: XCKD Non-Free

          It doesn’t matter what Munroe says, what matters is what the licence says:


          That's ridiculous on two different points.

          1. It absolutely DOES matter what Munroe says because he'd be the one to enforce any license.

          2. Linking to a website is not infringement -- especially when it's the authorized work.

          Honestly, why even bring this up?

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            Watchit (profile), 1 Mar 2012 @ 11:46am

            Re: Re: Re: XCKD Non-Free

            Yeah, I'm a little confused how this conversation even go started...

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            Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 1 Mar 2012 @ 4:38pm

            Re: Re: Re: XCKD Non-Free

            >It absolutely DOES matter what Munroe says because
            >he'd be the one to enforce any license.

            Does it really? If he was going to spell out the terms of use himself, why does he bother using a canned CC licence at all? How many places are we supposed to look to find out the terms of use?

            >Linking to a website is not infringement

            That’s not what the judge said in issuing the injunction against linking to the DeCSS code.

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              Michael Ho (profile), 1 Mar 2012 @ 4:53pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: XCKD Non-Free

              Lawrence,

              So it absolutely does matter what Munroe says -- because (under the US justice system), only Munroe can take legal actions for violations of his CC work.

              (Munroe has not sold the ownership of his work to any other entities in this particular case, so there's no "label" or publisher that could take action for him.)

              There's really no point to discussing this further... XKCD has a long history of not caring about piracy or copying.

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    Pixelation, 1 Mar 2012 @ 7:59am

    "What kid wouldn't want to clean up the plastic pooh that came out of a toy dog?"
    Make that pooh into candy and all of the kids will want some.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Mar 2012 @ 5:06pm

    Imagine a remote-controlled robot spider that shoots projectiles and wears explosive plastic armor.

    Name: The US Military

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    Shine, 29 Mar 2012 @ 4:01am

    The toys you are talking about in this post are very expensive. I used to buy the cheap imitations of these toys for my kids but they break in one day.

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