Four short links: 20 February 2012

Bad Licensing, Learn to Code Again, Facebook Data, and iPad Security

  1. University Copyright FailThis week, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto signed a deal with the licensing group Access Copyright that includes: provisions defining e-mailing hyperlinks as equivalent to photocopying a document; a flat fee of $27.50 for each full-time equivalent student; and, surveillance of academic staff email. (via Fabiana Kubke)
  2. Peanutty — I’m not sure it’s perfect yet, but it does the best job I’ve seen of motivating people by connecting code with curiosity. Most of the other “learn to code” systems are big on bite-sized increments of knowledge but short on motivation unless you, for some reason, want to “learn to code”.
  3. Why Facebook’s Data Will Change Our World (Pete Warden) — You just can’t resist Facebook data can you? Like a dog returning to its own vomit. Great list of reasons why Facebook’s data is scary interesting.
  4. Digital Exams on the iPad — how to lock down an iPad for use in an exam. Love the explanation of how the security-paranoid mind works in action: both evil and methodical at the same time.
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  • Gwen Jenkins

    From Firefox, the Peanutty link goes to a page that says “Peanutty only works on Google Chrome right now” (no info on why it does that would make it worth switching browsers to see it) and doesn’t allow visitors to return to the referring page using the Back button. Poor first impression for those who don’t use Chrome routinely.