Instagram reverts back to original Terms of Service

In a blog from Kevin Systrom (co-founder) Instagram is going to keep using the same Terms of Service since they launched in 2010.

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

The internet was in uproar this week after the announcement of the new TOS.  From concerns on how the photos would be used, if your kids pics could be sold, among other issues.  The blog also goes on saying..

You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.

This is the subject that caused the biggest uproar and got a few high-profile users like National Geographic to suspended their accounts in light of the new changes.  Apparently we were misinformed of their intentions.  The following is copied directly from the TOS that caused such an uproar.

You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

So Instagram has listened, however they still need to make money. Since they offer a free app they have to create revenue somewhere.  I guess in the coming months we will see what their idea is.


$44 Dollar of PBR?

pbr1844-1Yep, you read that right.  $44 dollars for PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon).  PBR is known in America as one of the cheapest beers on the market coming in at about $4-6 dollars a 6-pack depending on your location.  But in China it’s a whole different story.

Now before you can concoct some get rich scheme that involves shipping mass amounts of PBR to China, let me give you the details.  PBR 1844 is made from German caramel malts and is aged in uncharred American whiskey barrels and as you can see by the pic included it comes in a much fancier bottle.  The ale was created to compete with higher end wines and brandies. Before you get your hopes up on a $44 dollar bottle PBR, I also must let you know this is sold exclusively in China. It also carries a score of 80 on the Beeradvocate web site


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Instagram Planning To Sell Your Photos.


Photo by: John Googe
Instagram: grooge79_ru

For those not familiar with Instagram it is a free social network that allows users to share photographs taken with their mobile devices.  The user can then apply filters if they chose and share with their friends and the world.  Today they have announced that they will start selling users photographs for profit similar to Shutterstock, iStockphoto, among many others.  Finally, a way to make that new smart phone pay for itself!!

So how much do you make from your photos sold? Absolutely nothing.  According to Instagram the new intellectual property policy will take effect January 16, 2013.  If you delete your account after the January deadline you cannot opt out.

John Googe

Photo by: John Googe
Instagram: grooge79_ru

So what does this mean?  This new policy allows for Facebook/Instagram to sell your photos to anyone for advertising, websites, and so forth without the consent of the owner.  So if you took pics of your kids playing on the beach, those photos could be sold for websites, advertising and brochures.  Which brings up a long list of concerns and possibly breaking various privacy laws.

Personally I don’t like this idea at all. First off it should be up to the user if the photo can be sold or not.  If they opt for it being sold, then they should get some piece of the pie.  Without the users they would not have anything to sell to begin with.  Instagram was a way for aspiring artists to get their creativity to be seen.  It’s sad that a company like this would try to monetize its users work without any compensation to the owner of the photo.


Photo by: John Googe
Instagram: grooge79_ru

I’m curious as to how many users they will lose before the deadline.  Personally, I would switch to Flickr.  At least on their site if someone want to use your photograph, you can get paid.

The pictures in this post are by a friend of mine John Googe. On his off time as a Glynn County Fire Fighter he shares his creations via Instagram.  His handle is grooge79_ru, if you get a chance you should definitely check out his work.

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Star Wars fans to build a 1:1 scale Millennium Falcon

mil-fal-1A group in Nashville, Tenn have undertaken the grueling task of recreating the ship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.  Yes, the Millennium Falcon!!  Headed up by Chris Lee they have plans to build a 1:1 scale Millennium Falcon that will be 114 feet in length.  Their site is already loaded with pics of turrets, panels among other things.  I can’t wait to see this pop up on Google Earth.  Go over to their site to learn more about their project.  The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project


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Are we living in the Matrix?

pillsThe Matrix.  In the 1999 Wachowski film, humans are harvested for energy by sentient machines.  The humans are kept in a simulated world called the “Matrix” unaware of their true surroundings.

A few years later in 2003, British philosopher Nick Bostrom published a paper in the Philosophical Quarterly called “Are You Living in a Simulation?”  Basically he argues that one of these are true:

  • The human species is likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage.
  • Any posthuman civilization is very unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of its evolutionary history.
  • We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.

Now scientists at the University of Washington have proposed a way to test this theory.  The problem with testing Dr. Bostrom’s theory was limitations in our current technology.   UW professor Martin Savage and physics graduate student Zohreh Davoudi say they have come up with a method for testing whether this universe we call home is a simulation – even a simulation within a simulation.  In their paper “Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation” they present the idea that they can test this theory by studying cosmic rays trying to find or not find any constraint limits in the rays.

“In our present day simulations in the very small volumes, we already see that particles have a maximum possible energy.

With finite computational resources, it will be the case that this is true in simulations of our universe performed by our descendents, of which we might be one.

The issue then becomes what is that maximum value and can we see it today in the spectrum of ultra high energy cosmic rays?”

Here is how it was presented by UW in its article “Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

I have added wiki links to make understanding this easier.

“Currently, supercomputers using a technique called lattice quantum chromodynamics and starting from the fundamental physical laws that govern the universe can simulate only a very small portion of the universe, on the scale of one 100-trillionth of a meter, a little larger than the nucleus of an atom …

Eventually, more powerful simulations will be able to model on the scale of a molecule, then a cell and even a human being. But it will take many generations of growth in computing power to be able to simulate a large enough chunk of the universe to understand the constraints on physical processes that would indicate we are living in a computer model.

However, Savage said, there are signatures of resource constraints in present-day simulations that are likely to exist as well in simulations in the distant future, including the imprint of an underlying lattice if one is used to model the space-time continuum.

The supercomputers performing lattice quantum chromodynamics calculations essentially divide space-time into a four-dimensional grid. That allows researchers to examine what is called the strong force, one of the four fundamental forces of nature and the one that binds subatomic particles called quarks and gluons together into neutrons and protons at the core of atoms.

“If you make the simulations big enough, something like our universe should emerge,” Savage said. Then it would be a matter of looking for a “signature” in our universe that has an analog in the current small-scale simulations. …

If such a concept turned out to be reality, it would raise other possibilities as well. For example, Davoudi suggests that if our universe is a simulation, then those running it could be running other simulations as well, essentially creating other universes parallel to our own.

“Then the question is, ‘Can you communicate with those other universes if they are running on the same platform?’” she said.”

So which is it going to be the Red or the Blue Pill?

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I got an early X-Mas present, a McRib!!!!

mcrib-222Today my little sister is having a baby. On the way home from the hospital I was going to hit up Willie’s Weenie Wagon, but I had this “feeling”.  Something was telling me I needed to go to McDonald’s. The first one I went by, I could not tell from the road whether they had it or not, so I proceeded to the one closer to my house. As I got closer I still could not see a hint of the McRib. I thought to myself

“The only thing I want from here is a McRib, it would be easier to just to go across to the street to Taco Bell and get some Doritos’ Tacos”.

But that “feeling” hit again, so I proceeded into McDonald’s. Screw it, I’ll get a Crispy Chicken C.B.O. if they don’t have it. As I rounded the corner there on the drive thru marquee, not visible from the road, was this huge picture of a McRib.

What?! My heart literally stopped. It was like meeting a celebrity.

I’m writing this before I start eating my second one, just to spread the news. If your lucky, like I was, your McDonald’s might have them too. I for one can tell you what my next three meals are going to be. McRibs. I’ll let you guys know how much I gain.

Here is a link to the McRib Locator, and Happy Hunting!!

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