Myles Braithwaite

Apple Is Totally Screwed

I'm talking about the fact that people won't feel the same way about their phones after this. Your phone is no longer a part of you. It's a weapon, pointed at you.

Using the tel URI scheme you can launch a telephone call in a native iOS application without having to prompt the user. This functionality is actually written about in Apple's developer documentation says:

When a user opens a URL with the tel scheme in a native app, iOS does not display an alert and initiates dialing without further prompting the user.

Brouhaha’s Selfie
This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested.

Photographer's claim is that the photo isn't in the public domain because the he did all the setup and all the monkey did was take the picture.

Wikimedia's claim is that for the photographer to claim copyright, they "would have had to make substantial contributions to the final image, and even then, they'd only have copyright for those alterations, not the underlying image". And because animals aren't people and don't have civil rights then the images fall under the public domain.

TODO insert pun about monkey business and copyright.

Update (21 August, 2014 at 3:10pm)

The U.S. Copyright Office says that the photograph is unprotected by intellectual property.

The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit


A Python library (from Mailgun) to extract message quotations and signatures.


>>> from talon.signature.bruteforce import extract_signature
>>> message = """Awesome.
... ---
... Myles Braithwaite"""
>>> text, signature = extract_signature(message)
>>> print text
>>> print signature
Myles Braithwaite