top Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm
That usually makes the guy who sold you it for $205,000 look a little stupid.
A little? Make that VERY stupid -- unless the seller(s) got something out of it personally, which would make it illegal.
NEVER license exclusively unless you make sure you have leveraged the upside potential.
top Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"
/. would spend less time on these celebrity spectacles and more on the people who actually make a difference, who actually are on our side, whose interest goes beyond having a mansion and a private helicopter.
That's the whole point. Kim Dotcom is able to reach the masses that don't even know about slashdot. So just hanging around on slashdot going on about Michael Geist, Derek Khanna, the EFF, etc. is like going on about a rare stamp among stamp collectors. Nobody else knows/cares. So a widely-known name is what we need so badly. A popular, public figurehead that takes on the Copyright MAFIAA openly and that can't be "crushed like a bug" quite easily like Aaron Swartz was. Unfortunately that takes a lot of money, so you need even more "lots of" money so you can just don't care and easily spend it on top-notch lawyers.
our big Anti-"IP Chapter in the TPP" guy/gal? Who's our big Let's-Bring-Copyright-terms-back-to-2-times-14 guy/gal? What Heroes of the Digital Age would auntie Ethel be able to name? You'd be surprised how many people know about Kim Dotcom, especially Down Under and among Kiwis. is
top Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94
Bah, humbug! My money is on Pitiemacs.
top Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years
I absolutely detest video on blogs/sites/etc. instead of text and where appropriate pictures. Text I can quickly skim through, get to the relevant part, etc.
Video you have to wait a few seconds for it to start, then most of the time have to apply the 30(?)-second-rule, if it's slow you can't fast-forward and you just hope you're luckly you find the relevant bit. Note: the 30 second rule is not the one about making an impression, it's about skipping the leader, the talking head that explains what you're about to see, etc.
top Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber
The takedown was fake, but there's nothing we can do about that.
Oh, yes we can!
Until DMCA takedown requests are required to submit proof of ownership and have escalating penalties for false/fraudulent claims, this situation will only get worse.
Very simple and restores some balance. The "proof" is not proof of ownership, but proof the complainant work is actually infringing on the claimed work. This can just be something like a report from an automated analysis tool with a confidence percentage, but at least something needs to be submitted to substantiate the claim instead of just having to believe it on their big blue eyes.
The second part is a penalty system and the submitted proof will also be used to determine the penalties in case of false/fraudulent and I'd even include frivolous claims (e.g. 20-second clip of baby dancing to music playing on tv in the background) to cover obvious Fair Use cases. An entity, having incurred 2 strikes already, caught complaining about an outdoors video featuring birds singing as infringing on their #1 rap artist's copyright would then have to pay a hefty fine as even the most casual of checks would determine the work is not infringing. As to what to do with the collected monies, aside from financing the whole system so the tax payer is off the hook, I'm sure there are plenty of cultural projects that need funding.
top Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion
What do those Jedis have that
Kopmists do not? We'd like to copy it.
top Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record
No, he was in a "I'm Feeling Lucky" mood.
top Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
I just received an e-mail with the same subject, offering me to buy certain medications from Thailand that will enlarge my telomeres, so I can drink all the pop I want!
top Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean
Please stop throwing Dr. Who surprise plots around.
top Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean
On closer inspect, it is a defunct battle station of unknown origins.
Come a little closer, and witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station!
top FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading
From: FBI Field Office
To: Anonymous Coward
Thank you for your report. Rest assured, crimes with a Biden Index of 1.0 will be investigated and prosecuted thoroughly.
P.S. we're hiring! Please send us your resume.
about a month and a half ago
top Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany
But foreigners themselves are loving this stuff, as they can use this against their own governments, often "sharing" (actually: just handing it over, but that paints too much a picture the actual situation) intercepted data with the NSA. Did you hear any arrest warrants being issued against UK citizens by Belgian authorities regarding the Belgacom hack by GCHQ? What DID the Belgian government/intelligence services know?
I say it's time to pull their pants down. You won't see any balls, but you will see how they soiled themselves, and where they wiped themselves with their citizens' rights to privacy.
about a month and a half ago
top Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 2)
One thing I found interesting right at the beginning was about whether information and knowledge should be free.
Later on they talk about a (presumably LCARS) Tricorder-like app disappearing from "the" app store, stongarmed by CBS without any criticism (and also genuinely wonder why there are no bluetooth sets shaped like Uhura's earpiece). So they seem "on board" with a strong "intellectual property" regime or at least put it in the "things fall down", "a hot stove hurts when you touch it", everyday-thruths-that-just-are-and-not-given-a-second-thought category.
Which brings us to the information that really should be free. Like JSTOR. Remember
Aaron Schwartz? The biggest thing standing in the way of the dream of freely accessible knowledge is the crazy long copyright term. Now THAT is something to hold a discussion about! How many times on the various Star Trek shows does an "entire civilisation's collection of knowledge and culture" get uploaded to the Enterprise's computer, or the Earth's/Federation's science and cultural works uploaded by the Enterprise to an adversary that suddenly decides humanity is worthy after all?
top Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
Plus there are cases of outright bans on some kinds of solar setups (I cant find a cite right now but there have been cases where people have wanted to install solar panels and a battery bank or whatever and completly disconnect from grid power but have been prohibited from doing so by state and local laws)
What happens if you don't pay your power bill and they come and disconnect you themselves? If they come and see the solar and have been instructed by company brass to forgo the disconnection in those cases, let the poor (that DO get disconnected) and their advocates know... won't take long before that changes.
top Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus
top U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'
Within a couple of weeks you can download all of that stuff "pro bono".
top Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
Oh, the MPAA, RIAA and BSA were screaming for it... the "trust" in "trusted computing" was that you as a "trusted computer" user could be trusted not to get around any kind of Digital Restrictions Management system... to be introduced once your head is already firmly stuck in the noose.
top Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
If you can't beat them, outlaw them
There's really not much to see
here if you exclude the "Premium" titles. It's a bit how lefties want to make people use public transportation: not by improving public transportation (increasing quality of life), but by making the car less attractive (decreasing overall quality of life). Quickflix CAN be a one or two bucks per month more expensive... but have 90% of what Netflix US has, and add to that a bunch of quality Aussie content, and they'll blow Netflix out of the water. But no, let's take the easy way out again (a/k/a Sit On Fat Well-paid Ass) and attack the alternative.
top BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates
That sounds like massively incompetent organisations who take artists' music, sell them for billions and billions, and then hand over a fraction of that to said artists. The exception of course being the "made men" in the industry (conform their equivalent in the real Mafia and Biker gangs) who can basically do what they want including setting up their own labels and do distribution deals.
But these kind of ideas also thrive there. Coincidence? I think not.
top Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet
Malicious actors may use infected Linux systems to launch DDoS attacks against the entertainment industry and other verticals
Whatever happened to "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"?
Yes, there's technical solutions like the upcoming Tor-like anonymized version of
tribler that will try to route around the Copyright Crooks-induced Internet Censorship.
top Faster-than-Fast Fourier transform
CanEHdian (1098955) writes "MIT news reports on research done resulting in a Faster-than-fast Fourier Transform algorithm, the Nearly Optimal Sparse Fourier Transform, which also has practical applications:
At the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) this week, a group of MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that, in a large range of practically important cases, improves on the fast Fourier transform. Under some circumstances, the improvement can be dramatic — a tenfold increase in speed. The new algorithm could be particularly useful for image compression, enabling, say, smartphones to wirelessly transmit large video files without draining their batteries or consuming their monthly bandwidth allotments.
Paper will be available on
top Judge takes copyright infringement seriously
CanEHdian (1098955) writes "Texas court-at-law judge identified as William Adams alledgedly put his belt where his mouth was back in 2004 upon his discovery of the alledged crime of alledged copyright infringement perpetrated by his own daughter and committed in his own home. A graphic and disturbing video is included with TFA, reader discretion is advised. A source close to the RIAA, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated "If all American Dads had done that to their kids, piracy would have been eliminated... did I just infringe on a Trademark?"." Link to Original Source
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