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Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?

TheNextCorner Re:Should have just held it a little early... (247 comments)

I'm going to have to see a birth certificate to validate your UID.

You want tax returns with that birth certificate too..?

more than 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

TheNextCorner Re:don't get fickle now (667 comments)

And as an attorney and someone who publishes stuff herself, she should know that every work is subject to copyright, and that if she can't see where someone has granted her license to use it without asking, she can safely assume that running off with it and using it as part of her own material is infringement, plain and simple.

Especially as she is running Wordpress with a plugin which protects her writing from copyright infringements herself! From the source: !-- Copyright protection script by daveligthart.com --

more than 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

TheNextCorner Re:Ludicrous (667 comments)

That said, this is a clear example of the problems with the DMCA. Had the photographer contacted the website admin and requested the picture be taken down or permissions be negotiated before submitting a formal takedown, this whole situation may have been avoided (depending on just how crazy the woman is).

You know how much time is spend on trying to reach each and every website owner who is infringing on your copyright if you have a couple of hundred pictures being used by them? Following up on all these request can be a timely manner, where the DMCA just is a time saver for the right holder. I've been through the former a couple of times, and have website owners changed their credit to me fairly easily in a couple of times. However, the majority of the times you are confronted with a snarky email or no response at all. I even had a magazine claiming the copyright through their T&C's, while the picture had a clear watermark. After I contacted them with an invoice, they laughed it off. So I'm still working to take them to the cleaners. No, I think that Jay Lee had every right to send the DMCA request.

more than 2 years ago
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Senators To Unveil the 'Ex-Patriot Act' To Respond To Facebook's Saverin

TheNextCorner Re:Not Just Saverin (716 comments)

Even more, as a green card holder, you also need to file taxes over your global income when you don't live in the US anymore. This does not only applies to US citizens! However, it's much easier to renounce a green card than citizenship.

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

TheNextCorner Re:Maaaaaan... (737 comments)

The Add under the article leads to a site wrapping Gimp with Crapware, toolbars and other installers. here is a screenshot of the ad, don't download it from Download-nation.com!

more than 2 years ago
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Google Merges Google+ Into Search

TheNextCorner Re:Good job, Google (279 comments)

All this means is that I will never again sign into my Google accounts in my browser. You can't give me screwed up results if you don't know who I am. If it gets too much worse, I'm probably just going to bail altogether. Thanks, Google.

They will already have: - a cookie on your computer, so Google knows who you are - you have a toolbar installed, so Google knows who you are - you are using Chrome, so Google knows who you are - you are searching on an android device, so Google knows who you are It's all about the data..!!

more than 2 years ago
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Google Accused of Interfering With South Korean FTC Investigation

TheNextCorner Re:"If this was Microsoft" (186 comments)

In so many arguments I hear: "But Google is open, they are providing a useful service to the customer". Just read this really great article: http://www.seobook.com/transparency and judge for yourself how open Google is. The reason the EU anti-trust commission is interested in Google, is because of abuse of dominant power in one industry, entering and killing off competition in another industry through free- or predatory pricing.

more than 2 years ago
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Asteroid Passes Closer To Earth Than the Moon on Nov 8

TheNextCorner Re:WERE DOOMED (169 comments)

Speaking of doomed, wasn't someone predicting the end of the world on October 25th?

And that "someone" has dissapeared. At the same time, the rapture has been postponed to December 24th 2012.

more than 2 years ago
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Asteroid Passes Closer To Earth Than the Moon on Nov 8

TheNextCorner Re:Great base for a space station (169 comments)

But wouldn't the cost of building the equipment to capture one of these puppies be much higher than what the materials bring up? I cannot even imagine how you would be able to capture one asteroid traveling a couple thousand M/hr in space.

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. millionaires say $7 million not enough to be

TheNextCorner Re:Do the math (3 comments)

Agree, it depends where you live and the cost of living in that area if $7M is a fortune..

about 3 years ago
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Technology helping Leukemia victim

TheNextCorner Re:Oh really!? (2 comments)

Thanks for the grammar lesson.. Maybe no News, Still I think it's stuff that matters

about 3 years ago
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SEO Via DNS "Piggybacking"

TheNextCorner Re:My hobby (74 comments)

Only 1% of websites get all search engine traffic. The rest of us, 99%, has to deal with scraps..

about 3 years ago
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Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

TheNextCorner Can we get AT&T to start using this (2 comments)

I need this while riding the cal train. AT&T can really need a boost in wifi on their 3G . Their network sucks

more than 3 years ago

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Translation from Bullshit to English of Selected Portions of the Google Chrome B

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheNextCorner (2152406) writes "My favorites:

Is this new browser engine going to fragment the web platform's compatibility more?
Yes.
We intend to distract people from this obvious problem by continually implying that our as-yet unwritten replacement is somehow much better and more sophisticated than the rendering engine that until yesterday was more than good enough to permit us to achieve total dominance of the Windows desktop browsing market in less than two years.


How does this affect web standards?
We have sufficient market share on the desktop that a few months from now, we will be in a position to unilaterally dictate them.
We hope to leverage this control to achieve the same dominance in mobile eventually.

Is this going to be open source?
Not really.
....
In practice, this allows us to call the project "open" while simultaneously ensuring Google will be the only effective contributor to the Chrome and Blink source now and in the future. We've had enormous success co-opting the language of open source in the past to imply our products are better, and we aim to continue with that strategy.

Why is this is good for me as a web developer?
It isn't. Our primary goal is to use your development efforts as leverage against our competitors. See 1.9."

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Save the Web from software patents

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  about 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "PersonalWeb's software patent suit against Github and others threatens the freedom of the Web. In order to make sure that the Web can remain a free and accessible space for everyone, we need to rid ourselves of all the patents that threaten its viability. We need to end software patents."
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How We Nearly Lost Discovery Space Shuttle

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Now that Discovery is safely delivered to the Smithsonian, I think I can tell the story of how we nearly lost her in July of 2005, and how well-intentioned, highly motivated, hard-working, smart people can miss the most obvious."
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United lost a 10 year old child in minor service, outsourced the service

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "United was flying Phoebe as an unaccompanied minor on June 30th, from San Francisco to Chicago, with a transfer to Grand Rapids. No one showed-up in Chicago to help her transfer, so although her plane made it, she missed the connection. Most crucially, United employees consistently refused to take action to help assist or comfort Phoebe or to help her parents locate her despite their cries for help to numerous United employees.

"When he asked why she could not say but put him on hold. When she came back she told him that in fact the unaccompanied minor service in Chicago simply “forgot to show up” to transfer her to the next flight. He was dumbfounded as neither of us had been told in writing or in person that United outsourced the unaccompanied minor services to a third party vendor.""

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Could a Hurricane 5 take down East Coast data centers

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "With more data moving into the Cloud, there is an increasing danger of data loss when one of these cloud computing data centers fails. Hurricanes pose a real thread for data centers located in North Virginia and Carolina, where Google, Apple & Facebook have opened large data centers. Could a Hurricane 5 become a problem for these cloud data centers and take down the Internet?"
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Apollo Moon flags still standing, images show

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Images taken by a Nasa spacecraft show that the American flags planted in the Moon's soil by Apollo astronauts are mostly still standing.

Each of the Apollo missions planted an American flag in the soil at their landing sites.

Scientists had previously examined photos of the Apollo landing sites for the flags, and had seen what looked like shadows cast by them on the lunar surface.

Now, researchers have studied photos of the landing sites taken at different points during the day (and under different illuminations) and have observed shadows circling the points where the flags are thought to be."

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Why you shouldn't write off Google+ just yet

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Cmdr Taco write for The Washington Post on "Why you shouldn't write off Google+ just yet.

"Google+ is technically better than its rivals in a number of key ways. The user interface is comfortable and friendly. It’s easy to maintain circles of contacts, and to segregate what you share with each group. Discussions of small-to-medium sizes are manageable and readable — even in real time. Facebook wins when it comes to the open graph and app ecosystem, but a lot of people don’t care about that stuff.""

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Rob CmdrTaco Malda AMA on Reddit

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner (2152406) writes "In 1997 I started Slashdot.org. For several years, we pioneered news aggregation and on-line communities while exploring our niche of the 'net under the slogan, "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters." Our work was later expanded upon at countless other more successful sites including Reddit and the Huffington Post.
I left Slashdot last year, took a long time off, and then started work at the Washington Post Co's WaPo Labs their digital media R&D skunkworks group. I work as their Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large, contributing what I can to a variety of projects ranging from their Social Reader, to some projects under development. From here I am able to continue to explore my interests in news, journalism, technology, and communities.
Today you can find me on twitter as @cmdrtaco and on Google+ as +Rob Malda where I continue to curate the same sort 'Stuff that Matters' that I was sharing long before Slashdot existed, but without any pressure.
I'll hopefully be answering from 2pm-5pm ET.ho"

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Criminalizing links: Why the Richard O'Dwyer case matters

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Will Hollywood succeed in ruining the Internet?

"The U.S. government is trying to extradite O’Dwyer to the United States to face charges of criminal copyright infringement.
While MegaUpload hosted terabytes worth of "infringing" files, O’Dwyer simply linked to them — but in the eyes of the U.S. Justice Department, these two things are virtually equivalent. If the case proceeds, it could force us to change the way we think about some of the fundamental underpinnings of the web."

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How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Open source software has been a key player in all kinds of disruptive technologies — from the Web to big data. Now the nascent and growing open source hardware movement is helping to power its own disruptive revolution.

The potential of 3D printing to transform the way we get things — the market is predicted to hit $3.1 billion in the next four years. But not much of that attention has focused on the unique role of open source hardware in enabling 3D printing to realize its promise."

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GoDaddy: DMCA Overreactor Extraordinaire

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "A recent Slashdot story, about a photographer threatened with lawsuits because he was sending DMCA take down notices, got more attention to the policies of GoDaddy.
GoDaddy takes down the full account of the infringing website, which could have the effect that other websites are taken down. see story here.
The lesson should be: Don't take images of the Internet which you don't have the copyright for!"

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Ariba Acquired by SAP for $4.3 B

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "SAP will purchase cloud-networking vendor Ariba for roughly $4.3 billion, a move widely seen as giving SAP additional muscle with regard to business-cloud offerings.
SAP believes the acquisition will allow it to bake cloud-based collaboration into its current products. Ariba’s network connects thousands of companies, and enables and automates billions of dollars in commerce transactions and collaborations."

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Interview Ross Gardler, mentor on the Apache OpenOffice Incubator project

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "The Foundation only exists to provide a legal entity in which the project can exist. It doesn’t exist to control the project, or babysit the project, or make sure the project succeeds. That’s entirely up to the community. So the community does have to become part of the Apache Software Foundation in order to get the most from it."
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How will kids use technology in school if these are lacking the adoption of it

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Using the cloud in an education context seems like a no-brainer. Teachers could send homework and permission slips “home” via Google Docs or Dropbox, no longer relying on a crumpled slip of paper in a 7-year-old’s backpack to communicate with parents.
However, integrating the cloud into our current education system is far more difficult than setting up a few accounts. Indeed, a couple of major roadblocks, peculiar to America’s public education system, stand in the way."

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Can we resurrect Leisure Suit Larry?

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "The team that created Leisure Suit Larry 1 has been reassembled to create a 2012 "Reloaded" version.
So please help us make LEISURE SUIT LARRY IN THE LAND OF THE LOUNGE LIZARDS: the 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION a perverted, hilarious reality."

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Google's New 'Account Activity' Is a Sham

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Google Account Activity is Google's fairly transparent attempt to differentiate itself from Facebook by being open about what it knows about you. But in their attempt to not overwhelm you with the truly scary amount of data they have compiled about you, they boiled it all down into a super accessible milquetoast of a dashboard that tells you absolutely nothing."
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9,000 Nazi war criminals fled to South America after WWII

TheNextCorner TheNextCorner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheNextCorner writes "Nine thousand Nazi war criminals fled to South America after the Second World War

German prosecutors were recently granted access to secret files in Brazil and Chile that confirmed the true number of Third Reich immigrants.

According to the documents, an estimated 9,000 war criminals escaped to South America, including Croatians, Ukrainians, Russians and other western Europeans who aided the Nazi murder machine."

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