Also true in this case. The black bar just overlays, still existing, text. Highlight, copy and paste, reveals the underlying text. Newspapers should have all their reporters take a tutorial on redaction methods.
This trademark would also apply to clothing. What upsets me is that if this trademark survives I will no longer be able to buy my girlfriend a sexy candy striper dress to satisfy my fetish for, well, sexy candy stripers. I am outraged and will submit my opposition to the USPTO today!
Apart from the whole ubiquitous word issue, Candy Land was the first thing to come to mind upon reading this. I played this as a child, which probably dates me. Hasbro own the rights to this game and still markets it. However, King's "candy" trademark does not apply to board games but only to games on electronic devices (e.g. computers and smart phones). The interesting thing is that Hasbro also sells Candy Land on DVD to be played on a TV. This is not interactive enough to be called a video game but it does conflict with following claim in King's trademark filing: "Video disks and video tapes with recorded animated cartoons". Also, I don't see how Hasbro can be prevented from marketing an actual video game based on Candy Land.
There seems to be a conflict if Hasbro decided to market "Candy Land" in just about any way on electronic media and particularly if they wanted to market electronic equipment or clothing by slapping "Candy Land" on the device or item. If Hasbro takes notice, I don't see how this service mark can survive the 30-day opposition period. Since it is likely there will be an, Adam Sandler, movie based on Candy Land, I am sure that Hasbro will not ignore this.
Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,
I think not. Prokofy Neva's writing style and strategy is to wear down critics, opponents, other trolls with a stream of seemingly never-ending verbiage that contains hints of extensive knowledge but is overall, not cohesive and often crosses the border into incoherency. You can never win playing on that field. Instead, you should counter-troll by utilizing tactics similar to when multiple photos of her real-life face were created floating in the sky above her Second Life abode. OOTb has a couple similar characteristics but cannot approach the epic troll capability of Prokofy Neva.
Isn't warning the populace about dangerous weather one of the main reasons for the Emergency Alert System (EAS). As far as I know TWC isn't part of that system except as yet another media outlet.
An aside: My six year old son watches cartoons on Youtube and on 2 occasions I have overheard the emergency alert system go off, warning about potential tornadoes in the local area. Obviously, the cartoon had been recorded off a TV in the heartland of the U.S. which is alternatively known as Tornado Alley. So, whoever posted the Youtube video didn't care that it was interrupted by a severe weather warning. They still posted it to Youtube. Amazing! Now my son, who will never witness a tornado unless he moves away from the area, has experienced an emergency alert for one.
encryption only used between handset and cell tower
To put the NSA monitoring of cell phone (and landline) traffic in the U.S. into perspective, there are two ways to do this. Encryption only comes to play between the mobile phone hand set and the base transceiver station (the local cell tower). The contents of a call is not encrypted within the trunks and switching equipment of the telecoms. Since it appears the NSA has it talons, and high capacity Narus monitoring equipment within the telecom infrastucture, they don't have to bother with decrypting call contents. The only reason they would bother to monitor handset/tower communications is where they don't have such core access or perhaps when they have a particular target.
The news is about why the telecoms don't fix a well known security weakness, not that there is a weakness. Publicly known attacks against A5/1 have been known since 1994. Undoubtedly, the NSA and GCHQ were able to crack this from the time of it's initial adoption in GSM. The following is from the Wikipedia entry for A5/1:
"According to professor Jan Arild Audestad, at the standardization process which started in 1982, A5/1 was originally proposed to have a key length of 128 bits. At that time, 128 bits was projected to be secure for at least 15 years. It is now estimated that 128 bits would in fact also still be secure as of 2014. Audestad, Peter van der Arend, and Thomas Haug says that the British insisted on weaker encryption, with Haug saying he was told by the British delegate that this was to allow the British secret service to eavesdrop more easily. The British proposed a key length of 48 bits, while the West Germans wanted stronger encryption to protect against East German spying, so the compromise became a key length of 56 bits."
Firstly, I would think a home security camera recording would not fall under this law because the recording is incidental. At least in my view it is incidental although I can see how it could be argued that it wasn't. I would also presume that if someone was charged because their home security camera caught a burglar, the public outcry would be tremendous. Given that,let's get to the comparison. Take a look at South Carolina law and be impressed at how harshly burglary is punished. Since this recording law only is triggered for 1st and 2nd degree burglary, (I don't really see how this type of burglary is automatically considered a violent crime but South Carolina does) the comparison must start there. 2nd degree burglary is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment compared to a 5 year max for recording it. 1st degree burglary, which includes night-time burglary with no priors, is punishable by an amazing minimum of 15 years to life.
I remember, while growing up, during the revolutionary days of the late 60s and early 70s that people would bomb the towers supporting long distance power transmission lines. My idea was to shoot cables over the lines with a crossbow to short them out. Not that I ever thought about doing that seriously. I am not even sure that would work. The, rather conservative, dad of a friend of mine in high school, who was a civil engineer, said that somehow allowing the pumps that pumped water from the Central Valley in California over the Tehachapi mountains to LA to run in reverse would destroy those pumps which would take weeks to repair. Nowadays, one may be able to do that via the Internet but you cannot ignore physical security. Cybersecurity is very sexy these days and the media loves to focus on it and the expert color commentators they use, who are probably likely to profit, find this a great way stoke FUD.
I suspect whoever did this substation attack has similar motivations. The group that did this had some knowledge about the systems but not enough to show that it was some kind of insider attack. Four years ago, some fiber optic cables were cut nearby in San Jose cutting communications to parts of Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County. That may have been an insider attack though (authorities still don't know who or why). All the heavy equipment at Granite Rock's Quail Hollow sand quarry in Santa Cruz county, CA were damaged when someone put a substance into the gas tanks which was very effective in destroying the engines. This happened, I think, last spring around the time of the substation attack.
Silicone Valley Area – Adjacent to City of San Jose, CA – Between US 101 and a 600 MW Calpine generating plant. Communication vaults for two communications providers damaged prior to substation attack. AT&T first. Then Level 3 Communications. Fiber cut flush with conduit entrance to vault to make repairs more difficult. Team apparently brought ladders or ropes to access the Level 3 vault. Although utility communications went through those vaults the utility has alternate communications paths through microwave communication links. Communications to substation was not interrupted. 911 communications affected by the communications interruptions. Communications cut off to closest three towns from AT&T cut. Generating plant communications cut off by Level 3 vault attack. Fence alarm detection, cameras on fence line, card reader access through fence. Fence alarms triggered three times due to bullets hitting fence. Attackers never entered substation. More than 120 - 7.62x39 rifle rounds fired at autotransformers. 10 of 11 – 500/230 kV transformers and 3 of 4 – 230/115 kV transformers damaged and taken out of service. Only energized transformers shot. Shots fired primarily low on the radiators. > 51,000 gals of oil spilled. Transformers tripped due to high temperature or low oil as cooling lost. First alarms came in about one minute after first shots detected. Appears to have been a team of multiple people not just one or two. Spotters, shooters, communications attack, etc.
I believe in scientific research and I have been a subject in many research studies as part of an internship I had at NIH. I think the roadside survey study is useful so that law enforcement doesn't get to justify laws and programs based just on their hunch. In particular, we are going to be faced more and more with DUI enforcement where drug use and not alcohol is the underlying cause. There is a push by law enforcement to have zero-tolerance laws or policies for illegal drugs without understanding the real nature of any impairment to driving by those drugs.
I do not support the police being involved in the roadside survey. However, I am also trying to clear up misconceptions about the program. The police are only used to direct traffic from the road onto the survey site. They are not present on the survey site. Anyone you deal with on the survey site, including the person who directs cars to a parking spot, is not going to be law enforcement. At this point you should be able to see signs, and be told, that this is a voluntary survey and be able to drive back onto the road without participating or even stopping.
This study is a difficult one because it requires inconveniencing people while they are driving somewhere. The statistical accuracy of the study is dependent upon a high percentage of those asked, to actually participate. Again, I think it is a mistake for them to use the police to encourage participation. They should realize that this tactic will backfire and end up being counter-productive.
All human research has to comply with guidelines set by the government. There is no exception for research sponsored or contracted by a government agency. The NHTSA would be forced to cancel the roadside surveys if they were found to be lying about how the collected samples were being analyzed. Anyone who was responsible would be losing their jobs, at least. I don't know what specific criminal charges could apply. The full testing methodology is laid out in the following document: http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/811237.pdf
You may choose to distrust each and every part of the government, but I would rather pick and choose my battles and my distrust. With total distrust you end up living in a never-ending web of conspiracy theories with no hope for resolution. This year has uncovered tons of things that, prior to insider leaking, might well have been considered fringe conspiracy theories. Despite all that I feel more hopeful for the future because it seems the average citizen does have power and there will always be whistleblowers with the courage to speak out when there is a need.
Urmann and his henchman, Daniel Sebastian, are sleaze-bag lawyers par excellence. They have claimed that the method for uncovering IP addresses is a trade secret and is also covered under attorney-client privilege. There is a question now whether The Archive has the full property rights needed to sue for infringement. The 10 films in question are supposedly still being marketed as their own by Combat Zone, the American company that produced the films.
Itguards, supposedly the company that created the software to divine the IP addresses from Redtube, has its headquarters in a mailbox in downtown San Jose, CA. For locals, the mailbox is rented out by NextSpace, an office sharing/tech community building business housed in the same building as the Gordon Biersch brewery
The cops are only used to direct traffic off the road and onto the survey site. There is supposed to be a sign, or signs, that say "Voluntary Survey". A driver seeing that sign can ignore, non-police, traffic directors on the site and continue back onto the road without stopping. Sometimes the local cops won't agree to direct traffic and the survey staff have to do this themselves. I think they should always direct traffic themselves, because you cannot get away from an implied obligation to stop when law enforcement is directing traffic.
I would personally stop and participate in these surveys if I ran across one. However, If I didn't know about the study beforehand, my hackles would raise and I would be looking for permission, like a sign, to exit. In California, at least, law enforcement has to give advance notice of a drunk driving checkpoint and allow for an alternative route once a driver can see the checkpoint. I have and will always take that alternative route just on principal.
You don't even have to stop, you can drive right past the survey. The setup, particularly with police directing traffic, just makes it look like your required to stop. Previous roadside survey reports include the number of those who didn't stop at all. Nothing is going to happen to you as a result.
lollipops crayons and paper for any kids dog biscuits for the dogs $50 for a driver's blood sample $10 for a driver's saliva sample $5 for a driver to participate in an alcohol use survey $5 for each passenger over 16 that participates in a survey $100 for a subset of those who refused initially to reconsider taking part.
So, a driver can earn up to $65 normally and some may be able to earn $165. Money orders are used for payouts. Additionally, if you're an out-of-towner and driving drunk, they will put you up for free in a local hotel/motel.
I think people who run across this keep thinking there is a DNA test because they collect saliva with a swab which most people associate with DNA testing. If you look at the test methodology for this study at the NHTSA website, you can see they only do drug testing with the saliva. If there is a blood test as well they compare the two to help evaluate the efficacy of the saliva test. Sure, they could be sneaky about it, but given that they could use the blood for DNA analysis or test the pen you held for DNA.
Human research always requires informed permission which is done with a signature. There are innumerable human research studies that are blind or double blind and anonymous as well. Anonymous research still requires that signature. What it does mean is the documentation with the signature is kept from anyone who looks at, or analysis, the test results. The NHTSA, and PIRE, are claiming that the passive alcohol test does not require a signature because it is just observational, and not invasive. I disagree with this strongly, and they should realize it undermines trust in the study participants which is something that agency needs for the studies to be useful. Here's a tip: If you don't want to be tested passively for alcohol, do not breath closely towards the PDA that is being held by the initial interviewer. That PDA has the sensor velcro'd to the bottom.
The police should not be involved. They are there supposedly just to ensure safety but I suspect they are also being used as a persuasion tactic to increase participation. Increased participation makes the study more statistically accurate. The use of the police will end up being counter-productive in an era where trust of the government is pretty damn low.
One new vaccine type was missed here and is missing from the linked Atlantic article. A DNA vaccine takes the RNA for a gene from the target flu virus, makes DNA via reverse transcription, inserts that DNA segment into a plasmid, reproduces that plasmid in bacteria, purifies those plasmids from the bacteria to produce a vaccine. I took part in a clinical trial for a DNA vaccine last year at Stanford. These are quickly produced and offers other advantages or traditional flu vaccines. I have not seen the results of that study yet. I was thinking they would inform me, but results may have been published and I simply haven't searched for them. It could be totally misleading to judge this on a single anecdotal result, but last year was the only year in a long time where I avoided the flu completely.