Re: Another way to describe indirect infringement...
I'd be seriously surprised if there's anyone using Usenet for porn (especially images). All the porn groups got totally overrun by spambots sometime in the 1990s, and are totally worthless for anyone actually seeking porn.
Re: Darrell Beavers is a pedophile - yes that's true
The guy is a scumbag, no doubt there, but before you go off on your misguided vigilante justice assault, better check your definitions. Pedophilia is defined as sexual attraction to prepubescent children. His victim was 17, it's highly unlikely they were prepubescent.
So handing out fliers branding him a pedophile would land you some handy defamation charges, and since you're probably not a cop, you'd end up in jail far, far longer than he'll spend over them.
Also, that crazy EU judgement (not a law!) would not protect Beavers either. Criminal convictions of this nature would remain in the public interest. Hell, some EU countries have sex registry requirements themselves (The UK does, not sure about others.)
I ran into this myself last year. I have a server that my route to it from Comcast went through Cogent. And during peak hours it was dial-up speeds. In the graph below I was doing backups continuously for nearly 24 hours straight (there's a gap in there where one finished and I hadn't started the new one yet). The graph matches the stuff MLab found:
And not only the privacy implications, have you looked at how CurrentC works? The terminal will display a QR code, then you have to run the CurrentC app on your smartphone, and let it use the camera to scan the QR code to pay. WTF? This is going to be so inconvenient I doubt it'll get very much usage at all. I know I wouldn't even consider trying it.
They probably should, even if they're inclined not to. Facebook could escalate this easily by applying an IP block to all .gov addresses, or just figure out the DEA's IP ranges and block those. Sure they could still get through using VPNs and such, but it would make life much, much harder for the DEA.
Not to mention Facebook could also add a warning to profiles created from .gov address ranges: "This profile was created from a US government computer and may not be who it claims to be." Since very few government IPs should be used for creating Facebook accounts, this could work well. And yes, the DEA could get around this too, but it would again make things harder for them.
At some point the benefits to the DEA wouldn't be worth continuing to fight it.
The chlorination level is different, just like a chlorinated pool has much higher chlorine levels than tap water (when it's treated by chlorine, there are other ways of killing off the microorganisms in it). At higher levels more can get left on the chicken itself, and chlorine is NOT a nice chemical to deal with. That's what people are concerned about.
In fact, Brocious isn’t the only one who knows his tricks. His former employer, a startup that sought to reverse engineer Onity’s hotel front desk system and offer a cheaper and more interoperable product, sold the intellectual property behind Brocious’s hack to the locksmith training company the Locksmith Institute (LSI) for $20,000 last year.
From what I can tell, Onity is one of the major players in hotel locks (they also get used in student dorms on college campuses), so even if they are the cheapest, it's not like they were buying crap from someone selling knock-offs out of the back of his car.
But hey, it's easier to blame the victim and make assumptions than to actually check this stuff out, right?
I don't know about the overlay that covered TechDirt's site, but I pulled up the battleforthenet.com site in another tab to read through the letter and submit later. Then I noticed that it will not let me click in the form fields so that one's worthless if they want me to participate. Maybe you could ping them and tell them it's got a problem? Or provide some kind of direct link in one of those posts today?
I don't even care about the NFL and have already seen at least one article pointing out someone is lying about if and when the NFL saw the newly released video. From news reports back in May you see reports that the NFL reviewed all video available, including everything the police had, stuff not released to the public. Yet now they're saying they didn't see this one. Hmmm...
On the plus side, Goodell has said they screwed this one up initially and it gave them the chance for a redo with appropriate penalties. So maybe it works out overall.
Got to love those overlays linking to other videos
I love how the overlays begging you to click on them for other videos cover up the entire damn video. And you can't close the top one in the embed, since the top dropdown covers the X you need to click every time you move your mouse over the video.
Worked okay on YouTube, but what's the point of the huge overlays lasting the entire video? Why post it at all if you're just going to cover it up with crap.
The fact that Steeles recent remodel on his McMansion has lead to the builder placing a lien to get paid clouds the future. It could be calculated to make it look like he is broke. It could be calculated as part of the run away plan. It could be he shuffled the money so far and lost control of it to shady men who offered to help hide it.
Given his past actions with Prenda/etc., I'd think it's probably he has some "brilliant" plan to avoid paying and getting away with it.
I wish that I had your certainty of the way things are. Seems just as likely for the moment that the officer fired in self defense against someone who assaulted him, tried to take his gun, and was coming back for more.
Doesn't really matter what the reality is, that's the impression the local residents have, particularly the black ones. The police has to deal with that reality, and needs to handle things as if it was true to help calm the situation. There's a time to insist on resolving the truth of the issue, and that day will come, but it hasn't come yet. Right now trying to defend the cop, or paint the black kid in a bad light (e.g. the thing with him allegedly stealing cigars), is just pouring fuel onto the fire.
I'd have agreed with you once upon a time, after all the Snowden revelations, I have trouble dismissing claims of agent provocateurs. It's less crazy than a lot of the stuff we know the government's really doing nowadays. :(
What I mean, exactly, is perhaps firing every single officer and head of law enforcement in the city. It would be an extreme measure, but if the police are the ones disturbing the peace, getting rid of them all and hiring new ones from, say, the ranks of the peaceful protestors would go a long way towards restoring the peace. It would fix one of the main problems and get some cool heads in that are ready to fix the other big problem: police militarization.
The local police are a big part of the problem. I particularly liked how they decided to stir up things AGAIN last Friday by releasing the info that Brown was suspecting of robbing a convenience store of some cigars. Even though the justice department asked them to not do so. Given the timing (Thursday the Governor put the Highway Patrol in charge and things calmed down), it seemed to be nothing but pure spite.
Now there is also the problem of people coming in to riot and loot, most of which are apparently outsiders. But the local police just keep egging things along and making it worse. I would imagine the Governor's about had it with them.
I wasn't aware of that case, but I can't see any way they can claim copyright on the video created by someone other than themselves. It would seem to me that the copyright holder on those Vines and other videos made with a fan's own phone just can't belong to the EPL. That case just makes that much clearer. If they're going to send takedown notices (they'll probably use the DMCA, even though they're not in the US), then they'll be lying when they say they own the copyright.
Now they might have some kind of trademark claim over the uniforms/etc. shown in the clips. But since the vast majority of the clips will be used non-commercially, even that is pretty bogus.
All around it just seems insanely stupid and not even what the law really allows.