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+ - Defending Privacy Doesn't Pay: Cdn Court Lets Copyright Troll Off the Hook->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Canadian court has issued its ruling on the costs in the Voltage — TekSavvy case, a case involving the demand for the names and address of thousands of TekSavvy subscribers by Voltage on copyright infringement grounds. Last year, the court opened the door to TekSavvy disclosing the names and addresses, but also established new safeguards against copyright trolling in Canada. The court awarded only a fraction of the costs sought by TekSavvy, which sends a warning signal to ISPs that getting involved in these cases can lead to significant costs that won't be recouped. That is a bad message for privacy. So is the likely outcome for future cases (should they arise) with subscribers left with fewer notices and information from their ISP given the costs involved and the court's decision to not compensate for those costs."
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+ - Google: Our new system for recognizing faces is the best->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Last week, a trio of Google researchers published a paper on a new artificial intelligence system dubbed FaceNet that it claims represents the most-accurate approach yet to recognizing human faces. FaceNet achieved nearly 100-percent accuracy on a popular facial-recognition dataset called Labeled Faces in the Wild, which includes more than 13,000 pictures of faces from across the web. Trained on a massive 260-million-image dataset, FaceNet performed with better than 86 percent accuracy.

The approach Google’s researchers took goes beyond simply verifying whether two faces are the same. Its system can also put a name to a face—classic facial recognition—and even present collections of faces that look the most similar or the most distinct."

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+ - AdBlock Plus Responds To Play Store Ban->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Yesterday Google began removing ad-blocking apps from its Play Store on the grounds that they violate part of its Developer Distribution Agreement. Now one of the removed apps, AdBlock Plus, has hit back publicly at what it dubs a "unilateral move by Google", putting out a statement slamming Mountain View for threatening consumer choice.

"By unilaterally removing these apps, Google is stepping all over the checks and balances that make the Internet democratic. People should be really alarmed by this move," said Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus in the statement.

"I realize that advertising revenue is important to Google, but understand that AdBlock Plus does not automatically block all ads; we simply allow users the choice whether to block ads or whitelist them."

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+ - Obama administration sets new record for denying, censoring government files->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by the AP.

The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.

It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was challenged.

Its backlog of unanswered requests at year's end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000. It also cut by 375, or about 9 percent, the number of full-time employees across government paid to look for records. That was the fewest number of employees working on the issue in five years.

The government's new figures, published Tuesday, covered all requests to 100 federal agencies during fiscal 2014 under the Freedom of Information law, which is heralded globally as a model for transparent government. They showed that despite disappointments and failed promises by the White House to make meaningful improvements in the way it releases records, the law was more popular than ever. Citizens, journalists, businesses and others made a record 714,231 requests for information. The U.S. spent a record $434 million trying to keep up. It also spent about $28 million on lawyers' fees to keep records secret."

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Comment: Re:So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 5, Insightful) 107

A company tries to get their product to be more popular. Sounds like a good strategy. .

Or in other words, of course they are trying to be king of internet search. And its not a 'covert' attempt, nor is Cortana a 'Trojan Horse" as called in the article. Its clearly Microsoft. In fact, I think this is an intentionally "in your face" strategy, not covert.

But some writers like the idea of secretive strategies, enough to invent them.

Comment: Re:Wind is (Score 1) 262

by Mr D from 63 (#49253759) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years
Two renewable energy resources, both focal points to today's green energy planning, both subsidized in similar manners. Neither can stand on its own due to intermittent.

Nope, I can't think of one single reason they can be compared against each other.

I guess you are wondering why it is done all the time.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan