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Submission + - Lawsuit Filed Over Domain Name Registered 16 Years Before Plaintiff's Use

HughPickens.com writes: Cybersquatting is registering, selling or using a domain name with the intent of profiting from the goodwill of someone else's trademark. It generally refers to the practice of buying up domain names that use the names of existing businesses with the intent to sell the names for a profit to those businesses. Now Andrew Allmann writes at Domain Name Wire that New York company Office Space Solutions, Inc. has filed a cybersquatting lawsuit against Jason Kneen over the domain name WorkBetter.com that Kneen registered in 1999 although Office Space Solutions didn't use the term “Work Better” in commerce until 2015. "Workbetter.com is virtually identical to, and/or confusingly similar to the WORK BETTER Service Mark, which was distinctive at the time that the Defendant renewed and/or updated the registration of workbetter.com," says the lawsuit. But according to an Office Space Solutions’ filing with the USPTO, it didn’t use the term “Work Better” in commerce until 2015. Office Space Solutions is making the argument that the domain name was renewed in bad faith. According to Kneen, Office Space previously tried to purchase the domain name from him and after it failed to acquire the domain name, is now trying to take it via a lawsuit.

Comment Chinese Recycling (Score 1) 371 371

I find it oddly funny that China doesn't want to buy our "contaminated" garbage, but is perfectly happy to ship us products contaminated with lead and other toxic stuff.

That is the Chinese recycling program at work.
Ship all their toxic crap to the US in the form of contaminated products and then when the US ships it back as "recyclables" deny it entry because it is contaminated with toxic crap.

It's genius really, if you think about it.

Comment Re:They are "volunteers" (Score 1) 180 180

There are no volunteers, or tanks or war in Free Russian republic of Ukraine. This report and all reports like it, and photos are evil conspiracy made by Mr President Obama to destroy Russia and kill her beautiful children. And I am not paid to make comments like these! I enjoy technology news for nerds very much.

Looks like Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf has a new job.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


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Comment Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622 622

For the weekend? Rent an SUV. The problem isn't that you go on a weekend trip with it: it's that you drive it to the store every day.

Rent an SUV? That's your solution? So I should spend an extra $200 (3 day rental + tax & fees) every time I want to take a trip in addition to my monthly car payment just to make you happy?

Sorry bub,
I'm just not that invested in your happiness.

Comment Re:If I were a rich man, yabbaaa doo.... (Score 1) 653 653

I'd create a "Black Pot" award and send it to people - especially politicians and people with political aspirations like Fiorina.

The trouble is, Congress would bankrupt the organization in a month.

Who says you'd have to buy all the pots yourself. I can think of 5-10 I wouldn't mind paying for.

Submission + - How fiber paid its own way in a small Iowa town... ->

taiwanjohn writes: About 20 years ago, my home town had a local referendum on whether or not to upgrade the electrical grid, and we ended up with blisteringly high-speed internet access and cheap, high quality cable TV.

I can't remember if it was funded by a local option sales tax or a normal bond issue... but the local electrical utility got the money to install a fiber net around town to monitor their grid usage at a very fine-grained scale. This, in turn, allowed them to more accurately predict grid load and thus reduce their peak-time purchases off the national grid...

In a nutshell, the project paid for itself ahead of schedule, and Cedar Falls residents got a kickass broadband boost a good decade before the rest of the world.

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Submission + - Can the Internets Haz its Own Political Party?

Strangely Familiar writes: The IParty Democrats is running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to create a political party on the democratic side analogous to the Tea Party. The IParty lists preserving Internet freedoms as one of its main goals. This includes limiting NSA overreach, support for encryption everwhere, and of course net neutrality. (link). The IParty also seeks to increase anti-trust enforcement (e.g. peventing Comcast/Time Warner merger), and use internet forums modeled on Slashdot to increase constituent input. Have the democrats and republicans done enough to protect the Internet, or is there a need for a new party?

Submission + - Cobol Forever!->

mspohr writes: Interesting article in Computerworld about Cobol's die hard fans which include large companies with millions of lines in Cobol code which they keep up to date even though there is a dwindling supply of Cobol coders. One example is Blue Cross:
"The healthcare insurer processes nearly 10% of all healthcare claims in the U.S., and uses six top-of-the line IBM zEnterprise EC12 systems running millions of lines of optimized Cobol to process 19.4 billion online healthcare transactions annually. Its custom-built claims processing engine has been thoroughly modernized and kept up to date, says BCBS of SC vice president and chief technology officer Ravi Ravindra. "It was always in Cobol, and it always will be."
"Cobol was designed to handle transactional workloads, and for large-scale transaction processing it still can't be beat..."
"Some 23 of the world's top 25 retailers, 92 of the top 100 banks, and the 10 largest insurers all entrust core operations to Cobol programs running on IBM mainframes"
So... should we all start learning Cobol?

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Submission + - Hemp fibres make better supercapacitors than graphene->

biodata writes: BBC News is reporting findings published in the journal ACS Nano by Dr David Mitlin's group from Clarkson University, New York.
"We're making graphene-like materials for a thousandth of the price — and we're doing it with waste."
"The hemp we use is perfectly legal to grow. It has no THC in it at all — so there's no overlap with any recreational activities."
Dr. Mitlin's team took waste hemp stems and recycled the material into supercapacitors with performance as good, or better, than those built from graphene, at a fraction of the raw materials cost.

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Submission + - Veep Joe Biden Briefs U.S. Governors on H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

theodp writes: Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it, characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the National Governors Association as "apprenticeships" of sorts that companies provide to foreign workers to expand the Information Technology industry only after proving there are no qualified Americans to fill the jobs. Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year to highly-skilled H-1B visa holders could in fact be done by Americans with no more than a two-year community college degree.

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