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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS 345

Posted by Soulskill
from the scorched-net-policy dept.
schwit1 sends this report from The Verge: Most anti-piracy tools take one of two paths: they either target the server that's sharing the files (pulling videos off YouTube or taking down sites like The Pirate Bay) or they make it harder to find (delisting offshore sites that share infringing content). But leaked documents reveal a frightening line of attack that's currently being considered by the MPAA: What if you simply erased any record that the site was there in the first place? To do that, the MPAA's lawyers would target the Domain Name System that directs traffic across the internet.

The tactic was first proposed as part of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2011, but three years after the law failed in Congress, the MPAA has been looking for legal justification for the practice in existing law and working with ISPs like Comcast to examine how a system might work technically. If a takedown notice could blacklist a site from every available DNS provider, the URL would be effectively erased from the internet. No one's ever tried to issue a takedown notice like that, but this latest memo suggests the MPAA is looking into it as a potentially powerful new tool in the fight against piracy.

Comment: Re:I speak Ukrainian (Score 1) 142

by dunkelfalke (#48611415) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

No, it cannot be said.
Certainly not about English, because it would mean that a majority of English speaking population would usually talk mostly using words from a closely related language - that would be what, Frisian? - with English accent and grammar.

That might maybe happen in Scotland, where English and Scots might intermix in this way, but this kind of speaking is far from majority.

It certainly is not the way here in Germany, people won't, for example, speak Dutch using German grammar and accent. They either speak Niederdeutsch or standard German. They might speak more or less in a dialect, but a dialect is not a language, Ukrainian is certainly not just a Russian dialect, they are several grammatical differences like the vocative case which Russian lost half a century ago.

It doesn't work for Russian at all, Russians don't usually mix their language with other closely related languages. Only when they try to learn that closely related language as a foreign language this might happen.

It can come out this way in former Yugoslavia, because the language there is mostly a dialect continuum and the languages are really only separated for political reasons - with the exception of Slovenian (which lies between South and West Slavic languages, that is between, say, Slovak, and Croatian) and Macedonian (which is closer to Bulgarian).

Slavic languages are a hobby of mine so I do know a lot about them and can speak several.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 293

by dunkelfalke (#48611209) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Am I?

Economic theories are not falsifiable, economic theories assume a human model (homo oeconomicus) that has nothing in common with real humans. Economists don't use scientific methods for experiments. Either you can't see it because you are an economist and was brainwashed to believe that economics is a science or you are misguided by applied mathematics used by them.

Comment: Re:Interesting, but ... (Score 1) 142

by dunkelfalke (#48608601) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

The English say yes, the French oui, the Germans ja, the Spanish si, the Russians da, the Japanese hai, the Portugese sim, the Polish tak... is there a value to this?

In fact there is. Because the apparently simple concepts you have listed are not quite the same. Polish "tak" comes, in fact, from the same protoslavic word that means "so (it is)" which exists in every Slavic language in the same or nearly the same form (tak, tako, taka), so a Croat or a Russian or a Czech would understand it as a kind of a confirmation, but other Slavic languages use a different word for a simple affirmation. Czech and Slovak use "ano", which comes, I think, from the protoslavic "that one" and all the rest uses a form of "da", which comes from a protoslavic word meaning something like "in order to". Matter of fact, ancient Czech and Polish had "da" as well, it just fell out of use.

You can already see, I love Slavic languages.

Japanese "hai" doesn't necessarily mean "yes". It often means "I hear you" or "I understand what you are saying".

Comment: Re:I speak Ukrainian (Score 1) 142

by dunkelfalke (#48607751) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Many people say that they speak Ukrainian. Most of them speak either an ugly mongrel of Russian vocabulary with Ukrainian grammar and pronunciation or an ugly mongrel of Polish vocabulary with Ukrainian grammar and pronunciation.

I wish that if they use that kind of a mixed language, they'd use Czech words instead of Polish ones - they are far less ugly and closer in phonetics.

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