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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds 155

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the can-we-just-fix-copyright-already dept.
Via TorrentFreak comes news that Google is now being asked to remove one million links per day (or an average of one takedown notice every 8ms). In 2008, they received one takedown request approximately every six days. From the article: The massive surge in removal requests is not without controversy. It’s been reported that some notices reference pages that contain no copyrighted material, due to mistakes or abuse, but are deleted nonetheless. Google has a pretty good track record of catching these errors, but since manual review of all links is unachievable, some URLs are removed in error. ... The issue has also piqued the interest of U.S. lawmakers. Earlier this year the House Judiciary Subcommittee had a hearing on the DMCA takedown issue, and both copyright holders, Internet service providers, and other parties are examining what they can do to optimize the process. In the meantime, the number of removal requests is expected to rise and rise, with 10 million links per week being the next milestone.

Comment: Re:Um, they're going to be awful this year (Score 2) 31

by StupendousMan (#47635801) Attached to: The Meteors You've Waited All Year For

When the Moon is full, it rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. Each day, the Moon rises (and sets) about one hour later. So, 2 or 3 days after the full Moon, the Moon will rise 2 or 3 hours after sunset, and set 2 or 3 hours after sunrise.

Which means that, after midnight, the Moon will be high in the sky, ruining the view of the Perseids. It will not "set several hours before dawn."

In short, the response above is wrong.

Comment: False alarm -- just a normal background source (Score 5, Informative) 129

by StupendousMan (#47107299) Attached to: The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

The team which announced the event has now figured out that it wasn't interesting after all:

TITLE: GCN CIRCULAR
NUMBER: 16336
SUBJECT: Swift trigger 600114 is not an outbursting X-ray source
DATE: 14/05/28 07:57:12 GMT
FROM: Kim Page at U.of Leicester

K.L. Page, P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), D.N. Burrows (PSU), V. D'Elia (ASDC) and A. Maselli (INAF-IASFPA) report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have re-analysed the prompt XRT data on Swift trigger 600114 (GCN Circ. 16332), taking advantage of the event data.

The initial count rate given in GCN Circ. 16332 was based on raw data from the full field of view, without X-ray event detection, and therefore may have been affected by other sources in M31, as well as background hot pixels. Analysis of the event data (not fully available at the time of the initial circular) shows the count rate of the X-ray source identified in GCN Circ. 16332 to have been 0.065 +/- 0.012 count s^-1, consistent with the previous observations of this source [see the 1SXPS catalogue (Evans et al. 2014): http://www.swift.ac.uk/1SXPS/1....

We therefore do not believe this source to be in outburst. Instead, it was a serendipitous constant source in the field of view of a BAT subthreshold trigger.

This circular is an official product of the Swift-XRT team.

Better luck next time.

Comment: For reference, here's one of the current systems (Score 4, Informative) 38

by StupendousMan (#46454985) Attached to: NASA Offers Bounty For Improved Asteroid Detection Algorithms

If you're interested in the current state of the art, read this article from the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (April 2013). It describes the hardware and software used by the Pan-STARRS team to detect asteroids automatically in data taken with their 1.8-meter telescope on Hawaii and its 1.4-gigapixel CCD camera.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1302.7281

Comment: Re:Because it works (Score 2) 860

by olegm (#46407991) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

This will be one of the few times you'll hear this, but Microsoft did too good a job creating XP.

Correction: They did a good job *FIXING* Windows XP.

If you recall the "instant infection" days where you couldn't install XP and run updates without getting infected. I had a people I helped over the phone who followed the procedure:
1. Install XP
2. Download the SP2 ISO
3. Burn the ISO to disk
4. Start over because they were compromised while downloading the ISO.
5. Install XP, then SP2 via CD.

If I was able to get them a CD I would, but many of my friends where college were in different states, or even different countries, and this was quicker than waiting for a CD in the mail.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2, Interesting) 156

by xtronics (#46158153) Attached to: Kansas Delays Municipal Broadband Ban

As a non believer that actually lives in Kansas - I find my Christian neighbors to have more respect for my beliefs than the socialist leftists have. Tolerance needs to work in all directions.

In the end - I have the choice of 4 ISP providers in my town - setting up cartels would prevent that. Life is good here - we don't need bigots here - stay on the coasts.

Comment: Re:2x Lithium battery and cars still don't work (Score 1) 172

by xtronics (#45444139) Attached to: U.S. 5X Battery Research Sets Three Paths For Replacing Lithium

Except those numbers just are not true. (Normally we specify the cycle life at the point where the battery still has 60% of capacity and full discharge cycles. )

And of course if your goal was to reduce CO2 you have the opposite effect due to conversion losses.

Comment: Leaving a voice message used to bother many (Score 1) 211

by xtronics (#45386993) Attached to: LeVar Burton On Google Glass

I think it will become accepted - there may need to be some etiquette established with it's use - not that that has happened with smart-phones.

Just imagine - if you do something stupid - someone might tape it and keep it in your face for ever - the Internet never forgets. ,.,.

What would you say to someone taping you with their Google-glass and you found it uncomfortable?

What do we say to our kids when we try to talk to them, but the TXTing keeps interrupting?

In the end we are still social creatures, wired to react to irrepressible facial and voice expressions. Even over the phone, I can sometimes tell if someone is lying to me by bits of stress in their voice (but harder with CODEX distortion and latency).

I suppose taping peoples conversations will either make people more honest or more angry.. but definitely less forthcoming - thus an anti-social effect.

Comment: I think this is 'feel-good' BS (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by xtronics (#45328433) Attached to: Fuel Cell-Powered Data Centers Could Cut Costs and Carbon

Fuel cells need ultra pure fuel in order to not spoil their extremely expensive reactors. Creating this fuel and transporting it cleanly is not cheap.

I've seen no end of articles claiming that fuel cells are the cure to everything. Tons of grant money has flowed and no products are displacing other technology.

The market place is far from perfect, but it is far better than any panel of pointy headed academics at providing workable solutions. M$ has shown the lack of ability to create new profitable products for many years now - this looks like yet another windoze fone effort.

Comment: Re:How hard can that possibly be? (Score 1) 663

by xtronics (#45313149) Attached to: A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

The problem is that they were trying to avoid words and vocabulary - thus they created symbolic abstraction - probably not realizing it is just another form of vocabulary. I would much rather use a test written by a practicing math teacher than some pointed headed Phd.

Having taught math, the real problem is the books are written by committees and a prime goal is to keep parents from complaining that their kids have to do real work to learn. ( If you want to teach your child math - find older books - books after the 60's and 70's have gone way down hill. )

Comment: Re:Positive vs negative reinforcement (Score 1) 136

by xtronics (#45313097) Attached to: The Neuroscience of Happiness

I think you should hesitate and think for yourself about the definition (there are way to many that parrot and preach int the world). Not all rewards are physical items. And a physical item can remove a different feedback - both positive and negative. It isn't that difficult to analyze the vocabulary and realize the arbitrary nature of the issue. In the end, we have to ask if it has helped of hurt our true understanding of what is going on.

The reality of psychology is that people coining new poorly defined terms can publish books and papers - get grant money and profit. There are others of us that want to truly understand the world we live in. This requires a consistent, objective epistemology and the type of science described perhaps best by Richard Feynman.

Food reward is the most studied feedback - and is the food positive or the hunger a negative?

The way out of this is to realize that we evolved to survive - and the feedback impacts our survival. How psychologists classify feedback does not really matter.

"Oh dear, I think you'll find reality's on the blink again." -- Marvin The Paranoid Android

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