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+ - 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.

+ - Slashdot now plays adds with sounds without permission->

farnsaw writes: One of my goto sites for technology news has just become my least favorite. To the point that I will probably not return and certainly not often. What happened? I had slashdot open in one tab and was actively working in another when suddenly advertisements started to play. I could't figure out where it was coming from but after closing tabs one at a time I found it was Slashdot. Their video ads now play without prompting at full volume. Not muted, not at 1% volume, but at full normal volume. Unacceptable to all, not just me. I expect readership to drop drastically as other readers encounter this awful behavior.
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+ - Does Windows slow down Windows?

blackest_k writes: I recently reinstalled windows7 home on a laptop a factory restore minus the shovel ware did all the windows updates and it was reasonably snappy. 4 weeks later its running like a slug and now 34 more updates to install. The system is clear of malware there are very few additional programs other than chrome browser.

It appears that windows slows down windows! Has anyone benchmarked windows7 as installed and then again as updated? Even better has anybody identified any windows update that put the slug into sluggish?

+ - Prenda Gets Hit Hard With Contempt Sanctions For Lying To Court->

walterbyrd writes: Given all of this flat out deceit, it's actually a bit anti-climactic that the court then orders sanctions of just $65,263 against Steele and Hansmeier for contempt of court over the lies. As for the obstruction of discovery, the court orders Duffy and Steele to pay Booth Sweet's costs, which the lawyers are told to submit. Some people (including us...) are still reasonably wondering why none of this pattern of deceit, lying and abusing the court system still have not resulted in anything more serious. However, these court records are likely to be useful for those facing either Steele or Hansmeier in their new careers as ADA trolls...
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+ - Bug Bounties in the Crosshairs of Wassenaar Rules

Trailrunner7 writes: Bug bounties have gone from novelty to necessity, not only for enterprises looking to take advantage of the skills of an organized pool of vulnerability hunters, but also for a slew of independent researchers who make a living contributing to various vendor and independent bounty and reward programs.

The proposed U.S. rules for the Wassenaar Arrangement pose a real challenge for all sides of that equation.

Under the rules, researchers who find a zero-day vulnerability and develop a PoC exploit triggering the issue, would have to apply for an export license in order to privately disclose their findings with the vendor in question. As a result, there will be occasions when a foreign researcher, for example, would have to share details on a zero-day with their government before the vendor in question.

“There are lots of concerns from researchers if this gets implemented,” said Kymberlee Price, senior director of operations at Bugcrowd, a private company that provides a platform for organizations wishing to start bug bounty programs. “Is it worth the effort to continue to report vulnerabilities if you have to go through a government and are likely to have to disclose details on that vulnerability? Do we want foreign governments knowing about it before it’s reported directly to the vendor so it can be patched?”

+ - 5G is coming...in five years...and maybe not from U.S.->

CarlottaHapsburg writes: Ericson and Nokia are leading the pack but there are aspects to 5G we can't imagine. Flexible architecture, functioning key standards, the US's lethargy in expanding mmWave and even the definition of what 5G is and can do are at stake. The FCC's Tom Wheeler says 5G is different for every manufacturer, like a Picasso painting. It should be an exciting five years of further developments and definitions — and, hopefully, American preparedness.
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Comment: Re:Correct, but silly (Score 1) 172 172

Always remember the law is about rigorous logic. It has absolutely nothing to do with common sense.

strict logic leads to the conclusion that either, she can sell prints in any size except the one that he did including ones that are merely mm different, or she can't sell any size at all. if the transformative things is to sell in a gallery then if she doesn't do that then she isn't appropriating his work. if the transformative thing is the size of print then any other size is also not his work. if the transfomative thing is selling prints at any size then she can't sell her work at all in physical form and i doubt that any court would tolerate that.
the absurd conclusions that are reached by applying strict logic to the premises here tell us that one of the premises is wrong

+ - The case for a muon collider succeeding the LHC just got stronger

StartsWithABang writes: If you strike the upper atmosphere with a cosmic ray, you produce a whole host of particles, including muons. Despite having a mean lifetime of just 2.2 microseconds, and the speed of light being 300,000 km/s, those muons can reach the ground! That’s a distance of 100 kilometers traveled, despite a non-relativistic estimate of just 660 meters. If we apply that same principle to particle accelerators, we discover an amazing possibility: the ability to create a collider with the cleanliness and precision of electron-positron colliders but the high energies of proton colliders. All we need to do is build a muon collider. A pipe dream and the stuff of science fiction just 20 years ago, recent advances have this on the brink of becoming reality, with a legitimate possibility that a muon-antimuon collider will be the LHC’s successor.

+ - Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong 1 1

BarbaraHudson writes: From the you-pay-your-money-and-you-take-your-changes dept

ABC is reporting that gene test for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as were thought, with different labs giving different interpretations.



At least 415 gene variants now have different interpretations that could sway a medical decision, such as whether to have healthy breasts or ovaries removed to lower the risk of cancer, or to get a medical device such as an implanted defibrillator to cut the risk of sudden cardiac death.

"The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors and a partner in the data pooling project.

And it can harm patients. Rehm described a woman who had genetic testing and wrongly was told she did not have elevated risks for breast cancer. She later developed the disease but could have had preventive surgery had the right gene analyses been done.

+ - Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, we avoided severe ozone depletion->

hypnosec writes: Concentrations of ozone depleting chemicals was at its peak in 1993, but over the years they have declined and a new research points out that the Montreal Protocol, which came into force in 1987, has played a major role in not only ensuring that use of these chemicals is reduced, but has also helped us avoid a severe ozone depletion.
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+ - California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents ->

MikeChino writes: Oakland-based non-profit GRID Alternatives is giving away 1,600 free solar panels to California’s poorest residents by the year 2016. The initiative was introduced by Senator Kevin de León and launched with funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state’s cap-and-trade program.
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+ - The Marshall Islands, nuclear testing, and the NPT->

Lasrick writes: A devastating read by Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and a former senior policy adviser to the Energy Department's secretary and deputy assistant secretary for national security and the environment. Alvarez details the horrific consequences of nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands and explains the lawsuits the Marshallese have filed against the nuclear weapons states. The lawsuits hope to close the huge loophole those states carved for themselves with the vague wording of Article VI of the NPT (Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty), wording that allows those states to delay, seemingly indefinitely, implementing the disarmament they agreed to when they signed the treaty. This is a must-read article. It also has an official US Nuclear Test Film at the top of the story.
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+ - Jupiter's moon Io the solar system's only rocky world with no craters

StartsWithABang writes: Every rocky world in the solar system is covered with craters. But while the ones on Mercury and the Moon might be many billions of years old, the craters on Earth are much younger, due to volcanism, plate tectonics and general geological activity. But one place in our Solar System — Jupiter's moon Io — has us totally beat. The reason why? Jupiter acts like a cosmic zamboni, completely resurfacing Io in lava every few thousand years.

Every cloud has a silver lining; you should have sold it, and bought titanium.

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