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Comment: Edited for Slashdot (Score 4, Interesting) 580

by tobiasly (#48621717) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Not sure why they truncated my submission but the questions this raises was more interesting to me than the news itself.

For posterity: What should Sony do? Cut their losses and shelve it? Release it immediately online? Does giving in mean "the terrorists have won"?

+ - Top Five Theater Chains Won't Show "The Interview" After Sony Hack

Submitted by tobiasly
tobiasly (524456) writes ""The country's top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — have decided not to play Sony's The Interview . This comes after the group which carried off a massive breach of its networks threatened to carry out "9/11-style attacks" on theaters that showed the film. What should Sony do? Cut their losses and shelve it? Release it immediately online? Does giving in mean "the terrorists have won"?"

Comment: Re:Very sad (Score 3, Insightful) 277

by tobiasly (#47974067) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Wait, I thought hipsters were the guys who liked the new things? Like if you had an iPad and an iPhone you were a hipster, but if you had an old Android and a Lenovo laptop you were a legitimate human being.

It depends on whether a critical mass of the general population also likes said new thing. When they were the ones waiting in line all night at the Apple store, it was all good. Now that the same lines are filled with people sleeping in trash bags to immediately flip them to China's gray market, not so much.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Hosting services that doesn't over-react to DMCA requests?

Submitted by tobiasly
tobiasly (524456) writes "I run a few websites which are occasionally the target of bogus DMCA takedown requests. Even a cursory look at these requests would reveal that the content these requests try to have removed are not even eligible for copyright (for example, someone named "John Smith" decides he wants to have every instance of his name removed from the internet, so he claims he has a copyright on "John Smith", and the comment section of my website has that name somewhere.)

I'm guessing most webmasters of sites with significant traffic face this problem, but I'm having difficulty finding information on domain registrars' and hosting providers' DMCA response policies. Most seem to over-react and require an official counter-response. I'm worried I'll miss one of these someday and find that my entire domain was suspended as a result.

Both my domain registrar and hosting provider have forwarded these notices in the past. I'm also worried that they're forwarding my response (including personal details) to the original complainant. Which domain registrars and hosting providers have you found who handle these complaints in a reasonable manner, and filter out the ones that are obviously bogus? Which ones have a clearly stated policy regarding these requests, and respect the site owner's privacy? Some of these domains are .us TLD, which unfortunately will limit my choice to US-based companies."

+ - Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Sri Lankan newspaper may have just found a a way to sustain the struggling print business – and it’s helping to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases at the same time. Mawbina newspaper teamed up with Leo Burnett Sri Lanka to create mosquito-repelling newspapers for a public health campaign – and once those papers hit newsstands, sales increased by 30 percent."

Comment: Sounds a lot like Aereo (Score 1) 147

by tobiasly (#47111289) Attached to: Virtual DVDs, Revisited

This sounds like Aereo, which also provides a business model in which physical resources dictate the scarcity. Since they are currently preparing for a trial at the Supreme Court it's probably wise to hold off a bit.

the studios are leaving cash on the table

You must be new here; the studios have always been in the business of fighting progress as long as possible in order to protect existing revenue streams.

Comment: Re:No story here, move along (Score 1) 208

by tobiasly (#46939553) Attached to: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

You're misinterpreting my response. I very specifically said I agree that there's no evidence that he's a math genius, at least not yet. GP seemed to imply that he was making *everything* up though. Or maybe I misunderstood him too. All I'm saying is that his claimed ability to see things differently than everyone else seems to have credence.

Comment: Re:No story here, move along (Score 3, Informative) 208

by tobiasly (#46934573) Attached to: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

The neuroscientists who have been studying his brain seem fairly convinced he's not making it up. Though calling him a "math genius" doesn't necessarily seem warranted (at least not yet... maybe it's a case where formal study will allow him to apply his abilities more specifically?), I don't think they would diagnose him with what they're calling acquired savant syndrome without some evidence.

Maybe read the book? Even the top negative review seems to give weight to his claim:

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.