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Comment Re:Orwell (Score 2) 98

Paul Krugman leans negative about TPP. For this is not a trade agreement. It’s about intellectual property and dispute settlement; the big beneficiaries are likely to be pharma companies and firms that want to sue governments.
In a direct sense, protecting intellectual property means creating a monopoly - letting the holders of a patent or copyright charge a price for something (the use of knowledge) that has a zero social marginal cost. In that direct sense this introduces a distortion that makes the world a bit poorer.

Intellectual property: leaked text suggests very strong, even draconian IP regime on copyright, patents, pharma, etc.

Submission + - URL shortening service Bitly converts URLs into advertising links-> 1

wabrandsma writes: German website heise.de brings the news:
Users of URL shortening service Bitly unknowingly spread advertising links and tracking cookies. Bitly converts certain URLs into affiliate links. The long URL's shortened by Bitly also get an ID, which can also be used to send users to a commercial site. In some cases the ID allows for setting a tracking cookie. If the user buys a product after clicking on an advertising link, Bitly and their partner will get a commission. Bitly is working together with Viglink, a company that specializes in online marketing and advertising links.

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Comment Re:Anybody remember? (Score 1) 96

I'd take prosperity and safety over "freedom" anytime.

Ronald Reagan: we believe that freedom and security go together.
Or to paraphrase him:

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the United Kingdom can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. Prime Minster Cameron, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the United Kingdom and Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this portal. Mr. Cameron, open this portal. Mr. Cameron, tear down this firewall of censorship!

Submission + - Joseph Goebbels' estate sues publisher for Nazi war criminal's diary royalties->

wabrandsma writes: The Guardian:
The estate of Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s minister of propaganda, is taking legal action against the publisher Random House over a new biography, claiming payment for the use of extracts from his diaries. Peter Longerich's biography of Goebbels is to be published in May (Random House/ Siedler).
Longerich, who is the professor at Royal Holloway's Holocaust Research Centre, maintains this case has important censorship implications. “If you accept that a private person controls the rights to Goebbels’ diaries, then – theoretically – you give this person the right to control research,” he said.

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Submission + - Illegal downloading: Australia internet firms must supply data->

wabrandsma writes: An Australian court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie.

In a landmark move, the Federal Court told six firms to divulge names and addresses of those who downloaded The Dallas Buyers Club.

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Submission + - Swiss launch of Apple Watch hit by patent issue->

wabrandsma writes: (Reuters) — Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website.

The U.S. tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word "apple" to launch its watch within Switzerland, the home of luxury watches, because of a patent from 1985, RTS reported, citing a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

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Submission + - Microsoft Corp. decided not to invest in Cyanogen->

wabrandsma writes: (Bloomberg) — Cyanogen Inc. is close to an agreement on a new $110 million round of financing, people with knowledge of the matter said, as the startup seeks to get its version of Android software into more smartphones.

While Microsoft and Cyanogen failed to strike an investment deal, talks between the two illustrate how Microsoft is trying to get its applications and services on rival operating systems, a key goal embraced by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system.

The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Microsoft was investing in Cyanogen. Bloomberg reported then that the companies were engaged in talks and that no decision had been made.

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Submission + - Uber sued over driver data breach, adding to legal woes->

wabrandsma writes: (Reuters) — Uber Technologies Inc has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit over a recently disclosed data breach involving the personal information of about 50,000 drivers, the latest in a series of legal woes to hit the Internet car service.

The suit, filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco by Sasha Antman, an Uber driver in Portland, Oregon, says the company did not do enough to prevent the 2014 breach and waited too long — about five months — to disclose it.

Antman says Uber violated a California law requiring companies to safeguard employee's personal information.

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Submission + - Court overturns Dutch data retention law, privacy more important-> 1

wabrandsma writes: DutchNews.nl writes:
Internet providers no longer have to keep their clients phone, internet and email details because privacy is more important, a Dutch court ruled on Wednesday.

Digital Rights organisation Bits of Freedom writes in a Blog:
The law’s underlying European directive was meant as a tool in the fight against serious crimes. The Dutch law, however, is much more expansive, including everything from terrorism to bike theft. During the hearing, the state’s attorneys avowed that the Public Prosecution does not take the law lightly, and would not call on the law to request data in case of a bicycle theft. The judge’s response: it doesn’t matter if you exploit the possibility or not, the fact that the possibility exists is already reason enough to conclude that the current safeguards are unsatisfactory.

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Submission + - Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links->

wabrandsma writes: From NewScientist:
Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. "A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy," says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.

The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings.

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Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 180

According to this article they will not sue Sony:

A spokesperson for the agency told Billboard that the artists were "hesitant" to allow the song to appear in the film, given that it's plot, which features the assassination of Kim Jong-Un, is "very sensitive topic in Korea" at the moment. It seems that at this point Sony Pictures will be spared the brunt of the lawsuit, FeelGhoodMusic instead intends to take the agency who handled the negotiations with Sony, DFSB, to court instead.

Submission + - Quantum physics just got less complicated->

wabrandsma writes: From phys.org:
Here's a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result is published 19 December in Nature Communications.
Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner made the breakthrough while at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. They found that 'wave-particle duality' is simply the quantum 'uncertainty principle' in disguise, reducing two mysteries to one.

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Submission + - Music publishers sue an ISP over piracy->

wabrandsma writes: From Ars Technica:
BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music have sued Cox Communications for copyright infringement, arguing that the Internet service provider doesn't do enough to punish those who download music illegally.
Both BMG and Round Hill are clients of Rightscorp, a copyright enforcement agent whose business is based on threatening ISPs with a high-stakes lawsuit if they don't forward settlement notices to users that Rightscorp believes are "repeat infringers" of copyright.
In their complaint (PDF), the music publishers also decided to publicly post IP addresses.

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Comment Re:Europe is jealous (Score 1) 237

According to the new European Commissioner for the Digital Economy, Germany’s Günther Oettinger, there would be no "break up and no expropriation" with him. Oettinger: Such measures would be "instruments of the planned economy, not the market economy". Only a more competitive Europe could recover lost markershare in the digital economy. Link: Keine Zerschlagung von Google (in German).

But he also suggested a EU-wide "Google Tax": New EU Digital Chief Floats Tough Anti-Google Regulations
"If Google takes intellectual property from the EU and works with it, the EU can protect this property and can demand a charge for it," Mr. Oettinger told the daily Handelsblatt, adding that such a law could be in place by 2016.

Comment Corporate Policies (Score 2) 186

Corporate Policies requires that developers cannot have so called 'elevated rights' on a server. Any server, including test and development servers.
Well, that is, the developers have been granted local admin privileges for the development servers, but as a special exception to the corporate policies.

The daylight savings patch that has to be installed, requires an upgrade of the application on the server, with an uninstall and a fresh install.
With a full redeploy of the content and reconfiguring connections to ldap, databases, other servers and reconfiguring user autorizations linked to the content.

The developer documents the deployment procedure in an installation guide.

Next the the upgrade has to be deployd to the test server, but none of the developers have local admin rights for the test server.
So, resources from platform operations have to be claimed by the coordinator. For the installation and the finalization of the application upgrade.

The upgrade takes a little more than the standard 2 hours that have been reserved per week, but finally after a week a slot is available to do the part that has to be done that requires local admin rights for the test server, by someone from platform operations.

At this point, the system test has slipped by a week, on a monthly release cycle, that is a significant amount of time.

A couple of day later the upgrade is deployed to the acceptance server for user testing. Except that most of the users refuse to test the changes, because there are no new features. In their eyes it is purely a technical upgrade. Nevertheless a bug has been found, and it is declared blocking. It takes some days to resolved it. By now, due to all the previous delay, the issue has not been resolved in time to get the change in production.

The monthly release date slips. The next slot available is the next month, and the application gets finally released into production.

Essentially, it means that if something does not get tested beforehand, like a deployment procedure, it eventually gets tested in production.
That is the best way to test something, isn't it? A consequence of the Corporate Policies.

Absurd?
Now I am going to watch some South Park episodes. I like documentaries.

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