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Comment Re:Blender should file a Counter Claim against Son (Score 1) 306

> Sony claimed the Protected Work was *theirs*

That's the problem: Sony didn't claim anything. It was just some pattern matcher whithin the bowels of Google. Oops.

On the Sintel video from the BlenderFoundation account on YouTube:

This video contains content from Sony Pictures Movies & Shows, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.

That is an explicit claim associated with Sony Pictures Movies & Shows. To get that, Sony had to upload content to the YouTube content system saying "I own this content. Anyone matching it is in copyright violation."

Also, the content ID system does not support Creative Commons or similar license usage (can use with attribution, can/cannot monetize the content, etc.) and does not work with collaboration/team events on multiplayer games, podcasts or discussions.

Submission + - Blender Foundation's Sintel video taken down on Youtube for copyright violation (youtube.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: As if the automated take downs on Youtube weren't already bad enough, today fans of the popular open source 3D software Blender were greeted by a copyright take down notice for their third open movie, Sintel, despite it being released under a creative commons license: "This video contains content from Sony Pictures Movies & Shows, who has blocked it on copyright grounds." It is believed that the take down was a result of Sony Electronics adding Sintel to their official 4k demo pool.

Submission + - UK Government pays Microsoft £5.5M for extended support of Windows XP. (computerweekly.com)

whoever57 writes: The UK Government has signed a contract worth £5.5M (almost $9M) for extended support and security updates for Windows XP for 12 months after April 8. The deal covers XP, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003 for users in central and local government, schools and the National Health Service. The NHS is in need of this deal because it was estimated last September that 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP.

Comment Re:Read the summary a couple times (Score 1) 465

Actually, the Norman invasion resulted in Middle English (Chaucer) which incorporated several French words into Old English (e.g. Beowulf, which originated from the Anglo-Saxons migrating from Germany), accompanied with a shift in pronunciation. At the start of the Tudor period, this evolved into Early Modern English and had a more radical shift in the way the vowels were pronounced. This then evolved through Shakespeare and spread throughout the world into the English we know today. Even through Old, Middle, Early Modern and Modern English, pronunciation and dialectal phrases varied from region to region like they do today.

Comment Re:Are programmers really this naive? (Score 1) 465

The developers initially did not agree on the terms of the contract, including that one. Adriel was still in the process of negotiating the contract, so did not sign it before they decided to walk away from the project. This is why she gives more details than e.g. Zoe who did sign the contract.

The person from Pepsi was deliberately provoking the participants to create drama where it was not needed and offending the participants in the process. It would be the equivalent of the producers of MasterChief saying "Do gay people/women make better cooks?" to the contestants in order to provoke a reaction they can capture on camera, rather than the contestants competing on their own merit and capturing the dramas, interactions and comradery that occurs naturally.

It would have been more insightful to see e.g. the teams with women on them working better than the teams which are all men. Or seeing that both teams are equally good/bad, have their own high points and their own low points irrespective of the gender of the people involved.

It was interesting reading about how the YouTubers contributed their graphical skills and voice-over talents. That would have made interesting viewing -- especially seeing how it evolved and how the task delegation/brainstorming worked.

Submission + - AWS admits it scans Android apps to find secret keys (itnews.com.au)

AlbanX writes: Amazon Web Services admitted it decompiles Android apps to find out if its secret keys have been accidentally hard-coded within.

An Android app developer was contacted by AWS and told his credentials had been found within an app he developed. He was asked to remove them and use temporary creds within apps in the future.

Submission + - Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days & Counting

Nemo the Magnificent writes: A friend of mine bought a Western Digital 'MyCloud' NAS server (non-RAID) a couple of weeks ago. WD implements the cloud service through its wd2go.com site. He reports that that site is down and has been since last Wednesday. No word on when it'll be back up. The only official announcements are daily repeats of this canned posting:

'Our My Cloud and My Book Live users are experiencing intermittent issues with WD servers that enable remote access when using these products. These issues include poor transfer speeds and/or inability to connect remotely. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and we are working very hard to resolve these issues and resume normal service as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and will provide updates as they are available.'

Submission + - Nature Publishing Group Requires Authors to Waive "Moral Rights" to Works (chronicle.com)

cranky_chemist writes: Megan O'Neil has published a story on the Chronicle of Higher Education's website noting some unusual language in the license agreement between authors and Nature Publishing Group.

"Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be signing away more than just the economic rights to their work, according to the director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University.

Kevin Smith, the Duke official, said he stumbled across a clause in the Nature Publishing Group’s license agreement last week that states that authors waive or agree not to assert "any and all moral rights they may now or in the future hold" related to their work. In the context of scholarly publishing, "moral rights" include the right of the author always to have his or her name associated with the work and the right to have the integrity of the work protected such that it is not changed in a way that could result in reputational harm."

Nature Publishing Group claims the waivers are required to ensure the journal's ability to publish formal retractions and/or corrections.

However, the story further notes that Nature Publishing Group is requiring authors at institutions with open-access policies to sign waivers that exempt their work from such policies.

Submission + - You Got Your Web Browser In My Compiler (wordpress.com)

jones_supa writes: Microsoft Visual C++ compiler's static-analysis parallelism caused Bruce Dawson's machine to seriously get on its knees, so he rolled up his sleeves and dug deeper to investigate. It turns out that the MSVC++ compiler (cl.exe) causes the full Internet Explorer engine (mshtml.dll) to be loaded every time the static code analysis feature is used. However the actual slowdown isn't created by the weight of the IE engine but by the communication on the windowing system. In fact, about 65% of the traffic on the windowing system lock was from the VC++ compiler, mostly via mshtml.dll. But why? Well, here's what we know. The compiler loads mspft120.dll – the /analyze DLL. Then mspft120 loads msxml6.dll to load an XML configuration file. Then msxml6 loads urlmon.dll to open the stream, and finally urlmon loads mshtml.dll. Then mshtml.dll creates a window, because that’s what it does. If you run many copies of the compiler then you get many windows being opened, and over-subscribed CPUs, and madness ensues. Maybe nobody at Microsoft ever noticed that mshtml.dll was being loaded, or else they didn’t run enough parallel compiles for it to matter.

Submission + - Turkey's Attempt to Block Tor Failing Due to Multiple Mirrors (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already block Twitter and YouTube. Now, after Turkish people flocked to anonymous browser Tor, he is trying to block that too. However the Tor project has multiple mirrors, including one operated by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which are still accessible in Turkey, making the block on the official site a bit pointless.

Submission + - Have we found our last fundamental particle? 1

StartsWithABang writes: In July 2012, the CMS and ATLAS collaborations jointly announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, now confirmed at more than 6- to be between 125 and 126 GeV. But years earlier, in 2009, it was calculated what mass the Higgs would need to be in order to keep the standard model stable, so that there would be no need for new particles all the way up to the Planck scale. The prediction? 126 GeV. If this is reasoning is correct, the Higgs boson will be the last new fundamental particle ever discovered by humanity.

Submission + - GNOME 3.12 released (gnome.org)

Sri Ramkrishna writes: Like clockwork, the next version of GNOME has been released with updated applications, bugfixes and so forth. People can look forward to faster loading time and a little more performance than before. There is a video that is also been created to highlight the release! Check it out!

Submission + - Verizon Knows your Wi-Fi SSID and Key (wlanbook.com) 4

FuzzyFox writes: While browsing my Verizon FIOS account settings on their web site, I happened to notice my Wi-Fi SSID was prominently displayed. Below that, I noticed a link that would also display the WPA2 password for my private network.

I was really surprised by this, because I did not tell Verizon this information, or ask them to store it on my behalf. It appears they have lifted the information remotely from the ActionTec router that they supplied me with.

It bothers me that they are storing this information about me, because it could conceivably be (1) stolen by hackers, (2) subpoena'd by the government, (3) silently borrowed by the NSA, or other uses that haven't yet come to mind.

Do other ISP's also silently store their customers' password information without the knowledge of the customer? Should we be outraged about this? I would rather that my private information not be stored without my consent, at the very least.

Submission + - Minecraft cancels Oculus Rift released due to Facebook (muktware.com)

sfcrazy writes: When Facebook bought Whatsapp a huge number of users migrated to much more open alternative Telegram and I was curious if we will see the same ‘Facebook’ effect on Oculus and that’s exactly what has happened. Minecraft has canceled their version for the virtual reality device as soon as they got the news of this acquisition. Markus Persson aka notch of Minecraft tweeted, “We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.”

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