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Submission + - Can Facebook get any more creepy? 2

whipnet writes: OK, I am not sure where to start with this. I am thoroughly creeped out right now. I figured Slashdot would be a good place to ask though.

First off, I do NOT have a Facebook account in any shape or fashion. I have avoided it like the plague since the beginning. Every one else I know is on it, but not me.

I'll try to explain this the best I can and try not to sound confused, but I am confused, so I can't promise anything.

It started today when I got an friend request from my uncle in my email. My uncle does not live in the same state as me, never has and knows none of my friends. As most know when you get one of these emails, there are suggestions of people you might know. I do understand how they make connections using their massive database and data mining algorithms, but the list they sent me was so exact and the fact that the people listed have no clue of one another has really gotten my stomach twisted.

I have everything from ex pot dealers to ex wives listed on it... none of them personally knowing each other.

I understand that my sister and wife may know some of my friends, but they have never met or even know of the others. There is no way anyone on that list or even that I know in the real world could have a connection to a pot dealer I used in college (20 years ago).

There are also business associates listed that don't even live in this country and have never met anyone else I know.

How did they make this connection? (Again, I have NO account or NO fake facebook friends)

Thanks for any input you can provide.

Comment Why does China bother? (Score 0) 320

I don't get why China insists on filtering search results at the search engine level. Would it not be easier to enforce ISP level DPI filtering and block the pages accordingly?

Technically it's easier to get Google to do the censorship work, but in the end, Google and just up and leave if they want, whereas employing DPI @ ISP level means it doesn't matter what search engine the end-user uses, it's still going to be filtered, and you can always threaten a local Chinese ISP with much more than you can threaten an international spotlight company like Google.

I'm not saying they should do this, but I don't see why they are chasing this one, other than to make a political statement to the world.

Comment Re:re (Score 0) 262

the whole liquefying the brains while their alive, and watching it; is fun for the whole family.

Grab the popcorn, a mug of hot chocolate, whatever you fancy, crack up the sound system.

Death by Mummification (feat. Living Patient) - The Documentary. PG rated. 3D glasses required.

*not suitable for children under the age of 8. May involve mild scenes of blood splatter, organ removal and dying patients.

Space

India Developing Vehicle To Knock Enemy Satellites 178

Frankie70 writes "Star Wars are back in fashion. With perennial (and nuclear armed) foe Pakistan always teetering on the brink of political collapse and neighboring regional superpower China taking greater strides into space technology, India has announced that it is developing an exo-atmospheric 'kill vehicle' that will knock enemy satellites out of orbit."

Submission + - NAIAS 2010: BMW ActiveE Project (bmwblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Detroit Auto Show marks another milestone in BMW’s Project i program. Today, Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW’s board executive, revealed the BMW ActiveE, the first BMW to use an all-electric drivetrain, excluding the MINI E launched over an year ago.

BMW ActiveE is the next stop in the direction of emission-free vehicles part of the Project i program and it will serve as a base for the MVC, Mega City Vehicle that will be launched by BMW before 2015.

Mozilla

Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final 145

CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."
Games

City of Heroes Sr. Designer Talks Architect System 56

Kheldon writes "The MMO Gamer sits down with Joe Morrissey, a Senior Designer at Paragon Studios, to discuss the inspiration behind, and current implementation of, the Architect user-generated content system in City of Heroes. Quoting: 'Really for me, wanting tools so the rest of the team could actually come up with content was the idea. Because we have a lot of guys on the team that are hardcore players, they play the game all the time. Then they come to me like, "I’ve got this idea for this story, we should really do this arc with this guy!" And I’m like, "That’s great. I haven’t got time to do it. I’ve got plenty of other story arcs to work on." But, if we made the tools easy enough, then they could actually come up with the arcs, and we can put them out. Then somewhere along that road it dawned on me: Why stop with the rest of the team?'"

Comment Re:bad writing. (Score 0, Flamebait) 226

Maybe you should RTFA yourself and you would realize my comment was entirely correct.

Your original post was not insightful at all. You were purely poking fun at TFA and the "editor". (Not that there was any editing done, a point that's already been made).

The mods on here today must have their heads screwed on backwards to give you Insightful and Funny.

Comment Re:Different Industries? Does that apply here? (Score 1) 506

Are these the rule or the exception? Are more cases won across industries or are more cases lost? You've just named a few cases that have won without showing that it is the norm. I understand the sometimes that might happen, but you didn't really answer my question at all.

Here is the answer you were looking for...

After doing a little more reading in to the subject, it seems that the win/lose of trademark infringement across industries is entirely dependent on which state in the U.S. you decide to initiate your legal battle and how big your pockets are. In fact, this scenario sounds oddly familiar...

Likelihood of confusion is not necessarily measured by actual consumer confusion, though normally one of the elements, but by a series of criteria Courts have established. A prime example is the test announced by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in AMF, Inc v Sleekcraft Boats, 599 F.2d 341 (C.A.9) 1979. The Court there announced eight specific elements to measure likelihood of confusion:
Strength of the mark
Proximity of the goods
Similarity of the marks
Evidence of actual confusion
Marketing channels used
Type of goods and the degree of care likely to be exercised by the purchaser
Defendant's intent in selecting the mark
Likelihood of expansion of the product lines

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark_infringement

Proving dissimilarity of industries plays in to most of these points. Although, trademark dilution laws in the U.S. were changed in 2006 to be much less specific.

The new law revises the FTDA so that the plaintiff only needs to show the defendant's mark is likely to cause dilution. However, the revision also reduced the Universe of marks falling under its protection, requiring that marks be nationally well known to qualify for protection from dilution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark_dilution

In the case of "Polaroid Corp v. Polaroid Electronics Corp", the defendant won the case, even though the marks were clearly similar. The plaintiff lost because the products and services weren't similar. This case was from 1961, it's old and laws have changed since then, but I would debate that you could use this in court as evidence of prior cases.

On the other hand, as you've already said, I can find examples of cases that have gone the completely opposite direction (to the point of ridiculous).

I'm no lawyer, clearly, but it seems to me that the defendant has a fairly strong case, even taking in to account trademark dilution laws have changed since 2006. It's really going to come down to the size of their pockets I think.

I'm going to hand this one to Google IMO.

Oh yeah, and I quoted Wikipedia. It's not the preferred resource to quote, but it serves for my arguments.

Comment Different Industries? Does that apply here? (Score 1) 506

See, I thought the thing with Trademarks were that they aren't enforceable over different broad industries? Or have I got American Trademark law completely wrong? If Apple can't sue a grocery store for trademark breaches because it is in a different broad industry, then why should this lawsuit ever be ruled in Dick's favor since the two words, trademarked or not, are un-related (one being a fictional character reference in a book, another being an IT product).

Could someone clear this confusion up for me?

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