DewDude writes: You've probably seen them on YouTube, Fine Brothers are the two behind the video series Teens React, Kids React, and Elders React. Well, the two seem to feel they somehow invented this whole thing and have now filed for a very broad trademark.. (http://ryanmorrisonlaw.com/attorneys-react-the-fine-bros-react-trademark/). The USPTO filing says the trademark will be published tomorrow (http://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn86689364&docId=NOP20160113074621#docIndex=1&page=1) and looking at the filing; it is literally for the word "react" and simply shows a screenshot of their youtube page. They have also apparently gotten approval for "Parents React", "Celebrities React", and "Parents React"; as well as filed applications for things such as "Do They Know It", "Lyric Breakdown", "People v. Technology", and "Try Not To Smile Or Laugh"
DewDude writes: If you thought done registration was bad enough; it just got worse for anyone living in the nations capital.
On Christmas Day (of all days); the FAA put in to effect a rule that bans the flying of drones/quadcopters within a 30 mile radius around DC. This more than doubles the initital 15 mile radius no-fly-zone.
The ban includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and the indpendent cities in the vicinity on the Virginia side. On the Maryland side; it includes Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundal; and parts of Calvert, Baltimore, and the extrene north-western end of St. Marys Counties in Maryland.
DewDude writes: In case you missed it; Sling Media has been forcing advertisments in to video streams from Slingbox devices unless you pay for a client application; which is only an option for Apple, Android, and Windows 8 devices. Well, it appears as the issue will now head to the courts as two plaintiffs have filed a class action suit against Sling Media, which claims they participated in "bait-and-switch" tactics by charging users for the hardware, then monetizing the streaming of that content. The suit also makes the point that Sling does not own the rights to the programming they are inserting advertisements in.
As a former Slingbox evangelist; Sling's position on the advertisements has been to silence and block users who complain about the practice and has driven me away from not only wanting to use the technology, but recommending it to others.
DewDude writes: "Apparently a group called The anti-sec Movement has hacked popular image hosting service ImageShack. ImageShack has not yet commented on the images, but they seem to have "replaced" a majority of the images used on web forums with this and moving the actual files to another file name.
Reports on the imageshack forums have been few and not much has been said elsewhere about it, but my own images used on forums were taken over by this."
DewDude writes: "Unlike so many people, I have to be at work for the majority, if not all, of the inauguration events tomorrow. Naturally I have a DVR and can record hours of an entire channel (two at the same time in fact); the question is what do I use? I have no shortage of news stations on DirecTV but I also live in the DC area and have what could be unique local coverage of the event. Which one, or two, would you choose to archive for the future?"
DewDude writes: From Reuters (full article here):
"British and Dutch police shut down one of the world's largest sources of illegal pre-release music on Tuesday and arrested a 24-year-old man.
The raids in Amsterdam and the northeast English city of Middlesbrough followed a two-year investigation into a members-only Web site, www.OiNK.cd, which allowed users to upload and download albums before their release."
This is just another case of rather than fixing the priacy problem, let's play terrorist and attack everyone. As an ex-member living in the US...I'm rather worried about the suits the RIAA is surely going to file.