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Submission + - Getty Sued For $1 Billion For Selling Publicly Donated Photos

An anonymous reader writes: Online stock media library Getty Images is facing a $1 billion lawsuit from an American photographer for illegally selling copyright for thousands of photos. The Seattle-based company has been sued by documentary photographer Carol Highsmith for ‘gross misuse’, after it sold more than 18,000 of her photos despite having already donated them for public use. Highsmith’s photos which were sold via Getty Images had been available for free via the Library of Congress. Getty has now been accused of selling unauthorised licenses of the images, not crediting the author, and for also sending threatening warnings and fines to those who had used the pictures without paying for the falsely imposed copyright.

Comment Ordering is easy ... (Score 1) 57

... but I'll wager that canceling an order placed by mistake still requires logging on to the website — and if the Marketing and consumer behavior experts have anything to say about it, you can expect that process to eventually grow longer and more tedious, to help encourage people not to cancel: "That would take so long, and it's only fifteen bucks ..."

In any case, stand by for the inevitable headline about someone whose kid plays around and orders $10k worth of toys on Amazon without the parent even realizing it ...

Submission + - Google Accused Of Stealing Balloon Network Tech Behind Project Loon

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s parent company Alphabet has found itself faced with a lawsuit, which claims that the tech giant stole the idea behind its Wi-Fi-emitting balloon network, Project Loon. Space Data of Chandler, Arizona, is arguing that it currently holds patents for a balloon-based system which carries broadband antennae to create a wireless network to deliver data services to U.S. armed forces and across remote areas of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.

The organisation is seeking damages for two counts of patent infringement, as well as two counts of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of written contract.

Comment Back to the Good Dupe Days! (Score 0) 126

Ever since our newest Slashdot Overlords (Whipslash et al.) took over, things have been improving. With today's dupe, however, this is the day it really, really feels like home.

On topic: This is a story I'm OK with reading twice, because even though it's in the early stages, it shows promise for our ability to use science and technology to overcome the damage our tech-fueled overconsumption has caused during the past two centuries. (And I'm using "tech" here in a broad sense of the term to cover many technologies, from the Industrial Revolution onward.) I'd like to see more investment in this to see if it's really viable at scale.

Submission + - Live-Action Tetris Movie Takes Shape With $80 Million In Funding (

An anonymous reader writes: In 2014, Threshold Entertainment announced it will be producing a live-action film based on the Russian stacking game Tetris. Today, Threshold Entertainment announced it had secured $80 million in funding for the project. Threshold's Larry Kasanoff has worked on the Mortal Kombat film in 1995, which grossed $70 million. Media mogul Bruno Wu, will serve as co-producer on the film ensuring that the movie will be able to sustain any unplanned budget overruns. According to Deadline, the film is planned for a 2017 release with Chinese locations and a Chinese case. However, Kasanoff notes "the goal is to make world movies for the world market." What's more is that the movie could be the basis of a trilogy, the producer says, with a plot that's "not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise." Kasanoff told the Wall Street Journal that "this isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes... What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."

Submission + - Employers Struggle to Find Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test writes: Jackie Calmes writes in the NYT that all over the country, employers say they see a disturbing downside of tighter labor markets as they try to rebuild from the worst recession since the Depression: the struggle to find workers who can pass a pre-employment drug test. The hurdle partly stems from the growing ubiquity of drug testing, at corporations with big human resources departments, in industries like trucking where testing is mandated by federal law for safety reasons, and increasingly at smaller companies. But data suggest employers’ difficulties also reflect an increase in the use of drugs, especially marijuana — employers’ main gripe — and also heroin and other opioid drugs much in the news. Data on the scope of the problem is sketchy because figures on job applicants who test positive for drugs miss the many people who simply skip tests they cannot pass. But Quest Diagnostics, which has compiled employer-testing data since 1988, documented a 10% increase in one year in the percentage of American workers who tested positive for illicit drugs — up to 4.7 percent in 2014 from 4.3 percent in 2013.

With the software industry already plagued by a shortage of skilled workers, especially female programmers, some software companies think now would be the wrong time to institute drug testing for new employees, a move that would further limit the available talent pool. “The acceptability of at least marijuana has shifted dramatically over the last 20 years,” says Carl Erickson. “If the standard limits those that have used marijuana in the last week, you’re surely going to be limiting your pool of applicants.” Erickson’s decision not to drug test stems from a low risk of workplace injury for his workers combined with an unwillingness to pry into the personal lives of his employees. "My perspective on this is if they want to share their recreational habits with me, that’s their prerogative, but I’m sure as hell not going to put them in a position to have to do it."

Submission + - It's Trivially Easy To Identify You Based On Records Of Your Calls And Texts

erier2003 writes: Contrary to the claims of America's top spies, the details of your phone calls and text messages—including when they took place and whom they involved—are no less revealing than the actual contents of those communications.

In a study published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stanford University researchers demonstrated how they used publicly available sources—like Google searches and the paid background-check service Intelius—to identify "the overwhelming majority" of their 823 volunteers based only on their anonymized call and SMS metadata.

Submission + - Home Depot Rejects Review Containing Safety Information 1

Bruce Perens writes: The "AFCI" breaker is a relatively new kind which detects hidden electrical sparks from poor series electrical connections, by receiving high electrical frequencies that electrical arcing emits. Such sparks can eventually cause a fire. In looking for one on the Home Depot site, I came upon this device, with a review from a customer who returned the breaker because it trips every week or two on their lighting circuit. This indicates exactly the problem the device is meant to catch.

Because there was no way to feed back to the reviewer, I wrote a second review with some safety advice, hoping to inform the next person to come by. But Home Depot rejected it, because it did not specifically discuss the product.

Of course we can't cure all of the world's fire hazards. But it's nice to point out a problem when you see one, lest some poor sap's home burn down. But this is difficult to do when staff at the vendor and its web site don't have a clue. Maybe some publicity on Slashdot will help.

Submission + - A review of new features in FreeBSD 10.3 (

An anonymous reader writes: DistroWatch has a review of some of the more significant features which appeared in FreeBSD 10.3. The review covers Linux compatibility, managing jails with iocage and ZFS-powered boot environments.

"The release announcement for FreeBSD 10.3 mentioned several features and improvements which caught my attention. Specifically the availability of ZFS boot environments, 64-bit Linux compatibility and jail improvements were of interest to me. I was especially eager to try out FreeBSD's new jails technology using the iocage front-end. The iocage software has been presented as an improvement on (and replacement for) Warden, a friendly front-end for handling jail environments."

Submission + - Wikileaks: Brazil's acting president used to be US intel informant ( 2

Okian Warrior writes: WikiLeaks has exposed acting President Michel Temer as having been an intelligence informant for the United States. Temer, who has served as Brazil’s vice president since 2011, took power Thursday after Brazil’s parliament suspended [then president] Rousseff pending the results of impeachment proceedings. The cables — marked “sensitive but unclassified” — contained summaries of conversations Temer, a Brazilian federal lawmaker at the time, had with the U.S. intelligence officials.

Submission + - How Intel Knocked Itself Out Of the Smartphone Chip Market (

itwbennett writes: Remember back in 2007 when Intel passed on making chips for the iPhone? In hindsight, that was probably not the best move (Former CEO Paul Otellini admitted as much in a 2013 interview with The Atlantic). But it also wasn't the company's only mistake. The company placed a high priority on the now-declining tablet market. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who replaced Otellini, set a goal to ship 40 million tablet chips by the end of 2014 using heavy subsidies on Atom chips. The company shipped 46 million chips that year, but the effort hurt Intel's profitability, and Krzanich decided not to repeat that strategy with smartphones. Late last month the company cancelled its upcoming Atom chip lines for smartphones, including Broxton and the Sofia 3GX, Sofia LTE and Sofia LTE2 commercial platforms. Instead, it's looking for redemption in 5G technology, which won't be limited to mobile devices.

Comment Re:Simple question (Score 3, Informative) 605

How is this news for nerds, stuff that matters?

Short answer: It isn't.

Whipslash, et. al, I like a lot of what you've done with the site since you took over, but can we please have less political news that is not directly connected to technology? If I wanted political discussions, I'd go elsewhere. I come to /. for "news for nerds," and too much that isn't tech news is highly likely to drive away readers.

I second those who don't want to see /. go any further toward being a Reddit clone.

Comment Re:This is a tempest in a D cup (Score 2) 165

Take a look at the Adore Me site. It advertises "advantages of membership" right on the first page, making the subscription model as obvious as Columbia House.

Yeah, and if you'd read TFA, you'd also know that only recently has the company changed its website extensively to emphasize that fact, after a flood of consumer complaints and the potential for state attorneys general to get involved.

Nice pun, anyway.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why is Windows 10 LAN shares so *#$@ed up? 3

An anonymous reader writes: All I want to do is share a single folder on my LAN. No passwords, no freaking authentication, no nothing. Everything's set to where it should work. I can find Linux shares just fine from Windows, but trying to get to a Windows share from Linux is increasing my French vocabulary. Yeah, I've done this and that already until I'm red in the face. Always the "please enter your credentials" popup asking for a username and password for a share that is not supposed to have one. It was working just fine until an update did something. Even my printer share is not working now. I've read about 2 dozen web pages all about the same unresolved problem.

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