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Comment Re:Lumen Database may be part of it (Score 1) 102

As for whether a site is tied closely enough to infringement to deserve demotion, the featured article doesn't give the complete algorithm, but it does take into account notices of claimed infringement: "the tech giants have committed to demote websites that have repeatedly been served with copyright infringement notices." I assume these are the same notices of claimed infringement that Google forwards to Lumen Database, particularly those pursuant to 17 USC 512.

That's what worries me. The ones who claim infringement are also those with a monetary reason to restrict others, including those who aren't really infringing but just close to it, and bad for their business.

Until and unless there are serious repercussions for incorrect takedown notices that impacts the one sending the notice as much, relative to their business, as the notice would impact the one hit by it, I see more problems than solutions.
If I made my livelihood on selling sheet music for my own songs, a handful of incorrect takedown notices that bumped me off Google would be devastating to my business, but would have no impact on RIAA/Stemra/ASCAP/Sony, nor the lawyers who work for them.

Comment Re:Anyone have a link to the price sheet? (Score 1) 102

The U.S. Constitution grants the power to define copyright infringement to Congress within the limits of the First Amendment. Congress has created statutory limits on copyright, some specific and others largely left up to the judicial branch.

But congress isn't going to decide on whether any web site is in violation or not.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 875

It's not appropriate for someone to send messages like this to a subordinate, period, the end. It creates a hostile work environment because they have to worry about whether they'll be penalized for saying no.

Repercussions for rejecting advances are already against the law. That's what needs to be enforced, not blocking the initial advance.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 2) 875

FD: I would never be confused with a person who has movie-star good looks, but I've been hit on in the work place by coworkers, often subordinate employees.

That's how a good portion of relationships start.
If hitting on a coworker were illegal sexism, a good part of the slashdot audience wouldn't be here, because their parents never would have hooked up.

That said, respecting that someone is not interested should be as obvious as respecting that someone is interested. In either case, move on.

Comment Re:Why not blame the manufacturer? (Score 1) 260

Probably b'cos there is nothing that manufacturers can do about cosmic rays, which are beyond even gamma rays in the electromagnetic spectrum in terms of wavelength and frequency.

In addition to what others have pointed out, stop shrinking dies. The smaller a circuit is, the greater the risk that it will be impacted when hit by a neutron. Components from a decade or two ago are a heck of a lot more resilient against cosmic rays than today's components.

Sure, at lower speeds, but for a great many things you just need enough speed. Split out speed-requiring jobs on cutting-edge hardware, and run other critical services on more reliable hardware.

Comment Re:I hate worker exploitation (Score 1) 131

Hob, aka Old Hob, aka The Devil.

That's a nice folk etymology, and completely wrong.
Thomas Hobson was a real guy, running a livery stable. Any customer had to pick the horse stabled closest to the door - take it or leave it.
"Old Hob" didn't appear as an expression until the mid-18th century, around 200 years after Hobson's choice was already an established term.

Communications

PewDiePie Calls Out the 'Old-School Media' For Spiteful Dishonesty 913

New submitter Shane_Optima writes: After losing his Youtube Red show and his contract with Disney, the owner of the most subscribed channel on Youtube, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (aka "PewDiePie"), has released a video response to the Wall Street Journal and other mainstream news outlets, who have labeled his comedy videos variously as racist, fascist or anti-semitic. In it, he accuses the mainstream media of deliberately fabricating and misrepresenting the evidence used against him because they are afraid of independent content producers such as himself. In the video, PewDiePie discusses the recent actions of the Wall Street Journal, whose reporters sent nine cherry-picked and edited videos to Disney, which led directly to Disney's decision to terminate their relationship with him. These video clips and others used to "prove" PewDiePie's guilt have been edited (he claims) to remove all context, to the extent of using a pose of him pointing at something as a Nazi salute and using a clip where other players are creating swastikas in a game and editing out the part where he is asking them to stop. The most-cited video in the controversy involves seeing if he can use the site Fiverr to hire someone to create a video containing an over-the-top message for a mere $5. After a couple of laughing males unfurl a sign saying "Death to All Jews," he recoils with widened eyes and sits, apparently dumbfounded, for another thirty seconds before the video ends, without him uttering another word.

PewDiePie's video comes several days after a Tumblr post where he attempted to clarify that the videos were intended to be comedy showing "how crazy the modern world is." He has not yet used the phrase "fake news" in his response to the controversy, but given the current trends surrounding that phrase, it isn't surprising that his supporters are resorting to it frequently. Is this all just another unfortunate instance of collateral damage in the war against far-right political movements, is it a campaign of malicious retaliation by old media that is terrified of new media (as Felix claims), or was J.K. Rowling correct when she called out PewDiePie as a Death Eater? Err, I mean, ...as a fascist?

Update: Apparently, canceling his Youtube Red series was deemed an insufficient response. Youtube has now removed the mirror of PewDiePie's "Death to All Jews" video because it "violates Youtube's policy on hate speech." The original posting of the video had already been marked private by PewDiePie shortly after the controversy erupted. A quick check of Vimeo and Daily Motion came up empty, so you're on your own if you wish to find out for yourself what the controversy was all about.

Comment Re:Innovation (Score 2) 357

I was not a believer. I hated the fact that he was pushing such an outdated design for a kernel.

Old does not imply outdated.
We still drive cars with steering wheels, because it's a bloody good design.

What many young whippersnappers tend to forget is that when something has survived for decades, there are likely good reasons for it. Unless you understand those reasons, resist the temptation to change things, and instead launch an alternative and let competing products fight based on merit and not edicts.

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