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Submission + - Anti-Piracy Outfit Sends Takedown Requests for Non-Existent Torrents

TroII writes: In yet another example of DMCA abuse and false claims, a protection firm named IP-Echelon has been sending numerous takedown requests for torrent files that never existed. IP-Echelon, whose clients include HBO and Paramount Pictures, continues to file claims against a magnet URI index named Zoink.it. The catch? While IP-Echelon's DMCA claims refer to a 2016 HBO series, Zoink.it shut down in 2014, so the allegedly infringing URLs were never valid.

Comment Re:is this really a "scam"? (Score 1) 27

It's both spam and scam, really. These people are spamming on behalf of shady supposed "streaming" sites hosted in Russia and various eastern bloc nations. Whether or not those sites will actually show you the movie you're trying to see is unknown but they'll absolutely infect you with adware, malware, and other garbage.

This shit plagued Reddit for months, they finally got on top of it and it looks like the scam spammers have moved elsewhere.

Comment Awful design (Score 1) 290

Offtopic I know, but am I the only one getting really tired of this trend in web design where I click through to read an article, but first must scroll down past a giant full-page image? This is what I see when I load the article. That image adds precisely zero information, but bulks up the page load by 702,043 bytes and several seconds even on broadband. Fucking stop already.

Comment Re:Security my Ass (Score 2) 112

The annoying thing is, I'm getting a lot of SASL authentication attempts from Microsoft Azure IPs against the email address I used for LinkedIn. Microsoft's LinkedIn service leaked my email address and an ancient password, and lots of Microsoft Azure cloud instances are now busy attempting to login to that email account.

Aug 15 10:51:04 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: warning: unknown[13.84.216.161]: SASL LOGIN authentication failed: authentication failure
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: lost connection after AUTH from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: disconnect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:09 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: warning: unknown[13.84.216.161]: SASL LOGIN authentication failed: authentication failure
Aug 15 10:51:09 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: lost connection after AUTH from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:09 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: disconnect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:10 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: warning: unknown[13.84.216.161]: SASL LOGIN authentication failed: authentication failure
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: lost connection after AUTH from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: disconnect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]

Yadda yadda. I report them all to Microsoft's CERT but despite the "thank you" emails, I wind up getting attacked from the same IPs day in and day out.

Comment Re:Why on Earth? (Score 1) 88

The ad companies will be the first ones using it, just not for the intended purpose. They won't tone down the ads if your battery is low but they'll definitely build a cross-site fingerprint of you. From the study,

The second script, http://js.ad-score.com/score.m..., queries all properties of the BatteryManager interface, retrieving the current charging status, the charge level, and the time remaining to discharge or recharge. As with the previous script, these features are combined with other identifying features used to fingerprint a device.

Comment Re:happened to me today (Score 3, Informative) 281

The EULA prohibits users of Windows 10 from suing Microsoft.

That didn't seem to stop this lady from winning $10K or prevent two more suits from being filed last week. Also, the New York State Attorney General's office is soliciting reports from consumers who were damaged by Windows 10 installs.

Comment Re:So an old man says TVs are too complicated? (Score 1) 234

Your use of the term "UX" suggests you aren't nearly as "aging" as you lead on

His UID is barely six digits; unless he was about 10 when he found Slashdot, he's "aging" as far as mainstream marketing demographics go. If you aren't 18-35 they don't really care what you want or don't want, most products are being designed for the next generation despite many of them not having any dollars to spend. I'm pushing 40 and I find myself asking the "am I just getting old?" question too, but I'm perfectly capable of using more recent terminology like UX, DevOps, etc.

Comment Re: $1,000 a DAY was missing? (Score 5, Informative) 110

But she is authorized to use the register. I don't see why she can't take all the money and claim the same defense she used here.

Because it's still aggravated first-degree theft even if you're authorized to use the register. She stole, and was convicted for stealing. There's no need for any more charges to be piled on.

Comment Re:So in other Words, (Score 2) 99

Moreover, most MUAs can be set to ignore the X-Priority, X-MSMail-Priority, etc. headers altogether. Everyone's email looks the same to me, so a few times a year I get to take an angry call from someone asking why I haven't replied to their urgent priority message yet. Sorry, but "Subject: data export for October" isn't as urgent as you think it is, and the guy who sent "Subject: Utility work at Chicago datacenter tomorrow" with a normal priority header is actually going to get attention first. Outlook's return receipt feature is another barrel of fun, my client is set not to honor them, which occasionally sends people into a frenzy.

Speaking of things that have been done well for decades, the @mentions thing doesn't sound like any great shakes either. "Making it easy to identify emails that need your attention, as well as flag actions for others" sounds a lot like CC'ing people to me.

Comment Re:Dear god no (Score 1) 331

The theater makes next to nothing from the ticket.

I get it, but it isn't my problem, I still had to pay $12 to walk in the door. The theater owners need to unionize or otherwise get better at negotiating. If every theater in America threatened to close down during opening weekend of the next big blockbuster, I imagine Hollywood might be very willing to reconsider how the money is distributed.

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