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Comment Re:Goodbye, World Wide Web. (Score 1) 282

IIRC from a different article ( DR-this-FA), the "knowledge" part made sense in this particular case:

1. The illegally hosted content was taken down

2. Then the commercial news site replaced its links to the taken down content with links to a different site hosting this content illegally

3. Instead of just playing whack-a-mole with hosters, the copyright owners also told the news site to knock it off.

4. The court either didn't buy the "we still had no idea the 2nd time around, nudegnudgewinkwink" excuse or at least said that the news people weren't working with due diligence, given how some staffer had to actively look for another source of the taken down content.

Requiring someone to prove "we had no knowledge" would be stupid, but it's not that unreasonable to expect a news site to be able to give convincing answers to questions like:
    "So, what made you think - and what did you do to make sure - that your 2nd source was hosting the content legally after your 1st source turned out to be illegal?".

Comment Re:Always thought of flossing to be an American th (Score 1) 257

Well, here's a German who flosses daily before going to bed.
Maybe it's because some of my teeth are very close together and there's no chance for a brush to get between them, but I can feel the difference before and after flossing so that l still feel a bit dirty if I just brush without flossing.

What I think makes a way bigger difference than flossing or not: using an electric toothbrush.

Comment Re:Definition? (Score 4, Interesting) 116

The obvious case would be people using it like any other file(-sharing) host.
I don't think there's much if anything stopping you from adding e.g. an archive containing a movie or a bunch of ebooks into a throw-away repository and linking it from somewhere else.

Using Git might even make it easier to reupload stuff after one repo gets taken down - just add another remote to your source repo and push it.

Comment Re:I dunno; I kind of like "Nigel" better. (Score 1) 145

IIRC they decided against using any name with "gear" in it for legal reasons.
I guess there could've been trademark issues based on a fear of people confusing the two shows, if the trademarked titles are too close in addition(!) to the moderators and the general topic being the same.

I'm pretty sure I've read about trademark lawsuits based on flimsier similarity/confusion arguments.

Comment RMI/Deserialization vulnerability (Score 2) 34

It looks like an RMI / Apache Commons thing.

A bunch of popular Java application servers like JBoss, WebLogic, WebSphere or applications like Jenkins use RMI or at least similar (de)serialization of Java objects for a variety of things like e.g. remote management. They also seem to be rather trusting of the clients and serialized objects they receive and deserialize on the server side.

Now, if I remember correctly, you can only deserialize classes on your CLASSPATH, so you usually can't just send a serialized instance of net.some.exploit.MyEvilAndUnsafeToDeserializeObject.class and expect it to work on servers because they usually won't have your net.some.exploit.MyEvilAndUnsafeToDeserializeObject.class on their classpath

So someone looked for popular Java libraries which do some unsafe serialization/deserialization stuff and are used by lots of server software and found that the Apache Commons Collections library contains some dangerous deserialization code and is used by a lot of software - like JBoss and the others mentioned.

So if a server does RMI or RMI-like services and uses that library, you can basically get a remote shell on that server by sending some evil RMI to whatever port/servlet/service on that server accepts RMI or some other (proprietary) protocol which uses serialized Java objects somewhere.

Comment Re: Internet != internet (Score 1) 218

Or rather:

the girl's voice had a kind of penetrating quality, like a corkscrew. When she spoke in italics, you could hear them. 'Oh, no. You can't say that. Because how can I tell if it works without trying it? That comes under the Sale of Goods Act (1983).' The awed watchers were astonished to see a slightly hunted look in Mr Patel's eyes. Up until now he'd never met anyone who could pronounce brackets.

Comment Re: Internet != internet (Score 1) 218

Terry Pratchett kinda made 4th-wall-breaking fun of this in some of his books.
I can't find the quote this made me think of right now, but it was a character accusing another not of being sarcastic, but of speaking some word in italics (IIRC Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax).

I just found some similar quotes from other books, like from "Men at Arms"

He could think in italics. Such people need watching. Preferably from a safe distance.

..or taking it even further, from his scifi-gamer YA book "Only You Can Save Mankind" when Kristy argues with Mr Patel the game shop owner about returning her "defective" copy of the game which she had already opened:

the girl's voice had a kind of penetrating quality, like a corkscrew. When she spoke in italics, you could hear them. 'Oh, no. You can't say that. Because how can I tell if it works without trying it? That comes under the Sale of Goods Act (1983).' The awed watchers were astonished to see a slightly hunted look in Mr Patel's eyes. Up until now he'd never met anyone who could pronounce brackets.

Comment Re:mistablishing president (Score 2) 237

Besides them being different courts, those lawsuits might actually be somewhat different because, while they all wanted to stop adblock from blocking theirs ads, the plaintiffs might have used different approaches and accused adblock of violating different laws.
I haven't looked up the past lawsuits, but IIRC another article about this most recent case, this time the argument went along those lines:

1. The newspaper and adblock are competitors because of the acceptable ads program. The court agreed with this to a certain degree, at least to the extent that it agreed to hear a case in which adblock was accused of being a competitor who is applying unfair business practices violating German laws regulating fair competition between businesses (basically, one boxer was complaining to the ref that there's a guy in the ring who keeps punching him in the nuts)
2. The actual complaint was that there's an "implicit contract" between the newspaper's website and its users (i.e. users get articles in exchange for viewing ads) and that adblock is injecting themselves into and actively interfering with the contract between a competitor and the competitor's customers.
That's the contract which the quote

users have the right to block those or any ads, because no such contract exists

in the /. summary refers to.
Obviously from the quote, the court didn't agree that blocking ads is as trying to sabotage a competitor's contracts.

Anyway / tl;dr:
This case was about (specific) unfair business practices.
An earlier one was IIRC about adblock employees' sales pitches for "Acceptable Ads" (i.e. whitelisting in exchange for 30(?)% of your ad revenue) being essentially an extortion/protection money racket:
"Beautiful website and traffic stats you've got there; would be a shame if something were to happen to your ads..."
Other were about..I don't remember..maybe a general "they're 'stealing' from us".
One lawsuit might have been about whether removing the ads can be considered copyright violation because it's altering the appearance of the site (creating a derivative work) without the original authors permission.

Comment Re:Advertising Bubble (Score 1) 287

There are different kinds of advertising:
On the internet you often have "Buy OUR crap. Now." ads which hope people click on them and buy stuff. But for the reasons you stated, most ads outside of search engines won't lead to direct sales that way because people rarely come to websites like Facebook looking to buy stuff *right now*.

Another kind of ad are more about brand recognition, about getting your name out. So that people who aren't looking to buy something *right now* will either remember your name or at least recognize it again on a more subtle level.

I mean, it's not like a company putting an ad for a lawn mower in a magazine or airing one during the Super Bowl expects people to jump up and run out to buy a lawn mower right after they see it (i.e. offline they usually don't expect the equivalent of a click-through leading to a sale when someone views their ad).
BUT: the next time you need to buy a lawn mower, you might remember their name and make sure to look at their products before coming to a decision what to buy.
Or, if you are in the store in front of a line of lawn mowers and have to make a decision between a few models which are similar on features and price, a lot of people won't toss a coin, they'll often - maybe just subconsciously - favor the manufacturer whose name rings a faint bell over ones they've never heard of before.

This probably becomes more important the cheaper and harder to distinguish the products are.
When buying a car, there's lots of stuff you can look up to compare or have preferences for.
When standing in front of a wall of unknown toilet cleaners with tiny price difference and your usual one [ how did it become your usual..?] is out of stock, name recognition or the design of the bottle might influence how "randomly" you select one of the other options.
And if your random(?) pick works for you, it might become your new usual product.

Comment Re:hey, son, jam that IAB right up your ass. (Score 1) 539

I didn't RTFA and don't know if the "freedom of the press" bit is addressed in it, but my guess is that the argument will be more along the lines of the need for an independent press as 4th power. Something like:
"You can't have an independent press without financial independence. People aren't paying directly for it, so the money will have to come from somewhere else if you don't want to have less press ( == smaller spectrum of voices/opinions). Ads are an independent way to get the necessary money compared to publishing embedded ads/paid content or the press depending on the goodwill of a few rich folks who would be in control of what gets published."

That's the only thing coming to mind that makes some sense to me, but one obvious problem with that is the assumption that we aren't already at that point.
And "But things will be even worse!" doesn't convince me because there's no guarantee that things won't get worse anyway:
Why should commercial news organizations be more likely to go for product quality instead of profit maximisation than other businesses?

Comment Re:Aggregators (Score 1) 188

There is this.
But the reasons I've heard more often are
  • * (hardware performance / hosting prices have reached a point that iit's possible now)
  • * doing SSL without browser complaints will be difficult if the page contains 3rd party images included via http instead of https
  • * images will still be there later; in most old threads, especially photoshop contests, they're mostly gone because the hosts don't exist anymore
  • * easier to moderate threads (no need to run their scripts anymore that check old threads for images which have been swapped out, either by the user or the host)
  • * easier to use because you neither need to know HTML nor have an external host

Comment Re:Aggregators (Score 1) 188

Years ago, fark.com went from external images to hosted images. I didn't see the endgame. This week, JavaScript is required to load the images. It's vendor lock in all over again. Because who uses an external host if you can just click upload?

Uh, I've Javascript disabled an no problem seeing images in Fark threads.
As a matter of fact, if you've Javascript disabled, there's no "upload" to click and you have to use an external host (Fark then downloads the image from there onto their servers).

And I wouldn't call some forum rehosting external images on their own servers "vendor lock-in".

Comment Re:Uber is as safe as taxis (Score 1) 471

I've been in many, MANY poorly-maintained taxis, often with egregious flaws.

In Germany, as was parent's example?
Otherwise I would assume that there aren't such regulations/requirements or they aren't enforced.

I've yet to see an Uber car that is even close to this level of disrepair.

Give it 5-10 years or whenever the current Uber drivers have to get a new one.

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