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Submission + - Possibly fatal blow against a patent trolls. (

whoever57 writes: Patent trolls rely on the fact that they have no assets and, if they lose a case, they can fold the company that owned the patent and sued, thus avoiding paying any the defendant's legal bills. However, in a recent case, the judge has told the winning defendant that it can claim its legal bills from the law firm. The decision is based on the plaintiff's law firm using a contract under which it would take a portion of any judgment, making it more than just counsel, but instead a partner with the plaintiff. This will likely result in law firms wanting to be paid up front, instead of offering a contingency-based fee.

Submission + - New EU E-Privacy Regulation Leaked (will complement EU GDPR) (

mork writes: The EU Commission’s proposal for a new Regulation on e-privacy leaked before the holidays. Replacing the old Directive with a new Regulation is a part of the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy. The draft Regulation complements the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679, the “GDPR”). One of the most significant novelties of the Regulation is that it would require the settings of all components of terminal equipment to be configured, by default, to prevent third parties from storing or processing information.

Submission + - Monty Montgomery: Next-Next Generation Video: Introducing Daala (

An anonymous reader writes: Xiph.Org has been working on Daala, a new video codec for some time now, though Opus work had overshadowed it until just recently. With Opus finalized and much of the mop-up work well in hand, Daala development has taken center stage.

I've started work on 'demo' pages for Daala, just like I've done demos of other Xiph development projects. Daala aims to be rather different from other video codecs (and it's the first from-scratch design attempt in a while), so the first few demo pages are going to be mostly concerned with what's new and different in Daala.

I've finished the first 'demo' page (about Daala's lapped transforms), so if you're interested in video coding technology, go have a look!


Submission + - There Just Aren't Enough IT Security Experts (

CowboyRobot writes: "There are approximately 67,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S., 50,000 of which require a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, according to public statements by Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies. During the past two years, the number of jobs posted that require CISSPs rose from 19,000 to more than 29,000, a pace the industry can't possibly match, Sigelman said. CISSP certification requires a minimum of five years of active security work in one of 10 specific security disciplines, according to ISC 2, Inc., which administers the certification."

Submission + - New site reads+evaluates the ToS so you dont have to (

mork writes: Not that anyone reads the small print in the terms of service anyway, but now a new web site does this for you ( They evaluate the terms to see what rights they claim over your usage. The goal is to give users control over their valuable user data and privacy. The site holds peer-reviewed summaries of many social media sites and is working on expanding its evaluations. The work gets released as free software and open data.

Comment Alternative uses (Score 1) 134

> But you can avoid the worst problems by having someone actively managing the checkout
> queues, and this is the solution for bufferbloat as well: AQM (Active Queue Management).

Can someone please implement this system at Heathrow to reduce the queues there?

The Internet

Submission + - Egypt flips internet kill switch; could the U.S.? (

mykos writes: Human rights and government control are on a crash course in today's world. How much power do governments get when push comes to shove? Do they have the power to cut your entire nation off from the rest of the world? Senators Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins have proposed the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act". But from whom are they protecting cyberspace? Egypt is answering this question for themselves right now.

Comment Renesys data on the Egypt IPSs BGP withdrawal (Score 2) 840

Renesys reports that the big four ISPs in Egypt have withdrawn approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes, leaving no valid paths by which to reach the rest of the world. One of the very few exceptions to this block has been Noor Group.


Submission + - Record companies lose, artists gain (

mork writes: A recent MSc thesis from two students at Norwegian School of Management show that after 10 years of digitalization of music, the average (Norwegian) musician's income has increased by 66%. As a group, the only losers in digital music seems to be the record companies. The musicians' income increase is due to increased income from concerts, various collection agencies and stipends from the government in the period from 1999 to 2009. During the same period, record sales have decreased by about 50%. The fall in income from record sales is less important for the musicians, however, since, on average, they only receive 15% of record sales, whereas they receive on average 50% from concerts and 80% from collection agencies (who collects provisions from radio play and other uses of the artists' productions.). The thesis also shows that the fall in record sales also means that record companies are becoming less important as launchpads for new artists, and that records to a larger degree become "business cards" — i.e., a marketing tool — to attract audiences to concerts.

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