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Comment Shortest non-informative article I've ever read !! (Score 5, Interesting) 129

The linked article is almost as long as the /. post above. I'd vote down the story as "not the best" Seriously -- several build up paragraphs of text with a final conclusion of "passive scrolling" followed by a button "show less" --- this article can't be much less. it needs a "show more"

Suggests to me it is click spam that made it though /. filters. SEO bait.

Comment Re:Yes - that's called Copyright & Fair-use (Score 1) 144

I don't think it would matter where it was posted. True - FB has a license with you so that they can distribute your content for viewing on FB. But that isn't what ABC et al was using.

Even if ABC had found the video elsewhere on the web -- reporting a story and using clips to convey the story is allowed under copyright. They were not making the WHOLE video available (I assume). A judge would look at how MUCH of the video was re-used to make a fair determination - but previous cases have determined that short-clips are fine. Or Parody - you can do all the parody you want!!

But your point about digital copies causing you loss of control are correct. It may not be legal - but you can't control it after it is published.

Now, if only (!) there was a technology that would allow the content owner to control how their digital content was used. Dare I say it... DRM ?! :-D

Comment Yes - that's called Copyright & Fair-use (Score 2, Insightful) 144

Oh no - The horror, the horror. Oh wait ...this turns out to be a non-story.

One cannot rebroadcast the "whole" movie without permission - but one can show limited clips. Just like Movie Reviewers do. They are allowed to show clips that represent the review points that they are making. All under fair-use.

Now we'll start seeing more Youtube videos that say "I don't own the video but posted the complete copy here and it is owned by the owner - this statement makes is fair use" Yeah - no.


Comment Re:But... (Score 2) 181

Yup - this happened to a local tavern that was also known for producing some of the best beer in the area. The owner sold the building to a real-estate investor and leased his own property back - using the money to pay down debt.

Said investor jacked up his rent (up to "fair market value") - forcing the business to close. They then split the two entities and sold the beer to a bigger brewery.

Sad & quick end to a family business.

Submission + - Security Teams Are Becoming Cyber Espionage Investigators

Trailrunner7 writes: As cyber espionage has moved from the government sector into the corporate world, enterprise security professionals have found themselves needing to become investigators to deal with the threat. But without real expertise and experience with investigations, even the best security teams can miss serious compromises in their environments.

“Cybersecurity professionals don’t have experience dealing with traditional investigations. These cases are complex because you often don’t have the data you need to tell the story. We need to find a way to help companies characterize what’s going on. It’s a problem we haven’t really thought about for a long time,” Milan Patel, a former FBI cyber investigator and current managing director of cyber investigation and incident response at K2 Intelligence said during a panel discussion on cyber espionage at the RSA Conference here Wednesday.

In one recent case, Patel was called in to a large real estate company to investigate an administrator who had given himself extra network privileges. The admin then got access to the Exchange server and began reading emails sent by the company’s executive team. During the investigation, Patel discovered that several other people had unnecessary elevated privileges, but the firm didn’t have a way to track when the employees had gotten those rights or how. The company also didn’t have any way to do forensics on the employee’s laptop or phone.

Submission + - Qrator: 1 Tbps DDoS attacks will become a new norm in 2017 (qrator.net)

atomlib writes: Qrator, a DDoS mitigation company based in Prague, published a report with rather grim outline of distributed denial-of-service security landscape. Their report discusses overall shifts which took place in 2016. Thanks to woefully unprotected Internet of Things 1 Tbps attacks the world saw last year are about to become a new reality. The company notes a dramatic drop in level of expertise required for a successful attack against even a big company. In addition to that more and more DDoS attacks target application level protocols which are much harder to defend. An example of that is Pingback vulnerability in Wordpress which allows to use servers as amplificators to coordinate attacks using HTTPS. The latter is much harder to filter since it requires ability to decipher all HTTPS traffic wirespeed. The only solution Qrator sees to upcoming DDoS issue is proactive threat monitoring and geo-distributed cloud solutions with presence allocation.

The report also details a few changes company proposed to Internet Engineering Task Force for BGP protocol. These changes are aimed at reducing amount of route leaks in anycast networks and establishing ways to monitor these incidents.

Submission + - Javascript side-channel attack can bypass ASLR

ripvlan writes: A new attack proposed and demonstrated by researchers uses Javascript to do a "simple" attack thereby bypassing all of the security goodness of Address Space Layout Randomization. ASLR is a technique to make sure memory isn't where you expect it to be — thus making Stack overflows and Heap overwrites difficult to implement in a predictable manner.

Researchers showed how a Javascript program can implement a side-channel attack on the Memory Management Unit of any CPU and discover the layout of memory. Their sample can also be injected into a Drive-By attack — thus making future exploits more...eh.. reliable. https://arstechnica.com/securi...

Comment Re:New Flash - giant hole appears in China (Score 1) 71

Well, I don't know. But Americans say they can dig a hole to China. So I guess I should have worded it as "hole appears in America" --- but I know that digging through the USA won't get you to China (unless you go very sideways).

Or it appears in DC and swallows up everything - setting fire to the President's lying pants :-P (liar liar pants on fire)

Comment Re:It's dramatic how quickly the shift happened (Score 1) 268

I agree - I think this rise in popularity is what allowed Gimlet Media to get running & look good to investors. Plus the spin offs (like Serial from TAL...and is now its own "thing" like Gimlet) This podcast "craze" can been seen in a few ways - Dangerous narrow-focus on "media I like" (akin to the web portal dangers predicted years ago) and Enriching myself through learning & entertainment. It is a "new" stream of "radio" content - a shift like how Netflix & Amazon has replaced cable TV in our house. Other than Live News I rarely turn on the radio. Even music is streamed or mp3 (ad free world - gotta love it).

I've been listening for about 8 years now - I used to treat it as a "DVR" for radio and listen when I missed a show But that quickly became "listen on demand according to my schedule" -- like Netflix. My car (2008) has an iPod connector so I would load up and go, either the morning commute or Sunday drive. Now that I have kids my morning commute is the music of Rock'in Ron the Friendly Pirate.

Since I started podcast listening through NPR a few shows have stayed with me. But my media playing time has to compete with other stuff these days - such as Netflix, reading books, and playing with the kids (which is my personal top priority). To this end I no longer listen to Every Single Episode like I used to. Even my list of podcasts has gotten shorter.

DotNetRocks (used to listen to them all - now just the ones I have time & interest)
RunAs Radio (again - used to listen to them all)
This American Life (skip the reruns)
Reply All
RadioLab (skip the reruns)
Startup Podcast
99% Invisible

As time permits & a single episode looks interesting/helpful:
Planet Money, Freakonomics, Marketplace Money

Used to listen: (all good - just lacking time)
Bill Burr Monday Morning podcast
Lake Wobegon
Wait Wait...don't tell me
Whad'ya Know (not much..you?! - sorry couldn't help it - used to listen to the full 2 hour on the radio years ago)

Comment How is "The Onion" categorized? (Score 2) 194

It'll be interesting to see how this works - what is the definition of "fake" news. Will CNN drop from view? What about The Onion? (which is the definition of Fake news - although considered highbrow satire). Posts about SNL mocking Trump?

Will this stop the those who embrace alternate facts? Or fuel the conspiracy that liberal media is controlling the story? Look at FB who is now "blocking" access to the stories that people want to read - and the reason will be defined as attempting to hide the real story!!! Or hiding the stories that the media doesn't want you to read. The "Go do your own research!" movement will not die on the vine because their favorite stories are harder to find on FB. I predict that people will move to alternate sites to get their fix.

Times - they are a changing.

Comment Re:Good riddance. (Score 1) 91

Yes - that's the same way I feel about my iWatch. Too expensive for what I use it for - so it will last a long time, and if not I'll go back to my $30 Timex which is still ticking on the same battery in the drawer 8 years after I bought it. Geez - buying a $200 watch used to be an extravagant dress watch - a wedding or PhD graduation present. Bullet proof - dive features - diamond plating - solar charging - never needs a battery. Now $200 gives you a plastic wrist band and 11 hours of battery.

BUT - the first digital watch I saw had an LED screen which you pressed a button to see the time - because it used so much power the battery would be dead soon. A friend of my Dad had one and I remember him preventing us from pressing the button all the time - it was very cool to see this thing. And it was expensive and it was "first." You pay for "first"

Comment Re:Who wants DVDs? (Score 1) 157

I disagree a bit. While I agree that streaming will replace disks - Bluray still offers higher quality picture. Apple Streaming is very good - but I have several "Ultraviolet" Blurays (buy the disk and get a coupon to stream same movie from Apple or Amazon) - and the picture quality is different. I'm sure the reason is compression and streaming quality choices vs network throughput. But I have several movies that I watch because of the picture quality. Plus streaming seems to have problems with Panning - I see lots of jitter. And Amazon seems fuzzy (I've tried comparing the same content through my AppleTV and Amazon FireTV).

But the "I want it now" of streaming is certainly the future. I feel like we're in a transition state similar to "is digital really good enough to replace film?" Someday it won't be a question.

When I buy it - I own it. I have a large CD music collection that has been ripped and has played over the life of 3 different cellphones, 1 music player, and now Sonos. Would I want a subscription to CBS music? maybe. Lots of cool old stuff that we don't have access to anymore. For budgetary reasons I had to cancel a few music streaming services recently....still have my CD collection though.

Comment Re:I'd buy more DVDs if only... (Score 1) 157

Here here!! "Coming in the summer of 2003 - " oh how I hate those ads.

I popped in the 75th anniversary edition of Wizard of Oz ... and it just started playing the movie!! OMG! No ads, No menus, no "press play to watch." The lion roared and there was Dorothy and Toto skipping down the road. That is the way all Movies should start !!!! When the movie was over - only then did the Extras and what-not menus come up.

Gosh - it's like vinyl and CD music. They just play when you put them.

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