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Submission + - Alternatives to U.S. Copyright?

Futurepower(R) writes: Other countries? What other countries offer copyright registration?

The U.S. Copyright Office raised its fees on May 1, 2014. Now, if you write 2 poems of 10 lines each, that is called a "compilation". The cost of "one work" is $35, the cost of registering a compilation is $55.

Long processing time: The processing time for internet e-Filing of a U.S. copyright registration is 6 to 10 months. The processing time for paper forms is up to 10 to 15 months. See underneath the photographs on the Registration Portal web page.

There are often error messages. I got this one a few minutes ago; I was not logged in:

"Your session timed out because you were idle for too long. Please log in again to resume. If you had a Siebel attachment open, your changes may have been lost. Please save the file locally, close it, and reattach it to the appropriate record."

Apparently the U.S. Copyright Office uses Oracle software. That's all I know about Siebel attachments.

I have gotten another Oracle error message:

"We detected an Error which may have occurred for one or more of the following reasons: The selected record has been modified by another user since it was retrieved. Please continue.(SBL-DAT-00523)"

It was not obvious what caused the message. I didn't "select a record".

It's complicated. The U.S. Copyright Office Compendium of Practices PDF file is 1,288 pages long, and includes links to other PDF files. Each chapter has page numbers, but there are no overall page numbers.

Payment is made BEFORE uploading the file to be copyrighted. If there is an error, the Copyright office keeps the money.

Many readers of everything registered? Presumably the many U.S. government secret agencies and their contractors have access to every submission to the U.S. Copyright office. Presumably it would be easy for someone to steal.

Other methods? Encrypt and send an email? If you want to prove that you are the author of a document, can you encrypt it and send it by email using a large system that stores emails indefinitely? Would a court accept that an author could not possibly have control over the date shown on a Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo email, for example?

Could you send an encrypted file to friends who would record the date they received it? Also, all ISPs and services like Dropbox record the date a file is received.

Submission + - Norwegian cyber command warns against supply chain security risks in F35 project (

hrdo writes: The commander of the Norwegian CYFOR (a branch of the military) held a speach Monday night in Oslo where he warned that large military projects like the F35 fighter jet project can be threatened by attacks on the supply chain. The warnings follow several media stories about security breaches due to outsourcing and lack of controls. In one case an Indian IT company was contracted to operate the emergency communications network for Norwegian police, ambulances and fire departments — without security clearances or background checks.

The general should keep preaching security to his peers, not only within his own organization and on the battle field, but also in the procurement trenches. The initianl penetration of advanced persistent threats targeting high-security organizations is tyically coming via a less secure supply chain partner. Still, coordinated security management in large projects remains a fantacy in most cases.

Submission + - PHP Is First Language To Add "Modern" Cryptography Library To Its Core (

An anonymous reader writes: The PHP team has unanimously voted to integrate the Libsodium library in the PHP core, and by doing so, becoming the first programming language to support a modern cryptography library by default. Developers approved a proposal with a vote of 37 to 0 and decided that Libsodium will be added to the upcoming PHP 7.2 release that will be launched towards the end of 2017.

Scott Arciszewski, the cryptography expert who made the proposal says that by supporting modern crypto in the PHP core, the PHP team will force the WordPress team to implement better security in its CMS, something they avoided until now. Additionally, it will allow PHP and CMS developers to add advanced cryptography features to their apps that run on shared hosting providers, where until now they weren't able to install custom PHP extensions to support modern cryptography. Other reasons on why he made the proposal are detailed in depth here.

Arciszewski also says that PHP is actually "the first" programming language to support a "modern" cryptography library in its core, despite Erlang and Go including similar libraries, which he claims are not as powerful and up-to-date as PHP's upcoming Libsodium implementation.

Submission + - Trump has 3,643 websites ( 3

mykepredko writes: reports that Donald Trump has a vast online portfolio of domain names — digital addresses that foreshadowed his political career, business projects and accusations of unethical behavior.

CNNMoney investigated 20 years of internet records using DomainTools, which tracks registrations and transfers. Some are obvious choices he acquired long ago, like and But Trump has also grabbed names that could be used against him, including and

Submission + - Techdirt asks judge to throw out suit over "Inventor of E-mail" (

walterbyrd writes: Michael Masnick, who founded the popular Techdirt blog, filed a motion today asking for a defamation lawsuit against him to be thrown out. Masnick was sued last month by Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist and entrepreneur who claims to have invented e-mail in 1978 at a medical college in New Jersey.

In his motion, Masnick claims that Ayyadurai "is seeking to use the muzzle of a defamation action to silence those who question his claim to historical fame."

Comment Re:Linus is a dumb ditch digger (Score 1) 356

Okay, so why did Linux come to dominate everything from wrist watches to super computers? Anything that is NOT a desktop / laptop PC. Thermostats. Security Cameras. And I gave a longer list of other items earlier.

What happened to Microsoft's Unix? What prevented it from being what Linux is today? The clue is so obvious, as I pointed out in another reply just now.

Comment Re:Linus is a dumb ditch digger (Score 1) 356

You are talking about technical matters. The superiority of Sun's OS vs early Linux. I am talking about what ACTUALLY made Linux succeed. Yes, Linux did succeed. It's a real fact. Something made that happen. You don't seem to understand what it was. Nothing McNealy could have done with Sun's OS would have stopped the dominance of Linux. Nothing. Because technical improvements to Sun's OS completely misses the point. Just as you are missing it.

I would point out that the first automobiles were horrible compared to the horse and buggy. Automobiles were unreliable. Difficult to start. You could even break your arm crank starting one if it backfired while you were cranking. They were noisy. Smelly. And worst of all, they frightened the horses.

What you miss when talking about early Linux being crap is that it improved. And improved. And kept improving. But something that you seem to miss set it apart from Sun's OS and made it become dominant. What do you think that thing was?

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