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Man Licenses His Video Footage To Sony, Sony Issues Copyright Claim Against Him

Slashdot - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 6:12am
An anonymous reader writes: Mitch Martinez creates high-resolution stock video footage, and then licenses it out to people who need footage to go along with their creative projects. He has written an article at PetaPixel explaining his bizarre interaction with Sony Music Entertainment, and the hassle they put him through to fix it. Martinez licensed one of his videos to Epic Records, and they used it as background for a music video on YouTube. Less than two months later, his original video on YouTube was hit with a copyright claim from Sony. After figuring out that Epic Records was a subsidiary to Sony, he disputed the copyright claim — which is usually the end of it. But after reviewing the videos, Sony rejected it, saying their claim was still valid. Martinez then tried to contact the person at Epic Records to whom he issued the license. None of his emails got a response. Then he had to get in touch with Epic's legal department. After a lengthy series of emails, voicemails, and phone calls, he finally got somebody to admit it was his video. It still took a few more calls to work out the details, but the company finally released the copyright claim. Martinez concludes by offering some tips on how to resolve such claims.

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Mostly Harmless: Google Project Zero man's verdict on Windows 10

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 6:01am
Two steps forward, one step 0-day hack

Ruxcon  Accomplished Google hacker James Forshaw has given Windows 10 a slight security tick of approval, badging the platform as two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair when compared to version 8.1.…

SaaS outfit to users: Change password! Or don't. Oh, go on then

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 5:32am
Accounting company Xero spreads fear-o with password warning SNAFU

Online accounting enfant terrible Xero has apologised for telling too many people to change their passwords, when they didn't need to change their passwords even though it wouldn't hurt them to change their passwords.…

Russian subs prowling near submarine cables: report

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 4:58am
Our 'fishing trawler' dropped that 'anchor' right on your internet backbone? So soz!

In what sounds like a return to the Cold War Era, United States defense types are warily watching Russian submarines cruising around its own – and other countries' – submarine cables.…

'Composable infrastructure': new servers give software more to define

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 4:28am
Cisco, Intel, IBM and HP are bridging virtualisation and the software-defined data centre

“Composable infrastructure” is a term you're about to start hearing a lot more, and the good news is that while it is marketing jargon behind the shiny is pleasing advances in server design that will advance server virtualisation and private clouds.…

Intel and Oracle push into big data, label IBM and SAP cloud clowns

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 3:58am
Lord Larry says AWS, not Big Blue, is his real competition now

Larry Ellison has dismissed his two historic competitors, IBM and SAP as "nowhere in the cloud," and used Sunday night's OpenWorld keynote to show off products and services designed to bury Big Blue and the HANA heroes.…

Judge: School's Facebook Post is a Campaign Contribution

Slashdot - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 3:10am
schwit1 writes: A Colorado judge has ruled that a Facebook post by Liberty Common School amounts to an illegal campaign contribution to a Thompson School District board candidate. In August, the Fort Collins charter school shared with its Facebook followers a newspaper article about a parent of a student running for a board seat in the neighboring school district. Liberty Common's principal, former Colorado Congressman Bob Schaffer, then shared the post and called candidate Tomi Grundvig an "excellent education leader" who would provide "sensible stewardship" of Thompson. The campaign manager for Grundvig's rival filed a complaint, and it had to be settled by the courts. Administrative law judge Matthew E. Norwood called the violation "minor," and ruled that "no government money of any significant amount was spent to make the contribution." He also focused on the post to the school's specific page, not Schaffer's personal page. "The school's action was the giving of a thing of value to the candidate, namely favorable publicity," Norwood wrote.

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Nutanix to float its Community Edition code into the cloud

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 2:58am
Home lab admins, this one's for you, by the hour

Nutanix will shortly make its Community Edition software available in the cloud.…

Libinput 1.1.0 Released, Brings Pointer Acceleration Profiles

Phoronix - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 2:45am
Peter Hutterer announced the release of libinput 1.1.0 as the newest feature update to this display-server/protocol-agnostic Linux input handling library...

You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 2:02am
Software licences that leave vendors in control cited as fine reason to hand over evidence

Apple's battle to avoid handing over user data to the US government has taken an unwelcome turn, with the Feds claiming in court that Cupertino's license agreement gives it the right to do what the government tells it.…

Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

El Reg - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 1:01am
Incoming: boffins scramble to catch debris' Sri Lanka re-entry

A lost and forgotten piece of what was probably a rocket booster is set for a November 13 impact over the Indian Ocean, and it's got space boffins scrambling to make sure they capture the event.…

FreeBSD Makes Strides On Bhyve, UEFI+ZFS, Open-Source OpenCL

Phoronix - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 12:56am
The FreeBSD 2015'Q3 quarterly report has been issued to recap the latest activity happening for this popular BSD project...

Study: Standardized Tests Overwhelming Public Schools

Slashdot - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 12:06am
An anonymous reader writes: A new study examined the amount of time U.S. public schools spend on government-mandated standardized tests, and found that the requirements are detrimental to both students and teachers. On average, students will take 112 standardized tests during their K-12 education. From grades 3-11, students spend over 20 hours per year on standardized tests alone. "It portrays a chock-a-block jumble, where tests have been layered upon tests under mandates from Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and state and local governments, many of which the study argues have questionable value to teachers and students. Testing companies that aggressively market new exams also share the blame, the study said." The U.S. Department of Education has issued an action plan to school districts outlining ways to reduce useless tests and eliminate redundant ones. President Obama even posted a video pledging to reduce the test load of American students. "Standardized testing has caused intense debate on Capitol Hill as lawmakers work to craft a replacement for No Child Left Behind. Testing critics tried unsuccessfully to erase the federal requirement that schools test in math and reading. Civil rights advocates pushed back, arguing that tests are an important safeguard for struggling students because publicly reported test scores illuminate the achievement gap between historically underserved students and their more affluent peers."

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Citrix's boutique virtualisation strategy is working. Mostly

El Reg - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 11:59pm
When it wins Citrix wins big, but Hyper-V and vSphere are winning too

Citrix has taken the unusual step of releasing some market share data that doesn't show it in a completely flattering light.…

First New US Nuclear Reactor In Two Decades Gets Permission To Begin Fueling

Slashdot - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 11:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear power plant began construction in 1973. The plant's first reactor was completed in 1996, and it began operation. Work on the second reactor paused in 1988, and only resumed in 2007. That reactor is now complete — the first newly-operational Generation II reactor since the 1990s. The new reactor has been granted an operational license, and it will soon begin fueling. While the Gen II reactors aren't unsafe, they're much less safe than the Gen III AP1000s. "Compared to a Westinghouse Gen II PWR, the AP1000 contains 50 percent fewer safety-related valves, 35 percent fewer pumps, 80 percent less safety-related piping, 85 percent less control cabling, and 45 percent less seismic building volume. ... If an accident happens, the AP1000 will shut itself down without needing any human intervention (or even electrical power) within the first 72 hours."

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Court to Wikimedia: Your NSA spying evidence is inadmissable, so you can't prove NSA spying

El Reg - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 10:58pm
Catch-22: It's the best catch there is

The Wikimedia Foundation's attempt to stop the National Security Agency (NSA) from spying on its users has foundered because it's impossible to offer court-acceptable evidence of the NSA's activities.…

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