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WinMx World News / Iran's Internet Blackout
« Last post by GhostShip on November 20, 2019, 04:44:30 pm »
Following on from a recent wave of civil unrest after an unexpected and unwelcome fuel price rise internet connectivity into and out of Iran was shut off and remains so at this time.

The details are sketchy on what has been done and why but it is likely the Iranian Govt has taken this action to prevent unrest being created and organised via social media platforms/services.

The disconnection still allows citizens to use internal country wide facilities and web sites but anything outside the country is effectively blocked, this is the same system Russia and China operate to control domestic unrest when it suits them however theres an economic cost to this activity and so this is likely to be simply a warning to Iranian citizens not to get involved in protests.

Let us hope our fellow netizens are reconnected with us soon eh folks, national borders and divisive rhetoric can be so annoying at times.

Get more specific data on this blackout from here folks
https://netblocks.org/reports/internet-disrupted-in-iran-amid-fuel-protests-in-multiple-cities-pA25L18b
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WinMx World News / Re: Virtual Fashion Offerings
« Last post by GhostShip on November 16, 2019, 12:15:26 pm »
I thnk the old saying about "a fool and their money being easily parted" applies in this case  :yes:

You dont want to purchase any virtual pop sox do you Stripes, I havent worked on any yet but look at it as an investment opportunity... for the future  ;)
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WinMx World News / Re: Copyright Madnesss - Artist Cant Play Own Work
« Last post by GhostShip on November 16, 2019, 09:21:58 am »
Stripes how can you stand to read that fake news website  :shocked:

I wouldnt give Swift the time of day if I met her in the street but this statement from her copyright holder record label big machine makes it clear shes not being completely dishonest.

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Big Machine’s owners expressed shock over her public statements, though they stopped short of denying the substance of her claims in a carefully worded statement of their own sent to media outlets.

“As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her Tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere,” the company said.

Please note the use of weazel words contained in this statement.

They state they cant stop her performing live on any platform or show etc and yes thats the case if shes delivering NEW materials they dont own the rights to, so in part they are half honest, Pay further attention to the specific use of the word "LIVE" within this context, this in essence clearly indicates shes not to use any of the older NON-live materials such as stuff from her own back catalogue, this statement clearly shows the truth of the matter despite being crafted to mislead most non legally trained eyes.

Clearly they both need to get around the table and agree something and Its an own goal revenue wise in going public with a bog standard contractual dispute as this is but to move ahead both sides need to remain honest,
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WinMx World News / Re: Virtual Fashion Offerings
« Last post by White Stripes on November 16, 2019, 12:42:04 am »
how the hell does an augmented reality item have long term value? the software is only going to be supported for so long... i dont see 'open source' anywhere in that article...
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WinMx World News / Re: Copyright Madnesss - Artist Cant Play Own Work
« Last post by White Stripes on November 15, 2019, 09:22:00 am »
the loss of her music is not a loss at all... shes a plastic paid-for 'pop star' like many that have been forgotten before her... shes also a real bitch... ...yes i realize this is a messed up deal but that's what happens when you sell your body and soul to the music (especially pop music) industry....
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WinMx World News / Equifax Breach Highlights Lack Of Protections For Consumenrs
« Last post by GhostShip on November 15, 2019, 09:07:36 am »
Whilst no one around here is interested in any of your data folks there are companies who buy and sell it to create things like credit scores etc that many people find helpful when they need such services, so what about when it all goes wrong and your private data is exposed for all to see, or worse you didnt even know comapnies where hoarding data on you ?

Heres one story the EFF have been following since 2017 when many US citizens had their data exposed by a massive data breach at a credit reference company.

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After Equifax’s calamitous 2017 data breach, its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the private attorneys representing victims appears to offer two potential remedies to all 147 million American consumers affected: free credit monitoring, or if individuals already had free credit monitoring, an up to $125 cash payment. The FTC directed consumers affected by the breach to a third-party website where they could quickly and easily file their claim.

At the time, EFF tepidly commented on the settlements’ efforts to compensate consumers. But we also noted that the $125 payments would come from a $31 million fund, meaning that if all 147 million victims chose the payment, each person’s payment would be reduced on a pro rata basis to as little as 21 cents each.


It seems then that the value of your privacy is limited to the bank balance of the data miners, this is more than insulting I think you would all agree given they charge more than that to clients whom want to spy over that same data.

The EFF sets out a set of remedies in the article that are clear and concise in just what is required in terms of protections and when things go wrong real compesations for affected data subjects (thats the nice term for you folks ..lol)

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Information fiduciary and national data breach notification rules

This one is simple: companies that collect your personal information should have a legal duty to protect it. A strong information fiduciary law would require that companies follow best practices and exercise care to protect user information as a matter of course—not as a negotiated settlement years later.

Private right of action and real damages

We need to ensure a direct, private cause of action for data breaches and other digital privacy harms to give victims a more reasonable day in court than they have now. Because data harms can be hard to quantify financially, the law should provide statutory or liquidated damages, like it does for illegal wiretapping, where Congress long ago recognized that there should be no requirement to show financial harm in order to recover.

Data broker registration

Data brokers harvest and monetize our personal information without our knowledge or consent. Worse, many data brokers fail to securely store this sensitive information, predictably leading to data breaches. One good way to facilitate better oversight comes from Vermont’s new data privacy law, which requires data brokers to register annually with the government.


Non-discrimination rules

Pay-for-privacy is unfair. The law should prohibit companies from denying services, charging different prices, providing different quality levels, or otherwise discriminating against users who choose more private options.
Stronger rule-making authority for the FTC

Federal regulators must have the authority and funding to write and enforce consumer privacy rules. Congress should empower the FTC—an expert agency once tasked with data privacy regulation—to set and enforce sound security standards.

No federal pre-emption

Federal law should set a floor—not a ceiling—for privacy protection. States, as our “laboratories of democracy,” must retain their power to respond to technological changes and constituent concerns by enacting innovative data security policies.

No new criminal liability

And finally, one thing to avoid: existing computer crime laws are already extremely unfair and overbroad. That causes real harm and injustice. It also threatens the very security researchers—like the one who found an Equifax bug before the breach—who work to protect the rest of us. Any new efforts to address data breaches should focus on incentives to protect data rather than further expanding criminal liability for coders.


As always the EFF gets to the point of the matter and shows the way ahead to safeguard your rights in the digital age, if you agree feel free to Donate something to their work in fighting online injustice and helping shape wider digital policy.

https://supporters.eff.org/donate/join-eff-4
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WinMx World News / Rare Bit Torrent Piracy Case Fails Judicial Hurdle
« Last post by GhostShip on November 15, 2019, 08:44:14 am »
Good news for Canadians  :D

https://torrentfreak.com/canadian-court-rejects-reverse-class-action-against-bittorrent-pirates-191114/

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The Canadian Federal Court has dismissed a motion from Voltage Pictures to go after alleged BitTorrent pirates through a reverse class action lawsuit. The case in question started in 2016, in an attempt to sue alleged pirates at reduced cost

As the case went on the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) took interest in the case.
This week the Federal Court of Canada ruled on the matter and Justice Boswell agreed with CIPPIC.

“I agree with CIPPIC’s submissions that Voltage’s pleadings do not disclose a reasonable cause of action with respect to primary infringement.  While Voltage alleges that its forensic software identified a direct infringement in [sic] Voltage’s films, Voltage has failed to identify a Direct Infringer in its amended notice of application,” he writes.

The crux of this case and many others rest on the ability of movie rights owners being able to prove an identified person or persons undertook the alleged infringement , simply pointing to an IP is not now seen as enough evidence as anyone in a household could have undertaken the infringement and not be the actual internet account holder, this case is one of many where the judges have restated this is the case, "prove who did the infringing or forget it" they are in effect saying.
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WinMx World News / Virtual Fashion Offerings
« Last post by GhostShip on November 15, 2019, 08:28:39 am »
What is the world coming to  :crazy:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49794403

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Earlier this year Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, spent $9,500 (£7,500) on a dress for his wife.
That is a lot of money for a dress, particularly when it does not exist, at least not in a physical form.

Instead it was a digital dress, designed by fashion house The Fabricant, rendered on to an image of Richard's wife, Mary Ren, which can then be used on social media.
He explains that he and his wife don't usually buy expensive clothing, but he wanted this piece because he thinks it has long-term value.

I guess the next step to this online flim flammery will be digital faces created and sold because our real selves get old,have a bad hair day or lose a tooth etc ...what goes on eh follks  :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

* GhostShip rushes off to create some digital pop sox
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WinMx World News / Copyright Madnesss - Artist Cant Play Own Work
« Last post by GhostShip on November 15, 2019, 08:23:02 am »
Is this good or bad  :lol:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50428712

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Taylor Swift has said her performance at the upcoming American Music Awards (AMAs) is in doubt because she is being barred from performing her own songs.

In a message to fans on social media, the singer said music managers Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta would not let her perform songs from her past albums, which they own the rights to.


I think the real issue here is one of brinkmanship, Taylor has enjoyed the trappings of mainstream success but seems to have put little thought into securing her position, the same thing happened to Paul mcCartney and he spent years trying to buy back the rights to his own works, it seems if you simply sign the first peice of recording industry paper in front of you promising vast wealth you only have yourself to blame , perhaps a smaller slice of the contractual pie offering a bigger slice of the overall ownership of the work is the more long term approach.
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