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July 18, 2013

Yahoo is trying to strangle the porn out of Tumblr

Any tumblr blog marked as "adult" or which the internal algorithms decide is adult have become invisible to searches and tagging. They are effectively hidden unless you already know they exist. Tumblr users, especially those who took Yahoo's CEO Mayer at her word when she said they wouldn't change what people loved about the site, are PISSED. Stuffies — New NSFW content restrictions enrage Tumblr users
Tumblr users have always had the option of marking their account as NSFW, and since around 10% of Tumblr is porn, people were generally pretty good at labelling their blogs. However, under Tumblr’s new content restrictions, posts from Adult-rated blogs will no longer show up on tags. Any tags. Also, Tumblr is able to flag your account as Adult without you labelling it as such—although users do have the option of appealing to the “Trust & Safety Team” if their feel their blog has been flagged unfairly. Adult blogs are now unsearchable. If your blog has been flagged as Adult, nothing you post will ever appear on Tumblr’s public tag searches. Your posts will only be visible to your own followers and the followers of people who reblog your content. This means that if you want to publicize something like a Kickstarter campaign or political message, or even to signal boost a personal plea for help, that post will still not show up on Tumblr’s internal search engine. You are cut off from everyone except your own circle of followers.

June 12, 2013

The Right Wing Hate Machine loved the NSA when Bush was in office, hates it now

This is deeply illustrative.

June 09, 2013

Is it still piracy if the right's owner is the one who shares the file on bittorrent?

It certainly looks like the people at Prenda Law are suing people for downloading porn that the people at Prenda Law themselves uploaded. Prenda Law Update: Who Put the Porn on BitTorrent? - Businessweek
Well, the story of Prenda Law isn’t over. People associated with the Chicago law firm have been accused in California court of controlling companies that buy and/or create pornographic films and then suing people for copyright infringement when they download them on BitTorrent, but no one really knew how the films got onto BitTorrent in the first place. Graham Syfert, a lawyer who has represented defendants in cases brought by Prenda, has long suspected that the firm had uploaded the films itself. “Almost all those shared files came from the same place,” he told me when I interviewed him in March. On his blog, Syfert detailed his suspicions that one user (account name: sharkmp4) was tied to several of the videos that Prenda sued over. To support his claim, which might encourage an Orlando court to make Prenda cover Syfert’s client’s legal costs, Syfert presented to the court the declaration of Delvan Neville, creator of a BitTorrent monitoring device, whom he’d asked to determine sharkmp4′s identity. When Prenda filed a lawsuit for its clients, it often included a specific “hash value” associated with the alleged infringement. (A “hash value” is number that identifies the specific torrent file.) Neville reviewed a set of these hash values associated with Prenda lawsuits and found that they pointed to one common sharer, one possibly controlled by an entity called 6681 Forensics. Fun fact: 6681 Forensics, which monitored BitTorrent and detected the copyright infringement, is managed by Peter Hansmeier, the brother of Paul Hansmeier, and its domain name was reportedly registered by John Steele. (Steele and Hansmeier founded the law firm that later became Prenda law.)

June 07, 2013

HUGE: The Guardian has leaked a memo from Obama demanding a list of targets for U.S. cyber attacks

This is how you do a leak, people. Obama tells intelligence chiefs to draw up cyber target list – full document text | World news | guardian.co.uk