n33ch

Nihilist / Anarchist / Hacker / Rider of pale white whores / n33ch@live.com

How prostitution and alcohol make Uber better →

In this post I’ll show how where crimes occur—specifically prostitution, alcohol, theft, and burglary—improves Uber’s demand prediction models.

As you know, the three of us in Uber team Science (below) are pretty busy nerding it up around the Uber offices all day adding numbers together, pouring colored liquids into beakers, that sort of thing.

— 3 years ago
File Hosting Service Hotfile Sues Warner Bros. For Copyright Fraud and Abuse →

The Florida-based file-hosting service Hotfile has sued Warner Bros. for fraud and abuse. Hotfile accuses the movie studio of systematically abusing its anti-piracy tool by taking down hundreds of titles they don’t hold the copyrights to, including open source software. Among other things, Hotfile is looking for damages to compensate the company for the losses they suffered.

Earlier this year five major Hollywood movie studios sued the popular file-hosting service Hotfile for several copyright-related offenses. The case is ongoing and two weeks ago the MPAA studios scored a victory when Hotfile was ordered to share detailed information on the site’s users and affiliates.

Hotfile, on the other hand, is fighting back hard as expected. Yesterday the company filed a counterclaim accusing movie studio Warner Bros. of fraud and abuse. According to the complaint, Warner systematically misused the anti-piracy takedown tool (SRA) Hotfile had built for them.

Hotfile alleges that Warner has willingly taken down files without holding the copyrights, game demos and even open source software. The false takedowns continued even after the movie studio was repeatedly notified about the false claims.

“Not only has Warner (along with four other major motion picture studios) filed this unfounded and contrived litigation against Hotfile employing overly aggressive tactics, Warner has made repeated, reckless and irresponsible misrepresentations to Hotfile falsely claiming to own copyrights in material from Hotfile.com.”

“Worse, Warner continued to make these misrepresentations even after Hotfile explicitly brought this rampant abuse to Warner’s attention, ruling out any possibility that its wrongful actions were accidental or unknowing,” Hotfile writes in its complaint.

Hotfile explains that Warner’s Special Rightsholder Account (SRA) is assigned to Michael Bentkover, Manager of Anti-Piracy Internet Operations at the movie studio. Hotfile developed this tool to allow rightsholders to remove an unlimited number of files, as long as they hold the rights to them.

“Every time Warner used the SRA tool it expressly certified ‘under penalty of perjury that [it is] the owner or an authorized legal representative of the owner of copyrights’ and it ‘has a good faith belief’ that use of this material is not authorized by the copyright owner,” the complaint explains.

— 3 years ago
Anonymous Member Banned By Court From Using His Real Name Online →

Ah, the bizarre legal results of confused courts and confused laws. Four of the people arrested in the UK and accused of being a part of the not-actually-a-group Anonymous last week won a small part of a court battle. Prosecutors apparently had asked the court to bar the four from using Twitter or other social networking and chat services, such as TinyChat, arguing that “Anonymous as a group continues to be active.” The court decided that it would not issue such a complete ban, though it had already blocked them from using IRC. Instead, it said that they could continue to use social networking and chat programs… but not use their existing online personas.

— 3 years ago
A group of Jewish women stand at the edge of an open mass grave facing the sea before their murder.

A group of Jewish women stand at the edge of an open mass grave facing the sea before their murder.

— 3 years ago
A group of naked Jewish women and girls walk to the execution site on the beach near Liepaja, Latvia.

A group of naked Jewish women and girls walk to the execution site on the beach near Liepaja, Latvia.

— 3 years ago
A rape victim in the city of Lvov cries out in rage and anguish as an older woman comforts her.
The photo is one of a series showing women being stripped, harassed and  chased by civilians as chaos led to rapes, pogroms and killings.

A rape victim in the city of Lvov cries out in rage and anguish as an older woman comforts her.

The photo is one of a series showing women being stripped, harassed and chased by civilians as chaos led to rapes, pogroms and killings.

— 3 years ago