Cockygate defeated: judge finds “Cocky” trademark for romance titles unenforceable

Cockygate defeated: judge finds “Cocky” trademark for romance titles unenforceable

You’ll recall that self-published romance author Faleena Hopkins undertook the sociopathic step of registering a trademark on the word “Cocky” in the titles of romance novels and then had her rivals’ works removed from Amazon, threatening to sue any writer who used the common word in a title in the future. (more…)Read full story

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France’s Front National (who support the EU’s mandatory copyright filters) furious when Youtube’s copyright filters kill their channel

France’s Front National (who support the EU’s mandatory copyright filters) furious when Youtube’s copyright filters kill their channel

On June 20, an EU committee will vote on mandatory copyright filters — the idea that everything that gets posted to an EU service should be checked for copyright violations by a machine learning system that will decide what gets published and what gets censored. (more…)Read full story

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This flexible camera pinpoints problems at the source

This flexible camera pinpoints problems at the source

The human eye is a powerful thing, but it’s not so great at seeing in the dark or around tight spaces, which is partially why most of us struggle with unplugging drains, cleaning under the fridge, and other hard-to-reach jobs. This 1080p HD Waterproof WiFi Wireless Endoscopic Camera, however, gives you the flexibility necessary to get to where your work is, and it’s available in the Boing Boing store for $39.99. Similar to the cameras doctors use to peek inside patients, this device gives you a generous three meters of cable…

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Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs

Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs

The Washington Post rounds up 15 privacy defaults that no one in their right mind would want to leave as-is, and provides direct links to change ’em (hilariously and predictably, Verizon/Oath/Yahoo’s privacy settings dashboard times out when you try to load it) — once you’re done with that, go back and follow his links to unfuck the privacy defaults for Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and #DeleteFacebook. (via Reddit)Read full story

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It’s often cheaper to pay cash for your prescriptions rather than the co-pay, but the pharmacy is legally prohibited from suggesting it

It’s often cheaper to pay cash for your prescriptions rather than the co-pay, but the pharmacy is legally prohibited from suggesting it

America’s health care is totally screwed up, Part Ten Gazillion: in many cases, the medicines your doctor prescribes are cheaper than the co-pay your health insurance charges, which means that if you just buy the meds instead of charging them to insurance, you save money. (more…)Read full story

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