Broadest US Pirate Site Injunction Rewritten/Tamed By Cloudflare

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: After causing outrage among online services including Cloudflare, the most aggressive pirate site injunction ever handed down in the US has undergone significant weight loss surgery. Now before the court is a heavily modified injunction that is most notable for everything that’s been removed. It appears that Cloudflare drew a very clear line in the sand and refused to step over it. […] The injunctions granted extreme powers, from residential ISP blocking to almost any other action the plaintiffs deemed fit to keep the sites offline. Almost immediately that led to friction with third-party service providers and the situation only worsened when a concerned Cloudflare found itself threatened with contempt of court for non-compliance. The CDN company fought back with support from Google and EFF and that led the parties back to the negotiating table. Filings in the case last week suggested an acceptance by the plaintiffs that the injunction cannot be enforced in its present form. The parties promised to work on a new injunction to address both sides’ concerns and as a result, a new proposal now awaits the court’s approval. […]

With the contempt of court issue behind them, Cloudflare and the plaintiffs appear to have settled their differences. An entire section in the injunction dedicated to Cloudflare suggests that the CDN company is indeed prepared to help the video companies but they’ll have to conform to certain standards. Before even contacting Cloudflare they’ll first need to make “reasonable, good faith efforts to identify and obtain relief for the identified domains from hosting providers and domain name registries and registrars.”

If the plaintiffs still need Cloudflare’s assistance, Cloudflare will comply with requests against domain names listed in this injunction and future injunctions by preventing access to the following: “Pass-through security services, content delivery network (CDN) services, video streaming services, and authoritative DNS services, DNS, CDN, streaming services, and any related services.” An additional note states that the plaintiffs acknowledge that Cloudflare’s compliance “will not necessarily prevent the Defendants from providing users with access to Defendants’ infringing services.” Given the agreement on the terms, the amended injunction will likely be signed off by the court in the coming days. Service providers everywhere will breathe a sigh of relief while rightsholders will have a template for similar cases moving forward. The proposed amended injunction documents can be found here (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 pdf).

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Source: Slashdot – Broadest US Pirate Site Injunction Rewritten/Tamed By Cloudflare

KDE Slimbook Gen4 Is Available Now with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU

The biggest change in KDE Slimbook Gen4 is the new AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor. Learn more about the new release here.

As usual, the Linux laptop is available in two variants, KDE Slimbook 14″ featuring a 14-inch Full HD IPS LED display with 1920×1080 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB, and KDE Slimbook 15.6” featuring a bigger 15.6-inch Full HD IPS LED display with 1920×1080 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB.

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Source: Linux Today – KDE Slimbook Gen4 Is Available Now with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU

Ubisoft To Shut Down Multiplayer For Older Games

A collection of over a dozen games from Ubisoft will see their online elements shut down on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in September, “which means players won’t be able to play their multiplayer components, access their online features, link Ubisoft accounts in-game, or install and access downloadable content,” reports The Verge. From the report: “Closing the online services for some older games allows us to focus our resources on delivering great experiences for players who are playing newer or more popular titles,” Ubisoft’s help page reads. With Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood having originally released in November 2010, it’s had almost 12 years of online support. But it’s always sad to see a piece of gaming history become inaccessible, especially given the game’s multiplayer element was missing from its remaster on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Alongside Brotherhood, the online services associated with 2011’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations on PS3 and Xbox 360 are also being shut down, as well as 2012’s Assassin’s Creed 3 on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. […] Other games set to have their online services decommissioned across various platforms this September include Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3’s 2012 release, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Prince of Persia the Forgotten Sands, Rayman Legends, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. You can view the full list of games here.

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Source: Slashdot – Ubisoft To Shut Down Multiplayer For Older Games

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Opening Titles Still Somehow Rule as an N64 Game

Star Trek has had an up-and-down history with video games, sometimes managing to succeed in gaming genres it arguably shouldn’t, while never managing to quite succeed in the ones it should. There’s been plenty of great ones, but now a very cool little animation imagines one of its finest entries getting a ‘90s tie-in…

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Source: Gizmodo – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Opening Titles Still Somehow Rule as an N64 Game

Despite Backlash, Diablo Immortal Is Making A Million Dollars A Day

In its first month of release Blizzard’s controversial new mobile game, Diablo Immortal, has racked up nearly $50 million in reported revenue across 10 million downloads. Even as debates and criticism swirled around the free-to-play RPG, data shows that the game has made at least $1 million a day since launch.

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Source: Kotaku – Despite Backlash, Diablo Immortal Is Making A Million Dollars A Day

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Is Coming to Disney Parks in 2024

The highly anticipated Disney Parks log flume thrill ride re-imagining—inspired by The Princess and the Froghas officially been named Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. It’s a rebrand of the attraction currently open as Splash Mountain, and it comes in the wake of Disney taking accountability for its problematic handling of…

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Source: Gizmodo – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Is Coming to Disney Parks in 2024

PulseAudio and Systemd Creator, Lennart Poettering, Reportedly Leaves Red Hat

To much surprise, the lead developer of systemd Lennart Poettering who also led the creation of PulseAudio, Avahi, and has been a prolific free software contributor has reportedly left Red Hat. Michael Larabel writes via Phoronix: So far no public announcement appears to have been made, but according to a source has been reportedly removed from Red Hat’s internal employee database. Yesterday Lennart did comment on the public Fedora devel mailing list to having now created a personal Red Hat Bugzilla account for his Fedora contributions after it was raised in bug reports and brought up on the mailing list that Lennart’s Red Hat account is disabled. Emailing his Red Hat address this morning indeed yields an auto-response that it’s no longer in use.

He’s still active in systemd world with new commits made as of today, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up or his next moves with his vast Linux ecosystem expertise and pivotal role in spearheading systemd’s direction.

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Source: Slashdot – PulseAudio and Systemd Creator, Lennart Poettering, Reportedly Leaves Red Hat

COVID was the leading cause of death in Americans aged 45-54 in 2021

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Source: Ars Technica – COVID was the leading cause of death in Americans aged 45-54 in 2021

UK Man Vomits for Months, Ends Up in Hospital After Vitamin D Overdose

Doctors in the UK say a man’s intense supplement regimen landed him in the hospital with vitamin D poisoning. In a new case report, they detail how their patient became sick soon after he started to take large doses of vitamins and minerals. Though vitamin D overdose is uncommon, the study authors say, cases seem to…

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Source: Gizmodo – UK Man Vomits for Months, Ends Up in Hospital After Vitamin D Overdose

YouTube flags horror video as “for kids,” won’t let creator change rating

YouTube thinks the dark and creepy "Local58TV" series is for kids.

Enlarge / YouTube thinks the dark and creepy “Local58TV” series is for kids. (credit: Local58TV)

Google’s wonderful content moderation bots are at it again. After previously doing things like including suicide instructions in a children’s video, and the whole Elsagate problem, YouTube is now flagging a horror video as “for kids.” Worst of all, this is against the creator’s wishes. The video was previously flagged as for ages 18 and up, and YouTube decided it was for kids and won’t let the creator restore its content rating.

The video in question is from horror series Local58TV. The creator, Kirs Straub, checked his account over the weekend to find that his not-for-kids content has been spotted by YouTube’s content moderation AI, and automatically marked for kids.

“For kids” in this context means Google has flagged the video for inclusion in the “YouTube Kids” app, which is a separate interface for YouTube that is supposed to only show a “safe” curated slice of YouTube. The “Kids” flag also means the video is forced to comply with US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), so comments are turned off.

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Source: Ars Technica – YouTube flags horror video as “for kids,” won’t let creator change rating

$10 Bundle Includes Hundreds Of Games, Helps Fund Access To Abortion

Game designer Caro Asercion has marshaled together a massive itch.io bundle giveaway to help raise money for abortion funds throughout U.S. states where reproductive health is now, or soon will be, illegal following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. It’s just $10, and includes hundreds of games as well…

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Source: Kotaku – Bundle Includes Hundreds Of Games, Helps Fund Access To Abortion

IDC: 'All Eyes Will Be On Apple' As Meta's VR Strategy 'Isn't Sustainable'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recent media release from market research firm IDC predicts that Meta (the parent company of Facebook) may not be able to compete in the mixed-reality business in the long run if its strategy remains unchanged. The media release offers a bird’s-eye view of the virtual reality hardware marketplace. In the release, IDC research manager Jitesh Ubrani said that, while “Meta continues to pour dollars into developing the metaverse, [the company’s] strategy of promoting low-cost hardware at the expense of profitability isn’t sustainable in the long run.”

A similar concern was raised by tech industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo late last month. Kuo predicted that Meta would make moves to scale down investment in virtual reality, creating an opening for Apple and other competitors. He also wrote that Meta’s practice of selling VR headsets at a loss is unsustainable. Currently, Meta owns 90 percent of the VR headset market, according to the IDC release. In distant second is ByteDance’s Pico, at just 4.5 percent. Overall, VR headset shipments jumped 241.6 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2022. But the industry faced significant supply issues in Q1 2021, contributing to “a favorable comparison” for this year’s Q1.

Like Kuo a couple of weeks ago, IDC research director Ramon Llamas said that “all eyes will be on Apple as it launches its first headset next year.” Apple’s headset is expected to be much more expensive than Meta’s offerings, driving up the average unit price for the product category across the board, and Llamas believes Apple’s offering “will appeal primarily to a small audience of early adopters and Apple fans.” In other words, don’t expect the first Apple headset to ship vastly more units than Meta’s Oculus Quest 2 right out of the gate. It’s just a first step in a long-term plan to own the mixed-reality market.

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Source: Slashdot – IDC: ‘All Eyes Will Be On Apple’ As Meta’s VR Strategy ‘Isn’t Sustainable’

How Soon Is Too Soon for Couples Therapy?

You’ve been dating a pretty great person for a few months, but there’s just one problem—when you aren’t snuggling and getting along, you’re pushing each other’s buttons, resulting in some big flare-ups. This person has many wonderful qualities and you can see a future with them, so you don’t want to break up—but the…

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Source: LifeHacker – How Soon Is Too Soon for Couples Therapy?

The Stranger Things 4 Spoilers io9 Roundtable

After what felt like a lifetime, the fourth season of Stranger Things is now in the books. Split into two parts, which included multiple feature-length episodes, the season saw the kids from Hawkins and beyond pushed to their limits against a terrifying new villain who, actually, isn’t that new at all.

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Source: Gizmodo – The Stranger Things 4 Spoilers io9 Roundtable