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It's terrible when a private company tries to take ownership of public property. Especially when they try to punish the work's creator!
 
Before you spend your money paying Getty for a license to a photograph, check first with the Library of Congress to see if you can obtain it freely with no restrictions.

Getty..is more than just scamming people, they're claiming copyright to thousands of public domain images they simply scraped off the Library of Congress. Included are such iconic images as Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, Pea Pickers Camp, which is a lifelong favorite and inspiration of mine.

https://www.loc.gov/item/fsa1998021539/PP/

So protect yourself from Getty. Make sure if you use public domain content from the LOC that you don't change the file name or any metadata. Then you can quite easily contest any bullshit copyright infringement they might try and slap on you.

There is a short discussion in this piece about a photographer who has placed ALL of her images as public domain with the LOC. Eventually she got a copyright violation notice from Getty for having her own image on her website. When she realized they had quite literally put her entire collection inside their system, she decided to sue them. I hope she wins. 
Dorothea Lange’s photographs of rural life, which she took for a U.S. government agency, are among the most famous images of Depression America: farmers, resettled ex-slaves, inhabitants of migrant camps, homesteaders and landscapes, they tell the story of a nation indomitably facing an uncertain future.
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"How do I change my mother's maiden name?" -- the problem with knowledge-based authentication in a social media world.

This should be obvious advice, but unfortunately too many companies did not see this fatal flaw in their security systems.

Still, if you use the same answers for each website, then a hack of one of them compromises all of them.

I am hoping for unspoofable biometric ID someday, but not holding my breath.
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Yup. As time goes on the situation only becomes more dire as more and more of the infrastructure gets connected to the network. I knew the world was in trouble when I found out that they have hooked the electrical grid to the internet for the convenience of the electricians (they can monitor the grid) but that the security of those systems was left as an after thought. And that was just the beginning. The IoT is likely to be proven not only as insecure as the rest of the Internet, but deal with physical equipment that can cost people their very lives. And yet, somehow, despite this, the beat goes on, the dancer's keep dancing, and the edge of the cliff gets closer and closer. Whoopdie doo. :p
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With all the possible lies in tonight's debate, at least one 1 person has a fact-checking Twitter feed in real-time: Kurt Eichenwald

@kurteichenwald

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Kurt going to get famous tonight!
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If Trump wants to be President, he needs to prove he's capable, not just alive. So far, he has failed to do that.

The U.S. Presidency isn't something you hand to someone with NO experience in public service. You don't let someone with no flying experience pilot a 747. If it crashes, you can't just walk away or hide behind bankruptcy papers or a divorce filing.

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If you’re watching cable news today you might notice that this pattern is repeating once again. The expectations for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are sky high while her Republican counterpart need only show up and not set his podium on fire to win tonight.

Activists on Twitter have noticed it as well and are taking out their anger on the unfair expectations game to the feed. Some are also bringing up the consistent thread in the Clinton campaign, that more is required of overqualified Clinton as a female candidate than of underqualified Trump.

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/internet-slams-media-for-the-bigotry-of-low-expectations-for-donald-trump-in-debates/
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Are people who do not believe Global Climate Change is caused by human activity willing to let their properties go underwater when sea levels rise?

There is already competition for "dry land" and funds needed to relocate coastal towns. It will only get worse, as neighborhoods from Galveston TX to Savannah GA to Boston MA go underwater. According to an official with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea levels could rise 9 feet by 2050.

The toughest climate dilemma: Who gets saved?

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-08-29/the-toughest-question-in-climate-change-who-gets-saved
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+Fred Knurks Yes, it may be cheaper to slow-down ocean rise than trying to relocate entire coastlines.

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Apple patented the reusable Paper Bag!

Because something good for the environment shouldn't be free, it should make money for Apple.
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Joking? Not joking? Can't tell?
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Kids, this is what old people used when writing on paper in the 1900s, before everyone had a tablet with a stylus!

#20thCenturyAntiques
You may not realise this but the humble ballpoint pen, used by millions of people around the world every day, is less than eight decades old.
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Kids today hardly use cursive writing, even if they learn it.

Then again, when I was in high school, I would have loved to have had tools like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. When you're using Co-rect-type and a typewriter, you do as few drafts as necessary.
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The Republican Congress is going to shut down the government again, a month before Election Day! Don't they remember that's what got Bill Clinton re-elected, and made them less popular than Barack Obama?

This November, they are up for re-election. Tell them what Trump would say on his show: "You're fired!"

Don't feel too sorry for them. They get October off as paid leave in order to campaign. Nice work if you can find it.

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Don't you think it's time voters throw these nincompoops OUT? Here's yet more evidence that they have no business conducting OUR national affairs.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Senate rejected stopgap legislation to fund government operations on Tuesday (Sept 27), sending lawmakers scrambling to stave off a shutdown at week's end in the heat of the presidential campaign.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Hillary Clinton got Donald Trump to brag that he doesn't pay much in taxes, just after he said the US needs to improve its highways and airports (which are paid for by taxes). Then he justified not paying his workers because he didn't like the work they did. All of them? Why would he keep hiring people whose work he didn't like? And he considered his multiple business bankruptcies a sign of being a good businessman!

The real Donald Trump is a con artist.
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Worse for Trump - he seems to have confirmed that he pays nothing in taxes and thinks that is "Smart".

By bye Donald - I can't say it was nice to have you around.
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Add to the list:

-- Giving Lindsey Lohan the car keys
-- Going Hunting with Dick Cheney
-- Letting Chris Christie run New Jersey's budget
-- Eating the food Chipotle threw out

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Trump's support (in terms of donations) is particularly weak in Atlantic City, where he has stiffed contractors and his casinos have gone bankrupt.

In one zip code (08403), there were only 2 donors, who together contributed about $840.

If you're not familiar with New Jersey, Atlantic City is along the southeast coast (Jersey Shore), about 4/5ths of the way down the map. On the map, it appears as pale yellow, just below the middle-orange.


http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/are_you_neighbors_giving_money_to_clinton_or_trump_these_maps_will_show_you.html#0
Explore our maps showing how many people donated to either Trump or Hillary in every zip code in New Jersey
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In one zip code (08403), there were only 2 donors, who together contributed about $840:


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