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(Boing Boing)   In today's installment of 'Life Imitates an Onion Article', Microsoft claims ownership of the number 45, issues takedown notices to anyone using it in a URL   (boingboing.net) divider line 58
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2012-10-07 10:31:59 PM  
"...asked Google to censor their own search engine Bing."

Okaaayyy....
 
2012-10-07 10:41:10 PM  
thank goodness it wasn't 42
 
2012-10-07 11:03:06 PM  
If they were smart they would have claimed ownership of 69.
 
2012-10-07 11:27:41 PM  
The article in question:

Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes
 
2012-10-08 12:07:24 AM  
I think this fark link is in violation of their intellectual property.
 
2012-10-08 12:27:19 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: I think this fark link is in violation of their intellectual property.


Nothing on Fark is intellectual. We're fine.
 
2012-10-08 12:36:33 AM  
If we can't get rid of the DMCA, we should be pushing for stronger penalties for sending out take down notices for obviously non-infringing URLs.
 
2012-10-08 01:00:38 AM  

fusillade762: The article in question:

Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes


Close... sooner or later it'll match.
 
2012-10-08 01:11:27 AM  

The Onion is prophetic: Close


What the hell would YOU know about that anyway??
 
2012-10-08 01:14:39 AM  
You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.
 
2012-10-08 01:46:31 AM  

Ghastly: You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.


It's a bad DMCA bot. Clearly no human was involved with the interaction, some programmer somewhere probably input a variable wrong and now the bot thinks that any URL with "45" in it is Microsoft property.
 
2012-10-08 02:20:41 AM  
It's clearly a pre-emptive strike against hillaryis45.com

/and we should all be grateful
 
2012-10-08 02:28:11 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: It's clearly a pre-emptive strike against hillaryis45.com

/and we should all be grateful


I thought she was a lot older than that....

/:D
 
2012-10-08 03:50:31 AM  
Um... #23, is that an Aurora shooting joke buried in there?

I see they want to take down the wiki pages on Glock and Britain's Got Talent.

If this is a real list then they should never be allowed to submit a ban list again. Each infringement should be documented.
 
2012-10-08 03:56:07 AM  

SnarfVader: Because People in power are Stupid: I think this fark link is in violation of their intellectual property.

Nothing on Fark is intellectual. We're fine.


PSA: Soda hurts when it sprays out through your nose.
 
2012-10-08 03:56:37 AM  
Boing Boing is about as reliable when it comes to reporting ... well anything ... as a drug addled Alzheimer's patient on a carousel. These are the guys who vehemently defended Amanda Palmer not paying her musicians until she decided to and then claimed that it was all a sexist plot and that she'd caved to the patriarchy. They are fruitier than Free Republic.
 
2012-10-08 04:26:20 AM  
/smells something
//looks up AMC Theatres, Real Clear Politics on Google

Yeup, just what I thought.
 
2012-10-08 05:02:06 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: It's clearly a pre-emptive strike against hillaryis45.com

/and we should all be grateful

 
2012-10-08 05:09:27 AM  
The Googles, they do nothing.
 
2012-10-08 05:14:22 AM  
This is one of those stories where the sheer implausibleness of the stupidity involved makes me hope that it's a fake. It's hard to comprehend the amount of screwups that would be necessary for a company to attempt to assert ownership of a number. And then send out massive DMCA notices because of it. I'd really like to see some evidence that this claim is true.

/well, no, I'd rather see evidence that it's false
 
2012-10-08 05:24:06 AM  

narkor: Boing Boing is about as reliable when it comes to reporting ... well anything ... as a drug addled Alzheimer's patient on a carousel. These are the guys who vehemently defended Amanda Palmer not paying her musicians until she decided to and then claimed that it was all a sexist plot and that she'd caved to the patriarchy. They are fruitier than Free Republic.


This
/$20 say this will be on the front page of the register tomorrow, but instead of saying Microsoft they will use the term Vole
 
2012-10-08 05:24:18 AM  
About half the links in the article don't have the number 45 in them (rough estimate). Could it be they also complain about the number 45 being on the page? because if it is about the number 45 being on the page we should be careful about typing the number 45. Who knows when they'll be sending out new take downs, we'll have the number 45 plastered all over this page. Clearly that is something we should avoid.
 
2012-10-08 06:06:47 AM  
Dr. Evil: The details of my life are quite inconsequential.
Therapist: Oh no, please, please, let's hear about your childhood.
Dr Evil: Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.
 
2012-10-08 06:24:07 AM  

Rincewind53: Ghastly: You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.

It's a bad DMCA bot. Clearly no human was involved with the interaction, some programmer somewhere probably input a variable wrong and now the bot thinks that any URL with "45" in it is Microsoft property.


Aren't DMCA takedown notices issued on penalty of perjury? Why are bots even allowed?
 
2012-10-08 06:32:15 AM  

thisispete: Rincewind53: Ghastly: You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.

It's a bad DMCA bot. Clearly no human was involved with the interaction, some programmer somewhere probably input a variable wrong and now the bot thinks that any URL with "45" in it is Microsoft property.

Aren't DMCA takedown notices issued on penalty of perjury? Why are bots even allowed?


Have you ever tried to prosecute a line of code?
 
2012-10-08 06:37:02 AM  
I'm filing ownership for the number zero.

Don't make me divide you with it.
 
2012-10-08 07:29:32 AM  
Ah, they're using the ol' iPhone Shape Gambit.
 
2012-10-08 07:55:10 AM  
KrispyKritter:

i.ytimg.com
Dr. Evil: The details of my life are quite inconsequential.
Therapist: Oh no, please, please, let's hear about your childhood.
Dr Evil: Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.


\FTFY
/It needed the image.
 
2012-10-08 09:07:49 AM  
Unfortunately for Microsoft, someone else already owns the number 45.

dl.dropbox.com

/and if I was you, I'd just as soon let him keep it.
 
2012-10-08 09:36:55 AM  
Here in thread 7369144, we're all just fine. Barely.
 
2012-10-08 09:40:52 AM  
one of the many many reasons why their is zero Monopoly$oft code on my PC.

i even got worried enough to wipe my Linksys router and install Linux (tomatoe) on it.
 
2012-10-08 10:14:51 AM  
It was an error caused by some automated script, subby. Amusing, but not exactly intentionally "issued".

Ghastly: You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.


And yet, you can apparently trademark "i".
 
2012-10-08 10:16:49 AM  

Linux_Yes: one of the many many reasons why their is zero Monopoly$oft code on my PC.

i even got worried enough to wipe my Linksys router and install Linux (tomatoe) on it.


If I wasn't addicted to gaming and thus reliant on DX, I would too.

\please send help...I still want a more powerful GPU
 
2012-10-08 10:20:33 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: It was an error caused by some automated script, subby. Amusing, but not exactly intentionally "issued".

Ghastly: You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.

And yet, you can apparently trademark "i".


√-1 is copyrighted?

\must be my imagination
 
2012-10-08 10:31:19 AM  
45? Umm, no. The answer is 42.
 
2012-10-08 10:45:43 AM  
Microsoft is far from the only group that does this, and seems to have straightened it out.

It's not like it's a movie studio or record company... those people do that sort of shiat as a freakin' hobby.
 
2012-10-08 10:55:37 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: It was an error caused by some automated script, subby. Amusing, but not exactly intentionally "issued".

Ghastly: You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.

And yet, you can apparently trademark "i".

√-1 is copyrighted?

\must be my imagination


They're just trying to keep things real...
 
2012-10-08 10:59:36 AM  

Ghastly: You cannot trademark a number. This is the whole reason why Intel stopped with the x86 chip numbering and called the 80586 series the PENTIUM. Something tells me this story is less than authentic.


Actually, the Pentium was 80501, but who cares about that.
 
2012-10-08 11:01:14 AM  

gremlin1: thank goodness it wasn't 42


47. Adams is dead wrong.
 
2012-10-08 11:22:55 AM  
I'll trade it for a brimful of Asha.
 
2012-10-08 11:25:31 AM  
That's small time. this guy copyrighted the English language.
 
2012-10-08 12:14:07 PM  

xanadian: They're just trying to keep things real...


har
 
2012-10-08 01:41:46 PM  

SnarfVader: Because People in power are Stupid: I think this fark link is in violation of their intellectual property.

Nothing on Fark is intellectual. We're fine.


I disagree on the grounds of Potato and Squirrel with big balls.
 
2012-10-08 02:18:07 PM  
This whole thread reads like a FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: email from my crazy uncle in Tennessee.
 
2012-10-08 02:26:06 PM  
And the ebil gubmint allows this to happen...by not enforcing the other half of the DMCA: False takedown notices should be prosecuted as federal felonies for perjury.
 
2012-10-08 02:51:38 PM  

IlGreven: And the ebil gubmint allows this to happen...by not enforcing the other half of the DMCA: False takedown notices should be prosecuted as federal felonies for perjury.


That only applies if you try it. Read the fine print.
 
2012-10-08 03:10:37 PM  

RedVentrue: IlGreven: And the ebil gubmint allows this to happen...by not enforcing the other half of the DMCA: False takedown notices should be prosecuted as federal felonies for perjury.

That only applies if you try it. Read the fine print.


...no, it doesn't apply at all. There has not been one perjury charge for filing a false DMCA claim. Which means any Joe Schmo off the street can claim to YouTube that someone is stealing his copyright, and YouTube will take down the video, no questions asked. And even if it's proven wrong in a counterclaim, the only thing that comes out of it is a "my bad" from YouTube.
 
2012-10-08 03:13:23 PM  

Linux_Yes: one of the many many reasons why their is zero Monopoly$oft code on my PC.

i even got worried enough to wipe my Linksys router and install Linux (tomatoe) on it.


umm... So you made sure to remove any Microsoft code added to the linux kernal?
 
2012-10-08 03:35:08 PM  
How many Congressmen would we have to buy to get automated takedown notices banned?
 
2012-10-08 04:11:58 PM  

zedster: Linux_Yes: one of the many many reasons why their is zero Monopoly$oft code on my PC.

i even got worried enough to wipe my Linksys router and install Linux (tomatoe) on it.

umm... So you made sure to remove any Microsoft code added to the linux kernal?



congratulations! i was wondering if anyone would pick that up. Monopoly$oft can contribute all the code they want as long as the source code is visible to anyone who wants to see it and as long as the Linux community vets it and is happy with it, i have no problem with it. the more the merrier.

the ironic thing is that once Gill Bates, inc contributes the code, it is no longer microsoft's. it becomes the property of the Linux/open source community and that is protected by the GPL license.

and that, my friend, makes all the difference in the world. i trust the community. i don't trust any single company to look out for my interests. trusting a business/man to look out for you is a risky business, as history has shown.

companies have a habit of looking out for only their interest and if that coincides with mine, then great. if it doesn't.....well we know how that can turn out.

nice try. its good to see someone noticed that.
 
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