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hjbender · 2 months ago
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Tumblr debuts Post+, a subscription service for Gen Z creators
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It astounds me how ignorant the general population is when it comes to IPs, copyright law, and attempting to monetize transformative fiction.
It seems like the only people aware of the dangers of monetizing fanfiction are 1) fandom olds who remember the early days of lawsuits and C&D orders, and 2) the owners of the IPs themselves. The average Joe who is not in fandom--and the brand new generations of fans--have no idea. And it’s that ignorance which is going to create a veritable shitstorm for the rest of us fans, and threaten Tumblr’s very existence. (Yeah, we all know Tumblr isn’t the best, but right now it’s probably the only tolerable social platform I personally can stand and I don’t want it to die, especially with no comparable option in sight.)
The way I see this panning out:
User puts fan content (fic, gifs, etc) behind paywall
IP holder finds out and hits Tumblr with DCMA/C&D
In typical hamfisted Tumblr fashion, staff will delete user’s blog instead of dealing with this on a case-by-case basis because a) a precedented knee-jerk reaction like when the app got removed from the Apple store, and b) who has time for that anyway? Pffft
Mass deletion of monetized blogs. Remaining monetized blogs either become victims of harassment or make no money at all because solid gold nobody wants to see Post+ happen
Negative net profit for Tumblr
Tumblr finally shuts down
And what is Tumblr going to do in order to prevent users from monetizing fanart and fanfiction? Hire a team of living breathing humans to examine every single paywall to make sure the content is 100% original? How would someone who is not the IP holder be able to tell if the artist ripped off a character? What if the character was traced but slightly altered? What if it’s an original character but from an existing franchise like Star Wars or Marvel?
Would a regular person be able to make these judgement calls? I don’t think so. And Tumblr certainly isn’t going to bother hiring people to do that. (Which they could and should have done in 2018 instead of throwing thousands of artists under the bus and doing fuckall about the bot problem. Which is still a problem, nearly 3 years later. Good job, guys.)
@staff​ you need to be aware of the absolute deluge of litigation that implementing Post+ will bring down on your heads. People will try to monetize fanfiction, regardless of whether or not they know it’s illegal.
You have to ask yourself, is this venture really going to be worth a lawsuit from Disney--and the subsequent loss of your remaining userbase? Because you definitely won’t be making any money when all of us have been deleted.
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xe-ex · a month ago
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Meet the Porsche GTE grand tourer – a supercar even Ferrari fans would drool over!
This Porsche two-seater grand tourer is a supercar designed for the thrill of speed with a stylish character that reflects the driver’s personality, and a ride that carries a lot of history in its origins.
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The wide stance of the Porsche GTE here, conceptualized by Sreenath Sundaram is a perfect example of concept 3D modeling done right. The inspiration comes from the hugely popular Porsche 917 (Le Mans winner in 1970 and 1971) which has been the design inspiration for other concept cars as well. The reason, the man maximum – machine minimum philosophy that’s been strong at Porsche all these years. The Porsche 917 is the ideal icon of that vision, and so is this creation.
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d-criss-news · 11 months ago
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Celebrity investors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebel Wilson, Ruby Rose, Darren Criss, Baron Davis, Tove Lo, and Casey Neistat have come together to back the Los Angeles-based thc-infused drink company, Cann, the company said.
It’s the latest in a string of deals that show the strength of the market for alternative intoxicants — at least in California.
News of the funding follows yesterday’s announcement that the Los Angeles-based, national liquor delivery service Saucey would be merging with a marijuana dispensary and delivery service, Emjay under the mantle of Pacific Coast Holdings.
For its part, Cann has become the fastest growing THC beverage on the market with over 2 million cans of the stuff sold (I’ve had it. It’s good.).
For the company’s backers — and its founders — the pitch that Cann is a better alternative to alcohol simply resonates.
“Cann sits at the intersection of two powerful trends we’ve been monitoring at goop for some time: the ‘sober curious’ and ‘cannabis curious’ movements,” said Gwyneth Paltrow, the multi-hyphenate actress-entrepreneur-musician (she sings!) who founded the lifestyle and wellness brand, goop. “There’s no reason why alcohol should be so much easier to purchase than Cann, and I’m confident the founders will lead the charge in finding ways to integrate it into the same purchasing channels and drinking environments.”
Cann’s not the only company looking to carve out a slice of the liquor market with an alternative intoxicant. There’s also Kin Euphorics, which also pitches itself as an alcohol alternative. Then there’s a slew of CBD and THC infused drinks that have managed to attract venture backing. They include K-Zen Beverages, which has raised $5 million from the investment firm DCM to roll out its line of intoxicants and California Dreamin’ is a Y Combinator-backed intoxicant containing a whopping 10 milligrams of THC. Sweet Reason raised money from Lerer Hippeau for its CBD-sparkling drink and Recess, Daytrip, Infuzed, and Dram all have offerings as well.
Cann’s cans come with 2 milligrams of THC and 4 milligrams of CBD, which, after a few cans of Cann is enough for a light buzz.
Actress Ruby Rose cited the company’s commitment to diversity, with a staff that’s comprised equally of men and women and where people of color make up 33% of the total headcount.
For its next act, Cann is looking to grow its geographic footprint. The company expanded into Nevada in the past year and is eyeing four more states within the next six months, according to a statement.
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tavixco · 19 days ago
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Noble Prize Quiz
THE NOBEL PRIZE 2020
1. Which one of the prize categories - physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economic sciences - were not originally listed in Alfred Nobel’s will?
A. Literature B. Peace C. Economic Sciences
2. One half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded for the discovery of a black hole in our galaxy. What is the name of our galaxy?
A. The Andromeda B. The Milky Way C. The Triangulum
3. How big would our planet Earth be if it was as compact as a black hole?
A. 9 mm in diameter B. 9 m in diameter C. 9 km in diameter
4. The 2020 Chemistry Laureates discovered that a little organism had a clever way of fighting viruses using genetic scissors. Which organism?
A. A bacteria B. A parasite C. A prion
5. The only limit to how the genetic scissors can be used is our imagination. But there are also risks that the technology could be misused. What is forbidden?
A: Changes to the human genome
B. Changes to the human genome that can be inherited by following generations
C. Changes to living organisms
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ugacomp · 26 days ago
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We built a live streaming infrastructure for a client to serve over 1000 users
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At Ugacomp, we remotely work with clients to offer them technology solutions they need. From remote IT consulting and project assessment to designing and deploying technical projects, we proudly boast of handling 'Everything Tech'
We recently got a remote client from Philippines who wanted us to help him remotely design and deploy a live streaming infrastructure with capacity to serve over 100s of real-time streaming users. Below is a snapshot of some of our discussions we had with this client.
(Critical data about the client has been redacted)
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Now, our client's live streaming infrastructure would run on top of Microsoft Azure, without him having to self-host physical IT infrastructure at his business premises. For those of you who don't know anything about Microsoft Azure, it is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform that allows you to remotely deploy and configure both virtual and bare metal servers in the cloud.
In order to get started, we undertook a sequence of activities to execute the configurations as needed. And here is how we went about it;
We setup the appropriate billing and subscription Plan
One of the interesting things that make cloud computing interesting is not having to incur upfront spending like in traditional IT infrastructure deployments. Cloud computing offers cost-effective pricing strategy where you have the options of choosing the right subscription for your business. For the case of our client, we setup Azure's Pay as You Go pricing Plan. This is means that Microsoft Azure would charge the client based on the amount of resources the deployed server infrastructure consumes in a given period of time.
We deployed Ant Media Server Instance
Ant Media Server is an application server designed to handle live video streaming content using User Datagram Protocol (UDP). Ant Media server has two license plans i.e. the free community edition and the enterprise edition license.
We chose the enterprise version because it had all the features and capabilities for enterprise clientele performance setup
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The kind of server instance we deployed was 'compute-optimized' with sufficient computing resources to handle high quality video streaming requests from 100s of simultaneous users. We actually opted for 64 Virtual CPU cores and 128 GiB Memory
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We configured the DNS records
Our client wanted his Live streaming server IP address to be bound to a custom domain name, which he had provided. We had to achieve this by using Azure's DNS Zones' service.
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Using Azure's DNS Zones service, we went ahead and configured the Nameservers and other critical DNS records info required to bind custom domain to the server's IP address.
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We integrated SSL certificate to the Server
We used SSH to run a couple of commands that helped us to achieve SSL installation to the server. The good thing is that Ant Media application server ships with SSL certificate that we had to configure with a couple of commands.
Configuring Firewall rules
Ant Media Server Azure instance is preconfigured with all the necessary firewall configurations. Once you fire up its preconfigured VM instance, all the necessary security configurations will automatically be installed.
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To be sure if everything was working, we fired up our SSH access to the server and checked if ant media was setup and running correctly. We realized everything was fine as we wanted.
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Finally, the client's project was up and running within a day. We tirelessly prioritized our client's work as it was urgently needed to be completed in just one day.
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We beat the deadline by 6 hours. It was such an incredible project experience we've ever handled.
Our client was happy for the good job we did, Up to now, he keeps consulting with us on a couple of IT support projects. We're continuously helping him to solve or troubleshoot tech problems on a remote basis
How we can work with you
We help clients from any part of the world to design, develop, configure, deploy or troubleshoot any IT project. If you're in our geographical proximity, we can work with you onsite. However, if we can't connect with onsite, then we  can use remote-working model to help you execute any tech project you have.
Our services include;
Designing custom Web applications (apps & websites)
Deploying IT infrastructure in the cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM, Oracle, Alibaba, Digital Ocean, Linode, Contabo, Vultr, SSD Nodes, and more)
Deploying Virtual Desktop environments in the cloud
Configuring VPS servers for web hosting services
IT infrastructure analysis and audit (performance, Security and cost optimization)
Proffessional IT consulting and project assessment
Contractual-based IT support services for businesses or enterprises (onsite and off-site)
Network design and deployment (onsite projects)
Enterprise IT compliance Assessments and Audits
Enterprise technology assessments for businesses and organizations i.e. helping to introduce new tech solutions to your business
Corporate IT trainings for company employees
Onsite IT infrastructure deployment (full-stack configurations and deployments)
Corporate IT Policy formulation and implementation.
Enterprise Software acquisition and licensing
And everything tech as needed by your company or business.
For urgent projects, hire us on Fiverr
We use Fiverr to accept remote hiring because it is a platform that guarantees trust between you; our remote employer and us; the remote employees. After agreeing with us on a particular project, you can pay us through Fiverr. That money will be kept by Fiverr platform. Then, on our side, we will work on your project, complete it and submit it to you. After you've received the completed project as you wanted, Fiverr will release the money to us. If the work isn't done as you wanted, you can ask Fiverr to refund you back your money. It is as secure as that, isn't it? :)
Send us an email; ugacomp@gmail.com. Call us/ WhatsApp us: +256758057003
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things2focus · 27 days ago
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Top IoT Development Companies
You may need the services of an IoT development service provider for your business growth. At Companies List, we are here to help. We have come up with a list of top-notch players in this nascent yet fast-emerging sector. We understand the fact that you need the services of a reliable and professional IoT firm to take your business to dizzying heights of success.
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Check out our list of Top IoT Development Companies, and you will find the matching contender. For More Information Visit Companies List
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freightfwd · a month ago
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hackervibes · a month ago
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Facebook Launches Ray-Ban Stories its First Smart Glasses Social Media giant Facebook collaborated with EssilorLuxottica last year in September to develop smart glasses. As you might already know EssilorLuxottica is the company that owns the famous sunglasses brand Ray-Ban. In less than a year the two pioneers in their respective fields have come up with Ray-Ban Stories: their first generation of smart glasses. The Ray-Ban Stories can take photos, shoot videos, play music, and take phone calls. With all these features, it can be a strong competitor to Snapchat Spectacles. Here in this article, I have explained all these features in detail and also provided the pricing and availability details.
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kev353 · a month ago
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Watch "LG Wing Long-Term Review 2021 - Better Then Your Think !!!" on YouTube
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STILL GOING STRONG IN 2021 FOR CHEAP
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xe-ex · a month ago
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Warehouse-friendly robot comes outfitted with smart technology to streamline operation and optimize ergonomics!
Each day, it feels like we’re getting closer to a future where robots will walk among us. Advancements in smart technology and Artificial Intelligence have streamlined and catapulted robot development to the forefront of our minds. Wrocław-based car and product designer Berk Kaplan recently teamed up with OTTOBO Robotics to develop a concept design for their smart task robot.
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In collaboration with OTTOBO Robotics, product and car designer Berk Kaplan developed a concept design for a task robot that integrates smart technology to streamline ergonomics and package-carrying flexibility.
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Forget winning, can Amazon survive in India? https://ift.tt/3sUcdJb
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gadgetsgarena · 15 days ago
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Amazon Great Indian Festival sale Apple AirPods Pro get massive rs 7000 discount here price offers features
There is a great chance to buy Apple AirPods Pro in Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale. A discount of Rs 7000 is being given on this earbuds. Apart from this, a discount of Rs 1500 will also be available from HDFC Bank.
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Amazon Great Indian Festival sale is going on. In this cell, great offers are being given on products like smart TV, smart speakers and power banks. Along with this, many popular smartphones have also been made available in Amazon's sale at a low price. Apart from this, huge discounts are also being given on earphones of many tech companies. These also include Apple AirPods Pro. If you are thinking of buying these earbuds then you have a golden chance.
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Offers Available on AirPods Pro
After a discount of Rs 7,000, the AirPods Pro earbuds are available for Rs 17,990 in the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. The original price of this earbuds is Rs 24,990. Apart from this, a discount of Rs 1,500 will also be given on the earbuds from HDFC Bank.
Specifications of Airpods Pro
AirPods Pro earbuds come with noise active cancellation feature. It has two microphones. It has the facility of headphone connectivity. Siri voice assistant is also supported in this earbuds. Apart from this, the earbuds will get a vent system, which equalizes the pressure and reduces discomfort. Along with this, transparency mode has also been given in it. At the same time, this device works on iOS 13.2 and above.
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Let us tell you that Apple recently announced its festive offer. According to the company's offer, AirPods can be given to customers for free on the purchase of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. However, not much information related to this offer has been shared. It is expected that the company can make a big announcement regarding the offer in the coming days.
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digitalmaurya · 18 days ago
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What Are Mobile Apps For Learning?
Versatile applications are a sort of conveyance design intended for disconnected survey of learning material for students on cell phones. Albeit the course should be downloaded to the gadget first utilizing web association, it tends to be gotten to without tech news from the cell phone for resulting visits once the course has been downloaded to the gadget. Web access is likewise essential with regards to following of students' advancement through Learning Management Systems.
Individuals are progressively taking to portable applications and the quantity of versatile application downloads that require each year legitimizes that. As per a report, the quantity of versatile applications guage to be Avast antivirus filehippo downloaded worldwide in 2017 stands at an incredible 2.6 million! It shocks no one that portable applications for learning are a region you should contribute on.
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freightfwd · 10 days ago
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