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For what it's worth, Monit says it's not clean-room but Mike says it is (https://twitter.com/mperham/status/519165523473358848).

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That will be the sticking point. Up to Monit to prove that it it isn't, which should not be too hard if it isn't.

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This is an unfortunate double-standard in the DMCA -- to file all you have to state under perjury you are acting on behalf of the party whose work is claimed to be infringed. The claim of infringement itself does not have to be stated under penalty of perjury.

On the other hand, in the counter-takedown notice you have to state under penalty of perjury that the material was removed by mistake or misidentification. It's a scary thing to do unless you can afford a lawyer.

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Couldn't there be automated traders waiting to jump in if the price changes, rather than having orders on the books? (I know they exist, I just don't know whether they would appear in the order book)

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At the current levels of volatility it's probably not a good idea to keep a lot of open orders - unless you can watch the markets 24/7. Automated traders would likely wait for a significant price change and then execute a market order or just place an order on very short notice.

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This is the title essay to an excellent book by DFW (RIP)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consider_the_Lobster

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It's a second implementation of your opinion.

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Note the date (2012)

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Thanks. Added.

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Is there an updated list?

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What do you mean by an updated list?

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Not 2012.

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EFF's statement https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/09/after-setback-texas-fi...

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I'm curious to know how Toronto got to be the demo city. Facebook has a non-engineering presence there but I was surprised to see it on their engineering blog!

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Both Alex and I are from Toronto (we are the engineers on Hyperlapse). I shot it on a little visit at the start of the summer and it became our go-to demo. That water taxi is particularly windy, bumpy and beautiful.

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Cool, you built Waterloo Course Qualifier! I remember using that. Glad to hear that Instagram has an engineering presence in Toronto.

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(Too late to edit this, but Thomas clarified that the team is from Toronto but based in Menlo Park)

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This tech was originally built by the Midnox[1] team from Waterloo/Toronto (YCW12), and later acquired by Instagram.

[1] http://blog.luma.io/

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I'm surprised to find this reply at the bottom, as it's the most important point here (besides lack of jurisdiction): the DMCA doesn't require anything from ISPs, it grants them immunity if they follow the procedure. They're allowed to ignore a takedown, they are just liable.

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Cancelling services (phone, internet, etc.) It took me 40 minutes (mostly on hold) to cancel my internet the other day, a problem I wish I could pay someone else to take care of.

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Unfortunately this is something that is intentionally designed to suck in almost all cases. It's even hard to pay someone else to do the canceling for you since you're generally required to offer up a lot of personal info to verify that it is in fact you that wants to cancel the account. I've personally had this range from phone number all the way up to SSN.

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I'm not a lawyer but could something like temporary power of attorney be used here?

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Read your contract. It will almost certainly have a section on cancelling which will give a postal address. Write a short letter with your account details and whatever else the contract says to provide, and cancel by mail. It is faster than using the phone.

I've been doing this for years and it always works. Pay a tiny bit extra and get signed proof of delivery. This is helpful when the company 'accidentally' loses the cancellation. It's good enough to beat them in court and god help them if they ding your credit and you have proof you cancelled (and that they received your cancellation letter).

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