Mickey Mouse will be public domain soon—here’s what that means

Enlarge / The copyright to The Great Gatsby—the 1925 novel, not the 2013 movie starring Leonardo di Caprio—will expire two years from today. (credit: Warner Bros. Picture) As the ball dropped over Times Square last night, all copyrighted works published in 1923 fell into the public domain (with a few exceptions). Everyone now has the […]

Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain

Enlarge / Meet inventor Jarek Duda. (credit: Jarek Duda) When Jarek Duda invented an important new compression technique called asymmetric numeral systems (ANS) a few years ago, he wanted to make sure it would be available for anyone to use. So instead of seeking patents on the technique, he dedicated it to the public domain. […]

Hackers take control of security firm’s domain, steal secret data

(credit: Yuri Samoilov/Flickr) A Dutch security firm recently fell victim to a well-executed attack that allowed hackers to take control of its servers and intercept clients’ login credentials and confidential data. The security firm, Fox-IT, said in a blog post published last week that the so-called “man-in-the-middle attack” lasted for 10 hours and 24 minutes, […]

‘Increasing lethality in all areas’: US Air Force declares space a new ‘warfighting domain’

In order to increase the global dominance and “lethality” of the US military, the Air Force is moving to modernize its space capabilities and to secure the “freedom to attack and maneuver” in their new “warfighting domain,” top officials have stated. “We are moving forward with modernization in space, so we’re increasing our lethality in […]

Women less interested in sex, except when they ditch “mastering their domain”

Enlarge / Elaine is out. (credit: TBS) A lot of universal truths and life lessons can be found in old episodes of Seinfeld. But in the episode The Contest, the famous ‘90s sitcom may have missed some subtle differences between men and women when it comes to being “master of your domain,” according to a […]