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Universal Pictures sends DMCA notice to itself, demanding take down of "pirated" Jurassic World movie

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Universal Pictures France appears to have tracked down one source of pirated copies of dino-flick Jurassic World: the loopback address of one of its own boxes.

In a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice obtained by Chilling Effects, an entity called TMG on behalf of Universal's French limb demanded that Google remove from its search results links to, and in order to prevent access to allegedly purloined copies of the disaster flick.

Also on the list is As most Reg readers will know, the IPv4 address is reserved for the computer you're working from, aka the "localhost." Which means the "pirate" link Universal wants to squash is in its very own bit barn.

While at first glance there are plenty of wholesome chuckles to be had at the prospect of Universal France thinking it pirates its own properties, chances are the IP address was turned up by an automated scanner as content owners are known to use such tools to ease the task of finding unauthorized copies of their properties.

If Universal's scanners are so unsubtle as to finger its own networks as the source of pirated flicks, what other errors might they have made? And what consequences have those errors created?


The Onion predicts the future with satire on US offer of missiles to Israel

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Satirical publication The Onion has, on occasion, fooled many into believing its headlines are true. But a joke from earlier this month about soothing the Israeli prime minister's fears over the Iran nuclear deal was realistic enough that it ended up coming true.

"US Soothes Upset Netanyahu With Shipment of Ballistic Missiles" read a headline posted on the Onion last week. The article went on to describe Washington's attempts to provide Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with assurances that the Iran deal would not result in a nuclear apocalypse.

"Bibi always gets a little cranky when he sees us talking to Iran, but a few dozen short-range surface-to-surface missiles usually cheer him right up," the Onion wrote, quoting an imaginary State Department official.

Of course, we try not to spoil him by giving him a new whole new tactical ballistics delivery system every single time he throws a fit," the same supposed official continued.

This article was, of course, a joke. It's what the Onion does best: writing satirical articles like "Study: Employees Happiest When Pretending to Work From Home" and "Idiot Zoo Animal With Zero Predators Still Protective of Young."

But only one day later, in a rare case of art not only imitating, but predicting life, an article emerged from Israeli newspaper Haaretz, quoting actual US officials with an eerily similar plan.


SATIRE: Massive alien mothership 'the size of Idaho' has parked near the Sun: Spotted in NASA images by ufologists!


A massive alien spacecraft, around the size of the US state of Idaho, has been spotted near the sun by ufologists in recent NASA pictures. They say the object definitely has a structure.

The video released by Youtube user Streetcap1 shows the original NASA image of the sun captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on July 15, 2015.

"This UFO is awesome! Every time I try to ask NASA about these UFOs on Twitter, they ignore me. They have never answered me and refuse to talk about these giant UFOs near our sun," said a statement from the UFO Sightings Daily, a website devoted to possible UFO detections on or above our planet.

Comment: Maybe the aliens will invite us for dinner? Possibly we can even ask them if the corporate psychopaths are their pets and if so: Kindly take them back please!


Dog helps rescue baby dolphin washed up on Welsh beach


Dog's life: Leia, a working cocker spaniel had been on a walk on the beach in Gwynedd with her owner who was taking some video and pictures of the beautiful coastal scenery on Sunday morning
This dog's keen nose may have saved a dolphin's life after finding it beached in Wales and making 'a right old fuss'.

Leia, a working cocker spaniel had been on a walk on the beach in Gwynedd with her owner who was taking some video and pictures of the beautiful coastal scenery on Sunday morning.

But Rich Wilcock, 42, suddenly noticed that Leia was making a lot of noise by the water on the shore and sniffing the ground and making a 'right old fuss'.

Mr Wilcock told the Daily Post: 'She kept coming up to me, barking and nudging me, she must have smelt the dolphin from a mile off.

'At first I thought it was a baby shark, it was only about one and half foot but on a closer inspection I could see the blow hole on top of his head and realised it was a dolphin.

'I combed the beach for a while afterwards and stayed for an hour or so to make sure he made it back out to sea.'


Something fishy? Rich Wilcock, 42, suddenly noticed that Leia was making a lot of noise by the water on the shore and sniffing the ground and making a 'right old fuss'

Arrow Down

Tsipras applies for bailout out of bailout talks

AS Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras entered his 27th hour of being chained to a radiator in a Belgium basement, the politician requested a bailout out of the Greek bailout talks, WWN can exclusively reveal.

Arriving in Brussels yesterday, Tsipras was under the impression he would enter negotiations with EU leaders regarding a bailout programme for Greece, but upon entering the room was immediately struck by Angela Merkel on the back of the head with a blunt object; believed to be Enda Kenny.

Waking several hours later, Tsipras realised his invite to Brussels was merely a sinister trap plotted by several European leaders, lead by the German chancellor.


It's your turn now! Dog steals water hose and chases her owner

Apparently a fresh shower on the hot summer day is invigorating, but not that much!


Oh the irony! Stormtroopers escort 6,500 Star Wars fans to secret concert

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July 10, 2015, San Diego, California.
Dozens of actors dressed as stormtroopers entered the conference hall during the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' panel at Comic-Con in San-Diego on Friday to escort all 6,500 people inside to a secret concert.

The Imperial soldiers took the excited fans to a stage, which had been erected near the water at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the Port of San Diego.


Hay bale-jumping sheep show off woolly acrobatics


Sheep jumping from bale to bale
A YouTube user shared footage of a talented flock of sheep showing off their acrobatic skills by leaping from hay bale to hay bale.

Karen McKovuson posted a YouTube video showing a trio of sheep on a farm jumping between hay bales in a display of woolly athleticism.

The video is believed to have been filmed in Ireland.

Red Flag

Skinnydippers in Scotland are caught out when red kites steal their underpants and socks to build their nests


Surprise!: Baffled skinnydippers were stunned to discover their missing underwear in the nest of a pair of local birds of prey
Skinnydippers at a Scottish beauty spot were left completely stumped when their underwear vanished while they were swimming.

But a gamekeeper at the popular bathing spot near Glen Esk in Angus, Scotland, solved the mystery when he chanced upon the nest of a local pair of red kites.

The birds of prey had stolen the swimmers' underpants and socks to help make their nest .


Comfy home: Two red kites were discovered in the nest at the Scottish beauty spot, Gannochy Estate
The gamekeeper took photographs of the nest, which had been built with a selection of socks and a pair of navy underpants.

'Our trainee gamekeeper discovered the nest and we rang the RSPB to have them ringed and tagged,' said Dave Clement, head keeper at the Gannochy Estate.

'What was really interesting was to see socks and underwear from a popular swimming spot actually in the nest and the surrounding trees.


The Russians are coming! ABBA parody mocks Swedish 'invasion' paranoia (VIDEO)

This video is from last year, but it's been hot in Russian internet-land lately...

Another reason Washington is losing the propaganda war: Russians have a better sense of humor than the policy-wonks manning the info trenches in the West.

It also helps that only Truth can be genuinely humorous...


Comment: See also:

The hunt for red October is on! 'Russian sub in Sweden' story is ridiculous

Putin denies dancing to Abba hits