The Cost of PACER Data? Around One Billion Dollars.

Recently, we started a new project to analyze a few million PACER documents that we acquired through the RECAP Project. As we began working with the data, one thing we did was count how many pages every document had so that we could calculate the average length of a PDF in PACER. Fairly quickly we learned that based on our sample, the average length of a PACER document is 9.1 pages.1
Based on a sample of about 2M PDFs, the average length of a PACER document is 9.1 pages. The max (so far) is 4,417.— RECAP the Law (@RECAPtheLaw) September 2, 2016

This is a really interesting statistic. Another is that there are more than one billion documents in in PACER:

CM/ECF currently contains, in aggregate, more than one billion retrievable documents spread among the 13 courts of appeals, 94 district courts, 90 bankruptcy courts, and other specialized tribunals.

2014 Supreme Court Annual

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Suspicious court cases, missing defendants, aim to get webpages taken down

There are about 25 court cases throughout the country that have a suspicious profile: All involve allegedly self-represented plaintiffs, yet they have similar snippets of legalese that suggest a common organization behind them. (A few others, having a slightly different profile, involve actual lawyers.) All the ostensible defendants ostensibly agreed to injunctions being issued against them, which often leads to a very quick court order (in some cases, less than a week). Of these 25-odd cases, 15 give the addresses of the defendants — but a private investigator (Giles Miller of Lynx Insights & Investigations) couldn’t find a single one of the ostensible defendants at the ostensible address. Now, you might ask, what’s the point of suing a fake defendant (to the extent that some of these defendants are indeed fake)? How can anyone get any real money from a fake defendant? How can anyone order a fake defendant to

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Git-repo – Manage Gitlab, GitHub and Bitbucket from the command line


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Over the last decade, we’ve seen many online platforms offering repository hosting,
like SourceForge, Savannah, Gitorious, Google Code, Github, Launchpad, Gitlab… And
a bunch of others I fail to remember. They offer a great service to help developers
and the FLOSS community to make it easy to find and share code on a project.

Though, they all always sucked at one thing, it’s to integrate nicely in the flow
of coding. Some have a GUI tool, others integrate more or less in your editor (or
IDE), and that’s rarely the ones you’re using for your work.

The git utility has a rather well designed interface to make it easy to remember,
extend, and/or customize. So, out of

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How to take screenshots on Ubuntu 16.04 with ScreenCloud

Screenshots come in handy in many situations. For example, while making tutorials, discussing problems, or sharing information. What I mean to say is that it’s a very common activity, so much so that there’s a dedicated keyboard button to take screenshots.

However still, there are many screenshot taking applications available in the market, and their selling point is the list of useful features they offer, including the ability to store captured images on cloud in some cases. If you are looking for such an application, look no further, as in this tutorial we’ll be discussing a useful screenshot taking app dubbed ScreenCloud.

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Drupal file upload by anonymous or untrusted users into public file systems — PSA-2016-003

Advisory ID: DRUPAL-PSA-2016-003
Project: Drupal core
Version: 7.x, 8.x
Date: 2016-October-10
Security risk: 20/25 ( Critical) AC:None/A:None/CI:Some/II:Some/E:Exploit/TD:All
Recently the Drupal Security Team has seen a trend of attacks utilizing a site mis-configuration.
This issue only affects sites that allow file uploads by non-trusted or anonymous visitors, and stores those uploads in a public file system. These files are publically accessible allowing attackers to point search engines and people directly to them on the site. The majority of the reports are based around the webform module, however, other modules are vulnerable to this misconfiguration as well.
For example, if a webform configured to allow anonymous visitors to upload an image into the public file system, that image would then be accessible by anyone on the internet. The site could be used by an attacker to host images and other files that the legitimate site maintainers would not want made publicly available through their site.
To resolve this

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Workplace by Facebook opens to sell enterprise social networking to the masses

After 20 months in a closed beta under the working title Facebook at Work, (as we predicted it would the other week) today Facebook is finally bringing its enterprise-focused messaging and social networking service to market under a new name, Workplace.
It’s not only armed with a new brand: Workplace is launching with a new kind of pricing model based on Facebook-style monthly active user metrics; and some pretty big ambitions after picking up 1,000 organizations as customers while still in its free, pilot mode (up from 100 a year ago).
Workplace — which is launching as a desktop and mobile app with News Feed, Groups both for your own company and with others, Chat direct messaging, Live video, Reactions, translation features, and video and audio calling — is now opening up to anyone to use, and the operative word here is “anyone”.
To really gain critical mass for the product and help it stand out from others in the market, Facebook is courting not just companies’

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Skype For Linux Adds ‘Experimental’ Video Calls, Disables Some Alpha Versions

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
This morning Skype released version 1.10 of Skype for Linux which includes an “experimental version” of video calls. “We are not quite there. The 1-on-1 video calls work only between Skype for Linux Alpha clients for now,” warns an announcement on the Skype forum. “Despite the early phase, we’d like to ask you, the Linux community, to help us with testing. Please let us know how the video works for you.”

They’re also disabling some older versions of the Skype for Linux Alpha (versions 1.1 through 1.6), saying “Those users will be asked to update to [the] latest version.” But after a 20-month lull between releases for the old app, it’s refreshing to see a much faster pace for development for this new WebRTC version. It’s been less than a month since the release of version 1.8, and two weeks since version 1.9 came out, offering

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Workplace by Facebook

Change theway you work
Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action. Through group discussion, a personalised News Feed, and voice and video calling, work together and get more done.
Workplace is an ad-free space, separate from your personal Facebook account.
Take a video tour

For companies who get things done

Stay connected wherever you go
Work doesn’t have to slow down when you’re on the move with the Workplace app.
Use the Work Chat app to message instantly, and use voice and video calling. Find out more about Work Chat.

Security is coreto our business
Workplace is built on Facebook’s powerful systems that keep more than a billion people’s information secure. While we build and maintain our own infrastructure and tools to safeguard your data, we also follow third-party industry standards such as those set by the Cloud Security Alliance®.
The NCC Group security assessment report and the Service Organization Control Report® (SOC2) on our

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