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Comment Re:What Bank? (Score 1) 173

Bank DnB NORD has headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is quite interesting to see their web page. Here they are forced by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority to publish a serious reprimand in both Danish and English. Turns out they did not disclose information they were required by law to disclose in their annual report for 2009.

DnB NORD is owned by DnB NOR with headquarters in Norway. And it looks like DnB NOR also have problems with the local financial authorities. And last year DnB NOR accepted a fine and forfeiture of profits illegally obtained from insider trading.

Comment Re:Police Seize Pirate Party Servers? (Score 3, Interesting) 121

This is the same as confiscating all of Googles servers because somebody used Google Docs for an illegal purpose. The police did not even try to contact the party before taking their servers. And they did not just take the server that might have been used for an illegal purpose, but all servers at the site.

The timing is interesting, as the DDoS attack that allegedly was planned on this public EtherPad installation took place months ago. And now - two days before election day in a federal state - they confiscate almost all their servers.

Comment Re:Too much taken down at the wrong time (Score 1) 4

Please note that the election in Bremen are not just municipal elections in the city of Bremen. The election on Sunday is in the German federal state of Bremen. Before this happened the Pirate Party had a real chance of getting elected on Sunday. But now all of the infrastructure they used for the election has been confiscated. Member lists, task and event planning, election plans - all confiscated.

Submission + - Police raids German Pirate Party's servers ( 4

thetinytoon writes: The servers of the german pirate party have been raided and taken offline by the german police, after the french police asked the german officials for help in a lawcase. According to a police' spokesman, the case is not targeting the Pirate Party itself and that they cannot disclose any further details at this time.

Interesting bit is: If the german Pirate Party itself or a member of the party is not the target of the investigation, why did the police take down a complete democratic party's infrastructure?

Hashtag for followers of the events is already there: #servergate.

Comment Re:Icelandic MP supeanad (Score 5, Funny) 391

They do not have nukes, they have volcanoes.

When they triggered one of them last year, it caused a lot more disruption to European air traffic than 9/11 did to US air traffic. And they know how to use their volcanoes right: During the incident Reykjavik airport was one of the few airports in Europe still open.

I am pretty sure this was retaliation against the Brits abusing anti-terror legislation to freeze Icelandic assets.

If you do not understand satire, you should not have read this...

Comment GEMA is spinning the news (Score 1) 291

It is quite interesting to compare this press release with the article exposing this. Technically GEMA is correct in their press release, but they do a lot of spin, and do not tell the entire story.

GEMA wrote to kindergartens, demanding:

  1. Payment for any sheet music copied. Price per sheet is similar to the price of a song on iTunes.
  2. Payment for any copying of lyrics. Same price per sheet.
  3. Reporting of any song performed in the kindergarten, complete with title, name of composer, name of publishing company currently publishing the song in Germany, and the time the song was performed. No payment was demanded for this in the letter.

In the press release GEMA is backtracking on the bad publicity this gave them when the press took up the story and adding their own spin by saying the reporting about payment for song performances was wrong (which it was) and not mentioning that they still require all kindergartens to report all song performances. Also they do not mention that a requirement of reporting performances to GEMA almost always is a precursor for a demand of payment.

VG Musikedition is not an entity completely separate from GEMA. In fact they are so tightly connected and what they do is so similar that it is hard to explain why they are not the same organization. Unless when you think of the extra administration having two entities cause. When the two organizations both funnel some of the money through the other organization, they can both take a piece of the cake before distributing the rest to the artists. And this is probably the real reason why VG Musikedition asked GEMA to collect the money for them instead of doing it themselves, as they were supposed to.

Comment Re:Possible mitigation? (Score 1) 217

We should not care about security too much. Security is the opposite of freedom, and by concentrating our efforts on security we may end up with completely locked environment.

Welcome to the physical world. If you do not like security and are afraid to be locked out of your own house, you are free to remove the lock on your front door.

Comment Re:Ibrahim Botani (Score 2, Informative) 107

There has not been much happening in Piratbyrån for the last few years anyway.

Many of the active people from Piratbyrån have become active in The Pirate Party or other clusters like Werebuild, The Julia Group or Telecomix. (The Telecomix Crypto Munitions Bureau held the conference recently discussed here where security flaws in some VPN tools used for filesharer anonymity were exposed.)

My guess it that the core people in Piratbyrån felt that this cluster was no longer needed and used the death of their friend as an excuse to shut it down, as a post-mortem honour to him.

Comment Re:Wait, hold on... (Score 1) 124

In Swedish law, even evidence gathered illegally is permissive in court.

And with the new IPRED legislation in Sweden from last year, the anti-piracy now have better means of obtaining evidence for civil court cases (pay us, or we sue) than the Swedish police has for criminal file sharing cases.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead