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+ - Brutal Violence Against Russian Homosexuals

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reporter writes "Another brutal suppression of a public demonstration in Russia has occurred. This time, however, the Russian public actually helped the Russian police to beat up the protestors. According to a BBC report, "A gay rights demonstration in Moscow degenerated into violence for the second year running as right-wing and orthodox extremists attacked gay rights activists and supporters of the unauthorised demonstration. GayRussia leader Nikolai Alexeyev was bundled into a police van and driven away moments after arriving outside the offices of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who has called homosexuals 'satanic'." Some Western European politicians joined the demonstration in support of the activists. However, Russian bigots attacked them violently, and the Russian police smiled approvingly. "'Where are the police? Why aren't you protecting us?' Mr Cappato [an Italian legislator] shouted as nationalists gathered nearby, prompting officers to take the MEP away and drive him to a police station." A French reporter even snapped a photo of a Russian bigot just before before he punched a British gay rights activist in the face. What, the hell, is happening to Russian society?"

+ - It's official: Vista copy protection 100% cracked

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Slinky Sausage
Slinky Sausage writes "There's been a steady stream of 'sort of' cracks for Vista coming out of the piracy groups, but a crack has been released this morning by "Pantheon" which is doesn't avoid Vista's activation — it exploits it! Apparently despite the requirements for everyone including volume licence customers to activate, Microsoft built in the capability for OEM system builders to pre-install copies of Vista without activating it over the internet. The crack works on any Acer, HP, Lenovo, Hewlett Packard or custom machine (as long as you have the BIOS of that machine available)."

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