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United States

+ - Don't Taze Me Bro...signed the world.->

Submitted by
WwWonka
WwWonka writes "For the past year I have been waking up, jumping online, and reading story after story of people being "tazed" by law enforcement. Today it was this video and story from the Utah Highway Patrol that sent shivers up my spine. Sometimes it seems justified, but recently it seems it has become an excuse and an alternative to decent human interaction between the law and normal citizens caught in an unexpected situation. I ask simply, what is going on?"
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XBox (Games)

+ - Microsoft Not Refunding Points When XBOX360 Dies-> 4

Submitted by
DonnarsHmr
DonnarsHmr writes "After spending 26 hours, 55 minutes on the phone with 800-4MY-XBOX and 33 hours, 55 minutes trying the various fixes suggested by customer service, being hung up on multiple times by a CSR, and having a note attached to his file instructing CSRs to blow him off without resolving the issue, Speaker Ender finds out Microsoft will not be transferring his 25,600 ($319.87 worth) XBOX Live points to his new XBOX after his old one died. In fact, Microsoft will not be doing any refunds of transfers when an XBOX dies and has to be replaced.

$320 of paid for content? Stolen by Microsoft."

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Music

+ - Pigs say, no more OiNK!

Submitted by tMav
tMav (444855) writes "Today, eager music lovers all over the world woke up to discover that the popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK has been shut down. The BBC News is reporting the raid and the site now responds only with the increasingly familiar message:

"This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI, BPI, Cleveland Police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch Police (FIOD ECD) into suspected illegal music distribution.

A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users."
The Media

+ - Oink Bittorrent Tracker raided and Admin Arrested->

Submitted by
bubblah
bubblah writes "In what is sure to be a solid case of Deja Vu, this time the owner of Oink.cd a bittorrent tracker finds that the servers are confiscated, and he is in jail. Hot on the heels of Demonoid, then TV-Links, now it is Oink that finds itself shutdown, and the admin arrested. As the major sites where people get media continue to face growing and continual pressure over illegal content, users will find themselves with fewer and fewer options. It also means that there will be more reliance on those sites that are still up and running like Pirate Bay and Stage 6. http://techwag.com/index.php/2007/10/23/another-pirate-site-gets-raided-this-time-is-it-oink/"
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The Almighty Buck

+ - Defense Asks Judge to Overrule RIAA Payout

Submitted by Damocles the Elder
Damocles the Elder (1133333) writes "Well, the RIAA won, but now a Minnesota woman is appealing the judge's decision on the basis that $222,000 is unconstitutionally expensive for 24 songs. FTA:

The petition to U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, among other things, challenges the constitutionality of the 1976 Copyright Act, the law under which the RIAA sued Jammie Thomas of Minnesota, as well as over 20,000 other defendants. The $750 to $150,000 fines the act authorizes for each download is unconstitutionally excessive and against U.S. Supreme Court precedent, wrote Brian Toder, Thomas' attorney.
Naturally, the RIAA is claiming the argument is "baseless", but if this gets set as a precedent, it won't matter if the RIAA wins the lawsuits if they're only getting a couple dollars a song. Needless to say, many people will be following this with interest."
Businesses

+ - eBay using Tux as a symbol for Internet fraud->

Submitted by
WwWonka
WwWonka writes ""eBay Australia has a fraud awareness page and a related flash game, both of which feature a depiction of a fraudster as a balding, bespectacled man with Tux, the Linux mascot, prominently displayed on his shirt. The big question is: why? Why such a gratuitous smear against the Linux community? Is it something we said?""
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