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Comment: Re:Tyranny (Score 1) 252

I'm not sure about this, but as little as it makes sense, my guess is that the Finnish police somehow interprets Wikipedia's donation drive as being organised on Finnish soil although the legal entity is in California. Which sort of is the case, assuming that the copy for the donation banner is translated and/or the markup for the banner is included to codebase of the Finnish Wikipedia version by volunteers physically located in Finland.

This is the kind of knee-jerk bureaucracy we have to deal with in this country.

+ - Finnish Police Board Takes Issue With Wikipedia's Fundraising-> 3

Submitted by linjaaho
linjaaho (1551343) writes "Yesterday, the admin list of Finnish language Wikipedia received a request for comment from National Police Board of Finland. The Police board claims that the fundraising message appearing on the top of the Wikipedia pages is illegal fundraising and is punishable by criminal law. The Police Board asks how much money have they raised and ask for justification for the campaign.

This is not the first time the Police Board attacks fundraising. In 2012, a crowdfunded textbook Kickstarter project was delayed because a similar request of comment."

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Google

+ - Google open sources Etherpad, Piratepad launches-> 1

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Thomas Nybergh
Thomas Nybergh writes "The Etherpad code was released by Google under the Apache license a few hours ago. Google's initial plan, after acquiring the service, was to use Etherpad's tech with its new Wave collaboration platform and to shut down the original service entirely. Soon after the Etherpad code was released, the Swedish Pirate Party launched their instance of the service at piratepad.net. An announcement, which also mentions a new Tor node, is published here here (Google translation).

The original Etherpad service had in a short time become a killer application for collaborative work within at least the Swedish, and according to my personal experience, in the Finnish Pirate Party as well. The Etherpad open source project is available at Google Code."

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Comment: Re:I still dont see the point (Score 1) 376

by livingdeadline (#29674177) Attached to: Debian Elevates KFreeBSD Port to First-Class Status

You'd get a dpkg/apt-based distro with awesomeness that can't be ported to Linux due to GPL constraints (DTrace, ZFS). These two tools alone bring an insane amount of features any sysadmin would love.

An apt-based system with some of the modifications and default configurations Debian provides is in lots of situations just that much simpler to maintain than a BSD userland. It's way easy to use a rolling release in a Debian environment or upgrade between stable releases with a couple of commands.

Government

+ - Finland's Pirate Party Enters Party Register->

Submitted by
Thomas Nybergh
Thomas Nybergh writes "Pirate Party of Finland, founded in May 2008, is now the 8th Pirate Party on the planet to be registered in order to nominate candidates for official elections. Piraattipuolue with its approximately 2400 members is the fifteenth present day political party in a country of 5.3 million citizens and currently states getting representatives in the Finnish parliament in the 2011 elections as its primary objective.

More broadly the party aims to "strengthen the protection of privacy and freedom of speech, to reform the current copyright legislation by legalizing non-commercial file-sharing and drastically cutting the duration of copyright, and to abolish pharmaceutical and software patents.""

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Government

+ - Finnish Pirate Party officially registered-> 2

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Thomas Nybergh
Thomas Nybergh writes "The Finnish Pirate Party is now officially registered (also reported by Finland's largest daily newspaper). After the Party was founded in May 2008, activists had to manually collect 5,000 supporter signatures on paper cards in order to get the movement recognized as a political party with the ability to nominate candidates for elections. Finland's party is the eight Pirate Party to be registered on the planet and intends to participate in local elections in October."
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Patents

Patent Troll Attacks Cable, Digital TV Standards 164

Posted by Soulskill
from the going-for-the-gusto dept.
DavidGarganta writes "A patent troll firm in suburban Philadelphia, Rembrandt IP Management, is trying to force large cable operators and major broadcasters to pay substantial license fees on the transmission of digital TV signals and Internet services. The firm is apparently trying to get 0.5% of all revenues from services that supposedly infringe on the patents. The targeted companies include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Charter and Cablevision. According to MultiChannel News, Rembrandt's assault is especially aggressive, even for a patent troll: 'It is attacking two key technology standards used by the cable and broadcast industries, CableLabs' DOCSIS and the Advanced Television Systems Committee's digital-TV spec. "If they're successful, this could affect everything from the cost of cable service to the price of TVs," said the attorney close to the litigation, who spoke only on condition of anonymity.'"
Windows

+ - Windows Home Server released->

Submitted by
Thomas Nybergh
Thomas Nybergh writes "Windows Home Server, based on Windows Server 2003 Small Business Edition "minus the Exchange mail server", has been released. Will the new category of Home Server hardware, combined with presumably easy to understand support for multi-disk redundancy be the ultimate backup solution Normal People and Very Small Business have needed for a very long time? And/Or will this end up being yet another, even worse supply of always available Windows machines for botnet owners to zombify? Should the industry focus more on the already existing kind of scaled down, energy saving NAS boxes rather than more or less full scale PCs running Windows Server with a silly limit on the amount of users?

On a sidenote, I've used normal pc hardware running Debian's rolling testing release as a multi purpose home server for everything from GNU Screen powered IRC, downloading ahem.. Linux install disc ISOs, NFS and Samba sharing and web serving for some time, and it simplifies a lot of things. But what amazing new uses for this new kind of for server use dedicated consumer products (perhaps running a more suitable OS), can Slashdot users think of? Especially a few product generations from now, when commodity home server hardware might support hotswappable devices and perhaps even different interfaces for interacting with your physical home, there must be something cool one could do with a server, right?"

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Debian

+ - Etch: release date lost in the future?

Submitted by
ThunderHammer
ThunderHammer writes "January and February are long gone with always more than 100 release critical bugs. Only in the last few weeks an energic drop can be seen and brings a little more hope (at the moment is anywhere near 70 bugs). Long development cycle often involve (long) delays and is, in general, a good paradigm for stability, testing and reliability but doesnt look like an unprofessional "when it's done" approach? Do fixed deadlines make sense in cases like this?"
Windows

+ - McAfee says Vista's StickyKeys could be misused

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "A Windows feature designed to simplify computing for disabled users could be misused in Vista, a McAfee researcher reported Monday. Attackers could use this feature, called StickyKeys, to trick a user into launching unauthorized software on the Vista machine. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/031207-mcafe e-says-vistas-stickykeys-could.html"
Music

+ - Another example of RIAA legal incompetence

Submitted by
UnknowingFool
UnknowingFool writes "In another move of legal brillance, the RIAA asked for a default judgement on January 25th in the case of Atlantic vs Boggs "on the ground that Defendant has failed to appear or otherwise respond to the Complaint . . ." The court denied the motion because the defendant did appear before the court a month earlier on December 20. What makes the motion appear so boneheaded is that not that the RIAA lawyers seemingly forgot that the defendant appeared, it is that defendant, representing himself at the time, appeared in person before the court while the RIAA phoned in, a move that the court admonished. The transcript seems to show that judge is sympathetic to the defendant in the case.

The Court: You're not here looking at Mr. Boggs, but I doubt seriously he's doing this. . . these titles don't seem to go along with Mr. Boggs persona."
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