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Submission + - UVB-76 undergoes maintenance

luder writes: After several voice messages were heard back in August, the Russian shortwave radio station UVB-76 went silent on September 1, when it appears to have gone down for maintenance. Later that day, it started to play a pattern consisting of a piece from the "Swan's Lake" and 10 buzzer sounds [mp3 file]. From September 2 to 5, a large amount of CW and voice messages were observed, while at the same time the first confirmed pirate transmissions were observed by European amateurs, including fake voice messages, shortwave graffiti and morse code with personal messages. The UVB-76 got finally back on air on September 8, with stronger signal than many have ever seen. However, several voice broadcasts on September 8 have been starting with the callsign MDZhB, which rises the question of the callsign change for the station, although this remains an open question at the moment. Uvb-76.net is providing live streams as received 900km NW from the station, for those of us who don't own a SW receiver or are too far to get a reception.

Submission + - UVB-76 in a frenzy (blogspot.com) 1

luder writes: Russian shortwave radio station UVB-76 has been in a heap of activity, lately. After several voice messages were heard in August, the buzzer went silent on September 1st, when it appears to have entered maintenance mode. Unusual activity followed on September 2nd, alternating transmissions of morse code, buzzing and a short clip of Dance of the Little Swans, from Swan Lake ballet [mp3 file]. More voice transmissions were received, mostly people counting, and someone saying "[I am] on site, working, but she is weak". The interest in the station seems to have skyrocketed, particularly thanks to a 4chan message, posted in the end of May, where someone claimed UVB-76 would initiate the detonation of a nuclear device in South Korea, in early September. Some people with access to shortwave radio transmitters have been starting pirate transmissions at the UVB-76 frequency, broadcasting music, morse code with personal messages and voice messages trying to pass as genuine transmissions. uvb-76.net is providing live streams as received 900km NW from the station, in case you wish to join the bandwagon.
The Courts

Submission + - Judge rules TorrentSpy destroyed evidence (arstechnica.com) 2

Come play kdice writes: "A federal judge has handed the MPAA a resounding victory in its copyright infringement lawsuit against TorrentSpy. Judge Florence-Marie Cooper entered a default judgment against Justin Bunnell and the rest of named defendants in Columbia Pictures et al. v. Justin Bunnell et al. after finding that TorrentSpy "engaged in widespread and systematic efforts to destroy evidence" and lying under oath about said destruction. After being sued, TorrentSpy mounted a vigorous defense, including a countersuit it filed against the MPAA in May 2006, but, behind the scenes, the court documents paint a picture of a company desperately trying to bury any and all incriminating evidence. TorrentSpy has announced its intention to appeal, but its conduct makes a reversal unlikely."
United States

Submission + - Teen questioned after threatening Bush on MySpace

luder writes: "A 14-year-old freshman was taken out of class and questioned by two Secret Service agents, who were investigating her role in setting up a MySpace Web page featuring an image that the agents felt was extremely threatening to the life of the President of the United States. Beneath the words "Kill Bush" the girl posted a cartoonish photo-collage of a knife stabbing the hand of the president, one of a few images she used to decorate an anti-Bush Web page she moderated on MySpace. Ultimately, the agents concluded there was no real danger and said they would delete her investigation file but, with the recent suspension of Habeas Corpus, what would stop the President from issuing an arrest order if he found this offensive enough?"