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+ - Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay Again. ->

Submitted by o_ferguson
o_ferguson (836655) writes "TorrentFreak is reporting that police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB. This is not the first time that this has happened."
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Comment: Re:Boy that will win more users.... (Score 1) 415

by o_ferguson (#48557289) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'
This, exactly. I'm currently taking care of a house for a guy in Costa Rica. Included with the house is a Generation 1 iPhone. He never installed any apps on it when he first got it, and when I went to try to put some one, it's impossible. All the apps currently available will only work with newer OS/hardware versions than the phone has. There's no way to make it compatible with the new store at all, so I'm stuck with it being just a phone. Not that I care (PC guy here) but if I'd bought an Gen-1 iPhone at the original insane price, and I'd managed to keep it alive all these years (what with the non-replaceable battery) I'd be pissed as hell that I couldn't actually use it with any of the currently available software. (note: this came up because my wife wanted to use the Kindle Reader app on the iPhone - not a spec-hod application in any way, and yet totally not backwards compatible.)

+ - Canadians fighting to share details of "Canada's Steubenville." ->

Submitted by o_ferguson
o_ferguson (836655) writes "Last year, Canada was rocked by allegations surrounding the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, a teenager from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, who killed herself after being raped and having images if the assault circulated on social media by her classmates. While she reported the crime, and the photos were widely available, she receiving no help or justice, eventually committing suicide. Once this tragic case became known, Canadians demanded action, and police eventually re-opened their instigation, charging one participant with manufacturing child pornography for his role in photographing the assault. He eventually pled guilty, and received a very lenient sentence (one year supervision, no criminal record.)

However, one bizarre offshoot this prosecutorial tactic is that it effectively made it illegal to publish Rehtaeh's name in Canada, as child pornography laws there explicitly protect the names of victims whose assailants have been prosecuted. Her name, which had become a rallying call for Canadian activists against online bullying and sexual exploitation, was effectively removed from the general lexicon overnight.

Needless to say, the reaction from regular people has been swift, with many tanking to twitter in an open defiance of the ban and others moving to US-based sites where they can freely publish not just Rehtaeh's name, but the until-now highly protected names of her attackers. As in the Steubenville case, the actions of Anonymous have played a central role."

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