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Submission + - Pirate Bay trial ends in jail sentences. 1

myvirtualid writes: "The Globe and Mail reports that the Pirate Bay defendants were each sentenced Friday to one year in jail. According to the article, "Judge Tomas Norstrom told reporters that the court took into account that the site was 'commercially driven' when it made the ruling. The defendants have denied any commercial motives behind the site." The defendants said before the verdict that they would appeal if they were found guilty. "Stay calm — Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing whatsoever. This is just a theater for the media," Mr. Sunde said Friday in a posting on social networking site Twitter."
The Courts

Submission + - The Pirate Bay founders found guilty

arkhan_jg writes: The Pirate Bay founders have been found guilty of being accessories to copyright infringement. Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay 30m kronor ($3.6m or £2.4m) in damages. The damages were awarded to a number of entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and Columbia Pictures.

The news was broken early by Peter Sunde aka brokep via twitter, from a "trustworthy source". Sunde is also insisting "nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing what so ever. This is just a theater for the media." The men have already stated that would appeal the verdict if they lost, and given the distributed nature of The Pirate Bay servers outside of Sweden, the site itself may well prove difficult to shut down. A round-up of the arguments in court has already been discussed on slashdot, and the BBC has some thoughts on what happens next.

The Pirate Bay staff intend to hold a streamed press conference at 13:00 CET (GMT+1) today, Friday 17th April.

Submission + - New Doctor Who actor is Matt Smith (

Jerry Smith writes: "FTFA: "Matt Smith had that 'Doctor-ness', says BBC Wales' head of drama. Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who — making him the youngest actor to take on the role. " The BBC-page shows us a photograph of him posing next to the T.A.R.D.I.S.: a wise choice choosing him as the next Doctor?"

Comment Re:Screengrabbing the leap second (Score 2, Interesting) 301

The clock did indeed hit 23:69:60: I wrote the clock program in Ruby (dead simple; every tenth of a second, it just creates a new Time object and blats it to stdout, along with a carriage return so it overwrites the previous time) and had previously experimented to ensure it is possible to construct a Time object with a leap second. If one's timezone supports leap seconds, Time.local(2008, 12, 31, 23, 59, 60) does the right thing.

I just let it run, then took a manual screenshot at 23:59:60. (Fortunately, my reactions didn't let me down. All those countless hours playing video games have turned out to be useful for something, heh).



Submission + - Comment Spam with a twist - help!

An anonymous reader writes: My wife is the victim of porn comment spam. It isn't her site that's hit; it's her name. Some scum-bag porn-link site with about 10,000 pages dedicated to the most obnoxious "click here!" porn, is using comment spam to drive up it's search rank. Nothing new, right? But usually those comment links are a drug name or the name of a porn-star. This idiot, or his robot, however, have decided that my wife, due to her poetry page, is a porn star, and now a google search on her name comes up with a huge number of comment-spam hits. Those links, if you click them, take you to a pages filled with porn. Help!!

My wife is a very kind, moral, feminist, porn-hating, religious person, and a preacher's kid to boot. Needless to say, she's never stared in a porno, and none of those pics are of her. Her name is quite unique, and the offending source page has a ton of text copied from her site (without permission) to ensure it gets picked up in the searches — there is no coincidence in the name.

She's frenzied and quite beside herself. I've tried the obvious — the porn site is, of course, not listed with a real email or address in whois. The registrar doesn't seem reputable, and won't respond to emails. I keep submitting the blog or gallery pages with the comment spam on them to google's abuse department, but the scum-bag's comment spam robot can generate a lot more of these than I can.

My wife is on the verge of changing her name and moving to Tibet. All we want is for the offending page to be removed, and the spammer to stop using her name. How can I get through to these people?

I really don't want to drive up the hits on this site, but you can see the kind of page it is by opening nnnn dot sneerpan dot info, where nnnn is any four digit number (definitely NOT safe for work!) I'm desperate for any advice from the Slashdot community! Please help me prevent my wife's imminent nervous breakdown.

Submission + - Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream (

djpretzel writes: "Today OverClocked ReMix released its ninth album, Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream. The album, made by fans for fans, honors the recent 10-year anniversary of the Square Enix PlayStation video game Final Fantasy VII with 45 arrangements of composer Nobuo Uematsu's original score. Available for free download at, Voices of the Lifestream is not affiliated with or endorsed by Square Enix. More than 40 artists from the OverClocked ReMix community contributed more than three hours of music to the album, with interpretations covering a variety of genres and styles from jazz to electronica to rock to symphonic."

Submission + - Unhacking a G-Mail account?

TokyoShoe writes: "I have recently had my G-Mail account hacked, most probably for no reasons beyond my own stupidity. That being said, I am trying to find ways to get this account back from out of the Hacker's hands. They have changed the password for the account, and G-Mail will not bring up my security questions to force a password reset until after 5 days of inactivity. This means as long as the Hacker keeps using my account, I can never get it back! I have filled out Security Submission forms for Gmail Tech Support, documenting my account's details and a request to help me reclaim it. The G-Mail discussion forums are repleat with stories of folks with hacked G-Mail accounts and how they have been waiting months to no avail, never getting even an answer from the Gmail Support Team. Are there any other methods of getting my account back, or better yet getting in touch with Gmail Tech Support?"

Submission + - Start an IT career at age 40? 2

An anonymous reader writes: How viable is it to start an IT career at age 40? I have heard there is a lot of age bias in the IT industry. I have a science degree and programming experience, and I think IT would be more interesting and higher paying. Anybody have any hints on getting your foot in the door? How bad is the age bias and will it make a career too difficult to maintain? (I have heard of 40-year-olds losing their job and taking years to get a new one in the IT industry)

Submission + - New Website Design for a Major Airport

An anonymous reader writes: I work for a major United States airport (think daily, large international flights as well as hundreds of direct flights across the country) and, while I will not be creating it myself, there has been a request for suggestions on the design of a new website. Primary goals are going to be to serve the public as best the site can. This means airport passengers as well as people in the surrounding cities and community, not to mention employees. What types of things should be added? What features on an airport website would make trips smoother for those Slashdotters who travel? Anything is fair game, from the broad concepts to small details.

Submission + - Website Age-Verification Based on Public Records

csw writes: I was checking out the website for the new movie "Superbad" ( and when I tried to enter the restricted area which requires age verification I entered face data as usual. This site however would not work with fake data. I entered me real information and it let me in. I then tried my real information and changed spelling of my name to make it wrong and again it would not let me in. After a little research I found that some websites are basing verification on public records now ( tml?ex=1339387200&en=5c292ac80cc2b0b2&ei=5088&part ner=rssnyt&emc=rss). What is everyones thoughts on this and how does one gain access to these records for verification of thier own?

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