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Comment Re:Superhuman speed? (Score 1) 88

> Did you even watch the beginning of the video where the palm mute pad goes up and down, demonstrating palm muting?

No, missed it. If it's there, it's not working.

> Yngwie? Nah. Yngwie is good, but there are tons of kids nowdays that can rip him a new one. I know of a blind Japanese kid that would kick his ass left and right.

Infidel. And you misspelled "God".

Comment Huh? (Score 4, Insightful) 319

free6.com is/was a Swedish site, why would they give any federationalists from Mexico, USA, Argentina or some other foreign country anything at all? If they like to keep their site free of child porn, fine, that's a good thing. But isn't that something that should be done by a) their abuse administrator and/or b) the police in their own country?

Comment Re:Mob Justice (Score 5, Insightful) 267

So many people, especially the slashdot crowd, are cheering on Anonymous and other parties who are DDOSing

Really? I've been reading most (probably all) wikileaks stories on slashdot since this whole mess started, and I got the impression that the vast majority of the slashdotters agree this is a stupid way to "support" wikileaks.

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 968

The Caps Lock key is an arcane relic of the ancient IBM keyboards

"ancient" IBM keyboards (like the IBM 1391411 I'm typing this on) are about the only ones that doesn't have any "problem" with capslock (hitting capslock by accident), since it's clearly separated from the "a"-key and gives you plenty of feedback when hitting it (sound + feeling).

Of course, not having caps-lock might stop idiots from shouting, but they'll just express themselves in some other annoying way.
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Submission + - WikiLeaks Cats Are Out Of The Bag (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: The leak of hundreds of thousands of secret cables sent to and from US embassies around the world has severely embarrassed the country's politicians and diplomats.

The rest of us can start having a laugh at the can of worms the release of the 250,000 documents has opened.

The documents which were sent to WikiLeaks and shown to a number of newspapers prior to publication on the whistle-blowing web site, contain masses of information, much of which — as the US authorities predicted — is likely to damage US relationships around the world for years to come.

Comment Re:Money meet mattress (Score 1) 195

Safest, eh?

When I lived in Ireland and they switched to the Euro, I took all my Irish Puts, put them in two glass jars and buried them next to a church. My coins might still be there in a few hundred years when I hope some lucky person finds them, but at the moment it looks like the Irish banks could be gone.

Submission + - The Pirate Bay Appeal Verdict: Guilty Again (suprbay.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The verdict against three people associated with The Pirate Bay just been announced. The Swedish Appeal Court found Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström guilty of “contributory copyright infringement” and handed down prison sentences ranging from 4 to 10 months plus damages of more than $6.5 million in total.

In April last year the Stockholm Court sentenced the ‘The Pirate Bay Four’ to one year in prison and a fine of $905,000 each. The defendants immediately announced that they would appeal the decision and the case went before the Appeal Court two months ago.

Today, Friday November 26, the Swedish Appeal Court announced its decision. Compared to the District Court ruling, the court has decreased the prison sentences for the three defendants, but increased the damages that have to be paid to the entertainment industries.

“The Pirate Bay has facilitated illegal file-sharing in a way that results in criminal liability for those who run the service. For the three defendants the court of appeal believes it is proven that they participated in these activities in different ways and to varying degrees,” the court stated.

The court did consider the individual input of all three, which resulted in varying prison sentences ranging from 4 to 10 months . The total damages of 46 million kroner ($6.5 million) will be equally shared among Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström.

Peter Sunde (born September 13, 1978) alias ‘brokep’
Guilty of contributory copyright infringement
8 months in prison
A share of the $6.5 million in damages

Fredrik Neij (born April 27, 1978) alias ‘TiAMO’:
Guilty of contributory copyright infringement
10 months in prison
A share of the $6.5 million in damages

Carl Lundström (born April 13, 1960)
Guilty of contributory copyright infringement
4 months in prison
A share of the $6.5 million in damages

The total damages are higher than in the District Court ruling. “This is because the court of appeal, to a greater extent than the district court, accepted the plaintiff companies’ evidence of its losses as a result of file-sharing,” the court noted.

All Nordic entertainment industry companies get the entire amount they asked for, and the remaining companies get about half of what they requested.

The fourth defendant, Gottfrid Svartholm, is not included in the verdict because he was absent at the court hearings due to medical circumstances. His case will be reviewed later.

“This was a political trial from the start and it must be resolved politically,” Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Pirate Party said in a response to the verdict. “The public has lost all confidence in the justice system in these matters, and it is beyond sad that the courts still persist in running special-interest justice.”

Entertainment industry insiders, on the other hand, applauded the verdict. “It’s a relief that the court of appeal finally affirmed that you’ll be sent to prison if you carry out this type of activity,” movie industry lawyer Monique Wadsted said.

Although none of the defendants has officially commented on how to proceed, it is very likely that this will not be the end of the case. It is expected that it eventually will go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Whatever happens next, not much will change for the users of the popular BitTorrent indexer. The Pirate Bay website will remain online and operating as usual. None of the defendants are involved in the site anymore, and all assets are reportedly owned by the Seychelles based company Reservella.

Submission + - U.S Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain (torrentfreak.com)

Voulnet writes: This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this morning.

“I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN,” he explained.

Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner.

Comment Re:Lucky (Score 4, Interesting) 169

Weird kid? When I was in school, EVERYBODY wanted a metal detector. Nobody owned one though (partly because they were very expensive back then, partly because of legal reasons), but I imagine that if somebody did, he would have been considered the coolest kid in school.

I finally got my first metal detector about 5 years ago, and at least here (Sweden) it's not considered nerdy - when I go metal detecting on the beach I get lots of nice curious girls coming up to ask questions and try it. Seriously.

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