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Comment Not all just women issues (Score 1) 1198

women getting vicious insults flung at them online

Everyone who is visible on the internet will get vicious insults thrown at them, be they man or female. If you're on the internet, putting yourself out there on youtube videos or what ever, you need to learn to deal with it.


There are several instances where Finnish police have shot a threatening person in the leg to solve the situation. Since it has been mostly reported in only Finnish media I can't give you English sources. But here's one in Finnish. The thing is, they don't shoot in the thigh where the big arteries are. They shoot below the knee so the biggest damage can be avoided.

Comment Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (Score 4, Informative) 450

You're a complete moron, in no country will the police not shoot someone who has raised a gun at them. What do you want the police to do, let the dude shoot them?

The difference comes from the fact that when this happens in the USA the cops shoot to kill. When this happens in Finland they shoot to incapacate(in the leg etc.)..or they don't shoot at all and instead take cover and negotiate the guy into dropping the gun.

Comment Re:Doomed effort for multiple reasons (Score 2) 55

Depends on the municipality. Some give students laptops from the school, some support students buying their own devices with x euros, some do nothing to help students secure a device.

It's important to note that they've made guidelines on what sort of devices are supported for the exam and the way it's done. It completely rules out any of the current tablets and pretty much narrows it down to a traditional laptops running x86(or amd64) processors. They've also got pretty good rules for setting up the exam environment.

That being said, I think there will be plenty of problems to sort through.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."
The Internet

Submission + - TPB now hosted in North Korea ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: "The Pirate Bay has been hunted in many countries around the world. Not for illegal activities but being persecuted for beliefs of freedom of information. Today, a new chapter is written in the history of the movement, as well as the history of the internets.

A week ago we could reveal that The Pirate Bay was accessed via Norway and Catalonya. The move was to ensure that these countries and regions will get attention to the issues at hand. Today we can reveal that we have been invited by the leader of the republic of Korea, to fight our battles from their network..."

Comment Re:Fair Use (Score 2) 268

Neither did the parody site. All it did was mimic the layout of the organisations site and change some texts used there(Save the Children turned into Save the Paedophiles etc. Clear parodies and certainly no child porn.)

That's essentially what the copyright organisation is doing here. They mimicked TPB appearance, changed some graphics and texts and where links lead to.

Comment Re:Fair Use (Score 4, Informative) 268

There was recently a case in Finland where a person made a parody of a site that offered the opportunity to report childporn sites to an organisation that would then forward them to the police. The organisation sued said person and won. What the copyright organisation is doing here is no different from that so under Finnish law they could be in hot water.

Comment Multiple places (Score 1) 304

Each of my computers has a dedicated external hard drive where I push backups on a regular basis. I have one external hard drive stashed away at my parents where I make an backup of my laptop every time I visit them. My laptop pretty much has all of my important data so it serves its purpose. All the hard drives involved in this are encrypted of course.

On top of that my most important text documents(not necessarily important in the way of having personal information, but a lot of work put into) are backed up to Ubuntu One as well as Wuala.

Given how infrequently a lot of my data changes, I find the backups adequate.

Comment Re:Also in Finland (Score 1) 151

The funny thing is that it's only TeliaSonera contemplating on doing this, all the others are more than fine with the situation as it is, and are even actively promoting unrestricted mobile broadbands.

Some years ago TeliaSonera was also the only ISP in Finland to talk about adding transfer limits to their non-mobile broadband service. They quickly stopped talking about that because they lost customers and the other service providers weren't going to jump aboard. So in a sense they're a front runner in Finland with stupid ideas and restriction.

I doubt their plan will go through in Finland. They'll just lose too many customers.

Comment Re:Not much of a leak (Score 1) 129

Yes, someone could in theory use the leaked SSNs to do something malicious but that's extremely difficult.

Oh please. All they have to do is sign up for an e-commerce website, put in the SSN number and they can order stuff with a bill and not have to pay for any of it.

Signing up for a mobile number with that information is very easy and once you have one of those, you can take out small loans from some of the shadier companies. Sure, it's not world ending stuff, but it'll be a pain in the ass for anyone to deal with.


Submission + - Google buys Motorola Mobility (

stupid_is writes: Google announces plans to purchase Motorola Mobility (MMI) for $40/share — a 63% markup on Friday's closing price. Intriguing as Motorola Mobility owns all the old Motorola IPR, so perhaps they are buying up ammunition for the Android lawsuits given their recent failure to obtain the Nortel IPR portfolio.

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