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Comment Re:Sue? (Score 1) 182

It's easier to understand why people do things when you stand back and look at people's motives and the motives 90%+ of the times are who stands to gain what.

Newsweek wanted a huge story for their brand new print edition, the journalist was investigating alleged Satoshi for months, bitcoin was the flavour of the week. Of course they were going to run with the story true or false. This story is on the front cover of the print edition. The alleged Satoshi just got used to make Newsweek big, that's what journalists do right, sacrifice people.

Comment Re:Stalking is stalking (Score 1) 182

They needed a big story for the print edition, bitcoin was the flavour of the week after Mt Gox. This journalist was researching alleged Satoshi for months. Combine all the events together they were going to run with this story regardless. That's why it's such a retarded story when you read it, it's half-baked thrown together. They're saying it's him based on a big hunch - but they couldn't care less they got their 15 mins of fame (or infame). Posting his picture and house maybe that had something to do with the half-bakedness, every other media outlet went to his door, it was to make more controversy thus making the print more successful in their eyes. This Satoshi should sue big-time.

Comment Newsweek's motives (Score 2) 182

Newsweek is going print, they need a front page story, Mt Gox went bust, another bitcoin exchange boss was found dead, bitcoin was already the flavour of the week. Combine these events, Newsweek going print, lots to write about bitcoin. Now, a journalist along with two forensic analysts were researching the alleged Satoshi for 3+ months, at some point they have to deliver the goods.

The perfect storm run with the bitcoin story no matter if true or false. Newseek's front page is the bitcoin story.

Journalistically the story was a success. On moral, humanitarian, investigative, common sense, ethical grounds the story is a massive fail.

What will be the repercussions? Poor guy was chased and hounded by journalists for having the same name, journalist making appearances like a hero on some shows. Forbes was calling it journalistic brilliance.

At least retard achieved one thing, the real Satoshi stood up and said it's not me.

Comment Perfect Storm, timing everything at others expense (Score 1) 276

They'd been investigating this guy for months. A combination of things led to this story being exposed. Newsweek were about to make a print comeback, Mt Gox went under the journalist (and her two "forensic analyst" sidekicks) had to print something. End result a media ready to run with anything true or not, lots of web hits to Newseek, poor guy being harassed. Newsweek win in the short.

United Kingdom

Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains 172

One of England's oldest graveyards is under siege by badgers. Rev Simon Shouler now regularly patrols the grounds of St. Remigius Church looking for bones that the badgers have dug up. The badger is a protected species in England so they can not be killed, and attempts to have them relocated have been blocked by English Nature. From the article: "At least four graves have been disturbed so far; in one instance a child found a leg bone and took it home to his parents. ... Rev. Simon Shouler has been forced to carry out regular patrols to pick up stray bones, store them and re-inter them all in a new grave."

Comment Re:Australian Tokay makes me sad (Score 1) 302

Try telling them that, they still believe they are descendents of Alexander the Great, it's become a madness in the country. The ruling party VMRO are using the whole "we are Alexander's people that conquered Persia the Greeks were our slaves" to a ridiculous level. It seems they have to in order to stop an invasion from Bulgaria and Albania. One quarter of the population are Albanian and Bulgarians claim the FYRMians speak Bulgarian (hell, they even televise their tv shows there an understand it). Greece has no territorial ambitions and only wants the facts to be know.

Fortunately the people who we should leave history to, the historians at well known universities, have stood up and done something about it:


Comment Re:Australian Tokay makes me sad (Score 1) 302

It depends at which point in history you are talking about when you say "historicaly". The Ancient region of Macedon is 90% within Greece. The Romans later redrew the borders and it changed several times until the Ottomans redrew the borders again to what the region is now. So, the current "historical region" is with the Ottoman drawn borders. The Ancient capital has always been Pella in Greece (where Alexander the Great was born).

As for the gentically descended part another nice piece of FYROM propaganda, the far right also claim they invented white people and that Greeks are from Ethiopia. They'll also claim Greeks are Christianised Turks but forget that the entire Balkans was occupied by the Ottomans, must have ommitted that part from the revised school textbooks (fact: they were revised again last week - "Textbook errors shame FYROM schools" http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/analysis/30188/).

Comment Re:Australian Tokay makes me sad (Score 1) 302

Greece has every business to oppose the name, it is within the UN rules for a country to call itself whatever it wants as long as it doesn't offend anyone else, and quite frankly it offends many Greeks for a country having no business with the name "Macedonia". Tito renamed the area in the 40s to start a dispute with Greece to gain access to the Aegean. Communist propaganda goes a long way...

Think about this then, a country that has around 30% of a region, not even the Ancient region (which is 90% within Greece) but with Ottoman drawn borders, calls itself "Macedonia", of which Greece has 50% of that region, and then claims Alexander the Great (names the airport Alexander the Great airport - wtf), plans to build a 30metre statue in the capital Skopje (not even in the Ottoman drawn border region of Macedonian), claims Thessaloniki (they use the Bulgarian name Solun and call it their capital) is occupied by the Greeks (Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Ottoman Turkey fought in WWI, where is this "Macedonia" in these battles?), speak a Slavic-Bulgarian dialect, call their language "Macedonian", claim the "Macedonians" were expelled from Greece (were actually Communist traitors, some even Greek and still hold a grudge, for example Prime Minister Gruevski's grandfather fought for Greece and family want their property back after being exiled for being Communist traitors)... the picture that starts to unfold are a lot of people (not all) that use Greece as excuse for their problems much like most of the Middle East use Israel as a root of all evil.

Besides, Greece can wait this out, FYROM, which is 1/4 Albanian can't wait it out forever and when/if the current PM is gone the issue will be resolved.

Data Storage

New PS3 Firmware Causing HDD Upgrade Problems? 82

Channard writes "While there have been occasional reports of previous PS3 firmware upgrades causing system crashes and so forth, Sony's new firmware upgrade for the system, 3.41, is apparently stopping PS3 owners from upgrading their hard disks. This problem has been encountered by many users on Sony's forums and occurs when you try to put a new hard disk into a PS3 that already has the firmware upgrade installed. The general course of action for upgrading a PS3's drive is that you download the latest PS3 firmware onto a memory stick and, after swapping the hard drive in the PS3, plug the stick in, allowing the PS3 to properly prepare the disk for use. But as of upgrade 3.41, the PS3 fails to recognize the firmware on the stick, complaining that it can't proceed until you insert the correct firmware. Repeating the process and re-downloading the firmware does not fix the problem, as I can confirm, having encountered the problem myself. Users can put the old hard disk back in, provided they've not reformatted it for some other purpose, so all is not lost. Sony have apparently told gaming website CVG that 'The information available to our Consumer Services Department does not suggest that this is a problem PlayStation owners are likely to experience when upgrading the HDD with 3.41 update.' This seems to fly in the face of the currently available information — although whether or not this statement was issued by Kevin Butler is unclear. Either way, PS3 owners encountering this problem will likely have to wait a few days for a fix and use their old HDDs for now."

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies 456

Gary Phebus wants to donate his heart, lungs, and liver. The problem is he wants to donate them before he dies. Gary was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2008. Phebus says he'd like to be able to donate his organs before they deteriorate, and doesn't consider his request suicide because he's "dead anyway."

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