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Submission + - Filmmakers Take Dutch State to Court Over Lost Piracy Revenue (

An anonymous reader writes: A coalition of Dutch film and TV producers is following through on their threat to file a lawsuit against the local Government. The filmmakers hold the authorities responsible for the country's high piracy rates. They claim the government tolerated and even encouraged unauthorized downloading for years and want to see compensation as a result. Last year the Dutch Government denied these allegations, noting that the filmmakers could go after downloaders directly if they want to recoup their losses. However, they are not backing down.

Comment Re:New Scamming Technique (Score 1) 206

Can't they trace the money to the bank account? Find out who's bank account it is, etc?

Well I am not familiar with the details in this specific case, but judging by past scams I assume that they are using multiple bank accounts, and setting up other people in vulnerable groups (drug addicts, homeless people, etc.) to use their accounts for them. Then when you 'follow the money', you end up at the people that have been used by the scammers, and not the scammers themselves.

Comment New Scamming Technique (Score 5, Informative) 206

Slightly off-topic, but: Over here in Holland, the latest scamming technique is for criminals to send generic 'illegal download copyright infringement notices' (without specifying any particular download) letters to people via snail mail, claiming to be from 'DutchFilmWorks (DFW)', which clearly is not the sender of the letters. However, the company does exist, and is one of the largest (independent) movie distributors in Holland, which helps to make it seem like legitimate notice. The letters claim the fine is 100,- euro per illegally downloaded movie, but that the fine can be prevented by paying 50,- euro within eight days to the bank account number of the criminals. How many people have fallen for the scam is currently unclear.

Comment Studies may not include all influential factors. (Score 1) 331

If you are unable to reproduce the results of a certain study, it appears to me that there may just not be enough knowledge of all the factors that affect the end result. For example, if you study something believing the main factors that determine the outcome are 'A', 'B', and 'C', but do not have the insight (yet) that factor 'D' is also very influential, then factor 'D' may have value '1' for the original study but value '2' for the reproduction study, influencing the end result and resulting in the different outcomes. This does not mean that the 'scientific method' is incorrect, or that the research was 'fake' or 'sloppy'. It just means that more research is needed, to determine those missing factors that determine the results, leading to (more) accurate and reproducible studies.

Comment Re:Oh well... (Score 1) 280

So much for the feminazis out there claiming that there is no difference between a male and female brain, and that what constitute gender is nothing but a social construct.

Not 'identical', but 'equivalent' sums it up for me. And yes, I have heard feminists state this. Just because men and women are not the same, that does not mean that they do not have equal value.

Submission + - Oracle Might Be Canning Solaris (

lbalbalba writes: Oracle might be pulling the plug on the Solaris operating system, at least according to some new rumors. Rumors are circulating that Oracle is ending Solaris development at Solaris 11.4 with no major releases to follow. A tip on says in part:
Solaris being canned, at least 50% of teams to be RIF'd in short term
All hands meetings being cancelled on orders from legal to prevent news from spreading.
Hardware teams being told to cease development.
There will be no Solaris 12, final release will be 11.4.

Comment Obtained through court order (Score 5, Insightful) 153

Since the cell tower's logs and phone numbers were obtained legally and transparently through a court order, I don't particularly see the problem here. I would if they had been obtained without a court order, in secret, by using a hack or a stingray device or something similar, but that isn't the case here.

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