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Submission + - SPAM: Finnish drug charity to provide Tor-based harm reduction, database of dark web d

livingdeadline writes: According to YLE, Finland's national public service broadcaster, anonymous drug trade has led Finlandâ(TM)s A-Clinic Foundation to start building Tor (Hidden Service) based systems for providing counseling and harm reduction services. The intention is to improve the safety of users who buy new and potentially dangerous designer drugs from dark web marketplaces, using the strong anonymity network provided by the Tor network.

Goals include building a database of products sold on dark web marketplaces. The project is also exploring the (legal) viability of founding Finland's first anonymous laboratory testing service for new psychoactive substances.

A previous study suggests that online drug trade may reduce violence in this underground racket.

Finland still remains all in on drug prohibition. Ideas about serious harm reduction measures and decriminalization have only recently started to pop up in mainstream press and politics.

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Comment Re:Tyranny (Score 1) 252

I'm not sure about this, but as little as it makes sense, my guess is that the Finnish police somehow interprets Wikipedia's donation drive as being organised on Finnish soil although the legal entity is in California. Which sort of is the case, assuming that the copy for the donation banner is translated and/or the markup for the banner is included to codebase of the Finnish Wikipedia version by volunteers physically located in Finland.

This is the kind of knee-jerk bureaucracy we have to deal with in this country.

Submission + - Finnish Police Board Takes Issue With Wikipedia's Fundraising (blogspot.fi) 3

linjaaho writes: Yesterday, the admin list of Finnish language Wikipedia received a request for comment from National Police Board of Finland. The Police board claims that the fundraising message appearing on the top of the Wikipedia pages is illegal fundraising and is punishable by criminal law. The Police Board asks how much money have they raised and ask for justification for the campaign.

This is not the first time the Police Board attacks fundraising. In 2012, a crowdfunded textbook Kickstarter project was delayed because a similar request of comment.


Submission + - Google open sources Etherpad, Piratepad launches (piratepad.net) 1

Thomas Nybergh writes: "The Etherpad code was released by Google under the Apache license a few hours ago. Google's initial plan, after acquiring the service, was to use Etherpad's tech with its new Wave collaboration platform and to shut down the original service entirely. Soon after the Etherpad code was released, the Swedish Pirate Party launched their instance of the service at piratepad.net. An announcement, which also mentions a new Tor node, is published here here (Google translation).

The original Etherpad service had in a short time become a killer application for collaborative work within at least the Swedish, and according to my personal experience, in the Finnish Pirate Party as well. The Etherpad open source project is available at Google Code."

Comment Re:I still dont see the point (Score 1) 376

You'd get a dpkg/apt-based distro with awesomeness that can't be ported to Linux due to GPL constraints (DTrace, ZFS). These two tools alone bring an insane amount of features any sysadmin would love.

An apt-based system with some of the modifications and default configurations Debian provides is in lots of situations just that much simpler to maintain than a BSD userland. It's way easy to use a rolling release in a Debian environment or upgrade between stable releases with a couple of commands.


Submission + - Finland's Pirate Party Enters Party Register (piraattipuolue.fi)

Thomas Nybergh writes: "Pirate Party of Finland, founded in May 2008, is now the 8th Pirate Party on the planet to be registered in order to nominate candidates for official elections. Piraattipuolue with its approximately 2400 members is the fifteenth present day political party in a country of 5.3 million citizens and currently states getting representatives in the Finnish parliament in the 2011 elections as its primary objective.

More broadly the party aims to "strengthen the protection of privacy and freedom of speech, to reform the current copyright legislation by legalizing non-commercial file-sharing and drastically cutting the duration of copyright, and to abolish pharmaceutical and software patents.""


Submission + - Finnish Pirate Party officially registered (omglog.com) 2

Thomas Nybergh writes: "The Finnish Pirate Party is now officially registered (also reported by Finland's largest daily newspaper). After the Party was founded in May 2008, activists had to manually collect 5,000 supporter signatures on paper cards in order to get the movement recognized as a political party with the ability to nominate candidates for elections. Finland's party is the eight Pirate Party to be registered on the planet and intends to participate in local elections in October."

Patent Troll Attacks Cable, Digital TV Standards 164

DavidGarganta writes "A patent troll firm in suburban Philadelphia, Rembrandt IP Management, is trying to force large cable operators and major broadcasters to pay substantial license fees on the transmission of digital TV signals and Internet services. The firm is apparently trying to get 0.5% of all revenues from services that supposedly infringe on the patents. The targeted companies include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Charter and Cablevision. According to MultiChannel News, Rembrandt's assault is especially aggressive, even for a patent troll: 'It is attacking two key technology standards used by the cable and broadcast industries, CableLabs' DOCSIS and the Advanced Television Systems Committee's digital-TV spec. "If they're successful, this could affect everything from the cost of cable service to the price of TVs," said the attorney close to the litigation, who spoke only on condition of anonymity.'"

Submission + - Windows Home Server released (apcmag.com)

Thomas Nybergh writes: "Windows Home Server, based on Windows Server 2003 Small Business Edition "minus the Exchange mail server", has been released. Will the new category of Home Server hardware, combined with presumably easy to understand support for multi-disk redundancy be the ultimate backup solution Normal People and Very Small Business have needed for a very long time? And/Or will this end up being yet another, even worse supply of always available Windows machines for botnet owners to zombify? Should the industry focus more on the already existing kind of scaled down, energy saving NAS boxes rather than more or less full scale PCs running Windows Server with a silly limit on the amount of users?

On a sidenote, I've used normal pc hardware running Debian's rolling testing release as a multi purpose home server for everything from GNU Screen powered IRC, downloading ahem.. Linux install disc ISOs, NFS and Samba sharing and web serving for some time, and it simplifies a lot of things. But what amazing new uses for this new kind of for server use dedicated consumer products (perhaps running a more suitable OS), can Slashdot users think of? Especially a few product generations from now, when commodity home server hardware might support hotswappable devices and perhaps even different interfaces for interacting with your physical home, there must be something cool one could do with a server, right?"


Submission + - Etch: release date lost in the future?

ThunderHammer writes: "January and February are long gone with always more than 100 release critical bugs. Only in the last few weeks an energic drop can be seen and brings a little more hope (at the moment is anywhere near 70 bugs). Long development cycle often involve (long) delays and is, in general, a good paradigm for stability, testing and reliability but doesnt look like an unprofessional "when it's done" approach? Do fixed deadlines make sense in cases like this?"

Submission + - McAfee says Vista's StickyKeys could be misused

Anonymous Coward writes: "A Windows feature designed to simplify computing for disabled users could be misused in Vista, a McAfee researcher reported Monday. Attackers could use this feature, called StickyKeys, to trick a user into launching unauthorized software on the Vista machine. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/031207-mcafe e-says-vistas-stickykeys-could.html"

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