o_ferguson writes: You probably remember Martin Shkreli for cornering the market on a generic medication used by AIDS patients and then raising the price from $13.50 to $750.00 per dose.
You may have thought it impossible to for any human to be more garish than that, but if you did, you were wrong. Mr. Shkreli has outdone himself, taking to Facebook in an ostentatious selfie-display of some newly-purchased, extremely expensive Nazi memorabilia.
o_ferguson writes: TorrentFreak is reporting that police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB. This is not the first time that this has happened.
o_ferguson writes: Last year, Canada was rocked by allegations surrounding the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, a teenager from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, who killed herself after being raped and having images if the assault circulated on social media by her classmates. While she reported the crime, and the photos were widely available, she receiving no help or justice, eventually committing suicide. Once this tragic case became known, Canadians demanded action, and police eventually re-opened their instigation, charging one participant with manufacturing child pornography for his role in photographing the assault. He eventually pled guilty, and received a very lenient sentence (one year supervision, no criminal record.)
However, one bizarre offshoot this prosecutorial tactic is that it effectively made it illegal to publish Rehtaeh's name in Canada, as child pornography laws there explicitly protect the names of victims whose assailants have been prosecuted. Her name, which had become a rallying call for Canadian activists against online bullying and sexual exploitation, was effectively removed from the general lexicon overnight.
A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not “trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed.
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o_ferguson writes: A small Canadian publishing house today leaked various chat logs from Anonymous Canada's current "#OpJustive4Rehtaeh," a leaderless action designed to bring awareness to the case of a young girl who killed herself after being raped and abused by her classmates. The leaked logs implicate members of the Canada's national Liberal party in the #OP, which thus far has been focused on making the reigning provincial NDP government in Nova Scotia look bad. Obsceneworks.com remains under attack by unknown forces, and so the journalists involved have turned to Reddit and the rest of the internet for help.
o_ferguson writes: Phillip Greaves of Pueblo, the author of an infamous Pedophile guide that was removed from Amazon, relisted, and then removed again, has just been granted $15,000 bail by a judge in Florida. Greaves was extradited to Florida from his home state of Colorado, after officers there alleged that the printed a copy of his banned book and mailed it to them, at their request. The book in question has reappeared in a redacted edition (with all pages blanked out — ISBN: 978-0-9813187-5-2) published by iconoclastic Canadian imprint Obscene Works and distributed by Amazon competitor Lulu.com ( http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-pedophiles-guide-to-love-pleasure/14329670 )
o_ferguson writes: Wikileaks has distributed an encrypted insurance file and, given their flair for panache, we all know the key must be some symbolic phrase. Let's start a pool, where we each guess what that phrase will be. Bonus points if you actually attempt to decrypt the file using that phrase (and document how) and the winner gets 10 Karma. Slashdot rules the shadownet. Let's show these journalist buffoons how crowd-sourcing really works, and crack the feeble minds that pieced together their end-of-life protocol. Just be sure to use torrent software to get your copy of the file. It wouldn't be classy to shalshdot their servers while they're being DDoS'd. What is your best guess at the wikileaks passphrase?