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Dotcom: We’ve hit the jackpot

Posted on November 24th, 2012 at 14:09 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Evidence has emerged showing the Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant on Mr Dotcom’s file-sharing company Megaupload in 2010 which he claims forced it to preserve pirated movies found in an unrelated piracy investigation.

The 39 files were identified during an investigation into the NinjaVideo website, which had used Megaupload’s cloud storage to store pirated movies.

When the FBI applied to seize the Megaupload site in 2012, it said the company had failed to delete pirated content and cited the earlier search warrant against the continued existence of 36 of the same 39 files.

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Mr Dotcom said Megaupload co-operated with the US Government investigation into copyright pirates NinjaVideo and was legally unable to delete the 39 movies identified in the search warrant.

Mr Dotcom said: “We were informed by (the US Government) we were not to interfere with the investigation. We completely co-operated.

“Then the FBI used the fact the files were still in the account of the … user to get the warrant to seize our own domains. This is outrageous.”

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He said the revelation was the first insight into the FBI’s case against Megaupload and it showed bad faith on the part of the US Government. “Immediately we hit the jackpot – the first little piece of paper is this super-jackpot.”

New Zealand’s district court has ordered the FBI to provide documents relating to its investigation through an order for discovery. It was currently being appealed.

“I understand why the US is working so hard to appeal the discovery decision.”


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Cops: ‘Mafia-style killing’ was complex suicide

Posted on November 24th, 2012 at 14:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The body of 43-year-old Uwe Sattler was found in the River Elbe in July by a fisherman. He was wearing a rucksack full of rocks and had been shot in the head and put into a sack fastened with cable ties before he hit the water.

Local media was rife with speculation about a Mafia murder – but after extensive investigation, the police now say they are nearly certain that the Sattler killed himself.


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  1. So it’s similar to that famous suicide case, shot 15 times in the back of the head by the victim who paused two or three times to reload, pinned the suicide note to the small of the back – worst case of suicide they ever saw?

  2. Houdini lives…er…

  3. And if you believe this cruft, I have a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested to purchasing futures in…

Boeing Said It Will Deny Equal Pension Benefits to Married Gay Couples

Posted on November 24th, 2012 at 13:41 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Today the Boeing Company told union negotiators that it intends to deny pension survivor benefits to same-sex married couples, even though Washington State voters decisively approved a marriage equality law earlier this month.

Representing 23,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers, Ray Goforth is executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001. He was sitting at the negotiation table today—as part of ongoing talks over retirement benefits—and says the company’s position “says to employees that they can be discriminated against based on who they are.”

I sure as hell won’t be buying my next airplane from Boeing, and I ‘ll take my defense contracts elsewhere too!


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  1. They are saying one person in each couple has to wear a dress to get benefits? Crikey!

  2. Better not tell that to the Scottish…

  3. Boeing claims that pensions are a federally regulated matter and the federal govt still doesn’t recognize gay marriages, so they don’t have to either.

  4. @John: Are you telling me they let Scots marry?!

  5. Of course! Well, only to allow the rulers to maintain the Prima Nocte custom, of course..

  6. My mistake. I didn’t realize they were all self made b*stards :-)

Meanwhile in Poland

Posted on November 24th, 2012 at 0:46 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. WTF, is this a trend? Or a distributed flash mob? Or are you trawling /r/nakedguysonstatues again?

Meanwhile in Canada

Posted on November 24th, 2012 at 0:46 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Meanwhile in England

Posted on November 24th, 2012 at 0:45 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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