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Old 11-04-2014, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The last Pirated Bay co-founder, Fredrik Neij, has been arrested:
Last Pirate Bay co-founder arrested after living on the lam in Laos | Ars Technica

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Neij’s arrest marks the third and final member of the remaining Swedish defendants who were originally convicted in 2009 for aiding copyright infringement. All members have lost all their appeals since. The men claim to no longer own The Pirate Bay, and it has continued to remain functional over the years.

Neij’s lawyer, Jonas Nilsson, confirmed the arrest to Sveriges Radio.

"Fredrik called me yesterday and explained that he was in Bangkok... he had been arrested," he said. "As far as I know, staff from the Swedish embassy are on their way to where he is. He has been told that he will be taken to Sweden."

Last week, fellow co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced in Denmark to 3.5 years in prison for illegally hacking a government database. Svartholm Warg had been living in Cambodia before he was extradited to Sweden in 2013, and he was later extradited to Denmark.

Earlier this year, Peter Sunde, the longtime spokesman for The Pirate Bay and another co-founder, was arrested in Sweden after living openly in Berlin and traveling around Europe. In March 2013, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously dismissed Sunde’s appeal as “inadmissible,” finding that the existing Swedish conviction did not violate his human rights.

In 2010, a Swedish appellate court reduced their prison sentences to between four and ten months each. However, their collective fine was increased to 46 million Swedish kronor ($6.8 million), so they appealed again. In February 2012, the Swedish Supreme Court declined to hear the case, effectively ending the legal battle in Sweden, but the government had a tough time enforcing its judgment.
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There's 3 reason why the Rolling Stones are better. I'm going to list them here. 1. Jimi Hendrix from Rolling Stones was a better guitarist then Jimmy Page 2. The bassist from Rolling Stones isn't dead 3. Rolling Stobes wrote Stairway to Heaven and The Ocean so we all know they are superior here.
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Very interesting article about a brain-damaged man who uses Twitter as his memory

Brain-damaged man uses Twitter as his memory - Digital Life - Digital Life | siliconrepublic.com - Ireland's Technology News Service

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So using modern technology, Dixon found a way to circumvent the problem as best he could: Twitter. Dixon’s private Twitter account amassed more than 22,000 tweets in the last few years, each one serving a purpose of a diary entry, day-to-day memories he now stores online, rather than in his brain.
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There's a fairly new app called Path Talk that lets you text any business a question and get a response back within 5 minutes. Basically there is an army of people being paid to receive these texts from you, call the business you're addressing, ask them the question, and then text that information back to you. So through a surrogate human you can order pizzas, check if something is in stock somewhere, find out when a place opens or closes etc, in case for some reason you don't like talking to people on the phone.

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The operator of Silk Road 2.0 has already been arrested by the FBI:
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Cyberdyne's robot suit HAL to keep people walking - YouTube

I saw this device featured on the Science Channel just a couple of weeks ago. A crippled girl could walk by using this whereas she would have been in a wheelchair without it. Not only does it allow people to walk who normally can't, it turns out to be therapeutic. A man whose spine was crushed in an accident was told he'd be bed-ridden for the rest of his life. Not only can he walk with this device, it has trained his body to relearn how to walk and he can even walk now without the device although slowly and haltingly but over time who knows how much more he'll improve and even walking like that beats spending the rest of your life in a wheelchair or bedridden. Imagine what it might be able to do for people with Parkinson's which killed my father and left him bedridden for the last months of his life. The Japanese have done fantastic things with robots. It's incredible.
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Latest Japan Technology 2012 Its Amazing Car.flv - YouTube

This little robot car is guided by a robot head on the dash. You tell it what you want the car to do and it will do it for you--like parallel park as shown here. It also functions as a GPS and if you tell it where you want to go, the face will point in the direction it wants you to turn and will tell you, "Turn here." The robot can even carry on conversation and if it senses you are getting tired by hearing you yawn or something, it will talk to you and even invite you to sing along with it to keep you alert.
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The last Pirated Bay co-founder, Fredrik Neij, has been arrested:
Last Pirate Bay co-founder arrested after living on the lam in Laos | Ars Technica
And just as Fredrik is arrested, Peter Sunde has been released and is no longer a fugitive.
Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde Released From Prison | TorrentFreak

He says we can expect to see him return to public speaking / activism soon.
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Latest Japan Technology 2012 Its Amazing Car.flv - YouTube

This little robot car is guided by a robot head on the dash. You tell it what you want the car to do and it will do it for you--like parallel park as shown here. It also functions as a GPS and if you tell it where you want to go, the face will point in the direction it wants you to turn and will tell you, "Turn here." The robot can even carry on conversation and if it senses you are getting tired by hearing you yawn or something, it will talk to you and even invite you to sing along with it to keep you alert.
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