Category Archives: Politics

PirateBay Sunk, A Dark Day for BitTorrent?

I guess you’ve probably heard this by now, but here it is again just in case you haven’t…

The Pirate Bay BitTorrent tracker servers have been seized by Swedish police, apparently under pressure from the Media Mafia (read: Hollywood and the MPAA). Seems that not only have TPB’s servers been taken, but also other servers that were in the same datacentres — PRQ.se and Rix|Port80 are reporting that their sites have been raided by the police. This has taken a lot of other sites, including GameSwitch, offline… The Swedish Police, Antipiratbyran and the **AA are not going to make any friends doing this sort of thing.
The folks behind TPB are hoping to be up and running again “within a day or two”. I wish them all the best in getting their site up and running again, and hope that the arguments from the **AA and APB.

To be honest, had it not been for TPB, I’d have never bought the Firefly DVDs. I torrented the first episode from TPB a while back, watched it, and liked it enough to want to buy the DVDs… Bought the DVDs the next day and spent the rest of the week watching them. Now I’m not sure I’ll ever buy a DVD or a CD again – certainly not after this.
References:
http://83.249.140.113/ (Gameswitch)
http://piratebay.org/ (TPB shutdown page)
http://www.mpaa.org/press_releases/2006_05_31.pdf (proof that the **AA are involved)
http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=1203 (Slyck news article)
http://82.99.25.142/prq/ (alleged photos of the empty racks in the Rix|Port80 data centre)
http://www.prq.se/ (statement from PRQ)

Another Government IT fiasco

Once again, “New” Labour have proven their complete and utter incompetence in IT-related matters. Not only are they trying to implement a completely unworkable ID-card system (if you’re a British citizen, take a look at No2ID), but they’ve completely bollocksed up the Student Finance online applications system. Yum.

Makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it?

Nah, I didn’t think so either.