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The BBC is reporting that the founders of the now infamous website the Pirate Bay (which we will not link here) have been sentenced to jail.
The founders for a long time had skirted charges based on a loophole in Sweedish law which allowed bit torrent trackers to operate legally in their country. Alexa rates the Pirate Bay 105th most popular of all the websites in the world.
They were sentenced to one year of jail time plus a fine of $4.5 million. The founders say they don’t have it to pay and would rather burn everything they own than pay it.
“Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde were found guilty in the case, along with Carl Lundström,” wrote Wired.com
Engadget, the mega tech blog points out that an appeal is inevitable and that nothing in the courts order will actually shut down the website.
Even if it did if the history of piracy has taught us anything shutting down one venue has been a game of whack a mole. As soon as one ‘mole’ is whacked another pops up to take its place.
Groundhog’s day is a fraud.
It is February, we will have six additional weeks of winter. Spring is coming soon—officially, it starts in the middle of March. Either way, the rat is right.
But that didn’t keep both national and local sources from hanging on the shadow (or lack of shadow) of the cutely named Punxsutawney Phil. The most well-known of the groundhogs, Phil saw his shadow yesterday. The Associated Press reported on it.
Not only did an international wire service cover Phil’s day, but Penn Live is reporting that thousands were on hand to witness the event—as if the rodent was some kind of rock star.
Phil isn’t the only groundhog in the country. In New York City, Staten Island Chuck, didn’t see his shadow. This controversy has gripped the attention of rodent enthusiasts.
In addition to that, Chuck bit Mayor Bloomberg. The bite was bad enough that he drew blood, and the mayor had to cover the wound with a napkin.
Locally, we can rely on Buckeye Chuck. The Marion, Oh. resident saw his shadow this year, and foretold six more weeks of winter.
Ohio State student Dan Salomone visited Washington, DC for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, where Barack Obama was elected president. Here are some pictures from his trip.