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The Pirate Bay's 'Move' To Korea Was a Prank

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the couldn't-wait-three-weeks dept.

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judgecorp writes "The Pirate Bay's announcement that it was moving to North Korea was a prank, making fun of gullible readers. Admitting the hoax, the site said 'You can't seriously cheer the 'fact' that we moved our servers to bloody North Korea. Applauds to you who told us to f*** off. Always stay critical. Towards everyone!'" The essence of a good troll: so absurd it could just be true.

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North Korea (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095293)

NK, the butt of the world's jokes.

Re:North Korea (3, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095423)

Why did the NK submarine fleet sink? They left the screen doors open.

Why did the submarines have screen doors? To keep the fish out!

I'm sure that Poland is thrilled that NK has taken over their long worn mantle.
full disclosure: there is a lot of Polish peasantry among the branches of my family tree.

Re:North Korea (5, Funny)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095649)

Did you hear about Kim Jong dying? I hadn't heard that he was il.

Re:North Korea (5, Funny)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095693)

His son took over, though. Did you at least know that he had Un?

Re:North Korea (5, Insightful)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096193)

The real joke is that many of the site users apparently cheered the "move". Apparently forced labor concentration camps, widespread torture, arbitrary arrest and murder of citizens by the government, collective punishment for entire families and villages, complete absence of freedom of speech, no independent media, death penalty listening to foreign radio are bad, but not as bad as IP laws that prevent you from downloading stuff you want for free.

Re:North Korea (3, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096361)

I wasn't sure who to side with but I'm ready to admit that NK is a bit worse than the MPAA/RIAA.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096895)

I'm ready to admit that NK is a bit worse than the MPAA/RIAA.

A bit, yes. But not much. Sad, really...

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097971)

I'm ready to admit that NK is a bit worse than the MPAA/RIAA.

A bit, yes. But not much. Sad, really...

You really are a pair of tossers... The both of you should emigrate to North Korea, maybe then you'll finally comprehend the meaning of this concept [wikipedia.org] .

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096701)

The use of proxies to commit (which is to say "launder") crimes seems to be the only difference between the so-called free world and the dirty totalitarian world.

forced labor camps? Despite widespread human trafficking in the US (for example) in the area of sexual slavery and farm labor (etc) it mostly is satisfied with simply allowing others to engage in forced labor and sell them on the market cheaply (see China ). So the US is definitely not guilty of "legal" forced labor camps, unless you count prison labor. Oh wait, the US does use prison labor.

Widespread torture? Well, I guess it depends on your definition of "widespread" but having the 2nd largest prison population after Russia in which people aren't exactly treated well might seem to meet the definition of "widespread"? I'd argue that being in prison is basically torture.

Collective punishment for entire families and villages. No, the US doesn't do that. It might be a cultural thing: the US is more individualistic and less family oriented.

Complete absence of freedom of speech. Well that's a definition thing like "widespread" and "complete absence". Sure you can say bad things about Obama on your blog, but the media that garners the attention is mostly fairly bland. People are busy with the circuses - Youtube harlem shake videos and hulu plus - to much care

Arbitrary arrest and murder? Well we've got murder - Obama's drone program has authorized the murder of US citizens without trial. No, they're not arrested, so that's kinda morally superior.

The US is mostly "superior" in it's ability to hide it's criminal involvement and the use of proxies for deniability. Certainly US citizens don't suffer as badly as citizens abroad at the hands of the US government (or more accurately it's proxies), so that's a small amount of moral superiority... I guess.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096877)

Actually, yes... If TPB actually moved to North Korea I would have cheered it.

The US might think it know a few things about freedom and liberty, however it does a horrible job at promoting it. There's a saying in Norwegian diplomacy, 'always keep talking'. Why? Because it allows for the elements in a society who want change, to actually effect that change.

Now if you want a different perspective on NK, watch the 3 series Vice Magazine has on youtube relating to NK. I'm seriously excited about the next one with Rodmann, however do keep in mind that North Korea, e.g. Kim Jong Un, etc, must have _SEEN_ the previous documentaries Vice Magazine did on them.

If you don't realize the importance of the above, then you're not really that attuned to the more subtle signals that are being shown by people who have rather limited means of self-expression. Basically the son can't signal publicly that he want's NK to be the next Burma due to the established military gard, yet he can't really be the next Burma cause he's part of the axis of evil...

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096901)

I was pleased at the move. Do you honestly believe that the people with clout/scientists/reverse-engineers will keep towing the party line forever if they suddenly have access to everything that the modern digital age has to offer? How long would it take for things to change if the few that are not subject to the gross inhumanity over there see with their own eyes what greater glory and power they could obtain by treating the people below them a little better. They would give and do anything to live as extravagantly as the political class does in the rest of the world- if only they knew how good it was.

Anything, anything at all to get information into that country is a very good thing.

Re:North Korea (2)

killkillkill (884238) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097653)

Anything, anything at all to get information into that country is a very good thing.

Ageed. However, this move would not have contributed to such a goal. Not at all.

Re:North Korea (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097047)

I wasn't aware any of the above was bad.
Did your god tell you it was?

Re:North Korea (1)

detain (687995) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097431)

I'm pretty sure the US courts handle IP infringment a lot more harshly than any of the stuff NK does.

Re:North Korea (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097625)

I'm pretty sure the US courts handle IP infringment a lot more harshly than any of the stuff NK does.

I take it you haven't heard about their "three generations rule"? If you do something deserving of a concentration camp, they also send your parents, siblings, and children along.

Re:North Korea (1)

idontgno (624372) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097929)

Yeah. Those *AA bastards are real bastards.

Wait, what? You're saying that that's what NK does? Huh. I'da sworn that was more like the pigopolists.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097917)

The real joke is that many of the site users apparently cheered the "move". Apparently forced labor concentration camps, widespread torture, arbitrary arrest and murder of citizens by the government, collective punishment for entire families and villages, complete absence of freedom of speech, no independent media, death penalty listening to foreign radio are bad, but not as bad as IP laws that prevent you from downloading stuff you want for free.

The people who run TPB are a bunch of tossers. This 'prank' is unfunny on every level, if only because of what is happening in North-Korea.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43098015)

The real joke is that many of the site users apparently cheered the "move". Apparently forced labor concentration camps, widespread torture, arbitrary arrest and murder of citizens by the government, collective punishment for entire families and villages, complete absence of freedom of speech, no independent media, death penalty listening to foreign radio are bad, but not as bad as IP laws that prevent you from downloading stuff you want for free.

At least north korea doesn't send a bunch of big men armed with assault rifles in helicopters to grab a man who is literally on the other side of the world, or pressure foreign governments to implement IP laws they don't want to implement.

Yes, I actually do think the situation with IP right now is worse than many of the things north korea is doing.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43098045)

The move was cheered in that way that North Korea had apparently LESS censorship than the "land of the free" and its West European allies. This does not constitute nor imply approval for the North Korean regime.

Re:North Korea (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year and a half ago | (#43098095)

Wait, are you describing North Korea, or Saudi Arabia, or various South and Central American countries? You know, because The US and Europe are not really against those things if they think they can get free stuff from them.

Re:North Korea (4, Informative)

SeaFox (739806) | about a year and a half ago | (#43098101)

The real joke is that many of the site users apparently cheered the "move". Apparently forced labor concentration camps, widespread torture, arbitrary arrest and murder of citizens by the government, collective punishment for entire families and villages, complete absence of freedom of speech, no independent media, death penalty listening to foreign radio are bad, but not as bad as IP laws that prevent you from downloading stuff you want for free.

Red herring much?
Cheering a move to NK doesn't imply cheering human rights abuses.

The cheering was for no other reason that the Pirate Bay was moving to a country that would not give a rat's ass what the U.S. or EU thought about copyright law and file sharing, nothing more. It is possible to hold mutually exclusive opinions on these two topics last time I checked.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096201)

I don't get it. He had un? Eun? Eyoon? Yoon?

Re:North Korea (1)

JazzLad (935151) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096635)

Think French [about.com] .

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097103)

Why would you pronounce a Korean name on an American site as French? That seems a bit of a stretch to have to translate words through multiple languages.

I guess people on Slashdot are easily amused with tenuously associated "jokes".

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097397)

Why would you pronounce a Korean name on an American site as French? That seems a bit of a stretch to have to translate words through multiple languages.

I guess people on Slashdot are easily amused with tenuously associated "jokes".

It only takes 4 morons for something to be +5 funny.

Re:North Korea (1)

mattventura (1408229) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097269)

Have you ever had North Korean food?

Neither have they.

Re:North Korea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095683)

Fellow Polak here.

I always wondered why Polish jokes exist. When in fact, the Poles were the ones who first cracked the Enigma code (The Engigma machine was based on a commerical encoder for banks) - the English continued the work but they would never have been able to do what they did without the Poles (U571, or whatever that shitty movie was called, was pure horseshit entertainment. ).

They better vodka than the Russians.

The jokes are because of envy?

Re:North Korea (2, Interesting)

cusco (717999) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095891)

Don't know about elsewhere, but I grew up in northern Michigan were there were quite a few Polish families who homesteaded in the 19th century. The soil quality there was so poor (mostly sand) that harvests were generally pretty poor. Many immigrant families ended up with three meals a day of cornmeal mush and potatoes, and children raised on that kind of diet tend to mentally stunted if not outright retarded. In our area at least the Polack jokes had some relevance.

American thing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095939)

Don't know about elsewhere, but I grew up in northern Michigan were there were quite a few Polish families who homesteaded in the 19th century. The soil quality there was so poor (mostly sand) that harvests were generally pretty poor. Many immigrant families ended up with three meals a day of cornmeal mush and potatoes, and children raised on that kind of diet tend to mentally stunted if not outright retarded. In our area at least the Polack jokes had some relevance.

So maybe the "Polak Joke" was an American invention?

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096323)

Do the polok jokes predate the German invasion? I always thought it was from their military trying to take horses and poorly equipped infantry into battle against the Germans. I could always understand bravery but seriously, you have horses and not enough guns to supply your troops, they have tanks and everyone is carrying a rifle and you're grossly out numbered. Surrender, let your existing units pillage your bases of supplies so they can lead a more successful underground resistance campaign.

Re:North Korea (3, Informative)

Sperbels (1008585) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096055)

I always wondered why Polish jokes exist too. Looks like Wikipedia has a pretty good write up on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_joke [wikipedia.org]

Re:North Korea (1)

bennomatic (691188) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096119)

I always thought it had something to do with the fact that Poland still had a horse-mounted cavalry at the beginning of WWII. Hitler famously staged a fake cavalry attack to justify invading Poland. I think that image of Polish cavalry charging across the border with their swords raised toward's Hitler's tanks has resonated through the ages.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096271)

I always thought it had something to do with the fact that Poland still had a horse-mounted cavalry at the beginning of WWII.

Except the Wehrmacht was itself largely reliant on horses for logistical transport and reconnaissance throughout the war, especially during the beginning years. In fact, on the Western Front both the Germans and Soviets used mounted troops regularly.

Re:North Korea (1)

maroberts (15852) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096665)

I always thought it had something to do with the fact that Poland still had a horse-mounted cavalry at the beginning of WWII.

Except the Wehrmacht was itself largely reliant on horses for logistical transport and reconnaissance throughout the war, especially during the beginning years. In fact, on the Western Front both the Germans and Soviets used mounted troops regularly.

I think you meant Eastern Front :-)

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097241)

image of Polish cavalry charging across the border with their swords raised toward's Hitler's tanks

LOL!

I've known perhaps a few dozen Polish people in my life (even dated a Polish girl once) and I have to say that most of them weren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. A handful of them were smart and fun to be around, but the rest were obnoxious. I suppose that description really could apply to most of the Americans, English, Irish, French and Italians I've known too. Definitely not confined to a single race.

Re:North Korea (5, Informative)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097669)

I always thought it had something to do with the fact that Poland still had a horse-mounted cavalry at the beginning of WWII. Hitler famously staged a fake cavalry attack to justify invading Poland. I think that image of Polish cavalry charging across the border with their swords raised toward's Hitler's tanks has resonated through the ages.

Of course, the truth was that that never happened. Polish cavalry were dragoons (that mans they rode horses to battle, then got down off the nags and fought like innfantry), just like every other cavalry force still extent then (USSR used them, for example).

It should also be noted that there were more horses in use by the Wehrmacht than the Poles. 90+% of German "prime movers" were draft horses, not trucks/tractors.

Re:North Korea (1)

Harvey Manfrenjenson (1610637) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096421)

Polish jokes were a staple of my childhood, and I like to think it's because they were considered inoffensive-- we didn't really think that being anti-Polish was a thing (we'd never encountered anyone who really hated Poles), so we figured no one was hurt by them. It was like making fun of Belgians, or something.

Re:North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096629)

Polish jokes were a staple of my childhood, and I like to think it's because they were considered inoffensive-- we didn't really think that being anti-Polish was a thing (we'd never encountered anyone who really hated Poles), so we figured no one was hurt by them. It was like making fun of Belgians, or something.

Perhaps the first part of your comment has merrit, but making fun of Belgians is really not done in the same vain. In Holland we have the Belgian joke, which has deep historical roots.

Re:North Korea (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097027)

They were anti-immigrant jokes. Every immigrant group was made fun of at one point or another. The US if formed exclusively of immigrants (yes, even the "natives" immigrated from Asia), yet is staunchly anti-immigrant. "I got here first, get out." has replaced "Send me your..."

Re:North Korea (1)

shaitand (626655) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097515)

There doesn't seem to be any modern day anti-immigrant stance toward legal immigrants. Unless you count people coming on work visas to take jobs at below market rates and leech money out of the economy to be sent overseas.

Re:North Korea (2)

Medievalist (16032) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096505)

It's the telephone company that's behind all the polack jokes.

They're always driving Poles into the ground.

Re:North Korea (1)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096867)

The jokes started long before WWII. Blue and Gray Laughing [amazon.com] , a book about the humor of soldiers during the American Civil War, has a number of them scattered throughout (end shameless plug for a book written by my relative).

During the war, the "Dutch", a catch-all term for Germanic and similar-enough-to-Germanic-that-Americans-didn't-care European immigrants (Germans, Dutch, Finns, etc.) were generally derided by both sides. Their communities seemed generally disinterested in the war, and their corps in the Union army collapsed spectacularly at both Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, inviting frequent and harsh ridicule. It's very possible that the Poles got swept up in that sentiment, though Polish immigration to the US really didn't kick into gear until decades later.

Re:North Korea (0)

fredrated (639554) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096057)

Why would you need to leave a screen door open? A closed screen door would have the same effect.

Re:North Korea (1)

gmanterry (1141623) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095815)

NK, the butt of the world's jokes.

How about... NK, the butt of the world.

Re:North Korea (2)

marcello_dl (667940) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096189)

Both are irrelevant.
What we could discuss instead is the viability of North Korea as a server hosting country.

Given that one of Korean family names is "Ping", I'd say they are pretty well positioned.

Re:North Korea (4, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096755)

As in, "I was going to move my server farm to North Korea, but the Ping count is just way too high."

Re:North Korea (1)

cusco (717999) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097545)

The last that I heard (probably four years ago) the entire country's Internet connectivity was supplied by a pair of T-3 lines from Taiwan. Server farm is going to be pretty quiet, I suspect.

Re:North Korea (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096531)

>NK, the butt of the world.
FTFY

Frist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095317)

Frist Post!

Re:Frist (1, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096607)

Don't mod parent down. Parent is most glorious first post ever. Dear Leader has cleverly disguised as "Anonymous Coward" and controls most of Slashdot. All hail!

Re:Frist (1)

pupsocket (2853647) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097189)

In your tagline the phrase "for all intensive purposes" is an aural misconstruing of the phrase "for all intents and purposes". Please convey our consternation to whomever you consulted for editorial emendations.

Re:Frist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097781)

I really could care less. We have french benefits here. The gig is up for you, grammar nazi.

Oh really? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095321)

Well I don't believe you.

Whew! (1)

cyberzephyr (705742) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095339)

Thank the Robolords for that!

A day of mourning in North Korea (5, Funny)

Grayhand (2610049) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095341)

Apparently Kin Jong Un was inconsolable as he read the story in his pirate outfit. Then some one explained to him Pirate Bay wasn't an actual bay with pirates.

Re:A day of mourning in North Korea (4, Funny)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095559)

Stop the presses! Kim Jong Un has just announced that Gnome founder Miguel de Icaza is moving to North Korea to head their complete IT move to Apple platforms. Kim's statement read: "We like Apple and their approach. We, of all people, GET IT. The customer must be fully managed, just as we fully manage our freedom-loving citizens."

Re:A day of mourning in North Korea (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095697)

He briefly paused eating cake.

Re:A day of mourning in North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096135)

I can respect the man's priorities.

Re:A day of mourning in North Korea (0)

phorm (591458) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096393)

The cake is a lie!

in other words (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095401)

They're just a bunch of kids, and no need to trust them.

Re:in other words (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095465)

They're just a bunch of kids, and no need to trust them.

Yep. Nice to see our culture is marginalizing itself as it struggles in a fight for legitimacy.

Re:in other words (1)

Looker_Device (2857489) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096195)

This is what is most disappointing. It's hard to take people seriously when they're pulling childish pranks like this. And there are a lot of issues regarding copyright and piracy that we *should* be taking seriously and debating. Stunts like this are annoying distractions, and only strengthen the RIAA/MPAA and its ilk.

Re:in other words (4, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096793)

This is what is most disappointing. It's hard to take people seriously when they're pulling childish pranks like this. And there are a lot of issues regarding copyright and piracy that we *should* be taking seriously and debating. Stunts like this are annoying distractions, and only strengthen the RIAA/MPAA and its ilk.

Read: "I totally fell for it."

You know what makes it really hard to take someone seriously? When the get all butthurt because they didn't get the joke.

Re:in other words (1)

Looker_Device (2857489) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097209)

Could be worse. I could have used terms like "butthurt" in my response.

Re:in other words (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097421)

Stellar comeback, Little Johnny.

Got any other playground gems to bandy about?

Re:in other words (1)

pupsocket (2853647) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097235)

Like Abby Hoffman wasn't serious.

Re:in other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096391)

The nature of TPB makes it so it really doesn't make any difference where it is hosted, so no trust is required. You may now continue with your dullard adult life "phantomfive".

Re:in other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096503)

Applauds to you who told us to f*** off. Always stay critical. Towards everyone!

So, they want everyone to believe them when they talk about how the RIAA and such are lying, but spend their time lying to their own devoted supporters.

Yeah, that deserves a "f*** off" just in itself.

Re:in other words (1)

something_wicked_thi (918168) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096523)

It's an organization dedicated to subverting the law and what made you not trust them was an absurd prank about moving their servers to North Korea?

Re:in other words (2)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096821)

It wasn't against the law when they started it. The laws were made after the fact.

Re:in other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097415)

It wasn't against the law when they started it. The laws were made after the fact.

Yes, so for all the time they did so before the laws were made, that falls under ex post facto.

However, they continued doing it after the laws were made. That isn't ex post facto.

Re:in other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096965)

You trust people because they obey the law? Personally, I trust someone who obeys a code of morality more.

Re:in other words (1)

shaitand (626655) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097557)

The law is unjust and they are engaging in a civil disobedience protest.

Re:in other words (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097451)

They're just a bunch of kids, and no need to trust them.

You forgot to tell them to get off your lawn.

Damn you, Alzheimers!

Someone tell the RIAA/MPAA (1)

concealment (2447304) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095441)

They've already put the pressure on China to sanction North Korea [csmonitor.com] .

Wherever The Pirate Bay goes next, watch out! They might just invade!

Don't Believe It (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095477)

No, this story is the prank.

No shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095497)

Anyone with half a brain new it wasn't true. That of course excludes Slashdot "editors" who are so dumb they fell for the Photoshopped mardi gras beads on Mars picture.

Re:No shit? (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095613)

Why would anyone be claiming to do something so stupid if it weren't true?

Re:No shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095657)

Because they apparently thought it was "funny". Many people in the original submission commented that it was obviously a hoax. Only retards actually thought it was true. Watching them play mental gymnastics in trying to spin North Korea in a positive way in response to the prank was quite amusing.

Re:No shit? (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095721)

Slashdot "editors" who are so dumb they fell for the Photoshopped mardi gras beads on Mars picture.

You think they actually saw the pictures?

Re:No shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095839)

No, but the fact that samzenpus actually thought that plastic could be found on Mars, which is what the headline was, is quite an impressive level of stupid. And the bar for intelligence of the Slashdot editors is pretty low.

Re:No shit? (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096663)

the bar for intelligence of the Slashdot editors is pretty low.

It's an ADA compliance thing.

Great Red Blistering Onions! (2)

mynameiskhan (2689067) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095621)

When I first read that story, I was indeed looking for a link to The Onion.

In other news... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43095727)

Steve Jobs didn't really want 4000 Starbucks lattes delivered to MacWorld!

Wrong destination (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year and a half ago | (#43095865)

They should move to Antigua [wired.com] . Even will be approved by the WTO.

Did it say (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096071)

"f*** off" or "fuck off"? Huge difference. One is pendantically childish and the other says "Fuck".

Re:Did it say (1)

something_wicked_thi (918168) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096557)

pendantically childish

I don't know if that was intentional, but I choose to believe it was for the hilarity.

Didn't believe it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096163)

I found the reports hard to believe, that an organization espousing free access to all information would move servers to such a heavily censored country. The only glimmer that it was true was it could have been a way of NK pissing off the west.

Really (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096383)

Kudos to those that told us to fuck off.

Are pirates really so odd that piracy is completely ok but move a server to a communist dickhead county and it's fuck you pirate bay.

Re:Really (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097407)

Not really all that odd, when you consider their philosophy is that since software is not a tangible good, it is impossible to steal (copies aren't stolen, because the original is still there).

Besides, even if they did see it as theft, it still wouldn't be that odd that thieves would take a moral stance against despotic, iron-fisted dictators. "No honour among thieves," and all.

What I find odd is the fallacy of equivocation, i.e. stealing software is morally the same as forced labor and state-sanctioned murder.

NK needs Warez! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096395)

NK looking for an upgrade for Photoshop, don't know how they'll be able to download it now. Long distance modem calls at 56K are just so unreliable. The possibility of making a local call instead was too good to be true. Drat.

"The essence of a good troll..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096411)

Wow, I'm impressed to find the poster knows that "troll" is properly used as a fishing analogy and not to describe some ugly guy under a bridge.

The truth was just as odd (2)

paiute (550198) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096451)

They moved their servers to Hugo Chavez' crypt.

Truth in Absurdity (2)

EmagGeek (574360) | about a year and a half ago | (#43096903)

This is almost as absurd as the rumor that floated around yesterday that Obama held a candlelight vigil at the White House in honor of Hugo Chavez. A lot of people ate it up and went into orbit... then it was revealed to be a hoax... except some people apparently showed up at the White House, candles in hand, and had a vigil for him anyway out on the street and put pictures of it on various social media.

Kinda the odd, self-fulfilling hoax I guess.

Re:Truth in Absurdity (1)

fl!ptop (902193) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097335)

except some people apparently showed up at the White House, candles in hand, and had a vigil for him anyway out on the street and put pictures of it on various social media

Was it organized by Sean Penn and Danny Glover?

Too bizarre to be believed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43096961)

This wasn't a good prank because it was too bizarre to be believed. My first reaction was a garbled news source messed up a story, like the time the news reported the government wanted to give everyone free public wi-fi. In both cases, I just waited to see what the real story was.

Move to the moon! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097405)

Get a pirate bay server in space, lets see the MPAA fly to the moon to stop piracy!

Also hack in to a mars rover and other satellites, lets see them send out a rocket to pluto and bomb it!

Get a load of this guy (me), because I'm donating bit coins to Wikileaks, I'm going full autism on this, because the MPAA needs to get the point!

Liars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43097437)

In my view they come out as stupid liars rather than good pranksters.

Dennis Rodman (1)

sinequonon (669533) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097615)

You mean he wasn't over there to float the Pirate bay deal? Hmm...
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