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EU Strikes Down French "3 Strikes" Copyright Infringement Law

nzgeek Can we get some of that in New Zealand? (271 comments)

Can we get some of this "common-sense" in New Zealand please?

"Anti-piracy" 3-strikes was railroaded into our copyright law (section s92a) after select committee hearings and due process. Then the Minister had the gall to complain that all the moaners should have got involved in the process.

about 6 years ago
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Doom9 Researchers Break BD+

nzgeek Your secure edifice... (345 comments)

I think a quote from a famous internet wordsmith is in order here:

Someone needs to emphasize this in such a way that the right people see it: people who pirate software enjoy cracking it. The game itself is orders of magnitude less amusing. And their distributed ingenuity will smash your firm, secure edifice into beach absolutely every Goddamn time. There are no exceptions to this rule.

about 6 years ago

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Incredible new innovative headphones tested

nzgeek nzgeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nzgeek writes "This review of some incredible new headphone technology has to be seen to be believed. Based on the same concept that opera singers us to create resonance in their sinus cavities:

The full details of the manufacturer and specifications are under NDA, but I'm so excited about the concept that I just have to share it with you. These 'phones come with not two but four primary drivers. Two traditional auditory drivers, and two olfactory drivers. Passive crossovers are used to direct the resonant low-end frequencies to the sinus cavity, and the less damaging but more precise high frequencies to the auditory nerves.

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Geocache causes bomb scare in New Zealand

nzgeek nzgeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nzgeek writes "Streets were closed and bomb robots were called in today in Auckland, New Zealand, after a suspicious man was spotted on CCTV placing an object under a handrail in the city. The culprit? A geocache. According to New Zealand Police:

The package is believed to be a 'Geocache'. A 'Geocache' is apparently an electronic package used by computer buffs that can be tracked electronically around the world. The computer buffs use them as a form of entertainment.
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nzgeek nzgeek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nzgeek writes "What makes gamejammr.com special? Semantics, baby! Using our not-so-patented semantic linking system, it's simple to link your profile to the games you play, and find other people that play those games. The semantic web has been the domain of academics and nerds for too long! It's time to put it to work for a real purpose! For Gamers! For SPARTA"
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nzgeek nzgeek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nzgeek writes "The DMCA-like amendments to the New Zealand Copyright Act passed their first hurdle in parliament today, with an overwhelming 113 to 6 vote to pass the Bill to the Commerce Select Committee for further discussion. The detail-oriented can read the full debate (or rather lack of debate), and one enterprising New Zealand legal blogger has an excellent series of posts on the Bill, its background, and its implications.

New Zealanders interested in fighting this legislation have until the 16th of February 2007 to make submissions to the Select Committee, before the committee makes its recommendations and sends the Bill back for a second reading. Don't go outside during the summer holidays, stay in and work on your submission!"
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nzgeek nzgeek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nzgeek writes "It would appear that the New Zealand government is about to make the same mistake USA made several years ago, with the introduction of very DMCA-like proposals in the latest draft of the Copyright Amendment Bill. Most specifically, they propose:
[To] introduce an offence (carrying a sentence of a fine not exceeding $150,000 or a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both) for commercial dealing in devices, services, or information designed to circumvent technological protection measures
Please excuse the self-link, but this page contains boilerplate text which New Zealand Slashdot readers are welcome to copy if they would like to send a message to the Minister sponsoring the bill. Her contact details are available online. We have a small window of opportunity to point out the problems and unintended consequences with similar legislation in other countries, and hopefully circumvent the same problems in New Zealand."

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