Fitna movie removed from LiveLeak

Another message on the LiveLeak website:

Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers.
This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else. We would like to thank the thousands of people, from all backgrounds and religions, who gave us their support. They realised is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one.
Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can accept one anothers culture.
We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high.

Very disturbing, I didn’t think this could happen.

Fitna movie on LiveLeak

Message on the LiveLeak website:

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Due to an increase in traffic and targetted hacking attacks, we have had to disable certain features. We hope you enjoy all that we have available at this time and we further hope that you will visit us again to explore the full range of features and interactivity that LiveLeak has to offer. If this is your first visit to we apologise for the fact your first impression of the site will be limited, check back in with us soon and you can join one of the most unique media sharing sites on the net offering everything from uncensored news through to entertainment. Thank you for your patience.

Somebody is pissed off!

Looks like Google is scared shit

If you read the New York Times article about the action Google is taking to crash the Microsoft – Yahoo deal, you can only conclude “They are scared shit“.
A lot of bloggers are writing about how Microsoft is going to kill Flickr. I think just the opposite. Yahoo and Flickr could mean a good change for Microsoft. Neither Yahoo, Flickr or Google are a big player in the business end of the market. The combination of Microsoft and Yahoo could be a mighty combination.

Laptop stolen!

Quote from BBC News website [Link]
West Midlands police are investigating the theft of a laptop from a Royal Navy officer which held personal details of 600,000 people, it has been confirmed.
Again, how can you be so careless with that kind of important information!

Netherlands Adopts Open-Source Software: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance

It sounds really nice, the adoption of open-source software and open standards to cut cost and the dependencies on individual companies. Anyone who looks further into this sees that it is more the case of “using only those open standards so certain companies are excluded”.

Netherlands Adopts Open-Source Software: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance

Tell me where you are every two hours

During the Olympics in 2008 the athletes will have to tell the anti-doping organisation were they are every two hours. Not only during the games but also in the weeks leading to it (link).
I agree with the fact that we have to check atletes on the use of doping but forcing somebody to tell you where you are every two is over the top. I think we have to take a step back and look how we can do this without invading the privacy of the athlete.