RIP Hugo Chávez. I saw this in a hotel in America many years ago, and was changed.
2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A television crew from Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez during the events of April 11, 2002. Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that they say contradict explanations given by Chávez’s opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. The documentary says that the coup was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chávez factions within Venezuela and the United States.
Bad news for those expecting the BitTorrent site Demonoid to somehow spring up from the ashes after last week’s alleged bust. The Demonoid domain names are now officially for sale via Sedo, the final nail in the coffin for the popular site that was taken down via a combined assault from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and Interpol.
Inquiries and investigations spanned both the Ukraine and Mexico, arriving in the wake of a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that kept Demonoid offline for a week or so prior to authorities going after Demonoid’s hosting and leadership.
“The operation to close Demonoid was a great example of international cooperation to tackle a service that was facilitating the illegal distribution of music on a vast scale. I would like to thank all those officers involved in this operation to close a business that was built on the abuse of other people’s rights,” said IFPI anti-piracy director Jeremy Banks in a statement.
While the site’s only tech admin was hopeful that Demonoid would return in some capacity following the DDOS attack, reports TorrentFreak, it appears that the towel has finally been thrown in on the popular torrent community.
There’s no listed price for just how much the three Demonoid domains are going for: demonoid.me, demonoid.com, and demonoid.ph. The Sedo sale is of the “make an offer” variety, and eight such offers have been submitted as of this article’s writing. Unfortunately, Sedo doesn’t list exactly what these offers are, or even give a ballpark as to what interested buyers are bidding for the domain.
“Selling the domains now while traffic to Demonoid remains high should ensure a good price for the vendor, but it seems unlikely that any buyer would look to relaunch as a torrent site,” writes TorrentFreak’s “enigmax.”
It remains to be seen whether individual Demonoid users will be ultimately targeted as a result of the seizures and shutdown. Ukrainian authorities are allegedly in possession of all Demonoid data as a result of their Demonoid investigation, although Demonoid’s ISP, Colocall, claims that no information was ever seized by authorities and that the ISP voluntarily terminated its relationship with Demonoid following an inquiry by Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.
More frustrating, but ultimately enthralling news regarding out above ground future… PSFK reports:
A group of Czech engineers and bike enthusiasts are collaborating on making a six-prop flying bicycle powered by a electric motors. In theory as long as the batteries held out the rider would be able to fly above other forms of terrestrial transport. Still in the very early stages of development, 3D models have it operating as a normal bike would on land, but then switching to a vertical take-off and landing mode when flying around.
The design at present involves six motors, one for each propeller, with a theoretical lifting force of 518 pounds. Estimated flight time could be around three to five minutes, and the design requires the rider to be strapped into the bike. The designers don’t plan for the bike to ever go into commercial production, intending it purely for promotional purposes. Perhaps that’s for the best. If you’re in the Czech Republic, keep your eyes on the sky for the first round of test flights this August.