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21 February 2017

The Kim Dotcom saga continues to drag on through the courts and yesterday it was announced, to our shame, that the High Court has upheld a lower-court ruling that extradition proceedings can go ahead.

As most will already know, the USA wants to extradite NZ resident Kim Dotcom to the states where he and is co-accused can stand trial for a range of alleged crimes -- some real, some seemingly trumped up.

The High Court did rule that copyright infringement is not an extraditable offence here in New Zealand but the clever authorities from the USA have tacked on some rather tenuous claims of money laundering and racketeering in order to sidestep that "technicality".

Now we all know that Kim was an arse for violating the copyrights associated with the huge number of movies, videos and other recordings that were regularly found on his dropbox service -- but really, was this any different to the way that a raft of other sites do the same?

Regardless of the merits of the Dotcom Case, there was another very interesting story in yesterday's news which highlights the hypocrisy of the USA and shows just why we ought not be their sock-puppets in such games.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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