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Twitch spammer faces criminal charges in Canada

Submitted by: Odio @ 09:03 AM | Saturday, January 27, 2018 | (url: https://na.alienw...)

Brandan Apple of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia is facing charges in connection with a massive spambot attack against Twitch streamers that took place between February and May of 2017. According to the CBC, Apple is facing a charge of ''mischief in relation to computer data,'' for ''willfully causing multiple repetitive messages to be transmitted.''

The criminal charges are separate from, but connected to, a civil case filed in BC Supreme Court that sheds more light on what happened. The lawsuit claims that more than 1000 Twitch channels were affected by the attack, which saw 150,000 messages posted at an average rate of 34 per minute, and as rapidly as 600 per minute on some channels.

Twitch eventually traced the spam back to, a site allegedly run by Apple. The site is no longer up, but a video demonstrating the service that promises ''instant, unusable chat'' on Twitch channels is still available on YouTube.

Gender-neutral O Canada bill passes final Commons vote

Submitted by: Odio @ 04:06 PM | Thursday, June 16, 2016 | (url:

Dying Liberal MP Mauril Belanger's private member's bill to make the national anthem more gender neutral cleared its final hurdle in the House of Commons today, passing by a vote of 225 to 74.

Bill C-210, which would change the second line of the anthem from "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command," will now go to the Senate. Blanger was in the House for the vote.

After the vote nearly all MPs in the House stood and sang the national anthem.

The anthem change has been a Blanger cause for years but has taken on far greater urgency in recent months after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and his condition rapidly deteriorated.

The outcome of today's vote appeared to be a foregone conclusion early on as most Liberals and New Democrats supported the measure going into the vote, while the Conservatives, who oppose the bill, have run out of political tactics to slow it.

But the bill will still need to clear the Senate before it becomes law.

Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth, the bill's sponsor in the Upper Chamber, told CBC News she believes the legislation has enough support to pass but it's unclear whether that can happen before the Senate rises for the summer.

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Canadian Man Builds Himself Robot Girlfriend

Submitted by: Fox k @ 11:32 AM | Friday, December 12, 2008 | (url: http://www.foxnew...)

A Canadian man, apparently unable to find the perfect woman, has done the next best thing he's built himself one.

Le Trung, a 33-year-old software engineer who lives with his parents in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, says he's spent about $20,000 so far on Aiko, a 5-foot-tall female android with clear skin, a slim if shapely figure and a wonderful disposition.,2933,465844,00.html