In the New York Times
, Stephen Castle reports on a case in the Netherlands dating back to the 1950s: Roman Catholic Church officials are accused
of surgically castrating as many as ten young men. In at least one case, the act may have been punishment against a child who went to police to report that he had been sexually abused by priests. The castrations may have also been "treatment for homosexuality." The article contains descriptions that may be upsetting.
(via Mia Farrow)
An 83-year-old woman with a badly infected lower jaw had the entire thing replaced with a 3D printed titanium/bioceramic replica. The surgery was performed by doctors from the University of Hasselt (Belgium) in collaboration with Dutch surgeons.
The 3D printer prints titanium powder layer by layer, while a computer controlled laser ensures that the correct particles are fused together. Using 3D printing technology, less materials are needed and the production time is much shorter than traditional manufacturing. The mandible was finally given a bioceramic coating compatible with the patient's tissue by BioCeramics in Leiden. The artificial jaw weighs 107 grams, it is only 30 grams heavier than a natural jaw, but the patient can easily get used to it.
The operation was performed in June last year in the hospital in Sittard-Geleen. One day later the lady could start talking and swallowing.
83 year-old woman got 3D printed mandible
sez, "Yesterday, the Court of The Hague ordered Dutch ISPs XS4ALL and
Ziggo to block access to 3 IPs and 24 domains of The Pirate Bay
. On top of that, it granted the entertainment industry's lobby organisation BREIN the power to order extra addresses to be added the blacklist, without having to go to court and without any further checks. XS4ALL, founded in 1993 by a group of Amsterdam based hackers and still advocate for online civil rights, is shocked by the ruling because it violates the freedom of information, which suggests that the judge finds the commercial interests of the entertainment industry to be more important than the civil liberties of the citizens of The Netherlands. Naturally, XS4ALL will appeal the ruling."
A musician called Melchior Rietveldt was commissioned by the Dutch copyright-lobbying group BREIN to compose an anthem for an "anti-piracy" video. According to Rietveldt, BREIN licensed his work for a single use. However, the film industry has gone on to use the music in those crappy anti-piracy ads they run at the start of DVDs telling you off for being a pirate when you've just bought the DVD you're watching. Rietveldt's representatives claim that tens of millions of Dutch DVDs contain his composition, and that he's owed more than EUR1M.
Soon after he discovered the unauthorized distribution of his music Rietveldt alerted the local music royalty collecting agency Buma/Stemra. The composer demanded compensation, but to his frustration he heard very little from Buma/Stemra and he certainly didn’t receive any royalties.
Earlier this year, however, a breakthrough seemed to loom on the horizon when Buma/Stemra board member Jochem Gerrits contacted the composer with an interesting proposal. Gerrits offered to help out the composer in his efforts to get paid for his hard work, but the music boss had a few demands of his own.
In order for the deal to work out the composer had to assign the track in question to the music publishing catalogue of the Buma/Stemra board member. In addition to this, the music boss demanded 33% of all the money set to be recouped as a result of his efforts.
It gets worse. Click through to read how Gerrits was recorded making this demand, and what happened next.
Copyright Corruption Scandal Surrounds Anti-Piracy Campaign
Mataklap sends in this picture from a Dutch toy brochure. For girls, there's a "washing the dishes" playset. For boys, a microscope.
Dutch designer Rolf (no last name, apparently) created a series of cool cross-sections of "teapots and kitschy vases" by embedding them in cement blocks and then sawing them in half: "By cutting the same type of teapot in half, in two different ways, two totally different shapes emerge that are both very characteristic and to a certain, but different degree, recognizable for the shape of a classic teapot."
(via Crib Candy)
Ot sez, "Dutch digital rights organisation Bits of Freedom is raising money to ensure it can continue defending online freedom in the coming years. Bits of Freedom fights for an open Internet which is accessible to all, where people can share information and where private communication remains private. As a result of Bits of Freedom's work, The Netherlands is the first country in Europe to launch a net neutrality law. If you think that Bits of Freedom is doing important stuff, you can support our work today at our campaign page. Thank you!"
They've got my support!
Do your bit! « Bits of Freedom
From the Netherlands' National Archive, a 1938 photo taken in New York City of a Colt revolver that has been modified to shoot a picture with every trigger pull. Presumably most of those photos are of people looking horrified and about to say something like, "Oh Christ, you turned your gun into a camera? No, don't point it at me! Ahh!"
(via Super Punch)
A Dutch woman has been charged with stalking after calling a man 65,000 times in one year
. She claims she was in a relationship with him (he denies it), and that this required her to call him. A lot. The court ordered her to stop, and she promised to, but called him "a couple of hours" after being released.
(via Lowering the Bar
MAKE:'s Jon Kalish looks in some depth at Ultimaker, a MakerBot-style 3D printer that runs at higher resolutions and speeds than current MakerBot models. The creators of Ultimaker come from the Dutch Center-for-Bits-and-Atoms-affiliated Fab Lab, and has "Dutch design" touches that are said to be a delight. MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis says, "They can move their machine around at a pretty amazing speed. There are some things they did that are pretty clever. This is what happens when you do something that’s successful. Other people figure it out, too, and start businesses. More 3D printers are good."
The three partners all live in different cities in the Netherlands (De Bruijn is in Tilburg, Elserman in Geldermalsen, and Wijnia in Haarlem). Ultimaker started shipping its open source 3D printer in April. The machine costs about US$1700, and with next day shipping, the price approaches $1900. According to De Bruijn and Elserman, more than 120 printers have been sold and close to 70 have been shipped so far. It takes between four and six weeks between order and delivery. Half of the new printers have been sold in the Netherlands, thanks to exposure on a national TV program. Customers include a disabled Dutch woman whose Ultimaker has printed gripper hands for robotic arms that she uses to grasp small candies, something her previous gripper could not do.
Ultimaker: There’s a New 3D Printer in Town
Like MakerBot, Ultimaker can print with either ABS or PLA plastic, though the company says printing with the plant-based PLA makes for a faster and more stable build. The Ultimaker is getting high grades for its design. Unlike the MakerBot, which has a moving build platform, the Ultimaker has a print head that moves. It is compact and weighs considerably less than MakerBot’s print head, and the Ultimaker’s motors are mounted on the printer’s frame, not on a moving part like MakerBot. This allows for bigger objects to be made (8.25″ cube for Ultimaker vs. 5″ cube for MakerBot) at higher speeds.