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Spotify Executive Chris Bevington Dies In Stockholm Attack (variety.com) 366

"On Friday, four people were killed and about 15 more were injured when a truck plowed through a shopping area in the heart of Sweden's capital," reports Variety. One of the four victims was Chris Bevington, an executive at Spotify. An anonymous reader writes: "The British 41-year-old had served as Spotify's director of global partnerships/business development, working from Stockholm," reports Variety. The streaming service's founder, Daniel Ek, confirmed the news with a Facebook post on Sunday. "Chris has been a member of our band for over five years. He has had a great impact on not just the business but on everyone who had the privilege to know and work with him. There are no words for how missed he will be or for how sad we all are to have lost him like this."
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Spotify Executive Chris Bevington Dies In Stockholm Attack

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 09, 2017 @09:50PM (#54204169)

    He'd be safe in his basement, covered in Cheeto dust.

    Damn you society! Why must you hate on Rust!?! Another life taken!!!!

  • damn truck (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 09, 2017 @09:59PM (#54204213)

    if only we could do something about these trucks driving into crowds by themselves for no reason

    oh well guess its hopeless

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 09, 2017 @09:59PM (#54204217)

    You have been visited by the islamic truck of tolerance!

    Honk Honk!

  • Ex-USSR uneducated, radicalized, revanshistic scum is killing people producing innovations in the heart of progressive, liberal Europe.
  • by piojo ( 995934 ) on Sunday April 09, 2017 @11:47PM (#54204625)

    Do care more for this guy than the others because he worked for a tech company? The other three had hobbies, relationships, careers (except the eleven year-old).

    I get that this is a tech news site, but the fact that he worked for a company we've heard of (or that he made a lot of money) does not seem like sufficient cause to care about his death so much more than the other victims.

    • What makes you think we care about his death? He's just as ephemeral as the rest of us.

      But if you do care, one of the two Swedish victims was an 11-year-old girl on her way home from school. The other was a 31-year-old Belgian woman, visiting Stockholm as a tourist. The other Swedish victim isn't described in the article.

      If you care about the perpetrator, since he is a human too, he is a 39-year-old Uzbek man. In 2014, he had applied for a residence permit in Sweden, but last summer the application was
    • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Monday April 10, 2017 @04:06AM (#54205231) Homepage

      Do care more for this guy than the others because he worked for a tech company? The other three had hobbies, relationships, careers (except the eleven year-old).

      As far as I know the other three haven't been publicly identified so it's less personal for us with nameless, faceless victims and a whole lot less to say. Not that it really matters who in that it's not a targeted attack like Charlie Hebdo, the victims are just random people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And that's the problem, so many apologists are still looking for a way we've wronged these people that caused them to become terrorists. But we haven't, we are simply kafir [wikipedia.org] and our disbelief in Allah is our crime.

      There was a documentary here in Norway published quite recently called "The Norwegian Islamist", the main character was just convicted to 9 years in prison for terror recruitment. He had agree to the documentary to show "true Islam" and really gave a good look into his world view, it was simple yet terrifying. The world was divided in two, Muslims and non-Muslims. Nations matters not. Laws matters not. As long as he follows Islam, all is justified. Every other word out of his mouth was inshallah [wikipedia.org], if Allah wills it.

      The Islamic State is the one place on Earth where muslims can live by Allah's laws. Those who oppose the Islamic State oppose Allah, those who oppose Allah must die. He'd publicly applaud terrorists and terrorism, stopping just short of encouraging it in a way that'd be illegal. Basically he'd say something like "praise the brave martyrs in Paris, may Allah open the gates to paradise for you" or something like that. He was sending converts to Iraq/Syria to do "humanitarian aid" and you could just feel the quote marks hanging in the air like a big in-joke.

      I really didn't want to Godwin this post but if you ever wondered how the Nazis managed to justify sending women and children to the gas chambers simply for being Jews then that's exactly how he feels about non-Muslims. It's total war in its purest form, everyone is a legitimate target. And the same goes the other way around, as long as they're martyrs to the cause they're not atrocities. They're not terrorists. They're holy warriors fighting a holy war for Allah and the only thing that matters is to crush your enemies for the glory of Allah. The ultimate in "the ends justify the means".

    • by robi5 ( 1261542 ) on Monday April 10, 2017 @05:27AM (#54205413)

      Not only that. It's always the dead who are widely reported. Injured - not so much. Reading the media, there are the 'critically injured' who are implicitly conveyed as being in a purgatory - either succumbing to their injuries, or leaving the hospital.

      If you think about how many people died in Nice, London etc. and terrorist attacks in general, there's some kind of distribution curve going on. Sure, some of those injured will fully recover. I suppose that, at least as many people who died, if not some multiple of that, are left with permanent disabilities, lifelong medical conditions or unsolvable disfigurements.

      Why is media obsessed with deaths exclusively, when just-not-fatal-enough, or life-altering injuries can be as horrific as, or sometimes even worse than death?

      Where are the statistics and reports that say, X people died, Y people become permanently wheelchair-bound, lost limbs, vital organs or senses, have their face burnt or disfigured, or suffered brain injury, or in some cases, mental trauma, that ended their studies, career or even self-sufficiency? It's not like everyone injured is going home with some scratch wounds or perfectly healing bone fractures.

      A more minor point is, there's initial score keeping of the dead, but as the count creeps up due to losses becoming known, and people dying in medical care subsequently, by the time the real count is known, the media interest subsided, i.e. there's a consistent bias that results in lower perceived impact than in reality. Also, there's shock and anger right then and there, but any interviews on (short)changed lives after the years either never happen or reach a minuscule audience.

      Sure, media don't often artificially generate interest in things that are not of 'right now' time. But, when something like this in Stockholm happened, why don't media report back on outcomes of e.g. the attack in Nice? E.g. how many are still in hospital, or in rehabilitation, how many became wheelchair-bound?

      • by djinn6 ( 1868030 )
        You want the media to be discerning and detailed in their reporting, to show the various levels of gray rather than simply reporting black and white, and to not chase after the latest fad.

        You're asking too much of mainstream media.
    • by Tailhook ( 98486 )

      Do care more for this guy than the others because he worked for a tech company?

      Yes. Had the victims been safely confined to unremarkable plebs and not included a figure from one of vaunted fight-the-man music streaming outfits you can be certain there would have been no mention of these events on Slashdot. Quite the opposite.

      Twitter has already buried his account ("Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!") , but if you dig it out of Google's cache you find Chris retweeting Obama campaign playlists. No surprise. One wonders if he too spent time down modding wrong-think "racists" in

  • by sTERNKERN ( 1290626 ) on Monday April 10, 2017 @03:04AM (#54205107)
    to find any link between "news for nerds" and "Your daily news of terror".

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