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State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

Expertus Re:Supremacy Clause (601 comments)

I know it might be too late for you to catch this, but this caught my eye:

However, if your friend comes to you with a request to go flying...well, don't let the FAA find out (they have busted pilots for receiving no more compensation than logging the flight time!).

how does this affect Angel Flights?

I know that it's an amazing program with a great cause, but one would think that a government organization like the FAA would have rather strict guidelines, and be leery of exemptions (however noble the cause)

about 3 years ago

WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?

Expertus Re:Wow, does that PR stunt even work anymore? (350 comments)

Fair enough.
You've raised some interesting points about British and International Law (both of which I know very little about).

I won't ask you to unmask yourself here by posting an identifying document like that, but the whole situation is fascinating. It's always interesting to watch what happens when the state's monopoly of violence intersects with the liberties of its citizens (particularly when the state purports a facade of democracy).

Thanks for the introduction to the case - I expect that a weekend of reading is in store. [though if you wish to spoil the ending, I'd love to get a personal perspective on how it turned out (if it has, in fact, been processed yet)]

about 3 years ago

WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?

Expertus Re:Wow, does that PR stunt even work anymore? (350 comments)

there is no lawful means by which the owner could hope to prevent it, save by appealing to a British court, which means the owner recognizes the sovereignty of Britain.

perhaps a simple matter of semantics, but does one necessarily follow the other?
That is to say (and, please forgive my ignorance on the matter), I assume that non-British citizens can petition the court and do have some standing to sue (just as non-citizens can be sued by the British court) to redress some wrong.

If that is the case, does asking the British courts to issue an injunction against the British Navy necessitate a recognition of sovereignty?

and if such a request of the court does imply such a recognition, where is the line drawn? Can the United States, or Mexico, or China ask the British government to refrain from blowing up their stuff without such a recognition?

and to where would the recognition apply? Do we acknowledge that the British possess total sovereignty (of all it surveys), or simply sovereignty over its own Navy, or would it be sovereignty over the requesting nation?

about 3 years ago

Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6

Expertus Re:Vendor lock-in? (205 comments)

And to improving VBA support in things like LibreOffice, too; VBA is a close relative of VB6.

This. We have so many Macros and scripts in VBA (especially in Excel), that it's more cost effective to upgrade to a new version of Office every 3-5 years than it would ever be to port everything over to Open/LibreOffice. Open up VBA and the Excel folks will be happy to switch - they are the ones watching the money and licenses. Everyone else just uses Word to make passive-aggressive notes for the lunchroom.

more than 3 years ago

The 5 Most Laughable Terms of Service On the Net

Expertus Re:Verizon DSL (399 comments)

Of course not, you're expected to pay for that level of depravity

more than 6 years ago



Google discontinues Labs

Expertus Expertus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Expertus (1001346) writes "goolge reports: "Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs. While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.

In many cases, this will mean ending Labs experiments—in others we’ll incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product areas." Enjoy them while they last"

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States Attorneys General sign petition Congress to

Expertus Expertus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Expertus (1001346) writes "Several States Attorneys General have signed a petition urging Congress to pass the PROTECT IP act.

from the letter:
"A growing number of rogue websites are based overseas, presenting
law enforcement with unique enforcement challenges. We are therefore
extremely pleased that in Washington, D.C., both the House and Senate have
turned their attention to this major problem. Legislation is needed to disrupt
the counterfeiting and pirate business model by cutting those sites off from the
American marketplace. This narrowly tailored response to clearly illegal
activity would enable effective action against the worst of the worst
counterfeiters and pirates online."

A PDF of the petition, along with the signatures of each supporter is hosted on the MPAA's website. Not included is a list of term expiration dates (where applicable) for each elected Attorney General https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_attorney_general"

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Police arrest vocal critics and seize home

Expertus Expertus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Expertus (1001346) writes "Philadelphia Police raided the home of vocal critics without a warrant and arrested them after being denied entry (http://phillyimc.org/en/node/68912). The four homeowners had been outspoken and critical of Philadelphia's 'Stop & Frisk' program. Both the Police and the Mayor had declined to accept invitations to attend community meetings on the subject (apparently, taking instead the proposal as an invitation to invade the civil liberties of the community members) Charges have not been filed (against neither the critics arrested, nor the Police), and the critics have since been released (http://phillyimc.org/en/node/68918), but without meaningful repercussions, what is to stop the police from repeating this kind of behavior/"


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