Wikileaks' Assange Begins Extradition Battle
Releasing the details of the investigation against him would help prove or disprove whether or not his investigation is being handled properly. So, why didn't he release the evidence against him? In most courts, this would be provided to him so he could prepare his defense. Maybe it would be illegal to release it or make Assange look bad. Hmmm...
Russia Launches, Loses, Finds Military Satellite
So... did someone else launch a natural satellite?
Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport
So, you're suggesting that less people would have been killed if they had gotten the bomb through screeners and on an airplane? Brilliant analysis!
WikiLeaks Gives $15k To Bradley Manning Defense
In the military system, legal counsel is free of charge whether or not you can afford it. And with a high profile case like this, I'm sure they'll appoint someone very senior. If you want to pay for a civilian lawyer, usually they are former military lawyers, or they're not well suited for military court. I wouldn't donate to this even if you want to defend Bradley Manning.
Unwise — Search History of Murder Methods
I think what the original poster was referring to was if you give consent and they find evidence of the murder, then they are taking the items even if you revoke consent on your way out the door. No judge is going to allow you to search a home days after the fact if the person just gave you permission to "conduct a search of your house."
Battle Escalates Between Airlines and Online Agents
If airlines were so hurt by websites like Expedia, then you'd think they'd inform users that they could get better prices if they just went to the AA website. But every time I've tried finding a flight on Expedia, and then going and finding the same flight on AA, the price is outrageously high with AA. Really, I think it's like TV networks fighting netflix and Hulu (on TV boxes), the networks want to divide up the market and overcharge you for crap you don't want, and Netflix just makes it too convenient for people to get what they want at the lowest price. Same thing with Expedia, services like that need to stick around.
Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge
My chatbot, Suzette, won this year's Loebner and even confused a judge into voting for her over a human (or should I say he confused himself). Here is the blow-by-blow of this weird event.
Bot intended to fool humans into thinking it's a human accomplishes its task. Weird event...
DoD Study Contradicts Charges Against WikiLeaks
Man, I thought people would actually go look up the video instead of modding me down and disagreeing with me. Here's the link:http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/investigation-shows-rpgs-and-rpg-rounds-found-at-collateral-murder-site/
You'll see that RPGs were discovered at the site and one is visible on the footage. The irony is slashdotters are not better at "camera or RPG?" than the pilots who they condemn.
DoD Study Contradicts Charges Against WikiLeaks
So was the intel leak a bombshell dropping on Beaver Cleaverville? Or did it show that the US Government actually managed to write 50,000 reports about the war in Afghanistan without a mention of CIA kidnappings or that Osama Bin Laden is being kept alive as a US propaganda effort?
While the Pentagon may have done a poor job of mentioning "hey this wasn't actually particularly damaging," Wikileaks has yet to admit that the troops in Afghanistan are fighting a decent war. They also never mentioned that in the "Collateral Murder" the group that was gunned down was in fact an insurgent RPG team that the news crew had teamed up with (don't believe me, go find the RPG in the video before thinking I'm referring to the camera).
Apple vs. Google TVs
I want to get rid of cable and use one of these boxes, but I want to be able to download shows, or alternatively, play downloaded video. Also, I want to be able to use a real keyboard. Can you recommend a device that would most easily accomplish this? Thanks.
Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant
Everybody brings up the coup and subsequent installation of the Shah for the reason they hate us. In reality, the prior leader was anti-western and nationalized Iran's oil. They then realized that their oil industry depending on foreign investment and expertise and their nationalization led to an economic collapse. Mosaddegh was very unpopular and used dictatorship style tactics to try and stay in power. This created a ripe environment for a coup, which the CIA helped fund and internally the agents and agency claimed credit for doing their job. Externally, both the US and the Iranians deny the amount of influence the CIA had in overthrowing Mosaddegh.
Obama Calls Today's Ubiquitous Gadgets and Information "a Distraction"
Perhaps if his administration had the transparency he promised on the campaign trail, it would be easy to get the information people are seeking from credible, reliable sources.
So you want him to tell the truth about September 11th and his birth certificate? Admit it, the Internet is full of bullshit.
Brain-Scan Lie Detection Rejected By Brooklyn Court
Gosh. Legal issues are frustrating to discuss on Slashdot. People don't have the right to remain silent. You have the right to not incriminate yourself in court. That means if you are the target of an inevstigation you can be given immunity and forced to talk. If you are a witness and not the target you can be forced to talk. You can be forced to take a breathalizer test because it's not testimonial. None of this has anything to do with this case.
Cell Phone Searches Require Warrant
I see all these slashdot stories that complain about government searches "without a warrant," and they all often very misleading. There are plenty of reasons the government can do a "search" without a warrant that are for very legitimate purposes. There are two categories of this misinformation being spread.
The first category is like this one, where a search is valid where one of the exemptions apply, which are: in cases of an emergency, if the person gives consent, a search incident to arrest, and an inventory. If a shooting is in progress the police can kick down your door and try to save the people inside without a warrant. They have just "searched" a home without a warrant, big deal. The issue here is a search incident to arrest. If you get arrested the police can search all your belongings and within a reasonable distance to look for evidence of whatever they're arresting you for. There are very legitimate reasons for this. If the police take your car, they conduct an inventory of the vehicle without a warrant (although this isn't really a search, and they can't take apart the doors and things).
The second type of misleading information on slashdot is when police get information using a subpoena or court order and Slashdot proclaims "cops conduct search of ________ without warrant!" Which, while true, ignores the fact that the "search" was subject to judicial oversight, but just didn't rise to the need getting a warrant.
This is like telling non-technies that their computer is broadcasting an ip address and trying to scare them. You have to understand the 4th amendment more to understand the issues in these decisions. Here, judges are trying to say that the potential evidence of crimes that you carry in your cell phone get more protection than a briefcase with the same information (photos, ledgers, address book, etc.). Which, in my opinion, is hard to justify, and might be taken the Supreme Court.
NASA Names Space Station Treadmill After Colbert
He didn't stuff the ballot. He got his viewers to vote for their favorite name, Colbert. Colbert won fair and square. How is that not democratic?
Recovery.gov Not Very Transparent
I work with contracts, and I can tell you that what you're asking for is not easy. A $100,000,000 contract is easily going to take up a wall full of filing cabinets. It's not like you have a spreadsheet and can just get an itemized list of all the line items. Also, if you get too detailed into pricing you start getting into competitive information, and companies don't like it when you release that information (it might even be unlawful to release it).
You might think, why can't they pull a list of line items? Well, they might for the original contract, but what happens when they modify the contract? Well, you can't just delete the item, because the government often owes for the portion of work that was completed before the item was deleted. So ... the contractor puts together an estimate of how much they've spent already, the government evaluates it, and gives back just a portion. There are often so many changes that this is a full time job for 1 contract and it gets convoluted very quickly.
US District Ct. Says Defendant Must Provide Decrypted Data
It's not that you have a misunderstanding of the 5th amendment, it's just you were misled by the article summary and don't have the legal knowledge to know that it's wrong. In fact, the 5th amendment is not an issue in this case. It's more of a 4th amendment issue. The argument that worked in the last court is that the 5th amendment applies because the password is testimonial. The reason the defense worked is because they're right that it is testimonial in nature and is protected under the 5th amendment. Where the lower court messed up was thinking the 5th amendment was an issue.
Watch out, here comes an analogy. If police were conducting a search warrant on a home and there was a physical safe that contained actual photos of child pornography AND the safe is within the scope of the warrant. They could ask for the safe combination from the owner, but that's protected under the 5th amendment. It's protected because it's testimonial in nature. If he knows the combination of the safe then he is demonstrating that he owns it and likely knows what's in it. But let's say the owner waives his rights and opens the safe and lets the cops search it and they see child porn in it. Then, a police officer bumps the safe and closes it and they don't know the combo. Well now they have probable cause that you are in control of the documents in the safe and the 5th amendment is not the relevant protection.
Obama Admin Fights Missing White House Email Lawsuit
Wow, good idea, except that was in TFA:
Recently, the Bush White House said it had located 14 million e-mails that were misplaced and that the White House had restored hundreds of thousands of other e-mails from computer backup tapes.
The steps the White House took are inadequate, one of the two groups, the National Security Archive, told a federal judge in court papers filed Friday.
They even use "emails" as the plural "email" like you do.
YouTube Reposts Anti-Scientology Videos
It's not a matter of how bad the violation of law is. It has to matter to the prosecutor and also to a potential jury (called "jury interest"). Nobody will prosecute the case if the only impact was $20,000 of Google's money spent on handling the notices.
My suggestion would be to temporarially take down the requestor's videos if they submit a false takedown request. It wouldn't cover small businesses, but it would cover the Viacoms and the CoS.
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