Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government
if the US wanted the contents of a safe deposit box in Europe they cannot legally seize it, doing so would be a violation of europan law
They can't take the box by force, but the US can instead throw you, the owner of it, in the slammer until you cough up the requested evidence. Where the evidence is, is irrelevant.
Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government
Can any internet company be publicly ordered to break laws in other countries, regardless of where it is based?
Why shouldn't they? MS is a United States company. Why should MS, or any other corporation, be able to only abide by US law when it is convenient for them, and break it other times? If the laws of two jurisdictions are incompatible with each other, the corporation should have to make a hard choice and only operate in a single jurisdiction, and use other avenues to expand business to the other.
This is not a case of the US trying to compel a European Company into doing something, it is compelling Microsoft, subject to US law, to turn over data it holds, albeit in a different company. If an American individual is subpoenaed for information relating to a crime, resisting turning it over because it's held in a safe deposit box abroad, is no more an acceptable excuse than "it's in my other pants".
An individual in the United States must abide by US law even when abroad, in addition to abiding by the rules of the foreign country. It's still illegal for an American to smoke weed or solicit 14 year old prostitutes abroad, despite those being legal in some places of the world. If American persons have to play by United States rules 24x7, why should a corporation get to pick and choose?
Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?
Your scenario only seems ridiculous because car companies don't share all their mechanical drawings. It would not be unreasonable to be expected to look up the torque in the mechanical schematics if that information was readily available to you.
You don't expect the manual for a computer motherboard to list the resistor values of every resistor on the motherboard, do you?
EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games
I'm thinking they should be on the hook for supporting them for 95 years: the length of their copyright terms.
Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?
While it is true Aluminum doesn't have a fatigue limit, the breaking point depends on what the stresses are in the material. "will eventually crack" can translate to 20 minutes of riding, or 20 million years of riding. An aluminum frame can be made where its fatigue life well exceeds the practical life of the bicycle.
If it takes 4.54 billion years of knocking the frame with your fingernail for the frame to fail, there really isn't a problem with it.
"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention
Because many people prefer the risk of it being stolen or being disarmed in the middle of a scuffle, than to have those risks, plus the additional risk of the weapon refusing to fire due to some hard to resolve technical issue.
Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly
Right, because I'm sure the engineers at Toyota haven't thought about this kind of stuff.
FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate
There is a non-zero probability of someone dying due to the presence of pretty much anything. That doesn't automatically make it "pretty serious"
You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating
While that is true for many, it is not true for all, otherwise there would be no fruits with thorns or toxins, There are many fruits that are dangerous to eat, which don't "want" to be eaten.
Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
It's also known as Survivorship Bias. Old stuff seems like it was better built because all the crappy stuff already made it into the dumpster and subsequently forgotten long ago.
A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream
One of the main obstacles between 3D printers and consumers has been clunky, unintuitive software
More like the fact that CAD software packages cost many thousands of dollars, and no good free alternatives exist.
Or that the printers themselves for commercial grade machines also cost many thousands of dollars.
Or that mechanical design is inherently challenging and is an expensive skill to develop.
But nope, just have some big buttons on a touch screen and everything will be groovy.
US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment
The idea of the patent system was that anyone could patent their grand idea and then have legal backing to protect it in court from someone that uses the idea without consent. The filing fees were also designed to be low to keep the barrier of entry low enough that "the little guy" could get the same protection as the big corporations.
This is completely false. Patents were never about the "little guy". Their purpose is to benefit society by providing an advantage to disclosing the secrets of invention so society can learn. Prior to patents, technology was often a closely guarded secret, belonging to individuals or trade guilds, secrets that were often lost with the deaths of the people involved. By making disclosure a more attractive option than secrecy, society could benefit by learning from the details of the inventions.
That is the idea of the patent system. "Little guy" doesn't mean shit, all that matters is having useful knowledge disclosed to society, whether its individuals or mega-corps.
NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs
I believe you are talking about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Eck_phreaking
Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper
In the US, more than 1/10th of traffic fatalities are pedestrians. Clearly, helmets should be mandatory for walking then, too.
Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
Also, not all failures are caused by "not doing there job right", especially when venturing into new territory. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a classic example of a disastrous engineering project, pushed the envelope and collapsed, but not because the engineers didn't do their job right. There hadn't been a bridge of that size with that design before, and aerodynamic concerns weren't taken into account. If that bridge hadn't collapsed and taught the lesson, some other bridge would have.
You can never remove all risk. You may call that 'passing the buck', but blaming all failures, regardless of cause, as "not doing there job right", forces a stone-age technological capability.
Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines
They correctly identify the number of people who would remain productive members of society while consuming drugs as very small.
Right, there are very few productive people that drink alcohol in the US. Very small group indeed.
Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks
I vaguely recall an article years ago on something like TheDailyWtf where some idiot webmaster wrote a web application with links instead of buttons to perform tasks, and was confused why his site and data was getting trashed repeatedly, until he figured out it was the crawling bots.
This is nothing new: unskilled developers using the wrong methods and getting burned.
Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Against Apple, Google and Others Given the Green Light
The 50s and 60s need to be erased from memory concerning policy decisions, because the prosperity at that time is heavily biased by the fact that Europe and Japan were destroyed, and the United States was the only shop in town.
Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video
The United states does not have a criminal justice system. It has a criminal legal system.
It is an important distinction to make.
Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth
Map is disappointing. Whomever decided that color scheme should be slapped.
I was expecting something like this: http://map.itoworld.com/road-casualties-usa but for all countries.
The map linked has every traffic fatality in the United States, and the age, sex, and classification of each death.
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