The EU's top court has declared "invalid" an EU law requiring telecoms firms to store citizens' communications data for up to two years.
The EU Data Retention Directive was adopted in 2006. The European Court of Justice says it violates two basic rights — respect for private life and protection of personal data.
Germany's supreme court did call on the ECJ to look into this issue as well."
nachtkap (951646) writes "The State's attorney for Cologne is investigating the law firm that sent the threating letters to German Redtube users. The investigation will look into the method that was used to determine the IP adresses of the redtube users. The method described in the affidavit doesn't match the traffic investigation performed by a heise.de reader. heise.de in turn verified the plausibility of his results. [graphic in German and google.translate links]" top
nachtkap (951646) writes "The German Verfassungsgericht invalidates the German state's North Rhine-Westphalias online search law. In their decision the President of the German Supreme Court said that that the law in question was far to broad. The judges also gave very specific guidelines under which an online search would be acceptable. A online search law would have to protect body, life and freedom of the people. This would mean that the law could only be applied in cases of murder, manslaughter or kidnapping. Terrorism was also mentioned because a terrorist attack could destroy the public services that ensure the fundamental needs of the people. This has consequences for a online search law planed by German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, since that law now has to abide by guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.
These guidelines would make it rather hard to show cause for the application of the planed law if terrorist propaganda or recruitment activities are to be targeted.
The google translation of the online article at the German news magazine Spiegel Online goes on to explore the politics inside the Coalition that currently governs Germany and further explores the history between the German Supreme Court and past administrations." top
Tritin: "We are today in a situation, where the search in the end — in the sense of the execution — can't be controlled anymore."
Bosbach: That is simply wrong. Every time the forensic software (read: Bundestrojan) is employed a protocol is created. It can be exactly traced back what data was accessed. The data itself can not be manipulated, because the use of malware is explicitly forbidden.
I find his ignorance and the fact that to ordinary people he sounds like he knows what he is talking about disturbing." top
nachtkap (951646) writes "NASAs mission to provide space weather forcast just got the first images (2-D and 3-D) from their Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites. There are also 3-D movies including one with the Sun at different wavelength.
From the article: STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is the third mission in NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probes program (STP). This two-year mission, launched October 2006, will provide a unique and revolutionary view of the Sun-Earth System. The two nearly identical observatories — one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind — will trace the flow of energy and matter from the Sun to Earth. They will reveal the 3D structure of coronal mass ejections; violent eruptions of matter from the sun that can disrupt satellites and power grids, and help us understand why they happen. STEREO will become a key addition to the fleet of space weather detection satellites by providing more accurate alerts for the arrival time of Earth-directed solar ejections with its unique side-viewing perspective.
For those of you that unable to locate their 3-D classes in a timely fashion, NASA has been kind kind enough to provide us with instructions on how to build your own." top
nachtkap (951646) writes "The German newspaper Die Zeit has a picture series about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). There is some information (in German) on what the LHC is supposed do and how certain parts works. A few sentences go with each picture to tell you what you are looking at. Babelfish works well enough to get general meaning across.
Fun fact from the article: The brass of one of the detectors is originating from old Russian shell casings." top
nachtkap (951646) writes "ABCnews reports that long time '60 Minutes' correspondent and Emmy winner Ed Bradley has died at age 65.
from the article:
Ed Bradley, one of television's most prominent African-American journalists, died of complications from leukemia Thursday. He was 65 years old.
A longtime correspondent for CBS News' "60 Minutes," Bradley's probing questions and salt-and-pepper beard distinguished him for millions of TV viewers. He died this morning at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City.
Bradley was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago but was in remission. He apparently took a turn for the worse two weeks ago, contracting pneumonia and succumbing to the disease.
Somehow nothing more comes to mind except a simple 'Goodbye' to a great journalist"