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Submission + - Ruling by Secret US Court Allegedly Reduces Spying

conspirator57 writes: TFA http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la- na-spying2aug02,0,5813563.story?coll=la-home-cente r states that the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a court that no citizen can establish standing to appear before) has ruled against Executive requests for so-called "basket warrants" as violating the 4th amendment to the Constitution, namely that such warrants do not meet the clearly expressed criteria in the second half of the amendment. To accomplish this they must have looked startlingly like British general warrants which were the original motivation for the 4th amendment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrant_(law) for more.

TFA is very sympathetic to the Executive branch, going on to depict ways in which we're all less safe because of this ruling. Personally, I feel safer with more rulings like this one. Just wish the process were a bit more transparent.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
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Submission + - Desktop Linux: does anyone care? (zdnet.com.au)

ramboando writes: There's been a lot of fanfare about Linux replacing Windows on desktops but we've yet to see all but a few vendors offer Linux as a pre-installed option. Dell offers Ubuntu, but only in the US, and Acer notebooks are being pre-installed with Ubuntu it on Singapore. Initially they decided not to sell it in the UK, but have now flip-floped on their decision and said it will be made available.

ZDNet Australia talked to several manufacturers, and industry experts to find out how long we'll have to wait.

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.