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Comment Re:No popcorn yet (Score 5, Interesting) 462

He has to do this in order to allow the document into evidence. Once it is authenticated and otherwise admissible, he can rely on it for any decision he will make. If he decided to go rogue and not follow the Federal Rules of Evidence, then the government could easily prevail on any appeal. In other words, the judge isn't being difficult to be difficult; he is doing it because he does not want to be overturned.

Comment Re:Looks like the AG actually read the law (Score 1) 817

As much as I would like to agree with you, you cannot read the language "to the extent permitted by law" as referring solely to the "treaty law" (sic). If the drafters wanted that limitation, they would have said, "to the extent provided by this Document" or similar. The phrase "to the extent permitted by law" is a nod to the local laws wherever the election is taking place, so that the observers do not interfere with the process. Guess who decides what "interference is": the local legislature.

It does not make sense to say that the only limitations on the observers arise from the Document itself. Can observers hover over local officials? Can they touch and inspect every ballot? These actions are all regulated by local laws. The 100 foot distance is Texas is asinine, but it's the local law.

Comment Re:better not tell him about OpenStreetMap (Score 1) 302

Most of the general information regarding the location of transmission line infrastructure must be made public in order for the local regulatory authority (e.g. state commissions) to approve or deny projects. Furthermore, the existence of RTO/ISOs push more and more data into the hands of the public in the name of market transparency. Data that otherwise would have been internally confidential in a number of (formerly) vertically integrated entities. I am not arguing that such disclosure is bad, but if the public really cared to know how fragile the grids are to things as simply as a raccoon in the wrong place in a transformer, there would be panic in the streets.

Comment Re:Counterfeit or foreign? (Score 1) 208

3. Unauthorized resale: Authentic goods being sold in some manner that makes the manufacturer a sad, sad, panda.
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[T]hey will also bust you for importing authentic Rolexes, legally purchased outside the US, if the trademark holder doesn't want you selling them in the US, despite them being 100% genuine product, with no theft or fraud in the distribution chain

The Supreme Court will decide this issue next term in the context of a student importing legally purchased textbooks in Thailand and reselling them in the US.

Comment Re:So they can own and track ALL your files? (Score 1) 109

Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content

The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps).”

Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

The clauses go hand in hand. Yes, you maintain ownership because you are not assigning all of your rights to Google when you upload a file. The problem comes with the overly broad grant of a license from you (as owner) to Google (as licensee). The limiting language used by Google is not enough to ensure that you do not intend to give them permission to make your otherwise private material public in ways you hadn't anticipated.

Google does not need to own your IP to do (almost) anything it wants with your material; all they need is a broad enough license.

Comment Re:Damn unfortunate (Score 1) 714

The Felony Murder Rule applies in the case of the bank robbery example. The concept is very close to "he broke the law and as a result someone is dead." In fact, it extends to almost everyone involved in the felony. For example, the driver-accomplice can be charged with first degree murder, even if he was discovered, arrested, and handcuffed in the back of a police car when one of his other accomplices pulled the trigger.

Comment How to Exclude Yourself (Score 1) 128

From the settlement website: How do I exclude myself from the Settlement Class? If you do not wish to be a Settlement Class Member, you may exclude yourself by writing to the Claims Administrator. You must provide your full name and address, state that you want to opt out of the Settlement, and deliver your request by mail, hand, or overnight delivery service to the P2P Congestion Settlement Claims Administrator, c/o Rust Consulting, P.O. Box 9454, Minneapolis, MN 55440-9454. Your request must be postmarked no later than May 13, 2010.

Submission + - MySpace Censoring Ron Paul Supporters

nexeruza writes: "Rupert Mudoch silencing Ron Paul supporters on MySpace? The subject speaks for itself. Ron Paul has been blatantly censored through the media... MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and even now MySpace on the internet where his support is strongest. Youtube videos have shown us the truth in numbers of hundreds the censorship and hack jobs attacking Ron Paul in an attempt to discredit, blackout, and often blatantly lie about him and his campaign. This is an attack of the First Amendment on the freedom of speech and is un-American to say the least."

Submission + - "Don't tase me bro" police cleared

Fozzyuw writes:'s website has news on the University of Florida police involved in the Andrew Meyer tasering have been cleared of using excessive force. It also includes a link to the full report, which shares details of the incident and events leading up to the incident.

XM And SIRIUS Radio Merging 301

lenny6998 writes to tell us Yahoo! News is reporting that XM and Sirius Radio, the only two major players in the relatively new market of subscription satellite radio have announced a merger. "The two companies said in a statement that Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirius, would become chief executive of the new company while Gary Parsons, the chairman of XM, would remain in that role."

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