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Comment: Re:Can't understand where is the problem (Score 1) 330

by Tusaki (#23892507) Attached to: A Cautionary Tale of Open Source Social Technologies

Not bulldozing such homes would mean the end of the Rule of Law in this country.

I would say that seeing israeli bulldozers destroying houses in your neighbourhood would make it all the more appealing to young palestinians to 'fight for the cause'. To them, it just confirms that israel is an evil which must be destroyed with whatever means neccessary.

The only party in the conflict which has the ability to restrain itself is the israeli state. I don't condone the actions by radical palestinians, but I do understand why so many of them pick up their weapons to fight.

Judge OKs Challenge To RIAA's $750-Per-Song Claim 333

Posted by Zonk
from the their-stuff-isn't-that-good dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In UMG v. Lindor, in Brooklyn federal court, the presiding judge has held that Marie Lindor can try to prove that the RIAA's claim of $750-per-song statutory damages is a violation of the Due Process Clause of the Constitution, since she has evidence that the actual wholesale price of the downloads is only 70 cents. This decision activates an earlier ruling by the Magistrate in the case that the record labels must now turn over 'all relevant documents' regarding the prices at which they sell legal downloads to online retailers, and produce a witness to give a deposition by telephone on the subject. Judge Trager rejected the RIAA's claim that the defense was frivolous, pointing out that the RIAA had cited no authorities contradicting the defense, but Ms. Lindor's attorneys had cited cases and law review articles indicating that it was a valid defense. See the Decision at pp. 6-7."

The Hubble Lives On 132

Posted by Zonk
from the still-flying dept.
tanman writes "CNN reports that NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has agreed to send astronauts on one final mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. No date was reported for the mission, other than before the shuttle fleet is retired. From the article, 'A rehab mission would keep Hubble working until about 2013. It would add two new camera instruments, upgrade aging batteries and stabilizing equipment, add new guidance sensors and repair a light-separating spectrograph. Without a servicing mission, Hubble will likely deteriorate in 2009 or 2010.'"

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