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+ - Stephen Fry: An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC->

Submitted by mar.kolya
mar.kolya (2448710) writes "I write in the earnest hope that all those with a love of sport and the Olympic spirit will consider the stain on the Five Rings that occurred when the 1936 Berlin Olympics proceeded under the exultant aegis of a tyrant who had passed into law, two years earlier, an act which singled out for special persecution a minority whose only crime was the accident of their birth. In his case he banned Jews from academic tenure or public office, he made sure that the police turned a blind eye to any beatings, thefts or humiliations afflicted on them, he burned and banned books written by them. He claimed they “polluted” the purity and tradition of what it was to be German, that they were a threat to the state, to the children and the future of the Reich. He blamed them simultaneously for the mutually exclusive crimes of Communism and for the controlling of international capital and banks. He blamed them for ruining the culture with their liberalism and difference. The Olympic movement at that time paid precisely no attention to this evil and proceeded with the notorious Berlin Olympiad, which provided a stage for a gleeful Führer and only increased his status at home and abroad. It gave him confidence. All historians are agreed on that. What he did with that confidence we all know. — See more at:"
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Comment: chain of custody could well be intact (Score 1) 1

by apraetor (#44372617) Attached to: Car's black box leads to arrest of teen
Chain of custody can be preserved when shipping evidence for analysis, it's not uncommon. If the car company wants to keep their black boxes proprietary it'd make sense they'd be willing to run a lab for doing such testing. A lot of toxicology testing is done by outside labs, too.. it's only on TV that the cops have the resources to do everything in-house.

Comment: they do it so easily (Score 1) 273

I don't have any problem with persons or organizations having my personal details, so long as I /chose/ to give them said information or access. Hell, I'd probably be more than willing to give the government access, too, if they had bothered to consult me. What upsets me most is how ready my government is to evade the spirit, if not the letter, of law and constitution.

Comment: My solution for several hospitals I oversee (Score 1) 2

by apraetor (#44116849) Attached to: Is this YOUR policy? Would you like it back?
Use Terminal Services w/ thin clients for stuff like the nursing carts. Any valid user in that department can connect to their persistent session within seconds, and the carts get better battery life than full workstations would. Use tokens / RFID if you need speed over the couple of seconds typing a password takes (yes, it's annoying to do, but it also is required for most PHI policies). Mandatory disconnect or at least Lock screen after a short period, but since the session persists on the TS it's trivial to reconnect. Admin types can have regular workstations, still with similar security. For departments where several users need access to the same session on the same machine (radiation oncology comes to mind) you provision them with rights to unlock the common user sessions accordingly. Works great. --Matthew

+ - Child Porn Suspect Must Decrypt Own External Hard Drive->

Submitted by apraetor
apraetor (248989) writes "I wonder how this stacks up against recent federal court rulings related to border searches and self-incrimination.

MILWAUKEE (CN) — A man suspected of housing child pornography on his hard drives must help the U.S. government decrypt them, a federal magistrate ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan Jr. issued the order last week, overturning an earlier decision that said the suspect, Jeffrey Feldman, was protected by his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.


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Comment: Re:All this assumes super cold beer is desirable (Score 2) 275

by apraetor (#43611225) Attached to: Condensation On Your Beer != Good
Latent heat added to beer during condensation = latent heat lost to evaporation of the condensate subsequent to the beer warming to ambient. Basically the condensation heats the beer, then once it's at ambient temperature it starts evaporating, with heat flow from the environment making up for the latent heat energy loss. So water vapor heats the beer quickly, then evaporates slowly enough as to be useless for cooling the beer.
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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the bending-the-rules dept.
Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

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