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+ - Supreme Court Refuses 200 Year Porn Sentence

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Class Act Dynamo
Class Act Dynamo writes "The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeal of a high school teacher who was sentenced to over 200 years in prison for possessing thousands of child pornography images in Arizona. The justices declined without comment to hear the case. His attorneys argued that the sentence (10 years per image for the 20 images presumably leading to indictment) was disproportionate to the crime. I put this under Your Rights Online even though those rights really don't include possessing child pornography. However, what do Slashdotters think? Was the punishment appropriate for the crime? Think of the children!..but not in the way that this teacher apparently was."
Microsoft

+ - Keyloggers Installed via Windows Update Service?

Submitted by
sedimentary_rock
sedimentary_rock writes "A Dell computer user found a keylogger installed on his computer with Guardian Monitor registry keys after updating the OS through the Microsoft Windows Update service. The article suggests that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), which "calls home" to Microsoft, functions as a mechanism to surreptitiously install surveillance software on a computer.

http://www.dellideastorm.com/article/show/63923/No _WGA_preinstalled"

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