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Comment: Re:Why does my tiny town in Iowa ... (Score 2) 191

by geniice (#48528925) Attached to: Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Probably they wanted a larger vehicle able to hold a fair number of offices with some cross country ability. Getting something from the military is significantly cheaper than buying something built for that purpose. It may not be perfect but it is good value.

Comment: Re:The law is valid (Score 4, Interesting) 446

by geniice (#48508913) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

You can't force any level of review. It can always be turned into people signing stuff without looking at it. What the UK is currently doing is getting a buch of lawyers to go through and dig out all the laws that don't do anything any more. Every few years they pass a big omnibus repeal bill removing them. 2013 version can be found at

Comment: Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (Score 1) 171

by geniice (#48031517) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Probably unrelated. In this case recent means after 1923 (yes there are a bunch of exceptions but they are all either very narrow or involve music you haven't heard of). If they were going for copyright expired stuff you would hear the likes of Ragtime, early jazz and blues.

Comment: Re:interesting split developing (Score 1) 24

I don't think photography policy is linked to dissemination approach. Historically they have been pretty random. A condition of a loan somewhere. some long gone director getting paranoid about theft. A curator who just didn't like photographers. A lot of the team people aren't even sure who is allowed to change the policy and there was little pressure to do so. Then came camera phones.

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