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Comment: I don't see how this could possibly happen (Score 1) 90

"The Bill includes defences that reverse the onus of proof which limit the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty"

How could this be? This would be completely counter to one of the most fundamental and commonly-stated protected in any civilized nation's bill of basic rights.

Oh, wait, I see the problem.

Exceptions in Western democracies

Australia is the only Western democratic country with neither a constitutional nor federal legislative bill of rights to protect its citizens, although there is ongoing debate in many of Australia's states.

Comment: This is retro without the futurism. Why? (Score 1, Informative) 71

by idontgno (#48414057) Attached to: Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

This is not a practical bike. "Even on smooth pavement, your vision goes blurry because you're vibrating so hard," Collin said to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter back in 2012 when he was only 15 -- and already building wooden bicycles. Collin's wooden bikes are far from the first ones. Wikipedia says, "The first bicycles recorded, known variously as velocipedes, dandy horses, or hobby horses, were constructed from wood, starting in 1817."

You know what else those early bicycles were called? "Boneshakers."

This seems like Maker/DIY gone terribly wrong. Why would a nerd be interested in this news?

Comment: News for Nerds (Score 1) 215

by idontgno (#48410831) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

Media agent says that a professional community not currently in bondage to ^w^w^w parasitized by ^w^w served by agent representation needs vitally to be served by agent representation, and by a completely unrelated stroke of luck, media agent is available to help.

Thanks. I was afraid I wasn't going to get my daily dose of advertising masquerading as news.

Comment: Re:Report every press release from the government. (Score 1) 316

You're missing the (unstated) part that anything a "legitimate" politician says will be immune to this. Because, you know, they're legitimate. Just ask 'em.

Do you really think a politician would enact a law restricting what THEY do? Law is for little people.

+ - Intel Subsidiary Fined by US Commerce Department for Crypto Exports->

Submitted by idontgno
idontgno (624372) writes "It's almost like the good old days: Intel subsidiary Wind River Systems was fined $750,000 by the US Bureau of Industry and Security for exporting crypto to such rogue states as China and Israel. I bet you didn't know that was still illegal.

This hasn't happened in a while, as far as I can tell. Does this mean that crypto's going to be locked up like it was back in the days of 40-bit SSL?"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:European Data Protection (Score 1) 389

DMCA effectively authorizes disclosure. Problem fucking solved.

Sorry, if it comes to a pissing match between EU law and US law for a US-based company hosting on US-based servers and infrastructure, EU law won't even come in second place.

I suspect that's by design. Sick and sad, but true nonetheless.

If you want your rights to be protected, don't use US-based services. You're just voluntarily surrendering all your rights if you do.

Comment: Re:I thought the DMCA is American Law (Score 1) 389

But the DMCA itself is quite applicable to youtube.com, an American company primarily operating within US borders.

I suppose EU member state citizens can post their videos on video sites outside of US-hosted ones, but if they choose to play in the DMCA's playground, they can't be surprised when they turn out to be susceptible to DMCA bullying.

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