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Comment: This doesn't do me any good. (Score 2) 173

by lhuiz (#47222217) Attached to: The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant
Well, that's too bad, because I for one am not in the possession of fourth amendment protections. So as much as I think this is a wise and important verdict - irrespective of all the poisonous trees and parallel constructions - the US to me represents a clear and present danger to my privacy and my liberty.

+ - City of Antwerp looking to track worker's location through tablets->

Submitted by lhuiz
lhuiz (614322) writes "Using a tablet handed to you by your employer much? If you are, it might be used against you some day. Belgian daily newspaper De Morgen reports that the City of Antwerp is planning to monitor the location of their workers through the tablets they have handed out. That way, they can determine if nobody is sneaking down to the pub when they should be behind their desks. The monitoring might already have been used in ongoing court cases against personel. A City of Antwerp spokesperson claims they are very concerned with the privacy of their workers, but want to go ahead anyway. Weirdly, some people, e.g. the trade union, seem to be less than enthousiastic. Text in Dutch."
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+ - Australian parliament scared of ACTA?-> 1

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lhuiz writes "A committee of the Australian House of Representatives said in a report today that Australia would be wise not to rush into adopting ACTA. They feel they should take into account opposition in similar countries, like the EU. Oz has long been one of the countries most willing to extend protection of intellectual rights — if they start to stall, ACTA might not make it to 6 signatories. This would mean that ACTA will never be activated."
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+ - Lying Online No Longer a Crime in RI->

Submitted by stevegee58
stevegee58 (1179505) writes "In an outbreak of common sense, Rhode Island repealed an obscure law enacted in 1989 that made it a crime to lie in online postings. Violations of this law carried a maximum penalty of $500 and up to a year in prison.

From the article:

""This law made virtually the entire population of Rhode Island a criminal," said Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union. "When this bill was enacted nobody had any idea what its ramifications were. Telling fibs may be wrong, but it shouldn't be criminal activity."

The law aimed to stop fraud, con artists and scammers, but also outlawed the "transmission of false data" regardless of whether liars stood to profit from their deception or not.""

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Comment: Re:Minimum Sentences (Score 1) 147

by lhuiz (#39506959) Attached to: European Law Could Give Hackers Mimimum Two-Year Sentence
There will not be a minimum sentence. Just a minumum for the maximum sentence. Difficult concept, but the idea is that each member state will have a maximum prison sentence of at least 2 years. Judges will be free to sentence someone to a month, if they so choose. Member States can also choose to have a maximum prison sentence of more than 2 years, but not less than 2 years.

Comment: Re:Minimum Sentences (Score 1) 147

by lhuiz (#39506931) Attached to: European Law Could Give Hackers Mimimum Two-Year Sentence
This is a misinterpretation of the new rule. European law typically defines minimum values for maximum sentences. So: all member states will adopt a law that sets a maximum sentence of at least x years. There will not be a minimum sentence, since that is unconstitutional in a lot of countries.

+ - Study: Downloading benefits musician

Submitted by lhuiz
lhuiz (614322) writes "A study by two students of the Norwegian School of Management BI in Oslo have found that on average the income of musicians has increased by 66% sinds 1999, despite the musicians claiming to feel the negative effects of downloading in their wallets as well as falling CD sales. The only losers the study could identify was the record industry."

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