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Comment: searching rights? (Score 1) 1044

by mckniffen (#26534275) Attached to: 6 Pennsylvania Teens Face Child Porn Charges For Pics of Selves
I know school administration has the right to seize a student's phone, but isn't a little questionable to actually poke through the phone enough to look at all the pictures they have on it. IANAL, but that seems like illegal search with out reason to me. If I'm wrong please explain why.
The Courts

+ - eBay 'scammer' animations imply linux = scammer OS

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inflex writes "While going through some eBay pages today it was noticed that eBay has an anti-scammer / dunk-the-scammer flash animation showing a Witch 'zapping' an evil glasses-wearing scammer on a laptop. The laptop itself is adorned with two stickers, one saying "Phishing since '02" and the other is a small 'tux' logo.

Is there any law against this? The tux logo is strongly associated with Linux. Why isn't there any other OS logo, or more importantly, why was the tux put there in the first place! (I'd be curious to see how long the use of OS X, Windows or Solaris logos would have lasted)."

+ - Who Owns Google Search Terms?

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Law Student
Law Student writes "I'm a law student taking an intellectual property course at the University of Texas at Austin. I've recently learned that in order to prove copyright infringement in a civil suit, a plaintiff need not establish that an alleged infringer knowingly copied the protected work in question; rather, unknowing copying is enough. This obviously puts something of a burden on creators of new works to ensure that their purportedly new works don't infringe upon pre-existing copyright. I've written some lyrics to a tune I also wrote. My gut reaction is to google phrases from the lyrics in quotations to test their originality. However, I'm hesitant to do so becuase I'm not sure whether Google might have a valid claim of ownership (worst-case scenario), or whether those lyrics might arguably pass into the public domain once submitted (not quite as bad). Any IP attorneys or others out there who could shed some light on this issue?"

+ - Analog TV cards banned by FCC as of yesterday

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Beginning yesterday, the FCC requirement went in to effect that 'All TV receiving devices sold must possess the capability of supporting digital television signals.' NVidia has already discontinued their fairly new and very popular DualTV MCE ( card, and soon all Non-ATSC cards will be gone from shelves and available only on Ebay."

+ - Why DRM Cannot Open Up New Business Models

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Techdirt has a cool post up that doesn't just explain why DRM is bad, but gives a really interesting economic explanation for why DRM cannot create successful new business models. Since the RIAA and MPAA keep insisting that DRM will create new business models, it's useful to see an argument for why that's basically impossible."

+ - Google employee perks versus state prison perks

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Wee writes "Google recently topped Fortune's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" partly due to its huge set of employee perks. But who really has the best perks: Google or your local state prison?

Mike Nicholson wrote a cleverly humorous article on Google employee perks compared to the stuff that prisoners are entitled to. The verdict? If you're really after perks, you should commit a major crime rather than work for Google."

+ - Al Gore use 20x more electricity per year

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last night, Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh — more than 20 times the national average. ticle_id=367"

+ - New Controversy over Black Hat presentation

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uniquebydegrees writes "InfoWorld is reporting about a new controversy swirling around a planned presentation at Black Hat Federal in Washington D.C. this week. Security researcher Chris Paget of IOActive will demo an RFID hacking tool that can crack HID brand door access cards. HID Corp., which makes the cards, is miffed and is accusing IOActive of patent infringement over the presentation, recalling the legal wrangling over Michael Lynn's presentation of a Cisco IOS hole at Black Hat in 2005. Black Hat's Jeff Moss says they're standing by their speaker. A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow AM. Read it here: atrfid_1.html"

+ - Keyloggers Installed via Windows Update Service?

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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. _WGA_preinstalled"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - 12 Games from the Year 2010

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Mike Michelson
Mike Michelson writes "Or at least, the ones a bunch of gamers got together and dreamed up screenshots for. This article really begs the question of just what developers will be getting out of our consoles three years from now. And whether these games are hopeless wishful thinking or not, it sure is fun to think about."
PC Games (Games)

+ - How to Get Yourself Permanently Banned

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Stinkerbelle writes " is covering a story of a dedicated World of Warcraft player and the royal screwing he received at the hands of a gold-selling company. The goblin staffers give the scoop on how Booz the Mage got used, lied to, mistreated, and even managed to get all his accounts permanently banned from World of Warcraft. On top of everything else, Booz paid them to do it to him."

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.