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Comment: Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (Score 1) 307

Not so. For example here is the privacy statement from a well-known university:

Privacy of Information
Information stored on a computer system or sent electronically over a network is the property of the individual who created it. Examination, collection, or dissemination of that information without authorization from the owner is a violation of the ownerâ(TM)s rights to control his or her own property. Systems administrators, however, may gain access to usersâ(TM) data or programs when it is necessary to maintain or prevent damage to systems or to ensure compliance with other University rules.

Comment: Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (Score 0) 307

OK with which part? Trying to repress work of scientists for political ends or trying to preserve their work for future study?

One is the despicable work of slimeballs trying to supress scientific inquiry or just simply punish people who have ideas they don't like, and the other is the work of archivists and libraries.

Clearly we have the former going right now. Fortunately the courts came to the right conclusion.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 5, Interesting) 630

1. Ex post facto limitations apply to criminal cases, not civil cases.

2. Bills of attainder applies to a specific person or group of persons. I.e. a law saying Joe at 123 Maple Street has to pay 50% of his money to Small Town DPW. In England they were used to execute people, i.e. the govt would pass a law saying Bill will be executed such and such a day.

3. The problem here is due process IF they can't show you the records to justify the seizure. That's really really bad news.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner