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+ - Holder Severely limits Civil Forfeiture->

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "As most people know, the US has for quite some time let police steal pretty much anything they wanted to, forcing you to (expensively) go to court to get back your stuff. Most of the problems came about because the Federal government let the local cops keep most of what they took.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, has changed the rules of that program, making it more difficult for the police to do it under the federal program. They can still use local state programs, but that accounts for only about 57% of the cash taken. Note he did not end the program entirely, he left in some excepts that amounted to about 1% of the current federal program. Still with this action he will have struck a serious blow to a despicable practice that serious newspapers and comedy TV shows decried as nothing more than legalized theft."

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+ - Zero deaths caused vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbs in 2013, as expected

Submitted by turning in circles
turning in circles (2882659) writes "Naturopaths are touting the fact that dietary supplements including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, algae, etc., were not the cause of any deaths in 2013 . I am not clear on why they are touting this. I always understood the knock against naturopathic remedies is they don't work. If they had any significant biological activity, some bozo could have overdosed on them but no one did. What is /.'s take?"

Comment: Re:News for nerds, stuff that matters... (Score 1) 778

Helicopter parenting does not produce nerds. Nerds are people who love something so much they learn all about it and are totally engrossed by it (defnition by Wil Wheaton at some convention). Parents can push you, but they can't push you into true nerd-dom. My personal corollary: to be a true nerd, there has to be a large element of inutility in the subject. Klingon translator does not land you jobs. I'm a little bit of a weather nerd; the weather in Montgomery County on December 20th was high 35, low of 19, sunset at 4:48. I wouldn't want them walking home in the dark, without winter jackets, and unable to describe which way home was. Assuming the kids had jackets on and it was daylight, and they knew the route, somebody needs to take a chill pill.

Comment: Re:This could be fun.... (Score 1) 164

by turning in circles (#48813825) Attached to: Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor
Just as not only one person thought of 3D printing a gun, lots of groups have had the idea to 3D print the output of medical imaging (e.g. and One company has even gotten FDA medical device approval ( and one man printed his tumor before and after chemotherapy (

So my point is, this is /.-worthy news?

Comment: Re:what language is (Score 1) 154

by turning in circles (#48813697) Attached to: Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools
No, more important that using language to make tools is using language to get other people to gape at you while you use tools. How many times have I heard, "Honey, can you pass me that screwdriver/nail/hammer/allen wrench/Manly Item so you will know how Manly I am"?

Comment: Re:islam - Ferguson (Score 1) 1350

by turning in circles (#48757391) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
The answer is to hunt down, arrest, and prosecute the people who perform terrorist acts, whether they are doing it for the glory of Islam or because they hate all police officers, or because they think all black youth are criminals, or because they think Israel the state should not exist, or because they were following terrorist orders from superiors. Sometimes terrorists do have a point, but nobody including would-be terrorists has the right to use terrorism to make their point.

Comment: Re: News at 11.. (Score 1) 719

The fact that it is trivially easy to break a law is not, actually, a defense. The fact that you believe a law to be wrong does give you the right to break the law and turn yourself in and argue the law is wrong in court. It does not give you the moral authority to argue that it is right to break the law and just get away with it for free. Would Ghandi be a freedom fighter if he stole salt and didn't go to jail for it? Another option is to run for office or support those running for office to change the law. Stealing and patting yourself on the back is still stealing.

Comment: Re:News at 11.. (Score 0) 719

Copyright infringement is theft because it denies a copyright owner the ability to sell the product for which they have the copyright and thus they lose money. If I sell a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag that looks like a real one to Madame A, I am depriving Louis Vuitton the right to sell a real bag to Madame A. This is copyright infringement; you lose money and I go to jail. If I give away a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag to Madame A, I am still depriving Louis Vuitton the ability to sell the bag. I suffer monetary loss from your actions. Copyright infringement with no physical handbag is completely equivalent - except worse, because at least the knock-off Louis Vuitton bags are lower quality than the real deal and for digital copyright infringement, the copy is as good as the original. Many have posted on this issue: it is the settled law of the land.

Comment: Re:Well, it's not mayonaise ... (Score 1) 145

The European Union has a very specific definition of mayonnaise that includes emulsified oils and eggs, and in the EU, food ingredients in named foods are enforced. Here there is a consumer awareness standard of reasonability in play, or I think that is the case. Would a consumer be fooled into thinking there were eggs here?

Comment: Does Shortening a name change it? (Score 2) 145

Hi, I assume you argue that "Mayo" is a different word than "Mayonnaise," so there is no problem marketing "Just Mayo" or "Chipotle Mayo" as a mayonnaise substitute (without the word "substitute" on the front of the label). How would you feel about going to the store and getting some "OJ" that had no juice from oranges? If I read a label that said "Just OJ", I would assume it had only orange juice.

How would you feel about putting an image of eggs and a cross through them or some other way to quickly identify this is eggless mayonnaise substitute, and not mayonnaise?

+ - Volunteer work for for-profit companies is illegal in California

Submitted by billrp
billrp (1530055) writes "It seems it's illegal to provide volunteer work for a for-profit company in California. You must be compensated for your time, and of course taxes must be withheld. Here's a story about a small winery that was recently busted:

But what about all the user data that is collected by Facebook, Google, etc.without compensation and then sold to advertisers?"

Are we running light with overbyte?