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Comment Re:The Rise of Non-Profit News (Score 3, Insightful) 16

You're right to an extent (the news cannot be free as in beer), but the nation-wide non-profit online only experiment that I was referring to is really more aimed at the kind of reporting you are talking about. See: The Voice of San Diego, The MinnPost, and The St. Louis Beacon for examples. Non-profit, local newspapers going 100% online and depending on their communities for support (with maybe some ad sales on the side). All of them are doing hard news coverage and in some cases are doing it better than their city's major daily paper.

Also, your local NPR station has long operated on the model that you just described, providing the kind of coverage that you've described.

The model may not yet be proven for "print" but it is certainly being tested, and seems to be holding up pretty well.

Comment The Rise of Non-Profit News (Score 5, Interesting) 16

The non-profit, online-only journalism model is being tested out across the country to some notable success. Granted, the orgs tend to partner with print and TV media to get their stories a wider audience (like ProPublica has done with the NYT, NPR and FrontLine), but the non-profit membership model of news gathering (like your local NPR affiliate or like ProPublica) is gaining steam.

Freedom of the press doesn't guarantee quality, which is what I think we all want. Put your money where your eyeballs are and throw a few bucks at ProPublica if you admire their work.

I don't work for them, btw... just a fan.

Submission + - Jail Mail May Fail (

loteck writes: A county jail department is quietly planning to dismantle an inmate email system, reports San Diego CityBeat:

Launched in 2007, the e-mail system allows users on the outside to send short messages to inmates via the Internet for free. Jail staff prints these messages and distributes them to the detainees, though the inmates cannot use the same system to respond.

The advisory group responsible for the system isn't required to notify the public of its meetings and no public comments are sought, according to the article.

Comment Re:Also Naive (Score 1) 368

Because cyber-crime doesn't refer to a mere specialized type of crime, but an entirely different paradigm. This new paradigm of crime not only requires completely new types of training and skill-building, it will require well-written and clear laws that don't yet exist if we're ever going to get out of the "wild west" in which we currently reside.

Giving it a label helps to identify it and differentiate it, which is probably beneficial.

Comment Naive (Score 5, Insightful) 368

We call it cyber-crime because of the special skills and knowledge required to appropriately investigate and prosecute it. I really don't want a beat cop who makes arrests for street muggings responsible for investigating high-tech crime. Specially trained members of law enforcement will probably be required to enforce especially complex types of crime.

Comment Re:Not a mistake? (Score 3, Informative) 454

Which is why they should be damn sure of their accusations before they issued the warrant, otherwise they may end up causing irreparable harm to the victim of the false accusation. If there is a process for reviewing a lower-prosecutor's decision to issue a warrant, that process should be completed PRIOR to the issuance of the warrant.

Comment Re:Talking to one of those who worked on the case. (Score 0, Redundant) 159

"One thing we have got to change in our strategy - allowing Office documents to be rendered well by others people browser is one of the most destructive things we could do to the company. We have to stop putting any effort into this and make sure that Office documents very well depends on PROPIETARY IE capabilities" -Bill Gates

Music to Google's ears.

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