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Comment Ridiculous decision (Score 1) 363

Did anyone commenting here actually read TFA (specifically, the court ruling)?
The reasoning for why the conviction was quashed had absolutely nothing to do with cached images. It was quashed because the police were ruled to have conducted an illegal (as per the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) search, despite having a search warrant to search for possession of child pornography.

Essentially, this is what happened:
1) Technician shows up to install an Internet connection on accused computer.
2) Technician notices probable child porn links in IE favourites (along with other legal porn links), and sees (legal) porn image, either on browser homepage or desktop. Technician also notices webcam hooked up to VCR (turned off at the time) directed at accused's 3 year old child.
3) Technician returns next day to finish work, and finds computer had been formatted.
4) Technician reports to social worker about possible child abuse. Social worker in turn informs RCMP.
5) Police obtain search warrant based on technician's observations.
6) (Four months after technician's initial visit) Police search accused's home, and find child pornography.

The court essentially ruled that the technician's observations did not legally justify a search. And I find this patently ridiculous.


After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."

Comment Piss poor moves by both Microsoft and Mozilla (Score 1) 275

This whole thing was handled piss poor by both Microsoft and Mozilla.

First off, WHY did MS install a FF plugin which cannot be disabled/uninstalled by normal means? And why does FF ALLOW plugins to have this functionality?

But onto the core issue.. why is Mozilla disabling the plugin AFTER THE FLAW HAS ALREADY BEEN PATCHED BY MICROSOFT??!

The proper way Mozilla should have went about this if they were concerned with users who have not patched their systems (and on that note - MS calling it an IE update was a BAD IDEA as well, since it doesn't only affect IE..) would be as follows:
1) If system has been patched (check .dll versions or something which would indicate patch installed..), LEAVE IT ALONE.
2) If not, pop up a message saying there is a vulnerability, and suggest it is a VERY GOOD IDEA to either:
a) Allow FF to disable the extension, but if not..
b) STRONGLY RECOMMEND the user apply the security update.

And if this is not possible in the current version of FF, push out an update (installed only with consent/auto updates enabled..) WITH FUNCTIONALITY TO ALLOW THIS.

I think it is DOWNRIGHT SCARY - on par with the Amazon Kindle 1984 debacle - that Mozilla has the ability to disable plugins on MY COMPUTER without my knowledge or consent.

I'm done now.. I feel a bit better.

Comment You do the crime, you do the time. (Score -1, Flamebait) 576

Alan Turing did many great things.. but he did break the law of the land at the time which prohibited sodomy. I don't believe that people who are famous should be treated lightly by the law, and so his punishment was fair and reasonable under the circumstances.. no apology is necessary.

Comment Re:Now... (Score 1) 142

It's not so much voting, per se.. it's that the business of actually governing the country shuts down during an election (all existing legislation dies on the order paper).. and then there's the massive cost ($300M I've heard cited) to boot.

We need to allow the elected government to have a chance to actually implement some of the things they've promised to do. I don't think anyone is particularly happy with how Harper has governed so far, but personally, I'm not convinced we have a better alternative (the coalition, headed by that buffoon Dion, certainly would NOT be better..)

Comment Re:What are the lawyers thinking? (Score 1) 793

why it was assumed that they were entitled to recover statutory damages (as opposed to actual damages) at all

To my understanding, statutory damages absolutely apply - in fact, they're more or less tailor made for these situations, given it is more or less impossible (without wiretapping, at least) to know how many times a defendant has uploaded songs (and thus, impossible to know actual damages).

But then again, I'm not a lawyer.. I use common sense :->

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