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Submission + - LHC physicist arrested on terrorism charges

ErichTheWebGuy writes: A nuclear physicist working on the "large collider" experiment to simulate the Big Bang has been arrested in France on suspicion of advising al-Qa'ida on possible terrorist targets.

The 32-year-old French scientist, of Algerian origin, is being held with his younger brother after being trailed, and bugged, by French anti-terrorist police for more than a year.

A judicial source told the newspaper Le Figaro: "This is very high level." The French Interior Minister, Brice Hortefeux, said that the investigation "may perhaps show that we have prevented the worst".

The scientist, who was not immediately named, was arrested alongside his brother near Lyons on Thursday on suspicion of having contacts with al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, or Aqim. He was said to have been suspected of giving advice on possible nuclear targets within France.

Comment Re:Sounds like a great opportunity (Score 1) 412

An excerpt from the TOS:

Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party.

"In Comb v. PayPal, Inc., 218 F. Supp. 2d 1165 (N.D. Cal. 2002), two subscribers and one nonsubscriber to PayPal's electronic disbursement service sued PayPal..."

The arbitration clause prohibited any consolidation of consumer claims. The court found this unconscionable because in practice most claims would involve consumers seeking a small amount of money and the costs of recovering those funds would be so high it would create the "potential for millions of customers to be overcharged small amounts without an effective method of redress."...

Comment Re:Sounds like a great opportunity (Score 4, Interesting) 412

I agree. Years ago PayPal had this in their terms of service. In addition they had a stipulation that you could only sue them in their home state, which I now I forget.

At the time people were having bogus charges taken out of their accounts, we'll say $100, and because you couldn't form a class action it wasn't worth the money to sue them independently.

Some people did get together and sue them over not being able to form a class action and it was ruled that their TOS weren't fair or some such.

I could go dig through my old Cyberlaw book if anyone is interested but I can't remember the specifics off the top of my head.

Comment Re:Legalization (Score 1) 647

This could go a long way towards treating other drugs like alcohol for driving purposes. One of the major roadblocks in legalization was no field test for driving while impaired.

They do have tests for testing whether or not you're impaired. I've heard people mention this before in that "but if you're stoned you can still pass the field sobriety tests". If you pass the sobriety tests then you aren't really impaired, are you?

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 298

IMO the first two were great. It's when he got the brilliant idea of directing AND writing the screenplay for the third movie that it sucked the hard one.

While I enjoy the Evil Dead movies I'll never understand what made him think he was qualified to write the screenplay for Spiderman. He totally ruined it.

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