The jury can then weigh Lamo's credibility
To what jury are you referring? Manning isn't going to see a typical court proceeding. The Fifth Ammendment to the Constitution negates his right to due process, trial by jury, etc. I certainly would like to see his case go to a public trial, but that's not in the cards here.
... when he says that one of the reasons the iPhone won't run Flash is because it doesn't have the processing power.
You're telling me it can have the power needed to do something like this - analyze an image for text, decode it, put sentences together, translate, match the most appropriate font and colours, scrub the original text, render the new text at the appropriate angle and position - but not to play Flash movies. I call bullshit.
No, this demonstrates what can be done when people write code using libraries that are compiled for a very specific hardware spec. Whereas Flash performs in a very un-optimized hardware-abstracted manner, it requires a lot of extra CPU to perform even the most rudimentary tasks.
You get back to me when this is implemented via Flash on Android and let's just see how long the battery lasts on your phone.
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That ain't necessarily so. 35 miles offshore, depending on the bearing, could very well put it within 12 miles of Catalina or one of the other channel islands... which would be US territorial waters. Unless you have the actual lat & long of the launch and have plotted it on a chart, you're talking out your ass here.
I only have the information provided by the linked article which describes the launch zone as 35 miles 'out to sea'. I did not look at the graphic in the article that clearly shows Catalina and other islands in close proximity to the launch. It is very plausible that the launch occurred from within US Territorial Waters.
Also, you get to destroy submarines that don't identify themselves? I wish I had known that when I was in the Navy, because we would have destroyed several! Unfortunately, most of them would have turned out to be our own. Submarines don't go around identifying themselves, and even if they don't, it doesn't mean you can shoot them. Seriously.
I was really just referring to the protection afforded by the 'Law of Nations'...
The Law of Nations does not include any rules regarding the claim of vessels to sail under certain maritime flag, but imposes the duty upon every State having a maritime flag to stipulate by its own Municipal Laws the conditions to be fulfilled by those vessels which wish to sail under its flag. In the interest of order on the open sea, a vessel not sailing under the maritime flag of a State enjoys no protection whatever, for the freedom of navigation on the open sea is freedom for such vessels only as sail under the flag of a State. But a State is absolutely independent in framing the rules concerning the claim of vessels to its flag. It can in particular authorise such vessels to sail under its flag as are the property of foreign subjects; but such foreign vessels sailing under its flag fall thereby under its jurisdiction.
Just because you didn't fire on unknown watercraft while you were in the NAVY doesn't mean that it was illegal to do so. I hate that our country has decided that if a person is captured without a formal uniform of a recognized state, that person can be tortured and held indefinitely as an 'Enemy Combatant.' The same interpretation would apply to any unmarked watercraft in international waters.
Maybe your mates didn't sink unmarked subs, but that was probably because you really had a good idea that they belonged to one of several entities (including the US) that we don't want to start a fight with. Now we've got a situation where an unknown submarine has done something uncharacteristic of subs belonging to every single aforementioned entity. It's a bit of a different playing field to be sure.
A 'hostile' sub 35 miles away from US Coast wouldn't be met with a slap on the knee and a response of "you totally got us!". It would be destroyed with impunity. Subs are expensive, you don't risk losing them on a mission that amounts to showing off.
I'm not so certain that maritime law would allow the US to respond with violence for firing a missile from outside US territorial waters and the trajectory of the weapon never crosses US water or soil. According to wikipedia, foreign nuclear subs are even allowed passage within US territorial waters and are not "destroyed with impunity" on sight. In this case, however, the missile was launched from 35 nautical miles offshore, which would put it in international waters.
The territorial sea is regarded as the sovereign territory of the state, although foreign ships (both military and civilian) are allowed innocent passage through it; this sovereignty also extends to the airspace over and seabed below.
I suspect this was the act of a foreign entity demonstrating a newly-developed capability to the United States. If the submarine doesn't identify its country of origin, then the US would be allowed to destroy it with impunity in international waters.
I also suspect the US knows exactly who did this and knew prior to the incident and was able to discretely provide advance warning to the other superpowers. There are probably a mixture of reasons the US is playing dumb on the identity of the launcher.
....made easier due to the rapid churn of handset specs as they get steadily faster and cheaper.
I think you misspelled the words 'more complicated' as 'easier' in the above sentence.
What app developer is really confident that their app is going to drive the spec of the handset?!? This tweeting app developer understands that the offerings are already competitive in the space for twapps, so widespread availability is critical to get a foothold in the market. Those guys aren't thinking, "Oh screw all these colorful versions of Android phones and OS's. Let's release a baseline version of our tweeting app and let the phone plan subscribers come back to us in a year or two when their phones get replaced with a version that can run it. We'll drive the phones to match our chosen spec with our twapp."
Denying the holocaust is a crime in many countries
Fortunately, there is Iran, who hosted a recent Holocaust denier's conference attended by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, David Duke, among other revisionist-history luminaries. And in Iran, denying the Holocaust is not only legal, but popular.
Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun