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Cellphones

Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal 423

whisper_jeff writes "The US government on Monday announced new rules making it officially legal for iPhone owners to 'jailbreak' their device and run unauthorized third-party applications, as well as the ability to unlock any cell phone for use on multiple carriers." The EFF has further details on this and some of the other legal protections granted in the new rules.

Comment Re:is waterboarding next to get the info? (Score 1) 486

I just find it hard to believe that after the government tortures you that they are going to let you invoke any laws on your side. I think that the CIA has taught them different.

You are assuming that The Governments is an organ to work in a coordinated fashion: tens of thousands of people all working in perfect harmony to execute vile plans against the people; a borg of sorts.

The reality is that there are hundreds of different sub-organs each with their own agendas, that together form The Government. The law allows for many layers of appeal, and the judges in Brazil are independent to apply that law as they see fit. If a lawyer can show procedural faults, the suspect will be acquitted or at least can evade incarceration in freedom until the crime 'expires'.

Han-Wen
(not brazilian, but living there)

Biotech

Submission + - Parasite makes us dumber or sexier

odie_q writes: It has long been known that the Toxoplasma gondii parasite alters its host's behaviour, but now it seems the way it alters it depends on the sex of the host. From the article, "A common parasite can increase a women's attractiveness to the opposite sex but also make men more stupid, an Australian researcher says.", and further, "Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women. On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls."

So, next time you want to score with a chick, slip some... eh.. cat feces in her drink.
Enlightenment

Submission + - Ancient ice shelf breaks off from island

CDMA_Demo writes: "Several new websites are reporting that The Ayles, an ancient ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has broken off from Ellesmere Island. FOX News says: "The collapse was so powerful that earthquake monitors 155 miles away picked up tremors from it." Climate change is being blamed by scientists for the first such event in 30 years. (Amazing that Slashdot doesn't have a subsection on environment)."
Data Storage

Submission + - Hans Reiser to sell his company

DVega writes: Due to increasing legal costs, murder suspect Hans Reiser, is seeking to sell his company. His lawyer William DuBois said he is running out of money to pay for his defense. And added "This is a unique opportunity for someone to buy the company for pennies on the dollar. We welcome all vultures." This is a good opportunity to own a filesystem and rename after your own.

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