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Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 210

If a police official cut off a lock and got sprayed by that, I wouldn't be surprised to see a DA pressing booby-trap charges, as well as civil charges being files.

Why the heck would a police officer be cutting your bike lock unless you are illegally parked? And if you are illegally parked, then yeah, that would be on you. So don't park illegally.

If a kid is around and sprayed, that would be injury to a child,

An "injury" to a child who is stealing a bike! I doubt they'd find a jury who'd convict on those grounds!

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 210

Is it even legal to use this in any developed country? Any sort of problem (a delay in the mechanism, failure or bystanders) and you got a terrorism charge.

I don't see why it would be illegal. If you don't want to get sprayed, don't steal bikes! And I don't see what you mean by "delay in the mechanism". It's a compressed gas that is released when you cut into the lock. There's really no mechanism involved here. And if bystanders are standing by watching while someone attempts to steal a bike, they deserve to get sprayed. And where exactly does terrorism come into this?

Comment He's also charged with money laundering. (Score 2) 77

Although I personally don't think the "crime" of money laundering should even exist, it does exist and it is a criminal matter. Even if secondary copyright infringement is a purely civil and not a criminal matter, he is also charged with money laundering and could be extradited on those grounds.

Comment Re:Fucking Yanks, world police. (Score 4, Informative) 209

C'mon Musk, get that Mars train running so all you fuckwit Yanks can fuck off and leave the rest of us alone.

Although I agree that generally the U.S. does tend to throw its weight around a little too much over the world, this case isn't a good example. The accused here was trading on U.S. markets. He may have been physically located in the U.K. at the time, but his actions took place in the U.S. It is fully appropriate that he stand trial in the U.S.

Comment Re:Bases were actually in Denmark (Score 2) 208

...the most damning part of this research was that it took place without Greenlands consent....

As the article points out, Greenland wasn't independent at the time; it was a possession of Denmark; and the bases were done with Denmark's knowledge and cooperation.

Exactly. When a country achieves independence from another, or acquires territory in other ways, it is generally accepted that they get the land AS IS. If there are any hidden surprises, it's now ultimately Greenland's responsibility. It's no different than if you buy a house and discover after the fact that there are toxic chemicals buried in the back yard that require costly cleanup. It is the responsibility of the current house's owner, not the previous owners of the property, to clean up the mess. That's partly why it is important to have thorough home inspections before buying a house.

Comment Re:Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 99

Local mall. Local police. Why is the FBI in on this gig?

Yeah for sure they shouldn't get another bite at the [encryption debate] Apple... but why are they even involved and why won't someone say "Hey they have no standing here. This was a simple case of a stabbing and a shooting and it's all local and the FBI has NO JURISmyDICTION here!!!" ?


ISIS claimed responsibility. They are an international terrorist organization. That automatically makes it federal jurisdiction.

Comment Re:The only thing FAA 702 covers... (Score 1) 50

The United States enumerates and protects BASIC HUMAN RIGHT for ALL PEOPLE, not just US Citizens. I don't know from where it originated the fallacy that the US Constitution applies only to US Citizens on US Soil. The Constitution prohibits the US violating the basic human rights of ALL PEOPLE, no matter where they are or of what nation they are a citizen.

Citation please? It's a nice idea, but if what you are saying were true, the U.S. would never be able to be at war with another country.

Comment Why is this illegal? (Score 1) 50

He faces up to five years in prison, but prosecutors are recommending a lesser sentence since he accepted responsibility, according to terms of the plea agreement.

I thought the U.S. had a third party consent doctrine, whereby no warrant is needed if your data is stored with a third party, in this case, Verizon. So, I don't understand what they're being charged with in this case.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 4, Insightful) 438

They act as if these are nuclear or biological weapons. There is no compelling interest in keeping plans for primitive 3D printed guns away from anyway, and there is no possible argument that there is.

Exactly. One can't help think there is a hidden agenda here of allowing the government better control of DOMESTIC gun possession. I certainly hope the Supreme Court reviews this case. This represents a huge blow for First Amendment rights, and seems at odds with previous rulings pertaining to source code of encryption software being ruled free speech despite ITAR regulations controlling the export of cryptography.

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