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The Courts

Submission + - Teacher's conviction for porn popups set aside (

scaridicat writes: Julie Amero, the substitute teacher convicted of four felony counts when a computer in her classroom subjected seventh-graders to pornographic images, has been granted a new trial in light of fresh forensic information that came to light following her first trial.

In setting aside the conviction on Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Hillary B. Strackbein ruled that the prosecution's expert computer witness, a Norwich police detective, provided "erroneous" testimony about the classroom computer, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. She cited a forensic computer analysis conducted after the trial by the state police crime lab, which she said "contradicts testimony of the state's computer witness."

At Wednesday's hearing, Assistant State Attorney David Smith — who during the trial argued the evidence was "clear cut" that Amero had caused the pornography to appear on the computer — acknowledged that erroneous information concerning the computer was presented to the jury. He said the state would take no position on Amero's motion for a new trial, an indication she will not be tried again.

"A great weight has been lifted off my back," a tearful Amero, 40, said following the ruling.


Submission + - Online shoppers will pay more for privacy (

Caroline Matische writes: "People are willing to pay more to buy items from online retailers who make their privacy policies clear, a new Carnegie Mellon University study showed. People were more likely to buy from online merchants with good privacy policies and were also willing to pay about 60 cents extra on a $15 purchase when buying from a site with a privacy policy they liked."

Submission + - Jericho Cancellation Reconsidered

Barkmullz writes: Fans trumpeting the cause of CBS' canceled drama "Jericho" have caught the network's ear (covered previously by Slashdot).CBS, deluged with calls, messages and shipments of nuts signifying viewer displeasure, is reconsidering its decision. A decision on whether to bring the show back, probably for a midseason run, is imminent.
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Submission + - LOLCODE: scripting code for a new generation

Tumbleweed writes: " LOLCODE is a new scripting language being designed to more closely match current trends in language grammar and syntax; LOLCODE will likely appeal to a new generation of web coders.

LOLCODE features keywords like these: can-has, gimmeh, hai, i-has-a, im-in-yr, im-outta-yr, kthxbye and
visible. My favourite example:

        YA RLY
                BTW this is true
                VISIBLE "BIG NUMBER!"
        NO WAI
                BTW this is false
                VISIBLE "LITTLE NUMBER!"

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