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Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers 361

Australian Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor has advised visitors to take a better safe than sorry policy when it comes to their porn stashes, and declare all porn that they think might be illegal with customs officers. From the article: "The government said it changed the wording on passenger arrival cards after becoming aware of confusion among travellers about what pornography to declare. 'People have a right to privacy and while some pornography is legal and does not need to be disclosed, all travellers should be aware that certain types of pornography are illegal and must be declared to customs,' Mr O'Connor said."

Comment Re:Film rules (Score 1) 359

Have you *used* any of the common photo sharing services? I use Flickr. The clients I've worked with that download full 12 megapixel images from my Nikon D90 and 60mm micro-nikkor images would take exception to your resolution characterization.

Flickr *does* has a limitation of JPG only, 20 megabyte maximum per file. I save everything at JPG compression level 12 (i.e. almost no compression) and only the most detail-rich images save out greater than 20megs.

I've had full double-page spreads printed from images the magazine downloaded from Flickr.

It's OK to be stuck in the past (I hate Facebook and Twitter, personally) but dude, at least understand what you're missing out on!

And yes, I've shot Kodachrome and wish my D90 produced images with that 'feel'.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 554

I'm pretty sure state funding for higher education in the USA has fallen to levels below 20% in many states. I know it's really REALLY low in California and tuition is skyrocketing as a result.

The state USED to pay for most of the universities 15-20-25 years ago. No longer. It's now the students, alumni, and research grants from various sources.

Comment Re:No different than any other sequestering (Score 1) 288

Your comment here is exactly why I will never serve on a jury. The last time I was on jury selection we were told to empty our minds of anything we ever knew about the facts surrounding the case and that the lawyers would present their version of reality. It wasn't just "don't go home and research" it was literally "oh, and you can't use any common sense, you have to judge based on the framework we create for you." Yeah, right. That's why they make sure to get the dumbest people on juries. I am a strong believer in Jury Nullification and feel that I am judging the law being applied as equally as the defendant on trial, as our system of laws is way more corrupt than most criminals.

Comment Re:US Border Laptop Searches (Score 1) 174

Are you fully aware of the controversy surrounding laptop searches at US Border points? Here is a quick article to get you up to speed:

Basically the current thinking out of the US Government is that you are in a legal no-mans land when you re-enter the USA and the 4th amendment does NOT apply to anyone until the US grants them entry into the USA. When you're at an international airport in the USA, all areas before immigration and customs are legally not inside the USA, or so the legal reasoning goes. Furthermore, you have no choice but to submit your laptop for them to copy. I don't even think you have the option of simply returning from where you came, either.

It's disgusting.

Comment Re:cultural information (Score 5, Insightful) 113

Everyone in the neighborhood saw it in the theatre and so didn't need to rent it from Netflix.

We saw it at the Castro theatre about halfway through its total run and it was a full upper balcony sellout. It really was an important film to see as together as a community and I was glad to have taken part in what I felt was a community viewing.

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

94 New Species Described By CA Academy of Sciences 52

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences traversed four continents and two oceans to uncover 94 new species in 2009, proving that while sometimes in this digital age the world can feel like a small place, much of it has yet to be explored. Among the 94 discoveries were 65 arthropods, 14 plants, 8 fishes, 5 sea slugs, one coral, and one fossil mammal. Why does it matter? As Dr. David Mindell, Dean of Science and Research Collections at the Academy, explained, 'Humans rely on healthy ecosystems, made up of organisms and their environments. Creating a comprehensive inventory of life on our planet is critical for understanding and managing resources. Yet a great many life-forms remain to be discovered and described.'"

Comment Re:Live With It (Score 5, Informative) 888

I've seen first-hand at two companies that he's got something to worry about. Not during the interview, but before. At my last two employers it was standard process to do a quick google/facebook check and discard any applicants showing anything remotely controversial as part of their public persona. When you get 500+ resumes for one position, you do everything you can to whittle that stack down BEFORE you start bringing people in for interviews.

I'm not saying I agree with any of it, just relaying my bit of anecdotal evidence.

Comment Re:Perspective (Score 1) 675

It sounds like you're not living the digital lifestyle. That's OK.

If you're living the digital lifestyle using VLC or other players would be second nature and you'd never turn your computer off. I've not turned my computer off in almost 10 years. Since I got an AppleTV, iTunes stays running all the time, too.

Comment Re:Legal Suggestions.... (Score 1) 958

If you report a potential copyright/licensing problem to the right people, and they conclude that it is in the best interest of shareholders to take no action, that's okay. In my view, you have fulfilled your responsibility to bring the issue to their attention. You can only do so much.

I thought that would make you complicit and therefore a party to the crime. I always thought that short of an indemnification letter, once you the lowly IT worker knows laws are being broken you have legal exposure, period.

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