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In France, Only Journalists Can Film Violence 531

BostonBTS sends word that the French Constitutional Council has just made it illegal to film violence unless you are a professional journalist (or to distribute a video containing violence). The law was approved exactly 16 years after amateur videographer George Holliday filmed Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King. The Council was tidying up a body of law about offenses against the public order, and wanted to ban "happy slapping." A charitable reading would be that the lawmakers stumbled into unintended consequences. Not according to Pascal Cohet, a spokesman for French online civil liberties group Odebi: "The broad drafting of the law so as to criminalize the activities of citizen journalists unrelated to the perpetrators of violent acts is no accident, but rather a deliberate decision by the authorities, said [Cohet]. He is concerned that the law, and others still being debated, will lead to the creation of a parallel judicial system controlling the publication of information on the Internet."

Submission + - Eavesdropping O.K. says Committee

ShoeUnited writes: "I was reading today in the AP about an article that says it is ok for Pres. Bush to use electronic eavesdropping.

To quote the article:
"A White House privacy board has determined that two of the Bush administration's controversial surveillance programs do not violate citizens' civil liberties. After operating mostly in secret for a year, the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Board is to release its first report to Congress next week.""

Submission + - Including security codes in battery packs

Alan Smith, Sr. writes: ""Battery packs are just one common consumer application that's making use of highly sophisticated hashing algorithms to validate their use." Thats a quote from the 3/5 EDN Is there really a reason to put a security system in a 9V battery? Com'on...lets be serious. Or..are they?"

Submission + - SPAM: An architectural plan of the cell

FiReaNGeL writes: "Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Colorado have now obtained the first 3D visualization of a complete eukaryotic cell at a resolution high enough to resolve the cytoskeleton's precise architectural plan in fission yeast. The image of this unicellular organism reveals remarkable insights into the fine structure of the cytoskeleton as well as its interactions with other parts of the cell. "Our 3D image of fission yeast can serve as a reference map of the cell for all biologists interested in its architecture," says Johanna Höög. "You can extract information about all sorts of cellular structures and processes from it or use it to place findings into the spatial context of the cell.""

Submission + - Pioneer in Global Warming Reasearch Now Skeptical

The Underwriter writes: Article from Canada's National Post, March 2, 2007

"Claude Allegre, one of France's leading socialists and among her most celebrated scientists, was among the first to sound the alarm about the dangers of global warming.

"Fifteen years ago, Dr. Allegre was among the 1500 prominent scientists who signed 'World Scientists' Warning to Humanity' (Wikipedia), a highly publicized letter stressing that global warming's 'potential risks are very great' and demanding a new caring ethic that recognizes the globe's fragility in order to stave off 'spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic and environmental collapse.'"

In light of the volumes of research conducted since then, Dr. Allegre recently renounced his previous views. He now believes global warming is "over-hyped and an environmental concern of second rank."

" 'The cause of this climate change is unknown,' he states matter of factly. There is no basis for saying, as most do, that the 'science is settled.' "

Part 13 of the National Post's "Deniers" series, about scientists who contradict the majority opinion on climate science.

Submission + - Egyptian jailed for blogging

Guzzitza writes: Abdel Karim Suleiman, a 22-year-old blogger and former law student at al-Azhar Islamic university, became the first Egyptian jailed for his blogging when he was handed a four-year prison sentence. s-beware/2007/03/06/1173156498381.html/

FTA: "Suleiman accused the conservative Sunni institution of promoting extremist thought and described some companions of the Prophet Mohammed as "terrorists". He also compared President Hosni Mubarak to the dictatorial Pharaohs of ancient Egypt."

Abdel Karim Suleiman was handed a 4 year prison sentence,as a result the international group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has added Egypt to its list of internet Black Holes.
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - SOE Striving to progress Star Wars Galaxies

Achan writes: Star Wars Galaxies Forums show us leadership changes are underway. Julio Torres has been removed and we see the game has no clear direction now. DeadMeat tells us there are no plans for an expansion in 2007, there are no plans for updating space content, and asks people for their feedback. They ask for player feedback, however the first thing noticed in the thread is excessive deletions of postings, and telling people they will not role back to pre-nge, the highly controversial changes that almost killed the game. However they still boast they are proud of the current game. Noticeably, SOE responses are much friendlier than in the past. After reading all SOE posts in this thread, one can assume they are working with a low budget and skeleton crew, thoughts?

Feed Navy Researches Vomit Beam (

Set phasers to "puke"? The military works on a weapon that makes people so dizzy they fall over and throw up. It can supposedly shoot through walls, too. In Danger Room.


Submission + - Reports from IBM-SCO hearings

UnknowingFool writes: "There are reports from two hearings in the IBM-SCO case on Groklaw. Both hearings dealt with motions for summary judgment initiated by IBM. The first hearing was on March 1 regarding IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Third Cause of Action For Breach of Contract and IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Copyright Claim. The second was on March 5 and involved IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on on SCO's Unfair Competition Claims (SCO's Sixth Cause of Action) and IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Interference Claims (SCO's Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Causes of Action). Judge Kimball took all motions under advisement.

The first motion (Action For Breach of Contract) is where SCO claims that IBM breached their AIX contract by donating JFS, RCU, LTP, and "Negative Know-How" to Linux. IBM's main argument for summary judgment in their favor was that this was IBM's original code and they had full right to do with it what they wanted. Contrary to what SCO argues, none of the parties of the original contract (AT&T, Novell,Sequent) ever meant that AT&T (and its successors) would ever control original code. SCO responded that was for a jury to decide because one person gave conflicting testimony in one instance and other minor reasons.

The second motion (SCO's Copyright Claim) is the one where SCO claims IBM infringed its copyright by continuing to distribute AIX after SCO purportedly terminated their rights. IBM: SCO has yet to identify code that qualifies as a breach of the contract; SCO cannot terminate the "irrevocable and perpetual" license; SCO cannot prove it holds the copyrights at issue because Novell owns some copyrights and oldSCO assigned the rest to UnitedLinux; and SCO misused its copyrights. SCO: "irrevocable and perpetual" only applied to use not to the whole contract. SCO can still terminate. UnitedLinux means nothing because SCO didn't know the code was in there.

For the third claim (Unfair Competition), IBM keeps hammering at the same point. SCO has produced no evidence to support their claim. Anyway, their agreement with the oldSCO limited any disputes to two years and that IBM never hid its intentions to use Project Monterrey in AIX. SCO has not shown that it was damaged by IBM at all. SCO responded by mentioning someone from IBM threatened Darl McBride and tried to introduce hearsay from a third party relayed to Darl about IBM's intents.

For the fourth claim (Interference), SCO claims that IBM interfered with their business with 177 companies. But SCO claims that IBM only contacted 7 of the 177. Of the 7, all of them state that IBM had no influence in their relationship with SCO. Even if IBM did influence them, there is no law against it. SCO did not respond directly to the arguments but referred to their timeline of events and that there were enough disputed facts for a jury."

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