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Submission + - Obama commutes the sentence of Chelsea Manning (nytimes.com)

mi writes: President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, a sexually-confused army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted his administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.

The original 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 2) 347

technically, Obama can pardon him for certain crimes. But is unlikely to if he doesn't make a deal in 3 days. He'll still serve time in jail for any crimes not listed, but it's better than what Putin will eventually do to Snowden.

His best offer is likely to be a few years in federal jail in the US proper. He'd better reach out now. The door will close soon.

Comment This was a reasonable thing to do (Score 2) 347

The sentence was a bit harsh, and some of the methods used during interrogation and imprisonment, meant that a reduced sentence was reasonable.

Assange and Snowden need to make a deal now. Trump works for Russia, but he will hang them out to dry anyway, that's the kind of quisling he is.

Better the devil you know than the insane devil you don't know.

Comment VP8/VP9 free of MPEG LA threat; H.265 has 2 pools (Score 1) 84

For one thing, back in 2013, Google bought a one-time license from MPEG LA to sublicense MPEG LA-administered patents essential to VP8 and VP9.

For another, exactly how are you sure that there's not some submarine patent waiting to surprise everyone on H.265? I'm aware of already more than one patent pool for that codec: MPEG LA administers some patents and HEVC Advance administers others.

Comment Re:oh yes I DID! (Score 1) 138

So you don't black hole those IPs and hosts at the router/firewall level?

How will you ever know if you got them all? Malware authors have evolved techniques like rotating their C&C to different IPs based upon to the current UTC time. Microsoft has 20+ million IPs to pick from, and those are just the ones with their name on them. You can't block them all without taking out all of Azure, which hosts lots of legit non-MS services.

Comment Re:Your move, Assange.... (Score 4, Informative) 347

Assange's offer was for "clemency," which does not necessarily mean a full pardon, and could include commutation depending upon whom you ask. So it's muddy, of course, and easy for him to weasel out of if he has to. In any case, was Assange ever actually facing US prison? It would be like me offering to turn myself in to the Canadian authorities in exchange for Snowden being granted clemency; I haven't even been to Canada, and I'm certainly not wanted for anything there. It's an empty offer, there's nothing for him to make good on.

Comment Re:Related Links? (Score 1) 54

"Playing along" with a sting operation is dumb, though, if you take acts in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy. You're not a LEO. You don't have immunity. You should simply refuse to take part and instead film the people allegedly goading you into it. You can find a guide to the law on the subject here.

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