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Comment Misleading Title (Score 5, Informative) 175

The title - while literally true - implies that a court has decided that Kim Dotcom can now be extradited. In fact, the issue decided by the court was much more limited: it held that Kim only has limited access to evidence during the future extradition hearing. While this does make it more likely that he will be extradited, the issue has NOT been decided yet.

Comment Re:This doesn't seem that bad IMO... (Score 1) 1174

A lot of people are misunderstanding the OP. The fact that someone sneaks past security justifies searching them. Similarly, the fact that someone in the terminal has contact with someone outside of the terminal, justifies searching both of those people. In both of those situations, there is a valid reason to perform at least some search. The OP is NOT talking about how much authorityTSA should have in general, who searches should be performed on, or how searches should be performed. In other words, the OP was NOT saying that, as a matter of everyday security, we should patdown four-year old girls. The OP IS saying that the specific circumstances OF THIS CASE justified at least some extra scrutiny. For a community that purports to be news for nerds, it sure does have an abundance of people who are incapable of independent thought/reasoning.

Comment Re:This doesn't seem that bad IMO... (Score -1) 1174

No, her grandma might have been handing off contraband to her (not the other way around). I don't know how much familiarity you have with airport design, but I'm a business traveler and know how these things look. They're typically designed such that the patdown area is the last point of security - that is, after the patdown zone, you basically walk right into the terminal. If someone manages to have contact with a person in the patdown zone, they could easily sneak items past security. This is very poor design and SHOULD be changed. But, from the TSA officer's perspective, that's the design that's there and under these circumstances suspicion seems reasonable. As I said, I'm normally as anti-TSA as they come (and I think that security is too regulated to begin with), but with that said in these circumstances the TSA officer had a valid reason to be suspicious. PLEASE NOTE that I can't say whether or not the patdown went too far (I simply don' t know) - I'm just saying that at least some form of pastdown was justified.

Comment This doesn't seem that bad IMO... (Score 0, Troll) 1174

I'm normally as anti-TSA as they come, but I actually think that this patdown was more reasonable than the title suggests. From what I can gather about the facts, first the little girl went through security. Then, while the grandmother was waiting to get a patdown, the little girl ran up to her grandmother and hugged her. That seems like it would be a pretty damn good way to pass off contraband. I mean, I understand that this WAS a four-year old girl getting a patdown, but you have to remember that this four-year old girl was traveling with an adult who had control over her. It's not hard to imagine scenarios in which terrorists use children as mules. I think that this case is an example where the TSA actually did their job properly - some TSA agent noticed something that to the untrained eye would have been an ordinary hug, but very plausibly could have been a pre-planned ploy to sneak contraband into the airport. Maybe the TSA could have approached the child more reasonably and given her more time to cool off, but overall I think that a patdown was justified.

Comment Re:Not legal. (Score 1) 206

How is this Insightful in any way? It's a conclusory response that turns out to be, at a minimum, a broad simplification, and more likely factually incorrect. I understand that posters want to mod-up posts that tend to agree with their opinions, but posts that purport to be facts (and incorrect ones at that) are hardly "Insightful." On the contrary, they're flat-out misleading. I'm not saying whether or not these arbitration clauses should/shouldn't be legal. I'm just saying that we should be careful not to confuse peoples' opinions with actual facts. One way to do this is to mod up posts that actually cite sources, and not ones that are merely conclusory (like here). [Sorry for re-post. My last post was accidentally made before I logged in]

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 2) 196

This case deals in the realm of copyrights, not patents. It's important to note that this is also the rule in the U.S. - neither ideas nor systems/processes/procedures can be copyrighted. The problem, however, is drawing the line between "ideas" (which aren't protected by copyright) and "expression" (which is protected by copyright). As in many areas of law, there is no easy way to determine what exactly is an idea and what exactly is an expression. That's what this case dispute's hinges around. In conclusion, not allowing copyright protection for ideas is nothing new and is absolutely not newsworthy. [DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a lawyer, and I am NOT offering legal advice.]

Comment Re:divorce (Score 3, Informative) 332

Well, I will probably looking at a divorce in a year's time or so, and if I was ordered to turn over my facebook password my very first action would be to delete my profile.

Then you would potentially face penalties for spoilation of evidence in which case you could potentially face imprisonment and a jury would be permitted to "assume the worst." Good job. (Note: I am NOT a lawyer and I am NOT offering legal advice)

Comment Re:Libraries do it for free. Amazon not, of course (Score 1) 174

You do realize that we're talking about college textbooks here, right? The library isn't going to store 100+ copies of the same book for everyone to use. And a lot of the time, you can't simply check out a coursebook for an entire semester - it's seen as unfair to other students (and people who aren't taking the course but may need to use the book). Amazon seems to have adopted a pretty reasonable solution, as many schools already have textbook rental programs of their own. Now, you can rent the book in digital format, which is going to be very convenient for obvious reasons.

iOS 4.3.4 Prevents Hacking and Jailbreaking 281

Mightee writes "Apple has released a software update to iOS, version 4.3.4, for the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 2, 1, and iPod Touch. The main objective of this version is to prevent the hacking in Apple iOS devices which occurs through malicious PDF files. Another objective is to prevent the jailbreaking which occurs as a consequence of the previous effect. In previous versions, the iOS device is easily vulnerable to attacks. It happens because of mishandling of fonts embedded in the PDF file. Sometimes a downloaded PDF may be malicious, and there is a possibility that the file could inject malware into the iOS device, which gives a chance for the hackers to access the hardware of the iOS device."

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