OopsIDied writes: Finbar McGarry is suing the state of Vermont for $11 million after being forced to work washing other inmates' laundry at 25 cents an hour while being held for trial. McGarry claims that prison officers threatened to place him in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day if he refused to work. McGarry was eventually tried, and his charges were dropped.
OopsIDied writes: A senior student at Garrett High School was recently expelled after tweeting profanity (f**k) from his own home. Supposedly the school has a system which tracks students' social networks after they have logged in at school. Although the tweet was done at home at 2 AM, the school decided that such behavior was unacceptable and that the most fitting punishment was expulsion. He did use a school computer, but it was set up to use the school network even when used outside the school because the school claimed the tweet was associated with the school's IP address.
OopsIDied writes: At a hearing regarding an arctic wildlife refuge, Rep. Don Young claims that the board has made up its mind and argument is futile while calling Doug Brinkley "Mr Rice." An interesting verbal battle ensues. It's good to see some people standing up to what I see as unacceptable rashness and hard mindedness.
OopsIDied writes: After complaining to the ITC that Sony was infringing on some of its patents (http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/02/08/1320256/LG-Wants-PlayStation-3-Banned-From-US-Market), LG has had an injunction in Europe approved. This orders customs officers in the UK and the rest of England to confiscate PS3 systems being imported. In the Netherlands alone, over 10,000 PS3s have already been confiscated, and Sony is fighting to have the order repealed as the PS3 supply in Europe decreases.
OopsIDied writes: Sony has updated their ToS/Service Agreement to include permission to "monitor and record your activities and communications." Accepting these new terms is required in order to use the Playstation Network which is necessary for a wide variety of PS3 activities.
OopsIDied writes: geohot, well-known for his iphone jailbreak and work opening the PS3 to homebrew http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/01/03/1856210/PS3-Root-Key-Found?from=rss is now being sued by Sony. Members of failoverfl0w, a group that recently uncovered major security flaws in the PS3, has also been sued by Sony. The company claims that geohot tried to extort a job from them by releasing the key, and that he made profit from his circumvention of the PlayStation's security model. The court documents given to geohot can be found at his website: http://geohot.com/