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Comment Re:Jurisdiction (Score 1) 105

Mostly because it's over the internet, and the charges were for conspiracy. If any party of the conspiracy is within the jurisdiction, they can charge the whole group or any member of the group and extradite as long as there are treaties to allow it. Also, if they're facilitating a crime within the USA and/or people within the USA have access to the website, it's under Federal jurisdiction because the internet is a forum for national and international commerce. It's possible if KAT had blocked all access to North America and Hawaii, it might have avoided charges due to jurisdiction, but even then, It'd be facilitating criminal copyright infringement using a method of international commerce while harming US corporations and there's likely trade treaties with various countries to allow prosecution anyway.

He's charged with criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The first 2 have a max sentence of 5 years each, the latter has a max of 20 years. If he's lucky, he'll be allowed to plea guilty for the conspiracy to commit copyright infringement in exchange for dropping the money laundering charge, pay a huge fine and lose seized equipment and frozen bank accounts... and get a max of 5 years -- maybe as little as 1 year. That's really not bad for a 30 year old making millions a year off of a website for pirating.

The USA has its legal tendrils everywhere -- and very few countries won't extradite. Brazil and Venezuela are among a few nice places to live that refuse to extradite citizens... though, they will prosecute their citizens under their own laws if the crime is recognized there.

Comment Great info for our corporate overlords (Score 3, Interesting) 279

Awesome... now we know the exact areas of the brain to manipulate so that our corporate overlords can control us better.

I'm betting the next gen VR headsets will have electrodes to stimulate those areas properly for future mind control -- especially during election seasons. lol.

I'm kidding.... at least... I think I'm kidding. Oh, dear god, they might actually go there with this tech.

Comment Re:At this point... (Score 4, Informative) 96

Maybe. We've learned that galaxies are often in clusters, and that many are moving either together or towards a single location known as "the great attractor." If we can figure out these new galaxies' red-shifts and motion, we might learn more about the structure of the universe and in turn learn more about dark matter, dark energy, and other mysteries.

Comment Re:Again. (Score 4, Insightful) 135

It's not a file format, it's a compression algorithm that happens at the data storage level. This is similar to compressing a hard drive -- the files are individually compressed, but the file formats are the same, and the OS handles the compression/decompression seamlessly so that the applications don't even know they're accessing compressed versions of the file formats they normally use.

You can keep all your JPEGs, and with the open-source license, compress the contents of a drive or partition with this algorithm and save maybe 20% or so of the space the JPEG files took up. Not worth it for most people but photographers and image sites might save a lot of money using this.

Comment Re:State vs Federal Jurisdiction. (Score 1) 176

Why? The USA is roughly the same size as Europe. Do all the countries in the EU have the exact same laws?

The states in the USA are separate sovereign governments united by a federal constitution that mostly exists for mutual defense, protection of civil rights, and control of commerce across various borders. Think of the USA as the EU and the states as EU member countries. The USA just has a much stronger union than the EU... and unfortunately, no defined method for states to secede. (The South tried to leave, but we were too stupid to let them.... which is why the USA isn't as progressive as the EU... with Republicans blocking universal health care, etc. etc.)

Comment Re:State vs Federal Jurisdiction. (Score 2) 176

It's not left to local governments. Local governments in the USA are cities and counties. States are the equivalent of countries in the EU (or they would be if the EU had a stronger central government). Federal laws are only for dealing with borders between states or between countries -- or at least that's where they stem from. Commerce is where most of those border laws get their teeth. This was an internet crime, so it crosses borders and deals with interstate commerce. States deal with rape, murder, theft, etc... unless the crime crosses borders, and then often the State and the Fed can press charges (separately as they are considered separate offenses to separate sovereign governments.)

Comment Re:What went wrong, Nothing went wrong (Score 4, Insightful) 186

That's the thing... the CEO didn't cash out her chips before the value of her stock in the company hit zero. I'm sure she got a lovely salary, but she could have made out like a bandit if she'd sold earlier. Her mistake was thinking she could play magician forever w/ the slight of hand and sensationalism.

It's a shame corporations can't be thrown in jail for fraud like people... shame we can't at least put the CEO in jail for massive, obvious fraud -- at least to her shareholders if not to the public, too.

Comment Re:And she gets away with it... (Score 0) 1010

That was actually worse. Bush and company willfully violated the Federal Records Act & covered up the destruction of records. At least the Secretary of State and the Office of the President (which is where the Secretary of State's authority comes from) have the power to alter what is and what isn't classified as well as determine policy for how to handle classified info. The Federal Records Act is an act of Congress written into law, but determining classification of a document and how to handle it is merely an extension of the executive branch by executive order. That executive order is updated every so often, and can be countermanded by the president or a secretary under his authority for records under their office.

This whole Clinton thing is sort of like trying to sue your spouse for buying something without talking to you first. Should she have done it? No. Was it illegal? Probably not.

Clinton could have de-classified anything that originated from the office of the Secretary of State at any time, and re-classified it later... and not even be required to make a paper trail to prove it! She also could have sent materials marked as classified if they had already become public by other means -- like from a foreign reporter or news program. If it's public information, it's not classified. She could even get away with receiving classified info from other departments and failing to report, destroy, or secure the documents if she assumed the info was de-classified by the sender... even if it had classified markings on it. Like... say, the Secretary of Defense sent her a packet via e-mail... she could presume the info was de-classified by the Secretary of Defense since their office has the authority to do so. There's just soooo much wiggle room that any prosecutor would be insane to try to pick it apart, and it would most likely end w/ lots of indictments for other secretaries and underlings, no convictions, and if necessary, a blanket Obama pardon as it's HIS office that determines what's classified, when, and what is an improper way to handle that info to begin with.

Seriously... these things don't end with prosecutions for cabinet members. They aren't so much above the law as they are the law when it comes to classified info. If Obama had a problem with a Secretary (and knew about it), he'd FIRE them, not prosecute them.

Comment Re:Autopilot needs LIDAR (Score 1) 440

It uses forward radar (don't know the type) that sees about 600 ft ahead, forward facing cameras, ultra-high frequency sound waves (sonar) 360 around the vehicle, and GPS (though GPS is just for positioning and traffic map info, not pedestrian/vehicle info). I'm sure they can do better, but it doesn't just rely on the cameras.

Comment Re:"The pound dropping" (Score 3, Informative) 197

A lower pound to the Euro is beneficial to GB's local industries -- people buy local instead of foreign, and people living in the EU will be able to buy goods and services from GB cheaper b/c they can buy more with their euros after converting to pounds to buy GB goods/services.

International money markets are funny... When your currency goes up compared to others, you hurt exports, but help imports -- and vice versa when your currency goes down. No matter which way it moves, it hurts in some ways and helps in others.

Given that it wasn't a huge percent shift to begin with, I don't think GB is going to cry about the change even if it stays where it is as the "new normal."

Comment Re:Actual evidence (Score 1) 197

That's... one way of putting a spin on things, I suppose.

The legitimate arguments I've seen for leaving are:

GB is obligated to conform to EU law domestically even though the EU began as a set of trade treaties. (Best example I've seen of this is local industries in GB that couldn't make things to different specs b/c the EU mandated something else and there was no system to get a waiver or to dispute the regulations) GB citizens and businesses didn't like that their local rules were being superseded by the EU regs.

GB is obligated to allow free movement between the EU member states which has led to an erosion of their culture (This is likely where a lot of racism comes into play, but there's a lot of Muslim influx which resists conforming to local customs and in some cases brings violence) GB has taken in roughly the same number of immigrants just last year as the entire USA for the same time period. It's a lot of people to support and integrate -- and they often don't speak the language, get free medical care, and free housing if they don't have jobs. It's understandable that its' a burden and would inflame locals with such a large influx of immigrants to support.

I definitely think there's a lot of ignorance and racism involved, but there are some underlying reasons for the frustrations that are valid.

Comment Re:This (Score 3, Interesting) 197

I agree the EU backers crapped their pants when GB gave them the finger and actually voted to leave... and are looking for any angle to fear-monger this as a disaster for GB (mostly b/c it's a disaster for the EU if it goes through as it sets a precedent that even major countries can just up and leave if they are pressured enough.)

but, one small point -- the petition for a 2nd referendum you mention was actually started BEFORE the vote -- as a precaution by those that wanted to leave so that if their "Leave" campaign failed the first vote, they'd have a shot at a second. Turns out they won, and couldn't stop the petition which was then taken up by their opponents

Comment Re:So what does it do then? (Score 1) 485

I don't know the real reason, but I'm guessing it's a flashy feature meant to impress others since it's an expensive car... but, it is mostly billed as the car coming to you when the weather is poor and while it isn't meant to go far, the dream is to have it show up at the doorway when summoned from a large parking lot -- like a valet. The bigger dream is to be at work and summon your vehicle which is parked at home, but Tesla's not there yet.

Think rich person's digital valet service. When combined with auto-parking, it could potentially drop you off at your apartment, go park in a parking garage, then pick you up in the morning just before work... if they can get it working right. I think they need better sensors before they're ready for something that ambitious. Right now, maybe it's ready for helping you parallel park in a restaurant parking lot, then being summoned to the restaurant door when you're ready to leave.

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