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Submission + - Police unsure which twin to charge in sexual assaults

An anonymous reader writes: In a real life Prisoner's Dilemma taking place in the French city of Marseille, twin brothers have been arrested for a string of sexual assaults. While say they are sure that one of them committed the crimes (corroborated by a standard DNA test), police were told that it would cost upwards of €1m euros (£850,000, $1.3m USD) to distinguish between them using DNA evidence.

Comment Re:cash (Score 4, Insightful) 132

You know, it nearly did. I worked for a start-up years ago who were pioneering the music kiosk business, firstly allowing albums and mix albums to be burned on the fly, and there was a working solution for downloads of MP3s straight to devices or USB. The major labels and most of the indies were interested and signed on the dotted line. Millions of pounds were invested. Best Buy were trialing the cd burning, but even 8 years ago we knew the market needed the direct to device solution.

The problem which killed it. Apple. They refused to allow any content to go onto their devices bypassing itunes and wouldn't even consider working with us. We had the product, we had about 80,000+ lossless albums converting merrily stored ready to rock, but apple killed the business model because like it or not iPods dominated the market.

Comment Re:And now, the long wait (Score 1) 923

"person of a diplomatic agent"

In this context person does not mean individual in the service of, but the physical body of the person. As in "we searched the diplomat and he has a gun concealed upon his person."

Article 1 lays out specific terms for different staff types associated with the mission.

I do agree with you though, diplomatic missions work only because everyone needs them to work, anyone who violates them is put in the dog house internationally and rightly so.

However the UK is in a bind, they are caught between an internationally agreed legal obligation to extradite Assange to Sweden which has been confirmed in every level of court in the land (and lets not forget the Judiciary isn't a patsy of the government, quite the opposite. Both the UK and Ecuador are treading a fine line in international law with the only easy outcome being Assange giving himself up reluctantly by stepping out of the embassy (which I have a funny feeling he will do on Sunday having proved his personal point)

Comment Re:And now, the long wait (Score 3, Informative) 923

Actually if you read it more carefully

Article 1

A “diplomatic agent” is the head of the mission or a member of the diplomatic staff of the mission;

Assange isn't a diplomat and if Equador tried to make him one Britain can just refuse to accept him

Article 9

1.The receiving State may at any time and without having to explain its decision, notify the
sending State that the head of the mission or any member of the diplomatic staff of the mission is
persona non grata or that any other member of the staff of the mission is not acceptable. In any such
case, the sending State shall, as appropriate, either recall the person concerned or terminate his functions
with the mission. A person may be declared non grata or not acceptable before arriving in the territory of
the receiving State.
2. If the sending State refuses or fails within a reasonable period to carry out its obligations under
paragraph 1 of this article, the receiving State may refuse to recognize the person concerned as a
member of the mission.

Either way, Assange is at best going to be stuck in the embassy forever, at worst will need to go to sweden.

Comment Re:What violation of his rights? (Score 2) 923

Currently he is a criminal as he is in breach of his bail conditions. I think the irony is that he has now cost the UK taxpayer millions of pounds when in all probability he would have gone to Sweden and either not be charged or got a non custodial sentence (minor probability of a bigger sentence, but in balance of probability unlikely)

Of course there is a chance that his paranoia is completely founded, but IMHO he really isn't that significant to the Americans.

Comment Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (Score 2) 1065

Whilst I'm happy that your wife got great care it might be worth noting that contrary to your experience the US actually has a 45% higher infant mortality rate than the Netherlands and one of the worst rates in the developed world.

In the UK very few people have to lose everything they own and get into generations of debt to save a loved one. It's swings and roundabouts really. With universal healthcare everyone is lucky, with private models only the super rich are safe from losing everything from one bad break. I keep thinking about Les Claypool's (of primus fame) brother who is getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt just to try to save the life of his baby. That is the reality of the US model...

Comment Re:Gee there's a surprise (Score 0) 289

I was just countering supposition and conspiracy theory with further supposition. Mainly out of interest to see how the moderation would go. Pro Julian conspiracy theory seems to have a tendency to be moderated up :)

As for "The only crime he might be accused of is "having consensual sex without a condom". That is not rape, not even in Sweden. "

I thought the accusation was that the sex was consensual if he used a condom, he decided not to use one (for whatever reason) which would invalidate that consent. TBH it should be a crime in countries if it isn't already. Either way the best course of action would be to go to Sweden and contest the accusations, if he is innocent he will be let off and all the accusations and counter arguments will be laid bare in a court of law (if it even gets that far, chances are if he'd gone there in the first place no charges would have been laid IMHO)

Of course it could all be a conspiracy by the US to get him, but equally it could all be the 7 foot lizards of the NWO trying to use him as a tool in their ongoing battle against the Thetans.

Comment Re:Gee there's a surprise (Score -1, Troll) 289

Or possibly there are strong legal reasons why they can't do proxy interviews outside of their jurisdiction?
Or possibly even they were pissed off he did a runner from the country whilst under investigation for a serious crime?
Maybe there is a chance he is guilty according to Swedish law and he is going to try to do everything he can to stop himself from facing trial?

Recent case law and the special relationship between the UK and US (which is a pretty one sided relationship...) would usually imply that he's more likely to be extradited from the UK than Sweden. Sweden is an open, liberal democracy, the UK would hand him over to the US in a heartbeat (after 5 years of court appearances and trials...)

I'm quite impressed by how many tin foil hats he's managed to convince to crawl out of the woodwork in order to help him avoid having to face the accusations properly.

Comment Re:Poor people exist (Score 1) 568

Just imagine those poor teachers starting their careers in 29 years time on $35,000 when everyone else in the country has has inflationary pay rises and bread is costing $10 a loaf. Although I feel a bit sorry for the teachers now looking back at their elderly colleges who were earning $35,000 in the 40's and 50's they must have lived as kings being able to bathe in champaign every night and plaster their walls with cocaine.

"rate of inflation" it doesn't work how you think it works, and if it does then you're teachers really do need to be unionised if they aren't getting inflation linked pay scale rises every year.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 922

"Freedom of speech is extremely broad in the united states. You have the right to make offensive speech."

As long as you want to talk about sex or say the word Cunt in a broadcast medium.


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